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Open mike 02/06/2014

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108 comments on “Open mike 02/06/2014”

  1. lprent 1

    Ouch. That was a bad upgrade. It looks like it started failing after it switched back from the backup server to the usual web servers. Just after I went to bed (grr)

    Fixed now by rolling back the web servers.

    There will be some maintenance tonight.

    • karol 1.1

      Thanks for sorting it so quickly – while most others have the fortune to be in holiday mode.

      • lprent 1.1.1

        Thank rocky. I was in full blown sleep-in mode…..

        She rang because she has a problem with the video driver on her new desktop box and (grr) woke me up. I’d better head over to her new house and suffer the torments of no seats, boxes everywhere, and fixing windows driver problems. She’d already tried everything so it will be one of those nasty extract and reinstall.

        • infused 1.1.1.1

          Just run the vendors driver removal tool and reinstall the latest. Intel laptops, specifically HD4000 ones come with a buggy driver. So it’s probably just that. Download the newest version.

    • Rosie 1.2

      Thanks for the awesome Lprent, and all you do for the site.

    • veutoviper 1.3

      My thanks also for all your hard work, lprent. Much appreciated. Felt ‘lost’ when I could not get on this morning!

    • Paul 1.4

      Thank you for your work to make this site run.

      • Colonial Viper 1.4.1

        +100!

        • Belladonna 1.4.1.1

          Thanks Lynn, was starting to get withdrawal symptoms. Thanks for all you do for this site.
          Would be a grim world if it wasn’t available.

        • Once was Tim 1.4.1.2

          Ditto (even tho’ I am but an occasional/regular interloper).

          As I register my compliments however, (and with the pleasure of having Natrad in holiday mode – with a superior Colin Peacock and a Matinee Idol team replacing the regulars) – has anybody else noticed todays msm preocc with their idol?
          John Key says this
          Jonkey says that
          Simon says pick a bale of cotton!

          So far I’ve heard is expertise on everything from bloody road accidents caused by international terrorists on the roads, to the All Bleks in Sam Owen to itchim smetchim fawn polsy fekting ear fewcha.

          Thank Christ for alternative media (such as the Standard, and elsewhere)

          • Paul 1.4.1.2.1

            Many dictators would be jealous of the uniformity of the western corporate media.
            All hail the dear Leader.
            He makes all sorts of important pronouncements for us.

      • lprent 1.4.2

        Don’t thank me for this one. It was my cockup. Holiday mode…,

  2. Morrissey 2

    Coup d’état and Assassination Plan Unveiled in Venezuela

    The United States has backed murderous insurrections against democratic governments in what its politicians contemptuously call its “backyard” for more than a century. It’s still at it…

    Click to access Magnicidio-Inglés.pdf

    • ianmac 2.1

      Watched the Pilger South American program showing over and over again the USA dirty tricks overthrowing Democratic governments. If it is in the USA’s national interests then they will do what it takes. Sadly it is so huge it is beyond my ability to comprehend and what can the world do about it. Better to rail about the local carpark I suppose.

      • Tautoko Viper 2.1.1

        The Shock Doctrine was shown on Maori TV last week. It was chilling. Why is NZ associating itself with an ethically bankrupt regime? How far will the US go to keep their Muppet/Puppet in power here?

        http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/tuesday-festival-documentaries/S01E001/shock-doctrine

        • Paul 2.1.1.1

          Great film. By the way, Shock Doctrine can be applied to the events in Christchurch and 1980s New Zealand. There are so many similarities between New Orleans post Katrina and Christchurch for the 2011 earthquake.

          I recommend you watch ‘Dirty Wars’, which is a much more recent film.
          As part of 5 Eyes, NZ now contributes to these secret wars and assassinations.

          Review
          http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/24/jeremy-scahill-exposing-us-dirty-war-afghanistan-pakistan-somalia-yemen
          Trailer

        • Rosie 2.1.1.2

          Have been meaning to watch this as I missed it last week on Maori TV.

          Vaguely related. I’ve been watching the drama, Treme, about post hurricane Katrina New Orleans (see Paul’s comment) and have been disturbingly surprised by the themes of disaster capitalism and ordinary people’s experiences with their government and authorities.

          Christchurch mirrors New Orleans in some ways in some of the story lines.

          A little bit about Treme:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treme_(TV_series)

          And a great opening intro song:

          • Paul 2.1.1.2.1

            Treme was written by David Simon, who also wrote the Wire.
            Probably the best drama ever. Makes a strongest care ever for the end of the drug war.

        • The Al1en 2.1.1.3

          “How far will the US go to keep their Muppet/Puppet in power here?”

          If you see yankee warships in NZ harbours, then that will be a big clue.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.3.1.1

              Thanks I had missed that. Very interesting the PLAN was involved.

            • The Al1en 2.1.1.3.1.2

              Scared me enough to decide to comfort cook toad in the hole for dinner, which coincidentally, is what JK will be when he gets booted from office and settles permanently in his u.s holiday home

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.3.2

            The military exercises around Canty etc recently

            Also our co-operation in drawing up GCSB legislation to their specifications and requirements

        • greywarbler 2.1.1.4

          @Tautoko
          How far will the US go to keep their Muppet/Puppet in power here?

          Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
          Yes, to the very end.
          Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
          From morn to night, my friend.
          Up-Hill
          Christina Rossetti, 1830 – 1894

  3. Tautoko Viper 3

    For an excellent argument on corporate welfare, watch Joseph Stiglitz: Let’s stop subsidising tax dodgers.

    https://www.commondreams.org/video/2014/05/31

  4. karol 4

    I don’t buy this argument for the demise of left-right politics. I’m sure there’s an uprising in anti-establishment sentiment (that’s what drives the tea party). But that’s all a symptom of how the power elites have undermined left wing parties and politics over the last few decades, masking the entities that have the most power and influence.

    • lprent 4.1

      …uprising in anti-establishment sentiment (that’s what drives the tea party).

      Not to mention the occupy movement and a whole pile of non-party movements.

      Incidentally I watched V for Vendetta last night. Finally cottoned on to the Guy Fawkes masks 🙂 This is what happens when you drop out of popular culture for a few years back in the mid-00s

      • Pasupial 4.1.1

        CV

        Alan Moore wrote the comic back in the 80s, but the masks didn’t really take off until the film happened.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      The establishment isn’t doing the majority of people any good and everyone knows it but the established parties will keep doing the same things because it’s what they’ve always done before. We see it in Labour here in the fact that they are unwilling to make any real changes such as 80% tax rates on the rich, the banning of foreign ownership and stopping the private banks from creating money.

      • karol 4.2.1

        Well, maybe the mistake (of those who see left-right distinctions as in decline) is in assuming that political parties, like Labour, are totally left wing – rather than seeing them as embracing a mix of left and right wing values and policies.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1

          Political parties do have a mixture of Left and Right in them but the real problem, IMO, is the embracing of the status quo. It is the status quo that needs changing but none of our major parties are willing to change it.

          • Tracey 4.2.1.1.1

            people think the status quo serves them because change is scarier

          • karol 4.2.1.1.2

            But currently the status quo favours right wing values more than left wing ones. Changing the status quo, without a clear idea of a society that works for all and in balance with the environment and resources – could just mean a new status quo, with different players, and not a lot different from the old status quo.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.2.1

              True but we’re not even seeing a vision of a better society.

            • Tracey 4.2.1.1.2.2

              if its substituting the status quo with a disguised status quo…

              Humans hate change. Most resist it. Which is why too many politicians disguise it.

              The basic status quo has benefitted the ruling elite for hundreds of years, they tinker only when they begin to be found out and then they pretend to change… After a few years the lack of change is obvious

              • Colonial Viper

                From time to time the elite can support a change in the status quo OPERATIONS when circumstances dictate its necessity. They are forced to move to a new paradigm to maintain their place on top of the HIERARCHY which is the one status quo that they will not change.

                Example – Roosevelt’s new deal. Massive government employment programmes were created and tax rates dramatically increased which was a change to the status quo OPERATIONS but it was only done with the aim of ensuring the 1%’s position as the status quo atop the HIERARCHY.

                • karol

                  In the same vein, CV, my concern with the likes of Kim Dotcom, is that he (and maybe some of his colleagues) aim to change the way businesses operate in the Internet age: a way that makes the best use of digital technologies. The result could actually be to re-vitalise capitalism in a way that responds to its current challenges. But it also may only be a temporary boost to capitalism, given the challenges.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    if some kind of renewed emphasis on high tech business can help give us an extra 10 years economic breathing room with which to adapt the rest of the nation to harsh future realities it may not be a wholly bad thing? Just pondering.

                    One other thing with KDC – he may be rich himself but he has also set himself in direct opposition to the corporate power elite. They don’t like bolshy SMEs that they can’t buy up and they definitely don’t like class traitors.

                    • karol

                      Hmmm. But, but in the past, at moments of upheaval, younger people break through in unorthodox ways to become the new elite – think Bill Gates,… or further back, the likes of Andrew Carnegie.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      That’s also true – changing the old oligarchs at the top for younger ones, and updating the company names on the Dow Jones to newer ones is hardly progress.

          • greywarbler 4.2.1.1.3

            Labour 1984 changed the status quo. Now it is time to change the new, now old status quo.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.3.1

              Yep. They did it in 1935 as well. At some point in the past Labour had the guts to change the system but, seemingly, they no longer do.

            • Colonial Viper 4.2.1.1.3.2

              In 1984 Labour led a revolution which upended the social and economic order of the country.

      • The Lone Haranguer 4.2.2

        80% tax on the rich?

        Lets see what would happen
        1)Dot Com woudnt declare any income in NZ
        2) ACT would say all the monied types will invest overseas and the economy will collapse
        3) The Nats will say the Banks will squeeze us and the economy will collapse
        4)Winston First will release Dot Coms tax return to show the rich foerigners arent paying their fair share
        5) Peter Dunne will also leak the Dot Com tax return and then blame Winston
        6) Mana will make an exception for Germans
        7) Labour will be strangely quiet and have no policy
        8) The Greens will put in huge tax rebates for those who invest in wind farms and stuff they themselves invest in.

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.1

          I suggest a 91% income tax rate on monies earnt over 10x the median income = $29,000.

          That income tax rate is consistent with what the US had around 1960.

          Also a death tax is a good idea to sweep in all that hoarded financial capital. Say 50% of all financial assets i.e. not including the family home.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.2

          1.) Doubt it
          2.) Just so long as the monied types follow their money I’m all for it – along with the ban on foreign ownership
          3.) The banks are already squeezing us dry
          4.) Winston would be right about the rich foreigners – KDC isn’t one
          5.) Peter Dunne will say something meaningless, then contradict himself and then build an altar to Sensible Centrism.
          6.) Doubt it
          7.) So, no change then?
          8.) Good, need more renewable energy

  5. Clean_power 5

    How ironic. David Farrar being savaged on his own blog for (partially) siding with the Greens on the carbon tax.

  6. bad12 6

    Bomber waxing lyrical in the Herald today,”Some on the left call this a sell out. principled opposition is admirable, but, who will tell 285,000 children in poverty we wouldn’t replace the Government because we couldn’t agree on which version of Marx to follow”,

    If Harawira, Harre, Sykes, and, minto are the sell out, sign me up”.unquote.

    Couldn’t agree more, Principles can neither put food on the table or a roof over your head…

  7. bad12 7

    My comments are like mist, disappearing into the ethereal unknown…

  8. Rosie 8

    Talking of non party movements, our little efforts in Ohariu get some attention from bored commuters. PPO’s latest placard, on the Govts reneging on the GCSB and SIS review, promised to Dunne as part of the “willing buyer, willing seller” deal, situated at the J’ville train station (with more sites to come as more placards are produced)

    http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=67747

    • karol 8.1

      Thanks, Rosie. Will add it to my 20th century spying post – which will make it more accessible for future use.

    • veutoviper 8.2

      Love the poster, Rosie. Well done – and good to see your group’s efforts being reported on.

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.1

        It’s especially awesome that this is just one in an ongoing series…people take this kind of consistency with much more seriousness.

    • i put it up on whoar..

      • Rosie 8.3.1

        Thanks karol, VV, CV and phillip.

        We try to keep it a bit light by adding the emoticons Dunne face. (Although his angry face is rather a deep shade of red in the above placard 😀 ) and usually do a few placards on the Dunne topic du jour and place them in strategic sites around the electorate.

        Here’s a previous placard from Scoop:

        http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=61648

        It’s fun to do but is also a challenge to Dunne as well as an awareness raiser for the locals.

    • ianmac 8.4

      That is what is needed Rosie. A little abrasion often wears away the sock.

  9. Jilly Bee 9

    Just read the piece on the Herald website about the Samoan PM criticizing (or rather misconstruing) the Labour Party’s proposed immigration policy and of course John Key picking it up and running with it. Presumably the Samoan PM is well aware of the housing situation in Auckland and that PI families are living in cars and other inadequate housing, particularly in South and West Auckland. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11266018

    Am I unfairly suggesting that he simply wants unfettered access for his people so they can come over and work for less than fair wages so more money can be sent back home to Samoa.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 9.1

      Really or maybe he would like his people to have the same labour mobility that the English and Australians have so that they can come here and work in higher paid jobs than fruit picking.

      Explain to me any rational reason why our close ties to the Pacific nations shouldn’t ensure their workers have the same rights to work here as Australians.

      Presumably you’re aware that housing problems is not just an issue for Pacific Island families.

  10. William Joyce 10

    I have some questions that just occurred to me that some may be able to answer (save me looking it up if one of you already know 🙂 )

    Under what legal conditions is the Rt Honourable (& they are all Honourable men) John Key able to own land in Hawaii / United States? (Oh the irony of him being an absentee foreign owner of land!)

    Under what legal conditions is he able to enter the United States for periods of time? Does he have a limited stay type of visa or does he have dual citizenship?

    If he has dual citizenship (US & NZ) then what conflict of interest issues does that raise if he is the head of NZ’s security services? Does this explain why he & his govt have brought the KY to the James Clapper/Ian Fletcher/Eric Halder lovefests & the Dotcom raid?

    as as side….
    Why has Grant Wormald from OFCANZ (Organised and Financial Crime Agency) not been charged with perjury for his testimony in court?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2

      The Wormald prosecution will have to be brought by Graham McCready. ‘Senior police’ have closed ranks: “his words have been taken out of context”, “he thought the question was about physical surveillance”, “the transcript proves his innocence. You can’t see it.”

    • Tracey 10.3

      he would be staying on diplomatic equivalent or visitor visa, nz citizens get automatic 3 month visa to the us i think.

    • RedBaronCV 10.4

      I’ver wondered about this. Has anybody ever asked J Key if he holds a USA passport? If he does there must be potential for some pretty big conflicts of interest? And if he does, then he is liable for US taxes on his worldwide income which I assume includes his Prime ministerial salary. Maybe he also takes advantage of the US tax breaks around donations?

  11. Marius 11

    I recently emailed Maori television to ask if the station thinks in light of the ongoing human rights violations against the Palestinian people at the hands of israel they feel it is prudent for the station to go ahead and screen israeli comedy films in their 9:30 pm Sunday night film slot. I waited the time they said it would take to respond and longer. No reply. I did receive responses from both Trademe and RNZ on the same topic. Both were pretty much bullshit- but at least they did reply.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    What Is Money by Jeremy Lee 1993 Australia

  13. Gosman 13

    The Greens have support for their Carbon tax proposals from an unexpected group.

    http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c86359d14575615d6ae8c2b60&id=5797dbd47b

  14. i never realised tau henare is so old..(or bred so young..?..)

    “..Henare, the great grandson of former Northern Maori MP Tau Henare –

    was selected this afternoon to contest the Auckland Maori electorate..”

    • anker 14.1

      Phillip @ 12.

      No not the National TAu Henare. The late Tau Henare who was a MP for Northen Maori

  15. Clemgeopin 15

    One way ticket to Mars.

    From an email to me:

    At this moment, 705 candidates from the original pool of over 200,000 applicants remain in Mars One’s astronaut selection process. They will be interviewed by the Mars One selection committee, headed by Dr. Norbert Kraft, Chief Medical Officer of Mars One.

    With a long history in astronaut selection and crew preparation at NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, Dr. Kraft is well aware of the risks and challenges for the Mars settlers. He has also spent 110 days in group isolation as commander of an international mixed gender crew and spaceflight simulation experiment in Moscow, Russia.

    Dr. Kraft says, “we’re incredibly excited to start the next phase of Round 2, where we begin to better understand our candidates who aspire to take such a daring trip. They will have to show their knowledge, intelligence, adaptability and personality.”

    Who are the 705 candidates?
    The remaining 418 men and 287 women in Mars One’s astronaut selection program come from all over the world: 313 from the Americas, 187 from Europe, 136 from Asia, 41 from Africa, and 28 from Oceania. In this spreadsheet you’ll find all the 705 candidates and a link to their profile on our community platform.
    Aspiring Martians T-shirt
    We are temporarily offering an Aspiring Martians themed T-shirt to celebrate the Aspiring Martians Community first anniversary. We will have them printed if at least 100 shirts are pre-ordered by May 31st. Don’t miss out!

    Each month, we award an autographed Mars One coffee mug to two randomly picked monthly donors. This month, the rewarded supporters are Humberto Q. (Brazil) and Arnold S. (Denmark). Thank you!

    The next selection steps
    The remaining candidates will be invited for a personal interview. Mars One is in negotiations with media companies to report on those interviews. Once the television deal is finalized and the interviews begin, the stories of the 705 aspiring Martians will be shared with the world.

    The selection phases that follow in 2014 and 2015 will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of the candidates.

    Aspiring Martians who have missed the first application round can join subsequent astronaut selection programs. Mars One will commence regular recruitment programs as the search for follow-up crews continues. Read more about the astronaut requirements.
    Candidates dominate headlines!
    As round two of the astronaut selection process carries on, Mars One has continued to be the subject of many media stories. Many of our candidates have been featured by various media outlets, including:

    Interviews with some candidates:

    RT http://rt.com/news/158216-mars-one-way-ticket/
    CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/16/tech/innovation/mars-one-candidates/
    CBS: http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=24d8ce153d9cbd2546aca36de&id=ca374bb0c4&e=d2915e610c
    {The CBS video did not play for me}

    http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=24d8ce153d9cbd2546aca36de&id=ca374bb0c4&e=d2915e610c

    Find more Mars One media coverage on the Mars One website:
    http://www.mars-one.com/news/media-publications

  16. Weepu's beard 16

    Is Kelvin Davis the new Shane Jones? You know he’s in trouble when he has immediately become the pet of Cameron Slater.

  17. Paul 17

    Just saw the interview of Leila Harre by Susan Wood.
    The bias was just so overt.

    • Paul 17.1

      Followed by sycophantic giggling to Matthew Hooton as he makes snide comments about them.
      Body language..everything different.
      Very chummy and convivial amongst all of the panel.
      What a bunch of….

      • karol 17.1.1

        As I said earlier today on twitter – that Qu & A panel was rambling like the late end of a Remmers cocktail party.

        A small group of people locked in their own bubble, clueless about the struggles of a lot of Kiwis.

        • Paul 17.1.1.1

          A disgrace if that’s what constitutes political debate in this country.

          • karol 17.1.1.1.1

            I was interested to watch Qu & A this week, because it was being talked about online. But I do find Susan Woods pretty unwatchable. She is so not right for a current affairs show. Just smug and prissy, and totally out of her depth when engaging with someone as politically savvy as Harre.

            • Paul 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Quite the Tory and in the Remmers set.

              • Anne

                She lives in Paratai Drive does she not? I’m sure no-one is allowed live in that street without first presenting their National membership card. They do allow ACT members to live there too but only with special dispensation.

            • Clemgeopin 17.1.1.1.1.2

              I also HATE it when the interviewer asks a question and interrupts the answer before the person has a chance to complete the answer. It is not only bad manners, rude and irritating, but quite off putting for the person answering. Many of these ego driven stupid interviewers do it! For them it is just a feel good game for a few minutes for their programme, but for the politician answering the question and for the party they represent, a lot is at stake.

            • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1.1.3

              A small group of people locked in their own bubble, clueless about the struggles of a lot of Kiwis.

              And not just clueless – more like couldn’t give a fuck and the cruelty of deliberate ignorance.

        • Clemgeopin 17.1.1.2

          I wonder how much these biased idiots are paid for their so called ‘expert commentary’!
          Any idea or guess?

          • Paul 17.1.1.2.1

            Probably not much in the way of cash.
            However, they get paid in the contacts they make. They network on a programme like Q and A.
            Future cushy contracts await.

  18. Anne 18

    Oh wow! He says it in a nutshell. Thanks Paul.

  19. bad12 19

    Damn all my comments have been locked out by this morning’s outage…

    Edit: lolz except this one…

  20. bad12 20

    Maori television’s Native Affairs,as usual, out of the blocks first with in depth coverage of potential Maori MP’s for this election….

  21. i want the green candidate..and the labour candidate..and the maori party candidate..

    ..they were all far better than most of the wastes of space who are currently mp’s..

    ..and all would improve parliament..

    ..and their skills/commitment could not be questioned..

    ..unforunately..as a mana voter..

    ..the mana candidate impressed least of all..

    ..why is the green guy number 21 on the list..?

    ..he won’t get in..and that is a shame..

    ..w.t.f.are the greens thinking..?

    ..why isn’t he higher..?

    ..would you like a list of current green mp’s who in a just world would/should move aside for the likes of macdonald..?

    • karol 22.1

      Jack McDonald was particularly impressive – and Willow was also excellent.

      • bad12 22.1.1

        If i were to pick a ”winner” out of tonight’s discussion it would be Labour’s Willow Jean Prime, my prejudices are showing here, both Grandfather’s freezing workers, father worked 20 years for the railways befor being made redundant,

        She seemed to ‘come across’ best on the medium of television, pity Willow is contesting the Northland electorate for Labour,(havn’t checked to see where She sits on the list),

        The Maori Party candidate made one good point about the current clusterfuck that is Auckland housing, in saying that it is easy to shift from the provinces to look for work, should you not find that work tho it is virtually impossible to shift back home again,

        Of course seeing this from the point of view of the incongruous relationship the Maori Party shares with the current National Government devalues His point dramatically and it is such ”attacks” upon Maori from National while the Maori Party tucks nga korokoro under the table and nga tiro onto the leather seats of the beamers that have all but condemned the Party to the overcrowded dustbin of political history…

        • bad12 22.1.1.2

          When it come to housing policy tho, Jack Mcdonald from the Green Party had it all over everyone else, with the Mana Party candidate failing to fire in terms of having a clear personal vision of Mana’s State House policy,

          The variable equity scheme as outlined by the Green party policy is in my opinion an excellent forward looking piece of ”bread and butter” policy that they should spend far more effort explaining to the electorate,

          This policy simply means that anyone, in theory, from the lowest of beneficiaries to the most comfortable of the middle class could be housed and it is only my worries about future attacks upon those housed under this policy by another Tory Government that i see as the slightest negative issue with the policy,

          (besides the ability to build enough such homes that is)…

  22. Paul 23

    “Senior Labour Party MPs have used social media to attack the alliance struck between Mana and the Internet Party.
    Former leaders Phil Goff and David Shearer, and Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins are among those who have objected to the deal.
    The strong opposition from within Labour could make post-election coalition talks tricky.
    All three MPs were linked to the Anyone But Cunliffe [ABC] faction – who were opposed to David Cunliffe assuming leadership of the party. However, a Labour source played down talk of more division, saying all three were close to Te Tai Tokerau candidate Kelvin Davis.
    Davis himself posted on Twitter: ‘‘Bro, I think of the people of Te Tai Tokerau, not Sergeant Shultz.’’ He was referring to Dotcom’s German origins.”

    The neo-liberal rats in the Labour caucus are squirming and causing as much trouble as they can.
    Cunliffe must apply some party discipline here.
    Goff was a key member of the Douglas clique who betrayed NZ.
    Davis looking more and more like a total plonker.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10111029/Labour-MPs-not-happy-with-Mana-Internet

    • Kiwiri 23.1

      Progressive voters in Mt Roskill, Mt Albert, and Rimutaka, now have a choice and can cast their party votes for IMP!

      And those in Te Tai Tok can cast their electorate vote for Hone.

      🙂

    • “..Davis looking more and more like a total plonker..”

      ..+1..

      ..’sgt schultz’..?..really..?

      ..that’s the best davis has got..

      ..i used to think davis was ok..

      ..but you are right…he is actually a ‘total plonker’..

  23. Pete 24

    John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight eviscerates Tony Abbott

  24. Dennis Scoles 25

    The Labour Party used to be the people’s party, but it seems determined to lose many of its traditional voters. I myself will not be voting Labour again, but with me that decision came about after the election as leader of David #2 – is he the biggest goose Labour has ever had as a leader? Too late to get David #1 back…. or is it.

    • Paul 25.1

      Sounds like a concern tr**l

    • karol 25.2

      Seriously? Do you think Shearer would have been able to cope with all the nasties the Nats have been throwing out?

    • Colonial Viper 25.3

      Shearer proved unable to navigate internal Labour Party politics, partly because he was too inexperienced, I do not think he would be able to deal with the quickly changing dynamics that IMP is bringing to the table.

      Imagine the Internet Party having a more experienced leader (Laila Harre ex Labour led Cabinet Minister) than the Labour Party (David Shearer 0 full terms as Labour MP).

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  • New Zealand First disappointed that Section 70 spouses won’t get relief
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First New Zealand First is disappointed that the removal of the spousal deductions has had to be delayed by the Ministry fo Social Development, due to COVID19 workload pressures. “New Zealand First has always stood for fairness when it comes to superannuation ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters receives petition demanding more protection for nurses
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First On the steps of Parliament today the Leader of New Zealand First, Rt Hon Winston Peters received a petition from registered nurse Anna Maria Coervers, requesting an amendment to the Protection for First Responders Bill which will ensure the legislation also include registered ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Getting our economy moving
    It's been a busy seven days as we start to rebuild New Zealand together. From delivering extra support for small businesses, to investing in our artists and arts organisations, to cutting red tape on home DIY projects, we're rolling out our plan to get the economy and New Zealand moving ...
    2 days ago
  • Winston Peters: If protests condoned ‘why are we not at level 1?’
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says alert level 2 restrictions have to be discussed during today's Cabinet meeting. Thousands gathered across the country, including at Parliament, yesterday for Black Lives Matter marches where social distancing and mass gathering rules were flouted. Mr Peters said the breaching of Alert Level 2 rules at ...
    2 days ago
  • Northland rail work to help create regional jobs
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Owned Enterprises KiwiRail’s Northland rail upgrade steps up another gear today and will help Northland recover from the impacts of COVID-19, State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters says. The Government is investing $204.5 million through the Provincial Growth Fund to ...
    3 days ago
  • Green Party statement on the death of George Floyd
    “Today and every day we stand in solidarity with George Floyd’s family, friends and community who feel pain and fear about his untimely death at the hands of Minneapolis police”, said Green Party Co-leader and Māori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson. ...
    3 days ago
  • Lake Brunner’s Mount Te Kinga to go Predator Free
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Hon Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation The West Coast forests of Mount Te Kinga at Kotuku Whakaoho/Lake Brunner are the latest predator free project to receive Government funding, announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher ...
    6 days ago
  • Green Party welcomes crucial financial support for creatives
    The Green Party says new government support for creatives and artists is a vital lifeline for a sector struggling to survive the COVID crisis. ...
    6 days ago
  • Strongest ever water reforms mean swimmable rivers within a generation
    The Green Party says major freshwater reforms announced today provide the strongest ever protections of our waterways, to help ensure the next generation can swim in the rivers of Aotearoa. ...
    7 days ago
  • Greens work to secure inquiry into Wild West student accommodation sector
    The Green Party has begun the process for a Select Committee inquiry into student accommodation, which has been exposed during COVID-19 as an under-regulated sector that straddles students with unfair debt. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand joins global search for COVID-19 vaccine
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods,  and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2020: Five things to know
    Budget 2020 is about rebuilding together, supporting jobs, getting business moving and the books back into the black. It’s an integral part of our COVID-19 economic response, and our plan to grow our economy and get New Zealand moving again. Here’s a quick look at the five top things you ...
    1 week ago
  • Coalition Government approves essential upgrades on Ōhakea Air Base
    The Coalition Government has approved $206 million in essential upgrades at Ōhakea Air Base.  Defence Minister Ron Mark said the money would be spent on improving old infrastructure. He said safety issues would be addressed, as well as upgrades to taxiways, accommodation and fresh, storm and waste water systems. "This ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Attributable to the Rt Hon Winston Peters
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First “I am not persisting with this case just for myself, but for all people who have had their privacy breached. Privacy of information is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Without it our society truly faces a bleak future. We now ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones moves to protect sawmills
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones has introduced a Bill to Parliament that he says will "force more transparency, integrity and respect" for the domestic wood-processing sector through the registration of log traders and practice standards. The Forests (Regulation of Log Traders and Forestry Advisers) Amendment Bill had its first reading in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Green MP joins international call to cancel developing countries’ debt
    Green MP Golriz Ghahraman is joining over 300 lawmakers from around the world in calling on the big banks and the IMF to forgive the debt of developing countries, in the wake of the COVID crisis. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Forestry Minister Shane Jones swipes back at billion trees critics
    Forestry Minister Shane Jones says concerns that carbon foresters are planting pine trees that will never be harvested are the result of "misinformation". "The billion tree strategy is an excellent idea, unfortunately from time to time it's tainted by misinformation spread by the National Party or their grandees, hiding in scattered ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Budget boost for refugee families a win for compassion
    The Green Party welcomes funding in the budget to reunite more refugees with their families, ensuring they have the best chance at a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. ...
    3 weeks ago
  • How Budget 2020 is supporting jobs
    This year’s Budget is about rebuilding New Zealand together in the face of COVID-19. Jobs are central to how we’re going to do that.There’s a lot of targeted investment for employment in this year’s Budget, with announcements on creating new jobs, training people for the jobs we have, and supporting ...
    3 weeks ago

  • 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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  • 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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    15 hours 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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    17 hours 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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    18 hours ago
  • 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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    1 day 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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    2 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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    2 days ago
  • 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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    3 days ago
  • 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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    3 days ago
  • 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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    3 days ago
  • 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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    3 days ago
  • 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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    4 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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    4 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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    6 days ago
  • 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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    6 days 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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    6 days 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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    6 days ago
  • 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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    6 days 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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    6 days 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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    6 days 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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    6 days ago
  • 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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    6 days ago
  • 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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    7 days 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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    7 days ago
  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
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    7 days ago
  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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    1 week ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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    1 week ago
  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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    1 week ago
  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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    1 week ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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    1 week ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    2 weeks ago