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Open mike 02/10/2015

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  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    Latest TPP News/HEADLINES
    1. “U.S. Formally Proposes Carveout Of Anti-Tobacco Measures From ISDS
    ATLANTA – In a move that is likely to ignite a firestorm on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration on Wednesday (Sept. 30) formally proposed language in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that would prevent tobacco control measures from being challenged under the deal’s investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, according to sources close to the negotiations.

    Ministerial To Be Extended At Least One Day; Gaps Remain On Big 3 Issues
    ATLANTA – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial underway here will be extended at least through Friday (Oct. 2), as Mexico continues to take a hard line on the automotive rules of origin and significant gaps remain on dairy market access and the monopoly period for biologic drugs.

    Trade Committee Leaders Demand USTR, Treasury Step Up TPP Consultations
    The four leaders of the congressional trade committees are demanding that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew intensify their outreach to Congress and stakeholders with respect to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to ensure an outcome that meets congressional priorities.”

    Australia Says Its System Preserves Biologics Monopoly For Six Years

    House Lawmakers Push Froman To Grant More Sugar Access Under TPP
    http://insidetrade.com/ paywall

    2. The significance of the tobacco carveout is discussed in this excellent article linked below,
    TPP Carve Out for Tobacco Shows Core Flaws in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
    “The new exception validates, rather than assuages, the concerns of those who have been criticizing ISDS systems for many years. Without express carve outs, ISDS provisions do threaten common health and safety regulations.”
    http://infojustice.org/archives/35107

    • Bill 1.1

      The ‘carve outs’.

      So in summary – I request that this agreement between us should not mean that they get to visit violence on me. You tell me we can draw up an agreed list of violences that have not to be perpetrated. (For some unknowable reason I agree that we provide a list)

      And when they spoon out my eyes they ‘reasonably’ point to the sub-heading marked ‘eyes’ and the fact that, whereas ‘stabbing in the yes’ was listed, spooning of the eyes wasn’t.

      Does that kind of cover it off?

  2. Tautoko Mangō Mata 2

    Latest TPP News update
    U.S. Tobacco Proposal Makes ISDS Carveout Optional; Builds On Existing Language
    ATLANTA – The U.S. proposal on tobacco tabled here would give countries the option to prevent tobacco companies from challenging tobacco control measures under investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), using a concept that already exists under the U.S. investment model called “denial of benefits,” according to informed sources.
    http://insidetrade.com/ paywall

    • Ad 2.1

      Any further updates?

      • Tautoko Mangō Mata 2.1.1

        “Inside U.S. Trade – October 2, 2015 Inside U.S. Trade All Headlines
        TPP Ministerial Likely To Stretch To Weekend Despite Auto Progress
        ATLANTA —
        As of press time, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial taking place here was considered increasingly likely to last beyond Friday (Oct. 2) due to continuing differences on dairy market access and monopoly protections for biologic drugs, despite key parties being close to a deal on the automotive rules of origin.”

        U.S. Tobacco Proposal Makes ISDS Carveout Optional; Builds On Model BIT

        http://insidetrade.com/

  3. b waghorn 3

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/285835/have-asset-sale-funds-gone-where-promised
    Now I reckon that if a farm manager sold off a few paddocks to fix the woolshed roof he’d be down the road pretty quick, and yet these inept fools are still running our country.

    • Puckish Rogue 3.1

      As opposed to the fools who commited economic sabotage and lost a billion dollars off the price of the shares

      Though I got more shares because of it so silver lining and all that

      • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1

        As opposed to the fools who commited economic sabotage and lost a billion dollars off the price of the shares

        If that was the case then National shouldn’t have sold thus National are still the economic saboteurs – as they always are as the work to enrich the rich.

        Though I got more shares because of it so silver lining and all that

        Ah, so you personally got to become a bigger bludger.

      • b waghorn 3.1.2

        If I was I charge I’d be forcibly them buy them back at what you payed for them .
        Nzs resources like renewable power should be for all ,not for the rich and the non residents to profit from.

        • Puckish Rogue 3.1.2.1

          If I was in charge I’d say that were going to have partial privitisation before an upcoming election and then let the people of NZ decide

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.2.1.1

            We did – 70% against the sales according to the referendum. The sale of those shares were, essentially, legalised theft.

            • Puckish Rogue 3.1.2.1.1.1

              National said what it would do before the election, it gave the voters of NZ plenty of time to think about and voters voted accordingly

              Thats democracy for you

              • Draco T Bastard

                No, that’s elected dictatorship. Democracy is when the people actually get a say in the policies.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  The people spoke, well enough people anyway, and National got re-elected

                  I guess for people like you democracy is only good when the people you support get elected

          • b waghorn 3.1.2.1.2

            I don’t give a …. Who got voted in and how. If society wants to avoid repeating the same bloody upheavals caused by wealth accumulating at the top then we need to evolve past being greedy little monkeys.

      • b waghorn 3.1.3

        I just reread you’re reply ,nice bit of diversion.
        This post /comment had nothing to do with the rightor wrong of selling them it was about the fact that these so called economic geniuses that run the country are that stupid and short sighted that they sold a productive asset to paper over the cracks of there inability to balance the books.

  4. Pasupial 4

    Some good news (as far as it goes):

    Early last year, Shell and partners OMV and Mitsui E&P laid out plans to drill a $200 million test well in the Great South Basin by this summer.

    But this week, Shell announced it would not be drilling in 2016. The news came just one day after Shell announced it was pulling out of drilling in the Arctic off the coast of Alaska…

    In waters off New Zealand’s southeast coast, Shell is one of five companies to hold seven exploration permits. Anadarko, Woodside Energy Ltd, TAG Oil, and New Zealand Oil and Gas are also permit-holders.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/357925/jubilation-and-disappointment

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/28/shell-ceases-alaska-arctic-drilling-exploratory-well-oil-gas-disappoints

  5. Paul 5

    Key catches up with Rupert Murdoch.
    They discuss the carve up of New Zelaand.
    Who else is he meeting while he ‘s in New York?
    The head of Merrill Lynch ?
    The head of Goldman Sachs?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11522286

    • srylands 5.1

      Merrill Lynch ceased trading in 2013. The “head” of Merrill Lynch is the CE of the Bank of America. The Merrill Lynch brand is simply a moderatley sized wealth management division of the Bank of America. Why would JK be meeting with them?

      Most of Goldman Sachs work in New Zealand is corporate advisory – again why would JK be meeing with them? And even if he was, what is the problem? What is your point?

      One person who he is meeting with is Helen. I was releived from her commenst yesterday that she seems to have acquired some common sense since being exposed to the UN. I concede I was surprised at her comments about the TPP, but I will take my pleasant surprises from any sources.

      • Paul 5.1.1

        My points.
        1. Once a bankster, always a bankster.
        2. It is interesting that Key catches up with Murdoch, don’t you think.

      • Paul 5.1.2

        You support of the TPPA is noted.
        You seem to agree with all the agenda of the 0.001%.

        Either you are a member of that destructive group or you are a shill for them.

        • Pasupial 5.1.2.1

          Paul

          Srylands wishes he was part of the 0.001%, but your second guess seems the more likely to be accurate. With his pseudonym and better knowledge of the Australia (eg GST rates) than NZ, I’ve always put him down as CT spinner from across the ditch.

          What is interesting is that this is only the second time he’s commented since May 14th (when his contribution was simply; “Dicks”, something to remember when he inevitably pulls out the; “There is no cause for rudeness”, line). When I saw his comment yesterday, I assumed he must have just come off a ban, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It is telling that the reason he decided to crawl out of the woodwork was to cheer on the TPPA.

          His only other contributions this year have been; April 22nd, when he was defending Key and smearing Bailey over pony-tailgate, and; February 1st when he was getting stuck into Catton.

          • Paul 5.1.2.1.1

            These trolls are very tiresome.

            • Puckish Rogue 5.1.2.1.1.1

              A different opinion to yours doesn’t make someone a troll Paul but then thats your default setting isn’t it, call someone a troll and hope they get banned

              • lprent

                Moderators will make up their own mind. And if I see words overused and out of context, I just add them to the moderated words until their use reverts to something acceptable

  6. Mike the Savage One 6

    The government’s much hailed “investment approach” in social security and “reforms” they brought in over recent years are not what they seem. This has been noticed by Bill Rosenberg who published a paper for the CTU, which I understand Scoop already reported on.

    The whole approach is flawed, and seems primarily designed to simply reduce the costs for government, without taking into consideration wider implications, like risks, costs or benefits for the individuals MSD and WINZ work with.

    Here is an interesting paper on this, well worth a read, as it proves again, we are sold misguided, flawed, misrepresentation using policies, that only make things look better, but do not deliver what is claimed:

    http://union.org.nz/sites/union.org.nz/files/Investment%20Approach%20is%20not%20an%20investment%20approach%20-%20Rosenberg_0.pdf

    And reliable data is being withheld by the government, as this question by Carmel Sepuloni from 17 September to the Associate Minister for Social Development shows:
    http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/39670

    Others asked questions before, how the evaluation of reforms and outcomes was going:
    http://publicaddress.net/speaker/how-is-government-evaluating-its-welfare/

    https://nzsocialjusticeblog2013.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/mental-health-and-sole-parent-employment-services-msd-withholds-o-i-a-information-that-may-prove-their-trials-a-failure/

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    Really surprised that Helen Clark came out in support of the TPPA no matter what she thought of it. It undermines the Labour Party’s position on the TTPA just to start with. It also undermines attempts by the present Labour Party leadership to move towards being a party more in tune with the original Labour Party ideals.

    • Paul 7.1

      Helen Clark
      a) set the Urewera raids in motion
      b) did not undo neoliberalism

      What did you expect?

      • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1

        +1

        Clark is as much Third Way as Blair and that means free-trade at all costs.

        • The Lone Harnguer 7.1.1.1

          Even Donald Trump is saying “free trade” is damaging the US of A and that they need to move away from that to “fair trade”

          Of course the Republican Party despise him, as hes not going by the agenda.

          Tho Trump in charge of the button, with Ben Carson for running mate could appeal to a lot of US voters who dont trust Mrs Clinton.

          • Paul 7.1.1.1.1

            It’s 35 years since Reagan destroyed America.
            Most Americans can see the effects of free trade and ‘free trade agreements’ like NAFTA.
            They are desperate for a candidate not supported by the financiers and large corporates. Hopefully Sanders will be that person, but Americans are so desperate, they might take a punt on Trump.

        • Paul 7.1.1.2

          It also means neo-liberalism, just a slightly mellower form.

          I know they name their policies the third way. However, it’s really the same way, buying into the mantra of ‘there’s no alternative’ popularised by Thatcher and her acolytes.

        • Rodel 7.1.1.3

          Must admit my disappointment in Helen. Doesn’t seem like the Helen I voted for but I guess people change as their circumstances change.

    • Nessalt 7.2

      So Helen should toe the party line despite being above politics at a national level? she should be subservient in her role as administrator of the un DEVELOPMENT agency that focuses on sustainable growth in poorer nations?

      Given her legacy in our own countries politics, i was surprised that the one person who would know what benefits poorer nations would come out in support of the TPPA. so it’s a ringing endorsement.

      but you think she should shut up because Labour in NZ knows better right? well done

      • esoteric pineapples 7.2.1

        Helen has managed to remain quiet on an awful lot of actions of this government that I am certain she is uncomfortable with. Why suddenly make a comment on a political hot button topic like the TPPA where she is actually endorsing the Prime Minister and strengthening his credibility? Especially as it doesn’t in the least part relate to her present role at the United Nations. This is what a good number of people will be asking themselves.

        • maui 7.2.1.1

          Just a couple of weeks ago Lisa Owen had her on the Nation and pushed her on whether nz should take more refugees. If I remember rightly Clarke said she doesn’t get involved in political issues in nz.

    • One Two 7.3

      Helen got the role at the UN for services performed on behalf of [ ] in the interest of [ ]

      The UN was founded and funded by [ ] and functions to ensure the continuation of [ ]

      Helen The Insider

    • Enough is Enough 7.4

      Just like the UK Labour Party has recently done, the New Zealand Labour Party needs to distance itself from its recent Neo-Liberal past.

      Andrew Little should declare that the Labour Party disagrees with the comments of the former Prime Minister and that Labour is now moving in a different direction to that of the previous two Labour Governments.

      It is time to embrace socialism and end corporatism.

      • esoteric pineapples 7.4.1

        That would be nice, if unlikely. This is another example of the awkwardness of Helen making a statement right now. Labour seems to be gingerly moving to the left but she has forced their hand. She should have known the position she is putting the present Labour leadership in. It’s either a major faux pas or deliberate act of sabotage. I find both options to be extraordinary.

        • Puckish Rogue 7.4.1.1

          Just consider that the two most popular prime ministers of the mmp era both endorse TPPA

          TPPA will be good for NZ

          • Paul 7.4.1.1.1

            Please explain how it will be good for New Zealand.
            Please provide evidence to support this statement as well.

            Otherwise it’s worthless.

            • Puckish Rogue 7.4.1.1.1.1

              When the details come out I’ll accept your apology Paul

              • Paul

                So no evidence then, pr?
                Just the usual blasé statement with no back up or support.
                And then you whinge on when I call you out for worthless trolling.
                You add nothing to the debate.

                If you truly believe the TPPA is great for NZ, please explain why.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  I’ve explained why there shouldn’t be any details and all you’ve done is point to a leaked document that isn’t the final draft

                  But hey if its supported by John Key it must be bad

                  • Paul

                    I’ll ignore that attempt to divert.

                    I don’t sign contracts without first reading the wording. Do you?

                    And the leaked draft would highlight some serious concerns for anyone who cares about the independence and sovereignty of this country.

              • Paul

                If another party was in charge, would you be happy if they said trust us…..it’s in the best interests of the country?

          • half crown 7.4.1.1.2

            “TPPA will be good for NZ”

            How do you know? Are you privileged to some information the rest of New Zealand isn’t?

    • alwyn 7.5

      I don’t find it at all surprising that Helen Clark has come out in support of the TPPA.
      She apparently has a wish to get the job as UN Secretary General. As a realist, and as someone who has always looked out for number 1, she is quite well aware that she hasn’t got a snow-flakes chance in Hell of even being considered unless she has the support of her own Government.
      She has to do whatever John Key wishes her to do, doesn’t she? In fact he doesn’t have to tell her what to do or even mention the subject. She will be smart enough to know that she can’t get the position without the support of her own Government and that there is no way that is anything other than the current Key- led party. She has to keep him onside.
      It doesn’t mean that his support can get her the job of course. Personally I think it will go to someone from Eastern Europe. His opposition will however completely kill her chances and she will kowtow to him wherever necessary.

      • Brillo 7.5.1

        As soon as I saw her endorsing TPPA, I thought “She’s scratching his back so that he will scratch hers in her job application.”

        However, Clark didn’t really need to, as he would have endorsed her application anyway, to keep her busy and out of New Zealand. She’d be a lot more trouble to National if she came home and were active once more in politics – in any capacity.

        • alwyn 7.5.1.1

          “She’d be a lot more trouble to National if she came home”
          Not nowadays, she wouldn’t.

          John Key would probably have been happy to see her go when she did but that was a long time ago and the longer she has been away the more irrelevant she has become. At the beginning of 2009 she could probably have caused him some bother, as she would have known where all the bodies were buried, and the things that could have caused trouble for a new Government.
          Her coming back now, and trying to take any part in politics, would be more likely to help rather than hurt him. If she said anything at all that Little doesn’t say first she is open, validly, to the charge that she is wrecking her old party.
          No, after this long she is beholden to Key and would be quite helpless to revive any political career in this country. Getting involved at all would lead the Labour Party into being forced to destroy her. They can’t somehow reincarnate her as their leader, can they?

      • RedBaronCV 7.5.2

        I read the articles fairly carefully and was left very unsure as to what Helen Clarke had said directly to journalists and in what context.

        And what John Key had said Helen said – which is only his memory / say so and may be well out of context

    • James 7.6

      when you say – “no matter what she thought of it” – you infer that she may not be in agreement.

      Do you not understand that people with a greater knowledge than you or I on the mater actually know that this is a good idea.

      • Puckish Rogue 7.6.1

        The people of NZ (the lefties anyway) feel that when negotiating a deal they should be told in the smallest detail whats happening

        They also miss the obvious that this is a damn stupid idea

        • maui 7.6.1.1

          The smallest details.. like not having overseas companies sueing our Government and not having crown entity operations compromised. Those are not fricking small details! What rational thinking person would have those things up for grabs in a deal anyway.

          • Puckish Rogue 7.6.1.1.1

            Is that confirmed or a rumour?

          • Paul 7.6.1.1.2

            Your opinion is usually an infantile barb, or a trite statement, hardly ever supported by any evidence or any coherent explanation.

            Happy to debate the issue of the TPPA with you if you’ll actually discuss the ideas with some supporting evidence.

            You acknowledge we don’t know what’s in the treaty, yet you say I should apologise when we eventually get told.
            Firstly, do you really trust governments to make such a decision without us having any say in the matter?
            Secondly, given the leaks we do know about, aren’t you at all concerned about the costs to medicine and the undermining of our sovereignty to the investor state clauses?

            • Puckish Rogue 7.6.1.1.2.1

              First question. Its a trade negotiation so I would expect any negotiations done to be secret.

              Lets say for example something, anything came out in the negotiations and some concerned groups in NZ kicked up a fuss about it, they may not have all the facts but they complain anyway. The opposition would use that as leverage against NZ.

              Second question. Its a leak ,its not confirmed so when the details come we’ll know more. However lets assume there is an extra cost to medicine thats say 5 billion more. Now imagine because of that our diary industry is opened up more and is worth 10 billion

              Now the numbers arn’t important but what is important is how much we give up vs how much we set to gain

              You speak of trust, I trust this government and every government in NZ to do whats best for NZ, thats why we elect them.

              So I trust that NZs negotiaters will get us a favourable deal or they’ll walk away.

              • Paul

                10 billion benefit??? Don’t make figures up.

                The US Govt says max benefit to NZ agriculture from #TPP is 0.01% GDP in 2025.

                • Puckish Rogue

                  The numbers arn’t important, if it makes you feel better try this:

                  However lets assume there is an extra cost to medicine thats say 5 million more. Now imagine because of that our diary industry is opened up more and is worth 10 million

                  Now the numbers arn’t important but what is important is how much we give up vs how much we set to gain

                  • maui

                    Is the Dairy Industry going to pay out for the increased prescription costs of people in ill health? How nice of them, maybe we can write that into the deal too.

                • alwyn

                  Do you have a reference for this claim of only 0.01% of GDP?
                  Current NZ GDP is about $240 billion.
                  Let’s assume it gets to $300 billion by 2025.
                  Then 0.01% of that would be about $30 million/year.
                  Where did your number come from?

                    • alwyn

                      Thank You. Now I see what he is talking about.
                      From the article you link to we see, after culling the verbiage

                      “”New Zealand’s agricultural growth will be led by gains in its output of dairy and meat products as it increases its exports of these commodities to Japan, Canada, the United States and Mexico,” the report says.

                      But the impact on gross domestic product would be almost imperceptible – 0.01 per cent or one-hundredth of 1 per cent.

                      Another modelling exercise, by I Cheong at the Asian Development Bank Institute last year, estimated the boost from the TPP agreement to New Zealand’s GDP by 2027 as nearly 1 per cent.”

                      The 0.01% figure quoted is the effect on the US GDP, not the NZ GDP. This is currently about $US 18 trillion. Allowing for growth to say $US 24 trillion by 2025 this would be about $US 2.4 billion or around $4 billion New Zealand dollars. That is vastly more than the implied figure of only 0.01% of the New Zealand GDP, and would be a bit more than the 1% figure derived by the ADB.

                    • maui

                      From my point of view estimating the likely GDP benefits in 10 years time is like picking who will win the football world cup. The world is facing some big challenges right now and I expect that it’s only the beginning.

              • tracey

                And yet the European versian of this is being disclosed to people in far greater detail. I guess they don’t need to keep their bargaining positions secret.

                Given we are spying on our allies and they on us (as admitted by Key) no one has a secret position anymore OR.

                You need to at least think for yourself rather than just parroting key and Groser and Mapp. A comment you made above suggests you haven’t actually read any of the documents that have been revealed,s o your only basis for your opinion is what those you support have said about it? Which is your entitlement but impacts the calibre of your offerings to the discussion.

              • tracey

                “they may not have all the facts but they complain anyway. ”

                whereas you dont seem to have read any documents that have been revealled but support it anyway cos Mr Key and Mr Groser have told you to trust them.

                remember Mr key may be well liked but polls suggest he is not ell trusted/believed…

                Just today we see that he was VERY wrong to trust the defence force and to impugn Mr Stephenson. His judgment is not good PR.

        • tracey 7.6.1.2

          I wonder why in the USA even if it is signed this week, it still has to pass through their political process to get accepted, which includes publishing the deal for 60 days.

          No automatic ratification and circumvention of the people there…

          And in the USA it is the Right that object most strongly, which rather wrecks the lefty meme peddled by Mr Mapp and parroted by some here.

  8. ianmac 8

    Oh no!
    “How well students perform in the classroom will soon play a part in how much funding a school gets, says the Education Minister.

    Speaking at the Post-Primary Teacher’s Association (PPTA) annual conference in Wellington on Thursday, Hekia Parata said student achievement would “absolutely” be a factor in a review of the school funding system.”

    Fraught with problems and another Parata U-turn.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/72605207/student-achievement-to-be-used-to-fund-schools-under-new-model

    • Tautoko Mangō Mata 8.1

      This Listener editorial from March of last year gives the arguments against this ridiculous proposal which is driven by ideology and certainly not by rational thought.

      “There’s a good reason why police, lawyers and judges, for example, are not incentivised on the basis of securing convictions: it would make a mockery of the justice system. The same precautions need to apply in education.
      Stumbling blocks abound. How to compare a school where all the students sit NCEA with one in which half the kids opt for Cambridge or the International Baccalaureate exams? How to compare a school where a large proportion of NCEA credits come from exams and traditional academic subjects with one that leans heavily on less-demanding vocational courses?”

      http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/editorial/editorial-dealing-to-deciles/

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        What’s wrong with it Tautoko Mango Mata? They do it in the USA and we know they are the fount of all wisdom. Of course there was that case where teachers were under pressure to produce perfect results and the one who was poorest and needed the job most was found to be coaching the answers.

        I think they call it a moral hazard. Or is it immoral hazard” Anyway if we don’t know about such things I am sure Parata will know all about it from personal experience.

        • mpledger 8.1.1.1

          And what happens when a kid who wants to do Calculus for career reasons but will only get an achieved whereas the school would rather she did statistics because she’d get an excellence? While this may be an obvious sign of coercion there can be subtle ones … like making kids need all “merit” credits at level 2 in a exam heavy subject in order to continue to level 3 but only achieved for internally assessed courses.

          • greywarshark 8.1.1.1.1

            That’s an interesting insight. The different ways that policies can be twisted for unintended consequences! But when the policies have already been tested overseas with monitoring and results are known, then there is no excuse = they are definitely toxic.

    • tracey 8.2

      another friday dumping…

    • RedBaronCV 8.3

      Okay so schools with students not doing so well suddenly get less money – self defeating isn’t it.
      Perhaps our politicians need a merit in a number of subjects before they are turned loose in cabinet. They could cram for “the cabinet exams” once they are elected and of course we would need to see marks and league tables so we could make the right judgements & incentivise with a salary only the best y’know?

  9. Paul 9

    Brian Rudman scathing about Key’s panda distraction.

    ‘It rather misses the question: should we help fund China’s attempts to save one of its endangered species – it uses the high rentals collected on panda hires for panda research at home – or should we be using that money to protect and promote our own endangered species. After all, we have a few of them.
    The last count I saw listed 2788 of our native plants and animals as endangered. In his doctoral thesis, scientist Mark Seabrook-Davison calculated that only 6 per cent, or 188, of New Zealand’s recorded threatened species were being actively managed.
    The Department of Conservation is grossly under-funded and is expected to seek sponsors and volunteers to assist it in its vital work. How perilous this cost-cutting is was highlighted a month ago, when amateur deerstalkers were hired to cull pukeko on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf. After two days of blasting with shotguns on this protected reserve, four priceless takahe were found dead in the pile of 600 pukeko corpses.
    There are fewer than 300 takahe in the world. Yet somehow, the civil servants on an island sanctuary entrusted with a flock of 21 of them, presided over the massacre of a fifth of them.
    More than a month on, no explanation or prosecution has been announced. There’s been no clamour from the government. No minister has resigned. Instead, our masters coo over giant pandas, of which there are at least 1800.’

    More here…..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11522248

    • greywarshark 9.1

      So we can say that no Minister or Civil servant was harmed by this slaughter. I guess the National Party’s verdict on that would be manslaughter!

    • tracey 9.2

      the Wanganui Chronicle has a good article about Key’s fading star too

  10. williams you were always loose but now you are just a bowel movement

    Mr Williams was asked by an audience member if there should be encouragement for more Māori culture and Te Reo use in New Zealand jails.
    “My response is that New Zealand runs on English – and that’s the reality of it – we speak English,” Mr Williams replied. Mr Williams continued, saying: “[If] you want to go and get a job, don’t bowl up speaking Māori.”

    Mike Williams operates literacy programmes in prisons throughout the country.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/285865/'you-want-to-get-a-job,-don't-bowl-up-speaking-maori

    • Morrissey 10.1

      Don’t forget that Williams was in the same class at school as that notorious Māori-baiter Paul Holmes. This was not simply an inadvertent comment by Williams; he had plenty of time to consider what he would say. Williams’ foolish comments represent the ugly actuality of rural Hawkes Bay racism, which clearly hasn’t been eradicated by his decades spent in the company of Labour Party liberals.

      The pity of this is that Williams usually shuts up and says nothing, except to repeat “I agree with Matthew”.[1] Why would he have imagined he was suddenly capable of opening his trap?

      [1] /open-mike-28092015/#comment-1075674

      • mac1 10.1.1

        Morrissey, did you realise that you have begun your comment with a ‘guilt by association” argument? That needs strong condemnation, and weakens what you have said later- especially by being associated with your first argument.

        Can I say to you that all of what you write is absolute tripe because you have used a faulty argument at the start, which is after all in itself ‘guilt by association’?

        • Morrissey 10.1.1.1

          Morrissey, did you realise that you have begun your comment with a ‘guilt by association” argument?

          If Williams had not made a stupid and incendiary dismissal of Māori language, your argument would have merit. But since Williams did exactly that, it is surely reasonable to mention his background, which includes a close friendship, first at school then later when they were both prominent public figures, with a notorious racist.

    • maui 10.2

      As a bit of a sidetrack, I was listening to newstalk last night and the host was getting all shitty that Tariana Turia wants Chris Brown in the country to talk to South Aucklanders about domestic violence. It was funny having a middle-aged white dude being so forthright on who might be the best messenger to Maori/Pasifika on these issues. I naturally assumed that Turia would have a much better idea on what might help than the radio jockey. A social worker in south Auckland then phoned up and said having Chris Brown here would be useful and then pointed out that we gave Tony Veitch a second chance, then the host quickly ended the call. It’s funny how people speaking the truth are dismissed so easily.

    • tracey 10.3

      Thenit is a shame he is working so widely in our prisons. He might want to read some work from JUstice Beacroft which indicates those Maori Youth connected to Culture and Reo re-offend in much fewer numbers than those who don’t.

      “The longitudinal studies have identified that an important protective factor for Māori young people is a strong sense of Māori identity and connection to their culture.”

      Williams is insulting Maori by suggesting they cannot be fluent in English and Reo.

      http://www.rethinking.org.nz/assets/JustSpeak/JustSpeak%20-%20Maori%20and%20the%20Criminal%20Justice%20System%20-%20A%20Youth%20Perspective.pdf

  11. Morrissey 11

    Backers of Al Qaeda, ISIS and Al Nusra
    say RUSSIA is ‘throwing gasoline on fire’

    Outrageous Hypocrisy ALERT!

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/30/russia-launches-first-airstrikes-against-targets-in-syria-says-us?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

    • Kevin Welsh 12.1

      Not really. Even if Dotcom is extradited the chances of the plaintiffs getting a court victory are probably slim. Pretty sure the ‘Betamax’ precedent will be cited before its all over.

      http://blog.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/legal-research/today-1984-supreme-court-decides-sony-betamax-case/

      “a company was not liable for manufacturing a technology that some customers may use for copyright-infringing purposes, so long as the technology is capable of substantial “noninfringing uses.”

      • Puckish Rogue 12.1.1

        I don’t care if hes prosecuted or not i just want the guy out of NZ

        • thatguynz 12.1.1.1

          What an asinine comment. I want you out of NZ too. Regrettably however you seemingly have every much as right to be here as he does.

          • Puckish Rogue 12.1.1.1.1

            Well no he has permanant residence status which can be revoked and the sooner it is the better

            I mean yes he did do National a big favour with his internet party thing but the funs over and now he has to leave

    • McFlock 12.2

      lol
      I’m still worried – they’re running an expensive court case after an armed police raid and they still couldn’t get the paperwork together or confirm that the legal requirements had been fulfilled.

      This is basic stuff that should be easily achievable off the bat, rather than frantically searching offices to find necessary paperwork or not knowing whether ministers had been informed.

      Shit, I’m disorganised as fuck, but even I know to check off all the requirements and make sure I have everything before I go into a big meeting. Right up there with straightening the tie and making sure your fly is done up before you walk in the door.

    • tracey 12.3

      Interesting that the originals were in the Judges office the whole time… and no one knew… not the Clerk… not the Judge… not the parties who must have filed them with their other documents…

    • Paul 13.1

      Anne Tolley isn’t very popular if the comments below her article are anything to go by.

      • Puckish Rogue 13.1.2

        Probably by the same people that cry eugenics at the drop of a hat

        • Paul 13.1.2.1

          Still waiting your evidence that the TPP will benefit NZ.
          Or are you just dipping in, here there and everywhere with your smart Alec comments?

          • Puckish Rogue 13.1.2.1.1

            I’ve explained my position, all you have is a leaked draft.

            When i was negotiating the purchase of my first house I didn’t pay what the seller was asking, the seller didn’t accept my first offer either.

            The house plans for my first new home at the start were different to the end plans.

            Get it?

            • Paul 13.1.2.1.1.1

              Your analogy fails.

              When you bought your house, you knew the price.
              We don’t know the price of the TPP.
              It’s a secret.

              Imagine if you bought the house because you trusted the vendor would do a fair deal. And only found out the cost four years later. And could do nothing about it.

              That’s the TPP.

            • Paul 13.1.2.1.1.2

              Lots of leaked chapters actually.
              Quite a lot of evidence that the TPP is not in NZ’s national interests.
              But what’s concrete evidence when put alongside blind faith?

              Is John Key looking after your property portfolio that well, pr?
              I sense I’ve found your motivation for supporting Key’s form of crony capitalism.
              Unbridled self interest.

              https://wikileaks.org/tpp-enviro/pressrelease.html
              http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/06/tpp-deal-leaked-pharma-000126
              https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/07/new-leaked-tpp-chapter-reveals-countries-converging-anti-user-copyright

            • Tautoko Mangō Mata 13.1.2.1.1.3

              Sorry, this house sale analogy doesn’t work so I FIFY..
              Let’s say you (NZ Public) and I (National Cabinet) are the clients buying a house. Our salesman/negotiator, (Groser) is not providing us with the information as to exactly what is included in the “sale”(TPPA) and will tell us only after he has signed a deal that we cannot alter. We are not allowed to look at the house (proposed text) until we sign although we have been lucky enough to get a floor plan off a builder (Wikileaks) who did some work on it. We are not being told whether the furniture and kitchen silver is included ( extended patent times for biologics, etc.) What is more, it is only my decision (the Cabinet) whether to buy or not and not yours because I want that house regardless of whether you do and quite frankly, I don’t give a rat’s posterior what you think because you are breathless, uniformed and irrelevant.

              • RedBaronCV

                And the clincher “I also don’t give a toss because you are goimg to be living in it not meeee.”

            • tracey 13.1.2.1.1.4

              Were you being spied on by the vendor so they knew what you would go to anyway? Cos that is the actually analogy PR. You can’t miss out the part where we and our allies to the proposed TPP are spying on each other, and if this deal is so crucial, spying on what positions nations are taking. I’ve put this to Mr Mapp several times and he just says nothing.

  12. Paul 14

    Privatisation really improves customer service.
    Spark presently have over a 2 hour wait on answering the phone!

    • tc 14.1

      Moutter has slashed via several redundancy waves to keep profits at an unsustainable level.

      Alot of knowledge and capability has been happy to depart an organisation they perceive as heading towards the rocks.

      It’s just a logo and marketing fluff now, Chorus and others actually run the network.

    • Puckish Rogue 14.2

      Just letting you know that Spark went public in 1990 so 25 years ago but yes Telecom certainly had better customer service than in the old post office days

  13. reason 15

    I wonder if puckish rouge supports the sexual assault on females by sabin like characters in the customs department if they learn that the females are visiting Kim Dotcom……

    I think his hate for the fat german would make him quite comfortable with this Sabinization of our customs department ….

    Regarding his other fetish ……The TPPA is a corporate take-over of our countries laws and he’s really comfortable with that ………..

  14. Puckish Rogue 16

    I know everyone here will be glad to see Paul Henry making a good go on the radio, no doubt it will lead over to the tv part of the show 🙂

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/72647583/paul-henry-a-surprise-winner-in-radio-survey

    • McFlock 16.1

      An increase from 1 to 7% in wellington?

      But according to the surveyors they didn’t run a survey in the first half of this year…

      • alwyn 16.1.1

        “they didn’t run a survey in the first half of this year”
        What has that got to do with PR’s comment, or to the article he linked to for that matter?
        Neither of them claim that it was being compared with the first half of the year. PR doesn’t mention a date and the linked article only talks about a comparison with the previous survey.

        • McFlock 16.1.1.1

          Sigh.
          Paul Henry got his latest opportunity for failure in early April 2015.

          In the article PR linked to (that you read so carefully) they clearly identified the survey, and report the findings:

          The Mike Hosking Breakfast is a juggernaut, with an 18.7 percent share, up from 18.4 at the last survey. Radio Live’s Paul Henry show, a cross-platform programme that also screens on TV3 and streams online, has gained too, from 4.5 to 5 percent in Auckland. But it has an even bigger share in Wellington, where it has streaked ahead, from a 1.8 share to 6.8.

          (my bold)

          If the survey is supposed to be done biannually then maybe the launch of phs might have overlapped with the survey period. But my link clearly says “No survey in 1-2015”. So what was “the last survey” from which phs made its “gains”?

          I’m surprised that neither you nor pr can spot such obvious holes in reporting – but then the lack of comprehension ability goes some way to explaining why you’re both tory fuckwits.

    • tracey 16.2

      But then the show he replaced didn’t beam to radio and henry already had a radio audience… so it’s not apples with apples.

  15. Mrs Brillo 17

    A few days ago the topic of the NZ Herald gaming its own comments section was raised here.

    I have been watching one particular story today, so here’s what has happened so far.
    Brian Rudman’s “Don’t waste takahe’s cash on panda porn” was posted at 9.24am. (Presumably too late for the print edition – will it be in that tomorrow?)

    The 24 comments the Herald opted to reproduce are all denoted as having been made at c.11.48am. However, they were not actually posted till after 1pm.

    I made a comment on the article sometime around 12.30 and that has not been posted. In fact it is now 5.25pm and no further comments have been added at all. That seems odd.

    (The tone of the existing comments was pretty nearly 100% against the government. The usual RWNJs were absent, having decided that this one was too hot too handle.)

  16. alwyn 18

    During the 2005 election campaign many left-leaning people complained that the photograph of Helen Clark used in the Iwi/Kiwi ads was unfair, and that it had been doctored. I never thought that it was flattering but it did appear to be just one of the photos of her that you would expect to see in a newspaper, and I never thought it was unfair or distorted.
    An example is here
    http://www.electionads.org.nz/?p=11459
    Jane Kelsey has written an article on the TPPA on The Daily Blog and attached a photo of Ms Clark.
    What did Helen do to get Ms Kelsey so p*d off?
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/10/01/helen-clark-needs-to-heed-her-own-un-advisers-on-tppa/
    I have never seen such an appalling photo. Even her worst enemies wouldn’t regard it as fair

  17. Penny Bright 19

    Perhaps the anonymous ‘Editor’ responsible for today’s NZ Herald ‘Editorial’, could please provide evidence proving that I have ever stated anything that was factually inaccurate, concerning Auckland Council, or Auckland Council CCOs?

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption WHISTLE-BLOWER’

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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    2 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    2 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    3 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    3 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    3 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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    3 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    3 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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    4 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    4 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    4 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    4 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    5 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    5 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    5 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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    6 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    6 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    6 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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    6 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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    7 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    1 week ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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    1 week ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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