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Open mike 02/12/2011

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  1. Memo from Crosby Textor

    To all available RWNJs

    We were lucky last election. We only just got over the line and special votes may make things even more precarious. Having to rely on Banks and the coiffured one for supply is daunting and the thought of the Maori Party having the balance of power is terrifying.

    Unless we do something then it is vey likely that we will lose the next election and the damned socialists will wreck the country by doing such things as addressing child poverty and giving workers a living wage. Such heresy cannot be tolerated.

    So we need to do something about their current leadership battle. We have deep concerns about Cunliffe. He is bright and a good debater. He is the perfect counter to brand Key. He will be able to tell when Key uses our bogus statistics.
    His leadership aspirations must be thwarted at all costs.

    We need all out support for his opponents. Now that Parker is out of the running we need full support for Shearer. We are pleased that our efforts to placate and control the MSM are that successful that Farrar and Slater can support Shearer without anyone being incredulous at how the views of the National Party on Labour’s leadership can be given any credence.

    Please keep supporting Shearer. When you do so use phrases such as “a new way” or “gamechanger” and talk about a “groundswell” even though the actual groundswell is coming from the ranks of the supporters of the right who will never vote Labour.

    Message ends.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      John Key left the country to make money.

      David Shearer left to save lives.

      • Blue 1.1.1

        And what happens when that line gets old, Lanth?

        People won’t vote for Shearer just because of his past. They’ll say ‘nice guy, but…’

        If Labour picks Shearer and has to roll him within six months to a year because he doesn’t have what it takes, then Labour will be caught up in the sort of messy bloodbath jounalists adore, leaving the public with negative feelings about Labour as a disunited, dysfunctional party and gifting John Key a third term.

      • Anne 1.1.2

        If ‘dazed and confused’ is any indication, I think the RWNJs are changing their game plan from endorsement of Shearer to the undermining of Cunliffe. Expect the rumours and innuendo to surface any day now.

        • lprent 1.1.2.1

          That was what the Wellington astroturfer I banned last night “Albie” something was pushing. I guess that will be the message of the day

        • Anthony 1.1.2.2

          You can see their endgame though, if Shearer wins they get someone who they think Key is better able to compete with, if Cunliffe wins against the “Shearer ground swell!1!!!” they get to say Labour is still out of touch with the electorate due to back room wheeling and dealing.

          They’ve put themselves in a win/win situation, it’s pretty clever really.

      • pollywog 1.1.3

        …but Key fucked the world over as part of a cadre of scumbag wanksters.

        There are more people dying unnecesarily than ever before.

        good or bad is irrelevent, who made the bigger difference ?

        • Bob Stanforth 1.1.3.1

          Dont think there is any argument over that, at least none that would stand up. But, and its a big but, just because someone has taken a moral stand at some point in their career does not a leader of a left wing political party make.

          By all means, yay for Shearer, but as noted, if you cant lead, you cant lead.

          • Uturn 1.1.3.1.1

            Are we talking about the same David Shearer?

            Previously Senior Humanitarian Affairs Adviser in Liberia; Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations in Rwanda; Senior Humanitarian Adviser in Albania?

            Chief of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Belgrade

            Senior Adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

            Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem;

            Humanitarian Coordinator during conflict in Lebanon in 2006

            Appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Deputy Special Representative (Humanitarian, Reconstruction and Development) for Iraq

            and the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the Humanitarian Coordinator.

            He also ran one of the largest refugee camp in Somalia and recieved Queens hours for his efforts. I guess they must have read David Shearer all wrong. Either that or he makes right wing twats puke because he puts his mouth where his life is and gets the job done – all without bashing a single beneficiary. That’ll scare them to death alright. What they want is a smile ‘n’ wave stunt double.

            Shearer isn’t much of a stock standard leader, he’s more Prime Minister material.

            • Bob Stanforth 1.1.3.1.1.1

              Its entirely possible you are dead right – time will tell really, will it not? Other than that, pure speculation based on three very quiet years in Parliament.

            • the pink postman 1.1.3.1.1.2

              Which adds up to the sort of Labour Party leader that we need /What Shearer has achivied is exactly why I joined Labour so many years ago.
              Labour people has always been proud of humanitarian leaders we have sometimes had in the the past. The men and women who have a difference to the displaced and unfortunates. if Shearer is elected leader it will be with pride among us .The Right is already moving to disrupt and divide Labour.they already have the next election planned.They were succesfull in destroying Phil Goff. They were so succesfull they even had some of our own people believing them. Dont lets go down that path again.tell these Right wing bastards that we will run our party not them.I for one do not need their advice on who should be the Leader of my party. I remember Garner saying “Im going to do Goff . Right-Wing columists like Garner .Plunket and ACT supporter Holmes and the others need to be told just where they can go with their anti Labour/Green sleaze and lies. Stop,them now !.

              • Bob Stanforth

                Um, Sean Plunket, right wing? Anti labour??

                Ive no idea what you’re drinking dude, but SP is as right wing as Im Queen Lizzie.

                Seriously, seriously delusional. Having worked with his neighbour and old school chum for years, and borne witness to his alcohol fueled rants, nope, not now, not then, not ever.

                He called it how he saw it, and good on him for having the nuts to do it.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Sean is as Right Hand Drive as a brand new Mustang.

                  • Bob Stanforth

                    Don’t go the Mustang CV, driven one, they aren’t much cop.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      😀

                      I just read that in order to make their numbers look better GM just saddled their dealers with 620,000 new cars, unsold and in inventory. A record all time high. These guys are screwed.

      • In Vino Veritas 1.1.4

        “David Shearer left to save lives.”

        What a load of bollocks Lanthanide. Just make this up did you? Sorry, rhetorical question. You did.

        “It began a few years ago when I was something of a hippy, travelling around the world like many Kiwis take the time to do.” David Shearer, speech to the Teritiary Education Conference 28 November 2011.

        • Uturn 1.1.4.1

          Truth doesn’t sit at the bottom of a wine bottle – or in your case a whine bottle.

          You cite the beginning of an explanation as to how David Shearer became involved in humanitarian causes and then imply he isn’t a humanarian, but a selfish hippy? If I could, I would ban commenters like you. You’re trolling, poorly, and wasting space. Get out and do some work you thought bludger – that’s what you tell people isn’t it? Of course you already know about context, you’re just stupid, bored and likely half drunk.

          For others, here is the full context of what David Shearer said:

          “It began a few years ago when I was something of a hippy, travelling around the world like many Kiwis take the time to do.

          A friend and I decided to follow the Nile River to its source in Uganda. I think we had this romantic notion of following in the footsteps of those great explorers.

          I remember we were reading a couple of wonderful books by Alan Moorehead, who wrote about those who had passed through these same places 100 years earlier. They were called called ‘White Nile’ and the ‘Blue Nile’.

          In South Sudan we hitched a ride on a Somali truck that seemed the only way to cross the wild terrain of the Turkana tribe. It was about a five day trip.

          We were sitting in the back of the truck peeling a mango and throwing the skins over the side.

          I heard noises below and looking down I saw children fighting over the skins – simply because they were hungry. It was a real shock. Here I was, a tourist, travelling through a land where people were so hungry they fought over mango skins.

          Over the next few days we saw many people sitting or walking – who knows where – who were just skin and bones, their lives devastated by a drought and conflict in the area, many were close to dying.

          For me it was one of those turning points – it hit me that perhaps I should be doing something more to make a difference in the world.

          I returned to NZ but the idea of doing something never left me. I pushed and prodded various agencies and was eventually hired by Save the Children to work in Sri Lanka where a war was being fought between the government in the south and the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the north.”

          • In Vino Veritas 1.1.4.1.1

            You would ban me for pointing out an erroneous statement made by Lanth? How childish you are. At no point did I make any implications. I made a statement that Lanth made up the statement that Shearer went overseas to save lives. He did not originally go overseas to save lives. He went on his OE, that is all. The evidence is in your reproduction of his speech. If you read implications into my short earlier response, you are either far too sensitive, or perhaps the wine bottle you refer to is taking a hammering at your end.

            I have nothing against David Shearer, his achievements are many, and uplifting. In my opinion he would make a fine leader of the Labour Party, the only pity being that he is not National.

            • McFlock 1.1.4.1.1.1

              Very well, vino veritarse, would you regard the phrasing:

              John Key stayed overseas to make money.
              David Shearer stayed overseas to save lives.

               
              as achieving the required level of accuracy?
                 
                
              Pointless objection you had there, imo.
               

            • Mutante 1.1.4.1.1.2

              So he went on his OE and ended up doing a vast amount of good. Maybe if you had your eyes opened a bit you wouldn’t be sitting around here wasting our time with such pointless exercises in pedantry and diversion.

            • Ianupnorth 1.1.4.1.1.3

              Why –

              the only pity being that he is not National.

               
              because he has real talent, other than playing roullette with other peoples money like Shonkey did? That bloke hasn’t done a hard days work in his life!

    • Bob Stanforth 1.2

      “He will be able to tell when Key uses our bogus statistics”

      Irony, much?

      Always with the laughable conspiracy theory. If you got over yourself for half a second, you would see it as debate on something topical. Me, I see it as, from my perspective, the chance for labour to understand whats broken and fix it. Because remember, the electorate has just told you it is broken. And the option is yours to fix it.

  2. tc 2

    Yeah but they don’t have to feed the MSM with appearances on close up etc and deflect any questions with how about that mine, or that mine safety, stuffed forecasts etc etc etc

    This gives opportunity to turn it back on the dodgy behaviour the Nats excel and if they persist simply state it’s an internal party matter…..the MSM don’t deserve the time of day let alone indulge the CT initiative.

    • neoleftie 2.1

      actaully TC i disagree…its both worthwhile, mature and a fresh approach…labour need to reconnect so why hide the process away from the public.
      These public apearances i.e beauty contests allow the party the opportunity to gauge support, create interest with the candiadates and also the party.
      This whole ‘road show’ event if properly managed will create situational responces that we can use for the future.
      This is both honest fresh and relevant – go team labour and its new look.

  3. Pete 3

    A Christmas message from the National Party

    http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/qUuDm1Mt2TuhyMCo4K4x

    (Farts will always be funny)

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Proof that RWNJs believe at least two impossible things before breakfast.

    Some Republican lawmakers are skeptical that extending the tax cut [payroll so only wage earners pay it] beyond this year will help job creation and say it will have only a temporary effect on the economy.

    Obama has proposed a tax increase on wealthy Americans, but Republicans have rejected that, saying it would hurt business owners who generate jobs.

    Basically, the Republicans are demanding that the tax cuts given to the poor be revoked while demanding that the tax cuts given to the rich, which caused the deficit and aren’t creating jobs, be kept.

    • Uturn 4.1

      It’s laughable. The same people who say a tax cut for them will generate jobs are arguing a package that includes reducing the Federal workforce by 10%. Do they comprehend the words that tumble out their mouths or are they just so utterly conceited they don’t care anymore.

    • joe90 4.2

      Spiegel: A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses.

      Africa is a country. In Libya, the Taliban reigns. Muslims are terrorists; most immigrants are criminal; all Occupy protesters are dirty. And women who feel sexually harassed — well, they shouldn’t make such a big deal about it.

      Welcome to the wonderful world of the US Republicans. Or rather, to the twisted world of what they call their presidential campaigns. For months now, they’ve been traipsing around the country with their traveling circus, from one debate to the next, one scandal to another, putting themselves forward for what’s still the most powerful job in the world.

      As it turns out, there are no limits to how far they will stoop.

      It’s true that on the road to the White House all sorts of things can happen, and usually do. No campaign can avoid its share of slip-ups, blunders and embarrassments. Yet this time around, it’s just not that funny anymore. In fact, it’s utterly horrifying.

      It’s horrifying because these eight so-called, would-be candidates are eagerly ruining not only their own reputations and that of their party, the party of Lincoln lore. Worse: They’re ruining the reputation of the United States.

    • joe90 4.3

      How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street.

      “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.”

      Also: http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/12/01/379365/frank-luntz-occupy-wall-street/

    • Lanthanide 4.4

      Cognitive dissonance. The worst part is they probably don’t even realise they’re doing it.

  5. joe90 5

    MediaMatters: “Climategate” Redux: Conservative Media Distort Hacked Emails … Again

    Selectively Edited Email Implies Scientists “Left Out” Information To Fit A “Message.” A December 2004 email from the University of Arizona’s Jonathan Overpeck to Argentinian scientist Ricardo Villalba was cropped to say:

    Overpeck:

    The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid[e] what’s included and what is left out. [Email excerpt, accessed 11/28/11]
    Email Was Actually About Meeting Page Limits. The full email reveals that Overpeck is advising Villalba to edit a lengthy outline down to “0.5 pages of HIGHLY focused and relevant stuff.” They are discussing a “Section on Modes of Variability” for the Palaeoclimate chapter of the draft 2007 IPCC report. From Overpeck’s email:

    I think the hardest, yet most important part, is to boil the section down to 0.5 pages. In looking over your good outline, sent back on Oct. 17 (my delay is due to fatherdom just after this time), you cover ALOT. The trick may be to decide on the main message and use that to guid what’s included and what is left out. For the IPCC, we need to know what is relevant and useful for assessing recent and future climate change. Moreover, we have to have solid data – not inconclusive information.

    […]

    So, the trick is for you to lead us (Dick, Keith, me – maybe Julie – ENSO expert) to produce 0.5 pages of HIGHLY focused and relevant stuff. Can you take another crack at your outline and then tell us what you need? [Email 4755, 12/16/04]

  6. Jackal 6

    Kyoto – Not unconditional [sic]

    I guess we should have expected it… National looks set to bypass the Kyoto protocol. Not that New Zealand adhered to the deal to reduce emissions the first place…

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Yeah, when I read that Canada was thinking of pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol I figured it wouldn’t be long before this government did the same.

  7. joe90 7

    Huffpost: Arab Spring, American Fall

    It is highly symbolic that the social unrest took place in America in the Fall, for rather than expressing a social upheaval that would turn the country upside down, it actually expressed something profoundly sinister — the further application and extension of national security state power. The take-downs of the Occupy sites were nationally coordinated. The rationales given were all the same. The overwhelming police presence was similar. The acquiescence of the protestors in leaving, overwhelmingly non-violently, was strikingly common.

    What makes this sinister is that it comes at just the moment when the Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (SB 1867) co-authored by Senators Carl Levin and John McCain, which contains a “worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial” provision. The bill legislates into law the capacity of the president to deploy the U.S. military anywhere in the world, including the United States, and have the legal right to arrest, hold without charge, incarcerate indefinitely, and even execute any U.S. citizen as a military matter without judicial oversight or control. As Senator Lindsey Graham says, the bill “does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.” This is the mentality dealing with Occupy, and unlike the Arab Spring, there is nothing that Occupy has done to date that has shaken this prevailing mentality. While Occupy has certainly challenged the prevailing elites, it has also given them the opportunity to exercise more powerfully the very powers Occupy is protesting.

    ACLU: Senators Demand the Military Lock Up of American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s1867/show

  8. Jackal 8

    Send in the bullies

    Earlier this year the National party completely failed to consult with local Iwi about their plans to explore for oil off the East Coast of New Zealand. To combat the negative public backlash National have now appointed a former District Commander and Superintendent of Police as Iwi Relations Manager, who just happens to have a history of violence and corruption…

  9. Jackal 9

    Peters won’t rule out release of tea tape

    NZ First leader Winston Peters is refusing to rule out reading a transcript of the teapot tape in Parliament – and experts say there is little to stop him.

    The secret recording has been credited for Mr Peters’ return to Parliament. But he was tight-lipped yesterday on speculation he would raise the matter in the new term.

    Game on.

  10. ianmac 10

    Parliamentary Privilege! Aha. Other gremlins to come out do you think?
    Be interesting to see what pre-emptive strikes are unleashed on Winston.

  11. NickS 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6075286/Tamihere-Cunliffes-deputy-pick-smarmy

    ‘I’m the type of Maori that doesn’t back dumb Maori, so I’m not saying she’s a dumb Maori. I’m just saying if she was awfully meritorious, I’d back her 100 per cent, that has not been my experience.”

    Dubious disclaimer is dubious or, he is calling her stupid and the quip of:

    The only thing she’s lacking is she doesn’t have a limp. Then he would have got the disabled [vote] too. That’s the truth of it and that’s the way it smacked as soon as I saw it.

    Just reinforces my idea that Tamihere considers Nanaia Mahuta a non-person combined with the anti-disabled bullshit as well…

    And:

    ”Out of the two of them you’d have to rate, on Labour Party values and on the street bringing the men’s vote back and a whole bunch of other things, Shane all day long; if he can get over in his own mind the self mutilation that he conducted in that hotel room,” Tamihere said.

    Translation: misogyny = Labour Party values (oh noes wez can’t has women in leadership!111!!), and he’s anti-porn in the single most stupidest way to boot*, which is ironic given he’s talking about the “men’s vote”.

    Methinks perhaps he should just stick to talk back, were the audience is full of “traditional” values, such as calling anything you don’t like “politically correct” and misogyny is held in high esteem.
    _______________________________________________________________
    *”self mutilation”? lolwut? it sounds like something from dodgy fundie tracts and utterly ignores the shit that goes on in the porn industry, nor issues with sexual roles/behaviours and exploitation.

    • felix 11.1

      According to Willie Jackson today, Tamihere is working for Shearer.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      Tamihere is the arse-hole who got kicked out of Labour for being misogynist. IIRC, he also took an extreme jump to the right after he left Labour as well. I don’t think anything he says is worth listening to as he’s proven, quite conclusively, that his judgement is lacking credibility.

      • Jackal 11.2.1

        Maui Street: JT on Nanaia

        You can always rely on John Tamihere to call it how he sees it, and that’s a good quality, but sometimes the way he calls things is unnecessary and pathetic. The point JT is trying to make is that Nanaia was selected on tokenistic grounds. A fair point, no doubt, but the way he phrased his point was low – offensive basically. He may have got a laugh out of a few racists, ableists and fuckwits, beyond that his comment didn’t serve anyone.

        I’ve given up even responding to Tamihere, on account of how much of a fuckwit he is. I can’t believe New Zealand voted for the guy.

        • Anthony 11.2.1.1

          And Nanaia busts out a smack down.

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10770406

          Maybe she does have enough fire in the belly for the deputy position.

          • NickS 11.2.1.1.1

            Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta has blasted former colleague John Tamihere as a sexist “failed politician” for alleging she is only a leadership candidate because she is a woman and Maori.

            Mr Tamihere has called potential Labour leader David Cunliffe’s decision to pick Ms Mahuta as his running mate “smarmy” and typical.

            ”The only thing she’s lacking is she doesn’t have a limp. Then he would have got the disabled [vote] too. That’s the truth of it and that’s the way it smacked as soon as I saw it.”

            Ms Mahuta said those comments smacked of sexism.

            “John’s comments show male parochialism is alive and well in Maoridom… If John Tamihere thinks that Maori women should be in the home cooking kai, then he’s wrong.

            I would advise him to stick to his knitting. He’s a failed politician who is never making it back in, and it’s a bit rich for him to advise Labour on its leadership team.”

            Fuck yes.

            I can see why Cunliffe choose her now, as she’s got the steel needed for the front bench and whipping MP’s into line.

            • Anthony 11.2.1.1.1.1

              Unless it’s some bizarre Machiavellian plot and he supported her all along, he’s unintentionally helped her claims to be deputy.

              Good work JT!

            • kriswgtn 11.2.1.1.1.2

              yeah she sure aint scared of no-one and I admire her for that…………….

              • Ianupnorth

                JT – New Zealand’s answer to Jeremy Clarkson – another one with his snout in the trough of far too many trust boards.

        • Mutante 11.2.1.2

          It begs the question what he was ever doing in a left leaning party coming out with shit like that.

  12. Jackal 12

    The Spy Files

    International surveillance companies are based in the more technologically sophisticated countries, and they sell their technology on to every country of the world. This industry is, in practice, unregulated. Intelligence agencies, military forces and police authorities are able to silently, and on mass, and secretly intercept calls and take over computers without the help or knowledge of the telecommunication providers. Users’ physical location can be tracked if they are carrying a mobile phone, even if it is only on stand by.

    Idiot/Savant gets the best stories.

    The leak has a dedicated site, and in addition there is commentary and analysis on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and ONWI. Read it, then start thinking about how we can shut down this industry in New Zealand.

    There are ways to technically usurp the system. Mainly by learning the opt out and block features on cell phones and ensuring that tracking software is not operational on your computer. However that is just the tip of the iceberg.

    The other day I drove past an unmarked car that obviously had a sophisticated surveillance system in operation with a camera mounted on the inside of the windscreen. With digital facial recognition and most people having their photo online somewhere, there really is no escaping.

    Therefore the best option is to politicize and work to restrict their intrusiveness and power.

  13. aerobubble 13

    USSR taxed its way into putting the first man in space.
    The USA taxed its way to being the first to put a man on the moon.
    The USSR removed property rights on individuals as it was a tax on the people.

    The Greens argue that turning DOC land over to mining is essentially a tax on future generations who will nolonger be able to attract tourists, or utilize the nature wealth of the area.
    As all property essentially excludes everyone but the property right holder, and so is a tax on everyone else.
    So for a citizenry to guard property rights (the duty to deny themselves access to property) there is a responsibility on property owners to use property, rather than hoard or pollute it.
    From a Green perspective wasting a landscape by mining it over a decade means the loss of future profits of generations of tourists, downstream pollution of water ways leaving costs on farmers…to…biological firms finding profit in genetic diversity.
    Now why does this make the Green party more of a libertarian party than the ACT party?
    Well simple, because ACT isn’t a libertarian party, it ignores property right holders duty to make a profit (by claiming they always do), in fact it pushes policies that ‘take profit’ creating no wealth.
    Take for example the taxpayer built dams that are now up for sale, which is a property transfer transaction not wealth creation.

    So Prebble was right, well obviously he wasnt saying taxes don’t create wealth when he said taxation doesn’t create wealth, what are the tax funded dams about to be sold because they represent so much wealth.
    What he was clearly saying was the sale of assets, a cost to tax payers, is a waste of taxes as it transfers wealth rather than makes any wealth.
    Well okay he wasn’t, but that what happens when an ignoramus like Prebble makes the absurd claim that taxation doesn’t create wealth, obviously sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.
    Property rights is a tax and potentially creates weath when property owners aren’t deluded about their role.
    But if you are associated with the ACT party then either you’re delusional, ignorant or just a cheap bleating lying, which is easily discernable by those not associated with said ideology.
    Much like an atheist when hearing a be-godist speach; strangely, ACT is a religious dogmatic economic party.

    So here we have the problem, Dunne saying asset sales, where they happen, should be for the good of NZ, yet incapable of answering the simplest of questions!
    How does transfering ‘some’ property rights to foreigners conform to Dunne’s view that sales should for the good of NZ?
    Dunne is far worse than the ACT party, ACT keeps their stupidity up front and in your face, Dunne weazely wishy washy view is to cloak asset sales as some liberal pragmatism when obviously its not.
    Asset sales that place ownership in foriegn hands, or even in kiwi hands where those kiwis live overseas or will inevitably have to move once they sell the asset to pay for the flight out of NZ.
    The world is printing money, and our elite is selling into that market despite those assets being key to our economic future in an energy limited world.
    Sorry but this is akin to leaving the Trojens gates open after returning the gift of a horse statue.
    Remember every name of every MP that votes Key’s budget in (or abstains – the Maori party) because they obviously plan on having homes in Australia and need to pay for them somehow (except Maori who have a history of selling off property cheap or so Maori tell it).
    The Maori party providing any form of support to ‘asset sales’ National is a disgrace imo.

    • mikesh 13.1

      Castro’s Cuba gives land away gratis to those who will use it productively, but if they fail to do so it is taken back and given to someone else who can use it productively.

      • aerobubble 13.1.1

        Yes, and that requires someone to be watching. Capitalism does that differently by laying taxes that pressures land owners to use land, and fines for pollution. And why National ideology will always be anti-Green as it denies governments role in the process or water downs the policies.

    • mikesh 13.2

      “The good of of NZ” is best served by selling power at cost. However this is only likely to happen if the power companies are owned by the government since private owners will usually want to chase profit. I seems a pity that Labour condoned the setting up of profit making, dividend paying SOE’s, otherwise they might have contested the election with the message that selling power companies would mean an increase in power prices.

  14. joe90 14

    NYmag: 2012=1968?

    In 2008, Barack Obama lit a fire among young activists. Next year, Occupy Wall Street could consume him

    from.

  15. In Vino Veritas 15

    Interesting there is no comment regarding the Port of Auckland strike by called by the Union. I note that the average wage of these people is a lazy $91K (plus the extras they each get). This puts them just outside the top 5% of earners in NZ, therefore they must be Michael Cullen’s “rich pricks”. Good to see that no one here is supporting them.

    [lprent: There is a comment – you just made one. Congratulations.

    However I fail to see why you’re calling the wharfies “John Key”. After all that was the only person that Michael Cullen directed his remark to. As far as I can see the only comparison is that they earn less than John Key, and they work just below the MP for Helensville’s residence in Parnell.

    In other words if you want to quote history then please quote real history rather than the slop that wingnuts dish up as fact. Besides I have to go through the effort of releasing it from moderation. ]

    • Ianupnorth 15.1

      The banners the protestors were holding stated they get $13 per hour and the CEO gets $3000 per day. Now, if you would like to go down and ask to see their pay slips and confirm or deny their banner, and simultaneously justify your claimed $91K, we’d appreciate that.
       
      The figure you are quoting means they would have to work 150 hours per week @ $13 an hour to  get to $91K, or a 50 hour week earning $39 per hour – so which is it seeing as you claim to be in the know?

  16. joe90 16

    A Banker Speaks, With Regret

    If you want to understand why the Occupy movement has found such traction, it helps to listen to a former banker like James Theckston. He fully acknowledges that he and other bankers are mostly responsible for the country’s housing mess.
    As a regional vice president for Chase Home Finance in southern Florida, Theckston shoveled money at home borrowers. In 2007, his team wrote $2 billion in mortgages, he says. Sometimes those were “no documentation” mortgages.

    “On the application, you don’t put down a job; you don’t show income; you don’t show assets,” he said. “But you still got a nod.”

    “If you had some old bag lady walking down the street and she had a decent credit score, she got a loan,” he added.

    Theckston says that borrowers made harebrained decisions and exaggerated their resources but that bankers were far more culpable — and that all this was driven by pressure from the top.

    “You’ve got somebody making $20,000 buying a $500,000 home, thinking that she’d flip it,” he said. “That was crazy, but the banks put programs together to make those kinds of loans.”

  17. Jackal 17

    Support locked-out workers

    111 Meat workers are still locked-out from the jobs at in Rangitikei. They’ve been more than six weeks without wages and they need support. This weekend is a national day of fund-raising and action in support of the locked-out workers. McDonalds are being targeted, as they are one of the primary customers of the company. There are events organised all over the country…

    • Roflcopter 17.1

      Ask the stevedores in Auckland, they’ll have plenty to share around.

      • Jackal 17.1.1

        I presume you’re referring to Cathy Odgers claims that the Auckland wharfies are rich pricks when she does not link to her source. I think you can take her divide and conquer bullshit with a grain of salt Roflcopter.

        I thought it rather unbecoming of John Key when he said that National had the “largest majority since the Waterfront strike” which occurred in 1951.

        The reason for National winning the snap election then is because they ran a negative campaign on an anti-Communist platform, labeling many men who had fought bravely for their country in the second world war as communists, which further entrenched the resentment felt by the waterfront workers. They went on strike after missing out on a 15% pay increase awarded by the Arbitration Court to all other workers.

        The National led government then went about beating and starving the families of the protesting workers into submission. Back then you weren’t even allowed to produce pamphlets to disseminate information. National has a history a fascism that they should be ashamed of.

        Labour lost ground in the snap election because they tried to remain moderate and did not come out strongly in support of the Unions. Instead of negotiating with the unions, National chose to use violence and propaganda to repress the uprising. Hopefully it’s a lesson learned by all sides.

        • Draco T Bastard 17.1.1.1

          Hopefully it’s a lesson learned by all sides.

          Looking at what’s happening it’s lesson that’s been forgotten – but we’ll all get the chance to re-learn it as the psychopaths in NAct continue their war on the poor and the theft of our assets and resources.

  18. logie97 18

    So who does Mora on Afternoons turn to for a legal opinion?
    Stephen Franks (often panelist). And introduced as former
    MP. (Not former ACT MP)

  19. joe90 19

    http://bikyamasr.com/49799/egypt-import-tear-gas-from-us/

    CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters

    […]

    Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper reported that upon the arrival of the shipment, massive disagreements broke out between employees, where five employees refused to sign for the shipment, one after the other.

    The five, being dubbed by activists as the “brave five”, were to be refereed to a investigative committee as to why they refused to perform their duties, which has since called off.

  20. Draco T Bastard 20

    Sharples will stand down as Maori Party co-leader

    But then, nek minute, it seems the Maori Party do not want Dr Sharples as co-leader any more and his position will come up for grabs.

    Dr Shaples says he would like Mr Flavell to transition into the role but seems to be getting the raw end of the rejuvenation deal.

    Dr Sharples suddenly faces losing not only the leadership, but his ministerial job as well and all before Christmas – not much of a present from the party he helped create.

    Interesting…

    • joe90 20.1

      Fixed your munted link DTB.

      And I reckon Pita’s jumping before the SS MP hits the asset sales reef.

      • Draco T Bastard 20.1.1

        Gah, thanks.

        If he resigns it would trigger a by-election which Labour could conceivably win. Depending on what happen with the special votes that could actually be the end of the NAct government.

      • joe90 20.1.2

        If there is a by-election, Wall has her safe seat and Jones has a high ranking on the list, could Labour please stand a candidate who’s a born and bred local.

      • ak 20.1.3

        Whoa!

        Nek minnit the Poll Idol election takes a nasty turn as the razor-back Slippery Govt steps on a banana skin.

        Hang onto your assets and lubricate your pencils, Turi and Te Ure, your price just went up – before specials.

    • I dreamed a dream 20.2

      He obviously wasn’t happy to be forced to stand down:

      From TV3 News: “This is what happens in politics… You work yourself to death … And you really get passionate about what you achieve…Then some drunk staggers up and calls you a prick,” he said after the interview.

      Maybe he should just defect to the opposition benches. He always seemed to have a soft spot for Labour.

  21. yeshe 21

    Not certain if I am permitted to post this in entirety … but here goes .. too important not to post imho .. this is from a trusted and credible website …. the email is dated today

    NaturalNews Insider Alert ( http://www.NaturalNews.com ) email newsletter

    Dear NaturalNews readers,

    In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.

    This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a “battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.

    It’s being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn’t apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill it essentially says it can apply to Americans “if we want it to.”

    Even WIRED magazine was outraged at this bill, reporting:

    …the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority.”
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/12/senate-military-detention/

    The passage of this law is nothing less than an outright declaration of WAR against the American People by the military-connected power elite. If this is signed into law, it will shred the remaining tenants of the Bill of Rights and unleash upon America a total military dictatorship, complete with secret arrests, secret prisons, unlawful interrogations, indefinite detainment without ever being charged with a crime, the torture of Americans and even the “legitimate assassination” of U.S. citizens on right here on American soil!

    If you have not yet woken up to the reality of the police state we’ve been warning you about, I hope you realize we are fast running out of time. Once this becomes law, you have no rights whatsoever in America — no due process, no First Amendment speech rights, no right to remain silent, nothing.

    Read my red alert warning on this urgent development at:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/034291_SB_1867_war_on_terror.html

    … and watch this urgent interview with Alex Jones of InfoWars.com at:
    http://www.infowars.com/stewart-rhodes-crossroads-ndaa-bill-is-pure-treason/

    The mainstream media is engaged in a shameful and conspiratorial news blackout of this entire issue:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-medias-blackout-of-the-national-defense-authorization-act-is-shameful-2011-12

    … and even the ACLU is outraged about this potential law:
    http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/senate-rejects-amendment-banning-indefinite-detention

    Are you getting all this? Do you realize America is about to be overrun by our own military?

    The rule of law is about to be utterly destroyed. No due process. No legal representation. Not even a right to know what you’re being charged with when you are (indefinitely) detained.

    This is an urgent time for action to protest the overreaching military police state in America. Immediately call your representatives in Washington and urge your House members to reject this bill in the reconciliation phase with the Senate. Call the office of the President and urge Obama to veto this bill if it is passed by both houses.

    Call your local newspapers and protest this outrageous and traitorous attempt to nullify the entire Bill of Rights.

    Do not be fooled by the trolls and disinfo agents who claim this bill does not apply to U.S. citizens — a fact which has already been established without question. If this is signed into law, military humvees will roll down the streets in U.S. cities, with gunpoint checkpoints, illegal arrests, secret torture operations and the outright murder of U.S. citizens right in their own home towns.

    In observing all this, you might ask WHY is this happening right now? Why would the U.S. Senate deliberately nullify the Bill of Rights and seek the authorize military action on the streets of U.S. cities?

    The answer, my friends, will not comfort you: A global economic collapse is coming, and once started, it will likely unleash a wave of social unrest and rioting that could burn many U.S. cities to the ground. The U.S. Senate is probably trying to rush authorization of the military to operate in American cities before the economic collapse arrives, thereby placing troops deep within the roughest U.S. cities where they stand a chance at halting the runaway riots that are sure to materialize when peoples’ life savings vanish as the banks collapse.

    Keep reading NaturalNews.com for updates on this situation. We will continue to cover the Eurozone economic crisis as well as this Senate bill 1867, which is not yet law. Our last-ditch hope would be for Obama to veto it. We’ll issue a red alert if that action is needed…

    And remember, folks, the Bill of Rights protects us all — liberals, conservatives, libertarians, agnostics, Christians, Jews, everybody! If you lose the Bill of Rights, you lose America and all the freedoms many generations have fought for. Right now protecting the Bill of Rights is perhaps the single most important thing we can do for our collective futures.

    All of us who have been screaming about the importance of the U.S. Constitution have been trying to protect YOU from exactly this kind of scenario. The whole purpose of the Bill of Rights is to limit the power of government so that this kind of Senate action is never allowed.

    In other news today, a federal court has reversed a lower court decision and granted corporate ownership over human genes for breast cancer:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/034301_breast_cancer_genes_intellectual_property.html

    • NickS 21.1

      “naturalnews.com”…

      Great, here’s a tip, don’t trust news that comes from a site well known in sceptic and science-based medicine circles for being utterly full of shit on everything from autism to cancer to HIV and beyond.

      Let alone spam other places with this paranoid bullshit, as the senate lacks the power to easily mess with the bill of rights without a super majority + presidential support.

  22. randal 22

    just been alerted to that fat slob leighton smith.
    he went flat out on the radio all last week to denigrate the candidates for the labour party leadership.
    he denigrated the United Nations and David Shearer and every time he gets the chance he denigrates Obama.
    How can New Zealanders tolerate such an ugly person getting in their face to tell them lies and set the tone of hatred every morning.
    I shudder to think that some actually like him and think there is some shred of truth in what he says.
    If that is so then country is in deep trouble.

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago

  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago