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Open mike 03/04/2019

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121 comments on “Open mike 03/04/2019”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    I am getting fed up with the constant reference to the gun lobby as “gun owners” as in “gun owners are appalled by xyz”.

    The gun lobby’s attempt to arrogate to itself all gun owners as some sort of monolithic block – aided by a lazy media looking to beat up another story out of the Christchurch terror attack – pisses me off.

    I own a gun. I support this legislation because I can’t see why you need a full power semi-auto, with the potential to convert to a full auto with a full-sized magazine, to bag a deer or kill a dog worrying your sheep.

    End of story.

    • bwaghorn 1.1

      Yip 100% agree . Fish and game do the same by claiming all fishing license holders as in full support of everything they say.

  2. marty mars 2

    This is good advice for many men I think.

    As former US vice president Joe Biden’s camp scrambles to contain any political damage over his past behaviour with women, house speaker Nancy Pelosi has some words of advice: Keep your distance.

    “Join the straight-arm club,” Pelosi told a breakfast hour Washington event.

    In other words, keep your handshakes at arms’ length and don’t be touchy-feely. “Just pretend you have a cold and I have a cold,” Pelosi said.

    Pelosi told the event, which was sponsored by Politico, that Biden “has to understand that in the world we are in now people’s space is important to them and what’s important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/111746319/nancy-pelosi-says-joe-biden-should-stop-being-touchyfeely-with-women

    what’s important is how they receive it, not necessarily how you intended it

    • alwyn 2.1

      Remember the fuss when current VP MIke Pence said this?
      “Unless his wife is there, he never eats alone with another woman or attends an event where alcohol is being served.”

      At the time, and I think it was reflected on this blog, the reaction was.
      “Some folks—mostly journalists and entertainers on Twitter—have reacted with surprise, anger, and sarcasm to the Pence family rule. Socially liberal or non-religious people may see Pence’s practice as misogynistic or bizarre.”

      https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/pence-wife-billy-graham-rule/521298/

      Well maybe Mike is right and Joe should have followed his example.

      • marty mars 2.1.1

        Did pence join the “ the straight-arm club,”? I hope so because mostly he comes across as disgusting to me. But then again I dont hate on people because of their sexuality or gender like him.

        • AB 2.1.1.1

          “Did pence join the “ the straight-arm club”
          One arm only, horizontal, palm facing down, fingers extended?

      • Sabine 2.1.2

        how about Men learn to just treat women as beings worthy of respect and if you don’t hug and kiss a man then don’t hug and kiss a women.

        and please learn how to behave in private and in public at the earliest conevnient time.

        signed, women who don’t hug and kiss men just because the men are teh hot or something

        • solkta 2.1.2.1

          It can be quite confusing being a man as many women assume it is OK to hug and kiss you if they initiate it. I like to hug all my friends male and female but don’t really like strangers hugging or kissing me. Nothing wrong with a firm but gentle handshake with acquaintances.

          • Sabine 2.1.2.1.1

            iits no more confusing then being a women.

            if you don’t like getting hugged and kissed then you should have some understanding that others might equally not like it.

            and if someone does not hug and kiss you back, stop it, they might not enjoy your hugs and kisses.

            and strangers, workmates,business acquaintances should not be hugged nor kissed as they are strangers, workmates, business acquaintances who might not enjoy being hugged and kissed by strangers, workmates, business acquaintances.

            And you should only hug your friends if they approve of hugging, if they don’t, you should abstain from it.

            see how easy it is.

            at some stage, life is not confusing anymore. You either can hold your hands to yourself or you can’t. Chances are the friends that don’t mind you hugging and kissing them are not the one who will complain about sexual harassment.

            also, this might help you when you get to confused

      • Andre 2.1.3

        Yeah, coz having a professional meeting over a meal with a woman and nobody else present is totes like getting all physical on someone else’s person. No difference at all, really.

        Mind you, I’ve somehow get the impression that Pence performing his husbandly duties would be Monty Python material.

        • marty mars 2.1.3.1

          Lol – ministry of silly walks or dead parrot sketch?

          • Andre 2.1.3.1.1

            Well, the sketch that first came to mind was this one:

            But my imagination is now working overtime on how the silly walks or dead parrot sketch might be a metaphor for the Pence sex life.

        • North 2.1.3.2

          Lol alright !

    • SPC 2.2

      So when Ardern offers her hand and Morrison comes in for a hug ….

      Interesting of course that in some countries men have been criticised for their reserve and men in other countires praised for their cultural habit to engage in the hug – with the observation that the people are socially better adjusted.

      There is always the redux to hug segregation, whereby one only offers a hug to someone of the same cis gendered sex. Then there is offer and waiting for acceptance before making the move in, and noting the hand offered, rather than ignoring this – as per A and M.

  3. A 3

    DFA gives accurate commentary on what is happening in the property market. Here they are covering Sydney, but I highly recommend keeping an eye out for their NZ coverage.

  4. Observer Tokoroa 4

    The Three Stooges

    They Pop up everyday on Radio New Zealand. They Pop up on TVNZ daily.

    Their Commission is to mislead the ordinary people of New Zealand and lure them down the slippery highway of national grease and disease. Namely Poverty

    Their aim is to continue to lead the majority of New Zealand’s youth and population into further Poverty. Although they practicised their violent fiscal measures from their inauguration as a Political Party, they were exceptionally good at it over the past nine years. During which they transferred the wealth of NZ into the pockets of their Caucus and to the Greedy National Extremists here and abroad.

    I have left out Hosking. For he is a political dwarf and is followed soley by old Mrs Herald and Radio ZB rednecks. A Troll by any measure.

    And so “Give it up” or spew it up for David Seymour who acts like a Puppet; supports extreme dumb education, and presents himself as the man who will fling any spanner into anything sensible.

    I sincerely wish he would stop rattling on about Suicide. Because young people read it up on their Ipads and think it is just the Beez Knees. When in fact Suicide is a dreadful event for any family.

    Does David have a Family? He appears to be insensitive. He seems to want reduce the number of Seniors too, by the Thousands. It’s not just the Kids in his sight.

    Then there is the ambivalent Simon. Who wants to suck up to anything even small Business, lately. But Simon has only two Objectives: Money is National. Truth is Nonsense. Simon is everywhere. Day and Night.

    Finally, John Key who gave himself a Nighthood, claims that we (NZ) should ignore Climate Change and continue to Wreck Aotearoa with OIl and Pollution until the end of Time. He predicted there will not be many electric cars. Too Expensive.

    He said it again Yesterday 2/04/ 2019 whilst being interviewed by a dewy eyed Radio NZ Lady. No wonder the Youth think National are dumber than Sir John Key.

    But, note: Key is playing into the love cycle of some of his hugely wealthy Business friends.

    Key denied that a CGT did any good anywhere. He led listeners to believe that Western Nations do not profitably use Capital Gains Tax. Which is to say, he swore that making wealth fair within the nation is wrong.

    What a useless, hopeless, hapless scoundrel John Key is. He insinuates himself daily.

    • cleangreen 4.1

      OT bang on there, just me seeing John Key’s face makes me sick.

      His overgrown love of self has blinded him.

      He needs to go loose himself in that $11.7 million dollar hole and take his scoundrel mate Steven Joyce with him.

      • Bearded Git 4.1.1

        I was thinking a couple of days ago when listening to Soimon on RNZ that I didn’t hate this guy; I don’t like him or support his ideas/policies, but I don’t hate him.

        I hated JK.

        • Wensleydale 4.1.1.1

          That’s because Key was a duplicitous schemer who spent most of his time convincing people he wasn’t, whereas Soimon is more a bumbling oaf who comes across as a bumbling oaf. He does his best but he’s just not naturally Machiavellian. I suspect he cries himself to sleep at night thinking about it.

  5. Ankerrawshark 5

    I can’t bear seeing keys face pop up in the media. It’s seems to have been around a bit lately and I can’t help but wonder if in light of jacindas enhanced profile, particularly on the international stage it isn’t a ploy to “remind” people of brand national

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    A Stuff columnist: “Many New Zealanders are rightly offended by the term Crusaders for a rugby team, but have no problem with our soldiers assisting US “crusades” in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    Probably because it was sold to them as peacekeeping, do you think? Perhaps the southerners could rename their team the Peaceniks? The old two-finger salute is probably due for revival, flower power could transform the ethos of the hinterland, the skinheads would get so pissed off they’d relocate to Auckland Island and everyone would live happily forever after…

    “Why not take the message of peace and tolerance that our politicians, our Muslim community and most New Zealanders have delivered over the last few weeks and extend it to our foreign policy?”

    Yeah, he gets it. The problem with peaceful coexistence is that the arms industry can’t sell product. Creation of enemies is essential to capitalism, so must keep the spectre of WWIII in the cultural ambience. When I was a kid it was usually said the only survivors of WWIII would be cockroaches. That morphed in the new millennium into `the only survivors of WWIII will be cockroaches, Keith Richards, and Goldman Sachs’. But our foreign policy has long been to prevent that outcome via UN-led peace-making, which has worked so far, so do we need to switch focus?

    I suspect we do. Tolerance of endemic warfare via a posture of fake peace-keeping threatens to embed ad nauseum. General reluctance to address the causes of local and regional wars is the problem. Transcending capitalism via a more intelligent form of socialism seems the best way forward globally. Market forces can be steered via intelligent stakeholder design. Leaving it to regulators doesn’t work.

  7. reason 7

    You would need strong guts to partner up with this war criminal …,. Key would have ….. and Judith Collins has stated ‘ she’s in ‘

    Is this one of the mates National would tell us to stand with and support ???

    The guy who will carry out …. the Lynching / murder threat that Rubio has tweeted to his intended victim .

    He has an impressive death squad / genocide CV

    • aj 7.1

      It’s disturbing that there are large numbers of people that still believe the USA is a benevolent force in the world.

      • Sabine 7.1.1

        the government of the US is not a benevolent force.

        however not all Us Americans reflect their governments doing, nor like it.

        is it not funny? We said the same here under John Key. He was elected by some, not all. And maybe we should remember that.

      • KJT 7.1.2

        A lot of USA-ans are genuinely nice people, who really believe the USA, is the worlds misunderstood policeman, sowing peace and democracy.

        They way the rest of the world sees them, has them puzzled. It doesn’t reflect what their media tell them.

        They can be forgiven as, like New Zealanders being fed a daily diet of the Herald and Mike Hosking, they do not have much opportunity to see reality.

        • reason 7.1.2.1

          100% correct Sabine & KJT ….. Years ago I was at a dance party event with a head full of either ecstacy or Lsd … and this guy said ‘ hiya , how ya going ‘, in an American accent ….

          My initial thought was ‘ oh no a fucking yank wants to talk to me’ …. but even in my muddled state it took me about 1 second to realise the shameful stereotyping I had almost fallen into …. It would be like if I were overseas and people blamed me for Keys National Govts warmongering / Islamphobia etc.

          So I was friendly …. did not mention politics or anything contentious …. He was a nice guy from Hawaii … we talked fishing and I taught him about NZ King Fish, as a friend of mine had caught one just a couple of days earlier …. he was impressed.

          The motto …. people everywhere are much the same … it’s our leaders /Govts which are over represented with the criminals among every society.

          Here in NZ we can not do much about the Eliot Abrhams / Trumps and all the other usa war criminals …… but we can call out the Judith Collins / Wayne Mapps and others …. who jump to align themselves …. and us ….. with the very worst people in the world .

  8. indiana 8

    “The number of children living in poor households had been decreasing since 2015, but rose in the year to June 2018, latest figures from Statistics NZ show.”

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12218534

    Life is better under a Labour led coalition…

    • Anne 8.1

      The National-led government under John Key enjoyed the impact of the previous Labour-led government’s social policies and the number of “poor households” decreased.

      Now the Labour-led government under Jacinda Ardern is faced with the reverse impact of the previous National-led government’s social policies and the number of “poor households” have increased.

      • cleangreen 8.1.1

        True Anne 100%

      • alwyn 8.1.2

        That is amazing Anne.
        You really seem to believe that anything a Government does has no effect at all for nine years, and then the results kick in and last for the next nine years.
        The Key/English Governments were in office for 9 years. However everything good that happened during those 9 years was due to the actions of the previous, what’s her name, Government of the previous 9 years.
        I shall have to remember your theory.
        I shall assume therefore that anything good that happens under this Government is due to the actions of the Key/English Governments and has nothing at all to do with the CoL.
        This Government is irrelevant fellas. Nothing they do has anything to do with what happens. Actually that makes a certain amount of sense. I doubt if they really want to take responsibility for the shambles that is KiwiBuild.

      • Shadrach 8.1.3

        So it took from 2008 until 2015 for the “previous Labour-led government’s social policies” to have any impact? 7 years after Labour were dumped their policies actually started working? Is that what you’re trying to say?

        • Anne 8.1.3.1

          The impact lasted for ‘several years’ before the inevitable increase started to kick in again… due to the gradual slashing of schemes set up to assist the lowest income groups by the previous government – and in particular Paula Bennett.

          The Nats don’t care about the low socio-economic groups because they don’t vote for them. They justify their lack of consideration by claiming the poor are bludgers or they’re too lazy to get themselves a job. They are too one-eyed, greedy and selfish to acknowledge the underlying problems which lead to most of the poverty stricken situations.

          I’m so glad we now have a caring government who are improving the plight of the poorest in society. It is not something that can be done overnight, but they should be making big inroads by the time they hit their second term.

          The lifting of the minimum wage to $17.70 from 1st April is a very good start.

          • Shadrach 8.1.3.1.1

            You completely misread Indiana’s post. His reference said that “The number of children living in poor households had been decreasing since 2015, but rose in the year to June 2018, latest figures from Statistics NZ show.” Decreasing since 2015. Not 2008, when Labour last had their hands on the levers of power. How can the impact have lasted “for ‘several years’” when there isn’t several years between 2015 and 2018?

            • Anne 8.1.3.1.1.1

              I don’t give a toss what Indiana said. He/she has a reputation for misrepresentation. The impact of the Clark government’s policies would have had a beneficial affect on social outcomes for some years afterward… just as the impact of National’s social policy has been shown to be detrimental. This government is in the process of picking up the pieces but it will take a few years to banish poverty altogether.

              Oh and iirc, the last National government changed the criteria for assessing welfare related figures – including unemployment – so that they would look better than they actually were.

              • Shadrach

                You replied to his comment, Anne. So clearly you do give a toss.

                “The impact of the Clark government’s policies would have had a beneficial affect on social outcomes for some years afterwards”
                …but didn’t begin until 7 years after they left office? Rubbish.

          • cleangreen 8.1.3.1.2

            Our Pension went up 2.4% also today.

            Thanks labour/NZF we need every penny of it.

            We are poor as church mice today.

    • Cinny 8.2

      The main reason the cost of living has increased leading children living in poor households is….

      The cost of housing, which is due to the housing crisis created under nationals watch.

      I’ve notice the out of touch narrative swooping all over twitter, children in poverty have increased the right wingers say….. they neglect to say, it’s because of the high cost of housing due to the prior government.

      • Low income after housing costs (50 per cent median, fixed line) – 23 per cent of children, or 254,000 children

      • Shadrach 8.2.1

        Bullshit.

        The ‘housing crisis’ did not begin under National’s watch, there was already a ‘housing crisis’ when national were elected in 2008. The reality is they took far too long to act on it, but when they finally did, the measures they took are the reason house prices are stabilising (at least in Auckland) now.

        Meanwhile – https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/04/it-s-a-fail-government-forced-to-buy-kiwibuild-houses-that-weren-t-selling.html.

        Fwits, all of them.

        • bwaghorn 8.2.1.1

          If national knew about the crisis why did they spend 9 years saying there wasn’t one?? Because they are shit heads. . That’s why.
          I’ll cut this Gov miles of slack for standing and being honest.

          • Stuart Munro. 8.2.1.1.1

            National knew perfectly well there was a housing crisis – Key promised to resolve it to get elected. Unfortunately he was a lying POS.

          • Shadrach 8.2.1.1.2

            Didn’t you read my last line?

            • bwaghorn 8.2.1.1.2.1

              Maybe but I’d rather have these ones in charge

              • McFlock

                Who’s the bigger fuckwit – the fuckwit who sets a course that might run the ship aground, or the fuckwit who pointed out the rocks on the map before he came on shift, but then accelerated to “all ahead flank” for half his shift before driving directly onto the rocks.

                • bwaghorn

                  Things that bad huh?

                  • McFlock

                    According to Key there was a housing crisis before the 2008 election. He spent nine years watching it get worse and worse.

                    So I reckon the analogy isn’t too far off.

                • Shadrach

                  Incompetence or inaction. You’re right, its not a great choice.

                  • McFlock

                    Incompetence is a big call when the hazard is only just emerging.

                    Driving onto the rocks you told people about is a special kind of stupid.

        • ankerawshark 8.2.1.2

          Shadrach. I rented out a property in Auckland from 2004 till 2014. Up till 2008 I was never bombarded with people wanting to rent my property. (inner city low maintenance, good parking. At one stage I had to wait a number of weeks to find a tenant and reduce the moderate rent I charged. It was a good place to live as I had lived their myself for 10 years. Then steadily around 2009 renting out the property became an absolute bun fight, with many wanting to live there and even strangers, somehow getting my email and asking me if I could consider them when the house next became available……………….I was told when I finally stopped renting it that I could have been charging an extra $100.00 rent. So I call absolute bullshit on what you are saying…………………..

          • Shadrach 8.2.1.2.1

            So your single experience trumps the affordability stats? Nah. And BTW I was a landlord in the same period and could see the problem well before 2008. Maybe your property wasn’t up to much??

    • Gabby 8.3

      Counting is better indinana.

  9. cleangreen 9

    Are Chinese Government owned landfill sites being installed in your region in NZ near waterways too?

    “Chinese Government are now using our own rubbish to destroy our water quality?

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/375694/battle-against-dome-valley-dump-plan-gears-up

    Radio New Zealand
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    NEW ZEALAND ENVIRONMENT
    12 Nov 2018
    Battle against Dome Valley dump plan gears up
    8:51 am on 12 November 2018
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    • Sabine 9.1

      Maybe we should really think about reducing our waste in the first place thus depriving the chinese government of our waste to dump in our landfills?

      Just asking?

      Cause it is our waste, innit?

      • cleangreen 9.1.1

        Yes sabine

        But when the Chinese Government bought our NZ country wide rubbish company we hope when National allowed it to be bought, that they would have put in a safety clause not to bury the rubbish here at all, – especially not even nearby our waterways????

        My suspicion was that friendly John Key nodded and didn’t care when he agreed to the Chinese Government taking over our rubbish collection as then they had an agreement to ship the rubbish offshore to China?

        I don’t see any safeguards here for our environment in this article in 2014 (when national allowed Chinese government to buy us out)

        https://transporttalk.co.nz/news/chinese-inject-98-million-waste-management

        The NZ Herald reported today that Beijing Capital, a Chinese state-owned-enterprise, says it is committed to buy new assets, develop capacity, and introduce new anaerobic digestion technology at the Redvale Landfill in Dairy Flat, north of Auckland.

        • Gabby 9.1.1.1

          Trust, cleany, trust, xi says he finds your lack of trust disturbing, 10 brownie points of disturbing.

        • Sabine 9.1.1.2

          It actually does not matter.

          First. We are the polluters in the first instance.

          Second. We create to much rubbish.

          Third. We don’t recycle enough.

          Fourth. We create to much rubbish daily, and don’t much care about it in the larger scheme of things.

          as for John Key caring? Who cares. For the Chinese Government to care? Who cares.

          If we want to keep our nature clean, we – the people of this lovely land – have to actually start caring enough to a. reduce our rubbish, b. stop consuming, c. by made to last preferably here in NZ, d. recycle, e. upcycle, and literally buy as much shit as we can if we need to buy shit in second hand stores.

          when we do all that we can to protect our environment we can start pointing the finger at others.

          But for what its worth, i have yet to meet a NZ politician that cares about our water, and in saying that, many of our fellow citizens don’t care about it much either.

          The best way to keep our landfills from polluting our environment is to keep the landfills empty.

          • cleangreen 9.1.1.2.1

            Sabine .

            You should be concerned to make our NZ Government accountable firstly to do the work they are paid by us to do!!

            That means they should be making sure the foreign companies that do come here don’t damage our environment firstly.

            That’s their job not ours.

            Then we can get the use of plastics and other toxins banned as soon as.

            We all agree on that but put the horse before the cart firstly please as the mountains of garbage are all stacking up there as we speak.

          • greywarshark 9.1.1.2.2

            The rubbish is there Sabine. It needs to be dealt with AND action to reduce to near Zero Waste. There are people in ZW working on doing that.

            In the meantime:
            Waste Management managing director Tom Nickels said more landfills were needed for the city’s growing population.
            The Dome Valley site fitted the bill because it was close to a state highway, not heavily populated and had the right geographical features, he said.
            The landfill would bring up to 80 jobs and provide work for local businesses.

            Modern dumps were very safe, he said.
            “They fully lined with a five or six layer engineered lining that means nothing leaches into the substrate.”

            The company is due to lodge resource consents with Auckland Council next month.

            The bit about lining being layered and engineered reminds me of what would be required of a nuclear power site. It could be that dumps like this will become as toxic in time. Having signed up for TPPA plus lots of other letters had probably set us up to be asset-stripped to infinity.

            To protect what is left it is ‘Struggle Without End’ as in the title of Dr Ranginui Walker’s book about Maori and colonisation. Isn’t it rich that we are experiencing similar at this stage, and hadn’t learned much from the Maori original experience, and now they are going through it again. It is a good thing that Labour agreed to some reparation of their losses from confiscations and finagling or they would be very awangawanga.
            Note that jobs and local businesses are always mentioned. Doing what though?

            A blue-eyed pakeha sings to us about our flair for mucking things up.

            Where are the Clowns?

            • Sabine 9.1.1.2.2.1

              however that is not the point i make.

              i find it stupid to complain about ‘the chinese’ when it is ‘the chinese government’. Nothing is done in China without the government ticking it off. Firstly.
              Secondly, the rubbish is ours. So its not the ‘chinese’ polluting us, we did that in the first place.
              Third, as you say we need more landfills. Why? because we produce rubbish like there is no tomorrow.

              fourth, i have yet to meet Kiwis that care so much about water that they would actually do more then just whinge.

              so maybe, before we complain about the shit that others do we stop changing our behavior? Or would that infringe on the whinging?

              ‘disclaimer’ i worked a bit for a chemical company here in nz in waste water treatment, so i have my own ideas of certain things. And one of the things that i have learned working at that company, visiting waste water facilites and water catchment areas and water dams is that Kiwis don’t much care where they water comes from, so as long as it comes, is clean and hopefully its cheap or at no charge.

  10. Hoskins still being a A Hole on this morning’s Radio – nothings changed ?

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Thanks for update. Did this add anything of value to this post? Crank you mind up a notch Weedy.

  11. WeTheBleeple 11

    Before NZ has/doesn’t have a carbon tax, it is useful to understand some of the mechanics around it, and to look for examples.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/carbon-tax-explainer-1.5081006

    ‘British Columbia’s carbon tax has been largely heralded as a success.’ Since introduction in 2008, emissions are down 15%, consumer choice is changing, and the province has led the national economy.

    Four more Canadian provinces have been introduced to the scheme as of Monday.

    This is not so much a tax as a redistribution of wealth favoring non polluters.

    “”Let me be very clear, the government of Canada will return all of the money collected through pricing pollution back to Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when the carbon tax was unveiled.”

    • Andre 11.1

      BC has achieved that success with a pathetically low tax. Imagine what might happen with a tax rate getting up closer to the actual damage done by the emissions.

      Beginning April 1, 2018, B.C.’s carbon tax rate is $35 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. The tax rate will increase each year by $5 per tonne until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2021.

      New revenues generated from increasing the carbon tax will be used to

      Provide carbon tax relief and protect affordability
      Maintain industry competitiveness
      Encourage new green initiatives
      To improve affordability, government is increasing the Climate Action Tax Credit to $135 per adult and $40 per child for 2018. Government also offers several carbon tax programs for businesses and local governments.

      https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/planning-and-action/carbon-tax

    • cleangreen 11.2

      WTB,

      Good for Justin Trudeau, as he needs to mend the fences of ‘discontent’ as I often saw his father ‘Pierre Elliott’ had to do while I lived in Toronto in 1969 through during his prime-ministership..

      Canada was very serious then about pollution and climate change as then we were seeing the weather patterns changing slowly then.

      • WeTheBleeple 11.2.1

        If I lived in Canada, and were thinking about climate change, I’d be deeply concerned about migrations from the southern border…

        As Mexicans displace Texans who displace Okies who displace Kansans? who displaces Nebraskanites thus displacing South Dakotese into North Dakota and North Dakotese into Canada.

        The Canadish people should build a wall. A wall of hempcrete to keep out the Americanese refugees.

        • cleangreen 11.2.1.1

          Yes WTB. Fair comment

          As we ‘often’ crossed the border and drove to Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee 6 times every year, – and the only times we got hassled at the US/Can border was going south, not north to Canada again.

  12. https://omny.fm/shows/magic/david-seymour-calls-out-sean-plunket-on-euthanasia I found this interview really interesting and wonder who the major act backer who strongly supports euthanasia is. It seems that this bill is in the interest of the rich and powerful. I’m not saying that individual choice is not a good thing but there are a lot of disadvantaged groups, such ad the disabled who are really worried about it

  13. alwyn 13

    Is there anyone reading this who lives in Christchurch who can comment on this question?
    Are the Police there still carrying sidearms at all times?
    When they started to do so, back in February it was claimed that it would just be a temporary measure and would only last for a short period. If they are still carrying them it would appear that they have no intention of giving them up.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/383618/christchurch-police-to-carry-firearms-until-further-notice

    • McFlock 13.1

      The february thing was because of specific incidents in chch. The arming order was rescinded around 4 march after an arrest was made.

      Then some other fucker turned up, and affected the security status for the country.

      • alwyn 13.1.1

        Are they currently armed though?
        That is today. After all the nut who shall not be named has been in custody for 20 days and there is, apparently, no one else involved.
        They shouldn’t need arming now.

        • Poission 13.1.1.1

          They are still armed,on Sunday i saw the absurdity of armed police standing guard outside both the police station and courts.

        • McFlock 13.1.1.2

          “apparently” is a risky call.

          As of last week, all officers around the country were armed. Given that as of today we are still on high alert that would still be the case.

          The risk isn’t just the fuckwit himself – copycats are a problem sometimes.

          • alwyn 13.1.1.2.1

            Greg O’Connor will be pleased.
            When he was head of the Police union he was always rabbiting on about how the Police should carry arms at all times.
            I suspect they will just continue to keep them slung around their waists.
            They will no doubt puff their chests out and pretend they are all Clint Eastwood in a Dirty Harry movie.
            Far to good a chance to claim that they are “necessary” to our safety. I doubt they will go back in the boot of the car now.
            I don’t mind the pistols and rifles in their cars. I really don’t trust them when they are right to hand at all times.

            • McFlock 13.1.1.2.1.1

              Nah, that’s the good thing about bureaucracy is that the arming is a procedure resulting from the high threat level. Level goes down, cops stop routine carrying.

              • bwaghorn

                Has a country ever been on high alert before something bad happens or us it always after the horse has bolted.

                • McFlock

                  ISTR the US had a habit of going on high alert a few months before an election lol

        • Pingau 13.1.1.3

          I think the whole country is still on high alert. I have seen coppers with side arms and long guns in my neighbourhood in Christchurch 3 times … each was at a police scene or prior to an arrest.

          • Pingau 13.1.1.3.1

            … at least the helicopter has stopped buzzing about all day and half the night.

        • patricia bremner 13.1.1.4

          Alwyn, yes there appear to be others involved. The Russian guy who committed suicide apparently.

          • alwyn 13.1.1.4.1

            The story on TV that I saw said that there was no evidence of any connection between them, although the Russian chap apparently had similar views about people of the faith.
            I think it is pushing it a bit to say that he was involved in the actual affair.

    • A.Ziffel 13.2

      I drove past the mosque on Deans Ave @ 2:15PM.
      There were 2 police officers with rifles, standing guard.

  14. RedLogix 14

    A both terrifying and inspiring doco around homelessness, crime and drugs in Seattle:

  15. Ad 15

    While much of the article is amazed at the depletion of the Saudi oil production capacity in its largest field, it’s still collectively able to pump up to 12 million barrels of oil per day.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/world/111752496/mysteries-of-the-worlds-largest-oil-field-revealed

    It’s about the saddest thing I’ve read in quite a while.

    • Poission 15.1

      Well they could diversify the economy.

      Skiing could be an option.

    • alwyn 15.2

      Yes, my heart bleeds for them too. Must be tough eh.

      On the other hand the family really do need the money. There are about 15,000 members of the House of Saud, and they all live off the State.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saud

      I’ve never worked there myself but I knew a number of people who did. That was back prior to 1988 when the old US run Aramco was still running things.
      The first thing you did when you got there was set up a still. Out of sight of course but you still had one.
      Then you had to get a driver for your wife to get around.

  16. Andre 16

    😆 The oranges of the Mueller investigation. Yup, there were indeed oranges. Specifically, one big one.

    https://www.vox.com/2019/4/2/18292571/trump-nato-secretary-white-house-oranges

    • marty mars 16.1

      Firstly the oranges of this stem from his view about his father. Seems he has a very different view of him compared to the historical record. Can’t fault a son for adoring and thinking the best of his father really. Yet his factvoid compounds his deliberate message of distrust of anything, unless he says it, to his followers. That’s always a worry.

      • cleangreen 16.1.1

        Yes marty; – if only Donald had’ve put Hillary Clinton in the dock for ‘obstruction of justice” after she got caught burning her 33000 government owned emails while she was ‘Secretary of State’ after being requested by the FBI to hand them over?

        Who really knows what she was up to then as now we found that today the documents where just released that she accepted $3.4 Million from convinced Billionaire George Soros to make a phoney dossier case against Trump.

        • alwyn 16.1.1.1

          “convinced Billionaire George Soros”.
          I presume you were trying to say “convicted” rather than “convinced”.
          After all, I imagine that almost anyone who knows anything about him would be “convinced”, as no doubt he is, that he is a Billionaire.

          Meanwhile, if you do mean “convicted” can you please enlighten us about where and when did such a conviction occur and what was it for?

          Or are you like Shane Jones and you don’t answer questions?

          • cleangreen 16.1.1.1.1

            If you don’t keep up with the web checking for Soros convictions, I cant help you Alwyn sorry.

            Soros Is Found Guilty in France On Charges of Insider …
            https://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/21/business/soros-is-found-guilty
            After a 14-year investigation, a French court today convicted the American financier George Soros of insider trading and fined him 2.2 million euros ($2.3 …
            George Soros Has Been Convicted of Insider Trading in France
            https://davidharrisjr.com/politics/george-soros-has-been-convicted
            Justice works slowly in France, but at least it does work. After 14 years, French prosecutors were finally able to convict George Soros on insider trading. Apparently …
            Soros Loses Challenge to Insider Trading Conviction – The …
            https://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/soros-loses-challenge-to
            A European court rules that France’s insider trading laws were sufficiently clear to hold George Soros criminally responsible for buying and selling …
            George Soros convicted of Insider Trading in France
            https://www.theguardian.com/business/2002/dec/20/france
            A French court today convicted US billionaire investor George Soros of insider trading and fined him 2.2m euros.
            George Soros Found ‘Guilty’ Of Criminal Insider Trading In …
            https://newspunch.com/george-soros-guilty-insider-trading-france
            Globalist billionaire George Soros has been found guilty of illegal insider trading in France, and has been issued a hefty $2.3 million fine.
            Is george soros a convicted felon – answers.com
            https://www.answers.com/Q/Is_george_soros_a_convicted_felon
            Yes. George Soros was convicted of the crime of insider trading in France. He was fined 2.3 million dollars.
            Soros Loses Case Against French Insider-Trading Conviction
            https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2011-10-06/soros-loses
            Billionaire investor George Soros lost a … Soros, 81, was convicted in 2002 of … general” and said Soros was the first in France to be …
            George Soros – Wikipedia
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soros
            George Soros , Hon FBA (born … as alternatives to prison for persons convicted of non … Soros said that removing President George W. Bush from office was the …
            Prison? George Soros Found Guilty On Charges of Insider …
            https://joeforamerica.com/2018/12/prison-george-soros-found-guilty
            After a 14-year investigation, a court has convicted the financier George Soros of insider trading. In the US, … Soros was convicted in France.
            Breaking: Democrat Financier GEORGE SOROS Found Guilty in …
            https://thepatrioticpost.com/us-politics/democrat-financier-george
            It’s been quite a week for Democrat financier George Soros. … convicted the American financier George Soros of … GEORGE SOROS Found Guilty in France for …
            George Soros Fails To Clear His Name Of Insider Trading In …
            https://www.businessinsider.com/george-soros-insider-trading
            George Soros Fails To … Soros lost his battle against today a 2002 insider trading conviction in France in the … Soros was convicted of insider trading in …
            9 Things You Need To Know About George Soros | Daily Wire
            https://www.dailywire.com/news/8427/9-things-you-need-know-about
            9 Things You Need To Know About George Soros. … Soros is a convicted felon. Soros was convicted of insider trading in France in 2002, …

            • alwyn 16.1.1.1.1.1

              You do have something.
              Mind you I had a great deal of trouble finding what it was from your links.
              Do you realise that of those 12 links you put in 7 of them return a “Page not found” response when you try and link to them? Those 7 include all the sources that I would regard as reliable. The others tend to fall into the borderline crackpot category.

              As far as I can see Soros bought and sold shares in 1988. The French finally brought a case in 2002. He was found guilty of Insider Trading although the evidence would seem to show that the information he relied on was public knowledge at the time.
              He has been appealing the verdict ever since and it still seems to be going on.
              I don’t see that he is going to be serving any time for his supposed “felony”.

        • left_forward 16.1.1.2

          Let Hillary go greenclean, its all over now – she didn’t get in – so the focus is on the lying orange turd now.

    • joe90 16.2

      shot

      chaser

  17. mosa 17

    Bernie takes on U.S Treasury secretary Mnuchin for lying about fixing Wall st.

  18. One Two 18

    Life and Death in Aotearoa – Debating Euthanasia

    marty mars

    Yourself and waghorn are delusional if you believe there is any confusion in my comments, or hypocrisy in my positions taken on either issue…

    Go ahead…point it out…

    And post those vaccine certs for your boys…you said you were having them vaccinated two weeks ago…and attempted to transfer your parental decision making responsibility to an anonymous blog commentator…

    You made it my handles business through your comments offloading your decisions to me…so go right ahead…

    Or are you just an anonymous blog commentator mouthing off…again…

    • bwaghorn 18.1

      Your breaking up to much static in your transmission.
      Can you unscramble and resend the message please.
      Make it clear for us fickooos please.

      • cleangreen 18.1.1

        https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/386063/alarming-trends-continue-in-latest-un-climate-report

        Radio New Zealand
        1 Apr 2019
        Alarming trends continue in latest UN climate report
        4:36 pm on 1 April 2019
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        Photo: AFP
        The latest state of the climate report by the World Meteorological Organisation said the effects of climate change were accelerating to dangerous levels, and were being felt in the Pacific.
        The report, with contributions from dozens of scientists, UN agencies and national weather authorities including Fiji, Australia and New Zealand, also said greenhouse gas emissions had risen to unprecedented levels.
        It showed sea levels were on the rise, and the water was warmer and increasingly acidic, which threatened to destabilise whole ecosystems.
        And there were no signs the warming trend, which began at the start of this century, will ease.
        The UN body’s report comes ahead of a summit in September that’s been billed as a last-chance opportunity for leaders to tackle climate change.

  19. Eco Maori 19

    Kia ora The AM Show.
    Gumboot Friday is absolutely good cause. Rasing money for tamariki mental health Counciling.
    Come on guys you know that the mess that the mental health and health sector is to layed at ational party feet.
    That’s a cool vaccine that cuts cervical cancer by 50 % in Britain its available in NZ but is it published and available to ALL THE TANGATA.
    Dag thanks for the years of loyalty to OUR All Blacks.
    Good to hear your story Sue Climate change is going to be a huge challenge I Back what you say NZ can be used as policy test bed for mitigating climate change. NZ can lead the world to combat climate changes sea level rising ect. I was complaining last year national being a climate change denier that government has left a lot of people at risk to climate change they didn’t take precautions to combat there risk to climate change.
    I say John Kerwin has done a excellent job of promoting mental health and incouring people to get help.
    Ka kite ano P.S Mokopuna duties

  20. Eco Maori 20

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute.

  21. Eco Maori 21

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute.

    There should be a post about
    Instertutional Racism so everyone can post their stories about the system discrimination against them

  22. Eco Maori 22

    Eco Maori knows what being treat in a discriminating by the Corrupt System
    “All – maybe not all, but most Māori I know, and pretty much every single one of them here in Whanganui, just sit on the benefit and use our tax money for drugs and alcohol.” A literal thing that a woman said to me only to be followed up with “Oh, not you though Ka kite ano links below.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/111704971/casual-racism-in-nz-why-are-you-so-dirty-and-brown-dont-you-wash-yourself

  23. Eco Maori 23

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute.

  24. Eco Maori 24

    I know what I said to one of my Whanau members when I went up te tairwhiti to my whare whenua has been spun out of CONTEXT I Condem the way the CROWN is using USEs to suppress OUR TANGATA whenua and you don’t even get it. I can not Condem YOUs as most of YOU are my WHANAU and no not what you do .
    YOU WOULD be pissed off with the amount of your m8s that they have had following me around trying to INTIMIDAT ME KIA KAHA BROs don’t let them turn YOU against Me because in the end its Eco Maori who ultimately has yours and your Mokopuna best futures at HART Ka kite ano P.S we are all on this WAKA together

  25. Eco Maori 25

    Some Eco Maori Music for the minute.

  26. Eco Maori 26

    Kia ora Newshub.
    I agree with the Prime Minister that NZ can lead the way to a better future and social media policy’s .
    With the Ethiopia plane crash and the other one could have been prevented my other concerns is if the plane crashes were in a European domanate country there would have been a huge OUT CRY FOR JUSTICE and people companies being hurled over the hot coals of a COURT HOUSE.
    Papatuanukue is yearning for Ranginui in Te tairawhiti wow.
    I will stay out of the American politics for the minute.
    There you go Mike alcohol is bad for one’s health and mind.
    The start of the final season of Game of Throne is on the 15/04/2019 it’s one of my favourite movies series. Ka kite ano P.S thanks

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  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
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  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
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  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
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  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
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  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
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    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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    1 day ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
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    3 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
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    3 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
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  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
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    5 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
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    6 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
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  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
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