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Open Mike 03/07/2018

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  1. bwaghorn 1

    They found the cave kids alive !!!!!

    • Sanctuary 1.1

      I saw that. A good news story!

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.2

      Thank goodness!

    • Ankerrawshark 1.3

      Yes, wonderful news about the boys. Brave little guys. Here’s hoping they get them out ASAP. Poor kids

    • james 1.4

      What an amazing bit of awesome news.

      Its going to be difficult to get them out – but one of the best things I have read in a long time.

  2. Pat 2

    Landslide for Obrador….vows to eradicate corruption…. what chance success (or even life)?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/02/amlo-mexico-president-five-things

  3. Jenny 3

    Generation Rent

    Is Kiwibuild doomed?

    Should the government be concentrating on a huge expansion on affordable state rentals instead?

    Harshal Chitale, Auckland Council senior economist, says their analysis shows middle-class income groups would now even be unable to afford a home at the Kiwibuild cap of $650,000.

    A household would need to be earning $118,300 a year to afford a $650,000 home with a 10 per cent deposit, he said.

    Auckland’s middle class plummeting down property ladder

    • AsleepWhileWalking 3.1

      Neither.

      IRRS (if we must have it) should be paired with an individual, not a building.

    • Herodotus 3.2

      Unfortunately this govt needs kiwibuild as it allows them to fund any state housing development and keeping debt levels manageable. The land has no cash cost add a house and sell for $650k then use the $300k from the sale of the land on a kiwibuild to fund he build of a state house.
      As some have stated this govt has sold itself to the reduced debt at the expense of what is best for nz 🤑
      IMO build state houses then we will not need so many heavily subsidised landlords

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      Affordable housing is where the price of a house is three to four times the average wages.

      $650,000 is about ten times the average wage.

    • saveNZ 3.4

      Is Kiwibuild doomed? Yep, they need to lower the house prices or increase the wages substantially or decline the population. What is the point of Kiwibuild if they flood Auckland with low waged foreign workers undermining Labour’s so called Kiwi jobs and foreign buyers now even recommended in a report to be bought in the mix to buy up the land and profit from it.

      The quasi private COO type companies are virtually given away free public land in secret deals that are not providing much affordable housing aka HCL and if the buyers end up being foreigners or new residents who then rent them out after the withholding period, and the renters need more accomodation supplement to pay for the rising rents in the aforementioned Kiwibuild houses, it is gonna be a joke.

      The NZ way seems to be market forces needing government money propping it up in a Kind of quasi public money for private profits. Not a nice story.

      If they want to get Kiwibuild to succeed they need to use local and resident builders even if they have to train them on mass themselves, use local land and probably not sell them at all, as the city needs cheap rentals the most. Then use the rents to make more, exactly how private developers do it, only the profit goes back to the state to make more rentals!

      If a developer can borrow money on 10% deposit I’m not sure how the government can’t do it, with free land they already own and cheaper interest rates????

      Of course that might lower the house prices and less profit to developers who will be screaming that their profits be guaranteed.

      Gosh and I always thought I paid taxes for the hospitals and schools and public services, I had no idea it was more important to use the tax money to prop up the profits of foreign and local developers and banks and keep their wages workers down and lowering in real terms the amounts given to hospitals and schools.

    • ropata 3.5

      Property market could be getting interesting

      Bubble deflating at last? Average asking price for Auckland homes down more than $82,000 (-8.3%), prices also down in BoP, Wellington & Canterbury https://t.co/tQiERbaLlg— John Johnston (@jjprojects) July 2, 2018

      Prices apparently falling faster than expected say mainstream economists.. But if you want my 2c worth prices are TANKING!! These folks should do some in the field research. They might learn something pic.twitter.com/jKF1JHMffK— Lindsay David (@linzcom) July 3, 2018

      Also, the Australian bank inquiry is not finished, but it will be having a cooling effect on the banksters’ ability to splash debt around
      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/how-outrage-over-australian-banks-sparked-inquiry-quicktake-q-a

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    Baby bonus breeds welfare dependency!

    (No mention of landlord welfare addiction…)

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12081859

    • Observer Tokoroa 4.1

      Nice One AWW !

      Of course there was no mention of LandLords’ Addiction !

      How could you ever imagine Low IQ Soper blast the poor into total struggle – while leaving the fat addicted landlords basking in wealth stolen via rent from the same poor ?

      Where do we get nitwits like Soper from ? Who breeds them?

      Newstalk ZB constantly displays the brain crisis that our Nation is suffering. Toxic.

      • Ankerrawshark 4.1.1

        Speaking of brainless nit wits in the media, Garner et al have lifted their ban on Winston Peters, but he’s not appearing on their show. Good on ya Winston. It’s the same entitled patronizing crap from garner et al…….these are the fools like sooner “we’ll show them”

        • cleangreen 4.1.1.1

          100% Ankerrawshark,

          We are all squarerly right behind Winston on this crappy media activity, as it has lost its way entirely.

          Time to replace the useless Minister of Broadcasting and get a government Minister who can finally get what they promised us ‘a channel like “TVNZ 7” was’ with real investigative journalism to represent the truth finally as well as other views.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TVNZ_7

          We do not ever want to hear the corporate and carpetbaaggers views for their feeding their overbloated greed.

          Get rid of Clare Curran put her on parking meter duty.

    • adam 5.1

      Don’t hold your breath.

      trump like key, is teflon – no shit is going to stick to the low life, lying ,society destroying, scumbag.

      • ropata 5.1.1

        Trump is the living embodiment of a failing bloated corrupt American Empire. Key is a saint by comparison, also a hell of a lot more intelligent. Key has a genuine rags to riches story that fits well with American bootstrap mythology, Trump is a silver spoon spoiled rich kid.

        But he’s unwittingly doing God’s work, exposing the true extent of villainy that has riddled the US political system. They can’t even impeach the fucker, he’s too useful to the corporate warmongers. His insanity is a great distraction from their war crimes in Yemen and Syria and Libya, and the atrocities in Iraq and Guantanamo and Palestine

        • soddenleaf 5.1.1.1

          No lover of Trump but oil retreat means a less integrated world economy, and so it’s remiss of us not to discuss how Trump dislocating and disconnecting is about pivoting into that new world. Break things, so leading to mending them in a new shape. I.E Trump is the crap leader for the crap times we are living through.

  5. marty mars 7

    Dead in a year – see your mana people? Your mana is in the tree and the tree is going.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/105184309/tne-mahuta-could-be-dead-within-a-year-from-kauri-dieback

    • saveNZ 7.1

      That is terrible. Marty mars.

    • Robert Guyton 7.2

      “Black says the crisis has been nine years in the making and believes MPI, who she says has muzzled scientists researching the disease, are partly to blame for its rapid spread.”

      9 years? That’ll be throughout the Key-led years, when National was in Government and the issue was theirs, yes?

      • ropata 7.2.1

        Also the Maori Party who enabled this bullshit for the sake of money (while spouting on about self reliance)

      • saveNZ 7.2.2

        It’s irrelevant who did it, the sad thing is people stood by and let it happen and there does not seem to be much interest in saving this heritage more a fight about funding for money to save it and who did it, being more important an issue. -As any RMA environmental person will tell you, it’s just an old tree, plant another one. Today’s politicians and spokespeople have zero interest in history or culture or mana in any sense of the words. Everything is about funding and is a commodity. Who cares about that sick tree/person when you can just get another one.

        Sadly even the Greens are coming across like this. Got some email about saving the oceans from bags from the Greens and give $3. For Fucks sake, what is $3 gonna do???? It’s not about the money it is about changing the policy. They are in government and paid by taxpayers to do their job which should be to put in a bill to ban plastic bags which costs nothing.

        Labour are just as bad. But I mention the Greens because they used to know better, whoever they had advising them seems to be a neoliberal or someone who maybe worked at American Red Cross Haiti campaign?

        Part of all the meet or greet seems to be to distract the politicians and take up their time instead of having them focus on the real stuff that ordinary people want. A house and job is part of it, but also emotional and spiritual stuff like trees and oceans, that just can’t be translated into money and therefore ignored in government policy.

      • Hongi Ika 7.2.3

        Talking to a farmer from Otago a month ago he said mycoplasma bovis had been around since 2012 ?

        • Gabby 7.2.3.1

          I hope he’s told MPI how he knows that.

        • alwyn 7.2.3.2

          According to Professor Keith Woodford who is an Honorary Professor at Lincoln University there is a very good chance that the disease was actually present in New Zealand as early as 2008.
          He says
          “Another industry person has come to me outlining a situation back in 2008 where there was a major outbreak of uncontrollable mastitis and lameness in a mob of cows that now, with hindsight, has all the distinctive characteristics of Mycoplasma bovis”.
          He also says
          “An American-trained vet with considerable experience with Mycoplasma bovis tells me that when he started practising in New Zealand some ten years ago he made a tentative diagnosis of Mycoplasma bovis in some New Zealand animals. However, there was no laboratory here with the expertise to confirm or deny that it was Mycoplasma bovis.”
          https://keithwoodford.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/mycoplasma-bovis-battle-fatigue-is-growing-but-government-claims-to-be-resolute/
          I know nothing of the subject so can’t give an opinion but he would appear to be in a position to have an informed opinion.

    • joe90 7.3

      About 15 minutes in the discussion turns to the possibility that Kauri dieback could be related to the disruption of seabird colonies, and their vast guano [phosphate] deposits, by human settlement.

      https://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/articles/weekend-variety-wireless/2018/05/kauri-set-to-be-listed-as-threatened-species.html

    • AsleepWhileWalking 7.4

      If anyone here can perform agnihotra close enough so a resonance point can cover the area Tane resides in this can reverse the dieback, especially if a group of people performed it.

      Info at agnihotra.com.au

      I’m in Wellington and don’t think I can relocate easily. Don’t care if you think I’m nuts – it’s Tane!

  6. saveNZ 8

    Trade deals are so beneficial, even if we win, we lose with ISDS. But zero spine from government to just ban it.

    Revealed: $39m cost of defending Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws
    Exclusive: Two years after an FOI claim was lodged, the price of the six-year fight with Philip Morris has been revealed

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/02/revealed-39m-cost-of-defending-australias-tobacco-plain-packaging-laws

    Bet NZ can’t ban plastic bags either or a million other things in the future when they are found to be having negative effects, but government have to ask the lawyers permission first.

    Business trumps Social good because these trade deals are about profit for business as their primary goal and they reward their politician cheerleaders and provide for them afterwards with good jobs and benefits and donations to keep them in office as long as they serve them.

    • cleangreen 8.1

      Trade deals are not good for Kiwis as we will be treatened by all parties now, including the new Mexican agreement being setup.

      New President Lopez Obrador’’s government could usher in greater scrutiny of foreign investment and a less accommodating approach to the United States.

      We hear today on RNZ that this new left wing leader of Mexico is now since being elected yesterday, as he is threatening USA, even as Mexico are members of a free trade deal already with USA/Canada in NAFTA.

      Lopez Obrador’s nationalism, stubborn nature and put-downs of rivals have drawn comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-election/mexico-votes-for-new-president-leftist-rebel-favored-to-win-idUSKBN1JR15F

      So as I say these are tough guys that will play hard and run all over our weaker Government.

      This TPP11 is not going to be fair or good for us.

    • Gabby 8.2

      They can recoup that by bumping the baccy excise.

  7. greywarshark 9

    David Seymour is thinking about what the euthanasia of his bill End of Life Choice Bill, could be called that referred to the practice in a way that was less clinical.
    I suggest Managed Demise.

    It is not as stark as suicide, and shouldn’t be like the usual idea of suicide – lonely, desperate, agonised, or despairing. It is actually hastened death that gives to the dying person the opportunity to choose for themselves when they want to die and then following some thoughtful rituals, to go in a resigned, peaceful way, with as little pain or sadness as is possible.

  8. saveNZ 10

    The future, $120k essential workers leaving town? If they can’t get competent doctors or even cleaners then even the rich will leave town! Society needs to be protected as a system not just about wealth. Society needs to value everyone!

    “He said he knows plenty of stories about people not being able to get workers to move to Queenstown.

    “I heard a story of a doctor who left town. She was earning probably $120,000 a year and she left because she couldn’t afford to buy a house and she’d never be able to.”

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/07/queenstown-struggling-to-find-renters-who-can-afford-the-city.html

    • cleangreen 10.1

      Yes i heard today on TV that a house outside Auckland is average price of $500.000 and is at a price that most will be able to afford.

      So if in Gisborne the houses are at a low price of 150.000 to $250.000 which many curently are should be a boom town where many will flock to now?

      My Dauger own tqwo houses in Gisborne and one was valued last week at $150.000 and the other at $250.0000 so we have seen these prices as proof of current cost.

      Many Auckland folks are comming here buying three homes as theyn sell there own house up in Auckland for up to one million.

      Things are out of balance now here.

      • Sacha 10.1.1

        How are jobs looking in Gisborne now? Or are most of these new home-buyers retirees?

    • bwaghorn 10.2

      That Dr should move to ohakune. We got houses we can’t get Drs.

    • Graeme 10.3

      About half the people who “move to Queenstown” don’t last 2 years. Or put another way, the town turns over half it’s population every 2 years.

      And it’s still go the highest growth rate in the country.

      Which makes it a really different town socially.

  9. Observer Tokoroa 11

    Guyon and his reports

    Yet another shot at Kelvin. Everyone who has an ear on the news knows that Labour has no intention of building Mega Prisons. It is all the same, determined to reduce the number of prisoners. That crucial fact has eluded Guyon.

    Therefore, The reports put together way back in 2017 are not in play. Time has passed on. The Justice Dept and Corrections Dept are walking the same path.

    Mr Bridges, Guyon and the lady spokesperson who accusatively opined some unknown stuff today – are an opposition working backwards.

    Yes, Guyon and the Lady are RNZ staff. As such they are Ssupposed to be unbiased. Pigs will fly too.

    What concerns me is that, The Maori Leader of the Opposition Mr Bridges, has not yet given any numbers of how many Maori persons he has understood to have been released from prison year to date.

    Similarly, The Maori deputy Leader of the Opposition Ms Bennett, has not as yet mentioned the numbers of Maori persons she has have been released from prison year to date.

    As Maoris as well as members of Parliament one would expect these two important politicians to advise New Zealand the numbers of Maori sent to Prison year to date. And the number of Maori released.

    Simon Bridges is constantly ridiculing Labour and Pinkos. I think he should attend to his own duties before he slams others hell for leather.

    Or does he wish to allow Maori to drift around like Browno logs in a lake ?

  10. Tricledrown 12

    MSD prosecuting beneficiary claiming loans are income have lost their case in 2courts now.
    Who ever brought this draconian prosecution it was illegal was it the minister or a over zealous employee
    Paula Bennett was the minister at the time this is the type of behaviour is par for her.

    • Gabby 12.1

      No doubt Sniggering Gyno will ferret out the brilliant mind at MSD who decided the matter should be pursued upwards through the courts, and have him/her on to explain.

  11. Tricledrown 13

    The National Party having to pay $600,000 to Eminem over loose yourself copyright used illegally maybe Stephen Joyce should be extradited for theft

    • Herodotus 13.1

      Per haps the Nats should have their Waitamata Trust assets confiscated for profiteering on proceeds of crime (stealing)

  12. Observer Tokoroa 14

    Don’t worry about the $600,000.

    Just lift it off the Poor. Like you always do.

    Its just a monthly meal to the Nat fat cats. Give Bill English a phone call – he has got ways and means too. He’s a capitalist through and through. Hates Kiwi Workers.

    Sing a song of sixpence.

  13. Eco Maori 15

    Good morning The AM Show I met a elderly man yesterday I took time out to talk to him he was concerned about his phone being down for a week he has been waiting to get it fixed I will go sort it out today.
    Yes Duncan Human caused climate change is OUR reality its not the glaciers in Atoearoa that will cause a humanitarian crisis when they are gone we get Alot of our water from Tairawhiti the glaciers in the Himalayas and many others provide water for billions when those are gone that’s when water wars will start unless they come up with a solution for that problem maybe rain catching put in place we’re the glaciers we’re.?????????!???? Some people already use this in dry places. This is a serious subject.???????????????????????
    I won’t say whom I’m backing to win the Russian football World Cup but one should be able to guess . I was busy doing voluntary work for my offspring yesterday to write my usual post as most of my voluntary work is for them I will do some today for the elderly gentleman.
    45 K is not much pay for a teacher??????.
    I like the warm coats Amanda and Nicky are wearing today Duncan. Ka kite ano
    P.S the ECO MAORI – – – – – was at work yesterday.

    • Eco Maori 15.1

      The AM Show Duncan the houseing problem and the teachers pay problems are problem that the right wing national party deliberately engineed they starved OUR education sector of finance all in the farcical aim of saying that the state cannot run education let’s privatetise Our education so there wealthy m8 could cream it 1.
      They did the same to our health sector with the same aim privatisation of health they like the Americans health system were if a common person breaks a leg they are stuffed so only the wealthy can afford proper health care.
      With the houseing problems that was engineed to create there Golden economy condemn a lot of state housing with the farcical PEEEEE testing industry ignore the fact that they had 60.000 new imergrints who all need housing ignore the fact that they need to ramp up building houses and there you go the perfect environment for the price of housing to go through the roof and who cares about the common people under the Bridge Ana to kai Ka kite ano

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    3 weeks ago
  • Green Party welcomes new approach to delivering light rail
    The Green Party welcomes the decision to not proceed with Public Public Investment (PPI) delivery of Auckland’s light rail project and to instead run the process through the public service. ...
    3 weeks ago

  • District Court Judge appointed
    Stephen Clark, Māori Land Court Judge of Hamilton has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to be based in Hamilton, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Judge Clark graduated with an LLB from Auckland University in 1988 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. ...
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  • Hawke’s Bay Airport agreement protects jobs, safeguards terminal development
    The Crown will provide a loan to Hawke’s Bay Airport to ensure it can trade through COVID-19 economic impacts, support the region’s recovery and protect up to 200 jobs. The Crown has a 50 percent shareholding in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL), with Napier City Council holding 26 percent and ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Funding boost for four cultural events
    Four celebrated Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding from the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The four events that were successful in the inaugural funding round are: Kia Mau Festival, Wellington Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
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  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
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    3 days ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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    3 days ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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    3 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
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    4 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
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  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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    4 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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    5 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
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    5 days ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
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  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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    5 days ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    6 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    6 days ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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    6 days ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    7 days ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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    7 days ago
  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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    7 days ago
  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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    7 days ago
  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extended loan scheme keeps business afloat
    Small businesses are getting greater certainty about access to finance with an extension to the interest-free cashflow loan scheme to the end of the year. The Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme has already been extended once, to 24 July. Revenue and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says it will be ...
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    1 week ago
  • New investment creates over 2000 jobs to clean up waterways
    A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects put forward by local councils receiving $62 million and the Kaipara ...
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    1 week ago