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Open mike 03/05/2015

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  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    How many cabinet ministers have brothers?

    The problem here is that they have to step down, as per Carmel Sepuloni, and stepping down will breach name suppression.

    Convenient, eh.

    • Paul 1.1

      There is a lot of detail in that article.
      Stuff weren’t very discreet.

    • miravox 1.2

      Surely a cabinet minster would only need to stand down if s/he was involved with the crime, the investigation or had ministerial responsibility for children, justice or police?

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        Trying to remember if National made any nasty remarks at Carmel at that time?

        • phillip ure 1.2.1.1

          i don’t recall any..

        • amirite 1.2.1.2

          I guess the Nats were silent about Sepuloni in anticipation of their own imminent court case, not for the decency or the goodness of their heart.

        • rawshark-yeshe 1.2.1.3

          I seem to remember it was the Nats who ‘exposed’ Carmel Sepuloni ?? I recall being very angry at them … maybe it’s just my natural state these days. 🙁

          This story from TV3News has Andrew Little stating clearly that Carmel had no knowledge “of the ordeal’

          http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/carmel-sepulonis-mother-due-in-court-2015022605#axzz3Z1E0H7Ij

          It always had the stench of dirty politics to me.

          And here .. TVOne News claiming to be first to discover the story … ( “Hello Corin — Jason here” and all that). It still stinks.

          http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/labour-welfare-spokesperson-stood-down-mother-faces-benefit-fraud-charges-6242031

        • Anne 1.2.1.4

          Yes ianmac, during Question Time. Paula Bennett made a reference to Carmel’s situation at the time of her mother’s guilty verdict. Someone will surely remember what she actually said – I can’t. I do remember the Labour members responding in disgust to Bennett’s vindictive comment.

          Surprise, surprise… I don’t think she was called to “withdraw and apologise” but I may be wrong.

          • rawshark-yeshe 1.2.1.4.1

            Anne .. I remember that too. Have just searched Hansard for Feb 25, but can’t find anything. Are you remembering it was AFTER the actual conviction then ? I can search again …

            • Anne 1.2.1.4.1.1

              I can’t remember rawshark-yeshe. I think it must have been after the guilty plea because she would have been treading a fine legal line had she commented beforehand.

              I do remember something happened in response to Madam B’s spite because she stood up and claimed she had only been responding to Sepuloni’s provocation. In other words she was suggesting Carmel started it. That was bullshit. All Carmel did was robustly question her about a social issue which was what she is supposed to do as Paula’s opposite number. Bennett was the one who introduced the personal aspect into the debating chamber.

              • ianmac

                Must have been after Carmel was returned to her spot.

                • rawshark-yeshe

                  which seems to be March 5 2015 but the house did not sit again til March 10 .. can’t find it, but I know it’s there !

            • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.4.1.2

              IIRC, it was actually the press that informed Sepuloni that her mother was being brought up on charges and they were informed by the minister before Sepuloni was informed at all. It was a nasty Nat attack on Sepuloni via the MSM who had assumed that Sepuloni had already been informed.

              Also note that the author of that piece can’t keep the story straight from one end to the other:

              Earlier this year, Labour spokeswoman Carmel Sepuloni stepped aside while her mother was before the courts on benefit fraud charges.

              Earlier this year Carmel Sepuloni was stood down from her social development spokeswoman role after her mother was charged with several counts of benefit fraud.

              Same fucken article, two different meanings.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                indeed. but we are trying to find Bennett’s attack on her in the house …

                • Draco T Bastard

                  I could be remembering it wrong and the attack was what started the whole rigmarole in the first place.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.2

        The article makes clear it’s a ‘he’.

        He can’t stand down because doing so would breach name suppression. He has to stand down under the circumstances you’ve outlayed.

        Is the National Party capable of negotiating this ethical minefield? Of course not. What will their self-interest dictate?

        • felix 1.2.2.1

          Where does it refer to the gender of the minister?

          • veutoviper 1.2.2.1.1

            This sentence in the Stuff article:

            The minister did not respond yesterday to questions about whether he would stand down while the case was before the court.

            • felix 1.2.2.1.1.1

              Ah thanks. Well that narrows it down considerably.

              • rawshark-yeshe

                might also explain why one Hon from down there has had a perpetual misery face for the last few months.

                • felix

                  I think he looks like he was frozen while emotionally transitioning between abject misery and outrageous smugness.

                  • Dave

                    Must be Lumberwhare then, mind you his frozen rictus never changes much.

                  • rawshark-yeshe

                    lol felix.

                    botox even ? maybe he got some from crusher who really does need to stop abusing it. dear crusher’s eyebrows are so very arched she has a look of permanent surprise built in .. must be disconcerting for those close to her.

                    not attacking but commenting on what is a dangerous habit for some. and the weirdest thing is the other facial muscles take over the work of the botox paralysed ones, and develop quite unexpectedly which leads to a great distortion over time and faces can change quite badly.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.2.3

        Under normal circumstances, assuming his areas of responsibility create a conflict, there are a range of options as listed below (1.3.1.1.1). The interesting aspect of this is that any public action will immediately narrow the field – how many brothers can a cabinet minister have, after all.

        National’s initial response – stonewalling – doesn’t bode well for their eventual decision. I expect the correct response would have been – “yes I’m standing down and if you report that you’ll breach a suppression order.”

        That isn’t what happened though.

      • Murray Rawshark 1.2.4

        I don’t think FJK even requires that, going by past events.

    • Charles 1.3

      I think, really, if a PM can go around dodging the law for his own openly admitted and socially condoned misdeeds, then the degree of seperation between siblings of MP’s is irrelevent, not in the public interest, and not even news. If people only get worked-up because of the type of crime, but otherwise believe the law applies only when it’s convenient, then it’s not a matter of law, or principle.

      Carmel stepping down was a complete idiocy. Hard to be an effective opposition when your own values are so puritanical you fire yourself for things that your opponent can’t comprehend. Especially so, if most of your electorate think the same way as your opponent, secretly, and do the same everyday. The outraged noise people make has no relation to their actual personal values. The end may not justify the means, but who said a politician had to continue with less-than-pure means past the short term end of actually winning?

      • phillip ure 1.3.1

        i think with carmel her spokesperson- role was factored into her?/the decision to stand down..

        tho’ i thought it was an over-reaction/wasn’t needed..

        • b waghorn 1.3.1.1

          I agree she shouldn’t of stood down and neither should the nat mp unless he’s linked somehow. No one should be held back because of the sins of there ralitives.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.1.1.1

            There are a range of options:

            taking no action;
            enquiring as to whether all affected parties will consent to the member’s or official’s involvement;
            seeking a formal exemption to allow participation (if such a legal power applies);
            imposing additional oversight or review over the official;
            withdrawing from discussing or voting on a particular item of business at a meeting;
            exclusion from a committee or working group dealing with the issue;
            re-assigning certain tasks or duties to another person;
            agreement or direction not to do something;
            withholding certain confidential information, or placing restrictions on access to information;
            transferring the official (temporarily or permanently) to another position or project;
            relinquishing the private interest; or
            resignation or dismissal from one or other position or entity.

            Dealing with COIs is commonplace in industrial and academic circles. Not sure how you justify ignoring them in politics.

          • felix 1.3.1.1.2

            “I agree she shouldn’t of stood down and neither should the nat mp unless he’s linked somehow. No one should be held back because of the sins of there ralitives.”

            It’s not about being responsible for the sins, it’s about conflict of interest.

            If, for example, it were the Minister of Police who’s brother were facing charges, there would be a clear conflict of interest for the minister.

            If it were Minister of Replacing Lightbulbs in John Key’s office (or whatever the fuck it is they’ve got Paula doing these days) then there probably wouldn’t be much of a conflict.

            • miravox 1.3.1.1.2.1

              I would have thought minister of police or some such would have stepped aside when he knew his brother was facing charges.

              That’s taking responsibility for the conflict of interest. Responsibility – something the NActs are big on, they say.

            • rawshark-yeshe 1.3.1.1.2.2

              well yes, of course ! But these are the Nacts. Nothing decent to be expected in any direction.

              Imagine the conflict for such a minister !

            • The Murphey 1.3.1.1.2.3

              It’s not about being responsible for the sins, it’s about conflict of interest

              Including blackmail

              Such ‘preferences’ are unlikely to be those of ‘recent first timers’ and so direct family relationship becomes very relevant to the discussion

              No doubt the lodges will be a hive of activity

            • McFlock 1.3.1.1.2.4

              it’s about conflict of interest

              Perceived conflict of interest.
              Sepuloni standing down for the duration removed any possibility of a conflict, or of an innocent question being mistaken as interference.

            • blue2 1.3.1.1.2.5

              Seriously funny comment Felix. Minister of Replacing Lightbulbs. They’re all 1930’s vintage single filament incandescents!

            • blue2 1.3.1.1.2.6

              Minister of Replacing Lightbulbs. Totally succinct comment. As the Nats are full of 1930’s vintage, single carbon filament, low wattage types, it would be easy to say that describes them all.

          • RedBaronCV 1.3.1.1.3

            Note how Stuff put
            “Carmel Sepuloni was stood down” but at the time

            “We have agreed she will step aside” was what Andrew Little said after he appears to have been told very promply by Carmel.

            So it looks like Carmel had a part in the stand down and accepted it as a responsibilty for her not some thing imposed on her by the boss.

            Stuffs comment kinda implies otherwise. It’s a small thing I know but.. Mischief making. Not that any Nact ever seems to vountarily fall on their sword

            • mickysavage 1.3.1.1.3.1

              She did. She discussed it with Andrew and agreed that she should voluntarily stand down until the matter was resolved.

        • JanM 1.3.1.2

          Except that as we all know, with the bias of the MSM the left have to be more cautious than ‘the right to rulers’

        • JanM 1.3.1.3

          Except that as we all know, with the bias of the MSM the left have to be more cautious than ‘the right to rulers’

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.2

        Sepuloni wasn’t fired. She returned as soon as the conflict of interest was no longer an issue.

        It’s a perfectly acceptable way of dealing with such conflicts of interest when they arise. Your cynicism notwithstanding, many people understand that they are toxic because they lead to poor decisions being made.

        I agree that the National Party has plumbed new depths of corruption and denial in this regard. Even in their ranks there’s disquiet over it.

        • Incognito 1.3.2.1

          IIRC Sepuloni did not cease to be a politician and MP. From one of the links in comment 1.2.1.3:

          ”Carmel Sepuloni will remain on the front bench and as the party’s junior whip.”

          Sepuloni did not know anything till it became public knowledge and quick action on the same day was aimed to deal with possible spill-over and public perception.

          As it turned out, it was a temporary measure as Sepuloni’s mother pleaded guilty the next day so it was not going to be a long drawn-out legal affair, etc.

          IMO, it was the best action under the circumstances and has left no real ammunition for others to attack Sepuloni, Little, or the Labour Party with. So, at the end of the day (…), ‘the end did justify the means’.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3.2.1.1

            Yeah, which is why the National Party now has an opportunity* to look corrupt and incompetent by comparison.

            *which I’m sure they’ll seize with both feet.

      • Murray Rawshark 1.3.3

        I think Carmel Sepuloni standing down was the best thing overall, because of her responsibility for welfare. A police minister, for example, should be required to stand down if a member of their family is charged with any criminal offence.

        NAct people seem to have a real problem keeping things consensual and legal, don’t they? I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll see a British type of scandal down here.

        • rawshark-yeshe 1.3.3.1

          kinda think that would also apply to the chair of a law and order committee,
          right ? Yeah? Nah.

          • Murray Rawshark 1.3.3.1.1

            At the end of the day FJK can actually find people who don’t think it should. Many of them are NAct MPs. That worries me.

    • felix 1.4

      English has at least one brother, Smith has four, Brownlee was hatched from a goose’s egg, Woodhouse is the fifth of nine children.

      Don’t know of any other male Cabinet Ministers from the South Island except John Key and he is so obviously an only child it’s not even worth looking up.

      One of the above would have a very serious conflict of interest due to the nature of their portfolio.

      • rawshark-yeshe 1.4.1

        Indeed. and all the more reason to try and keep it very, very secret and suppressed.

        old habit for Key by now .. he must have almost mastered it ?

      • weka 1.4.2

        Why the South Island Ministers?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.4.2.1

          The case is being heard in the Christchurch High Court, and the lawyer is from Dunedin?

          • weka 1.4.2.1.1

            which applies to the brother, not necessarily the Minister presumably, or am I missing something?

            • felix 1.4.2.1.1.1

              Not necessarily the Minister, but it does seem more likely, no?

              • weka

                Just seen the comments upthread about Dunedin 😉

                • felix

                  I know you’re winking but it looks like you have something stuck in your eye 😀

                  • left for deadshark

                    Good morning felix,
                    Whats happened to the old smilies.?

                    👿

                    • weka

                      WordPress redesigned them and we got them in a recent upgrade.

                    • lprent

                      In their infinite wisdom the WordPress designers decided to change the defaults. They have apparently missed some out. It is possible to revert. Can’t be bothered…

                    • rawshark-yeshe

                      lprent .. I have a nice bottle of wine or some beersies for you if it helps with the bothering ? 🙂

                    • Lanthanide

                      +1 for rawshark. The new smilies suck.

                      Look what they’ve done to the roll-eyes one: 🙄 pathetic!

                  • weka

                    You look like you’ve got a very large wedge of grapefruit in your mouth.

                    I hate these fucking Smilies. Bloody wordpress designers, what were they thinking? Not about communication obviously.

          • veutoviper 1.4.2.1.2

            According to the article, the actual case is scheduled for a District Court hearing (location not specified) – but the interim injunction on naming was issued by a Christchurch High Court judge, presumably pending the DC hearing considering a submission for name suppression.

      • veutoviper 1.4.3

        Key is not an only child. He has two older sisters here in NZ. He also has two much older half-brothers in the UK. IIRC English has at least two brothers.

      • yabby 1.4.4

        Key has two sisters – but is an only son

    • weka 1.5

      “The problem here is that they have to step down, as per Carmel Sepuloni, and stepping down will breach name suppression.

      Convenient, eh.”

      Two ways to look at that. One is that if there were a conflict of interest the Minister would have stepped down by now for personal or family reasons, but since there isn’t, they haven’t. The other is that it’s National, and why would they do the right thing unless they were forced to?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.5.1

        Would this fall into the ‘no surprises’ category?

        I assume the Police Minister would have been informed. That’s Michael Woodhouse, a list MP from Dunedin.

      • RedBaronCV 1.5.2

        or all the four cabinet ministers that fit the criteria could stand down, Key could reshuffle the lot and we would be none the wiser on the specifics. Well no further ahead than now

    • weka 1.6

      The courts granted an injunction to prevent publication by the SST of the Minister’s name. Does that injunction apply to the public?

      • lprent 1.6.1

        Likely. As I have no idea who it is, So to conform to the reported suppression, I will just limit people saying explicitly which minister it is.

        I also note that there has been nothing reported about the alleged victims seeking suppression.

        Mind you, after the questions on how Carmel’s mothers name got into media, I am only inclined to follow the letter of suppression orders when it comes to the politically associated.

        If it is good enough for Paula Bennett to play games with the courts and relatives, then I can’t be bothered fighting dirty politics with my hands tied….

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.6.2

        They’ve finally got their story straight. They’ve known about this all along and steps have already been taken to do nothing.

        • McFlock 1.6.2.1

          Two things spring to mind:

          He refers repeatedly to the “advice” he’s received, but (as he made plain on HardTalk) he views the purpose of “advice” as being to endorse the decision he wants, rather than a genuinely impartial and expert opinion of what should be done; and

          if “there is no conflict of interest”, then surely there is no “issue” than “can be managed”.

          Fucking slimy liar.

  2. i heard the idea the wharf-extensions be named after our mayor..

    (as an act of gratitude on the part of his bosses @ the wharf-company..?

    ..esp. seeing as he cast the casting vote for it – in a split council..eh..?..

    ..he made it happen..all his own work – lest we forget..)

    …so..’browns’ dump’..?…’browns’ car-park’..?…’browns’-folly’..?..’browns’-brown-nose’..?

    ..suggestions welcomed

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Another mental health victim failed by indifferent DHB staff. How many more will die before anyone is held accountable?

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/05/01/guest-blog-tony-stevens-why-did-my-brother-die/

  4. the idea – now law in victoria – that foreigners be only allowed to buy new houses..

    ..is a good one..

    ..and one we should adopt..

    ..it will add to the housing stock – and will stimulate ‘the market’ to build the houses needed..

    ..what’s not to love about all that..?

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/02/extra-tax-on-foreign-property-investors-in-victoria-to-balance-infrastructure-cost

    oh..!..and of course an extra sales tax and land tax…

    ..and of course foreign investors will have to register..

    ..with serious penalties for scamming the scheme..

    ..that all looks quite tidy to me..

    • greywarshark 4.1

      Sounds good medicine in the present housing climate. And then reduce the number of immigrants. We need to sop behaving like Mr Cresote taking more on all the time. Is there a medical doctor in the House that can administer it plus laxative to those sitting with minds and ends bound up and stultified?

      I am not happy about the many ordinary people who might have their lives ruined when the bubble bursts. I have seen the disruption it causes in good people’s lives as they try and adjust to financial difficulties and their drop in the pecking order when they have been working hard, bettering themselves and doing all the right things.

  5. Paul 5

    Important investigation into Foetal Alcohol Syndrome on RNZ at the moment.
    When will we tackle the multinational liquor companies ?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/audio/201752639/insight-for-3-may-2015-nz's-neglected-foetal-alcohol-problem

    • Molly 5.1

      I have a close friend with a daughter who has FASD, and the disability is heartbreaking and permanent.

      After years of reading and researching this condition in an effort to provide support, I despair when I read reassurances by experts in newspaper articles that moderate or light drinking is fine. (An obvious problem with this is that people’s ideas of moderate or light vary greatly).

      That is also the recommendation I was receiving while I was pregnant.

      Knowing now the damage that can be caused, only abstinence is the reassurance most mothers would need to avoid this syndrome.

      • Paul 5.1.1

        Pity governments do not listen to the public and experts on the matter.

        NZLC R114 Alcohol In Our Lives: Curbing the Harm

        ‘Key policy recommendations include:

        _ the introduction of a new Alcohol Harm Reduction Act;

        _ raising the price of alcohol by an average of 10% through excise tax increases;

        _ regulating irresponsible promotions that encourage the excessive consumption, or purchase, of alcohol;

        _ returning the minimum purchase age for alcohol to 20;

        _ strengthening the rights and responsibilities of parents for the supply of alcohol to minors;

        _ introducing national maximum closing hours for both on and off-licences; ( 4am and 10pm respectively )

        _ increasing the ability of local people to influence how and where alcohol is sold in their communities;

        _ increasing personal responsibility for unacceptable or harmful behaviours induced by alcohol, including a civil cost recovery regime for those picked up by the police when grossly intoxicated;

        _ moving over time to regulate alcohol advertising and sponsorship.

        http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/project/review-regulatory-framework-sale-and-supply-liquor/publication/report/2010/alcohol-our-lives

        http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/2010/04/Publication_154_464_Part_2_Intro.pdf

        • tricledrown 5.1.1.1

          Paul they certainly listen to the alcohol lobby.
          Maybe its because they are aloud fund political parties especially the National Party.

          • phillip ure 5.1.1.1.1

            i wd actually give dunne the ‘bleary-eyed-award’ – for his services to big-alcohol..

            ..national are close behind –

            – but runners-up to dunne – in the sell-out stakes..

            • halfcrown 5.1.1.1.1.1

              “i wd actually give dunne the ‘bleary-eyed-award’”

              Nah, I would give him The Biggest Traitorous Self Seeking Turd Ever Award.

  6. Penny Bright 6

    For those concerned Aucklanders who want to ‘stand up and be counted’ against Mayor Len Brown’s , (in my view) treacherous sellout – supporting the Ports of Auckland ‘compromise’ in extending one wharf?

    PROTEST!

    WHEN: Today – Sunday : May 2015

    TIME: 11am

    WHERE: Quay Street

    What is happening here, in my view, is a disgrace.

    Where’s the fire? What’s the rush?

    The legality of the (non-notified) resource consents upon which these wharf extensions are based, as I understand it,, are still before the Court.

    The idea that the wharf extension work can go ahead – then be ‘deconstructed’ at a later date, if found in Court to be illegal, is simply madness, in my view.

    It is not just multi-national shipping companies or overseas cruise ship companies that have an interest in the Ports of Auckland and how that land is developed, or harbour ‘reclaimed’.

    Why on earth would you charge ahead with wharf extension work, before full, proper, comprehensive, consultation and consideration of the issues involved?

    Whose interests are being served in this unseemly and ill-considered rush?

    Follow the dollar?

    What do concerned citizens need to do to STOP extension work on the wharves?

    Physically occupy them?

    What a disaster this corporate-controlled Auckland ‘Supercity’ (for the 1%) has been for the majority of citizens and ratepayers!

    Penny Bright

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

    • Bearded Git 6.1

      Somebody should maybe apply for a “stop-work” directive now while the court decides whether the wharf consents should have been publicly notified.

      Given the completely bleedin’ obvious public interest in this matter I would have thought that the court action to have the wharf consent publicly notified has a high chance of success. In fact by backing down on one wharf POAL have already considerably weakened their case.

      I don’t think POAL can argue that this work is in any way urgent.

  7. JanM 7

    What a delightful idea of Jonathan Milne (Editorial in Stuff) to name John Key “Father of the Year”. I’m sure every child would be thrilled to have a father who has sexually harassed a young woman and, thereby, made himself an international laughing stock!

    • Paul 7.1

      The NZ media really is a propaganda arm of the multinational corporates who are benefiting from Key’s looting of the country.

    • b waghorn 7.2

      I’d conslder myself a failure of a father if [r0b: Leave Key’s family out of it please]

      • b waghorn 7.2.1

        Yeah did try to delete it but was to late sorry

      • JanM 7.2.2

        That’s a bit hard, perhaps – as adults we make our own decisions for our own reasons and we don’t always do things the way our parents would like us to. Interesting that she feels the need to explore that subject, though, as she has perhaps received some negative or disempowering messages about women in her upbringing.

    • philj 7.3

      The story seems to have disappeared before my eyes.

  8. andrew little back from hanging with miliband and piketty..

    ..but has come back with no new ideas..(he says he was focused on ‘organisational’-stuff..(!)..)

    ..he almost left skid-marks on the screen – he reversed so severely away from any pikkety-stylings solutions for here..

    ..(oh dear..!..)

    • Once was Tim 8.1

      ah …. now I see what you mean! (at first I was confused as to the kind of skid marks you were meaning). my judgment was obviously clouded when I first read your comment @PU – Mediawatch in the background where the name Hosking was getting a run

  9. Once was Tim 9

    Another Macskasy gem ( http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2015/05/03/the-nation-reveals-gobsmacking-incompetence-by-ministers-english-and-lotu-iiga/ )

    Sums things up fairly well really.
    What’s really sad is that such a huge proportion of the population has become so disengaged, so utterly disinterested and completely dumbed down they’re unable to see the bleeding obvious when it jumps up and bites them in the bum.

    My biggest hope that any new government will recognise just how huge the media’s role in all of this has been and they commit to a PSB system.

    • Kevin 9.1

      If The Nation carry on like this, they will be up for ‘review’ in no time.

    • halfcrown 9.2

      I saw that dick Jamie White on the panel afterwards praising prat English and how debt really was not a problem. Funny that I thought, wasn’t the vast amount of debt left by Muldoon, that fucking Douglas, you know Douglas who founded the Act party, used as an excuse to pillage the country’s infrastructure to sell off to every known spiv to mankind.

      • repateet 9.2.1

        Jamie Whyte’s thinking about the end game. Running up debt is not serious for us, our descendants will take care of it. Selling off the education system will make billions and save billions … and hospitals … and anything else.

        • halfcrown 9.2.1.1

          Hey thanks for that repateet, I noticed I spelt Whyte incorrect.
          Can’t win them all I suppose.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.2.2

        Well, I suppose debt isn’t a problem when you’re planning on using it as an excuse to loot the nation as both Act and National have done.

  10. Congratulations, it’s a royal! So what’s the new sprog going to be called?

    I’m told Prince Philip is keen on naming the newbie Nigella Faragia, but according to the betting sites I’ve consulted the most popular options are Borisina at 6/2, Cameronella 8/2, and the favourite, Dame Margaret Hilda Thatcher Windsor, at 7/4.

  11. Credit for Andrew Little for being prepared to listen and respond to policy ideas from a rank and file Kiwi voter concerned about the housing bubble:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/andrew-little-my-father-in-law-and-new.html

  12. i just realised why the nation was markedly better than usual..

    ..there was no gower gurning/glomming/sneering at us..

    ..no gower doing the interviews..

    ..to the nation – gower is like a thermometer on a clock..sitting on a mantlepiece..

    ..it just makes you ask..’why would you?’..

  13. les 13

    Lisa Owen gave Sam Lotu-Iiga and Serco a thorough pasting on the Nation.

    • b waghorn 13.1

      I have second hand anecdotal word that serco prisons are far more violent than state ones ,contraband is more freely available ,prisoners spend more time locked down due to lower staff numbers. But the menus better.

  14. greywarshark 14

    I’ve just been reading John Cleese’s bio. He has been Labour, SDP and ha views on the Liberal Democrats, and was for proportional representation.

    Of the present. Talking to Der Spiegel in 2015, Cleese took a critical position on how the things were in the world. He told he had reached a point when he “saw that our existence here is absolutely hopeless. I see the rich people have got a stranglehold on us. If somebody had said that to me when I was 20, I would have regarded him as a left-wing loony.”[51]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cleese

  15. Philip Ferguson 15

    Children of the ayatollahs flaunt their wealth:

    “Three deadly road accidents in one week, involving expensive cars driven by super-rich young Iranians, have dominated the past week’s news in Iran – especially after the country’s supreme leader, ayatollah Ali Khamenei, used a meeting with police chiefs to criticise fast-driving, wealthy youngsters. Khamenei said: “I hear that young people from the generation of wealth, a generation intoxicated by their money, are driving luxury cars and parading in the streets, making the streets insecure. . . This is an example of psychological insecurity.”1

    “The cars involved in these accidents were Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis driven by sons and daughters of ayatollahs or their cronies. . .”

    https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/iran-children-of-ayatollahs-flaunt-their-wealth-but-new-wave-of-workers-protests-begin/

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    Ricky Gervais

    I’m sick of Trophy Hunters trying to excuse their grim sport by saying they provide a service. They exploit the needs of the poor. They pay lots of money to go and shoot a magnificent animal because the authorities need the cash, and then claim they are doing a good deed.

    If they really wanted to do a good deed they would donate the money, and NOT shoot the animal. They would be heroes then. As opposed to murdering scum.

    This unnecessary killing is one of horrible effects of the ‘market’ where everything is for sale.

    • ‘magnificent’/beautiful animals – those cows…

      ..and of course their offspring..

      ..what do people call them..?…’veal’..that’s right..!

      • Draco T Bastard 16.1.1

        Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong

        Ornish goes to argue that protein and saturated fat increase the risk of mortality and chronic disease. As evidence for these causal claims, he cites a handful of observational studies. He should know better. These types of studies—which might report that people who eat a lot of animal protein tend to develop higher rates of disease—“only look at association, not causation,” explains Christopher Gardner, a nutrition scientist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. They should not be used to make claims about cause and effect; doing so is considered by nutrition scientists to be “inappropriate” and “misleading.” The reason: People who eat a lot of animal protein often make other lifestyle choices that increase their disease risk, and although researchers try to make statistical adjustments to control for these “confounding variables,” as they’re called, it’s a very imperfect science. Other large observational studies have found that diets high in fat and protein are not associated with disease and may even protect against it. The point is, it’s possible to cherry-pick observational studies to support almost any nutritional argument.

        We have to eat and a good, healthy diet with a variety of fresh foods (including meat) seems to be the best option. And that makes animals killed for food a necessary killing.

        I won’t bother replying to you after this as, quite frankly, the argument’s just not worth the time.

  17. Reddelusion 17

    I see little is now polling lower than cunliff and shearer, peters has taken over as opposition, greens and labour relationship dysfunctional, national on 49pc, all trending well for 2017

    [lprent: so where is the link to the poll. ]

    • Clemgeopin 17.1

      Ah, but The Parnell Pony-Tail Puller is still doing well. That should keep you and all other RW pricks happy!

      • greywarshark 17.1.1

        Why Key 49%? It has just occurred to me, late, that we are no longer looking at politicians as servants of the country and the people, we are looking at them from a point of view of them appearing in a reality show. Key is the most amusing, fluent and attention-grabbing on offer. He could be replaced by, is it, Paul Henry if he can keep his ratings up. Understanding the reality of reality shows for life is the answer I think.

        • felix 17.1.1.1

          So can we still vote him off the island?

          • greywarshark 17.1.1.1.1

            @ felix
            LOL. But seriously, good question! Waghorn below may have an inkling of future events. His crystal ball is showing portents.

    • b waghorn 17.2

      Collins will roll key next year then she will become the next Shipley kicked out at the next election to spend the rest of her life putting her snout in one trough after the other.

  18. Clemgeopin 18

    Nate Silver’s UK election result prediction, updated for 2 May:

    http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/uk-general-election-predictions/

  19. Clemgeopin 19

    And it’s a win for Mayweather, unanimous on points.
    All 3 judges in favour of Mayweather.
    116-112×2 & 118-110 all judges for FM

    Floyd “We did what we had to do tonight… I’m a calculated fighter and he’s a tough fighter.”
    Pacquiao says “I thought I won the fight, he didn’t do nothing.”

    • b waghorn 19.1

      Always going to be tough for Manny to win on points.

      • Clemgeopin 19.1.1

        Snippets from news items. [I am sure you WANT to know this!]

        As Mayweather put it: “Tickets are going for between $8,000 and $400,000 to $500,000. You know, we call this the billionaire boys’ club.”

        Plenty have stumped up big bucks to be there, with Tony Buzbee, an attorney who paid $74,000 for a pair of 12th-row seats, telling CNN: “It’s going to be a once in a lifetime type of fight, and I’m going to be there just for the event of it all.

        Pacquiao fan Mark Sarmiento, paid $7,500 to be there,

        Here’s a look at the numbers behind the boxers:

        60:40 — revenue split in favor of Mayweather.

        $300-400m — the estimated total revenue for the May 2 bout.

        38 — Mayweather’s age; two years older than his opponent.

        5 — The number of years it took to strike a deal between the two boxers.

        $1.5m — How much Pacquiao’s shorts alone will be worth after six companies bid for sponsorship space.

        $25,000 — The value of the mouth guard adorned with diamonds and gold Mayweather will wear on fight night.

        $1,500 — starting price for tickets in U.S. dollars.

        8 — Pacquiao is the first and only eight-division world champion with 10 world titles to his name.

        1 — Mayweather’s ranking on last year’s Forbes highest-paid athletes list.

        $105m — The amount “Money” earned last year.

        $180,000 — The price ringside tickets had skyrocketed to by April 27 (5 days before the fight.)

        16,800 — Capacity at the MGM Grand Garden arena where the fight will take place.

        5 — The number of boxers Pacquiao and Mayweather have both fought. The “famous five”: Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.

        $100 — The fee pay-per-view subscribers will shell out to watch the fight, which will be aired jointly on Showtime and HBO.

        $300m — Expected pay-per-view buys with the most sales coming from U.S., Puerto Rican and Canadian markets, according to Repucom.

        $5.6m — The winning bid for official fight sponsorship by Tecate beer.

        57 — The number of wins throughout Pacquiao’s career. Mayweather has less at 47 wins, but…

        0 — Mayweather remains undefeated in his fight career (Pacquiao, on the other hand, has suffered 5 losses.)

        .@FloydMayweather got hanged a check for $100 million tonight. "There's nothing you can buy anymore." #MayPac— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 3, 2015

  20. felix 21

    So it seems there’s these weird calendars with pictures of Young Nats girls with long hair wearing not much except “I’m a Key Person” t-shirts.

    Oh yeah, and Collins is giving them to journalists.

    • ianmac 21.1

      Wonder if Key was cropped out of the photos?

    • b waghorn 21.2

      Just when you start thinking things couldn’t get weirder .
      If Collins isn’t gunning for key I’ll eat my hat, imagine if that photo was taken in keys house!!!

      • rawshark-yeshe 21.2.1

        seems certain your hat is safe !!!

        • Skinny 21.2.1.1

          Collins is on an upwards march and she won’t stop till she sits at the top of the pile. Curious to know who is the spin merchant she has hired to do her PR. Hooton would know which one of his ilk has a clean enough record to do the job?

          • b waghorn 21.2.1.1.1

            On the bright side between the stuff and tv3 articles I’ve seen in the last day I’ve only seen one pro Collins comment from the I reckon crowd and that was from a rwnj .

  21. Rosemary McDonald 22

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/68234530/key-says-minister-willing-to-step-down-over-brother-facing-indecency-charges

    “”The advice I’ve received is that there is no conflict of interest and the issue can be managed. People appreciate that Cabinet ministers, like anyone else, have family but I’m quite confident the position can be managed.”

    Thus spake Our Leader.

  22. lprent 23

    The server had an error with its mail system yesterday. One of its virtual drives dropped out due to windows server munting its structure.

    Last night while restarting the system after fixing that, it uncovered a InnoDB database index error. Maybe from the power plug problem earlier in the week.

    It’d work most of the time, but the database that The Standard runs on would abruptly crash while reading comments (or just counting them for posts). The safety system would restart the database, and then it’d do the same thing a few minutes later. Damn irritating getting slow pages and the odd message about the database not being available.

    After a bit of pain trying several ways of fixing that, I extracted the database using a kludge to bypass the errors and rebuilt the database from scratch.

    No comments appear to have been lost, just some sleep and probably some words of wisdom from offshore.

    I now suspect that the database error has been there a while. All of a sudden the database backups got faster and quieter, the way they were last month when I made them nice.

    • miravox 23.1

      “One of its virtual drives dropped out due to windows server munting its structure.

      Yep. I understand that sentence, I think. As for the rest – I’m pleased you’re there to sort it. Thanks so very much. Sorry about your destroyed sleep,

  23. Heartbleeding Liberal 24

    Was there a post on this? I think there probably should be.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/corrections-minister-defends-serco-run-prison-2015050217#axzz3ZEpLFqlM

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    11 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    5 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
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    10 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
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    12 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    1 day ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
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    1 day ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
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    2 days ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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    2 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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    2 days ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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    3 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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    3 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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    3 days ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    4 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    5 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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    6 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    6 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    7 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    1 week ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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    1 week ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    1 week ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    1 week ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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    1 week ago