web analytics

Open Mike 07/07/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, July 7th, 2018 - 55 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

55 comments on “Open Mike 07/07/2018 ”

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      An irritating article:

      However, when manufacturers start transporting produce in glass bottles, costs start to rise. A 330ml plastic soft drink bottle contains around 18 grams of material while a glass bottle can weigh between 190g and 250g. Transporting drinks in the heavier containers requires 40% more energy, producing more polluting carbon dioxide as they do and increasing transport costs by up to five times per bottle.

      So the correct answer is don’t transport it. Or, at least, minimise transportation.

      To me its’ probably worthwhile removing soft-drinks from the market.

      There are some, however, who warn that abandoning plastic after nearly 70 years of using it to package our food could have other far more costly, unintended consequences.

      “I think people underestimate the benefits of plastics in reducing food waste,” says Anthony Ryan, professor of chemistry and director of The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield.

      What’s the comparison of wasted food from before the plastics revolution to now? Then we may be able to determine if all this plastic is saving food.

      One company that has already shifted to bioplastic is British skincare company Bulldog. It has swapped its traditional plastic tubes for polyethylene made from sugarcane.

      But it’s still polyethylene.

      Surprisingly, due to rising oil prices, recycled plastic is actually cheaper to use than fresh, virgin plastic made from oil. A tonne of virgin PET costs around £1,000 while clear recycled PET costs just £158 per tonne.

      No, that’s not surprising. What’s surprising is that any one ever thought that using new resources was cheaper than recycling.

      IMO, this proves that the pricing mechanism of The Market isn’t working.

      Contamination of PET plastic with PLA, however, can leave the resulting bottle weaker and unfit for use, meaning the whole batch will have to be discarded. As manufacturers try to reduce their plastic footprint by using greener, biodegradable plastics, the risk of mixing with conventional plastics will only increase, potentially driving up the cost of recycled materials.

      Yeah, that’s not actually using ‘greener’ plastics. Just ensuring that the plastic used was recycled would be far greener.

      Really, the problem here seems to be that the proper recycling infrastructure was never put in place – probably because of the delusional idea that throwing away resources was cheaper than recycling.

  1. And so it begins: The orange puff-ball imposes tariffs on Chinese good. China imposes tariffs of US goods. Russia imposes tariffs on American goods . . .

    Welcome to the next global recession. And it’s likely to be worse than ’29.

  2. alwyn 3

    Gaia has spoken.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/105284011/whale-continues-to-star-in-wellington-but-fireworks-could-be-canned
    Perhaps the idiots on the Wellington Council will now decide that a Fireworks display in mid-winter is not such a great idea and will go back to the traditional November time around Guy Fawkes day when the weather is a great deal better.
    The whale has come as a messenger from the Gods to point out their error.
    Justin Lester, take note.
    Well, something like that if you are suitably superstitious.

    • November is a bad time for fireworks for kids, especially when 5 November falls mid week. It doesn’t get dark enough (down south anyway) until after 10 pm.

    • veutoviper 3.2

      I disagree Alwyn because the early Nov timing of the previous Guy Fawkes displays had to be late evening 9 – 10pm* which is very late for young children AND was totally the wrong timing for animals such as those at the Zoo (including endangered species) because it is during the main breeding period and frightened animals can kill their young in such situations. [* The fireworks planned for this weekend were scheduled for 6.30pm, thus much better for young children.]

      I agree the wind today (and expected tomorrow) in Wellington may have led to the postponement of the fireworks anyway but we don’t have these high gale force winds continually during the winter months – and we do have them during spring and autumn and occasionally during summer, as well as in winter.

      The Southern Right Whale is certainly causing a lot of interest in Wellington and some have said it is actually a really good sign – not a bad one.

      Here is a great photo by Simon Wolfe of the whale and the downtown area including the Beehive – plus further down the thread, similar photos of whales in various other cities (Sydney, Perth, New York and San Francisco).

    • Anne 3.3

      Surely Weta Workshop could create a mock female whale with movable parts that could be dropped into the water at the entrance to Cook Strait and they could noisily flap it’s flappers by way of a remote control which would attract the attention of the lovelorn whale in the harbour? 😈

      • veutoviper 3.3.1

        LOL!

        I am not sure that they know which gender this whale is, although NIWA and DOC (I think) did get some bio specimens from it a few days ago. There were suggestions that it may be female and has come into the harbour to give birth, but it seems to be enjoy playing to the audience etc so perhaps not.

  3. And so it begins: the orange puff-ball imposes tariffs on China. China retaliates with tariffs on American goods. Russia comes to the party with tariffs on US products. . . .

    Welcome, folks, the next global recession. And it’s likely to be worse than ’29.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      IIRC, Tenure Review was never what the people wanted. They really would have preferred the land being made part of the conservation estate.

      It was obvious, when Labour started it, that we were going to lose out while the greedy bastards made out like the bandits that they are.

      • bwaghorn 5.1.1

        But I was assured by some of Labour’s spokesman on this very blog not that long ago that labour had changed their mind about tenure review .
        Surely they would not lie to me?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          They probably did – once they knew that the process that they put in place to sell it all was a big rip off. A little late at that point.

  4. Tony Veitch (not etc.) 6

    And so it begins: the orange puff-ball imposes tariffs on China. China retaliates with tariffs on American products. Russia joins the party with tariffs on US goods. The EU and Canada?

    Welcome to the next global recession. Likely to be worse than ’29.

    • Sorry about the doubling up – didn’t think the first post ‘took’.

    • Bewildered 6.2

      Can’t have it both ways tony, is not not closed economics, build Everything yourself, globalisation and trade is bad ( ie TPP) etc On these fronts you should be Trumps biggest supporter

      • Draco T Bastard 6.2.1

        Tariffs are part of free trade. Government manipulation of their currency, as China does, isn’t. Tariffs then become part of the necessary tools trade happens upon an even playing field.

      • I’m not a Trump supporter – but then, neither am I in favour of globalisation. We should be easing out of buying things we can produce here from Lithuania or Moldova or . . .

        But a global recession serves no-one any good. The last major one threw up Adolf and WW2.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.2.2.1

          Actually, the last major one resulted in the banks and rich people getting bailed out to the tune of around about $1 trillion dollars.

    • Ad 6.3

      If it goes on too long and gets too asymmetrical, China must start thinking about using the $1.18 trillion in government bonds and consider how to weaponise them. No sign of it yet, but ….

      In the meantime in the rules-based universe within which we are completely embedded, the EU and Japan – respectively the third and fourth largest economies – have last night agreed to sign a trade agreement between them.

      So there are still parts of the world seeking to work together in trade within relatively calm waters.

      The relationship to watch is the one between China and the EU. So far it hasn’t blossomed as it might. But if it really did flourish, Trump would find reflection in that old saw:

      when you build a wall, take care not just of what you are walling out, but what you are walling in.

      • Robert Frost: Mending Wall

        “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
        What I was walling in or walling out,
        And to whom I was like to give offence.”

        Trump should read his American literature – no, perhaps not, he’s not mentioned by Frost at all.

        Very true, Ad.

  5. soddenleaf 7

    Why stop? Benefits should overru n into work. It costs to start a new job.

    I can we why a loan is income, if the loaner writes off the loan when the beneficiary gets a job. So rich families can now help their relatives. So why not help the poorest, get a bank loan, and can overrun the benefit into work to pay it back.

    The whole Idea of a benefit is to provide cash to stop ghettos, disease, instability, poor outcomes for kuds. So the debate over callbacks is abusive and absurd,if you are proving money, get on with it, if someone lies then it’s a lie so sue. It’s this nonsense that once someone is in recipes they cant earn more, sure when it was overly God pre ops, but right now it’s not enough for most. So as long as a benefitary tells winz they got a job, and how much income that is, then keep the benefit payments going depending on the income. Shift the fraud to actual fraud not desperate, or compassion, of relatives.

  6. Chris T 9

    Interesting but not surprising there is no article on Winstons comments about Wally Haumaha

    Just saying

  7. joe90 10

    There are drones not only among the bees, but also among people. They are the Mexicans!

    These kids at Trump's Montana rally said one of the most important things they want the president to do is build his border wall because Mexicans are “overpopulating us" pic.twitter.com/j2wDpUNQ0x— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 6, 2018

  8. marty mars 11

    I’m not going to link but some people who mock victims are foul bullys. Shows how utterly fucked as humans they are imo.

  9. joe90 13

    Bugger.

    Elvis Costello is recovering from a “small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy” and has canceled six shows as a result https://t.co/DzDXCuALSM pic.twitter.com/qOi7X5SNeM— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) July 6, 2018

    • Ad 13.1

      He was pretty awesome when he did his show in Auckland three years ago.

      The only thing off my wishlist-playllist was Deep Dark Truthful Mirror.

  10. marty mars 14

    Cruelty to animals first, leads to cruelty to people second imo.

    “He also cornered an albatross, kicked it and threw it overboard, where it was attacked by other seabirds…

    On about 12 or more different occasions he either chased seabirds into a corner and kicked them with steel-capped gumboots or hit them with a gaff.

    …sentenced to 200 hours’ community work and ordered him to pay $1000 to the prosecution”

    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/ill-treating-seabirds-punished

    wow what a deterrent – bet he won’t get caught doing that again…

    • Kay 14.1

      “And then, of course, there is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic 1834 poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” In this epic ode, the narrator kills an albatross, bringing disaster and death to his ship and crew:

      And I had done a hellish thing,

      And it would work ’em woe:

      For all averred, I had killed the bird

      That made the breeze to blow.

      Ah wretch! said they, the bird to slay,

      That made the breeze to blow!

      To punish him for killing the albatross, the crew makes the narrator wear the dead albatross around his neck.

      Ah! well a-day! what evil looks

      Had I from old and young!

      Instead of the cross, the Albatross

      About my neck was hung.

      The albatross remains around the narrator’s neck until he blesses some water snakes, but he is cursed to carry the symbolic weight of the guilt around for the rest of his life.”
      https://people.howstuffworks.com/why-is-it-bad-luck-to-kill-albatross.htm

    • Gabby 14.2

      Sounds like a vicious little shit, but possibly of limited ‘capacity’, which might explain the soft sentence.

  11. joe90 15

    History, huh.

    Government admits:Unaccompanied minors medicatedCase Managers do NOT work nights, weekends or holidays.Charging parents $8-$20 per minute for callNo plans of reunification @realDonaldTrump @VP never planned to reunify the children they forcibly separated & holding hostage pic.twitter.com/Lu6OGpNvPO— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) July 6, 2018

    “Records linking children to their parents have disappeared, and in some cases have been destroyed, according to two officials of the Department of Homeland Security.” Destroyed. https://t.co/FksXg78xG5— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 6, 2018

    Time to pull this one back up, in light of learning at least one child prison has a body lice outbreak.Body lice infestations are often followed by typhus outbreaks (typhus spreads by body lice). This is common in badly run prisons & camps.Typhus is what killed Anne Frank. https://t.co/9xiotWrqxk— Dr Sarah Taber (@SarahTaber_bww) July 6, 2018

    Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger

    The simplest solution, one very popular in previous versions of this, is to simply cut investment in food, medicine, sanitation, and so on. “Those children come from dirty countries,” we’ll be told; “they bring diseases with them. It’s no surprise they’re dying like that.

  12. Anne 16

    Why is this not major news around the world? Why are Western governments and their sycophantic media mates largely ignoring clear evidence of the despotic nature of this vile US president and his equally vile and corrupt lackeys? Why, why, why?

    • MikeS 16.1

      Well I guess other Western governments don’t see it as their place to involve themselves in the laws of other democratic western countries. You don’t get despotic governments in the United States due to the way their republic is set up. (Congress, etc) Although I guess you could argue the entire lot of them (Democrats and Republicans) are a despotic bunch of crooks as a group.

      I’m no fan of his but can see quite clearly how and why Trump was elected. There is nothing wrong with a country trying to prevent people from entering illegally. Most western democracies (where everybody wants to come and live) have strict policies regarding illegal entry, NZ is no exception but we are lucky here in NZ that we are miles away from anywhere and are surrounded by a wall of sea so we don’t have thousands of people every day trying to come here illegally. If we had a thousand people a day trying to enter NZ illegally how do you think we would handle it?

      However, these children being separated from their parents is heartbreaking and disgusting. When these people are detained then surely the humane thing to do must be to have a detention system where their children remain with them until they are granted asylum for genuine asylum seekers or deported for the majority. My understanding is that this practice of separating children is stopping? (not sure if that is correct but hope it is).

      All that being said, below is a link to a document stating the immigration reforms Trump wants to implement.I can’t really find anything wrong in regards to the reforms he has documented. Putting the interests of your own citizens ahead of illegal immigrants is surely a good thing???

      https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/Immigration-Reform-Trump.pdf

      • Anne 16.1.1

        Well I guess other Western governments don’t see it as their place to involve themselves in the laws of other democratic western countries.

        Hitler was a “democratically elected” leader and he proved to be a despot and a madman. Trump is going down the same path and even if the end result does not pan out exactly the same way… it is incumbent upon all Western style democracies not to enable him to continue along a pathway which will end in chaos and a world-wide Depression and we all know how that will end.

  13. AsleepWhileWalking 17

    After watching a whole heap of stuff on social housing etc around the world, and half a Richie Allen Show episode on 2x speed this David Icke video appeared in my suggestions.

    Icke’s take on why houses around the world became unaffordable

    https://youtu.be/VtRVgt7IeXY

  14. joe90 18

    You can keep him, Australia.

    Please?

    .

    A controversial Kiwi pastor based in Australia could be forced to come back to New Zealand after being arrested for harassing people at two Brisbane mosques.

    In a press conference today, Australia’s immigration minister Peter Dutton told reporters Logan Robertson was taken into custody on Friday evening, the Guardian reported.

    Robertson had been placed in detention and faced deportation, Dutton said.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12084967

    Robertson on TS.

    The NZ equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church

  15. greywarshark 19

    NOTE FOR LATER
    For those interested in housing and other things – here is a list of topics for a lecture program from the University of Auckland.

    Fast Forward Spring 2018
    6.30pm, the University of Auckland.
    the upcoming Spring Fast Forward lecture series presented by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.
    All lectures are free and open to the public.
    For further information visit http://www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/fastforward

    https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news-events-and-notices/news/news-2018/07/fast-forward–from-kiwibuild-to-co-ops-.html
    • 18 July – Pamela Bell, PrefabNZ
    • 25 July – Presentations. Co-operative Housing: Auckland Experiences.
    • 1 August – Panel discussion. What should happen on the Unitec site?
    • 8 August – Jodi and Andrew Batay-Csorba (Toronto).
    • 15 August – Hendrik Tieben (Hong Kong): Towards better integration of transport, housing, community space in Hong Kong.
    • 29 August – The Honourable Phil Twyford: Housing, urban development and transport.
    • 5 September – Orchid Atimalala.
    • 19 September – Panel discussion. Architects discuss design for medium-density.
    • 26 September – Sue Evans, Housing New Zealand.

  16. David Mac 20

    With tourism, what do you think is NZ’s #1 asset?

    Mountains? Everyone has got them.

    Architecture? Yep, it’s all over the globe.

    Scenery? Every country has their postcard vistas.

    The unique aspect of New Zealand is Maori and it’s high time we started treating them accordingly.

  17. David Mac 21

    I think the government should give their share in Air New Zealand to Nga Puhi as part of their treaty settlement.

    Create some desirable attainable career paths.

    • Nic the NZer 21.1

      What will that do? Shareholders typically have no say in employee selection anyway. The government could create a policy of positive discrimination for employing staff of maori decent but this bluntly sounds problematic in itself.

  18. eco maori 22

    Marae on tv one on Sunday Lets get this straight there is a male chauvinistic bulling type of people who get to the top in the police force . The reason why Eco Maori questions Wally Haumahana getting the postion is because we can not let the Mokopunas see thats is ok to treat wahine or people who have come to the police with a complaint like a lesser being . We need leaders in our systems to give wahine and everyone the respect they deserve and to show te mokopunas thats is the correct way to behave you know that old saying moko see moko does full stop are you going to say there is know other Maori candidate.
    I agree with Russel that Once were Warriors gave non Maori something to attack maori with Ka kite ano

  19. eco maori 23

    Freedom of speech is still honour in Aotearoa lauren southern and stefan molyneux can do all the talking they like in there country if Kiwis want to listen there speechs will be easy to find on the internet. There is a very good reason that they are being kept out of Aotearoa . Especially when they have supporter who use death threats and rape to try and intimidate a Wahine Maori Co leader of our Green Party . What a bunch of muppets Ana to kai link below.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/105323849/greens-coleader-marama-davidson-receives-violent-threats-on-social-media

    Ka kite ano

  20. eco maori 24

    Good evening Newshub that storie about The man named black its best that people are informed about the crimes he done to mokopunas in his care he has passed on now that picture of him was the one behind one of my old clients houses on Pitau road Mount Manganui Tauranga I posted the picture of him on one of my posts I did not know who the person in the picture was now I have a name to the face . I have abandoned my lawn run as there were to many sandflys in Tauranga and they were putting to much stress on my clients . Pitau meaning has a lot of Mana all around Tauranga there is a lot of Tangata whenua strong history in those parts I ——–it
    Heres hoping those mokopunas in the Thailand caves all get out safely .
    Loyd is enjoying his stay in Britain they take there foot ball very seriously in those parts of Papatuanuku Thats all Eco Maori is saying on te sports Ka kite ano

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales extended
    The pause on Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand will continue for a further 12 days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.  There are now 36 recent community cases of COVID-19 in New South Wales – including four not yet linked to the existing outbreak that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Address to the INZBC 7th International Summit 2021
    Day 2, India New Zealand Business Council 7th International Summit, Auckland (speech delivered virtually) Tēnā koutou katoa, Namaste, Sat sri akal, Assalamualaikum  Good morning and good evening to you all, Thank you for this opportunity to be with you virtually today. The India New Zealand Business Council has put together ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Government commits $4 million additional support for flood-affected Canterbury farmers
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today announced the Government is injecting a further $4 million into relief funding to support flood-affected Canterbury farmers who are recovering from the damage of a historic one in 200 year flood. An additional $100,000 will also be provided to the Mayoral Relief Fund to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Appointment of Queen’s Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointments of 10 Queen’s Counsel.   The newly appointed Silks are:   Auckland – Lynda Kearns, Stephen McCarthy, Ronald Mansfield, Alan (Fletcher) Pilditch, Davey Salmon, Laura O’Gorman  Wellington – Greg Arthur, Michael Colson, Victoria Heine  Christchurch – Kerryn Beaton   “The criteria for appointment recognise that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates victorious Black Caps
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Kane Williamson and the Black Caps for their victory over India in the final of the inaugural Cricket World Test Championship. “The Black Caps have made New Zealand proud. This was a masterful performance from a team at the top of their game and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Further action to tackle cervical cancer
    Parliament has taken another step to help reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer, with the Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill passing its third reading. “I am very pleased by the robust consideration this Bill has received. It will ensure technology allows healthcare providers to directly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • $500 million seized from gangs and criminals
    A significant Government milestone has been reached with $500 million in cash and assets seized from gangs and criminals by Police over the past four years, Police Minister Poto Williams announced today. “During our last term in office, this target was set for 2021 with Police as part of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Congratulations to the Black Caps – World Champions
    Minister of Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson has congratulated the Black Caps as the deserved winners of the inaugural World Test Cricket Championship. “The Black Caps have pulled off a remarkable and deserved win in the World Test Championship final against India.  The final is the culmination of two years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Alert Level 2 in Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast
    Alert Level 2 measures are now in place for Wellington, Wairarapa and Kāpiti Coast to the north of Ōtaki, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. These measures are precautionary, following the potential exposure of New Zealanders to a COVID-19 case from Sydney. The person visited a range of locations in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the India New Zealand Business Council Summit
    5pm, Wednesday 23 June 2021 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Tuia te Rangi e tū nei Tuia te Papa e takoto nei Tuia te here tangata Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te Ao Tihei Mauri Ora   Introduction Namaskar, tēnā koe and good evening. Thank you for your kind invitation to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Financial support for caregivers widened
    Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has welcomed changes that will make it easier for caregivers looking after children outside of the state care system to access much-needed financial assistance. The Social Security (Financial Assistance for Caregivers) Amendment Bill will also allow these caregivers to access further benefits previously unavailable to them. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Agencies to have powers to secure maritime domain
    A Bill introduced to Parliament today aims to prevent serious criminal offending at sea, including transnational offending and organised crime, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced. “Aotearoa New Zealand will be better placed to keep our maritime environment secure against threats like drugs trafficking, wildlife trafficking and human trafficking with the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Critical support for New Zealand’s budding researchers
    Fellowships to attract and retain talented researchers in the early stages of their career, have been awarded to 30 New Zealanders, Associate Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “I am pleased to congratulate these researchers, who will be receiving funding through the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to stop taxpayers having to fund oil field decommissions
    The Government is preventing taxpayers picking up the bill for the decommissioning of oil fields, says Energy and Resource Minister Dr Megan Woods.  “After the Crown had to take responsibility for decommissioning the Tui oil field, it became clear to me that the current requirements around decommissioning are inadequate and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand to pause
    New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand will be paused while the source of infection of new cases announced in Sydney is investigated, says COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins. There are 10 new community cases of COVID-19 today in New South Wales, taking the Australian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Milestone reached for Iwi Affiliation Population Counts
    Iwi affiliation data released today provides updated population counts for all iwi and addresses gaps in Māori data originating from the 2018 Census, says Associate Minister of Statistics Meka Whaitiri. “The release of the 2018 Iwi Affiliation Estimated Counts is a really important step, and I acknowledge the hard work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill passes first reading
    Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little welcomed Ngāti Rangitihi to Parliament today to witness the first reading of The Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Bill. “I know it took a lot of hard work, time and patience by all parties involved to reach this significant milestone. I am honoured to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Sustainable Healthcare and Climate Health Conference Aotearoa
    Mihi Tēnā tātou katoa Kei ngā pou o te whare hauora ki Aotearoa, kei te mihi. Tēnā koutou i tā koutou pōwhiri mai i ahau. E mihi ana ki ngā taura tangata e hono ana i a tātou katoa, ko te kaupapa o te rā tērā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Infrastructure Acceleration Fund opening for business
    Criteria to access at least $1 billion of the $3.8 billion Housing Acceleration Fund (HAF), announced in March, is now available, and an invitation for expressions of interest will be released on 30 June, Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced.  “This is a key milestone in our plan to accelerate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bringing back the health of Hauraki Gulf
    New marine protection areas and restrictions on fishing are among a raft of changes being put in place to protect the Hauraki Gulf for future generations. The new strategy, Revitalising the Gulf – Government action on the Sea Change Plan, released today, draws on input from mana whenua, local communities, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to AI Forum – Autonomous Weapons Systems
    AI Forum New Zealand, Auckland Good evening and thank you so much for joining me this evening. I’d like to start with a thank you to the AI Forum Executive for getting this event off the ground and for all their work and support to date. The prospect of autonomous ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact
    Aotearoa New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Round 2 of successful energy education fund now open
    $1.65 million available in Support for Energy Education in Communities funding round two Insights from SEEC to inform future energy hardship programmes Community organisations that can deliver energy education to households in need are being invited to apply for the second funding round of the Support for Energy Education in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Ngarimu scholarships to target vocational training
    Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis today announced three new scholarships for students in vocational education and training (VET) are to be added to the suite of prestigious Ngarimu scholarships. “VET learners have less access to study support than university students and this is a way to tautoko their learning dreams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Recognising the volunteers who support our health system
    Nominations have opened today for the 2021 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards, as part of National Volunteer Week. “We know that New Zealanders donate at least 159 million hours of volunteer labour every year,” Minister of Health Andrew Little said in launching this year’s awards in Wellington. “These people play ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Drug Free Sport supported to deal with new doping challenges
    Drug Free Sport New Zealand will receive a funding boost to respond to some of the emerging doping challenges across international sport. The additional $4.3 million over three years comes from the Sport Recovery Fund announced last year. It will help DFSNZ improve athletes’ understanding of the risks of doping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government support for South Auckland community hit by tornado
    The Government is contributing $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to support Auckland communities impacted by the Papatoetoe tornado, Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi says. “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Celebrating World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day today is an opportunity to celebrate the proud record New Zealanders have supporting and protecting refugees and acknowledge the contribution these new New Zealanders make to our country, the Minister of Immigration Kris Faafoi said. “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA
    New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government taking action to protect albatross
    New population figures for the critically endangered Antipodean albatross showing a 5 percent decline per year highlights the importance of reducing all threats to these very special birds, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall says. The latest population modelling, carried out by Dragonfly Data Science, shows the Antipodean albatross ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Adoption laws under review
    New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Wider roll-out of cameras on boats to support sustainability and protect marine life
    Up to 300 inshore commercial fishing vessels will be fitted with on-board cameras by 2024 as part of the Government’s commitment to protect the natural marine environment for future generations.  Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker today announced the funding is now in place for the wider roll out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Plan for vaccine rollout for general population announced
    New Zealanders over 60 will be offered a vaccination from July 28 and those over 55 from August 11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The rollout of the vaccine to the general population will be done in age groups as is the approach commonly used overseas, with those over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand introduces Belarus travel bans
    New Zealand has imposed travel bans on selected individuals associated with the Lukashenko regime, following ongoing concerns about election fraud and human rights abuses after the 2020 Belarus elections, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced. The ban covers more than fifty individuals, including the President and key members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy grows driven by households, construction and business investment
    The Government’s efforts to secure the recovery have been reflected in the robust rebound of GDP figures released today which show the economy remains resilient despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Robertson said. GDP increased 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021. The Treasury had ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Milestone 250th tower continues to improve rural connectivity
    The Government has welcomed the completion of the 250th 4G mobile tower, as part of its push for better rural connectivity. Waikato’s Wiltsdown, which is roughly 80 kilometres south of Hamilton, is home to the new tower, deployed by the Rural Connectivity Group to enable improved service to 70 homes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria to lift on Tuesday
    Following a further public health assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria has been extended to 11.59pm on Tuesday 22 June, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. It has been determined that the risk to public health in New Zealand continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister mourns passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is mourning the passing of Dr Sir Ian Hassall, New Zealand’s first Children’s Commissioner and lifelong champion for children and children’s health. As a paediatrician Sir Ian contributed to a major world-first cot death study that has been directly credited with reducing cot deaths in New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • APEC structural reform meeting a success
    APEC ministers have agreed working together will be crucial to ensure economies recover from the impact of COVID-19. Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, chaired the virtual APEC Structural Reform Ministerial Meeting today which revolved around the overarching theme of promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Digital hub to boost investment in forestry
    A new website has been launched at Fieldays to support the forestry sector find the information it needs to plant, grow and manage trees, and to encourage investment across the wider industry. Forestry Minister Stuart Nash says the new Canopy website is tailored for farmers, iwi and other forestry interests, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago