web analytics

Open mike 07/09/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 7th, 2011 - 64 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 link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

64 comments on “Open mike 07/09/2011 ”

  1. logie97 2

    Congratulations must go to our government and media.
    The man who holds the most important role in the world,
    someone who is asked by the whole world to lead them is
    in New Zealand.

    What was the amount of publicity given to his coming here?
    Where was Joky Hen?

    Seems the World famous in New Zealand RWC was more important
    an event.

    Welcome to New Zealand Ban Ki Moon.

  2. Nobody seems to notice,nobody seems to care.
    Ladies and Gentlemen I give you George Carlin in what is arguably one of his finest moments: The American dream, you have to be asleep to believe it!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1lZMTCqf8&feature=related

    • marsman 3.1

      Excellent video clip!

    • uke 3.2

      Yeah, he’s to the point – but isn’t it all a bit weird with the well-dressed audience cheering away and whistling. Shouldn’t they be getting angry? Guess they’re not that touched by the recession yet. I wonder how a hungry crowd at a Detroit tent city would respond to the same spiel. 

  3. Peter 4

    Fracking Hawke’s Bay

    Oil and gas exploration throughout Hawkes Bay announced

    http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/news/search-for-bays-black-gold/1092929/

    Possible issues include water contamination from unknown commercially sensitive chemicals and skin disease.

    • aerobubble 4.1

      Its a give away. Pretty much anyone with any integrity knows oil is running down,
      so in a decade or two when these oil and gas wells are at maximum capacity
      we’re be wanting to lynch the b@stards who sold it so cheap. These resources
      should be government owned since after all when the mistakes do happen the
      tax payer is going to have to pay for the cleanup.

    • prism 4.2

      @Peter – ” unknown commercially sensitive chemicals and skin disease.That is an interesting point.” Not to be even able to get information on what is causing the trouble, and the possible downstream further troubles from some process. Well that leaves us as unknowing and helpless as the heritage tribes in forests and jungles having the rich smart guys utilising the natural resources around without a second thought, after the first one “I can make money from this.”

    • uke 4.3

      Interesting there’s a fracking apologist popping up in the comments to that HBT article with a gas industry website link and all.

  4. Rijab 5

    Anyone else notice the brilliant display of journalism on stuff re:Carter’s departure?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5575001/Former-Labour-MPs-farewell-swipe-at-Goff

    Headline: “Former Labour MP’s farewell swipe at Goff”

    Only reference in the entire article: “He did not name Mr Goff, but after a reference to the qualities that make for strong leadership, he said loyalty was “a two way process. It is earned and not an automatic right”.

    • prism 5.1

      @Rijab – That isn’t good reporting or journalism that’s playing pin the tail on the donkey, once the blindfolded one gets near the target, chooses the spot and then checks whether he found the arse-end, the rest of the donkey doesn’t count.

    • prism 5.2

      @Rijab – Yes poor journalism from the school of sports and sensation – will Carter sock Goff on the jaw? And the easy reference to overspending on travel. He was criticised but undertook that as part of his role didn’t he? Before the rise of outraged taxpayers baying for politicians blood. Politicians do have to know what the world is up to, here at the bottom of the world. Who do the citizens hate today?

    • I heard the National Radio political reporter saying that all the journalists went along to see Carter take a swipe at Goff but, to the Nat Rad journalist’s credit, he noted that Carter did not.

      He also noted that the only point in the speech that you could in any way read a swipe at Goff was the quote you’ve just noted that stuff picked up on. His view was that you’d have to be really stretching to read that into it. In his words, that phrase was only a ‘swipe’:

      If you tried desperately to look for a hidden shot at Phil Goff” (obviously the stuff journalist was feeling a bit desperate)

      but

      you would have to draw a long bow to see anything bitter in that

      (those quotes start about 1min 40secs into the interview).

      Here’s the interview here 

  5. prism 6

    Bullying in school. Extremely bad. Not dealt with by Board of Trustees or Principal. Not reported to the police or authorities. Neither controlled by teachers who were afraid of retaliation, or by the school management with action against it such as suspension with social workers dealing with the family of the bully, an agreed anti-bullying program in school spelling out acceptable behaviour, approaches to help counteract it first personally, and then with backing from a supportive team in the school. Also looking at personal standards and respect and then showing respect for others.

    The Ombudsman has found serious examples of bullying at Hutt Valley High School out of Wellington. These came to a head in December 2007. This revelation confirms my opinion that Tomorrow’s Schools policy has a serious flaw in leaving all matters relating to a school in the control of trustees.

    Ultimately we as a nation want our children educated, and in behaviours that are at a higher level than for a life short and brutish, as well as facts and symbols and methods of learning we need to know for a complex ‘advanced’ society. The government through its Ministry of Education should be on the scene fast to ensure a change of direction when things go wrong, not come reluctantly after serious damage is done to students self-image and psychology, and that refers to both the bullied and the bullies.

    Young people who break the invisible barriers of personal control and responsibility, and find they can disrespect others with impunity have learned a toxic skill that they may go on to use for their advancement and personal satisfaction throughout life. But amoral people in society are destructive to the fabric of a good society that relies on trust, though we usually don’t recognise this. There has been work done on measuring possible levels of psychopathology in businesses. The detrimental things that such people initiate have become very noticeable over the years.

    And the methods used in the police raid on Tuhoe show a definite psychopathic tendency by police management, even if the ‘grunts’ were simply under orders. But my remark on the continuing effects of successful bullying on the bully would apply to most of those police officers, who have broken the barriers of reasonable behaviour in their treatment of other citizens.

    • NickS 6.1

      http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/pupils-subjected-torture-and-sexual-abuse-report-4388462

      And what makes it even worse is that the media once again avoid the “rape” word, because males can’t possibly be raped…

      • freedom 6.1.1

        personallty i find it of serious concern that the lack of action against the offenders was occuring under the nose of a senior CYF staffer who was also Chairwoman of the School Board. Forget about the conflict of interst crap, why wasn’t she dealing with an obvious problem with the fullness of her resources and capabilities?

        • vto 6.1.1.1

          Because they were all quite rightly terrified of the Mongrel Mob dogs who were the parents of the offending teenagers.

          You can hardly blame a bunch of teachers for being scared of these animals. Dealing with such a situation would surely be beyond the scope of any teacher’s abilities or requirements. But that doesn’t mean someone capable of dealing with this situation, like the Police, could not have been brought in.

          Why do we put up with the Mongrel Mob?

          • freedom 6.1.1.1.1

            I did not mention teachers. I referred to the Board Chairwoman who is also a CYF staffer. A person you would think is uniquely qualified in a community to bridge the three fields of Community, School and Police. I have no knowledge of any details in the reported complaint, nor do i care at this juncture. What i am concerned with is the apparent failure to employ resources that would be available to her position and the failure of all the adults that allowed it to continue.

            The lack of will to acknowledge and act against violence is all too common in our society.
            It may be more disturbing than the details of the assaults themselves.

            • vto 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh yes, so you didn’t. Nevertheless perhaps the person you describe was also scared to death of the deadly mongrel mob. I agree with your point about the failure to deal with crime being more disturbing than the actual crime itself. And perhaps it is this which permits the mob to think they can intimidate great swathes of the community, in the Hutt and elsewhere in NZ, with impunity.

        • prism 6.1.1.2

          One mother of a bullied Year 9 girl thinking of suing the education authorities as has been done in Australia.
          http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/bully-victim-s-mother-considers-suing-school-4247418

          Sounds like a good idea as nothing but a monetary sanction seems to have any impact on these callous people in authority. I think this quote from the school trustees president prompts thought of what their attitudes are to the principle of respect for all people in a society that either considers itself classless despite evidence, or doesn’t care provided they are near the top.

          School Trustees Association president Lorraine Kerr said the Australian case might set a precedent but “bullying is bigger than you, me and our schools”.
          “We need to consider whose problem is it really.”
          The whole community needed to get together to deliver a coordinated response, because principals were busy.

      • Lanthanide 6.1.2

        It doesn’t look like any of them were actually raped, though, so using the word ‘rape’ wouldn’t be correct anyway.

        • prism 6.1.2.1

          @Lanthanide – I think that the word rape should be precisely used, not just used as a descriptive term for every abhorrent act. Do you think that it’s serious meaning of sexual penetration without consent is lessened when it’s used by the public to refer to any sexual violation?

        • NickS 6.1.2.2

          How is it that forcibly penetrating another person’s anus without their consent in a way that leaves little doubt in my mind that it involves sexualisation not rape?

          [insert feminist rant about “sexual assault” here].

          /grumble.

          • McFlock 6.1.2.2.1

            legally, “rape” involves a penis: “the penetration of person B’s genitalia by person A’s penis” (Crimes Act 1961 s128). Otherwise it’s “unlawful sexual connection”. However, they are both classed as “sexual violation” which has a 20 year maximum (s128b).

            • NickS 6.1.2.2.1.1

              Which is utter shit, as it basically proclaims rape as only something a (intact, not with a strap-on…) male can do, and effectively makes male on male rape not rape…

              /sigh

              Eh, at least it seems they carry similar legal penalties though…

          • prism 6.1.2.2.2

            @NickS Penetration with anything front or back, should be regarded as rape I think. It’s an abuse against the person whatever.

    • prism 6.2

      Great sounding ideals, but empty words at the time the attacks happened. They have a new principal now. Wonder where the previous one went to and whether he has learned to cope with this toxic behaviour now. And I notice it has 1750 students, a big school, it may be that this size leads to unmanageability and isolation of management from knowing the students. There has in the past been a belief that having girls in a secondary school provide a saner more balanced level of behaviour. Seems not now!

      Welcome to the web site of Hutt Valley High School. Since 1926 we have been a leading school in our region.
      Hutt Valley High is a co-educational, decile 8 state school of 1750 students for Years 9 to 13. As a well established school, it has a very pleasant campus and excellent facilities and operates an enrolment scheme. It has great pride in its past and strong hopes and aspirations for its future.

      The School is committed to doing the very best for its students. It seeks to provide them with many opportunities for development, to offer a programme that allows each student to experience success, and to instil in them enthusiasm for life-long learning.
      “To inspire and lead our students to develop their academic, cultural and sporting abilities and to grow their skills, knowledge, values and character to enable each student to be the best that they can be. To be the school of choice within the Hutt community.”

  6. rd 7

    Provost jumps into political sharks’ tank

    Auditor-General Lyn Provost and Prime Minister John Key may find themselves at loggerheads over just who is really to blame for the $1.78 billion the taxpayer stumped up to bail out depositors in the failed South Canterbury Finance.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10749902

    This will be interesting.

    • marsman 7.1

      If Bill English is found to be to blame will he go to jail ? The Double Dipper Double Bunking ?

  7. vto 8

    So Hutt Valley High School suffered terrible bullying. Transpires that the bullies were children of Mongrel Mob, who intimidated all and sundry at the time.

    And three female tenants at that place also in the Hutt who have been the subject of eviction notices and court action (as far as the Supreme Court no less) were associates of the Mongrel Mob, and were well versed in the art of initimidation.

    And the shooting at the rugby match in Wairoa two weekends ago was also by Mongrel Mob.

    So what is being done about these rodent dogs? Why do we let them co-exist with us? Are even the police scared of them? Politically scared? Physically scared? Why does our community not come down on them and somehow drive them out? Why do we put up with it?

    • Mutante 8.1

      Well we’ve already seen that heavily armed anti-terrorist squads prefer to terrorise remote settlements in the Ureweras. You’re not going to get your expensive Blake’s 7 shock trooper outfit dirty waving automatic weapons at kids.

      Surely you’re not suggesting that these brave boys be deployed against real trouble who might, heavens forbid, get a bit stroppy.

      • vto 8.1.1

        I don’t know the answer mr mutante, but the current situation is very bad and not sustainable.

        • Mutante 8.1.1.1

          I grew up in a neighbourhood known for gang violence. I’m usually mister peace and understanding but I’d send in the tanks on those guys.

  8. joe90 9

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Mark Spitznagel: The great bank robbery.

    For the American economy – and for many other developed economies – the elephant in the room is the amount of money paid to bankers over the last five years. In the United States, the sum stands at an astounding $2.2 trillion. Extrapolating over the coming decade, the numbers would approach $5 trillion, an amount vastly larger than what both President Barack Obama’s administration and his Republican opponents seem willing to cut from further government deficits.

  9. marsman 10

    If a Hollow Man (Richard Long) praises another Hollow Man (John Key) is it Hollow Praise or Hollow Words ?

  10. Jum 11

    Question at Parliament today. Let’s see how many people can be ignored – 14,000 people or none?

    ” CLARE CURRAN to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: Has he requested any written submissions on the petition of George Laird, signed by nearly 14,000 people, calling the Government to retain the Hillside and Woburn workshops? ”

    What value the worker? What value the New Zealander quality of workmanship that trains are built in foreign countries even though they could have been built here in a time of huge unemployment?

  11. The Voice of Reason 12

    I’d hate to pre-empt the Jackal, but here’s my candidate for arsehole of the week. This week or any week, actually. I saw his partner at a service station in Whanganui many years ago and the tattoo is the most horrific thing I think I have ever seen. Not at all unlike the tattooing of concentration camp prisoners in both affect and intent. I hope the prick puts up a fight when he’s found and there aren’t tazers handy, just guns.

    • Tiger Mountain 12.1

      A highly unsavory character for sure VOTR. And you can squiggle off the hook of cheering the police on as you have seen the chilling sight of this thugs handiwork. It is understandable for families of victims to want capital punishment, vigilantism etc but it is not for the rest of us.

      The NZ cops are happy enough to execute people, but it is not usually for being extremely unpleasant or even an extensive criminal record. It is usually for non compliance i.e. “put down that hammer”, no? bang, heart shot. Or being mentally ill, or young and polynesian and in the wrong place. Or being chased at high speed till driver error results in a fatal crash.

      • The Voice of Reason 12.1.1

        I’ve actually been in vigilante mode for this guy ever since I saw the tattoo. He wasn’t with her at the service station or else I’d have taken to him then and there. No kidding, I looked for him in the servo, but she eventually drove off alone. It was just that bad, TM, and it’s just so hard to describe. You know that painting in the AK Art Gallery ‘to the victor the spoils’? That bad.
         
        I’ve seen some pretty awful things in my time, but nothing even close to that and I guess you can tell it has had a long lasting affect on me. It really pisses me off that he had to kill her to go to jail, the tattoo alone should have been good for a long stretch.
         
         

    • grumpy 12.2

      vto

      Q.E.D.

  12. Joe Bloggs 13

    .

    What the hell’s Sue Moroney thinking?!Slagging off National for Labour’s failure at Hutt Valley High School?

    • ropata 13.1

      This egregious story shows that National Stds are a total red herring when schools have serious issues like this to deal with.
      What parent would give a f#$& about their kid knowing the capital of Kazakhstan, when they are subjected to serious abuse and violation

  13. Draco T Bastard 14

    Seems that it’s not just me that’s been noticing increasing attacks on democracy from the Right Wing Authoritarians.

    The first of these was by far the most blunt. At the conservative website “American Thinker,” Matthew Vadum argued on September 1 that “registering the poor to vote is Un-American:”

    Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

    On September 4, libertarian news site “The Daily Bell” published an interview with influential investment advisor Doug Casey. The interview provides a wide-ranging discussion of coming social and economic apocalypse (and how you can invest now!), and in the midst of it we get the following:

    Daily Bell: Is democracy a good thing?

    Doug Casey: No. Democracy is just mob rule, dressed up in a coat and tie.

    • millsy 14.1

      IMO the growing calls for restricting the franchise is rather disturbing.

      I always thought that Paul Quinn’s nasty little bill was a the thin end of the wedge for me. Personally I dont think prisoners really care about whether they can vote or not (too busy trying to avoid being stuck with home made knives), but once you start taking voting rights of people, it gets very hard to stop.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        Only white, property owning, Christian men should be permitted to vote, just as it rightfully once was the case.

        BTW whether or not a prisoner cares to vote is beside the point (as I am sure you know). For instance, a lot of 18 year olds couldn’t care less about voting for a bunch of useless old gits in limos far far away either, but that does not mean they deserve the franchise any less.

  14. millsy 15

    I see in the news that a survey by the slum-lords union, aka the Property Investors Federation showed that most landlords intended to raise rents by 3-5% this year.

    I dont know about anyone else here, but I tend to wonder if it was, say our trade unions wanting a 3-5% payrise for their members during a recession (in which the poor and the workers have been expected to make the biggest sacrifices), the government and their supporters in the media (and on the blogosphere, etc) would be screaming blue bloody murder. Indeed they did when the PPTA seeked a 4% payrise last year.

    If only people who call for workers to show wage restraint could tell the same to our landlords as well.

    As an aside, this news comes as eligibility for state housing is being massively tightened, with thousands of families being dumped off the list, and driven into the arms of the slum-lords.

    • Colonial Viper 15.1

      Apart from Auckland, landlords have no hope on collecting on such a rent increase. In Auckland…bad luck fellas.

  15. logie97 16

    In 2007, the Nats opposed dietary supplement control. Today they announce legislation to do it …

  16. RTM 17

    It’s Tongan Language Week, but government policies are perpetuating linguistic imperialism:
    http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2011/09/language-lessons.html

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    34 mins ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to Wellington Chamber of Commerce
    Thank you for the invitation to speak today, it is great to be here.  I mean that both sincerely and literally. For this equivalent speech last year I took part virtually, beaming in from the Beehive Theatrette with only a socially distanced press gallery bearing silent witness. You are a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Budget 2021 reprioritises nearly $1 billion
    The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, Grant Robertson said in his annual pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning. “As part of Budget preparation I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech on Digital Identity Trust Framework
    I'd like to start by thanking Graeme, David and Ben from NZTech and Digital Identity New Zealand for inviting me to speak to you. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person, but I want to acknowledge those of you who are, including some of this country’s top tech ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ Cook Islands travel bubble significant step in COVID-19 recovery
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown have today announced that, pending final confirmation by New Zealand’s Director-General of Health and the Cook Islands Secretary of Health, two-way quarantine-free travel will commence between the two countries on 17 May (NZT). “Two way quarantine-free travel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister for State Owned Enterprises saddened by passing of KiwiRail Chair
    Minister for State Owned Enterprises, David Clark is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of KiwiRail Chairman, Brian Corban. “I know Brian was seen as a transformative leader within KiwiRail, well respected for his wisdom, honesty and sense of humour,” said David Clark. Mr Corban served as Chair of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the China Business Summit by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth
      Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  Tena koutou katoa.  Good morning. It is my pleasure to join you today for this China Business Summit – my first as Minister for Trade and Export Growth as well as Minister of Agriculture – and to have the opportunity to speak to you ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Productivity Commission inquiry into immigration settings
    The Productivity Commission will hold an inquiry into immigration settings to ensure New Zealand’s long term prosperity and wellbeing, Grant Robertson and Kris Faafoi say. This inquiry, the first under the new Productivity Commission chair, Dr Ganesh Nana, will focus on immigration policy as a means of improving productivity in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to China Business Summit
    Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, ate marie, tena koutou katoa, good morning. I am very happy to be here with you once again at my fourth China Business Summit. Thanks again to you, Fran, for being the driving force behind this event.  As ever, I’m very pleased to see such ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to Te Taumata Wahine Toa Hui, Kerikeri
    I would like to begin by acknowledging a few people here today.  Firstly, Chris Karamea Insley for his hard work and commitment to the vision of Te Taumata. I’d also like to acknowledge Minister Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s first Maori wahine Minister of Foreign Affairs, whom you have just heard ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature to boost employment in the South
    A suite of significant Jobs for Nature projects will boost conservation efforts and create jobs across the southern South Island, Acting Minister for Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall announced from Te Anau today. “The Government’s Jobs for Nature programme is investing in the future of the area’s stunning environment, with projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Regional economic potential unlocked as Bay of Plenty project gets underway
    A milestone for jobs, businesses and regional economic development in Bay of Plenty is being marked as construction gets underway on the multi-million dollar Ōpōtiki harbour infrastructure project. Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash has joined Whakatōhea iwi, local councils and representatives of the aquaculture and marine industry at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Pilot to unlock cultural potential in communities
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni today announced Manatū Taonga (Ministry for Culture and Heritage) is now accepting applications from cultural sector organisations to host cultural activators in eight communities around Aotearoa. “This pilot, as part of Te Tahua Whakahaumaru (Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund), aims to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supporting New Zealanders Through Winter Months
    From tomorrow, 1 May, over one million New Zealanders receiving either a Main Benefit or New Zealand Superannuation will get more money each week through the Winter Energy Payment. “The Winter Energy Payment started as part of the Government’s December 2017 Families Package designed to help older New Zealanders and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to donate 250,000 courses of COVID-19 vaccines to Fiji
    New Zealand has offered, and Fiji has accepted, sufficient doses of AstraZeneca for 250,000 people from New Zealand’s domestic vaccine portfolio, New Zealand Associate Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs Aupito William Sio and Fiji Health and Medical Services Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete announced today. “New Zealand and Fiji are working together closely to support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Te Ōhanga Māori Report Speech
    *Check with delivery* Insights from Te Ōhanga report First and foremost - thank you for the mahi of everyone who has been involved in producing this report. The Government needs up-to-date and accurate data on the size and scope of the Māori economy for us to understand how best to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New ACC Board Chair Appointed
    Minister for ACC Carmel Sepuloni is delighted to announce the appointment of Hon Steve Maharey CNZM, as a new member and chair successor for the board of ACC. He will commence as a member on 1 May 2021 and become Chair on the retirement of Dame Paula Rebstock on 31 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Greater role for a public forestry service
    A greater role for a public forestry service has been outlined by the Forestry Minister, to drive the focus on regional economic development, skills training, and a low-emissions future. Stuart Nash today announced Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) will be renamed Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt increases support for those wanting to change registered sex
    The Government is increasing support for New Zealanders wanting to change their sex marker on birth certificates, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti said today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and is committed to making it easier for people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drought support expanded as dry conditions bite along the east coast
    The Government will boost its drought support to new parts of the country and continue helping farmers in areas facing long-term dry conditions, says Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. An extra $900,000 of funding will be used to help farmers around the country, with the current large-scale adverse ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago