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Open mike 07/10/2010

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  1. Logie97 1

    Thinking out loud

    viz Campbell Live last night. A question about Television texting polls. Apart from someone making an awful lot of quick cash from them, what is there to stop multi-voting from the same phone?

    Also, Blogs in general – presumably these are accessible from anywhere in the world and therefore a lot of the comments need not necessarily be from New Zealand residents. Is there any way the moderators can filter out or indicate certain contributors on this basis?

    I can see vested interests working this to their advantage …

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      “what is there to stop multi-voting from the same phone?”
      Nothing, necessarily, but given that each mobile phone has a unique number called a “cell phone number”, it’d be pretty easy to stop duplicates by screening for them, if you so choose. Whether or not they do that, I don’t know.

      “Also, Blogs in general – presumably these are accessible from anywhere in the world and therefore a lot of the comments need not necessarily be from New Zealand residents. Is there any way the moderators can filter out or indicate certain contributors on this basis?”
      Yes, there are now services that will determine your geo-location based on your IP address, on the basis that certain IP addresses are known to be allocated to certain countries or regions. However I don’t see why that’s a concern for this site at all. Also, if someone wanted to they could use a proxy in another country to mask their real location.

      • nzfp 1.1.1

        Yeah the potential for fraud is easy in these systems,

        I used to design text systems in London for online and TV polling for the BBC. We provided the MSISDN (cell numbers) as well as the poll responses for the BBC applications to collate and report.

        We could have influenced the polls by simply injecting spurious MSISDN’s and responses directly into the database before the BBC could collate the data.

        The result would be that we – the systems administrators – programmers – architects – could sway the poll anyway we like. We could make any star win any competition we wanted and the BBC would have been none the wiser – after all who is going to confirm the validity of a half a million phone numbers 😉

        I’m sure if any of the other (not me) under-paid over worked staff were to be offered a few quid to inject a few spurious results they may have considered it.

        Captcha: FITTED

        • BLiP 1.1.1.1

          As someone who struggles with technology – wouldn’t the BBC want the money from each of the “dummy” votes? Sure, you could easily add a couple of thousand votes but what about when the bean counters get to try and balance the books on those couple of thousand 20p calls?

          Anyhow, I refuse to participate in those polls – why should I pay to participate? It should either be free or they pay me.

          • nzfp 1.1.1.1.1

            Hey BLiP,

            wouldn’t the BBC want the money from each of the “dummy” votes

            Yes you’re right – the whole point of the text polls / premium texts is to extract revenue. But there are methods to get around this.

            For example, did you know that premium text systems provide a mechanism that makes it possible to send invisible text messages to phones which will ping them for a small amount – without the end user knowing unless they pay close attention to all the text messages on their bill – who do you know that does that?

            A smart programmer could include an invisible text or two, to a random selection of numbers, along with a fake response from that number into the BBC database and voila. If the amount is small enough the end user probably wouldn’t know.

            I did a lot of research and development in these systems – there is an awful lot you can do with text messages that a dishonest person/corporation/government could take advantage of. I most certainly didn’t but I know what is possible.

            Captcha: COMPLICATING

            • BLiP 1.1.1.1.1.1

              No, I didn’t know that, I suspected there are plenty of wangles and, you’re right, who really checks their bill at the end of the month. A million 1 cent texts a week would net a pretty return, indeed.

              Tell me, is it true that its possible to activate a cell phone remotely and thus turn it into a bugging device? I’ve heard that its true but not from someone who should know about these things.

              • nzfp

                Hey BLiP,

                is it true that its possible to activate a cell phone remotely and thus turn it into a bugging device

                Yes and no, it depends on the phone and the OS running on the phone. That said all of the smart phones available today can be activated and various features (microphone, camera) enabled remotely.

                Not only that but it is possible to pinpoint the location of someone – based on cell tower triangulation – just as long as their phone is switched on. I know this because I had endless – ahem minutes – of fun calling my friends in the UK and telling them exactly where they were and what direction they were moving in – anywhere in Europe.

                Can you imagine what trouble a dishonest person/corporation/government could get up to with access to this technology?

      • Vicky32 1.1.2

        From what I have heard about phone voting for NZ Idol, no, they don’t screen for that.. I remember an angry teen girl complaining bitterly that she had spent $300.00 text voting for her cuzzie-bro and he hadn’t won…

      • Logie97 1.1.3

        Thanks Lanthanide. I would be concerned if people turned out to be foreign nationals and members of less than savory organisations trolling on NZ blog sites, spreading their hate speech…

        I guess when commenters first register, the moderators can weed them out.

  2. Tigger 2

    Poor Mark Ford, he’s a Mr Fixit and he’s been the victim of a smear campaign…
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10678741

    FFS, Herald, you’ve willingly swallowed all his spin in this article. This man now has a leading role in controlling both water and transport in Auckland – I think we’re owed some thought on whether having one person in charge is a good idea…

    • Tiger Mountain 2.1

      Significant conflict of interest, or at the very least an over concentration of power in one individual for “Fixit” Ford surely. I don’t think Penny Bright should retire just yet. Even if Len Brown is mayor with a ‘reasonable’ council, direct action is likely going to be needed to intervene in the corporatisation of Auckland.
      Plus what has this dispassionate silver fox ever fixed? more of a ‘fit up’ for the free marketeers and 1500 hundred workers down the road.

  3. Kevin Welsh 3

    Dear Mr English

    First off, let me say what a whizz-bang job you are doing with the economy. It takes a lot of bollocks to use the same ideas you used last century which didn’t quite come-off, but still, as they say in the Mainland cheese ads, “give it time” eh?

    I see that you are considering giving Telecom a huge tax break as some sort of reward for breaking their company up. I mean, $1 Billion is a lot in anyone’s terms, but not as much as the $1.7 Billion of our money you used to bail out the SCF speculators.

    Anyway, the reason I am writing to you is to ask a small favour. Do you think you could ask the IRD to waive the $238.35 I owe them for the last financial year? Personally, I have no idea how I ended up owing them this amount as I am a salary earner, I have had a 25% reduction in income over the last year and I now earn under the median income. I’m happy to do my bit for the recession which was over months ago, apparently, but am just a bit miffed that you are asking for more.

    Now I am not really asking for any sort of special treatment, just asking to be treated the same as the ‘big boys’.

    Cheers Big Guy

    Kevin Welsh

    • nzfp 3.1

      Captcha: NONSENSE

      Come on Kev,
      What are you whingeing about – $238.35 is $141.65 less then the rest of the punters had to pay of the $380ea (man , woman or child) for my bailout of my mates and my own speculative investments in SCF.

      Just think Kev, you got off lightly – still I won’t let that worry me – so I won’t let IRD know that you really owe them another $141.65.

      Now take that $141.65 and go down the pub and have a beer on me – I’ll pop another Dom Perignon while I’m sitting on my private beach (foreshore and seabed) in Queen Charlotte Sound on you 😉

      Bill

      • Descendant Of Smith 3.1.1

        Check to see if you had 27 pays last year. Fortnightly PAYE tables are calculated on 26 pays and that’s pretty much about the amount lots of people I know had to pay. Happens about once every ten years or so.

  4. J Mex 4

    So it turns out that “Kiwi Hero” Pete Bethune sunk his own boat….

    “Bethune has accused Watson of ordering him to sink the boat as a publicity stunt, and quit Sea Shepherd in disgust at the organisation’s antics.”

    Wonder what ‘The Sprout’ thinks of that?

  5. cardassian 5

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv/4205147/TVNZ-needs-time-over-Henry-drama

    Does this mean the 2 week suspension might not be appropriate after all?

    • hateatea 5.1

      It seems only fair that he should be suspended until they had time to reply to all those who complained. After all, they took their time deciding that we had something to complain about and the poor viewers, at least those silly enough to keep watching, had to put up with yet more of his inanities

      captcha: supplies

  6. The Voice of Reason 6

    Chris Carter makes his first good decision in recent memory:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4207315/Chris-Carter-pulls-his-Labour-candidacy

  7. Big Bruv 7

    Poor old Chrissy, the nasty people out there were awfully mean to him for abusing his ministerial credit card.

    I wonder if mummy has arranged a nice UN job for him somewhere?

  8. nzfp 8

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “Essence of the Banking Industry”. Here is a clip from the great 2009 film The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts.

    To learn more about the “Essence of the Banking Industry” check out the 2009 documentary “The Secret of Oz” by the writers and producers of “The Money Masters”

    Capcha: schemes – banks and their schemes to defraud you of your money!

  9. nzfp 9

    The Essence of the Banking Industry

    [lprent: That is interesting – users aren’t meant to be able to do that for security reasons (it is a way to insert code to other users machines). I’ll fix it later. ]

    • nzfp 9.1

      Something else you should know LPRENT,
      If I was to edit the post, the saving function would strip the object, param and embed tags. Also note that object, param and embed tags are specified as usable in the available XHTML tags.

  10. Draco T Bastard 10

    An interesting post over on interest.co.nz about private insurance industry and how it tries to scam the public that it insures. Thankfully, the 5th Labour government brought back ACC.

  11. Tanz 11

    Double standards are alive and well at the Standard, where it’s okay to hate racists, as long as they’re white, rich, and Act/National party supporters. If the racist is the rright skin colour and a Leftie, that’s A OK. Oh, and name call as well, another tactic of the slippery Left.

    [lprent: Completely off topic for the post you put it in – moving to OpenMike. Be warned that you’re likely to get a educational experience if you do this again. ]

  12. BLiP 12

    Testing – testing – 1 2 3

    • BLiP 12.1

      Why can’t we have this as a feature – is it really *that* dangerous, I mean, can’t we assume that everyone on the net these days has a firewall / virus thingywotsit?

      What about just making it the Open Mike post so as not to clutter up the more serious content in the other posts?

      • nzfp 12.1.1

        Hey BLiP yeah it most definitely is dangerous.
        Not because of you or the majority of the people that post here – but you can imagine what could get embedded by someone with an axe to grind against TheStandard or one of the authors/contributors/commentators.

        LPRENT – you may want to disable this immediately – I probably shouldn’t have started the ball rolling.

        It’s a shame BLiP because I would love to have this feature permanently. Maybe the moderators could leave it in for OpenMike for a while – at least until it’s abused.

        *sigh*

        • lprent 12.1.1.1

          Fixed.
          A plugin that was meant to provide embed and object to the post editor was also providing it to the comments – which appears to be a bug.

      • lprent 12.1.2

        Yeah it is very dangerous unless I put sniffers all of the way through the insertion routines (and maintain them). It is an object that got embedded, which I could code something within the limits of the sandbox that the browser lives in – but also to take advantage of security flaws in the OS.

        It also would be a pain for the people with slow connections.

    • BLiP 12.2

      Second thoughts: I remember now that there are a few users on dial-up. Not fair to them and there’s plenty of MBs to play on for those of us fortunate enough to have broadband.

      As you were.

  13. Roflcopter 13

    Bethune, Watson & Co., nothing but a pack of liars.

    I hate what the Japanese are doing to the whales, but what’s transpired has put back legitimate protest against whaling by decades.

    Total filth.

    p.s:- i don’t expect apologies for the pillioring of a lot of people, by certain people on The Standard, who didn’t agree with other’s view as to what happened and were adamant that it was all the Japanese’ fault, but recognition that you got it wrong would be nice.

    Do I hold my breath?

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      Got what wrong?

      • The Voice of Reason 13.1.1

        I think a meme is developing where folk have confused the scuttling of the Ady Gil with the collision itself, which remains the whalers fault, from the video I’ve seen. Bethune is not saying the collision was faked or his fault, but that the scuttling of the boat afterwards was played up for publicity purposes. Bethune’s position today is that the boat could have been towed back to port, but that was opposed because it would end the pursuit of the whalers. Therefore he reluctantly sank it.

        I must say, a damaged boat back in port would have been priceless publicity for Sea Shepherd, not to mention useful evidence in any court case that might have followed.

        • KJT 13.1.1.1

          The collision was not the whalers fault. It was Pete’s.
          Col regs. Rule 2 and rule 8. http://www.reach.net/~stormy/marine/colregs/

          If the Ady Gil had hit a NZ ship in similar circumstances MNZ would have charged him.

        • KJT 13.1.1.2

          The collision was the Ady Gils fault.

          I do not agree with whaling either, but it is a bit precious to do everything you can to cause a collision and then try and blame the other vessel.

          • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.2.1

            The Japanese ship turned to hit the Ady Gil. Without that change in course there was no danger of collision.

            • Roflcopter 13.1.1.2.1.1

              No, that’s what Bethune said, the video is inconclusive. But since he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s safe to assume nothing he says is true.

              • Pascal's bookie

                “But since he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s safe to assume nothing he says is true.”

                Yeah, that star trek episode was a classic. Good ol James T making the evil computer blow up by fucking it inside the logic loop of fail.

            • KJT 13.1.1.2.1.2

              The Japanese ship turned to starboard as it was supposed to do for a vessel crossing from its Starboard side.

              The Ady Gil adjusted their speed to be in front. At no time were they stopped as claimed as you can see from the wake the whole time. Possibly at the last minute Ady Gil accelerated to avoid collision, but they broke rule 2 and rule 8 as well as the rule for a stand on vessel in a crossing situation.

              Playing games in front of something as unmanouvrable as a ship is bound to eventually cause an accident. I am sure Sea Shepard were well aware of this.

              They should just man up and say that is what they were doing. they would then get a lot more support from me.
              .

    • Vicky32 13.2

      Leftie I am, but my “green-ness” is limited, and I have always thought this was suss! Therefore, I am with you rofl, *just this once!*
      Deb

  14. Vicky32 14

    BTW, listening to 3 News again, just heard an item about the inquest on the poor boy who died of alcohol poisoning – and there was John Banks, being praised for his lovely caring father-ness…
    Not very appropriate I thought! An inquest should not be used by 3 for campaign purposes..
    Deb

  15. ianmac 15

    Vicky32 A poll taken recently (today?) of 500 had Brown about 22% ahead. I was writing so didn’t hear properly but….. The MSM is certainly giving Banks top billing for crying at his son’s involvement but isn’t Banks ruthless over crime?

    • Vicky32 15.1

      Not when one of the criminals is his son! The son, obviously reading his testimony (he’s very stillted, as most teens are when they read aloud) … now Banks testimony (this is all on Clive)… Really, he is described as “breaking down”… and that TV3 keep playing it, seems a bit “off” to me. Contrast the police officer who really *did* break down when giving a press conference about Carmen Thomas. Banks seems as stilted and prepared as his son! The only time he seems ‘real’ is when talking about his mother. (I actually do feel a wee bit sorry for him about that, having had family members who have suffered, and yes died, because of alcohol!)
      The fact is, the son’s behaviuour was wrong and illegal, even if Webster *wanted* to get plastered. At least this does show that these problems happen even in “good” families, as Banks rather weirdly said.
      Clive now gets indignant that cynics such as me are accusing Banks of using it all as electioneering! But Clive may stil be in denial – still claiming to be an excitable left wing boy for all I know!
      Deb

      • Carol 15.1.1

        Just saw the promo for Campbelll Live tonight on TV3Plus1. I’ts sooo tabloidish… Banks breaks down and cries. I won’t be wathcing it. And the news item on Brown and Banks, as well as being sympathetic to Banks crying, focused on Brown spending on a meal – peanuts compared to the way Rodney has engineered the new Auckland Council to be undemocratic, and to deliver it to the corporates with Banks presiding over it.

        The son’s behaviour seemed very poor… enticing someone to keep drinking. The Kahui mother was in tears last night, but somehow it was a less positive portrayal of it…. so if you’re poor, and you’re implicated in a death (although not judged to have acted illegally), there’s no sympathy for your tears? And if you’re connected to powerful business interests, you get a sympathetic portrayal of your tears?

      • Draco T Bastard 15.1.2

        Saw part of the Banks courtroom act on Clive and it was a campaign piece for him and NACT. He very specifically mentioned and approved of the “National Parties” changes to the alcohol laws and how it may help prevent such loss of life. After that we had Campbell saying how some people would portray it as a campaign piece but how it really wasn’t and that Banks really was a nice guy.

        The whole thing was party political spin and bias from TV3.

    • BLiP 15.2

      The New Zealand Fox News Herald on-line site is leading with the story:

      Banks in tears at teen drinking death inquest

      Auckland City Mayor John Banks has broken down in tears as he apologised for the actions of his son Alex, who encouraged alcohol-poisoning victim James Webster to drink.

      What a fucking wanker Banks is. Throughout both his terms as Mayor he facilitated the explosion in the number of liquor outlets across Auckland. In October last year he unilaterally put down a proposal for the Auckland City Council to develop policy in this area which would have curtailed the activities of the liquor outlets and given the community a greater say in where and how many liquor licences should be issued. After that, his City Rat cronies voted three times to shut down any further consideration of such policy. It wasn’t until August this year that he had an “astounding” change of heart.

      Took me ten minutes to confirm my facts. The MSM didn’t even bother doing that. Too busy replacing news with sentimental wallowing into the sad death of the offspring of [not helpful in the context? — r0b].

  16. prism 17

    I remember hearing Banks discussing a proposal to curtail a little, the hours for selling alcohol. He almost seemed to be weeping as he said how unfair it would be to the bold captains of the bar and restaurant industry to limit their operating and profit. It sounded so stagy and one sensed where his allegiances lay. By the way he had a restaurant himself earlier didn’t he?

  17. gingercrush 18

    Wow Lianne Dalziel really needs to get a grip. As for some of the comments on that Red Alert post. They need a grip as well. I don’t see them moaning about numerous Labour list MPs who act like electorate MPs.

    • BLiP 18.1

      Have you head of the Australasian Financial Services Association or the Associate Chartered Accounting College that Gilmore claims to be a member of but don’t appear to exist? Or, perhaps you can explain why his name doesn’t appear on the list of members of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute? Perhaps you’ve investigated some of his pecuniary interests and how they might benefit from the Christchurch earthquake recovery dictatorship?

      The comments are certainly jumping on the post . . . I wonder why.

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  • Farewelling sports administrator and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson today expressed his sorrow at the passing of Sir Eion Edgar – a leading sports administrator and celebrated philanthropist who has made a significant impact both within and beyond the sport sector. “Sir Eion’s energy, drive and generosity has been truly immense. He leaves ...
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  • Government to apologise for Dawn Raids
    The Government will make a formal apology for the wrongs committed during the Dawn Raids of the 1970’s. Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration enforcement policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families. The raids to find, convict and deport overstayers ...
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    5 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Bangladesh and Myanmar
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced that New Zealand is providing NZ $8.25 million in humanitarian assistance to support refugees and their host populations in Bangladesh and to support humanitarian need of internally displaced and conflict affected people in Myanmar.  “Nearly four years after 900,000 Rohingya crossed the border ...
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  • Poroporoaki: Dame Georgina Kamiria Kirby
    E Te Kōkō Tangiwai, Te Tuhi Mareikura, Te Kākākura Pokai kua riro i a matou. He toka tū moana ākinga ā tai, ākinga ā hau, ākinga ā ngaru tūātea.  Haere atu rā ki te mūrau a te tini, ki te wenerau a te mano.  E tae koe ki ngā rire ...
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    6 days ago
  • Feedback sought on future of housing and urban development
    New Zealanders are encouraged to have their say on a long-term vision for housing and urban development to guide future work, the Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced. Consultation starts today on a Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD), which will support the long-term direction of Aotearoa ...
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  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
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  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
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    1 week ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
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  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
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  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
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  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
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  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
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