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Open Mike 10/07/2018

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  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    Eight miracles!

    Let’s pray for five more.

    • Ffloyd 1.1

      Amen to that AWW.

      • DH 1.1.1

        They’ve done an amazing job, must have really thought everything through and worked out a solution to every conceivable obstacle.

        Diving in low vis is bloody scary if you’re even slightly claustrophobic, I don’t know how cave divers do it.

      • halfcrown 1.1.2

        +100%

        • Ankerrawshark 1.1.2.1

          Yes hopes and prayers (even though I am not religious). The governor running the show has been hugely impressive as has everyone involved. The governor has recently been moved sideways as it sounds like he was assertively calling out corruption

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/361462/pressure-mounts-for-government-to-ban-gay-conversion-therapy

    In a statement, the Human Rights Commission said there were no specific laws prohibiting conversion therapy in New Zealand.

    Well that’s debatable especially if someone is paying for a service

    *Fair trading act, false and misleading claims

    *Human rights act, financial exploitation

    *Got to be something in the Health Practitioners Act or Health and Disabilities Act

  3. cleangreen 3

    The ‘NZ Human Rights Comission’ has been a puppet for big bussiness and global corporations for years and years.

    Now this new Government needs to ‘remove all these “stool pidgeons”‘ and really act for the interests of those of us all with out any power to change the system stacked against us by the powerful lobbyists who run government policy now.

    The corporaste lobbyists, are keeping this phoney agency in NZ afloat with all “their double speak, diversions, and lies”.

    As a disabled person I have first hand experience & knowledge of concerted actions of collussion used to keep this agency from representing the ‘human rights of the disabled’ -from obtaining their rights given under the global UN agreement made by the NZ Government in the last nine years under the last national Government.

  4. Jenny 4

    In December, in a podcasted interview with reporters, Jason Beattie and Alison Philips, British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, “urged” the people of Britain and the UK to “protest in force” against any visit by Donald Trump.

    “Jeremy Corbyn urges British public to protest in force when Donald Trump visits the UK”

    The Mirror – December 22, 2017

    The Trump, Alt-Right, Assad, Axis.

    Why Donald Trump should never have been allowed to enter Britain.

    Remember Jo Cox

    Assassinated British Labour MP Jo Cox is attacked posthumously by Assad apologist, and genocide denier, Professor Paul Dixon, Honorary Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck College, London.

    “The most notable aspect of Jo Cox’s tragically short parliamentary career was her outspoken stance for escalating war in support of the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria”

    Paul Dixon – June 29, 2017

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-dix/jo-cox-mp-compassionate-road-to-war

    Jo Cox’s neo-fascist assassin yelled “Britain First” as he shot her at close range and then finished her off with a knife.

    Britain First
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Britain First is a British fascist political organisation formed in 2011 by former members of the British National Party (BNP). A part of the far-right, the group was founded by Jim Dowson, an anti-abortion and far-right campaigner. The organisation’s leader is former BNP councillor Paul Golding, and its deputy leader is Jayda Fransen.

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

    Britain First is the British based neo-fascist group that Donald Trump scrolled through to select false white supremacist propaganda to retweet.

    Thomas Mair, who murdered the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox one week before the EU referendum in 2016, shouted “Britain first!” when he fired his gun. Cox’s widower, Brendan, said on Wednesday that Trump “should be ashamed of himself”.

    He accused Trump of spreading hatred and trying to legitimise the far right in Britain.

    Brendan Cox@MrBrendanCox
    Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country, now he’s trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences & the President should be ashamed of himself.

    10:06 PM – Nov 29, 2017
    74.2K
    31.9K people are talking about this

    ….Trump has often used his Twitter account to promote dubious figures. Earlier this week, he highlighted a website called MagaPill which promotes avariety of conspiracies.He has also used his account toretweet a Mussolini quote, toshare a postfrom the account @whitegenocidetm and to circulatefalse and racially inflammatorycrime statistics.

    When asked in 2015, he said that he consideredretweets endorsements.“You know, I retweet, I retweet for a reason.”

  5. R.P Mcmurphy 5

    I get really fed up with the current cohort of whiners employed by the mass media in New Zealand to conduct their swingeing attacks on the left. I nealry puked when slimy gluon espiner presumed to tell MInister Twyford hwow to behave. Who are these no talents who infest the public discourse with their dreary blabber. They come from nowhere and all of a sudden they are let loose to whine over the whole country in a double whammy. First their voices are so horrible that you want to turn them off asap and second after that you miss out on what the real people have to say. ungggggh!

  6. R.P Mcmurphy 6

    Brief on RNZ tv page says Ron Mark urged not to put missiles and bombs on the new P8’s. talk about making a boxer get in the ring with BOTH hands tied behind his back. Dumbstuff.

  7. Gabby 7

    They’re recruited by The Combine murph. Keep it under your pillow.

  8. corodale 8

    Turkey getting interesting, with big internal security measures in Public Sector. International media also talking of increasing Turkish influence on the eastern side of Jesus-town down in the Holy-land.

    “Erdogan previously said that there will not be any members or parliamentarians of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in the new cabinet, hinting that it will be made up of ex-politicians and bureaucrats.
    The AK Party took 42.5 percent in the parliamentary polls, also conducted on June 24, while its ally, the far-right National Movement Party (MHP), got 11.1 percent, enabling the two parties’ bloc to secure a majority in parliament.” aljazeera.com

    The Kurd party did get 12%, but the 11.1% Nationalist party is in coalition with the Turkish President.

    Actually Erdogan is talking about restoring full and strengthened democracy.

    But who’s keen for a peace tour to Gallipoli anyway? Mid September suits me. Visit the local AK Party Office and talk synergy on Social Credit policy. Should make it to their local news papers.

    • Kevin 9.1

      Why?

      European coaching methods are at the forefront of the game internationally. Guardiola, Klopp, Conte etc. Just look at the final four at the World Cup. (Although I would not put Gareth Southgate in that esteemed company of coaches just yet!).

      Taking into account the ‘Kiwi way’, I would say he is probably 100% correct.

      • marty mars 9.1.1

        You’d be wrong.

        The euro style may not slot into the south seas here and his particular style and personality definitely don’t as evidenced by most saying they wouldn’t play for him.

        • Kevin 9.1.1.1

          Ahhh, the old ‘kiwi’s are different’ theme that runs through practically everything in this country.

          Its simple, if the current team is too precious to learn, then get players who are. Players who expect to be treated and paid as professionals need to learn that they will not be mollycoddled or treated like family members.

          I doubt very much that the current coach got the job by default.

          • mauī 9.1.1.1.1

            Many of the current team play for some of the best club teams around the world. They are professionals.

            I thought the whole idea of coaching was to get the best out of your players. If your players think you’re a total asshole then that will never happen.

          • marty mars 9.1.1.1.2

            Lol shhh hey kev, kiwis ARE different. Remember the long plane ride…

      • Gabby 9.1.2

        Or, he’s a dick with an inflated opinion of himself pandered to by cargo cultist foreigner worship. Kev.

      • You_Fool 9.1.3

        The football ferns top players play in europe, I am sure they are used to the european style, so if they complain about a coach, it is not because of his european style.

        Also the Football Ferns are a decent team on the world stage, 20th at the moment (out of 177) so better positioned than the mens team (120th of 206), and fully capable of holding their own against the likes of Japan (6th) despite what Mr know-nothing thinks…

  9. adam 11

    Drain the swamp, Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA.

  10. James 12

    Could the UK end up with PM Boris ?

    Here is hoping.

    Boris for PM !!!!!

    • Gabby 12.1

      Blobby Jobby on a zipwire jimbo!

    • bwaghorn 12.2

      Is that the clown that was pro Brexit till the vote came in and he realised his lies fucked the UK up properly.

      • james 12.2.1

        Remember the clowns who were anti TPPA until they got in government and realised their position would fuck up NZ properly.

        • McFlock 12.2.1.1

          what, the ones who had five bottom lines, realised the us-free treaty didn’t violate any of those bottom lines, so signed the deal?

    • adam 12.3

      To paraphrase Sean Lock

      “Boris, he’s too blond even for the Nazi’s”

    • Draco T Bastard 13.1

      “Why we can’t afford the rich” by Andrew Sayer, Richard Wilkinson

      “Of course finance has a vital role to play as a servant to the economy, in oiling the wheels of business, in arranging credit and dealing with risk, but it can easily become the master and make the rest of the economy its servant. The occupational hazard of finance is that in seeking to make money out of money through lending, value-skimming and speculating, it focuses on wealth extraction and loses sight of the necessity of wealth creation in goods and services. In the bubble that preceded the crisis, bank lending to productive businesses declined from 30% to 10% as lending to other financial institutions and the property market grew. The financial sector’s control of financial assets – ultimately, claims on the labour and products of others – means that, unless it is strongly regulated it can dominate governments to serve its interests. Mainstream economics, with its obsession with idealised models of markets and its evasion of the difference between earned and unearned income, is complicit in this.”

      My bold.

  11. adam 14

    Best protest Ad ever – some bad language – if that offends please avoid.

  12. adam 15

    One more, cause a laugh always helps. This time slagging off the AUstralian government.

  13. halfcrown 16

    Just seen this quote by David Attenborough. Well worth repeating here.

    “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth on a physically finite planet is either mad or an economist.”………………………………..David Attenborough

  14. joe90 17

    A plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it Pooh.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhiktirVAAAFp5z.jpg

  15. Ad 18

    Steve Bannon: Australia Is On the Front Line With China

    https://www.theage.com.au/world/asia/australia-on-the-front-line-of-clash-with-china-says-steve-bannon-20180709-p4zqfi.html

    “If we continue on this path we’re down, China will control all of the countries of South East Asia and they will control Australia,” argues Bannon, the chief executive of Trump’s victorious election campaign and the man credited with the creation of “Trumpism”.

    He says that China’s advances in Australia persuaded him that the US had to act to defend itself against Beijing’s economic advances.

    And Trump took the first decisive action on this agenda on Friday night after months of threats and bluster. The President had promised to impose punitive US tariffs on imports from China unless Beijing made dramatic changes to its rules on trade and investment.

    So how could Australia be what Bannon describes as “the canary in the mineshaft”? Because, he says, the struggle is not about trade in itself but about domination by the Chinese Communist Party.
    “Australia is an object lesson in what to avoid. People [in Australia] played by the rules. It came up gradually, and then it was there.”

    Chinese investment went into “natural resources, tech, then you have overseas Chinese putting money into politics and now you finally wake up”, a reference to the bills now passed by the Parliament to curb foreign interference.

    “And you wake up and you say, ‘hold on – who controls our economic base’, because doesn’t politics ultimately come off who controls the economic base?”

    “Because of Australia’s example, it will not happen here in the US,” says Bannon. “It will not be allowed to happen. People are woke.”

    “You,” he tells me, meaning Australia, “are the San Andreas fault between China and the West. These are the two great systems that have built up over 2000 years. You are the representative of Athens and the democratic Western tradition, and China is a Confucian totalitarian system.

    “The South China Sea is very quickly going to become the front line. The South China Sea will be the focus of an intense global crisis.”

    Chilling when the anti-globalist right, intelligence community, defence community, and the anti-trade hard left sound near-identical. And you can replace “Australia” with “New Zealand” in most of the sentences.

    • RedLogix 18.1

      Yes. The Australian media isn’t ignoring it the way NZ’s is.

      China is promoting itself on the world stage as a modern, responsible state, capable of taking the leadership on global trade and climate change but many China experts say those ambitions cannot sit with an inward looking, brutal, autocratic regime.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-05/china-npc-moves-xi-jinping-towards-dictatorship/9504680

      Or a longer piece here:

      https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/03/china-xi-jinping-president/554795/

    • Exkiwiforces 18.2

      Yes Ad,

      If China does have a crack at closing or restrict access to the SCS the ramifications of that will be felt across the whole Asia- Pacific Region and all the way back to little old NZ because of our major trading partners in Asia which generate our wealth. It’s the indirect threats not the directs (not including climate change) that we are facing in our Foreign Affairs, Trade, Defence, Aid and Climate Change polices.

      If and whenever China makes it move on Taiwan then the ramifications of the whole Asia- Pacific would be huge and would turn the whole International Base Rules Principles/ System on it’s head and again the effects to NZ would be huge which ever way NZ chooses.

      Pablo over at kiwipolitico did a post http://www.kiwipolitico.com/2018/06/pick-your-poison/ on it mean if China or the US makes it move.

      ATM the indirect threat is NZ is the most likely and most dangerous threat to NZ than a direct the threat to NZ.

      • Ad 18.2.1

        The scenarios in the Kiwipolitico blog are a lot of fun.

        I think if we were really threatened in any form we would be calling Australia fast – as we usually do. And I think they would expect the same of us, insofar as that matters. We’re right in the middle of rehearsing together in the Pacific with the US as we speak.

        Hence Redlogix’s throwaway line yesterday about military interoperability being the most likely reason we would ally politically with Australia.

    • Gabby 18.3

      It’s just conceivable that Bannon is full of selfserving crap up to his lying eyeballs.

  16. joe90 19

    so, tRump’s SCOTUS nominee reckons U.S. Presidents should be exempt from “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations, which “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.

    • alwyn 19.1

      He (Kavanaugh) actually published that opinion after observing what happened when Bill Clinton was being investigated. He served on Kenneth Starr’s team that carried out a seemingly never ending investigation.
      That went on and on and on, continually changing the focus away from the purpose for which it was originally set up. I lasted for more than four years in fact, mostly wandering from trivia to trivia and finally about all they settled on was that Clinton hadn’t admitted to being guilty of adultery with Monica Lewinsky.

      Kavanaugh doesn’t claim that Presidents should be immune from investigation. He says that that is the purpose of the impeachment process.
      I wonder if Trump, or his staff were aware of this? It was published in 2009 in what is probably a little read journal.
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-supreme-court-prospect-has-argued-presidents-should-not-be-distracted-by-investigations-and-lawsuits/2018/06/29/2dd9c1cc-7baa-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html?utm_term=.bbe5e60a68de

      • Sabine 19.1.1

        its ok when you are a Republican.

        • alwyn 19.1.1.1

          Can I remind you that Bill Clinton was a Democrat?
          Kavanaugh, who is presumably a Republican, wrote in that article that Clinton should not have been investigated in the way that he was.
          The article cannot possibly be talking about Trump can it? It was written in 2009, long before anyone sane could possibly have envisaged that Trump would become President.
          The Starr investigation of Clinton was a total travesty. It was basically a die-hard Republican way of getting revenge for the Watergate investigation that was driven by a Democratically controlled Congress against a Republican President.

      • joe90 19.1.2

        I wonder if Trump, or his staff were aware of this?

        The fuckers have spent years looking to stack the court and saving tRump from any prosecution means they’ll likely get to appoint more of their ilk.

        So IMO, yes, Kavanaugh’s scholarship would be front and centre of the Xtian extremist’s advice to nominate him.

        .

        When President Donald Trump nominates a justice to the Supreme Court on Monday night, he will be carrying out the agenda of a small, secretive network of extremely conservative Catholic activists already responsible for placing three justices (Alito, Roberts, and Gorsuch) on the high court.

        And yet few people know who they are—until now.

        At the center of the network is Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society, the association of legal professionals that has been the pipeline for nearly all of Trump’s judicial nominees. (Leo is on leave from the Federalist Society to personally assist Trump in picking a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy.) His formal title is executive vice president, but that role belies Leo’s influence.

        […]

        “Leonard Leo was a visionary,” said Tom Carter, who served as Leo’s media relations director when he was chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast. “He figured out twenty years ago that conservatives had lost the culture war. Abortion, gay rights, contraception—conservatives didn’t have a chance if public opinion prevailed. So they needed to stack the courts.”

        Amazingly, said Carter, Leo has succeeded in this mission with few people taking notice.

        “The Christian right has been written about a lot, but hardly anyone talks about the Catholic right,” Carter said. “Four Supreme Court justices—they’re more successful than anybody: the NRA, the Israel lobby, Big Pharma, no one else has had that kind of impact.

        https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-secrets-of-leonard-leo-the-man-behind-trumps-supreme-court-pick

      • joe90 19.1.3

        All class.

        Brett Kavanaugh wanted to ask Bill Clinton, under oath, about the specific places he ejaculated onto pic.twitter.com/V87Cj9OKED— Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) July 6, 2018

  17. James 20

    Not in the slightest.

    I’ve said using terms like chubby, bitch, cock sucker, wanker and cunt reflect poorly on the people using them on this blog. You don’t need to be an elected official.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • Robert Guyton 20.1

      I don’t need to be, but I am 🙂
      Elected representatives have different obligations when they speak publicly, than unelected individuals, yes, James?

      • james 20.1.1

        Not really when its just in the context of bad language and insults.

        Both reflect on the person – poorly.

        and the people who are happy to accept others being insulted.

        In short (I have no idea if you are married or have kids) – but lets assume that someone called your wife a chubby cock sucking cunt – just because they disagreed with her (or your) views. I doubt you would just think – oh they are not an elected official – so thats OK?

        It would not be unsurprising if you thought badly of that person.

        • Robert Guyton 20.1.1.1

          James; again and again on this blog you delight in repeating offensive words, under the pretext that you didn’t say them, “someone else did”. Your habit is creepy. Please stop doing it. You make my skin creep.

  18. Puckish Rogue 22

    This is the nice one:

    [Link deleted – BLiP]

    the rest are just plain nasty

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • Robert Guyton 22.1

      LoL(ita)

      • Puckish Rogue 22.1.1

        I feel it should be pointed out that she was enrolled at university when the pic was taken however she is one of the lucky people to have an ageless nay even ethereal beauty that transcends all known standards of cultural norms of hotness (not that her considerable attractiveness should detract from her immense intellect)

        • Robert Guyton 22.1.1.1

          “off topic and or irrelevant”
          Pucky. Let her go (she’s no longer 16).

  19. timeforacupoftea 23

    Angry Andrew is about to redact prisoners on drug charges shortly, should save a few thousand beds by doing so.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  20. Penny Bright 24

    I have a proven track record in defence of freedom of expression (particularly under former Auckland City Council at Town Hall and the former Ak City Council Building).

    I don’t accept Mayor Phil Goff has the lawful right to decide who has access to Ak Council venues.

    Which section of which Act gives Mayor Phil Goff that LAWFUL authority.

    I support the Judicial Review into Mayor Phil Goff’s decision.

    #WhosNext ?

    Penny Bright

  21. OnceWasTim 25

    Just a thought…
    Has RNZ now so underfunded that they’re reliant on audio and other technical staff who’re fresh out of broadcasting school?
    The case of the missing ‘sting’
    The case of fluctuating audio volume levels
    The case of the complicated buttons on a panel

    Or maybe it’s that panel operators are preoccupied with their cell phone messages

    Can someone give me another explanation for RNZ ‘gremlins’?

  22. patricia bremner 26

    Watching an art programme on tv, during which it was stated Albert Namatjira was at his most successful and applied for a permit to buy a cattle run. He was turned down.

    He then applied to build a home on his land in Alice Springs. You guessed. He was turned down. They did make him the first Aboriginal Australian. How about that?

    After such awful treatment of that outstanding individual, and his jailing for sharing alcohol with family, it should come as no surprise that they treat Kiwis badly.

  23. Sumsuch 27

    Quite amazed at no one picking up the most exciting to me event since David Cunliffe said he would contest the leadership of the Labour Party after the 2014 election. The nurses strike. What do you do when you get another soft Left-wing govt that won’t even spend the money economists say is fine for it to spend? Do you wait, as we’ve waited since 84. Or do you initiate another, different sort of Winter of Discontent, on the streets. To remind the rich that the other 90 % are equal partners, which they’ve forgotten since 84, since 35.

    You coffee club conversationalists.

  24. eco maori 28

    Good Evening Newshub there you go trump neigbours at one of his golf course in Scotland lets us know exactly how he behaves he had power and water cut to the Neigbour that his golf course surrounds I can see his bulling behavior in every bone in his body its all about him winning .
    Tova that’s exactly how it is in Aotearoas reality a flightless bird against a te Red Dragon enough said .
    Thats is always a stupid move to stop training our Mokopunas in the trade sectors you know whos bright idea that was educating the mokopunas is what will help lift Aotearoas productivity .
    Yes a sugar tax is a need for this modern times I bet there are much more bottle stores in common tangata area we must use the law to protect the innocent tangata
    Ka kite ano

  25. eco maori 29

    The Crowd Goes Wild Wairangi and James they take there Football seriously its is one Game that most of Papatuanuku plays hot crossed heads see.
    So long as Te Warriors rank better than last year than that’s positive after all Papatuanuku was not built in a day .
    State of Origin Rugby Leauge has been Exciting this year ka pai
    That was good ball skills guys were Kronfeild .
    Ka kite ano P.S Eco Maori backs Joe to be the best in his trade

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  • Speech: Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service of our country. Second, special guest Robert ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: “New Zealand will look to build on relationship with the UK”
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will look to build on its relationship with the United Kingdom and recommit to the European Union, after the country officially left the continental union recently. The Minister said New Zealand already cooperates closely with Britain on defence and security issues and has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government charters Air NZ flight to assist Wuhan departure
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs The Government has agreed with Air New Zealand to charter an aircraft to assist New Zealanders leaving Wuhan, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.  The aircraft will have capacity for around 300 passengers and will fly from Wuhan to ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Dargaville pontoon to be upgraded
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund will invest $4 million for Kaipara District Council to upgrade the Dargaville pontoon, the first in its plan to improve wharves on Kaipara Harbour, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional ...
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  • Up to $12.7m for Northland water projects
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Government will provide up to $12.7 million to make Northland more resilient in the face of extreme weather, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Water is ...
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  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
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  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
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  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
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  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
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    19 hours ago
  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
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  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
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  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
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  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
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  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
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  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
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  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
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  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
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  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
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    3 days ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
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    3 days ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
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    3 days ago
  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
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  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
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    4 days ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
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    4 days ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
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    5 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
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    6 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
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  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
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  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
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    1 week ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
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  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
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    1 week ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
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  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
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  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
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  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
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  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
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  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
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  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
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  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
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  • Strengthening New Zealand’s Immunisation System
    Hundreds of thousands of young adults will be offered measles vaccinations in a new campaign to strengthen New Zealand’s immunisation system, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said at its launch in Auckland today. “About 300,000 young adults aged between 15 and 29 are not fully protected against measles, and ...
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