Open mike 10/07/2020

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    • yes A bloody fine article – should be required reading for all neolibs!

    • Draco T Bastard 1.2

      That's a good example not for more taxes but for a maximum income. And, no, it won't be set at 18 or 20 eggs but at 9 or 10. More than enough each but not so much that it automatically forces others into poverty.

      BTW, the high taxes that we used to have were exactly that – a maximum income. Although they weren't really high enough to achieve that and the rich could, and still do, structure their income in such a way so as to avoid it thus proving that using taxes as an indirect income ceiling doesn't work.

    • Andre 1.3

      That piece makes the mistake of starting out be buying into the false framing of the "tax is theft" crowd by only talking about transfers from individuals to individuals.

      But only about a third of government revenue goes to social security and welfare, the rest goes to maintaining a functioning society.

      Seems to me the better framing is around contributing back to maintaining the society that made it possible to gather lots of eggs, so that it will remain possible to again gather lots of eggs next year and the year after and the year after. And just a fraction of the cost of maintaining society is ensuring everyone gets at least the minimum number of eggs to adequately get by on.

  1. aom 2

    Holy F**k – Stuff is at it again today. The latest mountain out of a molehill offering is an opinion piece, the shabby wordsmithing of Thomas Manch! Today's propaganda installment reads almost as though the dastardly criminal Megan Woods took a poor sad Covid affected, wanderer down to a local Countdown with the express purpose of unleashing a pandemic on the public. Thank God the likes of al Jazeera and even the Guardian are capable of providing competent commentary because sure as hell, it is hard to find in the NZ media.

  2. Dennis Frank 3

    Simon Bridges discovered the secret of happiness, and told Toby Manhire:

    a crisp midwinter walk somewhere near Nelson in the great country of Aotearoa, in gumboots, in shorts, with a Roxy Music T-shirt, with a baby yak.

    I now feel a bit of performance anxiety around social media posts. There hasn’t been a whole lot of thought going into them. But with Baby Yak taking off, I’m not sure what I’m going to do next. I did have a Mouse Town lined up, my niece’s pet mouse has a series of tunnels and things

    The two-step plan is this:

    1. Become leader of the opposition.
    2. Get rolled as leader of the opposition.

    The method seems to work on a bipartisan basis:

    As far as I can tell the life story of David Shearer is one great long line of guitars, surfboards, friends, and all-round contentedness, interrupted only by a brief and grisly interval as leader of the Labour Party. After he was mercilessly defenestrated by his so-called friends, Shearer went to work in the relatively harmonious war-torn South Sudan. And you could just see the weight lifted.

    • I Feel Love 3.1

      That's awesome, I imagine David Clark is another happy chappy too.

    • Morrissey 3.2

      What an embarrassment he is. National's "brains trust" (headed by Michelle Boag) must have thought there was no way but up after getting rid of him.

      Incredibly, they were wrong.

  3. Dennis Frank 4

    Rosemary McLeod has a cool photo of Matt McCarten giving Michelle Boag advice:

    Dunno how to shrink it into this space here, but he seems to be giving her the inside word on how to destabilise Labour – you can tell from the expressions on their faces.

  4. Dennis Frank 5

    So Todd's master plan is now in the pipeline, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to socialism:

    He said the plan's framework was made up of five components: responsible economic management; delivering infrastructure; reskilling and retraining the workforce; a greener, smarter future; and building stronger communities.

    That means marketing is now crucial. Framing so as to persuade Nats that it isn't actually socialism ain’t gonna be easy. Hooten may have to hire a pr specialist. He is one? Um… Well when your audience has been trained since childhood to call a spade a spade, you will have to outwit them somehow.

    I know! Use Jim Bolger! He has already gone public with his view that neoliberalism failed. He could be authentic in selling `smart socialism' as a brand then, eh? Frame Labour's lame version as `dumb socialism' and the Labs will have no option other than telling the electorate "Actually, we're neoliberals, not socialists." Problem solved.

    • Incognito 5.1

      You can call it anything you like, e.g. post-neoliberal socialism, or dress it up anyway you like, but unless National has had an overnight epiphany, which in some cases means a transformative (AKA life changing) epiphany during a lie down and cuppa tea, then it still is neoliberalism. Marketing, my ass; look at what’s under the bonnet of the ‘red’ car that has come out of the panel beater’s workshop.

      • greywarshark 5.1.1

        Nats are into transformative plastic surgery; viz Paula Bennett and are also concerned about upping their mental agility, they've a bit of furring, thickening of the veins etc. However free markets enable all sorts of remedies, bleach might be more efficacious than a cup of tea.

    • Gabby 5.2

      'She's a Pretty Communist' Guy won't be having that.

  5. Rosemary McDonald 6

    Nothing unusual, really, about Boag and her cronies exploiting gifts of personal data landing spontaneously in their laps…but the real issue here is why on earth rescue helicopter businesses were sent the information by the Mystery of Health in the first place. What possible purpose would be served by rescue services having this very specific information?

    The former ARHT doctor struggled to see why the ARHT should be given the patient lists even if there were hundreds of cases across the country.

    Early on when we were in level 4 lockdown … level 3 lockdown, the ambulance services were treating any patient who had respiratory symptoms as a possible Covid patient and wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. So actually knowing the identity and being sent a list of patients is just not helpful," McGuinness said.

    Which obliges us to remember one of the earliest (and perhaps the most harmful) of Bloomfield's confused messaging.

    Ambulance staff would not perform CPR on a confirmed Covid-19 case, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says.

    This was a guideline adopted internationally, he said, and because the virus was spread via the respiratory system.

    This was very quickly disputed by these 'ambulance staff'…

    However, St John said it would continue to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest and there had been no directive that CPR should not be done on suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases.

    "Like all ambulance services in New Zealand, Australia and internationally, we have issued additional instructions to ambulance officers when responding to cardiac arrest patients because of the increased risk of exposure to Covid-19 during resuscitation," a spokesman said.

    "Guidance includes donning additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and alterations to the way that patients are resuscitated (for example, providing ventilation using specific devices and not through a face mask), to reduce the risk of transmission of viral infection, if present."

    To my knowledge, Bloomfield has never revised that directive….

    • I Feel Love 6.1

      I can't find it but there was an article on RNZ with garbled quotes from Boag and one of them was she asked for the emails to be sent to her to make sure no one on Waiheke had Covid, why she had been receiving them through the whole pandemic. I'll try again to find it, was a very confusing bunch of excuses.

      • Rosemary McDonald 6.1.1

        I have not take Boag seriously as a human being since she commandeered that rescue helicopter to go pick up her forgotten passport.

        The whole Pullar thing cast all involved in a remarkably poor light.

        Beggars belief that anybody who aspires to public office would see association with such a one as a benefit.

        Scratching dogs and fleas….

    • McFlock 6.2

      I'll definitely be interested in the thinking behind distributing that infromation to responders, and it will be documented somewhere. Another matter for the inquiry, but not the main event, imo.

  6. Ed 7

    The plot thickens….

    Michael Woodhouse now admits he received information from Boag.

    Did he receive the information on the 2 travellers from her?
    Did he receive the information on the homeless an from her?

    ‘”This was confirmed for me as I wrote to Michael Heron QC last night to advise him that towards the end of June I had sent several emails to Michael Woodhouse comprising notification of a small number of then new Covid19 cases.”

    Sounds like it.

    Did Woodhouse use the leaked information?

    And is Muller really telling us that his Health Spokesperson told him nothing about 4 emails he received from Boag between the 21st and 25th June?

    Another 2 resignations needed.

    Dirty Politics alive and kicking in the National Party.

    • Tiger Mountain 7.1

      Wait there’s more…
      and likely as long as Mr Heron keeps investigating, the headlines will keep coming for a while yet, despite National’s attempts to deflect, minimise, bury and ignore.

      It has taken international media to point out the obvious situation of local media supporting and enabling NZ National’s Covid attack lines ahead of public safety. A big clean out is due in this country. National’s dirty tricks are deeply embedded in the party culture, not an aberration.

    • mac1 7.2

      So who did Woodhouse tell about four leaks from a known source that he knew enough not to share with media because of what they contained.

      Does the National Party view of morality for Nikki Kay's 'moral obligation' to win the election include using illicitly gained information as Walker did?

      Does the National Party view of morality for Nikki Kay's 'moral obligation' to win the election include not alerting the proper authorities to the distribution and access to such information as Woodhouse did not do in a timely with his 'cuddling couple' preferring to use it for political purposes in the House?

      Does the National Party view of morality for Nikki Kay's 'moral obligation' to win the election include not alerting the proper authorities to the distribution and access to such information as Woodhouse did not do with the four emails (so far) from Michelle Boag?

      Who can believe that senior members of the National Party be it leadership, leader's staff or party officials did not know?

      This is indeed the time for the National Party to examine more closely the ethics of its MPs, staff and organisation- a few years in Opposition lockdown and isolation might help.

      Aren't they lucky that Winston is in hospital at the moment!

      • Ed 7.2.1

        Great questions.

        Pity we don't have a media that will ask them.

        Michael Woodhouse is on RNZ at 10.30 a.m.

        Will Kathryn Ryan ask the important questions?

    • ianmac 7.3

      If Boag is releasing information that she kept Woodhouse informed, is she doing so because she is bitter and twisted and is seeking revenge?

      • Ed 7.3.1

        Quite possibly.

      • woodart 7.3.2

        two yes;s and a maybe

      • RJL 7.3.3

        Or maybe the "problem" is that the inquiry has her email server?

      • Treetop 7.3.4

        May be over the years the National Party rot that Boag has managed it became normalised to her and she got away with it until she knew she had lost control and tried to shut it down but had no control over what Woodhouse or Muller would say.

        If you take Boag and Walker out you have a Woodhouse and Muller credibility issue.

        Muller needs to backbench Woodhouse and Kaye needs to come clean if Boag or Woodhouse sent her the emails and if she went to Muller.

  7. Anker 8

    Yes no surprises there with Woodhouse. No alarm bells for him about Michelle giving him confidential patient information on four occasions like “what the f..k Michelle’s why are you passing this stuff on?”……..or why do you a non clinical person have this information in the first place.

    btw I think it is reasonable rescue helicopters ie their clinicians were give this. It’s a bloody pandemic, frontline staff are putting their lives at risk and I cannot think of a time when clinicians intensional you leaked notes although there was a famous whistle blower case in the 1990s. Rem

    • Ed 8.1

      So Woodhouse did not tell Muller for over 2 weeks…….

      • observer 8.1.1

        Yes, that's the killer line. Since June 21! Incredible. All while standing next to his boss, slamming the government and telling us how we needed the National "team".

        Of the two options, I'm more inclined to believe he didn't tell Muller, than he did and Muller kept quiet. Like most National MPs, Woodhouse couldn't care less about his leader. Muller has no clout in that caucus at all.

        • Ed


          His behaviour over the two travellers to Wellington shows his priorities.

        • anker

          Ha ha ha Observer……yes Michelle welcomed him with open arms, viewed his selfies and then penned her next missive to Michael Woodhouse……..

          BTW has Woodhouse resigned yet? My husband just sent him a corker letter about his outrageous and despicable behavour towards Clare Curren with the toilet seat.

          Told my husband who has yet to have a response from Woodhouse, that clearly he had other things on his mind and he would probably get to hubby's letter on the weekend…………happy days!

      • dv 8.1.2

        AND what's more he had a ping at the leakage of the the self same health info as disgracefully shambollicly

  8. Ffloyd 9

    Michael Woodhouse said he DELETED information sent from MBoag. LMAO. That little gem has set me up for the day.

    • Ed 9.1


      To quote him.

      "I recognised that the information in those emails was private so I did not share it with anyone else and I subsequently deleted them."

      The key word is "subsequently".

      He did not say "immediately."

      If he received the emails on the 21 June and deleted them yesterday, he would have deleted them "subsequently".

      • mickysavage 9.1.1

        Like 2 minutes after he was asked if Boag had provided information to him!

        • observer

          At the very least, Woodhouse needs to show a reply from him to Boag saying "WTF Michelle! Cease and desist, now!".

          Preferably not one he came up with this morning. He'll need to fake the date stamp.

      • xanthe 9.1.2

        If he received the emails on the 21 June and deleted them yesterday, he would have deleted them "subsequently".

        exactly ! We should assume thats what he has done.

        • ianmac

          Yes. He said that was what he did. Deleted last Monday/Tuesday after sitting on them since June.

  9. Just Is 10

    So Woodhouse is now admitting Boag Leaked information to him as well

    The story reads as though Boag has been at the bottom of all leakages, maybe just a red hearing to protect the real source.

    • observer 10.1

      No, Woodhouse claims he has another source as well.

      “I can confirm that Michelle Boag is not the source of my previous information released by me in relation to the Government’s Covid-19 response.”

      (obviously we can’t believe a word he says, but it doesn’t rule out another source)

    • Ed 10.2

      Quite possibly. There is clearly a mole there.

      Woodhouse needs to explain why he sat on that information for over 2 weeks.

      • greywarshark 10.2.1

        He brooded about it while he waited for it to hatch. He didn't know whether to get egg on someone's face or wait for it to fully develop.

  10. Marcus Morris 11

    Spectacular announcement just now. Boag feeding Woodhouse stuff for weeks. Muller claiming just yesterday that there was no need to question his own MP's on whether or not they had anything to hide. All done and dusted he claimed, with the confessions of Walker and Boag. The great unravelling has only just begun.

  11. Chris T 12

    Have they worked out where the Countdown bloke actually went for 70 minutes yet, or is this beyond the current people in charge?

    • observer 12.1

      He went to Michelle Boag's apartment, where he had a cup of tea and a lie-down.

      • mac1 12.1.1

        And shared his selfies?

      • anker 12.1.2

        Chris T criticizing the govt now and the quarantine facilities is just a pathetic distraction. I suggest you go to stuff and read the article by the pathologist that has just arrived in the country to take up a job and is in quarantine who says our system is the gold standard and one other countries should model themselves on.

        You are making yourself look a little ridiculous here. A bit like Woodhouse with the homeless man

    • ianmac 12.2

      22 minutes was spent on his phone making use of the free internet outside the Supermarket and 15 minutes inside the Supermarket which leaves 33 minutes to walk there and back.

      Hard luck Chris.

      • Chris T 12.2.1

        Apparently the supermarket is 5 minutes walk away.

        • anker

          Chris don't you realize that people aren't pissed off with the Govt over this guy leaving isolation. They are very, very pissed off with the offender. Calling for jail time etc……………

          Your onto a loser here Chris….

      • xanthe 12.2.2

        I want to know if he has confirmed that the 22 minutes on the phone were calls to NZ Herald and RNZ. ?

        Who did he send the selfies to?

    • Gabby 12.3

      He drove back to his electorate.

    • bwaghorn 12.4

      He leaked confidential information to news companies!!

      Oh wait no that was the national party!!

    • anker 12.5

      Chris T criticizing the govt now and the quarantine facilities is just a pathetic distraction. I suggest you go to stuff and read the article by the pathologist that has just arrived in the country to take up a job and is in quarantine who says our system is the gold standard and one other countries should model themselves on.

      You are making yourself look a little ridiculous here. A bit like Woodhouse with the homeless man

      • Chris T 12.5.1

        Yes. Because people disappearing for 70 minutes on one of the countries busiest streets, who are seen in a supermarket 5 minutes walk away and no more info, who are later found to be covid positive is merely a distraction.


        • Gabby

          I'm sure he was just picking up some drugs or sutin.

        • Drowsy M. Kram

          Bit feeble Chris T – a lot's happened since that walkabout, but don't worry, there will be others, and Boag/Walker/Woodhouse/Muller et al. will be all over them.

          Once there have been a few more quarantine and managed isolation 'runners', the media can start compiling stats on their political affiliations.

          In other news:

          Skiiers [sic] are facing hour-long waits to get up Mt Hutt as traffic jams clog the access road.

          All five car parks filled up before the mountain opened at 9am and police have been called to help with parking on surrounding streets.”

          Oh the humanity.

        • left_forward

          Nah its not sticking Crusty, unlike…

        • Morrissey

          Not good, and it should be criticized intelligently. Unfortunately, we don't have a credible Opposition party in this country.

    • Naki man 12.6

      The current people in charge are fucking useless, another scum bag has now wandered off from a Hamilton hotel. If this Government doesn't pull it's finger out of it's arse we will end up in lockdown again.

      • observer 12.6.1

        You really need to read up on the news before sounding off.

        It's not hard, the details of his case are widely reported.

      • Incognito 12.6.2

        Have a lie down and a cuppa or a KitKat. You’re starting to sound like a National MP.

        • I Feel Love

          The army should be in charge! The police should be in charge! We're gonna have every bloody agency in charge soon, just to keep NZrs in a motel.

          • Incognito

            All that untapped electricity from Tiwai Pt should be used to charge them and zap hem into obeisance. If that doesn’t work, call Paul McKenna.

      • Ed 12.6.3

        If this Government doesn’t pull its finger……..

        it’s not hard

        • In Vino

          Quite right, Ed. it's = abbreviation for 'it is', or 'it has'.

          its = belonging to it.

          As resident pedant, I was going to comment, but was pleased to see you raise the point.

          Naki man's failure to properly control his apostrophes is utterly shambolic, and shows that he is utterly unfit to govern.

  12. Kiwijoker 13

    Way,way better than Shortland Street!

  13. bwaghorn 14

    All that excess power that's coming Southland's way should be used to run a hydrogen plant for trucking fuel.

  14. Morrissey 15

    Woodhouse: “It was beyond my comprehension that anyone in the National Party could have done that.”

    This unspeakable piece of work just said that on RNZ National. He is squirming under interrogation from Kathryn Ryan right now.

    Transcript on the way, fellas!

  15. Chris T 16

    The Nats Chinese spy dude has bit the bullet apparently and is standing down.

    • Gabby 16.1

      Has the mothership called him home? Is he needed in Hong Kong?

    • Morrissey 16.2

      That's a positive move. Now when will Woodhouse stand down?

      • pete 16.2.1

        They could start a company with a fancy name that sounds all sort of legal:

        Walker, Woodhouse & Yang

        They could deal in ethics and suchlike.

      • Graeme 16.2.2

        At current rate it's not looking good for any Nat list candidates, or MPs. Sod all chance they’ll get enough Party votes to get any in off the list

    • observer 16.3

      Anyone missing the days when nothing happened on a Friday? smiley

      It's good that Yang is standing down. It's not good that as a result, the public will (probably) never know the full story.

    • Just Is 16.4

      Does that mean there are no Financial Donations coming Nationals way now

      • Gabby 16.4.1

        Or has he got his network up and running?

        • Just Is

          Very cynical of you, but quite possibly true.

          Maybe, just maybe, Yang was the one with the mole in the MOH, and is worried about the potential fall out.

          At the moment it's looking like "Rats leaving a sinking ship"

      • Draco T Bastard 16.4.2

        No. It means that those donations are less in the spotlight.

  16. Stephen D 17

    Nikki Kaye is lying very low through all this.

    Waiting for her chance, before the election?

    • Just Is 18.1

      Send them back to their place of origin, that way their free to do whatever they like, in another country.

      All new entrants to NZ should be warned that is the penalty for NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES, no excuses.

      • Ed 18.1.1

        I am not sure that is legal.


        • Just Is

          No, probably not, but Laws can be changed in extraordinary circumstances.

        • Draco T Bastard


          By NZ law and international treaties its illegal for NZ to send a person back where they came from if that person is in danger of being killed if they're sent back. Unfortunately, this applies even for criminals.

      • Janet 18.1.2

        Name and shame them.

      • Draco T Bastard 18.1.3

        Send them back to their place of origin

        What if NZ is their place of origin?

        All new entrants to NZ should be warned that is the penalty for NOT FOLLOWING THE RULES, no excuses.

        Deportation is already part of the rules but it does need to be used more.

        • Just Is

          By place of origin I mean the place they arrived from, or more specifically the country they traveled from to get to the Safe Haven, NZ

          • Draco T Bastard

            But we can't do that to NZers as they have a right to be here and expect the government to look after them.

            Of course, they don't have a right to break the rules and thus should be sent to prison. Considering how bad the possible consequences are from this guys actions that should be prison for a minimum of 21 years with solo confinement at the beginning.

            • Just Is

              As the potential exists for infection into the community, then the potential exists for someone to be infected by the escapee which could result in death.

              21 Years sounds about right

          • maggieinnz

            Legally, we have to allow them home. No way around it nor should it even be considered.

  17. observer 19

    Idiot in Hamilton cuts through fence at isolation hotel, goes out to buy booze. Now in custody.

    As I mentioned before, if 6000 people are in isolation, and 99.9% follow the rules, that still leaves 6 who don't. As long as isolation continues (and it will for months) then these stories are inevitable. Fuckwits don't disappear, anywhere on earth.

    He was arrested. The alternative headline is "man shot while trying to escape". People should probably think about that.

    • Ed 19.1

      The army is needed to run these operations.

    • Chris T 19.2

      Another one then.

      It is only inevitable while the isolation security is so shit btw

      • observer 19.2.1

        What should the response be to a person cutting through, or climbing, a fence?

        Think it through first. Assess the manpower needed, and the rules they would be required to follow.

        • Incognito

          Why wasn’t the fence encrypted and/or password protected? Obviously, the Minister of Health is incompetent and needs to go.

      • left_forward 19.2.2

        Yeah! let's roll in the tanks and gun em down!

        FFS macho boys.

      • Just Is 19.2.3

        So Chris, no self responsibility, I thought that was one of the main planks of National Party policy.

        I say we send the offenders straight back to their place of origin with no chance of reentry for at least 6 months, let them cover their own costs.

        • Chris T

          I wouldn't know

          What I am saying is maybe a bit of highlight should be put on how these people are being housed and looked after.

          But no.

          Who cares.

          • The Al1en

            This escapee at least had to cut through a fence to go walkies. It's not like he was a convicted child abusing murderer who walked out of the front door of a prison having obtained a false passport and shamed the then corrections minister and government by flying to Brazil.

            • Draco T Bastard

              But he was trying for possible mass manslaughter. After all, his actions of escaping quarantine could have been the death of many people including children.

              So, yeah, he's as bad as the child abusing murderer.

              • The Al1en

                So, yeah, he's as bad as the child abusing murderer.

                Not in my book. Bad, potential for a very bad outcome, but nowhere near kiddie fiddling and murder. But each to their own and all that.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  He was breaking the rules because he felt he was more important than those he was putting at risk – exactly the same as the child fiddling murderer.

                  • The Al1en

                    Not at all, really, but the point of my original reply was putting the claim "isolation security is so shit" in some context, where actual convicted offenders, in actual prisons, can and do escape.

          • observer

            We all care, Chris, and I'm sure you do too (not sarc).

            But the people trying to run this thing also care, and have to deal with problems that are more or less infinite.

            A small one, relevant today: Should there be alcohol in isolation? How is addiction treated? What are the risks/consequences of cold turkey?

            Nobody can answer that with a one-liner. And it's only item 74 on the agenda.

          • Draco T Bastard

            What I am saying is maybe a bit of highlight should be put on how these people are being housed and looked after.

            No, it wouldn't do that. The only thing that could be used as is as an attack line by the immoral right-wing against the government – which, of course, is what's been happening.

          • Just Is

            The percentage of people escaping from quarantine is


            That's a pretty small number

            • Chris T

              And one was infected, who disappeared for 70 minutes to who knows where apart from a supermarket, which would have taken about 25 minutes

      • rod 19.2.4

        Chris I think you gloating is so shit btw.

  18. Just Is 20

    Just reported, another escapee, this time a quarantine facilty in Hamilton, the man in his 50s cut some cable ties on a fence to escape to the local bottle store

    For me, the penalty for this should be to send the offenders back to wherever they came from, a strong message needs to sent, you're not welcome if you don't follow the rules.

    The risk is too high to let these people potentially harm our safe haven that a Team of 5 million has so graciously worked towards.

    • Muttonbird 20.1

      Should smear Covid on his continental breakfast and force feed it to him.

      • Just Is 20.1.1

        And then send them back to their place origin.

        • Ed

          I think United Nations rules say people must allowed to return to their countries?

        • greywarshark

          Sending them back costs in itself. And anyway the men, I suppose but must not be sexist, are just showing typical NZ impudence about responsibility and booze and should blend in seamlessly when released.

          • Just Is

            Make them fund their own transport costs, if they can't, lock them up in complete isolation untill they're clear of infection and then release them into the normal prison population for at least 6 months, we need to send a clear message.

            The people escaping seem to be encouraging others to follow suit as there appears to be no penalty that reflects the crime

        • bwaghorn

          A 50 year old that cant go 2 weeks without booze!! Almost gaurentees hes a kiwi born and breed. Maybe they should give them access to some 2.5 % beers, at their own cost.

          • Incognito

            Let them eat cake!

            • bwaghorn

              With a set of wire cutters baked in.

              I see they've named and shamed him and packed him off to prison, hope they do it to the other one .

        • maggieinnz

          That's kinda why they're here. They're kiwis…

    • Ed 20.2

      About time an example was made of these 2 sets of selfish *******

      Quarantine offenders and the National Party – both need a serious penalty to encourage them to play for the team.

      • Just Is 20.2.1

        Maybe we should have them sign a contract on their arrival and put up a bond that was returnable after their isolation was complete, the bond would cover the cost of chasing them down and the subsequent cost of 6 months in jail.

    • weka 20.3

      For me, the penalty for this should be to send the offenders back to wherever they came from, a strong message needs to sent, you're not welcome if you don't follow the rules

      Back to where they came from, the quarantine hotel?

      • Just Is 20.3.1

        No, the country of origin, where ever they arrived from, they don't deserve the right to come here if they don't respect the rules and potentially spread the virus

        Relistically, the penalties need to reflect the potential harm, someone could possibly become infected as a result of escaping and end up being a fatality, Murder of the first degree.

        Alternatively, stop all new arrivals, but that's not really fair for the 99.9% of arrivals that do follow the rules

        • Chris T

          They are probably kiwi citizens

          • Ed

            Prison is the solution.

          • Just Is

            Chis, saying they're probably NZ citizens doesn't mean they born here

            Nearly 20% of NZ citizens have come here over the 12 yrs

            • Draco T Bastard

              Nearly 20% of NZ citizens have come here over the 12 yrs

              In which case having their permanent residence/NZ citizenship stripped from them and sending them back should be an option.

            • Chris T

              So you are saying that kiwi citizens only have certain rights if they are born here?

              Forgive me if I have the wrong end of the stick.

              If I do have the right end, what is the point of people getting cictizenship?

              And what year range are we talking?

              Someone who is 30 and lived here 3 years is less of a real citizen than some 60 who has lived her since they were 2?

            • McFlock

              So your solution doesn't apply 80% of the time.

              • In Vino

                Even leading (or ex-) members of the National Party are NZ citizens, Chris T.
                Yet they subvert our efforts.

      • Sacha 20.3.2

        Back to Queenstown in this latest case. Hellhole.

    • AB 20.4

      It may be indicative that he headed out for booze. Obviously we don't know in this particular case – but once you have several thousand people in quarantine there will be quite a number with significant substance dependency issues. It is showing just how difficult mass quarantine is. Though Toddy did indicate a while back that it's all simple – and he has 'business experience' so he must be right eh?

      And what Observer said at 21 below.

    • Pingao 20.5

      How about we just dunk all returnees in orange dye that wears off in, say, 18 days.

      • Just Is 20.5.1

        Penalising all returnees isn't really a good option when you consder that the percentage of escapees to the number of retunees is extremely low


    • Gabby 20.6

      Sounds like some libertarian alky prick who's not gunna be told wadda do by nobuddy. He better pay for the damaged tv. Wanker.

  19. observer 21

    I know we all love easy, instant solutions, but they don't make good policy. Here is some relevant info from today's 1 pm briefing (Chris Hipkins):

    – The Hamilton man is in police custody. He is due to appear in court later today.

    – He tested negative for his day 3 test, after arriving from Sydney on 1 July.

    Now, consider this. EVERY proposal about bubbles, opening borders, international students (etc) includes the idea that we can test people before they get on a plane. "Oh, make them have a test, and if it's negative, all good." Then we test them again when they arrive. That is the "safeguard" offered by everybody that says we should be gradually opening up.

    This guy in Hamilton had a negative test. He's been here 9 or 10 days. Therefore, this one person breaking the rules means nothing, because we should be admitting thousands more like him. He has been tested. It was negative.

    That is the reality of every – repeat, EVERY proposal to open up. Even a cautious, test and trace opening.

    You either isolate or you don't. If we do, and ten escape, that is bad. If we don't, thousands escape. And their tests don't mean shit.

  20. Draco T Bastard 22

    With National in self-imposed collapse has Rio Tinto read the writing on the wall?

    In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, the company said its strategic review had "shown the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the aluminium industry."

    The company has given Meridian Energy notice to terminate its power contract, which ends in August next year. It expects the wind-down of operations will be done by then.

    It said it had had discussions with interested parties but could not secure a power contract that would have kept the smelter competitive and profitable.

    Which is pretty much what they said last time and National came to their rescue with even more subsidies.

    “We do believe that nothing has been left on the table but if we’re mistaken then the window is still available for a deal to be put on the table but the window for that is closing fast now that we have terminated our electricity contract with Meridian.

    “We’ve got 1000 Southland people, good Southland people, who have been walking through our gates every day to produce some of the highest purity … aluminium in the world and it’s extremely disappointing that we couldn’t have achieved an outcome that will let us continue to keep operating.

    So, that wold be the plea for more subsides from the government.

  21. observer 23

    Anyway, there's a bit of news around today, eh?

    Memo to Roy Morgan: your latest poll is due, can you hold off until next week? Don’t want it buried …

    • Just Is 23.1

      Next week may turn out to be even worse for the National Party, this whole thing could completely unravel before their very eyes.

      Lets hope

  22. Whispering Kate 24

    These absconders may have underlying addiction/mental health issues. Alcohol addiction, nicotine addiction, phobias such as being 'hindered' from being able to just be free and not held back from doing whatever. Drugs are freely available in the world and cheap as well in some countries. Are they being drug tested as some may be hanging out and wanting to get out to score. Apparently there was a disturbance in one of the hotels and police had to go in on two occasions to one person who was 'unhinged" and being stroppy and it was disclosed he/she had mental health issues.

    Maybe a health check, blood tests done to see what is circulating in their systems once they get to their hotels so that if there is a substance reliance occurring they could be given the required medication for whatever they need to keep them docile for their stay. This health check could be written into their contract, as a condition for getting home to NZ prior to getting on the plane.

    Its strange though that this absconding is only just happening now. One person does it and it becomes contagious and others want to do it too. Cutting through a fence is a sign of desperation though and that could be a booze/drug problem.

  23. observer 25

    So anyway, turns out the Hamilton guy arrived from Sydney, and is from Queenstown, and is in custody.

    So that's 3 separate knee-jerk talking points demolished … NSW bubble, bloody foreigners, and wet bus ticket.

    It's as if armchair reckons won't solve everything after all.

  24. Fireblade 26

    288 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Victoria today. sad

    26 linked to known outbreaks, 262 under investigation and none linked to returned travelers.

  25. Gabby 27

    How long before ScoMoFo declares any kiwis testing positive are to be deported?

  26. observer 28

    RNZ report on Hamilton booze buyer … my emphasis added:

    "Police told the court that McVicar had been non-compliant while in isolation.

    Community Magistrate Robyn Paterson said McVicar had been warned about his behaviour last Friday but then absconded on Thursday evening.

    She said he had been particularly difficult to deal with in isolation and described his political beliefs as strong. …

    She refused bail and remanded him in custody without plea to reappear in the Hamilton District Court on 15 July."

    • Gabby 28.1

      The gnatsys may have found their new candidate for Southland..

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 28.2

      " described his political beliefs as strong. … "

      What's the bet he favours personal liberty at the expense of the wellbeing of the wider community…which side of politics is that likely to be now?

      • AB 28.2.1

        TV1 news described him as a "Queenstown businessman" – which was enough to suggest everything you say, and more.

        • Treetop

          Is the mattress not up to his liking or does he want a bigger and better window view than anyone else and is the food to plain?

          Maybe a billboard. NZ has eliminated community transmission and all New Zealander citizens and residents like it that way.

  27. ianmac 29

    A man has been arrested at an Auckland Covid-19 isolation hotel after allegedly becoming abusive at staff.

    It comes amid a turbulent week at similar facilities across the country, as three people face charges for absconding.

    Auckland Police Superintendent Steve Kehoe said on Monday night a 21-year-old man who was in managed isolation at a hotel in Māngere was arrested after he allegedly became abusive to staff.

    The Ministry of Health confirmed to the Herald it was at Naumi Hotel, Auckland Airport.

    In custody till Tuesday.

    • observer 29.1

      It's shambolic! Why is Jacinda allowing people she's never met and has no control over to be abusive to staff?

      Vote National and nobody in NZ will ever be abusive again, because Todd gets things done.

      • swordfish 29.1.1

        He's the kind of hard-living no-nonsense Maverick who gets the job done by cutting corners and bucking authority … and if those namby-pamby desk-sucking pen-pushers on the 9th floor of the Beehive don't like it then, Mister, they can just about swivel like a pig on this mid-digit.

        Who’s the Oppo Leader who doesn’t give a frick
        He’s a sex machine to all the chicks ?
        Muller ?
        Damn right !!!

        Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there is danger all about ?
        Muller ?
        Right on, Motherfucker !!!

  28. weka 30

    Does anyone have a link to a good write up on what quarantine is like from the occupants perspective? What they are allowed to do, but also what their experience is like?

    • Anne 30.1

      Various inmates (for want of a better word) have commented on social media and to the media in general, and they seem appreciative of the way they are looked after by staff. They understand the necessity for the rules and are happy to abide by them.

      The handful of exceptions are either grossly ignorant or they have underlying problems.

      • weka 30.1.1

        stress, mental health issues, addiction, loneliness all come to mind as being pretty hard to manage in quarantine.

        • McFlock

          Well, yeah – like for everyone who lived alone under level 4.

          Here's a guy talking about doing it in April.

          • weka

            Under level four we were allowed to go outside. It's not quite the same. I would have thought L4 might have given us a bit more tolerance for how people manage stress.

            • weka

              Also, L4 at home vs confined to a hotel room eating what you are given. It's not a huge hardship relative to many things, but it's not nothing either. My thinking is mostly around if there are gaps eg people needing to self medicate with alcohol and not being able to.

            • McFlock

              Under level 4 many people couldn't go outside for as long as the mandated breaks this crowd have.

              They have a smoking area, and at least one person said she had access to alcohol (but not massive amounts).

              And we did it for longer than a fortnight.

              This isn't an alien situation that most of us can't understand – we all experienced something in that ballpark. People in mansions with spare rooms and large gardens maybe had it less, but they were still restricted. And some of us in small dwellings probably have less square footage than some decent hotel rooms.

              Two weeks is tough. We know. Because most of us did it three tiimes in a row.

              • weka

                Why couldn't L4 people go outside?

                • McFlock

                  essential-only, remember? The folk in hotels get exercise sessions, and so did we, but we weren't supposed to be wandering on the beach cos we felt like it.

                  And that's not getting into specific circumstances, like maybe a "walk around the block" isn't an option for some people.

        • Treetop

          A 24 hr hotline for people in isolation or in quarantine free of charge.

          • weka

            I'm curious what support people are offered by the MoH. I know some people had a hard time in L4, I think this is worse.

            • Treetop

              Some sort of resource kit so a person can have some control over their situation.

              Without looking up the name change and over a decade imprisonment. Some years back I saw some footage on David Bain on how he got through the time he spent in prison.

              "All I had to worry about was the next 5 minutes."

              I have applied this in my own life when I have been very overwhelmed or have felt very badly treated.

              It has worked for me with some medical procedures/issues and personal set backs.

      • maggieinnz 30.1.2

        Yes, I've seen mostly positive reports too. I know a lot of people struggled during lockdown (note: not the current managed isolation) but it was wonderful to see community efforts to help those with mental health and/or addiction issues go out of their way to help them. Some offered to go shopping for cigarettes and alcohol, some offered to phone for a chat etc. It was really encouraging.

    • The Al1en 30.2

      No link, but this week (or last), there was story in the papers about the lock down woman who grabbed a selfie with the PM. If I remember correctly, she had been blogging about being in quarantine.


  29. mary_a 31

    Not so long ago National was bleating that Jacinda and Labour were getting too much media coverage.

    They can't complain now, because National has been in the media 24/7 recently and it's very likely to continuelaugh

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know! 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
    Fresh thinking will always give you hope.It might be the kind that makes you smite your brow, exclaiming: Why didn't we think of that! It's obvious!It might be the kind that makes you go: Dude you’re a genius.Sometimes it will simply be Wayne Brown handing Simeon Brown his weasel ass ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
    Selamt datang di WordPress. Ini adalah pos pertama Anda. Sunting atau hapus, kemudian mulai menulis! ...
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    4 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    11 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
    3 weeks ago
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
    3 weeks ago

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