web analytics

Open mike 10/12/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 10th, 2010 - 38 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

38 comments on “Open mike 10/12/2010 ”

  1. BLiP 1

    MORE BLETHERING FROM BLiP

    Many of you were far too kind to me last week, so kind in fact that I have become so emboldened as to attempt another musing on the week that’s been. So, with the indulgence of The Standard, where to start . . . hmmm . . . I know:

    The Labour Party: last week I climbed into the leadership and closed one comment saying something like “BIG improvement needed”. Well, what a week its been. Pansy Wong has presented a gift from heaven which, despite his clumsy questions, Hodgson seems to be taking great delight in unwrapping. Brendon Burns appears to be keeping a vigilant eye on the goings on in Christchurch. Mallard continues his patient and deliberate excoriation of the twitching Tolley. The decision to come on board with the Greens and scuttle cross-party consensus on the foreshore legislation has, finally, got some serious MSM traction. But, for me, the week’s parliamentary highlight was Clayton Cosgrove’s thundering speech in the general debate on Wednesday. Watch here as he skewers National Ltd™ on John Key’s promised “higher standards” and sends Bill English “dodging, weaving and squirming” from the House like a whimpering school boy. Top marks Labour.

    Helen: WTF was Stuff doing running the headline: Clark’s legacy – brothels on the golden mile . It ran across the top of an opinion piece by born-again-Tory lady-who-lunches Rosemary Mcleod. Not once in her article did she mention Clark. And, since when was Helen Clark responsible for Wellington City Council’s zoning regulations? It seems there are still deep pools of National Ltd™ slime left over from the 2008 Crosby/Textor-run Hollow Men coup. Fuckers.

    How lucky We Are: Hasn’t the Wikileaks drama been fascinating? The freedom of speech battle is just warming up and peeling back the suppurating scab that is US foreign policy shows its about time a dose of sunlight was administered. Heartening, for me anyway, is confirmation of just how benign our wee tin-pot pacific island democracy really is. We don’t have real terrorists in the hills arming themselves with rocket launchers, we’re not the gateway for an international narcotic ring and suffering the real crime that sort of thing brings about, our feeble economy is not in a “death spiral” and nor is it really being run by a blood thirsty dictator, and nor is our military rife with criminals – to mention just a few global realities . Its good to be a Kiwi.

    Finally, and on the day when he should be in Stockholm receiving his Nobel Prize, last word to Liu Xiaobo:

    A Small Rat in Prison

    for Little Xia

    a small rat passes through the iron bars
    paces back and forth on the window ledge
    the peeling walls are watching him
    the blood-filled mosquitoes are watching him
    he even draws the moon from the sky, silver
    shadow casts down
    beauty, as if in flight

    a very gentryman the rat tonight
    doesn’t eat nor drink nor grind his teeth
    as he stares with his sly bright eyes
    strolling in the moonlight

    • felix 1.1

      A weekly spot on the front page perhaps?

    • Anne 1.2

      I vote that BLiP be signed up for a weekly “Blethering Post” every Friday from now until the General Election.

    • ianmac 1.3

      A worthy read thank you BLiP. A touch of optimism?

    • Jim Nald 1.4

      It was pointed out to me that someone quoted me last week when commenting on your, shall I say, blistering blethering.

      Instead of leaving it to being quoted (or misquoted) this week, I shall take the opportunity now to commend you for your scream of confectioneriness !

      Well done. Looking forward to next week’s.

  2. Cnr Joe 2

    loving it, sources in Medvedev’s office urge a Nobel nomination for Julian

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/dec/09/julian-assange-nobel-peace-prize

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    From the scuttlebutty column “the insider” in today’s Herald (pge 23 of ‘the business’ liftout)

    Long-serving public servants in ministers’ offices are becoming increasingly worried at the administration’s paranoid tendencies despite a dream run in the polls and generally warm relations with the media. Even those who are generally supportive of the Government’s direction are attacked in front of business audiences for having “subversive” tendencies for even mild criticism or questioning. Public servants who have seen governments come and go say it is most unusual for one to adopt the bunker mentality so early in the cycle of political popularity. There are predictions that a few veins may pop when ministers feel the blowtorch of media scrutiny in election year.

    • BLiP 3.1

      Can’t say I’m all that surprised given John Key’s attitude towards his own, personal public servants. Listen here are 1:28 when he calls them a bunch of muppets. Interesting to hear John Key say New Zealand had come out of the recession a year ago. Watch towards the end when he talks about his vinyard, I thought the trust was “blind” ??? Funniest thing in the video, though, is watching his blonde minder put her head in her hands and cringe when the bozo tries to sing.

      • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1

        Jaysus, what an arse. Just before the ‘muppet’ comment he’s suggesting that the female DJ would need to be restrained from throwing herself at him. Arrogant, much?

        The comments are pretty sickmaking, too. Well, except this one:

        MsBLiP:

        “What a dick.”

        Couldn’t have said it better.

        • M 3.1.1.1

          ‘he’s suggesting that the female DJ would need to be restrained from throwing herself at him.’

          WTF?? Hell, the only things most sentient females would be doing is throwing themselves in front of a car.

      • felix 3.1.2

        Can’t say I’m all that surprised given John Key’s attitude towards his own, personal public servants.

        For all his matey-matey schtick he doesn’t seem very respectful of the people in his life. Remember when he said his wife looked like a hobbit?

      • Jim Nald 3.1.3

        The recession was over a year ago? Huh?

        Is that like the war in Iraq is over?
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2007/oct/03/iraqwarwhatiraqwar

        Or that NZ is “not a country that has come about through civil war or a lot of fighting internally. We’re a country that peacefully came together” ?

  4. Nice one BLiP…

    maybe Key thinks he’s da Maori King or sumfing ?

    Maori King Tuheitia has been accused of swearing at his own people at a public meeting.

    Tiwai Iti, the sister of Maori activist Tame Iti, was at a meeting at Waikare Marae in Te Kauwhata last Saturday when the king was questioned about the spending of the tribe’s executive board.

    When Iti criticised the king for swearing at a kaumatua, he allegedly said to her “if you don’t f…ing like it then you can f… off”. </

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4444144/Maori-King-Tuheitia-accused-of-swearing

    …sounds like the people are revolting !!!

    slowly but surely…

    • pollywog 4.1

      If our political leaders do not step in and prevent Tuheitia from succeeding where Charles I failed, then more than the whanau and hapu of Tainui have reason to feel afraid. Because, at that moment, all of us – Maori and Pakeha alike – will know that John Key’s deal with the Maori Party, has solidified into a dangerously intimate and profoundly undemocratic alliance between the executive arm of the Pakeha state, and a small, legally protected clique of aristocratic Maori politicians and businessmen.

      http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2010/12/injured-majesty.html

      all eyez on Tainui

      FIGHT THE POWER !!!

  5. prism 5

    The red poppies commemorating the Flanders fields are to be made in Christchurch no more because the RSA will save $150,000 outsourcing them, on top of the $2m donations in NZ money they now get from NZs.

    It is NZ men and women that the poppies commemorate and the money is spent in NZ so we are (were) helping our own with our own donations. But that isn’t good enough for the neo lib business managers who have been brought up to think the world is their oyster, individual countries with pride and self-sufficiency don’t cut it in the international free market.

    Taking the making of our memorial flowers to China and Australia from Christchurch makes business sense if viewed as simple cost efficiency. Perhaps it would have been more efficient for us to have surrendered NZ to the opposing forces at the start of the war as decision makers don’t seem to value this country and we the people belonging here at all. They are prepared to give up everything we have achieved and fought for as NZs as if it was just dross.

    There’ll be no more red poppies for me Dad, if you’re looking over from your grave in France. I’ll be buying a white poppy for peace next Anzac Day.

    • The Voice of Reason 5.1

      The RSA advise that the email adress for complaints is:

      [deleted]

      Karen is the secretary to the CEO, who is apparently too chickenshit to face the music himself, so under no circumstances email Dr Stephen Clarke directly at [deleted] or ring him on [deleted].

      Pip Pip!

      [lprent: We don’t allow either individuals e-mail addresses or phone numbers to be put up on the site (and I’m not even particularly keen about organisational ones). The correct way to do this is to put in a link to where ever these have been already listed in public by the people concerned.

      The reason for this is because many of the bots out there specifically harvest e-mail addresses and phone numbers. We don’t want to provide a source for them, and just as importantly we don’t want our bandwidth taken up by bots thinking that we are a source. ]

      • Rosy 5.1.1

        I wouldn’t put that email address on my social networking page either *cough, cough*

        • gobsmacked 5.1.2.1

          Don’t worry, the Prime Minister has stepped in.

          He has announced that he will personally lead the negotiations to make sure the ANZAC Day Poppies are made in New Zealand. Mr Key will offer the RSA a large slice of taxpayers’ money and rush a law change through Parliament today. “This is Middle Earth – sorry, I mean, New Zealand – so of course the poppies must be made here”, the Prime Minister declared. “Thousands of brave Kiwis fought against that big dragon or Sauron or whoever it was at Gallipolli, you know, the bad guys. Lest we forget, we can always rent the DVD.”

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1.1

            Yeah if Key wants another kicking from his Party’s free market right wing he’ll intervene.

    • Lats 5.2

      If the $150,000 saved goes towards supporting the old diggers and other ex-servicemen who have risked their lives in service to our country then I don’t really have much of a problem with this decision. I note that Stephen Clark said the poppies are being sourced from the same company that supplies the Australian RSA, so you could argue that the decision embraces the ANZAC spirit in a way. I do feel for the good folk at Kilmarnock Enterprises here in Chch though, it isn’t the first contract they have lost for no really good reason.

    • Colonial Viper 5.3

      Can someone tell me how higher wage unionised Australia can make these more cheaply than lower wage ununionised NZ’ers? 🙄

      (this is another reason why the low wage strategy of the NATs is stupid).

      • Draco T Bastard 5.3.1

        And also transport them across the ditch.

        this is another reason why the low wage strategy of the NATs is stupid

        Yep, low wages, as Jonkey promised to deliver, leads to lack of R&D investment which means that all the better, more efficient ways of producing something aren’t investigated. This results in the costs actually going up in relation to all the other countries which actually do do the needed R&D such as China.

        Have I mentioned before that National have NFI as to how the economy works?

    • Vicky32 5.4

      I tried to buy a white poppy (on principle) this year, but was told by an angry seller, that they don’t sell them in Auckland, only Wellington.
      No New Zealand family members ever fought anywhere (too old or too young), but my English family did. That’s why I am a total pacifist. I will donate but I will not wear poppies. It’s amazing how angry people get about that!
      Deb

      • prism 5.4.1

        Watch it Deb wars or battles anyway, could result. The red poppies have always been in remembrance of the fallen, hapless or not, getting caught up in the turmoil and conflict of trying to protect your country from an invading force taking control. So I don’t see that red poppies are glorifying war and the sales go to help returned veterans.

        But after the world wars there were efforts to help the vets get employment here. For NZ jobs to be wiped so that product can be made cheaper overseas then sold here to be paid for with NZ currency, is not in the spirit of past help to assist returned forces to find jobs, start businesses in NZ. It appears that no NZ enterprise, even one with so much embedded national interest, is safe from being outsourced to other countries if it can be done more cheaply. We will sell our soul, if we still have one, if we get a good offer.

        People who try to sound caution, refuse to commit violence on principle and encourage peace can receive severe criticism even punishment. And the RSA can be strange, as when the World War vets became a tight club who would not open the ranks to include Vietnam vets for some years.

        • Vicky32 5.4.1.1

          I have agonised about buying red poppies for years, prism… having been brought up in New Zealand. It was when a lot of the publicity turned from supporting elderly WW1 veterans to glorifying their (necessary) deeds and those of more recent veterans and also wars, that I made up my mind!
          It’s true, I saw the woman interviewed on Clive last night, about losing the contract – she was very upset, and I fully understand why…
          I have had nothing to do with the RSA – except that when my father died, the RSA wanted to get involved in his funeral… because he was a WW2 veteran from England. I don’t think my mother was all that keen, from what I remember. (I was 20, but my sibs were much younger, so it was left to my Mum, who already had disabilities and died herself within a few years.)
          My problem with Vietnam vets is that they were all (the NZ ones) volunteers, who chose to take part in a war of imperialism (maybe because it was American imperialism, they didn’t recognise it for what it was?) There has always been a strong anti-English sentiment in NZ and an equally strong pro-American stance. My Dutch friend was beaten up in the street when she was five, for speaking Dutch to her 3 year old sister. My sister and I at 7 and 5 years old, were attacked at school for having “Pommy” accents. True!)
          So I am quite “relaxed” about not buying poppies!
          Deb

          • Draco T Bastard 5.4.1.1.1

            except that when my father died, the RSA wanted to get involved in his funeral… because he was a WW2 veteran from England.

            Really? Amazing – didn’t have any interest in my fathers funeral (he was also a WWII vet).

            There has always been a strong anti-English sentiment in NZ and an equally strong pro-American stance.

            True

            Personally, I just ignore Anzac day anyway as it has become overly sentimental/patriotic (to the point of actually being negative rather than positive) in recent years.

            • Vicky32 5.4.1.1.1.1

              “Really? Amazing – didn’t have any interest in my fathers funeral (he was also a WWII vet).”
              I do remember my Mum talking about it, but this was 36 years back! (My sister and I had moved to Auckland and we literally flew in and back to Ak again, we were teenagers, and there may well be things I don’t know about.. ) Mum did this very Scottish stiff upper lip I don’t want to talk about it thing – so we didn’t. But I know had the positions been reversed, Dad would have talked a lot, which told the English stiff upper lip thing is not at all true (or maybe it’s a class thing?)

    • g says 5.5

      The red poppies commemorating the Flanders fields are to be made in Christchurch no more because the RSA will save $150,000 outsourcing them….
      o.k. if it’s just about money… our family budget saves $5 if we don’t buy a poppy….

  6. Draco T Bastard 6

    Growth And Elections

    Anyone who’s read the classic Larry Bartels paper on politics and the income distribution (pdf) should know this; one of the key points in that paper is that Republicans have fared better than Democrats, even though they have generally presided over worse economic performance, because they tend to have faster growth in year that precedes an election.

    hmmm, should be good news for the left then as NACT have outright screwed the economy – we’re not going to see the sudden boost just before the election but we will see that the economy will decrease again.

  7. felix 7

    Hey look! Dirty filthy cowardly sociopathic pigs!

    So glad our own law enforcement officers are the cream of NZ society and would never, ever do anything like this:

    http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/shocking-new-footage-of-spratt-tasering-released-to-ccc-20101209-18qkx.html

    (in fairness to these disgusting maggots, there were only nine of them so they pretty much had to tase him 14 times to get him out of the cell).

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    Well waddya you know.

    US complicity in Big Oil/Corporate Interference in Nigerian Affairs

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

    wikileaks have moved on from wars and international relations to how US diplomats are intertwined with big business. And here is the US aware that Pfizer was blackmailing Nigerian officials.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/09/wikileaks-cables-pfizer-nigeria

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      And is anybody really surprised by that? The US government has been owned by big business for quite some time (At least 100 years).

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
    A stocktake undertaken by France and New Zealand shows significant global progress under the Christchurch Call towards its goal to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.  The findings of the report released today reinforce the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach, with countries, companies and civil society working together to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Workshop on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems – opening remarks
    WORKSHOP ON LETHAL AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS SYSTEMS Wednesday 14 April 2021 MINISTER FOR DISARMAMENT AND ARMS CONTROL OPENING REMARKS Good morning, I am so pleased to be able to join you for part of this workshop, which I’m confident will help us along the path to developing New Zealand’s national policy on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
    We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (the ‘Five Countries’) met via video conference on 7/8 April 2021, just over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Guided by our shared ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Drug-testing law to be made permanent
    Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Better rules proposed for freedom camping
    Public consultation launched on ways to improve behaviour and reduce damage Tighter rules proposed for either camping vehicles or camping locations Increased penalties proposed, such as $1,000 fines or vehicle confiscation Rental companies may be required to collect fines from campers who hire vehicles Public feedback is sought on proposals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens
    The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Building gifted for new community hub in Richmond red zone
    Christchurch’s Richmond suburb will soon have a new community hub, following the gifting of a red-zoned property by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to the Richmond Community Gardens Trust. The Minister for Land Information, Damien O’Connor said that LINZ, on behalf of the Crown, will gift a Vogel Street house ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages funding reopens
      Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the reopening of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ (MPP) Languages Funding in 2021 will make sure there is a future for Pacific languages. “Language is the key to the wellbeing for Pacific people. It affirms our identity as Pasifika and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • ERANZ speech April 2021
    It is a pleasure to be here tonight.  Thank you Cameron for the introduction and thank you for ERANZ for also hosting this event. Last week in fact, we had one of the largest gatherings in our sector, Downstream 2021. I have heard from my officials that the discussion on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strengthening Māori knowledge in science and innovation
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation.  “We received 78 proposals - the highest ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers next phase of climate action
    The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first major announcement to follow the release of the Climate Commission’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Continued investment in Central Otago schools supports roll growth
    Six projects, collectively valued at over $70 million are delivering new schools, classrooms and refurbished buildings across Central Otago and are helping to ease the pressure of growing rolls in the area, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. The National Education Growth Plan is making sure that sufficient capacity in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Two more Christchurch schools complete
    Two more schools are now complete as part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme, with work about to get under way on another, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. Te Ara Koropiko – West Spreydon School will welcome students to their new buildings for the start of Term 2. The newly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Independent experts to advise Government on post-vaccination future
    The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination strategy which has been successful in keeping our people safe and our economy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supporting Māori success with Ngārimu Awards
    Six Māori scholars have been awarded Ngārimu VC and the 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial scholarships for 2021, Associate Education Minister and Ngārimu Board Chair, Kelvin Davis announced today. The prestigious Manakura Award was also presented for the first time since 2018. “These awards are a tribute to the heroes of the 28th ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global partnerships propel space tech research
    New Zealand’s aerospace industry is getting a boost through the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to grow the capability of the sector and potentially lead to joint space missions, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. 12 New Zealand organisations have been chosen to work with world-leading experts at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government backs more initiatives to boost food and fibre workforce
    The Government is backing more initiatives to boost New Zealand’s food and fibre sector workforce, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “The Government and the food and fibres sector have been working hard to fill critical workforce needs.  We've committed to getting 10,000 more Kiwis into the sector over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes Bill to remove Subsequent Child Policy
    Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the Social Security (Subsequent Child Policy Removal) Amendment Bill in the House this evening. “Tonight’s first reading is another step on the way to removing excessive sanctions and obligations for people receiving a Main Benefit,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mental Health Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Government has taken a significant step towards delivering on its commitment to improve the legislation around mental health as recommended by He Ara Oranga – the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Whenua Māori Rating Amendment Bill passes third reading
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill passing its third reading today. “After nearly 100 years of a system that was not fit for Māori and did not reflect the partnership we have come to expect between Māori and the Crown, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trans-Tasman bubble to start 19 April
    New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the conditions for starting to open up quarantine free travel with Australia have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading
    Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little welcomed ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi to Parliament today to witness the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation, the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill. “I want to acknowledge ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi and the Crown negotiations teams for working tirelessly ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago