Open mike 11/12/2022

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    • Francesca 1.1

      Time this was finished with. Assange's life and that of his wife and children have been damaged enough .And yet not a peep from any politician here, bar Chris Leitch.

      Our leaders dutifully denounce adversaries of the US for human rights breaches and assaults on the press, but not a squeak about Assange.

      Pathetic!

      • aj 1.1.1

        Time this was finished with. Assange's life and that of his wife and children have been damaged enough .And yet not a peep from any politician here, bar Chris Leitch.

        Albonese's lack of action regarding Assange points to exactly how subservient Australia is.

        The Munk Debates are a semi-annual series of debates on major policy issues held in Toronto.

        On Nov 30th Douglas Murray and Matt Taibbi argued that the MSN cannot be trusted, New Yorker contributor Malcolm Gladwell and columnist Michelle Goldberg of the New York defended the MSN. Murray and Taibbi won with the largest swing in the event’s history, moving from a 48%-52% voter deficit to a 67%-33% win. This debate is worth watching because Gladwell and Goldberg couldn't put up a defense worth a penny, but is long, takes 90 mins.

        It's relevant because of the media treatment of Assange case, and the revelation late last month that five of the world’s leading news outlets have sent an open letter to US President Joe Biden asking him to drop the charges against Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, after effectively hanging him out to dry once the USA starting chasing him down.

        Two days ago Aaron Mate and Katie Halper had a great interview with Matt Kennard of Declassified UK, Kennard nails the complete corruption of the UK judiciary (and the media in my view) in this matter.

        “It’s a complete stitch up,” Matt Kennard, author and co-founder of Declassified UK, tells Useful Idiots about Julian Assange’s extradition case. “None of the rules of the game apply.” Assange, who has been jailed and tortured for nearly a decade for releasing documents which shed light on the crimes of the US government, now faces an extradition trial teeming with corruption. But after a crucial witness admitted to lying, the US government was caught plotting an assassination, and UK judges were revealed to have major conflicts of interest, the case is somehow still continuing on. “It doesn’t seem like anything can come out that will stop it.” Kennard says. “That for me is the scariest thing. If certain powerful forces within the deep structure of our country want to get you, they can, and none of the principles we’re taught at school apply. They will get you and you will be ruined and the message will be sent that you can’t play at this level again.”

  1. Peter 2

    I presume as well as cardiologists and paediatricians there are mental health staff involved or keeping a close eye on proceedings in Auckland:

    "Liz Gunn and the 'purebloods'."

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/130704550/liz-gunn-and-the-purebloods-how-the-baby-blood-donor-story-unfolded

    • weka 2.1

      mental health services are wholly unprepared for dealing with this phenomenon. Much like the rest of society.

    • Anne 2.2

      “A review of many hours of footage – much of which was generated by Gunn herself – shows how a private dispute became a public circus in online conspiracy groups, and ended with two parents, claiming to be prisoners in a children’s hospital, having their child taken from them in the night.”

      Liz Gunn is a deranged and deluded woman who is using her training and knowledge as a journalist to create false memes about her ‘targets’ – in this case the baby’s surgeons and the prime minster. She is telling bald faced lies and when things don’t go her way she falls into emotional victim mode and starts projecting her behaviour on to the targets.

      30 plus years ago, I was the victim of a similar individual but in my case she approached influential people in government and elsewhere whom she had met – or knew of – through a sibling (long deceased) who was a high level legal beagle with fingers in lots of pies.

      As someone who suffered fallout from my experience, I can claim that not enough attention is given to these types. They are narcissistic with sociopathic tendencies and are not beyond committing covert criminal activity.

      • RosieLee 2.2.1

        Then, surely, the best thing to do is stop feeding their egos. No more attention, interviews and microphones in their faces, no more tabloid type fuss in the papers. Blank them.

        • Anne 2.2.1.1

          I'm not meaning that sort of attention. I agree whole heartedly with your sentiments.

          I'm referring to those in authority charged with keeping the peace. Some of these types also have a tendency to commit unlawful acts but are very clever at covering their tracks. At present they almost always get away with it which is not helpful to those who have been victimised by them.

      • Mike the Lefty 2.2.2

        Underneath the (very) thin veneer of professionalism, Liz Gunn is basically a nutter. That's all that really needs to be said about her.

    • mauī 2.3

      Maybe it will be the psychologists that will finally get it through to them that wanting blood for a baby with a heart condition that is free from a drug with the ability to cause myocarditis/pericarditis is completely nuts?

      • Incognito 2.3.1

        [Consider this your Mod note]

        I’ve just about had with you and your mis- and dis-information on this forum. You are entirely free to believe that fairies have landed on the moon. You are free to state your belief here as your belief. You are not allowed here to state it as a fact, which is what you have done again about blood from NZ donors obtained through NZBS.

        [46] Dr Morley’s evidence (including her reply affidavit) is that there is no scientific evidence there is any COVID-19 vaccine related risk from blood donated by donors previously vaccinated with any New Zealand approved COVID-19 vaccine, and there are no known or suspected harmful vaccine related effects of blood from a vaccinated individual to a recipient of any age, after millions of transfusions around the world. There is no evidence that trace amounts of vaccine in blood or blood products could cause myocarditis. If there is any spike protein at all in blood, it will be in the picogram range (one trillionth of a gram).

        https://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/assets/cases/2022/2022-NZHC-3283.pdf

        Points 45 and 47-50 are also highly pertinent.

        I note that spike protein is not included in the Covid-19 vaccine.

        I also note that the mechanism for myocarditis caused by Covid-19 and other non-mRNA vaccines, including vaccines against other diseases, is unclear.

        • mauī 2.3.1.1

          How is what I've said misinformation? NZ's own COVID-19 Vaccine Independent Safety Monitoring Board has stated that the vaccine has the ability to cause myocarditis:

          • With the current available information, the Board has considered that the myocarditis was probably due to vaccination in this individual.

          https://covid19.govt.nz/news-and-data/latest-news/statement-from-the-covid-19-vaccine-independent-safety-monitoring-board/

          You also say there is no spike protein included in the vaccine, yet the judge in his decision states:

          • [48]… "However, it appears to be common ground and I do accept that mRNA vaccine-derived spikes could be detected in blood up until at least two weeks post-inoculation."

          [You claimed that blood [from NZBS] contains “a drug with the ability to cause myocarditis/pericarditis”. There is no evidence to back up this claim and thus you are spreading mis-information, at best. You should also re-read paragraph 46 of the Judgement, which I quoted verbatim in my previous comment. This is your final warning – Incognito]

    • I'm assuming that this isn't serious – because I'd hope that you know the crisis that the mental health professionals are dealing with right now.

      Mental health staff are utterly inundated with serious cases (people at imminent risk of harm to themselves and others) – and have neither time nor attention to spare for anything like this.

      People at moderate risk of harm are unable to get appointments in any reasonable timeframe.

      Nor would it be ethically appropriate for them to intervene without being requested to do so (self-referral, or referral after being sectioned).

  2. Ad 3

    Did anyone notice Auckland's climate change moment last night?

    We had three concerts going simultaneously that together invited 300,000 people to travel inward in the space of two hours.

    In those same two hours tropical downpours were so heavy that the Onehunga and Geeenlane rail lines were temporarily shut down, and rain volumes were such that traffic were down to 20kms coming in from both north and south.

    That is, at precisely the moment we needed all transport systems to work at highest efficiency, none of them worked, and it was because of heavy tropical systems hitting hard.

    There's really no work-around either. Quite a climate moment if one can see it.

    • Anne 3.1

      "Did anyone notice Auckland's climate change moment last night?"

      You bet. I was on my way home from an afternoon Xmas function and copped the load. Traffic was extremely heavy and we were reduced to a crawl for the entire journey. This is becoming the norm and is going to happen with rapidly increasing frequency. Yet there still does not seem to be any real comprehension of the enormous effect it is going to have on all our lives.

    • Sabine 3.2

      You get the services that you pay for and that you plan for. We neither plan for public transport, nor do we want to pay for it.

      And i am sure that the three mega events will have been mega super duper covid spreaders.

    • AB 3.3

      Add half a metre to a metre of sea-level rise and a full tide – then it's real fun. I worry about the centre-left urbanists who still want, in 2022, to do the work that should have been done and dusted in 1945-1970 – i.e. making Auckland a high-density, high PT-use, rail-based, non-car-dependent city. Long-term planning now should be about how on earth we abandon parts of the place, move it, break it up into smaller, more autonomous parts, etc.

      • Sabine 3.3.1

        And not only Auckland. Have a look at Papamoa and Tauranga. Wellington. Whakatane, Gisborne, and so on and so forth.

  3. Stephen D 4

    A centre right mate of mine asked me why not institute a wage/price freeze for a year, to stabilise inflation.

    So, why not?

    • weka 4.1

      because it disproportionately harms low income people and those living in poverty and thus compounds the problems with that. Even if you don't care about those people, there are still flow on effects in society eg increases in the costs of health care, mental health, WINZ, justice system and so on.

      • Sabine 4.1.1

        The issue that is still not addressed in all of that is the fact that you can not increases wages enough to ever catch up with price increases that may or may not be based on costs.

        You can have everyone on a wage of 2000 a week, but if your rent is 1750 you still don't make it.

        So essentially you will need to start with some freezes somewhere. People aren't spending in order to 'reduce' spending, they aren't spending as all their costs have increased to such an extend that no one has any dollars left to spend. It matters not what the RB or GR say in regards to inflation.

        Unless there is a concentrated effort to regulate basic living costs, regulate prices of shelter, food, electricity/internet and public transport nothing is going to change.

        We will always only play catch up and we be playing a really shitty and bad game to boot.

        • weka 4.1.1.1

          I don't understand why this isn't obvious to everyone. Honestly.

          • weka 4.1.1.1.1

            I mean, I guess it's harder to see if you own property and don't housing costs affected.

            • Sabine 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Most people don't own property, they own mortgages. They still have to pay weekly payments in order to keep that 'property'.

              I am one of these people, having bought a very small very cheap very rundown, very cold and very old property a few years ago when it came available. I don't own that property. The bank does. I own the costs of running the property, the cold, the rundown, the need to be fixed before winter bits, but that is all i own. And if i default on a payment I am as homeless as the person who can not afford to pay rent.

              The only difference is that the bank does not come knocking for a property inspections every other week.

          • Sabine 4.1.1.1.2

            It is not lucrative enough to be understood by the ones that would matter. Thus we get token increases in wages while everything else becomes unaffordable.

            And with every increase in cost a job is shelved somewhere else. a business closes down, but i guess that business just was no viable so it won't matter, a service cut here and there and suddenly, the world ain't that bright anymore.

            How many jobs need to be lost in order to get 'inflation' in order? And whose jobs would that be?

    • KJT 4.2

      Because inflation currently is not driven by local prices, or wage rises that haven't even happened yet.

      • Herodotus 4.2.1

        Over the majority of this century inflation was Imported ie tradable eg cheaper tvs , international travel etc yet many were counting this as success !! Well the short comings are now apparent, well done to all those governments of which labour has dominated. But most here cannot or will not accept this – muppets 😱 if you cannot take ownership how can you find solutions ???
        And now what ? a designed recession as the solution !!!

        https://www.rbnz.govt.nz/hub/publications/speech/2022/speech2022-02-25

        • KJT 4.2.1.1

          Whatever the last two Labour Governments have done, it would now be ten times worse if National had remained in.

          No plan, apart from increasing immigration, underfunding infrastructure and borrowing for tax cuts for the rich, and selling off everything that isn't nailed down.

          Unfortunately Labour have backed down, and, like National, expect ordinary people to take the inflation hit, rather than profit gouging corporates.

          http://werewolf.co.nz/2022/11/gordon-campbell-on-the-gaslighting-about-inflation/

          • Peter 4.2.1.1.1

            Mind you National wouldn't have turned motels into housing estates in places like Rotorua. Umm… just a minute, let me think about that.

            • KJT 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Maybe not.

              National preferred to support the second hand car trade, by tossing families on the street.

              • Herodotus

                Are you even noticing what is happening out there ?? People still live in cars – Even if the PM refutes it – It is still happening – Why are SO many Labour supporters unable to see how ineffective this govt is ?? Perhaps because as lawyers and other professionals they are not or ever have been exposed to the real world, They have spend all their lives in their upper middle class privileged lives. Go back and find some other reason to blindly argue that Labour is good – Because they are are a sham.

                https://www.1news.co.nz/2022/08/01/hundreds-living-in-cars-as-winter-chill-bites/

                • KJT

                  I am very much in the working class real world, though admittedly, a well remunerated tradesman, I spend my time with workers and people who have been disadvantaged by years of callous indifference to their circumstances. I've seen first hand Labour/Greens starting to turn around some of the shit.

                  You underestimate the magnitude of the task. Reversing decades of destruction which started before many of the current Labour/Green MP's were even born. And the effectiveness of the opposition, from those who benefit from them, to reversing the "trickle up" policies that date back to the 80's.

            • Sabine 4.2.1.1.1.2

              National would have done exactly the same, and the left would have complained about it, and rightly so.

              That is the only difference between the left and the right. The left will not complain about that shit when the housing of the homeless in rundown motels and other hovels is policy by Labour.

              And thus, here we are, people stacked like wood in rundown motels and other hovels without tenancy rights, without cooking facilities, without basic safety, and gang rule. And when the right does it in the near future – as the will to build housing for the poor is a bipartisan failure of epic proportions – the left will squeek up again, to no avail. After all if it is good for Labour it will be perfectly fine for National.

          • Sabine 4.2.1.1.2

            Worse then what?

            Not having a house to live in? Not having food to eat? Not having affordable shoes and clothing available? Not being able to see a doctor – any doctor? Kids dying of tonsilitis in a hospital emergency room due to lack of emergency care?

            Define worse. Seriously, why is it so hard to admit that both Labour and National have been very good for some, and an absolute failure for many? With the many being the poor, the almost poor, the soon to be poor?

            • KJT 4.2.1.1.2.1

              So much of what is happening now is due to right Wing failures, dating right back to the 1980's, and yes it was the Lange Government, Labour, that started it.

              At least the current Government are reversing many of those policy failures, even if way too slowly.

              However in fairness, the capacity to fix a lot of this stuff has been decimated to the extent that it will take decades, without a National/ACT Government fucking it up yet again, to sort it out.

              • weka

                My mum was social worker in the 90s. She said it was going to generations to sort out the damage being done. Here we are. Fucking grim.

              • Sabine

                No one denies that National is and has and will fuck up. Labours insistence in getting right however is not to be underestimated.

                In all these years of living in NZ i have seen rental prices only ever go up and until 5 years ago i was a renter. And fwiw, i can understand everyone that wants to buy a house, the bank is the best and the fairest landlord in the country.

                Maybe the government should act a bit more like a bank towards its citizens and keep the interest rates in check lest some more people end up on the homeless housed in a rundown motels somewhere train to nowhere.

    • Cricklewood 4.3

      Don't think you could call anyone advocating a wage/price freeze centre right

    • Sabine 4.4

      I would agree with a 'price' freeze on the following

      rents – private, council, state

      food – all supermarkets to not increase prices on basic items – remove GST

      basics – no increases for gasoline, electricity, internet,

      interest – a freeze on current interest rates, mandated by government, if the banks scream woe betide us, point to their profits

      public transport – free of charge – use some of that untaxed wealth and start taxing it to fund public transport, after all i hear that climate change is gonna have us all walking.

      Nothing however will happen, as profit must be made and some will pay in blood for these profits.

      The poor will be as always poor, the ones currently suffering are the middle of the middle class that is a pothole away from poverty.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.5

      A freeze or limit on company profits could also work, and would impact far fewer people, and those people much more likely to be able to manage compared to many people working for wages

      • Scott 4.5.1

        Uncooked we don't want to freeze company profits.

        The more profit companies make the more tax they pay and the bigger companies grow the more people they employ.

        • KJT 4.5.1.1

          Even the most ardent Capitalist will find it hard to defend companies that borrow against assets and future earnings, to pay dividends way in excess of current earnings, while neglecting investment in plant and employees.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 4.5.1.2

          Seems that exactly the same arguments apply against a wage freeze.

          The more people get paid, the more tax they pay

          The more people have to spend, the more the economy will employ.

          Difference is that business owners (and share holders) are often better off than many wage earners.

      • Graeme 4.5.2

        A progressive scale for company tax so that more is put back into the company, rather than paid in dividends or used to buy back the companies stock would be a good start. Was a feature of many jurisdictions' tax policy through 50's – 70's but went out the window in the neolib revolution.

  4. Jenny are we there yetaa 5

    BAU is over. Infrastructure will continue to be struck by extreme weather events until it becomes unsustainable to repair or maintain.
    Case in point the lunatics who want to excavate a tunnel under the Waitemata.
    Within the lifetime of people being born today the portals of this proposed tunnel will be swamped by a storm surge, and flooded beyond recovery.

  5. Adrian 6

    Well bugger me, a heavy downpour in Auckland , it feels like just like 1952 all over again, or 32 or 22 or 1852 etc etc. It has rained like that in Suckland for 1000s of years it is a sub-tropical city ffs.

    • Tony Veitch 6.1

      You've gotta love a climate change denier!

      • Mac1 6.1.1

        Tony, you have to understand a view from a South Islander where the annual rainfall is traditionally about 700mm annually who also has a well developed sense of irony.

        For us, Auckland has always been associated with humid rainfall.

        We live in a grape-growing area. We know, because we are friends of local scientists, that the globe is indeed warming.The data from fifty years of grape research tells us that, incontrovertibly.

        I didn't need a scientist to tell me, a poor English grad. My asparagus bed produced spears in August. My potatoes planted in August were harvested in November.

        So, Adrian needs to be read as someone who is an erudite, very clever, singular entity who knows about wine, film-making and exaggeration.

        He is a friend, a plain speaker, and an engaging personality. I bet he and our Southland personality in Riverton would have much in common.

  6. Visubversa 7

    Not denying anything, but these 3 events actually went ahead. People got to where they needed to be. Guns and Roses at Eden Park caused pensioners to remove their hearing aids from Avondale to Epsom, and from Newton to Mangere, someone I had never heard of made the appropriate amount of noise at Western Springs, and the usual fireworks from the Xmas in the Park at the Domain were heard as usual as far west as Kingsland.

    The transport systems coped. Maybe not as well as some people would have liked, but they coped.

  7. joe90 8

    Despicable.

    A top MEP has been suspended from her party after police launched an investigation into alleged illicit lobbying activities by Qatar, in what threatens to blow up into a major crisis at the heart of the European Union.

    Belgian police searched 16 homes and detained at least four people in and around Brussels on Friday as part of an inquiry into what prosecutors called “criminal organization, corruption and money laundering,” as first reported by Belgian media and confirmed to POLITICO by Belgian federal police.

    European Parliament vice-president Eva Kaili, from the Greek socialist party Pasok, was said to be among those detained. She was suspended from the Socialists and Democrats group in the parliament “with immediate effect, in response to the ongoing investigations,” the EU-level group tweeted late Friday. Kaili was also expelled from the center-left Pasok party in Greece.

    […]

    Kaili, one of the parliament’s 14 vice-presidents, recently called Qatar a “frontrunner in labor rights” after meeting with the country’s labor minister, despite deep international concerns about conditions for stadium construction workers. She did not immediately reply to requests for comment Friday evening. POLITICO repeatedly tried to reach Kaili on her mobile phone but it was switched off.

    https://www.politico.eu/article/belgium-police-raid-gulf-lobbying-eu-parliament/

  8. joe90 10

    Happy 207th to Ada.

    https://twitter.com/SandiaLabs/status/1601593168059072518

    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and to have published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer

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

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    2 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    3 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    4 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    4 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    5 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    6 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
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  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
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    4 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
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    7 days ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
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    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
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    1 week ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
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  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
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  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
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