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Open Mike 12/07/2018

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  1. The Chairman 1

    Nurses -striking for a safer health system for all New Zealanders.

    Labour – the party that puts eradicating M. bovis (that has no human health risk) ahead of patient safety.

    • bwaghorn 1.1

      Your a dick head . Just thought you should know

      • solkta 1.1.1

        He’s a really crap troll.

      • The Chairman 1.1.2

        Personally, I think those that support eradicating M. bovis ahead of patient safety are “dickheads”.

        • Incognito 1.1.2.1

          I 100% agree! MPI must pay nurses more!

            • McFlock 1.1.2.1.1.1

              and if the nurses were happy, you’d be bitching about a poor m. bovis response.

              • The Chairman

                The response to M. bovis has been poor. But the blame for that largely rests with the last administration.

                Nevertheless, I don’t support Grant’s blank cheque approach and I’ve yet to see him explain why he is prepared to put that before patient safety?

                • McFlock

                  Oh, that would be because nobody other than the occasional tory lickspittle is trying to play the health sector against the rural communities.

                  • The Chairman

                    Don’t be silly.

                    Labour’s refusal to put more money on the table to further address patient safety concerns has now got many questioning Labour’s priorities when it comes to expenditure.

                • Ffloyd

                  Nurses have been on the bones of their arses for the LAST NINE YEARS.Where was your concern for patient safety then TC? The biggest concern for anybody during Nats time was actually becoming a patient. Their health outcome was pretty poor by anybody’s standard. This Govt is doing it’s level best in the SHORT TIME it’s been in power to address everybody’s need. Give them bloody time. A surplus is only a surplus until it’s not.

                  • The Chairman

                    My concern for patient safety didn’t change just because the Government changed. Unlike yours evidently.

                    Labour’s Budget Responsibility Rules are only a little softer than National’s fiscal position, which created the under-funding which Labour are finding their Budget Responsibility Rules are making difficult to address.

                    And the thing is, a lot of these problems will worsen (thus will become more difficult to correct going forward) at the slow pace Labour are moving. So best you join the outrage and start tooting for the nurses. Labour don’t have the luxury of having time to spare.

                    As for this Government’s surplus, the Government’s books are showing the surplus is almost half a billion more than was originally forecast. Moreover, Government debt is also tracking better than expected (see link below). So there is extra fiscal scope for the Government to consider improving wage offers

                • R.P Mcmurphy

                  thats another nationals party meme and you should either make your own contribution or shut up.

                  • The Chairman

                    It’s all my own contribution thanks very much. And as I contribute so much, you’ll have to be a little more specific.

                    Moreover, why the concern about me? The issue here is the nurses dispute. Aren’t you concerned about that?

          • cleangreen 1.1.2.1.2

            Good one Incognito. 100%

            MPI should be sued as should be the importer of the M.Bovine virus.

            That should pay for the medical funding shortfall.

            Now what about the $1 billion dollars spent now fighting M. Bovis?????

            Sue the ‘National Party’ for $1 billion, as the M.Bovine virus was alllowed to come here from 2015 we are told.??????

      • McFlock 1.1.3

        lol

  2. Jenny 3

    All round the world as Governments, Parties, and Political Movements, turn to the Right, Mateao di Maio asks, will this rising Right Wing tide wash up on our shores?

    The US takes the far-right shift a notch further. Trump’s tolerance of those I would have no qualms calling Nazis is worrying. Last August, racist rallies in Charlottesville lasted two days without condemnation from the commander in chief.

    I’m sure there are not any more white supremacists in America today than there were, say, two decades ago. But now they’re marching without their hoods. And that’s because they’ve got permission from the president.

    Echoing 1930s Germany, recently migrant children were being stripped from their parents at the US border. And a flimsy executive order (a PR move on the president’s part, more than anything else) does little to end the crisis.

    It’s not just in the US that anti-immigration sentiment has taken hold. The global consensus on asylum seekers seems to be: “We don’t want you.”

    Academics and journalists alike are bewildered by how easily everyone has been blinded by “quasi-fascist” strongmen, in everywhere from Trump’s America to Erdogan’s Turkey. Victor Orban’s populist takeover in Hungary could never have happened, say, twenty years ago, as Eastern Europe still lay healing from their Soviet-era wounds. Over in Germany, Angela Merkel’s grand coalition is trembling under the weight of the EU’s “liberal” immigration policies.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-new-zealand-jacinda-ardern-liberal-politics-democracy-a8442561.html

    • Stuart Munro 3.1

      Pretty sure Putin had a hand in the Turkish failed coup. It pivoted them away from the US and the EU in one easy step.

  3. marty mars 4

    Kia kaha to all the nurses today – I fully support your action and hope this will bring a coming together of the parties and that the DHB’s will find more money – because they need to. Be safe out there and stay warm.

    toot toot!!!

  4. Ad 5

    Feels like the skilful hand of James Shaw behind getting this group of leading businesses to commit to climate change target and to support the Climate Change Commission. More of major business are coming behind this Green Party initiative than are getting behind the New Zealand First Provincial Growth Partnership, and James Shaw doesn’t have $1billion dollars to roll around.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12087184

    The launch will be today, and the Skytower will be lit up green as a signal of the commitment.

    Looks more and more that the results of the Climate Change Commission and resulting legislation will have a major backing fro business, making it far more likely that it will have crucial cross-parliamentary support.

    That would make the commitments truly intergenerational.

    • Gabby 5.1

      Feels like poachers taking over the game reserve.

      • Ad 5.1.1

        They probably call them customers.

        The Climate Change Commission’s findings – while not binding – are the ones to watch for.

        We are all going to be signing up to them.

  5. AsleepWhileWalking 6

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/peters-has-no-idea-why-census-levels-low-turn-raises-serious-questions-say-national

    Census 2018 has turned into a shambles with the lowest participation rate in over 50 years,” National’s spokesperson for State Services Nick Smith said. “The Government must figure out what went so wrong and how the serious flow on problems for the public sector can be rectified,” Dr Smith said.

    Many people still don’t have internet access or TV. I spoke to one person just after the census who had no idea one had just occurred.

    This is just what happens when the have/have not gap widens drastically.

    • dv 6.1

      Wasn’t the census set up by the natz?

      • mary_a 6.1.1

        @ dv (5.1) … it was indeed set up by Natz. However, they know nothing, so it’s all Labour’s fault 😏

        • cleangreen 6.1.1.1

          Yes mary_a

          ‘National fucked the country and now its labours fault now,’s

          So labour need to get their new $38 million dollar ‘free to air channel up and running ‘to change the minds of the people now ahead of the 2020 election!!!!!

          Otherwise we are being lead right back into the ‘sewer that national left’ for us to live in.

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/96745495/labour-promises-freetoair-rnz-tv-channel

          • Grant 6.1.1.1.1

            While you’re at CG, why don’t you see if can ferret out some of Goebel’s descendants to coach the ‘Labour Channel’s” broadcasters on propaganda techniques to “change the minds of the people”.

            Just what we need in what is a liberal democracy (but maybe a liberal democracy is not what you want, rather something more siniste) – an initiative to spend tax payers money on a political party’s propaganda machine.

    • corodale 6.2

      Yeah, went bush for the summer.

    • Gabby 6.3

      I can’t imagine how the interests of the gnatz would be served by hiding a big chunk of the poorest and the most recently arrived. The Statz lady sounded pretty blase about the whole thing.

      • McFlock 6.3.1

        probably find the census was turned in well under budget, so that’s a plus for statsnz.

        That having been said, 90% is at the low end of barely acceptable, compensation from other sources or not. It’s a bit like the IDI probabilistic linking, which is simply a bodge to make up for the lack of a cross-department individual unique ID. And not a bodge that is appropriate for a lot of uses of government data.

  6. saveNZ 7

    Another day another delay from truck crashes or breakdowns…

    Truck tips onto side after colliding with bridge
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12087627

    Traffic chaos on Auckland’s motorways causing commuter headaches
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12087562

    • mauī 7.1

      But, but, but… rail never makes a profit! So we must endure the traffic jams and the losses in productivity, and the high petrol costs, and the high petrol taxes because we need roads, lots of roads, and bigger roads, preferably massive motorways that make no financial whatsoever because I will be able to drive my imposing Porsche Cayenne or Ford Ranger aggressively on them and not indicate and basically have no care for anyone else on the road.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.2

      Wonder what would happen if those truck firms were forced to pay the full costs that they just caused.

      No, it’s obvious what would happen – trucks would be off the roads as fast as possible. Without their subsidies trucks aren’t economic except for short haul.

    • cleangreen 7.3

      Shit saveNZ. you beat me to that good for you.

      Yes i spotted that earlier and thanks for remindinng me.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/105422851/truck-and-trailer-unit-carrying-goods-catches-fire-on-sh2-near-tauranga

      I will add the truck/fire/crash to yesterdays truck crash fatality at the same regional locality near Tauranga, and ship a letter off to the government to remind them as to why we need to move freight off the roads and onto rail to save lives and money.

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1311/S00175/truck-crash-pyes-pa-road-tauranga.htm

      I wonder if Wayne Mapp as nationals ex MP will now slag us off again for making political gain from another truck accident again today as he diid yesterday????

      • gsays 7.3.1

        Heh, dissed for making political capital before he went on to make a political point.

        Stay classy former MP.

  7. marty mars 8

    Hmmm good idea and nice to see both sides of the House involved in doing it.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/property/105393547/once-dubbed-a-working-mans-hut-now-its-a-home-for-joy-morris

  8. Puckish Rogue 9

    Pretty damn ballsy really

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12087103

    A civil servant has been handed a nine-year ban from public posts after it emerged he had been absent from his €50,000-a-year job for more than a decade.

    Every weekday morning, Carles Recio, an archives director in Valencia’s provincial government, would turn up at his office only to clock in and head straight out again, before coming back at 4pm to clock out.

    • McFlock 9.1

      Dunno whether it’s Kafka or Mike Judge lol

      I wonder what the grieving process is upon finding out you’ve been relocated into a bureaucratic void – bewilderment, boredom, realisation, exploration, exploitation?

  9. joe90 10

    Meanwhile, clean green New Zealand’s emissions are up by around 20% on 1990 levels.

    NEWS RELEASE: Climate pollutants fall below 1990 levels for first time ➡️ https://t.co/8FaHsL8rXD #AB32 #SB32Achievement roughly equal to taking 12 million cars off the road or saving 6 billion gallons of gasoline a year #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/bVRCGpX4vh— CARB (@AirResources) July 11, 2018

    Senate Bill 32, signed in 2016, requires the state to go even further than AB 32 and cut emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030—the most ambitious carbon goal in North America. The state’s annual emissions inventory helps keep the state accountable for meeting its emissions reduction targets. Highlights from the inventory published today include:

    • Carbon pollution dropped 13 percent statewide since a 2004 peak; meanwhile the economy grew 26 percent.
    • Per capita emissions continue to be among the lowest in the country. They fell 23 percent from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 metric tons per person in 2016 (roughly equal to driving 26,000 miles). That is approximately half as much as the national average.
    • Carbon pollution dropped 3 percent between 2015 and 2016—roughly equal to taking 2.4 million cars off the road or saving 1.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel.
    • The “carbon intensity” of California’s economy – the amount of carbon pollution emitted per $1 million of gross state product – dropped 38 percent since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average.
    • California now produces twice as many goods and services for the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as the rest of the nation.

    https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/news/climate-pollutants-fall-below-1990-levels-first-time

    • greywarshark 10.1

      Some good news from todays government and businesses thinking about tomorrow.
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018653292/60-businesses-commit-to-climate-change-action

      business climate
      9:09 am today
      60 businesses commit to climate change action
      From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am today
      Listen duration 29′ :04″
      CEOs of sixty businesses across the country, collectively responsible for nearly 50% of our emissions, are banding together to combat climate change. Members of this Climate Leaders Coalition include Z Energy, Fonterra, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post. By signing the CEO Climate Change Statement, each of the business leaders is committing to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement. Z Energy CEO Mike Bennetts is convening the Climate Leaders Coalition. He talks to Kathryn Ryan along with Westpac CEO Karen Silk.
      ***************************
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018653293/commissioner-targets-govt-and-biodegradable-single-use-plastics 9.37am 8.22mins
      The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, is calling on government to pick up its game around biodegradable plastics and its overall environmental goals.

      The commissioner wants urgent attention paid to understanding the implications for the end of life of these products, as well as sorting out the terminology and labeling schemes.
      To this end the PCE has produced an online resource of key facts aimed at improving consumer and business understanding of the plastics issue.
      Simon Upton talks to Kathryn Ryan
      *****************
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ruralnews/audio/2018653319/midday-rural-news-for-12-july-2018 7.58 mins
      Sixty businesses who produce nearly half of all New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions have pledged to reduce them, to seek offsets like planting trees and to strictly monitor their emissions.
      ************************
      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/businessnews/audio/2018653315/z-energy-coalition-will-approach-commitment-differently 2.10 mins
      The head of Z Energy says businesses which have signed up to a coalition to tackle climate change are committed to making a difference, but will approach it differently depending on their circumstances.

      NOTE: Cleangreen – For Gisborne this carbon thing will enable trees to be left in the ground and the forestry owners get paid for it. This is how things should work so there is hope for the erosion-threatened area.

    • Molly 11.1

      Thanks for the link. I’m surprised that you could read that and not have compassion for the lives these men are leading. Homes to go to at night – really one of the basics of what all NZers should have – is not exactly the high life.

      We contribute to the flagrant spending of organisations and corporations without missing a beat, and you consider this to be worthy of discussion?

      • greywarshark 11.1.1

        Naki man is looking for someone smaller to kick. Less lifting of leg, more energy efficient.

        • Gabby 11.1.1.1

          Surely he has cows.

          • greywarshark 11.1.1.1.1

            Naki man values his herd too highly to do that sort of thing if he’s a dairy farmer. He doesn’t want vet bills, and better to not have them round in case there is some mycoplasma bovis signs that he hasn’t noticed.

    • bwaghorn 11.2

      https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/105424698/acting-prime-minister-winston-peters-announces-950k-hydrogen-fuel-investment-in-taranaki

      You’ll be rapt with this though naki man . The coalition coming up with the goods again .

      • ianmac 11.2.1

        And hydrogen development could lead to a major shift in energy supply.
        Exciting stuff!

      • Andre 11.2.2

        This one has me a little suspicious. I’m wary that there may be some greenwashing going on here.

        The main industrial process for making hydrogen is steam reformation of natural gas. Which emits the carbon atoms in the natural gas as CO2 at the point of creating hydrogen. So sure, further downstream the hydrogen can be used for energy and it’s zero-emission, because the emissions have already occurred elsewhere. For almost all the potential users of hydrogen, the emissions from steam reformation of natural gas to hydrogen then using the hydrogen are greater than if the natural gas had just been directly used for the heat or to power an engine.

        Looking at the founder, it seems he’s closely linked to Todd Energy – who are big time owners of – guess what? Gas fields and production.

        Now maybe I’m a little too suspicious and he’s wanting to make a break from fossil fuels, is going to use some other technology, but is locating in Taranaki to tap into the oil and gas expertise there which overlaps strongly with the skills needed for hydrogen.

        We’ll see…

        • McFlock 11.2.2.1

          good observation

        • lprent 11.2.2.2

          I know nothing about this project, however four points do occur to me:-

          1. Taranaki has the most concentrated knowledge in NZ of containing and transporting gas. That makes it a logical region to develop any kind of gas technology in NZ because many of the skills will shift to other gases.

          2. Depends what they are using the hydrogen for. Looks to me like you are presuming that it is for fuel? Why? Most of the hydrogen in use is for higher value chemical processes like ammonia production. At the scale that is implied by the amounts, it seems more likely that this is what it used for.

          3. Steam reformation isn’t the only process and isn’t the main process used for hydrogen fuel. It just happens to be the one used for the majority production of commercial hydrogen – mostly used in chemical processes.

          Electrolysis (ie power to gas) is a non-carbon process if it uses hydro or wind power. Wind power strikes me as being a likely reason to be around the Taranaki especially if they use offshore windfarms in the old gasfield areas. They have a existing infrastructure for offshore in Taranaki.

          4. Even if they do fuel development using steam on natural gas (in the absence of the required infrastructure for turbine farms), Taranaki is about the only place in NZ that can do some moderately efficient sequestration. Lots of empty gas fields.

          They won’t be doing commercial natural gas to hydrogen for fuel because it is way more efficient to just burn natural gas directly and that would be way better in climate change terms than burning more complex hydrocarbons like those in petrol or diesel fractions.

          • Andre 11.2.2.2.1

            1: Yep. I alluded to that at the end of my comment.

            2: from b waghorn’s link: “During his visit to New Plymouth, Peters said a grant of $950,000 would be made to Hiringa Energy and its partners, which is seeking to develop zero emission hydrogen transport fuel.

            The funding will be used to scope the engineering and design of two hydrogen generation facilities, up to four mobile compressed hydrogen storage and distribution containers, and up to three hydrogen refuelling stations. ”

            Transport fuel is the stated objective of the project.

            3: The lack of mention how the hydrogen will be generated plus the founder’s links to Todd Energy plus the very careful wording talking about zero emission transport fuel but neglecting to state zero emission hydrogen generation combines to pique my interest.

            4: Maybe it’s just me, but if I were planning on introducing a major new technology like CO2 sequestration into empty gas fields, you can bet I’d be talking it up big time. But a brief intertoobz search turned up … crickets.

            • lprent 11.2.2.2.1.1

              Just thinking about the ways of storing and transporting raw hydrogen are hair-raising to even contemplate. Since talk of the hydrogen economy started, they haven’t exactly managed to figure out how to make it even moderately stable at normal atmospheric temperatures and pressures.

              In engineering terms actually generating the gas isn’t that much of a technical issue. I’d be much more interested in them figuring out how to make roads and refuelling stations less like high density explosion fields.

              If you wanted to try to develop a hydrogen based fuel infrastructure, then Taranaki is where you’d start it. Just trying to develop an end-to-end hydrogen system is going to damn hard regardless of the source of the fuel.

              Personally I’d think that developing EV’s and EV infrastructure would be a better idea. And in that case putting money into how to develop offshore windfarms would be a better idea. But that is best done from Taranaki as well.

              • Stuart Munro

                It’d be good to see a hydrogen dirigible for transTasman cargo now that automation makes unmanned ones plausible.

                • Andre

                  Helium is much better for dirigibles. The Zeppelins had to use hydrogen because at the time the US was the only significant producer of helium and they weren’t selling to anyone else.

                  One of the problems with hydrogen is it makes its way through just about any materials very quickly, and usually does bad things to the material’s structure and properties as it does so. Look up hydrogen embrittlement and permeability. I’ve yet to see a good explanation why, but I’ll speculate it’s because when a hydrogen atom loses its electron, it’s just a tiny naked proton which can move easily through just about any kind of molecular structure, whereas every other kind of atom will always have two electrons in an extremely stable filled first orbital shell, making it much larger.

                  So by the time you’ve beefed up your bags to hold the hydrogen for long enough, you’ve added quite a weight penalty over using helium.

                  • McFlock

                    thing is, hydrogen is plentiful and helium is not.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    Helium is both expensive and finite. It also produces less lift.

                    • Andre

                      It won’t be once the alien unicorns turn up and start excreting working fusion power plants out their back ends.

                      Or it’ll become even scarcer if we get serious about stopping fossil fuel use and stop extracting natural gas, of which helium is a by-product.

                      But as far as lift goes, the difference between a bouyancy of 1.12kg/m^3 for hydrogen and 1.03 kg/m^3 for helium disappears pretty quickly when you need much more robust containment for the hydrogen.

                    • Stuart Munro

                      I think perhaps we should forego the alien unicorns for the moment. It is sufficient to use a contemporary equivalent of goldbeater skins for hydrogen and design for some loss. That’s part of the reason for using unmanned craft.

                      The logical trial is probably Cook Strait – the winds are more than ideal but there’s enough cargo and a decent hangar site somewhere near Blenheim.

                • McFlock

                  I had a wonderful idea that if you contained the hydrogen in an aerogel matrix and then contain that in a lift bag in a dirigible, the resistance from the matrix would make the hydrogen burn controllably/extinguishably rather than catastrophically.

                  Googling informed me that this had already been considered, reduced the lifting differential by about 99% so was impractical, and was literally a thought exercise for first-year engineering students at some universities. Sigh. Just goes to show the value of formal education over googling.

                  But I still think there are some materials thresholds that some company or NASA have in a file somewhere, so when we get the right material (with a value of some function of a cost of W, a density of Y , and a temperature tolerance of >Z) suddenly cost-effective hydrogen lift bags would have lots of little cells that can contain the burning hydrogen from a leak without popping like a balloon (introducing more air/hydrogen contact so “boom”) or destroying the neighbouring cells (i.e. burning the entire vessel like the Hindenberg) and dirigibles will be the next big thing.

                  And logging trucks a thing of the past.

                  • Andre

                    To get bouyancy, the total combined density of your lifting substance and containment has to be less then the density of air, which is around 1.2 kg/m^3.

                    Now consider, what is air? Air is a bunch of fairly low-mass molecules flying around and bouncing off each other, with no kind of structure whatsoever. The molecules are flying so fast and bouncing off each other so hard their average distance apart is actually very large. As soon as any kind of structure is imposed, then the intermolecular distances become much closer (and density goes way up). So even if that structure is almost entirely empty space, it’s still denser than a gas. The lowest density aerogel produced was 1.0 kg/m3, after the air is evacuated out of it, so if it were evacuated it would only have a bouyancy of 0.2 kg/m3 in air.

                    So really the only practical possibility to get bouyancy is replacing the air inside a very light container with another gas, but of lower density. Nitrogen has a molecular weight of 28, oxygen is 32. So the candidates are neon (20), helium (4) and hydrogen (2). Lithium, beryllium, boron and carbon are solids and fluorine is heavier than air. So using either hydrogen or helium can get you bouyancy over 1 kg/m^3 in air (which also has to lift whatever is containing your hydrogen or helium)

                    • McFlock

                      Yeah. Seemed like a good idea at the pub though, lol.
                      Then I did the math.

                      And those bouyancy numbers are for sea level at a temperate temperature, too.

                      But the main danger with hydrogen is a cascading conflagration of large volumes of it. So if you can either limit the spread from one smaller cell to another or stop the fire from spreading along the gas cell, then hydrogen lift might be safer.

                      Essentially, I’m talking hazard minimisation and Stuart’s automation idea is hazard isolation (keeping people away from thing that goes boom). Helium is hazard elimination, but has its own costs and inefficiencies.

                    • Andre

                      @McFlock

                      The materials side of it shouldn’t be underestimated. Hydrogen permeating through materials and changing their properties really is a problem, particularly if you’re expecting a long lifetime from your item.

              • Andre

                Yep. 20-odd years ago my boss, VP of Sales and Engineering (that’s an, ahem, interesting, combo of responsibilities) got wind of how much people were willing to pay for carbon composite tanks for hydrogen. So I got the job of scoping out what would need to happen for the company to be able to make them.

                He wasn’t much for listening to reason, but the list of materials technologies we would have to learn about and develop, the testing and detection equipment we’d need, and the hazards involved with handling hydrogen quickly set him off looking for a different next big thing.

      • Naki man 11.2.3

        “The coalition coming up with the goods again”

        Wag you have overdosed on the Kool-Aid
        It will take more than a splash of cash from wristy’s slush fund to undo the damage Cindy an co have done to the $2.5 Billion pa Oil and Gas industry.

    • Cinny 11.3

      Nah Naki man, you are wrong … it’s a day in the life of an alcoholic.

      You know that legal drug which national allowed to be sold in our supermarkets and dairies, increasing accessibility, devastating lives and draining our health system.

      “By 8.30am the men are wasted. That’s what time it was when we met them last Thursday, and they told us to come back before 7am the next day if we wanted a sober conversation.”

      • james 11.3.1

        ““By 8.30am the men are wasted. That’s what time it was when we met them last Thursday, and they told us to come back before 7am the next day if we wanted a sober conversation.””

        Gee – I bet that they arn’t National voters.

    • John up North 11.4

      Naki man it’s the bludgers in suits sipping on chardonnay causing all the problems……….

      Aussie banks ripping the NZ tax collection by 2.2B, and I understand they settled on a figure which was only 80% of the sum originally contested.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10617313

      Makes these other dudes look like amateurs.

  10. AsleepWhileWalking 12

    (GInteresting (+ disturbing) quiz on whether or not a species made it into the top 150 critically endangered *priority* list. The list is chosen by algorithm rather than human.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/104303722/ten-critically-endangered-critters-with-the-craziest-stories

  11. Sacha 13

    Housing NZ’s board gets its first member who actually lives in state housing, disability advocate Dr Huhana Hickey: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1807/S00113/first-state-house-tenant-among-new-hnz-board-appointments.htm

  12. cleangreen 14

    Ad, on 5 – regarding this issue,
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12087184

    I am uneasy about the lack of ‘stated actions thwey will take’ as Professor James Renwick clearly shows some doubt about when he said; “it remained to be seen what efforts the coalition would actually make,” Ad,
    Quote;
    “Victoria University climate scientist Professor James Renwick said while it remained to be seen what efforts the coalition would actually make,”

    This along with the words used to explain the focus the group was using was; quote;

    “Carbon budgeting is a proposed part of the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill, which aspires to drive emissions of CO2”

    Ad – this sounds like they intend to keep on buying overseas “cheap carbon credits” and we have already bought many of these from ‘phoney Ukrane sources’ already havent we just??????
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11624441

    We need to see the fine print here as it just may still be another elaberate hoax.

    Jury is still out on this here I am afraid.

  13. NZJester 15

    Progressives in the US are starting to get very popular.
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, won an election she wasn’t even running for in a neighboring district due to write-in votes. She can not run in two districts however so had to turn it down. A lot of these people are wining by word of mouth due to the MSM refusing to give them any coverage.
    The tide is slowly turning against Trump and the Republican in the US. It is even turning against the Corporate Democrats that are in a lot of cases just Republican Lite candidates and they are slowly losing a lot of primaries to true progressive candidates who are then in a lot of cases going on to win their seats.
    Hopefully, a majority of these socially conscious candidates can get elected there and help turn the US around. We here in New Zealand will feel the effects of the world imploding if the Republicans continue their warmongering and polluting of the globe.
    What little work Obama did in the way conservation and climate change reform has been slowly unraveled by Trump and his cronies.

  14. Morrissey 16

    Israel tightens noose around Gaza another notch
    July 11, 2018

    As mass Palestinian protests enter their fourth month, Israel is intensifying its already-crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will close Kerem Shalom, the only crossing for commercial goods into Gaza. This will ban all imports and exports on top of the sweeping besiegement already in place. Israel is also reducing the fishing zone for Gazans off the Mediterranean coast to just six miles out, down from nine. More actions are said to be coming. This comes as Israeli forces continue to open fire on Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return. The Gaza Health Ministry says that overall, 136 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 15600 injured. Israeli forces killed at least one Palestinian and wounded nearly 400 on Friday. The blockade and casualties have overwhelmed Gaza’s crippled healthcare system, which the UN warns is already at a breaking point. ….

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/2018/07/11/israel-tightens-noose-around-gaza-another-notch/

  15. joe90 17

    The big issues.

    /

    In a statement to The Post, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "[Kelly] was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese." https://t.co/azDbYtgy20— Robert Costa (@costareports) July 11, 2018

  16. R.P Mcmurphy 18

    I am getting heartily sick of Simon Dallow.He led the charge for John Key and shilled for him for 8, 3/4 years till key jumped ship and now he, dallow is sitting up there every night t trying to shaft the government at every opportunity. he has become slimier and slimier over the years and it is really time for him to go.

  17. eco maori 19

    Good Morning The Am Show .
    The stats on PEE don’t surprise me Duncan I see it clearly that’s why I don’t like people using the word crack and our rural provinces use of these poisons are higher than Auckland the regions that have been suppressed of investment for 9 years go figure there is another factor affecting that .
    Loyd that’s the way no need to brand all of the people for one idiot’s bad behavior in Britain .
    As for trump Mark well you think its OK for trump to fly around Papatunuku and demanded that the rest of the United Nations members double the money they spend on the IDIOT war machine when they know that they might as well just dig a big hole and pour the money in it . We have billions of people in Africa and the Middle East and right on his door step North America all around Papatuanuku who need the west help just to get a drink of water . It would be OK if trump was demanding for more money to help these people and don’t believe any stats coming out of America about trump those will be manipulated by him to make him look good enough said .
    I gave my thoughts on our Nurses last nite and I back the words I said.
    Fonterra should have brought Nestle all those years ago now they would be the biggest food company on the Papatuanuku .
    Yes Tamiti there are good polytechnic in Rotorua but they need to connect the trainees to the jobs after there training finished thats what is needed .
    Duncan so you think that trump locking thousands of mokopunas in cages on the United states boarder’s.??????????????? is not moko abuse. The reason there is so much bad stats on mokos is the Governments have caused this by starving te tangata whenua of money of jobs and mana using the media to smear maoris mana Mean while the wealthy tangata whenua are in total denial that there is a big problem with this system towards Maori so long as there hip pocktes are full they put there heads in Papatuanuku any culture that’s suppressed and divided will produce bad stats and whose pushing the Pee.
    I like the Eco Maori ———- so I won’t be trying to get my face plastered all over the media anyway the sandflys have a farcical injunction to stop this happening there are many stories of the bad behaviour of the bad sandflys now.
    Ka kite ano . There is no morriori they are just part of the first Maori to arrive here that’s another way to suppress Maori and people fall for it Hook line and sinker.
    Ka kite ano

  18. eco maori 20

    The Am Show Maori Culture is a very humble culture very Great culture not many cultures can trace there genealogy back to the start who has waiata that traces history back to the start our carvings all OUR great Arts We have the history of Our arrival to Aotearoa on great Waka its that great the Europeans could not fathom that a culture like ours who uses Papatuanuku to navigate could sail better than them thousands of years before them . I agree with Te Ururoa that Aotearoa should use our great maori culture to improve its profile not suppress it I will not let the latter happen. Ka kite ano

  19. eco maori 21

    Yes Aotearoa needs to do more to care for our elderly tangata a couple of weeks ago I came across a elderly man his house was run down living by him self his main gripe was his phone was not working when it rained so I made a call they new who the call was from and what do you know his phone was fixed that day I have a link below .
    We don’t need just play grounds for the elderly we need warm dry places were they can meet have a cup of tea and talk.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/105424159/auckland-looks-at-benefits-of-playgrounds-for-oldies-in-bid-to-become-agefriendly ka kite ano P.S You see national want our elderly focused on things that don’t real effect them when our elderly should be focused on the correct issues that will benefit them

  20. eco maori 22

    Good evening Newshub I agree with the councils we need more public toilets may be they all get together and design a toilet block that’s is cheap durable looks good and can be installed in one day off the back of a truck so long as the pluming is on site. Tawhiri is in winter mode Ingrd
    ka kite ano P.S I was going to have a break tonight but I got back in time for this

  21. eco maori 23

    Good evening The Crowd Goes Wild The foot ball world cup has been a great successful
    everyone can not be winners.
    Yep C J would make a great presenter.
    I don’t want to back sports stars with what happened with the football
    I have to congratulate this new wahine sports star winner of the under 20 ladies IAAF World shot put Maddison Wesche Ka pai mana wahine
    Ka kite ano P.S That life after rugby of Pacific is a good thing that will get our young stars to think about there retirement

  22. eco maori 24

    Here we go I still back my words about trolls being paid by national to troll any people who are left supporters they have horded heaps of money over the last nine years to pay for this look at the gon brash $50.000 in one day to let right extremist speak. This Ladie and I have different views on trolls some trolls just put out information that is total lies all in the goal to sway public opinion. they scour the net looking for stories that they can spin it in a way that makes every one think that a lot of people have the same view as them by minuplating the positive or negative thums up or down on stories to suit there objective which is all ways to the right winged view of lock em up kick em out give our tax cuts why should the poor have our money human caused climate is a lie trump is a good guy these are so easy for Eco Maori to see.
    These trolls all have a silverspoon in there mouths living with mom and dad and only have to pay for there entertainment activities so how does the left combat this well I have my Idea’s but they would be to extreme like throw them all on a Island with no comms yea nar thats the way the neoliberal brain thinks. link below

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/104974643/how-trolls-make-money-from-their-online-hate-speech Ka kite ano

  23. eco maori 25

    The big picture with GM Food is we cannot TRUST big business who are peddling this Genitally modified food this food could cause deaths 5 years after eating it and the big companys will just cover it up when they get caught with there pants down they run the company into bankruptcy run with there ill gotten profits all the way to the bank.
    Another reason is that this GM food can change the genetics of the being eating this stuff change and thats a big problem. Have the neoliberals showen that we can trust them Know so lets keep Aotearoa GE FREE and everyone will pay a Premium for OUR GEFREE FOOD link below ka kite ano

    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/105433107/us-trials-bring-gm-ryegrass-a-step-closer&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwiO9LOy75zcAhWBFIgKHaXRCdAQFggFMAA&client=internal-uds-cse&cx=006730714154542492986:oh6vl0ybuqy&usg=AOvVaw0q71fG3pGGXB-MBImJYfQk

  24. eco maori 26

    There you go Lisa from the Nation we can not trust company’s that manipulate Laws to help them flogg off there rubbish products . Johnson and Johnson for selling faulty products ie hip replacement products we have to have all products verified investigated by Kiwis why aren’t these thing pear reviewed by other scientist who can give them the thums up or down. We put to much trust in the American system relying on the FDA to pruduce safe test for these prouducts which can be manipulated by rich lobbyist that has to change.
    Ka kite ano

  25. eco maori 27

    Here you go two countrys who can carry hunting Tangaroa beautiful creates the biggest animals that have ever lived still hunting the under the farcical cause of scientific research the link is below P.S I think we should boycott there tourist industrys and prouducts

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/13/killing-blue-whale-disconnected-nature-sea-ignorance
    Ka kite ano

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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago

  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago