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Open Mike 13/11/2016

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  1. greywarshark 1

    Look out for these lectures on now.
    She [Dr Caldicott] will speak on “An End to Armed Conflict: New Zealand’s Unique Challenge” in Wellington tomorrow evening (Sunday 14 November, at 7:00pm) and in Auckland next week (Tuesday 16 November, at 7:30pm).

    Dr Caldicott, a retired paediatrician, now practises “global preventative medicine.” She has devoted the last forty-five years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behaviour to stop environmental destruction.

    Extracted from CVs post today on this woman, Nobel Prize winner and one of the small flames, the flickering points of light, from a poem recently posted.

    Defenseless under the night
    Our world in stupor lies;
    Yet, dotted everywhere,
    Ironic points of light
    Flash out wherever the Just
    Exchange their messages:
    May I, composed like them
    Of Eros and of dust,
    Beleaguered by the same
    Negation and despair,
    Show an affirming flame.

    The whole poem, deeply excoriating, on this link.

    • Manuka AOR 1.1

      Thanks Grey. I used to follow her writings years ago – I am so glad she is still going, still teaching. “Never give up.” (I’m close to giving into despair at times. She inspires me.) In a halfway saner world she would be chief advisor to world governments. (How to fight despair?)

  2. Penny Bright 2

    This is a SERIOUS question.

    I look forward to a reply.

    Chloe Swarbrick supports privatisation via Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs).

    Has the Green Party now adopted Chloe Swarbrick’s ‘pragmatic’ politics and do the Green Party now support privatisation via PPPs?

    In my view – the voting public need to know ASAP.

    In my considered opinion, there is nothing ‘fresh-faced’ about stale old Neo-liberal support for privatisation via PPPs.

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption Public Watchdog

  3. chris73 3


    “The media is always taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally,” Thiel said. Journalists wanted to know exactly how he would deport that many undocumented immigrants, or exactly how Trump would rid the world of the Islamic State. We wanted details.”

    But a lot of voters think the opposite way: They take Trump seriously but not literally.

    They realize, Thiel said, that Trump doesn’t really plan to build a wall. “What they hear is, ‘We’re going to have a saner, more sensible immigration policy.’ ”

    • Ad 3.1

      I’ve heard that crap recently.
      LIke, “Oh he didn’t mean a real wall, he meant a metaphorical wall.”

      It’s policy by Marcel Marceau.

  4. Cinny 4

    Just watching Corin on Q+A interview Grosser and was wondering does Grosser have a problem with the drink?

  5. The Chairman 5

    Now that the dust has settled a little over Labour’s dispute with the media, it’s time to have a constructive discussion in regards to Labour’s youth employment scheme.

    While better than nothing, from the discussions I’ve had, people were expecting far more. It’s a short-term scheme providing the very basic of skills.

    Critiquing Labour’s policy would be unjust if one didn’t also provide an alternative. So I have.

    With that kind of ongoing expenditure ($60m annually going off Labour’s figures amounts to $600m over 10 years) the Government could look at creating a small number of new Government owned enterprises that would not only create far more secure long-term work for adults and youths, but will also provide opportunities for people to up-skill and move up within the growing new ventures.

    If successful, the new ventures would become self-funded with overheads being covered by returns and profits ultimately going towards broadening government revenue streams.

    For example, New Zealand has a room shortage. To satisfy demand, another 30 hotels need to be built in Auckland alone.


    This provides a number of employment and skill learning opportunities. From construction of the eco friendly hotels to the running and servicing of them.

    I’m not suggesting the Government totally fills this market void, but playing a part could turn out to be very beneficial in a wide ranging way.

    Moreover, while we are waiting for the market to act, we don’t want this room shortage to result in excessive overnight hotel rates becoming the norm, resulting in scaring large numbers of tourist away or robbing the rest of the economy of their share of the tourist spend.

    Thus, it’s another reason the Government should partake.

    This is the kind of bigger vision, wide benefiting thinking people were expecting from Labour. Unfortunately, they failed to deliver.

    • Gabby 5.1

      Or, the gummnt could build cheap houses, freeing up the private sector to build hotels, which they’d much rather do.

      • The Chairman 5.1.1

        Labour has Kiwibuild to address the housing shortage.

        Moreover, the room shortage highlights the private sector is also lacking in this area.

        • Ad

          Labour already has pans for “government owned enterprises”, called Urban Development Agencies. Labour invented the most successful one in many decades called the Hobsonville Land Co. They will be rolling them out all over the place.

          The warning however is it’s always a lovely idea for the government to just invent and run a business, until they fail, at which point you see your own taxpayer money going down the toilet.

          Solid Energy.

          • The Chairman

            What I’m suggesting goes beyond but builds upon that in a way (Hobsonville Land Co.)

            Of course there is a risk factor, but risk can be minimized and new ventures should be structured that way.

            Moreover, there is more than a potential fiscal return to be made.

            And in this case, seeing as money will be spent regardless (on Labour’s insufficient youth employment scheme) there is far more to gain than lose.

            While Solid Energy ultimately failed, it generated millions of dollars in export revenue and employed thousands of workers over the years.

            • save nz

              Personally I’d like to see us diversify AWAY from our obsession with real estate and construction. With a very volatile global economy and a lot of pain to come next year globally not sure we are even going to need all these rooms….

              How people setting up their own businesses while on unemployment benefit – the government used to do it for 6-12 months. I think unemployed people would like some sort of real help for people not in construction or retail…

  6. ianmac 6

    The Police have to pay the interim costs to Nicky Hager of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Where does that money come from? The Commissioner’s salary? The Police budget? Government slush fund? Taxpayers?

    • RedBaronCV 6.1

      Us taxpayers of course. But if I had my way whoever thought this was a good idea at the highest level should cop some of the pain too

      • james 6.1.1

        They are tax payers too – and being at the top of the police – prob pay more tax than most.

  7. adam 7

    Jimmy Dore – Nails it again.

    • Manuka AOR 7.1

      The water that would be polluted is not only the Missouri River, it is a lake on their reservation, which is sacred to them as well as being their main supply, iirrc.

      “If you put that in a movie, they would say, ‘No, that’s a little heavy handed, over the top’. But that’s real…”

      “They’re sending cops from all different states..”
      “We live in a police state. ” and more, with relevance to everyone.

  8. greywarshark 8

    I am looking at Radionz and see piece on on-line learning and Education Ministry advising government against it. Glad I am wrong – I thought that the EM was just a bunch of po-faced people from another planet.

    Documents obtained by the Post Primary Teachers Association show the Education Ministry told the government this year that the schools could lead to a significant increase in correspondence enrolments.
    It said the existing distance education school, Te Kura (the Correspondence School), could lose enrolments and perhaps suffer a mass exodus of students.

    It said the best results appeared to come from blended learning, where online and face-to-face teaching was mixed.


  9. Morrissey 9

    The Guardian provokes Larry “Lackwit” Williams into
    a paroxysm of spittle-flecked denunciation and rage.

    Larry Williams Drive, NewstalkZB, Friday 11 November 2016, 4:20 p.m.

    We’ve already had a look at the atmosphere of barely restrained jubilation at NewstalkZB on the afternoon that neo-fascism looked more and more certain to gain the levers of power in the United States. [1]

    A couple of days later, I stumbled on this pig’s breakfast of a station again, this time just as host Larry “Lackwit” Williams brought all of his considerable learning and wit to bear on a subject that obviously exercised his agile and high class mind to a great degree—liberals that don’t appreciate the Dear Leader in Washington….

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: I have here a LETTER, a LETTER from the PUBLISHER of The Guardian written to subscribers, dealing with the “problem” of a Donald Trump presidency. ….[long pause for effect, like he does when reading out the names of Māori defendants in criminal cases]…. “Hello”, it begins….

    Williams proceeds to read out the letter, in a sarcastic sing-song voice, every now and again interjecting an angry critique in his normal baritone growl….

    LARRY “LACKWIT” WILLIAMS: Ha! You’d have to be an IDIOT! …. See, they’ve lost TOUCH with the ordinary person! ….. This is why nobody watches, or READS, this paper! ….Aaaarrgghhh!…. They should be carted away and certified!…. [barely articulate spluttering and snarling continues…]

    A short time later the intellectual tone continues on the same exalted plane, when the All Blacks’ “mental skills coach” describes Armistice Day, memorably, as a “momentous moment in history” [2]….

    Point to Ponder: NewstalkZB slogans have included: “Fair and Balanced”, “You’re Up To Date”, and perhaps the most hilarious of all, “Tune Your Mind”.

    [1] https://thestandard.org.nz/us-election-day-discussion-post-91116/#comment-1257997

    [2] https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-12112016/#comment-1259778

  10. Morrissey 10

    by Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, Oct. 10, 2015
    The Drone Papers (Article No. 1 of 8)

    From his first days as commander in chief, the drone has been President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice, used by the military and the CIA to hunt down and kill the people his administration has deemed — through secretive processes, without indictment or trial — worthy of execution. There has been intense focus on the technology of remote killing, but that often serves as a surrogate for what should be a broader examination of the state’s power over life and death.


    DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.”

    When the Obama administration has discussed drone strikes publicly, it has offered assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to boots on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be eliminated. Those terms, however, appear to have been bluntly redefined to bear almost no resemblance to their commonly understood meanings.

    The first drone strike outside of a declared war zone was conducted more than 12 years ago, yet it was not until May 2013 that the White House released a set of standards and procedures for conducting such strikes. Those guidelines offered little specificity, asserting that the U.S. would only conduct a lethal strike outside of an “area of active hostilities” if a target represents a “continuing, imminent threat to U.S. persons,” without providing any sense of the internal process used to determine whether a suspect should be killed without being indicted or tried. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been one of trust, but don’t verify.

    The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret slides that provides a window into the inner workings of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations at a key time in the evolution of the drone wars — between 2011 and 2013. The documents, which also outline the internal views of special operations forces …..

    Read more….

  11. Chuck 11

    “The revolving door continues for Labour with a new appointment being made at the same time another staffer quits.”


    Labour communications team is still missing 3 staff, and according to Stuff, Labour might not even fill all the vacant positions.

    Why would Labour not go into an election year with a fully staffed coms team? Since the Labour supporters on this site are convinced the media is against them, why is Labour comfortable with being understaffed?

  12. Pasupial 12

    This was unexpected:

    The Australian government has announced a landmark “one-off” resettlement deal to the United States for some refugees held at Australia’s remote offshore detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island… would prioritise families, women and children for settlement with “the prospect” that others in offshore detention would be resettled in the US… Turnbull refused to say how many refugees the deal would apply to…

    Among those on Manus and Nauru are people from Iran, Syria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iraq, as well as some who are stateless.


    I can’t help but wonder how this is going to play with the No Muslims crowd in the USA.

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    Emptying seas, mounting tensions in fish-hungry Asia

    Asia’s seafood addiction is depleting the oceans and stirring diplomatic tensions. The region consumes 70% of the world’s fish, a share poised to rise as the middle class expands. Fishing operators are searching for bigger hauls, while governments are increasingly protective of marine resources. The seas are churning with competition and disputes.

    Cause: Over population and the profit drive.

    Our present financial system brings about the worst possible result for our society and the Earth rather than the best as prophesied by the economists and politicians.

  14. Takere 14

    Ngati Paoa Operation Whakama. Mana Motuhake Denied. – Soiux Standing Rock Dakota.

    “Operation NEPTUNE” NZ Navy’s 75th year celebration. Nov 2016

    A local iwi in Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland NZ, Ngati Paoa is currently rehearsing their part on the waters of Tamaki Makaurau, Okahu Bay for their involvement in the up and coming NZ Navy’s 75th year celebration.

    A Self-proclaimed, leader, Hau Rawiri decided himself to take part in the event “Operation Neptune” and welcome into the Hauraki Gulf, Waitemata Harbour, the USS Sampson & the Chilean Ship the Esmeralda. The latter ship was used by Augusto Pinochet in his reign of terror he imposed upon the people of Chile in the 1970’s assisted by the US. These are two of more than 20 vessels.
    Both of these ships of death and destruction are not worthy of any kind of celebration or warrant the honour to be welcomed by the waka Kotuiti Tuarua of Ngati Paoa.

    The people of Ngati Paoa were not involved in the decision making in anyway.

    This has been disturbing news for many of the elders of Ngati Paoa as the history for Ngati Paoa & the NZ Navy in the firth of Thames is one of death and destruction.

    At the turn of the 19th century the British Navy had relentlessly bombed villages & Paa along the seabird coast, Pukorokoro/Miranda (not far from Kaiaua-100kms south east from Auckland Central) and killed many of our ancestors.

    “Rangipo pa invasion.”
    Which is what most of their tupuna did in 1863 when 850 British Bluejackets landed on the western Firth of Thames, after Governor Grey ordered the invasion of the Waikato. They came in warships, shelled pa’s and villages and swept ashore. Then the Crown took the land and gave some to the soldiers. The Ngati Whanaunga village of Pukorokoro was renamed Miranda after one of the warships.”
    Geoff Cumming Herald Article, 2012.

    No apology from the Crown has been made or offered to the people of Ngati Paoa to this day.

    Mana Motuhake!
    The native American Sioux Indian in Standing Rock Dakota in the US are been persecuted and denied “Mana Motuhake” and the right to step foot on their own whenua/land right now!
    Does that sound familiar? It should! For many Maaori it does. For the people of Ngati Paoa who are in the Settlement process currently. This predicament the people have been placed in will be seen throughout the world as the Indigenous Maaori tribe who did not support another indigenous culture fighting for the same thing that has taken the Maaori people more than 175 years!
    We would have liked to of had the choice to support the Sioux, instead the “choice” was taken from us by the Crown and the “leader”.

    So sadly, the people of Ngati Paoa have to act as individuals, apart from our iwi as Ngati Paoa to stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Sioux Indian people and supporters against the XL Oil Pipeline and the mighty Militarised Police & National Guard of the US. “Whakama!” – to be ashamed, embarrassed.
    It has been many months of protesting and legal battles in this period for them all and it looks like it is becoming a war of attrition? Who knows what the new President Elect will do?

    We should all be with the people at “Standing Rock” & the Sioux, Native American Indian & protestors, not celebrating the US and NZ Navy’s War Machines especially with the current Settlement negotiations that Ngati Paoa and the Crown are in currently.
    Many people of Ngati Paoa are opposed to the decision made by Hau Rawiri to lead the War Convoy by escorting the NZ & US, Chilean Navy’s weapons of mass destruction & death into Tamaki Makaurau, Waitemata Harbour in the waka Kotuiti Tuarua.
    It’s a sad time for our Tupuna.


    The Royal New Zealand Navy – Te Taua Moana o Aotearoa, will celebrate its 75th Anniversary.

    “Operation NEPTUNE” encompasses a range of events through 2016 with the culmination of the celebrations with an International Naval Review to be held on Thursday 17th Nov & Sat 19th Nov, when vessels from international navies visit Auckland for 5 days.

    Twenty international and New Zealand navy ships will take part in the event, in which Te Kotuiti Tuarua has not only been invited to lead the welcome of the vessels into Auckland Harbour, but to also take part in the review itself.
    The new Govenor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, will conduct the review.

    The Full Programme here on Ngati Paoa IWI Trusts Facebook page.


    • Manuka AOR 14.1

      We should all be with the people at “Standing Rock” & the Sioux, Native American Indian & protestors, not celebrating the US and NZ Navy’s War Machines

      Totally agree.

  15. JC 16

    This is Crazy!

    “We don’t need the power so why ruin this amazing place”


  16. weka 17

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  17. Lanthanide 18

    Well I wanted to get up early this morning, but 12:02am isn’t quite what I was thinking.

    Big rolling quake here, no damage at my place in CHCH, TC1 land, out west. Went on for at least 40 seconds, possibly a minute plus.


    • marty mars 18.1

      Very long and scarey here in golden bay at the top of the south. Hope everyone is okay.

    • Lanthanide 18.2

      According to geonet right now, there have been multiple magnitude 5+ aftershocks in Seddon and near Wellington. So it seems like a fairly large distribution, from the initial focal point.

      • Lanthanide 18.2.1

        I think these are phantom quakes, thrown up as a result of Geonet’s new ‘Rapid’ technology.

        Quake crowe, which get their data from geonet, are only showing 3 quakes – 2 of which I have felt. If there were really these half dozen quakes that are showing on Geonet, I would have felt more of them.

        • marty mars

          Had at least 6 strong -rattling -aftrshocks in the bay

        • weka

          What do you mean by phantom quake?

          I thought the quake went on for a long time, can’t see the time length on geonet.

          • weka

            Listening to RNZ, sounds like it was felt very strongly in Wellington and Nelson, and power outages in many places.

          • Lanthanide

            Geonet is reporting quakes all over the country, as often as a few minutes apart. If there were really that many quakes ocurring around Kaikoura / Seddon as it is showing, I would have felt them.

            Also, when a quake does actually happen in the south island, a few minutes later it often shows a separate quake in the north island, and it’s shown about 6 of them in the north island, some just to the west of Auckland, which is just not credible.

            So, phantom quakes, created by the instruments getting confused. This is purely my personal opinion.

            Edit: GNS duty seismologist on RNZ has said that there are many ghost quakes being reported.

  18. Draco T Bastard 19

    Largish earthquake in Canterbury. Hope peeps there are Ok.
    I felt it here in Auckland.

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    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters continues push for trans-Tasman travel as military take control of operations
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said the trans-Tasman bubble had not been jeopardised after a border botch-up resulted in New Zealand having two active cases of COVID-19. On Friday, Mr Peters told RNZ's Morning Report he had heard from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that borders for trans-Tasman travel would open by ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters on the Government’s Covid-19 border blunder
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said today he was pleased the army was now running the quarantine and isolation process - up until now it has been the Ministry of Health. Peters told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking that the army knew how to introduce and follow protocols and instil discipline. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First’s Ron Mark confirms bid for the Wairarapa seat
    Hon Ron Mark, New Zealand First List MP based in the Wairarapa New Zealand First MP and Minister for Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Ron Mark has confirmed his bid for the Wairarapa seat.“The Coalition Government has done a lot of good work throughout the Wairarapa, but many constituents have told ...
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  • New Zealand First welcomes second tranche of candidates
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the names of its next tranche of candidates for the 2020 election. We’re proud to announce these hardworking New Zealanders that have put their hand up to fight for a commonsense and resilient future.Jamie Arbuckle – Kaikoura Mark Arneil – Christchurch Central Jackie ...
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  • Joint effort under way to repatriate stranded Vanuatu nationals
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence A massive joint effort between New Zealand Government agencies, employers, and the Vanuatu Government is underway to repatriate over 1000 Vanuatu nationals stranded in New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron ...
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  • $40m for regional apprenticeships
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development Reprioritised funding of $40 million from the Provincial Growth Fund will support up to 1000 regional apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. The Regional Apprenticeship Initiative is part of the wider Apprenticeship Boost announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins ...
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  • Greens welcome new ACC zero carbon plans, call for ruling out any future fossil fuel investment
    The Green Party welcomes the ACC’s announcement to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but emphasises the need to go further, and faster to truly meet the climate change challenge. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers pleased with NZ First amendments to firearms bill
    Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment pushed by New Zealand First in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control.  Concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control. ...
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  • Building a more sustainable construction sector
    A new programme, which sets a firm course for the Building and Construction sector to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, has been announced by the Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. “A significant amount of New Zealand’s carbon emissions come from the building and construction sector.  If we’re serious ...
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  • PGF funds tourism boost in Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing more than $7.5 million in Northland ventures to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment is going to the Northern Adventure Experience and ...
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  • Four new projects announced as part of the biggest ever national school rebuild programme
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced significant funding for Auckland’s Northcote College as part of the first wave of a new nationwide school redevelopment programme to upgrade schools over the next 10 years. The $48.5 million project brings the total investment in Northcote College to ...
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  • COVID-19: Support to improve student attendance and wellbeing
    The Government has opened an urgent response fund to support schools and early learning services to get children and young people back on track after the Covid-19 lockdown. “While we are seeing improvements in attendance under Alert Level 1 Ministry of Education data shows that attendance rates in our schools ...
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  • Fast-track consenting law boosts jobs and economic recovery
    The law to boost the economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19 by speeding up resource consenting on selected projects has passed its second and third readings in the House today. “Accelerating nationwide projects and activities by government, iwi and the private sector will help deliver faster economic recovery and ...
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  • Whanganui Port gets PGF boost
    Five port-related projects in Whanganui will receive a $26.75 million Provincial Growth Fund investment to support local economic recovery and create new opportunities for growth, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is a significant investment that will support the redevelopment of the Whanganui Port, a project governed ...
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  • More support for Sarjeant Gallery
    Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery will receive an investment of up to $12 million administered by the Provincial Growth Fund to support its redevelopment, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The project is included in a $3 billion infrastructure pipeline announced by Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Shane Jones yesterday. ...
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  • Funding for training and upskilling
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $2.5 million into three Te Ara Mahi programmes to support Manawatū-Whanganui jobseekers and employees to quickly train and upskill, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Up to 154 local people will be supported into employment within the first year by these ...
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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    5 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    6 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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