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Open mike 14/01/2011

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  1. Dan 1

    Watching the scale of the tragedy in Queensland on the news this morning, I worry for so many that flood insurance is very difficult to get in Queensland. I understand you can get storm coverage but not flood coverage. Can someone elaborate further.

    • just saying 1.1

      http://www.kiwipolitico.com/2011/01/stay-classy-atlases/

      Quote Lew:
      Well, you would — but in fact, it’s worse than that. Many of those worst affected by flooding actually aren’t insured for it — because insurers expressly exclude flood damage from their policies. Most cover storms (falling water in the local area) but not flooding (rising water, or that which originated elsewhere). The Queensland Department of Primary Industry has a summary:

      Damn, the link in the above didn’t come through -you’ll have to hit the link to the blog at the top to get the details,

      As a footnote:
      Quote Lew:
      “…despite the present floods being declared the most severe disaster in Queensland’s history and with some discussion today that it may be the worst in the history of the Commonwealth, insurers were, a few days ago, saying that the losses to their industry would be modest.

      (Sidebar: if you’ve not connected the dots, this is the same insurance industry to which the Key government intends to deliver ACC early in their second term. Don’t say you weren’t warned.).

      italics mine

      • ZeeBop 1.1.1

        When I travel in Queensland I was struck by the flatness and how some homes were on stilts. But that’s capitalism, if insurance companies don’t provide flood cover then home owners should build their homes on stilts. But its easy for the market to supply cheaper homes to new comers who don’t ask why some homes are on stilts, the homes are cheaper to build without stilts. This is well government comes in, floodplains in Queensland should have all building built on stilts. Duh.

  2. So smile and wave sends Police Commissioner Howard Broad to the West Coast to tell grieving families that the Government is giving up the effort to retrieve the bodies of the minors. They had been promised by Key that everything possible would be done but apparently it was getting expensive. Some experts say a rescue is still possible according to Morning Report. Key should have at least fronted up and broken the news himself.

    The mighty dollar wins again …

  3. Chris73 3

    Monty owns Chris Hipkins on his “If the lights go out, blame Gerry” thread over on Red Alert, most amusing

    [lprent: You’re new here and I’m feeling tolerant after my second coffee of the morning. Do not use words like owns, pwned, or won when it comes to any comment around here. I will ban people who do so after doing my best to humiliate them for their self evident stupidity.

    This is an agree to disagree forum because there are very few issues where anything is as clearcut as would be required to make that apparent. However is a favorite trolling tactic because it is guaranteed to start flamewars. Read the policy to understand how much I dislike trolling tactics and flamewars and how far I will go to prevent outbreaks of either here.

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    • The Voice of Reason 3.1

      Or not, as the case may be. Monty regurgitating the press release added nothing to the debate and didn’t diminish Hipkin’s argument in the least, which was that the loss of the Whirinaki plant and the associated reserve scheme is short sighted and foolish.

      ps I think you’ll find variations on owned, pawned etc. are frowned on round these parts because they’re childish and inflammatory.

      • Chris73 3.1.1

        No he was because no one (not even Hipkins himself) has replied and refuted his (Montys) points (and fair enough about the owned comment)

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Monty, just like you, hasn’t got a friggen clue.

  4. Salsy 4

    Could it be America’s downfall is in fact democracy? Too large a volume of… well dumb people getting to decide for the many…

    Sarah Palin, the worlds most dangerous idiot.

    • Olwyn 4.1

      I would blame the corporate usurpation of governments leading to some representatives being chosen on the grounds of celebrity appeal rather than ability. Palin is presented as some sort of real, down home gal – a position maintained by shooting the odd moose and mouthing off in the right tone rather than reading long documents. She is roughly the equivalent of a pretty tattooed receptionist in a “funky” ad agency, exemplifying the firm’s image of itself. Different image, same principle.

      • prism 4.1.1

        Olwyn – good summary of Palin, I think right on it. Have been confused about her appeal, but shooting a moose would be big for a President I think. (Didn’t Teddy Roosevelt shoot bears. Or is that a myth.)

        The problem with USA democracy is that plain, practical, principled men and women probably can’t get in to power. It’s too expensive to campaign against those with huge cash for bells and whistles, and of course the entertainment quotient, as for Regan, and of course they have face and body recognition but unfortunately their minds and capacity for thought and analysis and determination to do the best for all American people remain masked.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          I think Obama is the closest they’ve gotten, and probably will get for a long time, so a ‘plain, practical, principled man’.

          I think part of his failure as a president was going into Washington without all the connections. Obviously being hamstrung by the ‘party of no’ at every turn hasn’t helped him at all, either.

          • Carol 4.1.1.1.1

            Obama had already sold his soul to key financial and other corporates by the time he was elected president. He compromised his plainness, practicality and principles a while back.

  5. This morning I heard the announcement that the “police” have made a decision to hand over responsibility for the recovery of bodies from Pike River. Since when is that a matter that should be controlled by a financial receiver?! I see John Key and Gerry Brownlee have all run for cover on National radio today.

    There’s no way this issue was decided by the police. Key and his lot would have had the sign off. This will play badly for key – after his promises to the families.

    Why wouldn’t a PM have the guts to front on this? Yes we all know…just following Crosby Textor lines of what to front on and what not to…thanks Howard for taking the wrap, love John…
    Did you notice Key was fine to front on the assistance for Brisbane (with framed pic of himself as a backdrop)…but seemingly not about small disaster issues on our doorstep. Stunning I think my view of Key just went a few degrees lower.

    • Olwyn 5.1

      Absolutely shocking, after “We will do all we can to get your boys back” having been said so often and so earnestly. And now that I hear Queenslanders being described in exactly the same tone as Coasters were then, it all sounds like so much mac-rhetoric, devoid of any real respect for the courage and suffering of ordinary people.

    • Chris73 5.2

      He can’t be everywhere (even Trevor Mallard was wondering why he wasn’t in Christchurch…), he doesn’t have access to the Tardis so he probably didn’t knpw about the announcement until it was too late

      And how dare he go to australia after all what have australia done for us recently in regards to natural disasters we’ve suffered…(please note the sarcasm)

      • prism 5.2.1

        Can you tell us what Australia has done for free for us Chris73? Aren’t we paying for the machines we have had to bring over for Pike River as we didn’t have any equipment like that? Personnel, for mining experts, we would probably be paying expenses and be glad to so we could gain from the expertise. (Perhaps Pike River management should publish a booklet giving their hindsight findings called Mining on a Tight Budget – How to avoid the more egregious problems).

        We send firefighting teams between countries to fight these and there is a team helping out in Queensland.

    • Deadly_NZ 5.3

      Have you not worked it out yet?? Then let me tell you, The Smiley wavey one will NEVER put himself in a position where he has to answer a question that he can spin his way out of. And there is NO WAY so make this look any better than it is, in fact is looks even worse by the fact that NO politician from the ruling elite has fronted up. (well thats what they think of themselves as)

    • Treetop 5.4

      I at least expected to hear from Judith Collins in regard to the police handing over the management of the Pike River mine. I say management because the company who managed the Pike River mine pissed off about a month ago (Pike river mine became a political issue then) and the recievers went quiet. Collins is the duty minister this week.

      Safety of the Pike River mine is still the responsibility of the owner of the mine. The Aussies have made a huge contribution inspite of the gag machine not being as efficent as expected and realising that plugging the leaks earlier would have made the recovery more efficient.

      • Treetop 5.4.1

        One minute I hear on radio that Pike River Coal are responsible for safety of the mine, then I read that the recievers are. What the hell do accountants know about mine safety?

        Has the smoke and mirrors began?
        “trickery or deception often in a political context”

        Who are the more seasoned politicians?
        Pike River Coal or the government.

    • Vicky32 5.5

      I am just hearing Key on 3 News, now saying that he never promised to get the bodies out!
      Deb

  6. johnm 6

    THE IRISH PEOPLE ARE STEADFASTLY WITH RIGHTEOUS OUTRAGE TRASHING THE DEAL TO BAIL OUT THE RICH WHOSE CASINO BETS WENT WRONG.
    May God Protect Global Bankers: Irish Leaders Castigated As Greatest Traitors Of All Time
    the names of Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan are now being reviled as the villains who inflicted horrendous financial disaster upon the Irish people and forced the enslavement of future generations to a criminal cadre of International Banksters.

    The words ‘treason’, ‘traitors’, and ‘treachery’ are being increasingly used not only by ordinary citizens but also by certain politicians, economists, business leaders, and celebrities. ‘Economic treason’ was a term used by the leader of the Labour Party to describe Cowen and Lenihan’s blanket guarantee to the banks. And, incredibly, even the country’s ostensibly non-partisan police association, the GRA, accused the government of ‘treachery’ and denounced it as a ‘government of national sabotage’.
    Refer link:
    http://dailybail.com/home/may-god-protect-global-bankers-irish-leaders-castigated-as-g.html

    Relevance to NZ? Why was tax payers money used to bail out South Canterbury, which if hadn’t happened would have led to a deflationary effect, which is realistic and is obeying the free market principles ACT-nat profess. But really they believe in Privatize Public Wealth and recover Private losses from the Public coffers! Corporate Welfare but darwinian free market for taxpayers.
    What’s happened in Ireland is one of the most Outrageous heists of public money ever done and the Irish people are going to reject it BIG TIME.

    [lprent: My moderator instincts get aroused when I see very similar comments across two posts within minutes. I’d suggest you don’t try this as a generic practice because it draws my attention. It tends to annoy me when people start using the site as a dumping ground for cut’n’paste. ]

  7. logie97 7

    Our Prime Minister was quick to send a team of firemen and others to assist in Queensland. Quite right too – we should be in there boots and all.

    But when all the assistance is finished and life has returned to some normality the firemen will inevitably go cap in hand to their masters in a new pay round. And John Key will tell them through his ministers, that there ain’t no money. Strange thing that. One of life’s mysteries.

    And who were the heroes in the devastation that beset Canterbury last year?
    Politically Key and Parker were the winners. But the heroes were the ones who had to be called upon to repair the basics and not the least of whom were the sewer workers. I bet they are not in the $70,000 plus bracket. They know their station in life.

  8. Sanctuary 8

    The disgraceful cynicism of this government continues. The gutless refusal of John Key to front the media this morning over the decision to seal the Pike River Mine simply beggars belief. The man is a lazy coward, quick to exploit a photo opportunity but running a mile from bad news or from offering genuine leadership. Absolutely disgraceful beyond words.

    • prism 8.1

      Key – Mr Cinceritie, a pseudo cardboard copy of reality. Lots of sincerity, warmth, compassion, commitment at emotional and news-breaking moments, but this is similar to perfume where the scent fades in time. Now it needs to be reapplied but the bottle is empty.

      captcha – operators

    • interesting 8.2

      Sanctuary, I agree that Key should have fronted. But My understanding is that they are NOT saying that they are sealing the mine, but that it is now up to the Pike River receivers to deal with the recovery. They have said that they can’t afford it, but are looking for help to fund it.

  9. Carol 9

    So, after the Tuscon shootings, the sale of guns in Arizona has increased, especially of exactly the kind of gun used by Jared Loughner in the shootings.

    http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/15692

    Some of the Arizonans interviewed on Al Jazeera this morning said they were buying guns to be safe, and to protect themselves in their homes etc. How exactly would citizens carrying guns have stopped Loughner from shooting any of his victims?

    • interesting 9.1

      Carol, easy, they would shoot him before he shot anymore? American logic for ya. Heh.

      • Bright Red 9.1.1

        one of the guys who tackled Laughner was armed. Didn’t save anyone. He didn’t even draw the weapon.

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.1

          Draw a weapon in a situation like that and some passing cop will probably decide you are one of the perps.

  10. prism 10

    More 1080 is needed. Or we lose all our native birds by attrition. 1080 is passionately hated by hunters because it affects mammals, which includes their dogs. That is the main reason I think for their hatred of 1080. The birds can go whistle. It can fall into waterways but the applications try to prevent this, and I understand it dissipates to a tolerable level to mammals, which includes us.

    • The Voice of Reason 10.1

      1080 is not the answer prism and it’s not just hunters who hate it. If you drive along the coast its amazing the number of properties that have anti-1080 signs on their fences. There are alternatives to poisoning our forests. Someof them can be found here:

      http://www.stop1080poison.com/index.html

      • Bill 10.1.1

        VoR.

        Just been and had a look at that website. They have an ‘alternatives’ button, but they don’t advocate for any alternatives beyond a trapping programme. Given the remoteness and difficulty of much of NZ’s terrain, I can’t see how trapping alone could ever constitute a viable alternative to poison drops. Sure, in accessable areas, trapping might be of some use. And possum skins can be sold at present if anyone is so inclined. But what about rats and cats, stoats and whatever else?

        If a viable alternative to 1080 was proposed, then all good. But until then, 1080 would seem to be the best option there is.

      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.2

        I remember when Rangitoto didn’t have flowers on it and it’s tree cover was dessicated because of the possums. After they dropped 1080 on it and got rid of the bloody possums the trees grew healthy again and bloomed, native wild life returned and, overall, the island life is much healthier now.

    • Bill 10.2

      I as extremely uncomfortale with 1080 use until I saw a (60 minutes?) spot on it’s use, aired in relation to the guy, dying of cancer, who camped out somewhere in protest at its use.

      My problem now is that the debate is utterly emotional. Even DOCs website (last time I looked) had pictures of various predators in angry and vicious ‘going to rip your throat out’ poses. Not bloody helpful for faccilitating any informed debate.

      I never knew that is use was predicated on the knowledge that it would kill a percentage of native birds, but that their population levels would recover then expand much faster than predator populations. And I didn’t know that a sub-lethal dose would be ‘processed’ and eliminated from the bodies of affected creatures.

      It seems to me that the 1080 debate is quite a simple one, but that the information simply isn’t being put out there. Don’t know why that is.

      • The Voice of Reason 10.2.1

        Cheers for your comments, Bill, gave me some pause for thought. I’m not an expert on the matter, but as I said above, it seems a fair percentage of coasters oppose 1080’s use and the alternatives must be worth a look. I appreciate trapping is labour intensive, but it’s not like we have a shortage of labour at the moment. (Perhaps we could combine the building of the South Island leg of the cycleway and the laying of traps and kill two birds with one stone, er, …).

        • MrSmith 10.2.1.1

          I live in an remote area that was 1080’ed a couple of years ago, I was catching a possum almost every night before the 1080 poisoning now can’t catch 1 a month, 1080 is the most cost affective way we have of controlling possum numbers at the moment , I think the Kiwi party campaigned on banning 1080 at the last election, so that has the alarms bells ringing in my head.

      • prism 10.2.2

        I have noticed this Bill – the emotion I mean. The fact that people may have signs up on their properties saying no 1080 does not mean these people are connoiseurs of facts and bastions of reason, it just means that they are a tight little group that has pitched each other against the nasty chemicals that they have seen, or been told about, kill animals.

        Unfortunately it seems that there has to be some small loss for a large gain and if these people were really environment lovers they would start thinking along those lines. Checking up on Doc’s system and contractors all the time yes, but not crying for a complete ban or major obstruction.

        • shaz47 10.2.2.1

          When I was a kid living on a farm (40 years ago) living in Central Otago we had the rabbit board. Government paid, whose sole job was to hunt rabbits, possums and stoats. They were excellent hunters and were most effective. The government supplied a land rover, family house and all the guns. These men were government paid and where able to make extra money selling the skins and they could clean an area very quickly. Most of the old farmers and land owners now say that of all the methods used for pest control these men were the most effective. They also ate the meat from the rabbits. The government axed all rabbit boards around 1966 and from that point pests became a problem. It would be difficult to go back to that style of control and maybe one or two could be still alive to teach the skill. I know doc is doing the best they know how but maybe it is time to search out some of these men and invest in their skill. It might also create some new jobs as well, and less birds will sacrificed. These men where real hunters and took there job seriously.

  11. interesting 11

    Appears a new party, linked to the failed chinese crafar farm bid, is planning to launch and run in the Botany By-election.

    The New Zealand Herald reports it:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10699542

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      “The Herald understands contenders for the party’s Botany candidacy include former Labour Party list candidate Stephen Ching, United Chinese Press chief editor Jerry Wen Yang and Auckland businessman Paul Young.”

      Presumably Paul Young will be doing it for the love of the common people.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tTH6ZWMrsg

      • Carol 11.1.1

        And key leaders of this proposed New Citizens Party met last week in Beijing? Huh? Is this an NZ party or what?

      • Chris73 11.1.2

        Hopefully he’ll come back and stay for good this time…

        • The Voice of Reason 11.1.2.1

          Nice one, Chris, another great song. Shame about his cover of love will never tear us apart, though. I could never vote for him after that!

    • Tigger 12.1

      This quote floored me.
      “Ms Goudie said her greatest contribution to the electorate has been her “open-door policy” for constituents.
      “People’s political preferences have never stopped me helping them,” she said.”

      I should damn well hope not. You’re elected to represent the electorate, not just your voters. If doing her job is her biggest success then it’s just as well she’s off.

      • Chris73 12.1.1

        Shes leaving so National can bring in someone with new skills and experiences, something for Labour to consider…

      • logie97 12.1.2

        Let’s see now, my gilt-edged superannuation kicks in after how many years in Parliament? 1, 2, 3… ah yes 9. Thanks NZ.

        Go the Greens.

  12. Tigger 13

    Key desperate for invite to royal wedding…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4542506/PM-puts-hand-up-for-Royal-wedding

    He’s just hoping Obama is there…

    • Deadly_NZ 13.1

      He’s like a little kid jumping up ‘n’ down saying ” take my picture ” Take MY Picture” Then throwing a tanty TAKE MY F87ING PICTURE NOW” and spitting the dummy and doing the big tanty spin on the floor, parents know this one the cereal isle one.

  13. stever 14

    Take a look at

    pushnote.com

    It’s great for adding comments even to pages that don’t allow them (so, very useful for Stuff and HNZ reports, for example)—having conversations about reports *in place* seems like a great idea.

    • Deadly_NZ 14.1

      Yeah but how many sites will it piss off and how many will it make open up feedback on some of the more important things instead of feedback on farking glee?

      I may even give it a go unless it just caused the first Firefox crash i’ve had in about 6 months just after i installed it

  14. Colonial Viper 15

    UK Govt’s Own Bookie Set to Relocate to Avoid Tax

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/jan/14/tote-tax-avoidance-channel-islands

    The Tote, the government-owned bookmaker, is braced for a backlash over plans to move a portion of its business offshore and reduce its tax liabilities in the process. Despite being fully state-owned and operated since its foundation in 1928, the Tote yesterday admitted it plans to filter bets placed with third-party, offshore bookmakers through its Guernsey outpost in a move that would sidestep income tax.


    The potential for avoidance of income tax and payments to the Levy, the tax on bookmakers which partially funds the racing industry, is seen as an important carrot in the task of persuading bookmakers, who are themselves already avoiding gross profits tax, corporation tax and the Levy by basing themselves outside Britain, to remain loyal to the Tote rather than using other pool betting operators.

    Madness.

  15. Vicky32 17

    Just heard Hil’ry Berry announce that an investigation has “cleared the SAS of any wrong-doing”. Predicted and predictable…
    Deb

    • higherstandard 17.1

      Indeed I predicted that they had acted in a correct manner and it was most predictable that they had.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-news/news/national-news/4542807/SAS-confirms-Afghan-gunfight

      • Colonial Viper 17.1.1

        You mean the security guards acted in the correct manner?

        I guess so since the security guard was tasked with defending the compound against raids of armed men, and when one occurred the guard was doing exactly his job when he was killed.

        How exactly was the guard supposed to know that this was NZ SAS?

        • higherstandard 17.1.1.1

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10699720

          “New Zealand SAS soldiers fired weapons in self-defence when they killed two security guards during an operation in Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, an investigation by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and the New Zealand Defence Force has found.”

          “It clearly shows the New Zealanders came under fire from an Afghan ‘security guard’ and that the New Zealanders only returned fire in self defence because they were at risk of death or serious injury. The guard was wounded during the exchange of fire and then retreated into a nearby building.”

          • The Voice of Reason 17.1.1.1.1

            Um, didn’t we attack them? The guard was defending his own turf. If it was your house and somebody came through the door in camo gear and you had a gun to hand and the time to get off a shot, what would you do, HS?

          • Pascal's bookie 17.1.1.1.2

            hs, old chum.

            I’ll say first up that I don’t care much about the particulars of this incident. In a very real sense it’s irrelevant who shot first or what have you.

            The important point of this incident is that we were acting on what we believed was solid intelligence about a threat, got into a firefight where people were killed, following that the Afghan government complained that the raid was in breach of the agreement that their forces lead all actions in Kabul. Somewhere in that chain of events there is a fuckup that has not been touched on by this report. Or at least if the report does touch on those issues, we are not being told about it.

            Explicitly: was the intelligence good? If it was good, why didn’t we run the operation as per the agreement? These are questions about trust, essentially. And the lack of it.

            The second point I’d make is that while I have enormous respect for our military both as an institution and at the individual level, I have a much lower level of confidence in ISAF reporting and investigations.

          • QoT 17.1.1.1.3

            Late to the party but I am loving the use of scare quotes around “security guard” in that Herald article. Whatever it takes to make the actions of Our Boys look okay, right?

      • prism 17.1.2

        hs You are so predictable.

  16. Salsy 18

    Key fronts up about Pike River – from his gated mansion in Auckland The plan has failed

  17. Colonial Viper 19

    The Destruction of the US Middle Class

    This in the richest country in the world.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/13/AR2011011305262.html?hpid=topnews

    Even before Seymour joined the ranks of the jobless, bills had started piling up. During his previous spell of unemployment several years ago, he and Sondi burned through their savings and $100,000 they had parked in 401(k) savings plans. At the peak of the boom, aiming to clear their credit card debt, they took out a loan against a house in North Carolina that Sondi had inherited from her parents. When they could no longer afford the mortgage or utilities, they put the place on the market, praying that they could unload it, even for less than what they owed.

    When the power at their Fairfax City house was cut off in November, Sondi and Seymour got used to seeing by flashlight, eating cold food and lingering at the houses of Sondi’s cat-sitting clients just to be warm. The last time they had gone without electricity for that long was by choice, when they went diving on a private island in Fiji.

    In November, Sondi Moore called Dominion Virginia Power seeking help and was referred to the county human services office. Within 10 days, she paid $600 of the power bill; a caseworker covered the rest by cobbling together small amounts from utility assistance programs.

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  • Expert group appointed to lead New Zealand’s future health system
    An outstanding group of people with extensive and wide-ranging governance and health experience have been appointed to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “This Government is building a truly national health system to provide consistent, high-quality health services right across the country. This ...
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  • Funding to help clean up contaminated sites
    The Government is supporting the clean-up of contaminated sites in Northland, Dunedin and Southland to reduce risk to people’s health and protect the environment. Environment Minister David Parker said the funding announced today, through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund, will help us turn previously hazardous sites into safe, usable public ...
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  • Predator Free apprenticeships open up new job opportunities
    The expansion of a predator free apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for more people to kick-start a conservation career, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The Predator Free Apprenticeship Programme is focused on increasing the number of skilled predator control operators in New Zealand through a two-year training programme. “The Trust ...
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  • Further NCEA support confirmed for Auckland students
    The number of Learning Recognition Credits for senior secondary school students will be increased for Auckland students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed today. This recognises the extended time these students will spend in Alert Levels 3 and 4. “It means students in Auckland will have a fair opportunity to attain ...
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  • Long-term pathway next step to better mental wellbeing for New Zealanders
    The Government is taking a new approach to support people who experience mental distress, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – Long-term pathway to mental wellbeing (Kia Manawanui) is the first 10-year plan of its kind that targets the cause of mental distress and also sets out how ...
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  • Keeping our Police safe to keep our communities safe
    The Government is committed to keeping our frontline police officers safe, so they in turn can keep New Zealanders safe – with one of the largest investments in frontline safety announced by Police Minister Poto Williams at the Police College today.   The $45 million investment includes $15.496 million in ...
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  • Clean Vehicles Bill passes first checkpoint
    The Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill will help New Zealand drive down transport emissions by cleaning up the light vehicle fleet, Transport Minister Michael Wood says. The Bill passed its first reading today and will establish the legislative framework for key parts of the Government’s Clean Car Package, including ...
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  • Funding boost supports ongoing Māori COVID-19 response
    The Government is responding to the need by whānau Māori and Māori Health providers to support their ongoing work responding to COVID-19 and to continue increasing rates of Māori vaccination, Associate Minister for Health (Māori Health), Peeni Henare and Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson announced today.   This increased ...
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  • Significant increase to COVID-19 penalties
    Penalties for breaches of COVID-19 orders are set to significantly increase from early November 2021 to better reflect the seriousness of any behaviour that threatens New Zealand’s response to the virus, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Throughout this Delta outbreak we’ve seen the overwhelming majority of people doing ...
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  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill returns to Parliament
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has returned to Parliament for its second reading in an important step towards giving enforcement agencies greater power to protect New Zealanders from terrorist activity. “The Bill addresses longstanding gaps in our counter terrorism legislation that seek to protect New Zealanders and make us safer,” Justice ...
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    4 days ago
  • Joint Statement: New Zealand and Australian Trade Ministers
    Hon Damien O'Connor MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Hon Dan Tehan MP, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, met virtually on Monday 20 September to advance trans-Tasman cooperation under the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (CER). CER is one of the most ...
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  • Prime Minister’s Post Cabinet Press Conference/COVID-19 Update opening statement
    ***Please check against delivery***   E te tī, e te tā, nau mai rā [To all, I bid you welcome]   As you will have seen earlier, today there are 22 new community cases to report; three of which are in Whakatiwai in the Hauraki area, and the remainder in ...
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  • Major milestones for Māori COVID-19 vaccine rollout as new campaign launches
    Whānau Ora and Associate Health (Māori Health) Minister Peeni Henare acknowledges two major milestones in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme for Māori. “I am very pleased to announce more than 50 percent of eligible Māori have received their first dose and 25 per cent are now fully vaccinated,” ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government funding to fight infectious diseases
    $36 million for research into Covid-19 and other infectious diseases The investment will improve our readiness for future pandemics Research will focus on prevention, control, and management of infectious diseases The Government’s investing in a new Infectious Diseases Research Platform to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response and preparedness for ...
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    5 days ago
  • Quarantine-free travel with Australia to remain suspended for a further 8 weeks
    Suspension to be reviewed again mid to late November Decision brought forward to enable access from Australia to first tranche of around 3000 rooms in MIQ Air New Zealand working at pace to put on more flights from Australia from October    The suspension of quarantine-free travel (QFT) with Australia has ...
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    1 week ago
  • Extra support for Ethnic Communities to share vaccination information
    Extra support is being made available to Ethnic Communities to help them share COVID-19 vaccination information within their communities, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “We know we need to get every eligible person in New Zealand vaccinated. A fund being launched today will allow for ...
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    1 week ago
  • School holidays remain unchanged for Auckland region
    School holidays in Auckland will continue to be held at the same time as the rest of the country, starting from Saturday, 2 October, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “I’ve carefully considered advice on the implications of shifting the dates and concluded that on balance, maintaining the status quo ...
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  • Government continues crackdown on gangs and organised crime
    Operation Tauwhiro extended until March 2022 Since it was launched in February, Operation Tauwhiro has resulted in:   987 firearms seized $4.99 million in cash seized 865 people charged with a firearms-related offence Gangs and organised crime groups will continue to be relentlessly targeted with the extension of Police’s successful ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to Body Positive 'HIV Treatments Update Seminar 2021'
    E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I te kaupapa o te rā. Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa Acknowledgements It’s a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Power bill changes bring fairness to charges
    A key recommendation of an independent panel to make electricity charges fairer across all households will be put in place, the Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has announced. “Phasing out the regulations on ‘low-use’ electricity plans will create a fairer playing field for all New Zealanders and encourage a ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ economy’s strong momentum will support rebound from Delta outbreak; COVID fund replenished
    The economy showed strong momentum in the period leading up to the recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak, which bodes well for a solid economic rebound, Grant Robertson said. GDP rose 2.8 percent in the June quarter, following on from a 1.4 percent increase in the previous March quarter. This was a ...
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  • Projects create benefits into the future
    Making a well-known lake swimmable and helping to halt the decline of the endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins are among a suite of new projects being supported by the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme across the southern South Island, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “It’s no secret that many of our most ...
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    1 week ago
  • Opening statement for Whāriki Indigenous Small Business Roundtable
      Kei ngā tōpito e wha o te āo e rere ana te mihi maioha ki a koutou nō tawhiti, nō tata mai e tāpiri ana ki tēnei taumata kōrero mo te ao hokohoko arā mā ngā pākihi mo ngā iwi taketake Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa – Pai Mārire.  ...
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    1 week ago
  • New members appointed to Kāpuia
    The Government is adding four additional members to Kāpuia, the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “I’m looking forward to having Pamela MacNeill, Huia Bramley, Melani Anae and Katherine Dedo  join Kāpuia and contribute to this group’s ...
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  • Timeline confirmed for Emissions Reductions Plan
    Cabinet has agreed to begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, the Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw confirmed today. “Cabinet’s decision allows organisations and communities ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pay parity pathway for early learning teachers confirmed
    Pay parity conditions and higher funding rates for education and care services will come into force on 1 January, 2022, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins confirmed today. The Government signalled this work in Budget 2021. “From 1 January, 2022, centres opting into the scheme will receive government funding and be ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021
    Kia Ora tatau katoa.   Ka tuku mihi ki nga nēhi, He pou Hauora o Aotearoa, E ora ai tatou.   Whakatau mai  I runga i te kaupapa o te ra Te NZNO conference.   Tena koutou tena koutou Tena tatou katoa   Good morning, and thank you inviting me ...
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  • Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark
    171 catchment groups have now been invested in by the Government 31 catchment groups in the Lower North Island are receiving new support More than 5,000 farmers are focussed on restoring freshwater within a generation through involvement in catchment groups  Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land ...
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    1 week ago
  • Fight to protect kauri on track
    The Government is pitching in to help vital work to protect nationally significant kauri forests in Auckland, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan says. “Ensuring the survival of these iconic trees for future generations means doing everything we can to prevent the potential spread of kauri dieback disease,” Kiri Allan said. ...
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    2 weeks ago