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Open mike 14/08/2011

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  1. Carol 1

    Some major brands, which had been promoted as gangster chic, have taken a PR hit as a result of being the main target for looters in the UK riots. Adidas & Nike are a couple of those brands. Now the corporates that own these brands are scrambling to develop counter-PR strategies. Meanwhile, some marketers are looking for further ways to exploit the associations with looting and the riots for more intensive gangster chic marketing.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/12/uk-riots-gangster-chic-brands

    Branding experts are warning that the riots are a wake-up call for the fashion brands that JD Sports stocks. They have cultivated a “gangster chic” image and found themselves targeted by looters across the country. Mark Borkowski, a PR and branding expert, said that image was now coming back to haunt them.

    […]

    Borkowski said brands have been aligning themselves with gang and criminal culture for decades but ramped up their association with less clean-cut figures in recent years.

    Adidas will next week launch an advertising campaign featuring rapper, gang member and convicted criminal Snoop Dogg. The Adidas Originals advert also stars fellow US rapper Big Sean, who was charged with sexual assault last week.

    [..]

    Ritson agrees that the most-stolen brands will receive “extra street cred” from their association with the riots and looting.

    “Some brands may acquire extra street cred because they were part of it [the unrest],” he said. “It’s remarkable, but for brands that are targeted at the young, pissing off a lot of older people will actual increase the brands’ appeal to the young.”

    • Bored 1.1

      With all the arrests the next fashion is likely to be Black Bloc…

      What this entails is covering everything in black including the face, working to established and known anti police and anti arrest tactics in unison without leadership, and not knowing or being able to incriminate your fellow rioter.

      Black may become very chic.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        And on the way to and from the gathering, simply put on a nice ADIDAS RWC top and pretend that you are a NZ rugby supporter!

    • freedom 1.2

      “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

      Plato, 4th Century BC

      • higherstandard 1.2.1

        I s’pose civilizations have had similar problems throughout history. Many of the comments out of Rome prior to its slow decline are indistinguishable from what you read today on blogs and letters to the editor.

        • mik e 1.2.1.1

          At least the Tory finance minister Osbourne has admitted the problems cause has been Deprivation in these communities BBC world news this morning!

        • mik e 1.2.1.2

          Lowerstandard from Rome today Berlusconi raises tax by 10% on the rich by 7.5% on interest and shares!

      • Akldnut 1.2.2

        8,000 Years of Anti-Social Behaviour

        Definitely not something new, more than likely just enhanced with modernisation.

        • grumpy 1.2.2.1

          This, from a much better commentator…..

          http://www.city-journal.org/2011/eon0810td.html

          • Puddleglum 1.2.2.1.1

            From your link:

            The riots are the apotheosis of the welfare state and popular culture in their British form. A population thinks (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class) that it is entitled to a high standard of consumption, irrespective of its personal efforts; and therefore it regards the fact that it does not receive that high standard, by comparison with the rest of society, as a sign of injustice. It believes itself deprived (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class), even though each member of it has received an education costing $80,000, toward which neither he nor—quite likely—any member of his family has made much of a contribution;

            I’ve highlighted the bits I disagree with. The pronouncements of intellectuals and the political class (at least one part of it)’ and so-called welfare dependency are not the issue in so many ways it’s hard to know where to start. But I’ll try.

            First, welfare systems existed long before so-called ‘intellectuals’ were supposedly telling anyone they had a right to a “high standard of consumption” and didn’t lead to these kinds of riots.

            Second,  most ‘intellectuals’ and many left-wing politicians have decried the focus on consumption and wealth as the measure of a person. There is so much critical literature on consumer capitalism I barely know where to start.

            Third, missing from this analysis are those other – apparently innocent – purveyors of the values of consumerism: marketing(!!! – hint, it’s the whole point of marketing!), advertising, PR and right wing politicians – such as Richard Prebble who said on Nat Rad, after the 1997 Asian crisis, that anyone (like the Greens) advocating against consumption were ‘traitors’, and George Bush persuading Americans to show the terrorists what for after 9/11 by going shopping!! Consumerist, self-centred lives  – welcome to late capitalism.

            The only critical and informed appraisal of consumerism and materialist, individualist, me-first values and ideology has consistently been from the left.

            Notice also, that the so-called cause of all modern problems – lefty-liberal 60s/70s ideology – only came along after a post-War economic boom and decades of attempts on the part of industry and the state via the advertisers/marketers deliberately to shift values away from ‘production values’ (work, save, be watchful of expenditure) and towards consumption values (self-focus, immediate gratification, hedonism, ok with debt).

            It’s been deliberate, grumpy – and not on behalf of the ‘intellectuals’. Weren’t you aware of that? 

    • Bored 3.1

      There is a lovely label on the last point of the article fundamentalist consumerism ….gets you thinking does it not? Gotta have the latest, the label, the look….all of which transcend the individual.

  2. Great ideas put forward for the repair and development of Christchurch, the Prime Minister describes it as a wish list only, but a half baked job won’t lead to a strong recovery. Lets have some intelligent thinking and do what has been shown possible elsewhere in the world:
    http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/08/intelligent-citiesintelligent-economies.html

  3. vto 5

    In 2007 in the USA there was $773,000,000,000 ($773 billion) in circulation.

    In 2011 in the USA there is $1,030,000,000,000 ($1.03 trillion) in circulation.

    There is now one third more printed money in existence.

    The Federal Reserve (that privately owned organisation tasked with money manufacture in the US) in 2007 owned $985,000,000,000 ($985 billion) in assets.

    In 2011 it owns $2,850,000,000,000 ($2.85 trillion) in assets. These were bought with money that it printed.

    Just some minor wee facts for a Sunday morning pondering ……………………

    • Bored 5.1

      Complies with the golden rule…he who has the gold makes the rules.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        This will soon be true again. NB the golden rule states who holds the GOLD not who holds the USD 😀

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      Not forgetting those figures are all in USD. Which obviously isn’t worth as much as it used to be for printing reasons. The price of GOLD directly reflects the ongoing debasement of the USD.

      Now here’s the question which really screws things up.

      If there is an extra $230B in circulation, but the Fed printed an extra ~$1900B to buy those dodgy assets…who pocketed the difference???.

      I wonder if you are reading the same websites as I am 🙂

  4. Anne 6

    Former Governor General, Sir Paul Reeves has died.

    I guess that means a certain person who is making a big campaign speech – ostensibly to the Party faithful – will not make the No.1 spot on the TV news this evening. That will p–s him off!

    • prism 6.1

      We have lost a good hardworking thoughtful and principled man now that Sir Paul Reeves has died, ex Governor General and worker for a good constitution for Fiji, that was bypassed on spurious grounds by coup leaders. He was trying to help them fromulate a constitution that would ensure their diverse nationalities all had a voice but no outright monopoly.

      • Anne 6.1.1

        He was trying to help them formulate a constitution that would ensure their diverse nationalities all had a voice but no outright monopoly.

        Agree prism.
        I guess he was too good for Fiji’s coup leaders.
        I watched TV One’s presentation of his life and times, and was glad to be reminded he stood up to the Rogernomes in the late 1980s when it was fashionable to be a Rogernome. That took courage which he had in abundance. It’s the people who have such courage in the face of adversity who are remembered by history – not the hypocrites who pander to the lowest common denominator.

  5. freedom 7

    here is a nationwide Fox News on-line poll that strangely enough was removed from Fox News’s site
    possibly because it completely contradicts the findings of their headline straw poll ?
    http://www.topix.com/issue/fox/gop-debate-aug11
    http://www.foxnews.com/

    note this little piece of info regarding policy for voting on the straw poll
    (there is nothing better then *cough* free elections *cough cough* )

    “The poll results are nonbinding, amount to a popularity contest and offer candidates a chance to test their get-out-the-vote organizations. Those willing to shell out $30 for a ticket were eligible to vote, though some campaigns paid for tickets they distributed to backers”

    for more on this oh-so-subtle piece of media manipulation
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/13/finally-here-ames-straw-poll-first-test-2012/
    http://www.infowars.com/forget-the-hoax-ron-paul-is-a-presidential-front-runner/

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      Ron Paul might’ve been a contender 10 years ago, but he’s an old man now. That and the fact that TPTB will never let him take office.

      That said I will be giving the rank and file Republicans some real credit if they actually select him as their candidate.

      • Vicky32 7.1.1

        That said I will be giving the rank and file Republicans some real credit if they actually select him as their candidate.

        I thought his whole advertising point of difference was that he’s a Libertarian Independent? THerefore I’m a tad confused…

  6. Draco T Bastard 8

    Report Ties Financial Industry Lobbying to the Financial Crisis

    Mortgage-lending companies that lobbied prior to the financial crisis generally engaged in riskier lending practices, according to the report, and they were more likely to be bailed out. “Sixteen of the twenty lenders that spent the most on lobbying between 2000 and 2006” received bailout funds, with 60% of funds allocated under TARP going to lenders that lobbied on specific issues.

    Without greater disclosure of the activities on which lenders lobbied, the authors could not determine whether mortgage lenders lobbied to gain preferential treatment or to share information with decision-makers. (It could be both.)

    We definitely need rules concerning lobbying and lobbyists. We need to know who they are, who they’re working for and what they’re lobbying for at the very least.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Yes. And just as importantly a full review and tighten up of the rules around both private/public campaign financing and media funding.

      Multimillion dollar private campaign funding and unlimited corporate speech through the mass media has been the death knell of US politics.

      I have posted this before re: the subprime mortgage regulation failure, just making sure you had seen it. The FBI blew the whistle on this in 2004 and they were ignored.

      http://reimaginingeconomics.mirocommunity.org/video/25/steinhardt-lecture-2010-at-lew

  7. randal 9

    thats right draco. at the moment we are being chivvvied around by a privileged group that feels it does not have to abide by any rules whatsoever and as they are the distributors of largesse the government sees no need to form any rules for them either.

  8. Dave 11

    I just have one question, is releasing part of your policy before the election and labeling it a ‘plank’ a freudian slip alluding to the intellectual capacity of your leader, your caucus, the press or your voters?

    I was always under the impression a plank was a piece of milled lumber… must just be me haha

  9. jackal 12

    National Widens Gap with Australia

    Now correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t National promise to close the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia? I seem to recall them campaigning on that promise. Unfortunately because of their archaic policies, that gap is now increasing twice as fast under National, but try telling John Key et al that.

    • freedom 12.1

      i remember something along those lines
      i also remember no increase in g.s.t., now higher
      north of $50 a week tax cuts became living costs increases
      and the creating jobs policy also seems to have fallen victim to reverse land.

      john Key has super powers allright, he is the anti-man

      • jackal 12.1.1

        Key’s spinning so much bullshit around, I don’t think his Teflon smile is going to work this time.

        Gives new meaning to the phrase shit eating grin.

    • KJT 12.2

      Yeah. They are going to close the wage gap by cutting wages and doing the opposite of everything Australia does.

  10. mik e 13

    Hopefully its the same one that don brash walked

  11. logie97 14

    We spend x billion on welfare but children are still living in poverty.
    What about spending 2x billion on welfare and then children will be well and truly out of poverty.

    However the rich give x billion instead to the top money earners and they salt it away in other economies. Put that x billion extra at the lower end of beneficiary/salary earners and it will recirculate in the New Zealand economy.

    101 Economics in the University of Hard Knocks.

    • neoleftie 14.1

      how about we change our economic system and do away with money and profits all together

  12. Salsy 15

    Woweee, Guyon does a proper intervew.. I fear i woke up in an alternative universe (dont wake me up)
    q and a

    • felix 15.1

      Jeebers. Who told him about follow-up questions?

      Might have to rename the show “q+a+q” if this carries on.

      • Colonial Viper 15.1.1

        I was damned surprised. Mr Espiner does have it after all when he feels like pulling it out. Key: shifty and uncharismatic when he is not smiling and waving.

        • Anne 15.1.1.1

          Have they suddenly realised their love affair with the self-serving Key and his NAct govt. has so impacted on the voters there’s going to be a Claytons’s campaign, and they won’t have anything to talk or write about?

          • logie97 15.1.1.1.1

            Watched Q+A and was surprised.
            Sadly, however, the TV1 news presentation of Joky Hen was delivered by a smiling Bernadine-sports-jock-Kirby and another novice journo so it was still the same old, same old. That said, if Guyon Espiner continues in this vein, then it has to be a positive (how do you get the sycophant Holmes to change though?)

          • felix 15.1.1.1.2

            Anne, that’s exactly my reading of the apparent mood swing in much of the media lately.

            Not much of a race to comment on with only one horse.

  13. Salsy 16

    My father – who has voted National without fail since the 70’s, rang me up today to say he was going off that “John Key’s”, who is apparently “giving all the money to Pita Sharples and only cares about big business not the people”… As an old school mechanic (we immigrated from Scotland in the late 70’s ) he can’t understand where all the young apprentices the govt used to send them (and pay half their wages) have gone, and since there is so much youth unemployment why cant they bring it back.. In anycase I nearly dropped the phone when he said he might even vote green “Because I like that wee man Norman, he doesnt want to sell the assets”…

  14. Anne 17

    Oh dear Salsy, where has your father been. What about the Labour “Stop Asset Sales” campaign that has been going for months. Did he miss it? Did you tell him that it’s always been National govts. who have cut back – or cut out – the apprentice schemes?

    Anyway, if he votes for the Greens that’s great – so long as it’s the Left, but pssst.. don’t tell him that. 🙂

  15. jackal 18

    Throwing English Out

    Consider if you will the huge amount of attention given when the Speaker of the House, Lockwood Smith, threw Hone Harawera out of Parliament. That story made the Six O’clock news and was the topic of heated debate for ages…

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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Living within our means.
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  • Transparency and the pandemic
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    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
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  • One way to solve the housing crisis
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
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    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
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  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
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    1 week ago

  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
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    8 hours ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
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    11 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
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    11 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
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    1 day ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
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    1 day ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
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    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
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    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
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    2 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
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    3 days 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 ...
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    3 days 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 ...
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    3 days 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, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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. ...
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    6 days 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 ...
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    7 days 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 ...
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    1 week 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, ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
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    1 week 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. ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
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    1 week ago