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Open mike 14/09/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, September 14th, 2011 - 87 comments
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87 comments on “Open mike 14/09/2011”

  1. rosy 1

    So… what’s NZ’s position on voting for non-member state status at the UN if they don’t go to the Security Council for full recognition?

    The U.S has already said it will veto at the Security Council, but maybe the General Assembly is a different matter.

    The truth is that, by itself, a positive UN vote will not change the lives of too many Palestinians. But a negative response would be a disaster, boosting Israeli hardliners, weakening Palestinian peacemakers and choking the near-dead two-state solution.

  2. Topical image to send to friends and foes

  3. John Dalley 3

    @WJ. LoL

  4. It is worth noting that key, as prime minister of this country, at the opening of the RWC chose not to make any greeting or any attempt in te reo Māori. He deliberately decided not to

    “I could have of course, and for the most part I generally do, but I decided not to on that occasion.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5614656/PM-I-could-have-said-kia-ora-I-didn-t

    So why not? At the biggest occasion this country has seen for a while, vacant key decided not to.

    I see a three way explanation

    1. he doesn’t give a shit
    2. nothing between his ears
    3. he was astucually making a point

    The point being – that tangata whenua should be happy to allow our culture to be used as window dressing for the grand illusion and when the dust has all settled it will be back to business, back to pretending to care about Mäori whilst dismantling everything Mäori care about.

    This, going around at the moment, sums it up

    “Miss half a game of rugby because a train breaks down: personal apology from John Key and compensation up for discussion.

    Have your doors kicked in, automatic rifles pointed at your kids, and four years of your life stolen because of police incompetence. Apology and compensation immediately ruled out.”

    http://mars2earth.blogspot.com/2011/09/that-tongue-is-forked.html

    • It was Key’s speech, he should say what he wants. I don’t think politicians must have a regulated quota of everything that should be included in every speech.

      I don’t mind other people using whatever languages they like in their speeches. I don’t mind people greeting me in the language of their choice. But like anyone else I should be able to use the language/s of my choice when I speak. So should Key.

      I’m comfortable with traditional Maori culture, sometimes I think it’s quite moving, but it can be overdone, and done too much, especially when some people deem it a necessity rather than a natural inclusion.

      • Bill 4.1.1

        It wasn’t Key’s speech. This wasn’t some private affair. It was a speech by the PM of NZ. And in that role, he doesn’t (or shouldn’t) get to just say ‘what he wants’. It’s all about appropriate deportment etc befitting of the occasion/situation.

        • Pete George 4.1.1.1

          His speech sounded befitting to me.

          And I thought there was more than adequate attention given to Maori culture in the opening ceremony – of Maori by Maori, seemed befitting too.

          • logie97 4.1.1.1.1

            Jokey Hen deemed that he didn’t have enough time to include even a simple mihi.
            He did apparently have enough time to make the most important statement as far as he was concerned however. This most dignified of gentlemen – couldn’t acknowledge the head if the IRB next to him. That’s because he wasn’t talking to the world – he was talking to the louts in the ground and he gave it to them full on – “GO THE ALL BLACKS”.

            Just how many world leaders in an international forum like that would have finished their opening speech in such an undignified way… he appeared to be like some excited adolescent – yet to grow up.

          • Morrissey 4.1.1.1.2

            His speech sounded befitting to me.

            Key was obviously intoxicated, and he boorishly refused to speak even one word of Te Reo. Yet you say that this is “befitting” conduct.

            I have seen several other people keel-haul you on this forum for your fatuous and ignorant views; your immediate endorsement of Key, no matter how loutishly he behaves, only serves to underline how smug and complacent you are.

            • Pete george 4.1.1.1.2.1

              Most boorishness I have seen related to Key is on this blog.

              Most of New Zealand seems to fit your category of “smug and complacent” with “fatuous and ignorant views”on Key. Keep bathing in bitterness if you like, but it’s likely to reman a paltry pool.

              • Morrissey

                Most of New Zealand seems to fit your category of “smug and complacent” with “fatuous and ignorant views”on Key.

                You have merely reheated my post and bounced it back, sans thought. That’s quite sad, seeing you’re actually running for public office.

                I hope you treat public debates in Dunedin with a deal more seriousness and rigour than you have managed here.

                • It shouldn’t be difficult, that will be with people prepared to debate.

                  • felix

                    Most of us are here to do just that, Anakin.

                    The problem is you behave as if this place is a soapbox for your thoughts to air untested, and as if anyone who disagrees with you has a nefarious motive.

                    • Joke of the day. If anyone tests ideas soapboxed here they get incessantly niggled and accused of having nefarious motives.

                      I’ve never minded having my ideas tested, why do you think I keep coming here? It’s not to have conversations with you, you’re just a convenient prop.

                    • felix

                      Pete, you do have a motive you fool – you’re running for office!

                      Accordingly you get criticised for the quality of your ideas, and it’s your problem if and you can’t handle it.

                      I’ve demonstrated this many, many times but it’s straight down the memory hole with you as you move on to the next slogan of the day.

                    • Yes felix, you’ve demonstarted how clever you are many many times.

                    • felix

                      Only in a relative sense Pete.

                      But this is typical of your level of engagement here: as soon as your ideas are criticised you cry foul and pretend it’s all about you personally.

                      Don’t you understand that people genuinely disagree with your ideas, Anakin?

                  • Morrissey

                    It shouldn’t be difficult, that will be with people prepared to debate.

                    You have the perfect forum to debate here. So far, you have failed to engage at all.

                    Robotically defending the emptiness of John Key is not “debate”.

                    Having said that, your evident eagerness to toe the party line will see you go a long way in national politics. Oh, sorry, I forgot—you’re in Benighted No Future….

      • marty mars 4.1.2

        the point is he DID say what he wanted – why is the question

        nice that you are comfortable – all sorted then

        Do you think MP’s have an obligation to actively understand Māori culture and values when they get elected to the House? As a potential voter I ask you, as a potential member of Parliment, to outline what you have done in this regard, please.

        • Pete George 4.1.2.1

          I have some understanding of Maori culture and values, enough for someone who is standing to represent people who are on general roll. I’ll leave most undertanding and representing of Maori interests to those who are standing on rolls where people with more of a Maori interest have chosen to vote.

          I don’t expect Pita Sharples or Hone Harawira to actively understand my culture and values either. New Zealand is multicultural, it would be nonsensical to expect all cultures to fully understand every other culture.

          • marty mars 4.1.2.1.1

            I’m pretty sure Pita and Hone understand the values of the dominant culture whether you expect them to or not.

            I am not sure what ‘some understanding’ means, can you give me an idea say around your understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi or any attempt made to learn te reo Māori for instance.

          • marty mars 4.1.2.1.2

            Can you confirm that it your Party’s policy to “leave most understanding and representing of Maori interests to those who are standing on rolls where people with more of a Maori interest have chosen to vote.”

            • Pete George 4.1.2.1.2.1

              I speak for myself here as usual, unless I make it clear I’m speaking for the party.

              Arts, Culture & Heritage

              As New Zealanders enjoy and recognise their cultural diversity; the celebration of those cultures, their histories and the arts associated with them has risen to be of great importance. UnitedFuture is committed to promoting an environment where the cultural identities of a diverse people are recognised and actively upheld.

              It is UnitedFuture’s position to:

              Recognise the special place of Maori and Pacific culture in New Zealand society.

              http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/arts-culture-heritage/

              Treaty of Waitangi

              UnitedFuture recognises the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand and believes it still has an important role to play. The Treaty provides the framework for a unique relationship between tangata whenua and the many other people of diverse cultures who make New Zealand their home.

              http://www.unitedfuture.org.nz/treaty-of-waitangi/

              Authorised by Hon Peter Dunne MP, leader UnitedFuture NZ, Parliament Buildings

              Maori culture is not something I see a need to put a lot of focus on in a general electorate in Dunedin. Neither will I pretend to be an expert on Auckland Public Transport, or Taranaki dairy farming. Other things are more important to most people here.

              I am focussing on violence and child abuse issues that do have a strong Maori connection. I work together with people Maori backgrounds that are capable of representing their cultural interests, and I contribute my own experience based on my own culture.

              • “The Treaty provides the framework for a unique relationship between tangata whenua and the many other people of diverse cultures who make New Zealand their home.”

                Quite true, I’d suggest you mull over that policy a bit more because I can’t see Auckland Public Transport or Taranaki dairy farming in there and you obviously don’t understand what ‘unique relationship’ means. You really just don’t care – just like key – yet you are all tears and weeping when the negative effects of not caring come in. Effects have causes and effects have to be dealt with, no argument there, but I expect politicans to look at the causes too. What have you learned about the causes pete, from the interactions you have had with Māori, what have they told you?

                • You really just don’t care

                  Nonsense, you’re jumping to conclusions because I won’t climb on board your Maori Correctness bandwagon.

                  What have you learned about the causes pete, from the interactions you have had with Māori, what have they told you?

                  I’m being told quite a bit, daily on forums I’m involved with. There are many complex causes. One contributing factor we are working on is a shared Maori and non-Maori culture of silence. We need to speak up about important things. We don’t need to be told what we should say in speeches.

                  • ‘Maori Correctness bandwagon’ I’m putting that up there with Pablo’s ‘doing a Mutu’.

                    play your politics but I wasn’t telling anyone to do anything – I asked the question – big difference – a lesson every budding politician should know. I still think you are delusional maybe deliberately, maybe not – for me I will vote for a different party than the one you represent but I do thank you for answering my questions.

                  • felix

                    Ooh, that is good.

                    Does the hairpiece know you’re throwing around terms like “Maori Correctness” Pete?

                    Are you a mole?

                  • Morrissey

                    One contributing factor we are working on is a shared Maori and non-Maori culture of silence.

                    Perhaps he’s talking about the silence of “Sir” Jerry (“Saw nothing, heard nothing, know nothing”) Mateparae.

                    He is a very silent Maori.

                    Though he may well have to speak at his war crimes trial.

      • felix 4.1.3

        In this role he’s supposed to speak for all of us, to the world.

        It seems to me that he was actually speaking to NZ voters, for himself.

        • Pete George 4.1.3.1

          How many languages do you think he should have used?

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.3.1.1

            Just one – NZ lingua which just so happens to include Maori and English.

            • DavidW 4.1.3.1.1.1

              For the benefit of those whose analytical abilities stop at the first full stop, Signing is also an official language in NZ. (Part of the “NZ lingua” as it were). I don’t see the deaf or their apologists making a fuss that Key did not sign part of his delightfully short and appropriately adequate speech. Some of you need to get something useful to do instead of this predictably boring negativity that is blighting your demented souls.

              • freedom

                I did notice that the Sign Interpreter John Key has made wide and varied use of over his term in office was noticeably absent from RWC proceedings

          • Kevin Welsh 4.1.3.1.2

            ANYTHING would be better than the usual gibberish he comes out with.

          • felix 4.1.3.1.3

            “How many languages do you think he should have used?”

            Not really the point, Pete.

            The point is that he made a decision not to use any te reo. We’re just asking why, when speaking on behalf of NZ in an official capacity, he would consciously make such a decision.

            • Pete George 4.1.3.1.3.1

              He probably consciously (and subconsciously) made many decisions on what to say and what not to say. What’s your point?

              Apart from a few MC nitpickers and someone who likes to try and score points based on what people don’t say I doubt anyone is worried about it.

              • felix

                I told you what the point is – it wasn’t “his” speech, he was supposed to be representing New Zealand to the world. And he did so poorly.

                I realise you’re speaking on behalf of a party in Government so you can’t criticise Key publicly, but even a straight white conservative middle-aged middle-class man like yourself should be able to recognise that in his official capacity, the PM of NZ has a responsibility do do better than “Come in and grab a beer, we’re watching the footy!”.

                I see the self-serving populist politician in you coming to the fore too, Pete, in that last sentence. Only concerned with what you think others might be concerned with, and pouring scorn on anyone who disagrees.

                Oops. Thought you had a “new way of doing politics”.

                • I can criticise Key publicly if I want to, I have before. I don’t see a need to here.

                  Your’e the master of pouring scorn, as you demonstrate again here.

                  • felix

                    If you’re going to assume the mantle of “the bigger person” then you really ought to address the points raised.

                    Otherwise it just looks like cynical posturing.

                    • Don’t you read before jumping in with your daily dissing? I’ve addressed the points raised. I’ll repeat.

                      I don’t think Key should have to include in a short speech everything that might avoid annoying nitpicking critics that would never be happy. You’re a prime example, you diss what he says, and you diss what he doesn’t say. You come across as more than a bit dissperate.

                      I don’t think everything done by government, nor every speech made by anyone from government, should have to include Maori tokenism. Maori representatives are quite capable of speaking for and with their own culture. The opening ceremony included more than adequate levels of Maori culture.

                    • felix

                      I’m not asking for tokenism Pete.

                      Can you get your head around that?

                    • But you are. Can’t you get your head around that?

                      it wasn’t “his” speech, he was supposed to be representing New Zealand to the world. And he did so poorly.

                      In your opinion. He didn’t say “hi” or “gidday” or “hey bro” either.

                      My guess is that no matter how many token phrases and how much token representation Key included in his speech you would have come up with something he didn’t say to grizzle about.

                    • “annoying nitpicking critics that would never be happy”

                      I’m assuming you are talking about me because you’ve mentioned it a few times – you are a ‘nit’ pete and I sure as hell enjoy picking you.

                      do you think Mäori have too many rights or something – that seems to be what you are implying, like “what are you moaning for there was plenty of Mäori stuff in there, you should be bloody happy” and why add the “hey bro” in there – what’s that about? Why don’t you say what you really think instead of the ‘token’ innuendo?

            • Ianupnorth 4.1.3.1.3.2

              I’d go as far as saying about 19 – to represent the languages of the other countries (acknowledging that, for example, English could do NZ, four of the six nation teams, Canada, the US, Namibia; French could do Canada and France, etc….)
              Surely acknowledging each country in their own lingo would be too hard for a genius like Key?

              • felix

                That would’ve been a wonderful gesture, Ian.

                Bit much to expect from someone who can’t manage a “kia ora” though.

        • Mac1 4.1.3.2

          I think you’re right, Felix. “Go the All Blacks” was directed at NZ voters.

          I also think that Key did not want to associate Brand Key with Maori culture- a form of dog whistle by omission. The people who would have ‘heard’ this message are the same as the bold heroes who attacked the kaihoe of the waka on the wharf.

          • felix 4.1.3.2.1

            Precisely. Even Key admits it was a deliberate decision not to use any te reo in his speech.

            His moves are very calculated when it comes to knowing which audience he’s speaking to and what they want to hear. He made the decision not to use any te reo for a reason and I think it’s exactly the reason you describe.

            • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4.1.3.2.1.1

              A dog whistle by omission. WTF? Anything he says is a dog whistle. Anything he doesn’t say is also a dog whistle. Any wind expelled from his body is a dog whistle. As is any wind or liquid.

              • felix

                It’s not my fault that you don’t understand the terms used in this discussion Ole.

                • freedom

                  * polite applause from the gallery *

                  (I am wondering if our old friend biscuithead is One Anonymous Bloke that invaded the Ten Years Later post with some serious wackiness, expressed a [faulty] familiarity with the respondants’ views and ideals, yet has nothing to say on any other issue at all, ever ! )

                  • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                    Umm. No. Why would I have done that? Because I was worried it would make me unpopular or something?

                    And if 911 conspiracy has become received wisdom in your world and denial of it wackiness, you need to spend less time on the internet.

                    • freedom

                      ‘And if 911 conspiracy has become received wisdom in your world and denial of it wackiness, you need to spend less time on the internet.”

                      Mr biscuit, please do not put words in my mouth
                      i can do that for myself, along with the odd foot as we have witnessed here 🙂

    • Vicky32 4.2

      I see a three way explanation
      1. he doesn’t give a shit
      2. nothing between his ears
      3. he was astucually making a point

      Four. He hasn’t a clue where to begin!

  5. Adrian 6

    Thank God Key didn’t try to speak Te Reo, can you imagine how he would have sounded with being pissed as usual. Now we just have to win the ” Wib Illis Trobee “.

  6. Dave 7

    So what I really want to know is what happend to the plastic waka the country was up in arms about. I havent seen anything on it I cant just whip down and have a look im in the south but it would be good to know what the story is were our money went.

    • sophie 7.1

      I’ve been wondering that myself Dave.

      • Janice 7.1.1

        Me too.

        • Chris 7.1.1.1

          Pretty sure it was only ever going to be coming for the last few weeks of the world cup. So not meant to be around yet.

          • freedom 7.1.1.1.1

            when first announced Chris it was to be a ‘flagship marriage of technology and culture’ situated on the Waterfront for all people to enjoy during the entire event. This got whittled back to a $120,000 a day dinner hall for some VIP’s. Certainly it has a very small stage where some performances will take place and it is going to have some trade hall display stands to show some NZ tourism posters and maybe a few photos of great moments in Corporate welfare. There are rumoured to be a few hours a day it will be open to the public BUT it is primarily a venue that has been made available to Corporate Clients for Corporate Entertainment.

            Not really worth it if you consider what $2 million dollars can buy if you purchase food for hungry families, or Adult Education classes, or paid for kids dental work, or maybe a few Army Corps Engineers. Or it could have funded a wider Te Reo Maori education strategy. No , when you add that $2 million to the other tens of millions we have spent, as the IRB reaps the real monies from TV rights etc, why bother considering the complex and troubled community of New Zealand. Let’s just give those fat wallets and wide waistlines another 18 nights of gorging and grandstanding.

            • freedom 7.1.1.1.1.1

              p.s. does anyone know who recieves the income generated from this venture. It is bound to be substantial and as the Government paid for it don’t we get to know where the cash goes?

            • Deadly_NZ 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Oh and when they are finished with it, it will be scrapped cos NO-ONE wants to pay for the storage..

  7. joe90 8

    Slate: “Let Him Die”

    Wolf Blitzer put a terrific question to Rep. Ron Paul at last night’s CNN/Tea Party Express Republican debate in Tampa, Fla. What should happen, the moderator asked hypothetically, if a healthy 30-year-old man who can afford insurance chooses not to buy it—and then becomes catastrophically ill and needs intensive care for six months? When Dr. Paul ducked, fondly recalling the good old days before Medicare and saying that we should all take responsibility for ourselves, Blitzer pressed the point. “But, Congressman, are you saying the society should just let him die?” At that point, the rabble erupted in cheers and whoops of “Yeah!”

  8. Herodotus 9

    Interesting bumper sticker I noticed ” Don’t blame me, I voted Labour” had a wee chuckle !!!

  9. freedom 10

    At a very recent International Hearing (that shall remain nameless 😉 ) when i joined the on-line panel on Day One my first words were ” Kia ora my name is… ”
    and lo’ the others recognised and identified me immediately as a New Zealander.
    Many even referred to me as Kiwi.

    Key was pissed, forgot the protocol that would have been carefully explained to him, held onto the lecturn like it was a tiller in a squall, called the Webb Ellis Cup a Trogty and forgot to introduce his guest.
    All in all not a New Zealand Prime Minister’s best day on a World stage.
    ——————-
    regarding the Plastic Waka (cannot find the link with the listed dates)
    RWC2011 finishes on October 23 and the Waka is installed for 18 (very expensive) days,
    so that makes installation of the Waka sometime before October 5
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4852407/Govt-funding-of-plastic-waka-slammed

  10. kriswgtn 11

    Driving into Palmerston North I saw quite afew Nat billboard signs with

    Hapeta(tick)
    National (tick)

    blah blah

    Then

    “A brighter future”

    I dont think people can be so fuking dumb to believe this bullshit a second time

    but then………………………………………………………………..

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      Saw some in central HB with ‘building a brighter future’. The implication being they’ve moved on from aspirational, they’re actually gonna do something this term. Nothing good, natch, but something.

    • Bill 11.2

      In WINZ office today. “A Brighter Future” as a blaring footer to some poster or other that I wasn’t paying much attention to in the passing. But I did notice that not so quietly ironic footer

  11. Microsoft comes up with something original?
    Mac is about to suck big time. Windows 8 is going to take over again.
    http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/microsoft-comes-up-with-something-original/

    Police solve reckless driving with a coffee
    South Dunedin has turned into a haven for empty headed asocials with their tuned up skylines to break as many road rules as possible.
    http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/police-solve-reckless-driving-with-a-coffee/

    Greece/Europe/World doomed
    There is no hope. No way to avoid it. Just close your eyes and get hit by the downward force of the world’s economy.
    http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/greeceeuropeworld-doomed/

    Surprise! Gov’t money not spent correctly
    A shocker in The Press today. It seems that money reserved by the Government for a Maori and Pacific Islander family wellbeing plan is not really going to the people who it’s intended for.
    http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/surprise-gov%E2%80%99t-money-not-spent-correctly/

    Blog: http://kiwi-linkwhore-simplexity.wordpress.com/

    [ You’re welcome to participate in discussion here, but not to advertise. Will let it through this time, not again. r0b]

  12. Cassie 13

    >It is worth noting that key, as prime minister of this country, at the opening of the RWC chose not to make any greeting or any attempt in te reo Māori.

    And outside NZ – the outside world the ceremony was meant to impress, as a showcase for the country – precisely no one noticed. Or realised it might be a deal in some way. Or gave a damn.

    • McFlock 13.1

      “And outside NZ – the outside world the ceremony was meant to impress, as a showcase for the country – precisely no one noticed. Or realised it might be a deal in some way. Or gave a damn.”
       
      But that’s kind of the point – at the very least, even if including PC nonsense (as tories like to call it) wasn’t his cup of tea, as minister for tourism Key should be aware of our international brand, that which differentiates us from any other damned country. A lot of people wouldn’t really notice or care if the Shell or Coca Cola logos were used incorrectly or ommitted once or twice, but it harms brand cohesion. At a “showcase for the country”. This dickhead of a PM fails on so many levels it’s like a spectacular traffic accident.

  13. freedom 14

    I am sure he will be relaxed about it asa he does not talk about security issues
    meanwhile the local media has the current position of the SAS in Kabul
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10751784

  14. OK, here’s a thought. After Bill English’s brother landed himself a nice contract at the Ministry of Health, tasked with getting rid of over 400 jobs comes this news
    http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/end-of-successful-era-on-health-board-as-chief-goe/1101194/
     

    Lakes District Health Board chief executive Cathy Cooney has resigned after a decade at the helm.

    Mrs Cooney’s resignation takes effect from June 30 next year.

    Now, I know that CEO’s have to give long periods of notice, but nine months? The cynic in me suspects some people have been tipped off about changes that will happen in the next financial year. How long before Lakes DHB does a ‘Southland’ and gets merged with either BOP or Waikato? How long before Tairawhiti DHB becomes a part Hawkes Bay DHB? What about Wanganui as a part of Midcentral?
     
    My prediction – 12 DHB’s by the end of 2012.

    • Adele 15.1

      Ian,

      It could actually be less than that. Regionalisation is definitely a real possibility. In terms of Midlands a regional dhb would incorporate not just Lakes, BOPDHB, and Waikato but also Tairawhiti and Taranaki. In terms of Auckland, perhaps Auckland, Waitemata and South. Many PHOS have already coagulated into mass structures.

      Regionalisation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as some back office functions merging would create efficiencies and probably save money – which then could be redirected towards the front-line.

      On the downside would be the impact on local communities, whereas before they had a relatively easy path to management, in a regional environment the path becomes a state highway with a series of toll gates to manoeuvre through. Also, there would be a loss of jobs, mainly back office and management.

  15. Peter 16

    Clean renewable Energy Abounds in Canada

    http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Clean+renewable+energy+abounds+under+Canadians+feet+report/5399731/story.html

    No doubt it is the same in NZ but we will go “fracking” instead

  16. Jenny 17

    The “financialisaion” of food is good say Feds:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/5626342/Opposing-views-on-the-price-of-milk-at-todays-special-inquiry

    At the government’s Special Inquiry into the affordability of milk, Guy Ritchie, the head of the right wing Farmers Federation defends the high price of milk by saying that it is a result of the “financialisation of the food industry” which in the context of his argument is something the Fed supports.

    Below are some selected quotes on the Feds submission to the inquiry:

    Ritchie will tell the committee that a complex range of global factors has resulted in the rapid increase of the price of milk and other foods, including the financialisation of the food industry and increasing domination of transnational companies in the production, processing, distribution, and retailing of food.

    A Federated Farmers spokesman said the farmer lobby group would defend its case that the domestic dairy markets in New Zealand were operating effectively under existing legislation.

    Federated Farmers will recommend the committee conclude Kiwis are not paying too much for milk relative to other countries.

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    RedlineBy Admin
    24 hours ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    2 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    2 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    5 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    15 hours ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    16 hours ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    17 hours ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    6 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    7 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
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    15 hours ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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    16 hours ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    5 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    6 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    6 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    6 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    7 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    7 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    7 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    7 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    7 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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