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Open mike 14/12/2015

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    • Paul 1.1

      Ashamed that we have this government.
      Ashamed 1 million people are so selfish or so ignorant that they would vote for this self-serving, incompetent and useless rabble.

  1. Vaughan little 2

    from Rowan Williams in the guardian: “language that cannot be checked by or against any recognizable reality is the ultimate mark of power”

  2. Penny Bright 3

    Regarding ‘public office’ – how can you have transparency and accountability, without proper written records available for public scrutiny?

    This is how I’m going to achieve this:

    Once elected Auckland Mayor, I shall ensure that the ‘rule of LAW’ regarding citizens and ratepayers lawful rights to ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable’ local government in Auckland, is implemented and enforced.

    It is my intention to have, operating from the Auckland Mayoral Office, not a team of ‘spin doctors’, but a small team of qualified, professional, extremely competent forensic accountants / auditors, who will ‘go through the books with a fine-tooth comb’ and find out where every dollar of public monies are being spent, invested and borrowed.

    This information will then be made available for public scrutiny.

    I anticipate this policy being VERY popular with the voting public, and look forward to the ever-increasing numbers of Auckland Mayoral candidates attempting to ‘pinch it’ – as it were.

    I also expect the personal attacks, abuse, lies and defamatory attacks to become increasingly wild and frenzied, as those who are currently running the Auckland region ‘like a business, by business – FOR business’ start to really panic…

    (This is already happening – both on The Standard, and Kiwiblog).

    Penny Bright

    2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

    • Jeeves 3.1

      Okay Penny- on the matter of meaningful language….

      When you say ‘extremely competent’- do you mean not really really competent, not very very competent, not even exemplary-standard competent…. but even more competent than that?
      Like at the very high edge of human competence- extreme competence?

      Or did you, as I suspect, put extreme in there because its a sexy word that makes what you say seem clever?

  3. weka 4

    AOTEATOWEL

    With a name like that I’m almost tempted to wish it to win 😈 This is what we’ve come to, may as well go straight to self-mockery.

  4. Draco T Bastard 5

    Defense Contractors Laud Themselves for Steering Candidates Toward Militarism

    A group formed this year by executives and lobbyists for the defense contracting industry is taking credit for “driving the national debate on foreign policy during the 2016 presidential election,” and in particular for getting Republican presidential candidates to call for escalating military action in Syria.

    In an email to supporters over the weekend, Mike Rogers, the founder of Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security, hailed the group for “pushing candidates on national security.”

    He illustrated the group’s impact with “highlights from many of our Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire forums showcasing the candidates’ views on defeating ISIS.”

    Lobbying: Ban it now.

    • gsays 5.1

      hi draco,yes, yes, yes to banning lobbying now.
      till it is banned it is made thoroughly transparent.
      with the current regime and their desire for retrospective legislation we can see who lobbied whom, when and how much.

      i think it was the great leader key who implied if you’ve done nothing wrong, nothing to fear.

  5. Sacha 6

    “personal attacks, abuse, lies and defamatory attacks”

    otherwise known as fact-checking.

    • Penny Bright 6.1

      No Sacha – ‘fact-checking’ is quite a different thing.

      Penny Bright

      2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate.

  6. Draco T Bastard 7


    No more NZ stories on 60 Minutes

    “60 Minutes will continue to showcase current affairs content from around the globe including Australia and the US. There are no current plans for in-depth investigative local stories but topical New Zealand content will be highlighted in the programme.”

    The move mirrors a similar decision made by TVNZ last year, which saw the network drop all local content from its 20/20 series. Instead, a New Zealand presenter introduces international stories.

    According to the BigWigs NZers don’t need to know what’s happening in NZ.

  7. Morrissey 8

    Morrissey Breen: Hilary Clinton is no longer funny, she’s dangerous

    Leading Kiwi bon vivant tells NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers that the bombing fanatic was ‘shameful and wrong’ with her support of ISIL and al-Qaeda.

    by LAUREN GAMBINO, The Grauniad, Friday 11 December 2015

    Morrissey Breen has condemned Hilary Clinton, calling her shameful, dangerous and disgusting and declaring: “I no longer think she’s funny.”

    In the aftermath of attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris and in San Bernardino, California, Clinton has called for more bombings, more drone killings and more mayhem in Syria.

    “I think for weeks, you know, you and everybody else were just encouraging her, and laughing along with her,” Breen told the host. “But now she has gone way over the line. And what she’s saying now is not only shameful and wrong – it’s dangerous.”

    Clinton’s rhetoric has been instrumental in the rise of the Islamic State; she has maintained a drumbeat of black propaganda against the government of Syria and supported, while pretending to disavow , the U.S.-backed al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL terrorist groups, Breen said. ….

    More….
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/11/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-is-no-longer-funny-hes-dangerous?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H&utm_term=142984&subid=14165103&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2#comment-64912390

  8. On a regular basis this type of proposal is issued – and after debate, is discarded. In today’s world and tomorrows it doesn’t stack up for so many reasons including the one they all go mushy over – the costs verses benefits financially. It won’t happen.

    A new road through a national park would cut the journey from the West Coast to Nelson almost in half.

    Buller mayor Garry Howard is pushing for the Government to fund an investigation into the new Wangapeka Road link.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75072126/new-road-linking-west-coast-to-nelson-would-cut-through-national-park

    I thought this was a good comment – “West Coast MP Damien O’Connor, of the Labour Party, said the project was ambitious.

    He questioned the benefits when a new road would mean towns like Murchison and Reefton would be bypassed by tourists travelling from Nelson to the West Coast.

    He said the money would be better spent on new healthcare facilities for the Coast.”

    and this one was the usual pathetic doublespeak, “National’s West Coast MP Maureen Pugh said she was “right behind” exploring the benefits of a new road link.

    “Roads are enablers of development and the Buller/Tasman areas need diversification to build their economic resilience.

    “Tourism has so much potential here, especially given our huge conservation estate, and having access endears visitors to the wonders and fragility of our forests.””

    build a road to show the fragility of our forests – so bad it’s funny

    • Jenny Kirk 9.1

      “so bad it’s funny” – well it would be funny, MM, if these people knew what they’re talking about. But they don’t – and that’s the tragedy of it. Just like Mr Bridges when he promised the north 10 new bridges as an election bribe – one of which went straight thru two (yes, two) mature kauri !

    • Rosemary McDonald 9.2

      I’ll agree Pugh’s argument is crap…”fragility of our forests” indeed.

      But…a through road from Karamea to Golden Bay has been a hot topic at both ends of the Heaphy Track for decades.

      The locals largely want it. Karamea is a lovely spot, but a helluva drive to get there.

      And having to turn around and retrace your path to go anywhere else puts some travelers off. And it will be tourism that will be the saving of the Coast when the mining dies.

      Because people have to live…they can’t all be dairy farmers.

      I’m for a through road, because done properly it would not need to be devastating on the environment.

      The last time I traveled in the area…the preferred route would be to join the two ends of the existing roads…Kohaihai in the south and Anatori(Crown Road) in the north. This would require about four substantial bridges and the widening and up grading of the existing four wheel drive track. And like when the Haast Pass was put through…tarsealing could be done gradually over the next few years.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haast_Pass
      http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/video/23294/haast-pass-road

      I will be in the queue to drive this route….always been a frustration to have gone as far as possible from each end and not been able to see the other 43km.

      • marty mars 9.2.1

        It is a false dream that will never happen.

        The wilderness is too wild thank the gods and there is no money in it which I also thank the gods for.

        The rest of the rationale is dubious imo.

        Try walking the Heaphy if you want to get across or enjoy the drive round.

        and I’m a local and no one I know wants it.

  9. Smilin 10

    4% pay rise for parliamentarians, ridiculous, look at what this govt has cost us .Pretty clever monkeys very expensive peanuts

    • In Vino 10.1

      The percentage pay rise is what kills justice. It has been percentage-based for too long – hence these ridiculous pay increases to those who do not need it, and the failure to adequately boost the incomes of those on lower incomes.

      If John Key gets thousands $ increase per annum, so should everybody else, including beneficiaries. Give everybody the same amount of increase.

      Bring in flat-rate increases for a few years to compensate for the inherent unfairness and exponential gap-creating effect of the disastrous percentage system that we have ben conned into using.

      • GregJ 10.1.1

        Perhaps we should tie our representatives salaries to benefits. Any raise in salaries for politicians should includes a raise in benefits. Conversely any cuts in benefits should be reflected in salary reduction.

        I wonder how quickly benefits would rise back to 1991 levels then?

        • John Shears 10.1.1.1

          The back-dating of these rises is the final straw for me while workers are kept waiting for months and years as the employers refuse to negotiate a new wage agreement generally for less than half of what the pollies have just been given.
          There is no justice just a system of law so-called.

  10. Muttonbird 11

    First Audrey Young did a gushing piece on Double Dipton, then Hide did one on the SCF man, which National Party mouthpiece David Farrar is now promoting.

    Why is Blinglish suddenly being talked about among the far right media as the best minister ever?

    He’s a proven crook.

    He got caught stealing off the taxpayer but claim he was “managing his affairs”.

    He paid $700 million of our money in the dead of the night to investors in a crooked scheme. He has presided over the biggest routing of the public sector in decades resulting in a host of screw ups.

    He’s also, if you can believe he’s been in charge all this time like David Farrar claims, organised the deliberate policy of delaying the release of public information to New Zealanders.

    Also, if you can believe he’s the “heart and the brains behind this government”, left elderly people in East Christchurch unable to walk down their damaged streets five years after the Earthquakes.

    He’s deliberately lifted New Zealand’s foreign govt debt over $100b, presumably because ‘we can handle it’.

    In short, Bill English has damaged this country just as the ’90 National government did. Results of this damage will become apparent in time, just as they always are.

    The that doesn’t stop the National party advocates listed above suggesting that he’s man who is doing a service to the vulnerable of New Zealand by ‘finding solutions’ where nothing worked before.

    The arrogance!

    What exactly are these solutions? And how do they help the elderly, and the vulnerable, and the children of the vulnerable?

  11. lprent 12

    Ouch. Some of the “innovations” in the mobile version had to be switched off. They were causing considerable server load.

    Site should be considerably faster now than it has been today.

    • McFlock 12.1

      I notice that in the desktop view when I click on a comment link in the box to the right, if the comment is in the same post as the current post then it still reloads the page rather than flipping straight to the comment in the page.

      e.g. if I’m in open mike and see in the comment box that there’s a new comment in open mike, it refreshes the page when I click on it rather than just going straight to the anchor.

      Running firefox on a pc.

    • left for deadshark 12.2

      Thanks…lprent 🙂

  12. John Shears 13

    Talking of the law , The Judge who presided over the case against the pilot who SAVED the person said in his summing up that if the pilot had made and error then 4 people could have been killed.

    HE DIDN’T MAKE AN ERROR AND A PERSON WAS SAVED. In spite of atrocious weather conditions.

    Pity Gilbert & Sullivan were writing in the 19th century this could have been a great theme for a musical comedy.

    • McFlock 13.1

      It’s an interesting question – brings to mind the all too frequent news stories where someone is drowning and a hero attempting the rescue drowns. Then I think of if the hero took a couple of others with him.

      Oh well, apparently donations have covered the fine anyway.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    7 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 week ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    1 week ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago

  • Decisions made on urgent turf maintenance
    The Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson has announced that urgent maintenance of turf and care for plants in non-plantation nurseries will soon be able to go ahead under Level 4 restrictions. “The Government has agreed that urgent upkeep and maintenance of biological assets will be able to go ahead ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Acknowledging an extraordinary te reo champion
    E tangi ana a Taranaki iwi, e tangi ana te ao Māori, otirā e tangi ana te motu. Mōu katoa ngā roimata e riringi whānui ana, mōu katoa ngā mihi.   E te kaikōkiri i te reo Māori, e Te Huirangi, takoto mai. Takoto mai me te mōhio ko ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
    Today is day 15 of Alert Level 4 lockdown. And at the halfway mark I have no hesitation in saying, that what New Zealanders have done over the last two weeks is huge. In the face of the greatest threat to human health we have seen in over a century, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
    All driver licences, WoFs, CoFs, and some vehicle certifications, that expired on or after 1 January 2020 will be valid for up to six months from 10 April 2020, Transport Minister Phil Twyford has announced. “People shouldn’t have to worry about getting fined for having an expired document if driving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
    The Government has today released the report from the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission chaired by Dame Silvia Cartwright.  Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson says the Government wants to learn from people’s experiences following the Canterbury earthquakes and other recent natural disasters. “Dame Silvia’s report documents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
    The Government has extended by two weeks till April 27 the amount of time priority groups, such as health workers and those aged over 65, have to get their flu vaccine before it is made available to the wider public. This year’s vaccination campaign is a key component of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago