web analytics

Open mike 17/06/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 17th, 2016 - 51 comments
Categories: open mike, uncategorized - Tags:

openmikeOpen mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

51 comments on “Open mike 17/06/2016 ”

  1. Paul 1

    Another day in John Key’s neo-liberal nightmare.
    We have become a cruel, greedy, uncaring and selfish nation under his wretched leadership.

    Yet there are people who still care and who are unselfish.
    More than 500 cars park up to support homeless families in south Auckland

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/306582/park-up-for-homes-brings-in-hundreds
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11657982
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/81153216/hundreds-expected-to-camp-in-cars-in-south-auckland

    • Paul 1.1

      Here’s the cruel part.
      Barry Soper and people like him.
      He has written this article.

      ‘Political grandstanding in the carpark’

      Mr Soper
      Was supporting the anti-tour movement in 1981( if you weren’t actually living in South Africa and suffering from apartheid) political grandstanding?
      Were people who joined the Civil Rights movement (who weren’t black) political grandstanding?
      Was supporting the miners in the UK in 1984 (if you weren’t a miner) political grandstanding?
      Is marching against the Israeli treatment of Palestine ( if you don’t live in Gaza ) political grandstanding?

      It’s called solidarity, Mr Soper.
      Not political grandstanding.
      Rich privileged white old men like you are part of the problem.

      I realise the party you slavishly support in your sycophantic articles is failing the country.
      But does that mean you write a piece deflecting from the failures of the Key, Bennett and Smith to provide homes for our most vulnerable citizens?
      Shame on you.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11657874

      • mauī 1.1.1

        Disgusting and childish attack by Soper, that was not journalism. How many tired right wing memes can you stuff into one pathetic hack piece.

        • Paul 1.1.1.1

          Journalists should be putting the spotlight at politicians who make a joke out of homelessness, rather than those who show solidarity with the dispossessed.
          But in North Korea and New Zealand, that is not the case.

      • Paul 1.1.2

        Next time I support the nurses when they want a pay rise, will I be political grandstanding?

      • Olwyn 1.1.3

        The Soper article looks like a scramble to claw back a narrative that has worked like a charm for seven years, but is now slipping from their hands. It is a narrative that goes something like, “Most people (at least the ones that matter) are doing just fine. Yes, there will always be about five percent (really closer 30%) that don’t make the grade, and most of them are either morally or psychologically deficient. So don’t sully your own gorgeous life by dwelling on the negative. Have a coffee. Have a gluten-free croissant. Have some me-time. Take a selfie. Have a nice day.”

    • mauī 1.2

      +500!

      • Paul 1.2.1

        Soper’s article is repulsive.
        His sinecure in the mainstream media makes him a pathetic defendant of Key and his nasty regime.

        For a start, what about these ad hominem attacks?
        Playing the man, not the ball.

        ‘Martin Luther Cunliffe may be ashamed of being a man but he’s not too proud to spend a night in his car, it seems. It was likely parked some distance away from the local MP, Su’a William Sio’s saloon for the night though, who apparently had a shout-out snout, a snore that even the best car stereo wouldn’t be able to silence.’

        Some other lowlights in his piece.

        ‘But they claim they’re drawing attention to the problem which presumes we’ve all had our heads buried in the sand in recent weeks, drowning out their constant howls about housing.”It’s just plain silly to say, as they have been, that a Government, regardless of its political hue, doesn’t care about the homeless.’
        ‘The finger pointing gets us nowhere and MPs, rather than sleeping in cars, should wake up and work together to come up with a solution.
        The reality is though that there are only so many houses that can be built in a day’

        The media is a major part of the problem.
        Soper needs a job in North Korea.

        • Hanswurst 1.2.1.1

          I don’t understand how Mr. Soper even remains employed. He never provides any kind of decent analysis, instead just recycling a tired repertoire of lame writing tricks that he seems to think lend his pieces literary flair (“Martin Luther Cunliffe”, “Luigi Peters”, “The Bear Pit, “The Mother Bear”, “The Baby Bear”… he’s been rinsing and repeating the same stuff for years). His thinking is woolly on all levels. How would a car stereo “silence” snoring? Drown it out, maybe, but wouldn’t that wake more people up? The fellow can’t even scrape together a decent metaphor to make up for his lack of content. It’s tempting to see the Dunning-Kruger effect at work; he doesn’t even understand enough about politics to realise that he has no idea, or enough about writing to realise that he can’t hold a pen straight. Now what does that have to say about those who continue to employ him after having let so many more talented and perceptive writers go?

          • Gangnam Style 1.2.1.1.1

            “Now what does that have to say about those who continue to employ him after having let so many more talented and perceptive writers go?” – writers of the truth are ‘shown the door’.

    • Snakeoil 1.3

      The Right Hon. Bill English – residing in a former Ambassadorial residence in Kelburn – should be the last person to disparage people sleeping in cars as winter comes.

  2. Paul 2

    ‘The finger pointing gets us nowhere and MPs, rather than sleeping in cars, should wake up and work together to come up with a solution.’

    Does this man doing any research?
    They are working together!


    • Pasupial 3.1

      Paul

      I get that you are all aflame with indignation at this government and its media enablers, and maybe you only have the time before you go to work in the morning to post. But your firsting of the first few Open Mike threads every day is getting a bit spammy at this point. I did quite like your daily overnight temperature/ homelessness routine, but really I just scroll past your posts these days so am probably missing a lot.

      Maybe it’s just me, but could look at spreading out your posts over the day? It’d probably give them more impact.

      • Sabine 3.1.1

        well, i don’t think it matters if Paul’s Posts are on the first place, in the middle or the last post of the day.
        Fact is, that last night so many slept in cars that had no house to go to.
        But yes, it is uncomfortable to wake up, open a thread and see the misery of this country being spelled out in plain english. Day after Day after Day without end in sight, and a political Party – National Party of Misery for NZ, that really can’t be paid to do the job, can’t be shamed to do the job, and is out and proud in telling you and me that we are suckers that don’t count.

        So please Paul, go on.

        • YNWA 3.1.1.1

          Agreed, x10

        • Pasupial 3.1.1.2

          Sabine

          I’m not trying to stop Paul having his say, but it’s a bit pointless for him to do all that typing if his bulk posting means less people read it. For people with limited time to engage in online political discourses brevity and succinctness are definite advantages (when it doesn’t lapse into slogan recitation).

          It does matter who post first (and for that matter last) on a given forum, because those are the posts most likely to be viewed. Sure; what Paul says is important, but are; Ad & Rhinocrates’ posts not also worthwhile?

          Also, I have to agree with ScottGN that Soper is pretty irrelevant. I would scroll past posts about him no matter where the occurred.

          • Sabine 3.1.1.2.1

            well in that case a lot of things are pointless.
            Maybe Paul is not posting for us, but for those that read and don’t comment.
            Maybe we all should be posting this on our Twitters, Facebooks and other forums where we hang out to socialise in the virtual world.
            Its not as if the NZ Herald would be doing it, despite the Home of Journalism being the one place where this tally should be done.

            What Paul posts here should be the Frontpage on every newspaper in NZ , on the News in NZ before they do anything else.

            As these are our people that live in cars/vans/containers with no plumbing/heating, in tents behind in the bushes near our highways.

            AS for Ad and Rhinocrates they to post, and their points are equally valid, and if they are the first to open a thread they would then the first to post.

            Are you saying that Paul should wait for someone else to be the first to post?

        • TC 3.1.1.3

          Right on sabine, keep it up Paul.

      • ScottGN 3.1.2

        I pretty much scroll past them too now, though if it’s any consolation Paul, I don’t think anyone much reads Mr Soper in the Herald either.

      • Brigid 3.1.3

        Parsupial
        I just think your declaration that “… your firsting of the first few Open Mike threads every day is getting a bit spammy at this point.” is just silly. Just because you choose to scroll past Pauls postings because they are the first (I assume), you believe everybody does. Why do you assume that?

        The first posting does not need to define the discussion, I thought the purpose of Open Mike was that any contributor can initiate any discussion.

        I’d like Paul to continue to post where and as often as he sees fit.
        If I want to read it I will. If I don’t I’ll scroll past it.
        Isn’t that what everybody does?

      • mary_a 3.1.4

        @ Pasupial (3.1) … It doesn’t matter what time of the day (or night) that Paul posts his comments, or when they appear, the point is they are based on facts, always supported with evidence of his information.

        Paul’s opinions are not rants or the sake of it. Nor are they “pretty” stories either. What they are, is the dark truth about what a hell hole NZ has become.

        We should appreciate the great efforts of posters such as the likes of Paul, to keep the distasteful, ugly truth out there, keeping us informed, something msm is failing to do.

        Paul being one of many, is the voice of those who are unable to speak out, NZ’s vulnerable.

      • weston 3.1.5

        id have to agree repetition just becomes brainwashing after a bit …

    • Halfcrown 3.2

      “Some more reading for Mr Soper”

      Thanks, but no thanks

      • Halfcrown 3.2.1

        “Thanks, but no thanks”

        Paul apologies and I retract that statement. I quickly misread that as
        Some more reading BY Mr Soper

  3. Ad 4

    A nice U.S. state-by-state index of deprivation and income share of the 1% against everyone else:

    http://www.epi.org/multimedia/unequal-states-of-america/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=9c279245cd-Unequal_States_06_16_20166_16_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-9c279245cd-58385193

    Would be great if Treasury did this kind of anaylsis over New Zealand.

    • weka 4.1

      Good graphics too. The past 100 years is interesting esp the peak from just before the Depression compared to now.

  4. rhinocrates 5

    On Radion NZ Nine to Noon now:

    09:20 Ninety day trial law failure: report
    The 90 day trial period introduced by the government in 2008 has done nothing to boost employment, the conclusion of a comprehensive analysis commissioned by Treasury.
    We speak to one of the authors of the study, Dr Isabelle Sin, an economist at Motu Research and Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, the director of the Centre for Labour Employment and Work at Victoria University.

    Note: it doesn’t work, it’s cruel to workers and the so-called “Labour Party” supports it.

    Oh yeah, Little wants to “make it fairer”, whatever that means. 91 days perhaps?

  5. cogito 6

    Overheard….

    “Mum, what does LGBT mean…?”

    “It means Little Girls Brush their Teeth…. Off you go love….”

    🙂

  6. joe90 7

    Cracker idea.

    Milwaukee congresswoman Gwen Moore, though, is “sick and tired, and sick and tired of being sick and tired, of the criminalization of poverty” she said in an interview on Wednesday. And, she added: “We’re not going to get rid of the federal deficit by cutting poor people off Snap. But if we are going to drug-test people to reduce the deficit, let’s start on the other end of the income spectrum.”

    Moore plans to introduce a bill on Thursday that she thinks will even the playing field or, at least, “engage the wealthy in a conversation about what fair tax policy looks like”. The bill, called the Top 1% Accountability Act, would force taxpayers with itemized deductions of more than $150,000 – which, according to 2011 tax data compiled by the IRS, would only be households with a yearly federal adjusted gross income of more than $1m – to submit to the IRS a clear drug test from a sample no more than three months old, or take the much lower standard deduction when filing their taxes. (In 2016, for comparison, the standard deduction for single people or married people filing separately is $6,300.)

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/16/gwen-moore-drug-test-rich-for-tax-deductions

  7. reason 8

    Propeganda —- how much does it affect your thoughts and emotions ????

    Here’s a quick self test involving a small bit of reading followed by asking yourself three questions …….. repeated twice

    Here’s the first bit of reading ….
    ***********************************************
    ” What are the trends in alcohol advertising?

    Many researchers have identified the following trends in New Zealand and overseas:

    1. More money is being spent on alcohol marketing, pervading more areas of life:
    • Use of newer media often popular with youth, such as the internet and cell phones (see http://www.lionred.co.nz; www. tui.co.nz; http://www.42below.co.nz).

    • Alcohol sponsorship more common in key areas of popular culture such as music, film, fashion (eg Big Day Out, Bicardi Beats, Smirnoff Fashion Awards, Speights orientation…).

    • Sport a particularly large focus of alcohol sponsorship; growing association with youth-popular sports such as surfing; sports clubs and events financially dependent on alcohol companies.

    • More alcohol-branded merchandise: t-shirts, caps etc enabling the public to become “walking advertisements’.” …

    **************************************************

    Your three self questions are ……

    1) Is what I just read propaganda ???

    2) Is my understanding of what I just read biased by my previous exposure to propaganda ??

    3) What is your general feeling towards alcohol advertising particularly regarding young people, sports sponsorship etc ??

    There are no tricks in this test and it is not a measure of intelligence so don’t over think the three questions………………

    • reason 8.1

      I decided to put this post up after seeing CV trying to educate Add on the prevalence of propaganda in a thread a few days ago ….

      I think CV said the best propaganda is the stuff you don’t even know your getting …. which Add wouldn’t/couldn’t get …..and CV struggled for a specific example to show him…

      Hopefully stage two of this self test serves as a good example…………

      • reason 8.1.1

        Stage two involves an almost identical bit of reading but this time we are going to start of by being more factually accurate and recognize Alcohol is a drug …..which is exactly what it is ….:
        *******************************************
        Alcohol is a Drug.

        ” What are the trends in Drug advertising?

        Many researchers have identified the following trends in New Zealand and overseas:

        1. More money is being spent on drug marketing, pervading more areas of life:
        • Use of newer media often popular with youth, such as the internet and cell phones (see http://www.drugred.co.nz; www. drugtui.co.nz; http://www.42drugsbelow.co.nz)
        .
        • drug sponsorship more common in key areas of popular culture such as music, film, fashion (eg Big Day Out, Bicardidrug Beats, Smirnoffrussiandrug Fashion Awards, drugs orientation…).

        • Sport a particularly large focus of drug sponsorship; growing association with youth-popular

        sports such as surfing; sports clubs and events financially dependent on drug companies.

        • More drug-branded merchandise: t-shirts, caps etc enabling the public to become “walking
        advertisements’.” …

        **************************************************************

        Now ask yourself the three questions again ……. and if your inclination is to say “ but Alcohol is not like drugs” ……….then you are 100% mind fucked.

        If you honestly claim no difference in your reactions I’d like to hear from you as I’ve always wanted to talk to a Vulcan….. I’m aware of the propaganda and I still have a reaction such is the strength of lifetime indoctrination.

        And then you can start asking who benefits by the propaganda surrounding the drug alcohol and its relation to other recreational drugs ….

  8. M. Gray 9

    There is something seriously wrong with our Justice system when a young Chinese women Jieling Xiao gets 17 months jail for killing Rhys Middleton and yet the Dutch visitor Johannes Jacobus Appelman who killed 3 NZers because he failed to stop at a stop sign in Christchurch gets reparation. This in my view is racist and discriminative and this is simply not fair one killed 1 the other person killed 3. Who does our justice system seem to favour I find this to be disgusting and there are other examples of the blatant unfairness in our justice system. Also how many more Teina Poras are sitting in our prisons?

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      Our justice system is inherently racist and favours white people. There was an excellent article about it in the NZHerald a few years ago by a lawyer. She put forward a few like cases where it was obvious that people of colour were being more heavily punished than white people.

  9. Chooky 10

    ‘Switzerland withdraws longstanding application to join EU’

    https://www.rt.com/news/346884-switzerland-eu-membership-application-rejected/

    “The upper house of the Swiss parliament on Wednesday voted to invalidate its 1992 application to join the European Union, backing an earlier decision by the lower house. The vote comes just a week before Britain decides whether to leave the EU in a referendum…

    • Puckish Rogue 10.1

      Well from their point of view what would be the point of joining? They won’t gain anything and they’ll lose some of their sovereignty.

  10. Bearded Git 11

    Toby Manhire on Trump in the Herald today:

    On this I agree with Donald Trump, who said: “The biggest problem we have is nuclear, having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon.” Speaking for the world, we’re worried about that, too, which is why we don’t want him to have the opportunity to single-handedly order the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal [to attack]. And that’s not hyperbole: in a long feature this week for Politico detailing the process by which a nuclear attack is launched, nuclear security expert Bruce G Blair writes that a President Trump “would be free to launch a civilisation-ending nuclear war on his own any time he chose”.

    Gawd ‘elp us.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      utter bull shit. The President cannot launch a nuclear attack without agreement of the Joint Chiefs.

      Further, Clinton is far more likely to construct war against China or Russia, or China and Russia.

  11. AsleepWhileWalking 12

    Bernie Sanders not endorsing Killary yet! Still in the running….

    Thought he was selling out and for sure would run as VP. Respect dude.

  12. b waghorn 13

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/306632/auckland-to-get-59-new-state-houses

    Iwi must not donate as much to national as fletchers does!

  13. ianmac 14

    Salisbury Special school for girls? Parata vowed to get them sunk.

    “Despite assurances to keep the school open after the school’s successful High Court case in 2012, the Minister has allowed her ministry to initiate a sinking lid process regarding enrolments, [saying] that parents enrolling for the IWS aren’t choosing Salisbury.

    “This is simply not true. Parents tell us they were not even offered Salisbury when applying for the IWS, and they had to go to extreme lengths to be allowed to choose Salisbury.”
    Dirty tricks?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11658356

  14. weka 16

    The United States Senate voted to pass a defense bill today that would require young women to sign up for a potential military draft for the first time in U.S. history. The vote was 85-13 in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, a $600 billion defense spending bill that had a host of other controversial provisions in it, including prohibiting the closure of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denying the Pentagon’s attempt to close military bases.

    Republicans were divided about whether the U.S. should require women to register for the draft when they turn 18. Sen. Ted Cruz told Politico it was a “radical change that is attempting to be foisted on the American people,” while Sen. John McCain said “a large bipartisan majority on the Armed Services Committee agreed that there is simply no further justification to limit Selective Service registration to men.”

    The Senate and the House will now meet to compare and resolve differences between the two versions of the defense spending bill. The House version does not have the female draft requirement in it.

    http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2016/06/14/senate-votes-to-require-women-to-register-for-the-draft/

  15. Paul 17

    From Daily Blog.

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/06/17/breaking-priviledge-to-the-max-watch-max-key-get-exclusive-access-to-all-blacks/

    Privilege to the Max – Watch Max Key get exclusive access to All Blacks

    • Gangnam Style 17.1

      Party Political Broadcast, the Nats have really started already, early election maybes?

  16. Paul 18

    Another of the privileged offspring of the wealthy in the news.
    For assualt.
    I wonder if his sentence is tough…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11658323

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • More medicines for New Zealanders, thanks to Govt’s Budget boost
    Health Minister Andrew Little is welcoming news that two more important medicines are set to be funded, thanks to the Government’s big boost to the country’s medicines budget. “Since coming into Government in 2017, the Labour Government has increased Pharmac’s funding by 43 per cent, including a $71 million boost ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Government delivers ACC change to support 28,000 parents
    The Maternal Birth Injury and Other Matters Bill passes Third Reading – the first amendment to ACC legislation of its kind From 1 October 2022, new ACC cover to benefit approximately 28,000 birthing parents Additional maternal birth injuries added alongside new review provision to ensure cover remains comprehensive Greater clarity ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Further cuts for East Coast tarakihi limits to rebuild numbers faster
    Commercial catch limits for East Coast tarakihi will be reduced further to help the stock rebuild faster. “Tarakihi is a popular fish, and this has led to declining levels over time. Many adjustments have been made and the stock is recovering. I have decided on further commercial catch reductions of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • New Ambassador to Colombia announced
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of diplomat Nicci Stilwell as the next Ambassador to Colombia. “Aotearoa New Zealand’s relationship with Colombia is fast growing with strong links across education, climate change and indigenous co-operation,” Nanaia Mahuta said.  “Trade is a key part of our relationship with Colombia, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • 3000 more RSE workers to ease workforce pressures
    The Government continues to respond to global workforce shortages by announcing the largest increase in over a decade to the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE), providing 3000 additional places, Immigration Minister Michael Wood and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have announced. The new RSE cap will allow access to 19,000 workers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Sanctions on more of the Russian political elite
    Further sanctions are being imposed on members of President Putin’s inner circle and other representatives of the Russian political elite, as part of the Governments ongoing response to the war in Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. “Ukraine has been clear that the most important action we can take to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New Principal Youth Court Judge appointed
    Judge Ida Malosi, District Court Judge of Wellington, has been appointed as the new Principal Youth Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Born and raised in Southland, Judge Malosi graduated from Victoria University of Wellington and spent her legal career in South Auckland.  She was a founding partner of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Visitor arrivals highest since pandemic began
    Overseas visitor arrivals exceeded 100,000 in July, for the first time since the borders closed in March 2020 Strong ski season lifts arrivals to Queenstown to at least 90% of the same period in 2019 Australia holiday recovery has continued to trend upwards New Zealand’s tourism recovery is on its ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Language provides hope for Tuvalu
    Climate change continues to present a major risk for the island nation of Tuvalu, which means sustaining te gana Tuvalu, both on home soil and in New Zealand Aotearoa, has never been more important, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said. The Tuvalu Auckland Community Trust and wider Tuvalu ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister Sio to attend Asian Development Bank meeting in Manila
    Associate Foreign Affairs Minister Aupito William Sio travels to the Philippines this weekend to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors in Manila. “The ADB Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to engage with other ADB member countries, including those ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • United Nations General Assembly National Statement
    E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, Rau Rangatira mā kua huihui mai nei i tēnei Whare Nui o te Ao Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa, mai i tōku Whenua o Aotearoa Tuia ki runga, Tuia ki raro, ka Rongo to pō ka rongo te ao Nō reira, tēnā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New strategy unifies all-of-Government approach to help Pacific languages thrive
    A united approach across all-of-Government underpins the new Pacific Language Strategy, announced by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio at Parliament today. “The cornerstone of our Pacific cultures, identities and place in Aotearoa, New Zealand are our Pacific languages. They are at the heart of our wellbeing,” Aupito ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Upgrades for sporting facilities ahead of FIFA Women’s World Cup
    Communities across the country will benefit from newly upgraded sporting facilities as a result of New Zealand co-hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The Government is investing around $19 million to support upgrades at 30 of the 32 potential sporting facilities earmarked for the tournament, including pitch, lighting and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Partnership supports climate action in Latin America and Caribbean
    Aotearoa New Zealand is extending the reach of its support for climate action to a new agriculture initiative with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced a NZ$10 million contribution to build resilience, enhance food security and address the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Landmark agreement for Māori fisheries celebrates 30th year
    The 30th anniversary of the Fisheries Deed of Settlement is a time to celebrate a truly historic partnership that has helped transform communities, says Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Rino Tirikatene. “The agreement between the Crown and Māori righted past wrongs, delivered on the Crown’s treaty ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backs initiatives to cut environmental impact of plastic waste
    The Government has today announced funding for projects that will cut plastic waste and reduce its impact on the environment. “Today I am announcing the first four investments to be made from the $50 million Plastics Innovation Fund, which was set last year and implemented a 2020 election promise,” Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Call for expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench
    Attorney-General David Parker today called for nominations and expressions of interest in appointment to the High Court Bench.  This is a process conducted at least every three years and ensures the Attorney-General has up to date information from which to make High Court appointments.  “It is important that when appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Depositor compensation scheme protects Kiwis’ money
    New Zealanders will have up to $100,000 of their deposits in any eligible institution guaranteed in the event that institution fails, under legislation introduced in Parliament today. The Deposit Takers Bill is the third piece of legislation in a comprehensive review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New fund to help more Pacific aiga into their own homes
    The Government has launched a new housing fund that will help more Pacific aiga achieve the dream of home ownership. “The Pacific Building Affordable Homes Fund will help organisations, private developers, Māori/iwi, and NGOs build affordable housing for Pacific families and establish better pathways to home ownership within Pacific communities. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More than 100,000 new Kiwis as halfway point reached
    Over 100,000 new Kiwis can now call New Zealand ‘home’ after the 2021 Resident Visa reached the halfway point of approvals, Minister of Immigration Michael Wood announced today. “This is another important milestone, highlighting the positive impact our responsive and streamlined immigration system is having by providing comfort to migrant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill passes third reading – He mea pāhi te Maniapoto Claims Settl...
    Nā te Minita mō ngā Take Tiriti o Waitangi, nā Andrew Little,  te iwi o Maniapoto i rāhiri i tēnei rā ki te mātakitaki i te pānuitanga tuatoru o te Maniapoto Claims Settlement Bill - te pikinga whakamutunga o tā rātou whakataunga Tiriti o Waitangi o mua. "Me mihi ka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • 50,000 more kids to benefit from equity-based programmes next year
    Another 47,000 students will be able to access additional support through the school donations scheme, and a further 3,000 kids will be able to get free and healthy school lunches as a result of the Equity Index.  That’s on top of nearly 90% of schools that will also see a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Healthy Active Learning now in 40 percent of schools across New Zealand
    A total of 800 schools and kura nationwide are now benefitting from a physical activity and nutrition initiative aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and young people. Healthy Active Learning was funded for the first time in the inaugural Wellbeing Budget and was launched in 2020. It gets regional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech at 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty
    Kia Ora. It is a pleasure to join you here today at this 10th meeting of the Friends of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty. This gathering provides an important opportunity to reiterate our unwavering commitment to achieving a world without nuclear weapons, for which the entry into force of this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech for Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit 2022
    Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you for the invitation to join you. It’s a real pleasure to be here, and to be in such fine company.  I want to begin today by acknowledging His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Sir David Attenborough in creating what is becoming akin ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New accreditation builds capacity for Emergency Management Volunteers
    Emergency Management Minister Kieran McAnulty has recognised the first team to complete a newly launched National Accreditation Process for New Zealand Response Team (NZ-RT) volunteers. “NZ-RT volunteers play a crucial role in our emergency response system, supporting response and recovery efforts on the ground. This new accreditation makes sure our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt strengthens trans-Tasman emergency management cooperation
    Aotearoa New Zealand continues to strengthen global emergency management capability with a new agreement between New Zealand and Australia, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to improving our global and national emergency management system, and the Memorandum of Cooperation signed is another positive step towards ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Christchurch Call Initiative on Algorithmic Outcomes
    Today New Zealand, the USA, Twitter, and Microsoft, announced investment in a technology innovation initiative under the banner of the Christchurch Call.  This initiative will support the creation of new technology to understand the impacts of algorithms on people’s online experiences.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms play a growing role in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • JOINT PR: Trans-Tasman Cooperation on disaster management
    Hon Kieran McAnulty, New Zealand Minister for Emergency Management Senator The Hon Murray Watt, Federal Minister for Emergency Management Strengthening Trans-Tasman cooperation on disaster management issues was a key area of focus when Australia and New Zealand’s disaster management ministers met this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More transparency, less red-tape for modernised charities sector
    The Charities Amendment Bill has been introduced today which will modernise the charities sector by increasing transparency, improving access to justice services and reducing the red-tape that smaller charities face, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Priyanca Radhakrishnan said. “These changes will make a meaningful difference to over 28,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Pacific visas reopened to help boost workforce
    Work continues on delivering on a responsive and streamlined immigration system to help relieve workforce shortages, with the reopening of longstanding visa categories, Immigration Minister Michael Wood has announced.  From 3 October 2022, registrations for the Samoan Quota will reopen, and from 5 October registrations for the Pacific Access Category ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day Bill passes into law
    The Bill establishing Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day has passed its third reading. “As Queen of Aotearoa New Zealand, Her Majesty was loved for her grace, calmness, dedication, and public service. Her affection for New Zealand and its people was clear, and it was a fondness that was shared,” Michael ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New investor migrant visa opens
    The new Active Investor Plus visa category created to attract high-value investors, has officially opened marking a key milestone in the Government’s Immigration Rebalance strategy, Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash and Immigration Minister Michael Wood have announced. “The new Active Investor Plus visa replaces the previous investor visa categories, which ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New wharekura continues commitment to Māori education
    A new Year 1-13 designated character wharekura will be established in Feilding, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. To be known as Te Kura o Kauwhata, the wharekura will cater for the expected growth in Feilding for years to come. “The Government has a goal of strengthening Māori ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • National minute of silence for Queen Elizabeth II
    A national minute of silence will be observed at the start of New Zealand’s State Memorial Service for Queen Elizabeth II, at 2pm on Monday 26 September. The one-hour service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, during a one-off public holiday to mark the Queen’s death. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Climate Change and Business Conference
    Tēnā koutou i tēnei ata. Good morning. Recently I had cause to say to my friends in the media that I consider that my job is only half done. So I’m going to take the opportunity of this year’s Climate and Business Conference to offer you a mid-point review. A ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government enhances protection for our most-productive land  
    Enhanced protection for Aotearoa New Zealand’s most productive land   Councils required to identify, map, and manage highly productive land  Helping ensure Kiwis’ access to leafy greens and other healthy foods Subdivision for housing on highly-productive land could still be possible in limited circumstances  The Government has today released a National ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kieran McAnulty to attend Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
    Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty will travel to Brisbane this week to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. “This conference is one of the most important meetings in the Asia-Pacific region to progress disaster risk reduction efforts and increase cooperation between ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade and Agriculture Minister to travel to India and Indonesia
    Minister of Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor will travel tomorrow to India and Indonesia for trade and agricultural meetings to further accelerate the Government’s growing trade agenda.  “Exploring ways we can connect globally and build on our trading relationships is a priority for the Government, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Poroporoaki: Cletus Maanu Paul (ONZM)
    E te rangatira Maanu, takoto mai ra, i tō marae i Wairaka, te marae o te wahine nāna I inoi kia Whakatānea ia kia tae ae ia ki te hopu i te waka Mātaatua kia kore ai i riro i te moana. Ko koe anō tēnā he pukumahi koe mō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago