web analytics

Open mike 20/06/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 20th, 2010 - 52 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

52 comments on “Open mike 20/06/2010 ”

  1. Latest Roy Morgan poll just out.

    National down 2 to 50.5%
    Labour up 3 to 33%
    Greens 9.5%

    Two party difference is now 17%.

    It will be interesting to see what effect this week’s shenanigans have on the next poll. For me I would like to have an extended period where real issues and policies and their effects on ordinary kiwis are debated. I accept this is not likely as National would then lose. It is much easier to push the sleaze button.

    Results are at http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2010/4512/

    • I dreamed a dream 1.1

      Roy Morgan says, “Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a slight reversal of the Post-Budget bounce for the National-led Government — now 55.5% (down 2%)”

      As we thought, the post-budget bounce for the government was expected to be temporary and we’re back to our usual polling.

      But, I would expect the next Roy Morgan poll will show a drop for Labour from the credit card saga unfairly smeared onto Labour. The question is whether it’s going to be big, and whether it will be temporary.

      Also, the difference between the government and opposition blocs is 11%. If we move the Maori Party from the government bloc to the opposition bloc, the difference is 5%. Even though many people may say that the Maori Party is now firmly with National, I believe that come election time, all bets are off and the Maori Party can still go with Labour, especially that by then Tariana Turia will not be involved.

      So, there’s still hope for the opposition for 2011. It all depends on whether the opposition can engage the government on real issues and policies.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        ” especially that by then Tariana Turia will not be involved.”

        Why? Has she announced she is definitely standing down? She had gastric bypass surgery specifically so should could lose weight and improve her health so that she can again lead the party in the next election/government.

        • I dreamed a dream

          Sorry, I thought she’s retiring after this term. Perhaps I am wrong 🙂

    • Fisiani 1.2

      Shame about the TV 3 poll though. Which shows National higher than ever and Phil Goff and Labour falling falling falling.

      • I dreamed a dream 1.2.1

        The 3% increase for National and corresponding 3% drop for Labour is in line with the size of the post-Budget variations which proved to be temporary. So it will be interesting to see if the poll perturbations due to the credit card saga are also temporary. And the fact that it was only 3% is rather surprising. I had expected a much dramatic effect on Labour.

  2. Oliver 3

    From the SST

    “Chris Carter last night broke his silence, saying he was returning to parliament, having taken advice from the party’s former head, Helen Clark.”

    Chris is undermining Phil’s leadership again, not a great look.

    • The Voice of Reason 3.1

      It’s a great look, Oliver. Why wouldn’t Carter seek the advice of a former mentor? And good on Clark for taking the time to care about what happens here in NZ. I wish the current PM did.

      I’m hoping she has told Carter to pull his head in, concentrate on being a good electorate MP and ignore the rednecks.

      • ianmac 3.1.1

        VOR: You would wonder about the coordination of the attack on Carter. The Nat MPs have kept quiet but is it likely that the attack dogs are organised to lurk around Blog sites to add sulphur to the mix? It is in Nact interest for Labour to be damaged for the miserly amount of $250 of Carter’s mis-spending.

        • The Voice of Reason

          Absolutely, ianmac. The Nats can’t come out directly, because they risk being tarred with the same brush, so by using dog whistles (Carter’s ‘flamboyant’ spending) and regular inflammatory comments like Oliver and Brett’s above, they can keep the pot simmering.

          What is it with single names like Oliver and Brett, by the way? It seems the trolls like to make themselves appear human by only using pseudonyms found in ‘name your baby’ books.

          • ianmac

            Or Rebecca? Sounds homey and cuddly doesn’t he.

            • ianmac

              Or Ray below. Bet they all are the same boringly repetitive person.

            • Anne

              Now ianmac you are not being fair to Red Alert’s most prolific critic. Rebecca is a very clever lady (?). Anyone who can juggle the demands of two pre-schoolers (referred to by her once as “the rugrats”), help run her truckie husband’s business, and spend all day and half the night blogging on Red Alert is truly an amazing person.

              • ianmac

                Like Matthew Hooten Rebecca/Oliver/Brett have a style where they agree with the post/comment for a many words, then whip out the “spite of the day.” A more subtle menu of trolls for breakfast.

                • Jim Nald

                  They think you are stupid. And they think they can disguise in their apparently supportive words their very venom.

                • I was thinking the same thing as I read Fred’s comments in yesterday’s climate change post. I thought he was taking the piss. Looking for an attack line without even bothering to debate the issue. Very wingnuttish.

                  • ianmac

                    joe90: Liked this bit :”In the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt” -B.Russell

                    Now I will lie awake all night wondering where I fit on the continuum. 🙂

                    Like trying to say to a religious person that nothing is absolutely true!

              • swimmer

                Maybe she has been tucking into some of her “husband’s” uppers! 😛

    • swimmer 3.2

      WTF? How is that undermining Phil’s leadership? Phil told him to have a rest, he did. Phil told him to think about his future, he did. And now he is coming back, something that Phil told him he could do, no under mining there.

  3. joe90 4

    What’s wrong with libertarianism.

    First, the worship of the already successful and the disdain for the powerless is essentially the morality of a thug. Money and property should not be privileged above everything else– love, humanity, justice.

    Second, it’s the philosophy of a snotty teen, someone who’s read too much Heinlein, absorbed the sordid notion that an intellectual elite should rule the subhuman masses, and convinced himself that reading a few bad novels qualifies him as a member of the elite.

    Third, and perhaps most common, it’s the worldview of a provincial narcissist,

    Read it and giggle, I did, although knowing a few ‘libs’ I reckon ridicule is better.

    In short, they’re spoiled, and they’ve evolved a philosophy that they should be spoiled

    • freedom 4.1

      Yes some of Heinlein’s work is idealogically questionable, with leanings towards the elitist, such as Stranger in a Strange Land, and many of his shorts are just future history. I do ask that you not forget that he also gave us The Moon is a Harsh Mistress which has many secure and reliable methods for organising political and social rebellion. Always handy.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      or his Why the rich should pay more taxes

      A revenue-neutral plan won’t change total receipts any– it’ll just redistribute it. Here you have to ask, who gets shafted?

      This is pretty shameless, but it’s much of a piece with Republican practice in general. For years some nosy folks (such as Sen. Moynihan) have been investigating what states pay the most to the federal government, and which states get the most benefits back. What a surprise: the biggest winners are the western and southern states that vote Republican; the biggest losers are the northeastern states that vote Democratic. Those who whine the most about taxes are those who suck the most from the public trough.

      That seems to describe our present government accurately.

    • Quoth the Raven 4.3

      joe90 – that article is absolutely worthless. What you quote is an absurd caricature of a tiny minority of libertarians and unnecessary psychologising. It’s akin to me arguing against sta1inism as it were equivalent to social democrats. Firstly Ayn Rand was not, I repeat not a libertarian. She was intellectually honest enough to say it herself:

      Because Libertarians are a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people: they plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose, and they denounce me in a more vicious manner than any communist publication, when that fits their purpose. They are lower than any pragmatists, and what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They’d like to have an amoral political program.

      and this again from Rand:

      Above all, do not join the wrong ideological groups or movements, in order to “do something.’ By “ideological’ (in this context), I mean groups or movements proclaiming some vaguely generalized, undefined (and, usually, contradictory) political goals. (E.g., the Conservative Party, which subordinates reason to faith, and substitutes theocracy for capitalism; or the “libertarian’ hippies, who subordinate reason to whims, and substitute anarchism for capitalism.) To join such groups means to reverse the philosophical hierarchy and to sell out fundamental principles for the sake of some superficial political action which is bound to fail. It means that you help the defeat of your ideas and the victory of your enemies.

      or the article “Libertarianism the perversion of liberty” by an Objectivist – critiqued here.

      The article thinks all libertarianism are opposed to unionism which is simply wrong. Unions are simply part of the market. Many libertarians support unionism and are members of unions such as the IWW whether they are free market or libertarian socialists. I see he didn’t see it fit to mention that some anarcho-communists (who are libertarians) oppose labour unions.

      In one table he has under communism the quote from Proudhon “Property is theft” Proudhon was a mutualist an anarchist (he is oftentimes put under the rubric of individualist anarchist) definitely within the libertarian milieu. Proudhon advocated markets and also said “property is impossible” and “property is liberty”.His idea was the synthesis of communism and property.

      Then he goes on to straw man libertarianism with reference to neo-liberals and praises the New Deal – the New Deal being largely a corporatist boondoggle which has been ably critiqued by those of the New Left long ago. I wonder if this guy knows anything about history.

  4. ianmac 5

    Joe90” First, the worship of the already successful and the disdain for the powerless is essentially the morality of a thug. Money and property should not be privileged above everything else love, humanity, justice.”
    Can’t quite remember the exact words spoken by Mr Key but didn’t he talk about the ordinary folk who shouldn’t be envious of the rich and the successful?

  5. Yesterdays Herald had a number of MP’s expenses. Looking at most of them including Carter’s and quite frankly they are chicken feed. Carters especially are minimal and undeserving of the b/s last week.

    • Daveosaurus 6.1

      I did notice in the newspaper the other day a bit of Parliamentary credit card troughing that hasn’t had much of a follow up in the media. Apparently, one MP went to a conference for his own personal benefit, billed $1137 in registration costs to a Parliamentary credit card, and didn’t bother repaying the money for several months. Personally I think this is a much more flagrant example of troughing than watching a movie.

  6. Ray 7

    The BIG question is who is running the Labour party
    A past PM with a proud history or the present mongs

  7. joe90 8

    More laughs for a wet Sunday morning, Jon Stewart skewers the lot, Nixon through to Obama, brilliant.

    • artist not on the dole 8.1

      he has such a subtle way of telling people they really are idiots, have been doing this s*’t to themselves for decades and if they don’t start taking action then its game over rover

  8. Tigger 9

    Q&A today. Two gay Labour MPs quizzed about how being gay affected their job but Finlayson not quizzed about it in his earlier interview on the show.

    Finlayson gets a free pass while all other gay MPs get rocks thrown at them. Another example of the media’s left/right double standard.

    The panel this morning were cheer leaders for the f&s deal. No one bothered to ask, if Funlayson thinks nothing has changed then why is it an achievement for the Maori Party?

    • ianmac 9.1

      I happened to see the discussion on Maori TV last night. The interviewee seemed to be saying that the F&S was a good win for the Maori Party. But when questioned closer he was unable to say just what the win was, but believed that his Iwi would be able to claim Ninety Mile Beach, and other places. So far none seem able to define the gains.

      The way you describe Q&A Tigger suggests that there is a bias towards Left Gay people. Unless it was to shed light – perhaps.

    • Anne 9.2

      Just as Tim Groser, Murray McCully and Nick Smith have all been given a free pass while a few former Labour ministers were hounded for the odd bunch of flowers and some in-house movies. Not to say there wasn’t some lax behaviour, but look at the disparity between the amounts. Labour’s misdemeanours were little more than a few dollars here and there, the Nats were in the hundreds. But no… there is no accountability required of the Nat ministers.

      Double standards, double standards, double standards. It’s high time Labour charged someone with the task of making a formal list of these double standards as they happen then, at an appropriate moment, publicly reveal them for all to see. I’m getting sick of watching some Labour politicians fawning over journalists as if they are scared of them. It’s time they stuck the knife into the culprits… let them see what it’s like. They’ll get over it and if they don’t who cares.

      • Craig Glen Eden 9.2.1

        I agree Anne, Labour either start taking it to National and to the media or face a loss next question. Why not start asking a few questions on live TV like did you save all your questions about Gays for us do you have any for Finlayson? While I know it keeps the issue alive which is a silly one ( sexuality I mean ) at least it becomes obvious that they are treating the sides differently.

        • Anne

          If Labour keep up their present lack lustre performance they are in for an even bigger hiding than they took at the last election. Their advisers seem to be way off beam at present. The expenses shindig – and especially the furore around Carter – is a case in point. Why are they letting the journos and commentators get away with all the disingenuous shit they are unfairly hurling at Labour? Why aren’t Labour publicly challenging them to give the same amount of due diligence to errant Nat. Ministers and John Key in particular? Why are they not publicly accusing the media responsible of the differing treatments, and backing it up with the many examples that now exist? Sitting around ‘taking it on the chin’ just makes them look weak in the eyes of an undiscerning public.

  9. Santi 10

    Wonderful news to learn Helen Clark still running the Labour Party from NYC. Her advice to Carter is first class.

  10. swimmer 11

    This has to be the silliest bullshit story that I have heard from the right wing all year!

  11. Draco T Bastard 12

    We seriously need a NZ version of the book Take the Rich Off Welfare by Mark Zepezauer. Here it is on Googlebooks.

    It outlines how the rich are subsidised by the poor in the US. Considering that our economy closely parallels that of the US we can pretty much guarantee that similar subsidies for the rich exist in New Zealand.

  12. gingercrush 13

    Hmm so TV 3 had its latest political poll. Good for National though 55% is way too high. Though for me the more interesting part of TV 3 polling is whether people replying to the poll feel Key and Goff are performing well and Key on the whole seems to be doing so.

    Anyway, more to the point. What the hell is with Goff and his waddling?

    • Quoth the Raven 13.1

      I saw that. I believe he’s trying to cultivate a swagger.

      • ianmac 13.1.1

        I was always intrigued with the GW Bush um “strut”. For a while he would walk for about 25 paces straight up to the podiuum, but he did look a bit strange. Later he just walked about 5 paces from the side, to the podium. Wonder why.

    • What I want to know is why did TV3 decide to run the poll this week?

      Why not after the budget or after Key’s “blind trust” issue first hit the fan.

      Am I an aluminium foil hat wearing conspiracy theory nut or is this deliberate?

      • Santi 13.2.1

        Yes, micky you are one of those. Now tell me about the moon landing hoax.

        • mickysavage

          Yeah but can you explain why the Herald tonight reported the TV3 poll with the bad result but did not report the Roy Morgan poll with the good result?

          Article is at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10653250

          And I do believe that Man landed on the moon although I also have a suspicion that Area 51 may also exist …

          • gingercrush

            NZPA wrote that not the Herald.

            And is that your defense for Labour doing so badly in the poll, its all TV 3’s fault because they ran it at the same as the spending scandal. Nevermind, that TV 3 isn’t at this stage running their poll monthly.

  13. ianmac 14

    That Garner chap looks so smug when telling us how well he did in “downing” Labour single handed. Clever chap that Garner! Eh!

  14. swimmer 15

    I liked the new walk, I hope he keeps it! I notice the right commenting on it, what’s the matter? Scared of the new walk?

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tax incentives to boost long-term rental supply
    ·      Tax changes aimed at growing quality, secure rental supply ·      New and existing build-to-rent developments exempt from interest limitation rules in perpetuity, when offering ten-year  tenancies ·      Exemption to apply from 1 October 2021. The Government is encouraging more long-term rental options by giving developers tax incentives for as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Govt marks 350th tower in push for improved rural connectivity
    The Government has marked another milestone in its push for better rural connectivity, welcoming the delivery of Rural Connectivity Group’s (RCG) 350th tower. Waikato’s Te Ākau, which sits roughly 50 kilometres out of Hamilton is home to the new tower. “The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the ever-increasing importance of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Joint Press Release: Trans-Tasman agriculture ministers discuss biosecurity co-operation
    Biosecurity co-operation topped the agenda when Australia and New Zealand’s agriculture ministers met yesterday. Australia’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Murray Watt met with his New Zealand counterpart, Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, and Rural Communities in a conference call, which had particular focus on foot and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Remote monitoring could give patients better care at home
    People could spend less time in hospital, thanks to a smart new remote device that lets patients be monitored at home, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Technology has the potential to really change the way we do things – to do things that are  better for patients and at the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government supporting kids’ learning success
    Concrete steps to clarify inclusive, evidence-informed teaching practices Strengthen capability supports along the professional pathway  Enhance partnerships between the education system and whānau, iwi, communities Embed equitable additional learning supports and assessment tools that help teachers effectively notice and respond to the needs of students Improved student achievement is a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Supporting prevention, preparedness and response to global pandemics
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to strengthen global prevention, preparedness and responses to future pandemics with seed funding for a new World Bank initiative, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “We cannot afford to wait until the next pandemic. We must all play our part to support developing countries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Overseas investors converting farms to forests must show benefit to New Zealand
    A law change to ensure that forestry conversions by overseas investors benefit New Zealand has passed its final reading in Parliament. Previously, overseas investors wishing to convert land, such as farm land, into forestry only needed to meet the “special forestry test”. This is a streamlined test, designed to encourage ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • International visitors boosting economic recovery
    International tourism recovery well underway with higher level of overseas visitor arrivals than previously expected UK and US card spend already back at pre-COVID levels Visitors staying in New Zealand longer and spending more compared to 2019 Govt support throughout pandemic helped tourism sector prepare for return of international ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ministry’s inaugural Strategy paves way for ethnic communities
    The Ministry for Ethnic Communities has released its first strategy, setting out the actions it will take over the next few years to achieve better wellbeing outcomes for ethnic communities Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. “The Strategy that has been released today sets out ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • World class aquatic centre opened in Hawke’s Bay
    The Prime Minister has officially opened the Hawke’s Bay Regional Aquatic Centre today saying it is a huge asset to the region and to the country. “This is a world class facility which will be able to host national and international events including the world championships. With a 10-lane Olympic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tulī Takes Flight winners take to the wing
    The Associate Minister of Education, Aupito William Sio, has today announced the recipients of the Tulī Takes Flight scholarships which were a key part of last year’s Dawn Raids apology. The scholarships are a part of the goodwill gesture of reconciliation to mark the apology by the New Zealand Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt supports free period products in over 2000 schools within one year
    96% of estimated menstruating students receive free period products 2085 schools involved 1200 dispensers installed Supports cost of living, combats child poverty, helps increase attendance Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti today hailed the free period products in schools, Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata, a huge success, acknowledging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt boosts tourism transformation to strengthen workforce and improve outcomes
    The Tourism Industry Transformation Plan outlines key actions to improve the sector This includes a Tourism and Hospitality Accord to set employment standards Developing cultural competency within the workforce Improving the education and training system for tourism Equipping business owners and operators with better tools and enabling better work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Google Cloud’s decision to make New Zealand a cloud region. “This is another major vote of confidence for New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and our economic recovery from COVID 19,” David Clark said. “Becoming a cloud region will mean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Changes to NCEA & University Entrance in response to COVID-19 disruptions
    A package of changes to NCEA and University Entrance announced today recognise the impact COVID-19 has had on senior secondary students’ assessment towards NCEA in 2022, says Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti. “We have heard from schools how significant absences of students and teachers, as a result of COVID-19, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa- “Lifelong Fri...
    Te Reo Māori tauparapara… Tapatapa tū ki te Rangi! Ki te Whei-ao! Ki te Ao-mārama Tihei mauri ora! Stand at the edge of the universe! of the spiritual world! of the physical world! It is the breath of creation Formal acknowledgments… [Your Highness Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Masiofo] ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New law passed to reduce gun harm
    The Government’s commitment to combatting firearms violence has reached another significant milestone today with the passage of the Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill, Police Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new law helps to reduce firearm-related crime by targeting possession, use, or carriage of firearms by people whose actions and behaviours ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister sends condolences as last Battle for Crete veteran passes away
    Minister for Veterans, Hon Meka Whaitiri sends her condolences to the last Battle for Crete veteran. “I am saddened today to learn of the passing of Cyril Henry Robinson known as Brant Robinson, who is believed to be the last surviving New Zealand veteran of the Battle for Crete, Meka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill passes third reading
    Legislation to repeal the ‘Three Strikes’ law has passed its third reading in Parliament. “The Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill ends an anomaly in New Zealand’s justice system that dictates what sentence judges must hand down irrespective of relevant factors,” Justice Minister Kiri Allan said. “The three strikes law was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government working on preliminary steps to improve support for abuse survivors
    Work is under way on preliminary steps to improve the Government’s support for survivors of abuse in care while a new, independent redress system is designed, Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins says. These steps – recommended by the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry – include rapid payments for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Remarks upon 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Online Forum 77 years ago today, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Three days earlier, on the 6th of August 1945, the same fate had befallen the people of Hiroshima.  Tens of thousands died instantly. In the years that followed 340,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt signs NZ–USA agreement launching new opportunities for space sector
    An agreement signed today between the New Zealand and United States governments will provide new opportunities for our space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash said. Stuart Nash signed the Framework Agreement with United States Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman. The signing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt strengthens emergency management cooperation between NZ and the US
    An agreement signed today between New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will strengthen global emergency management capability, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to continually strengthening our emergency management system, and this Memorandum of Cooperation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand to stay at Orange as winter continues
    New Zealand will remain at the Orange traffic light setting, while hospitalisations remain elevated and pressure on the health system continues through winter. “There’s still significant pressure on hospitals from winter illnesses, so our current measures have an ongoing role to play in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Path paved for communities to reshape streets
    Streets will soon be able to be transformed from unsafe and inaccessible corridors to vibrant places for all transport modes thanks to new legislation proposed today, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “We need to make it safe, quicker and more attractive for people to walk, ride and take public transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Boost for agricultural and horticultural science in schools
    More young minds eyeing food and fibre careers is the aim of new Government support for agricultural and horticultural science teachers in secondary schools, Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Government is committing $1.6 million over five years to the initiative through the Ministry for Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bumper breeding season boosts Kākāpō population
    Kākāpō numbers have increased from 197 to 252 in the 2022 breeding season, and there are now more of the endangered parrots than there have been for almost 50 years, Conservation Minister Poto Williams announced today. The flightless, nocturnal parrot is a taonga of Ngāi Tahu and a species unique ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Relationship with Malaysia to be elevated to Strategic Partnership
    The relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Malaysia is to be elevated to the status of a Strategic Partnership, to open up opportunities for greater co-operation and connections in areas like regional security and economic development. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta met her Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah today during a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Call for New Zealanders to get on-board with rail safety
    With additional trains operating across the network, powered by the Government’s investment in rail, there is need for a renewed focus on rail safety, Transport Minister Michael Wood emphasised at the launch of Rail Safety Week 2022. “Over the last five years the Government has invested significantly to improve level ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Regional approach the focus at ASEAN and East Asia Summit talks
    The Foreign Minister has wrapped up a series of meetings with Indo-Pacific partners in Cambodia which reinforced the need for the region to work collectively to deal with security and economic challenges. Nanaia Mahuta travelled to Phnom Penh for a bilateral meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and Aotearoa New Zealand, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Criminal Bar Association
    Kia ora koutou Firstly, thank you to the President of the Criminal Bar Association, Fiona Guy Kidd QC, for her invitation to attend the annual conference this weekend albeit unfortunately she is unable to attend, I’m grateful to the warm welcome both Chris Wilkinson-Smith (Vice-President, Whanganui) and Adam Simperingham (Vice-President, Gisborne) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • The beat goes on as Government renews support for musicians
    Extension of Aotearoa Touring Programme supporting domestic musicians The Programme has supported more than 1,700 shows and over 250 artists New Zealand Music Commission estimates that around 200,000 Kiwis have been able to attend shows as a result of the programme The Government is hitting a high note, with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister of Defence to attend Guadalcanal Commemorations in the Solomon Islands
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare will depart tomorrow for Solomon Islands to attend events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. While in Solomon Islands, Minister Henare will also meet with Solomon Islands Minister of National Security, Correctional Services and Police Anthony Veke to continue cooperation on security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New programme to provide insights into regenerative dairy farming 
    The Government is partnering with Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited and Ngāi Tūāhuriri on a whole-farm scale study in North Canterbury to validate the science of regenerative farming, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.   The programme aims to scientifically evaluate the financial, social and environmental differences between regenerative and conventional practices. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More women on public boards than ever before
    52.5% of people on public boards are women Greatest ever percentage of women Improved collection of ethnicity data “Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level. The facts prove that diverse boards bring a wider range of knowledge, expertise and skill. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Awards support Pacific women
    I am honoured to support the 2022 Women in Governance Awards, celebrating governance leaders, directors, change-makers, and rising stars in the community, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. For the second consecutive year, MPP is proudly sponsoring the Pacific Governance Leader category, recognising Pacific women in governance and presented to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt investment into Whakatāne regeneration reaches new milestones
    Today Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash turned the sod for the new Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour, cut the ribbon for the revitalised Whakatāne Wharf, and inspected work underway to develop the old Whakatāne Army Hall into a visitor centre, all of which are part of the $36.8 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government determined to get a better deal for consumers
    New Zealanders are not getting a fair deal on some key residential building supplies and while the Government has already driven improvements in the sector, a Commerce Commission review finds that  changes are needed to make it more competitive. “New Zealand is facing the same global cost of living and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government exceeds Mana in Mahi target
    Mana in Mahi reaches a milestone surpassing 5,000 participants 75 per cent of participants who had been on a benefit for two or more years haven’t gone back onto a benefit 89 per cent who have a training pathway are working towards a qualification at NZQA level 3 or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government opens new research and innovation hub
    The Government has invested $7.7 million in a research innovation hub which was officially opened today by Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Dr Ayesha Verrall. The new facility named Te Pā Harakeke Flexible Labs comprises 560 square metres of new laboratory space for research staff and is based at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago