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Open mike 20/09/2011

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  1. Did you know …

    That the Search and Surveillance Bill was introduced into Parliament in July 2009 and that it’s intent was to amongst other things allow for applications for declaratory orders that would allow surveillance to be conducted.  The bill has languished on the order paper and it’s return date is unknown.

    It was considered necessary because some of the things that the Police wanted to do were illegal at the time.

    No greater an authority than the Chief Justice said in the Urewera case:

    I regard it as a significantly exacerbating factor that the film surveillance was undertaken deliberately without legal authority, in the knowledge that there was no lawful investigatory technique available to be used… In circumstances where the police officer in charge of the inquiry knew that there was no authority to be obtained for such filmed surveillance, the deliberate unlawfulness of the police conduct in the covert filming, maintained over many entries and over a period of some 10 months, is destructive of an effective and credible system of justice. 

    So what do we find out?  That up to 90 actual or potential cases also involve activity that the Chief Justice described as involving “deliberate unlawfulness”.  The police must have known, after all that was what the bill was designed to change.

    And how does the Government plan to deal with this unlawful behavior?  By not only changing the law but changing it retrospectively and ramming the changes through.  I thought that a party dedicated to the observance of the rule of law would realize that the rule of law applies to the police as well.

    This is appalling.  The Greens and the Maori Party and no doubt Mana will oppose.  Please Labour do the right thing and do the same.

    • Labour an National are two heads of the same dragon. If you want beat these laws you have to breakaway from these parties.

    • Tiger Mountain 1.2

      Labour absolutely has to be counted with the Greens, Māori party and Mana on the proposed retrospective law. For one thing it is a point of difference with tory snooping society, but most of all it is the right thing to do.

      The Search and Surveillance Bill is bad enough with extension of spying and seizure powers to every tin pot bureaucrat imaginable. It should also be assumed that the SIS has regular good old searches on the ip addresses of posters on this site

    • vto 1.3

      So Mickey, if the police knowingly broke the law, as the Chief Justice has determined, are they going to be charged? After all it seems like the actus and mens rea’s are present… Perhaps a private prosecution by some of those who have just had the charges dropped would be some due karma…

      • Tangled up in blue 1.3.1

        Secondly, the police impropriety was significant. While the Supreme Court did not rule they acted with bad faith, the majority indicated that the police’s attitude to the unlawfulness of the covert surveillance was at best reckless and perhaps deliberate.

        http://www.laws179.co.nz/2011/09/covert-video-surveillance-and-covert.html

      • mickysavage 1.3.2

        I am not sure VTO if an offence has occurred.  You can have illegality without an offence occurring.
         
        One further matter that should be mentioned is the Law Commission report in 2007 which highlighted the issues.  The Police must have known that they were in a difficult area from then yet obviously chose to proceed without lawful authority.
         
        Police Association spokesperson Greg O’Connor was just on Radio New Zealand applying a good amount of spin.  His contention that the Police thought that they had authority to do what they were doing is, with respect, spin.
         
         
         

    • Bill 1.4

      I’m guessing Labour won’t oppose retrospective legislation in this case. The Urewera fiasco took place under their ‘stewardship’. They will be more than happy to have events that happened during their time in office validated.

      (Side note) Much in the same vein as Goff backed Key in burying Hagar’s expose of NZ military involvemnt in Afghanistan.

      And in the same way that child poverty stats from longitudinal studies that ended in 2008 (University of Auckland. Report released earlier this year) and that showed NZ children in dire straits received scant attention.

      And the media will play ball of course. As they always do now that they are an integral part of governance rather than a presence that seeks to hold aspects of governance to account.

    • Lanthanide 1.5

      An expert in public policy and civil law was just on Nine to Noon. I only caught the very end of the interview, but he said that the courts under existing law can already admit this sort of covert surveillance evidence on a case by case basis if they so choose.

      Therefore the retrospective legislation under urgency to stop “cases currently in progress” solves a problem that doesn’t exist. He said the current law will work just fine, until the government can do things properly and come up with a proper amendment.

      Edit: Morrissey has a post down below with the guy’s name in it, ranting about his perceived shortcomings of Kathryn Ryan.

      • Morrissey 1.5.1

        Morrissey has a post down below with the guy’s name in it, ranting about his perceived shortcomings of Kathryn Ryan.

        While she has many admirable qualities, and runs a good programme, it is quite clear to anyone who listens to her programme that Kathryn Ryan does indeed have many “shortcomings”—in particular, a degree of political naïveté that leaves her vulnerable to cynical propagandists like Irris Makler, and a reluctance to question people in power, vide her recent interview with Hekia “ummm, errrr, ahhhh” Parata.

        To point that out is not “ranting”, it’s just a matter of fact.

        • Lanthanide 1.5.1.1

          I think this is the first time I’ve seen you say anything remotely positive about a presenter on National Radio.

          • Morrissey 1.5.1.1.1

            I think this is the first time I’ve seen you say anything remotely positive about a presenter on National Radio.

            It’s not the first time by any stretch of the imagination. I rate Kim Hill highly—but acknowledge that she too has her moments of weakness. Same with Chris Laidlaw and Brian Crump.

            And I have nothing but praise for Nick Bollinger, Chris Bourke, and everyone at the Concert Programme.

            • Lanthanide 1.5.1.1.1.1

              I think this is the first time I’ve seen you say anything remotely positive about a presenter on National Radio.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.6

      I thought that a party dedicated to the observance of the rule of law would realize that the rule of law applies to the police as well.

      A party so dedicated would but that’s not the National party which is dedicated to authoritarian rule.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.7

      Good write-up over on Pundit about this.

  2. This should be interesting! Bill English is going to meet with Ben Bernanke, The IMF, and the World Bank. All no doubt under the expert guidance of our own globalist Bilderberger and Ambassador for New Zealand Mike Moore.

    That is the equivalent of Bill sticking New Zealand’s head in the mouth of the biggest Crocodile in the pond and expecting it to come out unscathed.
    Expect messages of doom if we don’t sell and mayhem on the Austerity front when he comes home all instructed on how to rob his own country of its resources.

    Here is a nice post from Zero Hedge blog about the criminal scam that is the Reserve banking system.

    And here is what Europe thought of Timothy Geitner on his latest visit to Europe. Not a big success but I’m sure English will be more obedient. He might want a job in the banking world and make as much or more than our own Golden boy John Key did!

  3. burt 3

    How about that Obama eh;

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/5653077/Obama-tax-rich-to-cut-deficit

    What sort of lefty is he when he thinks rich people are people earning over $1m USD – he should know the way to be a real lefty is to make the rich threshold so low it hits about 20% of tax payers and makes core lefty supporters like high school teachers classified as rich.

  4. Zorr 4

    The current state of America…

    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/its-long-way-bunker-hill

    It is when I read stories like this that personal dismay hits high levels… x_x

    • Vicky32 4.1

      It is when I read stories like this that personal dismay hits high levels… x_x

      Seconded!

      • Ianupnorth 4.1.1

        Agree; there are similar situations in this country like that. One example is a school I know where they have a food amnesty table, where kids who have a lunch that they don’t like or will not finish place it on a table for others to help themselves to.

        • Vicky32 4.1.1.1

          One example is a school I know where they have a food amnesty table, where kids who have a lunch that they don’t like or will not finish place it on a table for others to help themselves to.

          That’s a brilliant idea! 🙂

  5. Morrissey 5

    National Radio, Tuesday 20 September 2011, 9:15 a.m.
    Kathryn Ryan out of her depth again

    Ryan interviewed Grant Illingworth, an Auckland barrister specialising in public law, about the government’s decision to rush through a law that will retrospectively legalise the use of covert video surveillance by the police.

    The sketchily prepared Ryan repeated the Police Association statement that there is a “common law understanding” that illegal covert surveillance is legal. (And no, that was not a joke.)

    Unlike most guests, Illingworth saw that it was important to firmly correct her. “That is a false premiss,” he said. “There is no such common law understanding.”

    “I’m understanding that,” she huffed. Clearly, however, she did not understand.

    Is there any system of performance review at Radio New Zealand National?

    • lprent 5.1

      Grant Illingworth is pretty good (defended rocky against one of the ridiculous charges that the police like to use on activists). I caught a bit of it on the way to work. I should listen to the whole thing.

      • freedom 5.1.1

        Illingworth simply and competently presented evidence that showed the Police Association lied to the Public. It logically follows the Police also lied to the Minister in any briefing of the facts. If not, then the Government knows and understands what it is doing and is lying to the Public.

        What the courts are doing is a lot more worrisome. When their own judgements flout the law they are meant to uphold we are all in trouble. The silence from other Judges screams of self-protection.

        Ryan meanwhile ignored the answers to her leading questions and eventually gave a pass to the Police , the Government and the ongoing corrosion of our laws with spineless ‘they know best’ platitudes.

        • freedom 5.1.1.1

          Also, there are reports of 50 to 90 other cases that employed illegal surveillance? These cases have been referenced by the Police, the Minister and the courts as being very serious yet all comments are absent of any detail. The only case referenced is the ongoing attempt to convict those still facing charges from the Urewera Raids, albeit a series of freshly groomed charges that bear little to no resemblance to any of the charges they were originally arrested for.

        • Morrissey 5.1.1.2

          Ryan meanwhile ignored the answers to her leading questions and eventually gave a pass to the Police , the Government and the ongoing corrosion of our laws with spineless ‘they know best’ platitudes.

          Indeed. Which is why I posed the question: is there or is there not any performance review process at National Radio?

    • the Police Association statement that there is a “common law understanding” that illegal covert surveillance is legal

      I presume this is referring to Section 30 of the Evidence Act which allows the admission of improperly obtained evidence through the exercise od Judicial Discretion.  “Improperly” means illegally or unfairly obtained. If a breach is established then the Court have to weigh up a number of factors to consider whether or not to exclude the evidence.

      For the police to acknowledge that they were illegally or unfairly collecting evidence on a systematic basis but still hoping to have it admitted is both bizarre and terrifying. 

      This is why Judge Elias mentioned “deliberate unlawfulness of the police conduct in the covert filming, maintained over many entries and over a period of some 10 months, is destructive of an effective and credible system of justice”.  As far as she was concerned the suggestion that the evidence should nevertheless be admitted was not possible in the circumstances. 

    • Vicky32 5.3

      “I’m understanding that,” she huffed. Clearly, however, she did not understand.

      From what I’ve heard of her, that’s characteristic. She is a mass of peculiar prejudices and bad temper… and sometimes incredibly woeful iggerance!

  6. joe90 6

    A video by Peter Hadfield (potholer54) where he pulls the wings off climate change deniers who say that the recent paper from the Cern Cloud project, Nature abstract here, about the effects of cosmic rays on cloud formation destroys the myth of global warming.

  7. freedom 7

    It is always such a difficult decision in deciding what is the real story when Free Western Democracies impose censorship. Who to believe? A Reuters press release that is copy and pasted from a central dispatch, and directed into Newspapers around the world? Or the thousands and thousands of independant reports from the people who are actually occupying Wall St despite having Internet services cut and cell transmission disrupted. Stories where the photographic evidence alone completely contradicts the pathetic Reuters propoganda

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/5653450/Rage-against-Wall-Street-clogs-New-York-streets
    needless to say the comments section is not active
    now caompare the details in this report
    http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/09/17/tensions-escalate-riot-police-surround-occupy-wall-street-protestors-refusing-disperse-68741/
    or this video

    oh yeah and Stuff may want to explain how if 150 people are the extent of the problem, why there are Police alerts through out NYC restricting people from accessing the Financial/Wall St precint,
    and more importantly who ate the 2800 pizzas that were donated to the protestors
    http://www.thetruthdenied.com/news/2011/09/19/occupy-wall-street-protest/

  8. grumpy 8

    All (well not a lot actually) talk yesterday about Kate Sheppard when this is all the issue of women’s pay boils down to.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2038962/Workplace-gender-inequality-Wear-skirt-trouser-suit-success.html

  9. A Conspiracy to Protect John Key

    I was interested to see a video of a press conference today on Gordon Campbell’s excellent blog, where John Key is questioned about Warren Tucker releasing declassified documents to right wing blogger Cameron Slater.

    It reminded me that I’d tried to get to the bottom of the debacle concerning whether Phil Goff had been properly briefed about possible Mossad agents in New Zealand. At first I wrote to the Ombudsman and made a formal complaint under the OIA…

    • higherstandard 9.1

      Send your material to Trav she can add it to her files.

      • thejackal 9.1.1

        I just had John Pohl, the general council to the Ombudsman trying to tell me the Ombudsman has no authority in this matter. He’s blatantly lying:

        The Ombudsman has the authority to investigate any breach of the OIA by a Minister of the Crown under the Application of the Ombudsmen Act 1975

        (1) It shall be a function of the Ombudsmen to investigate, pursuant to the Ombudsmen Act 1975, any decision made under Part 3 or Part 4,—

        (a) including any such decision made by—
        (i) a Minister of the Crown; or
        (ii) an organisation named in Schedule 1

        New Zealand Security Intelligence Service is included.

        The obvious conclusion is that they’re in the Natz back pockets, god damn it!

        • higherstandard 9.1.1.1

          Really ? I thought the obvious conclusion was that you were a self important twerp.

          • McFlock 9.1.1.1.1

            Well, if self-important twerps were banned from political involvement, the national party would not have enough members to register.
             
            Personally, I took the obvious conclusion as being the ombudsmen don’t want to touch this with a bargepole before the election, just in case the nacts decide it’s easiest just to destroy the ombudsman office under urgency.
               
            Let’s face it, the only reason the pricks haven’t declared martial law and deferred all elections is that the polls appear to be so skewed at the moment.

          • thejackal 9.1.1.1.2

            Whatever the reason for not upholding the law of New Zealand, it’s bad news for our democracy. Here we have a Crown entity actively lying to protect the underhanded dealings of the Prime Minister and SIS. Couple this with a general erosion of our civil liberties by the Natz, and we’re going to end up with a country that isn’t worth living in anymore. If you think you’re immune to the dysfunction that corruption causes and the inevitable backlash HS, you’ve got another thing coming chump! Wake the fuck up.

  10. big bruv 10

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5652242/Clark-remembers-securing-RWC

    Who gives a fuck what that buck toothed crusty old cow has to say about anything.

  11. Lanthanide 11

    Another fairly big quake, I’d guess 4.5Mish.

  12. happynz 12

    16:30…another bump from below…ya reckon this could go on for centuries…

    • vto 12.1

      well lanth and happy i missed ’em both.

      been some hefties recently though. nearly always in pairs..

  13. Vicky32 13

    Hil’ry Berry has a new take on the so-called “Buffett Rule” (or Buffet Tex, as she calls it.) It amazes me that 3 News has taken so long to inform we radio listeners of something we’ve known for many days! 😀

  14. Vicky32 14

    Then there’s this! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5652215/Single-mum-on-DPB-for-decades
    I find this paragraph particularly bizarre…
    “If she was to receive the present DPB rate for the Domestic Purposes Benefit of $288.47 for the next 30 years it would cost taxpayers $449,280.”
    If she was to receive … for the next 30 years”… but she obviously won’t! I think, also, that this paragraph shows what a piddling amount the benefit actually is!

    • logie97 14.1

      Yeah, and which taxpayers would they be anyway? Not the rich and famous. They don’t pay any…

    • ak 14.2

      Typical of the disgusting beneficiary-bashing NACT scum and their filthy media hyenas: the facts buried deep in the article, the lying headline injecting poison directly into the schlerotic veins of susceptible moronic hate addicts like our own sad wee bruv.

      By their own figures this woman has raised six children and nursed a 24/7 dependent invalid over 30 years on less than $300/wk before tax. And that repulsive spectre Botox Collins has the temerity to sneer that she doesn’t know what work is. By holy Christ you day’s coming, Nactorrhoids.

      • mik e 14.2.1

        Collins should clean up her own back yard first as a failed solo mother her future son in law is in jail 4 years at the tax payers expense $100,000 a year her daughter probably on the DPB.

    • Lanthanide 14.3

      I too was rather bemused by that sentence.

      My first thought: dog whistle.
      My second thought: wow, that’s really not much money at all.

  15. Colonial Viper 15

    Radiation evacuation of Tokyo may have to be considered in a worst case scenario

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  • District Court Judge appointed
    Stephen Clark, Māori Land Court Judge of Hamilton has been appointed as a District Court Judge with jury jurisdiction to be based in Hamilton, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Judge Clark graduated with an LLB from Auckland University in 1988 and was admitted to the Bar in the same year. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Hawke’s Bay Airport agreement protects jobs, safeguards terminal development
    The Crown will provide a loan to Hawke’s Bay Airport to ensure it can trade through COVID-19 economic impacts, support the region’s recovery and protect up to 200 jobs. The Crown has a 50 percent shareholding in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL), with Napier City Council holding 26 percent and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Funding boost for four cultural events
    Four celebrated Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding from the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The four events that were successful in the inaugural funding round are: Kia Mau Festival, Wellington Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
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    5 days ago
  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
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    5 days ago
  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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    5 days ago
  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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    6 days ago
  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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    6 days ago
  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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    6 days ago
  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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    7 days ago
  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
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    7 days ago
  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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    7 days ago
  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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    7 days ago
  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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    1 week ago
  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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    1 week ago
  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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    1 week ago
  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    1 week ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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    1 week ago
  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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    1 week ago
  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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    1 week ago