Open mike 20/10/2013

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94 comments on “Open mike 20/10/2013 ”

  1. Paul 1

    Hidden in this article ‘Palino denies plot to take down Brown’ in the 9th paragraph.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11142972

    “His words came amid a bitter battle yesterday between senior members of the Palino team and National Party insiders.”

    I sense this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Nats are panicking about the polls and there is a war going on for who takes over from Key. Slater and the tea party fringe support Collins and the other slight less extreme group ( clearly supported by the finders of the NZ Herald) back Joyce.

    What’s going on behind the scenes is the story.

  2. Paul 2

    We continue to subsidise large Corporates.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11142910

    “Fast-food giant McDonald’s has been paid $272,000 by the Government to help unemployed people get back to work.
    It was part of $22 million in wage subsidies paid by the Ministry for Social Development in four years to June this year, an Official Information Act request reveals.
    Other fast-food chains also received whopper payments – believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Work and Income deputy chief executive Debbie Power said 21,145 beneficiaries got jobs through the schemes at a cost of $1022 a client.”

    Unbelievable. A true scandal.
    So companies with bad work conditions who fail to pay their workers a living wage get rewarded by this crony government.
    They are the government for the large multinational corporates.
    I wonder how small NZ cafés in competition with these mega corporate bludgers maintain their competitiveness as they don’t go cap in hand to government so they can pay even less on their wages. The free market. What a load of utter bs. Can’t believe that even the ideological free-marketeers can support this.
    Hope Labour and the Greens pick up this story.
    This is wrong from so many angles.

    • David H 2.1

      So Macca’s get a Grand a ‘client’ so that they can exploit some poor kid on less than the minimum (youth rates) wage. No wonder they are doing so well, soon they won’t need to sell their crap.

      • Paul 2.1.1

        Wonder if they fire them before 90 days up, if they can get another client for the same price.
        That would be 4k a year off the salary bill.

  3. An interesting read

    Call me old-fashioned, but as far as celebrity outlaws go, I’ll take Ned Kelly over Chopper Read any day…

    Ned Kelly, on the other hand, achieved fame and notoriety for entirely different reasons. The son of an Irish convict, sent to Van Diemen’s Land by the British occupiers for stealing two pigs, Kelly represented a distinct social layer — the often Irish Catholic rural poor who represented one of the lowest rungs in the social order of the white colonisers.

    https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55165

    Do we have the same affection for the ‘Ned Kelly’s’ of the world here? Who would our ones be – Tame Iti comes closest I think but the outlaw bit is more a media generated selling point than fact imo.

    • The Al1en 3.1

      No, iti is just a repeat ignorant criminal separatist pushing his own agenda. Hardly a Kelly representing a distinct social layer.

      But good sunday morning chuckle, though. Thanks for that.

      • marty mars 3.1.1

        Lol – hardly ignorant allen. Can you see any robin hood’s out there allen?

        • weka 3.1.1.1

          Maybe Robin has to be white to be worthy? 😉

          • The Al1en 3.1.1.1.1

            “Maybe Robin has to be white to be worthy?”

            Not as far as I’m concerned, so sort of resent the insinuation, if of course it is an insinuation and not just a bit of passive aggressive racism, in which case I resent it a lot.

            • weka 3.1.1.1.1.1

              I suppose that’s what you get when you throw out casual observations about serious things.

              • The Al1en

                ‘serious things’, no, that can’t be right.

                There’s no link between not accepting iti a kiwi icon and me being a racist, casual comment or not, so I’m still not sure why you’d do that, but put your pitch fork away, love, I don’t care if an arseh*le is black, white, brown or yellow, the colour of mine won’t stop me calling one out.

                • weka

                  It doesn’t bother me if you don’t accept Iti as a kiwi icon (not sure that’s what marty was doing anyway). We are allowed to disagree after all. I was just responding, in like, to your superficial characterisation of the man.

                  Was Robin Hood an arsehole? How would we know?

                  • The Al1en

                    iti is no Hood, but nice try with the iconisation through association by stealth 😆

                    • weka

                      I don’t think Iti is a Hood. Nor a NZ icon. Nice try at rewriting my comments though. And avoiding what I actually said.

                    • The Al1en

                      You’re so right, I don’t know whether Hood wasn’t an arsehat, but I won’t insinuate racism as the reason if a non anglo saxon says he was. Know what I mean?

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      Fame at last The Al1en, shining from a Star.

                    • The Al1en

                      I don’t know if you’re telling me off again, or not, but I’m quite sure it’s not warranted if you are. Nothing controversial or infamous here.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      I have never been so Bold ; clearly you can play at this level.
                      ( Texas hold ’em y’all. 😉

                    • The Al1en

                      I wasn’t playing, just disagreeing with a comrade and then clearing up a what I considered to be a bit of a cheap shot. No biggie, really.

                      It’s not like I hide aces up my sleeve or anything.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      Hiding Aces can get ya shot for no-good reason.

                    • The Al1en

                      And the two of cauliflowers get you clubs

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      Good Game! Cambridge Rules.

                    • The Al1en

                      Only in the boatrace

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      sleight of hand.

                    • The Al1en

                      “sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation (“quick fingers”) ”

                      Sounds like a scandal I’d be assured of coming out better than 4/10

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      unwell ends. To lose the Way is easy.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      24 well-followed steps. (I say goddamn The Pusher man).

                    • The Al1en

                      The Newton bomb – Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Push back.

                    • weka

                      “You’re so right, I don’t know whether Hood wasn’t an arsehat, but I won’t insinuate racism as the reason if a non anglo saxon says he was. Know what I mean?”

                      Not really. I have no idea if you are racist or not*. My original comment was just a way of mirroring how superficial and off-point your comment about Iti was. I think it just derailed a potentially interesting conversation that marty started. But fair doos, I carried on the derailment 🙂

                      *although I always find it interesting that being accused of being racist is worse than actually being racist.

                      “iti is no Hood” is such a lovely sentence construction.

                    • The Al1en

                      “Not really. I have no idea if you are racist or not*”

                      I’m surprised you can’t tell, either way, seeing you’re usually so perceptive and all.

                      *although I always find it interesting that being accused of being racist is worse than actually being racist.”

                      Well I’m sure that’s not true, but falsely accused is still pretty bad, especially when it’s something like racist, wife beater or terrorist for example.

                      ““iti is no Hood” is such a lovely sentence construction.”

                      My bad luck the booker prize has already gone, though truth be told I fluked it, so probably not so meritus really.

                    • The Al1en

                      “Effortlessly 😀 ”

                      And these are the big girlz and boyz you’re so in awe of? 😆

                      You’re having a bubble, bruv.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      open-eyed 😀 (not a lot to compare in the Styx).

                    • The Al1en

                      “open-eyed 😀 (not a lot to compare in the Styx).”

                      Brave new world never looks better than the first time you see it.
                      Slip the ferryman a quid and have a butchers.

                    • weka

                      ““iti is no Hood” is such a lovely sentence construction.”

                      My bad luck the booker prize has already gone, though truth be told I fluked it, so probably not so meritus really.

                      I think it was a combined effort :-p Plus a late appreciation on my part of the use of the lower case for iti 🙂

                      Racism… I tend to the view that we have all internalised racism to an extent, so I don’t consider questioning racism in people to be the Big Bad Thing you do. If you say to me that you are not racist, to be honest I don’t even know what that means. Racism is so complex and such a multiplicity of things, can any of us say we are truely completely free of racism? (well, yes, we can say it, but what does it mean?). I’m also not a fan of the idea that racists/wife beaters/terrorists are only those bad people over there, different from us, and us non-racists over here are the good people.

                    • The Al1en

                      “Plus a late appreciation on my part of the use of the lower case for iti”

                      See, now there’s the perception thing I was talking about 😉
                      Again, not a racist thing, but definitely deliberate to indicate my lack of respect for the bloke. Well spotted.

                      “can any of us say we are truly* completely free of racism?”

                      I can say I don’t judge my worth to be better than another’s because of the colour of our skins, just like I don’t think worse of women for not being men.
                      I don’t know if that makes me uniquely not racist and sexist, but I hope not.

                      Ps.
                      * I edited the word ‘truly’ in your quote when I was composing my reply as the little red line underneath it was pissing me off 😉

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      [Won’t] “pay the ferryman ’til he gets me to the other side”

                    • The Al1en

                      Get a gold card off Winston and you’ll be sorted, pops. 🙂

                    • weka

                      Maybe that’s the beauty of the sentence too, because I liked the te reo puns and the juxtaposition with English language rules of capitalisation (iti is no Hood, Iti is no hood), without seeing that as being a slight against Tame.

                      “I can say I don’t judge my worth to be better than another’s because of the colour of our skins, just like I don’t think worse of women for not being men.
                      I don’t know if that makes me uniquely not racist and sexist, but I hope not.”

                      And if that was the full extent of what racism is (or sexism) I might agree with you 🙂

                    • weka

                      Anyway, going back to Robin, I don’t know that much about the meta-cultural aspects of that particular tale, who was telling the story for instance, and whether one can be an arsehole and useful to the community at the same time.

                      Likewise Ned Kelly. Was there an elevation of one criminal over another? Why?

                    • The Al1en

                      “Maybe that’s the beauty of the sentence too, because I liked the te reo puns and the juxtaposition with English language rules of capitalisation (iti is no Hood, Iti is no hood), without seeing that as being a slight against Tame.”

                      I’ll take your word for it. Human isn’t my first language 😉

                      “And if that was the full extent of what racism is (or sexism) I might agree with you”

                      Full extent or not, without a check list, it’ll have to do for starters. 🙂

                    • The Al1en

                      “who was telling the story for instance, and whether one can be an arsehole and useful to the community at the same time.”

                      From recent personal experience, though free of criminal activity, I would have to answer yes and yes. 😆

                      Good night, Weka.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      Rust Never Sleeps Crazy Horse.

                    • The Al1en

                      That aint no rust, that’s my ferric oxide.

                      Night, Rogue.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      ferrous, the two of us, than to Try valiantly

      • McFlock 3.1.2

        That’s probably what a few folk said about kelly at the time – in fact even to this day.

        I guess one has to recognise the existence of a distinct social layer and the validity of its concerns before one can distinguish between a common criminal and someone reacting to systemic injustice – or indeed recognise that the two might be one and the same.

        I’d say that Iti is much more aware of his context within any political issues than Kelly every was.

      • Adele 3.1.3

        Al1en

        No, iti is just a repeat ignorant criminal separatist pushing his own agenda. Hardly a Kelly representing a distinct social layer.

        You wouldn’t know an ignorant criminal separatist if he/she bit you on your overinflated arse.

        Tame is very much an icon in Aotearoa. Not perhaps to the racist, neo-colonialist, white supremacist, paternalistic, or ignorant (tick the box). His name will be spoken after his death and his legend will perpetuate as tūpuna.

        Unlike Kelly, Tame has never killed anyone. He has not robbed multiple banks, or taken hostages. His shooting to death of a flag and firearms convictions has no moral equivalence to the killing of three policemen – yet, Kelly is iconic and Tame is a criminal separatist.

        Tame’s story is one of a continuous and consistent conflict against an inherently corrupt system. That social layer that you are too cock-eyed to perceive is greatly evident in Māori homes and hearts. Tame represents a significant voice – his is not a monologue.

        • The Al1en 3.1.3.1

          “You wouldn’t know an ignorant criminal separatist if he/she bit you on your overinflated arse.”

          I throw that back right at you 😆

          “. Not perhaps to the racist, neo-colonialist, white supremacist, paternalistic, or ignorant (tick the box). ”

          None of the above, but nice try.

          “His name will be spoken after his death and his legend will perpetuate as tūpuna.”

          I’m guessing only by the very easily impressed.

          ” yet, Kelly is iconic and Tame is a criminal separatist.”

          Fair comment, at last 😉

          “Tame represents a significant voice ”

          See comment RE: Easily led

          ps. You suck 😆

          • weka 3.1.3.1.1

            What was the point of that reply? It doesn’t actually say anything? I thought Adele raised some good points deserving of consideration.

            • The Al1en 3.1.3.1.1.1

              Yeah, I replied as I saw fit, but you’re free to consider and give your own opinion though, being a free country and all.
              I might even read it after work.

          • Adele 3.1.3.1.2

            Al1en

            I don’t suck actually.

            I think you are ignorant. Your prejudices are obvious which makes you also a hypocrite.

            I think you are part of that other Labour. The Labour that is narrow-minded, with bourgeois tendencies, and has pretensions towards egalitarianism. That other Labour that wouldn’t know a worker if they fell over the mop.

            I can’t debate with ignorance. It’s a waste of energy and precious time (insert emoticon shaped like a pūkana).

  4. Ignorant is relative, I s’pose.

    No Robin hood, but the wannabe merry men playing in the forest should note that video evidence will be admissible next time 😉

  5. Pompous is relative, I s’pose 😉

    Good job I didn’t try and spin a nugget into a treasured national icon then.
    But of course your opinion is just that, a personal opinion, yet probably not one representative of the wider Kiwi community.

  6. Morrissey 6

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/18/thinktanks-kurt-campbell-lowy-institute

    It’s time we stopped drinking the thinktank kool-aid
    Business, power and politics rarely mix without controversy. It’s essential that the media asks the uncomfortable questions
    by ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN, The Guardian, 18 October 2013

    The ABC TV Lateline interview with Kurt Campbell, former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was cordial, even reverential. It was conducted in the middle of March this year, more than a month after Campbell had left the state department.

    Interviewer Emma Alberici asked Campbell about the transformation of Burma and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. He gushed that it was remarkable, and gave some folksy anecdotes about a “better future” for the Burmese. The interview then swiftly moved on to focus on the prospects of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. There were no questions about Campbell’s push for greater ties with the Indonesian military despite its shocking record of abuse in West Papua.

    There were also no questions about Campbell’s Washington and Singapore-based investment organisation, the Asia Group, and its efforts to win lucrative contracts across the Asia-Pacific region. After all, his company had been launched before this interview took place and surely warranted some questions about the appropriateness of setting up a company so soon after leaving government.

    It might be considered an example of the unwillingness of the mainstream media to challenge potential conflicts of interest when it comes to the murky melding of business and politics. With the announcement in August by the Lowy Institute that Campbell was its 2013 distinguished international fellow, it’s vital to question the ways in which our media has drunk the thinktank kool-aid.

    The Lowy Institute sees itself as Australia’s leading foreign affairs thinktank. Its fellows and staff routinely appear in the media pontificating about global affairs, including a push for greater defence spending that would allow countless contractors to earn billions of dollars. Its head Michael Fullilove, who’s also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign affairs at the Brookings Institution, writes longingly about former US national security advisor Henry Kissinger as a “realist”, despite…

    Read more….
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/18/thinktanks-kurt-campbell-lowy-institute

  7. bad12 7

    ”Give them a taste of Jake the Muss”, so said actor Temuera Morrison in the lead up to last nights televising of the All Blacks V Wallabies ‘bloody-slow cup’ rugby game in Dunedin last night,

    You seriously have to wonder what the f**k goes on in the minds of the New Zealand Rugby Union or Sky Television if this were solely the work of the broadcaster,

    The character of ‘Jake the Muss’ from the movie ‘Once Were Warriors’, for anyone that doesn’t know, was an alcoholic child abusing wife beater at the head of a totally dysfunctional family who had among His friends at least one child molester happily brought home to the party,

    And that’s what the New Zealand Rugby Union wants to portray on prime time television as an example to and of our All Black team???,

    Whoever in the NZRFU sanctioned that piece of ugliness to be used in conjunction with the All Blacks name should be given the kick into touch they fully deserve…

    • miravox 7.1

      That’s appalling and certainly doesn’t fit with the NZRU social responsibility aims – rugby is still meant to be a family game isn’t it?

      I’ll stop watching the ABs if they start going down that road. I didn’t see it where I watched the game – I’m guessing it was a particular channel?

      • bad12 7.1.1

        No Sky TV here, so it was Prime Television, Sky’s poorer sister that broadcast this particular ugly piece of jingoism which could have only appealed to the most crass of rugby supporters,

        At first i thought ‘the piece’ was simply an ‘Ad’ but as it continued, 5-10 minutes, my disgust rose and it ended up spoiling what was a ‘festival type’ game of running rugby where the All Blacks seemed to give the Wallaby’s every chance to shine,

        ‘Jake the Muss’ as portrayed by Morrison in the ‘Once Were Warriors film’ brought to life for many in this country an impoverished section of New Zealand society inflicted with all the negative social baggage that such poverty brings, in a word ugly,

        Temuera Morrison, obviously paid for His work screened on Prime Television last night, making references connecting both ‘Jake the Muss’ and ‘Once were Warriors’ to the All Blacks playing in Dunedin last night was for want of any better vocabulary equally as ‘ugly’…

        • muzza 7.1.1.1

          Well the NZRU have allowed AIG to be a major sponsor, so anything is possible I guess!

          AIG – Responsible for abuse of men, women and children of all age, among other financial crimes etc.

        • miravox 7.1.1.2

          I share your view that it’s ‘ugly’. Worth a note to the NZRU about whether they want to be associated with this type of promotion of their sport – especially given that there appears to be links between watching rugby and domestic violence and NZRU has a social responsibility programme.

          e.g. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829563

          I’ve met so many people who believes this stuff doesn’t happen (or only happens in a few Maori families so don’t see anything wrong with a ‘fictional’ portrayals of these men (thanks, Alan Duff for not putting any Pakeha dysfunctional families in the movie to reinforce the stereotypes and division). So I guess that whoever did this and approved it comes from those who approve of the the ‘Muss’ behaviour, believe it’s a fiction, or have never seen the movie and just see a hero.

          Tem Morrison should take a good hard look at what he’s selling himself for as well.

    • QoT 7.2

      WTF. Bookmarking this for the next time an All Black gets a discharge without conviction for beating his partner …

    • Murray Olsen 7.3

      The idiots in charge of the Warriors decided at one stage to give every player a theme song, which they’d play at the stadium. Steve Kearney got the theme to Once Were Warriors and kicked up a stink until they got rid of it. Once again the black wifebeater wearing crowd showed itself 20 years ahead of the lounge suit wearing dinosaurs running union.

      • miravox 7.3.1

        I always thought Steve Kearney seemed like one of the good guys. Pleased to to see there was a reason to think that.

  8. Te Reo Putake 8

    GREAT SPEECHES OF OUR TIME

    Accurately transcribed by Morrissey.

    No1. MLK.

    And so even though we face the difficulties of Toady and Tamara, I still have a drain. It is a drain deeply rooted in the American drain, leading down from the mountain top.

    LONG EMBARRASSED SILENCE.

    I have a train that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true moaning of the band Creed: “We hold these truths to be half-evident, that all men are created. Equal is as good as sugar.

    I have a dram that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sun will shine on farmers and farmer slaves and the sons of former farmer slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table at the back of the restaurant, by the toilet of brotherhood.

    I have droned that one day even the state of Mrs Hippy, a state swallowing the plate of justice, will be transformed into an oasis of fruit and juices.

    I have a dream that my four little chickens will one day live in animation where they will not be judged by the color of their crispy skins but by the content of their charcoal.

    NEXT WEEK: FROST/NIXON:

    Nixon: I am not a crockpot!

    Frost: LONG EMBARRASSED SILENCE

  9. greywarbler 9

    Just a reminder about a lecture on a topic close to our hearts- for Wednesday 30th.
    2013 Bruce Jesson Lecture:
    Sir Edmund Thomas –
    Reducing Inequality: A Strategy for a Cause

    The speaker, a Distinguished Fellow at the Law School at The University of Auckland, argues that the gross inequality in income and wealth which besets New Zealand is the outcome of the neo-liberal economic measures of the mid-1980s and early 1990s and the culture of liberal individualism and unfettered free market ideology which it spawned.
    A breakdown in social cohesion and a sense of community is the result. Reforms to counter this inequality are widely mooted. But increasing focus and discussion on the topic is confronted by a plethora of mantras and myths purveyed by the rich and powerful. The stimulus for change is deadened.
    The speaker advances a strategy designed to provide a coherent impetus to reduce the rank inequality that now prevails.
    The Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas will deliver the 2013 lecture on Wednesday 30 October, 6.30pm, at the Maidment Theatre (bar opens at 5.30pm).

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    Winston Peters, on a ‘State Insurer’, and an early election (April ; fools ’em every-time ) 😀
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11143113

    • RedBaronCv 10.1

      He could go a lot further than that. Insurers are pocketing about a billion dollars a year from homeowner insurance premiums. Are they subsidising something else with this money?

  11. greywarbler 11

    Interesting stuff we should all know about.
    Deposit guarantee scheme, depositor insurance, capped bank scheme – only Israel and New Zealand don’t have these in the OECD.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday
    Audio will follow soon.

    11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
    Five years ago this month the global financial decline kicked in deeply. Wayne looks at the implications of the next meltdown that some punters are predicting, and the potential for serious social unrest. Chris follows up with Dr Bill Rosenberg, economist at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

    The British were apparently freaked out by bankers like Goldman Sachs into with scary scenarios
    of rioting and looting if banks collapsed.

    Bill Rosenberg says that NZ’s bank accounts can be as low at times half of NZs with bank a/cs have less than $580 in their account. How would we manage if there was a collapse of our banks?

    Most of our banks are owned by Australians – except Kiwibank thanks Mr Anderton, and some ex building society ones still not sold off to furriners. Australian banks have a deposit guarantee scheme but it doesn’t apply to us though we banks with those Oz banks in NZ! The usual way of treating NZ by that country. The funds of Australian banks would be drawn on to meet their obligations in Oz. It could be that funds from their branches in NZ would be utilised to meet the extra demand, with no legal responsibility to provide for us here. Great, Ansett all over again. Getting NZ to pay for what would be otherwise an Oz obligation. We bought Ansett, like naive idiots, and we naively have allowed Oz to get their beefy hands on our banks too in line with our friendly relationship under CER.

    Also interesting.
    Sir Alan Mark – Wise Response Update ( 10′ 41″ )
    09:45 Sir Alan Mark talks with Chris about the progress of the Wise Response
    initiative – backed by a number of well known New Zealanders – that asks politicians to
    acknowledge environmental, economic and social risks affecting us all.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday

    • Rogue Trooper 11.1

      became friends with a chap yesterday, a soil scientist for a large fertilizer company, and he’s english, yet he confirms all the criticisms environmentalists on the left have of current farming practises and fracking in particular. Sees his role as mitigating the influences of farmer’s fathers and grandfathers upon the practises of today. Also not a supporter of the RWSS.

    • Chooky 11.2

      ..thanks greywarbler…will listen

    • Clare 11.3

      Thanks for that. I have been aware of this problem for some time and emailed the RBNZ and other trading banks. They said the government needed to legislate as the Oz government did. So I emailed the PM and was politely told to sling my hook.
      I’ve no doubt that we would be the losers with the Oz banks taking from NZ savers to give to Oz customers.

  12. Draco T Bastard 13

    Edison’s revenge

    It seems that DC power is becoming fashionable.

  13. greywarbler 14

    There was a connection between two items on Radionz tonight. One was the news that fire services in Australia are fairly sure that some will have been deliberately set by firebugs crazy enough to trash lives and the environment .

    Destructive bugs have travelled in wood used in crates and pallets etc in shipping between countries. The more shipping, the more the problem. A lot of the extra exports and imports caused by the free market with countries taking a deliberate bias against being self-sufficient has resulted in the spread of insect bugs to new countries where the trees have no natural weapons against them and they are trashing the environment.

    One has a name like the emerald beetle which is killing ash trees big time along with a fungus called ash dieback and between them have decimated ash trees in the west with 99 per cent having died off in some places.

    Then there is a red fungus that has hit plane trees in Europe and has spread along the line of established trees lining French canals.

    Then there is a bug that is serious that is being spread by campers in Canada and USA who take their own firewood with them, which includes the bugs which on their own would not be able to spread this far. Probably it is something that good campers have always done so that they don’t touch the natural forest environment, but it is turning out to be a bad thing.

    All very bad news for a planet that is in a delicate state of imbalance already. Trees are supposed to be great helpers – they are going to be under pressure from droughts, torrential rainfall, high winds, now insects and organisms that are practically unstoppable. And then there are humans that are in a strange space. They think and act not like informed, educated, thoughtful modern men, nor do they think and act like savvy ancient men. They are another sort of scourge that we have bred and allowed to be dragged up by whoever, and they might be the catalyst that brings our demise, not climate change.

  14. Fox News plays dubbed audio of stenogapher Dianne Reidy’s rant. There’s some audio missing at the beginning, but they make it look like they reported what she said from the podium.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3yfOhwF0DV8

    “She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul.” ~ Ros-Lehtinen

    Incomplete transcript:

    “He will NOT be mocked!” (x3)

    (from the elevator:)

    “The greatest deception here, is this is NOT one nation under God. It never was. Had it been…no…it would not have been…the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons that go against God. You cannot server two masters! You cannot serve two masters… Praise be to God and the Lord Jesus Christ!”

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    13 hours ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    13 hours ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    14 hours ago
  • The limits to realism.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    14 hours ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    14 hours ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    16 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    17 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    18 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    19 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
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    21 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    21 hours ago
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    22 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    23 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 day ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
    Buzz from the Beehive A  three-day information drought was broken, just after Point of Order published yesterday’s Buzz from the Beehive, and two significant ministerial announcements were made. First, the Budget will be delivered on 30 May, telling us which genuine savings have been made by eliminating waste and which ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
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    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
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    7 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
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    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • One year on, NZ appeals for release of Phillip Mehrtens
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appealed to those holding New Zealand pilot Phillip Mehrtens in remote Papua, Indonesia, to release him immediately.  Phillip Mehrtens was taken hostage a year ago on 7 February in Paro, Papua, while providing vital air links and supplies to remote communities. “We strongly urge those holding ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ministers reaffirm Pacific connections this week
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific by visiting Tonga, Cook Islands and Samoa this week.  “New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rt Hon Christopher Luxon – Waitangi speech
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, rau rangatira ma. Tēnā koutou katoa. He tino mihi ki te mana whenua o tēnei rohe.  Mihi mai, mihi mai, mihi mai. Te whare e tū nei, tēnā koe.                               He-wāhi whakahirahira tēnei mō Aotearoa. Ka huri nga whakaaro, ki nga mate. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government awards primary sector scholarships to students
    Six university students studying agriculture and science have been awarded scholarships as part of the coalition Government’s efforts to boost on-the-ground support for farmers and growers. “The coalition Government is committed to improving support and operating conditions for farmers and growers,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. “We’re backing a range ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a solicitor in the ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand provides further humanitarian support to Gaza and the West Bank
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand is providing a further $5 million to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank.  “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling,” Mr Peters says.  “That is why New Zealand has contributed $15 ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Government consults on expanding COVID-19 Inquiry terms of reference
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to enable public input into expanding the scope of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, says Internal Affairs Minister Brooke van Velden. “As committed to in both the ACT-National and NZ First-National coalition agreements, the public will be given the opportunity ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Tai Tokerau Water Boost
    A further $5 million loan has been advanced to the Tai Tokerau Water Trust for Te Waihekeora Reservoir, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says.  “Water is a precious resource, Kānoa – Regional Development and Investment Unit at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment have done amazing work in the ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Fast track consenting in the fast lane
    The Government is progressing changes to resource management laws as part of its 100 Day Action Plan, with the first steps taken to establish a new fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime. “This new regime, which forms part of National’s coalition agreement with New Zealand First, will improve the speed and ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS (ANZMIN) 2024
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence the Hon Richard Marles MP and Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong hosted New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters MP and Minister of Defence Hon Judith Collins KC MP on 1 February ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Minimum wage set for cautious increase
    The adult minimum wage rate will increase by 2 per cent to $23.15 an hour from 1 April 2024, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden announced today. “This Government is committed to striking the right balance between protecting the incomes of our lowest paid workers and maintaining labour ...
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    3 weeks ago
  • Increased security improves ED safety over summer
    Increasing the number of security staff in emergency departments (EDs) over the busy Christmas and New Year period improved the safety of both staff and patients, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says. 200 additional security staff (93 FTEs) were provided to 32 EDs in response to concerns raised by ED ...
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    3 weeks ago

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