Open Mike 22/02/2018

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  1. eco maori 1

    I have got my PayPal account sorted out with help from my daughter. The link is Below many thanks for your Support.
    I will use all DONATIONS to SUE the NZ
    police for breaches to mine and my whano /family Privacy & Human RIGHTS.
    Just because I’m a common poor MAORI KIWI doesn’t give the justice system to breach all my rights.
    The harras me and my business clients on a daily basis.
    I will start up a charitable TRUST and I will pay any DONATIONS that I use back into the TRUST from my compensation from the NZ police.

    https://www.paypal.com/nz/webapps/mpp/send-payments-online Thanks for your Support Ka Kaha. Ka kite ano. You need this phones number to link the account.
    (027)5116391

  2. eco maori 2

    A manual car is best it cost the least to maintain when you got a flat battery you can crash start it try doing that with a manual.And when the mokos get infected by others bad behaviour they won’t take a manual car and crash it in a manual car if you lose traction start skidding you can change down gears and pull out of the skid.
    ECO MAORI Know that the Maori he tangata supports me the most I will be changing my support from people who show disrespect ECO MAORI I will be supporting Te Karere in the morning from now on Ana to kai Jack when you go I will review my support It real funny that all of a sudden the government is concerned about the bullshit link of heart health and mental condition.?????????

    • solkta 2.1

      “you can change down gears and pull out of the skid.”

      Have you not heard of Tiptronic?

      • solkta 2.1.1

        and I think you will find that modern autos are way cheaper to maintain. Subaru auto trans from the late 90s on for example do about 350,000km before dying. A service costs $80 and you would only need to do this three times over lifetime = $240.

  3. eco maori 3

    They are phaseing out manual cars so they can bleed the common people more as it is the people who by cars 6 year +, old who pay for all the maintenance cost.
    Here’s a phenomenon that the wealthy inpose on the common poor people of Papatuanukue /the World.
    Wealth people who have a business get to depreciation there work vehicles YEA RIGHT??? At
    30% a year 30% of $30.000 is $9.000 a year after 3 years they have claimed against there tax bill $27.000 WTF.
    One mite say what about the interest paid well that is claimed against there tax bill to so is matainance.
    What a neoliberal farcical system for our cars.

    http://www.turners.co.nz/Cars/Used-Cars-for-Sale/toyota/hilux/?sortorder=0&pagesize=24&pageno=1&make=Toyota models

    This vehicle should be only worth $10.000 not $15.000 to $20.000.

    In my view on the reality of vehicle sale and prices in OUR WORLD SOCIETY it is the poor common people who subsidise
    The wealthy people cars purchases of there vehicles they get high Artificaly inflatabled secondhand prices while the poor common people pay through the nose for old vehicles that need more maintenance than when the wealth owned them another reason the price of secondhand vehicles should be lower.
    Ana to kai. Ka kite ano

  4. cleangreen 4

    EM;

    Well done with your efforts of getting hold of your financial affairs EM.

    I leave my wife to handle our financial affairs as she was formerly a banking employee raised in Britain, whom I met in Canada in 1972; – as I was a fun loving money free young 27yr old Kiwi expat user who always found it hard to save, as any money that seemed to slip through my hands every day I lived before meeting her.

    Good luck for you and your family circle.

  5. eco maori 5

    It’s the same for the benefits system the tax paying person is subsidiseing all businesses that employ people who have children. And that makes it harder for people with no children I.E the elderly working class the youth with know children this benefit systems keeps wages low and the neoliberals business multi national business take the proffets and run all the way to the bank laughing YOU poor common people are losing out. I know your produce is to blame Jack he choses to discrimination against ECO Maori he will pay with the rating dropping Ana to kai. Ka kite ano

    • solkta 5.1

      We always used to have the family benefit. Children are a social good, a necessity for society to continue, as well as a private good. It seems to me more than reasonable to ask those who choose not to have children to help pay the costs of those who do.

      • Rosie 5.1.1

        “It seems to me more than reasonable to ask those who choose not to have children to help pay the costs of those who do.”

        That already occurs in the form of paying taxes – common good ‘an all.

        But further to that, are you suggesting those that choose not to have children personally subsidise other families? That seems like an absurd suggestion.

        I have no children and can barely take care of myself financially, let alone others.

        • Puckish Rogue 5.1.1.1

          It’s also a helluva thing to suggest to couples that want but can’t have kids of their own

          • Rosie 5.1.1.1.1

            Yes, that would be very cruel.

            I don’t think solkta’s suggestion was very well thought through.

            • solkta 5.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m not making a suggestion but rather just saying how it is and that it used to be like that also back in the good old days.

      • eco maori 5.1.2

        I’m talking about working people the min wage would be $20 a hour with out benefits.
        I know that this reality is a bit hard for some people to grasp The universal wage of $250 a week regardless if you are married or working that would encourage everyone to work as they get to keep all there earning after tax we would get rid of a lot of paper shufflers.
        It would be good to know how winz spent on administration must be at least 30%
        Ka kite ano

        • solkta 5.1.2.1

          Maybe you’re right. Yeh, too, I don’t want to pay for other peoples old people – they can fuck off.

          • solkta 5.1.2.1.1

            But seriously, the problem you outline is one of low wages rather than one of having a welfare state that supports children. People on the minimum wage would receive way more in services than they pay the value of in tax. In effect it is not actually them who are paying for welfare transfers to families with children but rather those on medium and higher incomes.

            I’ve been a supporter of having a UBI for thirty years. There would still though be welfare transfers to those caring for children. In fact a “universal” benefit would by definition require payments to children as they have human rights too and are just as entitled as anybody else.

    • AB 5.2

      They take the “proffets” but can never take the prophets.
      Ka kite ano

  6. eco maori 6

    This is why Gareth Morgan woke the political Wairua in ECO MAORI.
    Because his well researched policy’s the poor common people benefit the most.
    While the neoliberals multi national business lose some of there profits.
    That is the reality of Gareth Morgan Tops Party Policys and this government wants to boost these neo liberal multi national profits and there control in Atoearoa buy signing that farcical ttp 11 contract. Ana to kai. Ka kite ano P.S.I can read linnet Dalziel she is lying to her supporters on that building that collapsed

  7. eco maori 7

    I could easily start blog to Duncan on channel 3 breakfast producers.
    I will start tomorrow morning. Ana to kai

  8. eco maori 8

    Good morning Rumble Rock radio good people I’d love to to see Jim scating lol you are going to give me a sore face again. Ka kite ano he tangata

  9. You_Fool 9

    So Auckland’s Health boards say they are at breaking point due to chronic under-funding thanks to National

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11999171

    This is the rock-star economy where our doctors cannot cope anymore and have no extra capacity. Imagine if this winter we get the Aussie Flu that has been smashing the rest of the world, will our health system manage? What about the next epidemic?

    If this isn’t fixed we are heading for a disaster. I am thinking that Labour are going to have to raise taxes and have to blame it on National running down our services to such dangerously low levels. Health at breaking, Education broken, Police under-paid and no funds set aside by National for pay rises, no money set aside for military upgrade….

    • Andrea 9.1

      Must be time for an increase in health subsidies then.

      Any way of finding out how many foreign-qualified doctors there are driving taxis or doing similar work to get together the hefty fees for NZ accreditation?

      Medical is a closed shop, and the quality isn’t that great. ACC pays out solid amounts for iatrogenic harms – just as insurance companies do overseas.

      The whole system needs a massive overhaul but who wants to trouble the sacred cows and ‘image’ of ‘our wonderful medical people’?

      • savenz 9.1.1

        If you want a foreign qualified doctor you should be safe as houses in the current medical climate of import foreigners, export skilled Kiwis.

        P.S. when they bought in tertiary fees, everyone said that would happen, there would be medical shortages of local people and only the most rich and privileged would become doctors (it would not surprise me, if there is a large contingent of Asian students entering NZ medicine as it is considered high status career in Asia – not necessary because someone wants to be a doctor).

        Asia is not know for it’s free and highly skilled doctors which NZ medical system used to be, so our medical system is changing as is the amount of bureaucrats to ‘productionize’ medicine with less skilled people as well as the usual contingent of managers, middle managers, upper managers and so forth to manage the production as well as dream up new ways of cutting costs. “I know lets outsource our health meals to spotless so they can cream off profits and lower wages”.

      • Molly 9.1.2

        Needs to be mentioned that ACC also contributes a lot to lawyers in order to avoid paying for treatment for iatrogenic or accidental harm.

      • Keepcalmcarryon 9.1.3

        Health underfunded and Auckland population growing unsustainably from mass migration.
        All. Nationals. Fault.
        And you ( Andrea) want to blame the stressed overworked medical staff.
        Nuff said
        ( afterthought, is that you Rodney Hyde?)

    • Stunned Mullet 9.2

      Yep be a good year to get a flu shot.

      • One Two 9.2.1

        Go for it , Mullet…

        It is highly effective in the 3-10% range, and widely regarded by medical professionals as the safest and most effective method of protection against the ‘flu’…

        It’s safe and most effective for the elderly, pregnant women and those with poor immune systems. ..

        One of the most successful vaccines ever…

    • tc 9.3

      Zero funding rise in health is asking for trouble, it tends to run at about 10% CPI regardless of what’s going on around it.

      Add in the 12% population growth under National caused by an open door ‘have money come on down’ approach and other factors like kiwis coming home and BOOM.

      National knew exactly what they’re doing with Ryall/Coleman’s biggest task in keeping a lid on it which in the absence of a large private health sectors easy as they’ve got nowhere else to go.

      Appointing dodgy mates into senior DHB and MOH positions helps heaps like the waikato DHB’s Nigel Murray.

      They were warned about him but barrelled ahead anyway.

  10. Please tell me I misheard the midday news: Trump’s master plan for reducing the number of school shooting – wait for it – arm the teachers!

    I ask you, how dysfunctional can America society become before it collapses?

    • Ant 10.1

      The implication is shocking beyond words, – imagine the educational ‘climate’ in class knowing the teacher is armed and ready to shoot. Sudden scuffle at the back of the class, someone drops a book, an unexpected sneeze…..

    • mac1 10.2

      I said about this today that I could just see Mr Mac1 in class with the teacher’s desk piled high with sandbags facing the doorway with a Vicker’s machine-gun locked and loaded, helmet on head and wearing a gas mask.

      “Today, boys, in Health we are discussing Relationships………….”

    • McFlock 10.3

      like a day after he said he wanted to ban bump stocks.

      Say everything, do nothing.

  11. Andrea 11

    For some reason we’re not getting much info on the nastiness in Ghouta. The ‘silent’ Syrian war.

    The curse of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Their time of power is past and several of them do more evil than good. What’s the point of democracy when the bullies hold all the important cards – permanently?

    Just who are the hands of darkness holding up that nasty little ophthalmologist Assad? How do we reliably find out about the key players in this bloodbath? Al Jazeera?

    And Yemen. Too many outsiders. Not enough negotiation.

    • Brigid 11.1

      ” little ophthalmologist Assad”. Really? Why then are Syrians returning to Syria, why was he elected as President in the last election?
      How is it that you’ve formed this opinion of Assad?

  12. One Anonymous Bloke 12

    The Standard down again today. Been a few times recently. It reminds me how grateful I am to those who work to keep this resource going.

    Thanks y’all.

  13. joe90 13

    A fucking shame the vile prick made it to 99.

    Back in April, 1989, a Graham memo to Nixon was made public. It took the form of a secret letter from Graham, dated April 15, 1969, drafted after Graham met in Bangkok with missionaries from Vietnam. These men of God said that if the peace talks in Paris were to fail, Nixon should step up the war and bomb the dikes. Such an act, Graham wrote excitedly, “could overnight destroy the economy of North Vietnam”.

    Graham lent his imprimatur to this recommendation. Thus the preacher was advocating a policy to the US Commander in Chief that on Nixon’s own estimate would have killed a million people. The German high commissioner in occupied Holland, Seyss-Inquart, was sentenced to death at Nuremberg for breaching dikes in Holland in World War Two. (His execution did not deter the USAF from destroying the Toksan dam in North Korea, in 1953, thus deliberately wrecking the system that irrigated 75 per cent of North Korea’s rice farms.)

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/27/the-preacher-and-vietnam-when-billy-graham-urged-nixon-to-kill-one-million-people/

  14. Ed 14

    National attracts the nicest people.

    “The husband and son of National’s Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger have been charged with counts of animal cruelty.
    Animal cruelty charges have also been laid against a company that the MP herself as well as her husband and son have shares in, Oxbow Dairies, according to Stuff.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11999841

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      Tony Kuriger was the sharemilker/equity farmer of the year at the 2014 Hawke’s Bay-Wairarapa Dairy Industry Awards,

      Louis and Barbara Kuriger won the same prize at the 1987 Taranaki awards.

      Barbara Kuriger is a former Dairy Woman of the Year and lives in Taranaki.

      Calls into question exactly how these ‘awards’ are handed out. I wonder how the MP escaped charges, as an accessory at the very least.

      Edit: PS: unless she’s estranged from her husband, I suppose.

  15. cleangreen 15

    In Gisborne tomorrow the release of the Labour /NZ First coalition deal representing all regions with “economic and transport issues” is going to be released tomorrow in Gisborne.

    We are wanting Labour to re-open our rail services that National wrecked by cutting the rail maintenance funds and it caused blocked drains and a rail washout,

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1302/S00183/kiwirail-admits-lack-of-maintenance-led-to-wash-out.htm

    So National was guilty of wrecking our rail and after six long years we have had to wait for a labour lead government to finally reopen the rail service again.

    Labour promises free-to-air RNZ TV channel
    HENRY COOKE
    Last updated 10:52, September 12 2017

    http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2437884-135/labour-greens-united-on-rail

    QUOTE.

    Labour-Greens united on rail
    Published: August 23, 2016 11:17AM

    ‘Wrong government in place’ to make rail a reality: Labour and Greens.
    Labour-Greens united on rail
    Published: August 23, 2016 11:17AM

    QUOTE;

    ‘Wrong government in place’ to make rail a reality: Labour and Greens.
    THE Labour and Green parties last night committed to re-opening the entire length of the Gisborne to Napier rail line but pointed out that would only happen if the National Party was removed from office.

    but pointed out that would only happen if the National Party was removed from office. UNQUOTE;

    We say to labour;

    We will hold your Government to account here.as Jacinda has requested we do so in her speech at Waitangi day 2018.

    • Puckish Rogue 15.1

      I wouldn’t get your hopes up

    • OncewasTim 15.2

      It’ll be interesting to see what happens to. Shame we don’t still have an MWD.
      I spoke to several people involved in the renewal of rail system between a couple of places caled Majolha and Tanakpur. They said they got the equiv of a living wage, gained a heap new skills grom track maintenance to signalling.
      50km completed in under 18 months and capable of supporting 100kmph.
      I compare that with the extension of Parparaumu to Waikanae….much ticket clipping going on me thinks

  16. Ed 16

    Brilliant short talk by Johann Hari.
    Thought provoking.

  17. Penny Bright 17

    NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER ALERT!

    (Thursday 22 February 2018)

    Anti-corruption ‘whistle-blower’ Penny Bright’s presentation to Ak Council Governing Body 22 Feb 2018.

    The need to include the PUBLIC as a ‘stakeholder’ in the process to review the Auckland Council ‘Code of Conduct’ for elected representatives.

    https://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/video/220218-governing-body-item-02-05

    (Scroll through to 11 mins 🙂

  18. Colonial Viper 18

    Consider that atmospheric methane levels are now at ~1850 parts per billion.

    With a warming potential of 86x that of CO2 over a 20 year timespan, that adds another 159 ppm CO2 equivalent on top of current CO2 levels of 407 ppm.

    For a grand total of 556 ppm CO2 equivalent.

    Of course, this still doesn’t take into account the effect of the many other greenhouse gases eg water vapour, N2O, CFCs etc.

    [you are still not welcome to comment under my posts. I hope that you find a way to be here that doesn’t cause the problems in the past, but you’ve had many chances and for now I don’t want to spend any more time on this so please refrain from commenting on my posts – weka]

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

  19. OncewasTim 19

    Denis Maga pointing out what should have been the bleeding obviou in Granny H re imgrant workers and their bosses (sorry can’t link from this device).
    Shamefully too, often the legit immigrant workers are the ones getting tipped out of the country whilst those into exploiting het to stay.
    There is a solution too, and it’s to automatcally revoke THE PR status of those convicted along with jail/fines.
    If they’ve already managed citizenship then tougher sentence. In both cases seize assets to pay workers if necessary.
    They might just find it an effective way of reducing immig numbers.

  20. eco maori 20

    Hi Hillary & Jeremy everyone who reads my post will know Who ECO MAORI is hoping wins New Zealand of the year. We are off to see the mokos and smell like cow______ can’t write to much. Ka kite ano

  21. eco maori 21

    Hillary I would write about the Mokos winning but some mite say I’m trying to capitalise on there success Ka pai MOKOS Kia kaha.
    KA KITE ANO

  22. BM 22

    Yeah, I couldn’t quite believe that one but in defence of Cleangreen he’s an old boy so probably has a bit of mental deterioration.

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    • fender 22.1

      LOL, yeah I seem to recall Cleangreen once saying he lived at a high altitude, so it could be the lack of oxygen also.

  23. greywarshark 23

    Radionz report this afternoon on someone selling arms overseas – rocket launchers etc. Queen St address. I think they said that there was UN ban.

    Ron Mark, ex Army, said sourly that people who don’t like defence and have the idea of sitting around singing kumbaya won’t like it. NZFirst have agreed for a bill to go to select committee but may not vote for it afterwards. Lawyer said if limitation on action is too loose, and just applies in NZ I think, then a shell company can be set up overseas and get round the ban.

    The arms dealing was found out about in 2009 but nothing done till now.

    Don’t know just what the bill is for but those here interested in defence and armaments will understand more than I did.

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    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    5 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
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    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    1 week ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
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    1 week ago

  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    2 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    5 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    5 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    5 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
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    6 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
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    7 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
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