Open mike 22/02/2022

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  1. vto 1

    On an issue which can be somewhat illuminated by the anti-mandate protesting all around the country…. and an issue which I have always stood by…

    … it is very clear that dividing people into two is a recipe for disaster

    … yet this is what those promoting te tiriti as a 'partnership' want

    creating two types of citizen within one nation doesn't work… never has and never will and now we have seen a working example in our very own backyard

    yet this reality is ignored by said promoters of te tiriti 'partnership'


    which is foolish so very foolish

    we cannot have two types of citizens

    anger and disintegration is the result

    as we see across the nation today with two types of citizens with differing rights re covid

    note: alongside this te tiriti and its agreements and breaches must still be acknowledged and accommodated or compensated in some way.. but this highlights the flawed nature of the treaty.. it needs repair

    • Molly 1.1

      Your analogy here doesn't work, vto.

      The current work on Te Tiriti, is so that everyone has a chance to be heard, and accommodations made so that everyone is acknowledged and considered.

      Which is what both you and I want in terms of the protestors.

      If you think that listening to Māori views is divisive, then you indicate that you believe that you have a concern that their view will take priority always. (Such as the Crown perspective has historically, at high costs to Māori communities, culture, assets and natural resources.) There will be a period of adjustment, as in any relationship, of adjustment and fine tuning.

      There will be scrutiny from both sides – and expectations from both sides – that will hopefully keep the partnership equal. At present it is not.

      • vto 1.1.1

        Thanks for the reply Molly, I hear what you are saying but dont agree the same thing wont happen. This is very straight forward at a high level – I dont believe you can have two types of citizens in one nation. It creates resentment, which leads to anger, which then leads to hatred. There are countless examples of this throughout history. Are there any examples where two types of citizens have lived together in one community that you know of? I would genuinely be very curious.

        Re this "If you think that listening to Māori views is divisive, then you indicate…". I didn't suggest listening to Maori views is divisive. The issue is providing a different set of rights – creating two types of citizens.

        It is the creation of two sets of rights.

        Most all immigrants to this land (including polynesians when they first arrived, as I understand) set about to escape birthright privilege in their homelands. Yet here we are recreating it.

        You have explained how it might work in your note, but you haven't addressed the effect on the people concerned. The effect of creating two types of citizens is on display atr Parliament grounds right now. It aint pretty and it aint sustainable.

        Everybody must be equal

        • Robert Guyton

          Do you mean, veto, that everyone must be vaccinated against Covid?

          Otherwise, we have a natural split vaxxed/unvaxxed.

          • vto

            No. My comment relates solely to the effect of creating two types of citizens, which is on display right now. It doesn't work, which I have always maintained and which we now have some direct evidence for. Happy to see evidence of places where two sets of citizens with different rights happily co-exist in close proximity etc though.

            Example places where it hasn't worked – south africa, israel, germany 1930, aotearoa 1900's 1800's, most all early colonial places where the locals had no representation, it is a very long list I think…

            Example places where it has worked – keen to hear..

            • Blazer

              Heard of the 'haves' and the 'have nots' ,those that own property and those that….don't=now you have.wink

            • Robert Guyton

              How might that work, veto, where it is held that the behaviour of unvaccinated/unmasked/contact-tracing-refusing etc. people, adversely affect the health of other members of society?

              Isn't their a natural division that exists despite Government decree?

              And the businesses and industries that decide, for themselves, that it's unsafe for the various groups toward in close proximity? How might their decision to require vaccination be managed?

              There are numerous situations that would occur in lieu of a demand, back by disincentives/incentives, from Government to vaccinate against a viral pandemic. How would you manage those divisions/

              • vto

                sure, there are natural divisions all over the place, as blazer also points out.

                my point though relates to specific legislated rights, not that which occurs 'naturally'

                I think this distinction is valid (and hope I have understood your point)

                • Robert Guyton

                  I understand that your point relates to specific legislated rights, vto.

                  I think I have the wrong end of the stick here 🙂

          • Bill Drees

            vto is voicing Don Brash stuff. Not worth the effort, Molly.

            • vto


            • Blade

              VTO… is just stating a fact. His argument has been proven around the world.

              Everything else you are reading on said topic is just commentary.

              I had an old Pakeha guy turn up on my doorstep last night. As I opened the door his beginning smile turned into a look of consternation.

              ''I don't think you will be interested,'' he said apologetically.

              To cut the story short, he was collecting signatures for a petition against Three Waters reform.

              I said I would gladly sign his petition. He asked why?

              I gave the following reasons:

              1- Three Waters strips local ratepayers of historical assets.

              2- It creates unnecessary bureaucracy.

              3- It's racist. It's divisive, and a ideologically driven sop for Maori.

              The old chap shook my hand and left. He gave the impression of trying to decide whether I was taking the piss; or not.

              That's a classic example of the rift between peoples and groups within our society at present.

              Don Brashs' cant has nothing to do with it.

              *** I'm ASSUMING this petition is circulating nationwide.

              • Robert Guyton

                "His argument has been proven around the world"

                Ha ha ha ha ha!


              • Muttonbird

                Shaking hands? Are you a pandemic denier, Blade? Or just slack.

                • Blade

                  Just a realist…like Australians.

                  I deny Man Made Climate Change. The biggest scam going…and one of the most dangerous, if the Sunday current affairs programme is anything to go by.

                  Large tracts of good farming land being planted in pines so operators can claim carbon credits.

                  Now there’s slackness for you.

                  • aj

                    I deny Man Made Climate Change.

                    I was sceptical but the evidence over the last 20yrs has become compelling. You are a frog,


                  • Stuart Munro

                    More of an alt-realist.

                  • Macro

                    I deny Man Made Climate Change. The biggest scam going…and one of the most dangerous, if the Sunday current affairs programme is anything to go by.

                    Large tracts of good farming land being planted in pines so operators can claim carbon credits.


                    Wow whataboutism, the latest argument of the antiscience denialist. Truth be said I haven't come across that piece of nonsense before – did you make that one up all by yourself? Second thoughts – you must have – the idiocy of it is telling.

                    • Blade

                      Says the cat with the shades ( or bulging eyes?) who knows little of American history. Who tried to teach me, but was schooled in the process.

                      Now I'm supposed to take you seriously.?? surpriselaugh

                    • McFlock

                      I'm not sure you know what "schooled" means, anymore than you did "irony".

                    • Blade

                      I'm not sure you know what "schooled" means, anymore than you did "irony".

                      Just letting a dear friend off lightly, and myself more so, from a torturous parergon investigation.

                  • I deny Man Made Climate Change.

                    All, and I mean ALL, credibility lost in one short statement!

                    • Blade

                      It's sad – and I mean it- you have been blinded by supposed consensus science.

                      You assume all those scientists who put their names to anthropogenic climate dogma, honestly did so on their own volition.

                      You believe funding, tenure and reputation has nothing to do with their support? This is not to say the majority of scientists don't believe in anthropogenic climate change – they do. What I'm saying is more than a few, in private, have doubts about all, or SOME aspects of anthropogenic climate change.

                      I suggest you take a different tact and maybe go off the reservation and see what you can find.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Really sad.

        • Molly

          "Thanks for the reply Molly, I hear what you are saying but don't agree the same thing wont happen. "

          I assume you are talking about an overarching authority given to views of one at the expense of the other. In this case, Māori perspectives rather than the Crown. I'm not saying that it could never happen, after all the contrary has happened in the existing partnership between the Crown and Māori since Te Tiriti was signed. That also assumes that no true partnership could ever be achieved, just a pull back and forth.

          One statement that has stayed with me through the years is:

          "We have a multi-cultural society in a bi-cultural country".

          I believe this to be true. It is Te Tiriti that recognises the bi-cultural country. It is social cohesion that celebrates inclusion of others who want to live here.

          The power of the Crown is not limited to non-contemporary historical injustices of land appropriation. Emancipation for Maori men was celebrated for being enacted early in our history, but was there value in voting for a representative whose powers were limited? In my lifetime, there have been continued land appropriation, Bastion Point, The Foreshore and Seabed Bill. Russel Norman disappointed me when in his desire to achieve the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, he supported the bypassing of consultation with local tangata whenua.

          There are also continuing effects of institutions and Ministries ignoring impacts in health, education, welfare and mental health which then treats Māori in such a way that outcomes are statistically able to be identified – as detrimental. If looking to improve the partnership means that these current outcomes are improved, then that is a win for all.

          I would agree with you that there is no positive outcome in having an elevated citizenry by virtue of birth. We can see the ramifications of that in the present day. We can navigate the complicated waters of this relationship and achieve more, by keeping that danger in mind, and take moves to avoid it.

          Healthy partnerships, require ongoing respect both ways, and continuous energy.

          • vto

            Thanks again Molly, appreciate and understand your points, though I think the main hefty issue remains unanswered…

            I dont have a full answer for the inequities that have arisen to date and dont disagree that having all people equal in legislation wont result in further inequities for those cultures which are in the minority..

            but the main point still stands…

            having two different types of citizens in one nation doesn't work

            (… and of course we need to find a way to mitigate said inequities)

            I am also curious still – are you aware of nations/places where this has worked??

            • Molly

              "having two different types of citizens in one nation doesn't work"

              I agree. But still don't see where this is being proposed in terms of Te Tiriti, (as opposed to your analogy with the non-vaccinated where it was explicitly stated).

              "I am also curious still – are you aware of nations/places where this has worked??"

              I am unaware of any country where an equal partnership has been sought?
              Do you have examples?

              "I dont have a full answer for the inequities that have arisen to date and dont disagree that having all people equal in legislation wont result in further inequities for those cultures which are in the minority.."

              I would distrust anyone who declares themselves to have "full answers" as opposed to a stated intention, a willingness to make an effort and an acknowledgement that mistakes will be made along the way.

              "…or those cultures which are in the minority."

              It's not really a question of numbers, as 'in the minority', as I see it.

              Its an understanding that when a person identifiable as Māori is dealt with by existing services, their outcomes are statistically less favourable. An acknowledgement that this is not working, knowledge is required to improve, and that knowledge is most likely held by Māori themselves requires a framework that accepts this approach.

              Institutional approaches that sideline Māori are handed down.

              For example, while talking with the recently immigrated Phillipino nurse who was giving me chemotherapy, who undertook training in Hawkes Bay, our two hour conversation ended with the enquiry, "Are you Māori?". When I replied in the affirmative, she said she was surprised. She had been told by NZ staff in the Hawkes Bay to expect Māori to be disruptive and argumentative. By undocumented methods such as these, beneficial health outcomes for Māori seem a long way away unless directly addressed.

              • vto

                I need to depart this mornings conversation sorry, but this..

                "Its an understanding that when a person identifiable as Māori is dealt with by existing services, their outcomes are statistically less favourable. An acknowledgement that this is not working, knowledge is required to improve, and that knowledge is most likely held by Māori themselves requires a framework that accepts this approach."

                .. I agree with entirely, for all cultures. I dont think it should be impossible to implement what you describe while maintaining single citizenry under the law. I imagine it would come down to the detail in such implementation.

                • Molly

                  All good. I'm heading off soon too.

                  But once again:

                  "We are a multi-cultural society in a bi-cultural country."

                  If we are unable to understand differences between the two parties of Te Tiriti and address the failings of the past, it is unlikely that we will address the inequities of other cultures within NZ.

                  There is currently a default priority given to the Crown. Immigrants all have a country where their culture is placed and recognised, and has an influence on life and politics (unless they have been diminished by force). Māori do too. It resides in only one country, NZ.

                  Your perspective regarding the recognition of the multi-cultural society (which is admirable) while ignoring the reality of the bi-cultural country (which is problematic) ignores Te Tiriti, Crown failings and the negative repercussions still felt today.

                  (Thanks for this discussion, vto. It's been interesting trying to figure out where you are, and how to address that from where I stand.)

    • Ad 1.2

      The Waitangi Day protests over 30 years used to be the place that real and angry people got to force accountability onto politicians and make them as embarrassed as they should be.

      Imagine if Ardern had held yesterday's lengthy media conference on COVID on the steps of Parliament rather than in her safe little theatre.

      Finally she set out the start of a timetable for vaccine mandates to end.

      Instead of enforced political accountability on the very grounds of political accountability, the encampment gets further radicalised.

      • weka 1.2.1

        Imagine if Ardern had held yesterday's lengthy media conference on COVID on the steps of Parliament rather than in her safe little theatre.

        Are the steps within rifle range? Or knife throw? No way should any MP be getting close to the protest with death threats, far right agitators, and actual Nazis, who support the Mosque shooter, on the loose. Safe is prudent at this point.

        • aj

          Safe is prudent at this point.

          Absolutely agree Weka. It is quite clear that people in the protest group are advocating violence, it's just a question of time before some deranged person out there in the community takes some sort of action. And unfortunately the threat level is never going to return to pre-covid levels.

          What sympathy I had for the protest group is evaporating. Good people would walk away, and we are not seeing much of that.

    • weka 1.3

      assuming for the sake of argument that you are right vto, which culture of which partner of the treaty should we all be part of if we have to choose one? Māori/Iwi/Hapū, or The Crown/Pākehā?

      • vto 1.3.1

        Great question weka.. I dont know and appreciate that my singular point doesn't address other related (and secondary imo) issues such as that one.

        It is a difficult conundrum very much..

        But the difficulties with 2x citizens as posited kinda overwhelms that next question I think…

        … maybe.. in the bigger picture, as the world globalises, all cultures are going to become more one… they will merge until eventually the world is one people… yeah, I know, world governance and all that – but that is the direction humanity is heading … and which culture/s will come out with primacy within such a global culture??? … maybe chinese due to population? maybe western due to power and attitude? maybe african of some sort? maybe in fact quite a mix..

        • Molly

          One thought that I have on culture – it that it develops over generations – and almost always has a founding in geography, natural resources and a connection to land and sea (which provides food/shelter) necessary for communities to continue.

          Cultures contain stories and protocols often originating in the veneration of these aspects of life. A taniwha story that maintains the purity of a water source, Wangari Maathai told a story about grandfather trees that were to be venerated. It was only later, after they had been harvested, that she gained knowledge about how the trees worked to maintain the sequestering of water. NGO's often bring engineering knowledge and technology as aid to countries, and bypass the local knowledge that may enhance or improve the success of their efforts.

          Here, in NZ, those that have resided here for generations – and looked after the land and resources – both Pakeha and Maaori – have a wealth of local knowledge that recent immigrants without such contact do not. Recent immigrants may also have their own knowledge from their own local places, and a sharing of knowledge is to be celebrated. In both its value and its difference.

          Universal human rights, will not be achieved with a universal implementation. That assumes a default position, that approach will serve everyone badly.

    • Ed1 1.4

      "note: alongside this te tiriti and its agreements and breaches must still be acknowledged and accommodated or compensated in some way.. but this highlights the flawed nature of the treaty.. it needs repair"

      So unless you are proposing that we just ignore agreements / contracts / laws, surely that "repair" must be done first. How do you propose to do that, vto? Or do you have a view that people should be able to ignore laws they do not like?

    • Gypsy 1.5

      Brilliant comment. My genuine concern is that the ones who will be most hurt from this delusion are Maori.

  2. Blazer 2

    Same land area as Gt Britain,-5 million population.

    ' It is surely a little embarrassing that New Zealand, one of the least populated countries in the world, has apparently run out of land.

    The humiliation was laid bare for the world to see in an Economist article last week showing New Zealand house prices rose 256 per cent during a period when they rose by just 64 per cent in the United States and 110 per cent in the United Kingdom.'

    Land grab economy continues as councils continue to tax apartment-owners more than landbankers |

    • Tiger Mountain 2.1

      The embarrassment is more the two fold phenomenon of…

      –the tory rump of settler desecendants and dependents, entrepreneurs and petit bourgeoisie that vote Nashnull year in year out

      –the boomers (not all of us!) subdued by neo liberal hegemony and seduced by capital gains

    • ghostwhowalksnz 2.2

      A silly story.

      Apartments have higher density of separate homes on the land they occupy, thus have a higher 'rating value'

      Half of council rates are usually fixed charges not related to value

      The newish Editor of Dominion has led to a parade of 'just stupid' stories like these

      • lprent 2.2.1

        Yeah – it kind of ignores things like local transport including roads (the single largest cost in a local budget) being directly related to population density.

        Journalists really aren't educated well in basic economics or most things as far as I can tell. They can’t tell shit ideas from bullshit

  3. lprent 3

    Pretty good page at RNZ of graphs on covid-19 in NZ

    I was particularly struck by these two graphs (well down on the page). Clicking should give a larger image.

    Pretty self-explanatory. The omicron outbreak doesn’t appear to have hit the hospitals yet, that usually happens weeks after infection. We’re still seeing the tail end of Delta. Hospitalisation is pretty much reflecting the infections from 2 weeks ago.

    It looks like the age range for infection is low amongst the elderly so far. So it doesn’t look like it has gotten into the old-age homes yet.

    Recent infections are trending towards the young post -delta

    I'm expecting another step change in known infections either today or tomorrow to something well over 3000 per day. Eyeballing it, looks like the doubling rate on tested infections is about every 4 days.

    I can feel this getting closer to me. Keep hearing from people as they are notified of their closeness to it, or in a few cases actually getting omicron.

    Good thing we have the entertainment in Wellington to keep our minds off the main issue eh? Shit throwing from protesters and Luxon…

    • weka 3.1

      Recent infections are trending towards the young post -delta

      As to be expected, in Otago, following the locations of interest, it's largely Queenstown restaurants/bars/gym and the airport/flights, and in Dunedin the start of uni year Castle St parties.

  4. Koff 4

    Any doubts about the virulence of the Omicron variant(s) should perhaps now be put to bed as a real life, tragic experiment is taking place in one of NZ's Pacific neighbours – the Solomon Islands. Because Omicron arrived almost everywhere where vaccination rates were relatively high, it has been hard to gauge its severity. Was it really just like flu or more like the original (wild type) Wuhan virus which quickly killed millions around the world before vaccination kicked in? The Solomons, like much of the smaller Pacific island nations, remained Covid free until very recently. Like neighbouring PNG its vaccination drive was very slow, leaving its population with little acquired immunity. Omicron arrived early in January and because of its high transmissability has rapidly spread through Guadalcanal overwhelming the rudimentary health system and killing 70 so far.

    Compare this with Tonga's recent Covid outbreak, which occurred just after ships arrived to help with the tsunami damage. Tonga has also been Covid free, but has had a far more successful vaccination programme (90% double vaccinated in the 12+ population). Unlike the Solomons, although Tonga's Omicron outbreak there hasn't been quashed, it hasn't been too bad. Tonga has had no deaths and its also poor health system hasn't been overwhelmed.

  5. Anker 5

    I probably should have posted this three weeks ago. A letter from an Australian journalist about what to expect when covid arrives

    Stay safe everyone

  6. mikesh 6

    Today is ‘palindromic’ day – 22 02 2022.

  7. francesca 7

    Anybody interested in going to primary sources free of propaganda to find out who is doing the provocation in the Donbas.Who's shooting who etc .Make up your own mind about who is lying

    I linked to the OSCE reports yesterday

    Here is Craig Murray doing the same.

    Putin is now de facto implementing the Minsk accords which Ukraine has been dragging its heels on

    He's recognising the Republics as opposed to annexing them (which they requested back in 2014)

    • Byd0nz 7.1

      One does not need to go back very far in warmonger history to recognise how the US and UK lie about conflicts and how they start, It’s much like the transparency of Luxon, you can see right through them.

      Ukraine wants to ban the Russian language, the self proclaimed Republics are Russian speaking people, go figure, why would they want to be ruled by a country that wants to ban their mother tongue.

      America and the UK are in decline and these actions only shows how they have lost their grip on reality, they waste billions to stay top dog at the expense of their own citizens.

      Time for the working class to smash their corrupt Leaders and the stinking system imposed on them.

      • joe90 7.1.1

        Their language was suppressed for more than four hundred years and now the colonised want to see the arse end of their colonisers language.

        The nerve!


      • aj 7.1.2

        If I remember my history correctly, on a whim Khrushchev gave Crimea to the Ukraine in the 1950's, and there were question of the legitimacy of that action at the time.

        • Byd0nz

          True. This after the real end of the Soviet Union IMO which was at the end of WW11 that claimed the lives of the true Soviet Patriots.

        • Scud

          Here’s a wee History guide of the Crimea,

          Crimea became a part of Russia when Catharine the Great annexed Crimea in the Russo- Turkish War 1768- 1774

          After WW2 Stalin deported the Crimea Tatar’s, which was one of the largest ethnic groups in Crimea at the time. Also the last remaining Germanic Tribes in Sth’ern Ukraine, Crimea and around other parts of the Black Sea Region. These Tribes go back some 200yrs & the most recent were ask by the Imperial Russia to setup around the Don & Donstek Areas to help with the Brits setup its Coal Mining, Steel Production & Ship Building especially when Russia got smashed by the Japanese in 1904.

      • Belladonna 7.1.3

        Have to say — I'm seeing very strong echos of the language used by 1930s Germany in relation to the Sudetenland Germans in Czechoslovakia.

        While the US/UK may have form in warmonger history – so does Russia.

        • Barfly

          Sudetanland ethnic Germans were 90% of the Sudetanland population. The Allied powers guaranteed that there would be future major drama by their drawing of national boundaries in the Versailles treaty. After Germany's WW2 defeat they avoided future problems like this by ethnicly cleansing millions of German civilians from areas seized from Germany.

          • Belladonna

            Sudetenland had been a part of Bohemia (precursor state to Czechoslovakia) since the early Middle Ages. Agitation for 'reunification' prompted almost entirely by Nazi German reunification movement (i.e not a homegrown movement).

            However, military disaster for Czechoslovakia – (gutted by its allies – especially Chamberlain the great appeaser) and, by extension, the rest of Europe.
            Not a precedent that we want to follow.

            Perhaps Russia would be happy to house the Russian speaking population of the Ukraine (should they wish to go), thus solving the problem. /sarc/

            Naked land and resource grab by Putin.

    • Stuart Munro 7.2

      Unfortunately Craig Murray has long since established himself as a lickspittle lackey of Putin's kleptocracy.

      Now that Putin is occupying the destabilized territories officially instead of in mufti, your point, even if it were not entirely a self-justifying Kremlin fiction, would now be moot.

      • francesca 7.2.1

        And is the OSCE a similarly lickspittle lackey of Putin?

        I think not

        • Stuart Munro

          Doesn't really matter does it.

          Putin has invaded, and means to live out his lifelong fantasy of reclaiming Russia's soviet era occupations.

          No progressive can support him in this enterprise – but it seems you do.

          • aj

            Putin – and many Russians – will never forget the sacrifice of 20 million during the last invasion from the west, almost in my lifetime.

            To understand Russian action today requires understanding the last 400yrs of Russian history. And lets not forget that the USA's tactics are also sending messages to China, and Germany … don't you dare start up Nordstream 2

            • Stuart Munro

              The sacrifice of 20 million owes much to the cruelty and stupidity of Stalin's regime. Losses would have been appreciably lighter without the insistence on counterattacks, and on holding poor defensive positions.

              Soviet armies were clumsily handled and frittered their tank strength away in piecemeal action like that of the French in 1940. But the isolated Soviet troops fought with a stubbornness that the French had not shown, and their resistance imposed a brake by continuing to block road centres long after the German tide had swept past them. Britannica

        • Scud

          The OSCE, can’t even access parts of the Region by the Donstek Rebels since the escalation of creasefire violations & some of the OSCE remote cameras have been destroyed by the Rebels because they said they were directing Ukrainian indirect Fire.

          The Russia JCCC, is recognise by the OSCE, EU & the UN. Even a couple of NGO’s who I’m familiar with who operate in the Donstek Region refuse to work alongside them.

    • Muttonbird 7.3

      I don't know enough about it but, are the Russians in Donbas not allowed independence from Ukraine?

      Seems independence/seperatist movements are sanctioned, encouraged, and even funded by the West when it suits them, but not this one…

    • Muttonbird 7.4

      An elegant fix posted on another forum:

      The obvious solution to all this:

      1. Ukraine gives up the Donbass (& Crimea) to Russia
      2. (Remaining) Ukraine joins NATO

      Not one inch more. Peace in our time.

  8. Muttonbird 9

    Heather Stupidity-Allan was shouting at the the deputy PM yesterday, that the UK has ended all restrictions and is living with the virus so why are we not doing the same?

    She and others calling for this approach don't seem to get that in the UK Coronavirus has already killed 2300 per million of their most vulnerable more than it has done in NZ.

    So deaths are down in the UK? Well, it's taken who it's going to take, for now. The situation is simply not the same in NZ because we saved vulnerable lives. Our vulnerable are still with us.

    Given Covid took her own grandmother in a rest home in South Africa, and she is about to have a baby, I would have though she would be a bit more sympathetic…

    • Blade 9.1

      For Pete's sake, Muttonbird, switch to National Socialist Radio and save your health.

      Talking of talkback…it's spoken on Robbo Hoods support package for Hospo.

      Cafe owners and other hospo businesses who rung, all said the package was of limited value to them.

      • Robert Guyton 9.1.1

        Talk-back is manic.

        • Blade


          • Robert Guyton

            I listen to talk-back.

            I would despair.

            If I wasn't laughing.

          • Stuart Munro

            Try to deal in facts Blade, not invective.

            Calling Robert names contributes little to the sum of human endeavours.

            If you have an actual argument, try and make it.

            • Blade

              Please don't try and twist things, Stuart.

              His replies to me speak for themselves. When he writes something of substance to points in posts I have made, I won't call him a troll. Troll is a polite word to use in my opinion. If I wanted to use invective, it wouldn't be that word.

              • Robert Guyton

                Oh, Blade, let it go…

              • Stuart Munro

                Poor, poor Blade – it is better to learn what words mean before you try to use them on other people.

                Robert is by no means a troll – you might want to pause and think about why it is that he he keeps butting you off the bridge.

                • Blade

                  No need. My point has been made. Anyone with an unbiased view can see things for what they are. I have no need for Robert anymore.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    I have no need for Robert anymore.

                    It's a poor student that does not surpass his teacher – but you do seem to be an exceptionally poor student. Were you a good one the facile nonsense of talkback would by now have lost its charm for you.

                    • McFlock

                      The Dunning-Kruger is strong in that one.

                    • Blade

                      ''Were you a good one the facile nonsense of talkback would by now have lost its charm for you.''

                      It's the best burley in town. It attracts the ignorant like flies to horseshit.

                      But, hey, what would I know, eh?


                      I don't know what that means, but I bet it ain't nice.

                      Here's a song from the best three chord band in the world.

                      Best played on a Tele, not a Gibson.


    • McFlock 9.2

      Q: butbutbut George's dad lets him play in traffic, why can't I?

      A: Because it's not safe

      Q: You're so mean! I wish Bojo was my mum!

    • Chris T 9.3

      Heard it and did not hear her shouting.

      Did hear Robertson trying to divert from topic as per usual though. Think that is a Labour thing.

      They must teach it on the their teen Labour camps with the walk in beer fridges.

  9. Craig H 10

    11 years since the February earthquake in Christchurch.

    Was a scary day 11 years ago… Christchurch is a long way through the rebuild now, but as that article shows, there are still a few leftover issues to resolve.

    • Blade 10.1

      The irony in all of this was we were just about to have a big discussion about Islam in the West after a speech by then British MP, David Cameron.

      Paula Bennet was in the guest seat with JT and Willy, when the quake hit.

      So, Cameron's speech was forgotten.

      Then years later the Christchurch massacre occurred.

      Life is full of ironies

      • Blade 10.1.1

        PM- David Cameron.

      • observer 10.1.2

        What was the irony?

        • Blade


          • observer

            But what is the link between Cameron's speech, the earthquake and a terrorist massacre?

            How is it "ironic"?

            It sounds like you're saying we missed "a big discussion about Islam in the West" and "Cameron's speech was forgotten", and this … led to the massacre?

            Enough with the nod and wink, say what you mean to say.

            • Blade

              I was wrong. You are right. There is no irony. My apologies.

              • observer

                All I've asked is for you to explain what you mean.

                I can only conclude that you don't want to, because you'd rather dump a little racism and not be called out.

  10. Blade 11

    I have been critical of Jim Bolger of late. I believed he was one step away from making dream catchers, and trading the brandy in for a good Matinborough Pinot Noir.

    But he comes good in this article and says some interesting things:


    "I'm sure the prime minister can talk to the police commissioner and find out who these people are and just listen to their complaints; they may not do anything about the complaints but just listen to them''

    ''The essential principle of democracy is that leaders listen to people, and I am not certain that the prime minister has got it right by saying she won't listen to people.''

    He's right. If she had fronted at the start, we wouldn't be in the situation we are now faced with regarding the protesters.–jim-bolger

    • Robert Guyton 11.1

      "He's right. If she had fronted at the start, we wouldn't be in the situation we are now faced with regarding the protesters."


      The frothing, broiling, wound-up protesters would have listened respectfully to the PM.


    • Stuart Munro 11.2

      Meh, Bolger is just giving bad advice.

      Meet with the pooflingers.

      Listen to the nonsensus of fringe opinion.

      The resulting chaos would create more opportunity for the floundering National Party.

      • Robert Guyton 11.2.1

        Jim should walk amongst them. His potato-visage might resonate. If poo is flung, he can blame Jacinda! Win-win!!

      • weka 11.2.2


        very good.

        • Stuart Munro

          It's one of Ambrose Bierce's:

          REFERENDUM, n. A law for submission of proposed legislation to a popular vote to learn the nonsensus of public opinion. ~ The Devil's Dictionary

      • Blade 11.2.3

        Er, no. If she'd have fronted in the first few days, Jacinda could then have justifiably claimed she had tried to address the protesters…and was shouted down`. What more could she do? The public would have agreed. She then could have proceeded to clear the protesters off parliament surroundings.

        Now the public is split. And every man and his feral goat have differing opinions.

        The next political poll is going to be telling. If Jacinda still has good ratings, then she has become a Teflon Socialist…unable to do wrong. National may as well pack their tent and go home. If Labour takes a hit in the polls – Jacinda is to blame…and I would assume both her political career and legacy begins its downward slide.

    • Peter 11.3

      Bolger's sure Ardern can talk to the police commissioner and find out who these people are? Really? Whoop dee fucken doo. I bet she hasn't talked to the police commissioner and found out about the mob.

      Listen to their complaints? She hasn't heard or been informed of the messages broadcast out and on placards? And those who want the government to resign and for there to be a different sort of government, one in which they're in charge? Yes she should invite them in for a cuppa and let them tell her that. She has no inkling that's what they're on about.

      Then again she should have engaged with people back in February 2019 and told them there was a pandemic coming which would likely kill millions world-wide. And that they'd take advice from experts on how to deal with it. Later on she could have fronted the people and talked about vaccines and the importance of them in arresting or mitigating the worst affects of the virus.

      A hidebound anti-government, anti-science, anti logic, anti-commonsense, anti-community, self-centred mob made up their minds they weren't going to play ball.

      Was Ardern meant to go and hold each and every hand and reassure them, educate them, cajole them and get them on board? And then turn herself over to them for her execution?

      • Blade 11.3.1

        ''Bolger's sure Ardern can talk to the police commissioner and find out who these people are? Really? Whoop dee fucken doo. I bet she hasn't talked to the police commissioner and found out about the mob.''

        Let's hope that's the case, Peter, when the inquiry results are published.

        • Peter

          I often see comments about politicians "needing to talk to people" as if they are in a bubble, do not engage with anyone behind the scenes or off camera. The implication is they're in a solo bubble and simply wheel themselves or a press release out occasionally. They operate singly, independently, without reference to anyone.

          Yes, let's have an inquiry. We want to know on which days since January the 27th Ardern spoke with the Police Minister and what exactly was said. And the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. And the Minister of the SIS and GCSB. And the Minister of Health. And the Minister of Local Government. And the Minister of Defence.

          I bags be on the group. (I'll only charge out at $1666 a day.)

          When it's reported on who said exactly what and when, and everything said and done was found to be deficient and lacking, what comes next? (You can see the clarity already, I won't need many days to come to a cretin pleasing conclusion.)

          Should we then have an 'action replay' – go back to the beginning and get the protestors to do it all again to give the same politicians a second go?

          Hell, we could rewind to the beginning of 2019 and do it all again. Follow the grand 'leave everything open, don't do anything extra' plan. Open borders in and out as demanded. Don't engage with the Devil Juice Vaccinations. Business would thrive. We'd be the toast of the world. My shares in the funeral company would be through the roof although I might be too dead to enjoy the profits. But what's 20,000 or so dying directly from Covid and a few thousand others dying because of the breakdown of the health system? I mean think positive, look at the housing created.

          Or chuck them out and let the festering fuckwits like Brian Tamaki have a go at running the place?

      • Robert Guyton 11.3.2

        "Was Ardern meant to go and hold each and every hand and reassure them, educate them, cajole them and get them on board? And then turn herself over to them for her execution?"

        That's the great hope, Peter.

        Why, oh why, hasn't Jacinda done as they require??

        Is she … intelligent, or something???

        • Blade

          ''That's the great hope, Peter.

          Why, oh why, hasn't Jacinda done as they require??''

          Well, I would have thought Jacinda would've taken a page out of your book for the sake of national security.


          [I don’t care how it started, but stop this bickering now. Digging up the past of commenters for no good reason other than to poke them is flaming, and kind of creepy. Just stop – weka]

          • Stuart Munro

            Surely you're not suggesting the clownvoy are a threat to national security, Blade. If that were so, they'd be a task for the army, who'd make short work of them.

            • Blade

              Yes, that's what I'm suggesting… either directly, or by actions hiving off from the original protest.

              The PM must take ultimate responsibility.

              • Stuart Munro

                If they have become a threat to national security, or traitors to use the vernacular term, they cease to be the PM's problem, and become the army and SIS's – once again demonstrating the shortcomings of being a sea-girt nation without marines.

                The PM need not bother with such wretched refuse – but she might reasonably direct some efforts to punish the CEO of Red Stag. Seems he's been a Verry naughty boy.

          • Robert Guyton

            Tony/Blade? Is that you, old pal?

          • weka

            mod note.

          • Robert Guyton

            Thanks, weka, though I'm very proud of my past actions and am not afraid of them being aired here 🙂

  11. Blade 12

    This chap has died unexpectedly.

    I wonder if stressed played a part in his demise?

    He's the type of Kiwi we can't afford to lose.

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    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
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    Gerald Hensley, who died aged 88 on Saturday, was the key official who presided over the tumultuous events that followed the election of the Lange Labour Government in 1984. He was also instrumental in helping a key Fijian official escape the country during one of the 1987 coups. A diplomat ...
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    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    7 days ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    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 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.
    An unpopular opinion, I love Auckland.Not so much the transport or the house prices - those are pretty dire. But there’s a lot to like. We’ve a vibrant, multicultural city in a beautiful location with, mostly, friendly locals. From the native bush of the Waitakeres to the Gulf islands, it’s ...
    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
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
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    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
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    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 ...
    1 hour 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 ...
    9 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 ...
    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 ...
    2 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 ...
    4 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 ...
    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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    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 ...
    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. ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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. ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    3 weeks ago
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Step Closer for European Union Free Trade Agreement
    New Zealand has moved closer to ratifying the New Zealand – European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with the First Reading of legislation to bring the Agreement into force being held in Parliament today.   “Almost a decade after preparatory talks first began on an FTA with the European Union, I’m pleased to ...
    3 weeks ago

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