Open mike 23/02/2024

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  1. SPC 1

    Once again a National government poses a risk to our bio-security.

    Labour's world first effort to eliminate mbovis (this arose during a National administration in 2017).

    National in the 1990's – white clover leaf weevil, varrua jacobsini beemite and didymo.

    • Graeme 1.1

      Technically Customs doesn't deal with biosecurity, that's MPI's job. Customs check for illegal imports and collect taxes and duties on legal imports along with checks and clearance of exports.

      Two seperate agencies that work together, but with quite different responsibilities.

      Unfortunately having less Customs staff won't improve the border entry experience of Fred and Sue National Voter coming back from their tri annual overseas jaunt.

      • SPC 1.1.1

        Fair point, but customs will deal with people who bring in undeclared stuff – and if overworked and with queues and don't check ….

        • Hunter Thompson II

          There are plenty of Aussie visitors we definitely don't want to sneak in, such as cane toads. If we get those, our wildlife is stuffed.

          Mind you, it wouldn't matter to Tourism NZ. As far as that body is concerned, this country has no pollution, no child abuse and no criminal gangs.

          It's Paradise on Earth with the ability to accommodate any number of overseas visitors.

    • Mikey 1.2

      A cynic might suggest that NZ's drug problems have always served the nats well.

      • SPC 1.2.1

        Maybe reducing the capacity to prevent trafficking and to also allow sale of a product used to make meth is part of a competitive market policy …

        This in a world where one Mexican gang has been identified lacing cocaine and meth with fentanyl to ensure their consumers are totally addicted.

  2. SPC 2

    The ICJ report about lack of Israeli compliance with aid delivery is going to be withering (and it was one of two areas where the Israeli judge voted with the majority).


    The UK uses Jordan Air Force Hercules to drop pallets with aid in north Gaza.

    • Subliminal 2.1

      Yes. The situation is beyond dire. There is no attempt by the IDF or the government to hide the depravity of the soldiers behaviour. The Israeli minister of defence Yoav Gallant, did tell his soldiers at the beginning of the operation that all constraints were released. The rampant posting of war crimes by individual soldiers on tik tok can only be viewed as the result of these kinds of directives coming from the very top. Disturbingly, polling shows the vast majority of Israeli citizens are in favour of these types of actions. Looting of Palestinian property has become a commonplace soldierly activity as has the careful placement of explosives to bring down all the structures of a civil society that survived the bombing. This includes Universities and Mosques.

    • Mikey 2.2

      The Israelis do seem to have major beef with UNRWA, what with a number of employees turning out to be massacre participants.

      • Anne 2.2.1

        11 of them I recall – out of a staff of 30,000 employees in the area. Are the other 29,989 also to be tarred with the same brush?

      • SPC 2.2.2

        The IDF includes those those shell or use helicopter drones to fire "nails" at civilians waiting for a truck delivering aid – to associate receiving aid from UNRWA with risk of death. These continuing events are going to impact on the ICJ follow up report.

        Israel would want to end UNRWA, even if it was full of pacifists who reported to Israel what they knew about Hamas (because they see continuing refugee claim status as inimical to their own political goals).

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Cameras on fishing boats might have to go, regretfully, as a necessary cost-cutting measure, mind; just trimming the sails of state!

    "In 2017, Jones received a candidate donation of $10,000 from fishing company Talley's.

    The minister acknowledged previous involvement within the industry, but said industry interests would not influence policy."

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    Brighten up, everyone!

    “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.

    The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.

    Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.

    Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

    Arundhati Roy

    • Ad 4.1

      We are not fighting ghosts, empires, autocrats, demons, kings, spells, or alien lizard people.

      We're not even a "we".

      Arundhati is doing a spooky and honestly it's not helpful.

      • weka 4.1.1

        it's empire that is killing the planet. We are most definitely fighting empire.

        'We' is all the people that are choosing life.

        What Roy is pointing to is the necessity of having a story that gives hope and shows a way through the current mess. The stories of how bad things are were necessary to wake people up, now we need stories of how things can work out.

        • Res Publica

          I'm deeply skeptical of anyone that tries to couch modern political discourse as some kind of titanic moral struggle between good and evil. It's basically warmed over dialectic theory leavened with a dash of Samuel Huntington's clash of civilisations.

          However, I do think the quote Robert's provided points to a real problem we (as in, the wider left) have in an increasingly divided world: the lack of a clear, coherent, consistent message that's backed up with actual political action that resonates with voters.

          • Robert Guyton

            Good and evil? I don't see them mentioned. I see the Empire as the super-set and "we" as a subset; one wishing to make change from within; none of us are outside of the empire but each of us has the ability and opportunity to transform the medium we have co-created. As weka wrote, and I blather on about regularly, story is the technology we can each access and apply in order to dissolve what pretends to be the-only-world-that-can-be.

          • weka

            I'm deeply skeptical of anyone that tries to couch modern political discourse as some kind of titanic moral struggle between good and evil.

            That's nice, but what does it have to do with my comment?

            Maybe let's start with do you accept there is a climate ecological crisis that have the potential to collapse human civilisation?

            • Res Publica

              Maybe let's start with do you accept there is a climate ecological crisis that have the potential to collapse human civilisation?

              Absolutely! I just think the propensity to philosophise about the crises (because there is definitely more than one) we are facing is getting in the way of actually building a coherent, saleable policy programme to face them.

        • Robert Guyton

          The sound of her breathing is what these orcs seek to drown out with their petty cancelling; the more we despair and lose heart, the more they prosper.

          You have to tune your ears to hear her, over the clamour and glamour.

        • gsays

          I am gonna beat an old drum here.

          It feels like references to the empire is others- farmers, the Chinese/Americans/Nact voters.

          Truth is we are the empire or at least give the empire its strength.

          Be it supermarket users, fossil fuel addicts, google customers, Trade Me traders. It's our decisions that keep giving the empire its power.

          Every dollar we spend is a political decision.

          • weka

            It feels like references to the empire is others- farmers, the Chinese/Americans/Nact voters.

            Not those (well, maybe the Americans). Empire wasn't my word, but my reference to it was patriarchal, neoliberal capitalism. It's the system we use to run society. And yes, we all have varying degrees of choice within that. Voting is one that most people can utilise. Some people have lots of consumer choices, some have very little. Our choices give the system its strength and agency.

            Personal choice is necessary: to vote in central and local governments that will act for life, and all the other myriad ways in which we can have influence.

            It's not sufficient. Power relations exist and some people have a lot more power than others and are abusing it. Yes, they are the other, the ones who will kill us if they can. They have to be stopped.

            • gsays

              Funny how these conversations can cause a bit of mental chewing gum that lasts all week.

              I've re-read your comment as I was under the illusion that voting was a way to defeat the empire. I've got it now.

              It occurred to me while stacking this seasons firewood away that we can't vote neo liberalism out of office. Sure tinker, as I did this election – Party Vote for Te Maori Party. It will be defeated by lots of little paper cuts, each of us not giving the system our attention/money/time, in whatever wee ways we can.

              "Yes, they are the other, the ones who will kill us if they can. They have to be stopped."

              I'm not so sure I want to spend too much energy stopping folk, I would rather be building what is needed when turning away from/fleeing The Empire. (Capital letters, that escalated quickly).

              It was pointed out to me here, I've forgotten who but I was a bit bemused with a chum who was boots 'n all at the Wellies occupation. It was suggested to me some of us are of the disposition to pull down, highlight the deficienciesd of the system while others are more likely to be building the alternative structires/systems.

              We are allies, just sometimes ego and politics get in the way.

          • Robert Guyton

            It's not just about money; imagine you whittled a wooden toy for your child; cleverly articulated with wheels that turn!

            Are you perpetuating the Empire by giving your young one such a model?

            I say, yes.

            If not a truck, a sheep then, a cow, a fishing boat…

            • weka

              what if the wooden toy was a bike?

              • Robert Guyton

                Ha! You answered my question with a question 🙂

                I jest. Good question; where do we draw the line? Discretion is the challenge for every person. The Empire seems entirely unable to moderate itself; only individuals can do that (some of us do it poorly 🙂

                Despite having lauded bicycles since I was a boy and ridden them most of my life, I would wave them goodbye, in return for the kind of world I am envisaging 🙂

                • weka

                  Likewise, for me it would be the internet I would give up in exchange for the world I imagine. Being able to imagine such a society stops one from going mad and it enables us to work for change even though we may not get the exact vision we have in mind. It's a big challenge for many, the idea of sacrifice and something better.

                  I think I would be ok with a handmade toy bike though.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    Wee clogs, perhaps 🙂

                    There has to be a limit – would you give your child a model battleship? A waka made from a craddy stick though, sure 🙂

                    The Chinese built single-large-wheeled barrows and should have declared those the pinnacle of wheeled vehicles; had they done that, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now 🙂

            • gsays

              "Are you perpetuating the Empire by giving your young one such a model?"

              I don't think so. Or at least the empire is a tad weaker when you have made the toy. Opens up the possibility of the skills needed to acheive said whittling (material selection, knife sharp, imagination engaged, resilience, patience ), to be passed on.

              Money, or at least the need and certainly the love of it, is what keeps us bound to the empire/machine. I've never been happier at around day 8/9/10 of family and friends camping trip. When lots of those sacrifices noticed in the first few days are gone and forgotten. We are reliant on the food staples and what ever we can catch, swap or forage.

              • Robert Guyton

                I read what you say, but I don't accept your view 🙂

                Come on, a miniature truck is a hook for the child to normalise and accept the beasts of the Empire: fossil-fuel-powered, wheeled vehicles.

                Next, you'll be promoting Grand Theft Auto as a nice enough sort of a gift 🙂

                • gsays

                  Surely a wheeled vehicle is ok if, say. horse powered.
                  No GTA for me. (Abe’s Oddesey was more my cup of tea.)

                  In a similar vein, I have chosen to depower the empire by not watching the 6pm news (occasionally see it when I have tea with Mum, and despair), no FB, X, or any other social media (apart from rare questions on the Motobrick site), sharing as often as I can – eg eggs and green tomato chutney.

                  Independence and resilience of my water and electricity. Working on gas supply (Bio digester in a 1000 litre IBC then gas filtered and pumped into a queen size air bed).

                  I get yr point about getting back to basics, we are all going to have preferred ways of getting there. TBF, most would prefer not to have to 'get there'.

                  • Robert Guyton

                    Or the wheels inside of a clock 🙂 Nothing wrong with keeping the time, is there? That's the sound of the Empire, measuring your days 🙂

                    Second hand books are great for children, right? The Little Engine That Could, The Little Golden Book of Cars and Trucks, Little Toot, Tootle, etc. etc. All propaganda for the Empire.

                    Back on track, anyone?

                    Don't get me started on Old MacDonald, who as we ALL know, had a farm 🙂 Many of the earliest books children hear and see, feature cows, sheep, pigs, horse, chickens. Phil (see below) might have something to say about indoctrination such as that 🙂

          • Phillip ure

            @ gsays…

            You left out flesh-addicts…

            Flesh-addiction is often factored out…largely by flesh-addicts..

            • gsays


              I am surprised you didn't pick up on that when you went into bat for EVs a day or two ago.

            • Robert Guyton

              "Flesh-addicts" is an othering that upsets at gut-level – a visceral pain for all readers who eat meat.

              I suggest it's unfair of you to use the term as part of your mindful approach to turning omnivores here toward a more restricted diet.

              • Phillip ure

      …I am describing what it is..

                It is an addiction….an addiction to eating the flesh and fat of animals…

                And if some addicts find that revelation (?) to be discomfiting…?…

                So be it…I would note it is far more discomfiting for the animals they kill/dismember..and then eat..

                And after lives of suffering/misery…

                Addicts hate being confronted with the realities of their addiction…

                Denial is part of the addict package..

                Not to mention the list of diseases..the fucking over of the environment…

                And just the other day the guardian had an article on forever plastics…(which also cause a raft of disease…)..

                And the main vehicle for their journey into humans is..(drumroll..!)..butter…

                And red meat…especially pork…

                So that great kiwi breakfast involving bacon and butter…must be like mainlining forever plastics..

                Digest that one the next time you tuck into some poor pig…(creatures smarter than dogs..say many..)

                So..y'know..!…all that up against some flesh-addicts shifting uneasily in their seats..?

                No match….flesh addicts it is..

                (Pray tell me how it isn't..)

                • Robert Guyton

                  You are, but in doing so, you're alienating otherwise-friends.

                  What's the point?

                  To demonstrate that you are right?

                  • Phillip ure

                    Why should what I say 'alienate otherwise friends'..?

                    I am just speaking the truth..and yes..the truth can be confronting..(I am sure that anyone (with a pulse) reading about the forever plastics in butter/pigs… won't be able to look at either without thinking 'forever plastics'..and if I have helped open their eyes to the realities/dangers of what they eat/feed their children…this is a good thing..surely..?

                    Tell me how it isn't..

                    And 'the point' is to point out these realities..of the widespread addiction to eating flesh/fat…

                    To maybe help people to think about these issues..

                    (Where else are they gonna get it..?…the denial is widespread/institutional..)

                    And yes robert..I am 'right' in my presentation of these arguments…

                    Nothing to do with ego…just dealing with the facts of the matter..

                    Facts that not many (otherwise self-regarding as ' good guys' face up

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Doubling-down, eh!

                      And with righteous indignation; how could you not bring those-who-are-wrong on-board!

                    • weka []

                      for those of us who think eating food from animals is both ethical and a necessity (within a sustainable context), Phil is an ally.

                    • Phillip ure []

                      Care to explain just how eating animals is both 'ethical'..and a 'necessity'..?

                      On the surface your claim just seems an exercise in self-justication…for your current carnivorous practises..

                      I would be interested to see if there are any other 'facts' behind/about it..

                      As far as I see either chow down on animals..or you don't…and I am yet to hear any 'ethical' justifications for the former..

                      And how is eating animal flesh in any way 'sustainable'..?

                      Especially for the eaten animal..

                    • Phillip ure []

                      @ robert..
                      No..just answering your response..

                      And just think how many people now know that butter/pig-flesh are riddled with forever plastics…


                      And I would contend far more disturbing than the use of the term 'flesh-addict'…eh..?

                      That bacon butty will never again be the

                    • Robert Guyton

                      weka – as someone who objected to the use of the word, "strident" on TS because it inflames some readers here, you seem curiously relaxed about the use of "flesh addicts", which surely must offend many, many more.

                      I'm not saying Phil is wrong in his proposal.

                      I'm saying his use of that term is significantly counter-productive to the aims he professes to have.

                      I'm not personally upset by the term Phil uses. I just think others will be 🙂

                    • weka []

                      Morena Robert.

                      Regarding Phil and your conversation here, I completely agree that the term flesh addict is going to put people off becoming vegan or moving towards becoming vegan. I thought you explained this clearly and well (I understood). Phil is a zealot and imo prefers his zealotry to real politik. This is what I meant when I said he is an ally to people like me. He’s more like to drive people to keep eating meat than the opposite.

                      Regarding TS and language, your fundamental mistake in these conversations about language is that you appear to think the issue is primarily one of people being offended. It’s not. People say offensive things on TS all the time, including one of the two trustees that owns the site. If I moderated on what offended me personally, a big chunk of comments would go, lol. It’s not about offending people, it’s about two things: class politics, and flaming the commentariat.

                      Regarding flaming, if Phil started calling specific people here flesh addicts, I expect most people (like me) would roll our eyes and focus on the politics. Some might respond by being offensive back eg talking about much they loved their BLT for breakfast this morning. Where that tips over into flaming (people being intentionally rude, mean or offensive with the goal of winding other people up and this being heated and likely to get out of control and absent any actual political discussion), mods would step in. But if politics are still being discussed that’s going to be more important than offence per se. Mods vary in where the line is on this. We currently moderate more tightly on offence intended to inflame than say 5 or 10 years ago.

                      Regarding class politics, this related to what might put people off from commenting or reading here. For instance, racism against Māori would put Māori people from being here. Not simply because it is personally offensive, but because racism is endemic in NZ and affects a whole class of people and has serious political and social consequences. I don’t consider omnivores to be akin to that.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Morena weka.

                      "This is what I meant when I said he is an ally to people like me."

                      I misunderstood your comment. Thanks for making that clear 🙂

                      Thanks also, for your fulsome explanation of language.

                    • Phillip ure []

                      Robert…do you not think compulsions to/inability to stop (even if riddled with forever plastics)…are markers of addiction..?

                      And if you can see they are…what moniker would you prefer I use..?

                      And I find any claims my words/arguments will stop people breaking those addictions..and becoming laughable..

                      And I write in a calm manner/state…I am not agitated as I write these words…all I am doing is drawing attention to (uncomfortable to many) facts..

                      And irrefutable facts can help to focus/change the mind of the reader..

                      And that is what I am doing here… trying to focus/change minds..

                      And to bring it down to the personal level…I am bloody old…older than I thought I would ever reach..

                      I am fit/healthy..on no meds of any sort..I awake with a skip in my step..

                      And the only difference between me..and others my age in really fucked conditions..with weekly I don't use alcohol… haven't eaten flesh/fat for over 40 years…

                      And I look back to my 40's..when I met a handful of old vegans…men and women..then in their 70's…

                      And all of them fit/healthy..and glowing with like..

                      They are the role models I followed ..

                      And am so grateful to have arrived at a place similar to what they had/enjoyed ..

                      I know what I know robert..

                      And I would contend my arguments are pretty much irrefutable ..

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Asking you not to name-shame your audience has opened your floodgates, Phil.

                      I was (note) only focused on that one matter. Your broader argument, I have no great issue with and feel no great need to engage with, and consequently, won't.

                    • Phillip ure []

                      Make sure you take your ball with you…

                      And thank you for being my foil on this..

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Ball? Pig-skin, or plastic?

                      And foil?

                      I read your comment on addictive substances.

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.2

        Roy's language will seem foreign to some.

    • SPC 4.2

      That happened in the 19th C. Dickens exposing the nature of working class life at the home of empire (and a Queens foreign husband shocked by London's third world infrastructure).

      Some see the word as it is and say why and others see the way the world could be and say why not.

    • weston 4.3

      Beautiful quote from a beautiful and intelligent woman Robert hardly needs to be " interpreted " by anyone in my view.

  5. Phillip ure 5

    How can the latest child poverty stats not be a searing indictment of the bankrupt incrementalism dogma that clark/ardern/hipkins clung to..?

    And their collective failure to put right what shipley/richardson had wrought..

    It's all coming home to roost… isn't it..?

    And surely it is why labour must ditch that incrementalism that has plauged the party since the days of douglas..

    And reinvent itself as an effective social democrat party..with policies to match..

    Surely they won't just deliver more of the same..?

    • SPC 5.1

      The short term answer was a rent freeze, longer term FPA/Industry Awards.

      Over-reacting to pressure for more migrant workers did not help.

    • Bearded Git 5.2

      That won't happen under Hipkins, Phillip.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.2.1

        Yep, he is a neo Blairist hold out. Time for Chippy to move on.

        It is almost 40 years now of Roger ‘n’ Ruth, 1984–2024. The neo liberal state, contracting out, SOEs, State Sector Act, Reserve Bank Act, Refining NZ, market rents, two tier health system, and all the other travesties visited on the people’s infrastructure, services and resources.

        Greens and Te Pāti Māori are leading the way at the moment, NZ Labour can make a comeback and participate in the next Govt. if their Caucus drops Cap‘n’s calls and reverts to democracy of ordinary members. A grovelling apology to working class people would not go amiss.

        Each boomer funeral changes the landscape, the Three Amigos in office at the moment is hopefully their last gasp–how ridiculous, two Deputy PMs!

        • Anne

          "It is almost 40 years now of Roger ‘n’ Ruth, 1984–2024."

          I take the decline of democracy back further to 50 years when Muldoon took power. It was his reign of terror which led to the birth of Roger 'n' Ruth. Had Muldoon not introduced his failed 'think big' policies and his otherwise austere handling of the country's finances, Douglas would not have had much of a leg to stand on. He had been captured by extreme right economic thinking 5 decades ago, which we now know evolved into the global libertarian umbrella called the Atlas network.

          Muldoon was also responsible for introducing 'dirty politics' to NZ which had hitherto been largely absent from our political scene. It continued to flourish after he had gone and culminated in Nicky Hager's book "Dirty Politics". There are still untold stories dating back to those times which have been buried in layers of bureaucracy so they may never see the light of day.

          • roblogic

            The Atlas network is the velvet glove… the IMF, CIA and direct warfare are more assertive means of Empire-building

          • gsays

            I take yr wider point about Muldoon and the finances and D.P.

            Surely Think Big was anything but a failure, the Hydro has stood us in great stead today, Marsden Point held it's own (till sold transferred to the private sector by Labour then ignored by Labour so it could be decommissioned).


            Interestingly NZ First as part of the coalition agreement has an investigation to look at re-opening the refinery.


            I do think we need to shift a little towards the way of doing some things the way we did pre '84 Labour. Like a lot of youth, as a nation, we lack resilience.

            A rag tag collection of pirates can lob rockets at ships and we have major shocks and delays in crucial supplies – pharmaceuticals for example.

            If we had a MoW, we could be building the two ports needed for the ferry upgrade and not be subject to Nicotine Willis conflating ferry cost with the port building.

            Neo-liberalism doesn't serve us (citizenry), it serves the 1%.

        • Ad

          No point pining for pre-1984 New Zealand.

          • Res Publica


            We have to be laser focused on dealing with the political reality that exists here and now. Anything other than that is wasted time, energy, and intellect.

          • Tiger Mountain

            The past is the past, and bad stuff happened there as various commissions of inquiry into state institutions demonstrate. Rape in marriage was only finally legislated against in 1986.

            My point is a call to action–Rogernomics has had more than its chance and failed miserably, whole generations of kids have student loans and live in rented dumps. Time for new gens to step up and do it differently.

            if there is any pining…it was fun driving down the Desert Road in a Ford Custom 300 V8 at sunrise en route to Wellington for a weekend trip–on a car plant workers wage–when there was just over 2 mill population…

            Rogernomes will pine too when they finally get retired…

      • Phillip ure 5.2.2

        I agree it won't happen under hipkins..

        Given parker resigned his ministry on a matter of principle after hipkins ditched all his work on wealth taxes..he would have to be a contender..?

        • alwyn

          I believe that the only Ministry Parker resigned from was the minor position of being Revenue Minister.

          That was the job that both Labour and National gave to Peter Dunne. It wasn't in Cabinet but gave Peter all the perks, and salary, of a Minister.

          Parker may have resigned the Revenue job but he retained the more significant positions and his job in Cabinet. If he had really quit on principle he would have resigned all his Ministerial positions and reverted to the back bench. I don't think that that was ever on the cards as it would have meant the loss of half his salary and all the perks of a Minister.

          • Subliminal

            Well said alwyn. Until the Greens and/or Te Pati Maori can attract and maintain a significant voting block it is unlikely we will see any real change.

            • Res Publica

              Or Labour manages to find something resembling moral courage. Preferably before they piss away the entire left's credibility.

          • Bearded Git

            That is a slur Alwyn-probably because you hate the fact that Parker supports a wealth tax.

            Parker may well be hoping for a change of leadership that will green light a WT. He might stay at parliament under those circumstances. After all this looks very much like a one-term government.

  6. SPC 6

    Odysseus has successfully landed near the South Pole of the Moon, a monumental moment for US firm Intuitive Machines and for the wider US space sector.

    With the landing, Intuitive Machines has become the first private company to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.

    It's also a big day for Nasa and the US air and space community, which has not launched a successful mission to the Moon in over half a century.

    First one of the 3 private groups on a NASA contract to have a go.

  7. SPC 7

    9000 New Zealand nurses have registered to work in Australia in the past 10 months.

    Appearing on AM's political panel on Friday, Jackson said the country needs to come up with new ideas to fix its nursing shortage.

    He said both Labour and National should look at a free education strategy for nurses that bonds them to New Zealand.

    1.nurses do not pay any TD while working in New Zealand – the government writes off half of the amount liable and the rest is added onto the interest free debt

    After 20 years work here, write any left off.

    nursing students are required to do 1100 hours of free, unpaid placements in a clinical setting.

    2.that's 6 months FT and is serious time during the course. Apprentices get 80% of the MW. About $20,000 for 1100 hours.

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    2 days ago
  • Patterson reopens world’s largest wool scouring facility
    Associate Agriculture Minister, Mark Patterson, formally reopened the world’s largest wool processing facility today in Awatoto, Napier, following a $50 million rebuild and refurbishment project. “The reopening of this facility will significantly lift the economic opportunities available to New Zealand’s wool sector, which already accounts for 20 per cent of ...
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Southland Otago Regional Engineering Collective Summit, 18 April 2024
    Hon Andrew Bayly, Minister for Small Business and Manufacturing  At the Southland Otago Regional Engineering Collective (SOREC) Summit, 18 April, Dunedin    Ngā mihi nui, Ko Andrew Bayly aho, Ko Whanganui aho    Good Afternoon and thank you for inviting me to open your summit today.    I am delighted ...
    2 days ago
  • Government to introduce revised Three Strikes law
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to bring back the Three Strikes legislation, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee announced today. “Our Government is committed to restoring law and order and enforcing appropriate consequences on criminals. We are making it clear that repeat serious violent or sexual offending is not ...
    2 days ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced four new diplomatic appointments for New Zealand’s overseas missions.   “Our diplomats have a vital role in maintaining and protecting New Zealand’s interests around the world,” Mr Peters says.    “I am pleased to announce the appointment of these senior diplomats from the ...
    2 days ago
  • Humanitarian support for Ethiopia and Somalia
    New Zealand is contributing NZ$7 million to support communities affected by severe food insecurity and other urgent humanitarian needs in Ethiopia and Somalia, Foreign Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters announced today.   “Over 21 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Ethiopia, with a further 6.9 million people ...
    2 days ago
  • Arts Minister congratulates Mataaho Collective
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Paul Goldsmith is congratulating Mataaho Collective for winning the Golden Lion for best participant in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale. "Congratulations to the Mataaho Collective for winning one of the world's most prestigious art prizes at the Venice Biennale.  “It is good ...
    3 days ago
  • Supporting better financial outcomes for Kiwis
    The Government is reforming financial services to improve access to home loans and other lending, and strengthen customer protections, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly and Housing Minister Chris Bishop announced today. “Our coalition Government is committed to rebuilding the economy and making life simpler by cutting red tape. We are ...
    3 days ago
  • Trade relationship with China remains strong
    “China remains a strong commercial opportunity for Kiwi exporters as Chinese businesses and consumers continue to value our high-quality safe produce,” Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says.   Mr McClay has returned to New Zealand following visits to Beijing, Harbin and Shanghai where he met ministers, governors and mayors and engaged in trade and agricultural events with the New ...
    3 days ago
  • PM’s South East Asia mission does the business
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has completed a successful trip to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, deepening relationships and capitalising on opportunities. Mr Luxon was accompanied by a business delegation and says the choice of countries represents the priority the New Zealand Government places on South East Asia, and our relationships in ...
    4 days ago
  • $41m to support clean energy in South East Asia
    New Zealand is demonstrating its commitment to reducing global greenhouse emissions, and supporting clean energy transition in South East Asia, through a contribution of NZ$41 million (US$25 million) in climate finance to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-led Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM). Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts announced ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister releases Fast-track stakeholder list
    The Government is today releasing a list of organisations who received letters about the Fast-track applications process, says RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop. “Recently Ministers and agencies have received a series of OIA requests for a list of organisations to whom I wrote with information on applying to have a ...
    5 days ago
  • Judicial appointments announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister David Jonathan Boldt as a Judge of the High Court, and the Honourable Justice Matthew Palmer as a Judge of the Court of Appeal. Justice Boldt graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1990, and also holds ...
    5 days ago
  • Education Minister heads to major teaching summit in Singapore
    Education Minister Erica Stanford will lead the New Zealand delegation at the 2024 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Singapore. The delegation includes representatives from the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Te Wehengarua and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa.  The summit is co-hosted ...
    5 days ago
  • Value of stopbank project proven during cyclone
    A stopbank upgrade project in Tairawhiti partly funded by the Government has increased flood resilience for around 7000ha of residential and horticultural land so far, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones today attended a dawn service in Gisborne to mark the end of the first stage of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Anzac commemorations, Türkiye relationship focus of visit
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will represent the Government at Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula next week and engage with senior representatives of the Turkish government in Istanbul.    “The Gallipoli campaign is a defining event in our history. It will be a privilege to share the occasion ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister to Europe for OECD meeting, Anzac Day
    Science, Innovation and Technology and Defence Minister Judith Collins will next week attend the OECD Science and Technology Ministerial conference in Paris and Anzac Day commemorations in Belgium. “Science, innovation and technology have a major role to play in rebuilding our economy and achieving better health, environmental and social outcomes ...
    5 days ago
  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a bilateral meeting today with the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by MP Paulo Garcia, the first Filipino to be elected to a legislature outside the Philippines. During today’s meeting, Prime Minister Luxon and President Marcos Jr discussed opportunities to ...
    6 days ago
  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
    6 days ago
  • Taupō takes pole position
    The Government is proud to support the first ever Repco Supercars Championship event in Taupō as up to 70,000 motorsport fans attend the Taupō International Motorsport Park this weekend, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. “Anticipation for the ITM Taupō Super400 is huge, with tickets and accommodation selling out weeks ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for low-income homeowners
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced an increase to the Rates Rebate Scheme, putting money back into the pockets of low-income homeowners.  “The coalition Government is committed to bringing down the cost of living for New Zealanders. That includes targeted support for those Kiwis who are doing things tough, such ...
    6 days ago
  • Government backing mussel spat project
    The Coalition Government is investing in a project to boost survival rates of New Zealand mussels and grow the industry, Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones has announced. “This project seeks to increase the resilience of our mussels and significantly boost the sector’s productivity,” Mr Jones says. “The project - ...
    6 days ago
  • Government focused on getting people into work
    Benefit figures released today underscore the importance of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and have 50,000 fewer people on Jobseeker Support, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Benefit numbers are still significantly higher than when National was last in government, when there was about 70,000 fewer ...
    6 days ago
  • Clean energy key driver to reducing emissions
    The Government’s commitment to doubling New Zealand’s renewable energy capacity is backed by new data showing that clean energy has helped the country reach its lowest annual gross emissions since 1999, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990-2022) published today, shows gross emissions fell ...
    6 days ago
  • Earthquake-prone buildings review brought forward
    The Government is bringing the earthquake-prone building review forward, with work to start immediately, and extending the deadline for remediations by four years, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Our Government is focused on rebuilding the economy. A key part of our plan is to cut red tape that ...
    6 days ago
  • Thailand and NZ to agree to Strategic Partnership
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and his Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, have today agreed that New Zealand and the Kingdom of Thailand will upgrade the bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership by 2026. “New Zealand and Thailand have a lot to offer each other. We have a strong mutual desire to build ...
    7 days ago
  • Government consults on extending coastal permits for ports
    RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Transport Minister Simeon Brown have today announced the Coalition Government’s intention to extend port coastal permits for a further 20 years, providing port operators with certainty to continue their operations. “The introduction of the Resource Management Act in 1991 required ports to obtain coastal ...
    7 days ago
  • Inflation coming down, but more work to do
    Today’s announcement that inflation is down to 4 per cent is encouraging news for Kiwis, but there is more work to be done - underlining the importance of the Government’s plan to get the economy back on track, acting Finance Minister Chris Bishop says. “Inflation is now at 4 per ...
    7 days ago
  • School attendance restored as a priority in health advice
    Refreshed health guidance released today will help parents and schools make informed decisions about whether their child needs to be in school, addressing one of the key issues affecting school attendance, says Associate Education Minister David Seymour. In recent years, consistently across all school terms, short-term illness or medical reasons ...
    1 week ago
  • Unnecessary bureaucracy cut in oceans sector
    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is streamlining high-level oceans management while maintaining a focus on supporting the sector’s role in the export-led recovery of the economy. “I am working to realise the untapped potential of our fishing and aquaculture sector. To achieve that we need to be smarter with ...
    1 week ago
  • Patterson promoting NZ’s wool sector at International Congress
    Associate Agriculture Minister Mark Patterson is speaking at the International Wool Textile Organisation Congress in Adelaide, promoting New Zealand wool, and outlining the coalition Government’s support for the revitalisation the sector.    "New Zealand’s wool exports reached $400 million in the year to 30 June 2023, and the coalition Government ...
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  • Removing red tape to help early learners thrive
    The Government is making legislative changes to make it easier for new early learning services to be established, and for existing services to operate, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. The changes involve repealing the network approval provisions that apply when someone wants to establish a new early learning service, ...
    1 week ago
  • RMA changes to cut coal mining consent red tape
    Changes to the Resource Management Act will align consenting for coal mining to other forms of mining to reduce barriers that are holding back economic development, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “The inconsistent treatment of coal mining compared with other extractive activities is burdensome red tape that fails to acknowledge ...
    1 week ago
  • McClay reaffirms strong NZ-China trade relationship
    Trade, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Todd McClay has concluded productive discussions with ministerial counterparts in Beijing today, in support of the New Zealand-China trade and economic relationship. “My meeting with Commerce Minister Wang Wentao reaffirmed the complementary nature of the bilateral trade relationship, with our Free Trade Agreement at its ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon acknowledges legacy of Singapore Prime Minister Lee
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today paid tribute to Singapore’s outgoing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.   Meeting in Singapore today immediately before Prime Minister Lee announced he was stepping down, Prime Minister Luxon warmly acknowledged his counterpart’s almost twenty years as leader, and the enduring legacy he has left for Singapore and South East ...
    1 week ago

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