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Open mike 23/03/2014

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  1. Northshoreguynz 1

    Your comment is awaiting moderation…

    Now this is interesting.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11224591

    And Mr Hooten is spinning already on Twitter.

    Hoping it really will be a game changer in the lefts favour. But apprehensive cos it could blow up in all the wrong places.

    • karol 1.1

      I think misspelling Hooton gets you into auto moderation. It doesn’t take much to learn the correct spelling for people who are fairly well known on TS.

      Another one is misspelling Helen Clark – there is no e on the end of it.

    • the wailing and renting of clothes by the right..

      ..starts here..

    • karol 2.2

      And Brendan Horan?

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          That’s the one that first comes to mind as a sitting MP already signed up with the Internet Party – he’s a sole MP in need of a party, and not likely to be for John Key.

          • drongo 2.2.1.1.1

            Horan is a no-hoper. I believe Hone is KDC’s target, so the Mana Party, defender of the poor, is joining forces with the ultra-rich.

          • phillip ure 2.2.1.1.2

            tho’ as a list mp..estranged from his party..

            ..he would be as much use as a tissue in a rainstorm…

    • David H 2.3

      And yet another Troll with a descriptive name (Don’t these fools have any imagination)

      At least DotCom pays. TricKey just takes, and destroys.

      • Naki Man 2.3.1

        “At least DotCom pays”
        You tell that to his security staff that he is paying $8 per hour and all the other people that he owes more than $500,000
        While he spends millions on his own vanity projects and a holiday at Huka Lodge.
        The sooner this corrupt prick is deported the better.

    • Murray Olsen 2.4

      Peter Dunne is the MP well known for looking for a willing buyer. He’s perennially for sale.

  2. bad12 3

    Good to see ‘Bomber’ get a column in the Sunday Herald, a replacement for Matt McCarten it is to be presumed,

    This might in coming months get ‘interesting…

    • ahem..!

      i hope you are near the front door of the a & e..

      ..wot with yr upcoming coronary..

      ..eh..?

      • bad12 3.1.1

        Phillip, spend the day thinking of that large raised middle finger, i find DotComs version of events as believable as that other oft ‘crutch’ that He has trotted out, and far to many clutch onto as being true,

        You know the one,’Dotcom’s got the goods on Slippery the Prime Minister’, about the PM knowing all about Him prior to when He said He did, and that this will be such a bombshell to the electorate that Slippery will have to resign,

        If DotCom had such ‘goods’ He would have long ago been splashing it across the sky in big letters, the bloke is flailing around desperately as the Justice system slowly grinds Him and His money up in its machinations, in the final analysis DotCom is going to find out what we have built into our DNA,

        The Justice System, in the end, is ultimately there to protect the system as it is, while i feel sorry that DotCom has had His legal rights trampled upon so rudely by the forces of this State and another, round here it happens everyday and no-one blinks an eye…

        • phillip ure 3.1.1.1

          bad..putting the ‘ass’ in classy..

          ..eh..?

          ..yr ‘analysis’ is so whacked-out..

          ..it isn’t even worth unpacking..

          ..best you just go and roll another ciggy..eh..?

          ..and have you emptied that overflowing ashtray yet..?

          • bad12 3.1.1.1.1

            Phillis, if you have nothing of substance to say of a factual nature why not just shut it instead of continuing the stream of comments into ‘Open Mike’ that add nothing of either ‘fact’ or ‘thought’ basically making the days post an unintelligible stream of …empty…headed…bullshit…from…you…

            Seriously, what your comment just said is ”Derr at the moment i have an empty head and my one working braincell seems to not be working…

          • Rosie 3.1.1.1.2

            On the contrary phil – I think bad12 is all class:-)

            I think you two should have your own show. “The morning wake up with phil n bad?” “Battle of the Mic with phil and bad”? Theres never anything on telly so a switch to evenings would be welcome for my entertainment.

            (Although I do have a new series of “Weekly Wipe” with Charlie Brooker, and “That (David) Mitchell and Webb look” downloaded, so let me get through that first)

            As for bad12’s suggestion that “if DotCom had such goods he would have long ago been splashing it across the sky in big letters…………” Why does this seem so unlikely? Such promise of secret info that will bring the PM to his knees and what? Nothing! A bit of a fizzer really and it’s almost April.

            • Once was Tim 3.1.1.1.2.1

              “I think you two should have your own show.”

              +1
              🙂

              Could even be like a well improved version of that Willie and JT kaka on Radio Live

            • phillip ure 3.1.1.1.2.2

              i hafta say..i am ‘umbled to be mentioned in the same breath as brooker/mitchell..

              ..i am a huge fanboy of both of them..

              ..2 of the funniest writers around..

              ..on any given day..

              ..so if you yet haven’t..?..etc etc..

              • bad12

                Basically Phillis, you are a prostitute for anything that glitters a little under the glare of the false sunshine of studio lighting,

                Your barely literate babbling seemingly clothed in an equally unintelligible mangling of the language solely on the basis that it masks the barely literate babble,

                Having thought about it, my strong belief is the sole reason that you succeeded in gaining your much boasted about arts degree was through the fear of those in charge of such that if they failed you as they should have you just might return the following year a situation their minds could not tolerate…

                • fuckk..!..you are so boring..

                  • bad12

                    There there Phillis, its all part of the little re-education program designed i might add specially for you,(you should feel privileged to be part of the experiment albeit dragged in without the extending of an invitation),

                    Stay calm, the program has only just began to run, the results we can assure you will be a ‘game changer’,(admittedly there is as yet no scientific evidence that changing ‘you game’ will be of any benefit to you, but hey you fit the profile and it aint every day ‘one of you’ just shambles into my orbit)…

                    • McFlock

                      oh gods, another one with his “experiments”… 🙂

                    • bad12

                      Lolz Mac, a mad scientist i aint, i am tho willing to concede with certain concessions granted on the mad bit,

                      Phillip is a unique gift bestowed upon me, like that wind up toy i wanted so badly as a child but the parents could never afford,

                      i do have to tho watch that my enthusiasm for winding it up doesn’t break the spring, although i am of the opinion that the manufacturers installed a faulty one in that one befor i had the pleasure…

                • Murray Olsen

                  “Having thought about it, my strong belief is the sole reason that you succeeded in gaining your much boasted about arts degree was through the fear of those in charge of such that if they failed you as they should have you just might return the following year a situation their minds could not tolerate…”

                  Sadly, that sort of thing does happen in our brave new world universities. I think it’s because education is regarded as a commodity, and students as customers. The administration makes it very difficult to fail hopeless students, so they often end up passing something. It’s when you get asked for a reference that you get the opportunity to reveal their true worth.

      • bad12 3.2.1

        Yeah, pretty user friendly from ‘bomber’ who must know He is speaking to a different audience than the inhabitants of the Daily Blog,

        Once He finds His feet tho we may see some heat be exchanged…

    • Saarbo 3.3

      Yes I will buy the HoS today in support of Bomber’s appointment.

      .

      • Murray Olsen 3.3.1

        I’m not so sure he’s been appointed yet. The Herald describes him as a guest author.

  3. cd q& a be more boring..?

    ..i’m sitting here trying to review it..

    ..and grasping for words/anything of the slightest interest/import..

    • isn’t it live..?

      ..haven’t they heard the political story du jour..?

      ..no mention of mana/dotcam..?

      ..f.f.s..!

      ..utterly useless/a waste of time..

  4. today..!..on ‘the nation’..!

    ..gower gives key a full-body massage..

  5. weka 6

    Dear internet god, I normally wouldn’t ask for something like this, because live and let live and all that, but if you could see your way to helping PG get to his eventual ban on ts just a bit sooner, or quite a bit sooner in fact, I’d be very grateful (and I suspect I wouldn’t be alone). It shouldn’t be too hard, PG will do most of the work, and it would save us all a lot of bother in the run up to the election. All the best, weka.

    ps, in case you are wondering, it’s this clusterfuck of miscommunication that prompted my prayer today http://thestandard.org.nz/which-mp-is-kim-dotcom-talking-to/#comment-789270

    • miravox 6.1

      If I prayed I’d looking to the heavens with you weka.

    • McFlock 6.2

      the nice thing about PG is that he never says anything of substance.

      The tory shills will make false claims, or talk about average wages rather than median, or whatever. They take effort to be proved wrong or misleading.

      I occasionally go through PG’s comments looking for an actual, verifiable statement, claim or prediction, something that relates to the world outside of his own head… nothing. Any “quote” he makes has the single objective of shedding less light on an issue by claiming we cannot know XYZ.

      So I can safely ignore him if I can’t be bothered 🙂

      But he does talk a lot of tripe.

  6. joe90 7

    Billy Bragg calls it.

    Billy BraggVerified account ‏@billybragg

    Embarrassed by Stop the War position on Putin. We oppose him over LGBT rights, but he gets a free pass in Crimea?
    http://stopwar.org.uk/news/ten-things-to-remember-about-the-crisis-in-ukraine-and-the-crimea#.UxS8fl7_JhD

    • that’s a fail from bragg..

      ..doesn’t he know that crimea only became part of ukraine..

      ..in an internal soviet union shuffle..

      ..by kruschev..(for (without researching it)..reasons still unclear to me..)

      ..and was left plugged into ukraine at the collapse of the soviet union..

      ..and for them..it’s be like here in new zealand having the sth island ‘given’ to australia..

      ..we’d ‘want it back’..eh..?

      ..(sometimes you have to get context/perspective on these things..

      ..and the first step to do that..

      ..is usually to largely ignore the ‘official-story’ of the day..)

      • lprent 7.1.1

        That is a fail from you. Perhaps you should be less of a amateur munter and look up what happened in May 18-19 1944… The only reason for the current population mix in the crimea now is because of the prior ethnic cleansing.

        The reason why crimea was put in the ukraine SR in 1954 was probably pretty simple. The leader of the USSR at the time was a ukraine national, and there wasn’t a native population willing to argue.

        The rest of your analogy falls over because you appear to be too lazy to do some basic research to find out about the crimean khanate..

        • phillip ure 7.1.1.1

          “..The only reason for the current population mix in ‘new zealand’ now is because of the prior ethnic cleansing..”

          ..how far back do you go..?

          ..you could say the same thing about most european countries..(c.f..holocaust..)..

          .poland..?…anyone..?

          ..and i see yr khanate were serious slavers..

          ..and this vid may show the dangers of making definitive-statements on any country in europe..

          ..as to who owns what..

          http://whoar.co.nz/2014/crimea-just-a-blip-time-lapse-map-video-shows-1000-years-of-europes-history-in-three-minutes/

          ‘amateur munter’..eh..?

          • phillip ure 7.1.1.1.1

            and just to get some perspective here..

            ..were you in agreement with that cruise-missile-liberal..keith locke..

            ..in his support of the overthrow of that ‘evil’ man gaddafi..?

            http://whoar.co.nz/2014/the-cruise-missile-liberals-ed-yoo-hoo-keith-locke-they-are-talking-about-you/

            ..and if so..

            ..any regrets at how it’s all turned out..?

          • bad12 7.1.1.1.2

            Phillip,the 2nd and 3rd little spurt of brain activity,(i cannot bring myself to describe what you disgorge as sentences), of your comment (7.1), total and unmitigated rubbish,

            Crimea has been part of Ukraine off and on throughout its history just as Ukraine has been a part of surrounding country’s throughout the ages, here’s a little reading for you,

            http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Crimea

            • phillip ure 7.1.1.1.2.1

              go and look at the 3 min vid..

              ..then get back to me…

              • bad12

                i am always getting back at you Phillis,the shrill whining evident in your ensuing stream of …empty…empty…blah blah blah…tells me so…

                • is it really all you have..just ad homs..?

                  ..get another string for yr one-string violin..

                  ..eh..?

                  ..and it must be time for another ciggie..eh..?

                  ..you poly-addict..you..

                  ..and have you emptied that ashtray yet..?

                  ..and go easy on those boxes of meds you’ve got stashed..eh..?

                  • bad12

                    And off into psycho-babble flies His tiny little mind, its like watching a four year old sent to the naughty corner for a crime He swears the punishment is far too harsh for…

                    • bad12

                      Seriously Phillip, lets address your behavior in a rational manner for a moment,(ok, i realize that for you that may be something that is in the long past bin as far as any ability to engage goes but we do have to try occasionally)

                      See your comment at 7.1, lines 2 and 3 contain an obvious factual error, Lprent attempts to engage you in debate on this point of fact,(and having read a History of Crimea and a History of Ukraine for a spot of light reading after dinner this evening i happen to agree with the point Lprent makes),

                      Lets put tho the issue of who is right and who is wrong aside for the moment and address your answer to Lprent at comment (7.1.1.1),

                      Its simply psycho-babble Phillip, this is your modus operendi, along with a number of other ‘wing-nuts’ who visit this site pretending to enter into the debate, that whole comment at (7.1.1.1) is a piece of escapism into psycho-babble by one, you, confronted with the truth who would rather be seen as a raving nut case more suited to a straight jacket than a logical debate on facts simply because your twisted little weirdo’s ego cannot allow you,ever, to admit you have got something wrong…

  7. Saarbo 8

    Wow, A really good article in todays SST on page A12 on a challenge against Zespiri by a group including the President of the Act Party , John Thompson and Mark Bayley (Chairman of tony ryall’s electorate committee).

    People can question what Labour stands for but what I can say is that it exists to protect people from the extreme greed of people involved in Act and National.

    If it wasn’t for a single desk operator like Zespiri, the PSA epidemic would have been catastrophic to our kiwi fruit industry, currently the industry is recovering really well which is bloody remarkable given the damage that PSA does to orchards.

    I think there is a lesson in this article why Fonterra needs more protection against foreign processors coming in and taking capacity/splitting our strengths.

    Labour need to strengthen their protection of co ops, remember Labour set up Zespiri and Fonterra.

  8. there is one thing i wd really like a new govt to do..

    ..(and it may seem minor in the grand scheme of things..

    ..but as a marker of how bad things have got under neoliberalism..

    ..i wd submit it can’t be looked past..)

    ..namely..end the abomination that is our history/culture behind a paywall..

    ..and take back ‘heartland’..

    ..rip it out of the greedy/grasping claws of sky…

  9. greywarbler 10

    Another climate change item.
    The Press
    Tues 18 April Page B2. Greenland ice sheet grows more unstable. Not good. Warm weather has meant that ice has rushed along its channel faster than ever.

    The Greenland ice sheet has contributed more than any other ice mass to sea level rise over the last two decades and has the potential, if it were completely melted, to raise global sea level by more than seven metres, said Jonathan Bamber, a professor at Britain’s University of Bristol.

  10. Clemgeopin 11

    OBAMA : Internet-freedom-a-universal-right

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/30027999/obama-internet-freedom-a-universal-right

    I think this is also the NZ Labour Party policy. Am I correct? I could not find info on the Labour party’s policy page. Perhaps their cyber policy has not yet been unveiled?

  11. greywarbler 12

    Media watch was interesting this morning partly because of the mountain of male prejudice that Andy Haden showed against Mary Wilson of Checkpoint. Really uncalled for snotty approach from him. Called her a pinko about it afterwards and seemed to resent being asked anything by her. She was a no-one and a know nothing.

    Mediawatch will be on Radionz again after 10pm about 10.10pm I think. Audio is also available.

    It sounded very 1970’s. Young people should listen to it to get an idea of the amount of sneering prejudice that was prevalent in the 1960-1970s against women. Men didn’t like women GPs was one attitude then, as they couldn’t be any good, women would not have been able to announce sports as men would not accept that anything they said would be reliable, worth listening to and so would demean the sports they were talking about. They would probably be termed as ‘bimbos’ trying to do a man’s job.

  12. given this global-effort..(and the eyewatering costs..)

    ..searching for some trace(?) of these dead bodies..

    ..why no global-effort to ‘save’ the (how many?) children around the world..

    ..who have died from starvation since this plane disappeared..

    ..it really is a first-world problem..

    ..this plane thing..

    ..isn’t it..?

  13. why are the sports-reporters on both 1 & 3 so pudgy/out-of-shape..?

    ..both looking like their collar-sizes are a tad too small/tight..?..

    ..did they come off the field..

    ..and eat all of the pies..?

  14. tricledrown 15

    They have been sitting down watching sports on tv everyday .
    Phil.

  15. greywarbler 16

    21 out of 60 comments to phillip ure on this thread.

    • bad12 16.1

      greywarbler, Phillip is like a little puppy, you take Him out for a day at the beach and upon returning home release the little critter into His backyard,(that friendly place He knows so well and owns),

      Meanwhile, whilst the puppy has been frolicking at the beach, the mean old junkyard dog from down the street has nipped over a couple of fences into the puppies backyard and quickly gone from corner to corner cocking His leg for the obligatory spray,

      Of course once the puppy has been reunited with ‘his turf’ he goes into a frantic burst of activity crisscrossing the yard frantically cocking his little leg to spray on top of the junkyard dogs invasions, only being a small puppy he must do this a number of times in an effort to over-power the junkyard dogs more powerful scent,

      This behavior is a joy to observe as the little puppies behavior becomes more frantic as he madly rotates from spray to spray on his oh so very serious mission,

      Such are the spray of comments Phillip is wont to let loose here on ‘Open Mike’ on any given day…

      • greywarbler 16.1.1

        Very colourful and rather smelly example bad12. The trouble with puppies is they chew up usefu things, they try and eat anything around, and if they aren’t socialised and trained properly they show their teeth, growl and nip at people trying to go forward.

        What do you think about that Napier dog? I feel that the dog owners should have their dog put down and have to go through owner training. Also the people who got all emotional on facebook to help pay for the poor owner to get his dog back from the pound should now get emotional about the owner of the little dog it savaged and raise money to pay for a replacement or just a little contribution for the hurt and pain caused to the owner.

        Most owners care about and for their dogs and would never allow them to come near to being savage. And if having dogs they have to be particularly well trained. But the obligatory training after an attack, better even before it for both dog and owner should be enforced or else – something.

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  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
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  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
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    5 days ago
  • Electricity Networks Association (ENA) Annual Cocktail Speech 2021
    Tēnā koutou e ngā maata waka Tenā koutou te hau kāinga ngā iwi o Te Whanganui ā TaraTēnā koutou i runga i te kaupapa o te Rā. No reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa.  It is a pleasure to be here tonight.  Thank you Graeme (Peters, ENA Chief ...
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  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
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  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
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  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
    We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (the ‘Five Countries’) met via video conference on 7/8 April 2021, just over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Guided by our shared ...
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  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel ...
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  • Drug-testing law to be made permanent
    Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals ...
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  • Better rules proposed for freedom camping
    Public consultation launched on ways to improve behaviour and reduce damage Tighter rules proposed for either camping vehicles or camping locations Increased penalties proposed, such as $1,000 fines or vehicle confiscation Rental companies may be required to collect fines from campers who hire vehicles Public feedback is sought on proposals ...
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  • Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens
    The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 ...
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  • Building gifted for new community hub in Richmond red zone
    Christchurch’s Richmond suburb will soon have a new community hub, following the gifting of a red-zoned property by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to the Richmond Community Gardens Trust. The Minister for Land Information, Damien O’Connor said that LINZ, on behalf of the Crown, will gift a Vogel Street house ...
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  • Pacific languages funding reopens
      Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the reopening of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ (MPP) Languages Funding in 2021 will make sure there is a future for Pacific languages. “Language is the key to the wellbeing for Pacific people. It affirms our identity as Pasifika and ...
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  • ERANZ speech April 2021
    It is a pleasure to be here tonight.  Thank you Cameron for the introduction and thank you for ERANZ for also hosting this event. Last week in fact, we had one of the largest gatherings in our sector, Downstream 2021. I have heard from my officials that the discussion on ...
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  • Strengthening Māori knowledge in science and innovation
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation.  “We received 78 proposals - the highest ...
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  • Government delivers next phase of climate action
    The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first major announcement to follow the release of the Climate Commission’s ...
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  • Continued investment in Central Otago schools supports roll growth
    Six projects, collectively valued at over $70 million are delivering new schools, classrooms and refurbished buildings across Central Otago and are helping to ease the pressure of growing rolls in the area, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. The National Education Growth Plan is making sure that sufficient capacity in the ...
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