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Open mike 23/11/09

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  1. BLiP 1

    Oil + Drugs = 911. Someone, please, tell me it ain’t so.

    • gitmo 1.1

      It aint so

    • Cascade 1.2

      Oil and drugs would be the more menial bonuses.

      I’m sure the NWO can get their hands on these goods at anytime.

      It is more about ‘control’.

      First you install fear into the lives of humans, then (as a humanitarian ruse) beef up the security, while at the same time you ‘prison’ the world population.
      I doubt this is a ‘religious’ thing, even though Islamic extremists are involved, but then I can imagine so are the CIA.

      The NWO don’t care about religion, they just use it, to trick people (the innocents and also- the foolish that are involved, with the crime itself)

  2. DeeDub 2

    I wonder what possible use Tony Ryall’s public release of DHB league tables could serve?

    It wouldn’t be to get us ready for some post 2011 PPP action in our hospitals, surely?

    How stupid do they think we are?

    • Tigger 2.1

      So are the people whose jobs entail putting all this information together in these pretty tables – are they ‘bureaucrats’ or a front line service?

      Is filling out the paperwork a ‘front line service’ or part of bureaucracy.

      Given that publishing the tables will create more of this type of work (more trying to comply = more reporting = more bureaucracy) how can Mr Ryall justify National’s ‘fewer bureaucrats’ billboard?

      • felix 2.1.1

        Oh if only National could string together a sentence like “Fewer bureaucrats”.

        • Tigger 2.1.1.1

          I know, the pedant in me couldn’t resist fixing it, hence the quotes… Of course, Labour is to blame for the poor education that lead to National’s atrocious billboard grammar…

  3. Gosman 3

    The issue around the 9/11 Conspiracy movement that people face is about consistency in using scientific evidence to back up your claims.

    If you are going to denounce climate change skeptics like Ian Wishart and Lord Monckton as misrepresenting the science and using dodgy studies to back up their claims you can’t expect to be taken seriously when you then use the same sort of tactics to support claims around the September the 11th attacks.

    Mainstream science is solidly behind the official version of how the three WTC buildings collapsed. You might dredge up some largely discredited studies which you might calim suggests otherwise ,however it does not mean the Science is still undecided on this issue.

    Given the Science is solidly behind the mainstream version then you should realise how repugnant and ridiculous the implications of the 9/11 Truthers actually are. A massive conspiracy by elements of the US administration which has been phenomenally successful at first pulling it off, and secong keeping it quiet as well as fooling, or controlling the mainstream scientific community.

    If you truly believe that then noone is going to take you seriously if you try and push a science based approach to anything ever again.

    • BLiP 3.1

      Like Copernicus, you mean?

      • Gosman 3.1.1

        Wow! Because Compernicus lived in a time where his writings were subjected to intense scientific peer review and then his ideas were discredited didn’t he?

        Oh no wait he didn’t. He lived in a time where the Church decided what made up the world view and his vies forceably supporessed. The scientific method wasn’t yet established and freedom of intellectual thought was not allowed.

        Are you implying that we live in a similar time to Compernicus then? If so how can we trust any Science such as what comes through the IPCC?

      • Gosman 3.1.2

        BTW BLiP I am still waiting for you to provide a single piece of evidence that I am a AGW denier.

        Are you going to retract this claim?

    • lukas 3.2

      “Mainstream science is solidly behind the official version of how the three WTC buildings collapsed.”

      And the television footage of the planes hitting the building… but hey, why let the truth get in the way of tin foil hat wearing nutters?

  4. quenchino 4

    You got me very confused Gosman. Are you saying that mainstream science can be trusted on 911 but not on global warming? And that the rest of us are being inconsistent?

    • Gosman 4.1

      No, I am stating that if you argue that the mainstream scientific consensus should be used to determine whether or not AGW is actually happening you make yourself a hypocrite and a laughing stock if you then ignore the same mainstream scientific consensus when it comes to something as controversial as the September the 11th attacks.

      Do you not agree with this position quenchino?

      • felix 4.1.1

        You haven’t even begun to demonstrate that “Mainstream science is solidly behind the official version of how the three WTC buildings collapsed.”

        If you could, you’d have a point.

        But if you could, you would have already done so.

        Yesterday RedLogix wasted a lot of time trying to discuss the scientific implications of your assumtions and you did nothing but attack him as a kook, a nutjob, a conspiracy theorist etc.

        As you’re not willing to have a science-based discussion it’s very hard to see any point engaging with you on any science-related matters at all.

        I’m sure you’ll continue to yell and scream all day today about how everyone who doubts anything you say is insane, a conspiracy theorist or whatever the currently fashionable insult is, but once people realise (and they do seem to have realised) that you’re not really up for a discussion anyway, why would anyone bother?

        The only thing of any interest to me is why do you do it? You seem to be starting these threads every day, here and elsewhere. Why would someone devote so much time and energy to what you’re doing, which is essentially the equivalent of standing on a street corner shouting “THERE ARE CRAZY PEOPLE EVERYWHERE!!!”

        After a while most of us learn to walk past those people. We’ve seen the movie before. We know how it ends.

        • Geek 4.1.1.1

          Obviously he is part of Bush’s intricate world wide web of deceit designed to cover up what really happened during 9/11. They have been mounting a blog campaign using people who aren’t scientists to discredit other people who aren’t scientists. Its all part of a brilliant bottom up strategy that has kept truther’s on the fringe for the last 8 years.

          • felix 4.1.1.1.1

            Oh my god.

            (to be read in the voice of Stan Marsh)

            • Geek 4.1.1.1.1.1

              LOL

              Wait till you find out the rescission is actually Bush’s creation designed to discredit Obama thereby ensuring black presidents all over the world are ousted and replaced by Bush clones created in a secret lab that was UNDER THE WORLD TRADE CENTER DUM DUM DUM

        • Gosman 4.1.1.2

          I believe I have provided a number of links and made references to Scientific critiques of the 9/11 Truthers claims as well as the actual NIST reports, ( which is the most comprehensive scientific evaluation of the structural failings of the three WTC buildings to date). If you have chosen not to read these articles then that is your problem.

          As for your claim I have started the debate take a look at how the debate developed here. It was Travellerev and RedLogix who broutght this topic up on yesterday’s Openmike, not myself. I in fact did not respond until well after the discussion had been going for quite a number of hours.

          If you don’t want people responding to controversial topics like this then perhaps you should ask people not to raise them.

          • felix 4.1.1.2.1

            Oh come on Gosman, this “anti-troofer” stuff is your favourite little personal crusade at the moment. You’re all over the blogs doing the same thing.

            I just don’t know why you give a shit.

            • Gosman 4.1.1.2.1.1

              I’m highlighting a huge double standard when it comes to the use of Scientific evidence to support one’s position.

              I find it morrally reprehensible that someone like Ms Fitzsimons of the Greens can claim to be promoting the Scientific mainstream view when it comes to AGW, (something I have no problem with BTW in case you join BLiP in trying to tar me with the Global Warming denier brush), but she and others completely jettison this sound and logical psoition when it comes to something as odious as the 9/11 Truther movement.

              This is a topic that goes beyond a mere Left versus Right argument. You are either supportive of the Scientific method or you are like the looney radicals of the Anti-AGW and 9/11 Truther movement and cheery pick bad science to support your viewpoint.

              I notice you have not disagreed recently with my asertion that the Science behind the claims made by Richard Gage and his ilk are seriously flawed. Does that now mean you can agree with me that supporting the aims of his movement and promoting it, as people like Travellerev do here, (without any prompting from me I might add), is deserving of a response?

            • felix 4.1.1.2.1.2

              Recently? I don’t think I ever have.

              So what?

  5. BLiP 5

    You mean like “stomach ulcers are caused by stress” or, perhaps, “smoking increases your lung capacity” ?

    • Geek 5.1

      This in no way changes his point. You have people on one hand claiming that the accepted scientific opinion is that Global warming is real (which I agree with) so the minority of scientists who claim it isn’t are crazy. Then on the other hand even though the majority of scientific opinion is that 9/11 was carried out by terrorists doesn’t mean that the few scientists who claim it wasn’t are crazy.

      To argue one then the other leaves you in a position where you seem to be someone who isn’t really interested in the science but someone who is interested in finding science that meets your needs.

      • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1

        “Then on the other hand even though the majority of scientific opinion is that 9/11 was carried out by terrorists”

        I’m not convinced that this is a ‘scientific’ question in the same way that AGW is. Sure, science is involved but it’s not like there is a broadly accepted theory that when buildings collapse it’s because of terrorism and that truthers are denying the theory of terrorism.

        We are talking about one data point, unrelated to any controversial theory.

        • Gosman 5.1.1.1

          Quite incorrect.

          Both sides of the 9/11 debate claim they have the weight of scientific literature behind them.

          The Truthers largely rely on the some misrepresentations on the Physics of Structural engineering and how free standing builds collapse plus a couple of incredibly dodgy studies by some Conspiracy Theorists ‘Scientists’ which supposedly show that Active Thermite particles were found in the debris.

          The otherside of the debate relies on the very detail official scientific investigation by NIST, amongst others. This is generally accepted as the Mainstream view. On top of that there is the huge number of people out there that pull apart the 9/11 truthers so called Scientific studies.

          This is firstly a simple case of where you are either for the Mainstream scientific view or against it. Whether you believe the particular theory that supports this comes after that.

          • Pascal's bookie 5.1.1.1.1

            “Both sides of the 9/11 debate claim they have the weight of scientific literature behind them.”

            Bully for both of them. They can claim what they like as far as I’m concerned.

            I’m just saying that it’s not even remotely like AGW, no matter how useful you find the comparison, rhetorically speaking.

      • BLiP 5.1.2

        I understand exactly what you are saying. However, it seems to me a bit of an apples/oranges fallacy. Unlike climate science, the 911 situation has only, about, half a dozen questions which need to be answered to reach a definitive conclusion.

        There are a plethora of other questions surrounding motive and means which I would also like answered, but the science itself can be solved easily.

        • Geek 5.1.2.1

          That’s a fair argument to make. The way I see it is there are motives for both sides. I however think that the conspiracy option is far harder to swallow. Bush was dumb and ignorant, but it’s a big step to sign off on faking the greatest terrorist attack on US soil. However I have no doubt that there are terrorist organizations out there who would want to make an impact such as this.

          Just seems a bit far fetched to me.

          • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1

            Here is a link to a detailed analysis of the Controlled demolition theory. It is apparently written from someone who is opposed to the UK and US foreign policy decisions in the wake of September the 11th. So it just goes to show that you can still be a good left winger and support the official position on this subject.

            http://www.jnani.org/mrking/writings/911/king911.htm#_Toc144445999

            • BLiP 5.1.2.1.1.1

              apparently

              You love those modifiers. I note that the NIST report has been updated several times since the piece you link to was written.

            • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1.2

              So does that mean the NIST report or this analysis is flawed in any way BLiP?

              Shall we take a look at the so called scientific studies that people like Richard Gage rely on to promote their odious conspiracy Theory?

              Take Steven Jones’ study which supposedly ‘proves’ that Active Thermite was present in the dust particles. This site takes apart his study http://ae911truth.info/tiki-index.php?page=Steven+Jones

              I especially like this bit about the Journal of 9/11 studies, where many of the studies supporting the Conspiracy Theories are published –

              “However, it has been quite obvious from the very beginning, that most of the so-called peer-reviewers are none other than other members of the same organization. In other words, they are peer-reviewing each others’ papers.”

              If this was an Anti-AGW organisation people would be all over this.

              Face facts – the Science behind the 9/11 Truther movement is seriously flawed not to mention the bizarre implications of what they claim.

            • BLiP 5.1.2.1.1.3

              In that case, you can have no objection to the “truthers” being made to look like they fools they are at an open, independent investigation before the world’s media?

              .

            • Geek 5.1.2.1.1.4

              That would be about as productive as David Bain’s retrial. A bunch of people with preconceived opinions deciding on a topic that was already judged by those who went into it with an open mind.

            • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1.5

              There already has been an investigation into what happened on September 11th 2001. In fact there are three separate official investigations. Just because the Truthers don’t like the outcome doesn’t mean that they should be humoured.

              Also what new evidence is meant to be investigated? That Active Thermite was present in the debris? I have shown that the studies which suggest that are seriously flawed as well as being promoted by people with a particular agenda i.e. not independent Scientists. Perhaps it is that Controlled demolitions are the only way to explain how the three buildings fell? Didn’t the NIST report deal with this?

              What new scientific evidence that is credible is going to be investigated BLiP?

            • BLiP 5.1.2.1.1.6

              That would be about as productive as David Bain’s retrial

              Yes it would be. There are significant parallels.

            • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1.7

              Once again BLiP – What new credible scientific evidence is being presented that would justify a new investigation?

              Just because Richard Gage and his band of nutjob Conspiracy Theorists jump up and down and quote copious amounts of bad science to support their claims doesn’t mean they deserve a hearing.

              There are people out there who think the Moon landing was staged – Do they deserve an investigation as well?

            • Zorr 5.1.2.1.1.8

              To be perfectly honest, what does it matter these days?

              The towers fell down and a whole bunch of war was made because of it. There is no way to take back that day or the years that have passed inbetween or the people killed in the fighting. It is wasted breath on both sides – be a 911 Truther and conspiracy theorist or just accept the official story, at the end of the day it just doesn’t matter at all.

            • Gosman 5.1.2.1.1.9

              So you think the 9/11 Truthers are wasting their time trying to reopen the investigation then Zorr?

  6. quenchino 6

    A look at the NIST website is interesting, but their investigation of 911 is hard to compare with the IPCC AGW science. The biggest difference is the much smaller number of scientists named and the fact that almost no-one got to see or study any of the original building wreckage.

    One report, even if it is a very thick one, from one group, that has not been subject to open review with all the source data is not the same as a consensus. 911 was a single event, and all the original evidence is now long gone, so it makes it very hard for anyone to prove anything that disagrees with NIST.

    It’s a bit like someone wanting to discuss or challenge the claims of pro-global warming scientists, but none the temperature records being available to look at because they were destroyed years ago. No-one would be very satisfied with that.

    • Geek 6.1

      Two different things however. Climate change is constantly happening allowing for constant collection of data that is available to anyone who wishes to use it. The 9/11 attacks were a single incident. Data was collected and analyzed by experts who came up with the final NIST report. The data they used for that incident is available to those who claim it was a conspiracy. They choose to cherry pick it and supplement their evidence with poor quality video and unsubstantiated eyewitness evidence and ignore any data which is counter to the findings the want. Just like any good conspiracy.

    • Quoth the Raven 6.2

      Here’s a page with a link to a peer reviewed scientific journal article on 9/11:

      9/11 demolition theory challenged

      An analysis of the World Trade Center collapse has challenged a conspiracy theory surrounding the 9/11 attacks.
      The study by a Cambridge University, UK, engineer demonstrates that once the collapse of the twin towers began, it was destined to be rapid and total.

      One of many conspiracy theories proposes that the buildings came down in a manner consistent with a “controlled demolition”.

      The new data shows this is not needed to explain the way the towers fell.

      As much as the truthers like Redlogix want to claim that science is on their side they are wrong.

  7. Olwyn 7

    I am not sure if this is the right way to go about things, but I want to ask a question of someone who has better knowledge of economics than I have: In the business pages of this morning’s Herald, there was a claim from treasury that we need to cut government spending if we are to “close the gap” with Australia. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10610950

    I am inclined to think that if it is true that the Australian Government spends a smaller portion of it GDP on welfare, etc, this is in part because Australian wages are not so far removed from what it costs to live. So they do not go so far in using welfare to bridge the gap between the fantasy of wealth and the reality of stagnation. Hence I am inclined to see treasury’s claim as getting things the wrong way round – that in reality Australia is not doing comparatively well because of less government spending, but rather their government needs to spend less because Australia is doing comparatively well. Am I wrong about this?

  8. Tigger 8

    Key to meet the Queen. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3089023/John-Key-to-meet-the-Queen

    It’s all about him of course…

    “I think I am the first leader seeing the Queen, and I am doing the toast for the Queen as well,” Mr Key said on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme this morning.

    “I must be teacher’s pet. I think it was something to do with bringing back the knighthoods.”

    Titular honours were abolished by the Labour-led government in 1999, but Mr Key reinstated them.

    A spokeswoman for Mr Key said he was invited to make the toast at the Friday dinner hosted by the Queen – it is an honour given to the most recently-elected country leader.”

    • Walter 8.1

      Pussy Nat, pussy Nat, where have you been?

      I’ve been to London to visit the Queen

      Pussy Nat, pussy Nat, what did you there?

      I prostrated myself, in front of her chair

      Pussy Nat, pussy Nat, why did you bother?

      So I’d get the knighthood, instead of another!

    • Herodotus 8.2

      I was under the illusion that NOT all titular honours were eliminated in 1999. Did not parliament still keep their own e.g Honerable etc?

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    I’ll give it a go, Olwyn.

    First up, Treasury are a bunch of dry right fossils whose default position on any given subject is ‘reduce government spending’.

    Secondly, Australia has an extra level of government and taxation that we don’t; the states and territories. So I suspect they have more ‘government’ than we do. The country is significantly wealthier than NZ, both because of the raw materials boom and the scale factors between the two economies.

    Australia collects more PAYE than we do, because more of them are in jobs (on average) than us and those jobs are better paid than us (by 25-30% apparently), so there is more tax money to be distributed.

    All in all, I’d say the Treasury quote was the usual bollocks and your estimation of the situation is spot on.

    • Olwyn 9.1

      Thanks for that, Voice of Reason.

    • prism 9.2

      Thanks for that VTR – Treasury would have required six months research and a big budget to come up with that summation (which they wouldn’t of course).

      I wonder if we can pare Treasury’s costs down, sort of like politicians are now – they could pay for their own extravagant gear, furnishings etc. I think one of their executive ilk had his (her) desk imported from Italy in the free-market feeding frenzy around 1990.

  10. prism 10

    A practical way of ending the comments on this subject is to stop replying, the topic will decline like a pricked waterbed.

  11. prism 11

    I am referring to 9/11 debate.

    • Gosman 11.1

      Your suggestion should really be towards those like Travellerev who continue to post her odious and repugnant Conspiracy Theories on this blog.

      [lprent: Provided people follow the rules, I really don’t care anymore than I do for what looks like similar opinions from a different angle from you. It can stay in the OpenMike, not spill into the other topics, not deteriorate into simple flames, and people will avoid or read as they prefer.

      Besides, right or wrong, some of the discussion has actually been interesting to me – but probably not in a way that either ‘side’ would find interesting.

      Ultimately the decision about ‘odious’ etc lies completely with the moderators, and we’re pretty jealous about it and do not respond well to people explicitly or implicitly telling us what we should do. So I’d suggest not going too far down this path or I might make a determination about what I find odious. People seldom enjoy that. ]

  12. gingercrush 12

    So any thoughts towards Twyford likely to stand for Waitakere and Ardern standing for Auckland Central?

  13. anonymouse 13

    New right wing New Zealand capitalist blog involved in “comments for chocolate scandal” learn more at:
    http://www.democracymum.co.nz

  14. Both would be excellent electorale MPs .
    Jacinda Ardern is a highly intelligent young lady ,with a most pleasing personality,.what is more she is the Chairperson of the Youth Branch of Socialist International meaning that her political education is of the highest standard. This, plus she has proved to be a most hard working list MP. making her an excellent choice for the people of Auckland Central. Having meet her on a number of occasions I can truthfully say she has impressd me with not only her intelllegence but her obvious commitment to caring Social Democratic ideals. If Jacinda Ardern is selected then I urge all Auckland Central Voters to get out and vote for an MP who would serve you well.
    Bye the way I have been a member of the NZLP for nearly 50 years and before that a member of the Labour Party UK. I have meet many MPs and would be MPs this young lady does impress me..

  15. todd 15

    Hi
    No one here has mentioned the big story of today.
    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26386792-401,00.html

    [lprent: Why is that a big story? Oh because you think so, and what qualifications do you have to be able to understand anything that is in those e-mails? Nothing?
    Probably why there hasn’t been much here about this. But I can imagine that the illiterate CCD’s are jerking off to it elsewhere.
    Why don’t you do something useful – read RealClimate on the subject. ]

    • NickS 15.1

      Mentioned in yesterdays open mike thread, of which to add to the mocking of Andrei, here’s a lovely deconstruction of CCD bs on the leaks from greenfyre:
      Climate change Deniers hoax themselves again.

      And yes, when one is vexed and annoyed by morons, it’s rather human to morbidly laugh at their demise, whether it be via death or banhammer.

  16. todd 16

    We will see i guess?.Soon I would think!

  17. todd 17

    While I love a good argument and have somewhat fixed views,I have never in my life wished someone dead,even though at times I tell them to FRO and leave me alone.They just have different views thats all.

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    2 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    2 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    3 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    4 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    4 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    5 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    7 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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