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Open Mike 24/06/2017

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  1. Ad 1

    Looks like the Auckland housing price boom is really over.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11881164

    Naturally, this doesn’t cure homelessness. There’s still a big place for Labour’s excellent housing policies

    But if you ever want to see policy working to tilt a whole market, look no further than the measures that this National government put in place.

    It was only in October last year that tighter Loan to Value Ratio restrictions were put in place. It required property investors to have a 40% deposit for a mortgage loan and owner-occupiers to have a 20% deposit. Immediately the froth came off, but now its effect is really showing.

    Who knows, we could still have a housing price collapse.

    Or we could have the modern miracle of government, over the one great asset the majority of New Zealanders have: their home. And that miracle is managing the entire real estate market down.

    • Carolyn_nth 1.1

      What are you on? The article says the biggest casualty is first home buyers are the main ones being shut out of the housing market. Meanwhile, the biggest winners are investors with cash.

      • marty mars 1.1.1

        + 1

        Ad will be okay so no problem.

      • Ad 1.1.2

        Here it is.
        Housing has to stop being our preferred asset class. It’s going to hurt.

        First home buyers will almost always need to draw on their parents’ equity.

        Every currently home-owning family will be forced to think like they are a bank with specific limited equity to carefully dole out.

        • weka 1.1.2.1

          Or, put rules in place to stop speculating on property as a way of making an income.

          • Ad 1.1.2.1.1

            The 10 year boom has created a set of highly leveraged large landlords. Very few are cashed up. Very few banks are lending.

            The 2 year Bright Line test is doing it’s job limiting speculators.

            The new rules are not enough, but they are heading us in the right direction without a crash.

            • weka 1.1.2.1.1.1

              From the view from halfway to the bottom end, what you are talking about looks like tinkering to make the market better for the top end, mostly as investment. And ultimately that will continue to hurt renters, the homeless and those on lowish incomes who might want to buy. There are whole classes of people now who can’t own and struggle to afford rent and I don’t see what you are talking about as improving that much (although I’m sure it is better than nothing).

              The problem is seeing housing as a financial investment, and that’s a tricky one to unpack because it’s tied to retirement and the contemporary idea that the state can no longer bet trusted to support people. Better to fix welfare/social security IMO, and then reinstate housing as being about having a home instead of a financial investment.

              • Carolyn_nth

                Yep. It’s treating housing a social investment that’s a problem – plus the decline of our welfare system, low wages and focusing generally on profits over people.

  2. The Chairman 2

    Do Labour plan to make the TPP an election issue?
    Little has been said.

    • saveNZ 2.1

      Good point, of course Labour should. It’s one of the main differences that people can say in one sentence and TPPA is very unpopular.

      • The Chairman 2.1.1

        “TPPA is very unpopular”

        One would expect Labour to capitalize off that, yet there’s little being said.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1

          Considering that Labour, in it’s fanatical following of the neo-liberal cult, is actually in agreement with the TPPA and FTAs in general then, no, you shouldn’t expect them to make capital off of it.

          • The Chairman 2.1.1.1.1

            That explains the silence. But it will probably cost them a few votes though.

            The Nats are pushing it through, hence a number will vote accordingly to oppose it.

          • Karen 2.1.1.1.2

            They have been clear about opposition to the TPPA many times, including on Morning Report a couple of weeks ago. Not that it matters as the TPPA is dead.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Link?

              I’ve never seen them being clear about it and that is usually bound up with their general belief that FTAs are good no matter what.

              • patricia bremner

                I put in NZ Labour TPPA and got the NO and the petition.
                Trade OK. The loss of sovereignty rules it out. No changes as far as I can see.

            • saveNZ 2.1.1.1.2.2

              Nope TPPA isn’t dead. Bill English was out trying to drum up the zombie agreement with anybody left who will listen.

              If Natz get in again, and with Trump going to sign ‘if USA get a good deal”. Well we all know that Natz would sign anything no matter how damaging to the people of NZ. What do they care what’s in the details, whether arduous health costs or turning our cops into copywrite cops for US business – who the frig knows what the National party are prepared to sign with Trump or anyone else, anything.

  3. The Chairman 3

    National will be doing the numbers. Will English remaining do more damage than English standing down?

    • Barfly 3.1

      Both are likely to be fatal.

      • saveNZ 3.1.1

        Lets hope.

        Not a lot of talk about how hopeless the National Party look, post Key. Zero succession planning in the National Party. My guess is trader Key, read the future, realised the shit was going to hit the fan with our economy 98 million dollars into the red and bailed so he could look good and escape to Hawaii with full benefits and pensions and brag to his mates how he was NZ’s most popular PM.

        Of course Tony Blair used to be popular and look what happened to him and the UK Labour party after he left.

        Now it’s the right’s turn.

        We have Bitter Bill, the world’s biggest bores.
        Ex Bene turned Bene basher with a wonderful CV of receiving government money her whole life and now as deputy leader.
        Judith Colins with so many scandals and dirt to be dug up she could make mince meat out of the National party rep.
        Joyce, the world’s most arrogant yokel, who can even annoy the most eager National business person with his ‘pretty legal’ chit chat
        Brownlee, the CHCH rebuild architect – “wizard’.
        Smith, who unlike Jesus can turn fish into faeces.

        • The Chairman 3.1.1.1

          An ex Merrill Lyncher is the likely outcome of Barclay standing down, but yes, who would replace English?

    • patricia bremner 3.2

      Bill marched away from an interview looking relaxed and pleased.
      His statement “if there was a tape” is a worry. Does he know it is long gone,
      and now evidence is hear-say?
      Though he still has to explain his texts and Glenys’s call to the victim, after his call to her on Waitangi Day. (interview with Gower),
      Bouyed by the “late” poll results as well? (late = 2 weeks old)
      Bennett declaring a political crush on English, tells me there is division, and she has chosen. No real surprise in that. So Bill has to get the numbers.

      WE have to act on faith, and give our honest guy Andrew support.
      We need to speak up and sell our honest group.
      Bury all hair shirts ’till the election is over!!
      We have enough horrible foes without ‘white anting’ the party.
      We need to get them in, then apply the pressure to enact people friendly legislation.
      We are closer than they care to admit, that is why they are shrill and in attack mode.
      Don’t give them fodder.
      We need to join together and push this over the line.
      Please enrol and vote 2 ticks.

    • James 3.3

      Nats 49% – labour 25% and you think it’s nats doing the numbers – you’re delusional.

      • The Chairman 3.3.1

        Stable Government with English being sold as a trusted, stable pair of hands is the line National are pushing.

        English standing down would destroy that perception. But now that his credibility has come into question, there could also be damage if he remains party leader.

        Therefore, it’s delusional to think they wouldn’t be evaluating the numbers.

        Moreover, you’ve seem to have forgotten this is an MMP election, therefore Labour aren’t standing alone. And when combined with the Greens (& possibly NZF) it’s going to be a close finish.

      • Ed 3.3.2

        Do you care about New Zealand’s children?
        We are 1st for rugby, but 34th for children in the OECD.
        Which do you care about more ?

  4. Ant 4

    CREATIVE FUTURE?
    It is no coincidence that world-wide rehabilitation programs for offenders and addicts are invariably grounded in creativity: cooking, music, art, surfing, environmental restoration. Spontaneous creativity is neither a luxury nor a talent, but the natural expression of all of us, setting us aside from other life forms on earth.

    By re-aligning our waking hours with that which is creative in ourselves rather than squeezing it in over weekends we will defuse restlessness, the futility of non-fulfilment and the sense that our abilities are going to waste. With widespread automation, decimation of jobs and UBI in place vast reserves of creativity could be put to work restoring society, the environment, the social structure and all that runs counter to a happy and productive country.

    Creativity has many faces; the politically inclined will generate fresh ways of inclusive government; educators new methods of drawing out the creativity of their charges; financiers equitable ways of restructuring currency (or what’s left of it); artists and musicians novel expression of humanity’s changing orientation on earth; scientists sustainable methods of restoring the integrity of our ecosystems; idealists insights into our future course; philosophers insightful ways to growth and understanding of the evolving human spirit, to name a few.

    For those who have tried it the satisfaction of working creatively in cooperative ventures eclipses the need to “prove oneself” via competition. Whether the race is ready to move beyond this most basic of drivers is difficult to say.

    • TootingPopularFront 4.1

      Very uplifting, thanks Ant, there is much to reflect on in your post.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      For those who have tried it the satisfaction of working creatively in cooperative ventures eclipses the need to “prove oneself” via competition. Whether the race is ready to move beyond this most basic of drivers is difficult to say.

      We evolved beyond it millions of years ago. If there’s anything to the human nature argument that the RWNJs bring up all the time it’s that we’re mostly altruistic and cooperative. It’s the sociopaths that aren’t and they’re the minority.

      • Ant 4.2.1

        Your’e saying humans are no longer competitive? Free market system, capitalism, one-upmanship, rampant materialism, – all driven by competition when I last looked.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1

          Yep but that doesn’t mean that the majority of people are that way inclined. It just means that the ones with power are.

          • Ant 4.2.1.1.1

            If the majority were not that way inclined the fashion, cosmetic, designer clothing, and a host of other industries would have collapsed long ago.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.1.1

              No. It’s a question of training via environment. Change the environment and change the people.

        • Stuart Munro 4.2.1.2

          Our markets are not notably free – everything in NZ costs more except wages. The Rogergnomic reforms failed – but then they were never intended to work, only to enrich a small subset of the population.

    • patricia bremner 4.3

      Yes Beeby had it right in the 60s school syllabus.

      • Ant 4.3.1

        True. Talent and creativity can only flourish through honouring the individual’s uniqueness in terms of background, era and culture. Mass delivered education in crowded classrooms can never deliver. National trots out the worn mantra “research has shown that class size does not make a difference to educational achievement.”; of course they are talking about grades but remain shy of asking why depression, suicide, substance abuse etc. remain depressingly high.

    • Incognito 4.4

      Thank you!

      Only through being creative can we realise who we are.

      It’s both an inward and outward journey with no set destination and no initial boundaries or fear.

  5. Cinny 5

    Will the PM who quit aka Key be making an appearance at the Nat’s conference this weekend? Will he be standing up and backing English, defending the outgoing PM’s lying etc?

    Where is Key? If he was a good friend of Bills surely he would be helping him out of the massive Barclay scandal which is still making news.

  6. The Chairman 6

    Hone on the Nation – wow! He’ll keep the headline writers busy.

    • BM 6.1

      Pretty scathing of Andrew Little.

      Wish they’d get rid of Lisa Owen though, Jesus, shut the fuck up and let your guests speak. don’t ask a question and talk over them when they’re trying to reply to the question you asked.

      Definitely one of the worst interviewers on TV.

      • The Chairman 6.1.1

        “Pretty scathing of Andrew Little.”

        Indeed. He accused Little of lying and treating Labour’s Maori MPs like “shit”.

        • marty mars 6.1.1.1

          I think Hone should stay out of politics and go back to activism. i don’t think he gets it. Nothing worse than seeing someone who doesn’t know when it’s over.

          • The Chairman 6.1.1.1.1

            It’s clear he’s going to let voters decide that one (whether it’s over).

            • marty mars 6.1.1.1.1.1

              They already have.

              • The Chairman

                Your talking last election. Things are different now, hence I was referring to this election.

                • Yeah i know. They are different not in a beneficial way imo.

                  • The Chairman

                    Going off the interview, can’t see his deal with the Māori Party going too well.

                    They agreed not to stand against each other in electoral seats. The expectation being that doing so would encourage supporters of both to support the one standing. However, Hone won’t give his backing of his members doing so due to the Māori Party’s support of the Māori land reform Bill.

                    And apparently Marama Fox has threaten to respond in kind.

                    • I know. Got a Facebook petition – save the Māori land court – from the mana party. Someone wrote a comment about the deal with the Māori Party – just a joke imo.

          • Karen 6.1.1.1.2

            Me too Marty. I like Hone but I don’t think he is doing himself (or Mana) any favours at the moment. I think he can be more effective as an activist than as a lone backbencher.

            This is more worrying though – he evidently suggested life imprisonment or deportation to China for the death penalty to discourage meth dealing on the Nation. I really wouldn’t have expected that from him

  7. Morrissey 7

    Anyone interested in learning something about the ongoing siege of Gaza should read this book…

    Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom
    by NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

    Gaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza—culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008–9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014—that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020.

    Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel’s actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza’s martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters.

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/book/gaza-an-inquest-into-its-martyrdom-3/

  8. North 8

    http://normanfinkelstein.com/book/gaza-an-inquest-into-its-martyrdom-3/

    Thanks Morrissey Not available from Amazon until Jan ’18 apparently Daresay it will be definitive As remains this –

    Here’s some punctuation –

    • North 8.1

      Women crying…….not truly for the victims……..more for themselves and their busted ‘Zionist Exceptionalism’

  9. Morrissey 9

    Reasons to be Cheerful
    No. 1 Jeremy Corbyn

    The British prime minister-in-waiting has been confronting pure evil for a long time now….

  10. rhinocrates 10

    Well fuck you too Labour:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/93965507/labour-abandons-water-and-nutrient-charging-policy-for-farming

    The most charitable or delusional interpretation I can make is that Labour is outsourcing its environmental policy to the Greens and will ‘concede’ clean river as part of a deal later, but remember how Blair was supposed to be cultivating the Conservative voters before he was going to implement real socialist policies? Right, we all know how that turned out.

    It looks like Little is just Captain Mumblefuck 2.0

    • weka 10.1

      Adelia Hallett‏ @AdeliaHallett 5h5 hours ago

      Labour hasn’t ruled out pricing water at all David Parker tells F&B conference #ConservationHeroes

      I don’t know what they’re doing. I’d like to see their whole policies because that article doesn’t really say a lot.

      One delegate sought an assurance from Little that the Green Party would not “can” Labour’s attitude to how it would operate as a government.

      “We [and the Greens] have common areas of policy but also areas we differ on as well. The more support you give us, the more we can approach your industry in a practical and sensible way,” Little responded.

      Lol, that’s my argument to people to vote Green. If we want a progressive govt the more Greens the better. Little is speaking to that audience but it does make me think they’ve chosen messaging over authenticity.

      • rhinocrates 10.1.1

        they’ve chosen messaging over authenticity.

        If we want a progressive govt the more Greens the better. Little is speaking to that audience but it does make me think they’ve chosen messaging over authenticity.

        Absolutely. They only succeed in coming across as insincere and confused.

        I’m voting Green. Very Little can go fuck himself.

        It’s very easy to see why people are sick of business as usual politics when the system keeps excreting nobodies like Blinglish and Little.

        • weka 10.1.1.1

          I think our best bet is to have a L/G govt without Peters. This will give the Greens a chance to prove themselves once and for all. They’re obviously competent to be in govt, but it will be crunch time as to whether they can do govt differently and keep left.

          • rhinocrates 10.1.1.1.1

            In the absence of any unicorns, I agree. The Greens are showing both integrity and discipline and deserve to have a hand in government. Labour is riddled with egotistical careerists such as Robertson who put themselves first, party second and principles third. Little is totally ineffective in keeping them in check and shows no competence or principles. He is not a PM in waiting, which is the test of any opposition. His only advantage is that Blinglish is not a PM at all.

      • Karen 10.1.2

        Hmmm. I was really alarmed about the report about what Little said, but today there was a press release from him, plus just heard David Parker on midday news on Nat radio saying that policy from 2014 hasn’t changed. Little claims he misunderstood the question and his lack of response to another statement was seen as agreement when it wasn’t.

        http://www.labour.org.nz/labour_will_not_resile_from_royalties

        I agree that the Greens are stronger that Labour on environmental policy so making sure they have a significant influence in a Labour/Green government is important.

        • weka 10.1.2.1

          Thanks Karen, I’ll put that up as a post in the morning. I thought the original Stuff article was poor and probably misleading so good to have some more information.

          One of Labour’s problems is the lag time between their speeches and media work and putting things up on their website. I’m still waiting for something on mental health after their good work in Chch last week. If they’re just going to rely on the media coverage then mistakes like this one over water will happen.

          • Karen 10.1.2.1.1

            Labour don’t seem to have a good comms team at all and I find it really frustrating. I know they have quite a lot on at the moment but this water policy confusion should have dealt with as soon as the article appeared, not 2 days later.

            If there is a policy announcement the policy page on the website should be updated immediately afterwards and there should be 2 versions, one with a lot more detail (for policy nerds like me!) They did that for the immigration one but it isn’t consistent.

            • weka 10.1.2.1.1.1

              On you on any of their mailing lists? do you get emailed policy summaries or such? Just wondering if I should subscribe.

              • Karen

                I am on the mailing list for the Greens and Labour but Labour tend to just send major speeches rather than individual policy announcements. Mostly, I just look at the new policies page:

                http://www.labour.org.nz/announced_policies

                Hopefully this will be a bit more informative closer to the election as most of the policies don’t have enough detail for my liking. This may be because they are still formulating some of it.

                I also look at their press release page as I prefer to get the info direct rather than filtered by the MSM.
                http://www.labour.org.nz/press_releases

    • millsy 10.2

      Federated Farmers are NZ’s version of the NRA.

      To be honest I dont think farmers want clean rivers/waterways, for the simple reason that it impacts on their profits. “Local based solutions” are all PR bullshit.

      It would be better and more honest for FF to have the guts to stand up and just say, “we dont want clean rivers, because we just want to make a shit load of money instead, and also, we want to shut New Zealander out of the farming industry and have farm workers all migrants”.

      /

  11. Tautoko Mangō Mata 11

    The 2017 FIZZ Conference
    “Taxing Sugary Drinks: An Election Issue” will be held on Monday 26 June.

    Meanwhile, I note the following Official Information request languishing on FYI”

    Document containing advice re Sugar Tax from MOH tabled during question time 13.10.2016
    Request sent to Minister of Health by John Gray on October 13, 2016.
    Long overdue.

    Hansard details:
    Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN: I seek leave to table advice to me from the Ministry of Health saying that there is no conclusive evidence that a sugar tax will decrease obesity rates
    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard-debates/rhr/combined/HansDeb_20161013_20161013_16

    It is nearly 8 months since the OIA request……….

    The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor give his view- “don’t rule out sugar tax” on video. https://www.sciencemediacentre.co.nz/2015/07/30/pms-chief-science-advisor-on-sugar-obesity-and-taxes/

  12. Ad 12

    30-8 to the All Blacks.

    Is it too early to suggest that an All Blacks series win against the Lions and an America’s Cup victory would be – al least national mood wise – be pretty good for this government in September?

    • Ed 12.1

      Great – we’re first at rugby and sailing and 34th in the OECD for looking after children.
      If we vote for this, we are contemptible.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11874764

      • Red 12.1.1

        The peop,e are never wrong Paul or ed or what ever you call yourself these days so be ready to be disapointed

        • Incognito 12.1.1.1

          That’s just a cliché, not an argument.

          We are misguided, misinformed, disinformed, manipulated, conditioned, and most of all resistant to change and apathetic. You were saying?

    • James 12.2

      I couldn’t see the game where I am overseas – but looks like we played well.

      And agree – between this and if we get the Americas cup – it will pit a lot of people in a good mood. Add that the the majority of people thinking the country is heading in the right direction it’s a good position for national.

  13. lprent 13

    Outages today were due to googlebots having an issue with an old post from 2011 which had links starting with // and/or ending with ‘. They have read this post hundreds of times before. Looks like something got tweaked.

    Caused some interesting effects with some strange URLs. tens of thousands of queries per minute, high CPU, and the processor shutting down when it hit safety tempatures.

    I have fixed the page, removed the googlebot special access and I’ve started treating it like bingbot…

  14. Ovid 14

    Fascinating interview with Frankie Boyle on British politics

  15. Red 15

    Frankie has had to many pies

    • rhinocrates 15.1

      Gosh, that’s astute. That really shoots down his points doesn’t it? Also, it’s ‘TOO many’.

      Try not to look like such an idiot in future.

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  • Health staff to meet flights from China as precautionary measure
    Public health staff will begin meeting flights from China from tomorrow, to actively look for signs of the novel coronavirus and provide advice, information and reassurance to passengers. Health Minister Dr David Clark says the additional measures are being taken following the arrival of the disease in Australia, via flights ...
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  • National Yearling Sales 2020
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  • Government and construction industry to build big, lift productivity with Transformation Plan
    Delivering the workforce and productivity gains required to build the houses, schools, roads, rail and hospitals New Zealand needs will become easier with the Government-industry Construction Sector Transformation Plan launched today, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. “The action plan launched today delivers on the Government’s Construction Sector ...
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  • Log trains to begin on Wairoa-Napier line
    Log trains are about to start running between Wairoa and Napier following Provincial Growth Fund investment to reopen the rail line, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The Government invested $6.2 million to reopen the mothballed rail line which was closed after significant storm damage in 2012. “With PGF ...
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  • Minister of Defence concludes successful visit with his US counterpart
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark met with United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper today. “This was an excellent opportunity to meet with one of our closest security partners,” Ron Mark said. “The main focus of the meeting was to discuss challenges that New Zealand and the United States share ...
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  • New Zealand acknowledges ICJ decision on Myanmar
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today acknowledged the ruling of the International Court of Justice in relation to the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The ruling ordered the Government of Myanmar to take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of acts of genocide in relation to members of the ...
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  • NZ’s trade aims advanced at Davos meetings
    A proposal to cut “trade and production-distorting subsidies” in the agricultural sector by 2030 has set out important measures to ensure a fair agricultural trading system.  Speaking after attending meetings of trade ministers in Davos, Switzerland, Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker welcomed the joint proposal from the ...
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  • Great news for New Zealanders with cystic fibrosis
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is delighted that PHARMAC has struck a provisional deal to fund Kalydeco – a medicine which is set to improve the quality of life for about 30 New Zealand children and adults with cystic fibrosis. “While rare, cystic fibrosis is an awful inherited ...
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  • New Zealand least corrupt country in the world
    New Zealand has regained its position as the least corrupt country in the world for the second time under this Coalition Government, says Justice Minister Andrew Little. “New Zealanders can be proud that our reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world has been restored,” says Andrew ...
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  • Boost for Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands Community Conservation
    Community conservation in Rēkohu/Wharekauri/the Chatham Islands is receiving a boost, with grants to support local projects announced today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Rēkohu/Wharekauri/ the Chatham Islands are home to 20 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened bird species and 11 per cent of New Zealand’s threatened plant species. ...
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  • Rātana Pā goes high-tech with UFB
    Iwi, hapu and visitors to Rātana Pā near Whanganui now have access to ultra-fast broadband following its connection, completed in time for annual Rātana celebrations, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The connection and associated hardware were funded from the Provincial Growth Fund’s $21 million Marae Digital Connectivity programme, ...
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  • Govt’s strong financial management acknowledged
    The Government’s strong financial management and plan to future proof the economy with new infrastructure investment has gained further recognition from an international ratings agency. Credit rating agency Fitch has upgraded one of its main metrics assessing the Government’s books, lifting its foreign currency AA rating outlook to ‘positive’ from ...
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  • Boost in Whānau Ora funding to keep changing lives
    Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today.  Including previous funding boosts, the Agencies will now receive $87 million this year between them.  In Budget 2019 ...
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  • More people getting into work
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  • Wairoa gets up to $6.1m to rebuild heart of CBD
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing up to $6.1 million to revitalise business and tourism opportunities in Wairoa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The PGF is funding: Up to $4.8 million for the Wairoa Integrated Business and Tourism Facility Up to $960,000 for the ...
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  • Major Events support for creative and cultural events
    Creative and cultural events that highlight New Zealand’s diverse culture and build national pride are set to get a funding boost through the Major Events Fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. The new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator, which is funded through the Major Events Fund, will open ...
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  • Classroom internet in hundreds of schools to get a boost
    The Government has begun a massive IT upgrade to provide more seamless internet access to 200 schools around the country. Te Mana Tūhono – Technology in Schools work programme will launch with a pilot of 10 smaller state schools early this year. IT equipment that gives students access to the ...
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  • Construction workforce, apprenticeships hit record highs
    Working with industry and committing to rebuild New Zealand’s infrastructure has produced a record high number of Kiwis working in the construction industry and learning trades, says Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa. New figures available today from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education ...
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  • NZ concludes digital economy trade talks with Singapore and Chile
    A new trade agreement concluded today helps New Zealand exporters and consumers take advantage of opportunities from digital trade.    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker together with Chile’s Vice Minister of Trade Rodrigo Yañez and Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, have announced conclusion of ...
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  • Provincial Growth Fund to fund Waipukurau cultural development and tourism
    The Ngā Ara Tipuna -  Waipukurau Pā Site Interpretation project will receive $2.798 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to create an authentic cultural tourism experience, Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today “The project will inform visitors about the history of six pā sites in Waipukurau with a combination ...
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  • 21 new judges boost diversity, improve access to justice
    Twenty-one new District Court judges have been appointed in a move that will improve access to justice and boost diversity on the bench. The new judges include replacements for retirements and 10 new positions. Attorney-General David Parker today announced the 14 judges who can immediately be named, with the remainder ...
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  • Puhinui to Auckland Airport in 10 minutes
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  • Advancing New Zealand’s trade agenda focus of Europe meetings
    World Trade Organisation reform, agricultural trade and a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom will be the focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s visit to Europe this week. David Parker leaves on Tuesday for a series of meetings in the UK and Switzerland that aim ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit counterparts in US and Canada
    The Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, departed today for the United States and Canada where he will meet with his counterparts.  While in Canada Minister Mark will meet with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.  “New Zealand and Canada are close friends, and share an instinctive like-mindedness on ...
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  • Government to deliver family carers $2000 pay rise, expand scheme to spouses this year
    The Coalition Government is delivering this year the changes to Funded Family Care the disability sector has long-asked for, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. “Today we are announcing the details of our big changes to Funded Family Care, including an annual average pay boost of $2,246.40 for funded ...
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  • Ko te reo kua mū: Piri Sciascia
    Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta joins te ao Māori in their sorrow as they learn of the loss of one of the great orators and spokespersons of a generation – Piri Sciascia.  “The son of Pōrangahau was a staunch advocate for Māori development and served his people for over ...
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  • Minister opens new ecosanctuary at Cape Farewell
    A new ecosanctuary with a predator proof fence on Golden Bay’s Cape Farewell, which will restore a safe home for sea birds, rare native plants, giant snails, and geckos, was officially opened today by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “There has been a fantastic community effort supported by the ...
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  • Pacific partners work together to provide additional support to Australia
    The NZDF continues to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles fires in Victoria and New South Wales, including by transporting Republic of Fiji Military engineers from Nadi to Australia, announced Defence Minister Ron Mark. On Saturday morning a NZDF Boeing 757 will depart New Zealand to uplift ...
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  • Kaikōura $10.88 million boost in tourism & business
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. As part of the Kaikōura Marina Development Programme, the following two projects will receive PGF funding: A $9.88 million investment to begin the ...
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  • Govt accounts in surplus, debt remains low
    The Government’s books are in good shape with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the five months to November. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above forecast by $0.7 billion resulting ...
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  • Auckland focus for first Police graduation of 2020
    The number of Police on the Auckland frontline is increasing with the graduation today of a special locally-trained wing of new constables. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of eighteen officers from Recruit Wing 333-5 means that more than 1900 new Police have been deployed since the Coalition Government ...
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  • Wairarapa gets $7.11m PGF water boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund is putting $7.11 million into creating a sustainable water supply for Wairarapa, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. The following two projects will receive Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding: A $7 million investment in Wairarapa Water Limited for the pre-construction development of ...
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  • Progress with new Police station in Mahia
    Community safety and crime prevention in the East Coast community of Mahia has moved forward with the opening of a new Police station to serve the growing coastal settlement. Police Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the new station, which was relocated almost 20 kilometres along the coast from the nearby ...
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  • Plans to protect the future of whitebaiting announced
    With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. “The need for action for a healthy whitebait fishery has never been greater,” Eugenie Sage said.  “Four of the six whitebait species are ...
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  • New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change
    A new Ministry of Education resource available for schools in 2020 will increase awareness and understanding of climate change, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The resource, Climate Change – prepare today, live well tomorrow, will help students understand the effects of climate change at a local, national and global ...
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  • Getting more out of our most productive firms
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has approved the terms of reference for an Inquiry into the economic contribution of New Zealand's frontier firms. Frontier firms are the most productive firms in the domestic economy within their own industry. “These firms are important as they diffuse new technologies and business practices into ...
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  • NZDF sends more support to Australia
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is sending an Environmental Health Team, a Primary Health Care Team and a Chaplain to Australia, boosting New Zealand support for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as it battles bush fires in Victoria and New South Wales, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The ...
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  • New Zealand joins partners in calling for full investigation into air crash in Iran
    Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters says that developments suggesting a surface-to-air missile is responsible for the downing of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight in Iran is disastrous news. “New Zealand offers its deepest sympathies to the families of the 176 victims. It is ...
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  • Staying connected to Australian agriculture
    Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, says the Ministry for Primary Industries is continuing to stay connected to federal authorities in Australia as devastating fires affect the country.  “The Ministry is using an existing trans-Tasman forum for discussions on the agricultural impact of the fires and the future recovery phase,” says Damien ...
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  • Investment in schools – a commitment to communities
    Thousands of school-age children, their teachers and wider communities are benefiting from the Government’s multi-million dollar investment upgrading and renewing schools, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “We want New Zealand to be the best place to be a child and that means learning in warm, comfortable and modern classrooms,” ...
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