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Open Mike 24/09/2017

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69 comments on “Open Mike 24/09/2017”

  1. Lyn Stark 1

    And so it continues….

  2. Peter 2

    MMP is not a first past the post system. An individual party has not won with 51% of the vote. MMP is, however, a system designed for the formation of coalition governments by those who can agree on their common interests. Over half of the electorate voted for change. If over half of the electorate can agree their common interests, and work accordingly, they have moral authority under MMP to govern.

    • lurgee 2.1

      ‘Change’ was not a candidate on the voting paper I saw.

      People voted for parties. Those parties need to sort out a coalition / governing arrangement.

      Realistically, National are in the stronger position. Winston dislikes the Greens and Labour would have to divide the baubles of office between themselves, NZ 1st and the Greens.

      People trying to convince themselves that Lab-Green-NZ 1st is just around the corner are setting themselves up for disappointment. Another one. gluttons for punishment.

    • cleangreen 2.2

      Go back to National Peter we rubbished you on last night’s blog post when you raised this shoddy fake/flawed suggestion. https://thestandard.org.nz/election-night-2017/

      • lurgee 2.2.1

        Er … did you read what he posted?

        What, exactly, are you disagreeing with?

      • cleangreen 2.2.2

        Peter; you raised this mistake below in “Parentheses” firstly (see below) and that needs to be corrected firstly before you inject your ‘new’ views.

        “So logically those who support Labour are a minority.

        Get used to it, and don’t squeal.”

        Peter 78
        24 September 2017 at 12:33 am
        The bottom line is that only one third of the voters chose Labour as their party vote.

        So logically those who support Labour are a minority.

        Get used to it, and don’t squeal.

        [lprent: Looks you can’t use a calculator. But figure it like this National got 998,813 on the night out of 3,252,269 enrolled voters – that will be less than a third.
        In other words National are a minority. Please don’t squeal as you try to chisel a thought into your dimwitted head. ]

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        Robert Guyton 78.1
        24 September 2017 at 12:40 am
        MMP. How many voted for a not-National/left wing party?
        In any case, Winston will decide our fate – National or Labour/Green. Why would he choose National? We are all merely guessing. Who has solid grounds for claiming one way or the other? No one. It’s up in the air. Which means celebrating National’s success is a mistake.

    • Trevor Mardell 2.3

      Different parties do not necessarily have diametrically opposed views. Green voters I assume would be happy with a Labour lead government.

      What party would the majority of NZ First voters wish to lead the Government?
      Certainly none I have spoken to would want to be anywhere near the Greens who would be required to form a majority coalition with Labour. Winston would have to “share” any compromises with the Greens. And they are diametrically opposed.

      NZ First with National would allow a greater degree of compromise, so let’s see what transpires. it’s now time to sit back and enjoy the ride – nothing we can do now until the kingmaker does his thing.

      • Certainly none I have spoken to would want to be anywhere near the Greens who would be required to form a majority coalition with Labour. Winston would have to “share” any compromises with the Greens. And they are diametrically opposed.

        You appear to be talking to ex-National Party voters who are a minority in NZ1st.

        And most NZ1st policy can be related with Green Party policy – they tend to the same direction. It doesn’t match National Party policy at all. National Party policy is essentially diametrically opposed to everybody else except possibly ACT.

  3. Prefab Sprout 3

    I’m sorry Peter, but try as I might, I cannot see a coalition between Winston and the Greens lasting more than about 22 minutes. It’s one thing to form a coalition between three parties, quite another to ensure that it is stable.

    • savenz 3.1

      I can see the trolls -“National is in a stronger position” are out.

      Actually no, National are not in a stronger position than Labour. They screw over their coalition partners as they screw over the country- once bitten twice shy.

      Winston worked as foreign minister under Clark and was screwed over by National when he was deputy MP and treasurer. NZ First dropped from 13.4% party votes in 1996 – after a coalition with the Natz they were out of parliament with 4.3%.

      Act used to be a viable party – no longer. Gone are the conservatives, United Future and the Maori party.

      Natz are weasels. A vote against them is a vote for change and a new coalition. They will drop their pants to agree to a coalition and then screw them by lunchtime and have them of parliament.

      For democracy to flourish they need to form a coalition and get back to a proper democracy in this country – this is more important than any policy changes to be agreed.

      Protect democracy first. Start by reform the electoral finance act. Two make lying at elections illegal. Three, increase the time for new residents to become citizens and be able to vote so parties can’t import in Right wing or vote for bribes, votes for themselves.

      • cleangreen 3.1.1

        SAVENZ, 100%

        Over in the UK the papers are correctly calling it a “hung Parliament”

        You are so correct, national have been damaged and “National are not in a stronger position than Labour.”

        They are mortily wounded now by lies and more lies simply that have caught up with them,

        They are now a liability no other party doesnt want to be tacked onto now so Winston will aviod any association with them.

        The labour coalition is made with Winston and then as the booksare openned we will see just how much this lying government robbed so many of our assets aand sold us down the river leaving us much worse off than we ever knew.

  4. DRUM 4

    English is already claiming the moral authority to govern….he who leads a party that lied its way (hopefully not) back into government.

    • tc 4.1

      Yes just as shonky did using the Maori party, act and UF to flog assets, gut education/health, slam supershity through etc.

      Let’s see how Bill goes working with the politician they’ve been trying to kill off in public since Key came on the scene.

      Winston will be enjoying this, it’s his wet dream come true.

    • To be fair, the smear campaigns of lies have been as much a feature of his government as it was of his election campaign, so it’s hardly surprising that he’d lie about having the moral authority to govern.

      Of more concern is the fact that 46% of the people who cast ordinary votes endorsed that approach to government.

      • bwaghorn 4.2.1

        ”Of more concern is the fact that 46% of the people who cast ordinary votes endorsed that approach to government.”
        aye , makes one look at his countrymen with sadness.

      • halfcrown 4.2.2

        “Of more concern is the fact that 46% of the people who cast ordinary votes endorsed that approach to government.”

        100%

    • I find it amazing that those who most vociferously complained about Metiria’s lies 23 years ago turn around and find excuses for Blinglish’s and Nationals. These people have no ethical compass.

  5. Katipo 5

    Looks like Act are now irrelevant. I note NZfirst are no fans of TPPA and a lot of other National policies
    http://www.nzfirst.org.nz/policies

  6. patricia bremner 6

    Did anyone else here Winston say he might not go with the elites?
    It was in his final speech before he caught the ferry. I haven’t found any other reference to it.

  7. eco maori 7

    Jacinda Winston and James can form a government. And Jacinda and James did not throw Winston under the bus We no who did that.
    So lets Watch JOSEPH fight and get a smile on go Joseph

    • mlpc 7.1

      Yes, it was Winston himself.
      He saw he wasn’t getting much traction in the face of Jacinda mania, so he manufactured an issue.
      It didn’t work, but the oddities of MMP have still put him in a strong position.

    • lurgee 7.2

      The most likely combination for the left is Labour-NZ 1st, with the Greens offering confidence and supply. 2005 all over again. How did that work out?

    • JanM 7.3

      I agree, eco maori, I think they can too. They do at least have the ‘for the many not the few’ in common, and I think they have enough sense not to die in a ditch over pet projects when there is so much at stake – and surely Winston has had enough time to observe that as National have a habit of eating their young, his party could well end up as lunch if he went with them

  8. cleangreen 8

    First transport change must be;

    Bring back all regional rail freight & passenger now!!!

    Government now musr recognise the increasing population is causing a need for regional rail passenger services.

    1/ This will bring down the carbon emissions and take trucks off our regional roads that are falling apart as we speak.
    2/ This is causing us all massive road repair biills.
    3/ And with more trucks on our roads more deaths will occur on our roads under trucks.
    4/ NZTA claims each road death fatality now costs us $3.4 Million each to our economy.

    • Bring back all regional rail freight & passenger now!!!

      That’s part of NZ1st’s, Green’s and Labour’s policies. National still want to tear it down and have more and bigger trucks.

  9. Sans Cle 9

    What if Labour and Greens decide to wait for 2020 to try to get into Government…. Make this clear (e.g. don’t negotiate with NZ First). Weaken Peter’s bargaining position with National and see what ensues?

  10. Ed 10

    A burning issue.
    National is selling us down the river to China.

    ‘Expert calls for inquiry into Chinese ‘threat’

    One excerpt.

    ‘Brady has put together a list of individuals and companies that have been major donors to New Zealand’s political parties. They include Zhao Wu Shen and his wife Susan Chou.

    In 2007 Chou donated $41,000 to Labour. Then in 2010, she donated $200,000 to National, in 2011 she donated a further $100,000, and in 2014, her family company Contue Jinwan Enterprise Limited donated $200,212.36. The couple joined in the exclusive fund-raising charity dinner for Chinese rich-listers hosted by National MP Yang Jian and attended by John Key in 2014; which raised $200,000 for National’s election campaign.

    Shen had once been the biggest shareholder in the secure online file storage site, Mega.

    Gao Wei has been a major donor to the National Party in recent years via his company Alpha laboratories (NZ) Limited. He donated $112,000 to National in 2017; and $50,000 in 2014. Gao has very close links with senior New Zealand and senior Chinese political figures.

    In 2011 Shi Deyi (also known as Stone Shi) donated $56,500 (via Oravida NZ) to National and secured a game of golf with John Key in return. The photo of the match is still used in Oravida publicity. Shi donated a further $30,000 via Oravida in 2013,in 2016 he gave $50,000, and then a further $50,000 in 2017.

    Stone Shi is now a rotating chair of a Red Capitalists organisation, the Shanghai Entrepreneurs Association This is a grouping of 2,000 of the most powerful companies in China, and is under the supervision of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce as well as the United Front Work Department.

    In 2013 Ms Fan Xiaomiao donated $62,132.18 to the National Party and in 2011 she and her husband Zhang Yaxun donated $43,526.41. Zhang and his wife own Henan Province Zhou Fan Investment Company and have seven companies in New Zealand, mostly involved in agriculture.

    GMP Dairy Ltd, run by Karl Ye, donated NZ$25,338 to the New Zealand National Party in 2015 GMP paid for two National MPs, Jamie-Lee Ross and Stuart Smith to visit China in 2016.

    In 2017 Lang Lin, owner of Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry (NZ) Ltd donated $150,000 to National. Lang’s company is backed by the Chinese government investment firm CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Company) who are sponsoring his bid to expand China’s racing industry through importing New Zealand race horses. CITIC was set up under United Front Work Department auspices.’

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/18/48616/expert-calls-for-inquiry-into-chinese-threat

    • Ad 10.1

      You should do a whole post on this.

      Might be worth polishing off your Bruce Jesson on the interrelationships of British interests in New Zealand up to the early 1980s, and of the mix of ownership and imputed influence that different governments have in New Zealand, especially the US. That would make for a richer exercise.

      • KJT 10.1.1

        Yes, we have been a colony for a long time.

        Having just escaped being a British colony, we seem hell bent on being a US and then Chinese colony.

  11. jpwood 11

    Looking at the party vote in electorates, after the preliminary count, Labour have increased the number of general roll electorates where it is the largest party from 4 to 15 (this year, like 2014, Labour easily swept the 7 Maori seats). Pleasingly it looks as if it Labour will not come worse than second in any seat, which it did in 5 electorates last time round (Auck Central, BoP, Helensville, Tauranga and Well Central).

    Specials may see another another 6 electorates switch blue to red (current Nat to Lab margin):Wigram (117), Palmerston North (337), Te Atatu (389), Mt Roskill (611), New Lynn (702), Auck Central (739).

    In terms of reducing the margin between Labour and National, Labour did best in these electorates (decrease in margin National to Labour):
    Port Hills (8,355)
    Nelson (7,834)
    Epsom (7,519)
    New Plymouth (7,248)
    North Shore (7,001)
    Ilam (6,866)
    Well Central (6,864)
    D South (6,405)
    Chch Central (6,327)

    National lost ground to Labour in all seats bar 3, Mangere, Manakau East and Manurewa. As of the preliminary count, the National vote in these seats is still lower than that 2014, its just that the Labour vote in these electorates is markedly down on 2014. In terms of what sort of trend can be gleaned from this, Labour also did not do as well in closing its margin to National/or increasing its margin over National in these general roll seats (improvement in margin): New Lynn (349), Kelston (533), Mt Roskill (1,578), Te Atatu (1,622), Botany (2,160). These eight seats are all in Auckland, they contain the 4 electorates where Labour was the largest party by party vote in 2014. It may be a case of diminishing returns. It could just be, given the relative small size of Auckland electorates, that more people voted outside of their electorates, and specials will change this.

  12. Ad 12

    Is someone here going to do a review of the Greens electoral performance?

  13. Janet 13

    Would be great if Winston and Jacinda could work as co-leaders.
    Winston is a statesman and Jacinda is the energy. James could be deputy. Then we would have the “change team” so badly sought and needed in NZ. And , thank you and sorry to Gareth. The average public can be slow learners as their free time to consider new ideas is very limited in this day and age. Be patient.

    • red-blooded 13.1

      Winston doesn’t have the personal skills to be a co-leader and would be an appalling PM. He’s a grouchy, self-centered misogynist.

  14. Janet 14

    Also with the demise of the Maori party the interests of maori would be represented more in the “Change Party”

  15. Peter 15

    I don’t think Winston will will go with any of them, he will offer National confidence and supply only. I think that’s the best we can hope for as there isn’t a snow balls chance in hell he would go with the greens. And if he went with Labour his ex National supporters would punish him next time.

    • Ed 15.1

      Interesting idea….

    • RedBaronCV 15.2

      Not go with the Greens – being repeated endlessly – remember Winston does surprises, he moves with the times up to a point and he is pragmatic – look how long he has been in parliament

    • I think that’s the best we can hope for as there isn’t a snow balls chance in hell he would go with the greens.

      You’d be wrong there. There’s more overlap between NZ1st and Greens policies than there are between National and NZ1st.

      And if he went with Labour his ex National supporters would punish him next time.

      True but he’d (well, NZ1st would) still get in. The other way he wouldn’t.

    • Whispering Kate 15.4

      If Winnie gives only confident and supply does this mean that the Government would be without sufficient numbers and would not be able to pass any laws for the next 3 years. This might be the only hope we have, to keep them crippled and powerless.

      What staggered me is the huge margins which the Nat electorates won by – are there no conservative critial thinkers in this country – are they all just robotic fluffy brains.

      I can see the suicide stats will soar in the next 3 years – what a tragic and shameful legacy the Nats are going to leave for the history books.

  16. greywarshark 16

    What has Brexit got to teach us, (and how alike is our situation to that of Greece? Don’t believe what we are told, read about our and their financial situation).

    https://www.yanisvaroufakis.eu/2017/09/10/for-europes-sake-britain-must-not-be-defeated-op-ed-in-the-sunday-times-1092017/

    Ever since Theresa May embarked on her ill-conceived journey towards an ill-defined hard Brexit, I have been warning my friends in Britain of what lies ahead. The EU would not negotiate with London, I told them. Under the guise of negotiations it would force May and her team to expend all their energies negotiating for the right to . . . negotiate.

    Meanwhile, its media cheerleaders would work feverishly towards demeaning London’s proposals, denigrating its negotiators and reversing the truth in ways that Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of…

    Right on cue came the leaks that followed the dinner that the prime minister hosted for Jean-Claude Juncker in 10 Downing Street on April 26 — their explicit purpose being to belittle their host. Then came the editorials by the usual suspects — the journalists that Brussels uses to leak its propaganda — deploring the “lack of preparation” by the British — using Berlin’s and Brussels’s favourite put-down that “they have not done their homework”.

    As I promised on the day I resigned from Greece’s finance ministry, after my prime minister’s capitulation to that same Brussels-Berlin cabal, I wear their loathing with pride.

    But I worry that Brussels and Berlin may succeed in damaging Britain, as they previously succeeded in damaging my people.

    Yanis Varoufakis – In January 2015, Varoufakis was appointed as the Minister of Finance, and led negotiation with Greece’s creditors during the Greek government-debt crisis. However, he failed to reach an agreement with creditors, leading to the 2015 Greek bailout referendum.

    The day following the referendum, on 6 July 2015, Varoufakis resigned as Minister of Finance and was replaced by Euclid Tsakalotos. On 24 August, Varoufakis voted against the third bailout package, and in the ensuing September snap election, did not stand for re-election. Varoufakis has since appeared in numerous debates, lectures, and interviews. In February 2016, he launched the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), and subsequently backed a Remain vote in the UK’s European Union membership referendum 2016.

    On 2 April 2016, in reaction to tension between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the IMF, Varoufakis said there was underway “an attrition war between a reasonably numerate villain (the IMF) and a chronic procrastinator (Berlin)” as to Greek debt relief.
    In April 2016, Varoufakis publicly supported the idea of a basic income.[40]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanis_Varoufakis

    On Varoufakis’ book Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe’s Deep Establishment
    3 May 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/03/yanis-varoufakis-greece-greatest-political-memoir

    Yanis Varoufakis: Is Capitalism Compatible With Democracy? : NPR
    http://www.npr.org/2016/11/04/500126088/is-capitalism-compatible-with-democracy
    Nov 4, 2016 – Yanis Varoufakis proposes a provocative idea: democracy is not compatible with capitalism. He argues … Related TED Link: Yanis Varoufakis’s TED Bio.

  17. whateva next? 17

    I wonder if Winston will be starting to think about what sort of legacy he will leave behind? self serving, or hero of the people?

  18. joe90 18

    Spain ups the ante.

    The Spanish authorities have moved to place all policing in Catalonia under central control to stop the disputed independence referendum on 1 October.

    Col Diego Pérez de los Cobos has been put in charge of Catalan and central police forces in the autonomous region.

    The order was justified as a way to achieve better co-ordination. But the Catalan authorities rejected it, saying it was an unacceptable interference.

    Thousands of extra police are being sent to the region to block the vote.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41373977

    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/09/this-is-how-civil-wars-start.html

  19. Ed 19

    Heather du Plessis-Allan admires liars.
    we need a better media.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11925611

  20. Cinny 20

    So now election night has passed it’s time for media to stop speculating on outcomes, instead, they could do some investigative journalism on a number of important matters that need addressing.

    Cause let’s face it, media following around Winnie and the other leaders asking who they are going with is just gossip chasing.

    PS Congratulations to the opposition parties of NZ, looking forward to the results of the specials. MMP 😀

    • Ed 20.1

      This is something that needs to be investigated.
      Has the National Party become a puppet of the Chinese government?

      ‘According to Brady, New Zealand underestimates its importance to China, mistakenly thinking it’s just a small player at the bottom of the world.

      “First, the New Zealand government is responsible for the defence and foreign affairs of three other territories in the South Pacific: Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau — which potentially means four votes for China at international organisations. New Zealand is a claimant state in Antarctica and one of the closest access points there; China has a long-term strategic agenda in Antarctica that will require the cooperation of established Antarctic states such as New Zealand. New Zealand has cheap arable land and a sparse population and China is seeking to access foreign arable land to improve its food safety. New Zealand now supplies 24 percent of China’s foreign milk, and China is the biggest foreign investor in New Zealand’s dairy sector”.’

      https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/09/18/48616/expert-calls-for-inquiry-into-chinese-threat

  21. Ed 21

    Labour will only win the argument when it gains some courage, like it is in the UK…..

    Taking on big business.

    ‘Labour has accused big business leaders of “siphoning away” taxpayers’ money into their own pockets, leaving young British people without the future prospects they deserve.’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-conference-jeremy-corbyn-barry-gardiner-business-siphoning-piles-of-cash-a7963841.html

  22. eco maori 22

    Well that was fun my son and I just changed cv joint in my his truck and I missed the fight I heard Joseph won big upps to him and hjs team I will watch the fight now It has been great reading all your post and I have learned a lot from my fellow bloggers I hope Winston will team up with Labour and the Greens all the best to everyone on thestandard.

    • eco maori 22.1

      One of my devices doesn’t have the Reply tab on it I’m worndering what’s up be cause I will be going to where there is only cell ph coverage !!!!!!!!!!

  23. adam 23

    If our brothers and sisters in the USA can start to organised together. Don’t you think we should. It is not enough to think politicians can actually change anything without external pressure from the outside.

    • eco maori 23.1

      To right adam we have to keep them honest I will still Be posting on the standard for a while It helps me keep my stress levels down especially when I see the Kiwi wit in Its Truest form on this site,

  24. greywarshark 24

    The latest sharp cut in the NZ environmental body –
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife/audio/201859578/tackling-red-needle-cast

    We need a sort of Blip’s list of the new exotic diseases and plants that continue to destroy our natural resource of being an island. Biosecurity can never stop this by being properly peopled and being thorough, they can only try and do their best.
    This flood of tourists are going to spread every known disease on the planet here and those companies will have to pay into a remedial fund.

  25. greywarshark 25

    Teaching excellence in the hard poverty area of one person in the Ted Talk on Radionz. ‘The majority of my students don’t feel loved. That’s why the Principal says that if nobody loves you today, I tell you I do to the kids. That and a system of acceptable behaviour that is non-negotiable has resulted in her being respected – and loved. Listen to:
    Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

    My slogan, what we need today is – kindness and practicality.

    Radio New Zealand
    about 1 hour ago
    Rethinking School – 24 September
    From TED Radio Hour, about 1 hour ago

    For most of modern history, humans have placed smaller humans in institutions called schools. But what parts of this model still work? And what must change? This hour, TED speakers rethink education.

    Tyler DeWitt: How Do We Get Kids Hooked On Science?
    Andreas Schleicher: What Are The Keys To A Successful Education System?
    Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?
    Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

    A good idea that ed biz can try. Get your students to do their classwork on the internet, the educator found that youtube was good. When they come to school the teacher can tutor them, answer their questions, give them one on one when needed. The youngsters seem to learn better out of the noise and stress of the classroom, and come to school with the thinking done and questions ready about problems. That came from Can technology help,,,,,

  26. Andre 26

    My gravatar has gone weird. It’s kind of doing a “kilroy was here” with just the top little bit of it peeking out over a blank space instead of a full square. Does it look like that on other people’s machines? Everyone else’s gravatar is displaying normally on my machine.

  27. Bill Drees 27

    NZ Passport recipient, the billionaire Peter Thiel, of Facebook’s board, was an advisor to the Trump campaign, and Facebook’s collusion with Russian funders of fake news advertisements is now front and center in the Trump Russia story.

  28. Eco maori 28

    Well Isn’t he one of keys bills M8 there a lot of questions to be asked on that subject we have had OUR ELECTION HACKED BUY HUME well we no from history that they have been doing that for years and than cry when someone returns the favor. We don’t need foreigners interfering in OUR ELECTION they are only have there interest which is money we need to look after OUR people.
    Good fight Joseph I’VE got some good advice for your camp but I will not put it out there as everyone else’s would no and that’s not wise.
    I’ve been trying to give up smoking for a few years now The longest I stopped was 2 weeks and that was because our fishing trip took 3 weeks longer and we ran out it’s had to kick that habbet I see some one else has Given up big upps to Winston for kicking the habbit .I wonder if the there going to step up the intimated today!!!!!😊😊😊😊😊😊

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    2 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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    3 days ago
  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
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    3 days ago
  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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    3 days ago
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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    3 days ago
  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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    4 days ago
  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Parliament returns to a safe normal
    The special Epidemic Response Committee (ERC) has successfully concluded its role, Leader of the House Chris Hipkins said today. The committee was set up on 25 March by the agreement of Parliament to scrutinise the Government and its actions while keeping people safe during levels 4 and 3 of lockdown. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Foreign Minister makes four diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced four diplomatic appointments: New Zealand’s Ambassador to Belgium, High Commissioners to Nauru and Niue, and Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. “As the world seeks to manage and then recover from COVID-19, our diplomatic and trade networks are more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “The ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Bill to counter violent extremism online
    New Zealanders will be better protected from online harm through a Bill introduced to Parliament today, says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin. “The internet brings many benefits to society but can also be used as a weapon to spread harmful and illegal content and that is what this legislation targets,” ...
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    4 days ago
  • Mycoplasma bovis eradication reaches two year milestone in good shape
    New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is on track the latest technical data shows, says Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit ...
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    5 days ago
  • New payment to support Kiwis through COVID
    Further support for New Zealanders affected by 1-in-100 year global economic shock 12-week payment will support people searching for new work or retraining Work programme on employment insurance to support workers and businesses The Government today announced a new temporary payment to support New Zealanders who lose their jobs due ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF reset helps regional economies
    The Provincial Growth Fund will play a vital role in New Zealand’s post-COVID-19 recovery by creating jobs in shorter timeframes through at least $600 million being refocused on projects with more immediate economic benefits, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The funding is comprised of repurposed Provincial Growth ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents
    Government exempts some home improvements from costly consents Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker ...
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    7 days ago
  • Concern at introduction of national security legislation for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has reacted with concern at the introduction of legislation in China’s National People’s Congress relating to national security in Hong Kong.  “We have a strong interest in seeing confidence maintained in the ‘one country, two systems’ principle under which Hong ...
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    1 week ago
  • Samoa Language Week theme is perfect for the post-COVID-19 journey
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, says the theme for the 2020 Samoa Language Week is a perfect fit for helping our Pacific communities cope with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, and to prepare now for the journey ahead as New Zealand focuses on recovery plans and rebuilding New ...
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    1 week ago
  • Adult kakī/black stilt numbers soar
    A nearly 40-year programme to protect one of New Zealand’s most critically endangered birds is paying off, with a record number of adult kakī/black stilt recently recorded living in the wild, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. “Thanks to the team effort involved in the Department of Conservation’s ...
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato-Tainui settlement story launched on 25th anniversary of Treaty signing
    The story of the Waikato-Tainui Treaty process and its enduring impact on the community is being told with a five-part web story launched today on the 25th anniversary of settlement, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “I am grateful to Waikato-Tainui for allowing us to help capture ...
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    1 week ago
  • Taita College to benefit from $32 million school redevelopment
    Taita College in the Hutt Valley will be redeveloped to upgrade its ageing classrooms and leaky roofs, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The work is long overdue and will make a lasting difference to the school for generations to come,” Chris Hipkins said. “Too many of our schools are ...
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    1 week ago
  • Redeployment for workers in hard-hit regions
    The Government is allocating $36.72 million to projects in regions hard hit economically by COVID-19 to keep people working, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Projects in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Rotorua and Queenstown will be funded from the Government’s $100 million worker ...
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    1 week ago
  • $35m to build financial resilience for New Zealanders
    A $35m boost to financial capability service providers funded by MSD will help New Zealanders manage their money better both day to day and through periods of financial difficulty, announced Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “It’s always been our position to increase support to key groups experiencing or at risk ...
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    1 week ago
  • New District Court Judge appointed
    Dunedin barrister Melinda Broek has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Rotorua, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Broek has iwi affiliations to Ngai Tai. She commenced her employment in 1996 with Scholefield Cockroft Lloyd in Invercargill specialising in family and ...
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    1 week ago
  • $206 million investment in upgrades at Ohakea Air Force Base
    The Coalition Government has approved a business case for $206 million in upgrades to critical infrastructure at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, with the first phase starting later this year, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. The investment will be made in three phases over five years, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Review of CAA organisational culture released
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today released the Ministry of Transport’s review of the organisational culture at the Civil Aviation Authority. Phil Twyford says all employees are entitled to a safe work environment. “I commissioned this independent review due to the concerns I had about the culture within the CAA, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Board appointed at Stats NZ
    Ensuring that Stats NZ’s direction and strategy best supports government policy decisions will be a key focus for a new Governance Advisory Board announced today by the Minister for Statistics, James Shaw. The new Governance Advisory Board will provide strategic advice to Stats NZ to ensure it is meeting New ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Principal Environment Judge
    Environment Judge David Kirkpatrick of Auckland has been appointed as the Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  Judge Kirkpatrick was appointed an Environment Judge in February 2014. From December 2013 to July 2016 he was Chair of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel. Prior to appointment he ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Digital connectivity boost for urban marae
    A programme to connect marae around the country to the internet has received $1.4 million to expand to include urban marae in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The funding for the Marae Connectivity Programme ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Govt increases assistance to drought-stricken Hawke’s Bay farmers
    The Government will provide $500,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Drought Relief Fund to help farmers facing one of the worst droughts in living memory, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Yesterday afternoon I received a letter from Hawke's Bay's five local Government leaders asking me to contribute to the Fund. ...
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    2 weeks ago