web analytics

Open mike 24/12/2015

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 24th, 2015 - 59 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

openmikeOpen mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

59 comments on “Open mike 24/12/2015”

  1. linda 1

    the court recognized Hager as a journalist so your comment is worthless.
    but slater ,slander and defamation for hire was ruled a scum bag so is fucken john key worthless bog shit of human

    [lprent: Please learn to use the reply button. It is like when you learnt as a child to use the flush on the toilet after defecating.. Not essential, but makes life a whole lot easier for those who come afterwards. ]

  2. Morrissey 2

    Great Moments in Broadcasting No. 1
    Larry “Lackwit” Williams: Paraguay will throw the NZ game

    NewstalkZB, Monday 21 June 2010
    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/nz.general/j2Av7lSIlV8

    It’s always awe-inspiring to behold great minds when they start to cogitate. Especially when they start to cogitate on things about which they know nothing.

    Longtime sufferers of NewstalkZB will be well aware of the credulity and general dopiness of drivetime host Larry “Lackwit” Williams, a mouthy, bitter former traffic cop. Anyone who has cared enough to listen in to his dire show will be well aware of Williams’ almost complete ignorance of everything and anything he discusses.

    Today, however, Williams managed to plumb even greater depths of abysmal stupidity. In his daily two-minute sports chat with Murray Deaker, at 5:45 p.m., Williams proffered a carefully considered prediction for Friday morning’s World Cup game between NZ and Paraguay.

    The Paraguay team, he told Deaker, “will probably throw this game, so that they and New Zealand qualify, at the expense of Italy.”

    BRILLIANT! Not one other soccer commentator in the entire world had thought it through with such clarity.

    Deaker, of course, agreed with Williams. The fact that Paraguay would not progress to the next round if they threw the game and Italy beat Slovakia just did not occur to Deaker, as it obviously never did to Williams.

    Happily, as Deaker revealed on his sports show an hour or so later, dozens of astonished listeners rang in to point out the slight mistake in Williams’ otherwise brilliant calculations.

    I’ve said it many, many times and I’ve said it again: with broadcasters of the calibre of Larry “Lackwit” Williams and Murray Deaker on board, why on earth would anyone suggest that NewstalkZB is a factory of drivel and idiocy?

    NewstalkZB. Tune Your Mind.

    “Paraguay will throw the NZ game.” You KNOW it makes sense.

  3. Chooky 3

    ‘Syrian conundrum’

    https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/326846-syrian-civil-war-washington/

    “Belatedly it would seem even Washington thinks it is time to end the Syrian Civil War. But does it have the power to do so? After years of miscalculation and misguided policies Washington appears powerless to influence its allies and friends in the region.
    CrossTalking with Bradley Blakeman, Scott Rickard, and James Jatras.”

    • aerobubble 3.1

      Russia made a very good argument that it was on the front line, having also a large Muslim pop. And so it could be argued that the failure of the EU resulting in the mass migration of Syrians could have be averted. Just imagine, the eu including Russia.

      So no surprise that the EU is reestablishing Turkey entry to the EU, moving the EU border to a more sustainable and operational position. Since Putin does not want to be European Turkey should be.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 4

    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/the-most-profitable-work-will-be.html

    A discussion of how profitable work will be automated (and therefore make companies involved wealthier), while workers will either take less profitable tasks or be unemployed.

    • Kevin 4.1

      When automation is replacing jobs at supermarkets and fast food outlets, then you know the rest of us are fucked. It’s just a case of when, not if.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        That’s one of the reasons why we need to change the system.

        • Stuart Munro 4.1.1.1

          Fastest way to change the system is to cut out the supermarkets. When they were new, they used to compete on price, but having eliminated the local grocers they no longer do that. Local food coops & more distributed local production would create viable jobs within communities – and not deskilled jobs like checkout packers either.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.2

        Only if it results in long term structural unemployment in a way no invention ever has.

        • Naturesong 4.1.2.1

          We currently have long term structural unemployment.

          It’s what we have chosen to do as a society in response to changing technologies that have vastly increased our productivity in recent decades.

          There are alternatives.
          But I suspect that we’ll have to wait for the generations who believe that poverty and unemployment are the result of moral deficiency to die off first.

          • Macro 4.1.2.1.1

            But I suspect that we’ll have to wait for the generations who believe that poverty and unemployment are the result of moral deficiency to die off first.

            I fear you may be right…
            But an even worse fear is that their offspring will inherit the same misconceptions. I fear for the generations of NZers who have grown up under the “mean and lean” economic system of Douglas, Richardson, et al. They have no understanding of what NZ used to be like with almost full employment, a standard of living unequaled, free health, free education even at tertiary level, living wages for even the most menial task, and where every worker was as good as his boss.

            • Naturesong 4.1.2.1.1.1

              The “poverty as a moral failing” is an idea that seemed more explicit when I was growing up. I thought it was a legacy from the parsimonious Anglicanism that was prevalent when NZ was colonised.

              These days I see the argument most commonly dressed up as “Smokes, iPhones and Sky”.

          • Incognito 4.1.2.1.2

            Employment and unemployment (both classical and structural) are two sides of the same coin; the one cannot exist without the other. This ‘coin’ [no pun] forms the central pillar of our culture as well as our society. Everything is centred on employment or “work”. Money must be earned (or borrowed) to pay the bills, to afford a roof over your head (whether owning or renting), to pay for schooling, holidays, gadgets, etc. However, a job also provides social status (low or high, regardless) and respect, a place and opportunity for social interactions. In short: laboro ergo sum. Think Maslow’s pyramid symbolising the hierarchy of needs.

            We are indoctrinated from a young age that we have to provide (for our family and for our society, through taxes) and become economically-productive law-abiding citizens. To give us all a good/better start on the “career ladder” we are encouraged to send our children to ECE, good/the best (?) schools, and preferably attain a tertiary qualification or two (with a nice grand student debt!). In fact, by law our children must attend a school/schooling for 10 years.

            For some it is work to live and for others the motto is more live to work but for both the so-called work-life balance is crucial it seems. It is clear that work and life are pretty much inextricably linked together.

            With the globalisation of the workforce and rapid technological changes it has become harder and harder to find secure employment, a meaningful job, or enough hours/pay to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ or just to make ends meet. We used to be able to look forward to a semi-comfortable retirement, the “golden years”, but no more. We now have to work longer and harder to build a “nest egg” and we are not even assured of decent provisions for when the inevitable age-related health issues occur; with a lot of luck we might get to enjoy a few twilight years in reasonable health and then leave this plane for ‘a brighter future’ or the shadowy path of oblivion.

            Given all this, and much, much more, it is hard to imagine a society that does not evolve around employment as the major part of people’s lives, as their raison d’être. Surely, there is more to The Human Condition than can be summed up by laboro ergo sum? It is hard to see an alternative that allows maintaining and evolving a complex and (technologically) advanced society with the seemingly inevitable division of labour. But I think we are dire need of an alternative given the issues with (structural) unemployment, poverty, inequality, raping & pillaging of the environment, and many other negative outcomes of the current model.

            Apologies for the long comment; I wish you all a safe and joyful Christmas filled with whatever tickles your fancy.

            • Draco T Bastard 4.1.2.1.2.1

              +1

            • Anne 4.1.2.1.2.2

              Thank-you for your words of wisdom Incognito. Your comment is worthy of a guest post!

              I wish you all a safe and joyful Christmas filled with whatever tickles your fancy.

              And the same to you.

            • veutoviper 4.1.2.1.2.3

              Excellent comment, Incognito.

              In fact it would make a wonderful post here for discussion.

              Calling Bill or any other moderator on duty ……

              EDIT – I see Anne also thinks it is worthy of a guest post.

              • Ian

                When I was a little kid, I saw this person put their finger through a flame, I was amazed that this person didn’t get burnt. This person told me to try it, I knew ‘I was’ going to get burnt, but I did it anyway, and my finger went right through that flame, and I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t get burnt, at all.

    • DH 4.2

      This is where Labour long ago lost the plot as far as the worker is concerned. We should all be working 30-35 hour weeks now, for the same income as 40hrs used to pay.

      We only need to think about that for a while to see where it’s all gone wrong. Work isn’t a constant, there’s no particular reason why we must work an 8 hr day or 40hr week etc. Automation has reduced the time we need to spend at work and we’re not taking advantage of it.

      Cut the working week from 40 to 30hrs and you’d effectively increase the number of jobs by 25%.

  5. Today David Farrar in the year’s big non-surprise sets out why he is such an even- handed unbiased commentator.

    Analogy

    Timmy kills the family cat, guts it and throws the entrails all over the lounge and paints the walls with blood.

    David says, “Timmy, go to your room and don’t come out for fifteen minutes. Fifteen long, long minutes.”

    Albert comes home and leaves his schoolbag in the kitchen.

    David says, “Albert, you’re a dirty, disgusting, filthy, lowdown thick boy. I am grounding you for five months and I want back that skateboard I gave you for your birthday. You are also not getting any Christmas presents this year.”

    David says “See, I treat my kids the same. If anything I’m a bit harsh on Timmy. He did something a little bit wrong and got fifteen punishments, Albert did something terrible and only got seven punishments.”

  6. Lucy 6

    Has anyone been to the Victoria Crone website http://vic4mayor.nz/ – she was CE of an internet based accounting company and presumably was given a hand from her employees to set up her site – I don’t think they liked her much – the site has 9 warnings and 7 errors when using the W3C validation. Within the blog at least half of the links are broken or point to the wrong page. I didn’t have much faith in Xero before but seeing the quality of work being produced for their mayoral candidate makes me wonder about their base product.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      In the latest 2015 Annual Report, council staff costs are now up to $792m per annum. This is hundreds of millions above where it was supposed to be.

      You have to laugh at the cognitive dissonance. By whom was it “supposed”, exactly…? Reality’s Liberal bias strikes again.

    • Magisterium 6.2

      Has anyone been to the Victoria Crone website http://vic4mayor.nz/ – she was CE of an internet based accounting company and presumably was given a hand from her employees to set up her site – I don’t think they liked her much – the site has 9 warnings and 7 errors when using the W3C validation. Within the blog at least half of the links are broken or point to the wrong page. I didn’t have much faith in Xero before but seeing the quality of work being produced for their mayoral candidate makes me wonder about their base product.

      you need help

    • lprent 6.3

      Probably not xero or even xero employees.

      Much of the site is obviously hand written HTML, and the blog has all of the appearance of being someone’s simple CMS done by a non-programmer who has done a minimal semi-static system. Just as a point about style and why I say that, the site has human readable HTML/CSS/JS. It is imperfect enough to know that it wasn’t generated as being human readable through a beautify.

      Xero generate their sites dynamically, they don’t build them as semi-static. They certainly aren’t meant to be human readable, athough they do tend to pump them through beautifiers when they have static pages. They either look more like what our site does when you look at their generated code (except either less human readable) or they look inhumanly beautify scripted. Depending where you look.

      Plus there are no generation signatures in the pages.

      I’d say that it is either simple generation or hand written adaptation from a web designer to get the look and feel right. Most likely either an amateur or a graphic designer. Very unlikely in my opinion to be anyone from xero.

    • Sacha 6.4

      “presumably was given a hand from her employees to set up her site”

      Very much doubt it.

  7. acrophobic 7

    No, name suppression has been around for decades. Your paranoia is showing.

    [lprent: The Reply button has been available on this site for a long time as well. Please try not to be a dickhead, if you can’t use the reply button, then at least attempt to indicate who you are talking to.

    Makes me feel like I’m lecturing a small child about potty training. ]

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    U.S. Senate bill bans microbeads that accumulate in Lake Erie, threatening people, fish

    ASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate on Friday passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman and co-sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown that would ban the sale of cosmetics that contain tiny plastic particles known as microbeads.

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this month. It now heads to the desk of President Obama, whose signature is required for passage as law.

    Microbeads are found in more than 100 varieties of soaps, facial scrubs and toothpastes, as well as other common personal-care and beauty products.

    Does anyone know what our government is doing about this pollution?

  9. johnm 9

    NZ Labour leader calls for “troops on the ground” to fight ISIS

    ” During an official visit to Washington last week, New Zealand Labour Party leader Andrew Little said Labour would support sending elite Special Air Services (SAS) troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS “if the right conditions were met.”

    Little was in Washington on a formal visit as parliamentary opposition leader, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He met officials from the Pentagon and State Department, as well as representatives on Capitol Hill. The main subjects of discussion were listed as international security and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, reached in October among 12 countries, including the US and New Zealand. ”

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/12/23/nzwa-d23.html

    ” ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya committed an epic crime against humanity. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS is the mutation of a western state terror dispensed by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great remove in distance and culture. Their culpability is unmentionable in “our” societies, making accomplices of those who suppress this critical truth. ” John Pilger

    The U$ created ISIS, now they want NZ to help them kill off this Frankenstein Monster of theirs!

  10. weka 10

    Anyone else still getting very slow load times on ts?

    • mary_a 10.1

      @ weka – Quite regularly the load times for TS are slow and ploddy here.

    • Kevin 10.2

      Always. I just make use of the down-time now.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      It’s been taking a TS page about 30 seconds to load here. Been like it for weeks.

      • lprent 10.3.1

        Not sure why. But tell me if it is mobile or desktop.

        It seems to be periodic, as in when I’m testing I don’t see it. But I see it occasionally when I’m running around and can’t track it down because I don’t have time.

        There was a distinct slowdown when I put the tabs back on, and I do have a probable fix for that.

        I think that there is something in the caching (ie not caching) of the mobile version. I certainly saw it this morning.

        But by the look of the logs of failed hack attempts, I think that a lot of it is just the usual pre-xmas rush of bots towards any system that could carry spam. I have 348 failed login lockouts since yesterday, and the automatically discarded comments is rising pretty fast as well.

        • weka 10.3.1.1

          It’s pretty consistent for me. I’m on a laptop mostly but I notice it on the mobile as well although I think the mobile is more intermittent.

          btw, the issue of the comments loading a new page instead of dropping to the comment on the same page happens on the mobile as well as the laptop.

        • Draco T Bastard 10.3.1.2

          Desktop and it happens most of the time. It’s only occasionally that I get a fast page load.

          I’m using Firefox on Win10.

        • mary_a 10.3.1.3

          @ lprent – it’s slow on my laptop. But downright pathetic on my iPad, when sometimes I give up! Frustrating!

  11. BlueSky 11

    Hi all. Interesting article. I read more than I comment but have been informed this year by the comments.

    http://inequality.org/inequality-corrupts-success/

    Best point.

    ‘as everyone’s duty to contribute their fair share to the provision of public goods, it’s more fair to tax passive ownership than productive labor.

    – See more at: http://inequality.org/inequality-corrupts-success/#sthash.py5h5zvG.dpuf

    Be great to see a party with policies that support capital tax over income tax as a means of revenue.

  12. Gangnam Style 12

    “Martin Luther King Jr. was right when he said ‘this country has socialism for the rich & rugged individualism for the poor'” – Bernie Sanders, could apply here too

  13. Rosemary McDonald 13

    Jim Mora and his cackle of gormless joygerms are hohohoing on the afternoon giggle session on Natrad at the moment.

    One would think that this person….

    “[I was here] at 5am last year. I came here at 3am today and I’ve been waiting ever since. I’m number 121 and I’m still waiting. I think everyone waits.
    Paula Edwards”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11565492

    is a figment if our imagination.

    Smug, self congratulatory, soulless prats.

    • Paul 13.1

      Started listening.
      Switched off.

      Mora’s show epitomises what is wrong with this country.

    • repateet 13.2

      Did I hear they were on the roof of some building? That being the case did the wind pick up some air-head and blow them off? e.g. Michelle Boag?

      (Asked in the spirit of joking and the fun of Christmas of course. Michelle would understand, them being the party of great senses of humour and all.)

      • Wensleydale 13.2.1

        Sadly, Boag wouldn’t plummet to her doom. She’d simply fly off on her broomstick, cackling like the malevolent crone she is.

    • Rosemary McDonald 13.3

      I am told that after I left the room in tears, and just before I returned with an axe to permanently remove the temptation to EVER punish myself with the Mora moron hour again, there was one of the guests did a brilliant ranty thing about utu.

      Bugger. Missed it.

      Perhaps a dedicated media type could edit the shows and put together a recording of just the listenable bits?

  14. philj 14

    Heard Mora of the program than I could bare. A couple of guests did take issue with the state of our country, and the government. JM tactfully made light of any serious criticism. Hohoho. A lot of fluff and light hearted. Just what RNZ has largely become. Starved of funds the standard of a quality state broadcaster is heading the way of TVNZ…. Tragic.

  15. freedom 15

    been a tough year for many
    too swift a profit for too few

    a stranglehold reality
    each choice a point of view

    democracy diminishing
    must’ve missed the memo

    a flag a folly a trial a cup
    no joke too far or shallow

    a subtle incremental loss
    of what this country was

    for gain and grandeur rivers die
    and children live for what

    for now the yuletide rises
    and people share the love

    forget the wrongs
    enjoy the songs
    your best will be enough

  16. Cameron Slater sneers at the Labour Party asking for money and the way they’re going about it. Well now, does he have personal experience at seeking funding and exploring all methods great and small?

  17. This is what you’ll get when you mess with us.

  18. the weatherman 18

    Love your work, Thom.

  19. richard 19

    Hi lprent;

    just wondering if you’re still claiming to run this Amazon hosted site off your kitchen computer?

    Happy new year.

    • lprent 19.1

      You are probably looking at the CDN. That runs off cloudfront service at Amazon web services.

      Or the route 53 DNS from AWS

      This is the net. It is connected… dimwit.

      I also use S3 for encrypted backups plus several other services.

      I spread the system where I get the best value for a limited budget. As a cost of the EC2 and RDS are too high, those are on a local server.

  20. Richard 20

    No I was purely looking at the source code. Of course there is an Amazon address for this site too, you don’t have to come to it by the web address standard.org.nz. As I said it is Amazon hosted not kitchen hosted. I suspect that it also has paid content as well but that’s just a suspicion (or maybe not).

    It’s about time that a rethink was done, allowing a rude host to insult all and sundry is not a great look. Just because National does it with the godawful Slater doesn’t mean that it should be copied by .

    Cheers.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New grants for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
    Heritage buildings throughout New Zealand will benefit from the $1.1 million in Heritage EQUIP funding grants announced today. “These grants for seismic strengthening projects help private building owners get the advice they need to start building work or to get the work completed,” Grant Robertson says. “Timaru’s Grosvenor Hotel has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next level results for game development industry
    A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More than 70 marae online through PGF
    Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, is among more than 70 marae now connected to broadband internet thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund’s marae connectivity scheme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. In February 2019, the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) allocated $21 million to connect rural towns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports West Coast connectivity
    The West Coast has had a funding injection of over $1.2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika today.  The PGF projects announced are:  $800,000 to Development West Coast for a Grey District Regional Digital Hub ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Southland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has declared an adverse event for the Southland and Otago regions, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “Widespread flooding has resulted in severe disruption, with many people evacuated from their homes and many farms being affected by flood waters. It’s putting pressure on our farmers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM announces public funeral service for Mike Moore
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a funeral service for former Labour Prime Minister the Rt Hon Mike Moore, ONZ, AO. A public service will be held on Friday 14 February at 2pm at Dilworth School senior campus, 2 Erin Street, Epsom, Auckland. “The service will be a celebration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Low unemployment shows economy in good shape
    Today’s news of low unemployment, rising wages and record numbers of Maori in work shows the economy is in good shape and that the Government is delivering better outcomes across New Zealand. “The Coalition Government has overseen a strong economy. Our investments in infrastructure, our focus on lifting wages of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha 9.30am, 5 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Support for crayfish industry after disruptions
    The government has agreed to help crayfish exporters to minimise the impact of trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. Between 150 and 180 tonnes of live rock lobster are currently held in New Zealand in pots and tanks, at sea and on land, after export orders were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Rural Communities Minister visits Southland flooding response
    Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor is travelling to Southland today. The region is in a state of local emergency following widespread flooding. “I’m heading down there to support response and recovery efforts and meet with the locals”, he said. “A lot of people have been evacuated from their homes, have suffered ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori armed forces honoured at new Waitangi museum
    Te Rau Aroha, a new museum at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, acknowledges the duty and sacrifice of Māori who served in New Zealand’s armed forces, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The museum, whose construction was funded by the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), was officially opened today at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Recognising more of New Zealand’s Top Scholars
    More top-performing students can now be recognised with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious secondary school awards, in changes announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today. “Changes to New Zealand Scholarship awards will allow more young people to be acknowledged for their significant academic achievements,” Chris Hipkins said. “Up to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s 2020 Waitangi speech
    E nga iwi e pae nei ki runga o Waitangi Karanga mai, mihi mai. Nga aitua o te tau kua hipa, koutou e Ta Hek, e Pita, e Piri, e Mike, Koutou Katoa, Harae atu ra. Tenei te Whakarongo atu nei ki nga kupu korero. Kei aku rangatira e hui ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Diplomatic Corps
    ***Check against delivery*** Tēnā koutou katoa. Acknowledgements to the many Heads of Mission gathered this evening. It is good to see so many nations represented here to share in this 180th commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Welcome, especially to those for whom this is your first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Waitangi Whaikōrero 2020
    It was on these very grounds in February 1940, 100 years on from the signing of Te Tiriti, that Sir Āpirana Ngata gave a call for participation He spoke of the “price of citizenship” for Māori as the 28th Māori Battalion prepared to go to war just 3 months later. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago