Open mike 25/02/2024

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  1. gsays 1

    I am curious if any of y'all here think Aotearoa buying bitumen from overseas is a step forward, a good idea?

    Just been looking at an article about Marsden Point and found NZ First have gotten an investigation into reopening the refinery. Resilience has been cited.

    Refinery closes, badda bing badda boom, Cyclone Gabriel hits.

    From a NZ First petition- "“The devastation brought on by Cyclone Gabriella is immense. New Zealand is now in desperate need of bitumen for the lengthy and expensive roading rebuild – a quality product which Marsden Point was once producing for us locally until it was shut down."

    Now, I get that Peters and Jones aren't everyone's cup of tea. This is part of NZF policy that is supportable.

    Neo-liberalism failure yet again, unless it is working exactly as it should…

    • Matiri 1.1

      New Zealand has been buying all bitumen from overseas since early 2021 – more money in it.

      • Graeme 1.1.1

        Sourcing bitumen from a wider market should allow us to get a product that is more suitable to our needs. Marsden Pt was very limited in what crude it could process, and the properties of the crud that comes out the bottom (bitumen) is governed to a large extent by the crude that goes in. It can be modified to an extent with additives, but you'd get a much better product if you started with something more suitable. Not an issue in some applications, but in some parts of NZ roading concerns struggled to build adequate roads with Marsden Pt bitumen.

        Outcome will depend on whether NZTA sources on performance or price.

    • weka 1.2

      Closing Marsden Point was daft.

      There's nothing resilient about a policy that is centred in everyone that can afford it having a car or two. Is NZF's resiliency a climate denying adaptation position? Resiliency washing.

      Resiliency would look like this:

      • baseline relocalisation of as many systems as we can especially food production and work.
      • rebuild neighbourhoods so many things are within walking/biking/PT distance
      • make those neighbourhoods desirable
      • use sustainability design eg each element serves multiple functions (this is how you build resiliency into systems) eg relocalising food production reduces GHGs, provides jobs, fresher and healthier food, less miles

      The things I have named reduce miles. Less mills travelled = less road maintenance = less bitumen used.

      I'm guessing that that is against NZF policy, which would see expansion of the bitumen sector as a good thing.

      • Graeme 1.2.1

        You can also say that persevering with Marsden Pt was just as daft.

        We would have then been locked in to using the capacity of the refinery for the rest of it's life, and with completely wrong market signals once consumption dropped below refinery capacity, and the owners had to dump excess fuel into the market at reduced prices.

        Without having to keep the Marsden Pt refinery operating we can source fuel to match a reducing demand.

        • weka

          I suspect your position is predicated on the idea that we will always have access to overseas supplies. What if there is a GCF or war or other event that means we don't?

          Your argument is primarily economic right?

          • joe90

            that we will always have access to overseas supplies.

            We relied on access to imported crude.

            • weka

              that doesn't answer my question though. What could we do in these two scenarios?

              1. no supply of crude and no refinery
              2. no supply of crude and a functioning refinery (can we mine our own crude?)
              • joe90

                Our crudes are unsuitable for transport fuels, so we export them.

                And if we could refine them into transport fuels, our proven reserves amount to little more than a years worth of consumption.

              • KJT

                We do produce our own crude. I was out there drilling for it.

                Not in enough quantity for the grades we need. We do produce enough for lube oils and maybe making composites?

                Resilience, and sustainability means transitioning to renewables, so we are not dependant on oil for energy in the amounts we currently use.

                Wasting money on keeping oil infrastructure going, means less for renewables.

                • weka

                  Resilience, and sustainability means transitioning to renewables, so we are not dependant on oil for energy in the amounts we currently use.

                  Yes, and that requires faith in two things:

                  That we will transition to renewables

                  That transitioning to renewables without powering down will work.

                  • KJT

                    There is absolutely no doubt we will transition to renewables.

                    Either with a planned and staged transition, or, one forced by decreasing resources and and steadily more unliveable climate. Accompanied by wars and sociatal breakdown. Given the preponderance of anto-social AGW denialist nutters, like NZ, gaining power worldwide at present, the second is more likely

                    Unfortunately increases in energy efficiency are negated by rising population. And with vehicles, by increases in vehicle size. The total proportion of renewables has remained stubbornly about 10% since 1990. Mostly due to inertia and lack of investment by successive Governments.

                    Energy-Consumption-by-Fuel-Type-Sector-FS.pdf (

                    • weka

                      one forced by decreasing resources and and steadily more unliveable climate. Accompanied by wars and sociatal breakdown

                      that's definitely a transition, but it's not what most people mean when they say transition to renewables. If there are resource wars, GFC, societal breakdown, where will NZ be getting all its lithium from?

                      I don't think anyone has answered the question of what NZ would do if we lost our import supply of crude oil and we have no refinery. That's a transition too I guess

                  • KJT

                    If we lose our import supply of oil then having a refinery is irrelevant.

                    Whether we import oil to refine here, or import refined products, it is still subject to the same supply constraints.

                    BTW. Renewables are not dependant on lithium. It currently makes batteries more efficient, but you can have renewable, and even rather good batteries/ power supplies without it.

                    • weka

                      If we lose our import supply of oil then having a refinery is irrelevant.

                      How is it irrelevant?

                      Whether we import oil to refine here, or import refined products, it is still subject to the same supply constraints.

                      Of course, but the scenario is where we can't import crude or refined, but have domestic crude and a refinery or not. I don't know why this is so hard to address.

                    • KJT

                      W've addressed it.

                      We do not have sufficient local reserves of type or quantity for current consumption.

                      So we depend on imports!

                      Ergo. Whether it is refined here or offshore it is still imported.

                      Interposing an expensive and outdated refinery doesn't change the dependance on imported oil and oil companies.

                      We coul invest in drilling and new oil Wells which may extend our local reserves by a few more years. But still much cheaper to refine offshore rather than rebuilding the refinery. We could also invest in making buggy whips! History lesson for small business owners: Don’t be the last buggy whip maker | Succeeding in Small Business

                      The refinery was originally an attempt at import substitution. Keeping the expense of refining off our balance of trade. Which made sense 50 years ago. Until it was sold in the “great fire sale” in the 90’s which meant the oil companies who bought it, not NZ, benefited from the subsequent earnings.

                      Now. What makes sense is still import substitution. But with renewables which don't require billions per year paid to offshore oil producers.

                    • weka []

                      we’re really talking at cross purposes here. Your argument is based on us not tipping into collapse, and in that sense it makes sense.

                      My question, which in fact still hasn’t been answered, is what happens if there is no more overseas source of crude or refined and all we have is our own crude? If you say ‘but we don’t have enough oil locally to meet demand!’, well of course, just like we won’t have enough import if the global system collapses.

                      The point of keeping a refinery on shore isn’t to avoid or delay transition to renewables, it’s to hold one thread of resilience. Might not be a good thread to hold, but that argument hasn’t been made yet because you, Graeme and Ad are all arguing within the context of current economics, not early collapse scenarios. Which is why I keep the repeated the question.

                      NZ might get really lucky and we get a L/G/TPM government in 2026, and we get serious about transition. But it will have to include degrowth and powerdown soon because there is no way to transition fully to renewables any more. That window has passed.

              • Ad

                We will always have access to crude oil so far as I can tell.

                (I have a lot of big-state leftie sympathy for your view of Marsden Point).

                Even if our access to the refineries of Singapore, South Korea and Japan were shut down (say in the case of China invading Taiwan), we would still get it from Australia's refineries. It is Gull, BP and CALTEX that provide those sources already.

                International access doesn't seem to be forcing fuel substitution locally. For example despite massive growth in electricity production here over the last decade, Huntly's owner Genesis was quite happy to switch to brown Indonesian coal while our super-high-grade coking coal went to the Chinese and Thai steel mills.

                • weka

                  That's the BAU argument. Meanwhile, climate scientists and communicators, journalists, and transitioners are all pointing to collapse of civilisation if we don't drop GHGs fast. There's some chance that we will change voluntarily, but it's looking more likely that we will be forced into hard change. So yes, losing access to global supplies of crude oil is a scenario we should be considering, at least in our thinking.


            • gsays

              With that crude we were able to make diesel, jet fuel, petrol and fuel oil for ships.

              Also much needed bitumen for repairs.

              No matter which way you look at it we are now less resilient, and more reliant on the whims of the market and beholden to shareholders of shipping companies.

              • KJT

                The oil shocks showed that it was immeterial whether we imported oil in refined or crude form. The local production is exported to where ever the oil companies can make the most money for it.

                If there are shortages in markets that can pay more, what do you think is going to happen?

                • weka

                  If there are shortages in markets that can pay more, what do you think is going to happen?

                  the NZ economy collapses and we do a hard and fast transition to an agrarian economy large based on internal production?

                  What you and Graeme and Ad are arguing is economics. At some point in a collapse we have a choice between protecting the economy or protecting our ability to function as a nation state. What you are all saying is true, but what gsays and I are saying is true too. We're just talking about different stages of an unknown process.

                  • Michael P

                    "…a choice between protecting the economy or protecting our ability to function as a nation state…"

                    I don't see how there could be a choice between those two things? Aren't they both reliant on the other?

                    • weka

                      let me rephrase.

                      "…a choice between protecting the current BAU neoliberal economy or protecting our ability to function as a nation state…"

                      The economic system we use now isn't the only one, and it's certainly not prepared or useful for what is coming down the line with the polycrisis of climate/ecological collapse, resources depletion and war, social unrest.

                      But further, if the global economic system collapses, what do you think will happen to the NZ one? We won't have a choice about keeping teh current economic system, but we have choices now about transition, and future proofing (to the extent we can).

                  • KJT

                    The collapse of the global sytem will inivitably collapse NZ.

                    We have already seen how that works, in several worldwide depressions. We don't have the capacity to transition to an internal economy. Successive Governments of all stripes have demolished local capacity in favour of exporting milk powder. Muldoon was, in fact, the last Government to try and build future resiliance.

                    Even if we can feed ourselves, do you think neighbours with their huge populations and military, are going to let us be? How do you deal with millions of refugees from countries that no longer support life?

                    De coupling from the global system is not going to happen. Hell, we can't even de-couple from the economically disastrous reduction on taxes for the hugely wealthy. Global 'War on Fair Taxation' Has Slashed Taxes for Richest 1% by a Third (

                    The best thing for resiliance, as far as energy goes, is to separate ourselves from the global system of oil supply and rely on sustainable local sources.

                    It still needs a large degree of hope, that in the inevitable catastrophic failure of global climate, New Zealanders will be allowed to use our own resources. Resources that NACT will have already sold.

                • gsays

                  "If there are shortages in markets that can pay more, what do you think is going to happen?"

                  This is the problem with Aotearoa being a global market participant. Our viability as a society is at the whims of 'the market' and companies that have balance sheets that are way bigger than this nation's.

                  That is why we must pivot away from this Chicago School way of doing things.

          • Matiri

            We do not have the oil reserves to support our consumption – as Joe90 says we rely on imported crude. Reopening Marsden Point is not going to change that.


            • weka

              the world cannot afford our consumption, we are one of the countries well into overshoot. That's the not the issue, because we have to drop consumption anyway. The issue is what would happen if we lose access to imported crude. Can we mine our own crude but no longer have a way of refining it?

              All these debates (including I would guess NZF), revolve around the idea that civilisation is going to continue BAU. It's not.

              • KJT

                NZF has morphed into a party of idiots. Pandering to anti-vaccers, AGW deniers and other assorted fruit loops.

              • Ad

                That is pretty much our entire economy: we mine bulk stuff here and it gets processed elsewhere into a higher value commodity.

                Oil. Wood. Milk. Apples. Coal. People. Meat and fish. Wheat. Wool.

                • Robert Guyton

                  Apples aren't mined, they're harvested. In a woodland-style orchard-garden, apple trees need no inputs other than what settles upon them from the sky, across their whole lifecycle. Apple fruits are given generously and nothing is asked in return. The crop grows greater and greater every year. Sunlight, air, water, and a live medium to grow in, all free, is all that's required for this resource.

                  Pears and plums also, feijoa, fig, peach, apricot, quince, loquat, grape, mulberry, sweet chestnut, hazel, walnut; this is just the first few of a very long list 🙂

                  • Ad

                    They are barely value-added whether you call it mined or harvested, despite decades of breeding and exporting.

                    To all but the Lorax Loners, Localist Lifestylers and Deep Retreaters, an apple is a thing on a stack in a supermarket.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Yeah, thanks, Ad – ups to you!

                    • Education about food stories is important in changing attitudes.

                      Many of us still have memories of or access to sweet smelling fresh fruit. Food kms matter.

                      People once had your attitude to the car and walked in front of it at 5 miles an hour with a flag calling "car coming" so it did not scare the work horses.

                      Now we have to face that the age of the car needs a rethink, as it is a resource greedy thing which pollutes.

                      Local foods and 15 minute cities are on the planning board, pity our cities have such dinosaurs as mayors.

                    • Drowsy M. Kram

                      To all but the Lorax Loners, Localist Lifestylers and Deep Retreaters, an apple is a thing on a stack in a supermarket.

                      Imho, many LLs are more in touch with reality than the everyman.

                      At Eden Park today, the Black Caps needed 42 runs off the last over, but it's only a game – you win some, you lose some.

                      Global warming in the pipeline [2 Nov 2023]
                      Thus, equilibrium global warming for today’s GHGs is 10°C.

                      "The future is ‘less’ and that is terrifying to many."

                      As a species, we've had a good run – you win some, you lose some.

                    • weka

                      the apple as a thing on a supermarket shelf won't be a thing for very much longer in human terms if we don't transition.

                      eg frosts taking out the flowers/buds, extreme heat causing apple drop or making it impossible for workers to be in the orchard, high winds or floods damaging trees and apples, changes in insect populations.


                      Meanwhile, the regen farmers are ahead of the game in terms of adapting to variation in weather and climate.

                      Don't need value added to apple varieties that are grown for nutrition and health. The value is in what we eat, and how the land is tended where it grows.


          • Graeme

            No, not economic, but around having the flexibility to reduce petroleum use seamlessly to as low as possible.

            Maintaining Marsden Pt would mean we are locked into usage at the refinery's minimum capacity, then a sudden step to imports or zero. I see it better to make that adjustment as quickly as we can. Also the same situation is playing out in Australia and around the world where refinery capacity is being rationalised to fewer, larger refineries.

            The import risks would be similar for refined product or crude. But with both options we have a very sudden adjustment to make if there's any disruption.

        • Nic the NZer

          The government should nationalize these fossil fuel resources as soon as possible. When the time comes they will then be able to shut them down, where as leaving them in private sector hands is provoking a legal battle getting in the way of dis-establishing these industries.

          • Ad

            In 2012 we used 149,000 barrels of oil per day.

            By 2019 it peaked at 179,000 per day.

            It's now back to 2012 levels.

            Our local coal production is the lowest in 33 years. Our coal use continues to decrease – in part from large public subsidy and policy programmes.

            Your scale of state intervention isn't warranted.

      • KJT 1.2.2

        Keeping a too small, inefficient, long past it's use by date, refinery, running, is Daft!

        Nothing to do with resiliance as the oil, whether refined or not, is imported anyway.

        We should be transitioning to sustainable energy produced locally, not continuing to spend on oil imports with all the negatives of the fortune we spend propping up the oil industry, on our balance of trade.

        Net spending on oil is greater than our net dairy earnings. Replacing that with wind, hydro and solar will be a huge boost to our current account.

        Not to mention avoiding all the military spend on supporting US wars, over oil.

        Lastly, spending billions to keep oil infrastructure assets going which should be redundant in future, instead of spending on renewables goes against the AGW adaptation we need, which has had the can kicked down the road for too long already.

  2. SPC 2

    A fact not mentioned clearly in the concern of government about welfare of late, the 2022 drum beat about the need for opening the border to migrant workers in 2022 – because they were not available locally. The reluctance of employers to hire older workers.

    In 2022 the former Government

    launched an older workers employment action plan focussing on access to training and up-skilling for people aged 50 and over to ensure they can find jobs or stay in work.

    With 40% of long term jobseeker support recipients aged 50 to 64, the need is clearly there, and the plan aims to improve employment services so this age group feels more comfortable using them.

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    Oh dear! The Cooking Teachers Union is a scam!

    "The only problem for the three fledgling unions, all with strong ties to the anti-vax movement, is that there’s no Rachel Mangan, Ken Lawson or Howard Granger on the publicly-accessible registers of teachers, nurses and doctors in New Zealand.

    In fact, not one of the names listed on the “testimonials” page of the three unions’ websites shows up on those registers."

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    "The bravehearts drove on through the fields in the Corolla.

    They came across a bottom feeder sitting in the mud.

    “Please, M’Lud, a crust of bread is all I ask,” pleads the peon.

    “No, my good man. I am the King of Tough Love!”

    Replieth proud and pious Luxon the Aspirational.

    But the King is also a Just King and a Merciful one,

    And tosses the peon a pack of Marlboro Lights

    To stave off his hunger pangs."

    • weka 5.1

      and people wonder why women are so angry.

      At least the Guardian explained further down that they are a trans woman. That's an improvement I guess.

      • Visubversa 5.1.1

        Yes, that is how it goes. If the victim is trans – it is a national emergency – declared a "hate crime", vigils are held, new laws are demanded.

        If the perpetrator is trans – don't mention it. Well, on para 22 if you must. But you have to make sure that the first words (and the headline) are "woman" and "her".

  5. Phillip ure 6

    He is like an old soap ad..


  6. Phillip ure 8

    P-addiction solution:

    I have been out on the road/amongst the (true) precariat for about six years now..

    And one observation I would make is how fucked up so many gen xers seem to be…

    And it is largely down to alcohol..and 'p'..

    And it is p I am addressing here..

    And definitions: p is meth/speed..the most garbage/damaging of drugs..

    ( And while we are at it..'crack' here is not 'crack'..crack is cocaine put thru another chemical process…I have had habits on both of them…largely in other parts of the planet…)

    And I would like to present what I think is a viable option to help p-heads kick that crap..and to move them onto something much easier to kick..

    I think the treatment authorities should use prescribed cocaine much the same way they used methadone to help heroin addicts quit…

    For those people really wanting to quit..allow them to use cocaine to help them get thru the speed-withdrawals..(which can be really fucked ugly..if the literature on the matter is to be believed..)

    And I recommend using cocaine for this purpose largely from my own experiences .

    In that having been addicted to alcohol/heroin/ciggies/coke/crack..I have come up with my own withdrawal ranking list..

    I have heroin at 8.5.out of ten in difficulty…alcohol and ciggies at 4/10..

    And cocaine.?..cocaine struggles to reach 1/10 ..

    After using reasonably heroic amounts of the stuff…for a rather long time…(I used to mix it with my heroin..and ..after kicking that..still used coke)

    Anyway..I decided to kick it..and that was that..I just stopped..

    A couple of mildly restless nites sleep..and that was it..

    Compared to anything else cocaine is so easy to kick/stop using..

    This is why I would recommend cocaine be available to be prescribed to get them thru the hell of a stepping-stone..

    (Happy to answer any questions..

    Anyone got any better solutions..?)

    • Good on you for having the strength of will. That may be an answer for some.

    • Hunter Thompson II 8.2

      Sounds like that approach could be worth a try. The authorities could test its effectiveness, maybe?

      I just hope NZ doesn't follow the USA and Canada and get a wave of fentanyl, which is impossible to get off once you start on it. Apparently the dealers mix it in with heroin but don't tell their customers.

      • Phillip ure 8.2.1

        I think there has to be a change in mindset by the medical professionals…to treating cocaine just like any other medication..and using it for those purposes..

        It would be effective to help p-addicts..and would also be very effective for the aged/infirmed…

        and with/for the latter it would be delivering a better quality of life..when that is most needed..

        And what's wrong with that..?

  7. joe90 9

    A troubling* article, NYT freebie, about how girls are being promoted on social media by their parents.


  8. joe90 10

    Too little, too late.


    The United States on Friday restored its longstanding policy that settlements are inconsistent with international law, reversing a stance implemented by the former administration, hours after Israel announced a plan to advance the construction of thousands of new settlement homes in response to a terror shooting in the West Bank.

    “We’ve seen the reports and I have to say we’re disappointed in the announcement,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in response to a question on the matter during a press conference in Argentina.

    “It’s been long-standing US policy under Republican and Democratic administrations alike that new settlements are counterproductive to reaching an enduring peace.”

    • Grey Area 10.1

      "We’ve seen the reports and I have to say we’re disappointed in the announcement,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in response to a question on the matter during a press conference in Argentina.

      “It’s been long-standing US policy under Republican and Democratic administrations alike that new settlements are counterproductive to reaching an enduring peace.”

      The genocide-enabling USA make me want to puke. "Disappointed". Really?

      How about what you are doing is wrong on so many levels so fucking stop it or we will not supply you with any more weapons and you're on your own."

      Nah. It's just "counter-productive."

      The USA government should be despised as genocide enablers.

  9. joe90 11

    Because becoming more conservative as you age is about about getting richer. And millennials/gen z have never got richer because boomers grabbed the lot for themselves. It's not fucking rocket science.


    The Link between Age and Conservatism Is Breaking

    Millennials and Gen Z are not becoming more conservative as they age, as generations before them did. Why?


    Most polls show that Millennials and Gen Z are not becoming more conservative as they age, the way that Boomers and Gen X did before them. (NRO)

    • Phillip ure 11.1

      Dunno if you can blame the boomers…

      They only lived under the dictates of successive governments…and they are the ones who skewed the playing field so…

      Remove the boomers…and you still have the same political masters…doing the same shit..

      ..and the same poverty etc…

      Blame the politicians (of all stripes..)

      Don't scapegoat all over the boomers…

      • Obtrectator 11.1.1

        It only takes a few bastards in each generation to ensure things never really change for the better. Don't blame the entire generation.

  10. Ghostwhowalks 12

    How is things in Moscow ?

    [TheStandard: A moderator moved this comment to Open Mike as being off topic or irrelevant in the post it was made in. Be more careful in future.]

    [One month off for flaming – Incognito]

    [I have reduced your ban to two weeks because you apologised. Let this be a lesson for the future – Incognito]

  11. joe90 13

    Of course the coalition of chaos plans to allow the Seamounts of the Southwest Pacific to be vandalised.

    In the Southeast Pacific, off the coast of Chile, underwater mountains create a breathtaking deep-sea landscape where cold-water corals, intricate glass sponges, anemones, and a host of creatures that captivate the imagination are thriving. Nearly half of the animals living here exist nowhere else on Earth. Seamounts are oases for biodiversity; for the last month, an international team of scientists explored this understudied region in our global ocean. Data and imagery collected on the #SEPacificSeamounts expedition will help advance Chile’s effort to establish a high-seas marine protected area along the Nazca and Salas y Gómez Ridges.

    VALPARAISO, Chile – An international group of scientists, led by Dr. Javier Sellanes of the Universidad Católica del Norte, may have discovered more than 100 new species living on seamounts off the coast of Chile. The recent Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition resulted in identifying deep-sea corals, glass sponges, sea urchins, amphipods, squat lobsters, and other species likely new to science.

    [image resized – Incognito]

  12. Robert Guyton 14

    "police given extra powers to stop gang members congregating "

    So, freedom of association is gone, but freedom of speech is in; that's straightforward!

    • Obtrectator 14.1

      Those new laws are basically unenforceable. Mere window-dressing to keep the useful idiots happy.

  13. gsays 15

    There is a wry chuckle to be had considering the millions spent on the rebranding, so that we will use the name Woolworths.

    The rats in the Dunedin supermarket are at a Countdown.

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    New Zealand is contributing NZ$7 million to support communities affected by severe food insecurity and other urgent humanitarian needs in Ethiopia and Somalia, Foreign Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters announced today.   “Over 21 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Ethiopia, with a further 6.9 million people ...
    2 days ago
  • Arts Minister congratulates Mataaho Collective
    Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Paul Goldsmith is congratulating Mataaho Collective for winning the Golden Lion for best participant in the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale. "Congratulations to the Mataaho Collective for winning one of the world's most prestigious art prizes at the Venice Biennale.  “It is good ...
    3 days ago
  • Supporting better financial outcomes for Kiwis
    The Government is reforming financial services to improve access to home loans and other lending, and strengthen customer protections, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Andrew Bayly and Housing Minister Chris Bishop announced today. “Our coalition Government is committed to rebuilding the economy and making life simpler by cutting red tape. We are ...
    3 days ago
  • Trade relationship with China remains strong
    “China remains a strong commercial opportunity for Kiwi exporters as Chinese businesses and consumers continue to value our high-quality safe produce,” Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says.   Mr McClay has returned to New Zealand following visits to Beijing, Harbin and Shanghai where he met ministers, governors and mayors and engaged in trade and agricultural events with the New ...
    3 days ago
  • PM’s South East Asia mission does the business
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has completed a successful trip to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, deepening relationships and capitalising on opportunities. Mr Luxon was accompanied by a business delegation and says the choice of countries represents the priority the New Zealand Government places on South East Asia, and our relationships in ...
    4 days ago
  • $41m to support clean energy in South East Asia
    New Zealand is demonstrating its commitment to reducing global greenhouse emissions, and supporting clean energy transition in South East Asia, through a contribution of NZ$41 million (US$25 million) in climate finance to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-led Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM). Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts announced ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister releases Fast-track stakeholder list
    The Government is today releasing a list of organisations who received letters about the Fast-track applications process, says RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop. “Recently Ministers and agencies have received a series of OIA requests for a list of organisations to whom I wrote with information on applying to have a ...
    5 days ago
  • Judicial appointments announced
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    5 days ago
  • Education Minister heads to major teaching summit in Singapore
    Education Minister Erica Stanford will lead the New Zealand delegation at the 2024 International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) held in Singapore. The delegation includes representatives from the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) Te Wehengarua and the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa.  The summit is co-hosted ...
    5 days ago
  • Value of stopbank project proven during cyclone
    A stopbank upgrade project in Tairawhiti partly funded by the Government has increased flood resilience for around 7000ha of residential and horticultural land so far, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones today attended a dawn service in Gisborne to mark the end of the first stage of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Anzac commemorations, Türkiye relationship focus of visit
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will represent the Government at Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula next week and engage with senior representatives of the Turkish government in Istanbul.    “The Gallipoli campaign is a defining event in our history. It will be a privilege to share the occasion ...
    5 days ago
  • Minister to Europe for OECD meeting, Anzac Day
    Science, Innovation and Technology and Defence Minister Judith Collins will next week attend the OECD Science and Technology Ministerial conference in Paris and Anzac Day commemorations in Belgium. “Science, innovation and technology have a major role to play in rebuilding our economy and achieving better health, environmental and social outcomes ...
    5 days ago
  • Comprehensive Partnership the goal for NZ and the Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon held a bilateral meeting today with the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  The Prime Minister was accompanied by MP Paulo Garcia, the first Filipino to be elected to a legislature outside the Philippines. During today’s meeting, Prime Minister Luxon and President Marcos Jr discussed opportunities to ...
    6 days ago
  • Government commits $20m to Westport flood protection
    The Government has announced that $20 million in funding will be made available to Westport to fund much needed flood protection around the town. This measure will significantly improve the resilience of the community, says Local Government Minister Simeon Brown. “The Westport community has already been allocated almost $3 million ...
    6 days ago
  • Taupō takes pole position
    The Government is proud to support the first ever Repco Supercars Championship event in Taupō as up to 70,000 motorsport fans attend the Taupō International Motorsport Park this weekend, says Economic Development Minister Melissa Lee. “Anticipation for the ITM Taupō Super400 is huge, with tickets and accommodation selling out weeks ...
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for low-income homeowners
    Local Government Minister Simeon Brown has announced an increase to the Rates Rebate Scheme, putting money back into the pockets of low-income homeowners.  “The coalition Government is committed to bringing down the cost of living for New Zealanders. That includes targeted support for those Kiwis who are doing things tough, such ...
    6 days ago
  • Government backing mussel spat project
    The Coalition Government is investing in a project to boost survival rates of New Zealand mussels and grow the industry, Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones has announced. “This project seeks to increase the resilience of our mussels and significantly boost the sector’s productivity,” Mr Jones says. “The project - ...
    6 days ago
  • Government focused on getting people into work
    Benefit figures released today underscore the importance of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and have 50,000 fewer people on Jobseeker Support, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Benefit numbers are still significantly higher than when National was last in government, when there was about 70,000 fewer ...
    6 days ago
  • Clean energy key driver to reducing emissions
    The Government’s commitment to doubling New Zealand’s renewable energy capacity is backed by new data showing that clean energy has helped the country reach its lowest annual gross emissions since 1999, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990-2022) published today, shows gross emissions fell ...
    6 days ago
  • Earthquake-prone buildings review brought forward
    The Government is bringing the earthquake-prone building review forward, with work to start immediately, and extending the deadline for remediations by four years, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says. “Our Government is focused on rebuilding the economy. A key part of our plan is to cut red tape that ...
    6 days ago
  • Thailand and NZ to agree to Strategic Partnership
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and his Thai counterpart, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, have today agreed that New Zealand and the Kingdom of Thailand will upgrade the bilateral relationship to a Strategic Partnership by 2026. “New Zealand and Thailand have a lot to offer each other. We have a strong mutual desire to build ...
    7 days ago
  • Government consults on extending coastal permits for ports
    RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Transport Minister Simeon Brown have today announced the Coalition Government’s intention to extend port coastal permits for a further 20 years, providing port operators with certainty to continue their operations. “The introduction of the Resource Management Act in 1991 required ports to obtain coastal ...
    7 days ago
  • Inflation coming down, but more work to do
    Today’s announcement that inflation is down to 4 per cent is encouraging news for Kiwis, but there is more work to be done - underlining the importance of the Government’s plan to get the economy back on track, acting Finance Minister Chris Bishop says. “Inflation is now at 4 per ...
    1 week ago
  • School attendance restored as a priority in health advice
    Refreshed health guidance released today will help parents and schools make informed decisions about whether their child needs to be in school, addressing one of the key issues affecting school attendance, says Associate Education Minister David Seymour. In recent years, consistently across all school terms, short-term illness or medical reasons ...
    1 week ago
  • Unnecessary bureaucracy cut in oceans sector
    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is streamlining high-level oceans management while maintaining a focus on supporting the sector’s role in the export-led recovery of the economy. “I am working to realise the untapped potential of our fishing and aquaculture sector. To achieve that we need to be smarter with ...
    1 week ago
  • Patterson promoting NZ’s wool sector at International Congress
    Associate Agriculture Minister Mark Patterson is speaking at the International Wool Textile Organisation Congress in Adelaide, promoting New Zealand wool, and outlining the coalition Government’s support for the revitalisation the sector.    "New Zealand’s wool exports reached $400 million in the year to 30 June 2023, and the coalition Government ...
    1 week ago
  • Removing red tape to help early learners thrive
    The Government is making legislative changes to make it easier for new early learning services to be established, and for existing services to operate, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. The changes involve repealing the network approval provisions that apply when someone wants to establish a new early learning service, ...
    1 week ago
  • RMA changes to cut coal mining consent red tape
    Changes to the Resource Management Act will align consenting for coal mining to other forms of mining to reduce barriers that are holding back economic development, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “The inconsistent treatment of coal mining compared with other extractive activities is burdensome red tape that fails to acknowledge ...
    1 week ago
  • McClay reaffirms strong NZ-China trade relationship
    Trade, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Todd McClay has concluded productive discussions with ministerial counterparts in Beijing today, in support of the New Zealand-China trade and economic relationship. “My meeting with Commerce Minister Wang Wentao reaffirmed the complementary nature of the bilateral trade relationship, with our Free Trade Agreement at its ...
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon acknowledges legacy of Singapore Prime Minister Lee
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today paid tribute to Singapore’s outgoing Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.   Meeting in Singapore today immediately before Prime Minister Lee announced he was stepping down, Prime Minister Luxon warmly acknowledged his counterpart’s almost twenty years as leader, and the enduring legacy he has left for Singapore and South East ...
    1 week ago

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