web analytics

Open mike 25/05/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, May 25th, 2010 - 26 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

It’s open for discussing topics of interest, making announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose.

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

The usual good behaviour rules apply (see the link to Policy in the banner).

Step right up to the mike…

26 comments on “Open mike 25/05/2010”

  1. Jenny 1

    Reminder:

    Debate Is capitalism working?

    Wednesday, 26 May 2010
    7pm-9pm
    Library Basement Theatre B15
    Auckland University

    Unite on Campus and the AUSA International Affairs Officers host this debate, an ideological boxing match between New Zealand activists and personalities fighting over the question: “Is capitalism working?’

    Over the last few years the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression has decimated housing markets, toppled international finance companies and seen Governments in the USA and across Europe try and rescue banks at the cost of trillions of dollars. American Vice President Joe Biden describes the bank bailouts as “socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor’ and with general strikes and riots in Greece, the legitimacy of the free market system is in crisis.

    A red team consisting of

    Matt McCarten left-wing Herald on Sunday columnist and National Secretary of Unite union.
    Mike Treen Global Peace and Justice Auckland organiser.
    Maxine Gay from the National Distribution Union.

    A blue team, headed up by

    Matthew Hooton political commentator and former National Party speechwriter
    Fran O’Sullivan Senior Business Columnist, NZ Herald
    Nikki Kaye Auckland Central National MP

    Open to all students and the wider public. Refreshments provided afterwards.

    For more information, please contact Joe Carolan, Unite On Campus Co Ordinator-
    029 44 55 702 email: joseph@unite.org.nz 0800 2 UNITE

  2. Ron 2

    That really isn’t fsair on the Blue team to have Nikki Kaye in there

  3. 1 Million angry Aucklanders, 700,000 angry kiwibank Customers i would suggest have the real potential to bite National on the bum.

  4. Lazy Susan 4

    Granny Herald trumpets “Super City u-turn: People power wins”.

    As far as I can see from their “Main Changes” list most of these are window dressing. Laughable that ‘Aucklanders are in charge of their city, says select committee chairman’ and ‘Rodney Hide will consult mayors on CCO directors’ are listed as main changes. Select committee chairman being National MP and champion of democracy John Carter.

    Lots of ‘consultation’ in here but hardly the ‘sweeping changes’ that the Herald describes.

    I had been surprised how anti-Super City the Herald had been but now looks like a classic softening up operation.

    • Bored 4.1

      From here in the capital I look on with concern. Rodders the corporatist is given free rein by his mates in the Nats to do this to Auckland (and Canterbury). It strikes me that this government holds democratic principles in contempt. The whole concept of allowing the assets and services to a community to be run by an unelected (or accountable to an elected) person is one step short of fascism (the dreaded word had to come). And toallow that same appointee the power to make bye laws is disgusting.

      Here in Wellingon, and I know it is also being murmured elsewhere such as in Canterbury there are calls from local body leaders for “super cities”…they want them too. Its just a power grab, its dangerous and it self interested.

      What concerns me more is that the opposition parties have not loudly enough renounced this and set firm policy in place to renew local body democracy, to reverse the insidious crawl toward corporatism that begun with that paragon of right wing virtue Michael Bassett. Its time for devolution, not concentration of power.

      • Tigger 4.1.1

        The title of the Granny article is laughable. ‘Win’? More like ‘Fail’. They are ironically using Superman’s logo on the Supercity ‘Your Comments’ graphic – ironic because Superman stands for truth and justice, two things there have been precious little of during this process…

      • prism 4.1.2

        It seems that each time the Right get control now, they subvert democracy and the social system the country has worked for and I think, wants. They have been able to devise devilish methods to do this which fall under the comprehension of most because we don’t understand the long term effects. The previous Rogernomics move was seen as a revolution by those who could see the breadth of the changes.

        There is a corruption of NZ ideals and vision but because it does not involve money and regular bribery, citizens give good reports on our country’s standards to Transparency International surveys.

        The wealthy don’t care, they have their money and their certainty that looking after their interests is all important. That’s what they want from the government and expect it from Nats. The middle class like to connect with the rich and are aspirational to be in that group, so many don’t apply much criticism of Nats strategies. The poorer concentrate on managing and getting occasional concessions, like crumbs to the pigeons. But pigeons are sometimes called the rats of the sky. And wealthy Nats contain a large group whose attitudes towards human ‘strugglers’ is much the same.

        • Bored 4.1.2.1

          So right Prism, it was / is a revolution. You dont mention the biggest intentional misdeed of the lot, the diminution of the human spirit from individuals being active participants to consumers. Its all so ugly.

          One of the major reasons for the emergence of representative democracy during the twentieth century was that it allowed a framework for the resolution of class conflict by peaceful means as opposed to revolution or dictatorship. The counter revolution of the right since the 70s has attempted to roll this back without redress. Few on the right realise that they face the same danger as the left did in moving to far. The democratic left managed to resist the urge to the communist extreme, I have no doubt that this right have in their triumphalism failed to see this danger, it always leads to extreme conflict. The current scenario cannot but engender this reaction.

          • prism 4.1.2.1.1

            Yes Bored I agree. Interesting listening to Peggy Seeger or Ewen McColl or the pair – they sing in the 1970’s? about having to fight against rising fascism and how the powers will drag people away but not the people who looked the other way. They will be left and I think the line goes ‘Because you really didn’t care’.

            It seemed my birthright to have democracy and rights and a responsible government acting to serve people’s needs, providing opportunity and making reasonable provision for security, now it appears that this condition can only be partially achieved and that has to be continually defended. I find that awareness, knowledge and work is needed to retain it. I didn’t understand there is a continuing cycle or slip towards a mean that is likely to be mean and nasty. I think Ranginui Walker’s book title Struggle Without End applies to all not just Maori.

            • Bored 4.1.2.1.1.1

              “slip towards a mean that is likely to be mean and nasty.” Beautifully put, says all that needs to be said.

    • BLiP 4.2

      Meanwhile, the cost of the transition has now blown out to over $100 million, most of which is to be repaid by Aucklanders as National Ltd burdens the new corporate entity with so much debt the TINA Doctrine means the wholesale disposal of assets.

  5. Hone Harawira gave a pretty good account of himself and his parties dilemmas on MaoriTV’s ‘Native Affairs’ program last night.

    Bilge English came off like a smarmy white rich prick who doesn’t give a shit about poor brown people and just enjoys the power of playing paymaster with our money. While there were numerous opportunities for the interviewer, Julian Wilcox, to follow through on a line of enquiry and nail Bilge’s arse to the wall, he lacked the nous to do it.

    Bummer.

    • Bored 5.1

      Good on Hone for exposing English as a rich prick who does not give a shit about poor brown people. What I would ask Hone to do is make as much noise for the benefit of poor white people aswell. We are after all, how would he say, “in the same waka”?

    • ianmac 5.2

      Given the bright interview Espiner V English it was pretty disappointing that Julian did not live up to my estimation of him. As for the English spin it was deplorable!

  6. Bobby 6

    See the Government now has to sell 30% of the LAVS that Goff was warned against purchasing in the first place.
    This will no doubt be another huge write down on what the unsuspecting taxpayer paid for them in the first place. Phil Goff would have to go down as one of our defence ministers.

    His mucks ups were unbelieveable he purchased Navy boats that couldnt go below bluff without launching or losing their lifeboats. He bought Gunboast that have been duds ever since we got them. You have to wonder if he got his defence planning ideas from The Fabain Society.

    [lprent: Probably your waffle would be more credible if you could articulate it correctly.

    Just to generally answer your bullshit. It is all about purpose for which they were purchased rather than whatever strange criteria you seem to be using (boneheaded stupidity seems to be the criteria rather than military reasoning).

    The LAV’s from memory are largely for training – not for deployment because we’re too damn far away from most theatres to send our own equipment. Same reason as why I trained on APC’s in the 70’s. The LAV’s were to train our troops in light of the lessons from the Yugoslavian conflict. It will be interesting to see what the NACTs replace them with. But I wouldn’t hold your breath – National governments talk a lot about defense, but hardly ever put any money into it.

    Similarly you seem to be attempting to say that our patrol boats should be deep water navy. I guess you are too stupid to understand the difference in roles between a patrol vessel and a frigate. ]

    • prism 6.1

      Blaming government ministers for signing the cheque to buy defence equipment that turns out now to be a best buy, is pretty stupid. The equipment would have been researched by the Defence Dept themselves and recommended by them.

      It is possible that all the LAVs we got, a large number, were ‘cheaper by the dozen’ or that there was a government strong-arm from the powerful country that was due to sell us more fighter aircraft. We made a practical, strategic decision to not have this sort of expensive equipment and wanted to withdraw from agreement to do so. So I wonder if there was a sort of we don’t agree to let you withdraw without a cost, so you can put the money into something else.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        The aircraft (f16s) were to be bought from the USA. The LAVs come from Canada.

  7. Kate Sutton 7

    This is one last push for submissions against Mining our precious conservation land. Submissions are due 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday 26th May). Submissions take 2 minutes via this online form. Our natural landscape is surely worth a couple of moments of your time?

    Online form here –
    http://submissions.watchdog.org.nz/

    for more information see this great website.

    http://www.2precious2mine.org.nz/

    Be the change you want to see in the world – make a submission and pass this message on.

  8. prism 8

    Japan has foot and mouth disease in their animals. This has serious consequences and they have killed some of their prime breeding animals.
    I have read that there is a vaccination against this. A requirement would cost and I think it slows growth gains, but leaving the herds unprotected results in terrible losses of money, and breeding advantages and also biodiversity as rare breeds get culled too as in Britain.

    NZ is behind getting agreement and co-operation from other countries on methane gas reduction from animals. We should use this opportunity to get vaccination accepted and start programmes in our and other countries.

  9. Lazy Susan 9

    Granny is running a poll on the sale of KiwiBank.

    While I loathe the unscientific nature of these things thought readers would like to know.

  10. just saying 10

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2010/05/25/gordon-campbell-on-the-plans-to-sell-state-assets/

    A good illustration of one of Labour’s problems in providing effective opposition.

    In a similar vein, I went to Red alert earlier and saw David Cunliffe blithely talking about tax ‘relief’ in regard to the middle class. Does this guy need a thesaurus, or has he got his head jammed so far into neo-liberal ideology that it’s blocking out the light? Can he not think of any more neutral word? How about cut, reduce, or lessen……..

    Relief is an emotive term. Think famine relief, oxfam relief appeals…….. Is he spinning for the right or what? Next thing he’ll be referring to upcoming service cuts as ‘reforms’ mark my words.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10647250

    An amusing look at Rodney Hides consultation process.

  12. Sam 12

    Something that has gone totally unnoticed by the blogosphere and the MSM is the shafting that tertiary students are going to get. It was all slipped in very much below the radar last week, but AUSA has a press release here – http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1005/S00083.htm

    Fee maxima has been scrapped and replaced with a system that is meant to sound cheaper, but actually delivers higher, more consistent fee rises every year. Where Fee Maxima capped the amount that universities could raise their fees by to just above CPI, this new policy gives universities the ability to raise fees by 4% every year. This means that your average conjoint student would see their fees rise 20% over the course of their degree.

    It also has significant issues in implementation – I don’t know the specifics, but I’ve been informed that there has been little regard for how universities will manage this across the sector, Bill English was more focussed on cutting money out than knowing how things would actually work.

    They also cut the summer scholarships program that they offered as a bribe to offset the cut from the sector in the last budget. This means that at a time when there is more pressure than ever on higher education, the amount of scholarships available has more than halved.

    This is National’s idea of a brighter future, apparently; a low-wage, low skill economy.

    If you want to know more I’d probably contact the person listed in the press release – it’d be good to see some discussion about this travesty.

  13. Lazy Susan 13

    Nice piece on the budget by Bomber Bradbury in the Panel Part 2 on RNZ this afternoon.

    The other panel member Michelle Boag not very happy at all. Bomber challenged her to tell him where all the high income people were going to go if the top tax rate hadn’t been reduced seeing as most countries have a higher rate than NZ. Her answer:

    They’re going to go to all these other economies where they can have tax free havens.

    Great, so no specific countries – just tax free havens. I thought the original spin was Australia etc. now its tax free havens.The logical conclusion to that is to stop the mythical outflow of the rich we turn NZ into a tax haven of course. Softening us up for the next budget maybe?

    Then in the next breath:

    The reason that people come back to New Zealand is for lifestyle.

    Ah so there are some reasons Michelle why rich people chose to live in New Zealand other than money. But you still want to give them a nice fat tax break anyway. Good work

    You couldn’t make this shit up if you tried.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Foreign and Trade Ministers to lead business delegation to India
    Strengthening New Zealand’s political and business ties with India will be the focus of Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters’ and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker’s visit to India this week. The Ministers are co-leading a high level business delegation to India to support increased people and economic engagement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 mins ago
  • Minister champions more Pacific in STEM – Toloa Awards
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio continues to champion for greater Pacific participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers with the announcement of the Toloa Awards, with 8 recipients of the Toloa Community Fund and 13 Toloa Tertiary Scholarships. “The Toloa Programme encourages more Pacific peoples ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Submission period for whitebait consultation extended
    Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has extended the date for people to have their say on proposed changes to improve management of whitebait across New Zealand.   Submissions were due to close on 2 March 2020 but will now remain open until 9am on Monday 16 March 2020.   “I have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New international protection for frequent fliers
    The endangered toroa/Antipodean albatross has new international protection for its 100,000km annual migration, thanks to collaborative efforts led by New Zealand, Australia and Chile.   Today, 130 countries agreed to strictly protect Antipodean albatross at the Conference of Parties on the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to regulate vaping
      No sales to under-18-year-olds No advertising and sponsorship of vaping products and e-cigarettes No vaping or smokeless tobacco in smokefree areas Regulates vaping product safety comprehensively, - including devices, flavours and ingredients Ensure vaping products are available for those who want to quit smoking   Vaping regulation that balances ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Justice Minister represents New Zealand at Berlin nuclear disarmament summit
    Justice Minister Andrew Little will travel to Berlin tomorrow to represent New Zealand at a high-level summit on nuclear disarmament. This year, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) celebrates 50 years since it entered into force. “New Zealand’s proud record and leadership on nuclear disarmament is unwavering, so it’s important we are present ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister to visit Fiji and Australia
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit two of New Zealand’s most important Pacific partners, Fiji and Australia, next week. The visit to Fiji will be the first by a New Zealand Prime Minister in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fijian independence and diplomatic relations between our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next steps in Criminal Cases Review Commission announced
    Justice Minister Andrew Little and New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball, have today announced the appointment of the Chief Commissioner of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the location, and the membership of the Establishment Advisory Group. Colin Carruthers QC has been appointed Chief Commissioner of the CCRC for an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Horticultural Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists announced
    Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Agriculture Minister Hon Damien O’Connor co-announced the first horticultural finalists for the Ahuwhenua Trophy celebrating excellence in the Māori agricultural sector.  The three finalists are Ngai Tukairangi Trust from Mt Maunganui, Otama Marere Trust from Tauranga, and Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Ahuwhenua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New support for students with dyslexia
    A new kete of resources to strengthen support for students with dyslexia will provide extra tools for the new Learning Support Coordinators (LSCs) as they start in schools, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Minister launched the kete in Wellington this morning, at the first of three induction ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rental reforms progress to select committee stage
    The Government continues to make progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the First Reading of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill and its referral to the Social Services and Community Select Committee.  “Now is the opportunity for landlords, tenants and others who want ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Papua New Guinea Prime Minister to visit New Zealand
    Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Hon James Marape will visit New Zealand from 21-25 February, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a warm and friendly relationship. I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marape here and strengthening the relationship between our two countries,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Free school lunches served up to thousands
    Thousands of children have begun receiving a free lunch on every day of the school week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. The Government’s free and healthy school lunch programme is under way for 7,000 students at 31 schools in Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti and Bay of Plenty / Waiariki, extending ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Social Wellbeing Agency replaces Social Investment Agency with new approach
    The Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni today announced a new approach that continues to broaden the Government’s social sector focus from a narrow, investment approach to one centred on people and wellbeing. Minister Sepuloni said redefining the previous approach to social investment by combining science, data and lived experience ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers
    The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • PM speech at Parliamentary Chinese New Year celebration 2020
    Nǐn hǎo (Hello in Mandarin). Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (Happy New Year in Mandarin) Néi Hóu (Hello in Cantonese). Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year in Cantonese) Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Thank you for your invitation to attend this celebration today. I would like to acknowledge ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 2020 IPANZ Annual Address
    Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki te Whare Pāremata. E ngā mana whenua ki tēnei rohe Taranaki Whānui, Te Upoko o Te Ika, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Raukawa – kei te mihi, kei te mihi, kei te mihi. E ngā mana, e ngā ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tougher penalties for gun crime a step closer
    Tougher penalties for gun crime are a step closer with the passage of firearms reform legislation through another stage in Parliament. The Arms Legislation Bill has tonight passed its Second Reading. “The changes have one objective - to prevent firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Arms Legislation Bill: Second Reading
    Introduction Mr Speaker We all know why we are here today. It has been a long journey. The journey did not actually begin on 15 March 2019. It began on 30 June 1997. Almost 23 years ago, Justice Sir Thomas Thorp told us what was wrong with our firearms legislation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New era for vocational education
    The Government’s work to put trades and vocational education back on the agenda took another major step forward today with the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to Amend the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act
    Speeding up the return of Christchurch regeneration activities to local leadership is behind the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Amendment Bill introduced to Parliament today by Minister Megan Woods. “As we approach nine years since the February 2011 earthquake in Canterbury, and with the transition to local leadership well underway, the time ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Milford Track to partly reopen after storm damage
    Hundreds of New Zealanders and international visitors will be able to get back out into nature with the Milford Track partially reopening next week, after extensive assessments and repairs, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The popular Great Walk has been closed since 3 February after an extreme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government drives low-emissions transport momentum
    Up to 110 new EV chargers nationwide in cities and regions 50 electric vehicles for ride-sharing The Government is helping deliver more infrastructure and options for low emissions transport through new projects, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods says. Tauranga, Nelson, Levin, New Plymouth and Oamaru are just some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Kiwis better off under Coalition Government
    New Zealanders are increasingly better off under this Government as wages rise and families have more disposable income, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Stats NZ reported today that average household disposable incomes after housing costs rose 4.9% in 2019. This was the highest rise in four years and came as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Another step towards restoring rights for screen production workers
    All New Zealanders need to have their voices heard at work to ensure we have an inclusive and productive economy. Today we introduce a Bill to do this for workers in the New Zealand screen industry, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Screen Industry Workers Bill will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Enhanced Taskforce Green for Southland and South Otago
    The Government has announced further help for the Southland and Otago regions to speed up recovery efforts from the floods.  “I’ve approved Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG), making $500,000 available to help with the clean-up in Fiordland, Southland, and the Clutha district in Otago,” Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni said.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Employers and Industry take the lead to connect students to vocational education
    Following the announcement that more than 340 schools will be funded to run events promoting vocational education, the Government has announced it will fund a further 257 events to be run by employers and industry. “These industry-run events will allow more than 30,000 students to connect with more than 2,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago