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Open mike 25/09/2015

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  1. The Chairman 1

    Apartment owners face maintenance timebomb

    Underfunded apartment buildings around the country are set to fall into disrepair unless owners stump up the thousands of dollars required to fix them.

    The law requires unit title complexes to have long term maintenance plans (LTMPs), but not long term maintenance funds to back them up.

    It is more and more of an issue as Auckland in particular intensifies, according to Home Owners and Buyers Association (HOBANZ) president John Gray.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/72149091/apartment-owners-face-maintenance-timebomb

  2. Tinfoilhat 2

    Where’s cv been hiding?

    Haven’t seen him about for a while.

    • AmaKiwi 2.1

      I am also concerned. I sent him an email yesterday afternoon asking if he was alright. I have had no reply yet.

    • Rosie 2.2

      I was wondering that. I’ve been away for awhile and have come back to see that Te Reo Putake, CV and Stephanie haven’t been around. Mind you I haven’t read every single post.

      Hopefully folks are ok and getting on with that life thing.

      • veutoviper 2.2.1

        TRP last commented here on 12 August, but has not issued a post for quite some time. TRP is on Twitter and the last tweet is dated 19 Sept, and he/she has also been an active commentator on a certain Dunedinite’s blog – YourNZ – which I will not link to. Its starting to rival WO or Kiwiblog these days in terms of the nature of most comments. TRP’s latest comment there was just yesterday.

        CV last commented here on 19 Sept, so only a few days ago. He has a Twitter account under his real name, but tweets infrequently with the latest on 2 Sept.

        SR last commented here on 30 August, but has done so less frequently recently than earlier this year and last year. She is very active on her Twitter account including today.

        Karol is the one that I have been concerned about for months. After her departure from here, she continued to post on her own blog Edge Times and on her Twitter account, but there has been no activity on either of these since March. I hope she is OK.

        • maui 2.2.1.1

          Could all be part of a right wing conspiracy..

        • Anne 2.2.1.2

          Hi veutoviper.
          I recall karol mentioning not long before she withdrew from being a TS author that she had other projects she wanted to pursue. I had the impression they were not related to politics. She is sorely missed because her analytical ability was second to none.

        • Rosie 2.2.1.3

          Thank you detective v!

          I’m not on twitter, or fb for that matter either, so am self limiting with access to communications in the political world. Twittter seems to be a good platform for that kind of activity.

          I also had been thinking of karol and had looked at her Edge Times blog but then everything went quiet.

          karol seemed to put a lot of heart and soul into her thoughtful and intelligent writing. I hope this world we live in with it’s constant struggles hasn’t got on top of her. If so, I hope she is making the best of taking time out. I think this can be helpful to do at times. Our social – political world is more than an intellectual experience, it’s creates an emotive response and some times it’s personal.

          If you’re listening karol, maybe say hi, let us know you’re ok. If you want.

          And lols, TRP, don’t tell us you joined the beige brigade!!!

          • Anne 2.2.1.3.1

            I imagine he’s there to stir up a hornets nest for the beige one. Not prepared to go there to check.

      • b waghorn 2.2.2

        I heard they where concocting a stable far left political party that will provide a party to the missing miliion and not chase the biggest donor that comes along.

        This may be a nasty rumour started by me.:-)

      • tinfoilhat 2.2.3

        amen to that Rosie.

      • Rodel 2.2.4

        Also…
        …………….Philip…..
        Ure………………………Hope……..hes-OK .
        …….but…….don’t…….
        miss…………him
        …………….though
        ……………………. !

    • swordfish 2.3

      CV and Stephanie both went AWOL around the same time – late August/early September.

      But neither could resist Jeremy Corbyn’s win – both resuming with a few comments on the day of his victory (Stephanie just using her first name which is why you won’t find these more recent comments in a search). Stephanie hasn’t been heard of since (apart, of course, from twitter and boots theory), and although Corby drew CV back, he seems to have become just an occasional commenter.

      All of which is a bit of a shame. They both produced some very incisive posts.
      I particularly miss CV’s concise, lucid, hard-hitting arguments, especially on the implications of Sanders/Corbymania.

      Rightly or wrongly, I’m assuming there’s been some ructions behind the scenes at some point with the various authors (CV published my fairly blunt criticism of Rob Salmond’s Go to the Centre thesis as a post and I’m hoping that wasn’t the cause of any grief or fallout). Then, again, maybe given their heavy workload – writing/researching regular posts while simultaneously juggling demanding careers – they just need a bit of a break.

      The very sharp, witty and incisive Felix, of course, has also gone absent-without-leave following fisticuffs with TRP in early June here…

      Open mike 10/06/2015


      TRP was pretty heavy-handed and felix (whose been with The Standard right from the start) was obviously pissed off enough not bother returning from his brief ban. So, another important voice lost to us.

      A couple of months later, TRP disappears off the face of the earth.

      Go figure.

      All of which leads me to express a great deal of thanks to 1prent, Bill, Tracey and, perhaps above all, Micky and Anthony for taking up the slack and producing well-written posts day-after-day over the last few weeks. Exhausting schedule when you also have heavy work commitments.

      (Hoping not to cop a ban myself for all of this wild speculation)

      • lprent 2.3.1

        No ban from that. That is just observation rather than making up stories (which is what the anti-conspiracy rules are about).

        As usual (I have been around here for 8 years now), The Standard is in a state of transition at present. We always seem to be in the year after an election. We lose people who were heavily involved prior to the election. We have new people being brought on board and finding out that it is a pain in the arse and requires sheer bloody minded persistence to hang in and fading out. It has been particularly frustrating this time around from my perspective.

        We have the usual problems with authors arguing and disagreeing about courses of action. It is more complicated over the last year by having a private authors area in which to do it. Some of the turnover will be from my expressing the side edge of my irritation as I see valuable time that has been invested in bringing authors and moderators up to speed on this site getting wasted by people not agreeing to disagree. (That comes from my family and my professional instincts, which are those from operations and production backgrounds where training other people to be effective is the hardest and most expensive task we do)

        Historically, the site has had several different ‘management’ styles, which I have provided the semi-autocratic sysop technical and net-cultural underpinning for.

        From my perspective, the main thing being discussed at present is the way to bring new authors and moderators on board without having the inevitable ideological and personality disagreements/backbiting driving them away. I neither have time nor the inclination to waste my effort and time trying to bring people up to speed unless that organisational issue is solved.

        If it gets solved, then fine. If not, then we will have to execute an orderly shutdown to free up time to work on other things. The only thing really preventing that is the ever increasing popularity of the site.

        According to google analytics, we are also having a hell of growth spurt in readership, the like of which we haven’t seen in percentage terms since startup. Umm, you like numbers…

        Looking at the 6 month period from March to August across non-general election years. The page views are ‘corrected’ by me downwards because of a problem in 2011 with facebook async protocols causing excessive page lookups. (For the inevitable trolls, these are not Whaleoil style figures. These are close to being accurate for real humans and without paid for added readership boosters).

        per month
        year corrected
        page views
        sessions users
        2009 Election
        2009 167k-206k 60k-70k 14k-18k
        2010 218k-287k 72k-92k 17k-22k
        2011 Election
        2012 305k-403k 93k-112k 24k-33k
        2013 333k-440k 103k-115k 21k-37k
        2014 Election
        2015 480k-530k 148k-165k 40k-50k

        Since these are largely the winter months, they are pretty good for looking at base levels of readership. What we are getting is a lot more people reading the site, and most of them are either daily readers or they read several times per week. The levels of less than a few times per month readers hasn’t increased by anything as much. In other words we are less affected by the vagaries of google as our local base of readers has continued to rise.

        • b waghorn 2.3.1.1

          Have you considered changing you’re no advertising stance , so there is cash to pay someone to do some of the heavy lifting.

        • weka 2.3.1.2

          Since these are largely the winter months, they are pretty good for looking at base levels of readership. What we are getting is a lot more people reading the site, and most of them are either daily readers or they read several times per week. The levels of less than a few times per month readers hasn’t increased by anything as much. In other words we are less affected by the vagaries of google as our local base of readers has continued to rise.

          I’ve been thinking a bit lately about what it must be like for readers to read the comments and if this affects their willingness or otherwise to comment (eg long threads that are really in house conversations often bickering that won’t make sense to people who don’t understand the players). I’d like to see us (commenters) make more of an effort to wrote comments for everyone, readers as well as the people we are talking to. There is so much to learn here and one of the great values and potentials of ts is its ability to inform and encourage people to think.

          A couple of questions then for admin/authors. Do you think that high readership is enough of a goal to keep ts going irrespective of what the commenters are doing (both in terms of content and numbers)?

          Are readership stats important for you in why you write posts or continue to write posts?

        • McFlock 2.3.1.3

          can I suggest an acknowledgement email for submissions, with maybe a very rough timeframe for posting? And especially an email when it gets published.

          At the moment it’s a bit like throwing it into a void, when if there was a plunk from the void they might throw another one (and yes, I’m tossing around an idea or two).

          I recall someone else complaining that they’d sent something to the TS gmail and not heard anything back.

        • swordfish 2.3.1.4

          Cheers, 1prent.

          “wasted by people not agreeing to disagree…….the inevitable ideological and personality disagreements/backbiting…….”

          Isn’t that always the way on the Left. We’re our own worst enemies.

          “ever increasing popularity of the site…….a hell of a growth spurt in readership.”

          Yep, the numbers tell the story. It’s easy for us regular commenters to forget that there’s a vast number of largely silent readers. Which almost certainly means that each of the few hundred of us who do regularly comment on the site probably have a massive fan-base out there.

          All of which probably explains the scene I saw the other day driving along Lambton Quay. Down opposite the new District Court, a whole lot of drunken yobos suddenly poured out of a Sports Bar and started screaming and swinging wild punches at each other. Others were lying almost comatose in the gutter, surrounded by their own vomit. About half were wearing t-shirts with a large Purple Identicon with the word “Swordfish” below, the other half wore shirts with a bright Red Identicon and the name “Puckish Rogue”.

          It slowly dawned on me that these two warring tribes were our respective fan-bases. They’d obviously all been watching The Standard posts and comments coming up Live on the big screen in the Sports Bar and presumably a particularly erudite reply I’d just posted to Puckers had caused an eruption of excitement and triumphant chanting among my own loyal followers (“Puckers, Puckers, Puckers, Out, Out, Out !!!”), leading, in turn, to total outrage and fisticuffs from Puckers’ loyalists.*

          * The last 2 paragraphs may not entirely correspond with reality. But, then again, they just might.

      • Anne 2.3.2

        Hi swordfish,
        I recall that stoush between felix and TRP and was disappointed at the outcome. TRP was always entertaining to read, but on that occasion he overdid his responses to felix. An apology may have solved the problem – who knows. In the end we lost two commentators whose contributions for different reasons were highly valued.

      • Thanks swordfish. I’m still around but I’m not planning on posting here in the future. lprent has given his version of events. Long story short for me is I’m having a very busy year and don’t have the energy to keep running up against some of the shittier parts of this site’s community.

        I could only bash my head against the brick wall trying to shift its position before realising it was far more comfortable posting in my own space where I’m not expected to put up with patriarchal bullying. Fewer readers maybe, fewer headaches definitely.

        So anyone who’s interested in my posts can find them at bootstheory.wordpress.com or @bootstheory on Twitter. Peace.

  3. b waghorn 3

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/285193/flag-'debate'-ideal-for-point-scoring
    This article maps out how key played the red peak for all its worth ,and he got the added bonus of some from labour and the greens tearing at each others throats to there shame.
    #cunning as a shit house ratkey

    • tc 3.1

      Wouldn’t have been an issue if they stayed out of the flag process from day 1 with the clear message that there’s alot more important issues for $26m to be applied to.

      • Sabine 3.1.1

        bing bing bing

        we have a winner.

      • b waghorn 3.1.2

        I just hope the ones who at making all the noise about who did what to who are not the same ones who where making a lot of noise about getting the red rag added to the mix.

        • Sabine 3.1.2.1

          it’s a tea towel, come on. Mind a rag is also a tea towel, just an older one?

          • b waghorn 3.1.2.1.1

            I was leaning towards red rag to a bull as that’s what its become to some

            • Sabine 3.1.2.1.1.1

              well i have been quite clear about not wanting this whole shebang to go ahead in the first place. I believe we have more pressing issues at hand. If I would have magical powers, i would go ‘Pouf, the magic dragon, we have never spoken about the tea towels in this fair land”. But i guess instead i will have to vote for Hypno Flag, and then NO.

              lol. we are still gonna end up with an ugly, meaningless rag/towel.

  4. dv 4

    https://www.facebook.com/winstonpeters

    Five Kiwi companies have missed out on buying the RNZAF’s Iroquois.
    It was an opportunity to grow their business and add jobs, especially in places like Taranaki and Rotorua.
    But instead the government selected a US bid – and the copters will be cut up for spare parts and sold back to NZ companies at a huge cost.
    One company we know of bid $4.5 million – the winning bid was $3m-$5m, according to the government.
    Why are Kiwi companies the losers?

    Natonomics.

    • Gabby 4.1

      Browneye doesn’t seem to be too forthcoming on what happened.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Those Iroquois are old. I certainly wouldn’t buy one to use as the maintenance on them would probably cost more than simply buying a new helicopter of similar capability.

      Then I suspect that there’s the avionics which the US probably has a say in who it can be sold to and without which the things couldn’t be flown. But if that’s the case then they shouldn’t have been made available to general tender.

      Really, this is one of those times when it looks like NZ1st are making a mountain out of a molehill.

  5. Penny Bright 5

    “But Mark Thomas, deputy chairman of Auckland Council’s Orakei local board, told the Local Government Commission earlier this month that, for all their concerns, the local boards were actually quite happy with the super-city structure.”

    (Dominion Post 15 April 2015)

    As a confirmed 2016 Auckland Mayoral candidate – my proven track record is one of absolute opposition to the proposed Auckland ‘Supercity’ for NINE years – since 5 September 2006 – the day of the failed ‘Mayoral coup’.

    Unlike any of the other 2016 Auckland Mayoral candidates (confirmed or not) my proven track record shows I have worked (successfully) with those opposing the proposed Wellington, Northland and Hawke’s Bay ‘Supercities’, by exposing what a disaster this (forced) Auckland amalgamation has been for the majority of Auckland regional citizens and ratepayers.

    What did Phil Goff do to oppose the Wellington, Northland or Hawke’s Bay proposed ‘Supercities’?

    What has Phil Goff ever done to oppose this disastrous Auckland ‘Supercity’ ( for the1%) ?

    What, in my view, helped to wreck Auckland – were the ‘Rogernomics reforms’ – during which Phil Goff was a Cabinet Minister.

    In my opinion, Phil Goff might keep his pants on in the Ngati Whatua room, but nothing else will fundamentally change.

    Auckland, under Phil Goff as Mayor, in my opinion, will continue to be run ‘like a business, by business – FOR business’ – with the mechanism for this corporate takeover – Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) remaining intact.

    Penny Bright

    • greywarshark 5.1

      Penny
      Interesting comment. If you can keep future ones to that length and spaced like that so points separate and easy to read I think you will get more traction. And if you want to get excerpts of longer documents set that up as a separate comment with a link to the rest of the document. My feedback. Good politicking!
      edited

  6. ianmac 6

    What’s the bet that the Report on the awful state of CYF’s functions, is a deliberate strategy to prepare us for Privatisation? We will be soon made to understand that the State has failed so there is only one answer; privatise. Obvious I suppose. And cunning.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Yep, National will have another privatisation option similar to Social Bonds or they may just widen the scope of those bonds. Basically, we’ll be seeing a lot more government subsidies of the private sector.

  7. Sabine 8

    OZ detaining Kiwis on Christmas Island?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/285207/detaining-kiwis-in-australia-'displays-contempt

    There have been suggestions up to 75 New Zealanders and Pacific Islanders are being held on Christmas Island but Australian authorities refuse to discuss numbers.
    Radio New Zealand News has been told more and more New Zealanders have been arriving, including about 20 in the past few days.
    Prime Minister John Key said he wanted Australia to provide better information about the treatment of people it was deporting to New Zealand.

    oh well, surely nothing can be done about it.

    • Rosie 8.1

      I listened to an Oz/NZer woman being interviewed the other day on this situation. She said last year there were 125 NZer’s in these detention centres and now it has ramped up to 400. That was on RNZ too, but there a big difference between those numbers and the one quoted above……..

      One woman, a mother of two and a permanent resident of Australia who has been there since she was three years old, was put in a detention centre with the view to being deported back to NZ, a country she doesn’t know at all.
      She had a small string of petty crimes she had been charged with, the last one being the theft of $1300 worth of cosmetics from a department store (thats just a few items of lancome for goodness sake). She was actually was put in jail for three months for this crime and was then sent on to the detention centre where she had been for six months.

      The treatment of Oz/NZer’s is barbaric. It’s like Australia have regressed to their convict days.

  8. RedLogix 9

    A great item in the Herald of all places:

    Professional director Rob Campbell says the only ‘bubble’ economy the world has to worry about is the “sealed bubble in which most finance professionals work”, buoyed up by “their hangers on and mutual admiration society colleagues in the other professions and upper echelons of corporate and state management.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11518824

  9. esoteric pineapples 10

    Ironic that all it takes for the Left to start tearing itself apart is a flag design.

  10. Penny Bright 11

    Know about this folks? It will be FUN!

    Media Release: 25 September 2015
    Issued by: TPPA Auckland Call to Action

    I am Key/Groser – Anti-TPPA protesters gather at Britomart

    A large group of Anti-TPPA protesters donned in suits wearing John Key and Tim Groser masks will gather outside Britomart from 4.30pm today to send a peaceful but strong message to the Prime Minister and Trade Minister in the lead up to next week’s TPPA Ministerial.

    “There is a strong majority of New Zealanders who do not want our Government to sign the controversial deal without the text being released and people having a say.” says Chantelle Campbell co-organiser of today’s event.

    “As Trade Minister Groser gathers in Atlanta next week along with the eleven other Trade Ministers negotiating the TPPA, we want to remind him that as the people’s representative we do not want him to agree to signing a deal that is going to be substandard and detrimental to our country for generations to come.”

    Concerned citizen Kevin Hester says he will be attending today’s event as “Signing the TPPA will severely limit our ability to confront the threat of runaway global warming and the ongoing 6th great extinction as described by the WWF and National Geographic.”

    Saturday sees Chief Negotiators from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement gather in Atlanta, US, to reconvene the negotiations, with Trade Ministers joining them on Wednesday with the aim to conclude the controversial deal.

    “If the TPPA is not gold star for New Zealand nor even gold plated for dairy according to Groser now, it will obviously be Tinpot so what is left to negotiate?” says aggrieved citizen Jacqueline Taylor.

    The message is strong and clear – Walk Away from the TPPA!

    Ends

  11. Draco T Bastard 12

    When Entire Economies are Held Hostage

    For those familiar with the idea of a Sovereign Money System, the contrast between it and our current system makes clear an important reality of today’s power structure. This reality is that the privilege of private banks to create for profit the public currency represents a massive implicit subsidy to some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions at the expense of sovereign governments everywhere, and the people they represent. It is a lot like if your neighbourhood mafia chief dropped into your produce shop and informed you that all your inventory now belonged to him, and you now had to borrow it back from him in order to stay in business.

    Yes, our present monetary system actually subsidises the banks at our expense (Yes, it would be nice to have NZ research but we’ll have to make do). No wonder they keep brining in record profits. This isn’t a sign of the country doing well but of the country being ripped off for more and more with the increasing poverty in the country showing that the country is failing because of that theft.

    • John Shears 12.1

      And just so we are clear the National Debt is now

      $66,886,200,000 and rising as we breath.

      • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1

        Is that National debt or Government debt? There’s a difference as National debt would also include all the private debt which is presently at ~100% of GDP and rising. Combine the two and our total indebtedness to the world is close to the fall over and play dead point.

  12. Smilin 13

    Maybe when we sling National out in the next election Key can rebrand the party to “NATIONALCORP International” for hire, it cost you your democracy to have us run your country

  13. Anthony 14

    Do we need to be thinking and being scared about WWIII now? The desperation seems so high and the leaders seem so incompetent.

  14. Draco T Bastard 15

    #FreeKaren Explained: The Fictional Environmentalist Accused Of Terrorism

    Karen is nobody. And everybody. She’s a fictional crusader created in response to the Federal Government’s Radicalisation Awareness Kit designed for school students, that paints environmental activism and the alternative music scene as a gateway to terrorism.

    In the 32-page booklet is this case study on violent extremism about a girl named Karen who was on the right track until she listened to alternative music and moved to a forest camp:

    It’s amazing and truly disturbing the BS that the RWNJs paint as real.

  15. Morrissey 16

    Lords of the Dance

    No. 2: TREVOR MALLARD

    “Lords of the Dance” is curated by Morrissey Breen, for Daisycutter Sports Inc.

    Aficionados of such spectacles may also like to check out…..

    No. 1 Rodney Hide

    Open mike 24/09/2015

  16. Penny Bright 17

    Update on the “I am Key / Groser” anti-TPPA protest this evening, outside Btitomart.

    The John Key / Tim Groser masks – particularly when worn with a suit and blue tie, are creepily effective ( as it were :).

    Never been on a protest where the public stared so hard!

    (Having been a ‘protestor ‘ since 18, and I’m now in my 61st year, that’s quite a thing to say 🙂

    Signatures are now being collected for a new petition, addressed to PM John Key, MP for Helensville, which says;

    “We the undersigned:

    Are deeply concerned that as a key advocate for the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’ (TPPA), you are a shareholder in the Bank of America, as detailed in the 2015 MPs Register of Financial Interests : (Pg 29)

    ” Rt Hon John Key (National, Helensville)

    2 Other companies and business entities

    ………………………………………………..

    Bank of America – banking”

    We see this as a serious ‘conflict of interest’, given that big banks like the Bank of America, stand to benefit, and profit from this pro-corporate TPPA.

    If this National Government, which you lead, does not ‘walk away from the secretive, undemocratic, ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’ (TPPA), then we pledge to campaign vigorously amongst our friends, families, neighbours and workmates, for the voting public to ‘walk away’ from National.”

    ———————————————————————

    Penny Bright

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    3 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    3 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    3 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    3 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    3 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    4 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    5 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    5 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    6 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    7 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    7 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    7 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
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    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
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    2 weeks ago