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Open mike 26/04/2011

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  1. Tigger 1

    Cue shouting down from the righties but I’m blaming National for this…
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4925261/Police-mayhem-three-crashes-a-day
    Not only has Collins overseen this increase but ultimately what is reckless driving about?  Lack of care, lack of respect.  It’s a direct result of the government we’re living under, a government that doesn’t care about anyone but itself (and it’s mates), one that doesn’t respect diversity, one that is actively encouraging inequality.
    This is the society you’ve created Mr Key.  Congratulations.  As for the rest of you who voted for these people – it’s your fault.  Now wake up.

    • The Voice of Reason 1.1

      Well, Crusher Collins did promise that lots of high powered cars driven by adrenaline fuelled young people would be taken off the roads. I assumed she meant boy racers, but obviously not.

      • ZeeBop 1.1.1

        People who waste money on oil still have the buying power to do so, this is a shrinking set of people. And it\’s set to worse since as there is too much money chasing too few assets globally, and too much debt much of which is being taken on by by global governments. The perfect storm is already on its way, America printing of money will be inflationary for all the world, and even if oil prices were to drop the ability of people to afford but it will increase. So the only real reason for boy racers is stupidity and criminality. The need to shake people to sell up and move, gangs targeting suburbs that they see as potential, or drug dealers who need to be noticed and justify the cost of driving around to their clients. But the problem is this is not like any depression before, there is a population problem, people need to eat, so government will have to forcible get food to the people, and gangs will go legal or become threats to the nation state. Parasitical organism in nature only survive if the host species survives. So the wealthy will do everything they can to get food and freedom to their people, those that fail will go to the wall like so many Arab regimes are. So just dob in the noisy cars so our security services can build up a map of the gangs associates when the collapse in oil prices, that fewer and fewer will be able to afford. Oh, and wave at the people in the noisy cars to thank them for showing themselves. A fool is born every minute I\’m told.

    • PeteG 1.2

      Check statistics.Total convictions for dangerous/reckless driving:
      2000  1329
      2008  2993

      What sort of society was created when?

      • joe90 1.2.1

        What sort of society was created when?

        A 10% reduction in fleet numbers which resulted in highway patrol units being used as I cars.

    • PeteG 1.3

      Not only has Collins overseen this increase but ultimately what is reckless driving about?  Lack of care, lack of respect.  It’s a direct result of the government we’re living under

      Has she overseen this? Better-behaved drivers keep road toll down

      • Colonial Viper 1.3.1

        Has she overseen this? Better-behaved drivers keep road toll down

        Uh, you figured that Collins’ is responsible for one better than normal weekend?

        OK, I’ll bite, what exactly did she do at the start of last week which made this happen then.

        • PeteG 1.3.1.1

          No, I didn’t figure that. It may not have been clear, I have been having problems with the anti-spam being accepted and after multiple attempts missed putting quotes on the first paragraph.
           
          I was having a wee dig at Tigger’s first post of the day blaming National, Collins and Key for three crashes in a day. If they are to blame for one-off bad news then they must deserve credit for the better news.

          • felix 1.3.1.1.1

            Pete the liar.

            The article Tigger linked to does not, as you claim, refer to a particular day with three crashes.

            It says:

            Police cars are involved in more than twice as many crashes as they were  six years ago – now having nearly three accidents a day.

            That obviously refers to an average number of crashes per day. But you inserted the “a” into your sentence to make it look like your example and Tigger’s link were referring to the same type of one-off event.
             
            How very dishonest of you, Pete.

            Yet another example of Pete being caught out making a stupid statement and then trying to lie his way out of it.

  2. M 2

    Noam Chomsky on ‘Who Owns the World’ and ‘Too Big to Fail’

    The U.S. and Europe are united in punishing Iran for its threat to stability, but it is useful to recall how isolated they are. The nonaligned countries have vigorously supported Iran’s right to enrich uranium. In the region, Arab public opinion even strongly favors Iranian nuclear weapons. The major regional power, Turkey, voted against the latest U.S.-initiated sanctions motion in the Security Council, along with Brazil, the most admired country of the South. Their disobedience led to sharp censure, not for the first time: Turkey had been bitterly condemned in 2003 when the government followed the will of 95% of the population and refused to participate in the invasion of Iraq, thus demonstrating its weak grasp of democracy, western-style.

    and
     

     While the U.S. can tolerate Turkish disobedience, though with dismay, China is harder to ignore. The press warns that “China’s investors and traders are now filling a vacuum in Iran as businesses from many other nations, especially in Europe, pull out,” and in particular, is expanding its dominant role in Iran’s energy industries. Washington is reacting with a touch of desperation. The State Department warned China that if it wants to be accepted in the international community — a technical term referring to the U.S. and whoever happens to agree with it — then it must not “skirt and evade international responsibilities, [which] are clear”: namely, follow U.S. orders. China is unlikely to be impressed.

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175382/tomgram%3A_noam_chomsky%2C_who_owns_the_world/
     
     
     

    • Draco T Bastard 2.1

      The U.S. and Europe are united in punishing Iran for its threat to stability,

      Which, of course, means that the US and Europe are punishing Iran for being a threat to their (or, more likely, the US’s) hegemony.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Its curious when you think that the biggest threat to US hegemony in the coming decade is the US.

    • Vicky32 2.2

      My giddy aunt! Thanks, M for that…
      Vicky

  3. Carol 3

    So Key is quick to rule in working with a Brash-led Act Party:
     

    Prime Minister John Key says Don Brash is a political extremist but is not ruling out working with him – either as ACT leader or under the banner of a new party.
     
    ….
    Key said there would always be “a number of parties that throw their hat in the ring” in an election year and National was not concerned about them splitting the right wing vote.
     
    “From National’s perspective we are in a different space. We very much see ourselves as a centre-right party. We are not a political party that follows an extreme right wing doctrine. Whether that’s in the form of a new political party, that’s a matter for whatever that party might be called and their leader.”

    Key previously ruled out ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas as a member of his Cabinet, saying he was too extremist. But he would not be drawn on whether Brash was also too extreme for a National government.

    “Ah look we’ll worry about that when…for a start of there’s an issue about whether he ultimately becomes the leader of the ACT party or whether he ultimately gets back into Parliament.”

     
    And yet he was quick to rule NZ First/Peters out?  And Key hasn’t said anything about Brash being a National Party member & not an Act member?  So should we read this as a National Party attempted take-over of Act (in spite of Key protesting National is a centrist party unlike Act), rather than just a leadership challenge within Act?

    • Tigger 3.1

      This isn’t National taking over ACT.  It’s just the opposite.  ACT has being poisoning National for years.  Key is an ACT MP in National drag.  So was Brash.  Brash is just coming finally out of the closet.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      We very much see ourselves as a centre-right party.

      Well, that’s what they say. Of course, what they say isn’t actually related to reality. National are a hard right authoritarian party and that was in 2008 when they promised to keep a lot of Labours centre-right policies.

      And yet he was quick to rule NZ First/Peters out?

      Of course he was. NZ1st is actually more to the left than Labour (although more authoritarian) and if they aren’t going to work with Labour they sure as hell won’t work with NZ1st.
       

  4. PeteG 4

    It is not “a leadership challenge within Act”, it’s a leadership challenge with or without Act. More like a takeover bid by the Big Money Rules Party.
     
    Brash and Peters are quite different – Peters has proven to be dishonest, Brash may be a nong but he’s being an upfront and honest (and arrogant) nong.

    • Carol 4.1

      Brash and Peters are quite different – Peters has proven to be dishonest, Brash may be a nong but he’s being an upfront and honest (and arrogant) nong.
      As Bomber posted this morning, Brash is a known liar and distorter of his, and his backers’, real agenda.
       

      The Hollow Men tells us that National under Don Brash knew who the donors in anonymous trusts were and were aware of secret funding campaigns by religious fanatics while having a plan of denial ready if that information ever saw the light of day. There were also a small bunch of rich right wing ideologues with links to America’s far right who were creating secret agendas for Don Brash and let’s not forget the out right lies and deceit used to hide this “secret right wing agenda” (their words not mine). What about the Maaaaaori get too much racially divisive racist crap where National KNEW what they were saying was bullshit and concocted a story to throw the media off the scent when that bullshit was detected?

    • M 4.2

      Brash honest? Just ask his two ex-wives about that.

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        Wha…? I guess we now know how low PeteG’s standards for “honesty” actually are.

    • I see PeteG you have still not read “the Hollow Men”. Go on, educate yourself.

    • ianmac 4.4

      Pete. Always interested in the repetition that Peters is dishonest. (Part of your role of course.) But Key has been known to lie.  Ask Key about the National donations from their Trust and he/they deny all knowledge. Yeah right!
      Just what are the lies that Peters has been accused of?

    • KJT 4.5

      Peters is honest compared to most politicians. Including thieves like Douglas, Brash and Key. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story though.

  5. logie97 5
    And in the meantime a few older sporting personalities who are involved in the corporate world are being shoulder tapped for ACT.  
    After this morning’s interview with the Party Chairman by Kathryn Ryan, who would want to be aligning with ACT right now.
    • ianmac 5.1

      Or shoulder tapped by National since, like any College, a member of the first XV must be kosher. Always clever and honest and moral. (Cough cough.)

      • logie97 5.1.1

        Understand they could be interested in a former “Coast to Coast” champion.  Perhaps they think he will capture the votes from Greymouth to Waimakariri.

        captcha: rapid (s)

  6. Tigger 6

    Wow, the Queen really is concerned about us…I know this because Key tells me so.  He knows because he’s in tight with her, they’re even gonna have lunch.
    “This will be an opportunity to update her on Christchurch. I know that she is very concerned…and she will be interested in how the rebuilding phase is going and the heart and health of the people in Canterbury.
    “I know she will always want to have an update about the Pike River mine families. She is very concerned about those 29 families”
    So much concern.  Let’s not become a republic after all!

  7. joe90 7

    From 2006, the management myth.

    He offered to double the workers’ wages in exchange for their participation in an experiment. The Hungarians, eager to impress their apparent benefactor, put on a spirited show. Huffing up and down the rail car ramps, they loaded sixteen and a half tons in something under fourteen minutes. Taylor did the math: over a ten-hour day, it worked out to seventy-five tons per day per man. Naturally, he had to allow time for bathroom breaks, lunch, and rest periods, so he adjusted the figure approximately 40 percent downward. Henceforth, each laborer in the yard was assigned to load forty-seven and a half pig tons per day, with bonus pay for reaching the target and penalties for failing.

    When the Hungarians realized that they were being asked to quadruple their previous daily workload, they howled and refused to work. So Taylor found a “high-priced man,” a lean Pennsylvania Dutchman whose intelligence he compared to that of an ox. Lured by the promise of a 60 percent increase in wages, from $1.15 to a whopping $1.85 a day, Taylor’s high-priced man loaded forty-five and three-quarters tons over the course of a grueling day—close enough, in Taylor’s mind, to count as the first victory for the methods of modern management.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      Hah, that was good and well worth reading (being one of the people who actually has some of this “management training”) 😀
       

  8. Carol 8

    On Nine-to-Noon, Hooton has identified Tamaki as the elctorate that Brash is likely to stand in.

  9. logie97 9

    Treasury Forecasts.

    Why are these “opinions” held up as some form of authority on which to base policy.

    Apparently in 2005 “Treasury” advised government that the RWC would see a tax payer input of $75 million.  Today the forecast is $266. (Don’t you just love the precise 266 when the forecast itself was out by nearly 200).

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10721530 

    So the next time we hear English or Key or Goff et al use “Treasury forecasts”, think of Ken Ring and his forecasts. 

    captcha: believing

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Half a billion dollar world cup deficit
     
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10721530
     

    According to the Herald count, New Zealand’s ratepayers will provide $288 million of the funding.

    Apparently we can’t help the elderly clean their houses, or afford to give those on the minimum wage a decent increase, but we can blowout a $500M deficit on the RWC, with much of the remaining income going to a few select groups of people e.g. international sponsors.
     
    What a crock.

    • higherstandard 10.1
      I called it when the government went after the world cup, it’s all about the agrandisement of the IRB and top bods at the rugby union – what a fucking waste of money.
      • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1

        That’s something we can agree on HS.

        • Herodotus 10.1.1.1

          Just as well we do not have a new stadium in Auckland to also include. Perhaps those who benefit from this event can contribute a little more out of their goodwill. e.g. Those increasing there room rates from $35/day to$350/day, or those in the hospitality field that will also benefit?
          I hope the IRD are onto it regarding those renting our their homes for the event. Still we do get a plastic fantasic boat out of it for $2m, whilst elsewhere we part paid for another boat for $34m.
          This event has already stuffed up the school year. For what? 3 games to be played over 2 weekends, and these are to take place in our evening.
          With both nat and lab involved just listen to the void as both are culpable.

  11. editor The anti -spam word is being rejected thre attemps somfar

    • felix 11.1

      Perhaps it doesn’t like your spelling…

      • Tigger 11.1.1

        Or punctuation.  Or random use of capitals.
        Sorry PP, but your post was literally a sitting duck…

      • Sorry about this it was a computer blimp plus forgetting to editor the post. This is something that happens when you are over 80yrs as I am.
        You may be lucky and find out one day .

  12. Olwyn 12

    Margaret of K Road died last night:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4927850/Well-known-street-woman-dies
     
    RIP Margaret. K Road will not be the same without you.

  13. joe90 13
    No matter how hard you tried you couldn’t make this shit up.

    Well it’s the left; it’s this culture of death. The far-left is livid about killing babies. They want to kill do this, they want to destroy. You go back, and I don’t want to play all this psychological stuff but nevertheless, if a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have?

  14. todd 14

    Little Blues Found Dead on East Coast

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/04/little-blues-found-dead-on-east-coast.html

    At least thirteen dead Little Blue Penguins have been found on the East Coast within 200 metres of each other. They washed up yesterday in Waihau Bay, which is located adjacent to Petrobras’ seismic testing zone. Coincidence? I don’t think so. With no storms that could account for the deaths, DOC is reported to be uninterested and will apparently not investigate.
     
     

  15. ianmac 15

    Good news from Avaaz.org”

    “Two weeks ago, more than 500,000 Avaaz members from around the world called on President Obama to end the brutal isolation and inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning, the alleged source of leaked cables publicized by Wikileaks. Just days later, the US government bowed to mounting pressure and announced that Manning would be transferred to a medium-security prison and receive proper mental health treatment, and members of the press were invited to verify that his torture had ended. Public pressure worked! ”

  16. Vicky32 16

    I just heard an item on 3 News, and so I turned to look. A street vagrant called Margaret, who used to hang out on K Rd and ask passers-by for money and cigarettes, died last night. I saw I recognised her, and had encoutered her. The reporter mentioned that she used to abuse people who refused her, and I have to say that although I am sure that’s true, she never abused me! (Mind, I wouldn’t always refuse her..) She had a very sad life! R.I.P., Margaret.

    • Olwyn 16.1

      She has not been 100% well since she took a fall last year and spent some time in hospital with a broken arm. I have been told that her funeral will be at the Baptist tabernacle off K Road at 10am next Tuesday, and I have also been told that there will be a memorial service for her. Neither from official sources. So I will let you know, Vicky, when I can confirm. Margaret just was who she was, and I will miss seeing her and having a little chat as I go about my business.

  17. felix 17

    Lynn can we go back to the old comment system please? There was nothing wrong with it that I could tell, whereas this one seems to be developing new problems daily.

  18. Anne 18

    Can’t comment on IB’s latest post. Won’t accept anti-spam. Keeps telling me I’ve got it wrong and I aint got it wrong!

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Maybe refresh when you go to enter your comment again (to get the current anti-spam word), instead of just pushing “Back”

      • Anne 18.1.1

        Just seen your reponse CV. Worked that one out long ago. Nah… think it was playing silly buggers. Blame lPrent 😉

  19. Armchair Critic 19

    I can’t believe Australia got a holiday today and we didn’t. Catching up? Yeah, right.

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  • Hawke’s Bay Airport agreement protects jobs, safeguards terminal development
    The Crown will provide a loan to Hawke’s Bay Airport to ensure it can trade through COVID-19 economic impacts, support the region’s recovery and protect up to 200 jobs. The Crown has a 50 percent shareholding in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited (HBAL), with Napier City Council holding 26 percent and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Funding boost for four cultural events
    Four celebrated Māori and Pasifika events will receive up to $100,000 each in funding from the new Creative and Cultural Events Incubator fund, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today. The four events that were successful in the inaugural funding round are: Kia Mau Festival, Wellington Māoriland Film Festival, Otaki ...
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  • Inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio is pleased to announce the inaugural launch of Kiribati Language Week as part of the 2020 Pacific language Weeks programme. “I am so pleased that this year we are able to provide resourcing support to the Kiribati community in Aotearoa which will ...
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  • New support package for wildlife institutions
    Wildlife institutions affected by a loss of visitor revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown are set to receive government support with nearly $15 million of funding available announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.  “Eco-sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife parks, and wildlife rescue, hospital and rehabilitation facilities provide crucial support for the recovery ...
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  • 300,000 students to benefit from free mental health services
    The Government is expanding and accelerating frontline mental health and wellbeing services at tertiary education institutes (TEI) to help students manage ongoing stresses related to COVID-19. “The lockdown has been hugely disruptive for students. Many of them have had to relocate and move to online learning, isolating them from their ...
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  • Gang crime, meth harm targeted in Waikato
    The Minister of Police says a major operation against the Mongrel Mob in Waikato will make a big dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks. “Senior leadership of the Waikato Mongrel Mob has been taken out as a result of Operation Kingsville, which resulted in ...
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  • Supporting victims and families to attend mosque attack sentencing
    The Government is extending the border exception criteria to enable some offshore victims and support people of the Christchurch mosque attacks to attend the sentencing of the accused beginning on 24 August2020, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “We want to support our valued Muslim brothers and sisters who were directly ...
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  • Boost for community freshwater restoration projects
    A project to support volunteer efforts to look after streams and rivers is getting a boost thanks to support from DOC’s Community Conservation Fund announced Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today.  “The government is backing efforts to look after waterways with $199,400 for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from ...
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  • More support for women and girls
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter today announced that funding for the COVID-19 Community Fund for women and girls will be doubled, as the first successful funding applications for the initial $1million were revealed. “Women and girls across the country have suffered because of the effects of COVID-19, and I ...
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    5 days ago
  • Crown accounts stronger than forecast with higher consumer spending
    The Government’s books were better than forecast with a higher GST take as the economy got moving again after lockdown, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Crown Accounts for the 11 months to the end of May indicate the year end results for tax revenue will be stronger than forecast. ...
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  • Govt releases plan to revitalise wool sector
    A plan to revitalise New Zealand’s strong wool sector and set it on a new, more sustainable and profitable path was unveiled today by Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. The newly-released report - Vision and Action for New Zealand’s Wool Sector - was developed by the Wool Industry Project Action Group ...
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  • Funding for Predator Free Whangārei
    Community efforts to create a Predator Free Whangārei will receive a $6 million boost, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. The new funding, through Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd, will create around 12 jobs while enabling the complete removal of possums over ...
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  • New Zealand to review relationship settings with Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Government is reviewing the settings of its relationship with Hong Kong. “China’s decision to pass a new national security law for Hong Kong has fundamentally changed the environment for international engagement there,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand remains deeply ...
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  • Funding for Whangārei’s infrastructure projects revealed
    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced details of a multimillion-dollar investment in Whangārei for infrastructure projects that will help it recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 jobs are expected to be created through the $26 million investment from the Government’s rejuvenation package ...
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  • Managed isolation and quarantine update
    Following a second incident in which a person escaped from a managed isolation facility, security is being enhanced, including more police presence onsite, Minister Megan Woods said. “The actions of some individuals who choose to break the very clear rules to stay within the facilities means that more resourcing is ...
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  • Funding for Kaipara district community waste programmes
    Waste reduction and recycling programmes in Kaipara are set to get a boost with Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announcing a $361,447 grant from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) Sustainable Kaipara. “The new funding will allow Sustainable Kaipara to partner with local schools, kura, community ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government will support the people and economy of Southland
    The Government will support the Southland economy in the wake of multinational mining company Rio Tinto’s decision to follow through with its long signalled closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. “This day has unfortunately been on the cards for some time now, but nevertheless the final decision is a ...
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  • New transformational tools for the Predator Free 2050 effort
    New tools being developed to help boost Aotearoa’s Predator Free 2050 effort were unveiled today by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. A new rat poison, a camera with predator recognition software to detect and report predators, a new predator lure and a ...
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  • New Armoured vehicles for New Zealand Army
    The Coalition Government has approved the purchase of a fleet of Bushmaster vehicles to replace the New Zealand Army’s armoured Pinzgauers, Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced today. The new fleet of 43 Australian-designed and built Bushmaster NZ5.5 will provide better protection for personnel and improved carrying capacity. “The age ...
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  • Community-led solutions to prevent family violence
    The Government’s three prevention frameworks to reduce family violence in Aotearoa were launched this week by Associate Minister for Social Development Poto Williams.   The frameworks were developed in partnership with communities around New Zealand, and build on the work the Government has already begun with its new family violence prevention ...
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  • Govt confirms investment in better radiology and surgical services for Hawke’s Bay
    The Government is pleased to confirm funding for improvements to radiology and surgical services at Hawke's Bay DHB, Health Minister Chris Hipkins says.     "The Minister of Finance the Hon Grant Robertson and former Health Minister Dr David Clark approved funding for Hawke's Bay DHB’s redevelopment of their radiology facilities ...
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  • Specialist alcohol and drug addiction services strengthened across New Zealand
    •    New funding for four beds at Napier’s Springhill Residential Addiction Centre •    A new managed withdrawal home and community service, and peer support before and after residential care at Tairāwhiti DHB  •    A co-ordinated network of withdrawal management services throughout the South Island •    Peer support in Rotorua and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Coastal Shipping Webinar
    Introduction, seafarers and POAL Good morning everyone, I am delighted to be online with you all today. Before I begin, I have to acknowledge that COVID-19 has disrupted the maritime sector on an unprecedented scale. The work of seafarers and the maritime industry is keeping many economies around the world ...
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  • Support for resilient rail connection to the West Coast
    A $13 million investment from Government will create jobs and improve the resilience of the rail connection between Christchurch and the West Coast, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones and Regional Economic Development Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau say. The funding comes from the tagged contingency set aside in Budget 2020 for infrastructure projects ...
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  • Major investment in safe drinking water
    The Government is investing $761 million to assist local government upgrade under-pressure water services across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today.  The announcement was made at the site of the water bore that was found to be the source of the fatal ...
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    7 days ago
  • Supporting stranded seasonal workers to keep working with more flexible options
    Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers stranded in New Zealand will be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles, says Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. The time-limited visa changes are: Stranded RSE workers will be able to work part-time (a minimum of 15 hours ...
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    7 days ago
  • Relief for temporary migrants, employers and New Zealanders who need work
    The Government is making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. We are: Extending temporary work visas due to expire by the end of 2020 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Freshwater commissioners and fast-track consenting convenor appointed
    Professor Peter Skelton CNZM has been appointed as Chief Freshwater Commissioner and Alternate Environment Court Judge Craig James Thompson as Deputy Chief Freshwater Commissioner for the newly established Freshwater Planning Process (FPP). Environment Minister David Parker today also announced the appointment of Chief Environment Court Judge Laurie Newhook as the ...
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  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Queen’s Counsel Neil Campbell has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Campbell graduated with a BCom and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1992. He spent two years with Bell Gully Buddle Weir in Auckland before travelling to the United ...
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  • Feedback sought – Commercial Film and Video Production Facilities
    The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to better enable the development and operation of commercial film and video facilities in Christchurch. The Proposal, developed by Regenerate Christchurch in response to a request from Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section ...
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  • Govt launches bold primary sector plan to boost economic recovery
    The Government has launched a bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade, while protecting the environment and growing jobs. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today released Fit for a Better World – Accelerating our Economic Potential, a 10-year roadmap to unlock greater value ...
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  • Wellbeing of whanau at heart of new hub
    A new approach to prevent family harm that encourages greater collaboration across government and community groups is being celebrated at the opening of a new facility in Auckland. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today opened the Multi-Disciplinary Family Harm Prevention Hub Te Taanga Manawa in Lambie Road in Manukau. The facility ...
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  • New Report on Auckland Port Relocation
    The Government has released a major new report on the options for relocating the Port of Auckland’s freight operations while deferring any decision on the issue. “That decision needs to be informed by policy analysis that is still to be completed. As a result it will be up to a ...
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  • Dual place names for Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula features
    The history of Rāpaki is being restored through the inclusion of te reo in thirteen official place names on Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula and around Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō, the Minister for Land Information, Eugenie Sage, announced today.   “I am pleased to approve the proposals from Te Hapū o Ngāti ...
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  • Government and Air New Zealand agree to manage incoming bookings
    Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan Woods.  “Last week Air Commodore Darryn Webb and I ...
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  • $80 million for sport recovery at all levels
    Grant Robertson has today announced the first major release of funding from the $265 million Sport Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.  “Today we’re setting out how $80 million will be invested, with $54 million of that over the 2020/2021 financial year for organisations from community level through to elite ...
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  • Keeping ACC levies steady until 2022
    The Government is maintaining current levy rates for the next 2 years, as part of a set of changes to help ease the financial pressures of COVID-19 providing certainty for businesses and New Zealanders, ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “New Zealanders and businesses are facing unprecedented financial pressures as a ...
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