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Open mike 28/09/2011

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  1. A Swiss study says Forex traders are worse than Psychopaths. What you reckon? Nice, giving, loving people can make it to the top in that world? Neh, but lying, callous, destructive bullies can!! John Key anyone?

  2. Hilary 2

    This trader admits Goldman Sachs runs the world and that recessions are just another opportunity to make money, in this BBC interview

    • marsman 2.1

      Yep , and Goldman Sachs owns part of Mediaworks a virtual monopoly created by and recently handed 30 odd million bucks by Steven Joyce.

    • marsman 2.2

      John Key didn’t care that he could have bankrupted NZ with his currency raiding. He doesn’t care that children are starving, that the elderly can’t afford to heat their homes. MONEY is all he cares about. YUCK YUCK YUCK.

    • ianmac 2.3

      This money trader’s warning is that the Stock Market is going, going, gone as is the Euro, and put that against John Key’s buoyant “she’ll be right” and “we have it under control”, who would you trust? Or as a money trader is John Key looking to make heaps out of the crash?

    • Colonial Viper 2.4

      You got there before I did 🙂

  3. RobC 3

    Random thought: I always wondered how on earth Americans could vote a second term for George W. Bush. As we head to an election, I now know.

  4. Retailers running foul of All Blacks ad ban

    Lingerie store im Designer Bodywear lingerie in Grey St was contacted by rugby authorities last week and told to remove its “All black lingerie” sign, with warnings that it risked breaching the fair trading and trademark acts.

    Manager Sue Moar said she felt bullied by the NZRU but had no intention of removing the sign.

    “The whole thing’s just turned stupid.

    “The guy said, ‘You take it down or you’ll be getting a letter.’ But I haven’t got any letter and the sign’s still up.”

    ooooh a letter…bet she’s shittting herself

    Ms Barnett said she was yet to be challenged about her display but defended her right to use references to the World Cup and the national team.

    “Since when have they had ownership on black?

    “Black’s been around ever since we’ve had nighttime.”

    hahaha…fuck you NZRU!!!

  5. Rodney Hide last night gave the best Parliamentary Speech of this term.

    [Feck did I just say that?] 

    • Jim Nald 5.1

      Oh rite, he gives such speeches before he gets into government and when he is pissing off. He is a useless dildo.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    An HONEST market trader talks about the coming Eurozone collapse

    “Like most traders, we don’t care that much about having a fixed economy…”

    He’ll never be invited back to the BBC.

  7. Why did the student protest group at Auckland University allow Omar Hamed to attend? and is his alleged treatment of woman (from various feminist groups) a concern?

  8. prism 9

    I just looked at what the Santa Fe Institute, USA is doing at the moment. In education they are featuring their complexity studies. Our political leaders and economists would learn more that is relevant to doing the best job they can for us if they did not go to Harvard or Chicago, but studied at the inter-disciplinary Santa Fe.

    This is part of their course explanation and provision text.

    Take on our Complex World. Inspire Others.
    Complexity Scholars trained at the Santa Fe Institute are working to understand the theoretical foundations and patterns underlying the systems most critical to our future — economies, ecosystems, conflict, disease, human social institutions, and the global condition.
    To fully understand these complex adaptive systems, with their deep interdependencies and emergent behaviors at many scales, a new kind of science is needed. One that relies on the synthesis of many scientific perspectives. One that unravels today’s most complex problems with revolutionary theories derived both from careful observation of real-world phenomena and proven scientific principles.

    “The core problem is that our education and training systems were built for another era. We can get where we must go only by changing the system itself.”
    — National Center on Education and the Economy 2007, Tough Choices for Tough Times

    • prism 9.1

      Education in NZ is splitting along the pipeline. The leading teachers bodies have been facing off against the School Trustees bunch and have accused them of adopting an attitude to differences of opinion as if it was a master and servant relationship. I think this is an inherent problem in Tomorrows Schools and I think it is a feature in some USA school areas, the USA being where we picked tomorrows schools policy from. If I am wrong somebody who can amend what I’ve stated can reply and put me right.

  9. JS 11

    PM conducting focus groups to see whether he will get more votes supporting or opposing Coronation Street’s new viewing time.

  10. Lanthanide 12

    Stuff have got a very interesting interactive breakdown of their polls up on their site. You can break it down by different demographics such as age or who they voted for in 2008, and then which party they’ll vote or what issues concern them most (the most interesting figures I think).

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/polls/election-poll

    The full stats aren’t available for their latest 28th September poll, but in 30th August we can see that people who voted National in 2008 considered Law & Order the most important issue, and people who Don’t Know or Undecided about their vote this year have Law & Order their second most important issue.

    Preferred PM is another interesting one. 29% of labour voters want Phil Goff while 14% want ‘Other’ and 39% ‘Don’t know’.

    Previous 2008 vote with intended 2011 vote:
    89% of Nats stick with Nats, 5.3% go to Labour
    79% of Labour stick with Labour, 7.8% go to Greens and 12% to National
    84% of Greens stick with Greens, 9% go to Labour and 3.5% to National.
    Mana picks up 1.7% from Greens and 1.6% from Other.

    Be interested to see what other people can dig out of this.

    • Puddleglum 12.1

      Yes, that is a good link. September 28 seems to be there now.

      Apparently, 52% of men and 56% of women in the sample intend voting National (though, 2.6% of men intend voting ACT and only 0.5% of women). Labour is 28% for each gender.

      Those who are comfortable (22% Labour, 10% Green, 60% National); getting by ( 26%; 8.9%; 58%); struggling (43%; 14%; 37%).

      Preferred PM for under 35 42% Key; 35-59 54% Key; over 60 58% Key.

       

  11. Akldnut 13

    Just heard on the radio another SAS soildier shot and killed in Kabul.
    Starting to drop like flies now – but smiley wavey guy will make it all OK.

  12. Campbell Larsen 14

    This threat was recently sent to one of my employers:

    ” From: mattyroo@gmail.com
    Do you think this is appropriate for one of your models to be publicly saying:

    Campbell Larsen1619 September 2011 at 7:19 pm
    I wish the mad butcher would hurry up and die.
    Fuck Close Up for giving this National party cheerleader a free slot in primetime.
    [link ommitted to reduce rehashing of old ground]

    How do you think your clients would feel, if they were to find out what someone that they have engaged through you, has been saying about a Kiwi icon?

    I’m sure Vodafone, whom you prominently advertise on your website as a client, would certainly be interested to know about this…. Especially considering Sir Peter Leitch has a longstanding relationship with them.

    I’m interested to hear your response? ”

    Seems Sir Peter and his mates are not above going after the little guy….

    [I see that mattyroo once copped a lifetime ban for similar “real world” bully tactics. The ban was never enforced, but it is now. r0b]

    • McFlock 14.1

      Fuck I hate tories. I can’t say I agreed with your comment, but this sort of shit is why I use a pseudonym. It ain’t perfect, but it’s a disconnect from my personal and professional life. 

    • The Voice of Reason 14.2

      Yep, that’s pretty low. The next time someone brings up the real name versus anonymous poster argument, I’ll remind them of this attack on your freedom of speech.

    • grumpy 14.3

      …..you’re a model??????

      That explains it then.

    • Aye another RWNJ feeding frenzy.  They are great at picking up on the slightest comment and then turning it into an attack.  They are oblivious to the criticism that they are hypocrites.  It seems they have learned this technique off the slithery one.
       
       

      • Joe Bloggs 14.4.1

        two questions for the legal fraternity…

        how do you justify calling Larsen’s post “the slightest comment”?

        what is the substantive difference between Darien Fenton calling for a boycott of Mad Butcher shops and Mattyroo calling for a boycott of Larsen?

    • higherstandard 14.5

      “Seems Sir Peter and his mates are not above going after the little guy….”

      How is Peter and his mates going after the little guy ?

      As you’ve outed yourself as an actor do you also take umbrage to Robyn Malcolm and Lucy Lawless using their fame for influencing politics ?

      How about Michael Jones and Inga ?

      What about Pio and Oscar Keightly ?

      Are you going to object to all of them having their right to free speech as well and wish they all hurry up and die ?

      • Campbell Larsen 14.5.1

        Funny, as it happens I haven’t seen any of those you have mentioned granted a patsy interview on close up recently (actually not ever, but then I try an avoid close up, and campbell live as those shows are rubbish tv, certinly not news, not even info-tainment)

        What I do remember is that Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcom (the most memorable of those you mentioned) campaign on issues and policies – they encourage people to think when they vote.
        On the other hand, minor celebrities like the butcher who gushingly make statements like I think so-and-so is the best man for the job contribute nothing useful to the voting process – I would even go a step further and call it a cynical attempt at manipulation.

        If you require further clarification due to your memory and comprehension problems go back to the original thread and the discussions therein – Puddleglums contributions are especially eloquent and insightful.

        I am finished with you sir – this topic is closed.

        • higherstandard 14.5.1.1

          Ah, so you’re a hypocrite as well as an arse.

          And I see you’re still avoiding a response in relation to your other comment

          “Seems Sir Peter and his mates are not above going after the little guy….”

          How is it that Peter and his mates are going after the little guy ?

  13. Bored 15

    Breaking News Herald A New Zealand SAS soldier has died after being shot in the head in an ongoing assault on a group of insurgents in Afghanistan. The soldier was killed while supporting an assault on an insurgent team in the Afghan capital…

    A sinking feeling of here we go again, “peace keeping, reconstruction AND if youread it leading the assault. Bring our boys home please!

    • Soo sad! Wonder when people are going to wonder why NZ soldiers have to die in other peoples wars?

    • prism 15.2

      I wonder if our army are in the forefront of Afghanistan fighting as mentors, (is that what used to be called advisors?) to please the USofA so that we can progress the free market giveaway of the quality of our sovereignty, such as it is, and get a cardboard replica back covered no doubt in modern technologically advanced hologram material displaying and enhancing our shrinking taonga. ‘My kingdom for a free market deal’ said Jokey Hen and offered the sacrifice of some young people paid by New Zealand to die for the cause.

  14. prism 16

    For anyone who wants a full overview of RWC I recommend Wikpedia. I was trying to get the playing points of teams and couldn’t find anything except the pools points on the other sites I went to. With all the information available I didn’t think a simple chart for all the games played would be so hard to find.

  15. It isAuckland Mayor Len Brown who has effectively taken the flak for Mark Ford, Chair of the Auckland Transport Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) over the RWC transport debacle on 9 September 2011.

    It is the Auckland Transport CCO – NOT Auckland Council which is supposed to be responsible for transport.

    Following is the suggestion that I made directly to Auckland Transport when I addressed the (unelected) Board of Directors on 19 September:

    The public effectively own the railway tracks through KiwiRail, and the public effectively own the trains and railway stations through Auckland Transport.

    So – why don’t we just change the uniforms and business cards of those who actually DO the work, driving the trains and collecting the tickets etc to ‘AUCKLAND TRANPSORT’ and cut out French mutlinational private ‘piggy-in-the-middle’ Veolia Transport – who has the contract – (for private profit) to operate and manage Auckland rail services?

    _____________________________________________________________________

    Why don’t we get rid of the unaccountable ‘Council Controlled Organisation’ model which we the public never voted for and the unelected CCO Boards of Directors while we’re at it?

    It seems that the only ones who have benefitted from Council services being run in a more ‘business-like’ way are those businesses / businesspeople who have got the contracts?

    And how exactly was it decided WHO got these contracts?

    Who is checking for ‘conflicts of interests’ between those who are giving the contracts and those who are getting the contracts?

    Where’s the publicly available ‘Registers of Interests’ for all local government elected representatives and their spouses, all CCO Board members, and all Council (and CCO) staff responsible for property and procurement?

    Where are the publicly available central registers of contracts, and ‘devilish details’ available for public scrutiny – giving the name of the contractor / scope/ term and value of each contract?

    Without this information – how is ‘line-by-line’ accounting possible?

    Where is the ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, which proves that private provision of services formally provided ‘in-house’ at central and local government level, is a more ‘cost-effective’ use of public monies?

    How come in NZ ‘perceived’ to be the least corrupt country in the world (along with Denmanrk and Singapore) according to the 2010 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’ – we have so little genuine transparency when it comes to public expenditure on private sector contractors?

    At both central and local government level?

    Penny Bright
    ‘independent Public Watchdog’
    Candidate for Epsom

  16. Prime Minister Material?

    John Key made a dick of himself again in an interview yesterday. I’m not just talking about the Prime Minster’s stupid joke about Australia gifting New Zealand a coalmine. I’m talking about one of the biggest lies that has ever been foisted on the New Zealand public. John Key said that National had created employment and that unemployment had fallen. This is such a blatant lie that I’m almost lost for words. Here’s what the moron said…

  17. Big bruv 19

    And so it starts…..VSM is being read for the third time.

    All students will now be free.

    What a great day!

    • r0b 19.1

      They’ll be much less free.

      Less free because they’ll still be paying the same amount in compulsory fees to University administrations instead of their own organisations.

      You lot have sold student freedom down the river.

      • McFlock 19.1.1

        Well said. I couldn’t get past a string of expletives.

        • r0b 19.1.1.1

          Expletives work too. Perfectly appropriate for this situation.

          • McFlock 19.1.1.1.1

            We can but hope it is short term – the one good thing about their slimey self-pleasuring is that it will turn to bile with a vengeance if national can’t scrape together 45% in november.

    • Joe Bloggs 19.2

      ironic how anti-democratic some leftie ideologues can be.

      As for students complaining about the erosion of democracy by demanding compulsory unionism, words fail…

      • prism 19.2.1

        JB That would be a change.

      • McFlock 19.2.2

        What, you mean after students – the only people affected by it – voted on it?
        ACTiods lost the democratic vote, so ran to a fucking stupid old fossil (or whatever the phrase was) for help.

        • Joe Bloggs 19.2.2.1

          Scoff…

          The only scientific poll done amongst students (during the last VSM bill) on this issue showed a majority support voluntary membership.

          • McFlock 19.2.2.1.1

            And the democratic elections held at each and every tertiary institution on the matter in 1999, and thereafter whenever 10% of students decided the issue needed revisiting. Idiot.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.2.3

        Still got the blinders on but, then, that’s a normal part of being a RWNJ.

        NAct removed democracy from:
        ECAN
        Auckland
        Parliament through massive abuse of urgency

        It’s the right who are ideologically opposed to democracy.

    • RobC 19.3

      Yep, today is a great day BB. Almost as good as yesterday where my wife gets a 5 figure payout on behalf of the taxpayer that makes you choke on your own vomit. Cheers! Hic!!!

  18. wasted 20

    Is there any truth to the rumour currently going round, the outage on Slaters web site is tied to the major outage in the govts computer system, and he is funded via the a slush fund? smoke fire etc

  19. Joe Bloggs 21

    .
    As for the TupperWaka – what a bilious and pathetic sop to Maoridom that’s turned out to be.

    Four weeks into the RWC, and construction is just starting – still, I suppose that’s what you get for being obliged to bow and scrape to local iwi.

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Four weeks into the RWC, and construction is just starting – still, I suppose that’s what you get for being obliged to bow and scrape to local iwi.

      Bad government, bad coalition, bad outcomes.

  20. AAMC 22

    Former NYT journalist joins and is interviewed at #occupywallstreet

    http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/chris_hedges_occupies_wall_street_20110926/

  21. burt 23

    Stuff: Asset sales, Christchurch rebuild on voters’ minds

    Fairfax Media-Research International poll results, out this morning, show the overriding concern is for the state of hospitals and education, followed by the economy.

    But hang on, the country agreed in 1999 that they didn’t mind paying a few cents more tax to fix health and education – guess 9 years of Labour just wasn’t enough…. Now waiting for someone to tell me National have failed for not doing in 3 years what Labour couldn’t do in 9.

  22. prism 24

    I have been listening today to a repeat interview from Nine To Noon on Tuesday 31 May 2011.
    Dick Smith is more than just the founder an electronics retail empire, he is also the founder of Australian Geographic magazine, an adventurer, philanthropist, and now the author of a new book on unsustainable growth.
    Dick Smith is very clued up about Australian business and economics. When I heard him speak on Tuesday 27/9 he had a lot of things to say relevant to nz.
    He refers in the interview to the practice of buying food as cheaply as possible and finds it unsustainable as the food industry and farming in Australia will collapse if it continues. He gives an example of importing peaches from Swaziland.
    I think one of the worrying signs about the food industry and farmers’ problems is the way that supermarkets have gone into competition with milk, using it as a loss leader. One farmer had Coles supermarket state that they were going to reneg on their contract with him by dropping prices 5 per cent and his agreement was necessary if he wanted to retain their business. He mentioned nz lower wages and Heinz closing beetroot processing there to bring it here at 20% lower wages.
    From 31 May, 2011 (31′27″)
    Download: Ogg Vorbis MP3 | Embed
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/library?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=dick+smith+31+May+2011

  23. Anyone else have problems trying to make an on-line submission on the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill?

    I couldn’t.

    So – I tried Plan “B” ……………..

    28 September 2011

    Members of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee:

    MP Name Party, Electorate
    Justice and Electoral Member Adams, Amy National Party, Selwyn
    Justice and Electoral Member Bakshi, Kanwaljit Singh National Party, List
    Justice and Electoral Member Beaumont, Carol Labour Party, List
    Justice and Electoral Chairperson Borrows, Chester National Party, Whanganui
    Justice and Electoral Deputy-Chairperson Bridges, Simon National Party, Tauranga
    Justice and Electoral Member Chauvel, Charles Labour Party, List
    Justice and Electoral Member Graham, Kennedy Green Party, List
    Justice and Electoral Member Quinn, Paul National Party, List
    Justice and Electoral Member Sepuloni, Carmel Labour Party, List

    It is now 11.30pm, Wednesday 28 September 2011.

    Although it is stated:
    “The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 28 September 2011. Submissions will close at midnight.”
    – I cannot make a submission on-line.

    The message which has come up on screen states:

    ” Alert. www,parliament.nz uses an invalid security certificate. the certificate is not trusted because no issuer chain was provided. (error code: sec_error_unknown_issuer)

    This is a disgrace.

    It is bad enough that this legislative change which is trying to retrospectively make lawful – unlawful Police action – is being railroaded through Parliament – but for it to prove impossible to make on-line submissions after being told this is possible – is simply appalling.

    I therefore expect this submission to be included.

    I have tried to follow your ‘process’ – but it is not working.

    What sort of country is this New Zealand ‘perceived’ to be the least corrupt country in the world?

    Penny Bright.

    WHAT WAS STATED ON THE PARLIAMENTARY WEBSITE:

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/5/0/e/49SCJE_SCF_00DBHOH_BILL11056_1-Video-Camera-Surveillance-Temporary.htm#captcha

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    Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill

    Public submissions are now being invited on the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill.You can make your submission online – scroll to the bottom of this page.
    The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 28 September 2011. Submissions will close at midnight.

    This bill clarifies the use by the Police of video camera surveillance following a recent Supreme Court decision.

    The bill is available for download from the `Related documents´ panel. Print copies can be ordered online from Bennetts Government Bookshops.

    The committee requires 2 copies of each submission if made in writing. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. To assist with administration please supply your postcode and an email address if you have one.

    Further guidance on making a submission can be found from the Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee link in the `Related documents´ panel.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    What follows is my URGENT submission on the
    Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill
    ___________________________________________

    Surely ‘ignorance of the law’ is NO excuse and NZ Police must lead by example and follow the ‘Rule of Law’?
    ………………………….

    Penny Bright
    Independent Public Watchdog
    Candidate for Epsom

    • thejackal 25.1

      Hi Penny, It sounds like you might want to update firefox or go to
      this website for a fix. Not sure how it will work as I’ve never needed to use it.

      You might be the victim of David Farrar’s insidious little LSO cookie that I have previously blogged about. As well as cleaning out your normal cookies, you might want to have a read of this post on how to get rid of their interference.

      Although government websites have been having problems lately and it could be a number of issues, that’s where I would start.

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    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
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    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 hour ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
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  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
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  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
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  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
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  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
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  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
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  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
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  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
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  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
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  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
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  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
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