Open mike 29/03/2013

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  1. What do we have to look forward to this Easter? Getting out in the garden? Time with family?

    Nope – more expensive power as our dodgy government is again held to ransom by a struggling multinational down on their luck asking for just a few million to tide them over. And who doesn’t trust a multinational? After all, they are just taxpaying citizens like the rest of us.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      Oh well, at least with powershop I was able to buy power in advance at the cheaper prices for winter.

  2. Morrissey 2

    AN EASTER GIFT TO THE KIDS OF AFGHANISTAN
    Four children killed in Afghan-coalition operation: police

    This was headline news on the BBC, ITV, C4 News, Radio NZ National, TVNZ and TV3.

    Wasn’t it??

    Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:28 GMT Source: Reuters // Reuters
    http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/four-children-killed-in-afghan-coalition-operation-police
    by Samiullah Paiwand

    KABUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Afghan and international special forces staged a night raid in the country’s restive east, with police on Wednesday saying five civilians died in the operation, four of them children.

    While the defence ministry said there had been no civilian deaths in the overnight operation in Logar province, Reuters television footage taken in the village, Sejewand, showed the bodies of at least three children.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai has previously criticised special forces raids in Afghan villages, particularly those in which civilians are killed.

    An Interior Ministry statement said 23 Taliban fighters were killed and 26 captured during the fighting in Sejewand.

    Logar police official Rais Khan Seddiq said the operation was undertaken by Afghan commandos, assisted by international special forces, in order to rescue two Afghan soldiers captured the previous day by the Taliban.

    “Two civilians were killed and three were wounded,” Seddiq said, adding that those wounded had later died. Four of the dead were children, he said.

    The defence ministry rejected any notion of civilian deaths. The ministry’s head of operations, Afzal Aman, told Reuters that all those killed or detained had been carrying weapons.

    “We … do not accept the claim of civilian casualties. All those killed or detained were armed, but an investigation is occurring and it will become clear if there are any civilians among the dead,” he said.

    Allegations of disappearances and illegal killings in neighbouring Wardak province prompted Karzai to halt all U.S. special operations there last month. While he also ordered international troops out of some areas of the province, that has yet to occur.

    Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at least 40 civilians had been killed during the fighting, but later revised that figure to 28.

    The Taliban often claim their fighters killed in battle were civilians, an ISAF spokesman said.

    The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says it has reduced civilian casualties in recent years, and insurgents such as the Taliban are now responsible for 84 per cent of all such deaths and injuries. (Additional Reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Writing by Dylan Welch; Editing by Ron Popeski)

    http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/four-children-killed-in-afghan-coalition-operation-police
    http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1364482051.html

    • infused 2.1

      Try reading about Syria. See how many innocent die there a day.

      • Murray Olsen 2.1.1

        We do not have special forces in Syria who are involved in any sort of operations. At least, not that I know of. We send troops to Afghanistan and are supposed to thank them for fighting for our freedom, serving their country etc. To me, this makes a focus on Afghanistan relevant, not to mention that people dying in one part of the world does not excuse deaths in another.

      • Morrissey 2.1.2

        Try reading about Syria.

        I do read about Syria. I am absolutely sure I know far more about Syria than you do.

        See how many innocent die there a day.

        Why are you talking about Syria? The initial post was about yet another killing by U.S.-led “special forces” of children in AFGHANISTAN.

        Why would you start talking about Syria?

  3. Jenny 3

    Wanting something worthwhile and political to do over the Holiday week end?

    How about this?

    Meet for a roadside rally this holiday Monday at the Mangatangi Mine site beside State Highway 2

    Auckland Coal Action and Coal Free Mangatawhiri are calling for the public to rally this Monday beside State Highway 2 at the site of the Fonterra’s proposed new Mangatangi coal mine:

    Start time: 2pm

    Meeting place: Bell Road overbridge

    Coming from Auckland; Exit the state highway at the Mangatawhiri off ramp, to meet at Bell Road. From there march down to the main road.

    http://www.wises.co.nz/l/waikato/mangatawhiri/bell+road/#c/-37.223528/175.147991/15/

    Bring your own banners and signs

    There should be lots of returning holiday crowds to interact with. Bored out of their minds sitting in the traffic.

    If you are returning from your holiday why not join the rally?

    Daunted by the huge expected traffic jams?

    Break up your journey by joining the rally, (at least until the traffic dies down).

    Support the campaign against all new coal mines.

    You know it makes sense.

    Coming from the East, take the Maramarua Golf Course Exit to pass under the highway to meet at Bell Road.

  4. Ennui 4

    Easter, Spoke to my mother who will be giving a reading on Sunday, and talked about the Pope. She is a staunch Anglican, and tolerates her sons agnosticism with some guarded difficulty. We both agreed that old institutions change at a snails pace, and that inertia is a challenge for Francis. As a pair of Fabians we like the cut of Francis cloth however. From Stuff today:

    Speaking to about 1600 priests from Rome who attended the St Peter’s Mass, he said those who did not live in humility close to the people risked becoming “collectors of antiques or novelties – instead of being shepherds living with ‘the smell of the sheep'”.

    “Those who do not go out of themselves, instead of being mediators, gradually become intermediaries, managers. We know the difference: the intermediary, the manager … doesn’t put his own skin and his own heart on the line, he never hears a warm, heartfelt word of thanks,” he said. Francis said priests should not get bogged down in “introspection” but step outside of themselves and concentrate on those who need their help.

    Maybe our entire parliament should take example.

  5. AsleepWhileWalking 5

    Quote of the week, “If we had a Race Relations Commissioner worth her black balls….”, Marama Davidson on housing and how it ties in with a multitude of other issues.

    Citizen A, March 28th 2013
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/03/29/citizen-a-with-marama-davidson-efeso-collins/

    Comment on housing begins around 13 minutes.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1

      BB askes, What does the future of home ownership look like for GenX’s and GenY’s?
      “Well it looks good in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney”, replies Efeso Collins.

      Too true mate, too true.

  6. johnm 6

    With thanks to Xtasy who has gone into the detail of what this government intends to do to hapless bennies. John Minto of Mana has written a piece saying National intends to move 100,000 off benefits in ten years:
    “Government’s plan to push 100,000 off welfare with no job plan in place is shameful”
    http://mana.net.nz/2013/03/governments-plan-to-push-100000-off-welfare-with-no-job-plan-in-place-is-shameful/

    This government will and are copying policies the Tories in the U$K are doing including taking a more agressive sanctions attitude. I’ve seen two young fit men begging for money in Wellington a week ago. 🙁 .

    Now the U$K is doing a sanctions goal score card which encourages case managers to get “nasty” if claimants slip up in any way on their obligations! This government won’t be far behind believe you me:

    ‘ A second adviser to contact the Guardian said he worked in a medium-sized jobcentre in the north-east of England, and said he was appalled at the attitude of management towards sanctions.

    “I have been an adviser for many years and have always prided myself on the help I have given claimants, whilst still testing their conditionality and ensuring they were aware of their responsibilities. Now, however, the emphasis seems to be about persecuting claimants and all advisers are being pressured into referring claimants to the decision-makers in the hope that people will sign off and contribute to the off-flow target.

    “At my last review I was told in no uncertain terms that I needed to start identifying more people to refer for sanctioning and, as my next review looms, I feel under pressure now to start picking on people, otherwise I will be put on a performance improvement plan.” ‘

    “Jobcentre ‘scorecard’ shows how areas are performing on stopping benefits
    Table emerges after ministers deny existence of targets for sanctioning benefit claimants over jobseeking efforts”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/28/jobcentre-scorecard-areas-stopping-benefits

    And:
    Just as in the U$ the U$K http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299931/Food-stamps-replace-cash-handouts-poor-vulnerable-benefits-shake-up.html

    —— Now, however, the emphasis seems to be about persecuting claimants and all advisers are being pressured into referring claimants to the decision-makers in the hope that people will sign off and contribute to the off-flow target.—– This is a policy of bureaucratic harassment to dishearten benefit claimants into just giving up altogether. This is already being done to disability claimants who are being persecuted by Atos and being forced to go through very stressful procedures in appealing ludicrous decisions made by this criminal outfit paid for by the scum Tories.

    Government financial support for Benefit advocates here in NZ for review procedures are having that support cut. The objective is the bewildered demoralised bennie won’t know where to turn to to get help on his rights when he’s sanctioned for a minor infringement of his obligations.

    Fascist.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 6.1

      Not convinced of the rest yet (frog….water slowly rising to the boil??) but certainly the replacement of cash handouts with food stamps I can see happening, except the ministry considered far worse – replacing food grants where low income earners could choose appropriate food for their dietary needs, and suitability with other stuff they could scrounge from their pantry with food parcels provided by supermarkets.

      Undoubtedly the “parcels” would consist of food near it’s expiry, of low quality and with complete disregard for those of us with very specific food needs or limited preparation ability. In this way the supermarkets would off load their dodgy food they were throwing out and even make a profit from it.

    • dumrse 6.2

      No mention of the bludging bennies who won’t get off their arses and look for the work that’s out there.

      • lprent 6.2.1

        With about 7% of the workforce out of work, literally hundreds of people turning up for jobs, and no signs of a government that gives a shit about helping to create jobs… Ummm… Perhaps this might be a structural issue rather than the religious morality one you seem to view it as.

        You really are a dumbarse.

      • Murray Olsen 6.2.2

        If we mentioned them you’d have no reason to exist, dumarse. We on the left are kind hearted, compassionate people, and have no wish to take your delusions away from you.

      • emergency mike 6.2.3

        No mention of the dumarse tr0lls either.

      • xtasy 6.2.4

        dumrse:

        Jobs?

        You mean those doubled and tripled numbers of them on various job databases like Trade Me? And do you mean that odd needle in the large haystack – out on the farm?

    • xtasy 6.3

      johnm

      Yes, it is criminal what is happening in the UK.

      That is what you get when you “outsource” and tender out services like medical assessments, work capacity assessments, work readying programs, parenting courses, whatever they will come up with.

      It will be “bums on seats” representing “dollares”!

      It will be turnover determining likely profit and more “dollares”!

      It will be the whip and baton to “motivate” (not necessarily literally) the “clients” to do what is expected of them, and the “provider” will get even more “dollares”!

      That is the kind of “motivational” program Bennett and NatACT “soft fascists” have on mind for good ol little NZ. It is strange, but why are so many measures and laws being adopted from the UK. It is as if colonialism is still not a thing of the past.

      I dare not to call them (NatACT) “proper” fascists as yet, but they are getting there fast, by adopting a “soft” NAZI like approach.

  7. gobsmacked 7

    This is an Open Letter to the people in charge of Labour’s communications. It is intended in a constructive spirit. Please take heed.

    I have Google. That’s all. No IT skills, no insider contacts, no nothing … just an old computer and two finger typing.

    That is all you need to find contradictions and confusion – on the record – in Labour’s stated positions. Every week there are more. Yesterday it was Tiwai Point (Parker versus Shearer). Today, it’s education – specifically, National Standards.

    David Shearer visits Rotorua, and is reported thus:

    Mr Shearer said that the national standards being used were not national and were not standardised. He gave his reassurance that if the Labour party was elected he would do away with national standards and charter schools.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/rotorua-review/8476876/Shearer-holds-Govt-to-account

    Many would be pleased with this commitment to “do away with national standards”. But it’s a clear shift from Shearer’s previous statements, when he said they would be kept. For example …

    http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/interview-labour-leader-david-shearer-5085905

    So … is it policy? A commitment? Or just an attempt to say something nice?

    Or was it mis-reported? If so, where is the correction?

    You cannot do this, Labour. You cannot have the leader out there saying different things all the time. You cannot then blame the voters or the media for mis-representing you, if your leader is the one who mis-represents.

    You cannot keep going around the regions and pretend it’s the 19th century, that the message to Dunedin student radio or a Gisborne newspaper or an Auckland business breakfast will not be picked up elsewhere. You are going to get Googled to death by Farrar, Slater and the rest of National’s attack dogs. They are collecting time-bombs for the campaign, and you’re providing them. It’s electoral suicide.

    Either teach your “leader” how to communicate a clear and consistent message, or get a leader who can.

    • Murray Olsen 7.2

      I don’t see it as an either/or situation, gobsmacked. People who know what they believe in and enter politics because of the fire in their belly don’t tend to have Shearer’s problems. He just has to go. Labour cannot afford him, and more importantly, we cannot afford him. When a politician is saying different things to Dunedin students and the Auckland bourgeoisie, it’s a pretty safe bet that what he wants to do is much closer to what he says in Auckland.

    • xtasy 7.3

      gobsmacked: When you have a memory like a Swiss cheese full of LARGE holes, forgetting about a bank account having over 50 or even 100 k dollars in it, and when you go around criticising others for their lack of memory, then it maybe better to shut up.

      But a “leader” who always shuts up is what we had for too long.

      So whatever, this man is a liability, and for his own well-being, and that of many others, he better be pulled out of traffic a.s.a.p..

      Sadly I cannot see it, he races around like a boy racer with damaged brakes, and a car too big for him to steer. Nobody seems to bother too much.

      • karol 7.3.1

        he races around like a boy racer with damaged brakes, and a car too big for him to steer. Nobody seems to bother too much.

        LOL. Great metaphor.

  8. Draco T Bastard 9

    KiwiRail committed to struggling service

    KiwiRail has committed to its struggling commuter train service between Palmerston North and Wellington for two more years.

    But it warns it could pull the plug on the Capital Connection if an annual review finds its losses exceed $1 million a year.

    Hint to Kiwirail: Transport always runs at a loss.

  9. joe90 10

    I haven’t watched it all yet but what I have seen is pretty damn thought provoking.

    http://www.vday.org/livestream

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JRmpNw7U-YE

    • kiwi_prometheus 10.1

      While violence against women is a concern, violence against ANYBODY irrespective of gender or skin color etc is at least as an important concern.

      It’s like saying “End Violence Against Asian People!”, implying its ok against any other group or “not as bad” or “not as important”.

      Also it is something of a front for the Feminist/Social Constructionist Marx-y types who hide their true intentions behind apparently righteous social causes.

      • felix 10.1.1

        “It’s like saying “End Violence Against Asian People!”, implying its ok against any other group or “not as bad” or “not as important”.”

        “End Violence Against Asian People” would be a perfectly reasonable stance if it were shown that Asian people were overwhelmingly the victims of violence relative to other groups.

        • kiwi_prometheus 10.1.1.1

          Well the Japanese got two A bombs thrown at them.

          But still what about the implication that other groups don’t matter or are “not as important”. Especially when those leading the crusade against “violence against women” are surprise surprise Feminists.

          You need to come clean Felix, what are you – Marxist, Social Constructivist?

          I’ve asked you several times already and you squirm out of it.

          • felix 10.1.1.1.1

            I don’t think I’ve ever been asked that before. Usually you just tell me what I am, and that seems to vary wildly depending on your meds.

            But ignoring your irrelevant attempt at diversion, I fully support any effort to stop people throwing A bombs at the Japanese.

            It hasn’t really been much of an issue in my lifetime. However in the 80s there was what seemed quite a real threat of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. chucking bombs at each other and potentially destroying much of Europe and Nth America, and I – along with many others – voiced strong opinions on the matter.

            You’ll note that it might be more difficult to find records of people speaking out about the imminent nuclear destruction of Borneo, and I’m interested to see if you can figure out why.

          • QoT 10.1.1.1.2

            Pigeon holing again. 🙄

            • kiwi_prometheus 10.1.1.1.2.1

              Hey, another one of the Power Girls has rocked on up to the party!

              Pigeon holing?

              Drop the act.

              Just want to know what flag you’re flying under, but you get all evasive.

              That’s because you know I’ve got a big philosophical stick that I’m going to beat you long and hard with once you declare your colours ;).

              • felix

                Bye.

                • kiwi_prometheus

                  Why? You gone crying to the mods again?

                  No wonder Smiley Wavy stays at historically record highs in the popularity stakes, why you sabotage the Left with that disastrous Social Constructionist/Marx-y/ Feminist nonsense.

                  Just take a look at that Socialist outfit in the UK which has imploded.

                  Meanwhile Jamie Dimon and the other banksters continue their rampage.

                  • felix

                    I haven’t gone anywhere you fucking idiot, I said “bye” because you left the discussion and decided instead to waffle on about labels, none of which I have any idea of the meaning of, or their relation to anything I’ve said.

                    You do this all the time. Frankly I think you’re a coward who is afraid to discuss anything meaningfully.

              • QoT

                Yep, no symptoms of male insecurity here … 🙄

          • Murray Olsen 10.1.1.1.3

            KP, you seem worried that there might be a set amount of violence in the world, so that if we end it against one group, it’ll pop up somewhere else. Could be the Marxist in me, but I don’t think it really works like that.

            • kiwi_prometheus 10.1.1.1.3.1

              Tell me about the Marxist in you, is it kind of like a demonic possession?

          • Colonial Weka 10.1.1.1.4

            “But still what about the implication that other groups don’t matter or are “not as important””

            The only people who think that the call to end violence against women implies that other groups don’t matter are people that hate women and/or feminists.

            • kiwi_prometheus 10.1.1.1.4.1

              No its strains of feminism that are hateful towards men.

              What is Feminism? – in all forms it is only an adjunct to a male invented philosophy – Liberalism, Marxism, Deconstructionism ( ok the last one was basically invented by a 1970s French homosexual so dunno if that counts )

              Feminism is fun to deconstruct, even more fun than deconstructing Deconstructionists, LOL!

              • Colonial Weka

                Myself, I’m able to think and discuss without needing an academic framework, but I’m fairly sure you don’t understand what deconstructionism is.

                Nevertheless, if you think that calls for the end to violence against women is exclusive of others, you’re a fucking idiot (although I don’t think you do believe that, I think you just said that so you could promulgate your misogyny again).

          • Colonial Weka 10.1.1.1.5

            and btw k_p, there is a reason why we don’t have p-day. Know what it is?

  10. Chris73 11

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/8487795/Australian-arrested-in-Savile-scandal

    Hmm how many 82 year old australian entertainers can one think of, good thing wikipedia wouldn’t help…

    I wouldn’t have thought it but then I’m somewhat naive in some areas

  11. emergency mike 12

    Some scientists think they have figured out why the bee population has mysteriously been declining at an alarming rate in the past few decades.

    Turns out it might be because of the poisonous chemicals put on (or in) the plants to kill insects. Who’d have thunk it?

    • kiwi_prometheus 12.1

      “A pesticide trade group questioned the data, saying the levels of pesticide used were unrealistically high…”

      Watch as Big AgriChem use the standard PR misinformation tactics, politicians, smears etc to torpedo this one.

  12. kiwi_prometheus 13

    Max Keiser Report – all the global ( JP Morgan etc ) and reserve banks are insolvent, the banksters act with out any fear of the law, there is simply no law inforcement.

    Germany is building its 4th Reich ( no i am not claiming they are Nazis, just going for European domination like they have always fantasized about ) not by military but financial power – Cyprus is great because it sends the Euro lower, helping German exports boom, its employment higher and it is buying up assets in Greece etc for cents on the dollar.

    I’m surprised Max’s dead body hasn’t been fished out of the Thames River or New York harbour, yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTlB-jYPu1U&list=FLBIwq18tUFrujiPd3HLPaGw

  13. xtasy 14

    More PRETENTIOUS “browneyed” BROWNLEE “action” or rather “bull-shit”:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10874342

    I honestly do not get it, why have the stupid (or intentionally government pampering) media “dippoes” not picked up on this one???

    Here comes Gerry Brownlee and swiftly announces a STOP to all email correspondence and traffic between EQC staff and outsiders, on a late Thursday afternoon, right before work stops for 4 days being a long EASTER weekend!

    Is he trying to look like an “action man” an “action Minister” for once? Latest news on Radio New Zealand this afternoon was, that EQC expects email issues to have been addressed and traffic to be back to normal again some time next week (right after the long weekend). They will have a task force look at the issues over the coming days, it seems.

    This is ridiculous. You may as well announce that all shops will immediately have to close on Good Friday!? Few are opened anyway.

    So all sit in awe and say, hey, this is staunch, it was never done before. Brownlee is really taking action now.

    FOOLS all over the show!

  14. xtasy 15

    Another “GEM” –

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10874041

    “Dumb, dumber the dumbest”, who has the most stupid channel of all?

    I sense a new spirit of “competition” in the mainstream media. The downward spiral is setting the standards now. TVNZ ONE is canning the all night (few hours actually) of commercial free BBC World broadcast for good now, replacing it with some “newish” content not be found anywhere else: INFOMERCIALS!

    Why not have Jagat Guru videos played all night, that at least will give some viewers some mental and spiritual enjoyment???

    • xtasy 15.1

      Well, this guy I was thinking of:

      http://www.scienceofidentityfoundation.net/about-us/jagad-guru-siddhaswarupananda-paramahamsa-chris-butler.html

      I am not sure, whether it was on Triangle once, or on another small channel, that used to go on for hours what he was talking about. Perhaps a nice “gap filler”, just a bit more stimulating than infomercials.

    • freedom 15.2

      It’s been a few months since the switch and I don’t even know if they are still bothering to broadcast it, but will not this latest move also mean that an hour later you can watch the Infomercials as repeats instead of what was once Channel 7.

      So do the advertisers pay twice for that or is that just one more subsidy ?

      • karol 15.2.1

        It’s beyond me why anyone would sit and watch infomercials.

        • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.1

          Indeed. Some even call the 0800 number and buy stuff.

          • xtasy 15.2.1.1.1

            There are many shopaholics out there, you’d be amazed!

            So they must get a kick out of the infomercials and the shopping channel, like a gambler at the one armed bandit. Once the tingle sets in, once that bit of hormones shoot through the blood vessels, they are caught, stuck and sit there with note-pads and mobile phones 24/7.

          • felix 15.2.1.1.2

            Yep, my sources in the industry tell me they sell a LOT of this stuff. And all those triggers are calculated very carefully, much like the casino most of us don’t really see the allure but the targeted customer does.

          • just saying 15.2.1.1.3

            I once bought something. Bags which allowed you to cook roast veges in the microwave and still have them turn out crunchy. I guess the catch is obvious, but it wasn’t to me, in the middle of the night, desperately tired but unable to sleep.

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  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    1 day ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 day ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    2 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    2 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    2 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    3 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    5 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
    1. Shane Jones, addressing the energy industry, called climate concern what?a. The only sane responseb. Undeniably valid c. Our last best hope d. A "religion" 2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. Gleeful ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
      “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Chris Trotter writes – TELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    6 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    6 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    6 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    6 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    6 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for five Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Parole (Mandatory Completion of Rehabilitative Programmes) Amendment Bill (Todd Stephenson) Goods and Services Tax (Removing GST From Food) Amendment Bill (Rawiri Waititi) Income Tax (ACC Payments) Amendment Bill (Hamish Campbell) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
    Today, a major fire broke out on the Port Hills in Ōtutahi. Like its 2017 predecessors, it is almost certainly exacerbated by climate change. And it is still burning. The present government did not start the fire. But they piled the tinder high last time they were in power, gutting ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    1 week ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
    Much attention has been directed at Joe Biden’s mental lapses and physical frailty. Less attention has been spent on Donald Trump’s cognitive difficulties and physical limitations, with most focus being devoted to his insults and exaggerated claims (as if they … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
    Robert MacCulloch writes –  Gosh, the CEO of Fletcher Building, Ross Taylor, says today’s announcement of a half-year loss of $120 million for the company is “disappointing” and was “heavily impacted” by the Convention Centre losses. He must be crying all the way to the bank (to quote Las ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
    Government and borrower hopes for early mortgage cost relief look likely to be thwarted. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Stronger-than-expected US inflation data out overnight is expected to delay the first US Federal Reserve rate cut into the second half of 2024, which in turn would hold mortgage rates ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, the first of the new Parliament. And to start the Parliament off, there's a bunch of first readings. A bunch of other bills have been postponed, so first up is Duncan Webb's District Court (Protecting Judgment Debtors on Main Benefit) Amendment Bill, followed by Katie ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
    Buzz from the Beehive Local Government Minister Simeon Brown – it seems fair to suppose – was flushed with success after the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation. As he explained, repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing his government’s Local Water Done Well ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago

  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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