web analytics

Open mike 29/06/2010

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, June 29th, 2010 - 43 comments
Categories: open mike - Tags:

Open mike is your post.

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

Comment on whatever takes your fancy.

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

Step right up to the mike…

43 comments on “Open mike 29/06/2010 ”

  1. Bored 1

    I see Banks has been caught out on expenditure, how richly ironic.

  2. Pascal's bookie 2

    I’ve discussed this whole issue with Jennings and I no longer feel there’s anything to be gained by posting more detail on the TV3 website. Clearly there are people here determined to tarnish my reputation. As the country’s leading political commentator, I’m not going to let that happen. Honest journalism must prevail in this country.

    http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2010/06/incident-on-an-air-new-zealand-flight/#comment-6958

    So yeah then. let’s unpack that shall we?

    According to Garner:

    i)-Garner is the country’s leading political comentator (citation needed)
    ii)-Questions and criticisms directed at Garner can therefore only be based on a desire to tarnish Garner’s reputation. (see i)
    iii)Attacks on Garner are attacks on the ideal of honest journalism, irrespective of any things Garner does.

    Garner is simply too important to our democratic infrastructure to be questioned. If Garner is tarnished, we shall not survive. He is too good to FAIL.

    • ianmac 2.1

      Would he pass in National Standards for journalists?:

      High self image/ego= Excellent
      Ability to accept criticism= failed
      Quality fair reporting= failed
      Quality of written statements in reply= failed
      Ability to inspire= failed
      Passion for persuit= Excellent

      This pupil will be held back a year and Remedial work will be attempted.

  3. Armchair Critic 3

    Newmont pays no royalties for digging its huge hole in the ground in Waihi. Not a bean. Who would have thought?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/3862197/Historic-licence-saves-mining-giant
    How much was mining worth to the economy again, Gerry?

    • uke 3.1

      I wonder if Newmont pay a bond against post-extraction environmental clean-up costs?

      They have created a huge hole and toxic tailings dam.

      From Jared Diamond’s book “Collapse”, I understand that in the US many mining companies, once they had extracted ore, used to bankrupt themselves to save the cost of a clean-up. Eventually legislation was passed to require bonds to be paid to the govt before mining in the case of such eventualities.

      • Margaret 3.1.1

        I understand the cleanup from mining has to come out of the royalities paid to the Government, that is why is is a nonsense to allow mining, there is nothing left for NZ after the cleanup.

        Heard on the radio this morning the mine in Waihi has never paid royalities nor does it have to.

        How about that?

        • uke 3.1.1.1

          Margaret, it’s nuts.

          Mining & oil-gas extraction seem to be sectors still operating according to 19thC-style rules of plunder.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1

            Probably closer to 17th c and NACT wants to take us back there for everything else as well.

      • prism 3.1.2

        That’s interesting about going bankrupt. It’s the same shameless approach that builders here used after building dodgy buildings, speculators particularly.

        I was sorry to hear years ago, how Albania was taken to the cleaners by shoddy business scams which they had never before experienced, after they had emerged from the communist blanket. But look what’s happened in NZ, the scams that continue, we haven’t reason to respect our financial system and even the political system can be compared to a leaky building with toxic aspects when the covers are lifted.

    • marsman 3.2

      Poor Newmont,they have to pay both company tax and royalties according to their spokesperson. What planet do those people live on. They get FREE gold from us surely NZ should be getting at least 60% if not more of their income.

      • Armchair Critic 3.2.1

        As I understand it they pay royalties for their Favona mine, which is an underground mine, but not for the nearby Martha mine, which is a dirty great open cast pit – soon to be filled with water.

  4. vto 4

    I see Central Plains Water resource consents have been appealed. And on solid grounds by large entities, including one of the original instigators, the Chistchurch City Council.

    City Council on the grounds of polluting future water supplies for the city and taking too much water and not leaving enough for us to drink.

    Ngai Tahu on not sure what yet – aint been sent the notice of appeal copy. I think it is quite fundamental due to the fact the commissioners allowed CPW to completely change the scheme from a storage one to a run-of-river one midway through the process. Which is brilliant because the entire thing may be thrown out. Good.

    Gravel extractors on the basis of changed ground water levels altering their take volumes.

    I think there were others too. This is good. The CPW scheme is not right for a whole bunch of reasons …

    Oh yes, even CPW has appealed due to not being allowed to take water in the cheapest possible manner. They are only able to take it in 12 hour stints from the Waimak to help preserve some of the rivers natural state and this requires them to spend a further $7m on more water storage.

    I also see last night one of the new Ecan commissars David Caygill being interviewed by some rural commentator from Southland. The commentator was almost gobbing in Caygills mouth with excitement over how, apparently, farmers are now happy because “ecan is cooperating at last” (into which you can read “ecan is doing what farmers want”). It was quite pathetic and Caygill looked entirely uncomfortable.

    • joe90 4.1

      The CPW scheme is not right for a whole bunch of reasons

      Reason number eleventyseven…….Mothers ‘need alert’ over high nitrate levels

      • Rosy 4.1.1

        alert over high nitrate levels – that’s appalling! This alone demonstrates the problems Ecan had with balancing water allocation to farming and water quality in Canterbury. And a general lack of priority on degradation of the environment.

      • vto 4.1.2

        FFS, how the farmers and their organisations like Federated Farmers and the National Pary can ignore this stuff and just keep threatening small babies and entire communities is beyond me.

        It is bloody disgusting.

        • grumpy 4.1.2.1

          You have the cart in front of the horse VTO. A friend just lost 2 horses to Nitrate poisoning last week. This situation arose through lack of action by the “old” ECAN. The Commissioners are likely to move to fix what was clearly beyond the old organisation.

          • vto 4.1.2.1.1

            Well perhaps some “parts” of ecan may be fixed but the Great Canterbury Water Larceny is moving at a great rate and will result in significantly greater water takes and corresponding significantly greater nitrate levels.

            I fail to see how pouring more water onto the land will result in less pollutants being shat onto that same land. Aint seen any convincing arguments or schemes to show this would result. I keep my eyes wide open for anything along these lines but there just aint nothing there……. someone prove me wrong….. please…..

            I suspect the cart and horse are running alongside each other.

            • grumpy 4.1.2.1.1.1

              I can understand why people have linked the changes at ECAN to dairying and increased irrigation but I don’t think they all have to go together.

              There is a problem with the level of dairy farming that there already is on the Canterbury Plains and I don’t think many people actually want more – it should never have got to this stage.

              There is a problem with ECAN’s attitude. Their “scientific” knowlege has proved deficient in every hearing and that failure has led to dairying booming as ECAN’s major tool – it’s understanding of Canterbury’s groundwater has proved wrong.

              I actually have just obtained an irrigation consent – it is for “arable and pastoral – non dairy”. That distinction needs to be made.

              We have not seen the true colours of the Commissioners yet, I like to think they will be more effective than the idiots they replaced.

              Oh, and by the way – it was the Commissioners who instructed staff to turn up to the public meeting on Dunsandel’s water supply – after inaction from the previous Council.

              • vto

                Understood grumpy. I will continue to take matters with large granules of salt until improvements are seen though.

                I sincerely hope the commissioners do the right thing – by the environment.

                .. until my next rant then………

  5. Lee Paterson 5

    I saw the satirical article on the Pandas from China, but seriously…
    $14M to rent a Panda from China for 10 years?
    What message does this send?
    Have we not got something better to spend our money on other than sucking up to China?

    Please, give them the kiwis for free, by all means – have something at the China end that means they owe us some kudos, but don’t get wrapped up this.

    • Janice 5.1

      Emperor John has decreed that there shall be pandas (like there shall be a cycleway) and so all the sycophants will lower trousers and bend over to make pandas possible. To hell with other priorities, a photo op with pandas smiling and waving is just what is needed to distract the masses.

      • Bored 5.1.1

        Bikes or pandas, cycleways or zoos?

        • ianmac 5.1.1.1

          Remember that National Standards over-riding Educational professions decision is John’s baby, and Herceptin over-riding the Medical decision is also John’s baby.

        • Jenny 5.1.1.2

          Could pandas and cycle ways, be an update of the Roman Bread and circuses?

          Bread and circuses – Wikepedia:

          “Bread and circuses” (from the Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a simplistic means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public policy, but through the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.

      • uke 5.1.2

        “the sycophants will lower trousers and bend over to make pandas possible”

        Thanks for the image, Janice!

  6. jcuknz 6

    Following on from Croc’s post about fractured seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico …. seems to be that they refine petrol and other light substances from crude … so to repair the damage they need to work out how to refine crude out of seawater? Rather than picking it up off the beaches and putting it in a landfill somewhere.

    • prism 6.1

      Brilliant, jcuknz would go right to the problem. Have yet to look up yesterday’s link on story about BP going far down and then horizontal in the far north. I pray its a hoax. Notice how much PR we are getting about Brazilians who have managed nine years without a major disaster.

  7. uke 7

    Paul Krugman on the impending “Third Depression”:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/opinion/28krugman.html

    He makes a particularly telling statement about the conservative politics of austerity, that “imposing suffering on other people is how you show leadership in tough times”.

    One from the John Key-Rodney Hide-Roger Kerr manual that.

  8. BLiP 8

    Financial advisers and politicians – especially Act Party members – are regarded as among the least trustworthy people in New Zealand, a survey has found.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10655152

  9. ianmac 9

    http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2010/06/incident-on-an-air-new-zealand-flight/ at 12:34

    Duncan Garner June 29th, 2010 at 12:34

    Brian

    At 19.07 someone posts as me. That is not me. I do not call or acknowledge myself as the country’s “leading political commentator’ and I did not post that comment.

    Cheers
    Duncan

    • hateatea 10.1

      The one where they got HUGE tax decreases not the one I live on with a miniscule increase in my widows benefit but 2.5% more on EVERYTHING. I don’t have any expendable income now once core living costs are paid so I don’t know where the extra will come from in my case. Certainly very difficult to save for the future or Christmas, birthdays and health crises.

      I foresee more and more people living in extended family situations because they can no longer afford to be independent while John and his friends will continue to heat and cool their mansions, swim in their pools, send their children to private schools and have overseas holidays. Shame about the working poor and those who find themselves on benefit through no fault of their own.

      • uke 10.1.1

        “Shame about the working poor and those who find themselves on benefit through no fault of their own.”

        Except perhaps with those who voted National or deliberately stayed home and didn’t vote Labour. There’s more than a few NZ working folk with pretty skewed perspective on who best looks after their interests. (Key and Bennett are examples of this type who “made it”.) NZers can be a depressing lot to contemplate sometimes.

      • Lanthanide 10.1.2

        With likely steeply rising energy prices during the next decade or two, this is going to happen anyway. Better it starts sooner than later, IMO.

        *Not* living with your extended family is an aberration from the historical norm, one which will be reversed.

        • prism 10.1.2.1

          The historical norm saw people dying at earlier ages than now. Retired who go from 65 to 100 living with their children will have spent a third of their lives doing so. And what a punishment that will be if they haven’t brought their children up to be pleasant, socialised citizens. Didn’t a child in the USA get a divorce from her parents? Bit young, but the ties that bind can choke.

    • pollywog 10.2

      This from that linked article…

      PM warns companies over ETS price rises
      Meanwhile, Mr Key is warning power companies not to use the Emissions Trading Scheme as an excuse for raising power prices.

      …or what John ? I’ve already got my warning saying Contact energy are gonna increase my monthly power bill by about 10%

      it doesn’t matter if the price of power doesn’t go up, the fact is, my bill has gone up, so what the fuck are you gonna do about it ?

      Impotent warnings and telling me to shop around aint gonna cut it fella and neither is no pissant taxcut.

      I thought you said i should be no worse off. Well guess what John ? I fucking well am !!!

      Thanks mate. So I guess you’re gonna warn retailers not to gouge a little bit more outta me by increasing their prices when the GST hike kicks in too. ?

      Cheers bro. Good to know you got my back. I guess that’s to accompany the shirt you’re ripping off me as well.

      By the way, you know how even the sun shines on a dog’s ass someday ? Well, make the most of your day in the sun cos people are gonna wake up soon and see you’re just a shadow of the man we thought you were and you’ll be out on your ass so fast it’ll make your head spin.

      IMHO

  10. Rosy 11

    In parliament today National were congratulating themselves on their tough measures against criminals. Today the Guardian published a piece decrying the ‘bang ’em up’ policies of the last couple of decades – by the Tory Justice secretary Ken Clarke of all people http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jun/30/clarke-prison-sentencing-justice-jail The Conservatives are looking for a “rehabilitation revolution”

    He says that “for as long as I can remember” the political debate on law and order has been reduced to a competition over whether a government has spent more public money and locked up more people for longer than its predecessor. It now costs more to put someone in prison £38,000 than it does to send a boy to Eton.

    He said: “The consequence is that more and more offenders have been warehoused in outdated facilities and we spend vast amounts of public money on prison. But no proper thought has been given to whether this is really the best and most effective way of protecting the public against crime.”

    Clarke will point out that prison is the necessary punishment for many offenders, but he questions whether “ever more prison for ever more offenders” always produces better results for the public. He provides his own answer by observing that the record prison population and the crime rate in England and Wales are now among the highest in Western Europe.

    He says that just locking people up without actively seeking to change them is “what you would expect of Victorian England” and he notes that reoffending rates among the 60,000 prisoners given short sentences has reached 60% and rising.

    “This does not surprise me. It is virtually impossible to do anything productive with offenders on short sentences. And many of them end up losing their jobs, their homes and their families during their short time inside,”

  11. The Voice of Reason 12

    Excellent debate in the House tonight on the committee stages of the Courts (remote participation) Bill. Hone Harawira gave as good a defence of the right to face your accuser as you could ever wish to see. Not kidding, a great speech.

    The bill would allow video appearances by defendants, rather than transporting them to court. Sounds common sense in the new age of austerity, but it means a right hundreds of years old* is about to be abolished in NZ. The right to see your accuser. Actually, two rights. The right for the accuser to see you also goes.

    As Hone said, decisions will be made as if it was a video game. No body language, no whispered questions from defendant to defence lawyer, no physical connection to justice between the parties.

    Astonishing.

    *
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confrontation_Clause

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Ginny Andersen appointed as Minister of Police
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has today appointed Ginny Andersen as Minister of Police. “Ginny Andersen has a strong and relevant background in this important portfolio,” Chris Hipkins said. “Ginny Andersen worked for the Police as a non-sworn staff member for around 10 years and has more recently been chair of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government confirms vital roading reconnections
    Six further bailey bridge sites confirmed Four additional bridge sites under consideration 91 per cent of damaged state highways reopened Recovery Dashboards for impacted regions released The Government has responded quickly to restore lifeline routes after Cyclone Gabrielle and can today confirm that an additional six bailey bridges will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister Mahuta to meet with China’s new Foreign Minister
    Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta departs for China tomorrow, where she will meet with her counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang, in Beijing. This will be the first visit by a New Zealand Minister to China since 2019, and follows the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions between New Zealand and China. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Education Ministers from across the Pacific gather in Aotearoa
    Education Ministers from across the Pacific will gather in Tāmaki Makaurau this week to share their collective knowledge and strategic vision, for the benefit of ākonga across the region. New Zealand Education Minister Jan Tinetti will host the inaugural Conference of Pacific Education Ministers (CPEM) for three days from today, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • State Highway 5 reopens between Napier and Taupō following Cyclone Gabrielle
    A vital transport link for communities and local businesses has been restored following Cyclone Gabrielle with the reopening of State Highway 5 (SH5) between Napier and Taupō, Associate Minister of Transport Kiri Allan says. SH5 reopened to all traffic between 7am and 7pm from today, with closure points at SH2 (Kaimata ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Special Lotto draw raises $11.7 million for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery
    Internal Affairs Minister Barbara Edmonds has thanked generous New Zealanders who took part in the special Lotto draw for communities affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. Held on Saturday night, the draw raised $11.7 million with half of all ticket sales going towards recovery efforts. “In a time of need, New Zealanders ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers a $3 million funding boost for Building Financial Capability services
    The Government has announced funding of $3 million for providers to help people, and whānau access community-based Building Financial Capability services. “Demand for Financial Capability Services is growing as people face cost of living pressures. Those pressures are increasing further in areas affected by flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle,” Minister for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Education New Zealand | Manapou ki te Ao – new Chair and member
    Minister of Education, Hon Jan Tinetti, has announced appointments to the Board of Education New Zealand | Manapou ki te Ao. Tracey Bridges is joining the Board as the new Chair and Dr Therese Arseneau will be a new member. Current members Dr Linda Sissons CNZM and Daniel Wilson have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Scholarships honouring Ngarimu VC and the 28th (Māori) Battalion announced
    Fifteen ākonga Māori from across Aotearoa have been awarded the prestigious Ngarimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships and Awards for 2023, Associate Education Minister and Ngarimu Board Chair, Kelvin Davis announced today.  The recipients include doctoral, masters’ and undergraduate students. Three vocational training students and five wharekura students, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the High Court
    High Court Judge Jillian Maree Mallon has been appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal, and District Court Judge Andrew John Becroft QSO has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Mallon graduated from Otago University in 1988 with an LLB (Hons), and with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ still well placed to meet global challenges
    The economy has continued to show its resilience despite today’s GDP figures showing a modest decline in the December quarter, leaving the Government well positioned to help New Zealanders face cost of living pressures in a challenging global environment. “The economy had grown strongly in the two quarters before this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Western Ring Route Complete
    Aucklanders now have more ways to get around as Transport Minister Michael Wood opened the direct State Highway 1 (SH1) to State Highway 18 (SH18) underpass today, marking the completion of the 48-kilometre Western Ring Route (WRR). “The Government is upgrading New Zealand’s transport system to make it safer, more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Briefings to Incoming Ministers
    This section contains briefings received by incoming ministers following changes to Cabinet in January. Some information may have been withheld in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982. Where information has been withheld that is indicated within the document. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Teaming up for a stronger, more resilient Fiji
    Aotearoa New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta reaffirmed her commitment to working together with the new Government of Fiji on issues of shared importance, including on the prioritisation of climate change and sustainability, at a meeting today, in Nadi. Fiji and Aotearoa New Zealand’s close relationship is underpinned by the Duavata ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Investment in blue highway a lifeline for regional economies and cyclone recovery
    The Government is delivering a coastal shipping lifeline for businesses, residents and the primary sector in the cyclone-stricken regions of Hawkes Bay and Tairāwhiti, Regional Development Minister Kiri Allan announced today. The Rangitata vessel has been chartered for an emergency coastal shipping route between Gisborne and Napier, with potential for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Next steps developing clean energy for NZ
    The Government will progress to the next stage of the NZ Battery Project, looking at the viability of pumped hydro as well as an alternative, multi-technology approach as part of the Government’s long term-plan to build a resilient, affordable, secure and decarbonised energy system in New Zealand, Energy and Resources ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Stuart Nash
    This morning I was made aware of a media interview in which Minister Stuart Nash criticised a decision of the Court and said he had contacted the Police Commissioner to suggest the Police appeal the decision. The phone call took place in 2021 when he was not the Police Minister. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • CPTPP Trade Ministers coming to Auckland
    The Government’s sharp focus on trade continues with Aotearoa New Zealand set to host Trade Ministers and delegations from 10 Asia Pacific economies at a meeting of Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Commission members in July, Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor announced today. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt approves $25 million extension for cyclone-affected businesses
    $25 million boost to support more businesses with clean-up in cyclone affected regions, taking total business support to more than $50 million Demand for grants has been strong, with estimates showing applications will exceed the initial $25 million business support package Grants of up to a maximum of $40,000 per ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More than 160,000 new Kiwis to call NZ home
    80 per cent of 2021 Resident Visas applications have been processed – three months ahead of schedule Residence granted to 160,000 people 84,000 of 85,000 applications have been approved Over 160,000 people have become New Zealand residents now that 80 per cent of 2021 Resident Visa (2021RV) applications have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend regional security meeting in Australia
    The Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission’s Report into the Terrorist Attack on the Christchurch Mosques travels to Melbourne, Australia today to represent New Zealand at the fourth Sub-Regional Meeting on Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Security. “The Government is committed to reducing the threat of terrorism ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health and safety action plan for ports
    The health and safety practices at our nation’s ports will be improved as part of a new industry-wide action plan, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced. “Following the tragic death of two port workers in Auckland and Lyttelton last year, I asked the Port Health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bikes and scooters to be exempt from FBT
    Bikes, electric bikes and scooters will be added to the types of transport exempted from fringe benefit tax under changes proposed today. Revenue Minister David Parker said the change would allow bicycles, electric bicycles, scooters, electric scooters, and micro-mobility share services to be exempt from fringe benefit tax where they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister to reaffirm our close relationship with Fiji
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta will hold bilateral meetings with Fiji this week. The visit will be her first to the country since the election of the new coalition Government led by Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sitiveni Rabuka. The visit will be an opportunity to meet kanohi ki ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New legislation to streamline Cyclone recovery
    The Government is introducing the Severe Weather Emergency Legislation Bill to ensure the recovery and rebuild from Cyclone Gabrielle is streamlined and efficient with unnecessary red tape removed. The legislation is similar to legislation passed following the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes that modifies existing legislation in order to remove constraints ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Cost of living package: More bread and butter support for Kiwi families
    Approximately 1.4 million people will benefit from increases to rates and thresholds for social assistance to help with the cost of living Superannuation to increase by over $100 a pay for a couple Main benefits to increase by the rate of inflation, meaning a family on a benefit with children ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Freeing up more government bandwidth and money to focus on the cost of living
    $1 billion in savings which will be reallocated to support New Zealanders with the cost of living A range of transport programmes deferred so Waka Kotahi can focus on post Cyclone road recovery Speed limit reduction programme significantly narrowed to focus on the most dangerous one per cent of state ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency to end for Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay
    The remaining state of national emergency over the Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay regions will end on Tuesday 14 March, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced today. Minister McAnulty gave notice of a national transition period over these regions, which will come into effect immediately following the end of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers on Dawn Raids commitment
    The Government is today delivering on one of its commitments as part of the New Zealand Government’s Dawn Raids apology, welcoming a cohort of emerging Pacific leaders to Aotearoa New Zealand participating in the He Manawa Tītī Scholarship Programme. This cohort will participate in a bespoke leadership training programme that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New plan to increase productivity and high wage jobs across advanced manufacturing sector
    Industry Transformation Plan to transform advanced manufacturing through increased productivity and higher-skilled, higher-wage jobs into a globally-competitive low-emissions sector. Co-created and co-owned by business, unions and workers, government, Māori, Pacific peoples and wider stakeholders. A plan to accelerate the growth and transformation of New Zealand’s advanced manufacturing sector was launched ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand supports Pacific countries to combat animal disease 
    New Zealand will provide support for Pacific countries to prevent the spread of harmful animal diseases, Associate Minister of Agriculture Meka Whaitiri said. The Associate Minister is attending a meeting of Pacific Ministers during the Pacific Week of Agriculture and Forestry in Nadi, Fiji. “Highly contagious diseases such as African ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government delivers better public transport for Christchurch
    The Public Transport Futures project will deliver approximately: 100 more buses providing a greater number of seats to a greater number of locations at a higher frequency Over 470 more bus shelters to support a more enjoyable travel experience Almost 200 real time display units providing accurate information on bus ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister praises education heroes in cyclone damaged regions
    All but six schools and kura have reopened for onsite learning All students in the six closed schools or kura are being educated in other schools, online, or in alternative locations Over 4,300 education hardpacks distributed to support students Almost 38,000 community meals provided by suppliers of the Ka Ora ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government investments drive health and business outcomes in the Bay of Plenty
    A new health centre has opened with financial support from the Government and further investment has been committed to projects that will accelerate Māori economic opportunities, Regional Development Minister Kiri Allan says. Community health provider QE Health will continue its long history in Rotorua with the official opening of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • UK NZ Working Holiday Scheme upgraded
    The new three year NZ UK Working Holiday Visas (WHV) will now be delivered earlier than expected, coming into force by July this year in time to support businesses through the global labour shortages Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says. The improved WHV, successfully negotiated alongside the NZ UK Free trade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 2023 Offshore Renewable Energy Forum, New Plymouth
    It seems like only yesterday that we launched the discussion document Enabling Investment in Offshore Renewable Energy, which is the key theme for this Forum. Everyone in this room understands the enormous potential of offshore wind in Aotearoa New Zealand – and particularly this region.  Establishing a regime to pave ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Milestone reached in crack down on gangs
    Police has reached a major milestone filing over 28,000 charges related to Operation Cobalt. “I’m extremely proud of the fantastic work that our Police has been doing to crack down on gangs, and keep our communities safe. The numbers speak for themselves – with over 28,000 charges, Police are getting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New funding for Cyclone waste removal
    The Government will provide $15 million in the short term to local councils to remove rubbish, as a longer-term approach is developed, the Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced today. “Several regions are facing significant costs associated with residential waste removal, which has the potential to become a public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government working faster and smarter to support response and recovery
    $15 million of immediate reimbursement for marae, iwi, recognised rural and community groups $2 million for community food providers $0.5 million for additional translation services Increasing the caps of the Community and Provider funds The Government has announced $17.5 million to further support communities and community providers impacted by Cyclone ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More Māori getting access to mental health and addiction services
    The Government’s approach of using frontline service providers to address inequities for Māori with mental health and addiction needs is making good progress in many communities, a new report says. An independent evaluation into the Māori Access and Choice programme, commissioned by Te Whatu Ora has highlighted the programme’s success ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2023-03-20T15:09:45+00:00