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Open mike 30/04/2019

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  1. I hear on the news the Chinese spy in the National Party (and in our parliament) wants the next census to be held early.

    Why?

    Perhaps so the PRC can have more accurate figures upon which to base any strategy?

    • Just thinking about what I wrote above – it reminds me of the story of England during the war – how all the signposts were turned around to confuse the enemy if they invaded.

      Perhaps the poor census data gathering was a 'Baldrick' cunning plan to confuse . . .?

  2. Observer Tokoroa 2

    The Chinese Spy …

    When will Judith Collins and Simon Bridges give us their reasons for installing a Chinese Military Spy into the National Party Caucus – within our Parliament ?

    Mind you, Mr Spy Guy is an adequate pointer to the rubbish pile which bloomer bloated National really is. 55 odd Goofs.

    Like all polluting Rubbish – National is Aotearoa Stink.

    • BM 2.1

      Trade Minister David Parker has firmly committed New Zealand to China's Belt and Road Initiative, putting an end to speculation that domestic political differences would stand in the way of a New Zealand work plan being developed.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12225644

      • cleangreen 2.1.1

        BM Bullshit.

        I watched that interview where David Parker said we will keep our right to change the rules as other countries do and China has done since when National signed up to the agreement in 2017, so don’t tell porkies BM..

        • BM 2.1.1.1

          What's bullshit?

          Did you even read the article?

          Soundings indicate that an ambitious NZ-led project to form an aviation and sea transport link from China through New Zealand and on to Latin America does not yet enjoy political support from NZ First.

          Is this the real reason why they want to move the port of Auckland up to Whangarei?

          The upgrade of the free trade agreement has been Parker's other key focus in Beijing. New Zealand officials are seeking improved access in priority areas such as wood and paper, services and e-commerce.

          Parker says a successful upgrade will also be a demonstration of both countries' commitment to trade and a rules-based system, and "our rejection of protectionism".

          Looks like Labour has really opened the door to China, that’s got to disappoint many of the people who voted Labour.

          • cleangreen 2.1.1.1.1

            BM You are a clever rationalist for National as we know, but again you misrepresented what Parker actually said when asked by Jack Tame "what is the belt and road actually now?

            Parker said he has not a clear idea but when Jack again asked Parker has it changed from what national signed up to in 2017?

            Parker said yes it has and that was when he said his government has reserved their right to change their agreement as China also has done,.

            Parker qualified this by stating that his Government needs to protect the interests of NZ citizens and our control of our "essential strategic infrastructure assets.

            So labour has now defined away from the agreement your buddies in National freewheeled signed up to then in 2017.

      • Gabby 2.1.2

        Zachary BMmer, how would Davy know what he was committed to without Comrade Colonel there to inform him.

  3. esoteric pineapples 3

    What happens when the religious right controls the US government

    "The Trump administration is under fire after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to end rape as a weapon of war on Tuesday that excluded any mention of sexual and reproductive health. The resolution was gutted after the U.S. threatened to veto the measure altogether unless language referencing reproductive health was taken out due to the Trump administration’s belief that the language was code for abortion. The watered-down measure also weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgubfJBDrRU

  4. Dennis Frank 4

    David Cormack asks: Do the Greens deserve to be re-elected? "Perversely this decision has put the Greens in as strong a position as they've been since Metiria Turei stood down as co-leader. If they've got the political nous to cash in. Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition." https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193

    Except they haven't actually been doing that, eh? It's the perennial Patton question (inside the tent pissing out, or outside pissing in) and they've opted for neither. I agree being so well-behaved is good, inasmuch as the public views you as constructive. But I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful. It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option: be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt.

    "Holding Labour and NZ First to account was a major platform of Marama Davidson's co-leadership bid. She said that because she was not a Minister like Julie-Anne Genter, she would more easily be able to criticise Labour and NZ First. Except that since becoming co-leader there hasn't been a huge amount of her publicly holding the Government to account."

    That's true, but too polite (I haven't noticed any such instance). Campaign rhetoric can be genuine, yet evaporate into irrelevance when realpolitik of governance becomes the primary determinant of outcomes. I don't blame her for feeling constrained by the necessity to create consensus. I blame Winston for stymying the coalition on the climate change legislation. If I was Marama, I'd break ranks and go public on that immediately – with a proviso.

    She'd need to be briefed by James on the precise nature of the hold-up, and secure an agreement with him & Jacinda that she was free to use the info to operate her leverage. Tell the people exactly what is causing the process blockage, and the extent to which NZF is complicit in creating it.

    • mauī 4.1

      Perhaps you and the Chair can hire a meeting room…

      • Dennis Frank 4.1.1

        Better for Cormack to do that – he's the media pro. They could use the bomber as MC – he does that. His latest bitch about the Greens: "After righteously attacking anonymous donations and anonymous money they are running a donations campaign using an anonymous donor. Sigh." https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/04/29/groan-oh-come-on-green-party-are-you-even-trying-now/

        But, but, but! He's a leftist! Leftists do hypocrisy! How the hell else can anyone tell they're leftist?? After so many years copying rightists, I mean. He must be in denial.

        • Jenny - How to get there? 4.1.1.1

          ;….Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition." https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193

          ……I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful. It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option: be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt…..

          Real leaders give a lead.

          Maybe the Green MPs could take a few tips from Greta Thunberg.

          Who has refused to fly.

          And started a movement…..

          • Jenny - How to get there? 4.1.1.1.1

            'You dirty smygflyga'

            If you thought leadership was not important, then you haven’t been paying attention.

            https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/flight-shame-europe-sweden-a4120231.html

            ….The move away from air travel was spearheaded by teen activist Greta Thunberg, who single-handedly kicked off the student climate strikes after boycotting school once a week to raise awareness for climate change. Thunberg refuses to fly and travelled by train to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the climate summit in Poland, while 1500 delegates flew in by private jet….

            ….flygskam (or flight shame) is spreading across Europe

            Fears over climate change have led many to rethink the way they travel and, in Sweden, they've even invented a new word for the shame associated with flying….

            …..The Swedes meanwhile have wholeheartedly embraced their rail network. SJ, Sweden’s national rail service, reported a record 32 million customers last year. The company attributes “the big interest in climate-smart travel” to its unprecedented growth…..

            "flygskam"

            “tagskryt”

            "lentohapea"

            The Dutch "vliegschaamte" and the German "flugscham"

            My personal favourite is “smygflyga” it has a certain unpleasant sounding ring to it, much like the Norwegian surname ‘quisling’.

            Maybe we could adopt this last into English, as in she/he was a dirty "smygflyga"

            Sure for people who have to travel overseas, (where currently there is no alternative to air travel). But what about public figures here, who claim to be ‘Green’ surely they could and should also be giving a lead and setting an example? At least for domestic travel where there are alternatives, couldn't they also refuse to travel by air?

            Come on you Green MPs, give a lead, take a stand, set an example.

            In Greta Thunberg's words,

            “Is that really too much to ask?"

        • cleangreen 4.1.1.2

          Dennis you are way off there.

          Winston is greener than the greens are as he is solid on lowering truck emissions as he said at our last meeting that rail needs to be restored and carry freight to 'lower that excessive climate change emissions'

          Winston also wants NZ wool carpets installed in every Government building so does this sound as though he is anti climate change emissions advocate?

    • Jenny - How to get there? 4.2

      <blockquote>….Right from day one the Greens said they would hold the Government to account. They'd criticise it from the outside – this was the big advantage of the confidence and supply agreement, and not being in coalition." https://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=12226193…..

      ……I share somewhat Cormack's stance, similar to that expressed here on the weekend by the chairman, that they ought to be more forceful. It's a walk & chew gum simultaneously option: be forthright about staking out an independent position, while remaining a team-player in the govt…..

      </blockquote>

  5. cleangreen 5

    Here's for all those 'climate deniers' a solid warning to sell your seafront property and – buy a boat – or learn to swim now.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/new-research-finds-ross-ice-shelf-melting-10-times-faster-than-overall-average

    TV ONE 30th April 2019

    New research finds Ross Ice Shelf melting 10 times faster than overall average

    SCIENCE CLIMATE CHANGE

    New research reveals the Ross Ice Shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall average, which may cause New Zealand's sea level to rise much sooner and faster than originally predicted, NIWA says.

    NIWA's found it's been caused by solar heated waters beneath the north-western corner of the shelf. It's likely to result in higher surface ocean temperatures in the Ross Sea.

    NIWA scientist Dr Mike Williams told TVNZ1's Breakfast, "What we are seeing is a really important process that might impact upon the ice sheet and Antartica much faster than what we have traditionally thought… …so that might make sea level rise for New Zealand much faster and much sooner."

    Mr Williams said the report released is "quite significant". "It highlights a process that scientists have speculated about for about 20 years and it highlights that this process is happening

    • sumsuch 5.1

      Love the name , Mike Williams, the 'Left' politico who remained silent on RNZ Monday politics section while Mathew Hooten attacked the reality of climate change. God help us, because there is no help otherwise.

      All the figures go ahead of the forecasts. As a gardener, lawns growing amazonly, 2 weekly 2 months in to autumn.

      We can't cope with a sudden cliff. Friends , prove me wrong. 95 % chance against us. With my demise in my eyes I feel happy about knowing it.

  6. A 6

    Yeah it matters. Even when your phone is off the location of the device can be tracked. What a pity they don't use the same tech to find missing people #Missing411

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-29/google-tracks-your-location-and-shares-it-police-even-when-your-phone

  7. Observer Tokoroa 7

    Hi Cleangreen

    We cannot expect the wealthy to believe in anything, let alone in Climate Change. !

    What we have to do is push them off our two major Islands – and save the reliable, wouking population.

    It will not be long now before we have to rid ourselves of all stupid Deniers and their Wealth. They will be no loss whatever. For they have never done anything for New Zealand – other than destroy it and waste it.

  8. Rosemary McDonald 8

    The Bishop was only joking, backs off a tad, then comes back full throttle.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/388066/brian-tamaki-says-tweet-threatening-violence-in-prisons-not-serious

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12226378

    Gang rape': Bishop Brian Tamaki lashes out at criticism from PM, senior Govt ministers

    A cup of tea and a wee lie down for the Bishop methinks.

    • "Bishop" Tamaki writes "We will plan thru Private Visits to inmates in every Prison to bring ManUp in nd cause inmate revolts in evey prison," then tries to claim he wasn't being serious despite the serious tone of the message and the phrase "I'm warning you" at the end of it. The wannabe demagogue should be taken seriously when he posts shit like this, because he's a wannabe demagogue.

      Also amusing: his claim that running an evangelical church as a means of enriching yourself, possibly the most American activity ever undertaken, constitutes an "indigenous programme."

      • Muttonbird 8.1.1

        It seems slightly contradictory for someone promoting an anger management program for prisoners to then call them to violence.

        What message is he sending them? Certainly a mixed one.

        • Psycho Milt 8.1.1.1

          I think "What message is he sending them?" is one of the reasons the govt should be well dubious about having his programme in our prisons.

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.2

      '

      The pyramid

      At the peak, 'genocide'

      Near the bottom, tolerating racist jokes

      Further up, claiming, 'it's just a joke'

      In the middle, 'telling racist jokes'

      https://blavity.com/professor-uses-pyramid-of-white-supremacy-to-teach-education-class

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.3

      Destiny Church show that they are on the same pyramid of hate as the Christchurch shooter.

      The Destiny Church held a protest outside the mosque where an actual act of genocide was committed. The Destiny members at this protest condemned those killed by saying that Christchurch is a Christian City. The implication, non-Christians should not practice their faith in Christchurch, or risk being protested against, (or killed).

      The pyramid of genocide,

      'victim blaming' just above 'racist jokes' in the pyramid.

      https://blavity.com/professor-uses-pyramid-of-white-supremacy-to-teach-education-class

    • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4

      The only way that Brian Tamaki should see the inside of any prison is if he is sentenced to spend time there.

      And he should be.

      Threatening violence against a state institution, or infrastructure facility, (namely the Prison Service), to compel them do something, or not do something, is a crime under Section 5, sub-section (2)(b) and sub-section (2)(d) of the Suppression of Terrorism Act

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2002/0034/latest/DLM152702.html

      5 Terrorist act defined…..

      (2) An act falls within this subsection if it is intended to cause, in any 1 or more countries, 1 or more of the outcomes specified in subsection (3), and is carried out for the purpose of advancing an ideological, political, or religious cause, and with the following intention:

      (b) to unduly compel or to force a government or an international organisation to do or abstain from doing any act…..

      (d) serious interference with, or serious disruption to, an infrastructure facility, if likely to endanger human life:

      • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.1

        Brian Tamaki with his words and actions condones terrorism and violence.

        Tama Iti one of the only few people ever charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act.

        Expresses his shock and grief at the terrorist attack in Christchurch.

        https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/tame-iti-sickened-act-terrorism-christchurch

        No evidence was ever presented that Iti had threatened violence against state institution or infrastructure facility.

        Tamaki openly threatens to commit acts of violence against an infrastructure facility, as defined under the Act and no one bats an eye.

      • Rosemary McDonald 8.4.2

        He's most definitely in the frame for such charges, but they'll make tut tutting noises and dismiss him as a mostly harmless twit.

        But he is a twit with an agenda and a surprisingly large following…many of them young to middle aged Maori men.

        Not being in that demographic renders me incapable of divining exactly what the attraction is.

        • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.2.1

          It seems that the Suppression of Terrorism, like many other things in our racially and class divided society, is in the eye of the beholder.

          • Jenny - How to get there? 8.4.2.1.1

            As the for the attraction. At the only Destiny church service that I had been invited to attend in there Mt Wellington Head quarters, is where the only haka I have ever personally witnessed being performed on a stage with a full light and sound production, where the performers brandished guns.

            (Replica guns mind you, but still this is the only haka that I can recall witnessing being performed with other than traditional Maori hand weapons)

  9. millsy 9

    I think Tamaki's intentions are perfectly clear, and that the sleepy hobbits need to wake up. He wants to go to the prison to recruit hardened gang members and criminals to form an army that would launch mass progroms against 'loose women', LGBT, atheists, etc. You though living under Helen was nanny state, you wait till you get someone in charge who wants to tell you who you can and cant have intamite relationships with, what information about how this world came to be you can access, what clothes to wear, who makes up your family, etc and so on.

    I can just imagine leather clad Destiny thugs burning books about evolution, smashing science labs, burning abortion clinics, and hanging LGBT.

  10. joe90 10

    A tool that asks supporters to supply the personal information of other people?

    Looks like doxxing, quacks like doxxing…

    CHICAGO — Sen. Bernie Sanders flaunted his ground operation Saturday with what he called the “largest distributed day of action ever in a presidential campaign” and announced a new online organizing tool called BERN.

    […]

    The online tool allows everyday supporters to contribute to the campaign’s voter database by logging names and background information of anyone from a family member to a stranger met at a bus stop. It matches each name to a voter record before noting their level of support, priority issue and even union membership.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/bernie-sanders-2020-campaign-unveils-app-increase-its-voter-database-n999206

    • Gabby 10.1

      Surely Facelook would do that for a small fee.

      • joe90 10.1.1

        Do FB have a tool to potentially identify and harass people who don't support Sanders? Because last time around, Bernie Bros showed such restraint and civility.

        /

  11. marty mars 11

    Good total for the t.rump

    Donald Trump likes to boast about his achievements, imagined and otherwise, that is no secret. The president regularly trumpets the success of the greatest economy ever, and the strongest military, and the most decisive electoral victory and all manner of other superlatives he’s supposed to have delivered. But one that is undeniable is that he has just become one of the most prolific liars in the history of American governance, passing the 10,000th lie of his administration this week – meaning an average of almost 17 lies a day over 604 days.

    Trump has made 10,000 untrue claims as president, factcheckers say

    Not all of his lies were created equally. Some have been harmless, almost goofy claims about his physical stamina or business acumen, or obviously exaggerated anecdotes about the types of things supporters say to him. Others are downright horrifying and dangerous, about serious issues such as immigration and abortion.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/29/donald-trump-false-claims-lies-germany-father-abortion-popular-vote-

    • joe90 11.1

      So it isn't accidental?

      • marty mars 11.1.1

        Neither accidental or deliberate imo just an actual part of that dude – he literally is a liar, in everything, from golf on down, everything.

        • Nick 11.1.1.1

          T.ell R.ambling U.nbelievable M.onumental P.orkies

          • greywarshark 11.1.1.1.1

            I didn't know he was a representative of an acronym. Those damn acronyms – just a bunch of letters meaning something only to the cognescenti. A pocketful of mumbles and gestures signifying nothing.

        • joe90 11.1.1.2

          My experience with dementia is that when a sufferer has to recall pretty much anything, they flounder about inside their own minds, searching. And when they're unable to find what they're looking for they confabulate, filling in the gaps with a response they truly believe to be the correct.

          tRump's an instinctual liar and I reckon he's showing all the signs of early to mid onset dementia. Dude's spent his whole life lying, factor in his confabulating and you hit >10k untruths.

  12. A 12

    Good interview on Checkpoint atm with Womens Refuge discussing religious extremist Brian Tamaki.

    I live in a suburb with around 28 churches and I am very glad the Destiny cult is not among them.

  13. Peter 13

    Tamaki wants access to prisons for a commercial activity. I wonder how many pieces of silver it's all worth and whether there was any thought given to the good work of God being done because it was the right thing to do.

    • greywarshark 13.1

      Tamaki would have a small army soon from his jail movement, liking his story and leadership and POV that points to the major authority of The Bible. And they wouldn't get their assets pinched by legal asset-stripping by the state. It would all be much better run and they could turn away from crime, which is breaking the law, and go into stretching the law within a robust legal framework. Learning all that devious capitalist pakeha stuff.

      • greywarshark 13.1.1

        Tamaki comment repeated on Radionz – says that Kelvin Davis is not treating him fairly – it is religious intolerance or something like that, that has resulted in his program not being accepted. Don’t trust him. Is he mates with John Tamihere?

  14. CHCoff 14

    Media is going to do whatever pays the bills.

    A bit more dynamic demand and supply via the political parliamentary parties producing their own content for the television once a week, weighted to their representation respectively of opposition & govt. parties, govt ones being given double time of opposition, would make the democratic structure more of a payer regards the first sentence.

  15. sumsuch 15

    Good shid about Bill Maher , him veering to the centrist Democrat to lock in Trump's defeat. 'Return to normalcy'. So nothing is wrong to our haunches, let alone their plutocratic nethers. Why does he bother? He's just a Cato or Cicero in the demise of an oligarchy. Despite Chomsky's pessimistic views he's more right.

    The Americans are so gauche, awkward in their moves for democracy. They don't know it. Unlike us who resent it's loss like our skin.

  16. sumsuch 16

    We talk about ourselves. In the meanwhile 4 billion world-wide have escaped poverty under the aegis of laissez-faire. Vital is to include the whole people of the world. What, are we, 16 % in the First World? Social democrats here talk about NZ endlessly but our legitimacy lies wider. 52, and 30 years of political thinking later I bring this up. Someone starving 'over there' is as much my fellow as anyone here.

    Do you know Malawi has 20 million desperate people?! Hopeless. Which is to say, no hope. They keep quiet as the strong desire. But they are our star. Our core. Which is to say, nowt we can do but if they go down we're done. And they have no hope.

  17. Kia ora Whanau some people would think that I was implying that they were solely responsible for our historical high roads accidents and deaths. They are just part of a big problem we cannot have people die needlessly on our ROADS. Te tangata te tangata te tangata .

    I have said before that the big civil construction companies spend more on management than our past organisation did and that means less being spent on the road construction = roads being made of a low quality and low durability.

    I have seen a few stories to back my opinion up the new Wellington transmission gully project failed with in months of the project being completed WTF =cheaper design build practices and CHEAP materials being used in the construction of the Roads = shitting roads =more deaths on our road +put a million more cars on the road = higher road toll.

    What gets me is its the AGE of the computer and more money is being spent on managing these companies when a computer makes managing and designing much more efficient than when we did not have the technical knowledge one would think that management cost would come down not up as it has in all the big companies .???????????????????.

    Ka kite ano P.S links below .

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/105426828/kpiti-expressway-needs-23m-worth-of-repairs-just-18-months-after-opening

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/2018692954/nz-has-some-of-the-worst-roads-in-the-developed-world

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/93640345/road-repairs-not-up-to-standard-for-taranaki-roading-group

    P.S is it a coincidence that our road construction company's we big national party donators

  18. Eco Maori knows our road we're better 10 years ago

  19. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute

  20. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute .

    When Eco Maori has a challenge I never give up on the challenge

  21. This is a subject close to my heart my Mokopuna happy healthy FUTURE . Mitigating against climate change is a must for this to be possible in my EYES.

    We are rising up again on May 24th for the second Global School Strike for Climate 🌍💙
    This will look different in different towns and cities across Aotearoa as they work out what’s going to be best for them. Some may do tree plantings, others may do a strike in their town square, others a rally, a sit-in outside MPs offices or a community hui.
    Event details will be posted on Facebook and the website in the coming weeks and we will make sure there are many different ways to be involved 💚 If you would like support organising something in your community, please get in touch!! Or if you’ve got an event organised, we can make an event and promote it for you 🤩 We look forward to standing with you all again on May 24th to demand climate justice

    Ka kite ano link P.S I hope they get my drift .

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/112375195/climate-change-strike-school-children-across-new-zealand-take-second-day-of-action

  22. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute .

    https://youtu.be/LdR5_bqS8ok

  23. Kia ora Newshub .

    We all know that the muppets show tag belongs to national.

    Its sad seeing the tug of WAR going on in Venezuela .

    trump is owned by the oil barrons every move he makes is to force the price of carbon up.

    Paddy getting closer to some closure for the Pike River mine familys Ka pai pitty it took this long and stuff disappearing.

    Let's hope that no to many native trees are losted to the extreme dry weather event caused by climate change.

    Ka pai to Japans new Emperor may you have smove waters in your future.

    Yes synthetic is a problem in NZ it was good to see the story on PEE last night if its easier to get than weed there must be heaps of the shit out there.?????????.

    Well I don't think that NASA can guarantee that claim about no asteroid is going to crash into Papatuanukue for a hundred years . They are not even trying to track them all it to hard a task.

    Ingrid it going to be a dry winter from Taupo up to North land that's going to be hard on some people . Ka kite ano

  24. P.S if they could guarantee that claim than they should have been able to pridict the asteroid that have hit Papatuanukue in the last few years. A

  25. Kia ora Newshub.

    Its sad that the firefighter Can not get his reserdincy to NZ for his family.

    robert bar has just made a mockery of the USA justice system ????????.

    Its good that Facebook is going to try and stop the haters spreading their words and views on their websites .

    it looks cold down there m8 that's the way you tell it like it is the Pike River familys have been put through a lot of Bullshit I can see it happening ????

    I'm a bit sceptical of your poll I Back the re entries of the Pike River mine why because its all a JUSTICE for the common person I don't want peace I WANT FAIR JUSTICE .

    I want to get into mountain biking riding but can't afford the bike and because of Eco Maori being a VIP I will probably trip over my escort LOL.

    Good on the 2 ladies with their mother hood warts and all have rising tamariki is a great task

    Last election some needed boxes of tissue I could see they counted there chicken and when Winston crowned Jacinda you should have seen the the tissues fly.

    There should be a special law to gag mark lundy his acting is about as good as my 2 years old granddaughter

    Ka kite ano

  26. Some Eco Maori Music for the minute .

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  • Health Minister Andrew Little responding to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation's rejection of ...
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  • Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation introduced to Parliament
    Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Introducing the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill, Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, said the measures proposed were aimed at ending conversion practices which don’t work, are widely ...
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  • New school site for booming West Auckland
    The Government will build on a new school site in West Auckland to cope with rapid population growth in the area, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Ministry is working with existing local schools to determine how the 1.5-hectare site at 279 Hobsonville Point Road will be used to support ...
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  • Trans-Tasman travel window to close at midnight tomorrow
    A further 500 MIQ rooms released for managed returnees from NSW Further Government actions announced today are balanced to provide more certainty for Kiwis wanting to return from Australia, while continuing to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall says. The actions were foreshadowed last ...
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  • Govt investing millions in Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti schools
    Napier Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools are among those set to benefit from a $16.5 million investment in the Hawke's Bay and Tairāwhiti region, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced today. The Government has set aside money in Budget 2021 to accelerate five projects in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North ...
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  • Game changing Jobs for Nature investment for Northland
    Conservation Minister Kiri Allan has announced Jobs for Nature funding for a portfolio of projects that will create ‘game changing’ gains for nature and communities across Northland/Te Tai Tokerau as part of the Government’s acceleration of the economic recovery from COVID. “This portfolio of 12 projects will see over $20 ...
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  • Third COVID-19 vaccine receives provisional approval
    New Zealand’s regulatory authority Medsafe has granted provisional approval of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, Acting Minister for COVID-19 Response Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses (enough for 3.8 million people) of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through an ...
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  • Bowel-cancer screening programme is saving lives
    More than 1000 New Zealanders have had bowel cancer – New Zealand’s second-most-common cause of death from cancer - detected under the Government’s National Bowel Screening Programme, Health Minister Andrew Little said today. More than 1200 New Zealanders died from bowel cancer in 2017. The screening programme aims to save ...
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  • Govt welcomes draft report on the retail grocery sector
    The Commerce Commission’s draft report into the retail grocery sector is being welcomed by Government as a major milestone. “I asked the Commerce Commission to look at whether this sector is as competitive as it could be and today it has released its draft report for consultation,” Commerce and Consumer ...
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  • Christchurch’s Youth Hub ‘set to go’ thanks to further Government funding
    Construction of New Zealand’s first, purpose-built centre for youth well-being is ready to get underway thanks to an extra $2.5 million of COVID-19 response funding, Housing Minister and Associate Minister of Finance, Megan Woods announced today.  “The Christchurch Youth Hub is about bringing together all the things young people need ...
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  • Next step to protect Milford Sound Piopiotahi
    Expert group lays out plan to better protect iconic UNESCO World Heritage site Milford Sound Piopiotahi and its surrounds Funding confirmed for dedicated unit and Establishment Board to assess the recommendations and provide oversight of the process from here Milford Opportunities Project a test case for transformational change in tourism ...
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  • Funding for projects to reduce waste from construction and demolition
    The Government has announced funding for projects in Auckland and the lower North Island to help reduce construction and demolition waste. “Construction is the main source of waste sent to landfill, and much of this could be reduced, reused and recovered,” Environment Minister David Parker said. “The Government is funding ...
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  • Speech at the launch of the National Hepatitis C Action Plan
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  • Plan to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health threat by 2030
    A plan to eliminate hepatitis C in New Zealand, reducing liver cancer and the need for liver transplants, has been released today by Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall. “Around 45,000 New Zealanders have hepatitis C, but only around half know they have it,” said Ayesha Verrall. “Symptoms often ...
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  • School upgrades and new classrooms for West Coast, Tasman and Canterbury
    A funding injection from Budget 2021 to complete four shovel ready projects and new classrooms at six schools and kura will provide a real boost to local communities, Minister Dr Megan Woods announced today. “This Government has committed to providing quality fit for purpose learning environments and 100,000 new student ...
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  • Warmer Kiwi Homes smashes annual target
    The Government's highly successful insulation and heating programme, Warmer Kiwi Homes, is celebrating a key milestone with the completion of more than 38,000 insulation and efficient heater installs in the year to the end of June, smashing its target of 25,000 installs for the year. “The Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme ...
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  • Exemption granted for Wallabies to enter NZ
    Bledisloe Cup rugby will be played in New Zealand after the Australian rugby team received an economic exemption to enter New Zealand. Travel between Australia and New Zealand was suspended on Friday for at least eight weeks following the worsening of the COVID outbreak across the Tasman. New Zealanders have ...
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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced three New Zealand Head of Mission appointments. They are: Mike Walsh as Ambassador to Iran Michael Upton as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Kevin Burnett as Ambassador to Indonesia Iran “Aotearoa New Zealand has a long-standing and constructive relationship with Iran, despite a ...
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  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for West Coast and Marlborough
    The Government has activated Enhanced Task Force Green (ETFG) in response to the West Coast and Marlborough floods, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “To assist with the clean-up, up to $500,000 will be made available to support the recovery in Buller and Marlborough which has experienced ...
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  • Govt support for upgrade of Eden Park players facilities
    Minister for Sport and Recreation Hon Grant Robertson has announced funding to upgrade the players facilities at Eden Park ahead of upcoming Women’s World Cup events. Eden Park is a confirmed venue for the Rugby World Cup 2021, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, and a proposed venue for matches of ...
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  • More jobs and quicker public transport motoring towards West Auckland
    Work to improve public transport for West Aucklanders and support the region’s economic recovery by creating hundreds of jobs has officially kicked off, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff this morning marked the start of construction on the Northwestern Bus Improvements project. It ...
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  • Government backs critical health research
    Research into some of New Zealanders’ biggest health concerns including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease is getting crucial support in the latest round of health research funding, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. The funding, awarded through the Health Research Council of New Zealand, covers 31 General Project grants ($36.64 ...
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  • New Bay of Islands hospital facilities to bring services closer to home
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little have joined a ceremony to bless the site and workers for Phase Two of the redevelopment of the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa today. The new building will house outpatients and primary care facilities, as well as expanded renal care ...
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  • Raukokore re-imagined with ‘smart’ relocatable rent to own housing
    Iwi, Crown Partnership Relocatable, fully insulated housing, connected to a new solar plant Provides a pathway to home ownership New housing in the remote eastern Bay of Plenty community of Raukokore shows how iwi and Crown agencies can work together effectively to provide warm, dry, energy efficient homes in a ...
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  • Cabinet accepts Turkish authorities’ request for the managed return of three NZ citizens
    Cabinet has agreed to the managed return of a New Zealand citizen and her two young children from Turkey, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey since crossing the border from Syria earlier this year. Turkey has requested that New Zealand repatriate ...
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  • Govt delivers more classrooms so children can focus on learning
    Extra Government investment in classrooms and school building projects will enable students and teachers to focus on education rather than overcrowding as school rolls grow across the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis say. The pair visited Ruakākā School in Whangārei today to announce $100 ...
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  • New station a platform for AirportLink to take off
    Every Aucklander with access to the rail network will now have a quick and convenient trip to the airport, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said during the official opening of the new Puhinui Interchange today. The new interchange links the rail platform with a new bus ...
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  • 10 days sick leave for employees delivered
    Legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today, bringing benefits to both businesses and employees, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “Our Government is delivering on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy,” Michael Wood said. “COVID-19 ...
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  • Prime Minister congratulates Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on Election Win
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tonight congratulated Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa on her victory in the Samoa’s general election. “New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa, anchored in the Treaty of Friendship. We look forward to working with Samoa’s new government in the spirit of partnership that characterises this ...
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  • Quarantine Free Travel with Australia suspended
    Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. From 11.59pm today Australians will no longer be able to enter New Zealand quarantine-free. This will be ...
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  • Growing conservation efforts in Gisborne
    A big injection of Jobs for Nature funding will create much-needed jobs and financial security for families in TeTairāwhiti, and has exciting prospects for conservation in the region, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “The projects target local communities most affected by the economic consequences of COVID 19 and are designed ...
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  • Flood recovery given further assistance
    The Government is contributing a further $1 million to help the flood battered Buller community, Acting Emergency Management Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Buller is a small community which has found itself suddenly facing significant and ongoing welfare costs. While many emergency welfare costs are reimbursed by Government, this money ...
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  • Funding for five projects to reduce food waste
    The Government is funding five projects to help address the growing problem of food waste, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “New Zealand households throw away nearly 300,000 tonnes of food every year, half of which could still be eaten. By supporting these initiatives, we’re taking steps to reduce this ...
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  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for West Coast flooding event
    The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today - meaning residents on the West Coast of the South Island and in the Marlborough region hit by flooding over the weekend can now access help finding temporary accommodation, announced Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Poto Williams in Westport today. ...
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  • Pause to Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand
    Quarantine Free Travel from South Australia to New Zealand will be paused from 11.59am (NZT) tonight, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. However, people currently in the state who ordinarily live in New Zealand will be able to return on “managed return” flights starting with the next available flight, ...
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  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity by Chinese state-sponsored actors
    New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious ...
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  • Remarks to Diplomatic Corps
    It is a pleasure to be with you all this evening. Some of you may have been surprised when you received an invitation from the Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, and I would forgive you if you were. New Zealand is unique in having established a Ministerial portfolio ...
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