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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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  • Support for farmers beefed up ahead of La Niña
    Further funding for feed support services and new animal welfare coordinators will help farmers who continue to feel the effects of an extended drought, says Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor. “In March this year, I classified the drought in the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chathams ...
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  • Next steps for Christchurch Hospital campus redevelopment
    Canterbury DHB will be better placed to respond to future demand for services and continue to deliver high quality care, with the next stage of the campus redevelopment programme confirmed, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Government has approved $154 million in funding for the construction of a third tower ...
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    4 days ago
  • Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers’ Joint Statement
    The Defence Ministers from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and United Kingdom reaffirmed their nations’ continued commitment to the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), and commended the achievements over the past 49 years as the FPDA moves towards its 50th Anniversary in 2021.  The Ministers recognised the FPDA’s significant role ...
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  • Jobs for Nature funding protects health of Hawke’s Bay waterways
    A joint Government and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council project will invest $4.2 million to protect local waterways, enhance biodiversity and employ local people, Environment Minister David Parker announced today.   Over two years, the Hāpara Takatū Jobs for Nature project will fence 195km of private land to exclude stock from vulnerable ...
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  • New Year border exception for seasonal workers in the horticulture and wine industries
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  • Government increases support for New Zealanders to work in seasonal jobs
    The Government is offering further financial support for unemployed New Zealanders to take on seasonal work. These new incentives include: Up to $200 per week for accommodation costs $1000 incentive payment for workers who complete jobs of six weeks or longer increasing wet weather payments when people can’t work to ...
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  • Government receives Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mos...
    Minister for Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti has today received the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and will table it in Parliament on Tuesday December 8. “I know this will have been a challenging process for whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack ...
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  • New Zealand Government to declare a climate emergency
    The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today.                                       “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every ...
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  • Call for urgent action on Pacific conservation
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  • Speech from the throne
    E aku hoa i te ara o te whai, Kia kotahi tā tātou takahi i te kō, ko tōku whiwhi kei tō koutou tautoko mai. Ko tāku ki a koutou, hei whakapiki manawa mōku. He horomata rangatira te mahi, e rite ai te whiwhinga a te ringatuku, me te ringakape ...
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  • Keynote address to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand conference
    Speech to the CAANZ conference - November 19, 2020 Thank you, Greg, (Greg Haddon, MC) for the welcome. I’d like to acknowledge John Cuthbertson from CAANZ, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue Naomi Ferguson, former fellow MP and former Minister of Revenue, Peter Dunne, other guest speakers and CAANZ members. I ...
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    6 days ago
  • Expert independent advisory group appointed to strengthen the future of Māori broadcasting
    A panel of seven experts are adding their support to help shape the future of Māori broadcasting, Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has announced today. “Today I will meet with some of the most experienced Māori broadcasters, commentators and practitioners in the field. They have practical insights on the ...
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  • Government to review housing settings
    New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus is on improving access to the housing market for first home buyers and ensuring house price growth ...
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    7 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect Govt’s careful economic management
    The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance before gains and losses, or OBEGAL, was in deficit. However that ...
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  • Community launch marks next step in addressing racism in education
    The launch of Te Hurihanganui in Porirua today is another important milestone in the work needed to address racism in the education system and improve outcomes for Māori learners and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says. Budget 2019 included $42 million over three years to put Te Hurihanganui ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations
    The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how ...
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  • Speech to Wakatū Nelson regional hui on trade
    First, I want to express my thanks to Te Taumata for this hui and for all the fantastic work you are doing for Māori in the trade space. In the short time that you’ve been operating you’ve already contributed an enormous amount to the conversation, and developed impressive networks.  I ...
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  • Speech to Primary Industries Summit
    Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today about the significant contribution the food and fibres sector makes to New Zealand and how this Government is supporting that effort. I’d like to start by acknowledging our co-Chairs, Terry Copeland and Mavis Mullins, my colleague, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, ...
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  • Fast track referrals will speed up recovery and boost jobs and home building
    The Government is taking action to increase jobs, speed up the economic recovery and build houses by putting three more projects through its fast track approval process. “It’s great to see that the fast-track consenting process is working. Today we have referred a mix of potential projects that, if approved, ...
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  • Papakāinga provides critically needed homes in Hastings
    A papakāinga opened today by the Minister for Māori Development the Hon Willie Jackson will provide whānau with much needed affordable rental homes in Hastings. The four home papakāinga in Waiōhiki is the first project to be completed under the ‘Hastings Place Based’ initiative. This initiative is a Government, Hastings ...
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  • New Zealand ready to host APEC virtually
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While this isn’t an in-person meeting, it will be one ...
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  • Revival of Māori Horticulturists
    The rapid revival of Māori horticulture was unmistakeable at this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards, with 2020 marking the first time this iconic Māori farming event was dedicated to horticulture enterprises. Congratulating finalists at the Awards, Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson said growing large-scale māra kai is part of Māori DNA. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Emergency benefit to help temporary visa holders
    From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had ...
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  • School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies
    Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April ...
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  • Farmer-led projects to improve water health in Canterbury and Otago
    More than $6 million will be spent on helping farmers improve the health of rivers, wetlands, and habitat biodiversity in Canterbury and Otago, as well as improving long-term land management practices, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Four farmer-led catchment group Jobs for Nature projects have between allocated between $176,000 and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tupu Aotearoa continues expansion to Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman & Northl...
    Pacific communities in Nelson, Marlborough, Tasman and Northland will benefit from the expansion of the Tupu Aotearoa programme announced today by the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. The programme provides sustainable employment and education pathways and will be delivered in partnership with three providers in Northland and two ...
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  • New primary school and classrooms for 1,200 students in South Island
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins unveiled major school building projects across the South Island during a visit to Waimea College in Nelson today. It’s part of the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “Investments like this gives the construction industry certainty ...
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  • Minister of Māori Development pays tribute to Rudy Taylor
      Today the Minister of Māori Development, alongside other Government Ministers and MP’s said their final farewells to Nga Puhi Leader Rudy Taylor.  “Rudy dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori, and his strong approach was always from the ground up, grassroots, sincere and unfaltering”  “Over the past few ...
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  • Prime Minister to attend APEC Leaders’ Summit
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend the annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and associated events virtually today and tomorrow. “In a world where we cannot travel due to COVID-19, continuing close collaboration with our regional partners is key to accelerating New Zealand’s economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “There is wide ...
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  • Speech to Infrastructure NZ Symposium
    Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes ...
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  • Pike River 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Service
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  • Huge investment in new and upgraded classrooms to boost construction jobs
    Around 7,500 students are set to benefit from the Government’s latest investment of $164 million to build new classrooms and upgrade schools around the country. “The election delivered a clear mandate to accelerate our economic recovery and build back better. That’s why we are prioritising construction projects in schools so more ...
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  • Keeping Pike River Mine promises 10 years on
    Ten years after the Pike River Mine tragedy in which 29 men lost their lives while at work, a commemorative service at Parliament has honoured them and their legacy of ensuring all New Zealand workplaces are safe. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the event, along with representatives of the Pike ...
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  • Additional testing to strengthen border and increase safety of workers
    New testing measures are being put in place to increase the safety of border workers and further strengthen New Zealand’s barriers against COVID-19, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These strengthened rules – to apply to all international airports and ports – build on the mandatory testing orders we’ve ...
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  • More public housing delivered in Auckland
    The Government’s investment in public housing is delivering more warm, dry homes with today’s official opening of 82 new apartments in New Lynn by the Housing Minister Megan Woods. The Thom Street development replaces 16 houses built in the 1940s, with brand new fit-for-purpose public housing that is in high ...
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  • Agreement advanced to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines
    The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, subject to the vaccine successfully completing clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. “This agreement ...
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  • Jobs for Nature funding will leave a conservation legacy for Waikanae awa
    Ninety-two jobs will be created to help environmental restoration in the Waikanae River catchment through $8.5 million of Jobs for Nature funding, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan announced today. “The new funding will give a four-year boost to the restoration of the Waikanae awa, and is specifically focussed on restoration through ...
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