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Open Mike 30/08/2017

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  1. Sanctuary 1

    Are we in a state of denial about the politicisation of our civil service?

    – The cold hearted cruelty of HNZ evictions that further Bill English’s mad idea of privatising the provision of public (<—- Bill, the clue is in the name!) housing.

    – The ideological fanaticism of Treasury, the place where we all know pure market orthodoxy will make it’s last stand.

    – Top civil servants colluding with the National party to try and take out government opponents (Natasha Fuller, and now Winston Peters).

    – The viciousness of WINZ, an organisation that nowadays seems to be run by sociopaths and sadists in the image of their various National ministers.

    – Organisations like DOC with senior leadership supporting market driven solutions that undermine the very reason the department exists.

    – A state TV channel that runs a thirty minute pro-National advertorial during prime time.

    I think we are in complete denial.

    I think our democracy nowadays would be better served adopting the US system, where the top half-dozen or so senior civil servants offer their resignation automatically on the election of a new government.

    I’d also sideline treasury – strip it of any ability to offer policy advise, or forecasting or briefing – turn it into a bunch of book keepers. Replace it with a new finance ministry that is less ideologically driven.

    Thoughts? Reform or replace?

    • CoroDale 1.1

      “I’d also sideline treasury – strip it of any ability to offer policy advise, or forecasting or briefing – turn it into a bunch of book keepers. Replace it with a new finance ministry that is less ideologically driven. ” (San)

      Spot on! Just add Reserve Bank to that list.
      Probably both reform, and partially replace.

      I believe the Greens would develop an Investment Bank. Could this not receive some of Treasuries funding and be developed as an alternative source of advice to Minister of Finance. Plus cherry picked Commissioners for Commissions, independent of Treasury, Commissions on Tax, UBI, Sovereign Money, etc.

    • tc 1.2

      Gut the upper levels of nat cronies for professionals who will realign each area.

      They are full of good people under the jackboot doing as told so once the boots removed normality will flow back under competant managers.

    • tracey 1.3

      I bet the public serbice are pissed off. If they dont tell Mi isters stufff they get into trouble. If they do they get into trouble. If they are particularly annoying their names get slipped to the media attracting death threats.

      Has Wayne been interviewed? He was implicated in stuff whenhe worked for Key?

    • tracey 1.4

      I bet the public service are pissed off. If they dont tell Ministers stufff they get into trouble. If they do they get into trouble. If they are particularly annoying their names get slipped to the media attracting death threats.

      Has Wayne been interviewed? He was implicated in stuff when he worked for Key?

    • Ad 1.5

      I think you’re confusing the public sector privacy stories for your simple impatience for a change of government.

      If there is a change of government in September, the public service and the public sector more broadly will go through some capacity pains.

      But that just reflects the scale of difference of the proposed policies from the current administration – who haven’t asked them to do much for many years.

  2. AsleepWhileWalking 2

    I think Labour went a step too far with one year free tertiary Ed. It’s brought back memories of shoddy free courses where students sat around smoking and whilst some kind of certificate was obtained nothing was really learnt.

    • Cinny 2.1

      Parents and kids at the local decile one school are over the moon about the announcement, all of a sudden there is hope for them and their families to have better lives by being educated.

      Both of my kids want to be teachers, and I’m happy to live in poverty to fund their education if that’s what it takes, kids come first, now all of a sudden I won’t have to go hungry or sell the house to make it happen for them.

      Jacinda is coming to Nelson to speak to the grey power on 13th sept in the morning, my girls have asked if I can take them out of school that morning so they can meet her and say thank you to her for the education opportunities that labour is offering. Sure darlings, we can go and meet the Red Princess.

    • tracey 2.2

      I am for it. Undrr the current system we are held hostage by student and parent claims they are not getting what they paid for.

      Students being encourage to repeat papers 3 times they will not pass to attract funding.

      So many students getting degrees who arent even at Diploma level. Tertiary standards have slipped in the name of a business model

      • AsleepWhileWalking 2.2.1

        Mmm. I look at tertiary Ed with a high degree of suspicion because of such things.

        We can learn a lot about what not to do from the US. Horror stories abound like one of the first ever student loan applicants still in debt in her 80s and forced to make repayments she couldn’t afford.

        • tracey 2.2.1.1

          Joyce has cut a swathe through academic integrity in return for mobey from International students BUT the drop in standards applies to locals too. Those of us who speak up, get bullied, isolated and then forced out. Problem solved.

    • millsy 2.3

      These ‘shoddy free courses’ are a symptom of the wider issues in place in our universities and polytechs since the sector was reformed 3 decades ago. The National Qualifications Framework, Unit Standards, forcing polytechs to compete with each other, allowing any provider to offer a degree, deregulating teacher training, allowing the private sector to enter the market have all played a part of this mess.

      • tracey 2.3.1

        The private providers shonky practices, imo, have “forced” public tertiaries to drop to the gutter to compete. Remove the private providers. I read Clare Bradley bemoaning Labour policy because her company had made a 100m investment. I used to work with Bradley and do not doubt her integrity BUT you dive into education as a business and your model will need to be robust enough to withstand political change.

        Education and Health need to be run well and not waste money but you do not privatise them because ethics are lacking in parts of the private sector and education stanss or falls on academic integrity

      • tracey 2.3.2

        The privatising allowed some providers to “sell” degrees whoch entitled overseas students to 2 year work visas and which got them enough points to get PR. Many of the jobs lasted only the two years and thy paid minimum wage, or less. Once PR obtained the job was offered to another graduate. Completing Diplomas and Degrees in “business” which were low skill and empty.

  3. Ed 3

    We keep hearing about National’s brighter future and Bill English’s sound management of the economy.
    So how come New Zealand has stories and stats like this?

    Housing NZ orders eviction after grandmother’s death
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338294/housing-nz-orders-eviction-after-grandmother-s-death

    Auckland teen couple face sleeping in car
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11913229

    Damp, overcrowded homes bigger threat to kids than car crashes
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913397

    Beneficiaries feeling bite of Palmerston North rental scarcity
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337874/beneficiaries-feel-bite-of-palmerston-north-rental-scarcity

    Study calls for improved renters’ rights
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337872/walls-so-moist-they-crumble-like-feta-cheese

    ‘I had spores and fungi in my system’ – Wellington renter
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337423/i-had-spores-and-fungi-in-my-system-wellington-renter

  4. Adrian 4

    This must be serious for the Nats, Fairfax/Stuff leads with dog finding a old mortar shell and greatest mystery of all time..why Lorde can’t dance.
    When it looked like Winstons was dog tucker they were all over it now it’s like
    ” nothing to see here, move on. Oh , look, over there, Lorde! “.
    Murphy has said this is the sibling of the MoaS, and it would be a Royal Flush and
    ” collateral damage “.
    All one party ,A,K,Q, J and Joker.

  5. tracey 5

    Paula Bennett just said on TVNZ that all she can do is keep “telling the truth”. I didn’t know she had started?

    Tolley seems to be being kept away from the media. Does she need 2 days of media training before she fronts?

  6. Pete 7

    Dear Mike Hosking,

    I see on the Herald today you feel ‘used’. The recent election stuff has got to you. Oh dear, I’m saddened. And shocked of course.

    But Mike, if you felt a thousand times worse, you wouldn’t be feeling half as bad many of us do, not just for this a couple of weeks before they election, but perpetually.

    I know your delicate sensibilities are special and different than ours, but we have feelings too.

    You continually use us to make yourself feel great. You abuse the position you are in by insulting our intelligence, sneering at common sense, and flaunting your lack of humanity and intellect by throwing it in our faces and ears. You use us to exercise and build your superiority complex.

    I’m not sure I can suggest medication or therapy for your ailment Mike. Maybe if you’d spent more time in the sun in years gone by rather than up John Key’s arse, you’d be more at one with the real world. (You know that world you are wont to mention.)

    So at this stage all I can suggest is, get fucked.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 8

    Didn’t know about the credit…or couldn’t afford to save (much note likely IMHO)?

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/338300/nz-s-unclaimed-kiwisaver-300m

    • Dirk Meatwhistle 8.1

      I’d suggest its more likely that parents started it up for kids to get the government kick in and have then forgotten about the rest of it

      Shame really as its a pretty good scheme (well done Labour)

  8. Dirk Meatwhistle 9

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913751

    I’m glad our politicians don’t face the same scrutiny as those overseas

    • Ed 9.1

      Why?
      Because people might question Bennett and Tolley more directly?

      • Dirk Meatwhistle 9.1.1

        Why well because I didn’t know she was married to a transgender person and I follow politics reasonably well and if I don’t know then I’d suggest most people don’t know and that’s good because I, and others, don’t need to know but the media probably would have tried to make something of it or he more strident critics would have tried something as well

      • mary_a 9.1.2

        @ Ed (9.1) …. if Bennett is questioned more directly about the leaking of the Winston superannuation overpayment issue, some bright, objective journalist (are there any left?), just might push a little bit further, taking her back to her life on the DPB!

        For instance, a few subtle questions such as having been a “struggling” beneficiary herself, how does she feel about Winston’s pension overpayment being exposed in the public domain, wouldn’t go amiss! Might cause her to slip up maybe …

  9. The Chairman 10

    Insurance costs to soar in what brokers are calling a ‘perfect storm’. Which will drive up private and commercial rents, thus inflation as costs are passed on.

    Recent earthquakes, the growing illegal use of methamphetamine and rises in the fire service levy and EQC cover are being blamed.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/96256505/eqc-fire-levies-industry-cover-due-to-rise-by-half

    We often see the finger pointed at the rising cost of houses for the increasing cost of rents, tending to forget about the role of increasing insurance costs.

    Moreover, the increase in insurance cover will also impact upon council premisses/assets, thus ratepayers.

    Rates (with their disproportionally larger than inflation increases) being another factor at play when it comes to the increasing cost of rents.

    So as businesses and landlords struggle to maintain margins, consumers and tenants will face higher costs. Which will no doubt drive more below the poverty line.

    Any suggestions on how we can address this?

    • The Chairman 10.1

      Soaring insurance costs will challenge Labour’s ability to lift more kids out of poverty.

      In hindsight, Labour may want to reconsider dropping KiwiAssure. 

    • Pat 10.3

      there is no redress….risks (and therefore costs ) are increasing and the model is unsustainable whether administered publicly or privately

    • tracey 10.4

      I cut my young legal teeth on insurance work. I learned many things at that time including that insurance companies win even when they lose. Despite being underwritten, the underwriters will be upping their premiums and the insured up theres and so we all pay, again…

      This is why we MUST hang on to ACC at all costs.

  10. Ed 11

    ‘The cost of National: third-world diseases and dead kids’

    ‘…….this is National’s fault. The graph of hospitalisations for bronchiectasis makes that clear. As for the why, its because they’ve reduced access to both social housing and benefits, effectively grinding the poor even deeper into poverty. And they’re paying a serious price for it.

    It is utterly obscene that this is allowed to happen. These diseases and this death toll are perfectly preventable. We know what is needed to prevent them: a warrant of fitness and mandatory insulation and heating standards for rental homes, more and better social housing, easier access to primary health care. National opposes all that, preferring instead to support the interests of landlords (which many National MPs happen to be). Its a perfect example of the moral bankruptcy of the government – and why we need to throw them out.’

    http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2017/08/the-cost-of-national-third-world.html

    • These diseases and this death toll are perfectly preventable.

      Which is why all the MPs in this government and their coalition partners need to be held accountable and jailed. There are several possible charges:

      1. Terrorism
      2. Mass murder
      3. Recklessness causing death
      4. Carelessness causing death

      It is not ok to say that they shouldn’t be so held accountable for their actions just because they’re the government.

  11. Treetop 12

    I think Dunne left because he knew about Peters, knew about the NZ Super over payment, and did not act on it, (for IRD to advise Peters).

    Dunne may of not wanted a repeat of the Andrea Vance emails.

    IRD pays the NZ Super.

    Does SSC pay MPs?

    If the above is the case, does IRD and SSC share information?

    • Treetop 12.1

      It was Peters who tried to get to the bottom of Dunne leaking a GCSB report to Andrea Vance.

      Is Dunne a serial leaker?

  12. patricia bremner 13

    Rachael Smalley pouring venom at the education policy, and lying about how the health situation came about.

    You’ve got it “Blamed Helen and Labour” (Herald)

    What happened in the last 9 years???? Austerity budget cuts and lies. Piss off!!!

  13. Ed 14

    Rachel Smalley shows her true Tory colours.
    These media puppets are the lowest.
    What they would write and do for lucre….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11913703

  14. Eco maori 15

    Well the Muppets are pouring on the intimidation while I’m mowing my lawns in Paramus Tauranga .Because of what’s happening to me about 3 months ago I tried to get 100 k life insurance so if anything happened to me my family would get something but the bank declined my application you can guess whom interfered in that the Muppets

  15. Ed 16

    Looking at Simon Bridges in this clip , I am concerned for his health…

    • joe90 16.1

      Over at the sewer they’re experts in this concern trolling shit, so you’d fit right in.
      /

      • Ed 16.1.1

        Was that necessary?

        • joe90 16.1.1.1

          As part of life processes and as he becomes more and more like his father a bloke grows a little around the jowls, you took the opportunity to weigh in with the stuff of the sewer – innuendo and faux concern about his appearance. So yes, it was.

          • Ed 16.1.1.1.1

            Innuendo?
            None intended.

            And false concern.
            If he’s unwell, then I am concerned.
            Genuinely.
            You can disagree with someone politically and still care for them as a human being.

  16. Eco maori 17

    The Muppets are using there what do you call them confidant witness or contracted lyers even one of my clients told me about a van going slowly past me with tinted Windows I told him not to worry about it I didn’t want to stress him out there are using them so that no one can track there GPS on there vehicle .
    They will do any thing to stop me holding them accountable FOR THERE breaches to my privacy rights

  17. Stephen Doyle 18

    If a Labour/Green coalition is only 1 or 2 seats away from a majority, what chance of splitting off a Shane Jones/Tracey Martin from NZ first?

  18. Penny Bright 19

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    FIRST MEDIA INTERVIEW!

    StopTheTamakiGentrificationSCAM!

    Radio Waatea – Titewhai Harawira 30 August 2017
    (19 minutes).

    (Correction – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd have built 213 new houses – NOT 2130.)

    “Kia ora Penny thanks for speaking on Titewhai’s show this morning. Here is the link:

    http://www.waateanews.com/play_podcast?podlink=NTcxOTk=

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  19. patricia bremner 20

    I see TDB is putting forward some provocative ideas re Winston.

    Thought you might have some of these same ideas Bill. Never know with these characters!!

    Timing and purpose and possible outcomes.

    A distraction from Jacinda?? A diversion from Barclay/ English lies??

  20. Ed 21

    Yuk.
    Stephen Franks on the Panel.
    Why does RNZ give so much airtime to a spokesperson for the ACT Party which only gets 0.4 % of the vote?
    0.4 = 4 out of a thousand. So Franks should be invited by Mora once every 3 years to be proportional. And if he is, no other ACToids on.

  21. Ed 22

    Now Tim Murphy on the Panel.
    And as usual Mora is incapable and unwilling to use the forum to ask Murphy any difficult questions. Indeed he allows Franks to take over.

    Mora is such a tragic Tory.

    RNZ has become a puppet station and Mora quite insipid and pathetic.

    We deserve a better media.

    • Ed 22.1

      4.30 pm – Mora still not challenging the extreme right wing views of Franks.
      Such a cowardly man.

  22. adam 23

    It would appear it was not an attack by the Russians, but a leak by an inside in the DNC. Who would have guessed. The pesky MSM and their lies.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

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  • Emission trading reforms another step to meeting climate targets
    The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will finally start to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas pollution as it was originally intended to, because of changes announced today by the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. The changes include a limit on the total emissions allowed within the ETS, rules to ensure ...
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  • Queen’s Birthday Honours highlights Pacific leadership capability in Aotearoa
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List provides an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa. “The work and the individuals we acknowledge this year highlights the kind of visionary examples and dedicated community leadership that we need ...
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  • Govt backing horticulture to succeed
    The Government is backing a new $27 million project aimed at boosting sustainable horticulture production and New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our economy. During and ...
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  • Applications open for forestry scholarships
    Applications have opened for 2021 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships, which will support more Māori and women to pursue careers in forestry science, says Forestry Minister Shane Jones. “I’m delighted Te Uru Rākau is offering Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships for the third year running. These ...
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  • Excellent service to nature recognised
    The Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List once again highlights the dedication by many to looking after our native plants and wildlife, including incredible work to restore the populations of critically endangered birds says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Anne Richardson of Hororata has been made an Officer of the New ...
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  • Wetlands and waterways gain from 1BT funding
    The Government will invest $10 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting to provide jobs in communities and improve the environment, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Forestry Minister Shane Jones have announced. New, more flexible funding criteria for applications will help up to 10 catchment groups plant ...
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  • New fund for women now open
    Organisations that support women are invited to apply to a new $1,000,000 fund as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response. “We know women, and organisations that support women, have been affected by COVID-19. This new money will ensure funding for groups that support women and women’s rights,” said Minister for ...
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  • Govt supports King Country farmers to lift freshwater quality
    Healthier waterways are front and centre in a new project involving more than 300 King Country sheep, beef and dairy farmers. The Government is investing $844,000 in King Country River Care, a group that helps farmers to lift freshwater quality and farming practice, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “Yesterday ...
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  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery
    A major funding package for libraries will allow them to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people seeking jobs as part of the economic recovery from COVID-19. “Budget 2020 contains over $60 million of funding to protect library services and to protect jobs,” says Internal Affairs ...
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  • Support for arts and music sector recovery
    A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package in a crucial economic boost to support the ...
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  • Legislative changes to support the wellbeing of veterans and their families
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has welcomed the First Reading of a Bill that will make legislative changes to further improve the veterans’ support system.  The Veterans’ Support Amendment Bill No 2, which will amend the Veterans’ Support Act 2014, passed First Reading today. The bill addresses a number of ...
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  • Christ Church Cathedral – Order in Council
    Views sought on Order in Council to help fast track the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, will be seeking public written comment, following Cabinet approving the drafting of an Order in Council aimed at fast-tracking the reinstatement of the ...
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  • New Zealanders’ human rights better protected in new Bill
    The law setting out New Zealanders’ basic civil and human rights is today one step towards being strengthened following the first reading of a Bill that requires Parliament to take action if a court says a statute undermines those rights. At present, a senior court can issue a ‘declaration of ...
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    7 days ago
  • Deep concern at Hong Kong national security legislation
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong. “New Zealand shares the international community’s significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” Mr Peters said. “New Zealand ...
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  • Government invests in New Zealand’s cultural recovery
    Thousands of artists and creatives at hundreds of cultural and heritage organisations have been given much-needed support to recover from the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern announced today. “The cultural sector was amongst the worst hit by the global pandemic,” Jacinda ...
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  • Better protection for New Zealand assets during COVID-19 crisis
    Key New Zealand assets will be better protected from being sold to overseas owners in a way contrary to the national interest, with the passage of the Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Bill. The Bill, which passed its third reading in Parliament today, also cuts unnecessary red tape to help attract ...
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  • Cleaning up our rivers and lakes
    Setting higher health standards at swimming spots Requiring urban waterways to be cleaned up and new protections for urban streams Putting controls on higher-risk farm practices such as winter grazing and feed lots Setting stricter controls on nitrogen pollution and new bottom lines on other measures of waterway health Ensuring ...
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    7 days ago
  • Record year for diversity on Govt boards
    The Government is on the verge of reaching its target of state sector boards and committees made up of at least 50 percent women, says Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter and Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa. For the first time, the Government stocktake measures the number of Māori, ...
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  • New appointments to the Commerce Commission
    The Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Kris Faafoi, has today announced the appointment of Tristan Gilbertson as the new Telecommunications Commissioner and member of the Commerce Commission. “Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers,” ...
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  • Historic pay equity settlement imminent for teacher aides
    The Ministry of Education and NZEI Te Riu Roa have agreed to settle the pay equity claim for teacher aides, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This will see more than 22,000 teacher aides, mostly women, being valued and paid fairly for the work they do. “Teacher aides are frontline ...
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  • Govt delivers security for construction subcontractors
    Subcontractors will have greater certainty, more cashflow support and job security with new changes to retention payments under the Construction Contracts Act says Minister for Building and Construction, Jenny Salesa. A recent review of the retentions money regime showed that most of the building and construction sector is complying with ...
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  • New Zealand and Singapore reaffirm ties
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have marked the first anniversary of the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership with a virtual Leaders’ Meeting today. The Enhanced Partnership, signed on 17 May 2019, provides the framework for cooperation across the four main areas of trade, defence and ...
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  • JOINT STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE ON THE FIRST AN...
    On 17 May 2019, New Zealand and Singapore established an Enhanced Partnership to elevate our relations. The Enhanced Partnership – based on the four pillars of trade and economics, security and defence, science, technology and innovation, and people-to-people links – has seen the long-standing relationship between our countries strengthen over the ...
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  • Government investment supports the acquisition of new Interislander ferries
    State-Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters has welcomed KiwiRail’s announcement that it is seeking a preferred shipyard to build two new rail-enabled ferries for the Cook Strait crossing. “This Government is committed to restoring rail to its rightful place in New Zealand. Bigger, better ships, with new technology are yet another ...
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  • Better protection for seabirds
    Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.   The National Plan of Action for Seabirds 2020 outlines our commitment to reduce fishing-related captures and associated seabird ...
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  • Milestone in cash flow support to SMEs
    Almost $1 billion in interest-free loans for small businesses More than 55,000 businesses have applied; 95% approved Average loan approx. $17,300 90% of applications from firms with ten or fewer staff A wide cross-section of businesses have applied, the most common are the construction industry, accommodation providers, professional firms, and ...
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  • Government protects kids as smoking in cars ban becomes law
    Thousands of children will have healthier lungs after the Government’s ban on smoking in cars with kids becomes law, says Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa. This comes after the third reading of Smoke-free Environments (Prohibiting Smoking in Motor Vehicles Carrying Children) Amendment Bill earlier today. “This law makes it ...
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