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Open mike 30/11/2010

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  1. Bored 1

    From the government that gave you Paula Bennett and Rebstock….Here we go again…steal from the poor give to the rich..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10690977

    • vto 1.1

      And I considered this outfit to be one of the better performing. They seemed to have good conservative parameters to their business, made few foolish lending decisions (or rather probably, fewer), and etc.

      But Bored you are quite right. The owners of this business could afford to sort the lot out without recourse to the government guarantee.

      But what do you expect? This is human nature you are talking about. Why would they write a cheque for $178million when they can get me and you and all NZ\’s other taxpayers to do it? The problem is the structure that was set up under the guarantee – human nature just fits around the rules. Always has, always will. The problem is in fact the government\’s failure, less so the Spencers.

      It amazes me that more people are not up in arms about all this. Sure at the time of the GFC the banking system required assistance because it would most definitely have collapsed. However, why on earth outfits like this were included I do not know.

      It sucks. I think I will now opt out of the taxpayer and western-style government system. Can I do that? Or am I forced against my will under threat of physical sanction to be a part of a system that is failing me and my family?

      • Bored 1.1.1

        You will be forced by the same said State (on behalf of the Spensers and their morally bankrupt ilk) to pay up, be indebted with somebody elses debt, and to become a serf to them until debt redeemed. This is the current state of the Irish. Rebellion not tolerated…revolution fommented.

        • vto 1.1.1.1

          Astounding really. The Spencers set up their own private business and operate it for long time. When it goes bust they don’t pay the debt, I do.

          That is just incredibly grossly unfair. Leads very directly to frustration, thence to anger, before finally becoming hatred. Which is the end of the road. The end of the road is in sight.

          Here is another big item which will happen in NZ at some point, like it is already happening in other western countries…. your kiwisaver accounts will be taken by the state. It is exactly the same thing, 100%.

          Anyone want to place a bet on this occurrence?????

          captcha: wasting

          • Logie97 1.1.1.1.1

            Keep hearing the commentators with their meme that New Zealand’s problems are the levels or private debt / overseas borrowings. It seems that the majority of that borrowed debt lies with these finance companies.

            And who do we know that made a bucket load by moving that money around when times were good…?

            “Just smile and wave boys. I’m not affected by this. Mine is in foreign bank accounts”.

            • ZeeBop 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Don’t give up, get even. Remember money is relatuve value not gold standard value. If the reserve currency of the world is printing money it means inflation is on the way big time. That means all this extra money the Spensers and others get is paper money, its worth a lot less, unless its locked in. i.e. owns a real asset like a home, a degree, a career, a skill, etc. Their contempt of the system in bailing out the few who so right royally screwed the system in debt crazed addiction, is undermining the very results of all that hard corruption! Money is relative and the US is printing it. Welcome to the crash, anytime about… …now.

          • pollywog 1.1.1.1.2

            That is just incredibly grossly unfair. Leads very directly to frustration, thence to anger, before finally becoming hatred.

            so how does one channel this frustration and anger productively ?…cos i don’t want to be blinded by hate.

            captcha : prevent

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.2.1

              This is the billion dollar question. I’m very interested in potential answers as well.

              PS VTO = Yoda?

            • Bored 1.1.1.1.2.2

              I have got over the hate bit…..once the pampered rich are reduced to the average level by circumstance or force we can safely expect that they will be the ones hating us (for generously allowing them to experience our normal circumstances).

          • Bored 1.1.1.1.3

            VTO, it might interest you to know that the Spencers along with a heap of other recognisable family names such as the Todds were the beneficiaries of import controls and licensing. They got rich on “import monopolies” for want of a better description. Made rich by the state at our expense and kept rich at our expense yet again.

      • freedom 1.1.2

        if they made their fortunes in toilet paper why are we the ones cleaning up the shit?

      • KJT 1.1.3

        Probably time to revisit limited liability companies. Limited liability was originally meant to encourage start up businesses. However now it mostly works for large speculative businesses which fail due to dodgy behavior. We all carry the risk for these people without much public benefit.
        It will not effect non-speculative small and medium start ups. They have to give personal guarantees to lenders, suppliers and often customers anyway.

        • grumpy 1.1.3.1

          I don’t think you understand this KJT. When a limited liability company goes broke, it’s the creditors who miss out. In this case the kindly Government has a Deposit Guarantee Scheme whereby the taxpayers cover the creditor’s losses so it’s the taxpayer that misses out.
          Nothing to do with a limited liability, just a dodgy arse covering bailout scheme.

          • KJT 1.1.3.1.1

            Without limited liability Spencer, Hotchins et al would have had to cover the losses of their own companies. Either directly or the Government could recover as much as possible from their assets.

    • Lazy Susan 1.2

      My understanding is that this “extended guarantee scheme” was only rolled over in October 2010 see here. Most of the major banks are no longer in the DGS and there are only a handful of finance companies that have been accepted. This begs the question why Equitable Mortgages was accepted into the extended scheme in the first place – what evidence did they present two months ago that suggested they were in good financial shape?

    • jcuknz 1.3

      Dare I suggest that they have handled our ++++ for years, isn’t it fair we handle theirs now they are in need? 🙂

  2. Bored 2

    And whilst on the subject of bankrutcies heres David Henderson on his misfortunes “”Unfortunately, almost all my creditors are themselves in receivership or some form of administration now…’

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/4403655/Henderson-sinks-under-debt

    But maybe there is some justice, well just maybe watch this space…

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/4403629/Hanover-staff-to-front

    • grumpy 2.1

      The only justice for some of these bastards comes in the form of a small solid object on the end of a brass tube – that is what they would get in China – and their family a bill for the bullet!

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        that is what they would get in China – and their family a bill for the bullet!

        For gawds sakes grumpy, China has moved on from those times.

        Nowadays, the kidney and liver donation is more than enough to cover the cost.

        • grumpy 2.1.1.1

          I stand corrected CV, but I would still send them a bill for the bullet!

          The liver and kidneys are a great step forward but it would take a long time before you could find a heart in one of those Finance company bastards ……

  3. Aargh.

    On Morning Report News John Key just said “kick the tyres” again. Can’t we get a better Prime Minister from somewhere, someone who doesn’t talk or think in slogans?

    • Bored 3.1

      Mickey, could you perhaps persuade that mealy mouthed middle of the road shade of grey that is Mr Goff to use these words, they have westy street appeal, sort of in line with what is supposed to be the core Labour electorate.

    • Janice 3.2

      He also referred the Pike River Mine events as a “moveable feast”. Who is this person? Why do we put up with him? Why don’t we “kick his tyres” there is a lot of hot air in there for sure and not much else.

      • Colonial Viper 3.2.1

        Moveable feast? Like meals on wheels for miners?

      • Vicky32 3.2.2

        What did he think he meant by that? ??????
        Deb

        • Anne 3.2.2.1

          He didn’t mean anything by it. It’s one of those catchy phrases that Crosby/Textor taught him to use as a plausible sounding fill-in when he’s not sure what he’s talking about.

    • prism 3.3

      I seem to remember that Billly T James had a good kick the tyres routine at a car sales yard. Perhaps Key is trying to be a loved man-of-the-people just an ordinary guy from a state house.

      captcha cars – is this the ghost in the machine at work?

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Daily Mash, of course, has the best analysis of the wikileaks story

    The slaughter came just hours after the website, popular with paedophiles and smokers, published 250,000 secret documents that revealed, for only the 78 millionth time in human history, that governments are run by the sort of utter tosspots you wouldn’t have in your house.

    • freedom 4.1

      i prefer the tail of the piece

      “Nevertheless, the point about Wikileaks undermining the safety of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan would have some validity, if only it wasn’t such a humongous vat of liquidised monkey-shit from start to finish.

      Because – and you might want to write this down and keep it somewhere safe – the key thing that has undermined the safety of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is them firing their big fucking guns at Iraqis and Afghans.”

      • Tigger 4.1.1

        There’s bound to be local gold in the leaks to come. My favourite quote is from this article:
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4403682/Leaked-Cables-show-orders-to-spy-on-Clark

        “They were also told to collect similar information about other countries’ representatives to the UN, including their credit card details, frequent flier account numbers and work schedules.

        Prime Minister John Key … would not comment on whether it was appropriate for the US to be spying on UN officials.”

        I’ll make it easy for you John. It’s not appropriate.

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.1

          I’ve noticed that Jonkey is only unsure about stuff that the National Party wants to do but thinks that public wouldn’t approve.

  5. Jim Nald 5

    Newsflash:
    ACT authoritarians toss off Tashkoff
    Hide’s cronies back the brute’s disrepute

  6. vto 6

    My dulled brain flickered a little during mid-traffic yuckiness this afternoon when listening to radio commentators repeat the well-worn point that the big banks were too big to fail and needed to be assisted by the state (taxpayers) in the middle of the GFC in 2008.

    This was an unfortunate reality. But if the thought process continues from this point it is highly apparent that the big banks still require the taxpayers to stand behind them today. And also obviously will require the taxpayers to stand behind them well into the foreseeable future. Whether there is a govt guarantee in place at any particular time or not.

    Such is their role in our economy and society.

    So, they required taxpayer backing in the past (before it become obvious), got taxpayer backing yesterday (2008) and need it in the future.

    Because the bankers cannot operate without the taxpayer then surely the taxpayer must get something in return. Yet the bankers pay their way in the same way as any old ordinary cornershop business. How does that equate? It doesn’t. Cornershop businesses don’t need the taxpayer to back them up and don’t get it (oh, except farmers when the 100yr storm/drought arrives every decade).

    It is inequitable for bankers to pay their way to the same extent as ordinary business because they are clearly not ordinary business. They need the state and they need taxpayers. Otherwise their business model falls apart.

    One way to remedy this inequity is for them to pay more tax and so reduce the burden their business imposes on other taxpayers. There are surely other ways too. (on top of all this Westpac’s CEO’s obscene salary appears even more rude too of course).

    I’m pretty sure I aint missing anything here… There is a big yawning gap in the current banking / taxpaying / state structure in NZ…

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      Yeah man. Top of my head stuff, some of contradictory, (‘either/or’ not ‘and’)…

      Too big to fail = too big to exist. Proactive approach on the part of regulators monitoring the strategic import of a company and where necessary stepping in and breaking the company up.

      Ownership to be based on a partnership model rather than a shareholder/board of directors one. Owners are personally responsible for the financial positions of the bank, if it needs to be bailed out, the partners get wiped out personally as first order of business and ownership reverts to the crown.

      Shares in a bank that are acquired via a remuneration package are automatically forfeited to the crown in the event of a bailout.

      The CEO and CFO of any bank that is bailed out have to spend 1 day/million dollars of bailout working the ‘complaints’ phone at inland revenue, as a sign of respect and goodwill.

      • vto 6.1.1

        Well yes along those lines. Not sure what I was saying was explained in the best possible manner.

        Trying again… banks are not a normal business. They are completely enmeshed in the political system, as has been recently illustrated. They require state support. For confidence purposes as much as anything else. An unspoken type of support – which can perhaps best be seen if the situation was reversed i.e. the government of the day comes out and says “banks will not be given state support in the event a similar set of circumstances as the GFC arises in the future. Banks, you are on your own.” Imagine Clark saying that (forget Key for this exercise). What would people do do you think? Start hauling their funds out? I would guess so. (Kiwibank would become very plump.)

        As such Banks are quasi-state organisations. But that is not yet reflected in their current structuring, which today is one of private ownership and solely commercial transaction.

        This is the gap. This should be where change will come.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.1

          What would people do do you think? Start hauling their funds out? I would guess so. (Kiwibank would become very plump.)

          Yep. I guess the tricky thing is that the ‘too big to fail’ deal is descriptive. It’s not the way the model is supposed to work, it’s just a description of an entity once it occupies a certain point in the infrastructure. So the threat to let them fail is hollow.

          So the way I look at it we can either prevent them from occupying a too big to fail space, or incentivise the hell out of the decision makers to not risk needing a bailout.

          I agree that it should be explicit and out there rather than just this unspoken bullshit.

          The suck thing is the unspoken thing will continue. All these people running around saying ‘we should have let them fail, that’s what we’ll do next time’ guarantee that no one will acknowledge that a company is too big to fail until it’s too late, and the cost of bailing it out will be lower than the cost of letting it fail.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1.2

          If they require state support then they should be owned by the state. I don’t think this is truly optimal.

          Basic banking functions such as eft-pos and zero return/zero fee money “storage” that is guaranteed by the government should be a government owned bank. Also the printing of money needs to be removed from private banks and shifted back into government control and at 0%.

          This would leave the banks as finance companies where they can only lend out the money that has been loaned to them by their customers. This money will never be government guaranteed, cannot be withdrawn while presently loaned out and, if the finance company loses money then it’s most likely that the depositors lose money as well. One of the big problems with the current system is that people have forgotten that there is risk associated with loaning money out.

          This would make it so that the economy wouldn’t come crashing down every time a finance company lost money.

          • vto 6.1.1.2.1

            Yes, both good points p’s b and draco. Was wondering similar re separating the basic ‘money storage and creation’ being a state role and the lending bit for the private sector. So a kind of readjustment of the current roles.

            Remember the state had to intervene in a massve way following the great depression, which worked for a long time, until I think it was Reagan started to allow the roles that banks could play to be broadened. This started the rot as humans in the banking system played their human role and took advantage of the widened roles.

            In addition it would end up being a bit of a worse disaster no doubt if the risk around lending was not able to be sheeted home to those doing the lending. Certainly a private role and not one for the state.

            The banks and money printers are however incredibly powerful. It would be a big enough ask for any PM to lead such a charge against their current business. They would need a near revolution to get such a mandate, though that seems to be what is happening in other parts of the world…………….. Can you ever imagine Key doing it? Would expose him for what he truly is would it not?

  7. millsy 7

    On a good note, next general election in one year, or less – last weekend, was the last Saturday in November, according to our unwritten consititution, the latest an election can be held next year.

    Labour and the left has one year to pull its finger out and put together a genuine alternative program to Roger and Ruth’s spiritual heirs.

    It could start with what should be a bread and butter issue for the progressive left – public ownership of the beaches with free and unfettered access for all New Zealander, rich, poor, brown and white, as well as a pledge not to include any DOC land (inculding the Urewera national park), in the treaty settlement process – preserving our natural treausures for ALL new zealanders.

    Take those two steps, and youll have every New Zealander in the country singing the Internationale.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    Interesting post at ob-wings:

    http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/obsidian_wings/2010/11/capital.html#more

    with some great anecdata in comments. (if you are gong to comment there, read the rules, it’s a family friendly, no punching the patrons kind of bar)

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    6 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    6 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    7 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    7 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    7 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    7 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    1 week ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    1 week ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    1 week ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    1 week ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
    Communities stepping up to help New Zealanders stay at home to break the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives have received Government support, said Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. “Delivering groceries for the elderly who can’t shop online, providing data packs for low income families to keep them connected, and being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
    Across New Zealand 120 sites are taking samples to be tested for COVID-19.   68 community based assessment centres (CBACs) have been established to take samples from people with COVID-19 symptoms. Alongside this, 52 other centres including designated general practices, swabbing centres, and mobile clinics are now testing people for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
    The Ministry of Education is working with partners to develop a package of options so that students can learn at home when Term 2 begins on 15 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Supports are also being prepared for households with children under five, to help parents and whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
    Māori Television to begin educational te reo programmes Ki te Ao Mārama – a new online learning space Thousands of hard copy learning packs ready for distribution Helpdesk and advice service for kōhanga, kura and wharekura Television, the internet and hard copy learning packs are some of the ways whānau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced an initial package of support to help the people and the Government of Vanuatu respond to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Harold. “Our Pacific neighbours have been hit by a Category 5 Cyclone at the same time as dealing with the economic impacts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Planning for the future of tourism
    Tourism New Zealand to lead work reimagining the way tourism operates in post-COVID-19 world. Ministers to review International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy investment plan. The Government, industry and business are working together to develop a plan for how tourism will operate in a post-COVID-19 world, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
    More New Zealanders are taking up the chance to work in horticulture as the sector keeps New Zealanders fed and in jobs during the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 lockdown. “Our horticulture sector has long been one of New Zealand’s export star performers, contributing around $6 billion a year to our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
    The Provincial Development Unit is working through applications and projects to see where Provincial Growth Fund money can be repurposed for initiatives deemed more critical to fighting the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. “We need to be throwing everything we have at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago