Pike River mine evidence went missing

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, February 18th, 2019 - 74 comments
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Call the cops.  Someone may have hindered the investigation of the cause of the Pike River fatality by hiding evidence,

And it was potentially vital evidence that showed that the explosion occurred in an electrical cabinet that was tragically totally unsafe for the conditions.

From Radio New Zealand:

Some families of Pike River mine victims suspect a piece of vital evidence may have been spirited away by the mining company and lost.

Sonja Rockhouse, whose son Ben was among the 29 men killed in the blast, said a photograph of an electrical cabinet door that was blown 100m to the mine surface has just come to light, but no-one can say where the actual item has gone.

The door from a fan control box was photographed nine days after the first explosion in 2010.

“It’s a possible ignition source – it could be the thing that caused the explosion, so it’s a vital piece of information,” said Ms Rockhouse.

She said one of the “unsafe” fan control cabinets was blown to the surface and had disappeared onto a helicopter leased by the Pike River Mine company.

“It’s bloody outrageous and it shows exactly why we need to go back into Pike and why we need a proper investigation.”

Bernie Monk was understandably angry and said this:

Someone knew that incredibly important evidence had turned up and somebody knows what happened to it. Whoever that is needs to come forward right now, because we’re not stopping until we uncover the truth.”

And Anna Osborne highlighted the reasons why the reenntry into the mine is so important.

All I can say is it’s a good thing we fought so hard for re-entry and re-investigation, because with each day it’s clear there’s more that New Zealand needs to know”.

Police are investigating.

Update:

And John Campbell has just tweeted this.  CLive would be Campbell Live, his old TV3 show.

74 comments on “Pike River mine evidence went missing ”

  1. If this cabinet has been ‘disappeared’ by those running Pike River, then jail should swiftly follow for those responsible.

    My suspicion is that in the days following the explosion, Pike River bosses were desperate to hide anything that suggested that their lax safety culture was to blame. No wonder they were never keen on re-entry!

    In gaseous mines, there are supposed to be no pieces of equipment capable of creating a spark in the workings. All electrical gear is supposed to be fully shielded and low risk. Even telephones and comms devices are designed not to cause a spark.

    If the missing cabinet is proof that non mine standard electrical equipment was in use, that’s not only evidence of a potential ignition source, it’s evidence of criminal behaviour.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      One of the family members just said on RNZ that the photo was taken by a Government employee and they saw it loaded onto a helicopter.

      • patricia bremner 1.1.1

        Who flew the helicopter? Every flight has to be logged.. surely that can be followed up?

        • mary_a 1.1.1.1

          Patricia (1.1.1) … By chance is it possible that the flight log record could also be missing, if officially queried?

          You know … “what flight log record was that then …?”

        • Sacha 1.1.1.2

          Who *hired* the helicopter.

          • NZJester 1.1.1.2.1

            The news articles I read said the cabinet was last seen loaded onto a helicopter that was hired by the Pike River Mine company.
            RNZ has this to say.

            Mr Little said neither he nor the Pike River Recovery Agency knows where the door is.

            “The agencies investigating the original explosion in 2010 were the police and what was then the Department of Labour, now WorkSafe. I’d be surprised if they don’t have [it] stored somewhere [with] all of the exhibits and the material they collected at that time as part of their investigation,” he said.

            Mr Little said he became aware of the missing evidence last week and the agencies involved in the original investigation were notified but would still be in the process of hunting it down.

            https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/382756/pike-river-door-likely-stashed-somewhere-safe-little

            If however they do not have the evidence and it is found that the Pike River company held onto it, then someone should be prosecuted.

    • Gabby 1.2

      Surely there must be some way to blame the union for this. Otherwise the police will have to fail to find any evidence of wrongdoing, and that’s such a chore.

      • Anne 1.2.1

        I agree, and a waste of valuable police time especially when they know they have to fail……..

      • Sabine 1.2.2

        does Andrew Little have a license to fly helicopters?

        • veutoviper 1.2.2.1

          LOL – I doubt it.

          But Jami-Lee Ross has a commercial pilot’s licence but I don’t know whether that includes helicopters; and he only got his full licence in 2012.

          Seriously, when I heard on RNZ news that the damaged cabinet was apparently loaded onto a helicopter and flown away into the unknown a few days after the explosion(s), my immediate thought was that flight records should reveal whose helicopter it was, the pilot, and destination etc.

          (Snap – Patricia Bremner)

    • RedLogix 1.3

      Absolutely. I cannot emphasis enough how basic and essential these hazardous area electrical standards are.

      They are well understood by everyone in the industry. Failure to comply is seriously criminal. Losing this evidence points to a blatant cover-up.

      Which leads to the obvious question,why has this photo only come to light now? What is the story behind this?

      • marty mars 1.3.1

        Does this add weight to your insurance job accusation?

        • Anne 1.3.1.1

          From memory Redlogix didn’t make any direct accusation marty. He submitted it as a possible motive in the event there did prove to have been a cover up. In my view it’s a possible motive with a degree of merit, although I’m more inclined to believe they simply panicked because they knew they were in mighty big trouble.

          • marty mars 1.3.1.1.1

            This ‘evidence’ if proven conclusive would scupper the insurance job angle unless it was planned years ago.

            “February 2019 at 9:16 pm
            A small paranoid part of me always suspected Pike River was an insurance job. Circumstantial evidence only, but this development does nothing dampen my darker suspicions.”

            That’s red’s quote.

            I think that is wild speculation that muddies the waters but I thought I’d check with red in case I missed stuff. I missed stuff last night and deleted comments last night.

            • RedLogix 1.3.1.1.1.1

              Anne has expressed it well, a combination of incompetence, panic and bad intentions has muddied the waters on this tragedy right from the outset.

              If someone has deliberately removed this cabinet door, this is direct evidence of very bad faith. If so then what else did they do?

              It’s how any investigator would think.

              • vto

                “a combination of incompetence, panic and bad intentions has muddied the waters on this tragedy right from the outset”

                Having followed Pike River right from its conception in the minds of corporate bankers I think your assessment needs to apply from the very first spark of thought in the minds of those corporate bankers.

                It was never genuine.

                Evidenced, for example, by the company’s continual need to raise more capital because they didn’t spend enough on proving the ‘mineability’ (which costs) as opposed to the extent of the resource (which pays).

                • I’ll leave you all to it because I’m out of my depth on these issues and I don’t really want to learn to swim.

                  • RedLogix

                    You asked some pertinent questions and got me to clarify myself. No problem with that at all. 😀

                • xanthe

                  VTO if you are going to question the motives of the corporate bankers as guilty parties (and I wholeheartedly agree we should) then we need to include the ministers of the then labour govt that conceived the whole mess as a poster child for environmentally sustainable “surgical” mining and then dismantled the mines inspectorate to allow it to go ahead. My point is that Pike River was a child of rogernomics and we must not stop until responsibility is placed there.

                  • vto

                    Agree completely that Pike River is a result of neoliberalism. It illustrates the failings of that political philosophy in tragic ways.

        • RedLogix 1.3.1.2

          If it could be shown this cabinet was the sole source of the ignition I would agree this would tend to rule out a deliberate act.

          But way too soon to know.

          • marty mars 1.3.1.2.1

            That cabinet door is crucial and good to have your informed comments about them and their context ta.

          • xanthe 1.3.1.2.2

            the “cabinet” of the fourth labour govt 1984-1990 was the primary source of ignition at pike river

            • mac1 1.3.1.2.2.1

              That’s a hell of claim, xanthe, and needs a little more clarification. I understand the verbal play you’re enjoying, but beyond that lie the deaths of a lot of men………..

              I believe for example that the matter of the allowing of the setting-up of a coal mine is different from the matter of a poorly managed coal mine where there seems to have been a failure to ensure adequate safety practices.

              • xanthe

                hi mac1 If you cannot see the causal connection then you don’t understand Neo-liberalism.

                I do not make the claim just for the wordplay (attractive tho it is) but because the economic and regulatory environment were fundamental to this accident and these were imposed over the will of of New Zealanders and against expert advice at the time .

  2. cleangreen 2

    This smells bad;

    This sends us all the same bad taste we saw when the evidence was lost and was omitted from the Afghanistan inquiry evidence showing that NZ SAS did kill Innocent people,

    Corrupt little NZ we have now.
    This has a ‘cover-up’ opps all over it again sadly.

    National Party ‘helicoptered in’ Mark Mitchell was ‘an agent’ skilled in overt black opps cover-ups we found out so he should now be investigated right away.

  3. vto 3

    One of the “issues” during those first days after the explosion, was that the Police took control of the whole site, rather than mines rescue types…

    … the Police themselves have questions to answer here.

    Ask the Police where the item is, and what they were doing about evidence-gathering at the time?

    And ask the Police why the Pike River Mine company was even allowed on site during those following days, given they were clearly going to be investigated?

    Gary Knowles (copper in charge at the time) come in please …..

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pike-river-2010/102344/police-chain-of-command-questioned-at-pike-hearing

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pike-river-2010/84774/miners%27-mother-says-police-admit-mistakes-made

    • Exkiwiforces 3.1

      I think you would find that the OHS and the then current Employment Laws allow the Police to take over as the lead authority as it was a work place accident. If Ms Fenton is about, she might be able to explain a bit better than I can?

      Now if the old Mines Dept wasn’t disestablished under the “No Mates Party” in the early 90’s. The first response would’ve come the mine’s own rescue team until the Mine Dept’s own mine rescue team and the local chief engineer or members of the Mines Dept Inspectorate which would then become the lead authority in the rescue.

      The CoC and response by Mines Dept had it not been disestablished in 90’s, was built on lessons learnt over the decades from other mining accidents and was a tried and tested system that work. But in saying that had the Mines Dept had still been around the Pike River Coal Mine would’ve never been built or could’ve been shut down due the technical issues they were in counting in Mine. Had the Mine got the all clear from the Mines Dept, it’s highly likely they would’ve gone tits up down the track when the coal price tank as the cost of bring the coal out would’ve unproductive from cost benefit/ coal production POV.

      From last nights writing about this

      https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17-02-2019/#comment-1584420

      https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-17-02-2019/#comment-1584439

    • cleangreen 3.2

      Yes vto; and ianmac,

      Like the Air NZ Erebus Inquiry quote;; were ‘a litany of lies’ .

      As we will see here from the ‘right’.

      There was a concerted cover up here going on under the last Government as usual, no matter what Sasha and incognito believe otherwise.

      ‘Dirty Politics’was sprouting out under national just around then as well.

      Thank God we have a government that wants to see the truth come out then.

      Hallelujah!!!

      • Tamati Tautuhi 3.2.1

        The old “orchestrated littany of lies” from the Erebus Crash.

        Vital evidence went missing from the collision site on Mt Erebus and the Chief Pilot Causcious Collin’s house was broken into and his diaries, notebooks etc went missing ?

      • Incognito 3.2.2

        I believe that you’re doubling down on OTT comments and you should be careful with your accusations that have no basis other than your conspiracy theories.

  4. ianmac 4

    Remember the Air NZ Erebus Inquiry or the Winebox Inquiry? Great efforts were made by “Authority” to diminish and exclude information. Why? Because the Government of the day needed to able to deny any blame that would reflect badly on them.

    Funny that all those events and Pike River happened during the tenure of National Governments.

    • bwaghorn 4.1

      The sad thing is it will be reported as the government’s wrong doing. With very little effort to remind people the ut was during the nats tenure and that this stuff is only getting the light of day because if labour.

  5. Anne 5

    In the case of Air NZ, they covered up the fact a staff member had inserted the wrong coordinates into the flight-plan sending the plane over Erebus instead of the Ross Sea Valley. Add to that severe white-out conditions, and the pilots didn’t have a chance. They then had the gall to blame the pilots for the tragedy and when a well known senior Air NZ pilot, Gordon Vette wrote a book containing details of the truth, Muldoon in particular set about destroying his career and reputation.

    • Yes who can forget this

      “Mahon also claimed that the airline’s executives and management pilots had engaged in a conspiracy to whitewash the enquiry, accusing them of covering up evidence and misleading investigators through ‘an orchestrated litany of lies’. ”

      https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/erebus-disaster/inquiry

      An orchestrated litany of lies…

      • greywarshark 5.1.1

        I didn’t remember the extent of Muldoon’s hostility to Vette and Collins and Mahon et al. The way that Justice Mahon was criticised was outrageous and low; it cut across all proper protocols.

        Royal commissioner Justice Peter Mahon, whose report was published almost a year after Mr Chippindale’s, stunned the nation by accusing Air New Zealand of a massive cover-up of a computer blunder he said caused the crash.

        Exonerating the pilots of all blame, Justice Mahon said the computer navigation track of TE901 had been altered just before the flight, shifting the flightpath from the safe, flat expanse of McMurdo Sound to a collision course with Mt Erebus, without the pilots being told of the change.

        Captain Jim Collins, First Officer Greg Cassin and everyone else on the flight deck, including seasoned Antarctic explorer Peter Mulgrew, completely failed to see the looming disaster ahead of them.

        Justice Mahon said this failure had two causes. They believed they were over McMurdo Sound, the route of the previous sightseeing flights, the route Captain Collins was told he was going on at the flight briefing a few days before. And they were fooled by the optical illusion known as “whiteout”, caused by the sun shining from behind on to snow and ice below and clouds above, making it look as if they were flying over endless flat ice when, in fact, the ground was rising quickly.

        In phrases that rang around New Zealand and around the world, Justice Mahon, an eminent judge of the High Court, said Air New Zealand had presented his royal commission with “palpably false evidence” that originated “in a predetermined plan of deception” that could not have been the result of mistakes or faulty memories. “I am forced, reluctantly, to say that I had to listen to an orchestrated litany of lies,” he wrote in one of the most thundering denunciations penned in the report.

        Political and public pandemonium followed. Morrie Davis, the airline’s high-profile chief executive, felt forced to resign. Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, a friend of Mr Davis, savaged Justice Mahon and his report. Pilots and aviation experts took entrenched sides, some supporting the Chippindale report and blaming the pilots, others supporting the Mahon report and blaming the airline.

        Air New Zealand went to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to have the Mahon findings overturned. The court stridently criticised the judge, ruling he should not have accused the airline of a cover-up without putting the allegation to its witnesses at the royal commission. Stunned, Justice Mahon resigned.

        Justice Mahon, increasingly isolated, appealed to the Privy Council, which, in a damning decision in October 1983, said he had “failed to observe the rules of natural justice” _ about the harshest thing that could be said about a judge.

        Air New Zealand declared itself vindicated. The Government and the airline’s supporters hailed the Chippindale report as the only true account of the disaster.
        1/31/2009
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/archive/national-news/265485/Erebus-crash-myths-and-reality

        Justice Peter Mahon (1 November 1923 – 11 August 1986
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Mahon_(judge)

        What the PM knew about Erebus – NZ Herald
        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/mt-erebus-crash/news/article.cfm?c_id=1500932
        The one-man commission, the late Justice Peter Mahon, was slammed by Muldoon who refused to table his 1981 report which accused Air New Zealand …

        • mary_a 5.1.1.1

          Thanks for that information greywarshark, which jogged my memory of the case.

          I believe as a result of the disgraceful way he was treated, the outcome was Justice Peter Mahon became another victim of the Erebus/Air NZ disaster.

          • greywarshark 5.1.1.1.1

            Yes you forget, and it is something that shouldn’t be. He was only 63? when he died. I consider that the disappointment with his fellow judicials and the unseemly attack by hyena politicians and corporates brought him down.

            Similarly I think, though others might not agree, William B Sutch.
            https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/capital-life/67451537/null
            Sutch’s explanation for the meetings – that they were chats about things like Zionism and what New Zealand Chinese thought about China – were widely doubted.
            Wellington was rife with speculation and theories. Mention Sutch today and anyone who remembers him will have an opinion.

            ‘Widely doubted’ by tiny crevice minds with an obsessive fear of communism and a foolish attachment to capitalism and fascism, and a desire to mix and mingle with the upper echelons of the big capitalist countries and salute their skewed politics.

            • mary_a 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Many thanks again for this case. You are really firing up my memory today.

              I also remember the William Sutch case. I really did think that he would be found guilty and go down, even though I did believe he was innocent. Yes, the establishment drove him to an early grave as well!

              As to Justice Peter Mahon, he died well before his time. He must have felt so isolated and alone at the time, after Muldoon’s National government along with the rest of the corporate vultures, picked and scavenged him to death. God it must have been awful for the poor man.

              RIP Justice Mahon. A fine, decent Kiwi who deserves nothing but the utmost respect.

        • cleangreen 5.1.1.2

          Greywarshark;

          National never learned then, that lying gets you nowhere.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 5.2

      One must remember Sir Robert Muldoon was not a particulary caring or nice person. IMHO.

  6. left_forward 6

    The previous Health and Safety Act was sufficient to prosecute the CEO, senior managers and board of Pike River with the evidence they had then even without this cover up. The new OTT OSH Act was just an expensive divergence by the last Government to implicate the inadequacy of the previous Act, rather than doing what our justice system ought to have done.
    Another orchestrated litany of lies?

  7. rata 7

    A cabinet door “may” be missing?
    “Could” point to cause of mine disaster.
    Seems to be flimsy “evidence”.

  8. mosa 8

    This is like Erebus all over again.
    The police must act on this.
    It is removing vital evidence in a serious loss of life situation.
    It only goes to prove that yet again there has been corruption and obstructing the course of justice here and it MUST not stand.
    I still believe that the Key – English government and the Pike river mine company has done its best to cover up an appalling crime.
    This is not over and is a crime scene that warrants police action !!!!

  9. cleangreen 9

    100% Mosa yes it does for sure.

    Better get sir John Key demoted to just -‘ disgraced John Key’ also please – It happened on his watch..

  10. OnceWasTim 10

    Question to anyone and @ Micky Savage ( as a legal mind)
    There was an investigation (of sorts – given all the circumstances) into the disaster in which various witnesses were called.
    Who selected those witnesses and what was the basis for selection?
    If witness selection was based on inquiries by the Mines Inspectorate, Police and others, and based on records such as those held by the company (knowing as we now do that there is the possibility for management in both the company and the inspectorate to be worried about their ‘shortcomings’), I’m left wondering what the impact of a mines electrician might be.
    Especially if he had encountered misplaced and non-compliant (i.e. unsealed) electrical cabinets that contained such things as relays prone to sparking, or such things as a loose connection on a buzzbar), and who (before the disaster) had claimed the mine was a “disaster waiting to happen”, and that people knew about its shortcomings.
    The only electrician I’ve seen involved in the report (and I’m not questioning his competence in any way, or his desire to get to the bottom of things) is Mattheus Strydom.
    One thing the former Chief Inspector (Forster?) concerned about the misplaced evidence noted this morning on RNZ?, was that the cabinet door had small holes in it. I presume they could have been the small holes where rivets had been, fixing the door to the hinges on the cabinet although I’m not expert. However that may signal that the cabinet and its non-compliant and misplaced contents could be the ‘seat’ of an explosion.
    What is clearly evident is that Pike River was one very shoddy and casual operation – even to the extent that it allowed such an electrician’s girlfriend at the time to enter the place. They may as well have opened it to the public and charged a bloody admission fee to raise a bit of extra cash.

    • Exkiwiforces 10.1

      Sorry to nit pick, but Mines Inspectorate was a part of the Mines Dept when it was disestablished by the “No Mates Party” when they in the OHS Laws in the early 90’s. They replace it something that had less scope, less enforcement, less oversight, less money to and less qualified people aka Jack of all Trades, but master of none approach to the new Dept, than would’ve been the case of old Mines Dept which had very strict and high entry standards, just to get your foot in the door.

      • OnceWasTim 10.1.1

        yep @ ExKiwiforces – you’re not nit picking. I just couldn’t remember the name of the responsible body.
        I agree with Andrew Little that it’s possible the door has been stowed away somewhere safe and could eventually turn up (maybe it was in Gary Knowles’ garage for safekeeping – pardon the cynicism.
        My concern still stands – and that basically is that I am aware of an electrician who was worried about the state of the place, and whether or not he got to give evidence at an inquiry. I don’t know his name, although I do know the name of his former g/f who was taken into the mine. In fact this has caused a bit of a family rift in a ” we don’t need to get involved”, ” I’m sure they’ve thought of all that” kind of way.
        It’s all bloody shoddy, and it’s an insult to the public’s right to have an expectation that public service entities and legal processes are in place to protect their interests – rather than some corporate trying to make a fast buck at their expense.
        And if and when things go tits up, those responsible might be held to account.
        Not too quaint an idea is it? After all – we now have a more caring/sharing government (and one, incidentally) that I support. Stuff and things really do need to start happening though

    • cleangreen 10.2

      All very good questions that is OnceWasTim,

      The witnesses were obviously ‘cherry picked’ to get the result they wanted, so we must have a major royal inquiry now to bring all the real facts out that appear to look like a concerted cover up by the last National Government..

      • OnceWasTim 10.2.1

        Well possibly, possibly not (the cherry picking) – which is why I’d feel more confident in knowing how they were picked and how they became known as relevant.
        It’s kind of a ‘we don’t know what we don’t know’ situation, but when anything potentially relevant does become known, then it should be considered. It may come to nothing but given today’s revelations – including that cabinet door that has little holes in it – surely a sign that the cabinet’s contents were the source of the blast ………….. considering that the electrician’s knowledge of the state of it prior to the accident.
        But you know ….. she’ll be right! besides they’re both out of the country now and apparently too hard to trace

  11. Tamati Tautuhi 11

    Many in different walks of life here in NZ, who are involved in the Health & Safety Industry have heard varying stories, about the cause of the Pike River Disaster, hopefully we will not have another whitewash like the Erebus Crash and the CTV Building in Christchurch whereby the Brotherhood here in NZ are actively protecting each other’s backs ?

  12. Cinny 12

    So many dodgy dealings re Pike, thank goodness we had a change of government, and these families who have suffered for so long can get some answers.

    Was this the real reason that Campbell Live was axed?

    “This (Pike) was one of the stories our bosses told @pipkeane, me & the CLive team to stop covering.”

  13. Jum 13

    I knew there should be a guard put on the mine site once a new Labour Government decided to investigate?
    Seems that was too late.

    The incriminating evidence was already being shipped/flown out.

  14. I have never understood why the Board of Pike River has not come in for more scrutiny over the fiasco.
    After all , it was the board who applied pressure to keep the production up and keep the mine rolling and to keep the shareholders happy.
    And we all know the cost of that.

    I can only imagine the pressure they were placing on the day to day managers, that would have been huge.

    • RedLogix 14.1

      Mining is an inherently risky business. Not just physically but commercially. Startup miners like Pike River are even more risky, especially those with only one hole in the ground.

      The development period between commissioning and full production is always fraught with technical issues and delays, right at the period where the company has spent all it’s budget, but has yet to see any cash flow. It’s a high pressure, high stakes game not for the faint-hearted and incompetent. Many companies fall over at this point, or get taken out by a larger operation. It’s not so much about keeping the shareholders ‘happy’, it’s usually about survival.

      None of this justifies what happened in the slightest; I do agree that the Board did escape scrutiny. Everything I read on this strongly suggest that in the weeks before the disaster, PR was effectively insolvent, they lacked cash, production was proving much more difficult than planned, and they had contracts they couldn’t fill.

      There is probably a good argument that the Board should have closed the operation down and declared bankruptcy on purely commercial grounds. Then there is the question of their governance and safety oversight which seems to have been sacrificed in the race to production.

      I have some experience working for large global scale mining companies; absolutely PR fell lamentably short of the governance standards that are commonplace elsewhere in the developed world. Nor was ignorance an excuse; there were any number of qualified people who knew the operation was deeply flawed; only a grossly negligent Board could not have been aware of these doubts.

      On a personal note I was dealing with a safety equipment vendor some months prior and in conversation I asked about his market in NZ, commenting that while globally the company had a big presence in coal, in this country it must be much smaller. His words were along the lines, “Pike River is the only new opportunity, and I won’t go near the place, it’s a death trap”.

      Someone once wrote that the reason why there were no prosecutions was not because there was no-one to prosecute; but because there were too many.

      • xanthe 14.1.1

        “Someone once wrote that the reason why there were no prosecutions was not because there was no-one to prosecute; but because there were too many.”

        yup!……… and a whole ideological system

  15. Jum 15

    So, in the end, it was the greed of the shareholders that led to the murder of the men?

    • There was a lot of money involved and much of it borrowed.
      I am not talking about the Mum and Dad shareholders, they have no say.

      The large stake holders always want a return on investment.

  16. SHG 16

    You know who has a chopper licence?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/3593858-3×2-940×627.jpg

    BACK AND TO THE LEFT.

  17. Sacha 17

    The person who literally wrote the book about Pike adds some important context: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/20-02-2019/why-the-missing-pike-river-evidence-really-matters/

  18. Exkiwiforces 18

    Has anyone seen this article from the Spinoff? Very last paragraph is very interesting and btw I’m flicking this article off to the old man for his view.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/20-02-2019/why-the-missing-pike-river-evidence-really-matters/

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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 hours ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, May 28
    House-building and infrastructure industry leaders are begging the Government for project-pipeline certainty and warning of a 2009/10-style exodus of skilled staff overseas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government won last year’s election with a pledge to ‘get things done’ and ‘get New Zealand back on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • Slippery People.
    What's the matter with him? (He's alright)How do you know? (The Lord won't mind)Don't play no games (he's alright)Love from the bottom to the top.You’re alright, but how about her, or him? What makes them tick? Are they a solid citizen or a slippery fecker? Why are we all so ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    9 hours ago
  • Children’s Voices in Auckland’s Future
    Recently, the transport consultancy Crank publicly released a report about children’s vision for transport in Auckland. It was produced in 2023 to help shape Auckland Council’s Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (VKT) Reduction Strategy. That got me thinking, and after going back to the recent Long Term Plan Consultation Feedback results, one ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    9 hours ago
  • Med school backdown the “right thing” says Seymour
    One of National’s showpiece election promises appears to be in more trouble with Waikato University yesterday withdrawing its call for tenders to develop a new medical school. The move will delay any substantial increase in the number of doctors being trained in New Zealand. The University’s decision just over a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    11 hours ago
  • Of ‘said’ and Dialogue Tags in Writing
    Today, I ran across a Twitter thread about writerly use of the word ‘said’: https://x.com/APoetForThePyre/status/1794895108581859794 As a writer, I have my opinions about this, and since it has been a long, long time since I offered thoughts on the unwritten rules of writing, I thought I would explore the matter ...
    21 hours ago
  • The silent tragedy of local restrictions on renewable energy
    This story by James Goodwin was originally published by The Revelator and is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. Communities across the United States may soon find themselves facing a grim scenario. By adopted local ordinances that obstruct the development of new renewable energy resources within ...
    22 hours ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Parliament’s increasingly toxic ethnic identity wars
    Toxicity and disinformation are becoming a big part of New Zealand politics. And much of this relates to debates about ethnicity, race, and racism. We should all be concerned about this trend. Personal abuse, dishonesty, and contempt in the public sphere are bad for democracy, social cohesion, and the integrity ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    24 hours ago
  • What to say on the government’s racist Māori wards bill
    I've spent the afternoon working on my submission on the Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill - National's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation from local government. It's an important bill, and the timeframe for submissions is tight - only two days left! National ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • Collins will be abroad when critics react to science funding – but Matauranga money should not be ...
    Buzz from the Beehive With just a few days to go before Finance Minister Nicola Willis delivers her first Budget speech, her colleagues have been focused in recent days on issues beyond our shores. Education Minister Erica Stanford made the only announcement of concern to citizens who want to know ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • New Caledonia’s troubles
    James Kierstead writes –  White sand beaches. Palm trees waving in a gentle breeze. Seas of turquoise and ultramarine, cobalt and denim stretching out as far as the eye can see.  Such is the view of New Caledonia that you get on travel websites. And it’s not an ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Bryce Edwards writes –  Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • The Letter from Mayors & Chairs
    Frank Newman writes –  Earlier this week Local Government NZ sent a letter to the leaders of the coalition parties and Ministers Simeon Brown and Tama Potaka. It was signed by 52 local government leaders (see list appended). The essence of the letter is this: Our position…is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Gordon Campbell on South Africa’s harsh election choices
    T he ANC’s goal in Wednesday’s election will be to staunch the bleeding of its support. The ANC has reason to feel anxious. For months, the polls have been indicating the ANC will lose its overall majority for the first time since the Mandela election of 1994. The size of ...
    1 day ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to June 3 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to June 3 include:PM Christopher Luxon is expected to hold his weekly post-cabinet news conference at 4:00pm today.Parliament’s Environment Select Committee resumes hearing submissions on the Fast-track Approvals Bill from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm today.Auckland ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • May-24 AT Board Meeting
    Tomorrow the AT board meet again and I’ve taken a look through the items on their public agenda to see what’s interesting. It’s also the first meeting for two recently appointed directors, former director at Ritchies Transport, Andrew Ritchie and former mayor of Hamilton, Julie Hardaker. The public session starts ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, May 27
    The Government is looking again at changing fringe benefit tax rules to make it harder to claim a personally-used double-cab ute as a company vehicle. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Having repealed the previous Government’s ‘ute tax’ last year, the new Government is looking at removing a defacto tax ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Some Dark Moments from Netflix's Dark Tourist
    Hi,I pitched a documentary to a big streamer last week and they said “no thanks” which is a bummer, because we’d worked on the concept for ages and I think it would have been a compelling watch. But I would say that because I was the one pitching it, right?As ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 19, 2024 thru Sat, May 25, 2024. Story of the week This week's typiclal compendium of stories we'd rather were plot devices in science ficition novels but instead ...
    2 days ago
  • National’s bulldozer dictatorship bill
    This National government has been aggressively anti-environment, and is currently ramming through its corrupt Muldoonist "fast-track" legislation to give three ministers dictatorial powers over what gets built and where. But that's not the only thing they're doing. On Thursday they introduced a Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: The Negative social impact of taxpayer-funded partisan charities
    Whenever politicians dole out taxpayer funding to groups or individuals, they must do so in a wholly transparent way with due process to ensure conflicts of interest don’t occur and that the country receives value for money. Unfortunately, it’s not clear that this has occurred in the announcement this week ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • My Lovely Man.
    Last night began earlier than usual. In bed by 6:30pm, asleep an hour later. Sometimes I do sleep odd hours, writing late and/or getting up very early - complemented with the occasional siesta, but I’m usually up a bit later than that on a Saturday night. Last night I was ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Pressing the Big Red Button
    Early in the COVID-19 days, the Boris Johnson government pressed a Big Red Button marked: act immediately, never mind about the paperwork.Their problem was: not having enough PPE gear for all the hospital and emergency staff. Their solution was to expedite things and get them the gear ASAP.This, along with ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Of Pensioners and Student Loans: An Indictment on New Zealand
    Up until 1989, you could attend a New Zealand University, and never need to pay a cent for your education. That then changed, of course. The sadists of the Fourth Labour Government introduced substantial fees for study, never having had to pay a cent for their own education. The even ...
    3 days ago
  • Putting children first
    Ele Ludemann writes –  Minister for Children Karen Chhour is putting children first: Hon KAREN CHHOUR: I move, That the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill be now read a first time. I nominate the Social Services and Community Committee to consider the bill. It’s a privilege ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Te Pati Maori go personal
    David Farrar writes –  Newshub reports:    Applause and cheers erupted in the House on Wednesday afternoon as Children’s Minister Karen Chhour condemned Te Pāti Māori’s insults about her upbringing. Chhour, who grew up in state care, is repealing section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act – sparking uproar from ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Threads of Corruption
    I could corrupt youIt would be uglyThey could sedate youBut what good would drugs be?Good Morning all,Today there’s a guest newsletter from Gerard Otto (G). By which I mean I read his post this morning and he has kindly allowed me to share it with you.If you don’t already I ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The days fly by
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa, you’re being dismantled… so take the blinkers off and start talking honestly about it.
    Is the solution to any of the serious, long term issues we all have to face as a nation, because many governments of all stripes we can probably all admit if we’re deeply truthful with ourselves haven’t done near enough work at the very times they should have, to basically ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Has Labour Abandoned the Welfare State They Created in 1938?
    The 2018 Social Security Act suggests that Labour may have retreated to the minimalist (neo-liberal) welfare state which has developed out of the Richardson-Shipley ‘redesign’. One wonders what Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser and Walter Nash would have thought of the Social Security Act passed by the Ardern Labour Government ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs’ financial interests under scrutiny
    MPs are supposed to serve the public interest, not their own self-interest. And according to the New Zealand Parliament’s website, democracy and integrity are tarnished whenever politicians seek to enrich themselves or the people they are connected with. For this reason, the Parliament has a “Register of Pecuniary Interests” in ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Mastering FLICC – A Cranky Uncle themed quiz
    By now, most of you will have heard about the FLICC taxonomy of science denial techniques and how you can train your skills in detecting them with the Cranky Uncle game. If you like to quickly check how good you are at this already, answer the 12 quiz questions in the ...
    4 days ago
  • Shane Jones has the zeal, sure enough, but is too busy with his mining duties (we suspect) to be ava...
    Buzz from the Beehive The hacks of the Parliamentary Press Gallery have been able to chip into a rich vein of material on the government’s official website over the past 24 hours. Among the nuggets is the speech by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and a press statement to announce ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Cut the parliamentary term
    When Labour was in power, they wasted time, political capital, and scarce policy resources on trying to extend the parliamentary term to four years, in an effort to make themselves less accountable to us. It was unlikely to fly, the idea having previously lost two referendums by huge margins - ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • More terrible media ethics
    David Farrar writes – The Herald reports: When Whanau Ora chief executive John Tamihere was asked what his expectations for the Budget next Thursday were, he said: “All hope is lost.” Last year Whānau Ora was allocated $163.1 million in the Budget to last for the next four years ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Bringing our democracy into disrepute
    On Monday the government introduced its racist bill to eliminate Māori represntation in local government to the House. They rammed it through its first reading yesterday, and sent it to select committee. And the select committee has just opened submissions, giving us until Wednesday to comment on it. Such a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The censors who’ll save us from ourselves… yeah right!
    Nick Hanne writes – There’s a common malady suffered by bureaucracies the world over. They wish to save us from ourselves. Sadly, NZ officials are no less prone to exhibiting symptoms of this occupational condition. Observe, for instance, the reaction from certain public figures to the news ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The case for commissioners to govern the capital city
    Peter Dunne writes – As the city of Tauranga prepares to elect a new Mayor and Council after three and a half years being run by government-appointed Commissioners, the case for replacing the Wellington City Council with Commissioners strengthens. The Wellington City Council has been dysfunctional for years, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Thoughts about contemporary troubles.
    This will be s short post. It stems from observations I made elsewhere about what might be characterised as some macro and micro aspects of contemporary collective violence events. Here goes. The conflicts between Israel and Palestine and France and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Blurring The Lines Around Political Corruption
    It may be a relic of a previous era of egalitarianism, but many of us like to think that, in general, most New Zealanders are as honest as the day is long. We’re good like that, and smart as. If we’re not punching above our weight on the world stage, ...
    4 days ago
  • MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Bryce Edwards writes – Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • King Mike & Mike King.
    I built a time machine to see you againTo hear your phone callYour voice down the hallThe way we were back thenWe were dancing in the rainOur feet on the pavementYou said I was your second headI knew exactly what you meantIn the country of the blind, or so they ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: MPs own 2.2 houses on average
    Why aren’t politicians taking more action on the housing affordability crisis? The answer might lie in the latest “Register of Pecuniary Interests.” This register contains details of the various financial interests of parliamentarians. It shows that politicians own real estate in significant numbers. The register published on Tuesday contains a ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • How much climate reality can the global financial system take without collapsing?
    Microsoft’s transparency about its failure to meet its own net-zero goals is creditable, but the response to that failure is worrying. It is offering up a set of false solutions, heavily buttressed by baseless optimism. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 24-May-2024
    Another Friday, another Rāmere Roundup! Here are a few things that caught our eye this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, our new writer Connor Sharp roared into print with a future-focused take on the proposed Auckland Future Fund, and what it could invest in. On ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • Earning The Huia Feather.
    Still Waiting: Māori land remains in the hands of Non-Māori. The broken promises of the Treaty remain broken. The mana of the tangata whenua languishes under racist neglect. The right to wear the huia feather remains as elusive as ever. Perhaps these three transformations are beyond the power of a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, May 24
    Posters opposing the proposed Fast-Track Approvals legislation were pasted around Wellington last week. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: One of the architects of the RMA and a former National Cabinet Minister, Simon Upton, has criticised the Government’s Fast-Track Approvals bill as potentially disastrous for the environment, arguing just 1% ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to May 24
    There was less sharing of the joy this week than at the Chinese New Year celebrations in February. China’s ambassador to NZ (2nd from right above) has told Luxon that relations between China and New Zealand are now at a ‘critical juncture’ Photo: Getty / Xinhua News AgencyTL;DR: The podcast ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Beijing troubleshooter’s surprise visit
    The importance of New Zealand’s relationship with China was surely demonstrated yesterday with the surprise arrival in the capital of top Chinese foreign policy official Liu Jianchao. The trip was apparently organized a week ago but kept secret. Liu is the Minister of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) International Liaison ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • UK election a foregone conclusion?  That’s why it’s interesting
    With a crushing 20-plus point lead in the opinion polls, all the signs are that Labour leader Keir Starmer will be the PM after the general election on 4 July, called by Conservative incumbent Rishi Sunak yesterday. The stars are aligned for Starmer.  Rival progressives are in abeyance: the Liberal-Democrat ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #21 2021
    Open access notables How much storage do we need in a fully electrified future? A critical review of the assumptions on which this question depends, Marsden et al., Energy Research & Social Science: Our analysis advances the argument that current approaches reproduce interpretations of normality that are, ironically, rooted in ...
    5 days ago
  • Days in the life
    We returned last week from England to London. Two different worlds. A quarter of an hour before dropping off our car, we came to a complete stop on the M25. Just moments before, there had been six lanes of hurtling cars and lorries. Now, everything was at a standstill as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Forget about its name and focus on its objective – this RMA reform bill aims to cut red tape (and ...
    Buzz from the Beehive A triumvirate of ministers – holding the Agriculture, Environment and RMA Reform portfolios – has announced the introduction of legislation “to slash the tangle of red and green tape throttling development in key sectors”, such as farming, mining and other primary industries. The exact name of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • More National corruption
    In their coalition agreement with NZ First, the National Party agreed to provide $24 million in funding to the charity "I Am Hope / Gumboot Friday". Why were they so eager to do so? Because their chair was a National donor, their CEO was the son of a National MP ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Submit!
    The Social Services and Community Committee has called for submissions on the Oranga Tamariki (Repeal of Section 7AA) Amendment Bill. Submissions are due by Wednesday, 3 July 2024, and can be made at the link above. And if you're wondering what to say: section 7AA was enacted because Oranga Tamariki ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Reading the MPS numbers thinking about the fiscal situation
    Michael Reddell writes –  The Reserve Bank doesn’t do independent fiscal forecasts so there is no news in the fiscal numbers in today’s Monetary Policy Statement themselves. The last official Treasury forecasts don’t take account of whatever the government is planning in next week’s Budget, and as the Bank notes ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Charter Schools are a worthwhile addition to our school system – but ACT is mis-selling why they a...
    Rob MacCulloch writes – We know the old saying, “Never trust a politician”, and the Charter School debate is a good example of it. Charter Schools receive public funding, yet “are exempt from most statutory requirements of traditional public schools, including mandates around .. human capital management .. curriculum ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Paranoia On The Left.
    How Do We Silence Them? The ruling obsession of the contemporary Left is that political action undertaken by individuals or groups further to the right than the liberal wings of mainstream conservative parties should not only be condemned, but suppressed.WEB OF CHAOS, a “deep dive into the world of disinformation”, ...
    5 days ago
  • Budget challenges
    Muriel Newman writes –  As the new Government puts the finishing touches to this month’s Budget, they will undoubtedly have had their hands full dealing with the economic mess that Labour created. Not only was Labour a grossly incompetent manager of the economy, but they also set out ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Rishi calls an Election.
    Today the British PM, Rishi Sunak, called a general election for the 4th of July. He spoke of the challenging times and of strong leadership and achievements. It was as if he was talking about someone else, a real leader, rather than he himself or the woeful list of Tory ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Photo of the Day: GNR
    This post marks the return of an old format: Photo of the Day. Recently I was in an apartment in one of those new buildings on Great North Road Grey Lynn at rush hour, perfect day, the view was stunning, so naturally I whipped out my phone: GNR 5pm Turns ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    5 days ago
  • Choosing landlords and the homeless over first home buyers
    The Government may struggle with the political optics of scrapping assistance for first home buyers while also cutting the tax burden on landlords, increasing concerns over the growing generational divide. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government confirmed it will dump first home buyer grants in the Budget next ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Orr’s warning; three years of austerity
    Yesterday, the Reserve Bank confirmed there will be no free card for the economy to get out of jail during the current term of the Government. Regardless of what the Budget next week says, we are in for three years of austerity. Over those three years, we will have to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • An admirable U-turn
    It doesn’t inspire confidence when politicians change their minds.  But you must give credit when a bad idea is dropped. Last year, we reported on the determination of British PM Rishi Sunak to lead the world in regulating the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Perhaps he changed his mind after meeting ...
    Point of OrderBy xtrdnry
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Can we really suck up Carbon Dioxide?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Is carbon dioxide removal - aka "negative emissions" - going to save us from climate change? Or is it just a ...
    6 days ago
  • Public funding for private operators in mental health and housing – and a Bill to erase a bit of t...
    Headed for the legislative wastepaper basket…    Buzz from the Beehive It looks like this government is just as ready as its predecessor to dip into the public funds it is managing to dispense millions of dollars to finance – and favour – the parties it fancies. Or ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Why has Einstein Medalist Roy Kerr never been Knighted?
    Rob MacCulloch writes – National and Labour and ACT have at various times waxed on about their “vision” of NZ as a high value-added world tech center What subject is tech based upon? Mathematics. A Chicago mathematician just told me that whereas last decade ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Contestable advice
    Eric Crampton writes –  Danyl McLauchlan over at The Listener on the recent shift toward more contestability in public policy advice in education: Education Minister Erica Stanford, one of National’s highest-ranked MPs, is trying to circumvent the establishment, taking advice from a smaller pool of experts – ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How did it get so bad?
    Ele Ludemann writes – That Kāinga Ora is a mess is no surprise, but the size of the mess is. There have been many reports of unruly tenants given licence to terrorise neighbours, properties bought and left vacant, and the state agency paying above market rates in competition ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • How serious is an MP’s failure to declare $178k in donations?
    Bryce Edwards writes –  It’s being explained as an “inadvertent error”. However, National MP David MacLeod’s excuse for failing to disclose $178,000 in donations for his election campaign last year is not necessarily enough to prevent some serious consequences. A Police investigation is now likely, and the result ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    The scathing “independent” review of Kāinga Ora barely hit the table before the coalition government had acted on it. The entire Kāinga Ora board will be replaced, and a new chair (Simon Moutter) has been announced. Hmm. No aspersions on Bill English, but the public would have had more confidence ...
    6 days ago
  • Our House.
    I'll light the fireYou place the flowers in the vaseThat you bought todayA warm dry home, you’d think that would be bread and butter to politicians. Home ownership and making sure people aren’t left living on the street, that’s as Kiwi as Feijoa and Apple Crumble. Isn’t it?The coalition are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago

  • Government to consult on regulation of shooting clubs and ranges
      The Government is consulting New Zealanders on a package of proposals for simple and effective regulation of shooting clubs and ranges, Associate Minister of Justice, Nicole McKee announced today.   “Clubs and ranges are not only important for people learning to operate firearms safely, to practice, and to compete, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Successful New Caledonia repatriation winds up, need for dialogue remains
    Over 300 people have been successfully flown out of New Caledonia in a joint Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) operation.   As of today, seven New Zealand government aircraft flights to Nouméa have assisted around 225 New Zealanders and 145 foreign nationals ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Minister to Singapore for defence, technology talks
    Defence and Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Judith Collins departs for Singapore tomorrow for defence and technology summits and meetings. First up is the Asia Tech X Singapore Summit, followed by the Five Power Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers Meeting and wrapping up with the Shangri-La Dialogue for Defence Ministers from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Major investment in teacher supply through Budget 24
    Over the next four years, Budget 24 will support the training and recruitment of 1,500 teachers into the workforce, Education Minister Erica Stanford announced today. “To raise achievement and develop a world leading education system we’re investing nearly $53 million over four years to attract, train and retain our valued ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Joint statement on the New Zealand – Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum – 2024
    1.  New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rt Hon Winston Peters; Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples Hon Dr Shane Reti; and Minister for Climate Change Hon Simon Watts hosted Cook Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Hon Tingika Elikana and Minister of Health Hon Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown on 24 May ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Middle East, Africa deployments extended
    The Government has approved two-year extensions for four New Zealand Defence Force deployments to the Middle East and Africa, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “These deployments are long-standing New Zealand commitments, which reflect our ongoing interest in promoting peace and stability, and making active ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Commission Chair to retire
    The Climate Change Commission Chair, Dr Rod Carr, has confirmed his plans to retire at the end of his term later this year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “Prior to the election, Dr Carr advised me he would be retiring when his term concluded. Dr Rod Carr has led ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Inaugural Board of Integrity Sport & Recreation Commission announced
    Nine highly respected experts have been appointed to the inaugural board of the new Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission, Sport & Recreation Minister Chris Bishop says. “The Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission is a new independent Crown entity which was established under the Integrity Sport and Recreation Act last year, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • A balanced Foreign Affairs budget
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters confirmed today that Vote Foreign Affairs in Budget 2024 will balance two crucial priorities of the Coalition Government.    While Budget 2024 reflects the constrained fiscal environment, the Government also recognises the critical role MFAT plays in keeping New Zealanders safe and prosperous.    “Consistent with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New social housing places to support families into homes
    New social housing funding in Budget 2024 will ensure the Government can continue supporting more families into warm, dry homes from July 2025, Housing Ministers Chris Bishop and Tama Potaka say. “Earlier this week I was proud to announce that Budget 2024 allocates $140 million to fund 1,500 new social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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