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Pike’s interference could compromise investigation

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, December 4th, 2010 - 74 comments
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Pike River’s lawyers have been pushing to attend the Department of Labour/police interviews with workers. Workers who refuse to have a company lawyer present are being interrogated by the company afterwards about what they were asked and how they responded. Pike are also trying to get the recordings of the interviews.

This behaviour seriously risks compromising the investigation. Pike may well be prosecuted if this investigation finds they are at fault and their attempts are akin to a suspect in a crime being allowed to sit in on police witness interviews.

Tellingly Pike’s rationale for doing this changed over the course of a few hours. Early in the piece they were claiming they were providing lawyers to ensure workers “got the appropriate advice on their rights, and how the process worked.” but by the time John Dow was appearing on Checkpoint it was all about the company saving time on its own investigation.

It is up to the Department of Labour and the police to make it very clear right now that company reps will not attend these interviews and that the tapes will not be provided to Pike River Coal ltd.

This investigation is serious and it needs to turn up real answers. If workers can’t be confident they are speaking confidentially it is unlikely the full story will be told and that would be a huge disservice to the men that have perished in this disaster and to the principles of natural justice.

74 comments on “Pike’s interference could compromise investigation”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    What a surprise, more corruption from the corporate sector.

    • ZeeBop 1.1

      Sorry, did I miss something. A person helps Police with inquiries and they are leaned on????
      Sorry but isn’t that some crime, tampering with an ongoing inquiry? interference in…

      Anyway, this is where unions become useful to management, the union wants the mine
      reopened, the union can have a lawyer present and not interfere. The mine managers
      know the union want the mine opened again. The union lawyer will be serving his union
      members in any discussion with management….

  2. very well said, Irish.

    The response from Farrar (/the KBR) has surprised me. I mean, we expect them to side with business but here we’ve got a company that’s just had 29 workers die on its site, it has to be under a cloud. There should be no suspicion that the company has used its power over its workers to influence their testimony.

    It’s not a matter of ‘giving them the option’ as Farrar says because there’s no true choice for a worker in this situation – refusing to have the company lawyer along could result in negative consequences from the company.

    The Police and DoL shouldn’t be letting the company lawyer anywhere near those interviews. If the workers want legal representation that’s what the union is for, to provide services to its members on work-related issues.

    As for the changing excuses, that’s a classic tell, eh? Next they’ll say they were talking about Australian mining.

  3. Bill 3

    I’m astounded that a situation whereby company lawyers can even think to attempt to access such interviews. And that they are then given the space to defend or rationalise that attempt is…is…fuck, I’m lost for words.

    Sometimes people simply deserve a good kicking.

  4. prism 4

    I was shocked that the company would be allowed to do this. There must be one investigation in depth that is separate from company involvement. There are too many constraints from interested parties having different viewpoints that could result in important information being held back and so excluded from the investigating panel. It should be a panel of judicious disinterested but knowledgable worthies.

    This event is sad. With NACT and Bulldozer Brownlee at the wheel embracing mining, oil drilling etc there will be more accidents – inevitable in these dangerous extraction industries. But what the hell – a politician can always come forward and make sad speeches of condolence and promises of … and get more public exposure and a photo opportunity. Sort of follows pattern of Bob Parker in Christchurch who doesn’t appear to have followed up with caring efforts for the ordinary folks most damaged.

    • Swampy 4.1

      Key is elected to lead our country, he is a politician and damned if he do and damned if he don’t.
      Little is also a politician and the same applies in general.

      You main discontent with Parker seems to be he has left it to his staff to do the work on the ground rather than grandstanding for attention like 2021 were doing in the local body elections.

      I don’t see anyone in the union calling for the mines to be shut down, however there is obviously lots of scope for the unions to be a key part of the Labour Party election campaign for the West Coast seat, and a bit of payback on the part of the miners wouldn’t go astray.

      • Bill 4.1.1

        Why would the epmu call for mining to be prohibited as a matter of principle?

        The West Coast doesn’t offer too much in the way of reasonably renumerative employment. So mining it is. If there were feasible alternatives to a life in the mines, then maybe it would be possible to wind down mining operations. But hell would have frozen over and still the market would have been unable to provide decent employment opportunities in areas such as the West Coast. That’s the way it is.

        Economies of scale and the accompanying centralisation of operations mean that sparsely populated areas lose industry that can be done at a distance on a greater scale and closer to main markets, with the resultant products being shipped out to lesser populated areas, almost as an afterthought, once far more populous and profitable areas have been subjected to market penetration.

        Anybody seeking to prohibit mining has to take that reality into account and suggest alternatives to our current economic paradigm; one that could and would promote the generation of worthwhile employment on the West Coast and other such similar locations.

        • Marty G 4.1.1.1

          swampy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The miners’ union is not anti-mining.

          • Bill 4.1.1.1.1

            Yeah. I know. But he offered an opportunity to point out problems with being anti-mining as well as to vaguely sign-post solutions to those problems.

  5. just saying 5

    This investigation is serious and it needs to turn up real answers

    There are powerful vested interests that will be ensuring that this doesn’t happen, and its always interesting to watch bodies like the police and the department of labour kow-tow to them.

    I’d like to imagine that this government and the business interests it represents couldn’t get away with any kind of whitewash over any issue this big, that so many care so deeply about, with the amount of scrutiny that entails, but I have a horrible feeling that it will, and the truth will only be publicly acknowledged long after the main players have moved on and public interest has cooled.

    Big effort from all the opposition parties is needed represent the workers and the public interest in matters such as the above, and to influence the make up of the enquiry team, its breadth of powers, and the terms of reference.

    If they act doggedly and decisively, without attempting to simultaneously score political points, I’m sure they will be listened to, at least by the public.

      • just saying 5.1.1

        A reminder, courtesey of TVNZ archives, of some of the issues surrounding the inquiry into another NZ tragedy. There were tears in public from air nz management, while behind the scenes, they were rushing around with the bleach, covering up the truth.

        That Air New Zealand had orchestrated a ‘pre-determined plan of deception’ and committed organised perjury whilst giving evidence before the Commission.

        That CEO Morrie Davis – by his instruction to destroy ‘irrelevant’ documents – had sought to ensure the destruction of evidence harmful to Air New Zealand’s case before the Commission.

        That the catalogue of errors within the flight operations and navigation divisions (that resulted in the changing of the McMurdo waypoint without the knowledge of the flight crew) reported to the Commission was a fabricated story: a story concocted to explain away the airline’s deliberate actions undertaken to deceive both the Civil Aviation Division in New Zealand and the air traffic control authorities at McMurdo Sound.

        That Captain Eden had coerced the testimony of First Officer Rhodes regarding the character of Captain Gemmell.

        That Captain Gemmell had removed from the crash site documents vital to the investigation, but harmful to Air New Zealand’s case, and not disclosed those documents to the Commission.

        • just saying 5.1.1.1

          Was Muldoon’s credibility and popularity dented by his facilitation of the coverup at the time? Genuine question, I was just a teenager and don’t remember.

  6. Treetop 6

    If a worker does not choose to have a Pike River lawyer accompany them to be interviewed by the Department of Labour or the police, there is surely a good reason for this. Mine workers have been through an ordeal since 19 November, they do not need to be intimidated, bullied or silenced by those who may be found to have been negligent in their welfare.

    The company who runs the Pike River mine will have their oppertunity to defend themselves.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      The company shouldn’t even be allowed to suggest that a company lawyer accompany the worker or in any way be at the interview.

  7. Swampy 7

    Oh this is so onesided. The EPMU decided this was a good time to get their political campaign started. So as soon as it looked like there was the slightest challenge to their way of doing things, they run off to the newspapers like good politicians to get their side of the story out first.

    Has it occurred to you that the EPMU has probably already had its own meetings with its members at Pike River, “organising” they call it, to decide how they will conduct things from herein.

    • Marty G 7.1

      If members of a union want to talk to each other that’s their business and if they want to consult with their professional advisers, that’s their business. There’s no suggestion that the EPMU did anything wrong and workers have a right to seek the advise if they choose to protect their work rights.

      If a business that has just had 29 workers die on the job tries to have its lawyer sit in on interviews with the remaining workers, that’s an attempt to pervert the course of inquiry.

      • Swampy 7.1.1

        But they didn’t, because the Labour Department and I am sure the police and the other people conducting the enquiries all know what the rules are, and the Labour Department rep was quoted in the paper stating that they made it clear to the workers that no lawyers had to be present. That is why this is such a one sided viewpoint.

        So let’s just step back a bit and look at what probably went on beforehand:
        The EPMU meets with its members and pledges to support them and informs them of their rights etc (including the right to have a union advocate or lawyer present at their interview)

        The company board meets and resolves to inform them of their rights etc including the right to have a company lawyer present at their interview to support them.

        Clash happens and the union runs off to the media to accuse the company, and the politics are in their favour but best not mention that the miners union president just also happened to be president of the Labour party.

        Essentially what you are saying in the first paragraph is if the union does this and that it’s OK but if the company does essentially its own version of the same things they are morally corrupt and trying to influence the course of the enquiry. Whereas lets try and get some balance here.

        Little has sniffed the wind and seen an obvious golden opportunity to curry political support by the standard union attacks company scenario which in the circumstances they can’t lose, however this factor also has to be taken into consideration and counterbalanced if the inquiries are going to have any amount of fairness and balance to them.

        • Bill 7.1.1.1

          Swampy.

          Bosses are not generally the workers’ friend. And whereas I might prefer in our current context that most bosses lived in fear of the factory floor, the reality is somewhat different. Most workers suffer overt and covert forms of intimidation day in and day out in their place of work. ( Go on. Cry me a river about all those decent and unfairly maligned bosses who constitute your fantasy majority.)

          Anyway, you think there would be no effect on an employee were a company lawyer to sit in on interviews where evidence damning to the company might be put forward? And you think the company wouldn’t seek to manoeuvre in ways that would neutralise any such evidence? And you think there would be no repercussions for workers who the company knew had forwarded damning information?

          Pu-leeze.

        • Marty G 7.1.1.2

          what you don’t understand is that the union is the workers.

          Little and the union representatives are the paid employees of the workers.

          “The EPMU meets with its members and pledges to support them and informs them of their rights etc ”

          Um. no. the union delegate, who is one of the workers, would have made sure the other members knew their rights and he would have asked for advise from his paid advisers (the union officials). The ‘union’ doesn’t roll into town and dictate to the workers how things are to be.

          But you don’t really understand what a union is, so I doubt you get that.

          Little hasn’t ‘sniffed the wind’ he has obviously been informed of what is happening by the workers (his employers) – how else would he know? And he has advised them that he would like to make this issue public on their behalf and they has consented.

          Little is not in charge of the workers, the EPMU is the workers’ paid advisers, whereas the company does have power over the workers as employer.

          and that’s the crucial difference between a company lawyer trying to get in on these interviews and workers, perhaps (because we have no evidence) saying that they would like one of their employees to come along to advise them.

          In your terms, having the union rep along is like you bringing your family lawyer along – he is there as your employee and adviser, nothing more. The company lawyer, on the other hand, is duty bound not to you but to the company.

        • mickysavage 7.1.1.3

          Swampy

          I have blogged about the legal ethical issues at http://waitakerenews.blogspot.com/2010/12/pike-river-and-now-games-commence.html

          Essentially it is really inappropriate for Pike River to be sending in its lawyers to act for the workers and it starts to smell like an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

  8. Swampy 8

    There is a very important point that hasn’t been cleared up yet and that is that the union must have informed its members they were entitled to have a union delegate, advocate or lawyer to support them in the interview.

    • IrishBill 8.1

      Of course it did. But the union isn’t a potential suspect in the investigation and the company is.

      • Swampy 8.1.1

        The union is an advocate for people who could be potential suspects. Isn’t that a fair description of the scenario.

        • Marty G 8.1.1.1

          people who potentially could be found to have done something wrong bringing their paid advisers to interviews is normal.

          the key point you seem to be having trouble with: the union rep works for and is employed by the worker. The legal duty is from rep to worker.

          The company lawyer is employed by the company and legal duty towards the company, not towards the worker – and, therefore, should never be a position of potentially influencing an interview that may uncover information that is negative for the company.

        • Bill 8.1.1.2

          Swampy.

          Here’s a couple of questions, the answers to which might better inform where any potential liability might lie.

          Were Pike River in the business of extracting coal or extracting profit? Given the nature of their core business, did they have anything to gain through lax safety measures or systems, or not adhering to them?

          Were the mine workers extracting coal or profit? Given the nature of their work, did they have anything to gain through lax safety measures or systems, or not adhering to them?

          Can you see the inherent conflict of interests between those of the company and those of the workers yet? And how those conflicts persist through any enquiry process?

      • grumpy 8.1.2

        but the last Labour Government is…..and Little is the President.

    • Marty G 8.2

      Christ you don’t understand any of this.

      A union delegate is a worker in a workplace who is employed by the company like everyone else and is elected by the other workers to coordinate their relations with the company and to get the workers assistance and advice from their employees – the union representatives – if and when needs be.

      Of course the delegate, having consulted with the union’s employees, would have informed his fellow workers of their rights going into the interviews or got one of the union reps into explain and answer workers’ questions.

      I fail to see what the “very important point” you’re trying to make is.

      • Swampy 8.2.1

        You just said it yourself. Of course the delegate would have offered to attend the interview to support the worker.

        The argument seems to be that the company was not entitled to also offer to have a representative attend the meeting to support the worker.

        • Marty G 8.2.1.1

          that’s right. the company is not entitled to try to have its lawyer present because that lawyer is there as a representative of the company. legally, that lawyer must put the company’s interests first, ahead of the worker’s, so you’ve got a person in the interview room whose interests are for a different party whose potential wrongdoing is being investigated.

          if you and i were accused of a crime together, would it be ok to have my lawyer in your interview? of course not because that lawyer is obligated to act in my interests even if that compromises your interests

  9. grumpy 9

    And a lawyer or rep. from EPMU is also there to protect the last Labour Government through the direct link – Andrew Little.

    • The Voice of Reason 9.1

      You should have been a coal miner, grumpy. You sure know how to dig a hole.

    • Marty G 9.2

      thew lawyer’s duty is to the worker they’re representing, not the national secretary of that union

      • grumpy 9.2.1

        who pays the bill?

        • mickysavage 9.2.1.1

          And why is this relevant? So if the employer pays the bill the lawyer can work on behalf of the employee to blame another employee??

          • grumpy 9.2.1.1.1

            It is relevant because you are arguing that the company should not provide the worker with a lawyer because of possible conflict of interest with the company, however it is OK for the EPMU to provide one, despite the clear conflict of interest with EPMU/Labour Party when Labour politicians will be part of the investigation.

            It’s the hypocracy of your argument that is relevant.

            • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Oh grumpy, does that mean the Pike lawyer only represents the employee, and does not represent the employer? That the employee is considered the lawyer’s client (with all the priviledges that implies), and that Pike merely pays the bill?

              Hey good deal!

              BTW I don’t think its like that at all = bad deal

              I like RWNJs lecturing about hypocrisy, seems apt.

            • mickysavage 9.2.1.1.1.2

              Grumpy

              Please reread the post. The employer’s interests are different to the workers because the inquiry will boil down to who was at fault, the company or the workers on the site?

              I am sorry but I do not understand your suggestion that there is a conflict between the EPMU/Labour supporting the workers presumably because somehow it was all Labour’s fault. Obviously you think that a policy decision caused the disaster.

              You and others can investigate Labour as much as you want. If you do you will find out that Labour actually called for a report on mine safety in 2008 and called for submissions. And that Kate Wilkinson shelved the report. The details are
              here.

              Good attempted diversion. This is going to be an ongoing attempt by RWNJs to blame environmental standards and the left wing for what was lax safety standards and penny pinching on safety.

              I have this urge to say a few four letter words but will stew instead.

            • Marty G 9.2.1.1.1.3

              the workers pay the bills via their subs.

  10. B 10

    Anyone involved would be wise to have a lawyer, because the DOL will be trying to frame this in a way that shifts the focus away from itself onto any or all other parties. DOL hasn’t fulfilled its statutory duties and will be fixated on the prospect of the ‘Cave Creek’ clause being invoked.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      They’d be wise to have a lawyer if said lawyer is representing them.

      If lawyer is representing someone else, then it sure as shit aint so clear cut.

    • Treetop 10.2

      Where can the Cave Creek clause be found?

      • B 10.2.1

        To be more precise, it’s the lack of a clause. Post Cave Creek, the Crown’s exemption from the HSE Act was removed. Subsequently, civil servants are potentially personally liable for acts of omission or dereliction. If there is something DOL staff knew or did, or ought to have known or done, esp. in terms of stat duties, they have a problem.

        • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1.1

          Sorry, but I’m still pretty unsure about what you are getting at. DOC constructed and were responsible for the cave creek platform. The analogous party in this case would be PRC surely?

          Here’s what you calimed:

          DOL hasn’t fulfilled its statutory duties and will be fixated on the prospect of the ‘Cave Creek’ clause being invoked.

          The bolded part is a statement of fact that you might want to support with some sort of evidence.

          The ‘Cave Creek’ clause relates to the OSH act, so I assume you have some evidence that DOL has failed to live up to it’s responsibilities under the OSH act in regard to the mine at Pike River.

          Sharing that evidence would help people have an idea what it is you are talking about.

          • B 10.2.1.1.1

            DOC had a statutory duty that it did not fulfil, but was exempt. My assertion is that DOL has not fulfilled its statutory duties, but is no longer exempt.

            Evidence? The 2008 report was not a bolt from the blue. Industry insiders were complaining long before that statutory inspections were not taking place and that there were few or no qualified mine inspectors available. Some bailed from the industry because of this. DOL had duties, but Labour and the unions were complicit in their inaction on this and the HSE regime in general.

            • Treetop 10.2.1.1.1.1

              On Insight at 8 am this morning, mine safety/inspection and the probable cause of the events on 19 November 2010 was discussed pertaining to the Pike River mine. See:
              http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight

            • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1.1.1.2

              but Labour and the unions were complicit in their inaction on this

              How do you get this? The union submitted to the 2008 report asking for more regulation I believe. How can the union be ‘complicit’ in the lack of action by the outgoing and incoming governments?

              And what statutory duty are you talking about, specifically?

              • B

                ‘The union submitted..’ Gosh, how effective! The labour movement in general has had a decade each of Labour and National to lobby effectively against the ‘self-regulated’ HSE Act. Its submissions have amounted to minor adjustments to the arrangement of the deck chairs. The transplanted Act, long gone in the UK, is probably now the most enduring testament to Thatcher’s disregard for the safety of workers. It’s sad that it’s here in NZ we continue to pay the price.

                • felix

                  So if I read you correctly you think the fault is firmly with the companies involved for keeping standards low, but the workers are complicit because they didn’t fight it hard enough.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Oh look yeah you’re right. because the unions didn’t start shooting people, blowing shit up and launching general mayhem related activities, then they are responsible for both the state of the law and the company’s actions.

                  But what specific statutory duty are you talking about with regard to DOL?

                  And how, specifically,are the unions complicit in DOLs failings?

                  Beyond their failure to waive a magic wand and pass legislation and have it enforced.

  11. Jenny 11

    .

    “…..we can recover the business”

    John Dow, (Pike River Coal Chairman)

    Mine to Reopen?

    Speaking the day after thousands of mourners gathered for a remembrance service in Greymouth, Pike River Coal chairman John Dow said getting the mine working again was definitely feasible…..

    ….”Last Sunday when we had the fourth explosion that set the coal on fire, that darkened the outlook significantly,” he said.

    “It extended the period of time that we’d be engaged in this recovery process, and time works against you when the money clock is ticking.”

    To reinforce the story on how the company plans to reopen the mine. A follow up story about how workers are pleading with the mine management for jobs.

    “guys pleading for work”

    To date the company has sold about 40,000 tonnes of coal at an average $US200 a tonne and a further 20,000 tonnes at about $US122 a tonne. Expansion plans reveal how the company aimed to dig out an estimated $4 billion worth of coal during the life of the mine.

    But while there’s no shortage of confidence, cash was already tight and analysts spoken to by ONE News said it could take $50-$60 million to re-open the mine.

    If that $50-$60 million was spent on creating green jobs, how many more jobs would be created than the 150 that were employed in the mine?

    My bet is that many times that number of permanent jobs could be created for that amount of money, than mining will deliver, and unlike mine jobs, which will inevitably disappear when the seam runs out, Pike River Mining, as well as leaving a compromised ecology, will leave another ghost town on the West Coast. – Whereas investment in Green technologies jobs would be ongoing indefinitely.

    Of course the profits would not be as good. Which is why it won’t be done.
    Instead, lives will continue to be risked and the environment endangered.

    This is a further exposure of the Greed is Good analogy.

    It also exposes the companies hand wringing about jobs to be false, their main concern is profit.

    The thought of the estimated $4 billion still to be dug out at Pike River is all that concerns them.

    For this sort of return, the workforce and the environment can go hang, if that’s what it takes.

    • Jenny 11.1

      That, so soon after this disaster, workers are pleading to risk their lives, just to bring some security to their families, is more an indictment of the market driven economy, (where mass unemployment is considered a good thing), than any expression of liking for the mining industry.

  12. Murray 12

    As a Subcontractor and a employer I could see possible problems with this.
    How could employees be expected to speak freely and objectively with a lawyer representing their employer present.

    • lprent 12.1

      Especially when the employer is quite likely to be the organisation most at fault in the mine disaster if anyone is found to be at fault.

      • mickysavage 12.1.1

        And the lawyer’s job will not to be to look after the interests of the employee but the employer even though the employee may not want this?

        This really smells …

  13. BLiP 13

    This action by Pike River Coal doesn’t do much for the perception of justice being seen to be done. Are they trying to hide something. Will there be a lawyer representing the interests of the miners present during all the company interviews and will the Union plus other interested parties be given transcripts and tapes?

  14. infused 14

    A Department of Labour (DOL) spokesman said it was the employee’s choice to decide whether company lawyers or other representatives attended on DOL interviews.

    “We are informing employees that they have this choice.”

    Full of shit once again.

    • Zorr 14.1

      That isn’t really the issue. The company lawyer shouldn’t even be there. Full stop. End of discussion.

      The fact that the lawyer is there at some of these meetings is damning of the actual investigation process.

      • mickysavage 14.1.1

        Agreed.

        Although it is an acknowledgment by Pike River that it has something to be mightily afraid of …

      • infused 14.1.2

        Why? Because you say so? Union can sit in, but not the company lawyers. Go figure.

        • Marty G 14.1.2.1

          no.

          lawyers for a different party should not sit in on the interview of a person in a serious investigation.

          if you and i were accused of a crime, my lawyer could not sit in on your interview, likewise if I had accused you of a crime or if we were both just witnesses.

          If (and we don’t know) any worker chose to get one of the lawyers they employ via their union fees to attend an interview, that’s just like you bringing the family lawyer.

          There is a conflict of interest in the company’s lawyer being at a worker’s interview. There is no conflict when the worker chooses to have a lawyer that he has had his union supply him present.

          • infused 14.1.2.1.1

            It’s optional, what’s the big deal?

            “There is no conflict when the worker chooses to have a lawyer that he has had his union supply him present.”

            Sorry, I don’t see the difference.

            • Zorr 14.1.2.1.1.1

              A conflict of interest is now an optional thing? News to me.

            • Pascal's bookie 14.1.2.1.1.2

              Sorry, I don’t see the difference.

              The workers are the union. Union lawyer = workers lawyer.
              The workers are employed by the company. Company lawyer /= workers lawyer.

              Where the company and the workers may have different interests, then there is a conflict of interest involved in a lawyer claiming to represent the interests of both.

              • ianmac

                Pascal’s bookie as a completely side issue to this discussion, the John Key question might be
                “What Values do you own?”
                (Sorry but I am still thinking.)

  15. Trevor Mallard 15

    I blogged on this yesterday over on Red Alert http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/12/03/department-inquiry-shouldnt-be-whitewash-or-witch-hunt/

    Clearly I have an interest in a fair investigation but still can’t understand how the DoL can investigate itself.

    • swimmer 15.1

      I look forward to watching the house on Tuesday. 🙂

    • KJT 15.2

      Unfortunately in NZ the regulatory, inspection and investigation bodies are not separated.
      It is common for DOL, MNZ or other agencies to be the investigator in incidents where their own actions, rules or failures may be a proximate cause.

      In any case mining in NZ is a small industry and the chance of getting knowledgeable investigators without conflicts of interest within the country are not good.

    • Bill 15.3

      I guess we can expect the same level of credible outcome as when the police investigate themselves through the (cough) independent police authority or when the Speaker or who-ever investigates wrong doings in Parliament?

      Shame that the union, as the only body with no financial interest or reason to cover anyone’s culpable arse can’t head up any investigation. In the realms of the unthinkable that, innit?

  16. ianmac 16

    During the 90s National withdrew the rules about buildings = leaky homes.
    During the 90s National withdrew the rules on checks on mine safety = Pine Creek
    During the 2010s National appears to be withdrawing the rules on water use in Canterbury = ?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 12
    . . April 6: Day 12 of living in lock-down… Another day of a near-empty Park N Ride carpark; . . And another day of near-empty Wellington streets; . . . Light traffic on the motorway. No apparent increase in volume. Commercial vehicles sighted; a gravel-hauling truck; McAuley’s Transport; a ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • A Lamentable Failure of Imagination.
    Imagination By-Pass: Had the Communications Minister, Kris Faafoi (above) taken a firm stand with Bauer, reminding them of their obligations to both their staff and the wider New Zealand public, then a much more favourable outcome may well have ensued. He should have made it clear to the Bauer board ...
    1 day ago
  • Simon Bridges can’t connect
    We all know that Simon Bridges has, at the best of times, an intermittent relationship with the truth. However you would think that during a pandemic and economic crisis the current opposition leader would pull his head in and start to do the right thing.Obviously leading by example should be ...
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 3: Riddell et al (2019)
    Connett promotes Riddell et al (2019) as one of the only four studies one needs to read about fluoridation. But he misunderstands and misrepresents the findings of this study. Image credit: Fluoride Action ...
    1 day ago
  • The biggest challenge for a generation ahead – covid-19. Defeat and Recovery
    Last month I wrote my blog on covid-19 pointing out the in our pre Alert Level 4 days that a subject no one had heard here months ago was now dominating the media. An amazing feature of this crisis is how quickly it has swept every other issue aside worldwide. ...
    PunditBy Wyatt Creech
    2 days ago
  • Testing for COVID-19 in NZ to Achieve the Elimination Goal
    Nick Wilson,1 Ayesha Verrall,1,2 Len Cook,3 Alistair Gray,3 Amanda Kvalsvig,1 Michael Baker,1 (1epidemiologists, 2infectious disease physician, 3statisticians) In this blog, we raise ideas for how New Zealand might optimise testing to both identify cases in the community as part of the COVID-19 elimination strategy, and to confirm when the virus ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Should we all be wearing face masks to prevent Covid-19 spread?
    Maybe you’ve seen the graph that says those countries where everyone wears a mask are the ones that have managed to keep Covid-19 under control? The first thing to say about that claim is that those countries also did lots of other things, too – they acted fast, with intense ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    2 days ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    2 days ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    4 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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? ...
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week 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
    30 mins 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
    3 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
    8 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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 ...
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    6 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 ...
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    6 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 ...
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    6 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 ...
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    6 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 ...
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    6 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. ...
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    7 days 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 ...
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    7 days 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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, ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
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    2 weeks ago