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Police launch moral crusade against old people

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 27th, 2016 - 65 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, death with dignity, police, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

From the “you have to be joking” file, the police set up a breath testing station outside a public meeting where assisted suicide was being discussed so it could collect personal details of people attending the meeting.

It is not the first time that possible supporters of assisted dying have been targeted by police.  There was this earlier report of harassment including how one elderly woman was arrested and held overnight in custody for importing a class C drug. The background is described in Stuff:

Two elderly Wellington women with suicide drugs have been pounced on by police, who are conducting a national operation thought to be targeting a euthanasia group.

Police have confirmed a Lower Hutt woman was arrested and faces two charges of importing a class C drug as part of an “ongoing investigation”.

It is understood a second elderly woman was also involved in the October 7 raid, part of what police are calling Operation Painter, and that one of the women spent the night in a police cell.

Exit International director Philip Nitschke said police raided several elderly members of his group as part of a world-first clampdown on his organisation.

“It is ludicrous to try to argue that these raids are in the best interest of the Exit members raided,” he said.

“They are clearly designed to intimidate and frighten, and send a message that the elderly are not to have control over their own death.”

Police have repeatedly refused to say what the drug was, the age of the arrested woman, or when she would appear in court. They have also refused to comment on claims they had got hold of Exit’s membership list and were working their way through it.

The article infers that the drug was Pentobarbital which cannot be obtained in New Zealand but can be imported.

Then there was the report of the mass data collection via breath screening test.  Again from Stuff:

Police have admitted they used a breath-testing checkpoint to target people who had attended an Exit International euthanasia meeting.

The move has been criticised as an “unlawful checkpoint to interrogate pensioners” by one lawyer, while another said it was probably a breach of police powers.

A complaint has already been laid with the Independent Police Conduct Authority about the officers’ actions in Lower Hutt earlier this month, and at least one other is likely to be laid in coming days.

Longtime Voluntary Euthanasia Society member Wilhelmina Irving got a visit from police after attending the Exit International meeting in Lower Hutt early in October.

Police said on Wednesday evening that they had also notified the IPCA themselves.

The police targets, mostly elderly women, had been attending the meeting on a Sunday afternoon early this month in Maungaraki.

Inspector Chris Bensemann has confirmed the checkpoint ploy, saying police had a duty of care and a “responsibility to the community to investigate any situation where we have reasonable grounds to suspect that persons are being assisted in the commission of suicide”.

As they left, about 4pm, all were pulled over at the checkpoint and – before being asked to blow into the machine – were made to give their names and addresses, and show their driver’s licences.

In the days that followed, at least 10 of them received visits from police officers, asking questions about their association with Exit, a pro-euthanasia group.

Questions put to police late last week and over Labour Weekend went unanswered. But on Wednesday, Inspector Chris Bensemann supplied a written statement confirming the checkpoint was to “identify people attending an Exit International meeting in Lower Hutt”, and was carried out “in good faith and for good reasons”.

Using transport law powers to stop people and hand over their details under the pretext of checking for drunk driving is as big an abuse of police power as you can imagine.

Barrister Michael Bott thinks the police have misused their powers.  From Radio New Zealand:

 

Human rights lawyer Michael Bott said officers misused used their power under the Land Transport Act, which allowed them to stop people, ask for licences and carry out breath tests for road safety.

“What you’ve got is New Zealand police undertaking what appears to be some kind of moral crusade on spurious grounds to such a degree that they’re prepared to use ‘stop and questioning’ powers under the Land Transport Act for ulterior motives, which seems completely improper,” he said.

In their defence, police said they had a responsibility to investigate any situation where they had reasonable grounds to “suspect that people are being assisted in the commission of suicide”.

But Mr Bott said police had no right to intervene in the way they did.

“The mere fact that you attend a meeting with a group who believe in the right to commit suicide in certain circumstances – if you’re unwell or terminally ill – doesn’t mean you actually endorse those aims, or that in fact you’re contemplating assisting someone with bringing about their own demise.

“So you really haven’t got good cause to do that.”

And Law Professor Mark Henigan thinks the same.  From the same article:

Otago University law professor Mark Henaghan agreed the officers had acted unlawfully.

“Under the Bill of Rights Act, there is a provision that people should not be unlawfully detained. They [the elderly people] weren’t detained in the sense of being put in a cell but they were detained, and they were stopped and questioned, and were asked to hand over their licence,” he said.

“The police have no more power than I have to stop someone and say ‘I want to see your licence’, unless they’re using (their power) for the purpose it was designed for, which is the blood alcohol purpose.

“They’re really not using power that they have, so they’re effectively detaining people. If you haven’t got the power to do it then it’s illegal detention.”
The matter is now before the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

65 comments on “Police launch moral crusade against old people”

  1. Richard Rawshark 1

    I don’t even know how it can be an abuse of powers.

    FFS these people are planning to break the law!!! If they were P Dealers that traffic stop would be ok, if used to collect info on drug dealing, but since they are oldies well.

    NO.

    Some jerk organizing suicide kits get’s stopped. end of. The police should not have their hands tied in collecting information when a serious crime is suspected, that’s their fkn job. Saving lives. Jeez Wayne..

    Really upsets me attacking the police on this, they do so much shit things like tasering mental health people yet we slap them for trying to gently probe a suicide squad.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      FFS these people are planning to break the law!!!

      Do you have proof of that?
      They could have just been planning the ongoing campaign to legalise assisted suicide for those that are terminally ill.

      If they were P Dealers that traffic stop would be ok,

      False equivalence. If the police knew that a group of people were in a building with large amounts of P they wouldn’t have set up a drink driving checkpoint but would have raided the place.

      Really upsets me attacking the police on this, they do so much shit things like tasering mental health people yet we slap them for trying to gently probe a suicide squad.

      We’re getting pissed off with them doing something that they shouldn’t be doing.

      • Richard Rawshark 1.1.1

        Well DTB, I read a very good article about it yesterday, there’s this guy in the UK who helps people make suicide kits and shows them how to do it, this NZ group is partaking, so yeah the police know what they were up to that’s not the question.

        I got pulled last week random stop name address age, drivers licence first and asked while he held it. then he checked details in his car after he’d asked me to say that into the breathalyser.

        They point the breathalyser at you and tell you to say your name and address.
        they have already gotten your drivers license.

        Normal.

        • Psycho Milt 1.1.1.1

          Well, normal if they’re wanting to see if you’re a drunk driver or not. Not normal at all though if they don’t like this meeting you were just attending and want to find out who you are so they can keep tabs on you. Very not normal – unlawful, in fact.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.2

          Well DTB, I read a very good article about it yesterday, there’s this guy in the UK who helps people make suicide kits and shows them how to do it, this NZ group is partaking, so yeah the police know what they were up to that’s not the question.

          No they don’t. If they did then there would have been arrests and charges laid.

          This was a fishing expedition and bullying. Nothing more.

          They point the breathalyser at you and tell you to say your name and address.
          they have already gotten your drivers license.

          That may be what happens at a breath testing stop. What shouldn’t happen is that the breath testing stop is set up specifically to get the details of people at a meeting that’s none of the police’s business. That that information is then used, by the police, to intimidate those people.

          So, no, not normal and it’s not something that we want to become normal.

    • Siobhan 1.2

      There are some laws that are based on complex social and moral standards and over time these may change.
      A good example being Homosexuality.
      There comes a point where a percentage of the population wish to have a change in the law.
      They should be able to meet publicly, or indeed privately, to discuss the issues, especially as to how the law relates to them.
      The police often show discretion on these issues.
      An example being Marijuana Law reform.
      No one turned up at Paul Holmes or Helen Kellys house to check if they were smoking the Pot. (well, not as far as I know)
      The Marijuana group engage in public protests.
      During the Homosexual debate gay people and their supporters wore badges etc. They may well have been targeted by the Police, but I am sure in retrospect we would consider that to be a waste of Police resources.
      It is called Democracy, and, some would say, moral evolution.
      And personally, I would rather have a cop show up next time the house gets robbed, rather than worrying about a terminally unwell individual who wishes to leave the planet in their own time.

      • Richard Rawshark 1.2.1

        As a Bi-polar person, at times I have had a suicide kit. I did it myself, I didn’t get help and It was my choice.

        The issue I have pertains to the organizer not so much the act. If you wish to terminate your life by your choice I have no issue with that, what I do have real concerns about is when a third party is involved.

        Hence I fully support the police checking this out to ensure the UK bloke assisting these people was not some mass murderer getting his jollies.

        How they went about it, I don’t have any issue with.

        My morals, my opinion Siobhan you hit it on the head, it’s a real conversation topic this one due to the intense morality questions. Could almost be a thread in itself.

        • Bill 1.2.1.1

          If I was putting together a pack of pills or whatever because I wanted to kill myself, wouldn’t it be better to do it in a knowledgeable way, rather than in a hit and miss fashion?

          If I was taking a drug for recreational purposes, wouldn’t it be better to be in possession of solid knowledge about its effects rather than ‘blind’ experimenting?

          If I attended a political meeting and there was unlawful stuff discussed,(say a meeting about picket line actions for example), would it be reasonable for me to leave that meeting and be confronted by police gathering personal information under false or unconvincing pretexts?

          Just some of the questions that immediately jump to mind.

          • Richard Rawshark 1.2.1.1.1

            Police came out tonight with their reasoning, wasn’t a pre planned anything, thinking on their feet, and they had been informed by the coroner, from what I read, they seem to be between a rock and a hard place on this one.

            I myself will give them the benefit of the doubt for swearing to preserve life. Assisting a suicide is illegal and should be for many reasons i’m sure everyone can work out. So that’s why on this I think it’s acceptable.

        • Siobhan 1.2.1.2

          I absolutely respect your opinion Rawshark, especially given your story.
          I guess the point I would make is that these are elderly women who are interested in having 3rd party involvement. Women who, for starters, amy have no idea on how to access a suicide kit. Even if they have access to the ‘interweb’ they could out of their depth and may well end up hurting not just themselves, but others.

          They are probably also very much the proverbial ‘law abiding citizens’, they may be scared, wanting one thing, but knowing it’s against the law.
          Some of them are probably still of the generation who are so ‘socially conditioned’ that they have gone their entire lives not even telling their husbands who they vote for. They may never have even filled the car at the petrol station before. Crazy I know, but I meet women like this surprisingly often.

          So again, these are people who are vulnerable to making bad calls if left to their own devices. Who knows, maybe even attending a meeting and having a kit may actually extend their lives, and certainly free them from unnecessary stress.

          • RedBaronCV 1.2.1.2.1

            “vulnerable to making bad calls” in my book equals big daddy paternalism .

            The bad call was the cops.

    • mickysavage 1.3

      It is clearly an abuse of power. The ability to stop is contained in the Land Transport Act not the Land Transport and Harassment of possible supporters of Assisted Dying Act.

      They are meant to be trying to catch drunk drivers not harass old people.

      • Bill 1.3.1

        Why didn’t they just infiltrate the meeting and/or the org as they normally do, or at least attempt to do, if they had ‘worries’?

        Could it just maybe be they’re reckoning that such covert shit doesn’t send a message? I’m picking they reckoned they were thinking. And this bullshit is what their thinking led to.

    • North 1.4

      Overarching juvenile judgment precipitating invasive unlawfulness and abuse of power. Pretty thick really. DTB has it right in one Rawshark. You’ve shot from the lip without thinking. Which given the contradictions you frequently display indicates an unfortunate penchant for the same.

      Hounding old people is what it is. More of the arsehole New Zealand where “Real men ride women!” One ray of hope – Richie McCaw says “Nah” to the Aussies.

      Edit: In, I guess, shooting from the lip myself I responded to your first comment without reading your subsequent comments Repectfully, you have your stuff, those people have theirs. it’s not yours to rationalise unlawful ‘enforcement’. Further, I’m not sure that the police oath measures up to what I imagine forms the Hippocratic Oath.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    As they left, about 4pm, all were pulled over at the checkpoint and – before being asked to blow into the machine – were made to give their names and addresses, and show their driver’s licences.

    Now where was such process used before?

    Oh, that’s right, Nazi Germany against the Jews and modern Israel against the Palestinians.

    They [the elderly people] weren’t detained in the sense of being put in a cell but they were detained, and they were stopped and questioned, and were asked to hand over their licence

    And under false pretences.

    The matter is now before the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

    Which means that it will get rubber stamped and nothing will happen.

    • Richard Rawshark 2.1

      SO now we are comparing it to Nazi Germany!

      How many coffee’s this morning DTB, be honest?

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        SO now we are comparing it to Nazi Germany!

        Yes because that’s what it’s like.

        • Richard Rawshark 2.1.1.1

          Well i’m the odd one out on this, strange for me that. I’ll have to take it onboard and rethink my idea’s as to why.

  3. I can see how this comes about. Catching burglars is difficult and time-consuming, and stopping gangs from carrying out their wide range of crimes is difficult, time-consuming and extremely dangerous. Hassling old people for attending a euthanasia meeting, on the other hand, is a doddle. If you’ve got some key performance indicators to tick off, you pick easy ways to do it, not hard ones. Just another consequence of running public services as though they were a business.

  4. joe90 4

    Outrageous!. How dare police rouse at gun point stop young people old white people at a check point because of their suspected involvement in a scheme to import a class C substance.
    /

  5. Richard Rawshark 5

    Meanwhile, they taser a mental health guy, once running away, tasers only to be used if threatened.

    Then tasered him whilst on the ground handcuffed.

    that does not bother you more than this, or bashing kids for having loud sirens on their push bikes. Or the many assaults they do under the safety of the law that shields them from consequences. I’m no cop lover, had my fair share of bashing from them as a youth, but as I got older I realized there’s always wankers in every job.

    But to chastise them for taking information whatever way they could is petty.

    • I know that cop who bashed one of those shits who steal PA systems and use them to annoy everyone within a kilometer radius committed a crime and ought to be punished, but also can’t help thinking “Onya mate.”

      • Richard Rawshark 5.1.1

        Maybe onya, but the police go through extensive training and evaluation to weed out this sort of thing.

        They are well trained on the laws of use surrounding tazers. Boudaries…

        So when they tazer people running away and plead , we all know they got caught one time having deliberately done it many times ignoring the training and deployment guidelines.

        AKA it’s all a fucking load of shit spread like butter for the masses to consume.

        Whilst they carry on doing what they please. Your mate’s done that many times trust me.

        • North 5.1.1.1

          Rawshark…….the young men and women at police college are NOT well trained in law nor are they or can they be imparted the maturity needed to protect it evenly. As my dear old grandfather who suffered beatings and humiliation for being a unionist in ’51 always said……”the police mind!”

          Happens that 60 plus years later I’m in a position where I see manifestations of it only a daily basis. Bullying by the ignorant and not infrequently ill-motivated is what it is. Glib PR assurances from the upper echelons of the police don’t alter that.

          • Richard Rawshark 5.1.1.1.1

            Perhaps rephrasing it, the police assure us they train cadets to the highest degree , and in pepper spray, Tazers dog bites and baton lumps and how to turn any camera off, ensure your not being taped before stunning your victim until he spills the beans. Or dies, whichever comes first.

            would that be closer.

      • McFlock 5.1.2

        lol yeah it’s part of the duality of man I guess.

        But we must seek to rise above our baser instincts 🙂

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      But to chastise them for taking information whatever way they could is petty.

      It was not information that they were entitled to.

  6. weka 6

    So if I get stopped at an alcohol check point am I legally obliged to provide my name, address and driver’s licence? What if it wasn’t an alcohol check point, just a random stop to check for rego?

    And if the police come to my house later and want to talk to me, am I obligated to talk to them?

    • TheExtremist 6.1

      As far as I am aware you must provide name, address and DOB when asked by the police for any reason.
      You cannot be compelled to provide any more information that nor talk any further without a lawyer presence.
      If the police come to your house you do not need to talk to them at all.

      • dukeofurl 6.1.1

        “..you must provide name, address and DOB when asked by the police for any reason…”

        Not so. Only if you are driving a motor vehicle or are suspected of an offence relating to sale of alcohol

        • RJL 6.1.1.1

          Yes. It is an offense to not provide (or provide false) name, address and age information to the police when requested.

          But the police are only legally entitled to request this information if you are driving a motor vehicle (and they are stopping you under the Land Transport Act), or you are suspected of alcohol offences, or they have arrested you.

          The police have previous form for doing this sort of thing. For example, biker gang meetings just happen to occur near drink driving checkpoints (or vice versa):
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/67549505/biker-gang-members-greeted-by-police-roadblock

          • TheExtremist 6.1.1.1.1

            Ah right, hence saying “as far as I am aware”.

            But I like Joe90’s below approach the best

          • Richard Rawshark 6.1.1.1.2

            Practicality of refusing to answer your name whenever stopped by the police, even if not driving and stone cold sober walking down the street, will quickly lead to your arrest. You maybe right at the time, but by the time you get to a judge you will be so wrong.. so so wrong.

            obstruction, resisting oh you’ll be grandly fucked.

            just comply.

            • RJL 6.1.1.1.2.1

              Sure, if you fear reprisal and violence from the police it might be sane to comply with illegal requests like this from the police — which suggests that something is monstrously wrong with our police force, of course.

              Although it is also completely sane to ask for police id., etc and it is completely appropriate to complain to the IPCA (joke that it is) if the police made the request in circumstances other than those they are legally entitled to do so. Which is what is happening in this case.

              • Richard Rawshark

                Just reality RjL, now I suppose if your wearing a business suit and are 40 it may not be always that way, but if your under 30 out at night and they want to know where your heading and what your name is, I think you’d be wise to tell them the minimum without getting yourself locked up for getting cocky. They really do like wiping the smile off cheeky faces when people tell them “you can’t do that”

      • joe90 6.1.2

        Rules for dealing with the plods – identify yourself, be courteous, cooperate and comply but tell them nothing, take them nowhere and never ever make a formal statement, unless you’re lawyered up.

  7. Richard Rawshark 7

    Your legally required to give your name address and date of birth if I remember rightly, up to you to say anything else.

    If any police officer asks you anytime they damn well please.

    drivers license if your driving.

  8. The Real Matthew 8

    This is outrageous behaviour from a Police force whose focus is on stopping drivers going 4kmph over the speed limit and old grannies rather than stopping hard crime.

    It’s beyond time the Police Minister took a more active role in Policing.

  9. saveNZ 9

    Big Brother, anyone?

  10. Gangnam Style 10

    “The police are given the power to set up checkpoints to combat drink-driving. We do not give them powers for one purpose so they can abuse them for another.” David Seymour.

  11. McFlock 11

    It would actually have been smarter of the cops to go old school, taking number plates and photographing attendees, rather than being dickish about it.

    But I suspect that the referral from the coroner has gotten into someone senior’s bonnet, so the cops “exercised their initiative”. Sigh – any power given to the police will be a bused sooner or later.

    • Richard Rawshark 11.1

      Arrogance and laziness or they would have McFlock, they could easily have gotten the information the old fashioned way, but due to the examples of our Nats, the arrogance of do as you like and dismiss negativity has taken over the country. IMHO

      and Judith will back their wrong doing all the way, just like she supported Whaleoil and the raids on Hagar.

      • McFlock 11.1.1

        I also wonder if turnover and workload means that regular frontline cops have lost those old skills and needed to reinvent the wheel.

      • Chuck 11.1.2

        “Arrogance and laziness or they would have McFlock”

        Nope your on the wrong track RR.

        If it was a covert operation then the “old fashioned way” would have been used.

        But it was not a covert operation, in fact since the police visited a number of these old ladies a day or 2 after, it was clearly designed to send a message to them that euthanasia is currently unlawful.

        • Richard Rawshark 11.1.2.1

          Oh no doubt chuck. We had drifted off course a little I think me n Mc Flock..

          I see it that way too, nothing like a we know what your up to and are watching you to scare the pants off them. I bet that’s exactly what they intended too.

          Then perhaps a culture of the ends justify the means, mentality from government. Passing down to the lower teirs of government?

          I mean we have had a lot of gutsy feely ignore scientific fact do what we fucking like from them.

        • Groundhog 11.1.2.2

          Which it is, and hopefully will remain so.

        • McFlock 11.1.2.3

          So they used unlawful detention to send a message? That can’t go wrong. /sarc

          The message was the visit later. My point is that they could have had the same coverage and gained the same information more cheaply with two in a car rather than trying to stop and check everyone who left a meeting.

  12. In Vino 12

    If one wants to be more sinister, how about Bomber Bradbury’s take that this is just a training exercise preparing the Police for more serious ops in the future? I remember back in the 70s some of the hippies would say, “The fuzz is everywhere, man..” I later learned that they often were, man. (Or ‘it often was’…)

    • Chuck 12.1

      The critical part of your paragraph In Vino is “Bomber Bradbury’s take”.

      • George Hendry 12.1.1

        Thanks, IV, and hi again Chuck 🙂

        @ “Bomber Bradbury’s take” :

        A polarising figure, Mr Bradbury is greatly admired by some and decisively dismissed by others. Here, I don’t think his take should be dismissed out of hand.

        As this case was decidedly non-urgent, the police had time to think it through carefully.

        As noted elsewhere, there were more efficient/legal and less public/expensive ways to get the info/issue the warning. So why did they do it this way?

        These ladies were reasonably high social status and highly articulate – they were certainly going to speak out. And they did, so ‘tellingly’ that the police quickly ‘admitted’ to their legally questionable modus operandi, which is to be ‘investigated’ by the IPCA.

        When something happens as a consequence of police action, it’s not impossible that the police foresaw and intended it.

        “Yes. We did that. We crap on the law, we bullshit about concern for life and you see straight through it. You discuss it, which helps to normalise it, so we can use it again next time, maybe with something else added on.”

        Given their form, Chuck, is it really so improbable?

        • Chuck 12.1.1.1

          Hi George,

          Over night the police have released more information, and it seems it was part of an ongoing investigation of one and possible several recent deaths referred to them by the coroner (suspected assisted suicide). The first death the person did not even have a terminal illness.

          It was not simply stopping old ladies on the whim from some senior police officer.

          I do agree the police need to tread very carefully here, hence why they have asked the IPCA to run the ruler over this.

  13. Whateva next? 13

    Checking for jihadi brides I spect

  14. Ross 14

    I really don’t get it. Police keep telling us that they’re short staffed, that they have had to close down police stations or man them only occasionally. Yet they have enough time and manpower to hassle little old ladies. 🙂

  15. RedBaronCV 15

    I personally really really can’t wait for a checkpoint outside the lawyers and others meeting with an MP to discuss the rules around tax havens. That facilitates the crime of money laundering don’t you know?

    Some tosser ought to be fired for this one !

  16. RedBaronCV 16

    And while I’m on the subject I’ve been stopped at checkpoints where the “police” are wearing Hi Vis vests that cover any number they may have. However, I have seriously wondered if they are actually “police” or some outsourced contractor maybe because the ones on the checkpoints are on the far far side of about 45++ and about 5 foot three inches tall. I didn’t think there are many front line cops that are elderly women.

    I’ll get the camera out next time.

  17. infused 17

    The police are the biggest gang/bullies in the country.

  18. Thinkerr 18

    All we need now is for the government to bring in a mandatory death sentence for people convicted of attempting euthenasia, and NZ will truly be the laughing stock of the rest of the world.

    Seriously, when the police can target and detain people for having freedom of thought, things have become far more serious, even, than things like GCSB collecting everyone’s data for possible later use.

    Our parents, uncles, etc fought and died to stop us having to live in a country like we have now.

  19. Rob Gilchrist 19

    Police have used the ‘FAKE EBA’check point for years. If fact it’s was a’ tactical tool’ that was used frequently when I worked for them. It’s a legal way for police to get details of all occupants in a vehicle. The law states that everyone in a vehicle pulled over by police must supply their details. I don’t know how many times e used it but it was many. If you have a group of activists driving to a demo and want to know who they are, how well they are prepared, their intentions etc then a 3T (traffic. Stop) was a quick and Edgefield roll to gain intelligence. K
    I can’t recall an exact number of times it was used but it would be 40-50 over the time I worked for police

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    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    18 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    7 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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