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Political Statues

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 25th, 2017 - 42 comments
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Not too good in the U.S. about statues recently.

New Zealand endured a massive and protracted internal war from the late 1850s to the late 1870s. But you wouldn’t know it: there’s barely a memorial to this most divisive war. Unless you look pretty hard. In fact most of those battles now exist in physical form as mere shadows on the ground from earthen ramparts.

And yet directly after this war, the New Zealand Parliament in full retribution mode passed laws that confiscated millions and millions of acres from Maori ownership. There you have most of the cause of the entire Treaty of Waitangi process that still goes on today.

So why almost no memorials to our massive civil war?

After all, only thirty years after we had been busy fighting against each other in the New Zealand Wars, we finished our World War One participation, and for that there were war memorials put up in every town and city and borough the full length of the country from Kaitaia to Bluff. There are still peaceniks who would prefer to see those World War One statues of soldiers to glorifying mass orchestrated competitive sadism to be smashed and turned into flower gardens to peace. But ANZAC services grow and grow and grow.

There is an entire U.S. industry devoted to remaking and re-enacting civil war battles, but you sure won’t find that here. If Waitangi Day was treated like ANZAC Day in New Zealand, the entire naval fleet would sail into every harbour, and great kapa haka competitions would raise everyone’s hairs: it would be a national day in competitive showing-off. In terms of the theatre of expressing challenge and conflict, what better form is there than the haka?

Perhaps we find it all faintly embarrassing. So why do people proudly flock to parade around ANZAC Day memorials specifically for remembering historical conflict, when emotional remembrance at Waitangi is relentlessly mocked? Maybe there’s some internal national trigger that makes it just too hard to even represent military conflict between Maori and settler European. Maybe Maori would prefer not to remember that some Maori were on different sides and their motivations complex.  Maybe we would prefer to just leave thinking about that kind of difficult thing to textbooks for intermediate school children, and drop it later.

Maybe we don’t trust ourselves to be thoughtful about complex and emotional civic issues, as if talking about hard stuff strips us of all dignity. Or more correctly, … “emotional Maori issues”.  Monuments are always concentrations of history that express contradictions of grandeur and suffering, forced labour and peak societal achievements, grand scale and territorial pettiness, patronage and allegiance.

When Oliver Cromwell took his chance and deposed the monarchy temporarily in England in the mid -1600s, his troops were charged with entering churches and smashing down all the statues they could find. Same after the French Revolution, and similar after the Soviet Union fell. It’s an aniconic drive to deny representation of the sacred and assert new order. Crosses of course are illegal in Chinese mainland churches, so they are taken down. It’s quite a religion that puts extraordinary torture as its physical representation.

But the Charlotteville confederate memorials defined specific things: they helped define and enforce the City’s racial boundaries through the Jim Crow years. Maybe, dare I say it, our “race relations” are more advanced than those of the U.S. Maybe a bit.

We don’t have too many large statues of actual generals on horseback. There’s no General Chute or General Cameron astride a steed somewhere in 5 metre high bronze that I am aware of. Not even a great big Titokowaru at the prow of a great waka ready to storm anything. Maybe we’re shy.

If we did have such statues, they could just turn into yet another Motoua Gardens protest. That garden has a memorial with a plaque. Maybe, in New Zealand, proper statues would turn into something that we contest and refresh our memories about every year just like other war memorials. To test our identity upon as individuals and as a whole bunch of us. Empty pedestals have a few teachable moments – but surely we can teach the politics of representation without turning them into rubble first.

Now after many decades of trying, the second floor of the Auckland War Memorial Museum has devoted one room of its second floor devoted to war memorialisation, to this war between Maori and settler government. There, that wasn’t so hard.

42 comments on “Political Statues”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    I understand a lot of the civil war confederate generals statutes were mass produced-by factories in the north- and were erected in the 1920s, a time when the racial discrimination laws were tightened and after the 50 year aniversaries of teh end of the war.

    “Many Civil War commemoration statues—such as the one pulled down in Durham—were cheaply mass produced by northern factories, which simply switched the belt buckles’ insignia to suit Union or Confederate clients.”
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/charlottesville-confederate-memorials-civil-war-racism-history/

  2. Candy1 2

    Whites need to be reminded that they stole this country from the Maori peoples.

    • D'Esterre 2.1

      Candy1:”Whites need to be reminded that they stole this country from the Maori peoples.”

      No. Nobody alive had anything to do with the large-scale land confiscations of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
      Some people now alive may be descendants of those involved; the rest of us are not. And in any event, blaming all pakeha for the crimes of the past is more or less equivalent to blaming present-day Jews for the death of Jesus, or all Germans for the crimes of the Nazi era. It’s bizarre and pointless.

  3. joe90 3

    So why almost no memorials to our massive civil war?

    Wander around any provincial centre and they’re right there.

    Do you live in a street named after someone who murdered your whānau? For Māori, many of us do. #Colonisation https://t.co/hhJ181ml8T pic.twitter.com/NW2VjhkU0M— Te Kawa Robb (@tekawa_robb) August 16, 2017

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1iksZCGz0d-B4Aat_TOZOeJd04Pc

    • Ovid 3.1

      Well, Cumberland Street is a main thoroughfare through Dunedin and my forebears on my father’s side were on the losing side of Culloden. And descending from Irish Catholics on my mother’s side there is the little issue of the entire town of Cromwell.

    • dukeofurl 3.2

      the NZ style was some sort of artillery piece rather than a person. I remember seeing a book that covered them in detail, it was a very thick book.

      Other than that , the land wars mostly have a sign along a back road that just says ‘Redoubt’ pointing to a hill or ridgeline. Rangiriri is the most obvious one on a main highway.

  4. Thanks for the post.

    “Maybe Maori would prefer not to remember that some Maori were on different sides and their motivations complex.”

    nah I don’t think many if any would think that – the nature of Māori warfare included those ideas and there are many histories around those types of behaviors.

    you may remember this from September last year

    “A racially-charged debate is igniting over research that has revealed “white supremacist” comments made by the prime minister Massey University is named after.

    Now, almost a century on, a top academic is calling for the university to consider a name change.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/84753337/Massey-racism-provokes-call-for-university-name-change

    possibly even bigger than a statue topple?

    There are and have been many examples including changing place names and so forth where Māori and others have asked for the history to be added. This is also regarding battles including the colonisation ones.

    Statues are western – carvings are Māori and I’m am sure the events of those times have been recorded in wood as well as memory for Māori.

    I do agree that a nice big discussion with Māori and others would prove enlightening and fruitful in this area.

  5. Bill 5

    I don’t think those statues should be destroyed (if that’s what’s happening).

    The US has some really fucked up history and it shouldn’t just be eradicated so people can ‘feel’ better about themselves and/or the country they identify with.

    How’s about they get shifted from prominent positions outside city chambers (or wherever they are) and installed in new dedicated civic spaces so that people don’t get to forget or ignore their uglier pasts?

    • francesca 5.1

      In Russia they have partly solved the problem by gathering soviet era statues in a sculpture park,Muzeon Park of Arts, previously known as Fallen Monument Park
      A repository for historical artifacts, an educational resource, part art history, which curates historic and contemporary sculpture
      Rather than pretend certain figures never existed or were never memorialised , they appear as contemporary reminders of past ideologies

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_Monument_Park

    • francesca 5.2

      In Russia they have partly solved the problem by gathering soviet era statues in a sculpture park,Muzeon Park of Arts, previously known as Fallen Monument Park
      A repository for historical artifacts, an educational resource, part art history, which curates historic and contemporary sculpture
      Rather than pretend certain figures never existed or were never memorialised , they appear as contemporary reminders of past ideologies

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_Monument_Park

      • joe90 5.2.1

        I guess when he’s done with Stalin, Putin will turn his hand to rehabilitating lessor known heroes.

        Although condemned for his brutality after his death, Stalin is now getting new respect from both an older generation nostalgic for the lost Soviet empire, which collapsed in 1991, and a younger generation of nationalistic Russians.

        About 10 statues of Stalin have gone up around the country since 2012, said Pavel Gnilorybov, a historian who works with a group that tracks human rights abuses.

        Some of the renewed admiration comes from President Vladimir Putin, who often laments the breakup of what had been the world’s only other superpower besides the United States.

        Putin condemned the “excessive demonization” of Stalin during an interview that aired this summer with Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. Putin said attacks on Stalin amounted to “attacking the Soviet Union and Russia.”

        https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/16/soviet-union-terror-josef-stalin-popularity/556625001/

        • francesca 5.2.1.1

          To be fair, and although it doesn’t get any airing in the western press, Putin also said “whoever doesn’t mourn the soviet union has no heart, whoever wants it back, has no brain”
          I have a Russian friend, now married to a NZer, who is taken aback by the tone and bias in media coverage of anything to do with Russia or Putin
          She says his words are consistently mistranslated and she finds it hard to recognise the Russia written about compared to the Russia she knows
          She herself is no great fan of Putin, but the alternatives are more dire

          • Stuart Munro 5.2.1.1.1

            There are no alternatives. Single party state.

            • CoroDale 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Lets be real about the two party states. Labour and National also basically a neo-liberal flip-flop of good-cop-bad-cop. Or MMP friends in Germany for example; not only is there no clear ideological difference between the two main parties SPD and CDU, these two focus on rubbishing ideas of the small parties and even officially rule together in a grand coalition!

            • francesca 5.2.1.1.1.2

              single party state?????
              Its one of the most multi party governments,(7 currently represented in the State Dumas)
              Regional parliaments currently have 10 parties participating in regional government

              • Stuart Munro

                Tell it to Nemtsov … oh, sorry, you can’t – Putin had him killed.

                • francesca

                  Oh come now.
                  Nemstov couldnt even get above the threshold .Very few Russians vote for Yeltsin era liberals.The only reason they still exist is through the beneficence of NED and the US embassy payments.
                  The communist party is a far more potent threat to United Russia, yet we dont see them getting killed.
                  Even the most rabid Russophobes don’t blame Putin for Nemtsov

                  • Stuart Munro

                    “Nemtsov didn’t even get above the threshold.” So it’s ok for Putin to have him killed. One party state – the bad kind.

                    Nemtsov was killed in the most highly monitored piece of ground in the whole of Russia. The omnipresent security was conspicuously absent, the video footage likewise. Putin took personal responsibility for the investigation, which of course went nowhere.

                    It was a political hit with significant insider support – that’s what it takes to make the security presence and the video evidence go away.

                    Putin cheated to get elected, murders journalists, and prevents the development of opposition parties. He’s old cold war in the worst way – the natural descendant of the Okhrana.

                    You’re not the only one with Russian friends.

                    • D'Esterre

                      Stuart Munro: ““Nemtsov didn’t even get above the threshold.” So it’s ok for Putin to have him killed. One party state – the bad kind.”
                      I think a bit of logical thinking wouldn’t go amiss. Why on earth would Putin have him killed? What would be the point? Nemtsov wouldn’t be worth the effort, to be blunt.
                      Francesca has pointed out that the communists are much more of an electoral threat, yet Putin isn’t accused of bumping off any of ’em. Curious…
                      “Nemtsov was killed in the most highly monitored piece of ground in the whole of Russia…..Putin took personal responsibility for the investigation, which of course went nowhere.”
                      Last I looked,there have been arrests, a trial and convictions in this case.

            • D'Esterre 5.2.1.1.1.3

              Stuart Munro: herewith a list of opposition parties currently in the Duma.
              1. Communist party
              2. Liberal Democratic party
              3. A Just Russia
              4. Rodina
              5. Civic Platform
              At present, 3 seats are vacant.
              United Russia – the party of government – holds a thumping majority.
              Please don’t just talk about rigged elections. Produce the evidence: and not anything from the CIA or any of its puppet NGOs. Talk is cheap…

              • Stuart Munro

                It’s not particularly easy for me to produce the evidence from half a world away, but electoral tampering was widespread when Putin was first elected and subsequent reports suggest that it remains so.

                This story points to the ongoing tampering.
                https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russians-voting–and-watching/2012/03/04/gIQA3j6CqR_story.html?utm_term=.136da0384246

                The 2000 election was the subject of an investigation by the Moscow Times (since shut down) which found widespread evidence of tampering right across the country. In fact Putin would have won on the second ballot, his majority was secure – but he cheated anyway.

                • D'Esterre

                  Stuart Munro: “This story points to the ongoing tampering.”
                  Ah, you’ll need to do better than the WaPo, if you wish to change the minds of such as me.
                  I used to believe all that stuff too, until one day I realised that it all came out of one source – the US of A – and it had the decided look of a “just so” story. Then Noam Chomsky, and – qu’on dit – the rest is history.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    I’m not particularly concerned with what you believe – I’m more concerned with the truth.

                    People without Russian friends would do better to look critically at Putin rather than swallow the RT line sans salt and imagining they’re ‘edgy’.

                    With respect to Nemtsov, Ukrainian links or sympathies are probably material. But you shouldn’t imagine that Putin needs a strong rational argument – the killing of Litvinenko wasn’t strictly logical – he had few or no secrets left to spill. Like Bush’s invasion of Iraq, the combination of power and spite is sufficient explanation.

    • Ovid 5.3

      Most of these were erected in the 1920s – in parallel with a surge in popularity for the KKK or in the 1960s as a reaction against the civil rights movement.

      If museums want them, they should be welcome to take them, but statues on their own are a poor way to educate people about their history.

    • adam 5.4

      Don’t agree there Bill. The overwhelming majority of these were put up after the first world war, when Jim Crow was just getting seriously into stride.

      They server a direct political purpose to both black and white Americans. My white friends from the south, talk about the reminder being don’t rock the boat, and side with black Americans at any turn.

      Where are the statues of Eugene V. Debs?

      • joe90 5.4.1

        after the first world war

        Dedications and monuments were part of post reconstruction efforts to disenfranchise the new others.

        https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/whoseheritage-timeline150_years_of_iconography.jpg

        https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/whoseheritage_splc.pdf

        • adam 5.4.1.1

          Thanks joe90, must have got monuments and schools mixed up in what I was reading.

          That Southern Poverty Law Report is nothing short of stunning. They do some great work.

      • Bill 5.4.2

        So my angle is this Adam. You know all those caves down by the bottom of Otago Harbour? And how “no-one” knows what they are or what they’re about? And how the placement of Rongo Rock was an overgrown piece of wasteland? And how ‘settler NZ’ would rather pretend that everything was just mungbeans?

        And no. There are no memorials to Eugene Debs, or Lucy Parsons or Mary Barbour or any other working class hero, and we well know the reason why.

        • McFlock 5.4.2.1

          “No-one” knows? Don’t be so sure.

          And I recall walking past a plaque commemorating a seminal speech against poverty that was given in a church somewhere near Stafford Street. ISTR a memorial in wellington for Parnell of the 8 hour day.

          But statues don’t preserve history, only some aspects of it. And some of those aspects need to be removed from the present, and become history.

          The statues of Robert E Lee aren’t just historical. They keep that injustice alive and healthy.

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    Somewhere along the line the southern US went much further than NZ colonizers, with a corporate model of slavery. Modern slavery was very much associated with labour intensive export crops, notably sugar (as cultivated in Sicily under Arab rule in the ninth century), which seems to have been the model that spread to other plantation products like tobacco and cotton.

    Adam Smith was persuaded that slavery was uneconomic, because slave owning was more costly than hiring labour, the theory being that labourers find their own housing or subsistence, which slaves do not. But he did not anticipate the speculative market in slaves as stock, and was in any case influenced by the anti-slavery views of Hutcheson.

    The monolithic corporate agriculture that developed slavery on a large scale has generally been absent from NZ, at least until the recent dairy intensification. But large scale slave run agriculture (the Sardinian and Sicilian grain farms) were a feature of the Roman late republic and contemporaneous with its decline. Slavery depressed wages in the southern part of the US and arguably held back its development as compared to the north, for all that individual slave owners became in some instances very wealthy.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    We have Waitangi day. Who needs dusty old statues to glorify war?

    Evolution 4.0 (predictive software with a 96% accuracy rate) put the chances of civil war breaking out in the US at 70% back in April/May of this year. Hardly a good example to follow.

  8. dukeofurl 8

    Theres a park in Taipei where they parked all the unwanted Chiang Kai shek Statues

    Theres 100s apparently, its quite bizarre
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek_statues

    In Auckland, the Council asked for a got a statute of George Eden, Earl of Auckland that originally was in Kolkata. They had a policy of removing these colonial relics, Eden had been Governor of Bengal or something.

  9. JC 9

    “The Great South Road that was the original route over the Bombay Hills was first built as a supply line for military invasion. That invasion was instigated by political manipulation that excluded Māori from any meaningful say and largely benefited wealthy Auckland speculators.

    The British troops weren’t bringing civilisation when they crossed the Mangatawhiri River. They were about to wreck it.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/stories/201818953/'tainui-has-never-forgotten-the-atrocities-against-their-women-and-children

    or

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/315695/recognising-nz-wars-'so-important-for-our-cultural-identity

    or this great piece by Jack McDonald on Parihaka

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/09-06-2017/a-milestone-day-for-parihaka-and-for-the-long-march-to-justice-and-peace-in-aotearoa/

    Theirs Hope yet…Without the rubble

  10. Steve Alfreds 10

    But there are various statues around the country celebrating the Crown’s hand in the Land Wars. The Nixon Memorial in Otahuhu is an example. It’s in honour of Colonel Marmaduke Nixon who fought in the Waikato Land Wars.

    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/nixon-memorial-otahuhu

    Here’s another example. The Ihaka Whaanga NZ Wars memorial in honour of the Ngati Kahungunu chief who fought with the Crown to suppress the Hauhau in the Hawkes Bay in the 1860s and 1870s.

    https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/ihaka-whaanga-nz-wars-memorial

    Should they be pulled down, or do they serve as a reminder of the country’s dark past?

    • dukeofurl 10.1

      Theres a small monument just beside a bridge on the road to Waiuku, which I think is for some local settlers killed fighting the Maoris in the 1860s

  11. CoroDale 11

    Interesting stuff. Relevant to consider the War Memorials on the wooden walls in the Beehives’s main debating chamber. Paradoxical to hear an Old Boy from the Mana Party naming this as justification for his conservatism on issues in the leaders’ debate.

    When will the walls of Parliament celebrate cooperation and peace?

  12. JC 12

    http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/national-monuments-war-graves/list-national-monuments

    A list of our national monuments… from the NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage….

    Sad really.. or Really Sad!

  13. Huginn 13

    There used to be a statue in Symonds St, Auckland, at the intersection of Wakefield St (I think).

    From memory, the plaque was dedicated to British troops and ‘friendly Maoris’ who fought the Land Wars.

    It was tarred and feathered, and painted red a few times in the 1970’s, taken away, and cleaned up, and put back. And then, probably around 1981, the council decided not to put it back.

    I’m not sure how I feel about it at the moment. Something needed to be done about it, but we can see now that it’s removal has also enabled an erasure of the memory of the wars

    • D'Esterre 13.1

      Huginn:”There used to be a statue in Symonds St, Auckland, at the intersection of Wakefield St (I think).

      From memory, the plaque was dedicated to British troops and ‘friendly Maoris’ who fought the Land Wars.”

      It’s still there;we walked past it a couple of hours ago.

      In my view, it is where it ought to be. Attempting to expunge such symbols of the past smacks of revisionism.

      As LP Hartley famously said, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. Back then, perspectives that are now deplored were almost universally shared. Many of you commenting here might well be horrified by what your great-grandparents thought about the world. My late grandmother said of my late mother: “Oh, Catherine’s a real little democrat”. It wasn’t a compliment. Mother told the story with great relish!

  14. Antoine 14

    > Perhaps we find it all faintly embarrassing.

    I think this is the key point. Americans are much more prone to Public Displays of Patriotism. Look at all the fuss they make over their flag.

    I would think that pretty much most Kiwis would be embarrassed to make a big deal out of any statue in NZ, whatever their political beliefs or what it was a statue of.

    A.

  15. eco Maori/kiwi 15

    Well of course the New Zealand Land was are a embarrassment to the Government.
    It was basically Maori against Maori as Maori out number the settlers by about 10 to 1.
    And Maori were the first use Papatuanuku for war i.e trench warfare the Europeans copied this tactic off Maori in world war one and two.
    Also Maori never lost a war to the settlers never you see Maori had a war fighting culture fighting wars was part of our DNA . These old Rangatira {Chief} were as clever as Sun Tzu they did not like losing a war or any of there Mata-kai-kutu {Warrior] .
    These Rangatira would never engage in a fight with out a retreat plan or in a war that the opposition had the high ground or a greater tactical position.

    Nagti Porou were the tribe that sided with the settlers as tactfully this move was good for the tribe you see the Maori tribes all ways did what was good for the many.
    And look at how the Government has rewared Nagti Porou .
    They have the highest unemployment in New Zealand the drug PEE runs rampant trough there community’s .Like I have said Nagti Porou are a shadow of there days when Apirana Ngata was was a live. Nagti Porou were the back bone of the New Zealand economy.
    But all the Nga Iwi of New Zealand were great and industrious and advanced educated people. In 1840 The Maori had a higher % of people reading and writing than the settlers Maori were the first to export to Australia.
    This is why I say to all of us with Maori ancestry to be proud of this fact and hold your head up high so as to Honour our Ancestors .
    But now were are all Kiwis in New Zealand lets not discriminate against others.

    • Exkiwiforces 15.1

      Well said and having visited a number of New Zealand Land War sites in my younger days. The Maoris knew a thing or too about war fighting than the Poms/ Settlers did.
      During WW1 awful lot of Maoris volunteer for active service, but government of the day were still shit scare of the Maoris taking up arms again and thence why the Maoris were given a so called non combat role as Pioneers role not a full combat Infantry role. But in saying that I understand a number NZ officers did turn a blind eye on occasions as the sound of the Maoris going in combat put the fear of god into the poor old Boche who by the way thought it was dammed ungentlemanly using theses savages/ natives in a white mans war.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 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
    2 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. ...
    2 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?" ...
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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. ...
    4 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 ...
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    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 ...
    1 hour 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 ...
    1 day 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 ...
    6 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
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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