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President Biden Reaches Out To Prime Minister Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, February 7th, 2021 - 42 comments
Categories: Donald Trump, jacinda ardern, Joe Biden - Tags:

No good citizen in their right mind would want to see democracy further eroded in the United States of America. Cold cash and mercantilist in all levels of political process have lowered – shall we say Trumped – how the United States is perceived internationally. President Biden set out his thoughts for the world to consider yesterday.

Making all the right moves, yesterday also he sent a letter to Prime Minister Ardern congratulating New Zealand about Waitangi Day.

New Zealand is one of our closest friends and partners. The unbreakable bond we share was established when the first US Consul to New Zealand was on hand to witness the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840.”

Sure, it’s optics. But optics is the most powerful currency in trade within this political economy.

And there is so much to rebuild. Post-Trump politics is never going to reward virtue and diplomatic niceties – his impact will stretch for years and years. Instead, publicity will remain its own political reward. While Joe Biden has had a seamless rollout, Republicans have continued making a political virtue of publicity and outrage.

Star performer is Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. She’s called for the executions of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and multiple other head-explosions. For that she has been stripped by fellow elected members of her committee titles, but she has also been fulsomely supported by the great majority of the Republican base. Politics has no patience for those who expect success to just arrive: Greene has a 10+ rating among Republicans. Half-sensible ones like Liz Cheney are on a -28% rating. She is making her case to be the heir-apparent to Trump’s inferno: outrage is the petrol to her fire.

The Never Trump republicans muscling into the Trumpworld lane even in the post-Trump Washington have a very good chance of being run down flat. The Republican base still adore him.

Even if there’s no breakaway party or media empire formed in Trump’s wake, he will remain a revolution within the Party.

Perhaps Trump’s supernova will set behind the moon of Fox News and both will decline. We all waited for some peak to arrive as if Karma was real. It ain’t.

Perhaps Pelosi and Harris will get the full big stimulus through, and Pelosi will be even more trenchant in how her political muscle is flexed.

Perhaps Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will continue to substitute spectacle and outrage for substance.

For the Republicans at least, it’s certainly enough for now.

There is absolutely no reason that Biden’s sensible and substantial politics will rise above Republican anomie and bombast. All he can do is start, and work harder than he ever has in his life.

But Biden’s signal to Ardern shows he is seeking to rebuild a United States politics that had been supplanted for four years. They are so low that even a country as otherwise internationally insignificant as ours is worth paying real attention to.

Sure some dignity that befits its commercial and cultural power will take more than the one term that Biden offers. But his footing so far is bold, generous, and faultless.

42 comments on “President Biden Reaches Out To Prime Minister Ardern ”

  1. AB 1

    "even a country as otherwise internationally insignificant as ours is worth paying real attention to"

    The Ardern brand is much larger than the actual international significance of NZ. He's attaching himself to that – and it's good move. The affluent centrists who love all the paraphernalia of a civilised society without the actual economic underpinnings that would make it real (a massive downwards redistribution of wealth and power), will be delighted.

    And to be fair, Biden is doing better than expected. But until he (say) ends all sanctions on Venezuela and/or presses Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, we know he is not going to put a dagger into the heart of the imperial beast.

      • Ad 1.1.1

        Make some analysis or at least add some semblance of thought.

        Do you want the return of Colbert to be a good thing or a bad thing?

        • Incognito 1.1.1.1

          My analysis and thoughts on the linked article: it raises many good points, one of which is why Ministers and the PM spend time behind closed doors to discuss another visit by a US talk show host, if this is true, which is likely to be another PR/advertising campaign on behalf of Tourism New Zealand and should therefore be judged purely on commercial merits. I can’t see the borders opening to international tourists any time soon. The OIA issue was raised again and it is clear why this is a critical problem with this Government: it does not practice what it preaches and promises; it is strong or rhetoric but underwhelms and disappoints in delivery. In addition, it is not nearly as accountable and transparent as it claims and promised to be; the ‘team of five million’ must not be taken for granted by its dutifully elected representatives in Government.

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/117231513/stephen-colberts-new-zealand-visit-cost-kiwi-taxpayers-100k

          My thoughts on a hypothetical visit to NZ by Stephen Colbert: it leaves me cold whether he comes or not. He’s just another influencer, isn’t he? The Kiwi and Ardern brand, for that matter, doesn’t need any more investment, I’d think, less is more. It could be a distraction from more pressing issues in and of NZ.

          In relation to your Post, which is too US-focused for my liking, I look forward to Kamala Harris and Nanaia Mahuta sharing the stage and they should arrange some kind of meeting ASAP; they both could be the next POTUS and PM of NZ, respectively. Biden’s letter was a nice touch though.

          Happy now?

    • Macro 1.2

      But until he (say) ends all sanctions on Venezuela and/or presses Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, we know he is not going to put a dagger into the heart of the imperial beast.

      Give him a break!

      The US has to put its own house in order first, after 4 years of absolute chaos and mayhem. The rise and rise of alt right and conspiracy weirdos, fostered by 30,000+ lies, Faux News, QAnon, Evangelicals, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, et al to name but a few, means that the US is very much a divided country right now. The Marjorie Taylor Greene's are but the tip of an iceberg. The Republicans are even more repugnant, and even now embracing the lies and conspiracies fostered by QAnon. They are more concerned with regaining power than working for the good of the country.

      On top of all this, Biden has the immense task of dealing with a pandemic which the previous administration did absolutely nothing to address in their final 6 months. Now the country has 1/4 of the total cases world wide, and around 10,000,000 active cases and thousands dying each day. The resulting mess is the worst unemployment figures in decades, millions destitute and facing homelessness, and a right wing opposition who are only concerned with giving themselves a bigger tax cut, than in helping their fellow citizens.

      • arkie 1.2.1

        He evidently needs to wrangle some senate Democrats too, austerity isn't the solution here.

    • Adrian Thornton 1.3

      "But until he (say) ends all sanctions on Venezuela and/or presses Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, we know he is not going to put a dagger into the heart of the imperial beast."…wouldn't hold my breath on that one if were you, he has shown absolutely nothing in his past actions that should make you think that he isn't actually an operating part of that 'imperial beast', correct me if I am wrong.

  2. Ad 2

    Also particularly good to see President Biden specifically rebuking Larry Summers and going for the full stimulus package, Republicans and austerians be damned.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-beats-back-the-austerians-at-the-gates_n_601dc729c5b6d78d444666ec

  3. Adrian Thornton 3

    "While Joe Biden has had a seamless rollout"

    Well apart from straight faced lying about the $2000 cheques….insider trading, Wall St pay off's, and continuing the forever wars in the Middle East….sounds not much different than Trumps lot to me…same old corruption and decay..just not the tweets, and and all done with a air of civility….does that make it any better?

    Then…

    Biden’s Final Pitch To Georgia: Vote Blue And $2,000 Checks Will ‘Go Out The Door Immediately’

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/01/04/bidens-final-pitch-to-georgia-vote-blue-and-2000-checks-will-go-out-the-door-immediately/?sh=72d90845744d

    Now…

    Joe Biden Critics Claim President 'Lied' about $2,000 Stimulus Checks

    https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-critics-president-lied-2000-stimulus-checks-1565633

    Critics say Biden’s Covid relief plan breaks promise of $2,000 stimulus checks

    https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-critics-president-lied-2000-stimulus-checks-1565633

    Of course Biden will allow the forever wars to continue…….

    Biden admin likely to keep US troops in Afghanistan

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-admin-us-troops-afghanistan-amid-escalating-violence/story?id=75547504

    Janet Yellen…

    Then….

    Janet Yellen Urged Glass-Steagall Repeal And Social Security Cuts, Supported NAFTA

    Now...

    Janet Yellen’s Cash Haul of $7 Million Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg; She Failed to Report Her Wall Street Speaking Fees from JPMorgan and Others in 2018

    https://wallstreetonparade.com/2021/01/janet-yellens-cash-haul-of-7-million-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-she-failed-to-report-her-wall-street-speaking-fees-from-jpmorgan-and-others-in-2018/

    Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi Buys Tesla Calls, Stands To Benefit From New Biden EV Plan

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nancy-pelosi-buys-tesla-calls-191017279.html

    Dianne Feinstein

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein fails to disclose husband's stock purchase, says she's willing to pay a fine

    https://www.businessinsider.com/dianne-feinstein-senate-california-stock-purchase-disclosure-2021-1?r=AU&IR=T

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    "The stimulus package including the cheques was cleared through the Senate in the last day" ….yeah for $1400 not $2000 as far as I can see, so those links are really quite relevant actually..

    Third stimulus check: When could you get a $1,400 check? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stimulus-check-1400-dollars-covid-relief-2021-02-06/

    "Your links about Feinstein and Pelosi have nothing to do with President Biden at all"

    Just pointing out the systematic rot within the very top of Biden's Democratic party..and as I am sure he voted for Pelosi as speaker just a few weeks ago, I would say quite relevant…but I guess you got me on Feinstein because I can't be bothered finding out if Biden is linked to her or not, who cares.

    How about this then…

    Gen. Lloyd Austin

    "Retired Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III serves on the board of Raytheon, one of the world’s largest weapons makers, and is a partner in an investment firm that buys military suppliers."

    Biden’s Choice for Pentagon Faces Questions on Ties to Contractors

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/us/politics/lloyd-austin-pentagon-military-contractors.html

    Biden embraces the military-industrial complex over civilian control

    https://www.aei.org/op-eds/biden-embraces-the-military-industrial-complex-over-civilian-control/

      • arkie 4.1.1

        Biden’s Final Pitch To Georgia: Vote Blue And $2,000 Checks Will ‘Go Out The Door Immediately’

        A day before Georgians head to the polls to decide control of the Senate, President-elect Joe Biden sought to cast the election as a choice between immediate stimulus relief or months of gridlock, promising that victory by Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff would mean $2,000 stimulus checks would be sent out ‘immediately’

        https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2021/01/04/bidens-final-pitch-to-georgia-vote-blue-and-2000-checks-will-go-out-the-door-immediately/

        The promise made on 1/4/21 makes no reference to the Trump stimulus passed on the 12/30/20.

        https://abcnews.go.com/Business/600-stimulus-checks/

        • The Al1en 4.1.1.1

          That's correct. The full $2000 promised is now available.

          From your link.

          “Perdue and Loeffler joined Democrats and President Donald Trump in backing $2,000 direct payments last month, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked the effort, calling $2,000 payments “socialism for the rich.”

          “Congress passed $900 billion in stimulus aid last month that will send $600—not $2,000”

          “Biden has said he intends to push for another stimulus package that includes more direct payments, state and local aid, additional funding for vaccine distribution, among other relief programs when he assumes office later this month.”

          • arkie 4.1.1.1.1

            Except Biden intended "another stimulus package", as in an additional separate cheque, of $2000. If that was never the intention, then that was very poorly communicated before the Georgia senate elections. The figure of $1400 only emerged after.

            • The Al1en 4.1.1.1.1.1

              It was flagged back in January what was going to happen (in the link I provided earlier) so I think it's been well understood by Americans.

              The $2000 figure was also pushed by Democrats before Christmas.

              Republicans block Democratic effort to increase direct checks to $2,000

              The recent criticism from AOC, for example, is a bit two faced, as she voted for the bill on the 28/12/20 to increase the stimulus cheques from $600 – $2000

              “Democrats, including Biden, have largely backed $2,000 checks and made them the center of the recent Georgia runoff elections, in which the two Democratic candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, won, handing control of the Senate to their party.

              ″$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,″ Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post.”

              “However, Biden’s plan mirrors a stand-alone bill passed by the House at the end of December, supported by Ocasio-Cortez, that increased the $600 payments to $2,000.”

              https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/critics-say-bidens-covid-relief-plan-breaks-promise-of-2000-dollar-checks.html

              • arkie

                On the 4th January it was '$2000 cheques out the door immediately', the Georgia election was on the 5th January, the 'flagged' change to $1400 happened on the 8th January. This all happened after Trump signed off on the separate $600 cheques on the 30th December 2020, which even he had signaled should be $2000. Again, if the intention was that the Biden stimulus was to considered cumulative with the final Trump one, this was only 'flagged' when the Democrats had the majority to pass cheques of any figure.

                • The Al1en

                  The house voted to increase the cheques to $2000 in December, and that figure has carried through until they passed it.

                  If you think Biden has lied to the people of Georgia to win control of the senate – So be it. It will go down as the most giving episode of dirty politics ever. 🙄

                  I wonder what the voters think of the added $1400 just given them, bringing it up to the figure pushed for by Democrats since before the new year, and whether it would have made them switch their votes to republican, who were giving them nothing?

                  I haven’t seen protesters on the streets shouting ‘stop the steal’.

                  • arkie

                    If you think Biden has lied to the people of Georgia to win control of the senate – So be it. It will go down as the most giving episode of dirty politics ever.

                    The messaging around these cheques before and after the Georgia senate election was different. That's it. It was not clear to many that they were to be thought of as one payment of $2000. That's my point.

                    I wonder what the voters think of the $1400 given them, bringing it up to the figure pushed for by Democrats before the new year, and whether it would have made them switch to vote republican, who were giving them nothing?

                    The Georgia Republican senate candidates were also calling for $2000 cheques, and had just 'given them' $600 cheques through Trump's stimulus.

                    Obviously Biden and the Democrats are better than the alternative, but pointing out inconsistencies in the messaging, and advocating against austerity is not support for their opposition.

              • Adrian Thornton

                A link from the Washington Post, seriously?….yawn.

                It seems like pretty much all US press heard Biden say he was ready to send out $2000 checks….including the Wo Po only a short few weeks ago

                $2,000 stimulus checks could become a reality with Democratic control of the Senate

                https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/01/06/georgia-election-2000-stimulus-checks/

                President-elect Biden pushes for $2,000 'stimulus check' for Americans

                "at a campaign rally in Georgia this week–Joe Biden made a promise–for if Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock turned the senate blue..

                "Their election would put an end to the block in Washington on that $2,000 stimulus check," said president-elect Biden."

                "That money that will go out the door immediately to people who are in real trouble."

                US President-elect Joe Biden has called for a $2,000 "stimulus checks" to his fellow Americans, arguing that the current $600 coronavirus relief payment is not enough

                https://www.business-standard.com/article/international/president-elect-biden-pushes-for-2-000-stimulus-check-for-americans-121011100330_1.html

                Biden tells Georgia voters that $2,000 stimulus checks will never arrive if Republicans win Senate runoffs

                President-elect Joe Biden told Georgia voters on Monday that $US2,000 stimulus checks would be sent out to Americans right away if the state voted for the Democratic candidates

                https://www.businessinsider.com.au/biden-georgia-senate-runoff-2000-stimulus-checks-immediately-2021-1?r=US&IR=T

                Is there no line of bullshit the Democratic party can feed you, that you won't swallow…I mean that seriously.

                • The Al1en

                  You gonna leave this post up or delete it, again? lol

                  “A link from the Washington Post, seriously?….yawn.”
                  “Is there no line of bullshit the Democratic party can feed you, that you won’t swallow…I mean that seriously.”

                  And then

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/01/06/georgia-election-2000-stimulus-checks/

                  Good work, fella. You ironized me into a laugh 😆

                  • Adrian Thornton

                    Notice how it is always $2000 stimulus checks? not $1400 checks…OK now here is an exercise for you, show us all one link when Biden is on the campaign trail were he explains to his audience that it will be in fact be $1400 minus the $600 already paid out that will be posted out to the US public and not the $2000 that he seems (to everyone but you) to be implying…you find us that link and then you win, you don't and you lose..there you go, for once a simple and easily resolved debate..and hey maybe there is one out there of him doing just that, I don't know, maybe you do….so prove me wrong.

                    • The Al1en

                      $2000 was the amount pushed before Xmas by the dems, the added $1400 voted for in the house, now what the people have got or will get.

                      If democrat haters so desperately need to push the Biden is a liar line, go for it, it's a free country, but it's a weak attack line and low bar, when the people are actually getting the 2k they were originally promised.

                      I don't know your end game here, or care, but I doubt it's to ensure eligible Americans get another 600 bucks.

                      Though of course, feel free to fight that fight from provincial NZ.

                    • Macro

                      @ The Al1en.

                      Sometimes it is just better to walk away.

                      It is obvious to anyone with a modicum of rationality that the $2000 promised is made up of the initial $600 that the Repugnants reluctantly gave, and the $1400 that has now only just made it through the Senate. And they were lucky to achieve that. There must have been some arm twisting of Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia for instance. He is in a very purple seat and was extremely reluctant to vote the extra amount.

                      But you just can't convince some people sometimes, because they just don't want it to be true.

                    • The Al1en

                      Copy that, Marco.

                    • Adrian Thornton

                      No just an exercise in exposing your usual sycophantic defence of the undefendable…as you and Marco have proved time and again that is nothing out of the ordinary.

                  • Adrian Thornton

                    I didn't think so…you lose, and that goes for you too now it seems Marco.

                • Gabby

                  2000 in 2 cheques instead of 1? Heinous.

                  • Adrian Thornton

                    Explain this…they all say $2000 were coming, they all only ever said $2000 was coming, they never once said $1400 is coming because you have already received $600…don't you get it….millions of desperate US citizens along with all the US media believed what Biden and Co said at face value….you find us one instance of the Democrats explaining that they were going to send out $1400 checks during the run….or go away.

                    MASHUP Shows All The Times Dems Promised $2000

      • The Al1en 4.1.2

        Mate, you’re barking 🙄

        I’ll just leave the links and be on my way.

    • Tricledrown 4.2

      Adrian $600 had already been paid out during transition the gopers wanted a much smaller stimulus package austerity infact.

      $600 +$1400 = $2,0000.

      • Adrian Thornton 4.2.1

        These are the people who also believed those lying arseholes whom you seem so eager to defend, I would like to see you defend this obvious lie to them…

        • The Al1en 4.2.1.1

          Those videos are showing food lines in Texas and California – The first before thanksgiving, the second showing clips from April 2020.

          Isn't your contention Biden made the $2000 cheque promise before the Georgia run off in January?

          How did Biden obviously lie to them?

          • Adrian Thornton 4.2.1.1.1

            Sorry did I forget that these poor people just turn up in fucking miles and miles of endless queues only once in their life to be waiting for hours and hours on end to get food, just so they can cross it of their bucket list of fun things to do with the family?….I assume by your comment you rgink those people have all the food and safe and secure housing they need now that Biden the Knight in tarnished armour has shuffled and gaffed his way to the white house. … mate your fanatical defence of these people is turning you into some sort of goon, and seriously you are more and more starting to sound not all that much different from the Right wing goons I have had to deal with in my time over the years.

            Feeding America

            “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has soared and food insecurity is on the rise. More than 50 million people may face hunger because of coronavirus.”

            https://www.feedingamerica.org/

            “Millions of Americans could face eviction under President Joe Biden's executive order extending federal protections for renters through March 31.

            About one-third of all Americans, roughly 107 million people, are renters. Nearly 40 million have been protected by some form of an eviction moratorium since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the scattershot collection of local, state and federal protections has made navigating the bureaucratic process nearly impossible for the average tenant.”

            https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/02/02/bidens-federal-eviction-moratorium-may-not-protect-all-renters/4300051001/

            Don’t you get it? These people (you know other humans like you and the people you love) are the people who are getting fucking screwed first by Trump and now by Biden.

            I will ask you one last time, (and this time don’t obfuscate) If you really think that Biden and his crew were not trying to sell the public on the idea that they would be getting $2000 checks as soon as he was in the White House, then show us some evidence of them explaining that position while on the campaign trail….and if you cannot provide that evidence then what the fuck are you still doing defending these people for?

            I notice that Ad, Marco, Tricledrown and Gabby have not come back to provide that evidence…or you for that matter.

            • The Al1en 4.2.1.1.1.1

              A lot of words that in no way address your claim that Biden lied to the people in the two videos you posted, from April in 2020 and before thanksgiving, about $2000 cheques. Want to try again?

              “These are the people who also believed those lying arseholes whom you seem so eager to defend, I would like to see you defend this obvious lie to them…”

              You getting angry and insulting doesn't change the facts (or dates) in this case.

              You don't seem to understand the timeline involved here. All the info has been provided above about the last republican stimulus package, the democrat's rejected house vote for 2k, then Biden's own bill whereby the full amount has now been pledged.

              If you want to still go on about Biden lying to win the Georgia run offs, I'm happy to keep rejecting your premise on the grounds you're just on a hate mission.
              If you want to congratulate the party for giving those poor people the $2000 worth of lifeline, flagged and promised in December 20, that would be both acceptable and fair.

            • McFlock 4.2.1.1.1.2

              I mean, your own newsweek link quoted mnuchin as saying some of those $600 cheques hadn't been sent when Biden was speaking in early January, so I guess they got $2k cheques..

  5. Maurice 5

    Perhaps he will sniff her hair?

  6. weston 6

    Yep on the day of his inauguration american troops roll back into syria …faultlessly . Post trump the biden administration recognizes Juan guido the cia mustve been delighted at the smooth transition American embassy in jerusalem …no problem . i wonder what day he'll get togeather with the drone boys to sort out the kill lists ? Obama liked to do it on tuesdays apparently.Hes kinda lied about getting back into the iran deal also by imposing extra conditions that the iranians will naturally reject .

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  • Supporting Māori success with Ngārimu Awards
    Six Māori scholars have been awarded Ngārimu VC and the 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial scholarships for 2021, Associate Education Minister and Ngārimu Board Chair, Kelvin Davis announced today. The prestigious Manakura Award was also presented for the first time since 2018. “These awards are a tribute to the heroes of the 28th ...
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    4 days ago
  • Global partnerships propel space tech research
    New Zealand’s aerospace industry is getting a boost through the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), to grow the capability of the sector and potentially lead to joint space missions, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has announced. 12 New Zealand organisations have been chosen to work with world-leading experts at ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government backs more initiatives to boost food and fibre workforce
    The Government is backing more initiatives to boost New Zealand’s food and fibre sector workforce, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “The Government and the food and fibres sector have been working hard to fill critical workforce needs.  We've committed to getting 10,000 more Kiwis into the sector over the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister welcomes Bill to remove Subsequent Child Policy
    Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the Social Security (Subsequent Child Policy Removal) Amendment Bill in the House this evening. “Tonight’s first reading is another step on the way to removing excessive sanctions and obligations for people receiving a Main Benefit,” says ...
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    5 days ago
  • Mental Health Amendment Bill passes first reading
    The Government has taken a significant step towards delivering on its commitment to improve the legislation around mental health as recommended by He Ara Oranga – the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Amendment ...
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    5 days ago
  • Whenua Māori Rating Amendment Bill passes third reading
    Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has welcomed the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Bill passing its third reading today. “After nearly 100 years of a system that was not fit for Māori and did not reflect the partnership we have come to expect between Māori and the Crown, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Trans-Tasman bubble to start 19 April
    New Zealand’s successful management of COVID means quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed the conditions for starting to open up quarantine free travel with Australia have ...
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    5 days ago
  • Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading
    Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little welcomed ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi to Parliament today to witness the third reading of their Treaty settlement legislation, the Ngāti Hinerangi Claims Settlement Bill. “I want to acknowledge ngā uri o Ngāti Hinerangi and the Crown negotiations teams for working tirelessly ...
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    5 days ago
  • Independent group announced to advise on firearms matters
    Minister of Police Poto Williams has announced the members of the Ministers Arms Advisory Group, established to ensure balanced advice to Government on firearms that is independent of Police. “The Ministers Arms Advisory Group is an important part of delivering on the Government’s commitment to ensure we maintain the balance ...
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    6 days ago
  • Kiri Allan to take leave of absence
    Kiri Allan, Minister of Conservation and Emergency Management will undertake a leave of absence while she undergoes medical treatment for cervical cancer, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “I consider Kiri not just a colleague, but a friend. This news has been devastating. But I also know that Kiri is ...
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    6 days ago
  • Excellent progress at new Waikeria prison build
    Excellent progress has been made at the new prison development at Waikeria, which will boost mental health services and improve rehabilitation opportunities for people in prison, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Kelvin Davis was onsite at the new build to meet with staff and see the construction first-hand, following a ...
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    1 week ago
  • Expert panel proposes criminal limits for drug driving
    To reduce the trauma of road crashes caused by drug impaired drivers, an Independent Expert Panel on Drug Driving has proposed criminal limits and blood infringement thresholds for 25 impairing drugs, Minister of Police Poto Williams and Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment Bill ...
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    1 week ago
  • Covid-19 imgration powers to be extended
    Temporary COVID-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, providing continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    Temporary COVID-19 immigration powers will be extended to May 2023, providing continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi announced today. “Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More support for mums and whānau struggling with alcohol and other drugs
    The Government is expanding its Pregnancy and Parenting Programme so more women and whānau can access specialist support to minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “We know these supports help improve wellbeing and have helped to reduce addiction, reduced risk for children, and helped ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Ahuwhenua Trophy Competition Field Day – Tātaiwhetū Trust at Tauarau Marae, Rūātoki
    *** Please check against delivery *** It’s an honour to be here in Rūātoki today, a rohe with such a proud and dynamic history of resilience, excellence and mana. Tūhoe moumou kai, moumou taonga, moumou tangata ki te pō. The Ahuwhenua Trophy competition is the legacy of a seed planted ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Crown accounts again better than forecast
    The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup to open in New Zealand
    Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson and Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash have welcomed confirmation New Zealand will host the opening ceremony and match, and one of the semi-finals, of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. Grant Robertson says matches will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Dunedin, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1 April changes raise incomes for 1.4 million New Zealanders
    Changes to the minimum wage, main benefit levels and superannuation rates that come into force today will raise the incomes for around 1.4 million New Zealanders. “This Government is committed to raising the incomes for all New Zealanders as part of laying the foundations for a better future,” Minister for ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Dunedin Hospital – Whakatuputupu approved for fast track consenting process
    The New Dunedin Hospital – Whakatuputupu has been approved for consideration under the fast track consenting legislation.  The decision by Environment Minister David Parker signifies the importance of the project to the health of the people of Otago-Southland and to the economy of the region.  “This project ticks all the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Next steps for Auckland light rail
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is getting Auckland light rail back on track with the announcement of an establishment unit to progress this important city-shaping project and engage with Aucklanders. Michael Wood said the previous process didn’t involve Aucklanders enough.                       ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tourism fund to prioritise hard-hit regions
    The Minister of Tourism is to re-open a government fund that supports councils to build infrastructure for visitors, with a specific focus on regions hardest hit by the loss of overseas tourists. “Round Five of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will open for applications next month,” said Stuart Nash. It ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Governance Group to lead next phase of work on a potential new public media entity
    A Governance Group of eight experts has been appointed to lead the next phase of work on a potential new public media entity, Minister for Broadcasting and Media Kris Faafoi announced today.  “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New funding to keep tamariki and rangatahi Māori active
    Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson today helped launch a new fund to provide direct financial support for tamariki and rangatahi Māori throughout the South Island who is experiencing financial hardship and missing out on physical activity opportunities. “Through Te Kīwai Fund, we can offer more opportunities for Māori to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Single tāne, sole parent dads supported into papakāinga housing
    Six whānau in Pāpāmoa receive the keys to their brand-new rental homes today, in stage four of a papakāinga project providing safe and affordable housing in the regions. Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson congratulates Mangatawa Pāpāmoa Blocks Incorporated on the opening of three affordable rentals and three social housing ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to Disarmament and Security Centre
    Kia ora tatou. It’s great to be here today and to get a conversation going on the disarmament issues of greatest interest to you, and to the Government. I’m thrilled to be standing here as a dedicated Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, which I hope reinforces for you all ...
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    2 weeks ago