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Public Service meltdown

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, December 21st, 2018 - 55 comments
Categories: accountability, jacinda ardern, Politics, public services, workers' rights - Tags:

Shit is going down.

Police. Transport. Housing. MFAT. Christchurch. Health. Education

Prime Minister does not sack Wally Haumaha, on advice of Solicitor General and Independent Police Authority, despite PM going all-out on pro women and anti bullying to get into power.

Primary and secondary school industrial action deep into next year.

Head of NZTA resigns last week, with NZTA in total turmoil. Major report to Parliament in March and more big damage coming.

Kiwibuild Chief Executive not working and in employment dispute.

Public Service Commissioner has to go on tv apologising for agencies including MFAT spying on citizen activists against agribusiness.

Christchurch Southern Response head fired and replaced.

Ministry of Health restructuring and resignations.

All inside 2 weeks.

Here’s the teetering balance: how much Wellington-political-economy damage can this lot sustain while pushing reform across so many Ministries?

Many knives, many backs, making enemies that deliver their goods to National and then to media. That’s the perpetual cycle. Attrition really drags government down many gears.

Governments rely on public servants.

Can reform momentum last when so many Ministries are so pissed off?

55 comments on “Public Service meltdown ”

  1. JanM 1

    The shambles in the public service has taken a long time to develop – it’s going to take a long time to recover, and it could get very messy while it’s sorted.
    For a start, I think we need to go back and have some serious reflection on what the definition of ‘public servant’ actually is.

    • patricia bremner 1.1

      JanM I couldn’t agree more!! Some of these heads of department characters were hand picked for their particular beliefs, and have infused their departments with their own interpretation of “Public Service”

      This view generally followed the belief that the public had no rights, and a neo liberal line would not only be followed but promoted.

      Much of the work done shows ingrained attitudes of sexism even racism, and the odd proven case of spying and manipulating of statistics. When a past National Minister calls one of the perpetrators “A gentleman” you get the picture.

      Any journalist trying to uncover what the inquiry finally did, was moved on or moved out. Good to see John Campbell back on TV1.

      Jacinda will tell the people how she feels, and what is causing some decisions.
      Winston will keep being Winston, and James Shaw will keep his eye on the oil.

      They work as a team. Mallard is frustrating the opposition, so has become a target.
      Any effective Minister can expect the same relentless negativity from the Right.

      Just now David Moffett says “he is coming for” and “Going to get you” to the PM and her Deputy.

      Will all that wear the Government down? Possibly, but not probably, as I think they have a planned approach and clearly aligned goals which allow them to know their direction and purpose. Internal nasties are anticipated as vested interests show their teeth.

      Externals are the problem.
      We have scant control of Trump May, or the climate. Plus our faultline timebomb. These are the “Rainy Day” Robertson, like his predecessor Cullen anticipates.

      I’m anticipating a budget formed under new rules which will show real change, the ground work having been decided in the new monetary framework. Let’s do this!!

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Thank-you patricia bremner. Well said. Nothing left to be said except most of this “shit” began under the previous administration and some of it was wholly caused by the policies of that same administration. It was always known that Labour was going to have to pick up the pieces and that it would take a term or two before they succeeded.

        The one exception is the Wally Haumaha affair. I find the so-called “advice” given to the Prime Minister incomprehensible. Can’t speak for anyone else but I’m angry as hell he is still in the job. It feels like a slap in the face for every woman who has ever been harassed, bullied and intimidated.

        Lest we forget, we are still second class citizens ladies.

        • patricia bremner 1.1.1.1

          Yes Anne, and Jacinda showed her feelings with an icy anger that may give one or two of these perpetrators notice. Thank for your feed back.

        • SPC 1.1.1.2

          WH remains because of NZF and the Labour Maori MP’s (one of their own was stood down but not her AND WH). No other reason.

        • JanM 1.1.1.3

          I agree that Wally Haumaha’s behaviour was definitely not ok, but a lot of these guys have been around this toxic culture so long they have little insight into it. He’s still ‘bewildered’, but I should think that by the time he’s been laundered through some effective Professional Development he might just see the error of his ways! I think he needs a second chance, but yes, I saw the look on Jacinda’s face – he won’t be carrying on like that any more if he know’s what’s good for him! If you tossed out all the men in this country in positions of power who harbour unpleasant sexist attitudes, we’d be facing a melt-down, I think. Bit by bit, attitudes will change, if we keep working at it 🙂
          The thing is, it’s pointless being bitter, it only makes you take to the bottle or gives you ulcers!

      • Tamati Tautuhi 1.1.2

        Who is David Moffet, Aussie Muppet ?

      • alwyn 1.1.3

        “They work as a team. Mallard is frustrating the opposition, so has become a target.
        Any effective Minister can expect the same relentless negativity from the Right.”

        You clearly don’t understand how Parliament is meant to work. You are absolutely correct that Mallard is frustrating the Opposition. However he is meant to be a NEUTRAL Referee, and he isn’t. He refuses to do that and goes out of his way to protect the Government from questioning. Go back and look at how Lockwood Smith operated as Speaker and then look at Trevor.
        It is no wonder that the Opposition are unhappy.

        • KJT 1.1.3.1

          Lockwood Smith, did not have to deal with a bunch of entitled, petulant, childish, sore losers in opposition, who are intent on disruption, destruction and dishonest “gotcha” politics.

          • alwyn 1.1.3.1.1

            “a bunch of entitled, petulant, childish, sore losers in opposition, who are intent on disruption, destruction and dishonest “gotcha” politics.”

            That sounds like a perfect description of the Labour Party after the 2008 election.
            I will admit he never had to deal with anyone like the current deputy PM, aka The Drunken Dwarf, in the 2008 – 2011 term.

            • KJT 1.1.3.1.1.1

              No opposition, as long as I have been watching Parliament, is as childishly destructive as the current one.

              Just a continuation of our history of right wing vandalism, by people who have never read a book.

              Bridges is the best they have. FFS.

  2. Gabby 2

    They might have been even more pissed off before, having to work under a bunch of vindictive incompetents. Hummer’s got friends in the right places, interesting to see whether he’s given rein to extract utu.

    • patricia bremner 2.1

      Gabby, is that how you see his role. ‘ to extract utu?’ Are you saying he will now target those women who complained? If you are, that tells us a great deal about your beliefs and attitudes.. none of it good.

      • Gabby 2.1.1

        That’s how I see his nature, and that of his enablers.

        • patricia bremner 2.1.1.1

          Oh so you know him? That gives a different slant.

          • patricia bremner 2.1.1.1.1

            Of interest was the comments by WH’s lawyer ‘you don’t know what the women did’
            Still victim blaming, still the ‘she asked for it’ mentality.

            • greywarshark 2.1.1.1.1.1

              To be honest, we are jumping to conclusions based on prejudice, and a past of WH that had some faults which raises suspicion. But the lawyer’s point remains that we don’t know….. We haven’t all the facts, and females don’t always tell all the truth, or do see things through their own biases, even though they may be the superior gender.

              • Anne

                … females don’t always tell all the truth,…

                Its been my humble experience, the females who don’t tell the truth are almost always trying to discredit another female. Also in this case there were three females. Its highly unlikely they were all lying.

                • KJT

                  The person I know, who openly gloated about falsely accusing her boss of sexual harassment, to get his job.

                  I agree though, the personal consequences of reporting harassment, and bullying, are often so dire, that the majority of complaints are genuine. As things are at the moment, with very little rights for workers, it is very dangerous to complain.

                  We are dealing with it, with one of our bosses at present. He is currently trying to single out and retaliate, against those making the complaints.

  3. Ross 3

    So many ministries are pissed off? Yeah nah you are thinking of the previous government which treated public servants with contempt.

    The only person delivering the goods to National is Mrs Sroubek. 🙂

  4. Ross 4

    “Prime Minister does not sack Wally Haumaha, on advice of Solicitor General and Independent Police Authority, despite PM going all-out on pro women and anti bullying to get into power.”

    You do know the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I am anti bullying and anti wrongful dismissal. I’m weird like that.

    • SPC 4.1

      Which really speaks to the culture of police where bullying is tolerated and the IPA is their defence counsel – thus bullying and the like is a legacy of a culture of self-policing and lack of accountability.

      The Solicitor General – looks like bullying but won’t call it bullying coz they get way with it, because they should have greater independence from government oversight than others.

  5. Ed1 5

    “Christchurch Southern Response head fired and replaced.”

    There is no evidence that he was fired, or induced to resign – all reports except comments from Gerry Brownlee indicate that he resigned on certain information becoming public, and before the Minister had spoken to him.

    Perhaps Brownlee has more credibility than many thought!

    • tc 5.1

      Coming from Gerry’s near zero credibility start that’s not hard to do. Just show some glimpse of humanity….Then back to belligerent brownlee BAU.

    • patricia bremner 5.2

      A separate Police Referrals Board should be created to examine such cases. IMO.

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    Not being a public servant or Wellingtonian, all this strikes me as much ado about nothing. If it means non-performers being replaced by someone better, all to the good. I’m hoping these are all just minor quakes, precursors to something more transformational. If this govt can initiate a culture shift towards professional competence and accountability in the public service the benefits will spread across the political spectrum and downstream to business and everyone else for decades!

    • OnceWasTim 6.1

      Believe me @ Denis, they’re not “minor quakes” The culture that has been allowed to grow and become normalised over the past 30 or more years is going to take a while to correct. I think I commented here maybe, or possibly on TDB that one of the biggest obstacles to the Coalition government implementing its policies and trying to become ‘transformational’ was going to be the PS. And by that, I didn’t mean the poor bloody peons at the coalface – many grinding their arses off, but their managers and the Senior Management and CEO’s of many of these dysfunctional little (and huge) fiefdoms – who (as even Mathew Hooton once said – bless his little cotton socks) have a vested interest in preserving the status quo.

      It’s a culture that even the best of them have to fall in line with when they put career and advancement, and prestige above all else. (I’ll give one example:
      Ngatata Love, who when he lost his ‘minders’ succumbed to the inevitable).

      So I actually have no sympathy for some little weasel who Gerry Brownlee is having a bromance with when he fucks up. The best that can be said of the guy is that he had the decency to resign.

      Some of them managed to escape accountability (such as a MoBIE Smol – and deepest sympathy to his successor), but rest assured there are a few little arse lickers still desperate to take His place, and who Ministers are almost obliged to say they “have confidence in”. Unfortunately – more fool them. They’re hard at it, and they can lie like a trooper, and when straight-faced, feign concern. It’s the nature of a Public Service that’s in-tune with ‘The Market The Market’ and which has drivers that in all cases have economic imperatives over the social.

      And bear in mind, a good many in the PS workforce – especially the underlings – have grown up and have never known, nor experienced anything other than the corporatism and neo-liberal practices that are now commonplace.

      Great that all this is now Whoar! Shock! Horror! Outrage!. It’s only that because now a few Masters of the Universe have been caught with their pants down exposing themselves

      Maybe now that the search function is now back (apparently) in action, we can see that a few on here, AND many others using other means have been protesting the decay for quite a while.

      • Dennis Frank 6.1.1

        Yes I’m aware of the indoctrinating effect of workplace culture. There’s a paradigm shift required. I trust that it will result from what the current govt does next year, but if not c’est la vie. The PSA is an option for good public servants to use as a reform vehicle (but I realise that it could be captive to the residual empire bureaucracy culture too).

        • OnceWasTim 6.1.1.1

          ae!
          For now, the best that can be done is to keep all of this alive, and in whatever media outlet is available.
          I’ve never been an advocate for putting people in the stocks (as you’ll be aware from some of the comments around the Sroubek bullshit), or in ends justify means ………..
          But hey (as they say in the new world), maybe naming names is going to be the only way – especially when some of these Masters of the Universe have already put themselves publicly on record, and are now desperately trying to backtrack.

      • greywarshark 6.1.2

        A Christmas dinner from Bowalley Road with plenty of meat to chew on and finishing with the plum pudding flaming up. There is quality reading in this link on how the neo lib culture has advanced and recognises only those who get into line, and bureaucrats and rank and file do so as a default position.
        https://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2018/12/working-towards-fuhrer.html

        Pat has also put this up from TDB link where it first appeared.

        • KJT 6.1.2.1

          I used to wonder where the Nazi’s got their Sonderkommando and death camp guards, from?

          After recent experience with some WINZ staff and police, while supporting youngsters, I don’t wonder any more.

  7. Michael 7

    If the Government really wants to “reform” the way it’s bureaucratic functionaries behave, it must make an example out of some of them to encourage the others. A “Labour” government will never do this because it is owned by the PSA, even though it refuses to affiliate with the Party (because that would annoy the Nats). Therefore, the Government is not serious about “reform” or anything like it. Any changes will be strictly cosmetic and the machinery of government will remain stuck on National Party settings pending the restoration of the National (aka “Natural”) Party of Government.

    • Marcus Morris 7.1

      Spoken like a truly right wing troll. I don’t usually bother with Tweets but there is an interesting thread going at the moment. Jerry Brownlee was invited to front up to Lisa Owen on Checkpoint re the Christchurch recovery. His response says it all. His pathetic response hasn’t got much support.

    • patricia bremner 7.2

      This is a Coalition Government, and if you think the changes are cosmetic dream on.

      • soddenleaf 7.2.1

        Yes, with NFZ in there… ..but seriously that user accountant left a mess even the NFZ could not ever had achieved. worst pm ever.

  8. Pat 8

    Its systemic and will take considerable time to reverse….if it can be at all. The incentives from a market model state sector were predicted and inevitable….model the state sector on private business and dont be surprised when they behave so.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2018/12/21/must-read-working-towards-the-fuhrer/

    • patricia bremner 8.1

      Pat, a thoughtful and well constructed article from The Daily Blog. His points are valid, but as I said earlier, the changes being made to the monetary framework are to correct many of those wrongs created under Douglas.

      We see Kris Faafoi creating a supporting framework of consumer protections, along with Orr and Robertson’s work in finance treasury and banking.

      With this comes a supportive taxation framework, and educational and changing work situation with supports and laws.

      This Coalition Government is working steadily towards massive changes for people.

      • Pat 8.1.1

        The point is without the removal of the underlying incentives there can be no culture change even if ALL staff were replaced (an unrealistic short/medium term proposition)….and that is in effect a repudiation of the neo-lib model of the previous decades…..can you hand on heart say that this Gov. is acting thus because despite pre election rhetoric from both Labour and NZ First there is little tangible evidence of such a repudiation.

    • soddenleaf 8.2

      yes. Take the new HamAwk rail. Why use, or build a new station, so far from potential customers. oh they need park and ride, wtf, the rail runs past tens of thousands. Its simple, build a flat concrete slab in east hamilton next to the line, and another at Nawton. move the existing station at Frankston selling the land for homes. And profit from a happy functioning rail service. Or… stuff up the central station, infill land around the Frankton station so no room for nowt, and setup the base for huge profitable parking fees. Geez, why not just dumb down Hamilton some more.

  9. I thought we were having a ‘kind’ ‘incremental’ set of changes so as to not ‘upset the apple cart’ too much.
    To bring the public service (and the public in general) along with us.

    I’ve heard that mantra repeatedly from the wise ones.

    Yet here we are.

    Labour’s appeasement to the moderate’s is not enough.

    Its alot like Labour’s policies designed to win over the ‘soft’ National voters. Who we now know, thanks to election results and polling, don’t actually exist.

    Sorry folks, but remarketing centrist Liberal left-wingish Parties and policies is never going to work.
    We need a revolution of policy, around spending, Public debt, wages and pretty much everything you can think of that the Government could influence .

    The equivalent of the Douglas/Lange revolution, but in the opposite direction.
    You know, Douglas/lange never asked permission, they didn’t even explain what was happening and its ramifications. Yet we are still living our daily lives under their policy cloud, so why not give NZ a real makeover for an actual ‘kinder’ future?

    • Dennis Frank 9.1

      Yes, that’s what I’d like to see. Reconceptualising the entirety of governance, that’s a large part of why I joined the Greens in 1990, and I’m hoping our current govt uses this term to provide a basis for that.

      Problem is, pragmatism works sufficiently to allow adhocery to become the prevalent mind-set – whereas vision and design skills are required for long-term planning. We need to see them learn to walk & chew gum simultaneously…

      • Gabby 9.1.1

        Maybe that’s what Stephen Barclay’s up to – reconceptualising. I thought he might’ve just thrown a strop at being told to pull his finger out and do some work.

        • Dennis Frank 9.1.1.1

          Could be the dispute is about being told that, but when your employer is the govt the question becomes who tells who what, eh? One suspects a considerable morass of reconceptualising can easily develop around the plan and the implementation. Probably emanating from competing interpretations about what specific clauses in his employment contract actually mean.

          “Look, I was hired to do xyz, it says so right here!” “No, that bit actually means you were hired to do abc, as we discussed and agreed.” “Well, why doesn’t it actually say that??” “Come on, are you suggesting that legalese ought to be replaced by plain English? Get real. That’ll never happen!”

  10. patricia bremner 10

    That is the point. Such seemingly small changes had huge ramifications. As you say, we now need the same in reverse,
    When the changes first happened we couldn’t believe how quickly the machinery of Government could change… but it did … and it will again.
    Why do you think those forces are aligning against this Government with shrill cries? They see their cosy world threatened with sharing.

    • Pat 10.1

      Well as with CC, the foreshadowed changes of next year will be revealing and make or break the parties of this Government……given all that has gone before I wont be surprised if the action dosnt match the rhetoric.

  11. Dorothy Bulling 11

    What happened to the idea that public servants should be apolitical? How many dtooges did the Key/English administration slot in to government departments to do the dirty work for them? Should heads of govt entities have to go when an election produces a different result?

    • Craig H 11.1

      Potentially, if the Public Service is to be politicised. Works well in the USA, after all…

  12. Michelle 12

    I’m very happy he kept his job its good for our Maori people that have had to deal with a monocultural system that has mainly benefitted the colonisers and now its benefitting new immigrants who look just like the colonisers.

  13. Dennis Frank 13

    Chris Trotter: “That multiple state agencies felt entitled to contract-out the gathering of political intelligence to the privately owned and operated Thompson & Clark Investigations Ltd reveals a widespread antidemocratic disdain for citizens’ rights within the New Zealand public service. The alarming revelations of the State Services’ inquiry raise two very important questions: How did this disdain for democratic norms become so entrenched? And what, if anything, can Jacinda Ardern’s government do to eradicate it?” http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2018/12/working-towards-fuhrer.html

    We ought to wait until the coalition has a go at reform of the public service next year. But his other question is worth considering. Class consciousness is the obvious answer. Public servants are conscious that they are ruling class operatives. Consequently they must serve that class, not just the public. The only way that historical norm can be transformed is via the culture shift that replaces the prevailing ethos and conventions with those suitably designed to be sustainable in perpetuity.

    The ruling class is constrained by the structure of democracy, but insufficiently. Compulsion to serve the public is one missing element that must be inserted into the system. Removing the option to serve only the interests of the ruling class would prevent capture by an alien belief system (such as neoliberalism).

    • OnceWasTim 13.1

      He’s not wrong @ Denis. But as you probably know, here’s how it works:
      If you are able to successfully label Trotter as a hard left nutter, or that he’s a bitter old curmudgeon who thinks he’s God’s gift to the Left, or whatever else – you’ve managed to shoot the messenger – as was Thompson and Clark’s intent in many cases. And once that’s done, then you can then justify calling whatever he says as nonsense.

      The problem the PS now has (and the gNats for that matter) is that there is a bit of a groundswell happening where more and more people who’ve been affected in some way by the sort of culture that’s now pervasive in the PS, as well as researchers in academia, and from those within the system itself are now singing the same tune.

    • KJT 13.2

      Which is why we need Swiss style binding referenda, as the final safeguard.

      Government hasn’t worked for us, since 1984.

      The latest contempt for democracy was the signing of the TPPA. Which sets the corporate Neo-liberal rules, in concrete.

  14. Descendant Of Smith 14

    The SSC predominantly serves the interests of the Chief Executive and according to family members does little for the everyday public servant apart from issue code of conduct and election year messaging.

    SSC plays an active role in reducing working conditions e.g. space per person in offices, overseeing a massive increase in the use of temporary staff, lack of control in filling positions leaving many public servants in limbo as jobs have “acting” staff which means for or more others then act down the line and that they can fill acting positions with the favoured few with no right of review for those who miss out. Apparently, it’s common to have people acting for a few years – and then despite having done well and received good performance reviews all that time to miss out when they do appoint to an external. Disagreement over direction, strategy or activity is seen as being negative – and even more so when the advice/prediction given turns out to be correct.

    Five skilled long serving public servants in my family have resigned this year. All have been snapped up in the private sector as they have skills but feel no one is listening any more to them in the public sector. The rise of the managerial class who don’t need to know anything about the functions of the organisation e.g. how to do stuff has been catastrophic and the SSC is both complicit and active in this.

    Taylorism is rife with its slave-like division of labour in order to be efficient but have no-one understand the complete picture. Centralisation to large urban centres leaves regions without support and jobs and exacerbates the Wellington influence. MBIE has an undue influence across the public service and the regions but has no staff in the regions to do anything so just annoy the crap out of everyone.

    I’ll be looking forward to catching up with my public service (including ex-public service) relatives over Christmas to see how the year has progressed.

    I’ve picked a strong emphasis on attitudinal change being driven by the managerial class e.g. it is the frontline staff attitudes that need fixing rather than anything structural or managerial. After all the modern manager is apparently a leopard that can change it’s spots – be one thing under one government, another under a different one. What they aren’t doing any more is serving the public.

    The SSC no longer supports the ordinary public servant and change needs to occur there.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    2 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    3 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    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 How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    3 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    4 days ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    5 days ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    5 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    5 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    5 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    1 week ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago

  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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