‘Punch in the face’ dad guilty

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, May 20th, 2009 - 90 comments
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What’s wrong with The Herald? Their articles Jimmy Mason on the father who punched his child in the face – and pulled him by the ear, and picked him and his brother up on their bikes and slammed them down – has described him as the ‘ear-flick’ father.

The headline today is ‘Ear flick father found guilty of assault’, ignoring the fact he was found guilty of punching a four year old in the face. Why not the ‘punch in the face’ dad? That would have been more accurate.

In fact, it takes until the third paragraph until the article bothers to mention the punch in the face.

As to the substance of the case. It’s a good decision and few would disagree with that. Even Family Fist’s Bob McCroskie has gone from his initial unconditional support for the ‘punch in the face’ dad to muted criticism.

Yes, ‘punch in the face’ dad might have been charged with assault before the child discipline law came in but he might have been acquitted. After all, under the previous law people were getting away with attacking their children with weapons like  horse whips and pipes.

Mason was found not guilty of assault for the bike slams. The jury decided that those actions were too inconsequential. It shows that the law is working: he wasn’t convicted on more minor assaults but he also wasn’t allowed to get away with a punch to the face, which he might have in the past.

[That’s really weird. I’ve reloaded today’s Herald article several times while writing this. The headline changed from ‘Ear flick father found guilty of assault’ to ‘Ear flick father found guilty of assault for punching son’ then back again.. and now back to the second one. What does the physical version say?]

90 comments on “‘Punch in the face’ dad guilty ”

  1. serpico 1

    The court has made another mistake. Great stuff Sue Bradford, thanks for adding to the problems of fatherhood. What a gender bias country of misfits.
    Remember to flick that moron feminist judge.

    • Eddie 1.1

      standing up for the right of adults to punch 4 year olds in the face, eh serpico?

      Are you also one of those leading the howls of outrage when one of those punches ends up with a child being killed?

    • Christopher Nimmo 1.2

      Oh man, I’m so sorry that you are no longer able to legally punch your kids in the face – in public! in front of, IIRC, a police officer and a teacher! That must be tough for you!

      • serpico 1.2.1

        Police officer and teacher, what prime examples of your classic moronic pc feminist robots. I wonder if the deranged court will fine Jimmy who is struggling to bring up five kids? Take the kids food money judge dread !! Go Sue Bradford I hope you rot in hell you twisted bitch!!This country is a social mess and the court is a feminist tool. What a disgusting country saturated with judicial gender bias. When will police arrest a mother for this kind of behaviour, yeah righ – pigs do fly, just ask the Badford bitch .

        [lprent: that is getting very close to my troll standard. It is a rant. Do too many and you’ll see what I do to commentators that I consider are robotic trolls]

        • Christopher Nimmo 1.2.1.1

          If he is fined, I doubt it’ll be more than his WFF entitlements. You know, the ones that those durn pesky socialists gave out?

          You abuse your kids, you pay the price.

        • Chris G 1.2.1.2

          Take your conspiracy garbage back to the fathers coalition, dork.

        • jcuknz 1.2.1.3

          While I do not question the courst I do wonder how any penalty will affect the wife and kids, perhaps by taking money out of the family budget or causing thre father to loose his job with similar financial results.
          I hope there will be a ‘good’ sentance which doesn;t punish the family along with the father.. I’d guess that they are already suffering and have suffered.

          • Lew 1.2.1.3.1

            Looks like it’ll be anger management counselling, perhaps community work, and the judge is leaving the possibility open for a discharge without conviction. I think everyone agrees that Mason should be given a chance to shape up before being required to ship out.

            L

  2. Rakaia George 2

    “The incident on the ramp had not been seen by witnesses at the trial. But they had told of hearing Mason afterwards, swearing and shouting at the boys.” (Quote from Stuff)

    So he’s been convicted of punching his son in the face despite the fact that nobody actually witnessed it? Yet it was an action that was wrapped up in the same charge as the ear-flick that was admitted…WTF?

    • RedLogix 2.1

      That may be bad reporting. It may be that the witnesses did not see the younger child’s initial accident on the ramp when it fell off his bike. The article you are referring to is not very clear.

      • aj 2.1.1

        I don’t think the charge of punching the kid in the face would have stood had there not been a witness.

        One TV this morning the incident was led in by a voiceover talking about Bradford’s amendment while the picture being shown on the screen was the lightest tap on a kids bum by a parent. Talk about subliminal messages here.

        • Christopher Nimmo 2.1.1.1

          If there hadn’t been witnesses – if the police hadn’t know this guy was lying to them and to the media – they would have prosecuted and offered no evidence like in most of these cases.

    • Ron 2.2

      No Rakaia – there were several witnesses. This is just bad reporting.

      It’s an example of several problems with the media response to court cases which also include the pretence that what we read in the paper is an accurate relfection of all the information available to judges and juries and the pretence that what we read in the paper is an unbiased, uninfluenced view.

      So we get discussion like the above in pubs and blogs all over the land

      My response when people ask me if I think Ellis or Baine or whoever is guilty is “How the f*** would I know – I don’t know anything about it. And guess what – neither do you”.

  3. RedLogix 3

    One of the specific clauses in the new law allows some force was for the purposes of preventing or minimising harm. The fact that his lawyer did not use this defence tells us that the ‘punch in the face’ could not be justified to protect the child.

    It is quite instructive while that the father, the defence and the media keep talking about a relatively inconsequential ‘flick on the ear’, while the actual conviction relates to a ‘punch in the face’ as seen by two witnesses. Some is in major denial here.

    • bilbo 3.1

      “One of the specific clauses in the new law allows some force was for the purposes of preventing or minimising harm. The fact that his lawyer did not use this defence tells us that the ‘punch in the face’ could not be justified to protect the child.”

      And this is the critical point !

      It should also be noted that Bradford fought tooth and nail to try and stop that amendment to her initial bill and it’s to Clark and Key’s credit that the clause went into the law.

      • Rakaia George 3.1.1

        Except that Mason’s actions (whatever they were) were clearly after the incident with the younger child and therefore for the purposes of correction or punishment – specifically not allowed under the Bradford law change.

        RL – can you reference these two witnesses? I’m confused by the contradiction between your statement and the media report I quoted above.

        Edit- ah, ok I see your reply to my post now.

      • RedLogix 3.1.2

        Bradford mainly fought against the idea of trying to introduce a definition of ‘acceptable force’ in the Bill, ie a perverse list of ‘three smacks with open hand ok, four not, or using a wooden spoon ok, a horsewhip not’ sort of thing.

        What she was obviously trying prevent was the conservative right hijacking the reform to codify assaults on children, establishing a right to use force for the purposes of correction or discipline… when really none should exist.

        And face it, the guy lost his rag and lashed out. Hell it’s happened to all of us at one time or another… but it was never right.

        • bilbo 3.1.2.1

          Piss off RL you know very well that Bradford was very quick to label anyone who was concerned about the implications of her bill as a supporter of child beating.

          • RedLogix 3.1.2.1.1

            I see Toad has confirmed what I am saying about Braford’s approach in a post below.

          • Spectator 3.1.2.1.2

            Looking at Serpico’s comment, above, I’d say Sue Bradford made a valid point.

  4. toad 4

    Eddie said: What does the physical version say?

    Ear flick father found guilty of assault [headline]

    Jury in smack-law test case accepts claim 4-year-old was punched [subhead]

    • aj 4.1

      Truth in reporting:

      Father found guilty of punching 4yr old son in face {headline}

      Found not guilty of ear-flick {subhead}

  5. forgetaboutthelastone 5

    On sunrise this morning Oliver Driver made a brief point that the ‘anti-smacking’ law was not in fact anti-smacking and went on to explain what it was actually about. Such a relief to finally hear someone in the news media say that. It is just such an obvious point.

    Its no wonder that half of New Zealand think its against the law to smack.

    • aj 5.1

      Agreed and we could start with educating that vacant space Paul Henry who either is that thick he can’t get his head around it or is just playing to the fundies.

  6. serpico 6

    Wonder if we still gold medalists at child abuse Ms Bradford?

    • Christopher Nimmo 6.1

      Why, did you want to join the team?

      I’M wondering whether you’re D4J or just some regular twisted person..

    • Spectator 6.2

      Speak for yourself. The only people I see glorifying child abuse are vermin like McCoskrie.

  7. toad 7

    bilbo said: It should also be noted that Bradford fought tooth and nail to try and stop that amendment to her initial bill…

    She did not. That amendment was suggested at Select Committee and had Bradford’s full support. The amendment that she fought “tooth and nail” to stop coming in (and succeeded in stopping it) was one that would have purported to quantified a level of force as acceptable for the purpose of “correction”.

  8. Jono 8

    I knew Sue Bradford’s daughter Katie at high school. Great kid, no doubt a result of good parenting. Unless you can show anything different Serpico, why not just STFU 🙂

  9. Tom Semmens 9

    *Sigh* serpico/D4J is off the meds. Again.

    • felix 9.1

      He’s following the same m.o. but he doesn’t seem to have Dad’s flair for visually descriptive language, nor his occasionally clever word-plays or his sense of rhythm and meter.

      Maybe we have a copycat troll.

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    C’mon Serpico, it’s a bit early in the morning for that kind of ranting. The angrier you get, the less sense you make.

    This was not a test case of anything. The guy was convicted for punching his kid in the face. That was against the law prior to the S59 change anyway. He had his day in court and a jury found him guilty. Not the police, not the judge, not the Chch Press, not you, not me, but 12 citizens who got to hear all the evidence.

    They also found that two charges were not proven, so it wasn’t like they had it in for him. The judge has indicated that an anger management course is the likely punishment, which seems a humane and beneficial outcome to me.

    • serpico 10.1

      Did Trevor Mallard have to do a anger management course after his wee incident in parliament?

  11. jarbury 11

    This is a great case for why the s59 repeal was SO IMPORTANT. While this guy would have been charged even if the repeal hadn’t occurred, he may well have got away with this before.

    That’s right, he might well have got away with punching his 4 year old kid in the face.

    Thank god we changed the law.

    • serpico 11.1

      Indeed jarbury a victory for the nanny state at the expense of parental boundaries.
      Well done sisterhood, who would be a dad in this gender bias cuntry?
      God loves gender balance.

      • exbrethren 11.1.1

        Anyone that doesn’t need to hit someone smaller than them.

      • Pat 11.1.2

        God knows I can’t stand Bradford, Serpico, but you cannot defend a father who punches a young child in the face. Take two asprin and have a lie down.

        • serpico 11.1.2.1

          Unlike the Labour party pill poppers, I don’t do drugs.

          • aj 11.1.2.1.1

            Serpico – easy question, yes or no answer. Do you defend a father who punches his 4yr old son in the face. In public.

            Yes or No please.

  12. Pat 12

    Any thoughts on what penalty/sanction should be applied?

    If he is on a low income already, any fine just hurts the family. Jail time is too extreme so I think best penalty would be an anger management and parenting courses, plus some community service.

  13. harry 13

    “who would be a dad in this gender bias cuntry”

    I hope not you but unfortunately I think I hope wrong

  14. jarbury 14

    Serpico, I am a Dad and feel sick at the prospect of anyone punching my 5 year old daughter in the face.

    Any thoughts on what penalty/sanction should be applied?

    I would agree with the anger management sanction. The biggest penalty has surely been the conviction itself and all the media hooplah that has surrounded it.

  15. serpico 15

    Oh well jarbury as I know Jimmy and his children all I can say is well done sick and sinister system, because the kids will be badly affected by parent depression. Just imagine wee Johnny giving them shit in the school yard. Well done you brainless sick bastards! The judiciary breeds resentment.Sue Bradford is not a fit and proper person.

  16. Maynard J 16

    This is impossible to prove, but I would like to point out that this case may never have gone to trial without the repeal of S59.

    • serpico 16.1

      Utter rubbish.

      • jarbury 16.1.1

        So you’re saying that it’s not the fault of the s59 repeal that he got convicted then? Geez what are you saying????

        • serpico 16.1.1.1

          All I am saying is that police and crown law would not have sought a conviction if a mother was in the firing line. Case dismissed. No further comment.

          Captcha = Bent System

    • Don’t think so Maynard J.

      Section 59 previously stated “[e]very parent of a child … is justified in using force by way of correction towards the child, if the force used is reasonable in the circumstances.”

      I don’t know how a punch in the face for a 5 year old could ever be described as “reasonable in the circumstances”.

      The funny thing about this debate is that the wingnuts have been stretching to try and find a case where an “innocent” parent goes to jail for smacking their kids.

      The law was never going to work that way. If you check the Police website there have been a miniscule number of cases that are now caught that were not caught before.

      The important point behind the change is the principle that children should not be the subject of force.

      • Maynard J 16.2.1

        As said – impossible to prove. But police have said that they would not bother with some cases because of S59. No idea whether this was one of them but if they though first up that it was just a flick, then doubtful they would have looked further.

  17. jarbury 17

    So the s59 repeal has nothing to do with your point then serpico?

    Glad to have cleared that up.

  18. serpico 18

    jarbury – the s59 repeal and all the media frenzy was a pathetic attempt at trying to address appalling child abuse statistics.
    It failed much like the Labour government at the election.

    • aj 18.1

      Funny – only failed Labour. Did not fail National who also supported the amendment.

  19. Pat 19

    To look at the wider s59 issue:

    The law has been in force over 12 months and there has been only one conviction, for a father punching his son in the face.

    On one hand, the s59 opponents were wrong because the law change has not led to a wholesale arrest of parents carrying out normal parental discipline of their children.

    On the other hand, only one conviction shows s59 has not led to a reduction in parental abuse of children. One would have thought that police could have used the law against more abusive parents than a ratio of 1 conviction in 1 year.

    • Pat: How do quantify abuse that didn’t happen? I’d be interested to know.

      • Pat 19.1.1

        Abuse of children is going on all the time. Agreed?

        I thought one of main the reasons for Bradfords bill was so it would reduce “smacking” as a defense and lead to more convictions of abusive parents. I also thought this was why police supported the bill. Fair enough, but where are the convictions?

        • Maynard J 19.1.1.1

          Not sure why this is considered a test case. I assume that between then & now there have been many other convictions for child abuse. Remember this is not about a bill, but an amendment to one; there is no ‘new law’ for police to police.

          Note also that there were wildly divergent claims to the actual use of S59 prior to repeal. Anywhere from 14 in many many years, to dozens a year; I have no idea where the truth is in that matter. S59 also being a reason many cases never went to court, according to police. So: very hard to gauge the effect, since no one can agree or at least statistically measure what the repeal was meant to change!

          No baseline, no measurable effect..

        • Ron 19.1.1.2

          The main reason for the Section 59 Ammendment was to remove the defense of “reasonable force” that parents were using to get off charges of beating their children. It also offered the same protection to children from violence as is offered to adults.

          Before that change this man could very well have not been convisted if he could have shown that his punch was reasonable in the circumstances. That’s what was happening and now it can’t.

          The police don’t need to “use the law” of the amendment to arrest child abusers – they could and still do arrest them anyway.

          The rhetoric about the ammenment reducing child abuse came from the opposition not Sue Bradford or the supporters. While she and many others believe that a society that opposees violence must SHOW it opposes violence by protecting everyone and that philosphy is part of the process to reduce violence across – it was the opposition to the ammendment that kept saying “this won’t reduce child abuse”.

        • The Voice of Reason 19.1.1.3

          Wrong, Pat. The intent was stop parents abusing their children, not to get more convictions. It was about making people think about how best to discipline kids without use of force. It appears to me to have significantly helped in that area already just because of the extensive debate.

          Even parents who think S59 went too far or just plain misunderstood it as ‘anti smacking’ have had to think about the alternatives to physical force. It’s a start, it’s a good thing and it ain’t going away.

    • aj 19.2

      ” One would have thought that police could have used the law against more abusive parents than a ratio of 1 conviction in 1 year”

      Or, the amendment to the law has resulted in such a change of parental attitude and response that only one parent has been caught blatantly stepping over the line

      • bilbo 19.2.1

        Yeah right.. haven’t you caught up with any of the sickening child abuse cases over the last six months.

        • Spectator 19.2.1.1

          What about all the sickening child abuse cases where Section 59 was used as a defence, then? I’m surprised you don’t remember the so-called “Timaru Lady” case. That defence is no longer available, and therefore scumbags who abuse children can’t escape justice. That is a good thing.

          • bilbo 19.2.1.1.1

            “………..therefore scumbags who abuse children can’t escape justice. ”

            Does the name Kahui ring any bells ?

          • Spectator 19.2.1.1.2

            Not much a law (or a jury) can do if the Police send the wrong person to court.

            I’d be all in favour of the Police and CYFS being given more teeth and being more pro-active in protecting vulnerable children.

        • aj 19.2.1.2

          ah yes, I have, I agree, the law has caught up with any vicous assaults that have been brought before the courts and this guys actions were only slightly less sickening. Any parent/human who thinks punching a small child in the face is acceptable behaviour needs counselling. Do you think punching in the face is ok, perhaps one punch is ok, 10 is not? where will you draw the line please.

          • bilbo 19.2.1.2.1

            “Do you think punching in the face is ok, perhaps one punch is ok, 10 is not? ”

            Um no why do you think I believe that ?

            I also not sure what you’re comparing this case with – I’d suggest if it was as simple and clear cut as the defendant punching his child in the face it would not have taken the jury nine hours of deliberation.

          • aj 19.2.1.2.2

            I’m trying to determine if you rate this case as sickening child abuse, and if not, where do you set your standard.

            and……

            1 minute to decide ‘guilty on the punching charge’
            8hr 59min deciding on the others.

            Equally as valid as your proposition

          • bilbo 19.2.1.2.3

            “I’m trying to determine if you rate this case as sickening child abuse”

            No – having seen the kids, mother and father on the box it doesn’t appear to be ‘sickening child abuse’

  20. gobsmacked 20

    The jury spent eight hours considering their verdict.

    As this is about seven hours, fifty-nine minutes and fifty-nine seconds longer than the Bradford-bashers on talkback have ever thought about anything, I’ll go with the jury.

  21. The Herald is no longer a credible source of any news where there is a political element to it. They can handle car crashes and house fires…..but not much else.

    They aren’t completely without integrity, but what integrity they do possess isn’t reliable or predictable in the event. The “ear-flick dad” story is an example. They are distorting the facts (again) to push their political agenda…and doing it on the front page in news copy.

    Bad and wrong.

    We have in the past week alone seen them distort (Ear-flick dad), gloss over (Auckland Dictatorship), and bury (Auckland dictatorship) a variety of stories.

    Every now and again I highlight on my own blog one of these examples of what can only really be described as propaganda or perhaps poor judgement. But most of them I just shake my head and give quiet thanks I didn’t give them any of my money on the day concerned.

    • Brian 21.1

      Well said Steve
      Headline should have read. Headline should have read.
      “Father punches four-year old in face! GUILTY!”
      But no money in the truth.

  22. gingercrush 22

    Ooh great its “Bash the Newspaper Day”. Sure the media can be horrible at times. But political blogs in New Zealand could not survive without them. Look at all the posts made here. Nearly all of them contain links to media sites. As for accusations of bias. We have nothing of what Great Britain, the United States or even what Australia has. I know the left thinks the media is bias against them. But the right tend to think media is against them as well.

    • Gingercrush: It’s best if we stick to the facts. I note you don’t address the examples of bias in detail. Hard to refute reality.

      As for the Right saying the media is biased against them….I’m sure they have a good giggle at how clever they are in saying such things. Then their media buddies can say: “Both sides don’t like us, so we must be doing something right.”

      This is why I prefer to stick to specific examples. The evidence of bias . and who it hurts – is quite plain.

      The entire S59 issue is an example of media bias from start to finish. There is no other way to explain why and how so many have such a grossly distorted view of what the old law said and what the new law says….and what it means. The media has failed to communicate the reality there. Such a failure, consistent over time – and failed again on the front page today – is bias pure and simple and they richly deserve being “bashed” for it.

      Do you have any examples of consistent editorial bias against the Right in the Herald? Please demonstrate a consistent pattern over time and across years. Easy to do from the left perspective……but I would think the Right would be scraping to come up with anything.

  23. jarbury 23

    I don’t think Redbaiter epitomises the mainstream right gingercrush 😉 If he does, you guys should be really really worried.

    I imagine “Editing the Herald” will have a field day with this one.

  24. gingercrush 24

    You assume to be factual do you Withers?

    Just listen to Withers for he is factual. Sounds wrong somehow. I dont see S.59 as being inherently left or right. Therefore I don’t consider it to be evidence.

    Jarbury it isn’t just Redbaiter. Redbaiter thinks National is socialist scum. There isn’t much help for him. There i though an underlying thought by many on the right who see the media as being against them.

    I happen to think our media seeks too much sensational stuff and doesn’t provide enough evidence. If there is bias in our media (outside Talkback) that is where its at. To merely smear media as being in the pockets of ring-wingers is simply stupid.

    • felix 24.1

      Totally disingenuous of you gc. You know very well that the right wingers of NZ worked hard to make the repeal of S.59 a battle between the “loony nanny-state-pc-gone-mad” left and the “sensible none-of-the-state’s-business-stop-telling-me-what-to-do” right. The herald with the best of them

      Never happened in gc’s world, nothing to see here.

  25. serpico 25

    Redbaiter can see the bigger picture at work.
    Flick that socialist media and put on something real that is positive for children.
    Are dreams still free in New Zealand? Dream police everywhere. Smack that naughty boy now Sue.

  26. Thomas Beagle 26

    Why use “Ear-flick father” in the headline? I’d say that they used that headline because that’s the detail that the case is associated with in the public mind.

    Although I think they could have done better with a headline along the lines of “Face-punch not an ‘ear-flick'” or similar.

  27. serpico 27

    Hardly a face punch. No medical evidence was presented at trial. Doh Thom!

  28. Westminster 28

    I cannot believe idiots are still trying to hold this guy up as some sort of folk hero for braving the “feminazis” and still indulging in a bit of the old fashioned smack to correct his wayward boys. For fuck sake, the kids were under 5 years old. And he punched on of them in the face. No need to second guess the evidence and witnesses. The Court did that for you and found him guilty of punching a child under 5 in the face. Jesus weeps. This guy richly deserves our opprobrium not just because he punched a child under five in the face but because he thought that was sufficiently OK that he was willing to be made into the poster boy of loving correction or whatever McCroskie and fellow kooks described it. I end by just restating that a Court of Law one that heard all the evidence and deliberated for hours on the subject found this man guilty of punching a child under five in the face. Wow. Serpico, I know you’re trolling. But seriously fuck off for a while and search your soul. Do you really want to be defending this scumbag?

  29. Chris G 29

    It is interesting to note that there has been only one righty on here defending the ‘Child Face Puncher’ and its some deranged fathers coalition guy.

    Gingercrush came on but just changed the topic.

    Neither of you adressed the fact that the media Continue to sensational it as an ‘ear-flicking dad’ rather than what he actually is.

    • gingercrush 29.1

      Because when the argument people are making is that by using such a headline and taking a sensational position on Section 59, that makes them somehow pro-National Party. I don’t get that. Its a stupid point and its the point I was making. And for all the bashing of the media in New Zealand. This blog couldn’t survive without that media.

      As for the smacking debate. If he punched the boy in the face that is assult. Just because I am on the right of politics doesn’t mean I defend violence.

  30. Ron 30

    …and you know what? An ear-flick? WTF is that all about, anyway? What is his son – a dog?
    Even animal trainers know that inflicting pain doesn’t work as a way of getting the desired response. He should be convicted for being a dork.

  31. Lex 31

    Smacking/spanking/bashing/hitting/lashing out/beating (same thing, different names) is simply the quickest, easiest, laziest, most mindless and cowardly way to assert power and control over someone (usually physically weaker than the beater), when not given your own way. The small, dishonourable, churlish, self-centred, weak and thoughtless bully’s answer to everything.

    Violence studies 101.

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    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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