web analytics

Quarter of a million comments soon

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, March 1st, 2011 - 50 comments
Categories: notices, The Standard - Tags: ,

As of Tuesday morning, we have had about 249,250 comments since The Standard launched three and a half years ago. We’re averaging a 317 comments a day since New Year’s. Although politics has rightly cooled in the past week due to the quake, the quarter of a million mark should still be reached on Thursday. Who will be the lucky commenter?

Since he’s supplying 3% of the comments at the moment, which appears to be the largest share from a single commenter, the smart money is on Colonial Viper.

The exponential growth of the comments and pageviews is something to behold. It took 246 days for the first 20,000 comments, but just 70 for the last 20,000 – and that’s including the Christmas/New Year’s down time.

In 2009, it took until ANZAC Day to reach 500,000 pageviews for the year. This year we did it well before February was over.

Onwards and upwards.

lprent: The winner was Bright Red on Thursday at 10:26

50 comments on “Quarter of a million comments soon ”

  1. just saying 1

    What is the correct term for commenters?

    Yesterday (i think) LPrent said “commentators”, which sounds a bit grandiose for me, but commenter – is that even a word?

    Maybe there isn’t a commonly agreed term.

    • lprent 1.1

      I don’t know. I wanted a word to distinguish between authors and those who wrote comments.

      Commenter doesn’t trigger the spell-check on my browser anymore (chrome on ubuntu 10.10), but it did on the browser back in 2007 when I was still largely lusing on windows. Which is why I used commentator.

      There is a similar issue on the word post, which I tend to use for authored posts, and I use comment rather than post for comments. There have been a few times over the years where people have found a accidental martyrdom because they were scathing about the writer of a ‘post’ and they didn’t make it clear they were referring to a comment.

      But I treat that as evolution in action. It pays to be reasonably accurate in your wording when you have moderators scanning backwards through the sequence of comments in order of when they were added. We have a limited view on context with the number of comments we get per day. Apart from anything else put in a small quote that you’re being scathing about helps us (and everyone else) and will reduce the risk of accidental immolation.

      But with the majority of trolls now dead on this site, this is less of an issue these days because we have more time to check the context.

  2. lprent 2

    Oh hell. Now I’m expecting a pile of rubbish comments on Thursday. So I’ll make a point of consigning obvious rubbish to the trash.

  3. Wyndham 3

    No comment.

    [lprent: Thanks for demonstrating another example. ]

  4. lprent 4

    In 2009, it took until ANZAC Day to reach 500,000 pageviews for the year. This year we did it well before February was over

    BTW: The editors (and probably the authors) should be able to see the Wassup plugin that I have been using to look at the spam and spider bot actions.

    Now that is really freaky because it shows all of the page views on the sites, not just the humans. I provide a lot of assistance to the well behaved bots about what is new and updated. I also limit vast badly behaved swathes of the global IP net who are not allowed to post comments, trackbacks, and pings. There are even some smaller even worse behaving swathes that aren’t allowed to read the site. Both of the latter are mostly in Russia and a lesser quantity in China.

    Even with all of that the amount of bot traffic is now between two and three times all of the human traffic. But that is down from the five to ten times bot to human traffic that I had in early 2009.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      What do you think the purpose of the badly behaved traffic from Russia and China is? What are they actually trying to achieve? Surely they’re trying to make money out of it some way, but how?

      captcha: concerned (well, not really, but figured it was funny)

      • weka 4.1.1

        I’m curious how people manage reading the comments so they keep up with the thread. Do you use the comments window to open each new comment in a thread you are following? Or scroll through the thread anew each time to see who’s added something?

        • Colonial Viper 4.1.1.1

          I rely on the comments window on the right hand vertical bar. Although that means that I often miss comments that I would see if I actually scrolled through the full thread each time.

          • lprent 4.1.1.1.1

            Also on my infinite task list to to add a button to allow the Comments box to expand into a separate tab and then periodically update itself using javascript. I finished the code months ago but never managed to get time on a weekend to test what it did to the server loadings. It is just a poor mans RSS feed though. But it does get around the limits on visual space on the posts and main page.

            • weka 4.1.1.1.1.1

              That would be fantastic. Any chance there would be room for the start of the new comment (so we can see roughly what it’s about/which part of the thread it’s in)?

              I don’t want to use the general RSS comments feed (there’s too much in my RSS reader as it is), and I’d prefer not to sub to each thread RSS individually

              • lprent

                I put that in as something like

                “Quarter of a million comments soon”
                lprent >> Lanthanide >> weka >> Colonial Viper >> lprent >> weka (date/time)

                comment

                with each part being clickable. Putting in the text of the previous comments would be difficult because it’d half defeat the point in screen layout terms. Doing a hover action could be workable.

        • felix 4.1.1.2

          It’s also possible to use the rss feed (near the bottom of the page) for the comments on a thread you’re following.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.3

          Scroll through the threads periodically. This is unworkable for large threads that you haven’t been following, but for small threads or ones you’re involved with it works well.

        • lprent 4.1.1.4

          As well as RSS (that felix mentioned), you can also use the e-mail subscription as well. Once you tick that for a post it will send you every new comment as it is entered.

          There are sometimes delays on the e-mail because it is still running through my mail server at home that I was using for monitoring when I set it up months ago. Periodically our cleaner (since Lyn or I are always working we had to get a cleaner) manages to disconnect something.

          It is on my infinite task list to fix that at some point.

  5. todd 5

    I’ve got a total of four comments on my blog site 🙂

    Some organizations to get involved in:

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/03/some-organizations-to-get-involved-in.html

    • lprent 5.1

      If you have a look in the archives back to August 2007 you will see that we weren’t exactly well endowed with comments when the site started either. It was like shouting into a vacuum.

      • swordfish 5.1.1

        But there’s some quite hilarious flame wars from 2 or 3 years ago, involving Whaleoil, a bloke called something like ‘Angry and Violent Dad 4 Justice’ and various other Right-Wing types. One banned Nact bloke started using a female pseudonym and described himself as a “bodacious babe” at one point. Bizarre times.

        • lprent 5.1.1.1

          Yeah. They were so so ‘entertaining’ that we started exerting some effort to get them out of our sight. When such people were gone, the comments got a lot more readable. Comments increased in both content and number and our page views went up. Just shows what happens when you eliminate the lowest common denominator as being the factor that you want to cater for.

          It is a delicate balance between over-moderation and under-moderation though.

          • todd 5.1.1.1.1

            Bodacious babe! Now that’s what I should have called my blog. Yeah! I kind of set up the Jackal blog just to keep track of research as it’s difficult finding some of the info I put into posts after a while. I’m getting a few hits from the states and Aussie but it is mainly Kiwis, which suits me fine. You don’t seem to even have a resident troll around here, which is nice. Well done!

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    Since he’s supplying 3% of the comments at the moment, which appears to be the largest share from a single commenter, the smart money is on Colonial Viper.

    I should really take up that offer of a weeks holiday on Great Barrier Island and give someone else a look in 🙂

  7. wild.colonial.boy 7

    Is there some kind of prize for the 245,000th comment ?

    • Bright Red 7.1

      If we’re past 249,250 now, then we’re also past 245,000….

    • lprent 7.2

      Nope. It usually means that everyone (who didn’t quite get there) makes sarcastic comments about people who need to get a life. Human nature really.

  8. monty (actually d4j) 8

    Does that count all the comments which are deleted ie pretty much anyone who disagrees with the party line?

    [Want to have it your way monty? Because there is one really obvious course of action to cheap cracks that beg self-fulfilment like that. ..RL]

    [lprent: This isn’t Monty – it is d4j, who has been regularly given the boot from here many times to ecstatic jubilation from both the left and right. In fact not only from here, but also from kiwiblog and many other sites. In fact I sometimes think that d4j is single-handedly responsible for the slow spread of moderation in the local blogosphere. But then I remember robinsod and the whale and clint troll squads.

    I warned Monty that d4j was doing a burns on him the other day. ]

    • Reality calling Monty, reality calling Monty.

      Come back from that strange dimension you are currently in.

      BTW in this strange dimension is Key competent and compassionate and willing to look after the poor and plan for the future?

    • The Voice of Reason 8.2

      Well, I note that your comment is no. 303323, Monty, 50 k more than the quarter million, so perhaps there is something to your theory.

      Of course that would mean that one in six comments are deleted, which sounds like a lot of work for the mods, and one hell of a lot of stupidity from the contributers,eh? There’s absolutely no way Bruv, Dad, Timmeh Ellis, and the other assorted horses’ arses could have come up with that many moronic comments.

      Oh, wait …

      [Busted. …RL]

      • mickysavage 8.2.1

        If they took out every Gosman comment on the Hobbit this would explain the discrepancy. But the debates would fall over and seem far too one sided …

      • lprent 8.2.2

        You are right.

        Most of the extra comments are tagged automatically by the spam engine. These days it works correctly (and counts correctly). And the captcha keeps most of the bots at bay. However we do get some entering through pingback & trackbacks which get held in pending if they aren’t immediately recognized as spam. There are typically between 10 and 20 of those per day.

        The second most common are people throwing their own comments into trash. This typically amounts to a 80 or so every three weeks or so. I get around to dumping them when I remember.

        The third are the ones we throw into spam. Maybe 10-20 per week usually because we told them to auto-moderate people on bans. There are similar numbers from the trolls who are dead to us and are listed in the auto-spam explicitly.

        They mount up over time. Of course all of these numbers were higher in the past before we got the systems set up and people accustomed to what would happen.

    • Monty 8.3

      Piss off Dad 4 Justice – Monty is my name and i dont want anyone using it – especially someone who has a chip off their shoulder.

      Lynn – I did not get the email – maybe you need to update your email address to me?

  9. todd 9

    I wonder who will win the chocolate fish?

  10. prism 10

    What about having a little aphorism round-up? Those short pithy sayings expressing a general truth. I am sure that there would be apt, wise and funny items from the bright sparks who visit here, though not enough to start a flame war! That would be an amusing way to keep in the ring for the lucky spot choc fish.

  11. prism 11

    Some comments by Ogden Nash –
    Bankers are just like anybody else, except Richer.
    and – how they operate
    But suppose people come in and they have a million and they want another million to pile on top of it,
    Why, you brim with the milk of human kindness and you urge them to accept every drop of it,
    And you lend them the million so then they have two million and this gives them the idea that they would be better off with four,
    So they already have two million as security so you have no hesitation in lending them two more…….

    antispam authors!

  12. prism 12

    Another Ogden Nash musing –
    Thar She Blows
    Indoors or out, no one relaxes
    In March, that month of wind and taxes,
    The wind will presently disappear,
    The taxes last us all the year.
    (And that’s a moot point.)

  13. lprent 13

    And the winner is…. (roll of drums)

    Bright Red with the typically detailed comment…

    English on Working for Families

    An increased abatement slope means a higher effective marginal tax rate.

    A 3 child family on $80K is getting $100 a week from WFF, $5,000 a year.

    To eliminate that by $90K you need a 50% abatement rate, on top of the 17.5% or 30% income tax these families are laready paying.

    …. so that’s 67.5% to 80% effective marginal tax for a family that is only on just above the median income for a couple with two or dependent kids, and workers on just a little over the median wage.

    We’d hit 250025 by the time I noticed so I had to count backwards

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      Hehehehehe congrats B.R. 🙂

    • Bright Red 13.2

      blush

    • felix 13.3

      Nice one BR, good to see you were schooling timmysmithellisfield at the time too!

      • Lanthanide 13.3.1

        Is ts actually Tim Ellis? They seem to have a different commenting style to me. Then again Tim Ellis hasn’t been around for a while.

        captcha: parallel

        [lprent: Speculation about using multiple handles is frowned apon and is really a concern of the moderators. We keep an eye on them for reasons of people violating bans or doing identity hijacking or providing their own mutual admiration society. But there are no rules otherwise except that such discussions often drop into flames… ]

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Regenerative agriculture research receives Government boost
    The Government continues to invest in farm sustainability, this time backing two new research projects to investigate the impacts of regenerative farming practices, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. Soil health and regenerative agriculture “We’re contributing $2.8 million to a $3.85 million five-year project with co-investment by Synlait Milk and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • David McLean appointed as KiwiRail chair
    David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today. “Minister Clark and I are confident that David’s extensive business knowledge and leadership experience, including his time as former Chief Executive and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Turkey announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Zoe Coulson-Sinclair as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Turkey. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Turkey’s relationship is one of mutual respect and underpinned by our shared Gallipoli experience,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “Turkey is also a generous ANZAC Day host and has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Announcement of new Consul-General in Guangzhou
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Rachel Crump as New Zealand’s next Consul-General in Guangzhou, China. “China is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most significant relationships – it is our largest trading partner, and an influential regional and global actor,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “As the capital of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    The Government joins the disabled community of Aotearoa New Zealand in marking and celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Minister for Disabilty Issues Carmel Sepuloni said. The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Advisory panel member appointed
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the appointments of Graeme Speden as the Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and Ben Bateman as a member of the Inspector-General’s Advisory Panel.  “These are significant roles that assist the Inspector-General with independent oversight of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies,” Jacinda Ardern said. “While ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Five million COVID-19 tests processed
    Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall has congratulated testing teams right around New Zealand for reaching the five million tests milestone. Today, an additional 31,780 tests were processed, taking the total since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 to 5,005,959. “This really is an incredible and sustained team ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding for extra ICU capacity
    Care for the sickest New Zealanders is getting a major boost from the Government, with plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expanding intensive care-type services, Health Minister Andrew Little announced today. “Through good planning, we have avoided what the COVID-19 pandemic has done in some countries, where ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • “THE LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF NEW ZEALAND’S FIGHT AGAINST COVID.”
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • The legal and constitutional implications of New Zealand’s fight against COVID
    Speech to the New Zealand Centre for Public Law Tēnā koutou katoa Thank you for providing this opportunity to speak with you today as Attorney General. I’m here to talk about the constitutional consequences of Covid -19. I love the law. The way it exists with the consent of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Pharmac Review interim report released
    Health Minister Andrew Little has released an interim report by an independent panel reviewing the national pharmaceuticals-buying agency Pharmac. Pharmac was established in 1993 and is responsible for purchasing publicly funded medicines for New Zealanders, including those prescribed by GPs or administered in hospitals. The review, chaired by former Consumer ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Appointment to Network for Learning board
    Former MP Clare Curran has been appointed to the board of Crown company Network for Learning (N4L), Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Hon Clare Curran served as a Member of Parliament for Dunedin South from 2008-2010. During this time, she held a number of ministerial portfolios including Broadcasting, Communications and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Putting home ownership within reach of Pacific Aotearoa
    Pacific community groups and organisations will get tools to help them achieve home ownership with the implementation of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) Pacific Housing Initiative, said Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio. In July 2021, MPP launched the Pacific Community Housing Provider Registration Support programme and the Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Coastal shipping will help keep New Zealand’s supply chain buoyant
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today welcomed the release of the Coastal Shipping Investment Approach State-of-Play report as an important step towards a more sustainable coastal shipping sector, which will further diversify New Zealand’s supply chain. “This Government is committed to strengthening our domestic supply chain by making coastal shipping a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Response to Human Rights Commission's reports into violence towards disable people
    Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.   Thank you for that introduction Hemi and thank you for inviting me to respond on behalf of Government to the release of these two important reports (Whakamanahia Te Tiriti, Whakahaumarutia te Tangata -Honour the Treaty, Protect the Person and Whakamahia te Tūkino kore ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Law change strengthens petroleum decommissioning regulation
    Petroleum permit and licence holders operating in New Zealand will now have an explicit statutory requirement to carry out and fund the decommissioning of oil and gas fields after a new law was given Royal assent today, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. Once in effect The Crown ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago