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Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 16th, 2011 - 57 comments
Categories: climate change, ETS, public services, sustainability - Tags: ,

  • When the Nats say they must cut early childhood education funding – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say the country can’t afford adult community education – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we have to sell our assets to pay our debt – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford to take GST off fresh fruit and vegetables – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say they have to slash Kiwisaver and Working for Families – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say they have cut road safety funding – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say they have to cut women’s refuge money – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say they can’t afford to help the 200,000 kids living in poverty – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford to help solo mums get qualifications – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford R&D tax credits – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford pay rises for teachers and nurses – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford to make the first $5,000 tax-free – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.
  • When the Nats say we can’t afford to invest in Auckland rail – remember their new $500m subsidy to polluters.

Make sure you remember on November 26th.

– Dean

57 comments on “Remember”

  1. Good comment. What would be really good is a table totalling the various cuts.  Night classes for instance was $12 million worth.  A drop in the ocean compared to the polluter subsidies.
     

  2. Afewknowthetruth 2

    This does beg the question: will polluters siphon most of the $500 million back into the National Party election campaign?

  3. Lanthanide 3

    Actually the $500m subsidy to polluters will be (mostly?) offset by not having to subsidise forestry owners.

    So the actual out-of-pocket cost will be significantly lower.

    • Hi Lanthanide, 

      Could you please explain to me this point about not subsidising forestry owners (I haven’t seen the original ‘press release’ or article so am not up on this)? 

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        I haven’t seen any press release either. I’m just repeating what one of the National ministers said about in rebuttal to the greens on morning report when this came up.

        I think that the current ETS scheme has got built in subsidy for some forestry owners, because they own forests planted prior to 1989 (or something like that) and so weren’t eligible for any carbon credits. National being business-backers are going to hand over several hundreds of millions of dollars to them in compensation.

        If the introduction of the ETS is delayed for everyone, then they won’t need to give the subsidy to the forestry owners until a few years later, thus largely offsetting any lost revenue that would have been collected from other sectors.

        • bbfloyd 3.1.1.1

          and you believed a minister of this govt? you actually assumed a national party minister is going to start telling the truth all of a sudden? you really are sounding like a new right convert….

          • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.1

            Where did I say I believed them? Where did I say I agree with this policy?

            I’m just repeating what they said. So far no one here has refuted it.

  4. Tom Gould 4

    Not a single slobbering, lapdog gallery journo, in fact not a single lapdog pseudo-journo from the MSM, asked the ‘where’s the money coming from’ question? Sorry, just remembered, that’s the Labour interview question. My bad. The Tory question is ‘can you please explain how visionary and aspirational this decision is, and feel free to take as long as you like to answer’.

  5. Richard 5

    anyone got a link to this $500m subsidy?

      • queenstfarmer 5.1.1

        Russel Norman calling something a subsidy doesn’t mean there is one. The fact is, there isn’t.

        Remember, the far-left Greens (and increasingly some Labour MPs) think that a tax cut is Government spending. So that’s why, to them, not imposing a new tax is a “subsidy”.

        • Puddleglum 5.1.1.1

          But, qsf, my understanding is that someone has to pay the carbon bill (Kyoto and all that). If it’s not the polluters, it’s us (e.g., through borrowing). So, in effect, isn’t that us all subsidising the polluters in the same sense that general taxation used to fund roads is a ‘subsidy’ to those who actually do use those roads?

          I thought this was the appeal – to right wingers – of ‘user pays’? (that the rest of us don’t subsidise people who want to do something (e.g., pollute) but others don’t (i.e., non-‘users’/polluters)).

  6. queenstfarmer 6

    There is no “subsidy to polluters”. The whole ETS is a crock and this is a very welcome move by the Govt. I am sure the vast majority of voters will remember that on election day.

    • alex 6.1

      The ETS is a crock, what we really need is a carbon tax. As it is there is no financial disincentive to pollute, I can’t believe I’m saying this but Australia finally got something right. A carbon tax is really the only way to make big polluters realise the consequences of their actions.

    • millsy 6.2

      The ETS is probably a crock, but Im not really keen on having to wear a mask outside to keep out the thick smog, like in China — tell me, do you think profit is more important than clean air?

      • queenstfarmer 6.2.1

        do you think profit is more important than clean air

        Depends what you mean by “profit” and “clean air”. I have lived and worked in Hong Kong. Interestingly most of their smog doesn’t even come from HK itself, but comes from mainland China’s massive industrial zones in certain whether conditions. It would be utterly impossible for NZ to generate that level of pollution even if it wanted to.

        But the ETS aint about profit anyway.

        • millsy 6.2.1.1

          So you think pollution is OK then? Even if people cant breath properly. And knowing you, you want to Americanise our health system too, so people cant afford treatment,

        • mik e 6.2.1.2

          This is a start .The biggest states in the US have more commitment than NZ there is a positive side to this scheme as well.Its cheaper to make better use of fertilizer than let it run into streams and waterways which is both wasting a resource and costs more money.Bringing phosphate all the way from west Africa urea from the byproduct of petroleum.There has been major break through’ s in pollution treatment recently that are cheap and easy to implement Farm uptake of these ideas should be subsidized from taxes on polluting.Innovation is the answer and it is a very profitable business .Burying your head in the oil sands won’t Change any thing .and will just keep NZ poor as oil prices will at least double in the next ten years

      • Blue 6.2.2

        Its not about profit, it is about clean air, unfortunately the ETS will prevent precisely ‘dick’ amount of CO2 getting into the atmosphere. Not one gram of CO2 will be prevented from getting into the atmosphere, because people will pay to keep polluting. Another tax with no real purpose. All its done is created a market to ‘trade’ in pollution. Its so ridiculous words fail me.

    • AAMC 6.3

      My children and their children subsidise polluters with their future.

  7. millsy 7

    Not suprising. Remember: between 1990 and 1996 National closed down hundreds of hospitals (including Napier – English needs to be shot for that) so Bill Birch could cut taxes for the rich in 1996.

  8. Ianupnorth 8

    Whilst we are on national’s hypocrisies; from today’s Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10752126

    The number of speeding tickets issued last year soared to almost double the total for 2009.
    In 2009, the figure was 329,838; last year, it was 627,000.
    Police minister Judith Collins put the increase down to the new cameras – which National condemned as a revenue-raising exercise when it was in Opposition.

    and then her buddy Tony!!

    In 2003, then Opposition police spokesman Tony Ryall questioned the merit of hidden cameras and lowering the speed tolerance level from 10km/h to 5km/h over the limit,
    Yesterday he said his 2003 criticisms were about the way the cameras were being used. Asked if it was a case of saying one thing in opposition and another in government, he said “no, certainly not.”

    So, it is OK for you to more than double the number of speeding tickets (and revenue), yet the National party lampooned the previous government for this?

    • tc 8.1

      Come on nobody does hypocracy better than the nat’s and with the average voters attention and memory span, it matters not a jot.
      Our road toll and general driving habits are appalling, Id like to see permanent speed cameras all over the highways, speed traps and how about policing the ‘nanny state’ not using mobile phones law instead of talking tough and passing laws then doing F all about enforcement…..now’s good crusher !

      The numbers say volumes about kiwis disregard for the road rules. Style over substance people…..and where’s my cycleway?

  9. Richard 9

    oh, yay, MORE BORROWING

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      National, the spend (give money to their rich mates) and borrow (the money back from their rich mates) party.

      • In Vino Veritas 9.1.1

        Labour, the spend (and put it down the toilet) and borrow (the money from whomever is stupid enough to lend it) and steal (from everyone) party.

        Socialism is great, until you run out of other peoples money. Hmmm, remind you of Greece?

        • Blue 9.1.1.1

          Ha!, IVV, I couldn’t have said it better myself. I couldn’t give a fuck if someone gets a ticket speeding, try slowing down, idiot. Hope they get more. It means that less innocent people get killed by clowns with no brains. National were wrong to condemn it, when in opposition and Labour are wrong to condemn it now. whats the alternative? a group conference perhaps or counseling?

        • AAMC 9.1.1.2

          No, tax evasion and ferrel under regulated banks remind me of Greece. Like there Italians where there is apparently only about 700 people who earn over a million Euro.

          IVV, you really must stop watching Fox News and reading the Herald.

        • millsy 9.1.1.3

          How many hospitals would you close you fucking prick.

          Go to the Auckland hospital A and E department and start carrying on about spending up there, and explain to the patients why they should just die,

        • mik e 9.1.1.4

          IvvY League idiot.You have been drinking far to much wine. All nationals new money in the economy has been borrowed . now up to $76 billion and climbing. Labour saved $25 billion in the Cullen and Kiwi saver funds.Well borrowing bill english is borrowing other peoples money so he can steal sum money of us to pay back his election bribes to farmers
          Motorway construction firms
          bankrupt finance companies
          top 5% of income earners
          $4.7 billion in interest Alone per annum nuts

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.5

          Labour got our debt down to net zero, the amount of borrowing was going down as well, taxes aren’t stealing and money is not a resource.

          You, In Vino Veritas, like all RWNJs are completely fucking delusional.

        • marsman 9.1.1.6

          @ In Vino Veritas. neoliberalism is great and when you run out of other peoples money you steal some more!

        • bbfloyd 9.1.1.7

          your slip is showing invitro…… you assume displaying narrow, bigoted, and utterly half witted thinking adds to a debate the same way it would in the bars and country pubs you obviously spend far too much time in…. wrong…. it’s just you showing off your abysmal ignorance…. try harder to make sense….. or learn to read words of more than three syllables…

  10. Rusty Shackleford 10

    Can you link to something outlining the details of this “subsidy”? This post is pretty context free.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        lolz man

        Although I am not surprised that Rusty has not bothered to follow anything to do with climate change or the ETS as a potential tool to combat it.

        • Rusty Shackleford 10.1.1.1

          You are right I don’t follow climate change. My only thoughts on it are that it’s definitely real and that it is a great tool for political demagoguery.

          I still don’t know the context of this particular post, but if it relates to dismantling the ETS then it isn’t a subsidy.

          • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1.1

            …but if it relates to dismantling the ETS then it isn’t a subsidy.

            Dismantling the ETS would be a subsidy because it allows businesses to ignore external costs effectively putting those costs directly onto the community instead.

  11. Nick K 11

    Oh just give up. 26% tonight on Roy Morgan. These pithy posts are losing you votes.

    Give up. It’s all over.

    • tc 11.1

      Some will never give up on NZ which is what you are asking the good folk behind this site to do.

      Do you actually give a F about your fellow kiwi? Do you even live in NZ? Or should we do as you suggest and late the banker and his holowmen gut NZ further and then F off never to be seen again cos that’s exactly what they’re gunna do.

    • Lanthanide 11.2

      Yeah, this blog site has got a huge reach to the average punter out there in punter-land, and the posts on this site directly influence their voting preferences of the 978 people who they rang up in the last Roy Morgan poll.

  12. big bruv 12

    I note that over 100 teachers are about to lose their jobs in Canterbury because of the falling school numbers.

    This is a good thing, the government should use this opportunity to weed out the poor teachers who have been protected by the scum unions for decades.

    I only hope that the Nat’s do not let this chance go by.

    • bbfloyd 12.1

      just as i think there is no way you could debase yourself further, you descend into vile diatribe…. i think you need to see a good doctor…. you have serious emotional imbalances to deal with….

      you are soiling yourself, and others by this gratuitously abusive response…. i refuse to laugh at your obvious illness…. i pity the fact that you havn’t received the help you so obviously need…

  13. big bruv 13

    bbfloyd

    You mean to tell me that you think that poor teachers should be protected?

    If so that may well explain why so many are scared of the hugely popular National Standards.

    • Dv 13.1

      Bb
      Who makes the judgements about the pupils level in the NStds?

    • locus 13.2

      On Friday night I noticed that over 100 people in the pub laughed out loud when they saw the grinning nz pm standing by the ABs because they realised it was slimy opportunism.

      This a good thing, we should all take the opportunity to laugh at such obviously self-serving egoism.

      I only hope that the voters do not let this chance go by.

      Or do you think that the lack of substance of this shower of dipshits in government is not being noticed?

      If so that may well explain why you are so unaware of the huge unpopularity of national standards

      • big bruv 13.2.1

        Well Locus, you must be mortified that over 20,000 people cheered the PM wildly at Waikato Stadium last Friday night.

        That kinda sums up Labour’s support, for every 100 who support them over 20,000 do not.

        Never mind, you have another twelve years to get used to Key as PM.

    • Ianupnorth 13.3

      Hugely popular? Not with principals, not with BOT members, not with educational academics and not with parents; they might be popular with you.

      Your generalisation is unfounded.

      • big bruv 13.3.1

        Lol..”Not with principals, not with BOT members, not with educational academics”

        I do not doubt that at all, and I do not give a toss what they think, the government has a mandate from the public to implement National Standards, public servants who refuse should be sacked on the spot.

        However, you are wrong (and you are well aware that you are wrong) about the popularity of National Standards among parents, every single parent that I speak with loves the idea of National standards, for the first time since their kids started school they know where they need help.

        It also enables the parents to question the teachers about their performance…….and as we both know this is the real reason that teachers and the scum unions do not like National Standards.

        • Ianupnorth 13.3.1.1

          Really!!!!!! Nice that you know my friends and acquintances!

          It shows the different circles we move in, and I can tell you now, quite succinctly, the parents at my daughters decile 9 rural school certainly back their principal and its BOT in their stand against National Standards.

          I lived in the UK when they brought them in there, and guess what, they flopped (and that was via a labour government). Why? Teachers and headmasters then try to ‘pass’ the tests, to meet the criteria as set out by the ministry. Good teaching is lost as kids are shoe horned through the grinder to produce automatons who can add and subtract, identify facts, but have lost the ability to think creatively.

          I know a young lad, labelled a failure by the current system; he owns two businesses, competes at a high level in sport and is a well adjusted member of society. How would National Standards have helped him? he cannot write a sentence, his dyslexia labelled him a failure; he is in that ‘tail’ of non-achievement.

          Instead he should be judged by how he has developed other aspects of his abilities via the ability of professional teachers to structure his learning in an individual manner to meet his needs.

          As for your assertion of ‘scum’ unions – put it another way – academically educated individuals with an in depth understanding of pedagogy -v- an ideological belief of Ann Tolley; I know which I trust!

          If the government ‘mandated’ that surgeons should use unsterilised surgical instruments would you support that too? The evidence exists showing what is good and what is not; it is not the governments job to rewrite best practice.

  14. Jenny 14

    Thanks to Afewknowthetruth for this link.

    Lessons of History

    Mon, Sep 12 2011

    by Kevin Moore

    ………, studies have repeatedly demonstrated the reluctance of people to respond to alarms. Upon hearing a fire alarm, rather than taking decisive action, subjects in groups tend to seek cues from others; if others ignore the alarm, they also tend to. That is particularly so if an authority figure is present and that person ignores the alarm, or even worse, tells everyone to ignore the alarm. On the other hand, if an authority figure suggests the venue be evacuated immediately, all those present usually respond quickly.

    Kevin Moore

    The question here is this;

    What if our leadership has a material interest that derives benefit from burning down the house?

    What if their material interest involved keeping us at our workstations as long as possible before we are killed in the collapse of the building?

    What if that like our current leadership our political leaders are preparing to throw solo mothers and their children and other benificiaries into the fire rather than address putting out the flames?

    Human beings are a social species. Anything worthwhile doing, requires teamwork. Teamwork usually requires, leadership.

    On the question of leadership.

    Generally there are two types: Autocratic and democratic.

    Both types of leadership have the benefit of getting things done.

    Under autocratic leadership, however it is possible, for the leadership to have interests diametrically opposed to the rest of society and indeed humanity as a whole.

    We thus begin to understand why only a tiny minority of people in western societies have responded to numerous alarms which have been sounded by aware people on a wide range of issues over many decades: authority figures have consistently ignored the alarms, so those who look to them for guidance have ignored the alarms; the corporate media have downplayed the significance of the alarms, have lampooned them, or have not reported them at all. When we add the general observations that people believe what they want to believe, and that doing nothing is normally the easiest option, we see a recipe for disaster.

    Kevin Moore

    The question of leadership is vital.

    Kevin Moore uses to the example of the Holocaust to demonstrate, how without leadership or the wrong leadership humanity can be led over a cliff.

    I would like to see an example of the type of leadership that we need to meet this crisis.

    So far we haven’t seen it.

    To determine the type of leadership we need I will also try and use an analogy from the 1940s

    In reacting to this (combined) crisis where will we get the leadership we need?

    The National Party as the political leaders of the business and the elites share an interest in burning down the house.

    National (and ACT) are the Moselyites of Climate Change.

    The Labour Party, which refuses to grasp the nettle and cannot get past the neoliberal ideal of not putting limits and controls on the market.

    Are the “Peace in our time” Chamberlains.

    But where in the political spectrum is the climate change Churchill?

    Is he or she in the Greens?

    Is he or she in the Mana Party?

    Is he or she in the newly resurgent, but still not dominant, Labour Party Left?

    Will such a leadership spring from a working arrangement between all three?

    Winstone Churchill, “We shall never surrender”

    When it comes to the battle against the agents of climate change, when will we see this same sort of courageous leadership from our leaders?

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    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    1 week ago
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  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
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    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    20 mins ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
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    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
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    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
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    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
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    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
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    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
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    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    1 hour ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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