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Republican circus

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, July 19th, 2016 - 52 comments
Categories: us politics - Tags: , ,

The Republican convention circus is under way.

It began with a last-ditch rebellion Never Trump diehards, eventually quashed after scenes of chaos an coercion. It continues with speeches from Trump family members and D-list celebrities. It will be a four day parade of ignorance and prejudice.

Summary from RNZ here, live coverage from The Guardian and CNN.

52 comments on “Republican circus”

  1. Sabine 1

    na he is the oompaloompa coloured saviour of the US Of A. He will make “america’ great again. And his family will help.

    All hail the most terrific and splendorous Man Trump and his daughter.

    • Molly 1.1

      Have you seen the Donald & Hobbes photoshopped cartoons yet?
      “Some clever folk have been replacing precocious 6-year-old Calvin, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, with Donald Trump and the results are, well, take a look…

      I’ll never look at Calvin the same way now.

      • Andre 1.1.1

        Desecration of great art like that is so wrong. And yet, somehow, the fit is perfect.

    • nom 1.2

      Sounds like his campaign has pivoted the slogan to ‘Make America *Safe* Again’

      Poor Americans, you’d think that all those guns would make them feel safe.

      • joe90 1.2.1

        Plagiarism, outright lies, whatever…

        Actually, crime is at its lowest point in recent American history. Going back decades.— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 19, 2016

  2. Anne 2

    Holy Moses, listen to this crackpot:

    No, I didn’t make it to the end. There’s only so much delusionary crap one can absorb at any given time.

  3. One Two 3

    The two party monopoly has completely exposed itself, and people are still poking sticks at Trump

  4. joe90 4

    This idiot kicked off his speech with a dog whistle – “Being American doesn’t mean getting free stuff.”

    This may be the best meme out there. #NeverHillary @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/q1ovj80Skt— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) July 11, 2016

  5. James 5

    As a right winger – even I shake my head in dismay at Trump. Then I look at Clinton and I ask myself is she any better? – probably not, but at least a little more credible on the world stage.

    Im really sitting here hoping for one hell of an independent candidate to pop up.

    Sadly I dont think it will happen.

    Normally you vote for who you think will be the best for the country – in this case its voting for who can do the less damage.

    • Sabine 5.1

      bwhahahahahahaha

      nah mate, Trump is the free market, he is the conservative, he is the man…..and he has inherited all form Daddy 🙂

      lol, he is the conservative dream come true 🙂

      bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • marty mars 5.1.1

        And let’s not forget that even though he is a billinaire proven liar he is somehow NOT beholden to The Man. Nope he is free personified,a walking independence thinker who tells people what they want to hear it and often things that wish they’d never heard. He IS the man – don’t mention the hands… /sposeihavetoputsarc

        • Sabine 5.1.1.1

          nah he is beholden to the bank, i think its even the deutsche bank who has bailed him out more then once. 🙂

          Yes…let him go and make “america” great again. Can’t wait. after all history must repeat itself.

  6. joe90 6

    The silver lining.

    Jon Stewart is coming to back to television just in time for the Republican and Democratic conventions.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/daily-show-jon-stewart-stephen-colbert-late-show-GOP-Dem-convention

  7. Colonial Viper 7

    Trump an easy win over Hillary.

    Bernie an easy win over Trump.

    • Jenny 7.1

      And if it wasn’t for massive anonymous corporate funding, someone like Clinton would never even be on the ticket.

      What was truely amazing about the Sanders campaign, was that Sanders, who refused any money from the Superpacs, was almost able to match Clinton’s funding with average donations of $20 from millions of normal everyday folk.

  8. Ad 8

    Even as an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter, I don’t think it’s helpful to cartoon what is happening over in the U.S. Republican Convention.

    The Tea Party has been a bigger source of renewal to the Republicans than Sanders has been to the Democrats or newer members have been to the Corbyn leadership. The Tea Party types now dominate the Senate as a majority, and Republicans overall still control Congress.

    We should take Trump very, very seriously. Brexit is the really good comparator here. Not all voters want to hear from “experts” or commentators. Their supporters want to act from gut instinct. They want a leader with gut instinct. They want Farage and Boris, not the Etonians or Harvardians.

    Trump may even go far closer in the coming polling than us Clintonites might want.

    Win or lose he will have left a massive fissure between two kinds of Republican Party: the dying Old Conservative of Rove, Ailes, Romney, and the Bushes, and the New Conservative for whom ethnicity, immigration and protection of “Western Culture” etc is paramount.

    GOP Congressmen are absolutely explicit about western and white supremacy; check this out from the Convention itself:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steve-king-white-people-western-civilization_us_578d5f34e4b0a0ae97c320ed?section=

    Trump has paved the way for further Trump-like characters to emerge within future presidential candidates, within the Senate, within the media, and within state governors. His success is part of the reason I wrote the post on liberal society.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Clinton lead over Trump is 2.7% in the poll of polls.

      Liberals have been taking Trump to lightly, and trusting Clinton too seriously.

      • Sabine 8.1.1

        liberals have done neither.

        You say so, but there is no liberal that i know here or elsewhere in the world that would take that man lightly. You however have can’t see past your own prejudice and blinkers. But then history will tell us who was right and who was not.

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          Sorry, but the constant liberal piss taking of Trump as an idiot, reality show clown and a buffoon, right up to this week making parody ‘sexual penetration’ gifs of the short lived Trump/Pence logo proves you wrong.

          Liberals haven’t even begun waking up to Trump yet.

          As I have been saying for a couple of months now. An easy victory Trump over Crooked Clinton.

          But Bernie could beat him hands down. He’s the candidate that America actually wants, and has been denied. By the entrenched US liberal establishment.

          • Sabine 8.1.1.1.1

            how about Killary, Hang her, Cunt, Bro’s for Bernie Ho’s for Hillary? Can’t take it? Don’t play.

            go cry a river Colonial Viper ….Bernie is not in the running anymore he is gone. You need to go on with life.

            But i guess its hard when all your heros have gone and the rest are just as human as everyone else. So go upheld the oompa loompa 🙂 he’s all yours.

            and history will tell which one of us was correct.

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              My point is that liberals have taken Trump far too lightly and for far too long; not that Republicans don’t have their own memes about Clinton.

              go cry a river Colonial Viper ….Bernie is not in the running anymore he is gone. You need to go on with life.

              Only an establishment loyalist like you could be so flippant.

              They forced him to his knees and he finally capitulated.

              This is the guy that Americans clearly want as their President, over both Trump and over Clinton, by a country mile. A true socialist.

              But you’ll just shrug and accept what the rotten system spits out at you? Shame.

              • Sabine

                oh boy, you know what you really think you are special.

                If , and again I say IF, the US American Public wanted Bernie Sanders than he would have won. Full stop here. Also know that Bernie Sanders has yet to concede. Which he has not done. He has given a lukewarm thumps up to Hillary but he has not ceded his delegates and he will go into the democratic convention carrying his 1900 delegates that he has won.
                However, no matter how flawed the system is He Bernie Sanders Has not Won the outright nomination. Full stop here.

                Again, as with your whinging about Neo Liberalism and shit, i will again point out to you that People Vote and as Brexit has shown, Voting has consequences. So you may want to blame the people for voting for Fuckwits to win. No one forced Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders has yet to concede.

                Remember Colonial Viper, people get the politicians that they vote for. NZ in 2008 could have voted for Jeanette Fitzsimmons but they did not. They ran a Helen Clark/John Key Contest. See where that got us.

                As for Bernie Sanders, you do need to go on in life, and maybe crying a river would help you clear your vision.

                • swordfish

                  “If , and again I say IF, the US American Public wanted Bernie Sanders than he would have won. Full stop here.”

                  I think you’ll find the “American public” didn’t get to vote in the Democratic primaries. All Polls have shown Sanders significantly more popular than Clinton with the US public in general and (unlike Clinton) easily winning one-on-one races against Trump.

                  Sanders popular with Democrats, Independents and a minority of Republicans. Clinton popular with majority of Democrats / deeply unpopular with the all-important Independents.

                  • Sabine

                    poll according to polls in NZ we love us some John Key every day of the year.

                    but not everyone voted for him. there were primaries as far as i can remember, Bernie won some and Hillary won some.

                    don’t get me wrong, i would prefer Bernie, but if the guy does not get it i would vote Hillary. not because i think she is the very bested but for the selfish reason of being a human with a uterus and vagina. The republicans don’t like humans with uterus and vaginas. they do their darners to make family planning a thing like it was in the 15 century with about the same health care available while at the same time cutting any and all benefits for women and children. Cause nothing says pro life than hungry and homeless kids without medical insurance in schools where there are more cops than teachers.

                    But people voted, be they delegates, super delegates of peeps that cast a vote in a standard primary. And the dice has rolled. Unless we are now happy to only accept democratic results that we individually consider democratic enough?

                  • Lanthanide

                    Actually 538 found that amongst true independents, Hillary was about as popular as Bernie.

                    It was only among Democrat-leaning “independents” that Bernie had an advantage over Hillary. Note that Democrat-leaning independents almost always vote Democrat, hence why that particular statistic is not of critical concern for Hillary.

    • Pat 8.2

      “Trump has paved the way for further Trump-like characters to emerge within future presidential candidates, within the Senate, within the media, and within state governors. His success is part of the reason I wrote the post on liberal society.”

      As Monbiot has suggested, it may be better if Trump won….what may follow his failure may be worse

      • Sabine 8.2.1

        i think that boat has sailed. And while i don’t like the man and don’t care about him, i can see him win. And then i take a history book and go to the page that says Germany or Italy 1933.

      • locus 8.2.2

        better if Trump won

        Are you or Monbiot for real?

        “Christie, who is governor of New Jersey and leads Trump’s White House transition team, said the campaign was drawing up a list of federal government employees to fire if Trump defeats Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.” http://reut.rs/29KzSqP 

        Trump plagiarising from wretched Erdogan’s hymnsheet…

  9. Sabine 9

    and don’ send your wife to speechify a plagiarised speech from 2008 by Michelle Obama. Thats just tacky.

    https://twitter.com/jpanzar/status/755251069161185280/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  10. adam 10

    TYT summary of day 1, Interesting

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      it’s very clear that the RNC cannot be bothered holding a proper convention, or backing this upstart idiot Trump.

      • adam 10.1.1

        Have you seen the Libertarians candidates numbers? He is at 13%, bloody nora.

        Jill the Start Stein is at 8%, and both of these people have zero coverage. ZERO!

        Even anonymous have joined the debate.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          If only Bernie went Green…

          • adam 10.1.1.1.1

            His people are slowly starting too. I think the democratic convention will be the tipping point.

            Best thing about this is the democrats can’t whinge about the people who vote Green now, or bemoan a wasted vote, as their are both left and right alternatives.

          • Adrian 10.1.1.1.2

            And split the left vote. Marvelous.

  11. Rae 11

    Here’s my (piss) take, for what it’s worth, on Mrs Trump’s speech. She hired a speech writer, who, sadly for her, can’t stomach Trump and saw a golden opportunity.
    Trump and his party were too thick to see what the speech writer did, the speech writer could hardly believe his/her luck.
    So strong is the conspiracy theory that I wouldn’t mind betting the Obama’s knew all along and heartily endorsed the speechwriter’s actions. Priceless.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Lazy speech writer started late and hoped no one would notice his crib notes…

      • Sabine 11.1.1

        actually according to the Trump campaign she did write it herself. And then she did write it herself with some other writers. That may change by tomorrow but still

        she wrote her beautiful speech

        https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/755279965218897920

        and she is also on camera stating that she wrote her speech quickly and re-read it before performing it.

        but yeah, must’ave’been a lazy speech writer who hoped that no one would notice ‘his’ crip notes. You sure it was not a Hillary plant that infiltrated the Trump Campaign to sour the beautiful speech for Mrs. Trump?

      • Lanthanide 11.1.2

        The speech writer used to write speeches for Hillary, so the conspiracy angle on this one isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem at first.

      • Rae 11.1.3

        Lazy? I reckon more like a really clever ABTer

  12. Macro 12

    But is there Open Carry?

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    6 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    7 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago