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Resignation watch

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, September 12th, 2011 - 39 comments
Categories: bill english, corruption, disaster, Gerry Brownlee, john key, sport - Tags: , , ,

Which minister will John Key fire this week?

Bill ‘Double Dipton’ English, who is embroiled in yet another personal corruption scandal following the revelations on his housing expenses in 2009 and the PEDA money in 2010. This time for an unadvertised, big-money contracting job has been handed to his brother Mervyn to set up the mysterious new ‘Health Sector Forum’, which looks like a stalking horse to get more publicly-funded work handed to private providers. As a one-off, the Finance Minister’s brother being given a high paying job in the public sector that wasn’t advertised would look dodgy. With English’s form, it looks like blatant corruption.

Gerry ‘The VIIIth’ Brownlee’s fiefdom in Christchurch is seeing a peasants’ revolt. Many red zone people are saying they will not accept the government’s inadequate offer for their properties. Option 1 (2007 RV) will not get people a replacement property and will leave people tens of thousands, in some cases hundreds of thousands out of pocket, after Brownlee and Key promised to protect them. Option 2 (government buys land, insurer pays replacement) is a no go because the insurers won’t pay replacement on red zone houses, even ones they had previously called write-offs. Homeowners are allowed to appeal their home’s categorisation in theory but Brownlee is denying them the geotech data with which to do it. Three hundred redzoners turned out to a protest yesterday. Brownlee has no plan on what to do with people who refuse to leave the redzone, including the 50-odd uninsured households who have received no offer from the government. He seems to think he can simply bully people. It’s not working. He needs to go.

Murray ‘drowned rat’ McCully delivered Key a huge embarrassment on Friday. Just hours after Key skited that critics of his ‘party central’ would be eating their words, people were jumping into the sea to escape the crush on the wharf while thousands of ticket holders missed the opening ceremony in the transport chaos. As Duncan Garner says, heads should be rolling. McCully was the point-man on sorting this. Steven Joyce also has responsibility for not putting enough into public transport over the past 3 years and wasting it on motorways instead. As does Rodney Hide, who took transport out of the democratic control of the Council. But, as the Dom says, the buck stops with McCully. He refused to offer an apology on Saturday.  McCully ought to be tendering his resignation within the week.

So, who will go? Will Key have the guts, and the principles, to sweep away all three of these yesterday’s men?

39 comments on “Resignation watch”

  1. tc 1

    Come on it’s all labours fault with the NACT, or someone else as for Blinglish his behaviour is typical ‘up yours proles, due process is for suckers’ and with ChCh I’m sure Sideshow has other ‘experts’ who say what a bang up job, bravo, 3 cheers for national.

  2. What makes you think he’s going to fire any of them? Particularly after the List announcement, I don’t think he’ll be doing any shuffling unless absolutely inescapable.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    “Option 2 (government buys land, insurer pays replacement) is a no go because the insurers won’t pay replacement on red zone houses, even ones they had previously called write-offs.”

    You have way overstated the problem here. My parents have a house written off in the red zone. They have taken option 2. They have already purchased a section. The 2007 land value was 194k (compared to 180k they have paid for a section in Wigram Skies). The capital value of the house was only 90k due to it being quite old. The offer from the insurance company for rebuilding their house is 266k, meaning their equity has increased by around $190k.

    My parents were at their red zone property the other day, and met a neighbour from across the road who was thrilled that her house, that had previously been deemed repairable was now considered a write-off and that she would now be able to get a new house on a new section as well.

    I agree that people with complete write-offs with total replacement policies are often much better off than people with repairable damage. However, that would be the case whether the property was red zoned or not.

    My parents’ insurance policy has an exclusion clause that says that the policy won’t apply for decisions made by governing bodies with respect to demolishing properties. So, I guess that is why people don’t get full replacement simply for being in the red zone.

    However, I do agree there needs to be a system to ensure fair assessments of properties. To this end the government could set up an appeal process where red zoners who are unhappy with the assessments from their insurance companies can appeal to an independent loss adjuster who’s determination would be considered binding.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      “You have way overstated the problem here. My parents have a house written off in the red zone. ”

      Many more people appear to fall into the situation of having a house that is not a write-off. So there’s no overstatement of the problem at all.

      You’re simply extrapolating from 1 or 2 anecdotes to come up with some sort of conclusion that actually everything is fine for most people, when it demonstrably is not.

      “My parents’ insurance policy has an exclusion clause that says that the policy won’t apply for decisions made by governing bodies with respect to demolishing properties. So, I guess that is why people don’t get full replacement simply for being in the red zone.”

      The clause is (typically) based on the grounds of compulsory acquisition by the government for roading projects and the like. Compulsory acquisition of property as a result of earthquake damage really doesn’t fit the bill, and IMO the government should make a ruling that says that if a house is the red zone, and has this clause on their contract, the house should be considered to be needing a full write-off. My boyfriend observed that at the moment the government buyout is essentially a bail out for the insurance industry, nothing more.

      Alternatively these insurance companies quoting for repair are quoting as if they are repairing houses with their current foundations. But given the state of the land, surely they would need to be sinking whacking great concrete columns many metres into the ground for these houses if they were properly “repaired” on their current land, which will drive up the cost of “repairs” significantly to the point that in many if not most cases it would be cheaper to simply pay for a standard rebuild on sound land elsewhere.

      Seems to me like the insurance companies are having it both ways at the moment.

      • tsmithfield 3.1.1

        “Many more people appear to fall into the situation of having a house that is not a write-off. So there’s no overstatement of the problem at all.”

        What Eddie said was:

        Option 2 (government buys land, insurer pays replacement) is a no go because the insurers won’t pay replacement on red zone houses, even ones they had previously called write-offs.

        Here he quite clearly says that option 2 isn’t available for anyone and that insures won’t pay out full replacement at all. and that they have reversed write-off decisions in every case,

        The two examples I gave show this to be patently incorrect. i.e. it only takes one couter example to disprove a theory.

        “You’re simply extrapolating from 1 or 2 anecdotes to come up with some sort of conclusion that actually everything is fine for most people, when it demonstrably is not.”

        Actually, I personally know four people in the red zone who are getting full replacement and are very happy with the outcome. Therefore, since I, just a sample of one person, know of four happy families, it suggests that there are likely to be many out there happy with the results. Also, my Dad tells me that everyone he knows in his red zone area are very happy with the outcome. Given the number of protesters in the recent protest is only a small percentage of the total, then I think that most probably are happy.

        “IMO the government should make a ruling that says that if a house is the red zone, and has this clause on their contract, the house should be considered to be needing a full write-off.”

        Why would you think that? If they had been in the green zone with a repairable house, the house would have been repaired back to its previous standard, nothing more. So, why should red zoners with repairable houses get any more than a house of equivalent value to the one they are leaving?

        “Seems to me like the insurance companies are having it both ways at the moment.”

        And I have suggested there should be a process whereby those who are unhappy with decisions by insurance companies get quick access to justice.

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          “Here he quite clearly says that option 2 isn’t available for anyone and that insures won’t pay out full replacement at all. and that they have reversed write-off decisions in every case,”

          I didn’t read it that way, but I agree it can be read that way. I wouldn’t think that was a reasonable interpretation, though.

          “Actually, I personally know four people in the red zone who are getting full replacement and are very happy with the outcome.”

          The plural of anecdote is not data.

          “Given the number of protesters in the recent protest is only a small percentage of the total, then I think that most probably are happy.”

          There have been recent media reports saying that very few homeowners have actually returned their consent forms.

          “Why would you think that? If they had been in the green zone with a repairable house, the house would have been repaired back to its previous standard, nothing more. So, why should red zoners with repairable houses get any more than a house of equivalent value to the one they are leaving?”

          I’m not sure what you’re arguing here. I think you misunderstood what I said. I’ll put it another way: if your house is in the red zone, it should be classed as a write-off and any and all clauses in your insurance policy that apply to houses that are fully destroyed would apply to you.

          “And I have suggested there should be a process whereby those who are unhappy with decisions by insurance companies get quick access to justice.”

          Seems like all they need is a test case saying that to “repair” a house in the red zone will cost $$$$$ because of requiring large expense on the foundations, and that would be sufficient for the full replacement clauses to kick in for most houses as being the cheaper option.

          • tsmithfield 3.1.1.1.1

            “I’m not sure what you’re arguing here. I think you misunderstood what I said. I’ll put it another way: if your house is in the red zone, it should be classed as a write-off and any and all clauses in your insurance policy that apply to houses that are fully destroyed would apply to you.”

            No. I didn’t misunderstand.

            Just because a house that has repairable damage is in the red zone is no justification for complete replacement. If it had been in the green zone, it would have been repaired to the extent that it was restored to its pre-quake value via insurance. In contrast, someone with a complete rebuild gets a brand new house that is naturally worth more because it is new. So even in the green zone, there are people who do better simply because their house is more damaged.

            What the government has done is effectively put red zoners into the same position as green zoners. If there house is repairable, it is effectively restored to its pre quake value (i.e. cv for land and improvements). If it is a total write off they get a new house in another section with the consequential increase in value via their insurance.

            In principle, I really don’t see why this isn’t fair, especially when it is tax payers money that is largely funding this.

            • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.1.1

              “Just because a house that has repairable damage is in the red zone is no justification for complete replacement. If it had been in the green zone, it would have been repaired to the extent that it was restored to its pre-quake value via insurance. In contrast, someone with a complete rebuild gets a brand new house that is naturally worth more because it is new. So even in the green zone, there are people who do better simply because their house is more damaged.”

              Lets flip that the other way, shall we?

              If someone in the green zone has repairable damage, the house will be repaired and they can keep living there. If that same house was in the red zone, despite being repairable, they are forced to leave the property by the government.

              In one case (green zone) they get the house repaired and get to live there. In the other case (red zone), even if it *could* be repaired they still have to leave.

              The whole point of having full replacement insurance is to replace your house should it no longer be liveable, eg, it burnt to the ground. The fact that houses are still largely intact in the red zone doesn’t change the fact that they’re unliveable (because the government/council is not going to rebuild services in that area).

              “What the government has done is effectively put red zoners into the same position as green zoners. ”

              Um, no, because the government isn’t paying out for land value on green zone property. There will be properties in the green zone that have substantial land damage but because they’re isolated they’re marked green. In this case they get $100k from EQC for the land and that’s it. Insurance companies don’t cover land, only the house, so if the house can’t actually be rebuilt/repaired on that land then you’ll just have to take the $100k payment to move elsewhere.

              So they are NOT treating people in the red and green zones who have equal land damage equally.

              • Lanthanide, you’re right. The government’s two offers are primarily structured in order to; first, ease the predicament of insurers; second, minimise the government’s exposure; and, third, provide some compensation for those in the red zone (necessary as soon as Key promised NZ would stand with Christchurch and Brownlee kept assuring anyone who’d listen that the government would preserve homeowners’ equity).

                When you’re third (last) in the priority queue I guess you can’t expect much.

                • tsmithfield

                  “In one case (green zone) they get the house repaired and get to live there. In the other case (red zone), even if it *could* be repaired they still have to leave.”

                  And get paid out at 2007 valuations which were formulated at the top of the property market. So a lot of red zone people will be doing better than many green zone people who have seen a considerable drop in property values since 2007.

                  “Um, no, because the government isn’t paying out for land value on green zone property. There will be properties in the green zone that have substantial land damage but because they’re isolated they’re marked green. In this case they get $100k from EQC for the land and that’s it. Insurance companies don’t cover land, only the house, so if the house can’t actually be rebuilt/repaired on that land then you’ll just have to take the $100k payment to move elsewhere.”

                  Its 50k + gst for the land btw, not $100k. I don’t really follow you here. It seems like you’re now trying to say that some green zoners will be worse off than red zoners. But if it turns out green zone land is in fact unbuildable, it will be red zoned too, from my understanding. So I don’t think your argument follows.

                  PG: “Lanthanide, you’re right. The government’s two offers are primarily structured in order to; first, ease the predicament of insurers; second, minimise the government’s exposure; and, third, provide some compensation for those in the red zone (necessary as soon as Key promised NZ would stand with Christchurch and Brownlee kept assuring anyone who’d listen that the government would preserve homeowners’ equity).”

                  Firstly, it is a very clean deal. Imagine if insurers had dug their heels in and we had 30000 civil cases against insurance companies in the pipeline. Secondly, the government should try to minimise the liability to tax payers since they are paying. Thirdly, it is an incredibly generous offer. 2007 capital values are excellent for most people, and many are doing incredibly well.

                  • TS, 2007 ratings valuations are themselves inequitable. I know you like anecdotes so here’s one.

                    I had a discussion with a friend who is a prominent valuer in Christchurch. We talked about the deal. He shook his head and said words to the effect that “we all know that rating valuations have historically been lower than they should have been in low income areas and higher than they should have been in high income areas”.

                    Rating valuations are done without property inspections. They bear little relation to the property market – hence your argument that the valuations were done “at the top of the property market” is irrelevant. Those valuations did not reflect the then existing market value.

                    As for your claim that the offer is “incredibly generous” I really think you need to look up a definition of ‘generous’. And the 2007 values – for reasons given to me by the valuer – are not “excellent for most people”. Haven’t you heard? Even John Key is getting bothered about how inadequate the deal is for people.

                    I also don’t know if you’ve been reading the letters to the editor page of The Press recently (the issue is starting to really hot up) but, if you have, you’ll have a pretty large anecdotal sample size from those in the red zones testifying to the fact that the deal doesn’t work for them – and why it doesn’t. 

                    I’ve extracted some letter writers’ comments in writing about this

                    • tsmithfield

                      Puddlegum, my wife is a real estate agent for Harcourts and according to her, for several years now properties have often been selling at below the 2007 valuations. So, this being the case, the 2007 valuations generally will be very fair, even if there is the occasional anomoly.

                      My wife tells me she is dealing with a number of red zoners, as are many of the other agents she knows. She hasn’t heard much complaining about valuations. One of the buyers she is working with has come out with $450,000 to purchase another property. This is going to be a major improvement on what that client has left behind.

                      Some of those red zoners in areas such as Bexley chose to build in the most undesirable land in Christchurch. Hence the land was cheap in the first place and hasn’t changed a lot in value since. The problem is that there is very little land of similar undesirability to replace it with.

                    • Lanthanide

                      “My wife tells me she is dealing with a number of red zoners, as are many of the other agents she knows.”

                      Haha. You realise that people from the red zone who are liasing with real estate agents at this point of time obviously have money or are getting full payouts from insurance.

                      That’s obviously a biased sample.

                    • tsmithfield

                      “That’s obviously a biased sample.”

                      Of course it is.

                      But so is the crowd of 300 or so unhappy residents that are doing the protesting that inspired Eddie to produce an over the top negative prognosis on the matter.
                      I would assume that 300 protestors would probably represent approx 100 houses. If this is all the angst there is out of the 3000 houses or so that have been red zoned thus far, then I think the government has done a good job.

                    • One of the buyers she is working with has come out with $450,000 to purchase another property.

                      Ermm, TS, I thought the first couple to receive a cheque from CERA (under the government’s offers) happened yesterday and was only on land (as is the next offer in line). That $450,000 can’t have much to do with the government’s offer. 

                    • Lanthanide

                      The point I have been making all along, ts, is you said this:

                      “You have way overstated the problem here.”

                      You’re speaking from anecdotal evidence of a handful of people and extrapolating this to mean the problem is “way overstated”.

                      Meanwhile we see dozens of letters to the editor as well as the rally of 300 people protesting the government. With there being something like 5000 households in the initial red zone, 300 is actually a sizeable sample.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1.2

          Actually, I personally know four people in the red zone who are getting full replacement and are very happy with the outcome.

          Really ? . From what I have heard , after the govt announced the buyout in the red zone, the insurance companies went back to those they had offered to settle and withdrew the offer – under instructions from the re-insurers

          • tsmithfield 3.1.1.2.1

            Don’t know about that. One of the people I know has already purchased another replacement property at considerably higher value than their rooted property via insurance. My wife (a real estate agent) is assisting another to find a property. My parents just received their offer last week, and the other person just found out they had an insurance offer on the weekend.

      • aerobubble 3.1.2

        Pictures of new homes, recently built, on sandy liquifiable soils does help insurers
        cause, when did the council know of the liquifaction risk and/or why didn’t it.

  4. Jim Nald 4

    Fire?

    The bonfire that I have been planning for this year’s Guy Fawkes night (Sat 5 Nov) is running out of room with McCully’s effigy riding on donkey and the humongous effigy of Gerry Bullee crowding out Double Dipstick.

  5. curious 5

    I’m curious as to what you base this supposition on: “set up the mysterious new ‘Health Sector Forum’, which looks like a stalking horse to get more publicly-funded work handed to private providers.”

    Simply a wind-up for the party faithful?

  6. Lanthanide 6

    “people were jumping into the sea to escape the crush on the wharf”

    How many people actually did that? I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere else, either.

    • bbfloyd 6.1

      it’s been mentioned in a few places… i had friends there who corroborated this and much more… it was the closest auckland’s come to a riot since the queen st riots of the eighties….. and with the huge numbers involved, would have been much worse…

      everyone i know who was there talked about how scary it got as the afternoon wore on…. and now the govt is unloading on to len brown at a hundred mph……. now that’s what i call real leadership….

      • Lanthanide 6.1.1

        Wonder if this will show up in the polls?

        Also Labour could capitalise on it: vote us for trains in Auckland.

  7. Macro 7

    How many will go???
    Don’t hold your breath!
    My pick is none.
    “Accountability” is not in this showers dictionary..

  8. big bruv 8

    Lol….you expect the Nat’s to behave at a standard higher than the previous corrupt Labour government?

    Anyway, the only resignation this week will be Goofs.

  9. Ianupnorth 9

    Another thread bereft  of Tory comment – where are Chris73, Higherstandard, QSF – all gone missing – AGAIN!

    • tc 9.1

      Big bruv’s drawn that short straw today and doing it in the usual over the top not even attempting credibility style we’ve come to know and love.

      • Ianupnorth 9.1.1

        And he has no ability to construct a reasoned argument; all he can do is spout the media perspective of alleged corruption; he is blind to the facts, that people are worse off under his mob, that people are leaving in their droves, that unemployment and debt are both rising, but hey, John Key is a nice guy, far better than nasty corrupt Helen Clark – seriously, BB is a fucktard, best ignored.

    • mik e 9.2

      Ianupnorth.The right wing politicians that use those sud o names are in the corporate box’s enjoying the national religion at the expense of the big banks no doubt.

    • chris73 9.3

      In no particular order: watching the world cup, visiting family, working and celebrating my birthday

      However I don’t think anyone is going to get fired, Gerry survives because he apoligised and admitted he stuffed up (theres a lesson there somewhere)

      also regarding the trains I think blame can be aportioned to the govt, the council and the management

  10. Marjorie Dawe 10

    Why does the buck stop with MCCully? Have a think about who the idiot was who decided and who bullied Auckland into agreeing that party central should be on the wharf where all the ferries come and go, just across the road from the rail station and buses.

    This same idiot said this morning that we shouldnt point the finger. John Key doesnt want to point the finger at himself because he has been caught out going with his emotions rather than making a sensible and considered choice. They also contributed to the oversubscription of party central by telling everyone that it would be the place to be. Talk about a one horse band.

    • aerobubble 10.1

      Over many years the Sydney Opera House has become a stage for outdoors events. It
      didnt happen over night, but then there is a large park next to it, does afford great
      respect an mana by being a stunning building, on a stunning harbor, which over
      time the residents have removed the worst architecture.

      However party central was a dream, on a old car park, bare of public transport
      solutions and experience, hacked onto the back of a new Stupid City Council.
      All I might add the dreamt up under the present National Government, in
      a ad hoc fashion to show how innovative we could be in a short time.

      The only good thing to say is it could have been so much worse, so easily,
      lucky we have no mad righwing extremists who like to kill children, bomb
      the central district, etc.

    • Jum 10.2

      Marjorie Dawe,

      This is another example of Key’s lack of gravitas – you can make jokes and mince about but always, at the back of your mind, you must understand that as the leader of a country your words will be taken as meaning something (why, in his case, I have no idea). When he said come and join me/us at the party people actually thought he meant them. Silly buggers. He meant the 12,000 that were allowed, not the rest of the people trying to join him.

      Joyce and McCully know already what a shallow windbag Key is; they should have known, if they had any sense, that Key would incite chaos without even considering his actions. His minders – how many minders does Key have now – about 50 as leader of the opposition must be trebled by now and still this government bombed.

  11. hellonearthis 11

    Seems like business as usual for National.

  12. Jum 12

    Sack Key – he’s more dangerous to our country than any of the other bozos.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    5 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    17 hours ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    17 hours ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    18 hours ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    6 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    7 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    38 mins ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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