web analytics

Rochelle, that was pretty good.

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, September 15th, 2008 - 78 comments
Categories: activism, crosby textor, dpf, humour, john key, Media - Tags: ,

Well it turns out my niece has been having fun and done an effective google bomb on John Key. I’ve just been watching her TV3 clip when I wrote this post. Rochelle shows her experience with the media in expressing her opinion. This is something that belongs in the Tips on campaigning.

I’ve had something to do with enhancing her programming skills, but very little to do with her skills at activism. Those have been honed since she started campaigning on animal rights when she was about fourteen.

It appears that the Herald On Sunday reporter didn’t listen closely enough to what Rochelle said – that she is not currently affiliated to any political party. This has always been the case, her primary focus has always been on animal welfare. Her main focus as a member in the Labour Party was to put forward remits on animal welfare legislation. She has also promoted animal rights with other parties as well. Over the last few years her rapidly changing career and life has been limiting her degree of activism in most areas including labour, greens, other activist groups, and even in animal rights. But apparently not entirely.

I see that the updated article in the Herald on Sunday now correctly states that she is not currently affiliated to any party. The crucial dropping of a single word in the article was pretty poor editing. Rochelle is not exactly invisible on the net either, if any confirmation was required. This is what happens when media organizations shed too many staff and the quality of the media reporting suffers through lack of fact checking.

An astonished uncle.

Update: NZ Herald article today. Looks like John Key has been whining – face it John – you got done by a 22 year-old with a brain.

BTW: David Farrar did a post about Rochelle yesterday. The comment section was a bit turgid with conspiracy theories, but the post was amusing and fair and heavily updated, thanks…

DPF asked.

I also found it amusing that that they are trying to suggest with their Google bombing that John Key is clueless. The bombing works better if it is an attribute that many people will agree with. They should have gone with ‘swallowing dead rats’ or something.

That I can explain having done some reading today. It either takes a lot of time with few people to setup a google-bomb or it takes a lot of people a short time. It looks like Rochelle took the former course

Most of the phrases you’d now consider to be relevant weren’t current even at the end of last year. At that time John Key was an enigma to most people, and probably still is.  About the only thing that was known about John Key at the time was that he made policy and speech gaffes regularly (and still does). Who can forget his claim to be leading the Labour party… That was quite clueless.

However there is nothing like a long hard election campaign to shine a bright light on leaders. It is going to be a long 8 weeks. Lots of time for the voters get to know him better and to figure out if he is politically clueless or not, despite the usual Crosby/Textor techniques to avoid it.

78 comments on “Rochelle, that was pretty good.”

  1. randal 1

    hey rochelle baby….way to go!!!

  2. Dom 2

    The Right are only jealous that they didn’t think of this – but given that half their supporters don’t even know how to turn on their computers I’m not surprised…

    Props to Rochelle. And I still think Key is clueless…my god, look at how he constantly mucks up time and time again – he is the most clueless political leader I’ve ever seen.

  3. randal 3

    yes he seems to have a big gap in his corpus callosum!

  4. I think DPF has taken the post down…? It is there when you click the above link but not when you search his site.

  5. Bill 5

    And although I agree it was a minor thing that shouldn’t have been on national news, the item DID link JK with two unsavoury fucked up politicians. And that’s an okay thing in my book.

  6. Anita 6

    I didn’t see it, but anyhow…

    I like that it made national news. I like that individuals and small groups can have a voice in this election campaign. Few individuals have the money to buy media coverage, but this proves that clever can work too.

  7. Daveski 7

    The bean … it’s on page 2 … DPF has been very active over the weekend! No conspiracy there.

    That’s she’s not currently affiliated is quite different from the fact that she has had affiliations or rather is somehow independent.

    But frankly, that this is news is disturbing regardless of one’s political pov.

    I can see what Anita is saying too although I suspect that the attitude’s towards it are skewed because it is anti-Key and a similar campaign against HC would be seen as dirty (based on past reactions).

    And LP – you should train her up as the next BOFH 🙂

  8. keith 8

    Supporting this kind of a stunt makes you lot look pathetic. Do you really want to be associated with schemes originating from the gutter?

    The only thing that this does is destroy Labour’s credibility – and you guys are endorsing it?

  9. r0b 9

    The only thing that this does is destroy Labour’s credibility – and you guys are endorsing it?

    Warning – humour free zone!

  10. lprent 10

    Daveski: It does become a bit of a problem when you have to try and anticipate what the journo MIGHT want to know.

    The standing rule is that one should answer journo’s questions with truth, however you’re there to expand on what you’d like presented to the public. If a journo wants to know more then they will continue with follow up questions.

    In this case Rochelle did exactly that and when asked what her political party affiliations were said that she didn’t know who she was going to vote for, and she had no current affiliations. That is the case. She isn’t going to vote for the Nats or Act, and is probably going to vote green or labour.

    Daveski – should she try to read a journo’s mind? Or aren’t they trained to ask questions.

  11. keith 11

    r0b – its a great way of turning people off Labour. Do you really think that anyone other than teenagers would be impressed with lame stunts like that?

  12. I think the reason it made the news, is not because someone did a google bomb, they are very common, but being a family member of the person who runs the standard and the media’s perception of the standard’s connection to the Labour party.

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

  13. jbc 13

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

    Because that would be dirty, not simply negative. Haven’t you been following the programme? 😉

  14. lprent 14

    Brett – probably not. The left appear to have less of a tendency at seeing conspiracies everywhere.

    I see that it is a common affliction in National politicians. First Bill English, and now John Key.

  15. lukas 15

    Brett – probably not. The left appear to have less of a tendency at seeing conspiracies everywhere.

    Iprent…. have you seen any posts by Trav?

  16. lprent 16

    lukas: Arrggghhhh, I even highlighted the ‘less’ with italics. It wasn’t an absolute statement.

    Have you read big bruv, redbaiter, whale, clint heine, etc writing. There are some that I suspect are faking it, but for some it is actually their reality. Shall we compare the ‘reality challenged’ (there was another phrase there, but in the interests of debate..)

    😈

  17. lukas 17

    heh agreed. Sorry, didn’t pay attention to the “less”. Apology given 🙂

    captcha 6th level- Isn’t the conspiracy that this is from the 9th level?

  18. Keep up the good work Rochelle!

  19. randal 19

    keith do you think we care about what you think. And furthermore there are just as many people who think rochelles prank was good stuff and will now vote for labour especially after bad tempered responses from the likes of yourself.

  20. Tim 20

    Rochelle (and supporters) – if you think this pathetic stunt will cause National to lose support your misguided. Idiots like you make Labour seem like a bunch of power hungry maniacs who will stop at nothing to impose their radical beliefs on NZers. In a few more weeks you guys will be gone – frankly it will be good riddance as far as the majority of NZers are concerned!!!

  21. lprent 21

    Ah radical beliefs? You mean like having a sense of humor. It is something that has obviously escaped you.

    By the way you used ‘your’ where you should have used ‘you’re’ or even better still ‘you are’. Besides, it is unlikely we will be ‘gone’. Unless you are planning on starting up some death camps somewhere.

    If you want to rant, then at least do it in manner that makes it look like you have passed some english classes somewhere and at some time.

  22. Daveski 22

    LP – fair enough.

    I don’t think my comments were at all negative of Rochelle and I certainly didn’t state she was being duplicitous. It does become an issue if it is inferred that she is independent but again your point is that this was not what she said.

    My bigger concern is that it’s just not really newsworthy – even if the journos did their job fairly.

    Let’s hope we don’t have copy cat Nats!

  23. Draco TB 23

    Ah, Tim (and others), most people would have a good giggle and carry on. I doubt if it’s going to change anyones vote at all. Some people, though, will actually think it means something.

    Im pretty sure if the guy that runs kiwiblog had a relative who did this, everyone here would be up in arms.

    If DPFs relative had a comparable sense of humour I’m sure that most people would still have a good laugh and carry on. Some people will think it means something.

  24. the sprout 24

    my my, there are some tetchy conservatives out there – who would have thunk they are bereft of humour and perspective?

    of course this won’t do much to change anyone’s opinions, that’s not how shifting public opinion works.

    what it will do is just help to consolidate the frame of JK not really knowing what he’s doing. and that frame has been slowly and carefully constructed over an extended period of time, with a lot of help from JK himself. that’s why the Nats can’t laugh this off – they know there’s a ring of truth the public agrees with.

  25. lprent 25

    I think that it is probably newsworthy in some minor form. People in my profession get quite interested in this stuff. Google bombing was meant to be quite hard to achieve these days since they played with the algorithms about 3 or 4 years ago.

    I don’t think that it rates as being prime-time TV news etc either.

    Of course it helped the news media that she is a female programmer (still a rare breed), young, reasonably photogenic, and she knows how to put a press release together (and to sound bite very effectively).

    More importantly it was the first time in NZ and done in a context of an immenent election.

    There will probably be other attempts to google-bomb. However in NZ, it takes a quite a level of persistence amongst a small group. If it is widely know then it it is too easy to block it.

    I haven’t noticed the requisite level of persistence and skills being widely spread.

  26. Daveski 26

    LP – all good points and reason for being a proud uncle too! I didn’t really the extent to which it is an achievement 🙂

    Good to see DPF seeing it for what it was worth too.

  27. infused 27

    Google bombing has been around and used for yonks. Just makes your niece look like an idiot imo. If it’s associated with The Standard in anyway, Google will in fact sink your your website – hence why people aren’t stupid enough to do it anymore.

    Just some information for you.

  28. I doubt if this site or the right’s Kiwiblog will make one voter change their mind.

    Bloggers and internet forums wont have a big enough sway to decide this election.

  29. Phil 29

    I doubt if this site or the right’s Kiwiblog will make one voter change their mind.
    Bloggers and internet forums wont have a big enough sway to decide this election.

    Don’t be so sure. Even though I’m still cheering the blue team, it’s a little less vocal than before I started reading this, and other, blogs. I’ve even defended Green Party policy (not just playing devils advocate) using some of the posts and comments here…

  30. Keith 30

    Randal – in the same way I don’t care what you think – pathetic stunts like this only serve in tarring Labour with a power-hungry, muck-raking brush which is bad look when they are trying to campaign on trust and ambition.

    In enjoying this stunt you demonstrate either your simple intelligence levels or that you’re pretty immature.

  31. lprent 31

    infused: I think you’re thinking about google-washing. Quite a different technique.

    As far as I’m aware the google bomb has never been used here. It’d be easy enough to find out though – I’ll run a search when I eat.

    BTW: have a look at this (highlighted section).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_bomb

    In the 2006 US midterm elections, many left-wing bloggers, led by MyDD.com, banded together to propel neutral or negative articles about many Republican House candidates to the top of Google searches for their names.[1] Right-wing bloggers responded similarly.[27]
    In January 2007, Google announced they altered their search engine algorithm to significantly reduce the effectiveness of the technique.[28]
    In March 2007, the Washington Post reported that Nikolas Schiller was able to Google bomb “Redacted Name” to highlight his website’s block on search engines.[29]
    In September 2008, John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party was Google Bombed with the query “clueless”[30]

  32. I just don’t think there will be a big enough swing because of bloggers, it didn’t happen in the states in 2006, and I don’t think it will happen here.

    How many people will actually change their mind who come here? A dozen maybe, two dozen tops, and the same goes for kiwiblog.

    Basically this election will be won by National, people are tried of this government and wont want to give it a fourth term, no matter how many google bombs or blogs hit the web.

  33. r0b 33

    I just don’t think there will be a big enough swing because of bloggers

    Has anyone made such a claim? Be pretty silly if they had.

    Basically this election will be won by National

    Maybe, maybe not.

  34. A nice change to see some more female coders out there!

  35. I somehow don’t think Key is clueless anyway? I mean anyone who has made themselves millions in not clueless.

  36. Felix 36

    He’s not clueless about making millions of dollars. Well spotted. But does that mean he’s not clueless?

    I’ve met people (and you probably have too) who have made a pretty good pile of money for themselves but don’t really have much of a clue about anything else. From what I’ve seen of Key I’d say he probably isn’t that interested in much else.

    Do we want a leader who has spent his whole life making millions of dollars for himself? Is that really a qualification to lead?

  37. randal 37

    actually most of it was in bonuses for firing other people who underperformed!

  38. mike 38

    FFS, you guys are incredible. Always going on about the real issues not getting debated and then thinking it’s great when a little fema-nazi cyber smears JK.

    Keep up the dirty stuff though as its playing right into the Nats hands.

    [lprent: There is a reason that phrase in the moderation (as I guess you’ve found previously). I don’t like it. Take 8 weeks off to contemplate why it isn’t a good idea to offend a male-nazi sysop. ]

  39. Pascal's bookie 39

    The top execs at ML, Bear Sterns, Freddie and Fannie, The L’ Brothers and so on all made bloody great piles of dosh for themselves over the last few years.

    Ask the shareholders of those firms for a reference on their awesomeness.

  40. Felix:

    I have never met anyone who has made that much money for themselves (unless its a lotto win) that was clueless.

    If he was that clueless, he would of lost it all by now. Its crazy to say the guy is clueless, its like the right in the states saying America is doomed because Obama doesn’t understand the issue of security.

    Key is not Clueless, Clark is not Clueless and talk like that just brings the debate down a peg or two but hey if ya want to be a bunch of little Karl Roves, be my guess.

    I want a leader who understands what personal responsibility is and that isn’t Clark.

  41. Trust me Satan 41

    Rochelle from hell.

  42. Draco TB 42

    I want a leader who understands what personal responsibility is and that isn’t Clark.

    From what I’ve seen of JK over the last 2 years I’m absolutely certain he does, as a matter of fact, know what personal responsibility is – and how to avoid it.

  43. mike 43

    “Do we want a leader who has spent his whole life making millions of dollars for himself?”

    Yes Felix I do. If it’s a choice between a self starter with real life experience or a career civil servant who puts her own lust for power before the NZ public then go figure

  44. RedLogix 44

    Ah right Mike, the kind of real life experience that has resulted in the Lehman Bros bankrupcy today… or BOA having to buy out Key’s old alma mater … is this the kind of experience you have in mind?

  45. So if Rochelle is engaged in dirty tricks because she once held a minor position on labour’s youth council and is related to Lynn then what is it when a current National party office holder who is on the National Party pay roll and the nephew of a very senior National Party MP gets involved in spreading smears about a Labour candidate’s sex life?

    http://robinsod.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/stalkathon/

  46. r0b 46

    a little fema-nazi cyber

    Why do so many of your right wing boys have problems with competent women? It is sad that you feel so threatened.

    (Captcha: ‘socialists might’ – well they might indeed!)

  47. Pascal's bookie 47

    That’s right mike, international bankers hate power, especially when compared to teachers. The are truly the salt of the earth.

  48. rOb

    The right loves powerful woman, Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Palin, Trisha Yearwood, Ann Coulter,

    We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman.

  49. A politician’s sex life should be private has long as they aren’t doing anything illegal.

    If Larry Craig wanted to hid the fact that he is gay and hung around in airport bathrooms that is his business.

  50. Brett – what about the National party connection? Surely that’s not a sign of an “upbeat and positive campaign”?

  51. Im sure this nephew of someone would be told not to do it again, unless the left who encourages this sort of thing.

  52. r0b 52

    We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman.

    And Rochelle has done that how? She needs to be called a “fema-nazi” because?

    As for Sarah Palin, playing on the fact that she’s a woman is positively the only thing she has going for her.

  53. Rob:

    If anyone dares says something bad about Aunty Helen, the left automatically jumps up and says “Your just saying this because she is a woman”

    Im sure if a relative of someone from kiwiblog had googled bombed a Maori MP, then you guys would be up in arms.

    As for Palin, well she has a good record in Alaska, but personally I hope Obama/Biden wins

  54. Tim Ellis 54

    I don’t think people should come down too harshly on Rochelle. It was an amusing prank, and quite novel in its approach. I think she could have been more up-front about her political affiliations and leanings, when asked, because I think it is material that she is a recent office-holder in the Labour Party. She set up this google-bomb, by her own admission, a year ago. She is, by LP’s admission, an LPG voter.

    I’ve said in another thread that I have noticed the tendency of some blog-writers and commenters to say they aren’t members of the Labour Party, while sounding, acting, and writing exactly as if they are. The Exclusive Brethren weren’t members of the National Party, either. The Exclusive Brethren members don’t vote. That doesn’t mean they weren’t campaigning against the Labour and Green Parties, on behalf of National and its friends. It’s just insulting to anybody’s intelligence to say otherwise. Rochelle isn’t alone in this, of course. As I’ve said, I think it seems to be a common theme.

    On the face of it, it also seems that Rochelle was not alone in setting up this google-bombing stunt. A number of people appear to have been involved in it. I very much doubt any of them were National supporters or right-wingers. Some of them appear to be commenters at the Standard, if this google-search is anything to go by:

    http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&q=clueless+site%3A.thestandard.org.nz&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

    [lprent: Ummm This is a site with literally millions of words in in. Typing in almost any phrase gets a massive hit rate.

    Try lemme see pejorative terms – pathetic, poppycock (an HS special), idiot, moron, dickhead, troll, whale etc…
    Hell you even get a few hits from gormless, dildo, wanker, etc..

    In fact you even get a few hits off pejorative

    I’d say that wasn’t particularly conclusive. Besides have a read of the wiki link – it is the hidden stuff on a link that does it]

  55. I guess “Clueless” is the buzz word for the extreme left. Oh well ya got to have a catch phrase I guess.

  56. r0b 56

    If anyone dares says something bad about Aunty Helen, the left automatically jumps up and says “Your just saying this because she is a woman’

    I’ve never said such a thing Brett, and I don’t recall it on The Standard. But We weren’t discussing HC, we were discussing the pathetic use of “fema-nazi” to describe Rochelle.

    Some of them appear to be commenters at the Standard, if this google-search is anything to go by

    Ahhh Tim, all you’re displaying there is ignorance of how a google bomb works.

  57. Perhaps we need a guest post from Rochelle to get the righties really wound up haha

  58. rOb

    People have been called “Retards” on this site, do you agree with that?

  59. Brett. You are a retard.

  60. r0b 60

    People have been called “Retards’ on this site, do you agree with that?

    What’s that got to do with anything Brett? No, I don’t like it when people get insulting. Except when ‘Sod does it – it’s part of his “thing”, like d4j and his surreal nonsense.

  61. Yo seem to be upset because someone was called a fema nazi, but not upset if someone is called a a retard.

  62. mattyroo 62

    Jeez, are all lefties bloody ugly… clark, rees, et al…

    Pity clark’s social engineering doesn’t run to looks!

  63. Andrew 63

    Try googling ‘labour funded blog’ from NZ pages and see what come up. Now that’s way more amusing than ‘Clueless’

    You couldn’t make it up any funnier. It just shows that you have to be carefull what you make a big deal out of as it may come back to bite you.

    Im sure there are many, many more variations out there in google land for both Labour and National. At the end of the day its just silly and who cares.

  64. Robinsod:

    Thanks for sharing! Your a funny guy, you should rent yourself out for formal occasions, well maybe not for the IHC fund raisers they might take offense.

  65. r0b 65

    Yo seem to be upset because someone was called a fema nazi, but not upset if someone is called a a retard.

    I said I didn’t like it Brett. Whereas your only comment on “fema nazi” is: “We just dont like woman who play on the fact that they are woman”.

  66. Jeez, are all lefties bloody ugly clark, rees, et al

    Pity clark’s social engineering doesn’t run to looks!

    Not as ugly as your mum matty – not as easy either…

    Brett – no problemo my retarded hombre…

  67. Conrad 67

    Clueless is a good start, but perhaps someone should create google bombs around other words too: Slimy, rat, dirty, filthy, hopeless, incoherent, Armageddon, earthquake, black abyss, Lord Ashcroft, Hannibal, plague, economic ruin, flip-flop, idiot, moron and pond scum, to name a few.
    Let the Bombing begin!

  68. rOB

    Like most people, I despise anything that comes out of Rush Limbaugh’s mouth, I understand he came up with the phrase Fema-Nazi.

    Like most on the right I love strong woman, and my take is, a lot of feminist are not out to make woman stronger, but make them into victims.

  69. Conrad 69

    -“a lot of feminist are not out to make woman stronger, but make them into victims.”

    Brett Dale is clearly right. It’s obvious that the majority of feminists have a secret burning desire to be repressed. They love being victims. In fact, it’s cruel not to persecute women. Let’s support the feminist movement by victimising women!

    Brett Dale, visionary. He spreads the light.

    I salute your towering intellect.

  70. That’s not what I said at all.

    The true strong feminists are all about power and making woman stronger and not playing the part of the victim, unfortunately a lot of people fall into the trap of doing this.

  71. Conrad 71

    It is true that some women often demand a double standard. They expect equal treatment in every respect (which of course they should have), but then retreat behind accusations of sexism when criticised. Look no further than Sarah Palin.

    But on the other hand I don’t think it’s correct to say that a lot of women set out specifically to play the part of the victim. Most women would take offence at that suggestion.

    By the way, the plural of woman is “women”

  72. Lprent- you mentioned me, but I am at a loss at what you are talking about? My blog has the same opinion of the Standard as you have of me. Except I revel in the fact that I am not in NZ seeing Labour in action…. and for that I am incredibly thankful.

    Although I am not that wound up enough to not want to have a Xmas beer with you on my return to NZ. I am not that bitter 🙂

  73. Dan 73

    How childish of her… I see Canterbury Uni cut ties with her before mid-morning yesterday http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=29723066&threadid=29723066

  74. infused 74

    I know they changed it. You can still pull it off easily enough. What I am saying is, when they detect one they investigate it. If they can link it to someone, using The Standard as an example, they will drop your ranking in Google.

    That’s why people normally use it for MPs, Presidents, CEOs etc.

    Regardless, I think it’s a rather childish thing to do. It’s not because I prefer National over Labour. If a nat did something like this i’d think the same. I know she apparently has no political affiliation (yeah right) but anyway…

  75. mike 75

    8 weeks thats a bit harsh

    [lprent: I was annoyed – you called my niece one of my least favored terms. Ok – lets drop it to two weeks.

    Of course I could always ask rochelle for her opinion? Ok I’ve been overruled by my girlfriend….. 4 weeks.

    BTW: she had a description about where you should stuff your complaint… Perhaps you could redeem yourself – try commenting on thehandmirror. I’ll watch with interest. ]

  76. Falafulu Fisi 76

    Lprent if you want your niece to be a top-notch in developing search engine algorithm, then I could point her out to resources of where to start. This is my domain area. I do know very well how the Google PageRank algorithm works. There are many variants of PageRank where they only vary in their precisions & recall capabilities. I have written one (power-law variant of PageRank) for the purpose of web-site surveillance. This is not new, intelligence services are using it. Also corporates are using it as well to keep an eye on their competitors in real-time (for the purpose of price wars) rather than manually (ie, a staff that is doing the surveillance) which is time-consuming (hard to keep up). The original article on PageRank (title : The anatomy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine) was published by Page & Brin (Google founders) was made available in the Proceedings of the seventh international conference on World Wide Web, 1998, so any interested person can grab the algorithm from this publication (available in most University libraries).

    The best online free publications (peer reviewed) of search algorithms is the Internet Mathematics. There are tons of other sources (online & print computing journals) that are dedicated to text/web search in general that I can list them here if your niece is interested & wants to be a top-notch software developer.

  77. randal 77

    mike…are you the person writing horrible thread headers on twademe about rachel?

  78. sean 78

    Why is that female computer programmers are always so naff-looking?

    [lprent: Why is it that trolls are such morons? Not to mention have the social manners of a yeti. ]

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    9 hours ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    18 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    18 hours ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    21 hours ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    22 hours ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    22 hours ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    23 hours ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    23 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    24 hours ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    1 day ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    2 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    2 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    2 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    3 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    3 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    3 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    5 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 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 ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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, ...
    6 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days 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
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week 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
    15 hours 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
    19 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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