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  • The Second (And Final?) Crucifixion Of Winston Peters.
    Stag At Bay: Twelve years ago, Winston Peters was still robust enough to come back from the political crucifixion which his political and media enemies had prepared for him. In his seventies now, the chances of a second resurrection are slim. We should, therefore, prepare for the last gasp of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Earth’s artificial rings
    Satellites pass over NZ all the time (literally). Here I focus on the 187 Planet Labs ‘Dove’ Earth-imaging satellites, and I show that one can determine in advance where they will be, enabling scientists on the ground to correlate their environmental and other data collection with opportunities to get imaging ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Softy Jejune Parson – the new Mother Superior of Wellington
      The Council of Disobedient Women has learned that the Prefect of Aro Valley has been promoted to a new role with the blessing of the Pope of Wellington. Softy Jejune Parson has been appointed Mother Superior of Woke Wellington for the work she has been doing calling out heretics, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Atlantic shakeup: US and UK leadership contenders ripping up the usual scripts?
    On both sides of the Atlantic, some purportedly “contentious” and “difficult to deal with” leadership contenders to lead the US and UK, as President and Prime Minister respectively, seem to have thrown a few spanners into the works of the normal messaging most are used to hearing constantly. Except they’re ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is the PM’s problem
    In Question Time today the Prime Minister was naturally facing questions about Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his dubious party financing arrangements, which seem to violate electoral finance law. Her response was to pretend that it was nothing to do with her, and that she is not responsible for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Australia’s secret prisoner
    A prisoner stripped of their name, imprisoned for a secret crime after a secret trial, with all details legally suppressed for secret reasons. A story by Kafka or Dumas? China? No, its just the latest stage of Australian tyranny:An Australian citizen was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in the ACT last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Bridges should put his money where his mouth is
    Stuff has more details on what New Zealand First's slush-fund has been funding, with much of the spending directly benefiting the party. Which makes it look a lot like hidden donations, rather than the completely-innocent-giant-pile-of-cash Winston is trying to portray it as. The Electoral Commission is now investigating, but Simon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • The APEC police state enabling bill
    I've joked before about how hosting international summits effectively turns part of your country into a police state for the duration. Well, New Zealand is hosting APEC in 2021, with events throughout the year in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland. And the government has put up a bill to give itself ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    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 I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 weeks ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 weeks ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 weeks ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 weeks ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 weeks ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 weeks ago

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  • Cost less of a factor for Kiwis seeking GP care
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new data showing a sharp drop in the number of people who can’t afford to visit their GP is a sign of real progress. One year after the Government made it cheaper for about 600,000 Kiwis to visit their doctor, results of the New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trade for All Board releases recommendations
    The Trade for All Advisory Board has released its recommendations for making New Zealand’s trade policy deliver for all New Zealanders.  The report was today welcomed by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker.  “Trade is crucial to this country’s economy and well-being, and the benefits need to flow to all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Porirua housing partnership to improve housing in the city
    A partnership signed today between the Crown and local iwi, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangātira (Ngāti Toa), will improve the quality of state housing in western Porirua, says the Associate Minister of Housing, Kris Faafoi. Contracts have been signed at a ceremony at Takapūwāhia Marae, in Porirua, between Ngāti Toa, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minster Delivers Erebus Apology
    E aku manukura, tēnā koutou. He kupu whakamahara tēnei i te aituā nui i Te Tiri o Te Moana, i Erebus I runga i tētahi maunga tiketike i riro atu rā tētahi hunga i arohanuitia E murimuri aroha tonu ana ki a rātou.  Kua titia rātou ki te manawa, mō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF backing Southland skills
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is supporting an initiative that will help Southlanders into local jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced in Invercargill today. “I’m pleased to be in the great South today to announce PGF support of $1.5 million for Southland Youth Futures. This initiative is all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ten Southland engineering firms get PGF funding
    Ten engineering firms in Southland are receiving Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investment to lift productivity and create new jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today in Invercargill. Minister Jones announced over $4 million of PGF support for projects in the engineering and manufacturing, and aquaculture sectors and for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Public service gender pay gap continues to close and more women in leadership
    The Government has made good progress towards eliminating the gender pay gap in the Public Service, Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today.  The latest data from the annual Public Service Workforce Data Report, shows that the 2019 Public Service gender pay gap fell to 10.5% from 12.2% in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Safer speed limits for schools
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to make streets safer for kids to walk and cycle to school, by reducing speed limits to a maximum of 40 km/h around urban schools and 60 km/h around rural schools. “Our kids should have the freedom to walk and cycle to school ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Historic Ripapa Island open for summer visitors
    Steeped in Māori and European history, the recent reopening of Banks Peninsula’s Ripapa Island has been celebrated today by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. Members of the local community and tamariki from Lyttelton Primary School have this afternoon retraced the footsteps of Ngāti Wheke ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Transitional housing provides much needed support for Chatham Islands whānau
    A new transitional whare will go a long way in helping to ease the serious housing shortage on the Chatham Islands (Rēkohu/Wharekauri), says Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Whānau Ora Hon Peeni Henare.  Three two-bedroom units were officially opened by Minister Henare this morning at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ joins global child support initiative
    Foreign-based parents who avoid their child support obligations in New Zealand are being targeted in a change that will make it easier for Inland Revenue to collect money owed. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash is in the Netherlands where he has today signed the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Suicide Prevention Office gets down to work
    New Zealand's first ever Suicide Prevention Office has officially opened today and is already working to tackle our persistently high rate of suicide. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health Dr David Clark visited the Ministry of Health today to mark the Office’s opening and launch a community suicide ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government steps up work on tackling waste
    The Government today released the next phase of its plan to tackle New Zealand’s mounting waste challenges. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage released proposals to increase funding support for councils, community organisations and businesses for projects to recover and recycle more materials and reduce the amount of waste ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better protections for vulnerable contractors
    The government is taking another step to ensure our economy is inclusive, and works for all New Zealanders. We are seeking feedback on options to better protect workers in vulnerable contracting situations, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. “All New Zealanders deserve good jobs, decent work conditions and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Major redevelopment for Lynfield College, Auckland
    Auckland’s Lynfield College is set for a major upgrade, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The school’s administration building will be rebuilt and a new block of 30 classrooms will replace an existing block that has fallen into disrepair,” Chris Hipkins said “Extra teaching space will also be added to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Another step towards better freight outcomes in Manawatū
    The Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North has taken a step forward with the completion of the master plan, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said. Shane Jones unveiled the high-level design of the new Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) backed rail-road hub in Palmerston North today. “Getting rail back on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports more manufacturing in Manawatū
    A $261,000 loan from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has helped a family-run business in Manawatū to scale up manufacturing capacity, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced at its opening today. Ashhurst-based skin-care business The Herb Farm is on track to increase output and hire more locals due to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More people to get mental health training than ever before
    As many as 12,000 people will get training over the next four years in a major boost for those seeking help for mental health and addiction issues. The Health Minister today visited Le Va in Manukau, one of the first organisations to receive additional funding as part of the Government’s ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • 45 years of civil defence emergency management service recognised
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare has recognised the long service of Chatham Islands Council Chief Executive Owen Pickles during a visit to the Chatham Islands today.  Minister Henare presented a Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Long Service Award to Mr Pickles for 45 years of active service in New ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Westland District Council making progress
    The Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, has cautiously acknowledged the steps the Westland District Council is taking in response to her signalling her intention to install a Crown Observer.  The Minister wrote to the Council in July and September this year, expressing concern about poor processes, dysfunctional governance ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Winners of Defence Industry and Employer Support Awards announced
    The Minister of Defence Awards of Excellence for Industry and Employer Support for 2019 were presented at Parliament last night. “Hosting the awards in Parliament is recognition of the important role played by Defence industry in ensuring the New Zealand Defence Force is equipped, trained and supported to do the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Languages inspires Pacific innovations
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says the new Languages Innovation Fund is designed to support Pacific grassroots initiatives that will increase awareness, celebrate, grow and inspire the daily use of Pacific languages in Aotearoa.  Launched today at the Lalanga Fou Languages and High Tech Fono, the Languages ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Takata recall ending with new enforcement approach
    96 per cent of New Zealand-new vehicles with Takata Alpha airbags have been replaced, moving the compulsory recall into the final stage to capture the remaining airbags, says Commerce and Consumer Minister Kris Faafoi. In the 20 months since the Takata airbag compulsory recall began, 85 per cent of new ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boost to future-proof Manawatū-Whanganui economy
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $772,000 in opportunities for growth in Manawatū-Whanganui, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.NZ Bio-Forestry Limited will receive a $380,000 boost for game-changing research which could unlock significant growth in the wood processing sector, while Horizons Regional Council will receive $200,000 for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the 2019 Defence Industry Advisory Council and Defence Employer Support Council Awards
    Tērā te haeata takiri ana mai i runga o Pukaha! Ara tai uru, whai uru, whai uru! Ara whai ato, whai ato, whai ato! Ara rā tini, ara rā tini, ara ri! The rays of the morning sun strike a new dawn upon Pukaha Mt Bruce! Rise up the inland, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Working together to identify, protect, manage and restore our indigenous biodiversity
      Associate Minister for the Environment, Nanaia Mahuta and Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage today announced a new toolkit to support councils to give nature a helping hand to restore indigenous biodiversity and halt further decline.  “In the 750 years since humans arrived here, more than 50 native bird species ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Announcement of new High Commissioner in South Africa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today the appointment of diplomat Sarah Lee as New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. She will be the first female Head of Mission to represent New Zealand in Africa. “New Zealand’s relationship with South Africa is one of our deepest and most diverse on ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Plan to get disabled people into employment
    The government wants to break down the barriers to employment for disabled New Zealanders and better support them into work, says Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni.  Consultation on the draft Disability Employment Action Plan to help disabled people and people with health conditions find and stay in work, opens ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Funding boost for Wairarapa College’s redevelopment gets go-ahead
    An upgrade of Wairarapa College is to be completed with an additional $9 million funding boost, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Wairarapa College has a proud history, but time has not been kind to some buildings,” Chris Hipkins said. “It’s important that Wairarapa College students have a warm, comfortable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Changes recommended for winter grazing practices
    A Taskforce has made 11 recommendations to improve animal welfare in intensive winter grazing farm systems, the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor confirmed today. “I established the Winter Grazing Taskforce in response to concerns about the impacts on animal welfare of some intensive winter grazing practices”, Mr O’Connor said. “I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kids encourage New Zealanders to protect Aotearoa this summer
    Kiwi kids are asking New Zealanders and our international visitors to look after our home in a new campaign launched today by Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage. The new Tiaki summer campaign follows the successful launch of Tiaki – Care for New Zealand to industry in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Police shooting Tauranga
    Police Minister Stuart Nash has offered his sympathies to the family of the man shot by Police today in Tauranga. “It is appropriate that independent external agencies, including the IPCA and Coroner, will examine the circumstances of the death, and I will not comment on the details of today’s shooting,” ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Foreign Minister to visit the United Arab Emirates
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel on Tuesday to the United Arab Emirates, one of New Zealand’s most important partners in the Middle East. “New Zealand enjoys a dynamic and wide-ranging relationship with the UAE, an important partner for New Zealand in the Gulf region, our 10th largest trading ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ attends G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters returns to New Zealand today after a high paced programme at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya, Japan. The G20 process brings together some of the world’s most powerful countries, and provides a platform for discussion of the challenges facing the international community including a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ a top 10 connected nation with stage one of ultra-fast broadband roll-out completed
    More New Zealanders now have better internet access with the Government delivering the first phase of roll-out of its Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, says. “The first phase of the UFB (UFB1) roll-out has been completed one month ahead of schedule and within ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Prisoner voting rights to be restored ahead of the 2020 General Election
    People sentenced to less than three years in prison will have their voting rights restored, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. This will return the law to how it was pre-2010 when a National Party Bill removed voting rights from all sentenced prisoners. “We plan to make this change in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Trade, business and investment focus for visit to South Korea
    Advancing New Zealand’s trade and economic interests will be the main focus of Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker’s four day visit to the Republic of Korea this week.  “South Korea is one of our most significant trading partners,” David Parker said.    “We enjoy a strong friendship that ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • $80 million for Lincoln University rebuild
    The Government has approved $80 million to help Lincoln University rebuild its earthquake-damaged science facilities, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “The funding will assist Lincoln’s recovery by replacing damaged buildings with teaching and research spaces that are safe, modern, flexible and future-proofed, and which are attractive to students, staff, ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
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    2 weeks ago