Something Smells, Honest John

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, November 18th, 2015 - 53 comments
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Honest John‘s been at it again

Hat/tip Sabine

“A report prepared for Justice Minister Amy Adams earlier this year noted there was no reliable system of monitoring deported offenders or obtaining reliable information on their risk before they returned.

If police were informed an offender was being deported they would meet them upon arrival at the airport and request a DNA sample and fingerprints, but that was voluntary.

This week Adams said officials had worked at “some pace” in recent months to get better systems in place to protect the public.

“I recognise [the system] at the moment this is not nearly robust enough for those people deported back to New Zealand and I want to change that.”

Last month, Adams announced the creation of a new register that would list people who had been, or were about to be, sent back to New Zealand after being convicted of a crime.

Article referred to above is here.

“Earlier this year” (which is prior to August 2015 – the date of the article) Adams received a report about not being able to identify the people and crimes they committed prior to their coming to NZ

Staff  had been working at “some pace” in the months prior to August 2015 to get systems in place.

However according to Ms Adams she only found out from the Aussies the hours AFTER Key’s nasty tirade (in November 2015) the makeup of the people coming from Chrismas Island, even though Kelvin Davis had been highlighting them for weeks

“What we haven’t known until now one or two hours is exactly what the specific make-up was on Christmas Island.

“What the Prime Minister and I have referred to, to date, has been the category of offenders we are talking about in the wider context – contains some very, very serious offenders.”

Remember the Register she talked about above? The Register that would identify those who are to be deported before they come here? Up and running by 15 July 2015

A register of deported offenders is now up and running for use by New Zealand government agencies. It lists people who have been, or are about to be, sent back to New Zealand after being convicted of a crime, serving a prison term or having their visa cancelled on character grounds.

“The register will provide New Zealand authorities with greater oversight of who exactly is arriving here and when,” says Ms Adams.

The new register builds on current efforts to manage deported offenders, which see Police provide their districts with information received from other countries. This ensures that local police have all the relevant information available about individuals who may settle in their district.

 

So, that rather begs the question Ms Adams, what were you doing between receiving the report in early 2015, working at some pace before August 2015, but not able to get the info from the Aussies on the types of criminals headed this way until AFTER Mr Key went on a nasty tirade about rapists, murderers and child molesterers (sic)?

You were setting up a Register to udentify people and their crimes prior to being deported to NZ. But you didn’t tell Honest John? He didn’t read/hear about it in the media?

Oh did I mention John Key’s meeting with Abbott back in February 2015? How remiss of me

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister John Key agreed at a meeting today agencies from both countries would develop a memorandum of understanding to share more information about trans-Tasman deportations so checks and risk management procedures could be put in place.

“It is in both countries best interest to manage deportations in such a way that minimises the risk posed to both countries and ensures appropriate steps are taken to flag any high-risk individuals,” Key said.

I smell BS

53 comments on “Something Smells, Honest John ”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    This is all a bit strange.

    Do you actually have evidence that the people on Christmas Island were included on this register that was set up in July, and that therefore Adams/Key lied about their knowledge?

    So far all you’ve said is that there is a register set up to record people. And there are some people who are expected to be returned to NZ at some indeterminate point in the future.

    Yes, they *should* be on the register, but clearly that relies on co-operation from other governments. Australia has been notoriously uncooperative when dealing with the Christmas Island detainees (this morning Amy Adams said a plane is due to arrive tomorrow, but they don’t know where it will land, or exactly how many people will be on it).

    Really I see this as highlighting the government’s case: that Australia simply aren’t telling them anything, but they’ve done everything they can do in setting up appropriate processes to handle the situation, if only the Australian government would stand by their word and do what their PM promised.

    • tracey 1.1

      Have you got any evidence that Australia hasn’t told them about the people on Christmas Island?

      Did I say that I had definitive proof of anything Lanth or did I say I smell Bullshit?

      What I am saying is that in February Key trumpetted a memorandum to get info to NZ of who and what former crime was coming to protect NZers, then a register was made and went live detailing information before folks come, then Kelvin Davis goes to town on problems at Christmas Island, then Key says rapists and molesterers (sic) are coming and he wants to protect us from them (despite having put that in place in July and sign posted it in February).

      You point to Ms Adams word and apparently, Mr Key’s complete inpotence in relation to other leaders.

      • You_Fool 1.1.1

        The other possibility is that the register has everyone on it, their crimes and expected date of deportation, but not where they are being held which would mean Key and Adams didn’t lie exactly, as they were (probably) talking about knowing the Christmas Island detainees only.

        Doesn’t stop the tirade being a bit over the top, nor does it show the government in a good light as either their assurances and registers were basically meaningless, either through incompetence and because the Aussies don’t respect them and as such ignore them

      • Trey 1.1.2

        If it looks and smells like bullshit there is probably no point tasting it and this government gets shittier everyday

    • Sabine 1.2

      Not sure if you read the article. A quick cut and paste job should to facilitate:

      Quote from the Article, and I like especially the last line, NZ has deported 14 people the other way. Not sure what that says, but I am sure you will tell us that National is acting in good faith and does not know and does not know how to ask Australia about such things, cause Rubgy?
      ————————————————————————————————————————

      “Up to a 1000 criminals – including killers, sex offenders, drug dealers and outlaw bikies – will be dumped on New Zealand’s doorstep in the next five years.

      The Government is scrambling to keep New Zealanders safe after recent law changes in Australia opened the way for the deportation of Kiwis who have committed crimes across the ditch.

      Many of the criminals have tenuous links to New Zealand after living in Australia for years.

      Convicted killer Michael Heron was deported from Australia late last year and is living in Christchurch.
      Taken From Facebook
      Convicted killer Michael Heron was deported from Australia late last year and is living in Christchurch.

      Among those expected to be deported are dozens of gang members, sparking concerns new outlaw motorcycle clubs could be established here alongside international rivals including the Bandidos and the Rebels.

      The Government says it is working quickly to improve trans-Tasman information sharing. New legislation is being drafted that will allow for supervision of criminals who are sent home.

      Under changes to the Australian Migration Act in December, Australian officials have the power to cancel the visas of suspected or convicted criminals, particularly those sentenced to more 12 months’ jail or more, or found guilty of sex offences.

      According to police, 119 people have been deported to New Zealand from Australia so far this year – more than four times the number sent home for the same period 12 months earlier.

      In the four years to June 30, New Zealand sent 14 people in the other direction.”
      ————————————————————————————————————————
      Heck the place was to be closed according to this.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-13/christmas-island-detention-centre-to-close/6465266

      Mentioning of Kiwis being locked up of shore in Christmas Island
      news about ‘bikies’ held on Christams Island

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-28/problem-immigration-detainees-sent-to-christmas-island/6503812

      Lawyers in Sidney not happy about stuff
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-14/lawyers-criticise-mandatory-deportation-foreign-citizens-jail/6697854

      https://rnztalk.nz/t/detaining-kiwis-in-australia-displays-contempt/1697 – September 2015

      so really I can’t see how the Australian Government would not inform the NZ Government about what it was doing.
      I can see the current government not giving a shit, as clearly it does not give a shit about so many Kiwis.
      But there is no way they did not know. They did know and they got found out, and that is why they are lashing out on those that dare to raise their craven attitude towards their fellow country man. And like it or not, unless we go back to the dark ages and declare any citizens convicted of a crime after they have served their sentence an outlaw, they are our fellow country men. And some will re-offend, and others will not.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaw

    • Daniel Cale 1.4

      The reason this article has been published is to take the heat out of Annette King’s stuff up in Parliament yesterday.

      • Tracey 1.4.1

        What????

        • Daniel Cale 1.4.1.1

          No, the MSM won’t cover it, it’s a hit on Labour. King and her research people misinterpreted information they received under an OIA, and caused her to make claims in Parliament that were false. She’s in line for a charge of misleading Parliament, hence this hit article about something someone might have said about something that might have happened.

          [lprent: Read the about – the authors write their own individual opinions under their own handle. Which is why you frequently find them disagreeing with each other and why we get stick from politicians of all persuasions getting wound up about what we write.

          If you want to make conspiracy theories about authors motivations, then I suggest you find one of the paranoid conspiracy nutter sites. Whaleoil for instance. ]

          • tracey 1.4.1.1.1

            To be clear, you are saying I wrote this post to create a smokescreen for Annette King?

            • Daniel Cale 1.4.1.1.1.1

              Yes, at least in part.

              [r0b: Borderline – but be careful of attacking or making assertions about the authors on their own blog.]

              • tracey

                You are wrong. I wrote it cos Key has been, yet again, duplicitous on this detainee issue, and with quick searching through the last 12 months, I was able to link to a chronology that the Media seemingly could not.

      • Paul 1.4.2

        Desperate troll.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Agreed Tracey. I do not understand the last minute use of urgency especially since it appears that everything was in place months ago.

    Of course urgency fulfills a political imperative even if it does trash good government and generally accepted constitutional norms.

    • tracey 2.1

      My thoughts too Mickey. It does play into the narrative that the Government was blindsided but look how quickly we moved to protect you. Again the crazy thing is it only took me about 20 minutes of googling to pull the articles together… and some who wrote them haven’t made the connections.

      The main one being either we were already protected OR the Government had NO power over Australia to get the information required to protect us. It is an impotent or deceptive government, neither of which should be seen as good for NZ

      • ianmac 2.1.1

        Well sleuthed Tracey. Very smelly. Very strange.

        • tracey 2.1.1.1

          As I say impotent or deceptive. Neither a good trait for a government. But it seems our journos, including those who wrote some of the stories linked to above, can’t join dots.

  3. savenz 3

    Lists are meaningless unless your have people competent enough to read and interpret them. That is what dictators love, lists, information and mass surveillance but because they are control freaks they centralise the interpretation of the information which tends to null any perceived effectiveness.

    Of course in this case the misinformation sounds deliberate!

  4. tracey 4

    Amazing what happens when you Headline with Honest John.

    Over 100 views in the first quarter hour since posting…

  5. Lucy 5

    Has anyone noticed that this Australian legislation was passed after there was a shortage of refugees being sent to Christmas Island, so SERCO was missing out on money if they were paid by body. All of a sudden there are 600+ more people in SERCO run detention centres none of whom were being moved out quickly. All of whom were discounted by Australians and the countries of their birth as they are all criminals.

  6. dv 6

    Where are these deportees going to live?
    What are they going to use for money to support them selves?

    • infused 6.1

      Donno. But didn’t Labour want them back? Got their wish.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        /facepalm

        Labour were and are fighting to let these Australians in all but name to stay in Australia.

        • You_Fool 6.1.1.1

          That doesn’t fit in with the narrative of Labour supporting rapists though, so I guess that couldn’t possibly be what Labour were wanting at all!

          • dv 6.1.1.1.1

            SO HOW are the deportees going to support themselves!!!

            • b waghorn 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m sure the nats will provide them with a nice bridge to sleep under in Auckland somewhere. , its probably quite cozy huddled up with the 1200 other people living there.

      • weizguy 6.1.2

        No. Labour didn’t want them back. Which you would know if you read any of their statements or any of the comments on this website clearing up that lie.

        Labour’s position is that these people should not be deported (that they should remain close to their families and support networks), but that if they are, they shouldn’t be subjected to inhumane detention.

        It’s really not that hard to understand.

      • Sabine 6.1.3

        Nope mate, Its John Key who wants them back.
        We want them to stay in Australia, which for most is the country in which they would love to stay, considering that they have families, houses, jobs and friends there.
        However, considering how gutless honest John is, he did achieve nothing when he met his soul mate the Prime Minister of OZ.

        And if you are confused about the turn of events, go read any of the links, watch a bit of Parliament TV – especially that guy called Kelvyn Davis. He has been asking honest John a few times about the happenings in Christmas Island. Not that honest John had an answer to anything, but he can’t be faulted, no one told him.

      • tracey 6.1.4

        Do keep up infused. Labour wanted them in Australia. Your pal Key vowed to protect us from them all back in February but just can’t pull it off… cos Australia either ignore him completely or he has lied. You choose

    • Naki man 6.2

      “Where are these deportees going to live?
      What are they going to use for money to support them selves?”

      I am sure Kelvin Davis will have a few stay at his house.
      Perhaps he will get them to babysit his friends children.

      • tracey 6.2.1

        except Kelvin wanted them to be able to stay in Australia, you chap and chapess want them in NZ. This is apparently quite a comple notion for you and infused to grasp.

        Amy Adams and John Key = rapists, murderers and child molesterers (sic) in NZ

        Kelvin Davis, peope who have served their time, and lived the bulk of thei rlives in Australia – in Australia

  7. Ad 7

    Good work Tracey.

    Kelvin Davis chipped at the dam, but it’s turning into an almighty flood.

    • tracey 7.1

      Thanks Ad

      It is making me smile how some RW folks have been so befuddled by all this that they now think Labour was fighting to bring the people to NZ. When in fact that is what Key and Adams have greenlighted since last year

  8. ankerawshark 8

    Ad @7 Yes and incredibly well done by Kelvin Davis. I think it was more than a chip.

    But brilliant follow up by Tracey. Ann Lucy

    I think for polling reasons John Key has bought some of the detainees to NZ. While his motives are deplorable self interest, it would be hard to argue that they are not 100x better off here than Xmas Island

  9. Daniel Cale 9

    “So, that rather begs the question Ms Adams, what were you doing between receiving the report in early 2015, working at some pace before August 2015, but not able to get the info from the Aussies on the types of criminals headed this way until AFTER Mr Key went on a nasty tirade about rapists, murderers and child molesterers (sic)?”

    If you bothered to do even a modicum of research you would have answered your own question. But here’s a question for you. This government is fixing this issue. What did Labou do about it for 9 years. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

    [Are you a National Party staffer? From the amount of smoke you are blowing I cannot think of any other explanation – MS]

    • ropata 9.1

      I think it’s a fair question and something is wrong with democracy when the Government cannot give a straight answer in Parliament, and resorts to insults and blame shifting. Isn’t National supposed to be the party of personal responsibility?

    • tracey 9.2

      Here’s a question for you, in the last year how many people have been deported from Australia to New Zealand, and what were there crimes?

      • Daniel Cale 9.2.1

        Wouldn’t have a clue, and it isn’t even relevant. You’re trying to make a case out of nothing based on assumptions and incomplete information.

        But here’s a question for you…how many prisoners have been deported from Australia under their new law before today?

        • Tracey 9.2.1.1

          You leader wants to protect us from rapists and murderers and child molesteres but he’sbeen waving them through for some time. You are the one who is uninformed.

  10. Murray Simmonds 10

    D. Cale:

    What an idiotic comment. The Aust Government passed the new legislation AFTER the Nats became the Gov’t – in the last year or two from memory. Not nine years ago as you suggest.

    But rave on, The truth doesn’t matter to a troll.

    • tracey 10.1

      It’s been a day of it

      infused thinks Labour fought to let the Christmas Island people come to NZ. In fact they fought for them to be allowed to stay in Australia

      cale thinks I am somehow connected tot he Labouor Party and made this post to create a smokescreen for Ms king

      up is down i their little national sound-bite filled worlds

      • Daniel Cale 10.1.1

        Labour are a joke on this Tracey. One minute they’re telling us the detainees are all angels, the next they’re spreading fear that the government has failed to protect us from these terrible people. It’s priceless.

        [No they are not. They are just insisting on basic human rights being observed. Stop distorting otherwise your commenting privileges will be discontinued – MS]

        • Tracey 10.1.1.1

          You are very confused. I guess peddling your leader’s deceptive lines on this is making your brain fuzzy. No one said they were angels. They said to all intents and purposes they are Australians. Many moulded there so thus their anti social behaviour was founded there

          Start posting links to support your statements or get off my thread.

        • The Pink Postman 10.1.1.2

          that is what it is all about humane rights .The Nat’s gave up on that years ago.

    • Daniel Cale 10.2

      You’re just plain wrong. This has been an issue for far longer than the most recent legislation. But good try at a diversion.

      • mickysavage 10.2.1

        OK back your comments up. Tell us how it is all Labour’s fault that the Aussie Tories changed the law last December.

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Untold back-stories: the little things media don't tell us but which are nevertheless pertinent
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.In an article entitled "School donations continue to yield millions of dollars for wealthier schools" on RNZ's website on 19 February, Data journalist Farah Hancock reported on the fees ("donations") that (some) schools were ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Efeso Collins – Gone Too Soon.
    My wife’s breathing was heavy beside me as I woke this morning, still dark. Yesterday, and it’s awful news, came crashing into my head and I lay there quietly crying.Thinking of Efeso’s family and loved ones. Of so many people who knew him and were devastated by the shocking news. ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins spoke in Parliament only yesterday on bill which will regulate social workers (and vot...
    Buzz from the Beehive Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and other party leaders have been paying tribute to Green MP Fa’anānā Efeso Collins, who collapsed and died during a ChildFund charity run in central Auckland this morning, . The event, near Britomart, was to support local communities in the Pacific. Collins, ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • This is corrupt
    Earlier in the month, a panel of "independent" experts in Wellington produced recommendations for the future of housing in the city, and they were a bit shit, opposing intensification and protecting the property values of existing homeowners. Its since emerged that they engaged in some pretty motivated reasoning on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Efeso Collins
    God, life can be cruel sometimes can’t it?If only everyone was like him. He was so very warm, so very generous, so very considerate, so very decent. Plenty of people have those qualities but I can think of hardly anyone I've met who had them as richly as he did.Let me ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Is applying “tough love” to a “fragile” nation the right answer?
      The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer:  How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • DON BRASH: Is an independent foreign policy really feasible?
    Don Brash writes – A week or so ago, Helen Clark and I argued that New Zealand would be nuts to abandon the independent foreign policy which has been a characteristic of New Zealand life for most of the last 40 years, a policy which has seen us ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • YVONNE VAN DONGEN: So proud
    Ratepayers might well ask why they are subsidising people who peddle the lie that it is possible to be born in the wrong body and people can change sex. The preponderance of events advertising as ‘queer’ is a gender ideology red flag. Yvonne Van Dongen writes –  It ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • S&P slams new Govt's council finance vacuum
    Wellington Water workers attempt to resolve a burst water main. Councils are facing continuing uncertainty over how to pay to repair and expand infrastructure. The Wellington Regional Council was one of those downgraded. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the outlooks for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Resigns.
    Yesterday the man that I admire most in NZ politics called time.Around the middle of yesterday news began to filter out. People were posting unconfirmed reports that Grant Robertson was taking a new role as Vice-Chancellor at Otago Uni. Within an hour it became clear that he was indeed retiring ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Auckland’s City Rail Link will fail immediately… in the best possible way
    This post was originally published on Linked In by Nicolas Reid. It is republished here with permission. Here’s the thing: the City Rail Link is almost certainly going to be overcapacity from day one, with crowding on the trains at peak times. In the simple terms of popular transport ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • You can’t always get what you want
    Grant Robertson is leaving Parliament for two new careers, having been frustrated and blocked from achieving some of his biggest political ambitions. So, he is returning to Dunedin, and, unusually for a former finance minister, with seemingly no ambitions to enter the business world. Instead, he will become Vice Chancellor ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Was Greenland really green in the past?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Sharp-elbowed and loving it
    It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who feels they work their guts out that in fact no one is working as hard as me.It doesn't seem to take a lot to persuade someone who knows somebody taking the welfare system for a ride that they’re all ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Then why did she do it?
    Earlier in the month, Cancer Minister Casey Costello was caught lying to the media about whether or not she had requested advice on cutting tobacco excise tax to benefit the cancer industry. She repeated her lies in Parliament. But today, she stood up and pretended to apologise for "causing confusion" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Is Applying “Tough Love” To A “Fragile” Nation The Right Answer?
    The Question Christopher Luxon Needs To Ask –  And Answer: How was it possible for a nation of barely three million citizens to create and maintain an infrastructure that functioned, schools and universities that turned out well-educated and enterprising citizens, a health system that kept its people healthy, and a workforce ...
    5 days ago
  • The limits to realism.
    Realism is a school of thought in the field of international relations (IR). It provides a theoretical framework for analysing the behaviour of States in the world political system. Like other theories (which in the IR literature include idealism, liberalism, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • UNSOCIAL MEDIA – Following the Trolls
    From TODAY FM archives — Wilhelmina Shrimpton and Simon Morrow take a deep dive into trolling and cyberbullying. From the high profile to the general public, Kiwis across all walks of life are being targeted, and some are paying the ultimate price. So what drives us to troll, who is ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    5 days ago
  • Govt prescribes stiff medicine for some beneficiaries while easing access to drugs containing pseudo...
    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
    Luxon says his government is one that is “prepared to make those hard decisions”. File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has adopted the language of Ruth Richardson before her 1991 ‘Mother of All Budgets’ in arguing for benefit sanctions to bolster the Government finances, which ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
    Please open the doorNothing is different, we've been here beforePacing these hallsTrying to talk over the silenceIf I was to describe what I do, or at least the way it sometimes feels, then talking over the silence wouldn’t be a bad way to do so.Not that there aren’t other voices ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – In today’s State of the Nation speech Christopher Luxon talked repeatedly about getting young people off welfare. It seems that National has devised a traffic light system which will use increasing levels of sanctions – welfare deductions – when beneficiaries fail to meet their ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
    It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher Luxon says it is… Then how come ...
    6 days ago
  • The promise of passive house design
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Imagine a home so efficient that it could be heated with a hair dryer. That’s the promise of a passive house, a design standard that’s becoming increasingly popular in the architecture community for its benefits to occupants and the climate. ...
    6 days ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
    Hi,Before we get started, some very big fun Webworm news. I am launching a new journalism fund called Big Worm Farm!A really great thing that’s happened with Webworm over the last four years is that it’s grown. That’s great for a few reasons.Firstly — it means the work here gets ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
    Hi,I’m excited to tell you about Big Worm Farm.Put simply, the main aim of Big Worm Farm is to support investigative journalists from around the world to be able to devote dedicated time to research and report on a specific story, to be published on Webworm.The stories will capture the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Why Massey is broke
    The Tertiary Education Commission has named the two universities it says are at high risk financially. They are Massey and Victoria. The Commission appeared before Parliament’s Education Select Committee yesterday and offered a revealing and rare insight into the complex world of university economics. Its Briefing to the Incoming Minister ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
    Christopher Luxon’s campaign to win last year's election continued yesterday with a speech.Channelling possibly Bruce Willis in Die Hard, he was all, I'm not going to dress it up, I'm going to level with you guys: the state of the nation is fragile.The thing he’s maybe missing is that it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
    Buzz from the Beehive The PM’s State of the Nation speech – according to a Newshub headline – was a ‘buffet of buzzwords’ and full of ‘nonsense’. Fair to say, the quoted words were attributed to Opposition politicians, who were unlikely to say the speech was visionary and inspiring: PM ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
    When the facts change, I change my mind - what do you do, sir?John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    6 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. Brian Easton writes – In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
    TL;DR: The Government is reviewing migration settings that produced 2.8% population growth last year and is looking at a longer-term strategy of matching population growth to the ‘absorbtive capacity’ of Aotearoa-NZ’s infrastructure.Our population grew last year at its fastest rate since 1947, when large numbers of troops returning from World ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
    I've been trying to hurt youI've been holding you tightI've been learning to love youAm I doing it right?How are you still breathingWith my hands all over your heart?How do we start healingIf we can't keep out the dark?Yesterday the Prime Minister delivered his State of the Nation, for no ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
    A couple of years ago, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport found themselves in court over the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). A non-profit alliance for transport decarbonisation, All Aboard Aotearoa, argued that among other factors, the RLTP was unlawful because it failed to give effect to the 2021 Government ...
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Feb 11, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 17, 2024. Story of the week Based on mission alignment, our Story of the Week is certainly Can we be inoculated against climate ...
    7 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
    Help is comingI heard a whisperWhite caps turningThe breath of summerA distant drummingAnd liar birds callingEscape the anguish of our pastAnd prayOne of the major challenges of the the 21st century will be the mass migration of human beings around our globe.Some seeking economic opportunities, others fleeing repressive regimes, war ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
    It is not just Karl Marx – even the most enthusiastic supporters of the market economy (not least Adam Smith) will concede that its normal operation inevitably leads to a concentration of wealth in relatively few hands. Some, at least, of these enthusiasts will accept that such a concentration is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
    Oliver Hartwich writes – The World Justice Project ranks New Zealand 7th out of 142 countries on its ‘Rule of Law Index’, narrowly ahead of Australia’s 13th place. However, Australia still has hope – if only because of a recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Friday: Week in review, quiz style2. Shane Jones’ demeanour in mocking and deriding climate activists can be observed in what other realm of human behaviour?a. Gleeful little boys pulling wings off fliesb. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk
    This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article written by Christian Turney, University of Technology Sydney and Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge and first published on February 14, 2024. Adrien Demers/Shutterstock Last year, the world experienced the hottest day ...
    1 week ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
    Graham Adams writes — Last week, Mihingarangi Forbes made an extraordinary claim while interviewing David Seymour on Mata Reports, a taxpayer-funded current affairs programme which, she says, looks at events through an “indigenous lens”. She asked him about Act’s links to the Atlas Network, which fosters connections between centre-right ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago

  • Government backs police to crackdown on gangs
    The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell.  “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase. At the same time, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Northland’s new Kāeo Bridge officially open
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed the official opening of the new State Highway 10 (SH10) Kāeo Bridge, which will improve safety and traffic flow for people heading to and from the Far North. “This is an important piece of infrastructure for the Northland region that will help members of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Dry weather triggers extra support for farmers and growers across the top of the South Island
    The coalition Government is providing support for farmers and growers as dry conditions worsen across the top of the South Island. “Conditions on the ground across the Marlborough, Tasman, and Nelson districts are now extremely dry and likely to get worse in the coming months,” Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trade Minister heads to Abu Dhabi for key WTO negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today, to take up his role as Vice Chair of the negotiations. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body within the WTO and meets every ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Appointment round for King’s Counsel announced
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced an appointment round for King’s Counsel will take place in 2024. Appointments of King’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint King’s Counsel in recognition ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Retiring Chief of Navy thanked for his service
    Defence Minister Judith Collins has thanked the Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor, for his service as he retires from the Royal New Zealand Navy after 37 years. Rear Admiral Proctor will retire on 16 May to take up an employment opportunity in Australia.  “I would like to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Indonesian Vice President to visit New Zealand
    Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnership,” Mr Peters says.  “The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen ...
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    2 days ago
  • Government boost to fight against caulerpa
    The battle to contain the fast-spreading exotic caulerpa seaweed has today received a $5 million boost to accelerate the development of removal techniques, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The time is now to really lean in and build on the work of Biosecurity New Zealand, mana whenua, communities and local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister attending Australian data, digital meeting
    Minister for Digitising Government Judith Collins is in Sydney to attend the first Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting of 2024.  “This is a great opportunity to connect with our Australian counterparts and identify how we can work together on digital transformation,” Ms Collins says.   “Both our nations are looking into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Appointments to Antarctica New Zealand Board
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appointed Leon Grice and Heather Simpson to serve on the Antarctica New Zealand board.  “Since taking office, the Coalition Government has become concerned about the direction of the Scott Base Redevelopment Project,” Mr Peters says.  “It is vital that Antarctica New Zealand has the right ...
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    3 days ago
  • Strengthening the Single Economic Market
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government to address business payment practices
    The Government will repeal the Business Payment Practices Act 2023, Small Business and Manufacturing Minister Andrew Bayly announced today. “There is a major problem with large market players imposing long payment terms and routinely paying invoices late. “However, the Business Payment Practices Act is not an effective solution and would ...
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    3 days ago
  • Greater focus on work will reduce child poverty
    Worsening child poverty rates support the Coalition Government’s focus on reducing the cost of living and getting people into work, Child Poverty Reduction Minister Louise Upston says. Figures released by Stats NZ today show child poverty rates have increased, with the rising cost of living, driven by inflation, making it ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ announces new support for Ukraine
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins have marked two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by announcing further support and sanctions, and extending our military assistance. “Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” Mr Peters says. ...
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    3 days ago
  • Finance Minister to meet Australian Treasurer
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis will travel to Australia today to meet her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.    “New Zealand and Australia have an incredibly strong trade and investment relationship. The Closer Economic Relations and Single Economic Market are powerful engines for growth on both sides of the Tasman.     “I will ...
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    3 days ago
  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
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    4 days ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
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    6 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
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    1 week ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
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    1 week ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
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    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
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