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Spark vs Spooks

Written By: - Date published: 1:47 pm, February 13th, 2019 - 66 comments
Categories: China, interweb, military, Spying, surveillance, tech industry, telecommunications, trade, us politics - Tags:

Spark wants Huawei’s 5G technology because its the best and the cheapest. The GCSB spooks don’t want us to have it because 5Eyes, and because the US has yanked their chain. The Prime Minister says no decision has been made – the media and the world think it is a goneburger. We should support New Zealand’s Spark, not US corporate interests.

The FiveEyes spy agencies met in Canada in July 2018 and “agreed to do their best to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom Huawei.” And according to the Wall Street Journal in November 2018

The U.S. government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the situation.

Bloomberg News  opines that “The Spy Masters’ Case Against Huawei Is Flimsy: The Chinese phone maker’s biggest offense may be it’s too successful. So as consumers we should be asking why we are to be denied the best available technology. I like my Huawei phone.

But there is a more important reason as to why we should not just follow the FiveSpies of the Anglosphere. Huawei won’t be locked out of most of the world just because of  American dictate. Look ten or twenty years ahead, if we are stuck with whatever second-best clunker is available, we might be. Makes absolutely no sense to me.

An article by Barry Soper in today’s Herald contains some good pushback from the likes of David Mahon :

Asset management and corporate adviser David Mahon, based in Beijing, said governments needed to get over thwarting Chinese economic aims in a way reminiscent of the Cold War struggle between capitalism and communism. “It’s unhelpful for politicians and a few anti-Chinese professors to feed uncorroborated McCarthyite conspiracies about Chinese spy networks in their countries and targeting anyone who doesn’t share their view,” Mahon said.

and Philip Burdon:

We clearly need to commit ourselves to the cause of trade liberalisation and the integration of the global economy while respectfully and realistically acknowledging China’s entitlement to a comprehensive and responsible strategic and economic engagement in the region

Makes sense to me.

66 comments on “Spark vs Spooks”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    may be interesting to see who comes out of the woodwork on this post…

    smaller nations in the 21st Century need an independent foreign policy more than ever as climate change bites, one not based on automatic subservience to US Imperialism and a long gone Cold War scenario

  2. One Two 2

    Releasing untested technology into the public domain…under the cover of the discussion about a single brands ‘security’…

    nothing about safety of the equipment and a modality used only as a crowd dispersal weapon, to pass data between end points…

    Argument 1.

    Any brand except Huawei

    Argument 2.

    We want the cheapest

    If any discussion voids climate change concern it is this…

    .

  3. Sanctuary 3

    Lolz it is an odd day when the left is lining up with the Quisling globalists like Philip Burdon to defend the right of a brutal dictatorship to sell us communications equipment!

    The Chinese government is completely responsible for the exclusion of Huawei from 5G. Under the dictatorship of Xi Jinping increasingly authoritarian and repressive intelligence laws have been passed in China that mean that for Chinese citizens and companies alike, participation in ‘intelligence work’ is a legal responsibility and obligation, regardless of geographic boundaries.

    That means when the most basic question is asked by our intelligence services vetting 5G vendors – “Can you guarantee that you or your staff won’t install spyware for a foreign power on your equipment” Huawei cannot give “yes” as an answer. This is an instant fail on your bid.

    • joe90 3.1

      More than a few have lined up with a corrupt, murderous thug and his war criminal mate so hardly surprising.

      • KJT 3.1.1

        “Can you guarantee that you or your staff won’t install spyware for a foreign power on your equipment” Huawei cannot give “yes” as an answer. This is an instant fail on your bid.

        Just disqualified all the US phone companies then, and the Aussies as well.
        Australian and US companies are required to provide back door access for their countries, spies.

    • Grant Insley 3.2

      Precisely!
      Simple facts that the media commentators fail to cover in their rush to paint lurid pictures.

      A simple google search shows the following:
      https://www.google.co.nz/search?biw=1670&bih=789&ei=RrljXISiGJKGyAOqz5WoBQ&q=Chinese+owned+companies+collect+dta+for+china&oq=Chinese+owned+companies+collect+dta+for+china&gs_l=psy-ab.3…16498.30445..30784…0.0..0.2171.15031.0j2j36j2j8-2j1……0….1..gws-wiz…….0i71j35i39j0i67j0j0i131j0i131i67j0i20i263j0i22i30j33i160j33i22i29i30j33i21j33i10j33i10i160.LHJvIleH9jg

    • Gareth 3.3

      I think you’ll find that their vice-president has publicly given that assurance: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0705mqj

      Meanwhile Lenovo which is also a Chinese company (took over Motorola) and competitor of Huawei, who have a higher market share in the US, and has been specifically cited by the Pentagon, MI6 and the CIA as having security flaws, but they face no calls to restrict use of their devices.

      These two companies are in much the same position but only Huawei gets called out.

      Odd.

    • Ike 3.4

      You don’t know what you are talking about. The Chinese system is not a dictatorship. If Xi was not performing he would be “gone by lunchtime”. It is not a democracy like NZ but there is probably more opportunity for the everyday person to influence government than western countries such as the USA where you need $$$$$$ to have any influence. Can you give any evidence at all for your last paragraph, Sanctuary, or was that simply made up.

  4. Anne 4

    The Chinese phone maker’s biggest offense may be it’s too successful.

    I have a vague recollection there was a fellow called Kim Dotcom who owned and ran a very successful business from NZ called Megaupload. Didn’t he have a spot of bother with some Hollywood movie tycoons who didn’t like an outsider encroaching on their self-imposed territory so they called in the FBI to do their dirty work for them? (sarc)

    Part of me wants the govt. to stick it in their craw by agreeing to Huawei just to show we don’t take kindly to bullies. We’ve done it before and won.

  5. We should support New Zealand’s Spark, not US corporate interests.

    Spark’s corporate interests are at least an NZ corporate’s interests, but then the GCSB is NZ’s telecomms security body so why should Spark’s financial interest override that body’s concerns?

    Huawei’s product is certainly cheaper than its competitors, which is great for Spark, but whether it’s better than the competitors is a matter of opinion.

    However, the issue the GCSB is concerned about is that the Chinese government regards Chinese companies as branches of government and legally holds them to that – not that “legally” really matters when the government is a murderous tyranny. Do you have a good reason why the GCSB shouldn’t be concerned at having a branch of the Chinese government handling NZ’s telecommunications? Because their concern makes a lot of sense to me.

      • Exkiwiforces 5.1.1

        Francesca,

        Sorry to nit pick, but the individual states within the USA are responsible for the police enforcement and the only Federal Law enforcements that the USA Federal Government have responsibilities is the FBI, FDA, their Border Control guys or whatever they are called and the TSA muppets.

        The Fed’s have no say over how the States train or maintain policing standards and even how the Police are deployed with the state. Hence why it’s a shit fight over in the “Land the Free”.

        Then you have the State Guard which is totally different to the USA Regular and Reserve Forces of USA as these a maintained by the Federal Government.

        • McFlock 5.1.1.1

          And then there’s the difference between “police department” and “sherriff’s department”, as well as some areas having “constables” (for things like property taxes I think) and San Fransisco has “patrol specials” (private police, basically security contract firms with police powers in their client areas). And state police, state bureaus of investigation, and so on. All of which are largely out of federal oversight.

          Which is why Trump might be in the shit with his tax returns – even if he pardons himself, chances are that New York State might be interested, and federal pardons don’t apply to state charges.

          Hurts my brainpan sometimes.

          • Andre 5.1.1.1.1

            New York city also levies income taxes separately to NY state and the IRD.

            Jabba the Drumpf may have to live out the rest of his life as a tax exile in Mar-a-Swampo.

            https://www.thebalance.com/new-york-city-income-tax-3193280

          • Exkiwiforces 5.1.1.1.2

            I know when you are coming from McFlock, I was trying to keep it nice and short or else it would’ve turned into a World and Peace write up/ post.

            I’ve worked alongside the US Reg’s, Reserve and the US State Guard on Op’s and on peacetime Ex’s. Trying to get them to explain State/ Local Law enforcements is as you say a brain f*** for us mere mortals and as I use to say thank **** I don’t live there mate as you can have that shit fight.

        • Ike 5.1.1.2

          No mention of the CIA and the FBI. Probably responsible for the deaths of Martin Luther King , John and Robert Kennedy and in my opinion implicated in 911. (Oh we are not supposed to mention that are we) But you don’t have to look internally to see that the USA is a murderous regime. Just look at the countries they have meddled in and caused untold death and destruction. I grow tired of listing them. Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Viet Nam, Panama, Chile, Ukraine to name but a few. Is everybody in some sort of hypnotic trance induced by TV1,TV3 and National Radio. Sure China has a few disputes with neighboring states but it just isn’t in the same league as the USA when it comes to being a “murderous tyranny”

          • Exkiwiforces 5.1.1.2.1

            I left the CIA out as it’s a external Federal Dept not a Federal domestic dept one like the FBI, ATF and the DEA etc and I was trying to avoid the Kennedy’s, old mate Luther and especially 9/11. But I do understand where you are going with your reply.

            I really don’t trust either one atm and if I’m push to choose one? Then I will pick the US as it’s better the evil you know, than the evil you don’t know IRT to China.

            • Ike 5.1.1.2.1.1

              Fair enough. Personally I think China, conquering the world through trade, is less of an evil than the USA conquering the world through lies, deceit and military adventures.
              NZ needs to be alert to both

      • Psycho Milt 5.1.2

        Your inability to discern a difference between liberal democracies with rule of law on the one hand and totalitarian despotism on the other is your own problem, not mine.

        • KJT 5.1.2.1

          The USA is the worlds biggest supporter of totalitarian despots, as well as owing China, trillions.

          Personally I think any company that wants to sell IT equipment to New Zealand should have to prove that their are no backdoors for their, or any, Governments to spy on New Zealanders.

          Apart from security risks, back doors make networks more vulnerable to any type of hacking.

      • Sanctuary 5.1.3

        First of all,

        “…So we shouldn’t mind them hoovering up our private data…”

        That already happens. We are part of the five eyes alliance and we get to see and share what is collected within a mutually consensual relationship. Huawei collecting our data would be more akin to a secret camera installed in the bedroom of unsuspecting people than a consensual relationship.

        while Anti-Americanism on this site is rampant with whataboutism the difference between the United States and China can be neatly summed up by the currently Huawei advertising campaign. Try running a similar campaign in China against a government decision you disagree with and see how far you get. But in liberal democracies, even flawed ones like the USA, you can run such ad campaigns. If you cannot see the fundamentally terrifying nature of the brutal regime in Beijing because of a visceral anti-Americanism then you are just a fool.

    • Incognito 5.2

      Can Huawei set up a subsidiary company to get around this, similar to our banks with all their parents in Oz?

      • KJT 5.2.1

        They could just buy a US company, like the one that bought Motorola.

        • dukeofurl 5.2.1.1

          They bought the Motorola cellphone business, (off Google who kept the patents) not the Motorola electronics business, now called Motorola Solutions

          The cell network infrastructure business went to Nokia Siemens

  6. Macro 6

    Look the sad fact is that 5G and 6G technologies at this point in time, because of their inherent design are less secure than the current 4G network. 5G is a far more distributed technology, but because of this it has the potential to be far less secure.
    A good article on the subject has been published here .
    https://www.networkworld.com/article/3315626/network-security/5g-and-6g-wireless-technologies-have-security-issues.html
    There are other issues wrt Hauwei and the ability to put in place back doors for snooping within this technology because if its inherent insecurity.
    The GCSB (as are the other communication security agencies around the western world) are calling for caution on this – and so they should.

  7. One Two 7

     Why Were Older People Excluded?

    No One Wants To Talk About It

    The Australian study runs counter to a paper published earlier this year by Alasdair Philips and coworkers in the U.K. They showed that the incidence of glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive type of brain tumor, more than doubled in England between 1995 and 2015.

    Karipidis and Croft reported that they saw no increase in any of brain tumor subtypes, including GBM.

    “By stopping at age 59, they are missing the group with the largest increase in GBM, and those with the most exposure to mobile phone radiation,” Philips told me from his home in Scotland. “This is impossible to justify.”

    “Frankly, I find their limited analysis shocking and I don’t understand how it cleared peer review,” Philips said.

    Security, is a red herring!

    • DJ Ward 7.1

      TABLE 1Age-adjusted Incidence per 100,000 Persons (ICD-O Morphology Code 9450) in Different Countries

      Region Years Overall Ref
      United States 2006–2010 3.19 2
      Australia 2000–2008 3.40 13
      England 1999–2003 2.05 14
      Korea 2005 0.59 15
      Greece 2005–2007 3.69 17
      Jordan 2012–2013 0.89 16

      Clearly the world is going to end due to mobile phones. The Koreans are dying on mass at about 1/2 a person every 100,000 at like you implied into there 60s on average. They use mobile phones as much as anybody so they are doomed.

      From.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470003/#!po=14.5833

      • One Two 7.1.1

        You’re not paying attention to the premise of the comment, the data provided, nor the actors involved and the roles they are playing…

        It is not simply about a single form of cancer or a single cause…it is about how constituent parts are working in unison to prevent the conversations required to be held, from making mainstream consciousness…

        And yet despite the industry efforts, globally the wheels are coming off as the real science begins to surface…and people are paying attention this time…

        The attempt to connect all machines and apilliances, is not world for biological beings…the environment required will not survive it…

        Widen your scope…

        • DJ Ward 7.1.1.1

          So how do you reconcile any tech being introduced?
          Washing machines, fridges, TV etc. They have revolutionary effect on our lives. If tech connects these devices do you think they will take over our lives? Surely they will become more efficient and use less energy.

          Are you suggesting they will develope or be infected with AI and decide to save the planet by exterminating humans?
          Or how dare they turn off a lightbulb if nobody is in a room for a set period of time. Or analyse our hot water use so they can heat the cylinder only when it predicts we will use it. The TV might even analyse our programme watching and turn on the jug knowing we have a cup of tea right at the first add break of the morning news. The fridge might organise groceries knowing the milk is getting low and you need a new lettuce, resulting in a van dropping goods off to 20 houses saving 19 car trips. Don’t worry about going on the bike to shift the cows, the gate will open itself. The water will turn itself on in the new paddock, and turn it off in the old paddock reducing wasted water, the electric fences are on the network as well so no wasted energy where it’s not being useful.
          So what do you mean by not survive it. I’m not going to buy something if it’s going to ruin my life, so what do you suggest people will be buying. I’m also struggling with how you see it affecting the environment when there is clear gains in energy efficiency possible. Look at how technology using mobiles in cars have resulted in people not getting lost and taking the best route. Lots of savings for the environment compared to not having it.

          • One Two 7.1.1.1.1

            DJW , you’ve asked too many irrelevant questions which, if you had been reading my comments regarding wireless tech in recent weeks…you would know what my thoughts are…

            I’ll give the most simple statement I can generate…

            The wireless and supporting terrestial infrastructure will put such stress onto human, animal and plant…that there won’t be savings as you imagine they will manifest…

            And that is not even including the raw materials used in manufaturing of transmitting devices built into appliances which IoT enthusiasts fantasize about…

            Massively increased consumption forced by IoT, is for corporate revenue and profit…nothing more…and will likely negate any improvements or imagined gains…

            The frequencies required to handle the data traffic and their effects on human, animal and plant are NOT to part of the discussion…

            Why…because there is already much material from damage caused by existing wireless networks…if it was scaled up and honestly discussed…it would be laughed out of the room due to risk…

            LLOYDs of London/ SWISS RE et al won’t insure against harm/damage caused by EMf/R…figure it out…

            Widen your scope…

            • DJ Ward 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Ok then what do you propose as a solution.

              Banning devices, or the Internet, or the use of silicon, or whatever else.

              The change from going to a shop and shopping online will increase consumerism but it has also enabled more recycling like Trade Me. Eventually as resources become limited prices increase and consumerism drops in response. However as resources become limited humans will find alternatives, recycling % will increase.

              An example is copper which due to scarcity has become more and more expensive, so some manufacturers for wiring have switched to aluminium which is abundant, and the recycling price for copper is attractive. Presently important elements like Lithuim will become redundant compared to todays use and otherwise join the recycling industry.

              Plastics will be replaced with bio plastics etc etc.

              The alternative is a return to about 1939, or even further back to serfdom.

              Last time I looked you can insure mobile phones. Maybe they don’t insure networks as breakdowns and payouts from that would be too huge and too common. Imagine a breakdown where everybody with a mobile gets a $10 credit on there account. So about $3,000,000,000 for a small outage in the US. Have you got any evidence there is no insurance due specifically to this world ending ‘harm’ your not quantifying.

              • One Two

                Let’s start at the present time….Instead of asking what my solution would be…it should be self explanatory if you can answer the question below….

                * Name a major global problem or threat which current technology, understanding and knowledge can’t provide a solution for…and why not (no fantasizing about unknown unknowns)…present time problems…all created by human beings…ideologies etc…

                Ok..

                Tens to Hundreds of billions MORE devices, appliances transceivers, sensors (machines) …all requiring this planet to be teraformed by machines to support a world of machines….where do human, animal , plant fit into a world for which the core design premise…is to enable and support machines….

                Machines which require:

                Materials
                Manufacture
                Transport
                Install
                Replacement
                Maintenance
                Support
                Decommission
                [you get the idea]

                And one more time….the communications networks and storage facilities to control every single device and appliance and every bit of data generated from every single component….

                Make no mistake, this is imagined as forever-land for the corporations and the technocrats who control them…

                They consider themselves trans-humanists who share a universal sentiment ….they consider human beings as weak and broken…a liability to be replaced with [something superior]….

                No need for the environment under such circumstances…which could explain why the generic ‘big tech/telco’ industry are seeking to rollout next generation networks without any regulatory oversight…

                There is a small number of commentators on this site who have the vision and wisdom to comprehend the gravitas of the subject, even if they may not understand some of the technical aspect…

                The technical roadmaps pre-empt the dangers of climate change, and will absolutely amplify the existing problems…for what exactly….

                It’s not been defined clearly….but it doesn’t matter…because it is an automated roadmap, which after a certain point, will no longer require human input…this is widely understood within associated industry…

                https://media.swissre.com/documents/SONAR_2014.pdf

                Page 30: Emerging Risk Themes

                Terms and definitions:

                What are emerging risks?

                We define emerging risks as newly developing or changing risks that are difficult to quantify and could have a major impact on society and industry

                HIGH [among the list]

                * Unforeseen consequences of electromagnetic fields

  8. Ad 8

    Mike Smith looks for argument support from the Wall Street Journal, Barry Soper, Bloomberg, and Philip Burdon. Top work fellow traveller.

    How much further up the capacious ass of statist capitalism and its trumpeters can anyone crawl seeking solid evidence rather than inhaling the hot air up there and come out stating they smell perfume?

    Why not ask: why are other countries such as Germany also raising major security concerns about Huawei? More conspiracy?

    Would China allow a US telco to provide key technology for its networks? Of course not!

    • Mike Smith 8.1

      This comment is abusive and qualifies for a Darwin award. Please read the policy and take it as a warning.

  9. Ad 9

    And some solids from the UK Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre:

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/727415/20180717_HCSEC_Oversight_Board_Report_2018_-_FINAL.pdf

    Third finding:

    “…identification of shortcomings in Huawei’s engineering processes have exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks and long-term challenges in mitigation and management.”

    • xanthe 9.1

      Hmm thats an interesting read Ad, it seems that these problems are to do with third party systems and the difficulties in getting the software to a point that is essentially open sourced (ie will compile to binary from source code held by UKHCSEC). While it is disappointing that this is proving difficult (but not unexpected) I suggest that for huawai to be cooperating and working with UkHCSEC on this task is a strong positive.
      My own view is that repeatable binaries from source code held by responsible independant entities (or indeed the public) is the best approach availiable for secure devices at this time. Of course I would advocate personally that all public infrastructure be transparently open sourced and such a policy in the procurement of telecommunications gear woukd be fair, transparent, and open to all suppliers who were willing to go there. In any case it looks like huawai is willing to make the effort in this direction

      • Mike Smith 9.1.1

        An article in the Financial Times by Robert Hannigan, former director of GCHQ, is headlined “Blanket bans on Chinese tech companies like Huawei make no sense.” He concludes”The UK and other foreign companies should hold their nerve and base decisions on Chinese involvement in future telecoms on technical expertise and rational assessment of risk, rather than political fashion or trade wars. We should accept that China will be a global tech power in the future and start managing the risk now, rather than pretending the West can sit out China’s technological rise.”

        • xanthe 9.1.1.1

          Yes agree rational assessment of risk and exploring ways to mitigate that risk is the only way to actually improve security. blanket bans on the basis of current geopolitical gamesmanship is extreme folly

          But in the case of the UK (if you read the link posted by AD above) meaningful and concrete steps towards just that sort of risk identification and mitigation are well underway. so a ban by UK govt at this time (as a 5eyes pawn) would make no rational sense and would dismantle the work underway with huawai

          The GCSB act is broken (surprise surprise) if they can veto on the basis of “5eyes dont trust them”.

          The task of risk identification should not rest with GCSB as they also hold a mandate for clandestine risk exploitation!. a more obvious conflict is hard to imagine.

  10. Infused 10

    Your showing you have no knowledge of the matter.

    All of their tech was stolen from nortel hack over a decade.

    No security expert trusts the firmware or software running on their devices.

  11. ken 11

    China needs our food more than we need their crappy plastic junk.
    Cut all ties with them.

    • francesca 11.1

      Just wait a little bit Ken
      Once China’s middle class grows to the point their families can live off a single income, women will return to breast feeding, and baby formula will be seen to be the scam it is.
      Bang goes our powdered milk income.

  12. Shadrach 12

    “The Prime Minister says no decision has been made…”

    Then what is this about (https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12203566)

    “New Zealand has lost its favoured status with the Chinese political leadership following the Government decision to rule Huawei out of the 5G mobile build here, says Beijing based kiwi businessman David Mahon.”

    This ‘decision’ seems to already be having a seriously negative impact on China/NZ relations. So has it been made or not?

    Edit: “In November, New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GSCB) told telco Spark it couldn’t use proposed gear from Huawei – the world’s largest telecom equipment company – in the rollout of its 5G network because an unspecified “significant network security risk was identified”.” https://www.msn.com/en-nz/money/news/huawei-tries-rugby-charm-in-nz-after-ban/ar-BBTvzBe?ocid=spartanntp

  13. Shadrach 13

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12204024

    There is more ‘evidence’ every day of a strain in the relationship. Our PM and her deputy are getting caught out in lies and obfuscation on an almost daily basis.

  14. Mark 14

    Winston is a racist wrecker.

    If it was not for China, New Zealand long ago would have hit unemployment rates of 20 to 30%

    And if the Chinese bugger off now, the NZ economy is rooted.

    New Zealand is China’s 44th ranked trading partner amounting to 0.29% of their total trade.

    China is New Zealand’s no 1 trading partner, with trade amounting to 25% of our total exports.

    So we need China much more than China needs New Zealand.

  15. Eco Maori 15

    I did tell a old story don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    The other story Eco Maori tolded the only people that know what is best for Aotearoa is Aotearoa people don’t listen to over seas advice they don’t care about the bad effects that there advice has on Aotearoa. As for the GCSB and SIS They idolise the USA CIA FBI ECT so they will do what ever the USA Tells them to do LOOK at the Kim dot com case broke all laws to please the USA Ana to kai. Ka kite ano P.S and the only time ONES data is safe is if you are in a room that is sound prof and line with something that blocks radio WAVES with no Internet connection or if you live on MARS

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    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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