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Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments
Categories: accountability, International, john key, Syria, war, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , ,

Yesterday John Key delivered a speech to the UN (full text). It was strongly worded:

United Nations failed Syria

Prime minister John Key has used a speech to the United Nations to accuse it of failing Syria and other countries in crisis.

In prepared notes, Key sheeted home responsibility for failing to end the “misery” in Syria squarely at the feet of the UN Security Council. “The consequences of inaction are not theoretical. The human toll is real. …

“It’s time for its members to set aside their vested interests and historical alliances in order to stop the violence and end the suffering. “It’s time for the Council to do its duty for those who have lost their lives and loved ones, and for the millions who have been displaced.

“We cannot afford to let the Council go from an institution with failings to a failed institution.” There must be a political solution to the conflict in Syria soon, Key said.

The call for a “political solution” in Syria sits oddly with Key’s bombastic “get some guts” troops (sorry trainers) to Iraq. But Key really showed his true colours with this gem:

“The consequences of inaction are not theoretical. The human toll is real. A three-year-old boy dead, washed up on a Turkish beach; hundreds of thousands killed and millions forced to flee their homes.

“We cannot ignore the huddled travellers in the railway stations of Europe, or the reality of refugees scratching out a meagre existence in camps or makeshift homes in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon,” Key said.

Brazen much? Just weeks ago Key was doing his very best to ignore the “huddled travellers” – the refugees – and keep them out of NZ:

Key: No increase for refugee quota

New Zealand’s refugee quota will stay at 750 a year, despite Opposition calls for more to be accepted.

Mr Key said on Monday there were no plans to increase the quota and he repeated that today. “The general view is that 750 works well, on the balance of a number of factors, and that’s been the wisdom of successive governments going back 28 years.”

When forced to back down by the public outcry (i.e. internal polling) Key’s grudging increase to the quota was the bare minimum he thought he could get away with.

Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.


34 comments on “Speech to UN height of hypocrisy”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    Yep – I read it, and couldn’t believe just how hypocritical it was ! This guy has no shame whatsoever.

  2. Paul 2

    A sociopath in action.

  3. Key is a slimeball of the biggest order.

  4. savenz 4

    I guess Planet Key is expanding…. internationally!

    Now John Key and National have wrecked our country, I guess he is concentrating on our international reputation to destroy.

    Message to all, DONT vote in a currency speculator as PM!

    Agree with 100% with Anthony Robbins, Jenny Kirk, Paul and Repartee.

  5. Mike the Savage One 5

    John Key’s speech has only proved to me that all this agenda and talk about the UN Security Council seat that New Zealand presently has is nothing but a government of wannabes of a little nation wanting to look important, to get some attention, and to sell its image, to facilitate more future trade deals. That is what all that was about, none bloody else.

    And yes, the speech given by Key is ridiculous, not just full of hypocrisy, it is childishly naive, well, probably just a bit of “bold talk” coming from a protected, far away land’s leader, who has little to fear from all that goes on in Syria, the Middle East and in Europe.

    The offer of additional 600 refugees, from primarily Syria, was as ridiculous and shameful as what Key delivered. Indeed, doubling the quota is the minimum that should be done right away, but more can be done.

    As for all else, Key knows, whatever New Zealand says at the UN will fade into total irrelevance on the world stage, as this country is only pushing above its weight in agricultural and some other industry output, much not even based on enhanced quality or technical or other standard.

    A nation living off the grass that grows, the logs that can be chopped off, off exports of basic food products, off seafood and horticulture and wine-exports, off some bits of IT and few other services and products, that fixes growth issues by selling land and houses will not shine as a beacon of hope even to smart economists, let alone political or military strategists.

    And what has that training in Iraq delivered? Has Ramadi been taken back off ISIS now? Has Anbar Province been “freed” now? Has the air bombardment by the US and French and some Arab nations delivered the demise of Islamic State?

    Russia has now thrown a spanner into the useless strategies of the west, not for the good and not for a solution, but only to save a doomed dictator and his regime from inevitable fall. All the US and Europe can try and negotiate now is for Russia to spare the Free Syrian Army and others from being bombed. What a smart agenda? Assad or ISIS is the ONLY choice now available to Syrians still there, that is if the Russians leave it with air bombardments, and do not also send troops in.

    And the veto issue, all this will stop with a firm veto from any permanent member of the UN Security Council for a start, as I see it. This is vain talk by a NZ dandy boy politicians, who only wants attention, a tap on the shoulder by the big boys and girls, and an instagram going around on social media, showing him with them on a snap shot. He is all about himself and his childhood dream being realised, and the useless NZ media fell for all his hollow talk from the time the election campaign started in 2008. What a disgrace for NZ.

    P.S.: One last question to Mr Key: How is that peace negotiation NZ’s UN delegation was considering to be facilitated or supported between Israel and the Palestinians going, by the way? Any progress there?

    • Paul 5.1

      The NZ media did not fall for his hollow talk.
      They were told by their owners to support him.
      Their owners as the same people who own Key and who are pushing the TPP.
      Large corporations and financiers.

      • Mike the Savage One 5.1.1

        I think you are right there, but that shows that the ones that were working in the MSM then, who still could have raised their voices of concern, were too gutless and useless, and gave in to the bosses’ and chief editor’s “directions”.

        The only alternative would have been exactly what I suggested in my comment, so I gave the rest the “benefit of the doubt”, for simply having fallen for crowd charming and sheepish following of “opinion leaders”.

        History and future reflections will shine more light on what exactly happened, but we learn by the day.

  6. But but, they are ALL hypocrites, slime balls, and sociopaths.
    The definition of politician is – lying bastard.
    There isn’t one honest politician in New Zealand, maybe the world. They have to lie, it is part of the job, the pig ignorant masses couldn’t handle the truth, as witnessed even on this blog.
    Have no fear though, we have Kiwi Saver.

    • Paul 6.1

      Your usual OTT comment, Robert.

      • Robert Atack 6.1.1

        Ok Paul I will bite, please send me a link (just one) to any politician throwing even a little doubt on the likelihood that an 18 year old paying into Kiwi Saver is going to see a payout in 47 years time?
        Just one truthful statement would be nice, even from a green MP, who all seem to think this planet destroying system will survive at least another 65 years of GROWTH. == 9-13 billion people?
        When over this time humans will have to produce more food than we have ‘found’ in the past 10,000 years – exponential growth on a finite planet just can not happen.

        Educate yourself

        Uploaded on May 9, 2011
        Arithmetic, Population and Energy — a talk by Dr. Albert Bartlett

        Professor Al Bartlett begins his one-hour talk with the statement, “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

        AND http://guymcpherson.com/2014/01/climate-change-summary-and-update/

        Now prove to me I didn’t flush more smarts down the toilet this morning, than there are in your head!

        • Paul 6.1.1.1

          Have seen the Bartlett talk. It’s brilliant.
          However, I don’t agree with you that all politicians are bad.

        • Paul 6.1.1.2

          I would be more open to discussing topics with you if your manner was not so aggressive.

        • Chris 6.1.1.3

          Tell us what we should do?

          • Robert Atack 6.1.1.3.1

            Are you asking me Chris?
            I’m not the tell you what to do guy, I’m the tell you you are stuffed no matter what you do guy )
            But for some short term survival tactics ?
            Personal – get a gun maybe ?
            National, as in New Zealand not the party – um ? Close the borders, bring in martial law ? In a nice way copy Pol Pots year zero ideas, empty the cities of useless workers, and get them producing food, probably have to start shooting people, as it is to much strain on the system to support prisoners, ban birth at least for maybe 5 – 10 years, so we can actually get a true understanding of what the average under 20 year old person faces, and all + 20 year olds of coarse;) , eventually, if time allows turn the country vegetarian/pork/chicken eaters … maybe?? Start manufacturing shoes
            Maybe some sort of marie type legal system ? Tuhoe may be the last man standing.
            Sorry OT, but I think I was asked?

  7. Pasupial 7

    With the recent Panda-ring by Key, this has to be one of the best typos ever!

    Key’s grudging increase to the quota was the bear minimum he thought he could get away with.

  8. Keith 8

    He whining little voice slurring through that speech only seemed to emphasis his lack of genuine knowledge of what he was talking about and it made Key look about as alien to this as a camel is to the Artic. And yes he is full of shit and anyone in the UN would know it!

  9. Detrie 9

    I think the reference to Key being a sociopath is spot on. Lack of conscience or empathy for fellow human beings. I see him as a used car [money] salesperson who is all talk and produces little, who just happened to get into politics and can show off in front of a bigger stage… It’s all about power and ego, not being open, sincere or have any original ideas…

  10. Rolf 11

    Has everyone forgotten that the crisis in Syria is created by classical US intervention of money, ”advice”, military support, CIA missions and so on to achieve US control of the area. This is a form of annexation, practiced many times in history when one country desires to control another. The foreign controls of New Zealand are called ANZUS and TPP. Instead of a military invasion the country is controlled by agreements. When that fail, the US invades and insurge, as in Vietnam, South Korea, Japans, Philippines, Guam, Marshall Islands, Iran, Libya,, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia , Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan , Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen , Pakistan, Syria. Just this decade 2 million people would have been alive if it was not for the USA interventions all over the world. Key is just the US stogey.

  11. johnm 12

    3 of the permanent members of the UN security council are The US, the UK and France. The US has had the aim of overthrowing Assad long before the current conflict broke out.The US,France and the UK are bombing Syria. Much of the refugee problem can be blamed on them and their violent interventions in the Middle East especially the invasion of Iraq. ” Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad ” http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/05/23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-as-a-tool-to-overthrow-syrias-president-assad/

    ” From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war. ”

    So JK is actually condemning 3 of the permanent members of the security council for enabling this disaster including his vassal boss the US and appealing to them to change their wicked ways?Is he showing vestigial signs of having a back bone?
    UN security Council members:
    http://www.un.org/en/sc/members/
    The UN could do nothing with the US, the UK and France actively backing chaos in Syria.

    • johnm 12.1

      ” After nearly six months of a brutal response by the Syrian military to non-violent protesters in Dera’a, Syria where protests for certain government reforms began in 2011, a number of people turned to armed conflict to fight the regime. This opened the door to a host of competing outside proxies arming and supporting a variety of groups within Syria, upping the stakes of the war considerably. In particular, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and the U.S.- knowingly or unknowingly – aided the rise of ISIS.

      The United States has a long history of trying to topple the Ba’athist government in Syria, ruled by Hafez al-Assad for 40 years and now by his son, Bashar. A secret document leaked to the press by Wikileaks revealed that State Department and CIA officials sought to destabilize Syria for years, in part by stoking sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, and through support of anti-regime Islamist factions, some of which fled to Syria after the US ‘surge’ in Iraq in 2007. US officials now claim to be arming and training only ‘moderate rebels’ now – not understanding that many ‘moderates’ have defected to, or are fighting against and losing to, ISIS and its affiliates. This helps account for the flow of arms into Syria, and into the hands of ISIS members, that has radically changed the character of the war, turning it into an even bloodier disaster. ”
      ” Heading Toward a Collision: Syria, Saudi Arabia and Regional Proxy Wars ”
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/02/heading-toward-a-collision-syria-saudi-arabia-and-regional-proxy-wars/

    • Gabby 12.2

      It’s more likely that he doesn’t know what the hell’s going on.

  12. Reddelision 13

    I thought jk did all right as mine and your leader , what did the readers of the strandard ( strandard in name and ideology) expect

    • ropata 13.1

      i expected him to crack an insensitive joke about refugees, grab the nearest pony tail, then piss off for a round of golf and brown nosing foreign dignitaries

  13. North 14

    Wannabe ‘Little Churchill’ Ponce Key……wooden hypocrite at the UN……then off ‘rooting’ for the Yankees (cousin of ‘rorting’ for the TPPA). Please come home soon John…….please don’t go east. Don’t think I could handle days and days of my TV beaming out ‘rooting’ for Richie.

  14. Smilin 15

    A Dogs Breakfast you could say with confidence

  15. Smilin 16

    The writings on this page today should be sent as flyer to every mail box in NZ and then we should deport Key and his idiots to where they belong anywhere but here maybe the middle east and see how their BS sounds in the war
    And like the end of ww2 vow never to let Fascism rule the free world

  16. BLiP 17

    Hilarious. I love how John Key, the Prime Minister who, for week after week, chased a low-wage cafe worker around her place of employment pulling her pony now tail feels qualified to berate the United Nations about the inappropriate use of power from a position of privilege. He’s a joke.

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  • Statement from the Minister of Health Dr David Clark
      This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister. Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months. It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given ...
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  • Scholarship placements for agricultural emissions scientists doubles
    Scholarships for 57 early-career agricultural emissions scientists from 20 developing countries is another example of New Zealand’s international leadership in primary sector sustainability, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. Mr O’Connor, announcing the scholarships today, says hundreds of applications were received for this fourth round of the CLIFF-GRADS programme (Climate, Food ...
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  • Funding for Foxton regeneration
    A project to help rejuvenate the Horowhenua town of Foxton will receive a Provincial Growth Fund investment of $3.86 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This funding for the Foxton Regeneration project will be used to make the well-known holiday town even more attractive for visitors and ...
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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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    3 days ago
  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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    7 days ago
  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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    1 week ago
  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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