Summer service: open mike 06/01/2012

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As usual, it’s reduced service over the summer break, unless anything big happens. We hope you’ll get a good break with those dear to you, and that we’ll have some decent weather to enjoy. And if you still need your politics fix… Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. Step right up to the mike…

78 comments on “Summer service: open mike 06/01/2012”

  1. logie97 2

    Research provides the answer to National’s Educational 20 % tail.
    However, what is happening in the UK could happen here.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/05/michael-gove-infant-class-size

    In the UK, the Sutton Council wants to reverse legislation to allow Junior class numbers to go above 30 and they cite research from Durham University that suggests that class size does not affect attainment.

    Previous Ministers of Education in New Zealand have used similar research to support their arguments.

    Quote …
    Reducing class sizes, setting homework during primary school, and introducing school uniforms are among the least effective ways of improving school results, according to a new ‘Which?’ style guide for education published by the Sutton Trust today.

    Significant gains in attainment meanwhile come from proven classroom approaches – providing effective feedback on pupil’s performance, encouraging students to think about their own learning strategies, and getting pupils to learn from each other. Implemented correctly, these approaches can increase pupils’ performance by an extra eight or nine months in a school year for a very low cost, according to the guide.

    The pupil premium toolkit, developed by academics at Durham University, provides an easily accessible guide for teachers detailing the approaches they should consider when allocating the Government’s Pupil Premium, summarising the evidence gathered from 1000s of studies involving millions of pupils across the world. … unquote

    And then there are the next couple of sentences in the quoted research.

    Quote…

    The toolkit finds that the benefits of reducing class sizes “are not particularly large or clear, until class size is reduced to under 20 or even below 15”. Hiring more teaching assistants meanwhile is associated with “very small or no effects on attainment”.

    … unquote

    So there you have it – the answer is simple – reduce primary school class numbers to below 15.

    http://www.suttontrust.com/news/news/smaller-classes-uniforms-and-primary-homework-among/

    • ianmac 2.1

      Logie 97: If class size is reduced from say 35 to 25 and the same methods are used as before little change can be detected. More of the same with fewer kids.
      If reducing the class size is accompanied by strategies including individual feed back, individual goal setting etc, then significant gains are made. Where a class is too big teachers are forced to mass produce and teach to the average leaving the very bright and the underachievers out in the cold.
      24 kids is ideal and keeps the dynamics alive and allows those with special needs to be catered for.

      • Fotran 2.1.1

        Wasn’t one of David Lange’s objectives in “Tomorrows’ Schools” to reduce classes to 20 ?

    • ianmac 2.2

      And “setting homework during primary school,” as least effective – so true.
      Home work must be:
      1.Relevant to current class program
      2.Appropriate to the child’s ability (rather than same for all)
      3.Must be acknowledged/marked.

      If even one of the above is missing homework should not be given.
      Much research shows that Primary School Homework totally lacks effectiveness and is usually stressful for the whole family.
      (One parent was jubilant when his son’s report had an A for homework. “I got an A!” shouted the father.)

      • Lanthanide 2.2.1

        I never had homework in primary school (except for spelling lists and occasional ‘project’ types things, but nothing consistent).

        Even homework in intermediate really became stuff my parents had to help me with.

        I guess that could be helpful for some families, but for others it could be worse if the parents are absent, incapable or plain unwilling to help.

    • millsy 2.3

      Is there is something I am missing here? The logic in my head dictates that smaller classes = more time for the teacher to work with each student/pupil and less disruption. If its good enough for Oxbridge, its bloody well good enough for the primary school down the road.

      • logie97 2.3.1

        Millsy, I appreciate ianmac’s comments on the various blog sites. He knows a bit about education. The final point I was making, and you have hit it, is that a combination of the qualities of curriculum delivery that ianmac refers to (formative assessment as opposed to Tolley’s summative assessment, coupled with the small class size has to be of benefit, including the factors you refer to.

        Basically, there are 25 hours of contact time per week. Just saying, a teacher taught one-to-one with each child in a 25 pupil class, then each child would get 1 hour of teacher time. It stands to reason therefore, that 12.1/2 children are going to get 2 hours of teacher time. Now we know that classrooms do not operate this way, however quality interaction time with individuals is going to be increased with the reduction of class sizes.

  2. johnm 3

    An equitable society must maintain and nourish the commons, which means among other things not privatizing important strategic assets which bring in income for all New Zealanders and can be used to improve their quality of life as opposed to improving the lives only of those already well off.

    here’s a really good article on the commons refer link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/05-0

    Some of the points as follows:

    1. The Commons is Essential to Our Health, Security & Survival
    2. Discovery of the Commons Signals a Shift from “Me” to “We” in Modern Society
    3. The Commons is Not an Abstract Theory, But Rather an Organic Organizing Principle of Human Civilization

    4. The Commons Faces More Threat Than Ever
    The commons are under threat in two serious ways.
    First is the rampant growth of privatization, which snatches valuable assets away from us and puts them in someone’s pocket. This can mean a corporation finagling mineral rights on public lands for almost nothing or taking control of essential public services to make money rather than serve the greater social good.
    Second, many commons are now grossly neglected or mismanaged because it’s assumed that anything that does not make money is not worth caring about. That’s why so many school buildings are in disrepair, and why a lot of public spaces are rundown and empty.

    5. A New Commons Movement is Emerging to Create a Brighter Future for Everyone
    6. The Commons Offers Practical Solutions to Daunting Economic, Environmental and Social challenges
    7. The Commons is Not Just History; It’s Central to Our Lives Today
    8. The Commons is No Longer Seen as a Tragedy
    9. The Commons is Not a New Name for Communism or Government Control
    10. The Commons is a Key Ingredient to Human Happiness
    11. Commoning Will Be a Hopeful New Trend
    12. The Commons Needs Our Help. Here’s What You Can Do.

    • johnm 3.1

      The difference between a Privatized nation such as the U$$$$ or a nation with a lively commons?

      U$$$$: 1. People feel politically bypassed, unrepresented and irrelevant.
      2. Alienation: one is an economic serf likely to fall into poverty as soon as you get ill and bankrupted by medical expenses and/or your unemployment benefit expires and you are left existing on food handouts.
      3. This is not my land from shining sea to shining sea, it is owned by the rich and powerful and if I sleep out anywhere I will be moved on by the rich and powerful’s police force and if I slip over the edge into crime there is a nice warm cell waiting for me in America’s privatized for profit prisons. Adds to the GDP.

      An alive nation with a strong sense of the commons:

      1. I am a respected member of my society and supported in my citizenship.
      2. I share in events and celebrations in my society.
      3. I am not an economic serf I have just employment rights and fair remuneration therefore I feel I belong in this society.The already rich are not allowed to exploit asset bubbles at the expense of their fellow countrymen i.e. the current scandalous housing bubble where young kiwis can’t afford one house while older kiwis some have 5,6,7, houses to cash in on an asset bubble they and the banks bid up themselves, this is alienating to young kiwis who are shut out in their own homeland!
      4. Important social assets such as power, water etc. are controlled by the representatives of all the people not by the “Successful” employer and corporate class.
      5. I do not live in a society with an underclass, left behind by the rich and powerful. This means that large discrepancies in income between top and bottom are minimised.
      6. Those with more ability to work and achieve are recognised with greater rewards but not excessively and greedily so acknowledging that their abilities are of no use without the homeland they have grown up in and which rewards them for their excellence. They are not islands their lives are supported by the rest of their countrymen.

      • Bored 3.1.1

        Ditto Uke, its a very important thing to understand. Most of the nut bars who come into debate “economics” here from a market perspective have absolutely no understanding or acceptance of “external” costs like the cost of extraction or seizure of natural resources etc.

        Future economics in a world where demand for exhausted natural resources like oil, or fish stocks will have to start accounting for these things as both finite and “commonly owned”.

    • uke 3.2

      Good article. Thanks Johnm.

    • millsy 3.3

      “Second, many commons are now grossly neglected or mismanaged because it’s assumed that anything that does not make money is not worth caring about. That’s why so many school buildings are in disrepair, and why a lot of public spaces are rundown and empty.”

      I find that to be quite true, given that the first victim of council savings is always the parks and libraries.

  3. Jackal 4

    Obama’s best decision

    The US spent approximately $1.5 trillion last year on its military, with interest paid on debt incurred running at around $430 billion. The scary thing is that some experts estimate these indirect costs will eventually exceed direct military funding…

    • lostinsuburbia 4.1

      Their monstrous fuel bill probably has something to do with cut backs too – hard to run huge fleets of tanks and fighter planes if you can’t afford to fill them up. The logistics behind a US Army armoured division are staggering.

      Also, no one can really afford a big war these days, after all the cost and length of construction of planes, ships, and other fighting vehicles are so prohibitive that a conflict between major powers couldn’t go on for too long before a truce or the risk of nuclear escalation (albeit that the US remains the predominate nuclear power given the range of its nuclear weapons, the variety of yields and delivery mechanisms, and deployment around the world).

      On the flip side, he’ll get more domestic support for killing suspects by drone aircraft rather than using troops. Less potential for flag drapped coffins flying into Andrews Air Force Base and less long term medical bills to support injured veterans.

      But cut backs or not, the American military is still bloated with weapons based more on countering a massive Soviet attack in Europe and the Atlantic than fighting other threats today.

      For instance, the US Navy (and other western navies) have a limited number of minesweepers. If the Iranians wanted to shut down the Straits of Hormuz all they have do is lay some cheap anti ship mines. It would take forever to clear them at the risk of losing ships.

      • alwyn 4.1.1

        It depends what you mean by shutting down the straits with mines.
        It is actually very difficult to damage a large oil tanker with a mine. They are enormous, compartmentalised, have double skinned hulls and very thick hull plates. Even if you were to penetrate the hull the oil does not burn. They are very much harder to damage than a current warship.
        During the Iran-Iraq war from 1980-1988 there was some mining done and there were tankers that hit them. Amazingly, in many of the cases, the crew on the tanker were not even aware that they had hit something.

        • Lostinsuburbia 4.1.1.1

          It wouldn’t have to sink a ship to cause a problem. There is such little slack in global energy systems that just the threat of damage would screw oil prices – which would be one of Iran’s goals (well that and disrupting exports from its Arab enemies).

          Can also depend on the mine technology used.

          Of course things would get really fun if someone on the Iranian side decided to launch some silkworm missiles!

    • Ianupnorth 4.2

      In a strange, parallel universe, I was drawn to an article on effective CEO’s, and from this there was a link to a slideshow of the ’25 Best performing Cities in the US’
      http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eddk45edeml/americas-25-best-performing-cities-2/#content
       
      A couple of common themes emerge
      1) They mostly have strong connections to the military via bases, aircraft or weapons manufacturing
      2) Some have links to distribution (e.g. heavy air freight to get stuff to and from the Gulf)
      3) A few have strong links petrochemicals
      4) Most have strong Universities with investment in R&D
      Many have a combination of all of the above. It would seem the military are propping up much of the US economy.

      • lostinsuburbia 4.2.1

        Yep, the military spend in the US does prop up a lot of centres. Eisenhower warned in his final Presidential Address of the dangers of an enlarged military-industrial complex. However, there is a certain irony given the American fear of socialism/communism and the dependence on many of its towns and cities on Federal spending.

        Old King Corn is also a powerful influence in the US, with the political influence of the Mid-West states (which we see in the Primaries), the overproduction of corn and its use in food production, and the power of agriculture subsidies in skewing agricultural production and unsustainable farming practices (e.g. draining non-replenishing aquifers).

        The corn subsidies are also driving bioethanol production, which although advertised as a clean green fuel, is anything but.

      • mik e 4.2.2

        corporate welfare

      • Lanthanide 4.2.3

        “Many have a combination of all of the above. It would seem the military are propping up much of the US economy.”

        Yip, this has been the case since the 1990’s or so.

        • Lostinsuburbia 4.2.3.1

          More like since the 1950s, given the continual military expansion due to the “bomber gap” and “missile gap” scares.

          The size of military industrial complex is truely phenomenal

          • Colonial Viper 4.2.3.1.1

            The power of the military-industrial complex was a shadow of itself in the 1950’s and 1960’s; back then it was a relatively small part of overall US industrial might. Since the 1980’s more and more US industry and technology has been offshored, which means that today the US MIC is utterly dominant.

            Bear in mind that even US military contractors now use Chinese components and companies to build US weapons with. Cheaper (in the short term) you see.

    • millsy 4.3

      Good start. Now he needs to start thinking about closing all those US bases in Germany (and the rest of Europe)

      • Lostinsuburbia 4.3.1

        Yep, the people of Okinawa would like the yanks to leave too.

        The MIC and it’s stalwarts have been strong for a long time, from Dean Acheson and Edward Teller onwards.

        The Korean War gave the impetus for the American right to reverse the downsizing of American forces after WW2 and start an armament program that has never really stopped.

  4. Bored 5

    Trotters latest read on Occupy is worth a look. http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/

    In effect Chris basically pans the Occupy NZ movement for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong methodology (at least that’s how I read it). He may be right, but everything needs to start somewhere.

    I don’t have a clue what Occupy NZ does next but they do appear to me to be the same well meaning marginal ideologists generally described as “rent a demo”.

    What Chris did not address to any degree was the message of Occupy, worldwide they are saying it is not fair that 1% own more than the 99%…and its got to change. Question is how the message gets spread, the awareness raised?

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Question is how the message gets spread, the awareness raised?

      A left wing owned and co-ordinated MSM.

    • AAMC 5.2
       

      Seems to me this is the common problem with all NZ analysis of the OWS movement. It is focused on the NZ franchise rather than it’s global desires. We don’t yet have the same plight in the middle class as does the US or Spain, which is why the young creative class hasn’t engaged as it has elsewhere. Soon come!

      The last few days have seen moves against Corporate Personhood in the States, it’s undeniably changing the narrative, because in NZ it’s predominantly Mana and Unite activists doesn’t undermine this. 

      #jan17 will be interesting.  

      The liberal establishment is bemused by it globally as a movement though, as it doesn’t bow to them or subscribe to their hierarchies, why would that be different here. 

       

      • Colonial Viper 5.2.1

        We don’t yet have the same plight in the middle class as does the US or Spain

        In a way, but consider this – we have 800,000 NZ born Kiwis living in Australia. Many moved there for economic reasons.

        If they were still here we would likely have an unemployment rate approaching 20%. If China and Japan slow down their imports of coal and iron ore from Australia, a lot of Kiwis will be returning home.

    • AAMC 5.3

      I don’t know that Trotter is entirely correct in his analysis. In the dwindling of the local franchise and it’s failure to inspire- sure; but anybody who has watched the US or London or Spain closely knows that in fact it is not those at the bottom driving this, it is those who have abided by society’s contract, have straight A academic achievments, degrees in IT or journalism, have massive student debt, come from good middle class homes, and have graduated into a country with no opportunity, because it’s been rationalized and Globalized. 

      As for the Ozzie banks, I don’t have the link on me, but didn’t we just discover over Christmas that in fact the Fed was pumping billions into Westpac and other Ozzie banks in 2008 to keep them
      afloat. Their apparent robustness just  more spin. 

  5. prism 6

    Drug research finding that NZ has high drug use needs questioning. It sounds as if one of the questions is whether people have tried a drug. That would swell the numbers unfairly as a once or twice tryer is not a user.

  6. What’s the view of folks who read ‘The Standard’ on whether or not media should publish any information released under Parliamentary privilege by Winston Peters (or any other MP) on the the ‘tea party tapes’ transcript?

    My view is that HUNDREDS of media / concerned citizens should publish this information – the public should know – otherwise it is we and our ‘democracy’ that is being treated with contempt?

    What’s John Key going to do?

    Take hundreds of people to court?

    FOR WHAT????

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/its-always-tea-time-and-weve-no-time-to-wash-the-things-between-whiles#comment-22326

    My comment:

    In my considered opinion, after calling a media conference to cover the ‘tea party’ event, there is simply no way that John Key and/or John Banks should have been stupid enough to say anything during that time that they didn’t want the public to hear. They were almost literally ‘in a goldfish bowl’ with a compliant media outside – bristling with cameras – trying to record what was going on from outside the cafe.

    Talk about an obedient, effectively ‘lap dog’ media!

    Came when they were called, went outside when they were told, didn’t publish the transcript……….. ?

    If I had been there as an independent member of the media, I wouldn’t have left the cafe. In my opinioin, if John Banks and John Key wanted to have a ‘private’ conversation (ie: one they didn’t want the public to hear because it was politically sensitive) then they should have had that conversation in private, without first calling the media.

    Why I am particularly grumpy about this, is because I stood as an Independent candidate in the Epsom electorate, campaigning against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption and ‘corporate welfare’.

    I received effectively NO mainstream media coverage on my attempts to get ACT’s ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ equally applied to (former) ACT Party Leader, Don Brash, and ACT candidate for Epsom John Banks – both former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, who were never charged, let alone convicted, as was fellow former Director Peter Huljich. (ALL Directors equally signed Huljich Kiwisaver Prospectuses which contained untrue statements).

    Members of Occupy Auckland marched with me, down Queen Street, to first the offices of the Finance Markets Authority (FMA) on 8th of November 2011, then the Serious Fraud Office on 14th of November 2011, with letters formally requesting that charges be laid against Don Brash and John Banks.

    Both the CEO of the FMA Sean Hughes, and the Director of the SFO, Adam Feeley, in my considered opinion, failed to ‘do their jobs’.

    Both declined to apply ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ to John Banks and Don Brash, as fellow former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd.

    Although mainstream media were notified, NOT ONE turned up on either occasion.

    (Compare that with the 2008 election, when Rodney Hide made a complaint to the SFO against NZ First?) …….

    _______________________________________________________________________

    (There’s more – but if you’re keen you can have a squiz for yourself? 🙂

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright
    [email deleted]

    • seeker 7.1

      I thought this was a great comment Penny . Read it on Pundit and am glad you posted it here too.
      Thanks for all the work you do in challenging, confronting and publishing the many questionable practices of our fine government.Your courage and tenacity is admirable. You make a difference.

      • CnrJoe 7.1.1

        hear hear, fighting the good fight Penn, Dave Dobbyn would, New Zealand should, sing for you

  7. Ianupnorth 8

    Oh FFS!
    Tamaki has got resource consent to build his little Tithe Town – the world just got a little bit madder.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10777053

    • McFlock 8.1

      Tamakiville – nice place to visit, don’t drink the cool-aid.

    • ropata 8.2

      No problem for Tamaki, he just needs to knock off a few more magic rings.

    • prism 8.3

      The Joseph Smith of NZ – why should Mormons have the franchise on Maori and PIs?

      Wikipedia –

      Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, the fifth child of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. By 1817, Smith’s family had moved to the “burned-over district” of western New York, an area repeatedly swept by religious revivals during the Second Great Awakening. Smith family members held divergent views about organized religion, but they believed in visions and prophecies and engaged in folk religious practices typical of the era. For instance, during his youth and early adulthood, Smith himself used a seer stone to search for buried treasure.

      The Second Great Awakening was a Christian revival movement during the early 19th century in the United States. The movement began around 1800, had begun to gain momentum by 1820, and was in decline by 1870.[1] The Second Great Awakening expressed Arminian theology, by which every person could be saved through revivals. It enrolled millions of new members, and led to the formation of new denominations. Many converts believed that the Awakening heralded a new millennial age. The Second Great Awakening stimulated the establishment of many reform movements designed to remedy the evils of society before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.[2]

    • millsy 8.4

      No gays, single mothers or evolutionists allowed…..

  8. prism 9

    Labour and the Greens must not vote for unreasonably high controls on food preparation. Freedom for small, micro or individuals trying to earn from baking, sweet making, cordial making must be controlled lightly. Already local councils have prevented people from making items for stall sale under their present provisions.

    Food is a cottage industry where someone in a domestic situation can make and sell for profit and so gain earnings. In an environment where wages are so low that they are being eroded by low inflation, it is important that the government isn’t double-tongued, on one hand trumpeting lack of NZ work and effort to be self supporting but on the other putting unreasonable barriers in the way of all that are below the aristocratic band of barons, such as CEO’s, given charge of the serfs.

    • McFlock 9.1

      Nothing to disagree with in general there, but what are the actual “unreasonably high controls” in the bill?

    • http://www.petitiononline.co.nz/petition/oppose-the-new-zealand-government-food-bill-160-2/1301 Something you can do right now to show your concerns about the NZ Food Bill?
      Sign and SHARE this petition?

      They now have nearly 30,000 signatures (and organisers want 50,000 signatures).

      One of my key issues is WHY is this NZ Food Bill needed?

      As I’ve already pointed out – in terms of ‘food safety’ – where’s the crisis that requires a nearly 400 page Bill?

      If the Government is seriously focussed on risks to Public Health – then where is the urgent inquiry/review into deaths by (legal) drugs and doctors (medical staff)?

      (I have provided previous FACTS which prove the reported deaths in 2009 from food-bourne illnesses were SIX and the reported deaths in 1998 from adverse (legal) drug reactions and deaths from medical staff mistakes were nearly SIX THOUSAND?????)

      Wouldn’t you think that the Government would sensibly focus on where the BIG problems are regarding arguably preventable deaths ?

      I haven’t yet seen the evidence which proves conclusively where the food-bourne illnesses are actually coming from.

      Those who PRODUCE the food, those involved in MANUFACTURING food products, those involved in PREPARING food products?

      Where are THOSE statistics?
      Who is responsible for gathering and recording those statistics?

      How many people have suffered food-bourne illnesses as a result of buying Mrs Smith’s homemade jam at a farmers market, or eating ‘sizzled’ sausages at a sports club fund-raiser?

      I mean – REALLY?

      WHERE’S THE PROBLEM?

      Because it seems to me that ‘food safety’ being the reason behind the NZ Food Bill has just got to be BULLSH*T?

      Penny Bright
      [email deleted]

      • McFlock 9.2.1

        Sucks if you’re one of the six.
         
        But which sections of the bill do you have a specific problem with, and how does it change the current rules?

        • Penny Bright 9.2.1.1

          I have a problem with the whole NZ Food Bill.

          Why do we need it in the first place?

          I am unconvinced that there is a NZ food safety ‘crisis’ that requires this HUGE NZ Food Bill?

          As yet I haven’t waded my way through every section of the NZ Food Bill itself – but I have read the ‘Purpose’ – which I will find and put a link to – soon.

          Yes – I agree – if you were one of the SIX reported deaths in 2009 from food-bourne illness or a member of their families – it would indeed ‘suck’.

          However – my view is to focus on the areas where there are MAJOR problems and be specific in who and what you are targetting and for what purpose.

          Not use a drift net to catch a few sardines (as it were)?

          Penny Bright
          [email deleted]

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1.1

            Six deaths? Is that it?

            This Food Bill is going to eliminate 5 out of 6 deaths in future then, its so good?

            Because I’m pretty sure that changes in both regulation and enforcement (i.e. leaving the statute untouched) would do as much good in terms of preventing food poisoning deaths as a new bloody (and possibly unnecessary) law.

            And given this new focus on food safety, are they still getting rid of Government meat inspectors and giving the job to the meat companies themselves? Bloody ridiculous and hypocritical, no?

            • McFlock 9.2.1.1.1.1

              Depends on the legal powers and regulatory authority as they stand at the moment. How is it a fundamental change from the old law, rather than a tweaking or streamlining of legislation that might be out of date?

          • Penny Bright 9.2.1.1.2

            http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0160/latest/DLM2995819.html#DLM2995819
            4 Purpose

            The purpose of this Act is to—

            (a) restate and reform the law relating to how persons trade in food; and

            (b) achieve the safety and suitability of food for sale; and

            (c) provide for risk-based measures that—

            (i) minimise and manage risks to public health; and

            (ii) protect and promote public health; and

            (d) provide certainty for food businesses in relation to how the requirements of this Act will affect their acti
            __________________________________________________________________

            My recommendation is for those who are active on this Food Bill, or want to know more about it:

            1) READ the Select Committee Report.
            http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Reports/e/5/3/49DBSCH_SCR4962_1-Food-Bill-160-2.htm

            WHAT ARE THE SELECT COMMITTEE NOW RECOMMENDING?

            2) READ the ADVICE RECEIVED BY THE PRIMARY PRODUCTION SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE FOOD BILL:

            http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Advice/?Custom=00DBHOH_BILL9974_1

            WHO is advising the Select Committee and WHAT advice are they giving?

            3) READ EVIDENCE AND SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED ON THE FOOD BILL:

            http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/Documents/Evidence/?Custom=00DBHOH_BILL9974_1
            __________________________________________________________________

            I’ve not yet followed all my own advice and read ALL of the above – but I have had a squiz at the ‘ADVICE’ and some of the ‘EVIDENCE’.

            Cheers!

            Penny Bright
            [email deleted]

            • Penny Bright 9.2.1.1.2.1

              http://foodsafety.govt.nz/science-risk/human-health-surveillance/foodborne-disease-annual-reports.htm

              Here you go folks!

              The FACTS (hopefully) on the incidence of food-bourne illness in NZ.

              Annual Reports from 2005 – 2010?

              HOW BIG IS THIS NZ FOOD SAFETY CRISIS THAT WARRANTS THIS BIG NZ FOOD BILL???

              (Throw away your ‘Women’s Weekly! 😉

              Cheers!

              Penny Bright
              [email deleted]

              • McFlock

                “HOW BIG IS THIS NZ FOOD SAFETY CRISIS THAT WARRANTS THIS BIG NZ FOOD BILL???”
                 
                Well, although according to your coronial link only half a dozen people vomited and crapped themselves to death, several thousand people are infected annually according to the report you link to (foodsafety.gov 2010 report). I.e. infected severly enough to come to the attention of the healthcare system, so we’re talking more than a small cold.

                 Auckland Regional Public Health Service seems to think the food bill answers a need in their catchment area.
                 
                And you still haven’t actually said where the bill makes farmer’s markets illegal, or even changes their operating conditions.

                • Lanthanide

                  Keep it up McFlock, I too am interested in seeing some hard facts and data on this food bill because a lot of the reaction so far seems like hot air.

  9. prism 10

    @McFlock
    I’m running scared here. I know that there has been tightening up already and am reacting to media reports that regs will be further hardened. Haven’t time to take further myself.

    Additional to mentioning CEO barons have a read and look at this about Christchurch.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6219584/Marryatts-pay-a-red-rag-to-city-residents

    • McFlock 10.1

      aye, true enough. The trouble with the food bill thing is that it’s beginning to look like one of those “facebook’s planning to charge for account access, post this in your status update to show your anger” panic spams that did the rounds a while back.
           
      I don’t have a problem with food safety regs, within reason. I know better than to assume that e.g. monsanto wouldn’t try to make homegrown veges illegal, what with their terminator seeds and all. I just prefer to have access to material as close to the source as possible so I don’t end up being chicken little.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        as in noted above – has someone shown that improvements in regulation and in enforcement won’t bring about the same level of benefit as this extensive law change.

        Because this far reaching Food Bill as it stands looks like overcook to me.

    • RedBaron 10.2

      Actually the CEO’s payrise may be a payment in advance. Once people start protesting about this Gerry can declare the council dysfunctional and replace it with a non elected board so the ratepayers get no say. ECAN mark II no doubt.

  10. McFlock 11

    Ports of Auckland: Union makes another counter-offer.
     
    Fiendishly oppressive union communists hold defenceless managers to ransom for 2.5% for six months, and a rollover on the current contract. 
     
    I guess having a steady job with constant conditions is better than a 10% pay increase on a cut-down casualised job.

  11. just saying 12

    Excerpt below from today’s dimpost, in which Danyl chronicles working class hero, Trevor Mallard, getting the boot into beneficiaries. I wonder if Mallard could secure Shearer some slots on those boofhead-bigot radio shows that Key frequents, while he’s at it. Be interesting to see Shearer and Key go head to head competing for the centre right vote

    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/

    Trevor Mallard excerpts this announcement about the UK Labour Party rethinking their approach to welfare:

    Labour is calling for a radical rethink of the welfare state, arguing that the benefits system has betrayed its founding principles and “skewed social behaviour”.In a significant redrawing of Labour’s position on welfare, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Liam Byrne, on Tuesday argues that the ballooning of the system has provided support that is unearned, and mislaid the original ideal of providing help to those that contribute.

    Heralding a series of speeches over the next few months designed to mark out new territory for Labour, Byrne claims the party must recast the welfare state to meet the original intentions of its founder, William Beveridge.

    I read a few chapters about Beveridge in a history of modern Europe a few years back, so I consider myself something of an expert on the subject. And yes, we have moved away from the original intention of Beveridge’s approach to social welfare – which was a full employment policy. His vision of the welfare state was that everybody got a job, there would be minimum unemployment while people transitioned between jobs, so you could afford a generous welfare system to support that tiny number of people.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      yeah well you noticed how the Right tried to fuck this by calling some jobs ‘productive’ (ones which made capitalists and business owners money) and calling other jobs ‘unproductive’ (ones which provided care to others, looked after the environment, provided public services or provided community amenities).

      And, Left politicians allowed this reframing of language by the Right wing.

      Well, I say let’s go back to policies of full employment. Build our trains in NZ. Staff our hospitals properly and get DoC workers back out into the fields. Mandate minimum staff to client ratios in care facilities and require all Christchurch rebuilding to be done by NZ workers and NZ materials. Let’s re-open banks and post offices in smaller NZ towns and ban foreign fishing crews.

      Frankly I’ve got no problem with going back to a policy of full employment for every able bodied adult in this country, about bloody time too.

      • Lanthanide 12.1.1

        Actually I’d say I don’t really want a “full employment” policy so much as I want a universal benefit.

        I just don’t think full employment is feasible when you have a minimum wage – some jobs simply are not worth $13/hr, and others aren’t economic on the scale required but should still be done, like methodical and comprehensive cleaning up of waterways. I believe a minimum wage is essential to prevent people being taken advantage of.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          You’re comment is increadibly frustrating. Can you not see how you are trapped by free market financial conventions?

          We have a country with hundreds of billions in assets, and many undone jobs which our society needs to be done urgently – yet the market cannot put the two together to get the work done even at a measley $13/hr, because the market doesn’t value those jobs enough. This should tell you that our current economic beliefs are ***dysfunctional***.

          You say that the minimum wage is needed to stop people from being exploited – yet having people waste away long term on a benefit with no sense of usefulness in or contribution to society is somehow more OK. This should tell you that our current economic beliefs are ***dysfunctional***.

          • chris73 12.1.1.1.1

            “We have a country with hundreds of billions in assets”

            I agree 100% so lets start mining and getting those assets

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1.1

              nah it’ll stuff another, more valuable, asset in the process. Our 100% lotr currently highly profitable tourist industry.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Actually I would start by moving private asset wealth back into the hands of the many via an FTT and an asset tax.

              NZ’s mineral resources are ours, and we shouldn’t tap into them until we are ready to use that iron, coal and gas for our own ends. They’ll always be there so there is no rush to extract them.

          • Lanthanide 12.1.1.1.2

            Actually it’s based on the way markets work: people make money by selling things to other people.

            There’s no (significant) money to be made in picking up all the rubbish in a particular river, it’s just an out and out cost. This isn’t a particularly desirable job to do, however, and I think if you paid people $13/hr for it a lot of people still wouldn’t do it. The “Make the Politcians Work” show with Trevor Mallard showed this quite well, as the asparagus grower said he simply couldn’t find enough NZers willing to do the hard manual labour of cutting asparagus stems hence he had to use Polynesian workers under the policy that Trevor had set up. In turn the harvesting work done by them allowed him to employ more NZers in his pack house, which was work that NZers were comfortable in doing.

            My point is that I believe a lot of people on benefits wouldn’t want to do a lot of these make-work ‘full employment’ jobs if they were paid $13 an hour and we probably realistically can’t afford for the government to be paying for all of these jobs to be done so they’d have to pay even less than that. Which of course in itself is a deadly spiral. This isn’t just a “benefit bludgers” attack, but a realistic attitude to the types of people on benefits: most of them were previously employed, often in manufacturing, office jobs or retail, and simply would not do drudgery manual labour jobs at the price the state could afford under a full employment policy.

            I am more in favour of the universal benefit, because that would allow people who are currently working full or part time to reduce their hours of work, which in turn could be used to help the community or improved family lives and education for children. This would be a re-allocation of resources and could free up money that the government currently pays for some services directly (eg childcare) to be targeted at other areas. Then we have the cost savings from the UBI from IRD etc that would be more money the government could target at the really necessary jobs identified by the ‘full employment’ policy. The other thing is the abatement rates from benefits: going from a benefit to a $13/hr make-work job doesn’t get you very far ahead, but going to that same job under a universal benefit that had a flat tax rate would see a significantly lower effective abatement rate, so it would be comparatively much more attractive for someone to sign up to.

            Full employment does have merit, but I think it also has a lot of practical problems that UB can help to avoid while still getting most of the societal benefit that a full employment policy creates.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.2.1

              I do support a UB, don’t get me wrong.

              And I don’t disagree that few Kiwis today would be interested in doing hard physical work on shifts starting at 5:30 am for the minimum wage. Strange that our solution to that is not raising wages for those jobs to what the market expects, but to instead undercut the local market by importing in cheap, more desperate labour from overseas.

              I do take your point that not everyone would be interested in work at $13-$14/hour (I wouldn’t be for instance). But tens of thousands of currently unemployed would, both young and old, as well as those people who currently hold part time jobs but need more paid hours to just live.

      • millsy 12.1.2

        +1,000,000

        And, I think we should start by replacing the positions currently filled with volunteers with paid employees.

  12. Vicky32 13

    Mandate minimum staff to client ratios in care facilities

    Absolutely, C.V!

    • just saying 13.1

      +2 CV

      If that was the policy Labour would probably get my vote.

      • Descendant Of Smith 13.1.1

        And an assurance that sufficient funding will go in workers salaries to lift them above the minimum wage – maybe an award system across the whole sector that pays more than minimum wage as a starting point.

        You shouldn’t get minimum wage for caring for old people.

  13. Colonial Viper 14

    International Chamber of Commerce ruling favours Chavez against ExxonMobil in energy assets nationalisation case

    In the latest showdown between western oil companies and Venezuela’s populist president, Exxon Mobil is widely seen as the loser, after the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) ruled that the world’s biggest oil company would not be entitled to most of the damages it demanded after its fields were nationalised.

    “The ICC only awarded Exxon ten per cent of what they wanted,” Chavez said recently. “You can make your own conclusions.”

    Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state oil company, said on January 2 it would pay Exxon Mobile $255m, after accounting for money frozen in a New York bank account and outstanding debts.

    “Exxon has been granted the value of its [initial] investment, but not the value of the project today,” Chris Nelder, an independent energy analyst, told Al Jazeera. The company had demanded as much as $12bn, citing potential lost future profits….

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/01/201215194512924679.html

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
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    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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    5 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    5 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    1 week ago