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Tashkoff: Hide lied to ACT Board about Garrett

Written By: - Date published: 4:08 pm, September 17th, 2010 - 80 comments
Categories: act, crime, law and "order", leadership, rodney hide - Tags: ,

According to ACT’s Peter Tashkoff, Rodney Hide misled the ACT Party Board by hiding his knowledge of David Garrett’s passport dishonesty offence. So here we have a party leader who couldn’t see the problem with accepting someone who’d committed such a distasteful crime becoming not only an MP, but ACT’s Law and Order spokesman, and so sure of his own judgement that he thought he’d conceal such hazardous material from his own party’s senior administration. And of course, going by Key’s reaction, Hide had also hidden this information from ACT’s senior coalition partner too. That’s a hell of a lot of concealment from Mr Transparency and Accountability.

It really doesn’t say much about Rodney’s integrity, judgement or respect for even his own party’sdemocratic rules. No wonder the Auckland Supershitty Fiasco and the dismembering of ECAN have been executed with such blatant disregard for democratic process. As both the public and his own supporters begin to realise just how deluded and dangerous Rodney really is, you have to wonder how much longer it’ll be before this Il Duce is also swinging in the breeze.

On another point, it seems Garrett made a false declaration in his affidavit to the judge who discharged him without conviction for the passport fraud, by stating he had no previous convictions in New Zealand or elsewhere. That would seem like grounds for new charges.

UPDATE: Both the Herald’s John Armstrong and NBR’s Jock Anderson, who aren’t exactly lefties, have both predicted on RNZ’s panel today that this is the end for Hide.

80 comments on “Tashkoff: Hide lied to ACT Board about Garrett”

  1. bobo 1

    Is it possible to find out whether that fake passport was actually used entering another country ? As I don’t think we can take Garrett’s word that he never used it..

    If who ever replaces Garrett on the party list comes in then the party rolls Hide as leader would that make a snap election more likely? Not sure Labour would want that option ..

    • Kaplan 1.1

      Not just travel but you could use a passport/false identity to do plenty of other things. Just a few off the top of my head.
      – Open a bank account
      – Obtain credit
      – Get an IRD number
      – Obtain a drivers license
      – Obtain a firearms license

      What could you do with all that?
      – Never have to repay your loans, so long as you are willing to ditch the identity
      – Have a get out of ‘jail’ free on your driving record.
      – Money laundering through a secondary IRD number/bank accounts

      I’m sure the list goes on…

  2. The Voice of Reason 2

    Hide is bullshitting furiously:

    ‘ “I actually couldn’t remember if he declared it, how he did it to me,” Hide said. “I don’t know what level of detail I knew.

    ”I think I remember that he got something off the cemetery. I didn’t know the age of the child.” ‘

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4137419/Hide-not-sure-if-he-knew-Garrett-details

    He’s gotta go, but then so do the other ACT MP’s, who were all complicit in the cover up.

  3. Kaplan 3

    It would be interesting to see Rodney’s answer to the “Have you any court convictions? Yes / No” question on his ACT parties Candidate application. That is assuming he filled one out.

    • bobo 3.1

      Just on a side note, does “holier than thou” Mr Garth McVicar have any previous convictions? Providing false testimonials?

      • mcflock 3.1.1

        OR has he been found guilty of a crime, but discharged without conviction because he’s such a fine upstanding rich white kind of guy?

        • Roger 3.1.1.1

          That might be why he thinks giving sentences to other upstanding rich white kind of guys such as Bruce Emery isn’t sensible.

  4. The big question to Rodney is why was this acceptable to him on Wednesday night? Why was identity theft fine 5 years ago…even 2 days ago – but HELLO it’s all got a bit sticky and he has had a “re-think”.

    Pathetic – political expediency at its most transparent. Well this time it won’t wash..or will we see Wodney give us a ‘tearful’ performance again….

  5. Blighty 5

    just a note: ECAN

    sprout: thanks Blighty; corrected.

  6. Herodotus 6

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4137419/Hide-not-sure-if-he-knew-Garrett-details
    ”I actually couldn’t remember if he declared it, how he did it to me,” Hide said. “I don’t know what level of detail I knew.
    How can someone say “I don’t know what level of detail I knew. ” Can not Hide see the good ship NZS Act has a fatal hole in its hull and is sinking. At least the captain WILL go down with his ship

  7. Rex Widerstrom 7

    So here we have a party leader who couldn’t see the problem with accepting someone who’d committed such a distasteful crime becoming not only an MP, but ACT’s Law and Order spokesman

    No, it’s far worse than that. Rodney’s no fool. Nor are his political instincts that far out of tune. When Garrett told him, Rodney would have had a sphincter-clenching moment and thought “…if this ever comes out…” I’m sure he could clearly see the problem.

    But despite this, he went ahead anyway. Why?

    Time for someone to unpick the links between Act and the SST and the SST and its backers. And while they’re at it, yes, a look into the backgrounds of McVicar and the rest.

    Phil Kitchin, perhaps? Fran O’Sullivan (who must be pissed off at the runing of Act by cretins like Garrett, surely)? Audrey Young? They all did good work unravelling the Spencer Trust skulduggery… here’s hoping they’re on to this.

    • the links between Act and the SST and the SST and its backers

      Indeed Rex, that was a thread pulled on RNZ’s panel today – will post link shortly.

      • the sprout 7.1.1

        Here it is,
        from today’s RNZ Panel – well worth a listen

        • Rex Widerstrom 7.1.1.1

          Thanks sprout. Brief speculation about “a donation” but surely it’d have to be more than that?

          The one thing Act aren’t short of is backers with money so I can’t imagine Hide being levered into accepting Garrett against his better judgment (and I’m pretty sure it was against his better judgment) simply by a whiff of cash.

          I might be wrong but I suspect there’s something deeper, and much uglier, than the Panel imagine.

          The place is leaking like a sieve… surely we’ll find out soon (he says, crossing his fingers).

          • Pascal's bookie 7.1.1.1.1

            My guess was always the SST’s mailing list. Direct mail to a bunch of motivated single issue voters. Garrett’s spot on the list was kept all secret squirrels for no reason that made any sense to most people who went ‘who?’ when it was announced ‘tadaa, no5 is little mr moustache’. But I’m guessing SST folk got an email or some other back channel announcement about how they were now players and ‘vote team Rodney’.

            This might’ve delivered a few thou votes in return for a spot on the list that they didn’t really expect to to mean anything.

          • Anne 7.1.1.1.2

            Actually Rex I’m not sure whether the money is flowing like it used to… Most of the original Act backers returned to the Nat. fold earlier this decade and took their money with them. Last I heard (admittedly some years ago now) they were struggling financially. It was around 2000 that Act became involved with the Sensible Sentencing Trust. I think it’s likely money was a factor in that involvement.

            I agree there is more to come out and I’m keeping my fingers crossed too.

  8. bobo 8

    Just while i’m at it, ill like to state my own previous convictions, as not to come over as a hypocrite in judging others..

    I actually did back..back in the mid nineties…. vote for Winston…. I’m not proud of it….

    • ianmac 8.1

      Ha Ha bobo.

    • mcflock 8.2

      Bobo, it’s bold of you to come forward after the media found out about your indescretion.
      I would like to take the opportunity to say that you have my complete confidence, because you’ve been an upstanding member of society in the years since the offence occurred, and you have taken responsibility for it. It was a youthful prank, and I’ve known about it for a while. I’m coincidentally coming back from my holiday early, and we can have a quick chat to see what the situation is. As leader I am fully informed of everything that goes on in my party, and you did mention something about having a blue rinse in the 1990s, but I don’t recall too much detail other than that, although I’m not denying that you fully informed me then, or even that I know everything about it now, I’m just not entirely clear about details like who has just asked for whom’s resignation, which I regretfully accept because it’s a matter of principle that we don’t get caught.

    • SHG 8.3

      If we’re in confessional mode, well I gave my party vote to ACT in the last election. I said this on another site LAST month, so imagine how I’m feeling now.

      OK yeah fine, I gave them my party vote at the last election.

      Look, I’m sorry, OK? I’m sorry.

      Fuck, we all make mistakes! Jesus! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

      • Anne 8.3.1

        Hell, Bobo and SHG did you have to! Now I’m feeling guilty and need to make a confession.

        Must’ve been something strange in the water around that 1996 election cos I voted for ACT. Only did it the once!!!! Oh god I’ve said it. Perhaps now I can put it behind me.

    • lprent 8.4

      I have to confess that in 1978 I voted for the Values party. But I was only 18. Please forgive me….

    • Armchair Critic 8.5

      I voted National in 1990, thinking nothing could be worse than the incumbent. In hindsight I was wrong.

  9. ak 9

    …going by Key’s reaction…

    Nope. A mite too relaxed, even for the Jelly Eel himself.

    More likely Tashkoff knows Rodders is dust and is lying to save NACT’s carcass by making it seem unlikely that Rodders told Key.

    Which he would have, you can be sure.

    Which leaves the questions: can Rodders get a deal sweet enough to keep him from squealing? Will someone else squeal first?

    Especially when the rest comes out.

    NACT sweat. Divine for all occasions.

    It’s better than who killed JR. (remember that reference…)

  10. kbr 10

    Has anyone checked the quality of humour on the ACT mailing list, lately ?

  11. tc 11

    Geez the evil thunderbird could pass off for the uber lord of supershity real easy……lets all pullup a chair and bask in the warm glow of the burning careers of some of the most unpleasant and anti democracy tossers ever to get a gig under MMP….about bloody time.

    Would’ve happened alot sooner if our MSM weren’t so bust doting at their idols feet.

  12. gobsmacked 12

    John Key is so absurd, I’ve got past outrage now, I just piss myself laughing at the guy.

    His latest line: Garrett must go, but Rodney’s doing a fine job. As if the two had never met.

    So, when will the PM knife Rodders? Key never let loyalty get in the way of his first love – himself. Tick, tock, tick, tock …

    C’mon, DPF, give Key the polling numbers in Epsom, he’s got his script ready (“Voters deserve a real choice … fine new National candidate … by the way, new appointment announced, Sir Rodney Hide on the board … will step down … grateful for his work … see ya later Heather … other coalition partners? Oh, I’ve always liked Winston … so much common ground …).

  13. Vicky32 13

    A cosy little panel on Campbell Live tonight, with the self-loving right wing girl (as she calls herself) Deborah Hill Cone – and a guy whose name I missed. Very cosy, and no real condemnation of Hide or Garrett, just a happy little chat about how they were very naughty! Fie on them…
    Campbell used to claim to be an “exciteable left wing boy” but I think he’s been a closet rightist for years!
    Deb

    • Carol 13.1

      On Campbell Live – actor from Outrageous Fortune – plays the ex of Mrs West.

      Well at least Hill Cone debunked Hide’s claim that garrett’s 3 strikes law was good for all Kiwis. And neither were convinced by Hide’s spin.

    • Pascal's bookie 13.2

      That’s not the way I saw it Vicky.

      Campbell asked Hide repeatedly why he didn’t know what he obviously should have known, let Hide give his nothing answer and then cut back to the panel and they had a dismissive chat about how unconvincing he was and how much did he sound like Winston peters during the Owen Glenn issue, exactly like, or pretty much exactly like?

      That kind of thing is way more damaging than fireworks from lefties. Hide is right that the media has written him off before, but that has always been based on poll numbers. His personal credibility has always always been kosher, the perk busting little dynamo that might have some crazy ideas, but he’s straight up and keep the buggers honest. that’s gone now. He’s got a new narrative, and narratavium is the single most powerful force in media politics.

      I thought that piece, along with the panel, hooten and various other bits of coverage today signaled that Hide has been dismissed by the village as no longer being personally serious. That’s not a writing off based on poll numbers, it’s one based on credibility. He’s toast unless National decide he is still of use. For that to happen ACT needs to sort it’s shit out fast, and lift it’s poll numbers.

      ACT go bye bye now.

      • gobsmacked 13.2.1

        Agreed, PB.

        Only a few stories reach beyond the political world to the wider public, to popular culture even. Benson-Pope was one, this is another.

        Being a running joke is far worse than being unpopular. Loyal minorities will still support an unpopular but consistent figure – like Sue Bradford or Hone Harawira. Their own constituency still stands by them.

        Rodney’s has fallen apart.

      • felix 13.2.2

        Yep that’s how I saw it too.

        Hoskings on Close Up nailed it, exposing just how out of touch Rodney is with everyone on this issue. Hosking spoke about how repulsed kiwis are by the sickness, the weirdness, the creepiness of Garrett’s behaviour and Rodney just didn’t get it.

        He gave Rodney a perfect opportunity to show empathy, humanity, and Rodney failed. All he could say was “discharged without conviction” over and over again as if that was the salient issue.

        Rodney has truly exposed himself as non-human. Most likely a Ferengi.

        Hosking is right about kiwis being repulsed by this, and I’d also add that kiwis aren’t stupid. Kiwis know that there is a lot more ugliness behind this story. Kiwis know that you don’t get a false passport for a prank; you only get a false passport to assist you in carrying out very dirty, sinister, criminal behaviour.

        And Rodney knows. And kiwis can smell it on him.

        • QoT 13.2.2.1

          Most likely a Ferengi.

          Felix, for the thousandth time, get out of my head.

          Captcha: artificial – great, even the software thinks we’re the same person.

          • lprent 13.2.2.1.1

            Hah! during my current dose of the common cold, I’ve been watching seasons 4 & 5 of DS9 on DLNA. I suspect that you haven’t been a ferengi female oppressed by by the FCA… (ie unable to enhance the economy by wearing clothes….)

            And for the last time – reading tealeaves has a higher correlation than a psuedo-random number generator… It must be time to edit the word list…

            • QoT 13.2.2.1.1.1

              If I were a Ferengi I would dream of being Moogie when I got old and cranky.

              And all I’m saying is it may be random but it’s awesomely cool when you get a wholly appropriate anti-spam.

              • lprent

                The Moogie character is awesome. She hasn’t shown up yet..

                But felix is right. Hide does give a very strong stench of being a believer in the rules of acquisition. It is pretty damn hard to see anything else that he does believe in.

                • QoT

                  Nah, at least a true follower of the Rules of Acquisition would be consistent. It’s what makes Quark such a sympathetic character despite being a cockbag.

          • Rhinocrates 13.2.2.1.2

            I’m thinking that he looks like a Sontaran.

        • Vicky32 13.2.2.2

          “Rodney has truly exposed himself as non-human. Most likely a Ferengi.”
          Perfect! 😀
          Deb

      • BLiP 13.2.3

        Don’t talk to me about John Campbell!! Did you see the jism-covered bromantic hagiography about his new BFF the other night . . . put me right off my dinner.

        WARNING: CONTENT LIKELY TO RESULT IN NAUSEA IF NOT PROJECTIVE VOMITING

        • Vicky32 13.2.3.1

          Oh I see, it’s a video, and I couldn’t get it to load… was it Campbell and Key at Fox Glacier? I heard that on the telly the other night, and the projectile vomiting was indeed imminent…
          Deb

        • lprent 13.2.3.2

          I watched the first part and it was a vile hagiography.

          The TV3 video on demand seems to have a problem. Even on my system it was slow loading and frequently stopping – at 7am on a saturday morning.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.2.3.3

          I saw it advertised and left the room.

        • Rich 13.2.3.4

          Why is it that if you crash a car and die or kill others, you’re a bloody idiot until proven otherwise?

          If you crash a plane, you’re a national hero until proven otherwise.

          (It may be that the Fox Glacier crash was due to some freak circumstance that led to the particular accident – on the other hand it might be that they’d got away with dubious practices for years).

          (See also the Air NZ Perpignan accident – and the Dom Post attempting to put the blame on French ATC for denying them airspace for test flying they were unqualified and unbriefed to conduct).

    • Pascal's bookie 13.3

      And if you want to see it get a good working over, I’m guessing 7days will find this story less of a target rich environment than a free fire zone… 😉

  14. gobsmacked 14

    It’s been almost a whole hour since the latest fix, so for all fellow addACTs, here’s another:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4140388/ACT-leader-used-Garrett-affidavit-as-scapegoat

    Looks like Hilary Calvert is going to have the best job in Parliament.

    “Rodney, be a dear, and pop down to the cafe for me, one soy latte and a blueberry danish … and don’t forget to pick up my dry cleaning on the way back.”

    “I’m not your slave, who do you think …

    “Tashkoff!”

    “Oh, sorry Hilary, coming right up! Anything else I can do for you? Don’t leave me, please don’t leave me!”

    • bobo 14.1

      Seeing Keys latest response on tv that he now cant work with Garrett because of the “Public Outrage” , so I take it he would still work with him if the Public wasn’t so outraged…Talk about fence sitting and decisions made in hindsight at the same time, what happened to stricter higher standards for ministers in his government. Rodney says to Key if I go your going down with me mate !

      • outofbed 14.1.1

        ok If the Labour party can’t lift its poll rating after the last months news , then we are all really fucked
        Talk about shooting fish in a barrel

  15. Anne 15

    I saw the latest Roy Morgan poll somewhere taken 12 Sept. I think. Nats down about 1.5% and Labour up about the same. It’s a start.

    Also, only a week out from the ChCh earthquake when Smile and Wave was having a veritable feast with his smiling and waving.

    • The Voice of Reason 15.1

      Here ya go, Anne. No bounce for Key despite all the smiling and waving in Chch.

      The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has weakened to 53% (down 1.5%), comprising National Party 48.5% (down 1%), Maori Party 1.5% (down 1.5), ACT NZ 2% (up 1%) and United Future 1% (unchanged).

      Support for Opposition Parties has risen to 47% (up 1.5%); Labour Party 34% (up 1.5%), Greens 8% (down 0.5%), New Zealand First 4.5% (up 1%), Progressive Party 0.5% (up 0.5%) and Others 0% (down 1%).

      If a National Election were held today the National Party would be returned to Government.

      Gary Morgan says:

      “Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a drop in support for the National-led Government (53%, down 1.5%) for the third straight interviewing period. The lead over the Opposition Parties (47%, up 1.5%) is now at its narrowest since just after the General Election in November 2008.

      “Support for National (48.5%, down 1%) has also fallen — now at its lowest since May 2010 while the increase in support for the Labour Party (34%, up 1.5%) has cut National’s lead to 14.5%, a significant lead but the closest since November 2008.”

  16. Draco T Bastard 16

    The Self Destructive Gene of Individualism

    But back to Act, and the disintegration of small parties. It’s the individualism, I believe, of the members. By nature, a party such as Act is made up of people for whom a cooperative is anathema.

    An interesting take by Deborah Coddington.

  17. I’d take anything Tashkoff says with a grain of salt. He has had it in for Rodney for a long time. One thing for sure, he won’t be in Parliament if Heather went or if Calvert decided to stick around Dunedin a little longer.

    But Rex has said it all really. It will be interesting if anybody does do a little digging about. As for the leaks, we all know who they came from…

  18. Clint has no inside information QoT, He’s been predicting (visualizing is probably more accurate) my ejection from the ACT party for some time now, and yes you are quite right, he is clueless as to how the party list works.

    • lprent 18.1

      He does seem to be a bit optimistic quite frequently. But especially on the law about the party lists

      I noticed his similar confidence that this site would disappear after 2007 as well. Or was that Cameron. They all seem to blur together.

      • Rich 18.1.1

        Yup, the list people voted for at the general election stands. The only way a party could change this is by the consent of those on it or by expelling the list candidate (http://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0087/latest/DLM309474.html).

        Which is only fair really – people vote for a party knowing (should they be interested) who the candidates that might be elected are. Allowing different candidates to be substituted would tend to defeat that.

    • The Voice of Reason 18.2

      Not wanting to be cheeky, Peter, but why would you want to stay in Act under these circumstances? Do you see the party having a future?

      • It’s a reasonable question VoR, and you are not the first person to ask.

        This post on my blog explains my view of the factions within ACT
        http://petertashkoff.blogspot.com/2010/09/rodney-hide-must-go-recapturing.html

        I was asked a similar question yesterday by Marcus Lush and the answer I gave him was that I am working through a process, that there are still some options and avenues left, and that I have not (yet) come to the point where I regard ACT as irredeemable or irretrievable.

        It is very close to that point however. Hilary Calvert in parliament would be a positive, but the clock is ticking. For the ACT party to survive it does need a game changer very very soon, and that can’t be just another wild lunge for a silver bullet (like the suggestion of Don Brash). It is this populist – silver-bullet – approach that has got ACT in its current state.

        The only way that ACT can survive is by a focused re-commitment to core principles and a lot of hard work over time.

        If Rodney really had the best interests of the ACT party at heart, he would stand down from the leadership now, and announce his retirement from politics at the next election.

        That might sound a bit far fetched to suggest that, but who could have predicted this week’s events last week?

        • The Voice of Reason 18.2.1.1

          Cheers, Peter. That lays it nicely and I think you are right that if Hide put the party first, he’d quit. But I doubt he’s got the moral compass that would make that likely. He’ll be more likely to hope that the new MP comes to his aid and perpetuates his leadership. Being the betting man I am, I’d say the newbie will actually go with the inevitable Boscowan challenge and Hide will be rolled.

          Boscowan can then go to Key looking for the endorsement for his own tilt at Epsom as Rodney’s replacement. Safe pair of hands, untainted by scandal, arrangement works well, etc.

          • Lazy Susan 18.2.1.1.1

            Oh what music to my ears VOR. To see Wodney suffer the ultimate humiliation of losing the Act leadership and his beloved Epsom will be a delight.

            This sanctimonious hypocritical “perk buster” trougher has taken less than two years to screw up NZ’s largest city and demolish the Act party. I loathe him for the former but am thankful for the latter.

            Not so sure the good voters of Epsom will be prepared to do the performing seal bit for Boscawen, or anyone in Act, though. Many must be feeling very burnt by the latest turn of events.

            Of course, without Act, DonKey will have noone to blame for all the unpleasant bits of policy he and National want to push through. Maybe time saddle up the horses and find some new playmates? Curtain rises – Act II.

          • Kevin Campbell 18.2.1.1.2

            Well spotted VOR. I hope John Boscawen reads The Standard.

            I would like to see John Boscawen and Heather Roy as a co-leadership because they are fresh faces (to joe public). As Peter says a gamechanger is not required, but a game change is long overdue.

            I dont think Don Brash has the face of acceptance that could swing voters coming from Labour and National which is necessary. Remember, most of Act originally came from the right of the Labour party.

            Either way it must be the members who decide the leadership.

        • Armchair Critic 18.2.1.2

          Thanks Peter.
          The ACT party might not survive in its present form, but there will be a place for an ACT-type party in NZ politics.
          Previous incarnations of ACT had understandable positions and they tried to be consistent with them – much easier when you are not the government. Since at least 2008, and maybe since Rodney took the leadership, that consistency has been eroding. There’s a causative relationship there. For the good of ACT Rodney must go, though IMO (and I’m sure we will disagree on this point) for the good of NZ he should stay and drag National down with him.

          • gobsmacked 18.2.1.2.1

            My strategy for ACT:

            1. Rodney announces that he will leave the ACT caucus, and party. He will serve out his time as independent Epsom MP (justified on grounds of by-election cost, near general election). Key could keep him on as a Minister if he wants, though a clean break would be better.

            He could make a statesmanlike speech, acknowledging personal failure, time to hand on the baton, etc. Captain Oates leaves the tent, for the sake of the team. Voters like self-sacrifice: the mood would change overnight.

            2. ACT would be entitled to stay in Parliament, as a caucus of four MPs. If anybody wants to retire (e.g. Douglas), they should go before the election, allowing new blood in off the list. Leader? Boscawen or Roy, I suppose.

            3. ACT (minus Rodney) would guarantee confidence and supply to Key. (Presumably Rodney would too).

            4. ACT would then have a year or so to rebuild, rebrand, etc. They would aim for 5%. Forget Epsom: let Rodney retire, and a new National candidate wins the seat in 2011.

            5. If Key wants to give New ACT a free run in an electorate, that should be considered. But no nods and winks (the voters HATE that). Just don’t put up a National candidate at all. Key can make the call.

            Would this work? Probably not. ACT would probably fall short of 5%. But it gives them a chance of success, as opposed to a guarantee of failure, which is what they have now.

            The essential point is: ACT are disliked, but Hide is loathed. To the general voters, he is the face of ACT, and until that changes, they’re doomed.

            (and for the record, I hope none of the above happens, and Rodney Hide drags John Key down to defeat. He’s doing his best!)

            • Rich 18.2.1.2.1.1

              I’d hope that if National are still trying to game the system and get the corpse of ACT elected in 2011 by refusing to contest Epsom, that some principled right-of centre candidate runs as an independent in the seat. And that Labour and the Greens withdraw their candidates to give such a candidate a clear run.

            • Armchair Critic 18.2.1.2.1.2

              My preference is for all of them to move to a hidden valley in the Rocky Mountains, protected by a giant hologram and powered by a magic engine the draws electricity out of the air. There they can make fully informed rational choices in relationships they enter into entirely voluntarily, and they can avoid having to take responsibility for anyone else.
              I’d like world peace and annual visits from Santa (for the kids) and the tooth fairy (for the youngest), but in lieu of that a world without ACT will suffice.

      • the sprout 18.2.2

        Thanks for your contribution Peter

  19. Drakula 19

    May the whole of the ACT party go to the Rocky Mountains and join Ayn Rand and John Galt; whoever John Galt is.

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    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    5 hours ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
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  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    15 hours ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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  • Reviewing the whitewash
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    23 hours ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    1 day ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • Status quo supports status quo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
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  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    2 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
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    2 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
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    2 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    6 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    6 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    7 days ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    7 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
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    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
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  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
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    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
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  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
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  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
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    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
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    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 mins ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
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  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
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  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
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  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
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  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
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  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
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  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
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  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
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  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
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    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
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  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
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  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
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  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
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  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
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  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
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  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
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    7 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
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    7 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
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  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
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