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The billionaire race into space

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, July 12th, 2021 - 90 comments
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There has been an unholy race by three billionaires, Richard Branson, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Tesla’s Eion Musk for bragging rights of who was the first billionaire to have a self propelled trip into space.

Branson has won although there will be a debate about where space begins and ends.

But it made me wonder how he could afford it because 12 months ago he was seeking a bail out from the Australian government.

Remember last year when Branson demanded a pay out from the Australian Government to keep his company afloat?

He even wrote to his staff that his airline needed Government support to survive.

From Radio New Zealand:

Sir Richard said in his letter to staff: “Many airlines around the world need government support and many have already received it.” The crisis facing airlines, and the staff they employ, was “unprecedented,” he said.

Despite his wealth, this did not mean he had “cash in a bank account ready to withdraw”. And he hit back at criticism that he was a tax exile who did not deserve help, saying he and his wife “did not leave Britain for tax reasons but for our love of the beautiful British Virgin Islands and in particular Necker Island”.

He said Necker would be offered as security for any loans. “As with other Virgin assets, our team will raise as much money against the island as possible to save as many jobs as possible around the group,” Sir Richard said.

And he lives in a tax haven and pays no personal tax despite his extraordinary wealth.

He is going to burn up fuel through the ozone layer during a climate crisis so that rich people can get their jollies at US$250,000 a trip.

And they say that the capitalist system produces the best results.

90 comments on “The billionaire race into space ”

  1. tc 1

    Pissing on the planet in a race with each other’s ego.

    Sums the human condition up really as it only takes a few to screw it for everyone.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    The approx 50 Squillionaires who according to various figures seem to own more wealth than half the rest of the population of Earth, obviously do not intend to share or voluntarily distribute more than token amounts of their pirates treasure.

    So instead of “putting them up against the wall” why not confiscate their loot, and mercifully banish the lot of them–Bezos inclusive–to Branson’s Island for life. They could be provided with basic accomodation and services, and a generous weekly stipend equivalent to say the minimum wage of their country of origin. Nothing like some quiet time for such self absorbed arseholes to reflect a little.

  3. I Feel Love 3

    If you want a giggle Google image Bezos rocket, explains it all really.

    https://metro.co.uk/2021/06/21/newsreaders-cant-stop-laughing-at-the-shape-of-jeff-bezos-rocket-14805521/

  4. Joe90 4

    Obligatory.

    • Jenny how to get there 4.1

      The whole world needs to send their bills to ‘Whitey on the moon’.

  5. Jenny how to get there 5


    Q: What do you call shooting billionaires into outer space?

    A: A good start.

  6. Jenny how to get there 6


    “Many airlines around the world need government support and many have already received it.”
    Richard Branson, as quoted by MS

    In the face of looming planetary climate disaster, this is almost as stupid as shooting moronic billionaires into space.

  7. Incognito 7

    I know, I know,

    Billionaire = bad

    Or perhaps not everything is rotten to the core and disastrous. For some balance and nuance and to stimulate the brain beyond reflexive patterns:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/300353254/space-tourism-is-good-for-science

    • Poission 7.1

      and to stimulate the brain beyond reflexive patterns:

      High energy photons should suffice.

      https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/2016SW001419

    • AB 7.2

      Yeah – some good stuff may come out of it. But it does seem like a circuitous route to any such benefits, and with no certainty that they will amount to much. Perhaps actually taxing Branson properly and funding targeted research directly might be better – plus it would have fewer environmental downsides and wouldn’t crank up the rage at the world’s idiocy and injustice another notch .

  8. Jenny how to get there 8

    ….There are manned missions to Mars and a return to the Moon being planned. Space hotels sitting in orbit like the International Space Station, are the next logical step up from fleeting space plane joyrides.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/300353254/space-tourism-is-good-for-science

    The annoying details:

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2013/mar/27/space-tourism-the-annoying-details

    Not least of all the annoying details of this wonderful future age of space tourism, is the prospect of not having a viable biosphere to return to.

    • Incognito 8.1

      And your point is?

      • Jenny how to get there 8.1.1

        My point?

        The world and the biosphere can no longer afford this sort of profligate conspicuous consumption, and pollution.
        (See 10 and 11)

        If you want these kind of dreams it’s Californication.

        • Jenny how to get there 8.1.1.1

          Californication

          It’s understood that Hollywood
          Sells Californication…..

          Space may be the final frontier.
          But it’s made in a Hollywood basement…….

          And Alderaan’s not far away.
          It’s Californication

          https://www.bing.com/search?q=Alderaan&filters=ufn%3a%22Alderaan%22+sid%3a%227da48c8e-2da3-b96c-53c7-fd41768a1454%22&FORM=SNAPST

          • Incognito 8.1.1.1.1

            Really?

            • Jenny how to get there 8.1.1.1.1.1

              Really?

              Yes really

              The song is a critique of the escapist propaganda peddled by Hollywood. – If you want those kind of dreams it’s Cali-fornication. That some billionaires have the means to indulge these escapist fantasies is an obscene act akin to public fornication.

              • Incognito

                How delightfully Freudian 😀

                If I were you I’d cancel the subscription to Sky immediately and take up a soul soothing hobby like astrology.

                • Jenny how to get there

                  Neo-liberalism in space?

                  Why not, they have privatised everything else.

                  Donald Trump takes credit for billionaires in space.

                  Donald Trump takes credit for space race of billionaires Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk\
                  “I made it possible for them to do this. I actually said to my people: Let the private sector do it’

                  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-richard-branson-space-b1882385.html

                  Incognito, I am against the privatisation of space.

                  Debate that if you want.

                  If you don’t like that message, don’t attack the messenger. It does you no credit.

                  “If I were you…..”

                  As Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself, because everyone else is taken”.

                  I gave up my Sky subscription more than ten years ago because it doesn’t have any educational or hard science documentaries or social commentary documentaris. Just lots of brain rotting pap about monster trucks posing as documentaries. (And their choice of movies is just as bad).

                  Just as well you are not me. You wouldn’t like it, because I consider astrology to be pseudo-science, much like I consider billionaire fantasies of escaping to space colonies and cities on Mars, (partly on the tax payers coin), to be pseudo-science.

                  Oh, and one more thing.

                  If you don’t like the message. How about this, instead of personal attacks on my character, try and tell me, (and others), where you think I am wrong.

                  • Jenny how to get there

                    Yes to Space Exploration. No to Space Capitalism.

                    On May 30, SpaceX finally launched astronauts into space more than two years behind schedule. President Donald Trump was on hand for the launch. After pushing for the militarization of space with the formation of the US Space Force, Trump fused his own vision with that of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, declaring, “We’ll soon be landing on Mars and we’ll soon have the greatest weapons ever imagined in history.”

                    Early in Trump’s presidency, Musk faced criticism for being part of the administration’s advisory council and refusing to step down even as Trump signed his signature Muslim ban. It was believed Musk was hoping to benefit from greater public subsidies, on top of the billions NASA gave to SpaceX,…..

                    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/spacex-elon-musk-jeff-bezos-capitalism

                    “Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have a vision of space that serves the narrow interests of capitalists. But we don’t want to be indentured servants on a Martian colony — we want solar exploration that benefits humanity as a whole.”
                    PARIS MARX

                  • Incognito

                    So this is about railing against neo-liberalism, capitalism, privatisation, and billionaires more than anything else. How dull.

                    Helpfully, you managed to rope Trump into it too. Have you tried Stalin yet? Or the Chinese who are already building golf courses on Mars? Were you up in arms about Dennis Tito too? Thought not.

                    Privatisation = bad

                    NASA & ESA = good

                    And nothing shall come in between these, of course, because you must not taint the good, the pure, with the bad, or it will turn bad too. Obviously. Black is black, white is white.

                    I suggested astrology as a hobby but if you want to be more ‘scientific’, try growing crystals; very soothing watching them grow.

                    Half the time I have no idea what your ‘message’ is, as it feels more like another one of your many rants with YT clips of Miss Piggy in space, FFS.

                    Debate is not about being right or wrong and it is ironic that you think this way.

              • Drowsy M. Kram

                While following the telescopic analysis of the universe, and the exploration of ‘our’ solar system, has been thrilling, this recent ‘race’ by some uber-rich gents to go where others have gone before seems such a waste of space.

                They are developing systems and technologies to break us out of the cage of gravity and allow us to open this little backwater of a planet to the rest of the universe.

                Leaving aside the frankly troubling perspective that might lead one to describe planet Earth as “a little backwater“, if you believe in intelligent design, then maybe, just maybe, “the cage of gravity” is there for a reason.

                Personally I’m more involved in, and affected by, the efforts of a young thrush sifting through leaf litter at dusk outside my back door. You won’t see it reported anywhere, but I recognise deserved reward for honest effort when I see it – individual perceptions will vary, of course.

  9. UncookedSelachimorpha 9

    This Kim Hill interview was a good listen, Dan Price has some good ideas on the billionaire problem and solutions:

    Dan Price: the CEO who slashed his salary by $1 million

    It is a pity our current government is so utterly determined to ignore extreme inequality. It is the primary driver of poverty and child poverty but Ardern and co are quick to leap to the defence of the extremely wealthy (e.g. no wealth tax, no broad capital taxes).

    • Incognito 9.1

      They increased the top tax rate for the ‘extremely wealthy’ to 39%.

      They increased the fringe benefit tax from 49 to 63.39%, which applies the same people who are in the top tax bracket.

      They also increased the minimum wage and the amount beneficiaries were allowed to earn before their benefits were cut.

      They also increased the minimum number of paid sick days from 5 to 10.

      Of course, they are only governing for the ‘extremely wealthy’. Yeah, right.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 9.1.1

        …Graham Hart increased his wealth by $3.4b during Covid, roughly enough to fund a 10% pay increase for every nurse in NZ, for eight years. His wealth will be virtually untouched by the tax changes you mention.

        The minimum wage remains below the bare minimum needed to participate in society (i.e. the living wage).

        Benefit claw backs still mean beneficiaries face the highest effective tax rate of any sector of NZ society (albeit slightly less so, after the changes).

        So yeah, it’s right!

        • Incognito 9.1.1.1

          Are you serious? These ‘debates’ always become so dull so rapidly 🙁

          How much of Hart’s wealth could be taxed in NZ if there were a NZ Wealth Tax?

          Does this Government govern for the likes of Hart only?

          Is this Government “quick to leap to the defence of the extremely wealthy” such as Hart and the likes? If so, why would they do this?

          Do you think that WT or CGT would impact on middle NZ or just on “the extremely wealthy”?

          Nobody (yet) has argued (here) that the minimum wage increase is sufficient.

          Nobody (yet) has argued (here) that beneficiaries are now doing fine.

          If you read that into my comment then there’s little point in continuing this convo, which seems nothing more than a silly little rant that lacks substance.

  10. Jenny how to get there 10

    In the news, wealthy yacht owners wanting to build a marina near penguin nesting areas.

    Leaves me to wonder where celebrity billionaire space tourists will be wanting to build space ports.

  11. Jenny how to get there 11

    Space the final frontier, (for pollution)

    The ultimate in conspicuous consumption, the billionaire space race, may also become the ultimate high frontier of environmental destruction.

    https://www.illuminatemagazine.com/pollution/space-the-new-frontier-of-human-caused-pollution/

    The paper predicts that space travel might soon become impossible – or at very least, really dangerous.
    Space pollution
    Every time we launch a rocket, put a satellite into orbit around the Earth or decommission one that’s already orbiting, we leave behind bits of human-made material just floating around in space. Sometimes, satellites are literally exploded into thousands of pieces of debris when decommissioned.

    • Incognito 11.1

      It may or may not.

      Do you want to end all space exploration?

      Do you want to halt the launching and orbiting of all satellites?

      Where do you draw the line?

      What’s your point, make an argument for it, and ideally include how you’d achieve it.

      If you cannot avoid the dualistic approach, argue why you think that the ‘good’ does not outweigh the ‘bad’, in this context.

      If you must, do a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis, for example.

      Put some thought, effort, and analysis into it instead of posting an esoteric YouTube clip that is not really about space exploration as such.

  12. pat 12

    Space tourism….even more destructive, wasteful and pointless than terrestrial tourism.

  13. joe90 13

    Small consolation but at least the fuckers are stuck here with the rest of us.

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1411304471934685184.html

    • I Feel Love 13.1

      I was looking for that. Basically, there will never be space tourism, space hotels, planetary trips. Never.

      • pat 13.1.1

        There is, as of today, space tourism…..but I agree its unlikely to grow to any great extent

  14. Robert Guyton 14

    Misread the title: read, “rat” for “race”.

    My bad.

  15. McFlock 15

    A quarter million a trip?

    So house prices are now literally beyond “astronomical”.

  16. Anne 16

    What happened to that “Space Force” Trump set up?

  17. RP Mcmurphy 17

    this behaviour disgusts me. those two are like suarons men sent to destroy the shire out of spite and ignorance.

  18. Pete 18

    Just recently NZ kids were involved in 40 famine fundraising. Many did their darnedest to raise a few dollars from ordinary folk. Just struck me what a weird thing money is.

  19. Jenny how to get there 19

    Elon Musk’s Space X, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin are all public private partnerships, PPPs, that attract various direct and indirect government subsidies.
    More than any other public domain resource, the privatisation of space couldn’t be achieved without government partnership.

    https://www.virgin.com/about-virgin/latest/virgin-galactic-partners-with-nasa-for-private-orbital-spaceflight-to-the

    Though we as taxpayers are partly subsidising the privatisation of space, is it good for us?

    How Does The Privatisation Of Space Affect You And Me?

    …..all the mumbo-jumbo aside, the bigger question is, how does the privatisation of space matter to you and me?

    …..In almost 63 years of space-age of Earth, we have sent thousands of missions into this ‘no man’s land’. Countries and organisations have received unmounted acclaim for the same, but there have also been repercussions. One problem that emerged because of space-age is- space junk or space debris. It is the waste accumulated in space due to spares of satellites, paints chips and human waste. Such material might not possess a threat in the current time, but with the increase in spaces missions because of private companies, this junk will soon be affecting us. As the number of satellites increase, the more chances of collision increase which can hurt astronauts. The last satellite to collide and be destroyed by space junk was in 2009.

    https://www.brownmag.com/2021/02/17/how-does-the-privatisation-of-space-affect-you-and-me/

    Space is a public resource, can we really afford to let it be littered with crap from millionaires and billionaires with massive egos?

    • Jenny how to get there 19.1

      Is ‘Space’, a public space for all of humanity, or a private space, for rich people to do what they like with?

      ‘Space graffiti’: astronomers angry over launch of fake star into sky

      Giant disco ball dubbed ‘Humanity Star’, launched by startup Rocket Lab, will interfere with scientific study of the universe, experts say

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/26/space-graffiti-astronomers-angry-over-launch-of-fake-star-into-sky

    • Incognito 19.2

      Space is a public resource, can we really afford to let it be littered with crap from idle billionaires with massive egos?

      I think you’re pissing in space with this one, which in due course could produce devastating chemtrails here in TS, but don’t let that spoil your accusatory and blaming rant.

      What is your solution? What is your point? What do you want to happen? Stop ranting and posting silly YT clips and make a decent argument and construct a robust narrative so that we can actually debate something with you.

      BTW, that YT clip was crap and no wonder it only has 750 likes and 114 dislikes.

  20. Jackel 20

    The Branson and Co rocket race, just the latest manifestation of the ongoing dance between the rich and the poor. Something intelligent, or at least literate, people will always find incomprehensible because it’s a different world.

  21. RedLogix 21

    All this hating on the very successful and wealthy is rather odd. Compared to our ancestors of a mere four or five generations ago – we’re all pretty much billionaires these days.

    • Peter chch 21.1

      At last! Some sense.

      When I grew up, the only electric appliances of any note were the washing machine and fridge. I remember my father taking the axe to the outside safe, so I guess the fridge must have come after I was born. Same with the coal range. I remember our first electric heater ffs. No phone. I was born 1962.

      Now, the average beneficiary, in my experience, has a TV, microwave, washing machine, a cell phone, usually Sky, certainly a computer in most cases, maybe a dryer, play station and a car (not always by any means I admit).

      But hell, let’s just whinge and whine and blame every ill on the nasty 1%. I always consider myself a socialist, but so many on TS and just hateists. They so passionately want to bring the self made down to the level of the self helpless, rather than raising the lowest up.

      • Descendant Of Smith 21.1.1

        Really that’s how you interpret the comments.

        In my lifetime I’ve seen us go from a fair and even handed economy with good support for the working class to an economy that has greatly increased the disparity of wealth through the deliberate removal of tax from the well off. That in my view has resulted in the massive increase in disparity more than anything.

        That freeing up of the tax liability from employers (give us tax cuts and we will increase wages they cried – but forgot to increase wages), from individuals through removing higher tax rates, tax on luxury items, death duties, transfer of income to trusts all resulted in massive gains in wealth for those at the top.

        That additional wealth was not generated through skill or expertise or their specialness but was generated through changing the tax settings.

        At the same time the loss of that revenue was used to justify user pays, GST, the sell-off of government assets and so on.

        Then what did the new found recipients of that increased wealth do with that money – they purchased the very assets that the governments sold, they bought rental properties and so on.

        This was then compounded by tax setting for housing interest being changed to help the very same people who had already benefited from the tax cuts and could take advantage of having increased capital, compounded by not investing in young people within NZ and massively increasing immigration to keep wages low and locals untrained, then even more so of a persistent and consistent sell-off of state housing (not just HNZ but MOW, Railway, police, education, forestry, etc housing as well), then by not supporting council housing e.g. not available to get accommodation supplement and forcing that to a large extent to be run-down or sold-off, then by extracting special; dividends from housing NZ (technically from the poor peoples rent) for years resulting in a lack of maintenance and rebuild, then by the removal of stamp duty.

        Everyone of these steps deliberate and planned to wrest back capitalist control.

        Clear stepped process to wind back the welfare state resulting in the return of slum landlords instead of quality state housing, the return of homelessness and the increase in poverty.

        Your wish to frame this as some tall poppy, wealth bashing malaise is just nonsense. The actions taken have been deliberately intended to achieve what we have now.

        Many including myself forecast in the 80’s we would get to this point. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s I was saying we’d got out of it better than I had hoped. Now all I can say is that it took longer than I thought it would to get here.

        The argument that someone on benefit has a washing machine and a TV is as spurious as saying before Europeans Maori lived in grass huts. It is a silly argument. Current technology is current technology. Besides if you want to be pedantic it is clearly not true of those living in cars and so on – there is barely room for themselves. Your fanciful notion that beneficiaries have sky, a computer and a car is just a nonsense parroting of right wing letters to the editor crap. I’ve paid peoples power bills just so they can have some electricity.

        You clearly have fallen into the individualist Randian self-made hero crap. The fact is that the societal settings have enabled the randian psychopathic tendency people in society to first accumulate savings through lower taxation, to the capitalise that wealth by buying assets and then to use those assets to exploit the poor to create more wealth for themselves.

        The shift from socialist type policy settings to capitalist ones would always produce this outcome.

        Planned, deliberate and intended.

  22. Sanctuary 22

    Richard Branson didn’t go into space.

    The Kármán line is the legally accepted boundary between the atmosphere and space, and it sits at 100km up. Branson’s little toy gives you a bit of weightlessness at an altitude of 86km. Thank you for your $360,000 and exit via the giftshop.

    This is important from a regulatory viewpoint, because it means legally Branson is merely operating an aeroplane with an extremely high ceiling rather than a spacecraft.

    Virgin Galactic is bullshit marketing spin peddled through a compliant and credulous media.

  23. vto 23

    That is a very unbalanced post Mickysavage… I get it that the ultra-rich have much to answer for, and don’t pay tax, and screw things left and right…

    but that certainly aint the full story..

    people like Branson and Musk are amazing people in what they achieve and I think this is a major step forward …. they are opening space up to the people…. sure only the ultra-rich at the moment… much like it was only the ultra-rich who could afford a car when they came on the scene, but look at that scene now…. lack of a car is almost considered poverty today… lack of a rocket may be the same in a few decades from now…

    so,, best park the ultra-rich-bad mantra to one side for this/these current events and instead celebrate it for what it is… a step in mankind’s story akin to the great walks out of africa..

    wahoo!

    • RedLogix 23.1

      Unbalanced yes – but as a post it sure flushed out a whole lotta reflexive bullshit. The interesting question is this, is it the wealth of the uber-rich that is the problem, or the much lower wealth of much of the rest of humanity?

      In my view it is the gross inequality that is the problem, not the mere fact of wealth in itself. Or to put it more directly – what is the desired solution to being expressed by most people here? To impoverish the wealthy or to raise the poor?

      Because I’m reading a lot of lefties here who seem to be advocating for poverty as a good thing. And that’s just perverse.

      • vto 23.1.1

        yeah, most of the comments on this thread are simply a bad look for the left… all envy and hate… with no acknowledgement or knowledge of how people like Musk go about achieving these sort of next steps for humankind…

        regarding the rich-poor gap, it is without doubt the most dangerous aspect of humanity at the moment I think… let them eat cake and all that french revolutionary thing… history and repeats…

        … but I don’t see much stopping that rich-poor gap at the moment given it is all a result of the gargantuan system in place around the world and the inability to control, change or stop it, other than total collapse and rebuild i.e. revolution…

        I think with this space stepping if people can’t say something good about it then best say nothing as it is a poorly look to belittle such achievement… mickysavage..

        • Descendant Of Smith 23.1.1.1

          It is possible to both admire the technological achievement and disdain the pointlessness of it as well.

          • Incognito 23.1.1.1.1

            What is pointless about human achievement as a direct outcome of human imagination and curiosity? The debate should not limit these per se but be about the intended and unintended consequences of our collective achievements, i.e. the debate that almost nobody wants to have because it requires real effort, the debate that almost everybody wants to avoid because it doesn’t fit with their narrative. The debate should be about the good, the bad, and the ugly, because all three are inextricably interwoven with the human condition. Much easier to throw stones at a couple of rich pricks, isn’t it?

            • Descendant Of Smith 23.1.1.1.1.1

              Pretty sure I haven’t mentioned them at all in my comments. Not a single time. Feel free to re-read them.

              What is pointless about human achievement as a direct outcome of human imagination and curiosity?

              Must be the day for self-extrapolation of others argument. I’m sure there are occasions where it is perfectly fine.

              In my opinion this particular exercise i.e. to fly into weightlessness territory is pointless because it’s been done many times, we know clearly the impact of it and it is purely for self-gratification and entertainment purposes. Do I think that is pointless – yep. I think Marmite, mining diamonds, getting in psychics to solve crimes and horoscopes are pointless as well.

              The irony of you venting about fitting narratives – would have just been easier to ask me why I thought it was pointless before projecting motives onto me. You should understand that you don’t get to control the framing of other’s arguments and language as well.

              • Incognito

                You sound more like a nihilist to me. How’s that for self-extrapolation?

                Technological achievement = human achievement, and pointless, apparently. Wonderful!

                I don’t need to re-read your comments, but feel free to re-read them yourself and see how complimentary you are of “those at the top” and the first billionaire to have space sex, FFS.

                There’s more than one way to skin a cat. The irony of that seems lost on you.

                It is also pointless to have a conversation with you. Never mind.

                BTW, marmite (not the NZ one!) is not pointless, it is yummy and healthy.

  24. Ieuan 24

    Meanwhile, to those who don’t just mindlessly think that ‘billionaire = bad’, here is a more rational take:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/07/heres-why-richard-bransons-flight-matters-and-yes-it-really-matters/

  25. Jenny how to get there 25

    Reality apes the fantasy.

    ELYSIUM

    R 2013, Sci-fi/Drama, 1h 49m

    ……humanity is sharply divided between two classes of people: The ultrarich live aboard a luxurious space station called Elysium, and the rest live a hardscrabble existence in Earth’s ruins.

    …….(Matt Damon) agrees to undertake a dangerous mission that could bring equality to the population.

    ….(Jodie Foster) vows to preserve the pampered lifestyle of Elysium’s citizens, no matter what the cost.

    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/elysium_2013

    • Incognito 25.1

      You know that dystopian worlds and societies are not by definition based off Earth, don’t you? Just asking, for a friend.

      • Jenny how to get there 25.1.1

        Of course I know that.

        Tell your friend, ‘We don’t want dystopian societies in space or on Earth’

        Elon Musk’s proposed Mars city for example; A capitalist wet dream where every citizen is an employee of Elon Musk inc. Dependent on Musk not just for their accomodation and food but for the very air they breathe.

        But you are right. Dystopian worlds and societies are not just based in space.
        Many of the rich instead of wanting to escape into space are planning dystopian societies right here right now.

        Dog On The Moon puts it best;

        We will be fine of course with our billionaire compounds, walled cities and private armies……

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/09/i-hate-to-say-it-but-it-looks-like-the-age-of-fossil-fuels-will-end-in-the-next-few-years

  26. Ad 26

    It is excellent that the super-rich transport billionaires are doing what the public sector started doing patchily in the 1960s and started doing badly in the 1980s.

    Space ventures are the right thing for billionaires to do. It’s been a market failure that it has taken so long. Also very useful that New Zealand technology can have a part in getting payloads up for smaller companies, not just the billionaires.

    The state should be focused on preparing binding multilateral structures for space living, taxing and regulating the bejesus out of those who use earth resources, and regulating transport and interplanetary travel. Public taxpayer money should remain here on earth supporting the sick and the poor.

    Billionaires should be encouraged to put their every effort into finding new and improved ways of living. The faster multinationals start mining moons and asteroids, not the earth, the better.

    Belterlauwda!

    • Descendant Of Smith 26.1

      Humans will never live in space.

      It is really far fetched to think that we will. It is an extremely dangerous enviornment to human life and simple things like physics means aspects such as conception and foetal growth are nigh on impossible.

      And mine what things – the vast majority of things on earth including minerals are the product of evolution – many do not exist elsewhere – they rely on chemical processes brought about through evolution.

      https://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/infog-high-value-asteroids1.jpg

      • Ad 26.1.1

        Greenland looked an unlikely mining opportunity until recently.

        Commentary on moon mining from 2020:

        “Geological surveys have previously shown than the Moon contains three crucial resources: water, helium-3, and rare earth metals. Water is vital for supporting life and agriculture in space and can be converted into rocket fuel to propel mankind further toward the stars, and helium-3 is a rare helium isotope that could be used for innovations in the energy sector – namely nuclear fusion. Rare earth metals are vital in emerging technologies, as well as the technologies we make use of every day, from smartphones and computers to medical equipment.”

        https://www.mining-technology.com/features/moon-mining-what-would-it-take/

        We have already had the start of multilateral accords on space in particular the moon signed last year:

        https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-accords/img/Artemis-Accords-signed-13Oct2020.pdf

        If mining in Antarctica stays banned indefinitely by the Protocol on Environmental Protection (the Madrid Protocol), the moon will start looking economic pretty soon. This important agreement came into force in January 1998. The 2048 expiry date of the Antarctic Treaty System will be important.

        • Andre 26.1.1.1

          All those things are useful on the moon if you’re trying to go further away from the earth. Because you won’t have to lift them up out of earth’s gravity well. But they’re just not rare or valuable enough to be worth mining in space to send back to earth.

          Launch costs to low earth orbit are still in the range of thousands of dollars per kg. Cost to send stuff back from the moon is likely to be orders of magnitude more. Even if it’s launched from the moon using fantasy technology like electromagnetic railguns, rather than rockets.

          The priciest rare earth at the moment is scandium, at about USD3500/kg, followed by neodymium at about USD350/kg. Hell, even platinum is only in the range of USD40,000/kg.

          I just don’t see mining in space to send materials back to earth making any kind of economic sense anytime in the next few centuries.

          • Ad 26.1.1.1.1

            I would not be quite so bold as to forecast the price of commodities that far out, and from that propose whether they are worth returning to earth. No one had much of a use for Lithium ten years ago, nor tried digital currencies much for trading commodities.

            Getting beyond our gravitational pull is the primary target of these current billionaires. By 2030 they will make it as ordinary as international flight has become over the last four decades.

            Then it’s a small step to a private sector space station, apropos 2001 A Space Odyssey.

            2001 A Space Odyssey

            After that we are on our way to private sector moon bases, and beyond. Without taxpayers being fleeced.

            • Descendant Of Smith 26.1.1.1.1.1

              Yeah, nah.Radiation, bone loss, lack of gravity, muscle loss………

              https://gizmodo.com/how-long-humans-can-live-in-space-and-what-happens-if-w-1632091719

              Every facet of baby-making in space is difficult.

              https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/sex-and-the-cosmic-city

              Still I guess I can see the next set of headlines

              “multi-billionaire first to have sex in space”.

              That will be a much longer living claim to fame.

            • Phil 26.1.1.1.1.2

              I would not be quite so bold as to forecast the price of commodities that far out, and from that propose whether they are worth returning to earth.

              The price of the commodity is not the relevant point here. What’s important is that it will never be cheaper and more cost effective to mine an asteroid or moon then return its contents to earth, than it will be to mine a deposit here on earth or recover/recycle from old products.

              • lprent

                I wouldn’t say that. The moon yes. It has a gravity hole of a sixth earth gravity.

                Most of that economic presumptions only apply when you are carting around bodies of imbibing and excreting blobs of water (with a few trace elements) – ie humans.

                I’d go for robotic prospecting and mining without any direct humans from machines. Machines that build their progeny in orbit from some of the materials slung to earth orbit and before it goes down the gravity hole.

                Of course we don’t have the kind of software that would do that now. I’m pretty sure that kind of software is possible eventually. But the energy and the materials are available outside of gravity holes. Machines don’t notice time that way that humans do in things like the bodies or their food supplies.

                It gets cost effective if you’re after long-term sustained returns.

  27. Byd0nz 27

    All the above demonstrates, what a vile entity money based systems are, they waste world resources on overproducing with no scientific planing, they pproduce rich individuals who gain their wealth through corruption, they spend that ill gotten gain by starting colour revolutions against countries who they dont agree with, Cuba being the latest in the gun sight. Money systems are primitive and doomed to failure. Come the day of the young, who will shake off this money crap and create a World without Money.

    • Ad 27.1

      Best of luck with that. We’ve had a history of debt for over 9,000 years.

    • greywarshark 27.2

      If we don’t get onto what you outline BydOnz we will lose any initiative we now have and it will be like some ghastly movie . Blade Runner made in 1982 is supposed to be showing 2019. Fascinating to watch, but because we get fascinated with things we imagine, it could have elements that become reality before we recognise what is happening.

      • Byd0nz 27.2.1

        True what you say. But reality right now shows us that global warming is happening, yet we continue on our polluting way, however the future will always belong to the young and thankfully the young are becoming more aware of that and are making their voice heard and along with good technology they may well make a huge leap forward and ditch money for a more inclusive world order.

  28. Robert Guyton 28

    So, we’ve pissed Gaia off sufficiently that She’s preparing to wallop us back to the Stone Age, but despite that, we’re planning to scrape stuff off her sister Luna’s face, for our own gain, risking irritating Her as well?

    What could go wrong?

    🙂

  29. Jenny how to get there 29

    We all know the neo-liberal propaganda;

    'The private sector can do it better and quicker and cheaper than the public sector'.

    The profit motive is held up as the whip to achieve all these outcomes.
    That is despite these profit driven private businesses clipping the ticket between the taxpayer and the workers delivering these services.

    Yeah right

    Despite all the hype, as in every other privatised state enterprise. And despite $billions in tax payer subsidies, the reality of the privatised space program has again proved these claims for the greater efficiency of the private sector to be a self serving lie.

    NASA attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘years of delays’ failing to deliver for US taxpayer

    …..Back in 2014, SpaceX was awarded a multi-billion dollar contract by NASA to build a spacecraft which would take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX, which was awarded the contract alongside Boeing, was meant to be ferrying ISS crew by now,…

    …..As a result, NASA has continued to rely on Russia’s Soyuz rocket to take American astronauts to the ISS.

    NASA is unhappy that Mr Musk and SpaceX have no unveiled the Starship rocket, while promises have been unfulfilled with the space agency….

    “NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1187445/nasa-elon-musk-spacex-commercial-crew-nasa-news-space-starship-spacex-vs-nasa

    Beyond all the hype, as many commenters here have noted, Richard Branson's 'space flight' didn't even make it into orbit.

    Yuri Gagarin circled the earth 60 years ago.
    Today, despite all the $billions of tax dollars shoveled at these private space companies they still haven't matched this feat.

    • Incognito 29.1

      … , as many commenters here have noted, …

      Given that you’re prone to exaggeration and getting things wrong, how many exactly? Did you count them all? Or did you lose count at 1? Just give us the ballpark figure, if you have it handy, somewhere …

      • Jenny how to get there 29.1.1

        You are absolutely right. My bad. That should have been 'some commentators have already mentioned'.blush

        I was trying to give a nod to those who have already noted the fact the Branson actually did not make it in to orbit.

        My appologies, for this momentary lapse in accuracy.

        Thank you for picking up this detail. However, I don’t think my minor error of judgement affects the accuracy of the facts.

        But please let me know if you find any more errors.

        Cheers J.

        P.S. If you think I am prone to exageration what do you think of Richard Branson’s claim that he went into space?

        • Incognito 29.1.1.1

          However, I don’t think my minor error of judgement affects the accuracy of the facts.

          laugh

          So, now “many” has become “some”? As usual, you’re vague, imprecise, evasive, and unreliable. Don’t worry, debate is all about feelz, vibez, and perceptionz; facts don’t matter, half-accuracies are close enough, and opinions trump everything.

        • Incognito 29.1.1.2

          Richard Branson does not comment here, yet, AFAIK.

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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 24 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Liz Brown, Senior communications advisor, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists: “The NZ Politics Daily is a fabulous resource providing a comprehensive one stop shop on what’s making news and how stories are being covered. I look forward to seeing it pop into my inbox every morning.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
    Agricultural emissions has been an oozing sore in our climate change policy for over a decade. Exempted from the ETS in 2008, farmers were meant to be brought in and start paying for their emissions in 2012. Of course, National put a stop to that, and exempted them forever. When ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: An industry in denial
    Over the past few years it has become clear that coal has no future in Aotearoa. Rising carbon prices, a ban on new boilers and a legislated phase-out for existing infrastructure are going to drive it out of the market. To reinforce this, the government signed up for an anti-coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The “most open and transparent government ever” again
    The government is about to pass new vaccination mandate legislation under urgency. So obviously, they'd want to ensure it gets the best possible scrutiny in the limited time available by releasing the supporting policy documents, right? Of course not: On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
    Among the farming lobby groups, the good cop/bad cop routine has been working a treat. It suits Federated Farmers to keep daylight between itself and the Groundswell movement. Month in, year out the Federation continues to engage with the government over the very same water degradation/climate change regulations that Groundswell ...
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  • Important People
    The Herald has returned to form with a vengeance. In today’s issue, Barry Soper snipes at Jacinda’s handling of her regular press conferences. It seems that she did not give him an early chance to ask his very important question and took no account of his need to depart immediately ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Parliament, the Courts and the end of three strikes (for now)
    Last week, Parliament embarked on the process of repealing the so-called “three strikes” provisions in the Sentencing Act 2002. Given that Labour, the Greens and Te Paati Māori all supported this repeal Bill at first reading (and that NZ First no longer is in government to block the move), three strikes’ eventual legislative demise seems ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 23 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Martyn Bradbury, Editor, The Daily Blog “’NZ Politics Daily’ is one of the most important news and political resources run in New Zealand. The expert collation of opinion and news makes it an invaluable day to day resource as well as an incredible treasure for researchers in the future. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan
    By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan Fifty years ago, on 26 November 1971, the film “Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington”, directed by Paul Maunder, premiered on Wellington TV. The narrator asks if Wellington’s future will involve suburban sprawl, traffic, motorways, suburban shopping malls, and the decentralization of employment; ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Dissing The Farmers.
    Neale vs The Revolting Farmers: One has to admire the way Capital Government Relations CEO, Neale Jones, covers-off all the bases of the current political zeitgeist. In a masterfully composed tweet, he lambasts the Groundswell protesters as sexists, racists and reactionaries, clinging for dear life to “a purely extractive economic ...
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  • How will carbon pricing impact inflation?
    This is a re-post from the Citizens' Climate Lobby blog Inflation — the decline of purchasing power as prices rise — is currently at its highest level in 30 years. This has led to concern among the public and policymakers about the rising costs of many important products like food, shelter, gasoline, ...
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  • (Lack of) Public Service Announcement: The National Library of New Zealand, Internet Archive, and Al...
    The National Library of New Zealand has not covered itself in glory in recent times. The decision to axe most of the Overseas Collection (some 600,000 books) in order to make way for more New Zealand items (which it collects already, and which amounts to some 3,000 items ...
    1 week ago
  • Game over for the HRPP
    Since its election loss earlier this year, Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party has been pinning its hopes on the upcoming by-elections to regain power. That was a pretty forlorn hope - with 18 seats, they would have had to win all seven by-elections and have two additional women appointed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Chinese influence and American hate diffusion.
    Over the last decade concerns have been raised about Chinese “influence operations” in NZ and elsewhere. Run by CCP-controlled “United Front” organisations, influence operations are designed to promote PRC interests and pro-PRC views within the economic and political elites of the targeted country as well as Chinese diaspora communities. The ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    Its official: the Marsden Point refinery, source of more than 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, will be closing down from April: Refining NZ has confirmed its decision to close the Marsden Point oil refinery, which will shut down in April. The company announced on Monday that its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Law change strengthens petroleum decommissioning regulation
    Petroleum permit and licence holders operating in New Zealand will now have an explicit statutory requirement to carry out and fund the decommissioning of oil and gas fields after a new law was given Royal assent today, says Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods. Once in effect The Crown ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand Response to assist peace and stability in Solomon Islands
    The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.  “We are deeply concerned by the recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Continued growth in volume of new home consents
    In the year ended October 2021, 47,715 new homes were consented, up 26 per cent from the October 2020 year. In October 2021, 4,043 new dwellings were consented Canterbury’s new homes consented numbers rose 31% to higher than post-earthquake peak. New home consents continue to reach remarkable levels of growth, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Saddle up for summer with cycle trail funding
    New investment will keep the best of New Zealand’s cycle trails in top condition as regions prepare to welcome back Kiwi visitors over summer and international tourists from next year. “Cycle tourism is one of the most popular ways to see the country ‘off the beaten track’ but the trails ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New Zealand provides additional funding to COVAX for vaccine delivery
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced additional funding will be provided to COVAX to support vaccine delivery in developing countries. “New Zealand remains cognisant of the dangers of COVID-19, especially as new variants continue to emerge. No one is safe from this virus until we all are and this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Community fund providing support for 160 organisations focused on women and girls
    Minister for Women Jan Tinetti today announced financial support will be allocated to the 160 successful applicants for the COVID-19 Community Fund, to support organisations helping women/wāhine and girls/kōtiro in Aotearoa New Zealand affected by the pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on women around the world including in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Government delivers reactivation package as Aucklanders reconnect for summer
    A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash have announced a Reactivating Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Mobile services and broadband come to Chatham Islands for first time
    World class mobile and broadband services have been switched on for the 663 residents of the Chatham Islands, Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark and Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Stuart Nash announced today. “This eagerly awaited network will provide fast broadband and mobile services to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Crown accounts reflect strong economy amid pandemic
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year. Core Crown tax revenue was $2.5 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Applications open for new 2021 Resident Visa
    The first round of applications for New Zealand’s new 2021 Resident visa open today (6am). “This one-off pathway provides certainty for a great many migrant families who have faced disruption because of COVID-19 and it will help retain the skills New Zealand businesses need to support the economic recovery,” Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
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    2 days ago
  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
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    2 days ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
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    3 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
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    5 days ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
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    5 days ago
  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
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    6 days ago
  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
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    7 days ago
  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
    The Government has today introduced legislation that will reverse provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act as part of a path to rebuild trust and confidence in the organisation. “The Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill makes a number of changes but by far the most important is the partial repeal of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Minister of Justice has confirmed the introduction of the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to Parliament. National security information is information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s security, defence, or international relations. “This Bill adds to the Government’s work to strengthen New Zealand’s protections ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Shortcomings revealed in power cut investigation
    No household should have had their power disconnected 18 recommendations, mostly EA and Transpower related The EA must strengthen its oversight of the system operator An investigation into power cuts that left more than 34,000 households without electricity on one of the coldest nights of the year has found that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • COVID-19 Protection Framework supported by new testing and contact tracing strategy
    Wider use of rapid antigen testing from 1 December Increasing daily laboratory capacity to 60,000 PCR tests Q1 2022 A new national telehealth case investigation service with 475 investigators A nearly $1 billion investment in testing, contact tracing and case investigation A new national testing strategy will provide better protection ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting New Zealanders to recover from COVID-19 in the community
    $300 million boost to Pharmac to buy new medicines to treat COVID-19 Care in the Community approach will see most cases receive initial contact from a healthcare provider wiithin 24 hours Support pack provided within 48 hours Regular health checks throughout recovery The Government is increasing the support for New ...
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    7 days ago
  • Additional support for people isolating at home
    New regional MSD COVID-19 welfare teams to coordinate social service support for those isolating at home Regional teams working alongside other government agencies, iwi/Māori and community providers for housing, food and income support Government investment of $204.1m into welfare system support for Care in the Community Minister for Social Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Tax bill provides vital support for families
    A boost to Working for Families tax credits, as part of a package of financial support that will see 346,000 families better off, has been passed into law late last night.  Revenue Minister David Parker said the measures would lift the incomes of those receiving the Family Tax Credit, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New text service to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations
    Efforts to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations go from strength-to-strength with the launch of a new text service, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The service, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is in response to feedback from the disability community and is an ...
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    1 week ago