The compensation that is and the compensation that is not

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Key has claimed the foreshore and seabed issue is not about compensation.

Tariana’s answer?

This has never been about money says Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia

“I am astounded and disappointed that some critics of and commentators on the report of the ministerial review panel have chosen to highlight the possibility that compensation may become liable under some circumstances.”

“From its very beginnings the foreshore and seabed debate has been about rights. Customary rights and legal rights – and the review report points that out,” says Mrs Turia. “It has never been about money and compensation.”

“The report points out how prejudicial the Foreshore and Seabed Act has been towards Maori, how it amounted to the biggest legalised ‘land grab’ the country has ever known. It talks about the need to recognise the customary rights of hapu and iwi in the coastal marine area, which amount to a property right. It also talks about the ‘interests of the general public’ in the coastal marine area and the need to respect that.”

“And yes it does talk about the potential for compensation. But let me ask the people who are criticising the report because of that aspect. Do they expect that the people who will lose their homes in the path of the new motorway in Auckland will be entitled to compensation?”

“So if Maori hapu and iwi lose their property to the government, should they not also be entitled to compensation?”

“But as I said at the beginning of this statement, this issue has never been about money and compensation. The forty thousand people who marched on Parliament weren’t looking for money or compensation. They were marching for their rights and that is why we in the Maori Party and they, will welcome the repeal of that awful law and we look forward to participating in the discussion to find a fair, logical and lasting way ahead.”

I don’t like the idea of anyone but the public owning the F&S but if Maori have been dispossessed of it they should be compensated.

My problem is I can’t tell if the Maori Party agrees with this or not. I may be missing some clever postmodern synthesis of paradox here but it seems that in Tariana’s view the matter both is and is not about compensation. Simultaneously. Can someone please clarify this for me?

Hattip: Maggie

55 comments on “The compensation that is and the compensation that is not ”

  1. Zetetic 1

    With all the chaff taken out:

    “I am astounded and disappointed that some critics of and commentators on the report of the ministerial review panel have chosen to highlight the possibility that compensation may become liable under some circumstances… From its very beginnings the foreshore and seabed debate has been about rights… It has never been about money and compensation … yes [the report] does talk about the potential for compensation… if Maori hapu and iwi lose their property to the government, should they not also be entitled to compensation? …But as I said at the beginning of this statement, this issue has never been about money and compensation.”

    Unbelievable.

  2. toad 2

    IB said: I don’t like the idea of anyone but the public owning the F&S but if Maori have been dispossessed of it they should be compensated.

    I actually like the idea of iwi/hapu owning it, where it can be demonstrated their customary title has not been extinguished. Because that would be the just solution – the Crown never acquired it by any legitimate Treaty-based means – they did it only becasue they has the numbers in Parliament.

    But if it does revert to iwi/hapu ownership, we need to ensure that the customary title cannot be converted to fee simple title with the inevitable privatisation that would follow that as financial pressures are exerted on iwi/hapu.

    And if there is a good reason that a particular parcel of foreshore or seabed should be in public ownership, then I agree with you IB that those from whom it is nationalised should be entitled to compensation.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      Agreed. However I want to know what the Maori Party’s position is. Any thoughts?

      • Ari 2.1.1

        I imagine the Maori Party sees rights as far more useful in the long-term than compensation and would rather retain any rights it can for Maori than settle for compensation, even if it were on offer.

        I can’t say I’d feel any differently about any right of mine, so despite not really being able to empathise I think I’m generally supportive of their position.

    • ak 2.2

      But if it does revert to iwi/hapu ownership, we need to ensure that the customary title cannot be converted to fee simple title with the inevitable privatisation…

      Say he aha? Am I missing something or isn’t this an incredible and atypically patronising statement for you to make toady? Who’s “we”, palegreenface?

    • Toad

      I agree that the rights of iwi over the foreshore and seabed ought to be able to be recognised. If however these rights can be converted to exclusive rights to access of parts of the coastline then it ought to be able to be “nationalised”. If this happens then compensation should follow.

      This is a conventional situation, all land is subject to the power of state purchase. Why should the foreshore or seabed be different?

      I agree also that the “right” should not be able to be converted to title. Title is a European concept that is inappropriate in this situation.

      Funny thing is that the current Act arguably achieves this. The recognition of “rights” is a bit weak, negotiations were ordered rather than a legally binding decision but it was not that bad.

      National bitterly opposed it. Their current about face is interesting to watch.

      • Lew 2.3.1

        micky, the only people who think the FSA was ‘a bit weak’ are those who wanted the whole issue swept under the carpet in the name of a Labour electoral victory in 2005, or the whole thing thrown out for a National victory. It does as close to nothing to protect indigenous rights as it is possible to do without declaring alienation by conquest.

        As to the question of title: whether it’s an ‘European concept that is inappropriate in this situation’ is for Mãori to decide. It seems they’ve decided that way, but the point remains: the problem with the FSA, beyond its egregiously expropriative nature, is the impression that it is for the Crown, of Labour, or some other bunch of well-meaning but morally hazardous honkeys to decide what is best or most appropriate for Mãori. It ain’t so. History has shown it never was.

        L

        • mickysavage 2.3.1.1

          Lew

          I have been reading parliamentary debates this evening. This from Michael Cullen at the third reading of the FS Bill,

          “What is in this legislation is not an invention of the common law test for territorial customary rights or aboriginal title; it is a codification in statute of the best expert advice we have had as to what those tests should be. In other words, they are the very tests that the High Court should have had to apply if somebody had applied to that court under its inherent jurisdiction, and the very tests, in combination with the tikanga test, that the Māori Land Court should have had to apply if there had been an application for customary land status.”

          The debate really calls out for technical analysis and understanding. I agree that the impression is the problem but I struggle to know what to do about this.

          • Lew 2.3.1.1.1

            micky,

            they are the very tests that the High Court should have had to apply if somebody had applied to that court under its inherent jurisdiction

            Except that this isn’t the case. The onus was always on the crown to prove alienation (by sale, gift, conquest, ‘abandonment’, or whatever). In any case, Cullen was simply gainsaying the Court of Appeal’s judgement, which had already been made to the contrary.

            L

            • mickysavage 2.3.1.1.1.1

              Lew

              When you get expert advise that the law is x what right do you have to ignore that advice and say the law is y?

              This really is the nub of the problem. The disgruntled had a clear view of what the law was, the Labour Government had clear advice that was contrary to this.

              They tried to work out a middle position. The nats at the time lambasted them for it.

              Current (ill informed) statements suggest they got it wrong, if so the Nats under Brash got it doubly wrong.

            • Lew 2.3.1.1.1.2

              micky,

              When you get expert advise that the law is x what right do you have to ignore that advice and say the law is y?

              Do you really, genuinely think Labour got advice which said “legislate now to overrule the Court of Appeal”? No, they decided to legislate and then asked “since we’re legislating to overrule the Court of Appeal, how would we best go about doing this?”. You asks your stupid questions and you gets your stupid answers. Also contrary to Labour’s protestations, the law didn’t break any new ground; as the FSA review panel stated:

              The main point is that the Ngāti Apa decision did not introduce anything radical or new. Rather, it restored the law to what it had been until an aberrant court decision in 1960 confused the legal landscape.

              So, we’ve got duelling expert advice. I’m picking the advice of a panel of eminent indigenous rights, land law and tikanga Mãori scholars over anonymous advice from a ministry given to a government already intent on legislating away jurisdiction.

              Current (ill informed) statements suggest they got it wrong

              If you consider almost everyone outside the Clark government who knows the second thing about this issue to be “ill informed”, then I guess you’re right.

              if so the Nats under Brash got it doubly wrong.

              No objection here, but if “we weren’t as wrong as the Nats under their most divisive leader in modern memory” is your only defence, I have to ask: why are you defending that position?

              L

  3. toad 3

    Sorry, IB – don’t rally know.

    Hone has been a good mate of mine for many years (going back to Auckland University student days, He Taua, and the engineering students’ racist “haka party”). I think I know what his position would be – same as mine.

    Tariana, by contrast, is still trying to get over the way despicable way she was treated by the Labour Party, And she’s not doing it very well. I think it’s well past time she should put that in her past and move on.

    Mind you, Trevor Mallard is far from extending the olive branch, but seems to be trying to further alienate the Maori Party from the prospects of forming an alliance that could create a progressive left-wing anti-racist Government of Labour/Green/Maori parties after the next election.

    • Toad

      Agreed again (wow I should not make this a habit).

      Tariana ought to build a bridge.

      Also her intellectual firepower is not extraordinary.

      Hone Harawira has performed well. I never thought I would say this.

      • Nick 3.1.1

        How beautifully put “her intellectual firepower is not extraordinary”, beggars belief Turiana gets an audience.

      • Ari 3.1.2

        I’d say the Labour Party should start building a bridge too if they want Tariana to do anything. There’s no such thing as a one-sided reconciliation.

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    Toad, re the concerns about conversion to fee simple and sale…

    is article two of the treaty no longer applicable:

    …but the Chiefs of the United Tribes and the individual Chiefs yield to Her Majesty the exclusive right of Preemption over such lands as the proprietors thereof may be disposed to alienate at such prices as may be agreed upon between the respective Proprietors and persons appointed by Her Majesty to treat with them in that behalf.

    Wouldn’t that mean that if they wanted to sell, crown gets first dibs?

    • toad 4.1

      That’s exactly where I was going PB.

    • But are the foreshore and seabed “lands”?

      Hence the problem.

      • Anita 4.2.1

        I think you’ll find the answer in the Māori version of the treaty. Quibbling over the meaning of the English version is pointless.

        • mickysavage 4.2.1.1

          Good point Anita.

          Article 2 of the treaty preserves to Maori “control and enjoyment of those resources and taonga that it is their wish to retain”.

          This is much wider than “land”.

          • Lew 4.2.1.1.1

            micky,

            Well, that’s still the English version. I think the custom Anita is referring to is the rule of contra proferentem, which holds that ambiguities be interpreted against the party who drafted them. Choice of language is the largest (and ugliest) such source of ambiguity possible; it is on this basis that the English version is generally subordinate to the Mãori version.

            L

            • Draco T Bastard 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Actually, under international law, which is based upon the same English laws that our laws are based upon, the English version doesn’t even exist.

              But, it still comes down to the question – did they actually hold the seabed and foreshore when the treaty was signed?

            • Anita 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Lew,

              Years ago I was told that there’s an established principle than in treaties between colonisers and indigenous people the indigenous language version takes precedent. I’ve always guessed it’s simply an extension of contra proferentem, but it may come from somewhere else.

            • mickysavage 4.2.1.1.1.3

              Agreed Lew and Anita that the indigenous version ought to overrule the English version, especially when (Henry Williams I think) told Hobson about the difficulty with the treaty and especially Article 2.

              The English version states that the Crown guaranteed to Maori “the full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their Lands and Estates Forests Fisheries and other properties”.

              Even the English version appears to stretch to cover foreshore and seabed.

              Lew

              “I’m picking the advice of a panel of eminent indigenous rights, land law and tikanga Mãori scholars over anonymous advice from a ministry given to a government already intent on legislating away jurisdiction.”

              Fine but I do not know how many times I have said this but the Act did not legislate away jurisdiction.

              Section 33 states:

              “The High Court may, on the application of a group, or on the application of a person authorised by the Court to represent the group, make a finding that the group (or any members of that group) would, but for the vesting of the full legal and beneficial ownership of the public foreshore and seabed in the Crown by section 13(1), have held territorial customary rights to a particular area of the public foreshore and seabed at common law.”

              Sorry Lew this reads like a codification. Do you have any analysis to show that it is not?

              The Ngati Apa decision was not legislated away. It was affected in that public access to the foreshore was guaranteed. Compensation would then be payable. Claims of “theft” and “doing away with rights” are, with respect, over the top.

            • Lew 4.2.1.1.1.4

              micky,

              Section 33 doesn’t convey anything like the same rights as native title. It’s very weak, access to it is unreasonably difficult, and it doesn’t grant any/many useful rights in any case. See my more fulsome comment here.

              L

            • Lew 4.2.1.1.1.5

              Dtb,

              But, it still comes down to the question did they actually hold the seabed and foreshore when the treaty was signed?

              No, this question has been settled for decades by the Waitangi Tribunal. See here You might consider reading Wai 22 if you want to sound credible on this matter; it’s quite significant.

              L

            • mickysavage 4.2.1.1.1.6

              “Lew

              “Section 33 doesn’t convey anything like the same rights as native title. It’s very weak, access to it is unreasonably difficult, and it doesn’t grant any/many useful rights in any case. See my more fulsome comment here.”

              Well with all due respect the major problem with the debate is the that the phraseology used by most is somewhat sloppy.

              You previously said it “legislat[ed] away jurisdiction”. It did not. The jurisdiction remained to consider such cases. The remedy was affected but the intent was that breaches would result in compensation rather than rights being able to be enforced.

              And I am not surprised that there have been no applications to date. It seems that very few people know about section 33. Besides that is completely irrelevant. Whether or not a right exists does not depend on people exercising that right in Court.

            • Lew 4.2.1.1.1.7

              micky,

              I agree that the complex issue is made more complex by poor understanding, but the simple fact is that s33 (and the other ‘out’ clauses in the FSA) come nowhere near the rights of full native title, which is what the Court of Appeal found was potentially up for grabs. No matter how you slice it, no matter how you equivocate, the gap between the rights and remedies provided by native title and the rights and remedies provided for in the FSA were legislated away. That’s the bottom line.

              As for your last comment, arguing that the reason few groups have applied for recognition under the FSA because they don’t understand it – that’s delusional. The problem is that they understood well enough that the clauses were drafted such as to make it bloody hard to prove a case (by reversing the burden of proof), and to grant nothing but the most scanty rights to redress even in the unlikely event a claim was successful, and that such redress was to be enforced by a government who had shown such bad faith in drafting and passing the act that it wasn’t worth them bothering, and in most cases the path of least resistance was campaigning for full repeal of the act. That has since been proven true.

              This isn’t just some shit I’m making up – these are (some of) the findings of the FSA review panel.

              L

      • Nick 4.2.2

        My forebears owned water front property in UK, fished the sea out front, by Turianas logic we should lay claim to that seabed. Im in favour of it extending as far as Antarctica including NZ becoming my exclusive family property

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Not that for a second I imagine sale is on the agenda.

  6. CJ 6

    It doesn’t seem to me as though there is anything mysterious about the Maori Party’s position from Turia’s statement. She has said that the issue isn’t about money, it is about the recognition of Maori rights. But, if those rights are taken away, then compensation should follow. That’s pretty clear to me and seems to follow quite logically. What is not to understand about that position?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      Of course it’s about money – as soon as the rights, if there are any, are up held they’ll be looking at ways to commercially exploit them.

  7. deemac 7

    I heard Turia and Sharples make contradictory statements on this issue – but that is hardly a new situation. Clarity would be helpful to the public but perhaps not in the political interests of the Maori Party. Just when it looks as if a mutually agreeable solution is in reach, politicians just can’t resist point-scoring – it’s a habit.

  8. gingercrush 8

    Seems to me the left just wish to play politics over this issue. Of course that is their right and its not like the right didn’t play politics in 2004 or 2005. But the idea that the Maori Party and the National Party are contradicting themselves is in my belief wish-making by the left. I don’t think many of you wish to settle this properly. You’re just wanting things to get stuffed up in some belief that will make it easier for you lot to get back into power. Speaks volumes about the desperation of the left at the moment.

    • Pascal's bookie 8.1

      No, it only speaks to what you reckon. Your entitled to your reckonings of course, but seeing your knowledge of what goes on in lefties heads is close to zip, and that’s all your reckonings are based on, the rest of us needn’t pay them much mind.

      JFTR though, are you saying that it is your belief that National’s position in 04 05 was purely politics; that they did not in fact believe what they were saying and were deliberately and willfully stirring up racial conflict, and denying Maori property rights that they knew in fact existed, and that you voted for them regardless of that fact?

      Oh my.

  9. ak 9

    Overheard on a bus:

    “But mind you, they are saying that anyone can still go there….and that they don’t want any money out of it or anythink – ”

    “So what the heck do they want then?”

    “Weeellllllll……just the right to go to court and all that, I think…..”

    “What the heck for?”

    “Ahhhh………weeeellllll, so they can prove that they don’t want anythink I suppose! heh heh heh……..heh”

    “Heh. heh heh heh”

    “Mmmmmmmmm………”

  10. Tom Semmens 10

    Lew said:
    “…As to the question of title: whether it’s an ‘European concept that is inappropriate in this situation’ is for Mãori to decide…”

    And therein lies the your consistent error and usual flaw – your refusal to recognise the demographic facts of New Zealand in 2009.

    To paraphrase Stalin “The Maori? How many votes have they got?”

    • lprent 10.1

      Ummm doesn’t sound like the man at all. Wasn’t it something like how many guns or armies ??

      • Lew 10.1.1

        Lynn,

        Yeah, armies. But the principle remains: might makes right.

        Except it doesn’t – it just makes ability.

        L

    • Lew 10.2

      Tom,

      To paraphrase Stalin “The Maori? How many votes have they got?’

      Nice to see a Marxist who’s honest about their principles.

      L

  11. burt 11

    IrishBill

    When you take away all the bluster and BS, any stance appears to be better than Labour’s was. I don’t get where you think you can claim some high ground on this. Key could flip flop and pontificate for months and that would be better than Labour’s angry elephant in the room.

    • IrishBill 11.1

      You seem to be confusing me for the Labour Party. For the record I never supported the disgraceful legislation (and behaviour) Labour answered the foreshore and seabed issue with.

      I was however a supporter of the Maori Party and want to know what their answer on this issue is. I’m hoping it is either that iwi get customary title or that they are compensated if it is lost. However they have made no clear statement of what they want.

  12. Tom Semmens 12

    lprent – do you not know what to “paraphrase” means? It seems one would struggle to imagine the authors of the Standard sitting about smoking Gitanes and drinking cheap vin ordinaire. The Standard needs to do something about the quality of it’s intellectual underpinnings.

    The actual quote was in relation to some complaint from the Pope, to which the ever-charming Mr. Stalin replied “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” The point is that Lew can can sit in his bath in the morning and enjoy thinking through purity of his system, But relevance of his arguments to the real debate beyond his front door is a big fat zero.

    • lprent 12.1

      Paraphrase usually involves similar situations.

      There is a major difference between peaceful voting and spreading peoples guts all over the landscape, not to mention S’s other political habits. I was surprised to see you use it in the context of the local iwi/kiwi context.

      Perhaps you don’t understand the concept of paraphrasing?

    • Spectator 12.2

      That was a misquotation, not a paraphrase.

  13. Maggie 13

    I don’t think it matters finally what the Maori Party says or what it wants.

    We pakeha seem to have the strange belief that a political party can speak on behalf of an entire race. We would never believe the Nats or Labour can speak on behalf of all non-Maori but seem to be believe the Maori Party represents all Maori.

    The Maori Party can do a deal with the government that individual iwi could then ignore if they wanted.’

    As much as I dislike saying it I am rapidly coming to the position that a settlement imposed by legislation is the only solution and that maybe Labour got it right from the beginning.

  14. John 14

    When the foreshore and seabed was nationalised – lets say in 1840 – every little hapu lost something but they gained something of much more value – an equal share in every other little hapu’s foreshore and seabed. This was especially important given that foreshores were the main roads all over the country.

    Do we really want to reverse this decision now?

    What customary rights have been forbidden on the foreshore and seabed?

    I am voting NZ First over this outrageous attempt on the public estate.

    • Lew 14.1

      John,

      When the foreshore and seabed was nationalised lets say in 1840

      When the Germans won the Great War … oh, wait, they didn’t. Nor was the Foreshore nationalised. Nobody argues this. Not even NZ First.

      But hey, it’s a democracy. You can vote for whomever you like, no matter how misguided.

      L

  15. John 15

    The effect of bringing in British law was nationalisation.

    Everyone believed that the foreshore and seabed belonged to the country. Going back as far as I can remember and having lived and worked as a fisherman in a remote Maori area, no-one ever asserted anything different. Two statutes asserted crown ownership.

    No living Maori has lost anything on the foreshore and seabed. And I am arguing that whenever in the 19th century these vital transport arteries were nationalised the former owners gained as much as they lost.

    By the way, what “customary activities” are the proponents of hapu and iwi ownership interested in pursuing – and why aren’t they defined.

    Ethnic Maori nationalism is about as deplorable as other ethnic nationalisms – Sudetenlanders maybe. Lowest common denominator stuff but an easy way to set up politically.

    • Lew 15.1

      John, funny, I haven’t heard one single constitutional expert arguing this case. Not one. Not since Prendergast, anyhow, and his analysis has been thoroughly discredited for a very long time indeed.

      L

  16. John 16

    And after 100 years of Crown ownership, surely “customary” now means public ownership!

  17. Lew 17

    John,

    Not unless the crown can demonstrate that the land was alienated from its customary owners. That’s what the Court of Appeal found.

    L

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    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    4 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    5 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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