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The courage of his convictions

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, May 20th, 2010 - 56 comments
Categories: budget 2010, class war, gst, maori party - Tags: ,

Hone Harawira does not want to vote for the ‘don’t be jealous’ budget and he doesn’t think the Maori Party will be standing true to its principles or supporters if it does:

“I’m having difficulty supporting a tax increase that made things easier for the wealthy at the expense of those in need.

“GST hits poor people the hardest because nearly all of their money is spent on things that you pay GST on food, petrol, electricity so any increase is going to really hurt them.”

“Maori people … voted for us because they believed in us and they will be struggling to put the picture of the Maori Party they voted for together with the picture of their MPs voting for an increase in GST.”

Harawira sought permission to cross the floor and vote against the Budget. Tariana Turia, who is awfully comfortable in the back of her Crown limo, refused fearing it would imperil the deal she has with a Prime Minister who makes jokes about her people being cannibals and breaks his promises to them.

Says Harawira:

“My caucus colleagues don’t like the GST increase either but they argue that we’ve done too much to jeopardise what we’ve achieved so far and what our people want us to achieve in the years ahead.”

The GST increase and the rent increases to pay for the ‘rich man’s bonus’ undo at one fell swoop any gain one can claim from Whanau Ora, DRIP, and the flag (nevermind the ETS,Fire at Will, mining, the Tuhoe debacle, the Supercity…).

Turia can’t ultimately force Harawira to vote one way or another. If he wants to cross the floor he can. Will he have the courage of his convictions and stand up for working Kiwis against this wealth grab for the rich?

Let’s hope so.

56 comments on “The courage of his convictions”

  1. Lew 1

    Harawira’s already in a safe seat, and it could become the safest seat in the country if he turns against the Nats like this. The party therefore has little leverage against him. They would be fools to expel him as a consequence, and should support his right to cast his own vote, simply as a matter of emphasising that there’s still a core of principle there (even if acting on it is constrained by being part of a government).

    I’m not convinced it’s the best move in terms of progressing the long-term agenda, but that’s his decision to make. It also plays into the Nats’ hands somewhat, permitting them to make the party’s internal division the issue when it’s not, really, and highlighting the nasty old “troublesome radicals” versus “loyal natives” dichotomy.

    But bring it on. The whole world’s watching. Or the whole country, at least.

    L

    • Pete 1.1

      I agree with everything you’ve said Lew.

      My preference would be for Harawira to cross the floor, at least to show that the Maori Party (or part of it) are still there to represent Maori.

      After all, Harawira was elected to his electorate to represent the people in it – surely crossing the floor would be fair representation.

      • Lew 1.1.1

        Yeah. The most valuable thing about holding a safe seat is the ability to say “or what?”

        L

        • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1

          but what about the coalition agreement

          That collective mP agreement competes with his right to cast his own vote to the extent that if the mP wants to honour it’s agreement, and Hone can’t do that with his vote, then he has to leave the party.

          No?

          • Bright Red 1.1.1.1.1

            Or the Nats and MP could just not let Hone crossing the floor destroy their agreement. that decision would be in Key’s hands.

          • Lew 1.1.1.1.2

            The party could sack him, but this would be a poor move on their part.

            According to my reading he would be in breach of the C&S agreement, but need only resign if the Nats or his party demand it. As with Key’s breach of the ACT C&S agreement regarding the DRIP. Also, the mP could argue that Key’s decision over Te Urewera was a breach of the “no surprises” provision.

            The government is not on strong ground here. Requiring his sacking would be a big call over a budget which will pass anyway, and what seems more likely is that they’ll apply pressure behind closed doors beforehand in an effort to get him to back down, and they might succeed. But I think they would be reluctant to follow through for fear of being held hostage by ACT.

            L

            • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1.1.2.1

              Fair enough. I’d just be worried about relying on coverage to extend beyond

              Ohmigod Hone Bloody Harawira Crosses the floor! Only on the Bloody Budget!!!, FFS, Failed to call Anyone a Motherfucker, Yet. Updating. omigod ohmigod ohmigod.

          • Lanthanide 1.1.1.1.3

            Could he not abstain? That’s a nice middle-ground option.

            • Lew 1.1.1.1.3.1

              Now that really would be a half-arsed lily-livered not-standing-for-anything-really position to take, and I can’t see Hone taking it.

              L

            • ClarityJones 1.1.1.1.3.2

              Hone ‘middle ground’? middle aged perhaps,….
              The Middling Party?

        • Anita 1.1.1.2

          WRT to Harawira “holding a safe seat”.

          What would Labour’s response to Harawira leaving the MP (opr being suspended) over this be? Call for a by election and try to win it? Call for a by election and give Labour supported a nod and a wink to support Harawira? Support Harawira as an independant without a by election?

          A

          • Lew 1.1.1.2.1

            Shane Jones needs a safe electorate, but they wouldn’t stand him unless they thought he could win. Kelvin Davis needs one too, and he’s a more likely prospect to stand — but not to win.

            But what they’d actually do is anyone’s guess.

            L

    • HitchensFan 1.2

      Agreed. Do it, Hone.

  2. colonel rabuka 2

    I’m in agreement with what Hone is saying, in that this budget flies in the face of the wider Maori electorate.

    However, if Hone were to cross the floor it would ultimately do more harm that good. All the coverage would simply paint, as Lew points out, Hone as one of those pesky radicals rather than actually seriously looking at the budget issues that might have promoted the walk.

    The MSM would just beat it up and feed that angle to mainstream New Zealanders, who, unfortunately, let’s face it, are quite happy for John Key to u-turn on Tuhoe and make racist jokes in the days after the deal fell through.

    The Maori Party have to suck up the pain of this budget as this was the bed they chose to lie in. National taking care of the rich ahead of the middle class and poor. It’s hardly an earth shattering revelation, is it?

  3. Alexandra 3

    Marty, Turia may be awfully comfortable at the back of the Limo, however, I dont think that is what motivates her given she gave up associate ministerial benefits when she left Labour. The ongoing assertion that the Turia and Sharples are in it for the Limo’s may be a reasonable if pakeha MP’s of all stripes were subject to same assertion. That said, Turia leaving Labour on a principle does not excuse the MP for supporting law which is harmful to most of their constituents.

  4. Alexandra 4

    Nice BR, Like dont be hypersensitive.

    • Bright Red 4.1

      didn’t mean for you to take that badly. It’s just that the limo thing isn’t solely being directed at Tariana and Pita.

  5. kriswgtn 5

    If Hone had any balls and was concerned HE could have just done it==NO BALLS HONE

    Saying blah blah blah and then voting in favor is a copout and YOU know it

    You have sold our people Hone and next year @ the ballot box YOU WILL PAY

  6. Alexandra 6

    BR- if you read my comment properly, you may see that what I am saying is that the ongoing assertions that the MP deals with the government are somehow motivated by limo’s is unreasonable and give my reason why. I dont recall reference to limos being used in same the fashion in relation to pakeha. If you type “limo maori” in the seach box and then just “limo” you might see that my complaint has some substance. You might notice that the tone of the discussions are somewhat different. It is that difference that I think is unreasonable, at best!

  7. Alexandra 7

    YEAH!

  8. Craig Glen Eden 8

    Well Hone might be a rebel but a rebel with a good cause if he crosses the floor ! That rebel would soon become” Likable Rogue” and that could really work for him and the Maori Party who’s supporters are starting to feel a bit let down.

    Winston’s pulled off saying things that are quite racist for years( usually about asians I know not about white folk) but then makes a good point ( not always a correct point in my view but hey) and finishes it with a smile for years. While Hone may not be as smooth as Winston its hard to beat that Maori boy smile which he can do really well.

    While Hone has made some mistakes he could be the Maori Parties saving grace, as they say a week is a long time in politics.

  9. Tigger 9

    Crossing the floor was just a show. MP gets to have a ‘radical’ arm while still helping National stomp on the poor.

    Hone, what has the MP actually achieved for Maori. Actual achievements that mean something. Nothing of substance. Nothing that makes the marriage with National worth it.

    It’s like staying in an abusive relationship because you think it will be good for the kids. It never is.

    • Lew 9.1

      Why does anyone other than the government even bother turning up, then? Their votes don’t matter, so they might as well all just go home. Ferchrissakes.

      L

      • Tigger 9.1.1

        Big difference between voting against the government and being part of it, Lew. Hone’s now got a bob both ways.

        • Lew 9.1.1.1

          You’ve got one both ways as well, Tigger. If he votes against the government, it’s symbolic and doesn’t matter. But if he votes for the government — despite the fact that it’s symbolic and doesn’t matter since they have the numbers regardless — then he’s a traitorous turncoat.

          The fact is that symbolism matters. It might not be a substitute for meaningful policy progress, but when there’s minimal hope of achieving meaningful policy progress, you exert what influence you can. If he goes through with it, this one action will do more to undermine this budget than a month of Labour complaining about it. To look that gift horse in the mouth is just churlish. Even Labour aren’t being churlish about it, and thank goodness for that.

          L

      • Rex Widerstrom 9.1.2

        Yeah, pretty much, which is why the system needs a radical overhaul that minimises the influence of parties and ties MPs to a defined electorate (not necessarily a geographic one though).

        But hey, let’s all pretend MMP has, and will, make these tools actual tools.

  10. gobsmacked 10

    Where’s the story that Hone has “crossed the floor”? He’s spoken out, but he hasn’t voted yet – nobody has.

    • Bright Red 10.1

      yeah. someone got a bit ahead of themselves it seems.

      • Craig Glen Eden 10.1.1

        I did say “IF” which I think is along shot because I am not sure he has the balls but hey he could prove me wrong.

    • Michael Foxglove 10.2

      I think it was just a bit of confusion because Scoop was late at publishing Hone’s press release. I’ve taken the update off :).

  11. kerry 11

    good on him……hes gone up hugely in my estimations.

  12. subPrime minister for hire 12

    People can vote on wehter they think GST should be raised to 15% on Hone Harawira’s website: http://www.hone.co.nz/

    go to:
    Kōrero Mai!

    Do you agree with the Govt’s decision to raise GST to 15%?

    on the right hand side of the page. so far 100% is against (3 votes)

  13. Lew 13

    Five votes in favour at the motion to read. That’s Hone voting aye to the budget.

    L

  14. Alexandra 14

    Im disappointed and getting tired of defending snow flakes. I thought Hone might have backed the rhetoric with a meaningful gesture, or cynically protected his brand. Either way hes failed on both counts and has let himself down. Ive recently heard Hone described as a blow arse. His performance today shows that he is.

  15. Jenny 15

    It’s all very well to challenge Harawira to cross the floor.

    But cross the floor to what?

    To being pushed to the margins by both major parties?

    As far as I know the Maori Party is still considered by Labour to be “the last cab off the rank”.

    It is all very well to criticise, but unless you are offering anything better, what do you expect?

    I have followed your posts Marty, as you rejoice at the trouble that the Maori Party is having trying to get along with a right wing party. But what choice do they have. Become the last cab on the rank by both Labour and National?

    Schadenfreude is a negative emotion.

    How about offering up something positive?

  16. subPrime minister for hire 16

    according to the radio he was in Northland and not parliament – so he did not vote.

    • Nope. Maori Party, five votes in favour. He’s one of the five, no matter where he goes to sulk. Still, at least he gets to share the shame with four other sellouts.

      • Jenny 16.1.1

        I’m sure if there was some positive alternative the Maori Party and particularly Hone would probably take it.

        Those who attack the Maori Party MPs as sell outs, without offering any positive alternative, are in effect asking the Maori Party to go quietly into the political wilderness and stay there to be shunned and ignored by both major parties.

        This is a very big thing to ask of any political movement. After all, even Jesus couldn’t spend more than 40 days and nights in the wilderness.

        • They have an alternative, Jenny. They could walk. Admit they got it wrong and get their sorry butts off the limo seats and into the opposition benches. But they won’t because they are conservative MP’s from a conservative party and they feel right at home in a dimwitted right wing coalition.

          • Jenny 16.1.1.1.1

            Ad hominem abuse, with no facts to back it up.

            VOR you claim that the Maori Party are a conservative party at home in a right wing coalition.

            I don’t think that they are at home there.

            Maybe you would like to back up your claim with some facts.

            • The Voice of Reason 16.1.1.1.1.1

              You’re kidding right? They are in a right wing coalition, with Ministerial responsibilities. If you check their voting record, it mirrors National and Act almost exactly. I think I’ll stick with the facts, Jenny, but you’re welcome to your fantasy.

              • Jenny

                Thanks VOR for your prompt reply.

                Could I bother you to provide the proof that shows that the Maori Party and National and Act voting record is “almost exactly” the same.

                Depressingly as a consequence of being in coalition with the Nats. you are probably right on the recent Maori Party voting record.

                But I would like the facts never-the-less.

                If you could, I think it would also be interesting to see a breakdown of how the Maori Party voted before they were in coalition with National as compared to after.

                It may be interesting to compare how the Labour and National Parties voted during the same period, (and since), as well. As when it comes to claims of where different parties fit on the political spectrum, nothing is in isolation.

                When it comes to the studying the voting record on the issues of the day, it pays not to study just one party’s direction but necessary to compare it to the all the others as well.

                I think that such a study of the facts might reveal that the Maori Party is not as right wing as you think.

                VOR in your claim that the Maori Party “are conservative MP’s from a conservative party”, “at home” in a “right wing coalition.” Again I challenge you to back up your argument with facts, not just opinion.

                I admit that it is possible, that as you say, I am under a “fantasy” that the Maori Party is not conservative party. (or at least, not as conservative as National or ACT).

                I am reliant on you, or others to convince me.

                If you could refrain from ad hominen slurs or sectarian attacks, and just stick to the objective facts while you are doing it, I would appreciate that as well.

                Thanks Jenny

  17. Carol 17

    Jenny, when the Maori Party originated I was hoping it would be a party I (a Pakeha) could vote for, as I strongly supported them on the Foreshore & Seabed issue, and have always been critical of the Labour Party for how they betrayed the long support large numbers of Maori had given them.

    I don’t know about the MP’s general voting record, but I do remember one social issue when they took a conservative line. As a lesbian, I have never forgotten that they generally did not support the Civil Union Bill, and in a way that stuck me as being due to some underlying homophobia.

    As a lesbian leftie, I felt there was no other party other than the Greens for me to support. They support the MP on most issues that affect Maori directly, but also actively support the GLBT community, and on this, I think they are in tune with more Nats than people in left parties.

    I have been left with a lingering feeling that the MP is conservative on GLBT issues. I’d be very happy if someone could prove me worng on this.

    • Jenny 17.1

      Carol I agree with you on this one. Though I do believe there has been some movement on this.

      At the time you mentioned, there was only one Maori Party MP in Parliament.

      The Maori Party like all political movements is greater than the sum of it’s parts. And in my opinion needs to be objectively judged on the totality.

  18. Jenny (above):

    The Maori Party are currently tied to a deal which causes them to vote in favour of all Government legislation. I understand they have limited ability to vote differently on Private Members’ bills, but I’m not aware of instances where they have in opposition to their mates.

    Far easier to point out times when they have done something progressive for their supporters. There’s the flag on the Auckland Harbour bridge for example. And Rugby on Maori TV instead of seats on the Auckland Super City. And the BMW’s, almost forgot them. Leather seats! Choice!

    If you can think of any left wing policy they have put into place, please let me know, Jenny. I’d happily be corrected, but I’m thinking it’s all been sellouts so far. Think of their history. Formed in opposition to a centre left party. Vaguely nationalistic, in a racially based way. Entered willingly into a conservative coalition. In Parliament, have done nothing for their supporters, but lapped up the bawbees of office, while whining that their hands are tied to a deal they themselves advocated.

  19. Jenny 19

    Surely VOR you have heard of this.

  20. Carol 20

    Well, I’ll wait and see, Jenny. I’m not likely to vote for them in the near future, but I’ll support them, for what it’s worth, on the things I agree with.

    I understand why they did a deal with National, in the first place, though I’m not keen on some of the outcomes. They got some good things out of it. Labour lost their trust too, so it’s partly their fault.

    Brash, Orewa & the Labour Party all set this trajectory in motion.

    At the moment, the Greens is the party I can feel most comfortable with. And Metiria Turei is impressive.

    • Jenny 20.1

      I agree with everything you say Carol. I myself will probably not vote the Maori Party either. But the fact is a significant number of (mainly Maori), people will.

      When headlines in a Main Stream Media franchise like stuff.co.nz label the Search and Surveillance bill “Chilling” you just know that it’s gonna be bad.
      Chilling surveillance bill delayed till next year

      The stakes are high, the current recession is not over, and there is the threat of a new double dip recession starting.

      The policy of the Nats, as we see in the budget, is to instead of cushioning the affects of the recession for the majority of New Zealanders, the Nats seem hell bent on increasing inequality by just protecting the few. National’s policies are all about protecting the elites and bugger the rest of the population.

      It couldn’t be more serious. John Key has made it clear that if National is returned to the treasury benches next year, he will claim an electoral mandate for some extreme right wing policy spearheads.

      The second Key government will I fear be a very different beast.

      Not only can we expect more attacks civil liberties, but we can also expect to see the sell off vital state assets to the benefit of John Key’s rich mates. This privatisation agenda will seriously undermine the material base for the provision of social services by the state, and usher in much greater user pays in health care and education. And all this at a time when recession will be making the social need for these state provided services more vital than ever.

      In my opinion the Labour party will be guilty of being childishly sectarian and irresponsible if they don’t, in the interests of their own supporters and all other grass roots battlers, objectively explore the possibility of an electoral accommodation with the Maori Party if that is what it takes to keep National out.

      Like all political parties the Maori Party has a left and right wing.

      In my estimation, at the moment the conservatives in the Maori Party have the ascendancy. But the make up of the membership of the Maori Party (like the general population of Maori,) is overwhelmingly working class and as we have seen around the 90 day bill have the ability to over rule their leadership when they try to back right wing legislation in the house.

      Hone Harawira is the defacto head of the left wing of the Maori Party, and as such his position is tenuous, the conservatives are just looking for the slightest pretext to expel him.

      This is why I support Harawira’s decision to abide by the majority decision of the Maori Party caucus and vote for the rise in GST. To not do so will see him expelled from his party and thrown into the political wilderness without any mandate to affect the future path that the Maori Party will take after the next election and into the future.

      Without the counter balance of Hone Harawira inside the MP caucus, the conservatives will try to stick with National, no matter what.

      Hone Harawira I believe will be a lightning rod pole of attraction for the flaxroots activists inside the Maori Party, that the conservatives could not dismiss lightly. If for instance the Labour Party wished to seriously engage with the Maori Party, or even put up some positive alternative to coalition with National, this is more likely to get a fair hearing with Harawira in the Maori caucus, than if he was marginalised and excluded.

      I feel that an objective analysis of the Maori Party, free from subjective name calling and sectarian spite is vital. Despite the fervent wishes of some in the Labour Party for it’s demise, the Maori Party exists and will continue to exist because it fulfils a very material need for an independent Maori voice in parliament. And if as I predict the Maori Party vote holds up in the elections next year, there is a very real possibility that along with the predicted collapse of the ACT vote, the Maori Party will wind up as the Kingmakers for our next parliament.

      Let us all hope that the Labour Party supporters can put aside their narrow sectarianism and find the vision and the courage to put out a hand of friendship to the Maori Party.

  21. just saying 21

    I agree with you about the urgency of “Labour putting their hand out” to not just the Maori Party, but to the Maori people. The soc con, right wing of the Labour party just has to ‘get over itself’ on this before it is too late.

    The overwhelming majority of new Zealanders are robbed when the right prevails. Our health, wealth, (in the full taonga sense), dignity, communites, security, environment, and committment to each other is pillaged, to increase the wealth and power of a minority.

    The ‘us’ that needs the left is broad and diverse – but we have way more interests in common than in conflict. I believe we are mostly people of good will. I hate the way the right continues to manipulate us by turning us agaisnt each other, and it infuriates me that too many of those driving the Labour party are so eager to dance when National whistles the tune.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
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    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
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    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
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    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
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    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
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    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
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    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    4 hours ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 day ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    6 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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    6 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    41 mins ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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    7 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
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  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
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  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
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  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
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  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
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  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
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  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
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