The difference between decent folk and complete idiots

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 19th, 2016 - 34 comments
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For a change I’m not going to have a rip at our local idiotic politicians. The most extreme case recently being the now infamous Dildo Baggins as discussed by John Oliver.

Instead lets have a look at Obama commenting on his (from here) rather naive faith in the American people. It is a curiously moving portrait of what good and effective politicians are trying to do… Be intelligent. Be aware of factors inside and outside their own country. Be cognisant of the responsibility that they hold. Don’t restrict themselves with voting demographics. Basically someone who is decent and suited to the role that he has been in. I suspect that Americans are blithely unaware on just how well they voted in the last two presidential elections.

Sure I hope that he is right about who the public won’t vote for. But after many decades observing them steadily falling deeper into the morass of their elected monarchy and a balance of powers that encourages deadlock,  I really don’t think that the great American public could be viewed as anything except being exceptionally stupid as a group.

Looking at the way that George W Bush lied his way into a completely irresponsible and catastrophic conflict in Iraq. He had that same American public believing that Iraq had something to do with 9/11 despite all of the evidence before and after that ill-fated war and insurgency. That destroyed any faith I had in the idiot bawling herd known as the great American public. It was a rather blatant example of PR causing a case of collective dick stroking leading to a ongoing disaster.

That mob appears to be the same mindless morons supporting the current collection of idiot pretenders from the Republicans.

Letting a maniac like Trump or Cruz or most of the others in the reptilian Republican contenders becoming Wanker in Chief of either US nukes or US soldiers is just an insane idea and an imminent threat to the rest of the world. I can quite see why Obama had to face up to the international community to apologise for these ignorant and malignant fools.

I’m sure that in The US there will be a pile of fools licking up a certain toupee topped dick doing a typical insane response to Obama’s video above. There really isn’t any real comparison between Obama’s reasonably starry eyed but coherent speech and a ignorant bigot being completely shallow and mouthing of disconnected lines. Just count the number of cliché Republican talking points this dickhead manages in a few minutes. If he sounds like a particularly stupid parrot playing back a recorded message, then don’t be hopeful – he probably is.

But in a lighter mood, lets look at a different type of idiot politician in aussie trying to improve the breed. He failed..

Clearly he isn’t aware of why you don’t play with weaponry even if you think it is ‘safe’. A smoke grenade gets just as hot as a flash-bang (and you’ll see below why that would be a bad idea). Just because someone ‘says’ that it is a training dummy, it doesn’t mean that you should be bouncing it around. FFS I don’t even think that one of our dumber politicians would have been quite so stupid. As Malcolm Turnbull said – leave handling of all weaponry to people who are trained to treat it with the respect it deserves.

But the idiot is a Queensland MP. While he isn’t a state MP, he clearly is a generic stupid Queensland politician. In that state, a group of them have clearly over-armed their untrained civilians in uniform well beyond their training. Just look at what the fearless Queensland police did with a flash grenade a couple of days ago.

Click the image for the news story

Djamirze was in bed with her boyfriend, alleged Rebel Motorcycle Club associate Dean Grant O’Donnell, when the device that marred her face and left her with a “partially melted hand” went off. Djamirze’s attorney, Chris Ford, told NewsCorp that officers failed to offer proper medical attention in the 40 minutes she waited for an ambulance. He called police behavior “both excessive and negligent.”

Apparently reading around various reports of the incident, the idiots in blue there proceeded to spend the next couple of days excusing their actions by saying that her bikie boyfriend was kind of bad, and her above was caught on film consuming and talking about using drugs.

That excuses a public servant burning ANYONE like this? If you read the aussie media in Queensland, apparently this is ok. Quite a few of the cowards of the aussie media, especially in Queensland, appear to have sucked that police arse covering crap up like it was face candy.

The officers involved need to be charged with aggravated assault rather than being sent through a police conduct whitewash.

Anyway, lets hope that our police force continues to restrict any excessive use of weapons and do not hand them out to any untrained civilians in uniform that they happen to have employed. They currently aren’t as naive and stupid as some overseas. Lets keep it that way.

When you are looking at that level of nativity and outright stupidity offshore – well it makes you feel better about NZ.  Even our silliest camera hungry politician – John Key isn’t that bad. His mate, our worst ‘journalist’ Cameron Slater is probably that bad if he was left unconstrained. But the number of legal actions against him and the fact that he is a pathetic fool in dealing with the courts means that he is constrained these days.

 

It doesn’t quite make up for John Key wasting at least $10 of my taxes to pay for his damn personal vanity flag project. But in a couple of weeks I can help vote his sports underwear flag into the history trashbin, and we can get on to some real politics.

 

34 comments on “The difference between decent folk and complete idiots ”

  1. greywarshark 1

    “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” (famous line from Casablanca, paraphrase that and the NZ public might say about their Parliament and politicians:
    ‘Of all the well-paid sinecures, in all our towns, in all of our country, the pollies have to walk into our Parliament and our government.’

    Surely we can find a way to get a better bunch of pollies who don’t want to take us back to the 19th century acting like USA carpetbaggers and Mississippi gamblers, (cheats who manipulated cards [NZ government and economy] to achieve their desired result)

    In the early 19th Century, the Mississippi river provided an efficient method for transporting goods from state to state and so became a major center for trade.
    Since trade centers attract people with money, the Mississippi also attracted
    professional gamblers. At the time, a professional gambler was very often a
    card sharp, a cheat who manipulated cards to achieve their desired result.

    https://ladyamcal.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/19th-century-riverboats-gambling-mississippi/

    • alwyn 1.1

      “USA carpetbaggers”.
      What has Julie Anne Genter done to upset you?
      As far as I know she is the only one who fits your description.
      Don’t guarantee the uniqueness though.

      • Galeandra 1.1.1

        “acting like USA carpetbaggers” evokes your flip slur that “the only one who fits your description” an intelligent, well-informed, very hardworking MP who just happens to be an American immigrant and is clearly not in politics for the gravy-train. What a reflexively rancid fellow you are.

      • Sans Cle 1.1.2

        That is an appalling comment, regarding Julie Anne Genter. Totally off topic, and just sheer nasty.

  2. cogito 2

    “Even our silliest camera hungry politician – John Key isn’t that bad.”

    I wouldn’t put anything past that creep.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      Take qt wed. Key declared that free education was cross subsidized by the poorest tax payers. In what world does he live in, clueless or evil world. Professionals got tax cuts, having recieved free education, and to balance the removal of the cost of paying for free education. So Key, and most MPs all got free education and the tax drop, whereas poorest tax payers who recieve back credits etc and efective are not paying tax are none the worse off.

      Now as loan debt sky rockets, it aint going to be lower taxpayers who pay unless Key cuts services like heating standards new builds, or mine inspectors, or some cut that cause billions of leaky homes or death of miners. Who actual pays wil be middle nz, as Key passed on the tax swap raised gst and lowered the top tax rates for him and MPs so shifting the burden onto middle classes.

      So when Joyce says the graduates will make enough to pay, he means it, they will pay for themselves and then for the real income earners who got tax cuts out of the system by being ten years older and having free education.

      Key should withdraw the lie aboy cross subsidize, it aint true unless you stack the tax system with a flat tax.

    • Andre 2.2

      Y’know, I can’t quite picture Cruz, Rubio, Bush the leastest, Kasich, Carson, Clinton or Sanders publicly discussing peeing in the shower, “feeding the chickens”, climbing into a cage to “pick up the soap”…

      On the other hand, Trump would apparently happily go there…

      http://www.salon.com/2016/02/17/watch_trump_discuss_anal_sex_his_wifes_lack_of_bowel_movements_and_how_sleeping_around_is_as_dangerous_as_vietnam/

  3. pat 4

    hard to believe we managed to invent the wheel…….perhaps Darwin got it wrong.its not the survival of the fittest..its survival of the thickest.

    • weka 4.1

      Darwin wasn’t talking about the fittest as such, he was talking about those individual who are the best fit for their situation (in terms of surviving and reproducing). Which is a problem now. Who are the people most fit in a neoliberal world? Are we there yet, in a neoliberal world, or are we still somehow a social democracy? This is why large scale manipulations of culture are so dangerous, because they eventually become self-reinforcing. On the other hand, they also go to extremes and then the collapse and/o rebound happens.

      /sidebar.

  4. Andre 5

    Not sure that we should feel superior about our voting behaviour compared to Americans;

    Gore beat Shrub by about half a million popular votes, and only lost because of the weirdness in how they elect the president and members of various judiciaries abandoning their objectivity obligations and acting in a partisan way.

    National + ACT + Maori Party + United Future + Conservatives = 53.24% in the 2014 election

    • pat 5.1

      it was often noted that NZ was 20 years behind the rest of the world…..are we only one generation away from electing a Trump?….the trend locally would indicate it’s a very real possibility

  5. roy cartland 6

    Watching Obama speak: when did he turn into George W?

    Slouching at his lectern; throwing in “kinda y’know wanna gonna” – where is that fabled well-articulated oratory that got him elected?

    Obviously he’s less appalling than the stunningly vacuous Trump, but it’s a sad day when this slovenly, stumbling blather is the better example of rhetoric.

    • mac1 6.1

      I actually liked what I heard from Obama. I don’t know what the context of that clip was, and that might give a clue to the down beat delivery. What I did notice was the lack of tie which would denote informality, and the topic was obviously one for which he had not prepared a speech. Therefore, I’d expect conversational pauses, linguistic holding devices etc. What you saw as slouching, I saw as informality, a style of chatting, off the cuff, and therefore real in terms of what he meant.

      He can still do the rhetoric, as he proved at the awards for the righteous among nations.

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/27/remarks-president-righteous-among-nations-award-ceremony.

      • AB 6.1.1

        Yes – that’s how I took it too. Rhetorically, I thought the use of pauses (as if for thought ), and the vernacular ‘wanna’, gonna’, were excellent. The best part though was the slightly fatigued air – a very classy way of dissing the Republicans as a childish nuisance.
        There were no fumbles, non-sequiturs, and mispronunciations a la George W and FJK.
        He still has the linguistic skill – it’s innate/intuitive for him. Just a pity about the policies though – as CV notes.

        • mac1 6.1.1.1

          ‘Just a pity about the policies though – as CV notes.’

          Politics is the art of the possible. And for those of us on the left of the policy articulation and actuality shown by Obama, his Senate and Congress and his Judiciary, there will always be stuff to say that he/they could have done better.

          History will judge. As will people here on The Standard. 😉

          • AB 6.1.1.1.1

            “his Senate and Congress and his Judiciary”
            Point well-made. He has not had a free hand by any means.

            • hoom 6.1.1.1.1.1

              His speaking has always been great.
              But his selection of officials shows how much bullshit comes out of his mouth.

              If he was just hamstrung by Senate/Congress he still could have selected people other than basically Bushes cronies which is what he did.

              And the result is that not only did he fail to stop the fucking up of the various countries Bush fucked up, not only are they worse now than under Bush, he has fucked up several others even more comprehensively than Bush managed, he has restarted the Cold War & the Doomsday Clock is back up to the 3mins it was at in the darkest days of the Cold War.

              That record is stark contrast to the Nobel Peace Prize his words won.

  6. Colonial Viper 7

    The one thing I will give Obama credit for is that he has held at bay the worst of the neo-con “bomb’m all to the stone age” influences around his White House and the Pentagon.

    Apart from that, it’s all been window dressing liberalism.

    Pro-TPPA even though it will fuck American workers more, but his corporate sponsors want it so he’ll sign it off no probs.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 7.1

      It says all one needs to know that you consider liberalism a bad thing.

  7. John Shears 8

    Iprent.
    Thanks for the final photo in your post of OUR flag.

    What stands out for me is the blue tone, a really dark blue,

    I seem to remember it being called ‘Ensign Blue’ in a print colour sample book.

    The proposed alternative has to use a much lighter blue so that there is some contrast with the black above it and although they have changed it on the Harbour Bridge version at least once it is still very insipid . and for me , why would you use black on a flag for a country in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. Forget the rugby team’s name, black flags are used by the Jehadist criminals ISIS.

    • Lanthanide 8.1

      Yeah, I was on the fence with the blue/black Lockwood, mainly because the blue is much lighter colour. I also miss the oblique reference to the Union Jack with the red/white/blue of the red/blue Lockwood.

      Now I’m voting to keep the current flag, because of the above, and John Key wearing the blue/black pin of the Lockwood as if it is already our flag, and as if he were some sort of American politician.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      Um, black flags were for anarchists and pirates long before daesh appropriated them.

  8. Steve Withers 9

    I’m grateful we have MMP. National’s majority is wafer thin. If we had First Past the Post thru would have a big majority with 47% of the vote and would be able to govern alone….. And we would all be taking about electoral reform.

    But…. they 47%. When you talk to them you soon learn they know almost nothing accurate about any policy from pretty much any party. Definitely not Labor or the Greens who they rule out if the game without actually knowing much about either one.

    • Lanthanide 9.1

      The bulk of the public are governed by fear and greed.

      Greed for themselves, and fear of change / the unknown.

  9. Nelson Muntz 10

    To be fair kiwis aren’t that much brighter as a group since we keep voting for Key and his cronies. Democracy is for the stupid.

    • happynz 10.1

      To be fair kiwis aren’t that much brighter as a group since we keep voting for Key and his cronies.

      Ouch. As a dually Kiwi/Yank I gots a double dose of the stupid. 🙂 I don’t vote National or Republican though. In the States I’ll support Bernie and here in New Zealand Ill tick the box for anyone other than the current crop of grifters sitting on the government benches.

  10. Steve Withers 11

    Once I had owned horses for a while, I understood people much better. I’m not a fearful person….and had for a long time failed to understand that large numbers of people are ruled by their fears….usually of the unknown….and they are often unknowns because the people concerned are lazy and / or incurious or they simply lack the intellectual firepower to understand what’s going on around them. It’s a sobering moment……

  11. greywarshark 12

    Democracy as we know it encourages us to be stupid, and think about dildos, whether our PM should be talking about peeing in the shower while our precious and valued country and services are quietly siphoned away behind a masking screen of pink shirts and all blacks.

    To help our democracy function better what about a scratch test to make it clearer that knowledge and thought have been present in the potential voter?
    The names of the two biggest NZ political parties?
    Attempt to name the next four in size (two out of four will do)?
    What are the two main islands in NZ?
    The biggest city?
    The city where Parliament is held?
    Three cities or towns in the South Island?

    People who couldn’t get those right would get a voucher for an ice cream or free admission to a talk on NZ, it’s history and where it’s going in the 21st century.

    Probably if all of us went to a talk like that we would know the other 80% to add to our present knowledge. Then we would have equality of information, and perhaps more intelligent voting than for decades.

  12. b waghorn 13

    While Obama is better than the Republican shit bags , he lost all credibility when he sat and watched his soldiers shoot bin laden in cold blood instead of have them uplift him for trial in a court of law.

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  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

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    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

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  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

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    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

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    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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  • Gut Reactions.

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    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

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  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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  • Some changes are coming

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  • About fucking time

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  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

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  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

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  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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  • Open Letter to Pharmac

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  • A blanket of misinformation

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  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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  • PM speech to Parliament – Royal Commission of Inquiry’s Report into Abuse in Care

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  • Government acknowledges courageous abuse survivors

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  • Half a million people use tax calculator

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    8 hours ago
  • Paid Parental Leave improvements pass first reading

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    9 hours ago
  • Rebuilding the economy through better regulation

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    10 hours ago
  • ‘Open banking’ and ‘open electricity’ on the way

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    11 hours ago
  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

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    1 day ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

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    1 day ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

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    1 day ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

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  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

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    1 day ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

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    1 day ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

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    1 day ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
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  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    2 days ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

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    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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    5 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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    5 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    6 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    6 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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    6 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

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    1 week ago
  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

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  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

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