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The next Prime Minister is …

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, October 19th, 2017 - 416 comments
Categories: election 2017, jacinda ardern, labour, leadership - Tags: ,

Winston Peters has announced that he will be going into coalition with Labour and Jacinda Ardern will be the next Prime Minister. Let the attacks from the right about how unfair it is that a minority party did not ascend into Government and how MMP needs to be reformed begin. For the rest of us – this is a time of hope…

Update:

416 comments on “The next Prime Minister is …”

  1. weka 1

    Still needs the Greens to form government.

  2. r0b 2

    Well well. I’m surprised! Happy and worried.

    It was quite a clever speech.

    • David C 2.1

      yeah Winston already making excuses for poor performance!

    • Enough is Enough 2.2

      I thought it was terrible that he was defending his future record.

      Things are about to turn to shit but don’t blame me for that.

      A better response would have been Things are going to turn to shit due to 33 years of economic lunacy. This government will address those problems and make a better New Zealand.

  3. Ffloyd 3

    Yaaaahooooooo!!!!!!!!.

  4. Cemetery Jones 4

    Boom.

  5. lurgee 5

    Let’s hope this works …

  6. Drowsy M. Kram 6

    Phew!

  7. Ad 7

    Awesome.

    Winston is focussed on economic transformation.

    Looking forward to it.

    • cleangreen 7.1

      Ad

      Winston was saying this for three years at every public meeting.

      He saw the economic train wreck while he was in Gisborne and told the mayor Gisborne needed serious Government support.

  8. Eco maori 8

    Kia ora

  9. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Yay! And thank goodness for that.

    Shoulders to the wheels.

  10. Sabine 10

    sometime last year i bought a little bottle of whiskey at a fundraiser .

    T’was singed by the MP who became PM today.

    Lucky me.

  11. Ffloyd 11

    Time for more wines.!!! Well done ANDREW LITTLE !!

  12. chris73 12

    Post the link and I’ll pony up the money

    Of course now I’ll have to go through old standard posts to bring up comments about how Labour/NZFirst don’t have a mandate because not enough people voted for them 🙂

  13. weka 13

    I found Peters’ speech a bit hard to follow, but he did seem to be saying we need responsible capitalism and that National wouldn’t move on this.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 13.1

      Yes, some limits on the free market, great news. Maybe a little wind back of the nonsense since 1984??

      I don’t agree with Winston that our problems in NZ are primarily external / foreign in origin (other than the neoliberal mindset perhaps). The antisocial and exploiting super-rich are an international bunch, we have our home grown ones and international ones passing through too.

      • weka 13.1.1

        Yes. I’ll be interested to see what a Labour govt can do in this coalition, but it’s more a thank god it’s not National response thus far.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 13.1.1.1

          Thank God not Nats – Absolutely!!

          It is possible that NZF will push things more left/socialist than Labour naturally would have, economically.

    • cleangreen 13.2

      yes Weka he is dedicated to bring NZ back from the brink.

    • JC 13.3

      “Capitalisms not their friend but foe”

  14. SpaceMonkey 14

    Winnie just announced Greens will be in C&S with Labour-NZ First coalition…

    • lurgee 14.1

      FFS. Is this the effective end of the Greens?

      Used and abused again.

      • SpaceMonkey 14.1.1

        I don’t think so. But I will be interested to learn what policies were agreed that meant Greens went for C&S instead of coalition. Or whether NZ First pushed them out… Winnie did make a point that they were ever only interested in being in coalition with one party.

        If it was a Greens decision to go into C&S over policy, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was immigration that was the issue.

      • UncookedSelachimorpha 14.1.2

        By my understanding – all legislation other than C&S matters will require Green support to pass (unless Nats cross the floor). So they will have quite some influence I hope.

        I voted Green and I’m certainly not considering it a wasted vote!

        • weka 14.1.2.1

          Doesn’t it depend on what kind of C/S agreement it is?

          • UncookedSelachimorpha 14.1.2.1.1

            I’m not an expert on that, unfortunately. I didn’t realise there was a lot of scope for variation (by definition – you agree to support C&S, and are free to vote on other matters as you wish). But I guess there can be other things negotiated, to achieve the C&S agreement – e.g. policies, ministerial posts etc?

          • Macro 14.1.2.1.2

            Yes it does – and I think we might be reasonably satisfied with the policy outcomes as they align with Green objectives.
            An important consideration is that if Labour and NZF want to go to war for instance then a C and S does not bind the Greens from speaking against that.

        • Bearded Git 14.1.2.2

          +100

      • cleangreen 14.1.3

        Cut it out lurgee you know the greens will surive and become part of the government to help NZ back on it’s feet.

        • lurgee 14.1.3.1

          They are pretty close to the edge at the moment. It would only take a few supporters to defect to other parties to push them below 5% … and how often do governing parties INCREASE their vote share at subsequent elections?

          A lot of people who have voted Green (including myself) will be scratching our heads at this latest arrangement and thinking, “Well, what was the point of that?” and may decide to vote Labour next time, since voting Green isn’t seeing enough of a Green agenda being pushed, and Labour will probably just do again in 2020 …

          Of course, the Greens may recover, once ‘Jacindamania’ peaks, memories of Tureigate fade and Shaw becomes a bit more visible – remember how some wrote him off as a right wing infiltrator not all that long ago? – so I may be wrong.

    • SpaceMonkey 14.2

      He’s leaving it to Jacinda to announce what arrangements are/have been made between with Greens re Ministerial positions outside of Cabinet.

      It actually sounds like there’s some discussion still to be had, and what has been hammered out is a broad policy platform for the next 3 years.

  15. lurgee 15

    Did he mention the Greens at all?

    Is this going to be a Labour-NZ 1st only affair, with the Greens banished to the wilderness once again?

    • zuszsa 15.1

      Yep

    • Macro 15.2

      Yes – Confidence and Supply

    • OncewasTim 15.3

      Doesn’t really matter if he did or didn’t (mention Greens) – if by He, you mean WP.
      HE’ll agree it will be Jacinda’s call, and I’m pretty sure she, AND WP will keep their word ( if only to spite the negs)
      Christ!!!! I just had a thought- what’s the AM show going to be like tomorrow morning.

  16. weka 16

    Peters is saying Greens will have a C and S agreement (assuming the members agree to that).

  17. Mickey Boyle 17

    Good result, lets hope it doesnt end they way I think it will.

  18. David C 18

    Did Winston say if He was PM ?

  19. Robert Guyton 19

    All Blacks 3, Lions 0 – James

    • NewsFlash 19.1

      The Wallabies are hoping for a 21- 10 win on Saturday at Brisbane against the ABs, it should be an interesting game on a relatively hard field with high humidity.

      • Robert Guyton 19.1.1

        Don’t ask James to predict the result (see above).

        • NewsFlash 19.1.1.1

          Don’t worry I won’t, I think he lost a bit of money on this one anyway.

          • Robert Guyton 19.1.1.1.1

            How much are you shy, James?
            A tenner? A pony? A reddie? A squirrel?

          • james 19.1.1.1.2

            Nah – No money lost. But thanks for your concern 😉

            • NewsFlash 19.1.1.1.2.1

              Your welcome

            • Robert Guyton 19.1.1.1.2.2

              You didn’t back your uber-confident predictions (Winston made a deal involving Key’s early departure, ( blah, blah, blah…) with a bet???
              What sort of capitalist are you, James??
              A pretend-neo-lib???
              What a softy!
              What a blow-hard!

              • james

                none of them – I simply made a prediction, stuck with it, and was wrong.

                Happens occasionally.

                • Muttonbird

                  How does it feel?

                • Robert Guyton

                  James has been consistently wrong and spectacularly so with the Biggie! Months and months of reading his cocky sure-thing predictions have left discerning readers here thinking, “blow-hard”.
                  That’s all. Go char-grill yourself a slab of Hector’s dolphin, James – you know you wanna.

                  • Lord have mercy !

                    That’s a low blow , Roberto !

                    Good though ,… mwhahaha!

                    Still ,… I’m of the old school ,… never gloat at a worthy opponents downfall ,… no matter how mean streak they have been, … they were beaten , … fair and square and that’s what matters. Now onward’s to rebuilding this degraded country now National are gone.

                    And never doubt their attempts at devious resurgence ,… for rest assured,… they will try every which way but loose to do so from here on in.

                    Don’t give them the chance at any opportunity. That they do not deserve.

                    🙂

                  • james

                    I got a rugby prediction wrong – and one election in 4.

                    Hardly consistently wrong Robert.

                    • Robert Guyton

                      Wrong where it counts, James.
                      Last night’s result exposed the depth of your wrongness – Challenger Deep, and the extent of your credibility; distance between an ant’s eyes. Don’t take my teasing too seriously though, James, I’m just funnin’ ya and you sure do deserve it 🙂

      • David C 19.1.2

        News… I thought it was meant to be pissing with rain for the game on Saturday…
        which will favor the ABs massively…

  20. james 20

    Well, I got that wrong.

    Bugger.

    Anyway – I congratulate Labour, Jacinda, and her entire team.

    Whilst its not the result I wanted, I respect it, and wish them all the very best. I think that they will have a hard time of it, but I wish them success not failure, because in the end that’s what is best for NZ.

    I hope for sunny sky’s this Labour weekend so that you guys can enjoy celebrating the change in government.

  21. foreign waka 21

    Lets take a deep breath and know that NZ is once more a forerunner in a changed world where people and their needs and worries play a greater role than the money man counting their winnings on the back of the poor. And lets hope that there is enough knowledge and wisdom to move forward responsibly.
    Congratulations to the new government and prime minister Jacinda Ardern.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 21.1

      “know that NZ is once more a forerunner in a changed world where people and their needs and worries play a greater role than the money man counting their winnings on the back of the poor.”

      Great description of the last 9 years (and more years before that too). Here’s hoping!

    • lurgee 21.2

      NZ is once more a forerunner in a changed world

      Let’s not get carried away.

  22. Roflcopter 22

    As a righty, I’m elated… have fun with Winny 🙂

    • Mickey Boyle 22.1

      Hmmm, not sure if the left are the real winners here or not.

    • lurgee 22.2

      As a leftie, congratulations on dodging that bullet. I’m already looking to 2020 in horror.

    • David C 22.3

      rolf.
      I am with you.
      I am totally rapt that Taxcinda has done the deed.
      Its going to be very interesting and busy times from a business point of view ! 🙂

      • WILD KATIPO 22.3.1

        Taxcinda?

        As I recall ,… it was Peters who stated ” there needs to be a change in the way in which this country is run both economically and socially”…

        Face it ,… all those who have taken advantage of neo liberalism’s rorts are going to start feeling the pain , – as they should do as its their time for their bonny comeuppance,…

        Fairs fair , my old chap.

        You seriously didn’t think it could go on forever , did you , my old sausage?

    • Cinny 22.4

      So much happiness is erupting in the education sector ATM

      I wonder what the future holds for english? Two failed attempts at being voted in PM by the public

      • lurgee 22.4.1

        I was rather looking forward to a bit of industrial action, just quietly …

        Be a bit harder to justify if it is Labour grinding our faces into the dirt.

      • cleangreen 22.4.2

        Winston will offer English a janitorial job for his apartment at parliament I am sure.

      • Frida 22.4.3

        Yes @Cinny all the teachers in my FB feed are ecstatic. Speaks volumes eh? And I”m so pleased for them – they are at the coalface and they have seen it all firsthand.

        As a mum, and a stepmum of a dyslexic child, I’m stoked too!

    • It’s not Winston that’s the problem but the mess that National have left us with:

      He says there is no doubt the bubble will burst.
      Professor Steve Keen

      “The bubble will burst in the next one to two years – there’s been a real acceleration in house prices since 2012, they’ve increased by about 60 percent. But what I’m seeing now is the motivating force for rising house prices is rising mortgage credit. The wind in that bubble is starting to run out.”

  23. Cinny 23

    Wooo hoooo, now that’s what I’m talking about !

    A MASSIVE thanks to all who worked so very hard to make this happen.

    Bye, bye Capitalism !

    Kids are ecstatic 🙂

    MMP for the win !

    • Mickey Boyle 23.1

      I don’t think we will get the change you are hoping for, I may be wrong but im not seeing radical change with Winston involved.

    • SpaceMonkey 23.2

      It’s not bye bye capitalism. Winnie’s talking about a more compassionate capitalism.

      Did I just hear him talk about raising the minimum wage? The Greens would support that.

      • lurgee 23.2.1

        Winnie waffled about ‘compassionate capitalism’ because it made his decision sound like it had some higher moral purpose.

        If he’d decided to go with National he’d have murmured some equally empty phrases to justify that decision.

        • SpaceMonkey 23.2.1.1

          Maybe but it sounds like he wants to bring back more conservative capitalism to me… the unwinding of neoliberalism. If that is the case then there’ll be some twitching within the Labour ranks… there’s a die-hard clique of neoliberals still holding out there.

          • Cinny 23.2.1.1.1

            Pretty sure nothing will burst my bubble atm. 😀 Let the speculation continue

            • David C 23.2.1.1.1.1

              Cinny.
              Thanks.
              As a speculator…I am looking for to interesting times
              All my hopes and dreams have come true today 🙂

              • Ah ,… the belated investor looking forwards to the downturn for cheap prices, mortgagee fast sales and the panic sellers, … buyer beware , my old boy ,… the bankers may want their pound of flesh ,… so that exorbitant rental just might not be worth the effort …

                Better leave it to the new govt to house the people that provide the services which make your lifestyle so desirable , eh old bean ?

                Time to get an honest living then and stop pretending we are lions on the Serengeti Plains , old fruit…

                Leave the predators amongst the animal kingdom and let we humans conduct ourselves with some modicum of integrity ,… that’s a good lad , now…

                I know you have it in you , stiff upper lip and what not , as they say.

      • cleangreen 23.2.2

        Correct SM.

    • Eco maori 23.3

      + 100

  24. joe90 24

    I’m pleased but I’m particularly pleased for Prime Minister Ardern.

    Congrats, Jacinda!.

  25. phillip 25

    thanks god

    yay

    hope all our mates on whale oil are having great night

    • Mickey Boyle 25.1

      Kiwiblog and Whale oil commentators dont seem to be too disheartened, in fact most of the KB commentators think this is a great result……not sure what that says, I hope they change their tune, when Jacinda hopefully makes real change.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 25.2

      I generally can’t bear even looking for a second at Whale Soil, but I just had a little peek….many teeth..gnashing.

      • Mickey Boyle 25.2.1

        I take in interest in all sides, good to know what others are thinking, can get a bit trapped in a vaccuum if you only listen to people who agree with you.

    • Trey 25.3

      Just had a sneak peak into the Whaleoil swamp. They are not happy little campers at all

    • cleangreen 25.4

      Yes to all that

  26. chris73 26

    I wanted National to win and Bill English deserved to be PM but the decision has been made and hopefully this’ll be a successful government, that way everyone wins

    • Robert Guyton 26.1

      Chris73 – you were so confident, buoyant even, yet so wrong.
      National are in Opposition now; OPPOSITION.
      Oh dear, as they say, how sad.

      • chris73 26.1.1

        It was bound to happen sooner or later however this means National can clear out the deadwood (N Smith, P Bennet, B English I’m looking at you) and they’ll be back in three, six or nine years time

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 26.1.1.1

          In 9 years, I am hoping the Overton Window will have significantly shifted, making a return to the style of government of the last 9 years impossible. But I am being optimistic.

        • red-blooded 26.1.1.2

          So, Chris, you wanted people you regard as dead wood to be PM and Deputy PM? And how does this gel with your comment at 2.6.1.1 that Bill English deserved to be Prime Minister?…

          What an odd world you righties live in!

          • chris73 26.1.1.2.1

            He did deserve to be PM however he failed to form a government so he is now deadwood, had he been able to form a government he wouldn’t be deadwood

            Nick Smith, however, is deadwood no matter what would have happened

          • Craig H 26.1.1.2.2

            You can support the team while thinking their selections aren’t that good.

          • fender 26.1.1.2.3

            I think he means English “deserved” to be PM because National got more support than any other single party, righties get hung up on one single entity “winning”.

            Chris is angry and as an extremist he now wants Collins or some other nasty clone to take charge and shake things up in order to breathe life back into support for nastiness.

            • chris73 26.1.1.2.3.1

              He deserved to be PM because hes damn fine politician, he led NZ through potentially devastating times and NZ, after nine years of National rule, is the envy of most nations around the world thanks in large part to his handling of finance

              • Muttonbird

                Un-electable. Never electable. A double dipper and a representative of the rich elite.

                Good riddance!

              • fender

                Pretty ruthless of you to dump what you believe to be such a fine politician as deadwood in a matter of minutes.

                If he’s so fucking fantastic you wouldn’t want to lose him, surely!

                • chris73

                  Hes un-electable so hes deadwood, its unfortunate but thats way it is (like Andrew Little)

                  He should stay for a year or so, oversee some new blood and then retire in dignity as one of the greatest ministers of finance NZ has ever seen which isn’t too shabby

                  • fender

                    He got plenty of votes, maybe he’s just a shit coalition negotiator and/or a stubborn trickle-down ideologue.

              • Sumsuch

                He gave the lower 40 % ‘social investment’ rather than money. Piss off.

    • cleangreen 26.2

      Never mind Chris tough luck.

      But we voted Labour/NZF so we are elated and hope you are happy for us.

      • chris73 26.2.1

        I want this government to be successful because then we all win

        • sam green 26.2.1.1

          I respect that chris73

          • chris73 26.2.1.1.1

            A lot of people on the right wanted this result because they believe this government will go down in flames but that will hurt a lot of people

            Better for all if whatever government is in does a good job

      • lurgee 26.2.2

        But we voted Labour/NZF so we are elated and hope you are happy for us.

        “We” didn’t. Try not to re-write history in your excitement.

        Labour + NZ 1st got 44.1% of the vote – less than National alone.

        We did, arguably, vote for Labour-NZ First-Green, but we didn’t get that. We got Labour-NZ 1st-Gre.

        FWIW, I voted Green because I wanted to prevent or minimise the influence of Winston Peters over a Labour led government. That didn’t fucking work.

  27. Patricia Bremner 27

    I will await the Greens contribution to this. I am very happy.

    • SpaceMonkey 27.1

      I suspect there are one or two policies that have pushed the Greens into C&S but based on what I’ve heard this evening, overall I think Labour-NZ First coalition will be a Govt that the Greens can support.

    • cleangreen 27.2

      I am so happy patricia as the two people I now admire the most is Jacind and Winston as they are heros of NZ now.

  28. piper 28

    Victory,Jacinda,enjoy the moment,the honest truth starts tomorrow,face it with honest humanity.

    • mary_a 28.1

      YAY! We have done this :-))))) Thanks to Andrew Little for making this outcome possible. Well done Prime Minister elect Jacinda Ardern.

      Let’s hope NZF supports the new PM and Labour/Greens enabling a government which works in the best interests for the majority of Kiwis.

      Be interesting to know what the coalition details are.

      • WILD KATIPO 28.1.1

        There you go mate – Nats all done and dusted.

        Now I can hang up my blogging shoes for good , – or at least until the Nats ( unfortunately ) get voted back in.

        Until then , I reckon a fair few will be singing this song tonight !!!

        Congratulations and Celebrations – Cliff Richard – YouTube

        • lurgee 28.1.1.1

          Can’t say that’s exactly top of my playlist.

        • Patricia Bremner 28.1.1.2

          Now don’t you go anywhere Wildkatipo, your contributions are so enjoyed.

        • mary_a 28.1.1.3

          WK (28.1.1) … don’t you dare go hanging up your blogging shoes. Alternative media blog sites need your stimulating and always interesting contribution.

          Don’t forget there is still work to be done in making sure the treasonous Natz gang of Key, English, Joyce, Bennett, Collins, Carter et al are brought to justice for crimes against the people.

          Speaking of Carter, any ideas about who the new Speaker might be? I’m thinking Mallard.

        • Robert Guyton 28.1.1.4

          You have blogging-shoes?
          Where did you get those blogging-shoes?
          I ain’t got me no blogging-shoes !
          Give it up, Wild Katipo!
          Where’d ya get those fine shoes ???
          (I wanna get me some!)

          • WILD KATIPO 28.1.1.4.1

            You poor thing,… look ,… pop down to any second hand op shop and see if you can pick up a pair ,.. they’re not too expensive and pretty commonplace. Not sure sure if it improves the quality of blogging , however ….

            Have good one and don’t stay up too late ,… not good for the circadian rhythm cycle 🙂

        • sam green 28.1.1.5

          Are you like 90?

      • cleangreen 28.1.2

        10000000% MARY_A.

        Everything will be fine now thanks for your amazing support this year.

    • cleangreen 28.2

      100% Piper.

  29. ankerawshark 29

    Thank God. After 9 years of lies and corruption………….and don’t get me started on the Nats policy………..

  30. Ffloyd 30

    Congratulations Jacinda. Let’s do this!!. Sucks to be Bill.

  31. ianmac 31

    Hooray! Labour Green NZF.
    And great thanks to Andrew Little too.

  32. Venezia 32

    Crack open the bubbly. It’s a great night to hear that Jacinda will be Queen! Congratulations to the Labour team and Jacinda in particular.

  33. Fireblade 33

    Where’s that idiot BM?

  34. Modnar 34

    Brilliant. Gotta get my ahead around being in a governing side as opposed to bewildered opposition. Gotta have hope Jacinda can unite this arrangement. Hope. Change. Yussss

  35. Fran 35

    Oh yeah!!! Hope.

  36. ianmac 36

    Mike Hoskings is, surprise surprise, as sour as an old dead fish. So many things are wrong in his view of the World. Are we sorry for him? Nah!

    • rawshark-yeshe 36.1

      this ^ ^ ^ ^ tx ianmac

    • Keepcalmcarryon 36.2

      Thank you Winston for letting me watch Hosking fronting his program through gritted teeth.
      That’s entertainment!

    • KJT 36.3

      Looks like he is sucking on a lemon. Hopefully this will see the back of him, along with the double dipper, and the finance minister who cannot add.

      • Cemetery Jones 36.3.1

        I watched just to enjoy his reaction. I’m not into gloating on how National MPs react, but Hosking going full snowflake had been amazing. Honestly, those weak milky eyes which are usually so dead and empty are just radiating pain.

      • ankerawshark 36.3.2

        LOL………..KJT

    • John 36.4

      A very bitter Hosking commenting on TV tonight. Again showing his true blue colours again. The under mining of the new Govt has already started. How sad when people live in poverty and our environment is polluted. That should be the focus.

    • John Shears 36.5

      Hoskings IS a dead fish , I thought that TV1 tonight was a disgrace (our public TV channel) with a dreadful presentation lead by Hoskings , including Jacinda Adern talking on the screen with no sound, while the commentators were grumping about not knowing all the details that they wanted to be immediately made aware of. Arrogant prats.

    • mary_a 36.6

      @(36) ianmac … Hosking’s still got a face like a smacked backside this morning.

      As well as Hosking, ZB’s Smith and Williams aren’t happy campers either. The old has been hack Prebble is also spitting the venom in an article over at the NZH today!

      Had it far too good for too long. Now the party is over for them. Great isn’t it?

      • Carolyn_Nth 36.6.1

        It’s amazing to recall how much the main stream media shifted under John key’s watch. The male, macho, shock jocks were his mates, and they rose to quite a bit of prominence.

        TVNZ7 and the children’s channels were axed from Freeview, as well as the community channels like Triangle/Stratos.

        RNZ’s funding was frozen. Campbell Live was axed.

        However, RNZ has done very well to expand it’s platforms on limited budgets. And John Campbell chose RNZ over TVNZ – pioneering the radio with pictures public service format in NZ.

        Now the Labour, NZF & GP of the incoming government are keen to revitalise public service media across various platforms, with RNZ likely to play a leading role. Meanwhile, TVNZ could be split up.

        So, I expect a very happy team on Checkpoint tonight.

  37. Infused 37

    It would have been bad whoever.

    Good luck. You’re going to need it

    • Mickey Boyle 37.1

      LOL

      • Infused 37.1.1

        Not sure what you are looking about. I’ve been pretty consistent

        • Mickey Boyle 37.1.1.1

          Just your bluntness, I actually agree with you, I think we have been served a poison chalice, but hopefully i’m wrong.

          • Tracey 37.1.1.1.1

            Peters last coalition with Labour fell cos of the Owen Gldn thing NOT a fallout with Labour per se. His fallout with Shipley was different.

            • Mickey Boyle 37.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes you are right, there’s just a feeling this time, just feels like this will crash and burn, Winston didnt ease my concerns by immediately stating that their will be a huge economic downturn but he wont be to blame. I dont know, wish Jacinda had of won on election night, just feels a bit hollow to me, anywho hope the rest of you are enjoying it.

              • KJT

                Just a factual statement of the hole National has left us in. Dependent on the housing and immigration “pass the parcel”.

            • Draco T Bastard 37.1.1.1.1.2

              National has poisoned the economy so much that it’s likely to crash in the next while and Labour will be blamed by the MSM and National despite the fact that it was National that set it up.

          • Jay 37.1.1.1.2

            Quite a few of my national voting friends were hoping for this result as going with NZ First seemed awfully risky. So I understand how you feel. I was certain the last government would do a full term but I’m not certain at all about this one.

    • cleangreen 37.2

      So sad Infused that you are so bitter, ever mind youll get used to it as we had to for the last nine years of hell.

    • Skinny 37.3

      Now, now, no need for fake news.

  38. rawshark-yeshe 38

    Breathing deeply for the first time in nine years ! Congratulations Jacinda, and thank you, Andrew Little for your selfless wisdom in stepping down ….

    And Hosking’s discomfort tonight at the result is delicious … he and Bill English seeing their power dissolve into puddles around their ankles .. plus the other liars and crooks.

    Fresh air coming and I do hope Greens have a minister in there.

    (And English goes. Have my popcorn ready for the battles between Bennett, Collins, Joyce et al. This will be nasty and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of folk.)

  39. ankerawshark 39

    Yes heartiest congrats to Jacinda, Labour, the Greens (James Shaw says he trusts Jacinda) and yes Winston. You have done the right thing Winston.

  40. NewsFlash 40

    This means English will go down in history for holding the primeministership twice and not completing a full term for either, hip, hip, hooray, good riddance to bad rubbish, lying basket.

    Congrats to Jacinda, a new way of politics!! and new lease of life for NZ.

  41. piper 41

    Misery the cold soup,as those chancing dare say.Long to see and not hear from the National females ,as they serious polite battle to rule.

  42. Sparky 42

    Awwww the poor MSM, you can hear the moans and screams. Time to build that time machine and get back to the 80’s……Walkmans, shoulder pads……they should feel right at home…….

  43. starboard 43

    Within 12 months it will turn to custard. You will see. We will laugh.

    • Cinny 43.1

      If that’s what you need to cling onto to be able to handle todays news, knock your socks off.

    • ankerawshark 43.2

      Starboard I can see you don’t want the best for the country.

    • cleangreen 43.3

      Starboard how sad to see you so twisted now, you feel as we have been forced for nine years of national.

  44. piper 44

    Pike River,the Mine is open.

  45. Dan 45

    A magic result. There are a large group of soft blues who have been impressed with Jacinda. I see the Nats bleeding more. There used to be a compassionate Nat vibe in Holyoake’s time, but that has vanished post Roger Douglas and the current lot. I am sure Winnie and Jacinda will have a memorable three years which will extend into the next three years with an increased majority!

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 45.1

      Yep, I don’t think the nats will be back for 2+ terms. The Overton Window might not be their friend and they will be slow to catch up.

  46. The Future 46

    A joyful night. The old coot did good. So proud NZ will have Jacinda as PM in an age of Trump. No one wants a single party or single ideology driving the country. That’s why we voted for MMP. Maybe this time we’ll have a government that brings us together rather than divides us.

    Party members care about who “wins” But those are very small numbers.

    The people in this country are a little bit conservative, a little bit liberal and a little bit – maybe a lot – green. We all live together – and we don’t blow each other up for being the other.

    That’s the colour of the parliament we voted for and now the colour of the government.

    Hopefully now we will see MMP in action – consensus across parties around the things we care about – poverty, housing, health, education, environment.

    Hope for our future restored.

    • Robert Guyton 46.1

      Beautifully put, The Future (indeed).

    • cleangreen 46.2

      Me to Future it was so great to see the NZF/Labour join in the fight to save NZ.

      Proud of Jacinda & Winston both are new heros of NZ.

  47. nzsage 47

    Delighted!!!! At last there is hope for the future.

    #wedidthis

  48. Roy 49

    “Anyone else feeling for Hosking?”

    • Mickey Boyle 49.1

      Nope, at the end of the day he’s still a multi millionaire so he won’t lose any sleep over this result, if anything it will embolden him further now since can effectively go into attack and whinge mode, dont let guys like him live rent free inside your head,

    • the pigman 49.2

      Can anyeone post a still of his face from his 7pm show?

    • lprent 49.3

      Yes. I think that he hasn’t had enough experience with the hair shirt.

    • Robert Guyton 49.4

      🙂

    • Anne 49.5

      Nope. He has spent much of the past hour running Jacinda down. Inferring a shambles because she’s taken so long to be interviewed. And criticising her for not giving us any detail about who will be ministers and what their portfolios will be.

      He calls her “this young Prime Minister”.

      He’s gunning for Winston by inferring he has far too many ministers for a 9% party.
      What about Seymour and Dunne from the 0.5% parties?

      What a bad loser.

      • Stuart Munro 49.5.1

        It must be hard for Bill – this is where his ambitions die. It’s unlikely his colleagues will let him lead into another election – despite the lack of surviving talent.

        • Anne 49.5.1.1

          My comment referred to Mike Hosking. Someone further up the page wanted to know if “anyone else was feeling for Hosking”.

          • Stuart Munro 49.5.1.1.1

            Oops – sorry – I’ve been staying away until the decision was actually made.

            With a bit of luck Hosking will go the same way.

        • Philgwellington Wellington 49.5.1.2

          Hard for Bill? Don’t see that. I see a resignation and a gladiator contest.Swords and breastplates? Nah. MMA more likely. Lol

    • mary_a 49.7

      @ (49) Roy …. oh absolutely. My heart bleeds for the Natz gobshite … not! Long may he continue to dwell in purgatory!

  49. Mickey Boyle 50

    The nats will stymie this government at every turn via their media mates and in processes like select committees where they will have a large presence. In my view Winston needs to take a step back for a few months and let Jacinda dictate the new governments headlines and position. If he doesn’t and decides that he deserves the limelight just as much as her, this coalition is doomed to fail. He could start by not accepting the deputy PMs job.

    • lprent 50.1

      Don’t worry. One of the things that is characteristic of Winston is that he respects the chain of command. If he disagrees then it will either be in the cabinet or it will be as a public statement as he effectively resigns.

      If it involves his party, then that is different story.

      Look at his track record. It is National who have done the dirty on him and his party each time – all the way back to when he left it.

      • weka 50.1.1

        Maharey said a few weeks ago that the last time Peters was in a Labour-led govt he worked hard, did his job well, and worked well with others.

    • NewsFlash 50.2

      What, like they did to NZ for the last 9 yrs?

  50. nzsage 51

    Hosking eh? His manner, tone and body language are a delight to behold!

    Maybe a good time for a shake up at our ‘National’ broadcasting company.

    • Matt 51.1

      Hosking is not a happy man. Wonderful, riveting viewing!

    • Paul Campbell 51.2

      So TVNZ’s going to be split up, news going with RNZ/etc he’s likely out of a job …. that’s why he’s mad

      • cleangreen 51.2.1

        Paul Campbell, thats the best thing that ever happend.

        NZF has a good public broadcasting policy. (non comercial)

        “So TVNZ’s going to be split up, news going with RNZ/etc he’s likely out of a job …. that’s why (Hoskings) he’s mad”

    • mauī 51.3

      Poor Carolyn, you could tell she was mildy happy but knew sitting right next to her was a simmering ass so she had no hope of celebrating the result.

  51. mac1 52

    Winston has shown compassion, and for that I thank and praise him.

    He’s looking for a government with a human face.

    He and NZF have chosen well.

    • cleangreen 52.1

      Thanks Mac,

      I am a convert to Winston he is a genuine guy I met him in Gisborne and talking with him he is a great man.

  52. Ovid 53

    Great news. Looking forward to pouring over the coalition agreement. Labour had some pretty good regional development plans for Dunedin, plus a new public hospital instead of a public-private-partnership. It’s likely local MP David Clark will be minister of health. He’s got a lot of work to do.

    A $50 increase to student allowance/living costs should flow into the local economy too. Also looking forward to my niblings having reduced tuition costs and night classes resuming.

  53. lurgee 54

    Mike Hosking, with smugness turned up to Max:

    Where is the Prime Minister?

    Fantastic trolling.

    EDIT – I meant Hosking trolling the left. But then I realised the last three weeks has been Winston Peters trolling Mike Hosking!

  54. piper 55

    Kiwi,hear us say Jacinta,not hearing our Prime Minister.

  55. hoom 56

    Fark yeah!

  56. Doogs 57

    Oh frabjous day, calloo callay he chortled in his joy!

  57. David Mac 58

    I hope Andrew Little will be offered a role that calls for selfless big call judgement. A plan to change horses midstream generally has more going against it than for it.

  58. piper 59

    Hear Hoskins whinge,like a sad investor as the money vanishes.

  59. weka 60

    Ardern just said they tried to be proportional in giving out Ministerial positions. Good for them. Details will come after the Greens have made their own announcement.

  60. piper 61

    Corin,im not quit like you Mike,What can i say,dont say i need to be sacked.

  61. Red 62

    Will done Jacinda, Arden, democracy has spoken I will give her a fair go

  62. millsy 63

    YES!

    A labour govt before I turn 40. Thank God/Allah/YWH/Jupiter.

    • Whispering Kate 63.1

      Have just listened to Jacinda’s speech and my god she is good, eloquent and clear and oh so prime ministerial. I think this lady is going to do a good job of being PM. She said there were posts for the Greens in the Government and I cannot see the Greens not agreeing to this coalition.

      God luvva duck it is such a relief to have this breath of fresh air filling Parliament, now we need to give her the support and encouragement to see this 3 year term through without any turmoil. She has exceptional people skills I just cannot see her not getting on with Winstone, she is gracious, intelligent, strong and everything that Winnie will just get on with just fine. Remember Condaleeza Rice – she was exactly that, gracious, good on the eye, gifted with a great brain and capable. Winnie’s not stupid and I think they ill be a good team together with the Greens and James Shaw.

      There is a God after all.

  63. piper 64

    Kia Kaha,aotearoa has found a voice.

  64. millsy 65

    Poor Corin Dann looks like he is about to burst into tears.

    And Mike Hosking. He will be crying himself to sleep.

    Jacinda to TVNZ, 9am tomorrow: “Get that sonofabitch out of here! He’s FIRED!!..”

  65. piper 66

    Prime Minister Ardern,is the Pike Mine open.

  66. piper 67

    Eh got it,now lets grow up.Capitalist control said no.Care says hold my hand lets walk down this drift.

  67. hoom 68

    ‘Putin did it’ in 3, 2, 1…

  68. Anne 69

    Credit where credit is due. Former PM, Bill English has just given a press conference and he could not have been more gracious in defeat.

  69. left_forward 70

    Brilliant!
    We did it!

  70. Robert Guyton 71

    Bill English – gonepizza
    Is that funny?

  71. Pete 72

    When Mike Hosking comes on zb in the mornings I turn to radio to another station. Not tomorrow. I want to hear him.

  72. Sanctuary 73

    I am so happy right now. Not just because Jacinda is PM and those Goddamn born to rule Tory assholes are all tasting the bitter medicine of defeat, but because I suspect NZ First is after real change, and this government will pull the Overton window firmly to the left.

    So, comrades, if that is case – the fight has just begun. Powerful forces of reaction will not be happy. The media lackies of the right are aghast. The fight will be long, hard, and the election was just the beginning.

    • Anne 73.1

      Powerful forces of reaction will not be happy. The media lackies of the right are aghast.

      The dollar’s already fallen. Oh the poor wee things. Not used to defeat are they.

      • greg 73.1.1

        can we please sack hoskins and give all the the funding to john Campbell

      • Craig H 73.1.2

        Winston has been making the point that our high dollar hurts exporters, so it’s good to see the traders implementing that so quickly…

        • WILD KATIPO 73.1.2.1

          ^^^^^ Shameless plug for the free market aka neo liberalism…

          Guess what ,… Peters wants the Reserve Bank. … ( and by association the Federal Reserve ) wings clipped.

          The age of interventionist and regulatory govt is now upon us.

          The first steps towards an equitable society.

          How that must hurt the far right wing neo liberal.

          I have no tears for them to shed.

    • cleangreen 73.2

      100% Sanctuary, yes good riddance to national crims.

  73. Ant 74

    “Jacinda Ardern is next prime minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters confirms – live”

    Up on The Guardian front page within minutes!

  74. piper 75

    Prime Minister,see understand that.

  75. Brian 76

    The shredders and delete buttons will be in overdrive around parliament and government departments right now!

    Hopefully Hosking and a swag of other media Natzis will get the same treatment that John Campbell received under National. This should be a priority-control the message.

    It sounds dictatorial but hey, we’ve been living in propaganda state for some time now, nothing will change except the message. There is an urgent need to reverse the brainwashing that has occured over the last 9 years (or maybe 30 years!).

    Winston should keep the neoliberal arm of the Labour party constrained.

  76. piper 77

    Socialism,what knowing its meaning,labour question.

  77. piper 78

    Control now their government thought.Socialist their dare chance,of money its manipulation of value.

  78. Delia 79

    Good bye to ‘slight of hand’ corruption, could not have happened to better people. Go lie and deny rights somewhere else National.

  79. Melanie Scott 80

    oh joy! And watching Hosking do his sour lemon impersonation was most enjoyable. What a ludicrous performance.

  80. Cinny 81

    LOVE THE GREENS

  81. Jay 82

    Congratulations guys. I voted National but I like Miss Adern and think she’ll be a popular Prime Minister. I truly hope this government is successful and can deliver what they want to deliver and make NZ a better place. Hopefully in 3 years I’ll be admitting I was wrong to vote the way that I did.

  82. left_forward 83

    Excellent speech James Shaw – happy, gracious, and eloquent.
    Go Greens!

  83. The decrypter 84

    james ,how are you faring? Don’t know your situation re under Roberts troll bridge? If he gets all smart arsed and power crazy after the election and throws you out feel free to doss down under my porch for the next month or so.

    • Robert Guyton 84.1

      I’m reigning in my glee, td, for the sake of James’ self-esteem; that said, your offer of a porch for James is kind, and he’ll be drawn, no doubt, but remember, trolls will be trolls, and bridges are their natural home.

      • The decrypter 84.1.1

        Not under a lab/gr/ nzf govt who will build troll housing estates for the likes of james.

        • Robert Guyton 84.1.1.1

          “The Bridges” Multiplex housing facility for trolls of all persuasions; comfortable under-bridge living for the hopelessly addicted internet troll; free wifi, unlimited pharmaceutical solutions for common troll complaints; jock-itch, trench-foot, RSI (wrist) and eye-strain. Trouble with finance? Try betting on the results of the 2017 Election – there’s still time, and nothing is cast in stone (troll humour there).

  84. ianmac 85

    Reflecting on Hoskings. Seems that a number of us tuned onto 7Sharp just watch him behave so badly. He is very very funny. He would hate to know that some laugh at him.

  85. Robert Guyton 86

    “one of those rare and beautiful moments”

    James Shaw.

    • Anne 86.1

      All three leaders excelled themselves tonight. Jacinda and James have the presence and talent to be great leaders inside government and with Winston Peters’ longevity and experience it looks set to be a hugely successful govt. on many fronts. And that is despite the mud and dirt the new Opposition will throw at them.

  86. Pacific Princess 87

    I’m pinching myself! Such great news! NZ Labour, NZ First and NZ Greens! A government for all New Zealanders!

  87. mosa 88

    After years of darkness it is great to finally see the light.

    I had serious doubt we would get to this point and we have to thank Andrew Little for this result and Jacinda’s massive talent, empathy and determination to seek a mandate for change.

    There is no doubt the new government’s enemies will waste no time in putting the boot in as Horrible Hosking has already demonstrated tonight with his usual negative diatribe.

    It should be an interesting next few weeks and beyond.

    Congratulations to Jacinda and the Greens.

  88. RC 89

    You guys must be over the moon congratulations to you all.

  89. Carolyn_Nth 90

    So it’s bye bye David Carter, charter schools, and unnecessary RONS… and the Crusher is probably cranking up her machinery!

    • greg 90.1

      i cant to wait to see Paula Bennett’s face heading to opposition who do you think the new speaker will be hope fully the new government will launch a criminal probe into the national party.

      • Anne 90.1.1

        Speaker: Trevor Mallard.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 90.1.2

        hope fully the new government will launch a criminal probe into the national party.

        I sincerely hope they’ll do nothing of the sort. That would be a job for the Police.

  90. ScottGN 91

    Don’t you just love how the coalition negotiations took just long enough to wash away that National Party born-to-rule triumphalism the emerged on elecition night.

  91. greg 92

    its been emotional tonight oh boy its happened bye bill yeah whooo

  92. millsy 93

    The adrenalin having worn off, it it must be pointed out that Labour/GRN/NZF have to have their shit together 100% of the time. Only one shot at this, against an opposition that will through literally EVERYTHING at them.

    A military coup may well be in the mix.

    Its going to be one hell of a ride.

    • chris73 93.1

      Ok I get that emotions are riding high but this:

      “A military coup may well be in the mix.”

      I’m about to type something that is the most heartfelt sentence I’ve written on this site and I hope you read it and realize just how pathetic you are, that sentence is:

      “Fuck off with your bullshit fantasies you disgusting piece of shit”

      and if it earns me a banning well so be it

      • Anne 93.1.1

        @c73
        It is nonsense for millsy to suggest the NZ Defence Force would/could ever do such a thing. In fact I have no doubt there are Labour and Green voters among them.

        Just let it go mate.

        • Muttonbird 93.1.1.1

          Why not? It’s been done before. John Key employed the SIS to discredit the leader of the opposition, Phil Goff, in 2011

        • chris73 93.1.1.2

          It annoys the hell out of me when some fat, useless, arsehole thats never done anything, and I do mean anything, of note with their life writes crap like that

          Hes talking about the guy or girl from down the street, the friend of a friend, the uncle, the sister who joined up because they wanted to serve or they were bored or maybe they just wanted a job or learn a job or any other possible reason

          Hes talking about NZers staging a coup because of an election result, hes comparing the NZDF to a third world military dictatorship

          I served and as part of my service I was in East Timor so I’ve seen first hand exactly what it means when the military flexes its muscles against a civilian population

          Millsy is a fantasist that keeps wising for things to happen that if they really did happen would make him piss his pants in fear

          • fender 93.1.1.2.1

            I think Millsy was meaning National would be so livid they would try anything to retain power. I doubt he was disrespecting the integrity or neutrality of the NZDF as you suggest.

            • chris73 93.1.1.2.1.1

              Its exactly what he was saying, that the NZDF would stage a coup so National could retain power

              • fender

                And I can see how you interpret it that way. I pictured Brownlee, Collins etc. commandeering tanks.

          • Anne 93.1.1.2.2

            Yes I also served as a civilian on an airforce base doing a highly specific task. As you say, they’re your neighbours, friends, relatives, work associates etc. millsy was having a little flight of fancy.

  93. Frida 94

    I’m so freaking happy right now. That is all…..!

  94. OncewasTim 95

    Doesn’t really matter if he did or didn’t (mention Greens) – if by He, you mean WP.
    HE’ll agree it will be Jacinda’s call, and I’m pretty sure she, AND WP will keep their word ( if only to spite the negs)
    Christ!!!! I just had a thought- what’s the AM show going to be like tomorrow morning.

  95. mosa 96

    Na na na na hey hey hey GOODBYE

  96. OncewasTim 97

    Calling @BM….EARTH to @BM. Do you read? over ….
    EARTH to @BM – DO YOU READ? over

    • Muttonbird 97.1

      He’ll be back tomorrow, after the daily hangover, now undermining instead of defending the New Zealand government.

  97. Muttonbird 98

    Bill English is now being rewarded for paying out 1.6 Billion to private SCF investors.

    Un-electable then, and un-electable now.

    Un-electable.

  98. joe90 99

    heh

    If you like a laugh, Hosking on Seven Sharp is worth a look— David Slack (@DavidSlack) October 19, 2017

  99. fender 100

    Great news, congratulations Labour, NZF, Greens and NZ!!

    And I don’t have to buy the boss a bottle of bourbon, but I’ll share with him the bottle he now owes me!!

  100. Muttonbird 101

    Kiwiblog is down. National Party funding cut.

    • Anne 101.1

      More like the penguin took it down cos like they can’t handle not winning…

      • Muttonbird 101.1.1

        Could be that and it gives him time to cement the attack line the un-electable Bingles will pick up for the next three months before he’s savaged by Collins.

  101. Brian Tregaskin 102

    We Did It Baby (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2)

  102. Muttonbird 103

    Lots of fireworks in my area tonight. Ordinary people are celebrating.

    • gsays 103.1

      Re. Fireworks, I can report more than a couple of warehouse boxes being let off last night in palmy.

      Good result, now the work starts keeping them honest.

  103. feijoa 104

    Congratulations Winston, and Jacinda
    Have gone out and got some single malt to toast them

  104. Skinny 105

    The result was sealed once Winston got in the kingmaker position. Solid result the outcome was just a formality. Death to neo liberalism as Peters says.

  105. Sumsuch 106

    If you cold lot looked over to the Daily Blog you would see exuberance at the result. You are only exhibitive of an old salty assessment of us.

    ‘We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.’ Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Arrested in later life for corruption despite his philosophizing. There is a thing called feeling rather than this dead duck politicizing.

  106. mosa 107

    God it would be good to have the National party exposed for their crimes and misdemeanours.

    Somehow i don’t think it will be a priority for the new government.

    • Ian 107.1

      survival will be the number one priority for the new Government. Bring it on . I can see why National ran a mile . Good luck guys,you are going to need it.

  107. seeker 108

    Thank you God, Andrew Little, Jacinda, Winston and James Shaw.
    Am going to sleep relieved, hopeful and happy in Aotearoa for the first time in nine long years.
    Fantastic outcome, fantastic night, fantastic MMP.

  108. Simon Louisson 109

    The telling comment from Winston Peters:
    “For too many New Zealanders capitalism has not been their friend but their foe, ” Peters said, claiming vulnerable New Zealanders had been left behind while the political elite got richer.
    “We believe capitalism must regain its human face, and that conviction deeply influenced our decision.”

  109. Sumsuch 110

    Got it wrong after an observation of only the first 100 emails. Much celebration amid the conniving.

  110. 9 years of crony , corrupt , National government. Gone.

    Heads will now start to roll.

    Look for the vipers to come out of the nest. Bennett , … interestingly ,… smiled on cue but looked on with viper eyes at English during his ‘ humble concessionary ‘ speech.

    Humble my arse.

    National are gone.

    But the colossal damage they did to tens of thousands of people over that time fills me with this , … and I’m sure it does you as well….

    Judgement day has arrived.

    Texas Hippie Coalition – “Pissed Off and Mad About It” Carved …

  111. Philg 112

    Time for change and Hope. Sounds like Obama speak. He left us a hell of a legacy, didn’t he?

  112. Philg 113

    CleanGreen,
    Kia Kaha. There is certainly a lot of rotten wood to be pruned before the fruit is bountiful.

  113. cleangreen 114

    “Lets do this”

    The majority voted for change and we ask labour/NZfirst with greens support to do this, and rid all the managers and board directors from every Gov’t agency,SOE and ‘Ministries’ so we can impliment our real change please.

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    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    7 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    18 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    44 mins ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    2 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    3 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    4 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    5 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • 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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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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    6 days 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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    6 days 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 - ...
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  • 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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    7 days ago
  • 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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    7 days ago
  • 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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    7 days ago
  • 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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    7 days ago
  • 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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    1 week ago
  • 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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