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The Pope’s Letter to All Believers

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 22nd, 2018 - 64 comments
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As a practising Catholic I have been waiting for Pope Francis to properly address the longstanding sexual crimes by Priests. Here is the full text of his letter addressed yesterday to all Catholic believers on the matter.

As you’d expect, there’s an awful lot of theological language and tonnes of quotes from the Bible and stuff like that. He does go on a bit, but it does affect well over a billion people in the world. Here’s a sample:

Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”

It’s not like any other major religious leader has actually done a mea culpa mea maxima culpa about sex crimes to the world. So good on him for speaking out and condemning the criminals.

But in the Pennsylvania situation alone, more than 300 predator priests were credibly accused of sexually molesting over 1,000 children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the “largest, most comprehensive report into child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church ever produced in the United States.”

So what the Pope needed to put in the letter was that the Catholic Church will ensure that accused abusers will be walked to the nearest Police station, make written statements, face trial, hopefully jailed, then defrocked, and excommunicated.

The Irish bishops who offered their resignations years ago should have been put on trial.

The Australian bishop from Adelaide and the Australian cardinal should be in jail sooner.

Sex crimes have been and continue to be as damaging to the Catholic church as ISIS has been to mainstream Islam.

People will keep on believing and attending and donating and socialising and going on pilgrimage, in small part because their faith transcends the crimes of the administrative machinery. Belief is weird like that. But this took too long. It has accelerated the emptying of believers from entire countries, such as Ireland.

I want the Police of all nations to break in to churches and interview priests. I want all the Pope’s cardinals to resign. And when they resign I want a shaming – that glorious weaponised moral impulse of the Catholic church – to be around all their necks like health warnings around cigarette packets.

64 comments on “The Pope’s Letter to All Believers”

  1. AsleepWhileWalking 1

    Yes, the Church needs more than a letter at this point.

    If those Boston Globe reporters never broke the initial story, so pervasive is their influence that its possible we still would not know the extent of the crimes committed by clergy.

  2. marty mars 2

    Gonna take more than a letter to make up for everything the church has done – probably a mitigation exercise to limit damages to the church.

  3. Lucy 3

    As a sometimes Catholic I am glad the Pope spoke, but like you am sad it was not more. There is no room for these bastards who use the church as a hunting ground. I do believe that the hierarchy of the church were gullible and stupid when it came to these evil men. Pedophiles are good at fooling children and adults so whilst we can condemn the men who missed the facts, it is hard to accept that people you know and trust can do that.

      • Cinny 3.1.1

        Religion provides cover for pedo’s, religion also excuses and even justifies such action by ‘forgiving sins’.

        Did considering sending Miss 13 to what appeared to be a very good catholic high school. But as they we asking for $3k from each student to pay to the diocese, was like … oh hell no I’m not donating to pay for lawyers to cover up pedo’s no matter how good the school is.

        • D'Esterre 3.1.1.1

          Cinny: “Did considering sending Miss 13 to what appeared to be a very good catholic high school.”

          Many years ago, we went to a presentation – hosted by the kindergarten – at which various local schools put their case for parents to enrol their child there.

          I grew up Catholic, left the church as a young adult. I wasn’t enthusiastic about Catholic education for offspring: final straw was that enrolments required the sign-off of parish priest. Partner and I looked at each other: we signed up for local state school. Never regretted that decision.

          • dukeofurl 3.1.1.1.1

            I think you would find its the ‘building fund’ as thats the only other charge they can make for the otherwise state funded school.
            eg
            http://www.smcs.school.nz/financial-contributions

            General Purpose Contribution $990.00pa
            Attendance Dues $430.00
            Special Catholic Character $ 50.00
            Voluntary Building Fund (charged to Eldest and Only child) $420.00
            ‘Attendance Dues are used to repay loans for building works done at schools in the Auckland Diocese, property related costs including school building works, buildings insurance and costs directly associated with the administration of attendance dues.’
            This was a primary school

            • Cinny 3.1.1.1.1.1

              This is what they have it listed under…with no explanation for the breakdown of that particular fee on their website.

              Attendance Dues – Compulsory Fee (paid directly to the Diocese)

              So just rang them a few moments ago, and yes Duke, you are correct they say it’s for building maintenance, and asked if their fee’s would put me off sending my children there.

              I replied no…. but using my money to pay for lawyers of pedophile priests would put me off…. big pause on the phone….
              Then I explained the pope addressed the problem in a letter yesterday…. the receptionist was like really?
              I’m like…yes…. ok thanks for your help and have a nice day 🙂

              • dukeofurl

                Church has a lot more assets and funds to call on other than your $800 . They would get a lot of bequests from estates, they own land, farms, factories and so on.
                Just in the name of the RC Bishop of Auckland the have 212 properties in the stuff articleship and they are valued at something like $600 mill. Yes some of those are churches and schools.
                That’s just one diocese of 6

                So forget about your money going for pedo priests defence fund

                • Cinny

                  Dang that’s a lot of money that could do so much good for so many needy people. Wow.

                • Tricledrown

                  Don’t forget these Catholic schools have full state funding equivalent to all state schools as well.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      I do believe that the hierarchy of the church were gullible and stupid when it came to these evil men.

      IMO, It’s such hierarchies that enable such evil people.

      • Lucy 3.2.1

        Mine too large amounts of evil happens when good people do nothing. The good people are trying to take back the churches, the schools, the scouts, etc but so much trust and good will has been lost by their previous inaction

    • Tricledrown 3.3

      Lucy protecting the church’s public image over the victims.
      The Catholic Church is a Patriarchal cult.

  4. RedLogix 4

    Well it may only be a letter, and no words or even actions can undo the damage, but it is a line in the sand. There will be no going back from here.

    And while the two issues are probably not as tightly linked as many people imagine, it also sets the stage for the Church to abandon celibacy. Given that one of my great great grandfathers was an ex-priest I have to say the Church’s obdurate failure to accept the inevitability of this change is another black mark that needs addressing by this Pope.

    • dukeofurl 4.1

      have you read the Australian Royal Commision, they examined plenty of denominations/groups where celibacy isnt required.
      Anglican, Salvation Army , jewish, YMCA and even a Hindu organisation.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        Yeah, it’s not celibacy that drives these people to commit sex crimes.

        • marty mars 4.1.1.1

          + 1 Yep absolutely nothing to do with celibacy.

        • dukeofurl 4.1.1.2

          Just as we have a #metoo accuser of Weinstein who has been revealed to have had an abusive sexual contact with a 17yr teenage guy.

          • marty mars 4.1.1.2.1

            Sounds like you’re got problems, for dragging that unrelated point in, to me.

            • dukeofurl 4.1.1.2.1.1

              Well yes. But blinkers are everywhere. There is example after example here.

              Isn’t their a whole lot of difference between say a priest in his 30s and a 17 yr old. And a Hollywood star and a 17 yr old?

              • marty mars

                this sub thread is about debunking the celibacy turns you into a sexual predator line – which I thought you were in alignment with but then this red herring was dropped in by you, so… I’m confused.

                • dukeofurl

                  of course you are right thats its not directly connected to ‘celibacy’ , but then celibacy is only marginally connected to sexual abuse.
                  I was just thinking of ‘taking advantage’ can occur in any situation, even though for women doing the the taking advantage its only a fraction of the times that males do so.

                  • Celibacy IS NOT related to sexual abuse. That is just lines used to diminish the responsibility of mainly males who are sexual abusers and can’t take responsibility for their own warped and abusive actions. This repressed sexual desire leading to sexual abuse lines are just mens rights bullshit – toxic and sick imo. And ultimately blaming others for their shit, usually women.

        • RedLogix 4.1.1.3

          Exactly where did you imagine I said that? If you are going to do a strawman you have to put some actual straw in, otherwise it just lies there all floppy.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1.3.1

            And while the two issues are probably not as tightly linked as many people imagine, it also sets the stage for the Church to abandon celibacy.

            Just there.

            IIRC, There was another comment from you that implied the same things a day or two ago.

            • RedLogix 4.1.1.3.1.1

              As I suspected because of your ideological narrowness you tend to read into things what you expect to see. You’ve taken something I said that doesn’t make a narrow binary black and white statement, and purposely crumpled it into a demented Mobius strip.

              I’ll clarify that quote above which has gotten you so anxious. Absolutely as I said elsewhere in the threads there is no direct causual link between celibacy and pedophilia. That’s bloody obvious and insulting that you imagine I would be saying such a stupid thing. (But that didn’t stop you claiming it anyway … repeatedly.)

              But neither does it necessarily mean there is no wider association, that both issues are not independently linked to a deeper more fundamental cultural questions within the Catholic Church. That’s a perfectly reasonable point to discuss … unless of course want to keep putting words into my mouth to suit your own purposes.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Absolutely as I said elsewhere in the threads there is no direct causual link between celibacy and pedophilia.

                I haven’t seen you say that anywhere. You’ve mentioned a couple of times that maybe now the Catholic Church should drop celibacy within the context of this abuse with the clear implication that celibacy was a cause of priestly sexual abuse.

                But neither does it necessarily mean there is no wider association, that both issues are not independently linked to a deeper more fundamental cultural questions within the Catholic Church. That’s a perfectly reasonable point to discuss

                But not what you said.

                I didn’t put words in your mouth. I simply responded to your words. If you didn’t mean what you said then perhaps you should have said it better.

                • RedLogix

                  Nope … you read what you wanted to read. At 4.2.1 and 6.2.1.1 I clarified exactly what I meant.

                  I was of course making quite the different point that the Church has a much deeper and broader cultural issue around it’s attitudes towards human sexuality into which issues like celibacy, contraception, abortion and institutional capture by abusers are all probably linked. Every other actual Catholic on this thread has more or less agreed on this general idea.

                  But you and marty can keep charging down a chimera of your own devising if you want. Enjoy the view from wherever it is you wind up.

    • D'Esterre 4.2

      RedLogix: “And while the two issues are probably not as tightly linked as many people imagine…”

      They’re not linked at all. There are as many issues with paedophilia and sexual abuse in religions which allow clergy to marry.

      In my view, it’s a bit of a cop-out for Catholics to suggest otherwise, and I’ve certainly heard just that from family members who (unlike me) remain churchgoers.

      The church has for centuries had issues with paedophilia; it’s a culture with a deep history. There’s been a bit of commentary about this aspect. Don’t have links to hand, but will have a scout about later, when I have some time.

      • RedLogix 4.2.1

        I agree there isn’t a direct link, that’s more or less the point I was making. And while this issue is most certainly not uniquely confined to Catholicism, I’d need persuading to accept that it’s equally a problem elsewhere.

        My view is that celibacy is a part of a wider culture that suppresses honest discussion, perpetuates an atmosphere of silence and shame, and in turn created the perfect environment for devious and deceptive abusers to flourish unchallenged.

        • Ad 4.2.1.1

          Agree with that. From experience with priests and long-time Catholic families.

          Current Pope would need to shift a whole bunch of Cardinals, and have a whole bunch of new talent in the Sacred Congregation for the Defence of the Faith , and have a pretty good role carved out for the Orders who continued to choose celibacy, before he gave all Priests the ability to marry.

          Probably he would need another five years in the job to really start that.

          And so far he’s pretty gradualist.

          • weston 4.2.1.1.1

            Shouldnt he set a good example for the obviously homosexual priests and take a partner ?

          • dukeofurl 4.2.1.1.2

            They have allowed Anglican married clergy who convert to Catholicism to miantain a sort of ministry.

            • Ad 4.2.1.1.2.1

              Yes and he’s making exceptions when older married guys want to become ordained and there are few if any Priests in the area to take Mass.

              I would hope to see married Catholic Priests in my lifetime.

              • dukeofurl

                Not enough priests?
                They just import them from the Phillipines like the dairy farmers do for ‘experienced farm dairy workers’

  5. Morrissey 5

    When will a U.S. president or a British prime minister ever have the integrity and honesty to write something like this?

  6. Bill 6

    I’m not religious and have no axe to grind. But I suspect the Catholic church, like any other organisation with hierarchical structures, was simply vulnerable to capture.

    Capture can be ideological or cultural in nature, and given the element of time involved with the church, it was always going to have the potential to run very deep.

    But you know how this plays out. The church, as the host, gets to be in the direct line of fire for the behaviour coming from that parasitic culture, and there are plenty of people who will be motivated to ensure that remains the case.

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      Its not a recent thing

      .”There are cases of sexual abuse that are coming to light every day against a great number of the members of the Catholic clergy. Unfortunately, we are perhaps not talking so much about individual cases but rather a collective moral crisis that the cultural history of humanity may never have known at such a frightful and concerning level. Numerous priests and religious have confessed to the crime. There is no doubt that the thousands of cases that have come to be known to the authorities represent only a small fraction of the true number, since many molesters have been covered and hidden by the hierarchy.”

      Goebbels 1937. Its unfortunate such a vile person could have been correct

    • RedLogix 6.2

      Yes. A host that was especially vulnerable for the reasons I outlined above at 4.2.1. And this I contend is the deeper issue that remains poorly addressed.

      • Bill 6.2.1

        I’d agree that any institutional insistence on celibacy is fucking stupid. And I’d probably be easily convinced that anything short of absolutely consensual and freely opted for celibacy could well warp a person somewhat.

        But that all sits a million miles distant from paedophilia.

        If you can point to a complete absence of paedophilia in the Eastern Orthodox Church that has no requirement for celibacy, and if you can further point to paedophiles outwith a church setting generally being otherwise celibate, then you might have the beginnings of a point.

        • RedLogix 6.2.1.1

          The poor reading comprehension on this thread is tiresome, but one last time. Obviously there isn’t a direct link. That’s what my first comment implies, even if everyone here wants to persist in imagining the exact opposite.

          But a culture that treats sex as something ‘fallen’ seems to have been especially vulnerable to exactly the capture you point to. And given that celibacy was highly emblematic of an organisation that treated sexuality with large doses of shame and secrecy, drawing a connection between the two isn’t unreasonable.

          My partner who grew up in a strong Catholic family has repeatedly spoken on this theme.

          • dukeofurl 6.2.1.1.1

            Is your partner an ex priest?
            I get the feeling that there are more than just casual reasons for your views

            • RedLogix 6.2.1.1.1.1

              An interest speculation dol, but no. Personally I grew up in a very Anglican/Epsom family, but my partner comes from a mad fundie Catholic background. To cut a longish story very short, we went to her father’s funeral mainly to ensure the old bugger really was in the box. (Her words not mine.)

              I’ve no particular axe to grind against the Catholic Church, although it has to be said as an institution it really does have the most extraordinary history (putting it mildly).

              But you are right, there is another reason for my views, they aren’t casual at all. Sincerely I’m going to have to apologise for remaining coy about it.

    • McFlock 7.1

      Wow – I didn’t know the bishops were actively requesting that the church be examined as part of the royal commission. That’s massive.

  7. Tricledrown 8

    Clearing the decks before visiting Ireland where babies and toddlers were murdered and in 1 case 50 toddlers and babies buried in a septic tank.
    Along with all the other sexual abuses and corruption the Catholic Church in Ireland is the laughing stock of Morality and in serious decline.

    • D'Esterre 8.1

      Tricledrown: “Along with all the other sexual abuses and corruption the Catholic Church in Ireland…”

      Some years ago, at the height of the Catholic church child sex abuse scandal in Ireland, I read commentary from somebody who observed that the Irish church was “holed below the waterline” by the ugly revelations.

      In the years since, two events attest to the truth of that. The first is the public vote in favour of gay marriage, the second, the vote in favour of liberalising abortion laws.

      These two issues are foundation stones for the church: Irish votes for liberalisation constitute a giant middle finger to the Catholic establishment. I don’t think the Irish church can recover from it.

      • Tricledrown 8.1.1

        Considering the Catholic Church was set up as a tool to pacify the peasants under the empire cheaper than paying soldiers. Breeding for the empire.
        Women subjugated by rewriting the Bible on the Island of Crete under King Constantine s direction.

        • dukeofurl 8.1.1.1

          That’s nothing compared to how the buddist Lama church in Tibet did things

          • Tricledrown 8.1.1.1.1

            Dukeoferl religion is a quasi political movement a totalitarian regime.
            Patriarchal my religion is better than yours believers are like football hooligans willing to go to war no matter how bad their team is.
            In religions case imaginary gods that don’t exist are the team.

    • dukeofurl 8.2

      Babies weren’t murdered. It was just deaths which can happen with very young babies, considering Ireland was a very backward country in medical care at the time. Still births, usual things on top of that would take newborns at the time. Wasn’t helped by nuns who would think it was all God’s will.

      • Tricledrown 8.2.1

        Duke of Earl they were murdered by the Church the colonial power GB.
        Gave £1 per week to the Catholic Church to care and feed these children
        The money never made it to the upkeep of these children they were murdered by neglect.
        £1per week was a fortune in Ireland at the time
        The Catholic Church literally fucked Ireland they were as bad as the English.
        The Vatican profiteered from the poverty and perversion they created.

  8. D'Esterre 9

    “Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient.”

    So: no prosecutions then?

    “as well as implementing zero tolerance and ways of making all those who perpetrate or cover up these crimes accountable. We have delayed in applying these actions and sanctions that are so necessary…”

    Or is this where he says that there should be large-scale prosecutions?

    “…prayer and penance will help. I invite the entire holy faithful People of God to a penitential exercise of prayer and fasting, following the Lord’s command.”

    Ok: now it’s everybody’s fault, so all Catholics have to do penance?

    Huh. In my view, this is a very long way from explicit acceptance of the crimes committed by generations of priests and other religious, or determination to see prosecutions of perpetrators still alive, along with those who covered up for the abusers.

    This letter looks to me like yet more papal obfuscation. The church must do better.

  9. Grantoc 10

    The Catholic church in my opinion has long lost it’s last vestiges of moral authority.

    I have always found it odd that this church is so obsessed with sex and assumed that it had the right to instruct not only its own congregations on sexual behaviour, but frequently the world as a whole. When I married for the first time, my then wife was Catholic. Her parents (her mother in particular) insisted that we should be ‘instructed’ by a priest on the intricacies of intimacy in a marriage relationship.

    At one level I struggled to contain my contempt for the smug priest who took on this task. I couldn’t take the ‘advice’ of such a person seriously; especially given that they had never experienced an intimate marriage relationship and all that that implies.

    At another level it was just a sad joke.

    Fast forward to the present day and the sick tragedy of priestly instruction on matters sexual requires high level investigation from governments throughout the world of the sort that the Australian government initiated a year or two back.

    If in the meantime the Catholic church is incapable of rigorously reinventing itself and dealing to the arrogance of its leadership, then its best ignored and encouraged to self destruct.

    • RedLogix 10.1

      Precisely. Absolutely aligns with my partners own experience.

      It’s worth noting here that we lived much of the past five years in Ballarat, the very epicentre of the Australian tragedy. On three occasions we met socially with a local priest who was one of those who’ve been face to face with the consequences. It’s taken a terrible personal toll on many many people, and there remains a lot of frustration at the slow, wrongheaded and tone-deaf responses from the Church until now.

      Maybe this Papal letter will be the first step in lancing the boil.

    • Ad 10.2

      It’s outlasted the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, the Reformation, Communism, and bunches of other stuff.

      But yeah, there are parts of it that can’t die soon enough.
      This un-faced criminal wave is a culture of death itself.

      This Pope has to prove that he’s up to rebuilding an institution that promotes life, not rape and pedophilia.

      • RedLogix 10.2.1

        Yes. While it’s certainly true that pedophiles are not confined to the Catholic Church (as others have rightly pointed out), it’s my impression that Catholicism has been unique to the degree to which they captured and perverted the very institutions of the faith.

        That is the very troubling question this Pope must face head on.

  10. corodale 11

    Some causes mentioned in the letter are a culture of clericalism, and corruption:

    “Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial body that supports and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we are condemning today. To say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.”

    “A solidarity that summons us to fight all forms of corruption, especially spiritual corruption.”

    “…even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

    “To look to Mary is to discover the model of a true follower of Christ.”

    One extra fundamental problem (not specifically mentioned in the letter) is the political power of the Church. Satan is naturally drawn to this power. Thus the true solution is maximising the separation of spiritual-practice and financial and political influence. This letter may be a genuine signal, that the Church is aiming to reduce their political influence on affairs beyond the Church. Otherwise, Satan, political capture and other harmful acts of corruption will keep returning in one form or another.

    Are politics, money and spiritual-practice best keep separate? I suspect this is one of God’s messages to the Church at this hour. Being the biggest church in the world has special challenges. Wishing them well.

    • RedLogix 11.1

      Hey … great comment. In all the other distractions I didn’t think to read the whole body of the Letter.

    • Tricledrown 11.2

      Corodale like lambs to the slaughter.
      The Catholic Church is the Roman Empires last vestige.
      Blaming Another fictitious invention for the failures of the Religion(brain washing opium for the masses)
      Is pure fantasy/escapism.
      Humans are just another animal who have harnessed nature and think they are superior by indulging in a modern paganism.
      It’s futile to argue with these brain washed modern day Pagans because their whole being relies on this belief in invisible non existant male white god that has no proof of existance.
      The Catholic Church was founded by King Constantine to subjugate women to become breeders for the empire and keep the peasants under control.
      Every religion claims theirs is the only religion but in reality its just quasi politicking using fake news.
      New age paganism.
      If God really existed he would have a brand name for it.
      Religions are founded where extreme hardship exists for escapism.

      • corodale 11.2.1

        Sure, I believe H. G. Wells has a non-fiction book which covers the darkness of their history, which I would like to skim read someday. But there is also a positive human-side to the Catholics. If given the choice between neighbours, between a believer of Catholicism (Pagan-Christian), or Zionism (Babylonian-Pagan-Jew), I would choice to welcome the Catholic.

        “Every religion claims to be the only…” I don’t think so. Most try to believe in a one God, and use their religion as the practical way of developing their relationship with God, or Zen or whatever. I find there are just a few rear examples like the Jews, who call themselves “the chosen people”, which is fine with me, but they do so at their own peril.

  11. Ovid 12

    “The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine – but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.” – Hilaire Belloc.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
    It has been revealed that firing ranges used by the NZDF while deployed to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, contained unexploded ordnance that caused numerous deaths and injuries after the NZDF withdrew the PRT in April 2013. In 2014 seven children were killed when an unidentified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Still denying responsibility
    Stuff's story on NZDF's negligence around its Afghan firing ranges has produced a result, with a commitment from the Prime Minister for an urgent cleanup. But this doesn't mean NZDF is accepting responsibility for the deaths and injuries that have occured - they're still refusing compensation. Which given that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
    Last week RNZ broke the news on NZ First's mysterious "foundation" and its dodgy-looking loans. The arrangement seemed to be designed to evade the transparency requirements of the Electoral Act, by laundering donations. But now Stuff has acquired some of their financial records, and it gone from dodgy to outright ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    3 days ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
    A lot has happened since the UN’s report on 1.5ºC was released in October 2018. New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill has passed, and enshrines the 1.5ºC goal in law. The UK and France have also legally strengthened their targets to Net Zero 2050. The School Strike For Climate and Extinction ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    5 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    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
    7 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    1 week ago
  • How does poor air quality from bushfire smoke affect our health?
    Brian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney New South Wales and Queensland are in the grip of a devastating bushfire emergency, which has tragically resulted in the loss of homes and lives. But the smoke produced can affect many more people not immediately impacted by the fires – even people many ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Holy bin chickens: ancient Egyptians tamed wild ibis for sacrifice
    Sally Wasef, Griffith University and David Lambert, Griffith University These days, not many Aussies consider the ibis a particularly admirable creature. But these birds, now colloquially referred to as “bin chickens” due to their notorious scavenging antics, have a grandiose and important place in history – ancient Egyptian history, to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    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
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New measures for wood processing boost
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister of Forestry The Government will further strengthen New Zealand’s wood processing sector as part of our focus on ‘value over volume’ in our forestry industry, Forestry Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones will today meet with forestry representatives in Northland to signal new measures to help the ...
    2 hours ago
  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    1 day ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    3 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    3 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    3 days 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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    4 days 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    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
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    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

  • PGF approves wind turbines funding for Stewart Island
    Stewart Island/Rakiura has been granted $3.16 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to help build two wind turbines, putting the island on a path to sustainable electricity generation, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. “Stewart Island is our third largest island, after the North and South Islands, and it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • NZ economy in good shape amid global headwinds
    A major new report on the global economy shows New Zealand is in good shape amid increased global headwinds. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has just released its latest Economic Outlook. It shows the OECD group of economies is forecast to grow between 1.6% and 1.7% across ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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