web analytics

The Trump peace dividend: opportunity for rapprochement

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, November 12th, 2016 - 76 comments
Categories: capitalism, colonialism, defence, Europe, International, us politics, war - Tags:

We are already seeing early signs that rapprochement between the United States and Russia may be possible under a Trump Administration.

Diplomatic and military de-escalation between these two great nuclear powers was one of my top three reasons for supporting Donald Trump ahead of the neocon warhawk, Hillary Clinton.

In my view, the only thing which can screw our world faster and more decisively than climate change, is the steady march to war (economically, diplomatically, militarily, and in terms of rhetoric and propaganda) that we (the Anglo-US empire) have been on against Russia.

Blaming Russia for placing their country closer and closer to brand new NATO bases in Eastern Europe wasn’t that convincing an argument.

The Saker records two key comments made in the last couple of days. One by President-Elect Trump, and the other one by President Putin.

In his acceptance speech Trump said:

I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.

Putin’s public remarks about Trump’s victory:

We heard the statements he made as candidate for president expressing a desire to restore relations between our countries.

We realise and understand that this will not be an easy road given the level to which our relations have degraded today, regrettably. But, as I have said before, it is not Russia’s fault that our relations with the United States have reached this point.

Russia is ready to and seeks a return to full-format relations with the United States. Let me say again, we know that this will not be easy, but are ready to take this road, take steps on our side and do all we can to set Russian-US relations back on a stable development track.

This would benefit both the Russian and American peoples and would have a positive impact on the general climate in international affairs, given the particular responsibility that Russia and the US share for maintaining global stability and security.

The Saker himself makes the following comments:

I am not so naive as to not realize that billionaire Donald Trump is also one of the 1%ers, a pure product of the US oligarchy.  But neither am I so ignorant of history to forget that elites do turn on each other, especially when their regime is threatened.  Do I need to remind anybody that Putin also came from the Soviet elites?!

Ideally, the next step would be for Trump and Putin to meet, with all their key ministers, in a long, Camp David like week of negotiations in which everything, every outstanding dispute, should be put on the table and a compromise sought in each case.  Paradoxically, this could be rather easy: the crisis in Europe is entirely artificial, the war in Syria has an absolutely obvious solution, and the international order can easily accommodate a United States which would “deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations” and “seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict“…

The worst case?  Trump could turn out to be a total fraud.  I personally very much doubt it, but I admit that this is possible.  More likely is that he just won’t have the foresight and courage to crush the Neocons and that he will try to placate them.  If he does so, they will instead crush him.  It is a fact that while administrations have changed every 4 or 8 years, the regime in power has not, and that US internal and foreign policies have been amazingly consistent since the end of WWII.  Will Trump finally bring not just a new administration but real “regime change”?  I don’t know.

We will have to wait and see.

Finally I include three You Tube videos: one of Putin’s address regarding Trump’s victory. Another, a translation by NZ’s own “Inessa S” on what ordinary Russian citizens think of Trump vs. Clinton. (It seems that most think neither can be trusted). And finally, an exclusive interview that RT’s Peter Lavelle did with  Ron Paul on what a Trump Presidency might mean for international relations.

 

 

76 comments on “The Trump peace dividend: opportunity for rapprochement”

  1. Jenny 1

    Mark these words well CV. An appeaser is someone who feeds a crocodile hoping that it will eat him last.

    • Jenny 1.1

      Trump has promised to defeat Isis.

      Under the cover of fighting terrorism, both the US and Russia have joined with Assad in pouring napalm like lava on Syrian cities and people, for the crime of daring to want freedom out-from-under their Western approved dictator. While trying not to step on each other’s toes.

      No doubt Trump will want to ramp up this genocide in closer partnership with Putin.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Did you just say that al-Assad is a western approved dictator?

        Can you explain to me what you think al-Assad has to gain from genociding his own people?

        Also – why is it you’ve said nothing about the role of thousands of foreign Islamic fundamentalist jihadists fighting against Assad?

        • Jenny 1.1.1.1

          I have said lots about this. As you well know.

          And I would have said a lot more if you and your mates didn’t rely so heavily on banning and censorship of my comments.

        • Stuart Munro 1.1.1.2

          Assad benefits from genocide by retaining the undeserved office of military dictator of Syria. Those who oppose him obdurately he kills, those who compromise through fear for their friends and family he merely oppresses.

          “Thousands of foreign jihadists” – spin that allows Assad to murder with impunity. It isn’t ISIS in Aleppo. ISIS makes no friends of civil populations – they assimilate or perish.

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.2.1

            Assad answers all these spurious claims in a recent interview with Danish TV.

            • Stuart Munro 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Fatuous rubbish.

              “They’re not rebels they’re terrorists”

              There is no proof here, only spin.

              This unelected scoundrel, a middle eastern Kim Jong Il, heir of the despotic military regime, does not start even. His word, like that of the genocide Putin, is not worth the paper it is written on.

              • Colonial Viper

                Call them any new name if you like, but the majority of anti-Assad firepower in Syria is foreign fighters associated with al-Nusra and ISIS.

        • Jenny 1.1.1.3

          “Can you explain to me what you think al-Assad has to gain from genociding his own people?”
          Colonial Viper

          So you admit that a genocide is going on in Syria?

          So who do you maintain is causing it CV?

          Who are the perpetrators, and who are the victims?

          The main victims of course are the Syrian people. 400,000 dead, and more than 4 million made refugees.

          So who are the perpetrators?

          The photos and news reels coming out of Syria, show the results of aerial bombardment on a scale not seen since the aerial bombardment of Warsaw and Dresden.

          Who is dropping these bombs?

          Isis for all their ferocity and medieval cruelty don’t have an air wing.

          Apart from the air force of the regime itself, war planes from the US, from France and other NATO countries (including Turkey), and Russia, have all been involved in the bombing of Syrian cities and population centres.

          None of these arrayed air forces have deliberately targeted the territories or forces held by the regime.

          The perpetrators are in the first place the regime, aided and abetted by a Cabal of foreign, often competing foreign powers.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/world/middleeast/bombings-in-syria-force-wave-of-civilians-to-flee.html?_r=0

        • miravox 1.1.1.4

          “Can you explain to me what you think al-Assad has to gain from genociding his own people?”

          Are the people killed in these atrocities primarily Alawites? Genuine question because I’m guessing you mean by “his own people” people who are of the same religion as him, because history is awash with despots killing huge numbers of people who are ethnically similar to themselves, so that can’t be what you mean.

      • WILD KATIPO 1.1.2

        @Jenny

        ” Under the cover of fighting terrorism, both the US and Russia have joined with Assad in pouring napalm like lava on Syrian cities and people, for the crime of daring to want freedom out-from-under their Western approved dictator. While trying not to step on each other’s toes.”

        ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

        This might help to explain some of the supposed duplicity we’ve been seeing regards Syria ( which always seemed bizarre until you see something like this …) emanating from the White House during the Obama administration , … when Trump called Clinton ‘evil’. … it seems he had good reason to…

        Have a listen , then …

        https://www.rt.com/viral/365783-assange-pilger-wikileaks-election/

    • Paul 1.2

      You should listen to John PIlger on the subject, Jenny.

    • Colonial Viper 1.3

      Mark these words well CV. An appeaser is someone who feeds a crocodile hoping that it will eat him last.

      Who do you see doing the “appeasing” in a situation of rapprochement or detente between Russia and the USA?

      Are you grown up enough to settle disputes by talking?

      • Jenny 1.3.1

        Sure. I am grown up enough to settle disputes by talking. Are you?

      • Jenny 1.3.2

        The so called “detente” between the rival Super Powers, America and Russia that you are calling for CV, could in my opinion, be more accurately described as a Super Power Axis to fight terrorism. But more practically play itself out on the ground as new Super Power division of the world.
        I could be wrong but, I don’t think an Axis between the US and Russia will ever work, not least because Putin’s obvious ambition for a return to empire.

        But let’s explore the idea:

        The other nuclear powers in our new multi polar world might have to say about a US Russia “Detent”. China, especially would feel particularly vulnerable and exposed, not least because President elect Trump has singled out China as America’s main international enemy. A realignment of the scale you are suggesting CV, would likely spark a massive global nuclear arms race by China and the others powers desperate to try and achieve some sort of parity with the US Russia Axis.

        The first logical thing the Chinese would do confronted by such an Axis would be to supply their North Korean ally with nuclear weapons.

        Donald Trump has already offered to supply South Korea with nuclear weapons. Japan would then be tempted to arm itself the same way. The United Nations Treaty on Nuclear Proliferation would be binned, France India, Pakistan, Israel, would be soon joined by Iran as nuclear armed powers.

        Trump has already promised to tear up the nuclear deal negotiated by Obama with Iranian government.
        lAll this will increase the likely hood of war

      • locus 1.3.3

        CV – Assad could have stepped down and a solution might have been achieved by ‘talking’ under the auspices of the UN before this war commenced. But it was Russia that did not want this, and rejected the UN resolution that could have pevented the war in Syria

        Assad has been fighting this bloody long-term war primarily to protect his power and to ensure his family dictatorship continues. His personal desire to control Syria has paved the way for the rise of the groups opposing him, as well as for the Russian financial and military support that has prolonged this war.

        Years upon years of bombing of civilians (largely by the Assad alliance) and military atrocities have been committed by all parties.

        As Jenny rightly points out, the blame for the scale of the conflict and majority of the hundreds of thousands killed lies firmly with Assad.

        CV – your framing using terms like:
        “Talking in a grown-up way”
        “Dispute”
        “Rapprochement”
        …. totally belies the inhumanity of Assad and his desire to utterly destroy his enemies, and the entrenched position of the Russians to protect ‘their’ port in the Mediterranean

    • Keith 1.4

      Fuck it, just hit the launch buttons. Better to incinerate the world than to compromise and be labelled an appeaser. Is that the alternative?

      Fact is the US love to start wars more than any nation on earth. The money to be made is huge, its an addiction as repulsive and as lucrative as drug dealing which their government cannot kick. They are the Lords of War.

      • Jenny 1.4.1

        “Fuck it, just hit the launch buttons. Better to incinerate the world than to compromise and be labelled an appeaser. Is that the alternative? .”
        Keith

        Hi Keith, do I read you right. That this is your rational for accepting genocide?

        That we must turn a blind eye to genocide, because the world’s superpowers hold nuclear weapons, and might unleash them if we challenge them?

        • Keith 1.4.1.1

          “Superpowers” just like the US start the genocide and fuel it, look at Iraq, look at Libya to name but a couple. Were it not for the war mongers that is the US governmrnt there would be a hell of a lot less genocide!

          There will be death and destruction continuously in the Middle East at least while we ignore what is going on, who is behind it and what tbe real motivations are and tell them we’ve had enough!

          Watch that John Pilger interview attached to this blog, it touches on the US wars and what he says ain’t anything new or cant be found just outside the commercial media.

          • locus 1.4.1.1.1

            I think the Middle East “genocides” are more complex than your examples and blaming of the US

            imo ‘war mongering’ is the human condition most likely to be caused by a desire for absolute control or the determination to overthrow it.

            Dictators, tyrants, despots and ideologies that breed hatred are the root causes of genocide, and anything the world can jointly do to prevent their rise is the way forward

            The people who make and supply the weaponry wouldn’t have the demand for their deathly products if there were fewer of these root causes

            I fear that the world’s most powerful countries (and many others) are increasingly ruled by these people who desire absolute control, and who fan the flames of hatred for people that do not look or behave like their followers

  2. The New Student 2

    Meanwhile the rest of America are anything but peaceful. War, hate, fear division and discrimination at home. Doesn’t bode well eh.

    But here’s hoping DT can come to peaceful terms with the best MC of the ex-CCCP

    • Paul 2.1

      From memory, it was Clinton who said Trump’s supporters should accept the reslts of democracy if they lost the election.
      Her own supporters should follow her advice.

      • Stuart Munro 2.1.1

        I doubt Hillary encouraged her supporters to riot.

        But it wasn’t a noticeably democratic process. If people are outraged (and it seems that many are) they should certainly protest.

        • Paul 2.1.1.1

          Wonder if Clinton had won and Trump’s supporters had smashed stores and cars, if you would be saying the same thing.

          • Stuart Munro 2.1.1.1.1

            Trump explicitly and repeatedly called upon his supporters to violently oppose any result he didn’t like.

            It’s a bit rich to whine about it now. Trump is and always was manifestly unfit to govern. Democracy does not require that you accept a crook who is manifestly unfit to govern. This is why even halfway competent democratic leaders are scrupulous with regard to democratic process. You don’t put a useless corrupted tool like Carter in as speaker for example, because the job requires scrupulous and demonstrable neutrality. And you don’t incite violent responses to electoral processes unless you accept consequences like this.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Trump explicitly and repeatedly called upon his supporters to violently oppose any result he didn’t like.

              That’s a bold claim. Where’s your proof? And in reality, it’s Clinton supporters who have violently opposed the election result.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2

          I doubt Hillary encouraged her supporters to riot.

          Actually, her campaign gave Clinton supporters the moral cover – nay the moral duty – to riot.

          They did this by demonizing Trump as a racist demagogue and proto-Hitler who needed to be stopped at all costs.

          • Stuart Munro 2.1.1.2.1

            Trump demonised himself.

            No-one made him incite beatings at his meetings – that was on him.

            No-one forced him to go on about the election being rigged.

            Shit like this is why he is widely held to be manifestly unfit for office.

            If it stops at a few riots he should count himself lucky.

            • WILD KATIPO 2.1.1.2.1.1

              But the flip side of that coin is that it was revealed that many stirrers at Trump rally’s turned out to be agent provocateurs paid for and on contract by company’s to ferment violence. These private company’s were in turn financed by certain individuals among the Clinton campaign .

              • Stuart Munro

                Evidence please WK – I’d usually take you at your word but there have been way too many bullshit sites and stories being floated around this election.

                How many agent provacateurs were there? What evidence supports this… probable urban myth?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Again, refer to the Project Veritas videos. Caught on tape.

                  Federal prosecutions incoming. Let a grand jury sort out the truth.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.2.1.2

              No-one made him incite beatings at his meetings – that was on him.

              Wrong. The DNC paid operatives to start trouble at Trump rallies.

              via Infowars:

              • Stuart Munro

                You’re aware you’re quoting some of the most implausible bullshit on the web?

                http://www.snopes.com/2016/10/18/project-veritas-election-videos/

                • Colonial Viper

                  Snopes? I always enjoy their passive aggressive shoot the messenger style posing as fact checking.

                  Meanwhile – Project Veritas uncovered a whole level of entrenched Democratic Party dirty ops which fits right in with the wikileaks discoveries.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    There’s no arguing with someone who’s evidential standard is making shit up.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Those are actual known Democratic operatives in those video clips. At least two of them were fired after these videos came out.

                    • Stuart Munro

                      If there were any substance to your allegations you’d be able to link a more credible source athan an altright provocateur who has been repeatedly exposed setting up essentially fake ‘stings’.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The guys in the video have all been positively identified and at least two of them fired by their employers. Their actions (inciting violence) likely constitute serious crimes.

          • Rae 2.1.1.2.2

            Trump did that himself, for crying out loud

        • Nessalt 2.1.1.3

          outraged at the result of an election. a continuation of the cause that won donald trump the presidency.

          Well shit, by all means, keep it up. it’s obviously working

    • Rae 2.2

      Ex CCCP? Don’t be too sure that Putin wants it to remain so “ex”

  3. Jenny 3

    I was in the Latakia Palestinian refugee camp only months before this little girl was killed in Assad’s naval bombardment of the camp.

    I can personally vouch for the fact that the Palestinian refugees were completely unarmed and helpless.

    Their crime?

    Joining the anti-Assad protests in the city.

    • rocco siffred 3.1

      Nothing new here, Assad senior did far worse against the Palestinians 25 years ago when they tried to rise against him.

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      Yet you never complain about the jihadists in Eastern Aleppo shelling civilian neighbourhoods the rest of the city.

      Russia and the US working together with Assad will end this once and for all.

      • Stuart Munro 3.2.1

        How do you know they’re jihadists CV? You don’t have to be a jihadist to want to oust Assad.

        Your line is fatuous – like US accusations about terrorists using schools and hospitals as cover. The resistance are shelling Assad force occupied areas because they are taking fire from them.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1

          The foreign jihadists in Syria have about 2 months of unencumbered operations left.

          Then they have about 2 months of getting pounded into the dirt by a combination of US, Russian and Syrian munitions.

          • Stuart Munro 3.2.1.1.1

            That’s longer than the citizens of Aleppo have – bombed into dust by the unholy alliance of Putin and Assad.

            But that’s okay – these are only totalitarian military dictators – not Muslims.

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.1.1.1.1

              It’s only 20% of Aleppo which remains in jihadist hands.

              • Stuart Munro

                They are not jihadists – they are the townsfolk.

                They have militia allies – when you’re being bombed by a monster like Assad you take what allies you can find.

                Assad & family © – murdering civilians for forty years.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Of course they are jihadists. Their militia allies are also jihadists.

                  Russia has already told us that these terrorists will be given no quarter but they do have the choice to leave the city under amnesty.

                  I expect the rebel held areas of Aleppo to be pacified in the next few weeks.

                  • Stuart Munro

                    If you were being bombed to death by monsters like Assad and Putin you’d pick up a gun too – and pray to Cthulhu if it gave you any comfort.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Pick up some random AK lying around to fight back, sure.

                      But where did they get the modern ATGMs to destroy Assad’s main battle tanks from?

      • miravox 3.2.2

        This is so typically your response cv – don’t address the point, divert.

        I’m interested to know what you actually think about Assad’s naval bombardment of the camp. Not a petulant ‘Look, – over there!’ response.

        So, what do you think about Assad’s actions that led to the death of this child in a Palestinian refugee camp?

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          The reality of war is that innocents will die unnecessarily.

          This is what you get when NATO countries and their gulf allies illegally arm, fund, train and supply jihadists to try and regime change Damascus.

          • miravox 3.2.2.1.1

            Ok,
            but, what do you think about Assad’s actions that led to the death of this child in a Palestinian refugee camp?

            • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1.1.1

              Did Syrian naval artillery cause this child’s death? Can you explain to me why this child’s position had been moved or manipulated before this video was taken? Also why the child’s clothing was pulled up around the neck and shoulders?

              • miravox

                More than 5,000 Palestinian refugees have fled a camp in Latakia, Syria, after President Bashar al-Assad’s forces attacked the port city in the latest military crackdown on dissent, the UN said on Monday.

                UNRWA, the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, said the camp’s residents fled after Latakia came under fire from gunboats and ground troops over the weekend. It was not immediately clear where the refugees were seeking shelter.

                “We are calling for access to the camp to find out what is going on,” said UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. “There were 10,000 refugees in the camp and we need to find out what is happening to them.”

                Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown on the five-month-old uprising since the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Despite international outrage, the regime is trying to re-establish firm control in rebellious areas by unleashing tanks, snipers and – in a new tactic – gunships.

                So, what do you think about Assad’s actions that led to the death of this child [or any other child, moved or not moved, or a child’s parent, friend, neighbour or sibling etc.] in a Palestinian refugee camp [official or unofficial] ?

                • Colonial Viper

                  Firstly, I don’t accept that reporting by the Guardian as being complete.

                  Secondly, was that child killed by naval bombardment or by something else?

                  Also why has that child/its clothing been moved?

                  Assad is fully within his rights to restore territorial and security integrity in his country, and to expel illegal foreign invaders.

                  Having said that civilian casualties are an unfortunate and frequent occurrence in a time of war.

                  • miravox

                    Point by point:

                    1. wiki summary then. Although I know that won’t be as acceptable to you as RT
                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Latakia

                    2.

                    The Syrian National Organization for Human Rights said it had the names of 26 confirmed dead in Latakia, while SOHR said most of the deaths were caused by machine-gunning

                    3. see 2, things get a bit disordered with machine guns, I expect.

                    4. This answers my original question. It took awhile, but thanks.

                    I also see that you think it’s acceptable to shoot up a refugee camp (even if Assad claims he didn’t direct shelling toward the camp it seems that everyone, including the Syrian regime agrees soldiers used their guns).

                    5. Next time I see you write about collateral damage caused by US/NATO actions, I’ll remind you “that civilian casualties are an unfortunate and frequent occurrence in a time of war” so we probably can’t apportion blame.

                    Interesting that you see refugees in Syria as illegal foreign invaders. Are you similarly sympathetic to the views of neo-fascists in Europe with their refugee influx?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Syrian Arab Army forces are deeply stretched across the country. They have no spare men or resources for launching stupid, irrelevant, self defeating attacks on non-military targets.

                      On that basis alone my belief is that it is less likely that the refugees were the target of an actual Syrian Arab Army attack, but accept that they may have been caught in the crossfire during a military operation against jihadists or terrorists nearby.

                      As for US/NATO countries. They are (indirectly) responsible for the vast majority of deaths in Syria.

    • Thats tragic, Jenny ,… and happens far , far too often …its difficult to add or subtract to that reality , to be honest.

      However , … grimly … I ‘ll continue on .

      Aside from the post above you gave.

      The link I posted was an interview of Julian Assange by John Pilger , and during it , Assange illustrates the background to Syria, and ISIS etc…

      Turns out, that the governments of both Saudi Arabia and Qatar , ( Bahrain and Morocco were mentioned also ) have donated massive amounts of finance to the Clinton Foundation. That cash is then used to purchase arms from American arms manufacturer’s ,… which is then forwarded on back to the Middle East and then redistributed to ISIS fighters.

      This , among other things ,… is how and why ISIS always seems so well financed and equipped.

      The motives being?

      Saudi Arabia , Qatar, along with their allies are predominantly Sunni Muslims, – as is ISIS ( in the case of ISIS they are exclusively Sunni – and believe all Shia Muslims should be put to death as heretics ).

      Along with the religious purists , – the politics being also that the rise of powerful Shia govts within and without those Sunni nations would be unacceptable.

      Motives for the American neo cons?

      Guaranteed oil supply from middle eastern nation’s that hold a power balance and also are pro USA. Along with huge profit margins due to the sale of arms. It serves certain among the American elite to keep these wars going.

      This explains in part the reticence and seeming ‘impotence’in the Obama administration in doing anything effectual about ISIS. It also explains why Trump could also state ” Were going to bomb the hell out of ISIS” ,… simply because he is in no way tied in to that financial merry go round.

      • Jenny 3.3.1

        As much as I admire John Pilger, when it comes to Syria, Pilger is actually morally and factually wrong. His mistake is that he is working from an outdated paradigm, and has let his (immensely justified) hatred of US Imperialism blind him to the actual situation. Which sees him lining up with a murderous regime purportedly because it is anti- American.

        Would an anti-American regime allow itself to be the most favoured destination for victims of CIA flights of Extraordinary Rendition?

        Would an anti-American regime put 19,000 Syrian soldiers under US command as one of the original members of the “Coalition of the Willing”?

        Would an anti-American regime open up its economy at the behest of the IMF and privatise and sell off its state Assets?

        I could go on.

        To fit his simplistic and outdated narrative John Pilger just simply ignores all of these facts.

        [Hi Jenny, I’m banning you off this post now. I’ve had enough of your ridiculous and continuous claims that Syria and the USA are in fact secret friends or allies. Thanks. CV]

  4. esoteric pineapples 4

    I’m not sure how peace can ever be maintained for anything other than shorts period of time when the paradigm it is built on is balance of power between international and regional forces.

    • One way would be to stomp on those devious individuals that benefit from wars. Those that channel massive amounts of finance into funding wars, while being covered by a MSM and the moguls that run them … that actively supports the bloodshed , – and the manufacturers that benefit from having incessant warfare around the globe.

      And in turn cut off the easy returns because of those wars to the globalist bankers such as the Rothchilds banking elite.

      That might be a start.

      Looks like that process just might have already started to happen recently in the American elections. We’ve yet to see…

  5. keepcalmcarryon 5

    Certainly interesting times ahead when we see how much of what Trump promised/threatened he can or will actually deliver through the republican machine as a bit of an outsider.
    As far as foreign policy goes, I agree there is hope for winding back some tension with the Russians, thats got to be a good thing.
    I dont like his support for the Israelis at the expense of the Palestinians one bit, also what will he do re Iran if he is making peace with the Russians?
    There are some pretty convoluted agendas to unravel in the middle east.

  6. save nz 6

    Peace between Russian and USA sounds good to me.

    They are already proclaiming that Trump is the demise of neoliberal era.

    http://theconversation.com/trump-victory-comes-with-a-silver-lining-for-the-worlds-progressives-68523

  7. lprent 7

    It is always amusing reading CV’s recent fantasies. He likes to read into words whatever he chooses to.

    I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.

    Does America have many common interests with Putin’s Russia? It is fucking hard to see any. Trade is infinitesimal. Indeed the Russian economy has tanked like a stone along with hydrocarbon prices after years of gangster like profit extractions and low maintenance, so it is hardly likely that there is any useful economic relationship between them for at least decades at best.

    America and Russia simply don’t cooperate in any sphere, basically because Russia isn’t capable of being any more than a nuisance and a threat. It doesn’t appear to be capable of having cooperation as they dearly need to have an external enemy to keep Putin’s popularity up.

    Besides if it was Russia that Trump and his advisers were directing that statement at, then why wouldn’t they have just said so? Probably because there are other states who actually have common ground with the USA.

    America clearly does have strong common interests in trade and security with a number of other areas in the world. All of whom Trump has clearly pissed off. The EU, China, the two states bordering the USA, and most of the other states that actually participate in world. NZ and AUS for instance with our governments interest in trade deals.

    I suspect that the ‘Trump’ statement was more aimed at those many states than it was with a single nearly failed state.

    About the only major importance that Russia has these days is their nuisance value. And it isn’t exactly the only state that is nuclear armed, secretly or overtly, that US deals with. These days there are many. But reading between the lines both CV (and this lunatic blogsite he links to) seem to implicitly think Russia is the only one worth worrying about…

    Please – this is simpletons thinking.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      America and Russia simply don’t cooperate in any sphere, basically because Russia isn’t capable of being any more than a nuisance and a threat. It doesn’t appear to be capable of having cooperation as they dearly need to have an external enemy to keep Putin’s popularity up.

      Good evening to you, lprent.

      You may want to look up what a loss of Russian supplied RD180 rocket engines and Soyuz manned launch vehicles would do to the NASA manned space programme at the ISS and the Pentagon’s satellite launch programme.

      You may want to look up what a loss of Russian aerospace titanium alloys would do to US corporates like Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

      You may want to look up what the loss of Russian logistics cooperation to US/NATO forces in Afghanistan would do to western security objectives in that country.

      You may want to look up how Russian authorities gave the US early warning about the Chechen Tsarnaev brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon.

      Does America have many common interests with Putin’s Russia?

      How about not turning the nicer parts of the world into Trinitite, based on an insignificant pile of rocks and sand called Syria?

      But reading between the lines both CV (and this lunatic blogsite he links to) seem to implicitly think Russia is the only one worth worrying about…

      Not the only one. But do any other nuclear armed country have MIRV equipped ICBM armed submarines?

      • lprent 7.1.1

        Taking your points in order…

        1. I am sure that the Trump has a line somewhere about the manned program in space. It probably starts with the word ‘cut’. However SpaceX and the like wouldn’t take long to get cheaply into low earth orbit. They are largely slowed at present by their desire not to rush development. The Chinese have quite an interesting manned program. probably looking for launch cash.

        And as I said, Russia is capable of being a nuisance. But bearing in mind the amount that the US and EU pay for launches, I suspect that the nuisance value would be pretty equal for a desperately unproductive economy.

        2. There are other sources for titanium. Wikipedia says (notice the order of volume)

        As of 2015, titanium sponge metal was produced in six countries: China, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, the USA, Ukraine and India. (in order of output).[48][49]

        The alloys aren’t too hard to make, and are in fact rather well known these days. The Russians pioneered – but that was way back when I was a kid.

        There are titanium deposits everywhere worldwide. There are even viable titanium deposits here that we don’t use in the northern west coast iron sands. They just haven’t been economic to produce from given cheaper sources. However if the level of supply dropped that dynamic would change and very rapidly. So again you are looking at nuisance value and I’d question to whom would the largest nuisance be. Your understanding of titanium economics appears to be stuck in the 1960s or 70s. There was a reason why it was dropped from everyone’s strategic metal stockpiles more than a decade ago.

        3. Wikipedia again

        The NATO troop presence would amount to approximately 13,000 troops including 9,800 Americans as well as 26,000 military contractors.[71][72][73]

        . The supply situation is mainly via Pakistan because the northern route through the ‘stans is just about as useless as it has always been. See thisfor an example during the 2014/15 withdrawal.

        Currently, the US is shipping about 3% of its cargo through the northern, Central Asia routes. This compares with about 42% via Pakistan.
        The Central Asian route is also being used by the US to ship into Afghanistan – about a third of all supplies to support the ongoing operations.

        However there doesn’t appear to have been a lot of recent Russian logistics. Maybe early during the buildup? (just how old is your news feed?)

        4. FFS cooperation on drugs and a lot of terrorism has been going on since the 1950s, right through the middle of the cold war. Common interest, at about the same level as that between the USA and Bolivia.

        5. Humans have been in a position to turn large chunks of the world into temporary metamorphic surfaces since the 1950s – before I was born. The only difference now is that there are more players capable of doing it, and the environmental downside of an abrupt reversal of the current vector for climate change is better understood. It really is a MAD proposition, and even more so than was realised back in the cold war.

        6. Why do you ask for stuff that is accessible on Wikipedia.

        Currently boomer boats exist in the navies of US, UK, France, China, India, and Russia. As far as I am aware all of them MIRV their ballistic missiles. Otherwise they’d be pretty useless.

        North Korea is likely to join then shortly.

        It wouldn’t surprise me if South Korea, Taiwan, and Pakistan have covert programmes.

        For that matter, I’m pretty sure that a number of other countries have the required contingency expertise and existing R&D to produce them rapidly if required – including our immediate neighbours.

        But these days I suspect that most countries are more likely to build cruise missile platforms. Those things are easy to build and have harder to detect launch locations. You can also carry way more warheads. While you can’t do the longer ranges, it is pretty hard even now to detect subs coming into your coasts.

        And 7. You appear to not read a lot. perhaps you should do more extensive study outside of illiterate nutter websites.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1

          Firstly I talked about MIRV ICBM armed submarines lprent. India’s aren’t MIRV armed. China’s new ones may be.

          Learn to read.

          Secondly, how do you believe that the ISS will function without Soyuz launch vehicles for the next 5 years while SpaceX figures out how to keep humans alive without incinerating them.

          Thirdly, you claimed that Russia and the USA didn’t cooperate in “any sphere.” I proved you wrong. Just like the prospects of a Trump win. Get used to it.

        • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.2

          One more thing. Even for someone overly dependent on mainstream media sources and anglo-US propaganda like you are, I bet you’ve already reached the same conclusion that I have.

          NZ Labour is very likely to lose next year, and Andrew Little is very likely to be replaced as Leader soon after.

  8. Colonial Viper 8

    President Putin and President Elect Trump talk on the phone: first steps in normalising superpower relations and de-escalating conflict.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-14/putin-calls-trump-discuss-renormalization-us-russian-relations

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Christchurch trial new defense against fleeing drivers
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Law and Order New Zealand First welcomes the deployment of an Eagle Police helicopter in Christchurch in what is a step towards fulfilling its long-standing goal to increase the use of police helicopters for the front line, particularly in addressing the scourge of fleeing drivers. Christchurch leads ...
    9 hours ago
  • Week That Was: A Government of progress
    It may have been the first sitting week of 2020, but our Government is already in full-swing - managing a strong economy, investing in infrastructure, and working to break the cycle of homelessness. Read below for all that, and more... ...
    3 days ago
  • Winston Peters calls Opposition “lemon suckers” during debate on gang numbers
    In a heated debate in Parliament, National's Deputy Leader Paula Bennett claimed that “nearly 1600 patched gang members have been added” since the Coalition Government took power. To illustrate her point, she altered a chart used by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to show her government’s progress in housing to instead ...
    3 days ago
  • Speech by the Rt Hon Winston Peters at Parliament’s Opening 2020 ‘We all Need Insurance’
    Speech by the Rt Hon Winston Peters at Parliament’s Opening 2020 "We all need insurance" This year New Zealanders are going to have a clear choice to make That choice is between: Optimism versus pessimism; More progress versus back to the future; Investment versus divestment; Unity versus division. New Zealand ...
    5 days ago
  • 8 ways the Big New Zealand Upgrade will change New Zealand
    The Government has announced the biggest investment in New Zealand’s infrastructure in a generation with the New Zealand Upgrade Programme. ...
    1 week ago
  • Shane Jones slams Auckland Airport’s board over runway closures
    Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has slammed the Board of Auckland Airport following the airport's runway closing twice within two weeks due to maintenance. Around 2,000 passengers were affected by last week’s runway closures, according to 1NEWS. Another maintenance closure on January 24 saw two international flights and three domestic flights ...
    1 week ago
  • Public media business case a practical step
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Broadcasting New Zealand First supports the commissioning of a business case to assess the viability of a new public media entity. “A strong media environment is critical for a healthy democracy. New Zealand First is a strong supporter of a diverse, independent media,” New Zealand First broadcasting spokesperson ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Waitangi
    This week, the focus was on Waitangi - a great opportunity to reflect on who we are, and who we want to be as a nation. ...
    1 week ago
  • West Coast tech firms and iwi get Provincial Growth Fund cash boost
    Pounamou and technology industries in the West Coast region are set to receive more than $2 million in Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) funding. This was announced by the Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau during Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika. He said $800,000 would be given to Development West ...
    1 week ago
  • Unemployment down, wage growth up proof of strong labour market
    Clayton Mitchell MP, New Zealand First spokesperson for Labour and Industrial Relations Unemployment and wage growth numbers released by Stats NZ today demonstrate a labour market in good shape with unemployment falling to 4.0%, the underutilisation rate falling to an 11 year low, and wage growth at a 10-year high ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand First welcomes official opening of Te Rau Aroha Museum
    Hon. Ron Mark, New Zealand First Spokesperson for Defence New Zealand First Spokesperson for Defence Ron Mark, welcomes the official opening of Te Rau Aroha, a new museum at Waitangi Treaty Grounds as part of our Coalition Agreement. “It is a great honour to be part of an effective Government ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech: Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service of our country. Second, special guest Robert ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston Peters: “New Zealand will look to build on relationship with the UK”
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will look to build on its relationship with the United Kingdom and recommit to the European Union, after the country officially left the continental union recently. The Minister said New Zealand already cooperates closely with Britain on defence and security issues and has ...
    2 weeks ago
  • FAQ – Everything you need to know about the Big New Zealand Upgrade
    Today, our Government announced the biggest infrastructure investment in a generation. We’re investing $12 billion to upgrade and build rail, roads, schools and hospitals across the country – modernising our infrastructure, preparing for climate change and helping to future-proof our economy. Find out everything you need to know about the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Rental reforms a step closer with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill
    Today the Government is making progress on a fairer and more secure rental market for renters and landlords with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill in Parliament.  “This Bill includes a series of reforms to improve the wellbeing of the 609,700 households that live in rented homes, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Biosecurity Minister announces world first eradication of pea weevil
    A Government programme to wipe out pea weevil has achieved a world first, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor today announcing the successful eradication of the noxious pest from Wairarapa. This means the nearly four-year ban on pea plants and pea straw was lifted today. Commercial and home gardeners can again grow ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Southland flooding
    Southland residents hit by flooding caused by heavy rainfall can now access help finding temporary accommodation with the Government activating the Temporary Accommodation Service, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare announced today. “The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Bridges: Over-hyped and under-delivered
    “Is that it?” That’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s response to Simon Bridges’ much-hyped economic speech today. “Simon Bridges just gave the most over-hyped and under-delivered speech that I can remember during my time in politics,” Grant Robertson said. “It’s not surprising. Simon Bridges literally said on the radio this morning ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Police to trial eye in the sky in Christchurch
    A trial deployment of the Police Eagle helicopter in Christchurch will test whether the aircraft would make a significant difference to crime prevention and community safety. “The Bell 429 helicopter will be based in Christchurch for five weeks, from 17 February to 20 March,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Momentum of trade talks continues with visits to promote Pacific and Middle East links
    The Government has kept up the pace of its work to promote New Zealand’s trade interests and diversify our export markets, with visits to Fiji and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker. Building momentum to bring the PACER Plus trade and development agreement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Coalition Govt’s investment in Customs nets record drugs haul: 3 tonnes stopped at borders in 2019
    The Coalition Government’s investment in a strong border and disrupting transnational organised crime produced record results for stopping drugs in 2019, says Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa. The illegal drugs were seized at the New Zealand border by Customs, and overseas by Customs’ international border partners before the drugs could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Separated scenic cycleway starts
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today kicked off construction of a separated cycleway alongside Tamaki Drive. A two-way separated cycleway will be built along the northern side of Tamaki Drive, between the Quay Street Cycleway extension and Ngapipi Road. There will be a separate walking path alongside. Phil Twyford said giving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Earthquake-Prone Building loan scheme: eligibility criteria announced
    Owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings will have certainty about the financial support they’ll be eligible for with the release of criteria for an upcoming assistance scheme, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Travel restrictions to remain in place as coronavirus precaution
    Temporary restrictions on travel from China will remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The restrictions which prevent foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through, mainland China from entering New Zealand have been extended for a further 8 days. This position ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Over $1 million to help Tairāwhiti youth into employment
    Employment Minister Willie Jackson announced today that Tairāwhiti rangatahi will benefit from an investment made by the Government’s He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) scheme. The funding will go to the Tautua Village, Kauneke programme and the Matapuna Supported Employment Programme which will fund 120 rangatahi over two years. “Both programmes work ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • School attendance has to improve
    All parents and caregivers need to ensure that their children go to school unless they are sick, Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin said today. “The school attendance results for 2019 show, across the board, a drop in the number of students going to school regularly,” the Minister says. “Apart from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown and Moriori sign a Deed of Settlement
    A Deed of Settlement agreeing redress for historical Treaty claims has been signed by the Crown and Moriori at Kōpinga Marae on Rēkohu (Chatham Islands) today, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little has announced. Moriori have a tradition of peace that extends back over 600 years. This settlement ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Waikato Expressway driving towards completion
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today with Māori King Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII officially opened the country’s newest road, the $384 million Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway. The 15km four-lane highway with side and central safety barriers takes State Highway 1 east of Huntly town, across lowlands and streams ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 3400 New Zealanders treated in first year of new hepatitis C treatment
    The rapid uptake of life-saving new hepatitis C medicine Maviret since it was funded by PHARMAC a year ago means the elimination of the deadly disease from this country is a realistic goal, Health Minister David Clark says. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which attacks the liver, proving fatal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kaupapa Māori approach for homelessness
      Kaupapa Māori will underpin the Government’s new plan to deal with homelessness announced by the Prime Minister in Auckland this morning. “Māori are massively overrepresented among people experiencing homelessness, so, to achieve different outcomes for Māori, we have to do things very differently,” says the Minister of Māori Development ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government steps up action to prevent homelessness
    1000 new transitional housing places delivered by end of year to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation. Introduce 25% of income payment, after 7 days, for those in emergency motel accommodation to bring in line with other forms of accommodation support. Over $70m extra to programmes that prevents those at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Important step for new financial conduct regime
    Clear requirements for ensuring customers are treated fairly by banks, insurers and other financial service providers are included in new financial conduct legislation that passed its first reading today. “The recent reviews, by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Reserve Bank of New Zealand, into the conduct of banks and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Applications invited for $7 million Regional Culture and Heritage Fund
    Applications are now open for the fifth round of the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.   “I am delighted to open this year’s fund which has some $7 million available to support performing arts venues, galleries, museums and whare ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Law Commission appointment celebrates Māori and women
    The Minister of Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta today congratulated Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as the next President of the Law Commission.  “Amokura Kawharu will be a standout in her new role, leading in an innovative and forward looking approach to the law reform process. She will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu Appointed Law Commission President
    Auckland University legal academic Amokura Kawharu has been appointed as the next President of the Law Commission, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today.    Associate Professor Kawharu will take up her new appointment on 11 May 2020.   “I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Kawharu on her appointment,” Andrew ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister of Employment launches Youth Ready Employer Programme
    A programme for employers to help them engage effectively with younger employees was launched today by Minister of Employment, Willie Jackson. The Youth Ready Employer Programme contains a range of on-line templates that employers can easily access to help with employing and retaining young people in their businesses. The programme ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Budget 2020 date announced
    Budget 2020 will be delivered on Thursday 14 May, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “This year’s Budget will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also preparing the economy for the future. “Those challenges and opportunities cannot be resolved in one budget, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Prime Minister’s tribute to former Prime Minister Mike Moore
    I move, That this House place on record its appreciation and thanks for the devoted and distinguished service to New Zealand by the late Rt Hon Michael Kenneth Moore, member of the Order of New Zealand, a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, an Honorary Member of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Northland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has today classified the drought conditions in Northland as an adverse event for the primary sector, unlocking $80,000 in Government support. “This is recognition that the extreme and prolonged nature of this dry spell is taking its toll on our farmers and growers and additional support ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police disrupt methamphetamine trade
    The Minister of Police says an operation to smash a trans national drug smuggling ring today will make a significant impact on the methamphetamine trade fuelling harm in our communities. Police have announced 10 arrests and the seizure of up to five million dollars’ worth of illicit drugs after an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Crown accounts in good shape to counter global challenges
    The Government’s books are in a strong position to withstand global headwinds, with the accounts in surplus and expenses close to forecast, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown accounts for the six months to December. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was above ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Racing Safety Development Fund open for applications
    Race courses can improve safety with this year’s second round of funding from the Racing Safety Development Fund. Minister for Racing Winston Peters has announced the second funding round of 2019/20 is open with $347,875 available for distribution. “The racing industry is integral to the economic and social fabric of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government to fund Aids research
    The Government is committing $300,000 to fund research to update behavioural information to make sure HIV and STI prevention services are targeted appropriately in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson made the announcement at today’s Big Gay Out in Auckland. “There is much talk about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Work to begin on a possible new public media entity
    The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has announced work will begin on a business case to assess the viability of forming a new public media entity.   “The Government must ensure New Zealanders have a strong independent public media service for decades to come, which means ensuring public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government support for communities impacted by flooding
      Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare announced today that the Government will contribute $100,000 to the Southland regional Mayoral Relief Fund, to support communities impacted by the recent flooding in Southland.  Mr Henare says this week’s flooding has caused significant disruption to communities in the lower South Island.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New grants for seismic strengthening of heritage buildings
    Heritage buildings throughout New Zealand will benefit from the $1.1 million in Heritage EQUIP funding grants announced today. “These grants for seismic strengthening projects help private building owners get the advice they need to start building work or to get the work completed,” Grant Robertson says. “Timaru’s Grosvenor Hotel has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Next level results for game development industry
    A new survey has found New Zealand’s game development sector has grown beyond expectations and is on track to becoming a billion dollar industry in 2025, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says. “New Zealand’s interactive media sector grew by 42 per cent in last financial year to $203.4 million, according ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • More than 70 marae online through PGF
    Te Tii, the lower marae at Waitangi, is among more than 70 marae now connected to broadband internet thanks to the Provincial Growth Fund’s marae connectivity scheme, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said today. In February 2019, the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) allocated $21 million to connect rural towns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports West Coast connectivity
    The West Coast has had a funding injection of over $1.2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund, Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced at Waitangi Day commemorations in Hokitika today.  The PGF projects announced are:  $800,000 to Development West Coast for a Grey District Regional Digital Hub ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Agriculture Minister declares adverse event in Southland
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has declared an adverse event for the Southland and Otago regions, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “Widespread flooding has resulted in severe disruption, with many people evacuated from their homes and many farms being affected by flood waters. It’s putting pressure on our farmers, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • PM announces public funeral service for Mike Moore
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a funeral service for former Labour Prime Minister the Rt Hon Mike Moore, ONZ, AO. A public service will be held on Friday 14 February at 2pm at Dilworth School senior campus, 2 Erin Street, Epsom, Auckland. “The service will be a celebration of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Low unemployment shows economy in good shape
    Today’s news of low unemployment, rising wages and record numbers of Maori in work shows the economy is in good shape and that the Government is delivering better outcomes across New Zealand. “The Coalition Government has overseen a strong economy. Our investments in infrastructure, our focus on lifting wages of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha
    Opening of Waitangi Museum Te Rau Aroha 9.30am, 5 February 2020 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Good morning, Let us start with important acknowledgements. First, this special day, in remembrance of the 28th Maori Battalion, is also to honour all those men and women who have risked their lives in the service ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Support for crayfish industry after disruptions
    The government has agreed to help crayfish exporters to minimise the impact of trade disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak in China. Between 150 and 180 tonnes of live rock lobster are currently held in New Zealand in pots and tanks, at sea and on land, after export orders were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago