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TPPA text released

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 pm, November 5th, 2015 - 99 comments
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The text of the TPPA has finally been released to the plebs – i.e. we the people. RNZ:

New Zealand releases TPP text

The government has released the legal text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of the deal’s 12 member countries.

The government has said the trade agreement will boost New Zealand’s economy by $2.7 billion a year by 2030 but, until now, the public had been kept in the dark as to what the agreement entailed.

Trade Minister Tim Groser released a statement this evening including a link to the text.
He said he was pleased the public would now finally be able to thoroughly review the full text of the TPP before it was signed by governments.

Work on the legal verification of the text would continue in coming weeks, he said. “This is a complex agreement, with 30 chapters and associated annexes. The large number of documents released today amount to over 6000 pages of text and market access schedules. …

The full text can be found here. But we already know that we have given up a lot for a little.

Update: From Evening Report:

Jane Kelsey & Tim Groser on TPPA text finally being released

‘Today’s release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text ends the farcical situation where governments were touting the benefits for the nation with no prospect of any independent assessment to contradict them,’ said University of Auckland law Professor Jane Kelsey.

It is not clear whether this will also start the 90-day countdown before President Obama is allowed to sign the agreement under US law, or whether any of the other countries would sign unilaterally before the US does.

But, Professor Kelsey points out, ‘the legal text is not enough on its own. We need to see the background documents that help make sense of the text, but the parties have vowed to keep secret for effectively another six years.’

‘We also need the various analyses the New Zealand government has relied on when talking up the benefits and playing down the costs.

“They have been coy about who has done this work, especially the projections of $2.7b benefits for the economy, and stalled on Official Information Act requests to release them, despite the High Court’s rebuke last month,” Jane Kelsey said. …

tpp-not-worth-much

Update:  The Washington Post has provided a tool to allow the text of the TPP to be searched.  The word “climate” does not appear in the text …

99 comments on “TPPA text released”

  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    Climate change missing from full Trans-Pacific Partnership text
    “Matthew Rimmer, Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Queensland University of Technology, told Fairfax Media it looks like US trade officials have been “green-washing” the agreement.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, last month called the deal “a gigantic foundation stone” for the economy.
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, pictured with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, last month called the deal “a gigantic foundation stone” for the economy. Photo: Andrew Meares
    “The environment chapter confirms some of the worst nightmares of environmental groups and climate activists,” Dr Rimmer said.
    “The agreement has poor coverage of environmental issues, and weak enforcement mechanisms. There is only limited coverage of biodiversity, conservation, marine capture fisheries, and trade in environmental services. The final text of the chapter does not even mention ‘climate change’ – the most pressing global environmental issue in the world.”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/details-of-transpacific-partnership-finally-released-20151105-gkrivo.html#ixzz3qbnQRaD0
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    • my gods how long can this total idiocy go on!!! Why can’t they wake up to reality???

      • savenz 1.1.1

        +100 Marty Mars and TMM.

      • Magisterium 1.1.2

        Because when we look to the Leader of the Opposition for some.. well… leadership of opposition to this idiocy, it turns out he’s pretty much cool with it.

    • Matthew Hooton 1.2

      How could the TPP “confirm some of the worst nightmares of environmental groups and climate activists”? Surely it is at best irrelevant to climate change? Did he expect it to address climate change?

      • mpledger 1.2.1

        If it didn’t then it’s not “fit for purpose”. Climate change is going to be the biggest “disrupter” this planet has seen in human’s lifetime.

        • Matthew Hooton 1.2.1.1

          Yes but if the lack of mention of CC in TPP is a “worst nightmare” then the world environment must be in great shape.

          • marty mars 1.2.1.1.1

            “The agreement has poor coverage of environmental issues, and weak enforcement mechanisms. There is only limited coverage of biodiversity, conservation, marine capture fisheries, and trade in environmental services. The final text of the chapter does not even mention ‘climate change’ – the most pressing global environmental issue in the world.”

            What part of that quote is causing confusion for you – come on, it is pretty basic unless you are a denier, or spinner I spose.

            • Matthew Hooton 1.2.1.1.1.1

              My point is, an insufficiently strong reference to climate change in the TPP can hardly be the guy’s “worst nightmare”. Surely the probable failure of Paris is that? Or a temperature increase above 3 degrees? Or the seas rising more than a metre? But the TPP environmental chapter? Really?

              • Sacha

                When ISDS allows big oil companies to sue governments for acting on climate change, believe me it’s a problem. Because such action is essential.

              • Mike the Savage One

                We have now had decades of economic wet dreamers talk us into believing more trade, more consumption and production, more this and that, all based on exploiting supposedly endless resources, are the recipe for endless bliss and fortune for the planet and the people living on it.

                They have wet dreams every night the economists that support ever more trade and less regulation and they want us to fall for their fallacy.

                As a matter of fact the planet and humanity have very finite resources, and the rich and poor gap has hardly been reduced globally, nor has the poverty in most places. Free trade is the entertainment of a few nations, that do think by giving liberty and favours to corporations will solve their employment and social and economic problems.

                Let us wait and see, nothing of the many promises may come true, and more will end up as casual and low paid part time workers, getting their jobs replaced by cheap imports from countries who d o not care much about pollution, climate change and the likes.

                All verbal vows are usually not kept and honoured, and Paris will be yet another disappointment, and we are heading into total disaster, because the blinkered, blinded and brainwashed selfish lot continue polluting and destroying as they have for decades. Fuck the world and the future seems the idea, me first and screw the future.

                Sorry Mathew, you are a loser with your stupid comments here, have another beer and take a night off and get some needed sleep.

      • Raf 1.2.2

        What is wrong with you? Any major ‘trade’* agreement that doesn’t include climate change as a relevant issue is like a diet plan that doesn’t mention portion size – it’s clearly inadequate and ineffective, rendering everything else about either document completely unreliable.
        (* I’m aware this definition is debatable.)

    • savenz 1.3

      +100

  2. Ovid 2

    I’ve got to say that the labour rights provision is a pleasant surprise and from my brief look at the dispute settlement provisions, I can’t see an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, just a party-to-party (i.e. state-to-state) one, as all trade agreements have.

    The intellectual property chapter is a mixed bag. I don’t like the expansion of copyright to 70 years and there’s nothing there about orphan works. I can’t see anything that requires us to instate software patents, but I may be wrong on that. It’s gratifying that it recognises traditional forms of knowledge. I suspect this was inserted to keep Wai 262 alive.

    Somebody smarter than me will have to parse the sections on pharmaceuticals. I don’t know what it means for Pharmac.

  3. Melb 3

    If any country wishes to withdraw then the process is to give six months notice.

    So then if the TPPA is such a dastardly power grab I expect Labour to campaign to using this clause, and be swept to 2017 electoral victory on the back of widespread anti-TPPA sentiment.

    What a choice coincidence that the party will be debating its stance this wknd behind closed doors. Yes, Labour called for more openness for TPPA discussion, yet will hold it’s own TPPA discussion in secret. Good work guys!

    [lprent: Please provide a credible link about your last paragraph. As far as I am aware the TPPA isn’t a topic at the Labour Conference, let alone being one behind closed doors. You have six months to locate that link, I will unban you if you do.

    In other words. Provide a damn link if you want to troll here. ]

  4. Steve 4

    There’s also a six month withdrawal notice with no penalties.

    Running out of things to hang your hat on now. Too far down the proverbial road to change the narrative now.

    Perhaps, like all the other crisis Labour has announced, if you stop talking about it, the general public might forget the unnecessary, irrational ranting.

    Hey, you can always fall back on ponytail gags.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      When did Labour announce a TPP crisis? They’ve signaled their willingness to fix the housing market whether or not it will result in a breach.

      You wouldn’t by any chance be flailing around with the dishonest pretence that they are on the same page as Jane Kelsey, for example, would you?

      Or just running your mouth with anti-Labour bile without regard to facts?

      Or perhaps you’re a Left wing plant designed to make the National Party look stupid and mendacious…

      Who can tell?

      • Nessalt 4.1.1

        i sometimes think you are the right wing plant designed to make the left look frothing mad at everything and with nothing logical to day beyond accusations and taunts

    • Tracey 4.2

      Good to see Hooton’s hard work over the week following the signing has paid off…. and it has halted individual thinking and review by some (as planned)

  5. Tautoko Mangō Mata 5

    Fight for the future- analysis:Final text of the #TPP confirms worst fears; poses grave threat to the Internet
    Analysis of IP chapter on
    18.26 Trademarks
    18.37 Patentable subject matter- new methods of using a known product
    18.28 Govt keeping data base of names and addresses assoc with domain names
    18.63 Copyright-extended to 70 yrs after death
    18.68 and more
    http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/132605875893/final-tpp-text-confirms-worst-fears-shadowy

    • northshoredoc 5.1

      I followed you link and after looking at the first two ‘analyses’ which with completely bizarre assumptions and ignoring the existing trademark and patent situation in relation to pharmaceutical products in NZ, I gave up on the rest.

      if posts such as that are designed to get the uniformed frothing all well in good but they can have the effect amongst the rest of the population of making you appear rather silly.

    • northshoredoc 5.2

      I followed your link and after looking at the first two ‘analyses’ which contained somewhat bizarre assumptions and ignored the existing trademark and patent situation in relation to pharmaceutical products in NZ, I gave up on the rest.

      if posts such as the one you linked to are designed to get the uniformed frothing, all well in good but they can have the effect amongst the rest of the population of making you appear rather silly.

      • Tautoko Mangō Mata 5.2.1

        Thank you for pointing out the deficiencies in my links in relation to the NZ situation. Although my main concerns with the tpp are associated with how it affects NZ, I am also interested in the wider implications and how the TPP is being received in other countries. I realise that you have a particular area of expertise and I welcome your positive input. If the rest of the population consider me rather silly, then so be it.

      • One Two 5.2.2

        Despite the rhetoric, or your claims of authority, it is not possible for you to know consequences of the TPPA, or to predict the eventual outcomes

  6. Steve 6

    I said like, as in, handling a situation in a similar way, the only way they know how, oppose at all costs, then just drop it when it doesn’t get the populist attention they were hoping for.

    You managed to get all that from one comment. I’m all of those things mate, yup, I’m just as clueless as your illustrious leader

  7. Matthew Hooton 7

    Article 30.6: Withdrawal
    1. Any Party may withdraw from this Agreement by providing written notice of withdrawal to the Depositary. A withdrawing Party shall simultaneously notify the other Parties of its withdrawal through the contact points.
    2. A withdrawal shall take effect six months after a Party provides written notice to the Depositary under paragraph 1, unless the Parties agree on a different period. If a Party withdraws, this Agreement shall remain in force for the remaining Parties.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      What’s the point of discussing this red herring when the far more likely scenario is legislation (to fix the Auckland property speculator problem for example) that results in a breach not a withdrawal?

      Hooton would rather distract I guess.

      • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1

        What type of legislation would “fix the Auckland property speculator problem”?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1

          My understanding is that here are a range of legislative measures being mulled. For example, a bill to restrict sales of existing residential property to residents might well fall foul of the TPP. It certainly isn’t the only measure being considered though.

          I’m surprised you hadn’t heard about this. Too busy constructing false narratives were we?

          • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1.1.1

            The TPP allows the NZ govt to impose a 1000% stamp duty on foreign buyers of NZ property. So a foreigner buying a $2m house would have to pay a $20m tax to NZ govt. So they wouldn’t (and if they did, I think anyone would agree NZ would be the winner). So I don’t see your point.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.1.1

              [citation needed]

              As I said, there are a range of legislative measures being considered, from blithering incompetence and venality – the status quo – to the housing WoF and Kiwibuild, to name but two.

              If any of these policy commitments breach the TPP, I’d ask a lawyer rather than a spin-doctor.

        • RedLogix 7.1.1.2

          The TPPA is a bit of a cross between a curate’s egg and a poisoned chalice. No party is going to ‘withdraw’ because it would look like a repudiation of the commitment to freedom of trade.

          But it is the global extension of the broken American model of intellectual property rights, and the awful ISDS provisions, which are the components everyone has objected to. Address that.

        • Mike the Savage One 7.1.1.3

          A fricking land tax on properties owned and occupied by land owners and speculators perhaps, who hang onto unused land for tool long? Some other new regulatory measures, incl. a capital gains tax, and also a clear mandatory set of rules to force developers to perhaps deliver a percentage of new dwellings at affordable prices? And then central government has the ability to provide for more social housing and build it, simple.

    • Tracey 7.2

      yes Matthew, if you scroll up, your chosen meme planned and executed during the first week (post signing) )has taken quite beautifully with some who don’t like to read and decide for themselves.

      Tim Groser was a bit disingenuous today suggesting now NZers could rad for themselves, when he knows the majority won’t and those that do will get tangled up in the legalese.

  8. Steve 8

    Exactly. He couldn’t lead a dog up a garden path. This weekend will be hilarious. Lucky it’s a lock in, it’s gonna get ugly in there now, he’ll have to address the tpp whether he likes it or not.

    OAB. “What the fuck are you dribbling about?” You need a good long look in the mirror. I’m not the serial commentholic, I’m not the one that seems to have an opinion on everything. Every third comment seems to be from you, perhaps if you channeled your energies into something real and tangible you might actually make the world a slightly better place. I look forward to your opinion on this, no doubt it’ll be as inspiring as always.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      Is that the sort of handicap you have to live with? Where commenting on a blog prevents you from doing anything else?

      You poor thing. I’m glad I’m not similarly afflicted.

      Delusional too, since you appear to believe I have a leader and you know their identity 😆

  9. Tautoko Mangō Mata 9

    This analysis makes an important point about the effect of the TPP in inhibiting government from making policy choices to deal with unemployment issues- the sort that Bill English should be looking out now!

    “Trade commitments that require the federal government to treat foreign bidders as if they were U.S.bidders undermine one of most important job creation tools: fiscal policy. Governments should be able to use stimulus funds to create jobs within their borders, and not be required to spend those funds to create jobs elsewhere—nor should developing countries be prevented from using their limited funds on domestic stimulus.”
    http://www.citizen.org/documents/analysis-tpp-text-november-2015.pdf

  10. Steve 10

    Ignorance is bliss OAB. Keep up those comments, you might get better with all that practice

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      Ignorance is a condition we all share, Steve.

      I’m glad I was able to clue you in on a few things – such as the fact that Labour have signaled a willingness to breach the TPP to fix the Auckland property speculator problem, rather than announcing a crisis the way you pretended.

      Similarly your opinion of what might happen at their conference is based on malice and wishful thinking, and can be discounted.

      You have a lovely day, Steve, I’m off to enjoy the sunshine and make some cash.

    • Tracey 10.2

      Ignorance is bliss indeed. How long did it take you to read through the 6000 pages this morning/today?

  11. Ad 11

    There is no longer any political capital to be gained by any current opposition party about TPPA. What there was, was scant apart from The Usual Suspects.

    Labour made a complete hash of their response.

    None of the Opposition parties even attempted to look coherent across the issue.

    The Opposition need to shift to fresh issues completely.

    The Labour Conference this weekend is going to be very, very slow burn because Rugby World Cup sucked almost all the political oxygen out, and now we are already straight on to Royal Watching.

    Insofar as there was anything to play with, the Opposition have been outplayed.

    Move along people.

    • RedLogix 11.1

      This ‘complete hash’ business, seems to have become par for the course. Sure Little may have ‘unified’ his caucus – but to what purpose?

      I can well imagine Little is busy being a politician. I’m sure his dairy is full and he’s flat-out doing things that he and his staff believe are important and valuable. I don’t want to sneer at what is a difficult, demanding and largely unrewarding job.

      But at the same time, I’m struggling to recall anything much past the ‘cut the crap’ moment from almost a year ago now.

      Yes National has screwed the media scrum; we’ve known this for ages. So what is the plan? Is there one? Because until the left figures a way around this, NZ will be a one party state for the indefinite future.

    • Ross 11.2

      “we are already straight on to Royal Watching.”

      What are you doing here when you could be watching your parasitic mates Charles and Camilla?

    • Raf 11.3

      “Move along”?? Jeez, you’re in a hurry to distract everyone before we’ve even had a chance to look! Or to listen to the analyses and commentary that’s going to come from around the world for months, at least, now! Why? What is it you’re afraid were going to see if we don’t “move along”? Bugger ya, I’m hanging around; the party hasn’t even started yet!

  12. Chch_chiquita 12

    Tim Groser, the Trade Minister who doesn’t know the details of the South Korean FTA. I would take anything and everything he says with a huge grain of salt.

    • Matthew Hooton 12.1

      No individual human being “knows the detail” of a trade deal. See for example this tariff schedule from the TPP agreement, for just the US: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/downloads/trade-agreement/transpacific/TPP-text/2-D.%20US%20Tariff%20Elimination%20Schedule.pdf
      Literally no one in the world could remember all this.

      • Chch_chiquita 12.1.1

        I would say that an important bit like this – “Under the free-trade agreement with South Korea, has South Korea reserved for itself the right to adopt a ban on New Zealand people—not being corporates—buying South Korean residential land or homes?” he should be able to remember.

        http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/51HansQ_20151105_00000011/11-free-trade-agreements%E2%80%94new-zealand-south-korea

      • Raf 12.1.2

        Oh, OK. So we should just give up trying and “move along”, should we? Sorry mate I’m sticking this one out!

      • Ennui 12.1.3

        So Matthew is no individual human being able to remember everything a good thing?
        Does it mean a whole pile of bureaucrats put together something unintelligible?
        Do we need a team of lawyers on the state payroll merely for audit and adherence?
        Is it going to be a big boom for the likes of Ernst Young to clip the ticket with inneffectual audits a la Sarbains Oxbury?
        Does the sheer volume of the text represent multiple one off agreements that contradict one another and /or any uniformity of purpose in the agreement?
        Did the $2. whatever billion gain include deductions for administration?
        Did we already spend $2 billion agreeing to something which as you Matthew state cannot be understood by any individual?
        As a % of GDP how much will $2.4 billion be in 2030? (I will give you a hint…..less than a single digit i.e point something).
        For fuck sake Matthew even if you support this thing cant you see this whole thing is not even a dogs breakfast? A carrion crow would turn up its beak and seek less rotten carcasses.

  13. Sabine 13

    this may be fun,

    nothing on climate, but then what else is new.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/05/we-made-president-obamas-big-tpp-trade-deal-searchable/?postshare=5371446749920151


    The problem, though, is that it was released as a series of posts on Medium — and, worse, a collection of PDFs — making it hard to search for topics across the entire document.

    Allow us.

    We created the tool below to allow you to search the full agreement (except annexes) and to link back to the original to read more. There’s a lot in there, we’ll note, and spellings are internationalized. (Labor becomes “labour,” for example.) So it’s still not a perfect system.”

  14. savenz 14

    So amazing that Hooton and NorthShoreDoc and others have been able to digest the over 6,000 pages of text and market access schedules from yesterday and say how positive it all is and how wrong everyone else is including the opposition!

    Even Drunken Grosser has stated that understanding the legal obligations of the TPP will require careful analysis of all documents, given the inter-relationship between many provisions in the Agreement.

    oh to be a troll so fun

    • marty mars 14.1

      they have their missions and they will complete them impossible or not

      • northshoredoc 14.1.1

        I don’t know which comment is more suitable for a 🙄 yours or savenz’s so please accept this on behalf of him/her 🙄

    • Tracey 14.2

      exactly, while calling people ignorant.
      You might notice that Hooton has refined his PR strtaegy from the post signature week. Back then it was;

      1. pull out with six months notice; and
      2. No sovereignty issue

      He now is only focussing on 1.

    • Daniel Cale 14.3

      You could say the same about Jane Kelsey. After all she’s spent months/years opposing something she has admitted herself she doesn’t know the details of.

      • Raf 14.3.1

        Well, she SAID she didn’t know the details anyway … I suspect she’s been knowing all along a great deal more than it was wise to admit to.

  15. Malconz 15

    I see on Crooks & Liars that Obama is saying the TPPA will mean that the US gets to “write the rules for trade in the 21st Century.” Nuff said!

  16. Bill 16

    ‘We also need the various analyses the New Zealand government has relied on when talking up the benefits and playing down the costs.

    “They have been coy about who has done this work, especially the projections of $2.7b benefits for the economy, and stalled on Official Information Act requests to release them, despite the High Court’s rebuke last month,” Jane Kelsey said. …

    Okay, I’m assuming she suspects that the same modeling that was thrown at the TTIP was thrown at the TPPA. A reasonable suggestion given that these agreements essentially mirror one another and are negotiated by the same charlatans and arse-holes.

    When TTIP data was thrown through a fairly well respected UN model, (I commented previously with links etc) all the merest of positives (awfully like the TPPA claims) turned into screaming negatives. No country ‘won’ gains from the deal. Only the US managed to salvage a mixed bag of consequences. And all those negatives – for states and workers and smaller companies – translated as big positives for the largest of corporations and the financial sector.

  17. Michael 17

    I wonder if it will pass US Congress.

    Hillary Clinton has come out against it, and much of the Democratic party is supporting her for the Presidency. If they’re not supporting her, they’re supporting Bernie Sanders, who is also against it. So that could influence how Democrats vote.

    And with the Republicans so disoriented, with some opposed to free trade and some simply opposed to anything Obama does, this could face roadblocks in Congress.

  18. JP up North 18

    Much as I dislike the guy…………. at least Professor Jane Kelsey is getting the airtime to vocalize for the opposition to this toxic “agreement”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/scrutiny-of-tppa-details-to-begin-2015110605#axzz3qetZZGVN

    • Michael 19.1

      Looks like it has an exclusion for the Treaty of Waitangi. many of the links don’t work though

  19. Grim 20

    just the one letter regarding nz… good on ya Tim, was this the only issue that required clarification?

    https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/TPP-Final-Text-US-NZ-Letter-Exchange-on-Distinctive-Products.pdf

  20. Grim 21

    Treaty of Waitangi clause basically allows NZ to address claims so long as they don’t interfere with foreign entities making a profit,

    Article
    29.6: Treaty of Waitangi
    https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/TPP-Final-Text-Exceptions-and-General-Provisions.pdf

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      Please quote the text directly and demonstrate how it means that.

      • Tracey 21.1.1

        Article 29.6: Treaty of Waitangi
        1. Provided that such measures are not used as a means of arbitrary or unjustified
        discrimination against persons of the other Parties or as a disguised restriction on trade in
        goods, trade in services and investment, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the
        adoption by New Zealand of measures it deems necessary to accord more favourable
        treatment to Maori in respect of matters covered by this Agreement, including in fulfilment of
        its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.
        2. The Parties agree that the interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, including as to the
        nature of the rights and obligations arising under it, shall not be subject to the dispute
        settlement provisions of this Agreement. Chapter 28 (Dispute Settlement) shall otherwise
        apply to this Article. A panel established under Article 28.7 (Establishment of a Panel) may
        be requested to determine only whether any measure referred to in paragraph 1 is inconsistent
        with a Party’s rights under this Agreement

        • Tracey 21.1.1.1

          Who decides what a “disguised” restriction on trade is? Cue the dispute resolution process…

      • Matthew Hooton 21.1.2

        It doesn’t mean that at all.

    • Ross 22.1

      Hooton should stick to what he does best – smearing the Left.

    • AmaKiwi 22.2

      Penny Bright

      That link is pay walled (National Business Review, subscribers only).

      Are there any juicy bits you want to tell us about?

  21. AmaKiwi 23

    News just out: Little says Labour (caucus) will oppose TPPA because it does not meet their bottom line on foreigners buying NZ houses. “Mr Little said four of the party’s (read: “caucus’s”) other bottom lines had been met.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/289068/labour-promises-to-fight-tpp-provision

    So the Labour caucus is having it both ways. They’ve done well with the housing issue so they’ll run with that but ignore everything else in TPPA that is a disaster.

    When the Labour caucus issued the “5 bottom line TPPA issues,” people on The Standard pointed out they were so loosely worded you could drive a truck through them. The caucus drove 4 trucks through but not the fifth. . . yet.

    Little may be speaking for the 30 odd members of the Labour caucus but how many party members does he speak for? Neither I nor my LEC was ever polled or consulted. That’s the Labour caucus’s version of democracy.

    I hope those of you in the Auckland region will join me next Saturday (Nov. 14) at the anti-TPPA rally, Myers Park, 1 pm.

    Are there other rallies on?

  22. AmaKiwi 24

    The Herald has a different spin than Radio NZ.

    Hey msm folks, this is not a complicated story to write. What did Andrew Little say? It was a press conference and two news outlets have opposite versions!

    Herald: “But he (Andrew Little) could not say whether Labour would oppose other aspects of the 12-party deal – a deal begun by Phil Goff in 2008 when he was Trade Minister – such as improved tariff schedules. (Radio NZ said the opposite: Little would not oppose anything else in TPPA.)

    He said he would fight “tooth and nail” over what he said was an issue of sovereignty.

    “We will not support anything that takes away the right of New Zealand politicians in our democracy to make laws in the interests of New Zealand,” he told reporters.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11541301

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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14
    Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... North Atlantic's capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests Research into ocean’s plankton likely to lead to ...
    9 hours ago
  • The Americans are trying to kill us all again
    The Treaty on Open Skies is one of the most effective mechanisms for preventing war curently in force. By letting countries make surveillance flights over each others' territory, it eliminates fears that they are secretly preparing for war. So naturally, the US is planning to withdraw from it: The Trump ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 11
    . . April 5: Day eleven of living in lock-down… My one day of rest for the week, and an opportunity to mow my lawns – which I’d been delaying for about three weeks. (On the plus side, the damp micro-climate in my back yard yielded three lovely fresh mushrooms ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    10 hours ago
  • Now we know what the rules are
    As the lockdown has gone on, disquiet about what the rules were and the police's enforcement of them has grown. On Friday, Police admitted that they were abusing routine traffic stops to effectively set up illegal checkpoints, and on Saturday Stuff revealed internal police advice saying that they actually needed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 2: Green et al (2019)
    Paul Connett is putting all his eggs in one basket. He says “you only have to read four studies” to find community after fluoridation harmful. Image credit: Fluoride Action Network newsletter. For part 1 of this series see Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018). Paul Connett, ...
    13 hours ago
  • Hard News: Splore Listening Lounge 2020: the road to a “yes” vote
    As far as anyone can say, New Zeaand still has a general election scheduled for September 19 this year. The election will be accompanied by two referenda, one of which will ask voters:Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?The official campaign period for the cannabis referendum begins ...
    13 hours ago
  • Obituary for The New Zealand Listener (1939-2020)
    The vast majority of tributes to the Listener hearken back to its glory days, with little reflection on the magazine as it was at its end.I wrote for it, for half the Listener’s life; I have known personally all the editors except the first (mythical) three. From 1978 to 2014 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    13 hours ago
  • Universal income – a challenge to capitalism or a crutch?
    As the world economy slides rapidly towards deep recession there are growing calls for a Universal Benefit coming from some leftists and rightists. Now Finance Minister Grant Robertson is saying it is on the table.  This article by a French party Workers Struggle provides analysis of various forms of universal ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Anti-fluoridation propaganda now relies on only four studies. 1: Bashash et al (2018)
    This is the advice from the very top of the anti-fluoride movement – Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Don’t worry about reading  up on all the scientific information “You only have ...
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 10
    . . April 4: Day 10 of living in lock-down… I wake up to a fine Saturday morning which normally would be like an early Christmas. But it’s Day 10 of Level 4 Lock Down. What  will my fellow New Zealanders be doing on a day like this – staying ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 day ago
  • Redline reaching out to more writers & readers
    Some time during the night we went over the 850,000 views mark. We might have had our millionth view by the end of this year – certainly by early next year. Most of the people involved in Redline spent years and years producing various small left-wing papers and selling them ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Keir Starmer elected
    Comfortably, in the very first round, with an impressive 56% of the votes.I wonder, did members of the Shadow Cabinet start tweeting their resignations during Starmer's victory speech, or is that only a trick the right pull?It is odd how all the talk of how the next leader "needs to ...
    1 day ago
  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House
    One of the key voices in this extraordinary time in which we live is that of University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker. Philip Matthews did an an excellent job this weekend of capturing the way he became the man for this moment in a profile for The Press.But one ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand Gives up on Trying to Save Daylight
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today about the decline in daylight New Zealand has been experiencing over the previous few months. She said “As many of you will notice, our attempts to stem the dwindling of the daylight over the last few months have been completely ...
    Can of wormsBy Can of Worms, Opened
    2 days ago
  • A bulletin from Greece
    Redline received this article from the KOE a Marxist party in Greece Our friends in the KOE describe here the mounting crisis in Greece and tensions on the Turkish border. As desperate people flee from their homelands which have been ruined after decades of imperialist wars and interventions the people ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • And God spake all these words, saying
    As the first week of Level Four lockdown unfolded, mounting questions grew as to just what was (and was not) allowed under its “rules”. Partly these were driven by some apparently contradictory messages from different authority figures and explanations carried in the media. Partly they reflected a somewhat sketchy legal basis ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 9
    . . April 3: Day 9 of living in lock-down… Another late-start to my work day. Everything is temporarily upended as clients are shuffled around so we can minimise our “bubble” by reducing the number of people we help. One of my colleagues has been removed from his clients; his ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Death to our lockdown enemies!
    We must root out the traitors among us! ...
    Imperator FishBy Scott Yorke
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: The benefits of electrification
    In order to meet our 2050 carbon target and do our bit to avoid making the Earth uninhabitable, New Zealand needs to decarbonise our economy, replacing fossil fuels with electricity in the energy, industrial and transport sectors. The good news is that it will mean cheaper power for all of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of a pretty flower, .   . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a cute animal video. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 8
    . . April 2: Day eight of living in lock-down… Today, my work day starts late. Our rosters and clients have been dramatically changed, lessening (theoretically) the number of people in our work “bubble”.  If just one of us catches covid19 the impact could be considerable as Grey Base Hospital ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • A note on apartments and bubbles
    As Aotearoa enters week two of lockdown, it’s clear we’re all still working out what our “bubbles” look like and how to stay in them to stop the spread of Covid-19. New to the government’s Covid-19 website is some good guidance for people living in apartment blocks. Recent decades have ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    4 days ago
  • Getting in futures shape 
    “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Lenin Don’t we all know that feeling now.

    Prospect Magazine alerted me to this particularly apt quote. It is a much more evocative quote than Hemingway’s “gradually then suddenly” which is also doing ...

    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Maybe axing Clark would be unfair. But what about any of this is fair?
    Yesterday was the day the consequences of the lockdown suddenly got very real for many. Firms have been closing and laying people off since the outset of the quarantine but this has mostly been happening out of the public eye. The mass closure of a number of iconic New Zealand ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    4 days ago
  • Might a ‘Coasean’ social contract mitigate overall societal harm from COVID-19?
    Brian Williamson1, Prof Nick Wilson2 (1Economic consultant, UK; 2University of Otago Wellington) In this blog, we outline how a win-win social contract could be forged to address the major dimensions of response to the COVID-19 pandemic when using a mitigation strategy: the particular need to protect older people from high ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Returning To “Normalcy”.
    Resuming Normal Service: The Republican Party's nominee for in 1920, Warren Harding, promised the American people: “not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration”. If she wishes to remain our prime minister, then Jacinda Ardern will offer New Zealanders the same.HOW EDUCATED AMERICA snickered when the ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Government Must Save New Zealand’s Media.
    No Free Society Without A Free And Functioning News Media: If we are to surrender our civil rights to the broader cause of defeating Covid-19, then foreign corporations must, likewise, surrender their right to inflict immense economic and cultural harm on New Zealanders simply because it improves their bottom line.I’M ...
    4 days ago
  • Corona fevers and the madness of models
    by Daphna Whitmore A third of the world is under lockdown and a clear assessment of this measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 is urgently needed.  With any high-stakes decisions it has to be asked what are we dealing with here? Are the measures warranted? Will they achieve their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Lockdown day 8
    I haven’t done a huge amount in the last few days. I’m reading The Poppy War and I’ve sort of poked at a couple of games – I started SOMA but I’m a wimp and I quit while in the first room after the brain scan. I might try it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    4 days ago
  • Backstage and Theatre
    The swan politicians may be gliding on the water, occasionally snapping at one another. Meanwhile, as the Covid19 crisis illustrates, the officials are desperately paddling below providing the real locomotion. One of the most fatuous recent grandstanding comments (of about a week ago), adding to the public’s anxieties, was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: Waiver, the singular Crown and the conduct of Crown legal business
    Much has been written about the importance of discretion in an emergency situation, and the concerns raised by the potential for it to be exercised arbitrarily. Given the quality of the discussion, there seemed little point in adding to it at any length. In particular, I point to the evidence ...
    4 days ago
  • Highlights from Bauer Media’s science-related reporting
    Today has felt surreal. I was all set to touch base online with my science communication students when a colleague shared the news that Bauer Media would be shutting down its publications immediately. The first link I saw implied it was Woman’s Weekly affected, and even that shocked me. But ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarah-Jane O'Connor
    4 days ago
  • Outsiders.
    Bogeymen, Real And Imagined: Is the number of psychopathic and sociopathic individuals in any given society truly as vanishingly small as we like to tell ourselves? Isn’t it more likely that the mass-shooters and serial-killers filling the headlines represent only the tip of a much, much larger iceberg of frightfulness? ...
    4 days ago
  • We have a right to know the rules we are expected to obey
    Outgoing Police Commissioner Mike Bush appeared before the Epidemic Response Committee today, who asked him for the rules police are using to enforce the lockdown. He refused:Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the advice given to Kiwis about what they're able to do during the lockdown hasn't been clear enough. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7 (sanitised version)
    For those folk who find my other Lock-Down Diary versions too “negative” or otherwise unpalatable… Here’s a photo of my cat, . . Better? Tomorrow’s Sanitised Version: a pretty flower. . . . =fs= ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
    . . April 1: Day seven of living in lock-down… This morning I had a brief chat with one of my neighbours, “D” (social distance between us, a good three or four metres). I learned he had resigned from his previous job and had been hired by another company – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • RIP The Listener, New Zealand’s pioneering voice
    Funnily enough, my thought as I start this post is whether it will be well written enough. Or should that be well enough written? Because so much of what I know about good writing came from my two stints at The Listener, which this morning was shut down due to ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
    With normal democratic procedures in abeyance, there were two ways to go. First, it was open for the government to dissolve itself and invite the National Party to join a ministry of national salvation. That would have lessened the democratic deficit of the times by having a team of rivals without ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    5 days ago
  • Helpful tips for parents during lockdown
    Dr Kirsty Ross Children and young people can respond differently in times of distress. This also varies by age and developmental stage, with younger children having more magical and imaginative thinking, and older children having more awareness and knowledge of the issues our communities are facing (which brings up ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
    5 days ago
  • Hungary is now a dictatorship
    Hungary has been a virtual dictatorship for a decade now, as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has gradually eroded its democracy. But now, its official, with the passage of an indefinite emergency law allowing rule by decree:Hungary’s parliament has passed a new set of coronavirus measures that includes jail terms for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A new Ministry of Works
    While the economy is on pause under lockdown, the government is beginning to plan how to cope with the post-lockdown, post-tourism, post-export education world we will eventually find ourselves in. They're planning a lot of infrastructure spending as economic stimulus, and have asked for proposals which can start the moment ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Capture: Well spaced out
    It's my distraction,  setting up tiny scenes to photograph.  I've got stuck on the Babushka dolls for now.  Something about their bubble shape.  Something about their never changing, smiling features, suggesting persistent equanimity.  Can we get through everything that is being thrown at us and keep at least a tiny ...
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 6
    . . March 31: Day six of living in lock-down… This time I managed to sleep a little longer and the alarm woke me at the pre-set time: 6.55am. Then remembered I was working a later shift and could’ve slept in. Oh well, there are things to do at home. ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • March ’20 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: Diamond Harbour School Blogs I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or ...
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: Poll Pot and the partisans
    Yesterday's Horizon poll showing support for a "Yes" vote in this year's cannabis referendum sliding into the majority for the first time in a year looked like good news for reformers – and it probably is. But the result warrants some scrutiny.The poll is the fifth in a series commissioned ...
    6 days ago
  • Why those bubbles are so important
    For almost a week now, every one of us who isn’t an essential worker has been confined to their bubble. We are allowed to go shopping for groceries, to visit the doctor, and to get a bit of exercise if we stay local. The reason we are doing this is ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • A Government System That Works
    The Covid-19 saga will no doubt produce many twists and turns for us before it is finally brought to an end. But one thing it has shown us – and what comfort it should bring us – is that our country’s government is in good hands. I am not thinking ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Smashing down the barriers: Where are we at with COVID vaccines?
    In the absence of a vaccine or a cure for a deadly disease, staying home in your bubble is what you do, the concept is not new.  To the best of my knowledge last time we did this in NZ was for polio, in the years before a vaccine came ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • National Network on Cuba (USA): “Cuban medical solidarity is a pillar of its society and is founde...
    The following statement was released on March 28 by the National Network on Cuba, a coalition of 40 groups, based in the United States. In recent weeks, Cuba has deployed hundreds of medical providers to over a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, as well as to their neighbors in Latin ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Alarming decrease in calves increases fears for endangered Hector’s dolphin
    This has been a terrible summer for Hector’s dolphins. The first indication was very low numbers of dolphin sightings during late spring and early summer. The Otago University Marine Mammal Research Team has carried out routine dolphin surveys at Banks Peninsula for more than 30 years. In all that time, ...
    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
    6 days ago
  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
    On March 17, Finance Minister Grant Robertson was quick out of the blocks with an economic rescue package to help businesses through the inevitable recession resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Robertson had pulled together a scheme in short order that so far seems to have saved many jobs. In his ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Saving lives
    The purpose of the lockdown is to save lives, by reducing the spread of covid-19. We won't know if its really working for another week, but given the devastation that will result if it doesn't - 14,000 dead is the optimistic scenario - its definitely worth trying. But pausing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    7 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    1 week ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    1 week ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 week ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago

  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
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