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Unanswered questions

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 29th, 2012 - 96 comments
Categories: ACC, Judith Collins - Tags: , , ,

Why did Collins print a copy of the Boag email? Who else saw it or was informed of its contents? If she didn’t give the information to Lusk or Slater, how did it get to the Herald?

It is interesting that Slater and Lusk, under their joint pseudonym Whaleoil, haven’t denied being involved in the Boag email getting to the Herald. If they weren’t involved, why did they run hard on the Pullar issue with an anti-Boag angle from Day 1?

Does Collins want us to believe ACC leaked to the Herald?

How long does Collins thinks she can hold out?

96 comments on “Unanswered questions ”

  1. toad 1

    Unlike Smith, Collins ain’t going to go quietly.

    ACC Minister Judith Collins says she’s taking defamation proceedings against two Labour MPs and a news organisation.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Collins-launches-defamation-cases-over-ACC-scandal/tabid/1607/articleID/248463/Default.aspx#ixzz1qRYeRDeP

    • Enough is Enough 1.1

      It is a lousy attempt to shut down the debate and scare the media.

      Lange v Atkinson – nuff said

      • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1

        Totally different situation. One persons opinion on a minor side issue. That is Lange’s work ethic.

        The verdict should work against Collins, as she is a politician and the comments are ‘honest opinion’.
        Lange didnt win the case dont forget

        Cant see her getting a case before a judge here. But of course that is the point.
        This ploy is straight out of the playbook Keys close advisors used in the teatapes saga

        • Enough is Enough 1.1.1.1

          Well done Ghost, clap clap.

          That is my point. That is why I said nuff said. Her claim won’t see the light of day.

    • The Herald refers to “one media outlet”. She wouldn’t name it. Could be TV. Could be radio. Could be print. Or it could be online.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1

        Again Pete. I’m not sure I follow what you are trying to say with this comment.

        It looks very much like your earlier comment on this matter where you refered to ‘a lawyer’.

        Some people might think you were making some sort of barbed point here and there, perhaps trying to shut down debate or what have you.

        Such thoughts would be easily dispelled if you could be a little more transparent.

        • mickysavage 1.2.1.1

          Yeah Petey
           
          Put up or shut up.

          • King Kong 1.2.1.1.1

            I have also heard a whisper that this site is being looked at for a suit to be taken.

            [lprent: It would amuse me. However I suspect that it isn’t likely. ]

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.1.1.1.1

              How is a website supposed to appear in court??? LOL

              • King Kong

                Excellent point. Perhaps you might pass this defensive masterstroke onto Kim Dotcoms lawyers.

                • ghostwhowalksnz

                  Rubbish.
                  Dotcom is being charged on criminal offences which involve ‘business methods’.
                  No comparison

                  • King Kong

                    My apologies. I didn’t realise that charges around “business methods” were the only way you could get operators of websites into court.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    A point too technical for KK to grasp it seems, since he drew the irrelevant parallel.

                    • ghostwhowalksnz

                      Not to worry, Stuff is reporting its Mallard, Little and Radio NZ

                      Its funny how a lot of people dont know anything about US law and Kim Dotcom charges. Maybe the criminal charges would be a clue ?

                    • infused

                      CV, you’re very naive if you don’t think this place could be bought before the courts.

                      Queue: LPENT.

                    • lprent []

                      🙂 Happy to oblige..

                      Of course it can. Anyone who wishes to create legal precedent and a legal opinion about blogs can pull the trust into a court. But the likelihood is that it isn’t a particularly productive or even legally viable proposition for a politician. The most likely reason would be to force some kind of disclosure rather than an actual intent to go to trial.

                      Of course disclosure is a two way street. There are lots of questions I’d like to ask most politicians with the court enforcing it. On the other hand I suspect that it’d be hard for anyone to figure out what is happening in this system without my active cooperation.

          • Pete George 1.2.1.1.2

            Funny you should say that Greg. Have you any evidence? You haven’t put up yet, have you.

            Is it just “quacks like a duck, must be working for Mallard”?

            • mickysavage 1.2.1.1.2.1

              All in good time Petey.

            • King Kong 1.2.1.1.2.2

              lprent, just trying to get the gist of what you are implying. Are you saying that if the anonymous authors here get outed as a result of a court action you would out the right wing commentators on this site?

              [lprent: Read the policy section marked privacy. Is there any equivocation in that statement?

              And looking through the context, I can’t see where you could have gotten that from in anything that I have said. Please explain before I decide to ban you for putting words into my mouth. ]

              • King Kong

                If you didn’t change your post at any stage then neither can I. Very weird as I certainly saw something yesterday which inspired my reply and I wasn’t intentionally being facetious.

                [lprent: Not my post. And the only comment I have in that post above your one I can’t recall editing. I’m doing comments between compiles, tests, and thinking time which tend jump my attention around while writing. I sometimes come back to fix my errors – usually within the 8 minutes re-edit. ]

      • Rosemary 1.2.2

        Yet another hopelessly irrelevant and uninsightful contribution from Wormtongue. How the hell does your wife cope?

  2. BLiP 2

    Delish.

    Note to self: contact broker with instructions to go long on popcorn futures.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Printing the email is how Collins sent it to the PMs office who are the ones behind the smear campaign.

    Clever lady Bronwyn Pullar , she used tracking software to tell her when and where her email was being sent ( but Collins was a bit more wary and thus used the print button)
    ” Ms Pullar forwarded the email using computer software that allows her to track each time her email has been opened and who it is subsequently forwarded to.”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6655745/ACC-worker-re-viewed-leaked-Smith-letter

    • toad 3.1

      Yeah, but what does it say about ACC’s ICT security that it allows someone to install malware on their system.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1

        Its not malware. You are just spouting the Oily Orcas lines. Outlook has feed back software which comes standard which will tell you when your email is opened by the recipient. Its that malware?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.2

        I’ve never heard of this email tracking software before either, but I found this after a quick google: http://www.didtheyreadit.com/

        Doesn’t require any malware on anyone’s computer, it simply relies on existing email protocols to generate a return email. This itself could be blocked if the firewall was deliberately set up to do so, but they say on their FAQ page that testing shows it works 98% of the time.

        Wikipedia has got a bit of an article on email tracking, I didn’t read it in detail but it seems a little light on the exact specifics of how it works in general.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.2.1

          This is the best description Ive seen .
          The “embedded code” is usually just a linked 1×1 pixel image, so when you open the e-mail on an e-mail client like Outlook, the image is “shown”, triggering the download of the image from the web server. The act of requesting the image reveals all sorts of information to the web server the request is made to.

          Its a bit like the ads on web sites. The email links to the server that has the image. They know some of your info from this and they pass it back to you.

          • Reality Bytes 3.1.2.1.1

            Pro-tip; a really simple way to block this behavior from certain ads/sources completely, is to add an entry to your “hosts” file and set the offending url to your own computers ip (127.0.0.1), then the ‘request’ to download the ad or pixel tracking image or whatever goes nowhere since it tries to download it from your own pc.

            I won’t go into exact details as it is a bit different depending on your OS, but it is fairly easy to do, a quick google on: using hosts file to block urls” or similar should give hundreds of articles explaining it.

            One benefit of this method is you don’t have to install any additional software, which could ironically have malware present anyway if not carefully chosen.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Thanks.
              I tried this a while back via a site which supplies a big list of sites to copy to your hosts file.
              Didn’t make any difference
              I had thought the use of this software is rife in government and was the cause of Mapp leaving politics so early.

              • Reality Bytes

                Possibly the list was out of date or not relevant to the sites you were visiting. You can inspect the page source (or even better use a tool like firebug – right click inspect element with firebug) to figure out where the ads are referring your browser to. I don’t block any ads here on The Standard as I appreciate it possibly helps fund the site, and they are sometimes of interest to me anyway, but other sites I frequent have swathes of irrelevant junk, that at the very least waste a lot of my bandwidth.

        • lprent 3.1.2.2

          Wouldn’t rely on it. Every mail server I have set up, I have told it to strip the headers. Think of the extra loads on the systems.

          Just another redundant protocol as far as I am concerned.

          • Lanthanide 3.1.2.2.1

            Yeah, I suspected the 98% was self-servingly high.

            But the tracking via images method pointed out by ghost is another possibility; not sure that that could tell you how long someone had been reading the email though, as the “didtheyreadit” site claims they can do.

      • mickysavage 3.1.3

        It could be a red herring too.

        There seem to be three relevant documents:

        1.  The Boag/Collins email.
        2.  The Smith/Pullar letter where he testified as to her medical condition.
        3.  The Smith/Lotu Iiga letter where he made some rather mundane comments. 

        The Herald article published on March 18 appears to refer only to the Boag/Collins email and not the other letters.   The reference to “the day before the story broke” is the day before the Smith/Pullar letter came to light.

        The question ought to be asked, did anyone in the Minister of ACC’s office access the letter before March 20 and if so when? 

  4. Jimmie 4

    I think one answer Master Eddie is found in this stuff article:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6655745/ACC-worker-re-viewed-leaked-Smith-letter

    Unfortunately an ex case manager with a bone to pick is a much more likely culprit than Ms Collins to have leaked the letter.

    Perhaps all the gnashing of teeth on yesterday’s thread was all for nought if it turns out that this case manager was the source for the media – but I guess the words ‘We were Wrong’ will never be a thread headline on this blog…….lol

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 4.1

      Or, the letter referred to in your story is a completely different letter to the email from Boag in question.

    • Tom Gould 4.2

      Typical Tory spray diversion, just like the fake defamation threat. Getting too close for comfort, clearly.

      • TT 4.2.1

        Spot on. The tories always get aggressive when they’re about to be found out. Collins days are numbered, and the dominos continue to fall. Andrew Little was right on the money when he says this crime goes right to the top of the NACT hierarchy. The PM is simply attempting to destroy ACC so it can be sold to the private sector, with most of the profits heading straight into the NACT ministers back pockets.

      • Anne 4.2.2

        @ Tom Gould
        My immediate reaction. Try to terrorise Mallard and co. and sections of the media. That might work for the media but it will only incite Mallard and Co. to dig further because they know they’re on to something!

        And I’ll make a prediction: part of the story will eventually lead to the PM’s department.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2.2.1

          You are right , these sort of things are done at the top level.
          The panic has set in now it hasnt gone away when Smith resigned and Key has to come back ….eventually from his holiday in France

      • ianmac 4.2.3

        Judith Collins is issuing a Defamation Case against 2 Labour MPs and a news org. See Toad at 1.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2.3.1

          Hasnt a hope of succeeding .

          Lange v Atkinson means you can have ‘honest opinions’ about politicians that would be defamatory.

    • toad 4.3

      Different letter/email, Jimmie. You are talking about the one Nick Smith wrote that cost him his job. The one in question in this post is the one Boag sent to Collins.

    • Dean 4.4

      you’ve confused two totally separate emails – the Smith email, which led to his resignation and the Boag email, which went to Collins and somehow ended up in the Herald’s hands.

  5. Jimmie 5

    Oh and it mentions that Ms Pullar deliberately introduced malware into the ACC email system in order to keep tabs on who looked at her email – this is getting dirtier by the day and unfortunately Ms Pullar is not looking the injured saint she was trying to make herself out to be.

    Also with a $1 million payout form a private insurer I fail to see why the ‘left’ in general are sticking up for her – a classic rich prick if you ask me – not happy with that she wanted more from ACC and it appears would stoop to hacking and alleged indirect blackmail to get more.

    Heck gotta be a classic rick prick – the left should be knocking her for 6.

    [it is the right of ACC clients to privacy, not the scummy Pullar that its being defended. JH]

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      See my reply at 3.1.2, Jimmie, no malware is required for email tracking.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.2

      Its not ‘wanting more’ from ACC. Its getting the coverage she is entitled to ( and paid for). The ACC coverage seems to be more the rehab services

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 5.3

      Oh too funny Jimmie, your comment is another perfect example of the self-serving and vengeful way you lot do politics: it’s all about trying to run people down and character assassination, rather than the principles involved.

      A crime (breach of privacy) has been committed by someone high up in ACC, or high up in government, but you don’t want us looking there, do you?

  6. Blue 6

    It seems perfectly obvious that Judith Collins did not use any means of electronic communication to get the information out there. She knows full well that doing so would be stupid because it’s completely traceable.

    Pullar’s email tracking software is useless in this case, as will be any forensic examination of computers.

    As long as Crusher is getting litigation-happy, will she sue Fran O’Sullivan for being the first to put in print that it was her who leaked Bronwyn Pullar’s name?

    Fran vs Crusher would be a fantastic battle.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      There is still a fax ! She printed it remember and she has got this info out all ready .
      Fax machines have logs as well. Expect it to be erased by now.

      • McFlock 6.1.1

        But of course fax machines would work through the enterprise PABX phone system, which would also have logs. And those logs would not be as easily erasable, given that they’re needed for inter-departmental accounting. So just look for the call from the fax line to whichever media company/idiot blogger broke the story.

  7. Lanthanide 7

    iPredict now have contracts on this: https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=browse&cat=561

    • Anne 7.1

      ACC Official… running @ 51.7% probability.
      Beehive Staffer… @ 46.7%.
      Not a lot in it.

      Oh, that it could be so simple.
      I’ll wager a bet whoever was responsible was under instruction from someone else.

      • Pascal's bookie 7.1.1

        Beehive staffer now up to 63%.

        • Dv 7.1.1.1

          The movements on ipredict are interesting because ther are no controls on insider trading. In theory the leaker could buy a bunch and then confess.

  8. tsmithfield 8

    I notice that Pullar herself being the source of the leak is at a reasonably healthy 28%.

    That was the point I made yesterday that no-one seemed to pick up on.

    What if Boag had cc’d her letter to Pullar, and Pullar had included it in her correspondence to someone else? There is already evidence that she has been very prolific and wide ranging in the people she was corresponding to. So it is quite possible it has got into someone elses hands that no-one here has even considered.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      Have you seen the volume, ONE share at a time maybe less than 10 all up. Its a penny dreadful

      • tsmithfield 8.1.1

        “Have you seen the volume, ONE share at a time maybe less than 10 all up. Its a penny dreadful”

        If there is such low certainty about this probability, then the current level will be quickly short-sold down to a single digit percentage I expect.

    • Craig Glen Eden 8.2

      John Keys pixies at the bottom of his garden tsmithfield strikes again? Next time you are in that garden can you ask them where are those 170,000 jobs Key and English go on about.

      • Hami Shearlie 8.2.1

        You’ll find the 170,000 jobs at the end of the Nact rainbow along with the leprauchaun(played to great effect by Michael Woodhouse)!

  9. Deb 9

    I would be very afraid had I cast aspersions on or remotely defamed Ms Collins. She may be many things, but legally stupid she is not

    • Frida 9.1

      @Deb ” legally stupid she is not”

      Actually, I’ve heard the opposite from lawyers who used to come up against her in practice. Thick as a plank are statements I’ve heard used frequently.

      • Deb 9.1.1

        As a former VP of the NZ Law Society and President of the ADLS, my money would be on Collins having more than just a passing knowledge of the NZ defamation laws.

        What about some examples of her being as “thick as a plank” rather than just alleged comments from alleged lawyers who have “come up against her”.

        • Frida 9.1.1.1

          @Deb, ever heard of the defamation defence “honest opinion”?! That’s what the statements made to me were. Okay?

          Equally, what’s your evidence that being VP of NZLS and President of ADLS makes her an expert in defamation law or, for that matter, particularly legally smart? In my experience, all those positions show is that the lawyer concerned is good at networking and schmoozing. No reflection on legal ability!

          As others have pointed out already, by running to the media this morning and threatening to sue, Collins has already shown she has less than a passing acquaintance with Lange v Atkinson.

          I stand by my origincal comments. This is blatant bullying of the ilk we have seen many times with this Government, and most blatantly demonstrated by the Ambrose fiasco.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.1.2

          Just goes to show she was a politician before getting into parliament. These sort of jobs prove she isnt the sharpest knife in the drawer.

          • lprent 9.1.1.2.1

            Yep. A bit like how programmers like to try to ‘promote’ the people who aren’t that good away from their habits of screwing up code and into management where their ego and lack of ability causes less of a problem. There is nothing like cleaning up someone else’s poorly thought through constructions to start envisaging where they could be better employed.

      • Inventory2 9.1.2

        Comments from mickysavage perhaps? That’d be REALLY independant!

    • Pascal's bookie 9.2

      Defamation has a pretty high legal hurdle to jump WRT politicians in NZ.

      Her press release is from the government and signed as minister. I guess that means the taxpayer will be picking up the tab.

      I strongly suspect that the case will never go to court, and if it does, she will lose. In the meantime she will use the case as an excuse not to answer any questions.

    • Ross 9.3

      Sorry to say, Deb, but you are wrong. If you wanted a lawyer, Collins would be the last person I’d approach. She doesn’t seem to know the law.

      http://www.medialawjournal.co.nz/?p=505

  10. Sarah 10

    If Pullar was hacking by using a read receipt function on her emails, then everyone using the a read receipt function of Outlook would be considered to be hacking.

    This is laughable. We need more police to arrest every New Zealander using an email read notification system.

    • Deb 10.1

      Slightly more than a “read receipt”. A “read receipt” gives the reader the option not to respond to the sender. Pullar’s malware is very much more pernicious and invasive.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 10.1.1

        lol got a link to back that up? – and please don’t waste my time with Mr. Oil.

        But just to humour you for a moment, say that’s all true, how does it affect the fact that someone illegally copied Michelle Boag’s email to Collins?

        That’s what we need to know – who broke the law? Was it someone at ACC, or someone donkey deep in the National Party?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 10.1.2

        Rubbish
        “The “embedded code” is usually just a linked 1×1 pixel image, so when you open the e-mail on an e-mail client like Outlook, the image is “shown”, triggering the download of the image from the web server. The act of requesting the image reveals all sorts of information to the web server the request is made to.”

        Its not too different from a ‘cookie’
        And all those ads on websites do much the same thing.

        • Reality Bytes 10.1.2.1

          All the more reason to have ‘download images’ off by default in your email client.

  11. bad12 11

    There,s a debate inherent in the person(s) responsible for leaking, (a hard-copy),of Boag,s email to Crusher being under instructions from another or not,

    Our view is that Captain Panic Pants and able subordinates,Hansel and Gretel when it comes to matters of public perception and media management of such issues might just be telling Slippery whats going to happen and how He should publicly respond to Their media machinations….

  12. HelensYourAunty 12

    EDDIE on Monday 26th March

    “Collins has imitated her fellow ministers by leaking Pullar’s private details in revenge.”

    Libel.

    • Frida 12.1

      hmmm you clearly know what you’re talking about Aunty – NOT. There’s been no such thing as “libel” in NZ law for decades. Care to try and make your point again?

      Meantime, have a read of Lange v Atkinson.

  13. Fortran 13

    Looks as though an ACC staffer may be in this up to her armpits ?

    • Ross 13.1

      The ACC staffer accessed a letter from Nick Smith, but that isn’t the issue here. It’s about the email from Boag to Collins.

      • Dean 13.1.1

        do you think that righties like Fortran are genuinely so easily confused by the existence of multiple emails or they’re just trying to distract?

        • McFlock 13.1.1.1

          50:50 is my bet – half are pretending to be that dumb, and the other half really are that dumb.

  14. ianmac 14

    I just went back to listen to National Radio interviews recorded this morning about the ACC leak. They are still available for downloading.
    The first was with Trevor Mallard:
    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120329-0721-labour_claims_judith_collins_is_the_source_of_acc_leak-048.mp3" /]

    The second was a Reporters round-up with comments from Little and Mallard.
    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120329-0719-labour_says_collins_most_likely_the_source_of_acc_leak-048.mp3" /]

    If they are comments subject to a Defamation case I’m damned if I can hear any defamation at all. Were there some other interviews?

  15. bad12 15

    Crusher Collins sure has dancing upon the head of a pin down to an art form, we have to wonder does She take lessons or does such a skill come naturally,

    The two pertinent questions here would still seem to reside in the 1 hard copy of the Boag email that Crusher has admitted to having caused to have been made???

    The question marks above are for obvious reasons as far as our genuine belief is garnered from media reports is that Crusher has stated that ”Her office” had made 1 hard copy of the Boag email,

    Question 1 has to be ”why the hard copy Crusher”???,unless of course the 9th floor has given the directive to one and all that They will handle EVERYTHING to do with Pullar and anything recieved by anyone was to go straight up to the 9th floor,

    Question 2 has to be (still),”who was the hard copy of the Boag email to Crusher given to, we believe Crusher when She says SHE never leaked the email (or its details) to the media,but, attempting to take the vows of silence this far into the saga is unacceptable as is the House Speaker allowing Her to not answer specific questions put to her about the printing and destination of that hard copy of the Boag email,

    Incidentally Slippery has reportedly expressed His 100% support for His Minister keeping it zipped,we wouldnt believe for a minute that thats coz She will be gone in seconds if She drops Him or the minions on the 9th floor in it…

  16. QoT 16

    Just to completely ignore the details of the case, I’m utterly fixated on why the hell people print emails at all … much less when they’re Cabinet Ministers. Wasn’t it meant to be Brash’s penchant for printing all his emails (or getting them printed for him) which led to The Hollow Men?

    • Anita 16.1

      I see printed emails all the time. I even print some of them myself 🙂

      Most commonly I see emailed printed by PAs for senior managers and neatly filed – a folder for urgent, a folder for “by tomorrow”, a folder for signing, and so on. All the senior managers I know are perfectly capable of reading and replying to their emails online, but don’t spend that much time in front of their computers, so neatly organised printed emails combined with letters, memos etc for reading during quiet patches, between meetings, on flights, and so on. For me to have a GM’s PA print one of my emails and the attached letter and put it in a folder marked “urgent” is a completely reliable way of getting a signed letter dropped on my desk by the PA within a couple of hours.

      I also print emails occasionally, today I took two emails to a meeting – one contained the instructions for the conference call, the other was the two pages of bullet points we needed to discuss, and someone who couldn’t attend’s feedback for inclusion. I also have a stack of paper on my desk at the moment which is all the feedback I’ve had on a report I’m working on – including each email, each hand scribbled on copy, and my notes of discussions I’ve had. They’re all highlighted to show which points have been incorporated and which have been completely dealt with. If I’m incorporating eight lots of feedback on a single document I need to see each set of feedback side by side. They will live in that pile until the report is finally signed off.

      So, I can imagine two very simple and normal scenarios for how that email got printed.

      1) Collins was give a folder of miscellaneous ACC correspondence along with all her other things to read and deal with as she left the office. Between her office in Wellington, her home in Auckland, and the office in Wellington again she looked at each piece and wrote on it what should happen. So the email now exists in paper form with a note saying “forward to X and Y”. The person that acted on those instructions filed the printed email in a folder of ACC related correspondence in case they ever needed to check back.

      2) Collins met with one of her support staff for 30 minutes, the support staff member had printed out all the emails they couldn’t work out how to handle and brought copies of the letters in the same state. They went through the pile quickly, one by one, with Collins writing a note on each about how to handle it “accept invitation”, “forward to X”, “refer to Y”, “polite refusal”.After it had been handled it was filed along with the rest of the stuff.

      • QoT 16.1.1

        Well that’s just fair and reasonable, then. But I still just wince at the thought of all that basically-untraceable paper lying around …

        • Anita 16.1.1.1

          Some agencies use printers which allow tracing of printed material, but it’s uncommon. I have no idea if that is true in Minister’s offices.

          • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.1.1

            Do you think that the forensics the PC is going to do will find out if other recpients printed it out?

            • Anita 16.1.1.1.1.1

              It wouldn’t surprise me at all if some of the other known recipients printed it.

              What the PC’s forensics will find depends partly on how stupid or careless the leaker(s) were, how much access the PC has to their systems, how their systems were set up, and how good the investigators are. I’m betting that the leaker(s) weren’t stupid or careless enough to get caught.

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  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
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  • Review into greyhound racing announced
    The Government is putting in place a review of the work being done on animal welfare and safety in the greyhound racing industry, Grant Robertson announced today. “While Greyhound Racing NZ has reported some progress in implementing the recommendations of the Hansen Report, recent incidents show the industry still has ...
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  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
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  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
    Pacific people in New Zealand will be better supported with new mental health and addiction services rolling out across the Auckland and Wellington regions, says Aupito William Sio.  “One size does not fit all when it comes to supporting the mental wellbeing of our Pacific peoples. We need a by ...
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  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
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  • Govt expands Mana Ake to provide more school-based mental wellbeing support
    More children will be able to access mental wellbeing support with the Government expansion of Mana Ake services to five new District Health Board areas, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The Health Minister made the announcement while visiting Homai School in Counties Manukau alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate ...
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  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
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  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
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  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
    Racing Minister Grant Robertson has announced he is appointing Elizabeth Dawson (Liz) as the Chair of the interim TAB NZ Board. Liz Dawson is an existing Board Director of the interim TAB NZ Board and Chair of the TAB NZ Board Selection Panel and will continue in her role as ...
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  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
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  • Workshop on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems – opening remarks
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  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
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  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
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  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
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  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
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  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
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  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
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  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
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  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
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  • Electricity Networks Association (ENA) Annual Cocktail Speech 2021
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  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
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  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
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  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
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  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni has today announced the opening of the first round of Ngā Puninga Toi ā-Ahurea me ngā Kaupapa Cultural Installations and Events. “Creating jobs and helping the arts sector rebuild and recover continues to be a key part of the Government’s COVID-19 response,” Carmel ...
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  • Drug-testing law to be made permanent
    Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals ...
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  • Better rules proposed for freedom camping
    Public consultation launched on ways to improve behaviour and reduce damage Tighter rules proposed for either camping vehicles or camping locations Increased penalties proposed, such as $1,000 fines or vehicle confiscation Rental companies may be required to collect fines from campers who hire vehicles Public feedback is sought on proposals ...
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  • Government backs Air New Zealand as Trans-Tasman bubble opens
    The Government is continuing to support Air New Zealand while aviation markets stabilise and the world moves towards more normal border operations. The Crown loan facility made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020 has been extended to a debt facility of up to $1.5 billion (an additional $600 ...
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  • Building gifted for new community hub in Richmond red zone
    Christchurch’s Richmond suburb will soon have a new community hub, following the gifting of a red-zoned property by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to the Richmond Community Gardens Trust. The Minister for Land Information, Damien O’Connor said that LINZ, on behalf of the Crown, will gift a Vogel Street house ...
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  • Pacific languages funding reopens
      Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the reopening of the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ (MPP) Languages Funding in 2021 will make sure there is a future for Pacific languages. “Language is the key to the wellbeing for Pacific people. It affirms our identity as Pasifika and ...
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  • ERANZ speech April 2021
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  • Strengthening Māori knowledge in science and innovation
    Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today announced the 16 projects that will together get $3.9 million through the 2021 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, further strengthening the Government’s commitment to Māori knowledge in science and innovation.  “We received 78 proposals - the highest ...
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  • Government delivers next phase of climate action
    The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first major announcement to follow the release of the Climate Commission’s ...
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  • Continued investment in Central Otago schools supports roll growth
    Six projects, collectively valued at over $70 million are delivering new schools, classrooms and refurbished buildings across Central Otago and are helping to ease the pressure of growing rolls in the area, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. The National Education Growth Plan is making sure that sufficient capacity in the ...
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