What China crisis?

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There have been lots of recent comment about how the Government is mucking up the relationship with China.

The evidence is somewhat scant.

There was the Air New Zealand plane that was turned around.  This has been mentioned by Audrey Young and others and Simon Bridges tweeted about it without even the most cursory of examinations:

Audrey Young said this:

Were it not for the news that the Chinese Government had cancelled a gala event it was hosting in Wellington to mark the China-NZ Year of Tourism, the souring relations may have quietly fermented away as they have for months.

But on top of the Air New Zealand plane turning back mid-flight to Shanghai, it took on greater significance and prominence.

The airline’s explanation of what happened was so sketchy that it took days for it to emerge that China had not turned the plane back and in fact had no part in the move.

Young’s other example, cancelling a gala event, is hardly the stuff on which hard conclusions can be drawn. And she is conceding that the Air New Zealand problem is definitely not related to any possible issues.

The other evidence, supposed increased difficulties in getting goods into China and a not so happy review of New Zealand as a tourist destination also fall well short of being conclusive proof .  Especially in relation to trade where it appears that import hiccups are at an all time low.  From Radio New Zealand:

MPI director market access Tim Knox said it has not not received indication of anything out of the ordinary in China’s border clearance procedures for New Zealand products.

New Zealand has an extensive trading relationship with China, valued at more than $NZ28 billion a year.

“As with any large trading relationship, temporary technical trade issues can occur from time to time with products at the border,” he said.

Each month China Customs publishes a list of food import non-compliances that have led to product rejection at the Chinese border. No New Zealand product appeared on the latest December 2018 list. Non-compliances concerning New Zealand products in 2018 were the lowest since monitoring began, Mr Knox said.

And the not very friendly tourist review in the China media?  Again from Radio New Zealand:

China foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told international media that it was wrong to interpret the travel notices as ‘warnings’ against Chinese tourists against travelling to New Zealand.

“Those insisting such an interpretation are evidently either making a big fuss over nothing or harbouring ulterior motives.”

And apparently a drop in student numbers is further evidence of problems. But you would expect changes to take a lot longer to feed through than what is claimed.

Of course care needs to be taken with the relationship and we are in a delicate position and in danger of being caught up in the US China tensions. 

Certainly the GCSB banning of Huawei equipment will have attracted attention.  It is hard to understand how New Zealand could not go along with that decision, given the clear views of the other five eyes nations.  I do agree with Mike Smith when he says this:

Spark wants Huawei’s 5G technology because its the best and the cheapest. The GCSB spooks don’t want us to have it because 5Eyes, and because the US has yanked their chain. The Prime Minister says no decision has been made – the media and the world think it is a goneburger. We should support New Zealand’s Spark, not US corporate interests.

The FiveEyes spy agencies met in Canada in July 2018 and “agreed to do their best to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom Huawei.” And according to the Wall Street Journal in November 2018

The U.S. government has initiated an extraordinary outreach campaign to foreign allies, trying to persuade wireless and internet providers in these countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co., according to people familiar with the situation.

Bloomberg News  opines that “The Spy Masters’ Case Against Huawei Is Flimsy: The Chinese phone maker’s biggest offense may be it’s too successful. So as consumers we should be asking why we are to be denied the best available technology. I like my Huawei phone.

And some of the other members relationship with China is considerably more rocky than New Zealand’s.  Like the UK who has had a Ministerial visit by Chancellor Phillip Hammond cancelled after another Minister advocated sending in an Aircraft carrier into disputed waters to show China who is boss.  Simon Jenkins in the Guardian has this colourful description:

The defence secretary’s brain has gone absent without leave. Gavin Williamson said in a speech today that he intends to send his new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, round the world to frighten China. He will equip it with a squadron of F-35 fighter jets, purchased from America. In addition he wants to build two British military bases, one in Asia and the other “in the Caribbean”. They are to “strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality and increase our mass”.

The UK is denying the cancellation is related to the speech.  But the speech was pretty incendiary.

How about America?

Well POTUS has engaged in an all out trade war with China for several months now. And his comments about China are not the sort of comments on which durable relationships of trust are based on.

And how about in Australia where a Chinese billionaire with Communist Party links and a former major donor of the Liberal Party had his immigration status revoked and replied by calling Australia a giant baby?

Or how about allegations made that China had hacked Australian Parliamentary servers? Or how about accusing China of meddling in Australian domestic affairs and of poisoning relations?

Compared to the UK, the US and Australia New Zealand’s alleged misdeeds are pretty minor.

National’s stance on the issue is fascinating.  They have taken to attacking the Government and to raise objections at every opportunity.  It makes you wonder what National’s rank and file think of this fulsome defence of communist China.

Michael Reddell, a conservative commentator on economics, and self proclaimed former supporter has not held back:

Over the past couple of years the depths the [National] party, its leaders and MPs, have been plumbing have become more visible. In 2017, in government, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the PRC on the Belt and Road Initiative. In that document they – Simon Bridges as signatory – committed to “promote” the “fusion of civilisations”. Plenty of people will probably dismiss such statements as “meaningless”, the stuff of official communiques. But decent people – under no duress whatever – don’t sign up to things suggesting that today’s equivalent of Nazi-ruled Germany is a normal and decent regime. Of course, they would probably dispute the parallel, but that’s just willed deliberate blindness.

Later that same year we learned the National Party had had a former PLA intelligence officer, Communist Party member, sitting in its parliamentary caucus. It seems to be generally accepted that Jian Yang, of such a questionable background, is one of the party’s largest fundraisers. Presumably the leaders (John Key and Peter Goodfellow) were aware of his past, but let’s be generous and assume that most of the caucus was as unaware as the public. But for the past 18 months, everyone has known. They also know – because Jian Yang acknowledged as much – that he deliberately misrepresented his past to get into New Zealand, telling us that Beijing had told him (and others in his position) to do so. Breathtakingly, there is no sign that official agencies in New Zealand have done anything about those admissions, but National is now out of office so I guess one can’t blame them for that.

But what the National Party – leader, president, MPs, and all those holding office in the party – is responsible for is the fact that Jian Yang still sits in Parliament, still sits in the National caucus, is still National’s spokesman (on a couple of minor portfolios), with the express support of successive leaders, and (apparently) in ongoing business relationships with the party president (he who trots of to Beijing to praise the regime and its leader). And not one MP, not one national councillor, no other officeholder – not one – has broken ranks, and been willing to openly question (or deplore) just what has gone on. Doing so might, I suppose, jeopardise their individual futures. But values are the things you are willing to risk, to pay some price for. Rumour hath it that some people within the party aren’t entirely comfortable, but so what, if you aren’t willing to do, or say, anything?

Is Simon Bridges and National really saying that we should go against the other 5 eyes nations and let Huawei set up our 5G network?

Don’t get me wrong. I agree with Mike Smith that if at all possible we should continue to use Huawei equipment. And I personally would be very relaxed at New Zealand leaving the 5 eyes coalition.

The whole incident feels like a National beat up for political reasons.

52 comments on “What China crisis?”

  1. Ad 1

    UK GCHQ has confirmed it can mitigate Huawei 5G risk.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Thanks I just read this in the Herald:

      Citing inside sources, the Financial Times reports the British government has now concluded that it can mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks – a development the paper calls “a serious blow to US efforts to persuade allies to ban the Chinese supplier from high-speed telecommunications systems”.

      While there has so far been no official announcement, the FT says the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has determined that there are ways to limit the risks from using Huawei in future 5G networks.

      The UK paper also quotes Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ (the Brit equivalent to our GCSB), saying the NCSC had “never found evidence of malicious Chinese state cyber activity through Huawei” and that any “assertions that any Chinese technology in any part of a 5G network represents an unacceptable risk are nonsense”.

      Spokesman Andrew Pirie says Spark is seeking more information on the apparent UK development.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12204757

    • Shadrach 1.2

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12204757

      ooops, sorry Micky – I posted the link just as you did.

    • Lettuce 1.3

      No need to worry about Huawei. One of New Zealand’s finest inquiring minds has it on good authority that it’s totally kosher and 100% above board:

      https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/11/nonsense_about_huawei.html

  2. Anne 2

    My understanding is that a lot of the crap about a so-called major rift between NZ and China is emanating from the local Chinese news network who are from all accounts backers of the National Party.

    • Muttonbird 2.1

      I wonder if they are getting a telling off by the CPC as we speak.

    • NZJester 2.2

      I would say it is likely National Party Dirty Politics people behind the scenes screwing up NZ relations with China through those planted stories. Some of those stories might actually be making their way into China and causing some real harm.

      • Muttonbird 2.2.1

        It certainly looks like the National Party has been agitating in the Chinese community. It’s pretty much sabotage of the country for political gain. Disgraceful.

      • Anything to get back into power, Crosby Textor and Nicky Hager’s Dirty Tricks bring back any memories ?

    • woodart 2.3

      I wonder what the old white backbone of the natz really think about there party selling out to the chinese. I expect winston to really put the screws on over it..

    • ken 2.4

      …..and exceedingly well versed in propaganda.

  3. Hooch 3

    I’m not sure it’s a vote winner for national to say they’d be sucking up to China if they were in power. I’d go as far to say the reason they’re polling is dropping is because of revelations like donations for list places.

    Pretty stupid game to start a meme that relations with one of our biggest trading partners are faltering.

    As for the air nz thing. Shouldn’t they be asking sir John and his poodle luxton about that?

    Pretty sure exports were stopped at the border due to paperwork issues when MPI had a name change under national too.

    And what would national have done in regard to Huawei? During keys tenure if America said jump he asked how high.

  4. veutoviper 5

    Good coalition of a lot of different articles, etc on this issue, thanks mickysavage.

    If you did not hear Bridges being interviewed this morning on Morning Report it was worth listening to IMHO as Espiner actually took it to Bridges for once in suggesting strongly to Bridges that he was damaging the NZ-China relationship and should be putting NZ first and not playing politics with such an important relationship.

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018682934/simon-bridges-tight-lipped-on-collins-leadership-discussion

    (Interview also covered whether Bridges had asked Collins whether she would support him as leader right up to the next general election – lol. Bridges refused to answer Espiner’s question to this over and over again.)

    As I mentioned elsewhere here yesterday, I also half heard an interview on Checkpoint last week when someone being interviewed on possible delays to NZ exports into China opined that any delays to NZ exports at the China border at present were more than likely due to nothing more than that it is Chinese New Year, with many people on holiday and customs etc working with skeleton staff! A case of Ozram’s Razor?

    • Kat 5.1

      “Choyna” a crisis manufactured by National. Before that it was “Russha”, before that it was “Oztrailya”……soon it will be “Inglind”.

      National know they are irrelevant. Historically they are a very large opposition. They are still irrelevant. Must be so frustrating for them. They are destined to a minimum of three terms in opposition. The only strategy they have is to attack the govt, not hold it to account, but to attack with the hope a weak chink will be found and a scandal erupts that tears the coalition apart, sets voters against Winston and Jacinda and miraculously return them to power.

      Simon Bridges will keep on barking and barking and barking, he may stop momentarily for a scratch then keep on barking, barking and chasing parked cars until his masters replace him with a new dog. Will it be an old dog or a pup.

  5. rata 7

    Hu -a -wei? Hu a yu?
    I have a Huawei washing machine so
    I am expecting a visit by the SIS any moment now 🙂

  6. Muttonbird 8

    It’s incredible the National Party would abandon one of their very core tenets, that of subservience to the United States, in order to attack this government.

    It’s almost as if they’re having difficulty remembering where their principles are because it’s been so long since they stood by them.

    • Exkiwiforces 8.1

      Did the “No Mates Party” have any principles or ethics to start with? 😂

      • NZJester 8.1.1

        According to them, they do have principles or ethics. But their definition of the words principles and ethics somehow do not match up with all the dictionary definitions of those words.
        Just like with the facts and figures they choose to use, they are also selective with what dictionary definitions they use in conjunction with those two words to claim they have them.

        • Exkiwiforces 8.1.1.1

          Mind you it depends on what dictionary they using as well and it’s not a Oxford or Macquarie either.

    • peterlepaysan 8.2

      Principles?
      Since when has national had principles? It is the lap dog of the wealthy and privileged.
      Always has been, just look at the history of its formation, (gasp) a coalition, against Labour.

      Gordon Gecko rules the national party, always will.

  7. Anne 9

    I love the head-line… Headache for Ardern, Little…

    Why? With this new information they can look at it again.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12204757

    • Muttonbird 9.1

      I would have thought that was the intention all along. To preliminarily block Huawei as per the request of security partners while the risks, real or not, are mitigated or safeguards put in place.

      The desperate and increasingly whacky right will try to paint this as a backdown (watch for this, it has already started) but the public will see it as sensible and properly cautious.

  8. Jetal 10

    The whole thing is a campaign by Huawei and their own useful idiots in the mainstream media to destable the Coalition into letting them back into the tent. Huawei ran an ad last week and the Herald then ran their lines.
    I would link to a surprising post by (she who cannot be named or linked else I fear a ban) which makes perfect sense but doing so could lead to a lifetime ban on this site.

  9. AB 11

    It goes without saying that National are vandals and opportunists primarily motivated by enriching the social class to which they belong. Everything they do should be considered in this light.

    But there is something else. Isn’t it inevitable that 5-Eyes membership and the China FTA will run up against each other from time to time? And if so – what is the long-term course? Is it just a case of occasional flareups after which things return to normal? Or is the trend towards an accumulation of difficulties such that eventually we will be forced to make a choice between them? Or to reject both?

    • Anne 11.1

      I know… lets ask China to join. We could be the Six Eyes. 😈

      • SPC 11.1.1

        The best commericalisation of 5G has been the promotion of 5G+ for men – a cocktail promising faster connectivity based on its historic use in Vietnamese brothels (Greentea, Ginseng, Ginger, Garlic and Ginkgo)

    • SPC 11.2

      The way I see it, 5G connection to smart devices increases the threat from malicious (criminals/hackers) actors and then there is the human health impact – quite apart from any capacity to a non western power to have surveillance (or denial of service) – grounds enough to delay and let others be canaries in the mine.

      Compare those using Huawei and those not, at leisure, before deciding. Rushing in to buy each new thing is not always progressive.

  10. SPC 12

    Three issues

    1. A desperate Simon Bridges, and maybe National as well, prepared to abandon bi-partisan foreign policy for political opportunism (and in large part it is an attempt to sabotage the Ardern-Peters releastionship).

    2. How quickly the Herald jumps in service to their calling, when it relates to business interests (year 2000 winter of discontent opposition to ECA reform).

    3. How many ex National MP’S are hooked into the NZ-China relationship post parliament – that’s a real demonstration of soft power buying connections. Even the Americans have been wary of ex government employees then hooking up with companies they were doing business with/regulating.

  11. BobandTurtle 13

    Seems quite ironic that the Labour party (and cheerleading squads) are so anti communist China considering your shared ideaology. You can always count on a bit of Trotsky and Stalin type infighting with the left, especially when it suits your needs i.e. equating China with the National party = the enemy. Labour are in damage control mode and need to ensure that they do not spill any more milk on behalf of our primary export industry. It tends to smell long term…….

    • Anne 13.1

      BobandTurtle has taken an overdose of smelling salts after watching TV1 news tonight.

    • KJT 13.2

      China’s “ideology”, totalitarian State control and surveillance, combined with contempt for Democracy, and the worship of money, is more compatible with National.

  12. Mark 14

    Of course there is a problem. Just because many things are not not explicitly stated does not mean there is no problem.

    Just as if one went to a party, some parties you feel welcome and have a ball and other parties somewhat ignored. In both cases though, superficially at least everything is OK.

    About that plane being turned around —and this is conjecture on my part—obviously technically China had the right to turn the plane back because of the paperwork. But if relationships were better, they’d probably let that one go, and allow it to land.

    In many areas of life we apply dispensation – based on a smile, a node, or a wave of the hand, let someone in in busy traffic.. We do that to people we like. If we dislike someone we can do everything properly, but nevertheless very easily make someone feel unwelcome – and they will know it.

    That fact that we now feel it, probably means there is something afoot.

    And it is hardly surprising. After all, New Zealand has been quite deliberatly and obviously spitting in China’s eye the past year or so, ever since that defense white paper was released. To the Chinese (and the Taiwanese mind you), the South China Sea is China’s sacred territory. That is something that unites all Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Straits.

    Then Peters delivers a speech to the Americans asking them to engage more with the Pacific, specifically mentioning their long involvement that started with the unequal treaties forced on China by the West. That is red rag to a bull. The Chinese are marinated in the history of the one hundred years of humiliation at the hands of the West. Indeed the raison d’être of the Chinese Communist Party is to overturn that century of humiliation and restore China back to its rightful place in the world. This is from its very founding back in 1921. Anyone that refers to the history of Western imperialism in a positive light will be persona non grata to the Chinese – to be cast into outer darkness never to forgiven.

    • mickysavage 14.1

      Air New Zealand have put their hands up about the plane trouble and said it is all their fault.

      I was in China a couple of years ago. The authorities decided to close down airspace for a couple of days and all flights were cancelled. No reason was given.

      I am not saying that there is nothing to worry about, just that given what other 5 eyes nations are doing right now to suggest that China is targeting New Zealand and not the others is bizarre.

    • SPC 14.2

      How did we feel it?

      In no way whatsoever, until National decided their first campaign of the year would be to try and politicise as an issue – who was boss of foreign policy, Ardern or Peters.

      That results in a media commentator cycle where they all add their two cents worth, and then various cronies of theirs and those with commercial interests are asked for comment.

      Now its all reading the tea leaves/signs of inscrutable Chinese messaging …all to fix in our susceptible minds the idea of who we are not allowed to offend – not if it costs the important people in our business world.

  13. It is all Chinese Whispers at this stage, the MSM along with National and Crosby Textor are trying their best to manufacture an issue IMHO ?

  14. Ankerrawshark 16

    100% tamati tautahi

  15. Now this little matter about chinas human rights record… so tell me again , if we stand on principle and not avarice ,… just why do we need them? Andddddd…. apart from a few corporate farmers, a tourist industry that COULD attract other markets,… and the [ virtually ] privatized education industry and those wanting a few extra bucks per week boarding a few chinese students …

    Juxtapose that with the fact that many here are actually card carrying members of the chinese communist party… not so attractive when one considers many of these cancelled tourist flights are motivated out of fear of their own govts reprisals, or communists on campus keeping chinese students in line with threats of the ‘big stick’… IS IT.

    When I was doing security study’s in Auckland, outside our 3 story window were members of the Falun Gong protesting against the visit of the chinese prime minister [ corner of Symonds and Karangahape Roads…

    When up marched our own police in support of a FASCIST, TOTALITARIAN STATE.

    They approached these peaceful protesters in a phalanx.

    They then deliberately stood behind each F.G protester in a less than veiled threat of ”do anything, and we will bust ya” fashion.

    So here was our OWN police force- aiding and abetting the totalitarian state of china because of….. TRADE DEALS AND LOOKING AFTER THE RICH ???

    Looking at you , J, Collins…D . Brash , J. Shipley , R . Richardson et all..

    I remarked to my security tutor ‘ they certainly look afraid”…

    To which he replied ” yes, many will have family back in china”… he also mentioned that all the faces of the protesters were being caught on surveillance cameras for later identification…

    How shitty can you get…

    All of course happening under the auspices of the Shit John Key ChiNational weasel govt. Natch, of course…

    I’ll leave you with that thought and the plight of those protesters,.. and their family’s,- and whether we should be taking any shit from that country after all. Who needs em? Really? .

    Fuck em.

    Russia would be a far better choice anyways if we were to shift trade to them. At least they are too far away to try any kind of soft power bullshit like embedding a former chinese spy instructor in one of our main political party’s- OR trying to buy their way in… eh, Jamie.

    And thanks for that info, James,… you’ve done your country a great service, matey.

    • OH ,… and in case any of you chinaphiles say it isnt true and that doesnt happen to people in china… WATCH THIS:

      Tortured in Red China – The Persecution of Falun Gong – YouTube

    • And THIS :

      The Persecution of Falun Gong (OFFICIAL ENGLISH … – YouTube

      • Mark 18.2.1

        hahahahaha, yep, that Western meddling movie of Falun Gong is proof alright? hahahah….what a naive plodder you are.

        China is New Zealand’s top trading partner accounting for 25% of NZ trade.

        New Zealand is China’s 44th ranked trading partner accounting for 0.29% of China’s trade.

        So here’s an idea Wild Katipo. If you want the Chinese to piss off and take their trade elsewhere, why don’t you gather around you a couple of hundred, or perhaps even a hundred like minded fellows, get some placards out, paint them with some anti-Chinese slogans and walk down Queen St, or Aotea Square.

        You should do this one a week, and I’m sure you will get in Chinese media.

        Before long the Chinese will get the hint and simply take their trade elsewhere. Really, NZ, is not that important to them. So they will simply stop engaging with NZ, if enough people create a big enough racket. Then problem solved!

        You can be assured that the Chinese will not be sending gunboats or soldiers down here to force trade, or simply to plunder. That is the Western way of doing things. Not the Eastern way.

        Howabout it? Put your money where your mouth is. Or are you all just a load of hot air?

        • WILD KATIPO 18.2.1.1

          Go have a chat with a few Falun Gong family members who had one of their loved ones imprisoned, then butchered for organs , arsehole. Following that , have a serious look – and I MEAN a serious look into their human rights abuses and executions, wank.

          Have a wee chat with Amnesty International.

          You complete sell out.

          The Alan Parsons Project – I Wouldn’t Want to be Like You – YouTube

  16. Mark 19

    Sellout? How is not giving a toss about falun Gong have anything to do with nz, one way or the other? Please explain.

    In any case I’ve given you a suggestion on what to do about getting the Chinese outta here, surely you should give it a go. Or are you some lazy keyboard warrior sitting on your ass in your mamas basement?

    • Go fuck yourself ,shit for brains.

      Enjoy that liver transplant you got from china , kid? Ever wake up in the night with nightmares and cold sweats about the victim who gave you life, jerk?

      Yeah – ” How is not giving a toss about falun Gong ”

      That’s you all over shithead.

      Go back to your nightmare world, fucker.

      What you need is freedom of speech in your shit country of china and a dose of this you little toady ,- but instead of it being directed towards the Queen if England- needs to be redirected to the evil shit head fuckers in the chinese peoples republics govt , – which you obviously support you tapeworm.

      FUCK YOU.

      You evil little worm.

      Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK – YouTube

      [lprent: Over the top. Pull it in before I ensure that you do. ]

  17. China is definitely a different kettle of fish in the Pacific, I am not sure who is the most trust worthy these days, the Americans or the Chinese ?

    The Chinese have become very expansionist in recent years in the Pacific and have developed strong political and financial ties with the likes of Tonga, Fiji, Samoa & the Cook Islands.

    They need to secure food supply for their people and need new ports in the Pacific to support their fishing fleets, plans are a foot in a number of Pacific Nations for building new port facilities.

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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    2 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    3 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    4 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    4 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    4 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    7 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    7 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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