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Where’s the trap?

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 pm, June 10th, 2009 - 73 comments
Categories: john key, richard worth - Tags:

Yeah. Great honey-trap.

– First, target a minister that doesn’t matter with a woman who is openly Labour
– Second, delete the most offensive texts and don’t record any phone calls
– Third, don’t go public, refuse Goff’s offer to raise it privately with Key
– Fourth, raise the issue privately with Key once the harassment has ceased
– Fifth, Let the issue rest when Key’s staff says Worth was given a ticking off
– Sixth, don’t raise the issue when allegations of sexual offending by Worth come to light
– Seventh, attempt to get a private meeting with Key only after he casts doubt on the truth of your story
– Eighth, refuse media interviews

Wow. That’s pretty much exactly the opposite of how a honey-trap works. Fact is honey-traps only exist in the minds of undersexed Tories. Setting up another MP with a woman is orders of magnitude beyond the risk profile political parties run on. They would never do it for fear of it blowing up in their faces.

Best advice Key has had throughout this increasingly tedious affair has been from the Left. So here’s some more. Don’t run the misogynist ‘was that sexually harassing enough?’ line like the Right of the blogosphere. Accept her story backed as it is by evidence. Rescind the allegation she is lying . Use it to get Worth out of caucus.

Then all he’s got left to do is tell us why he fired Worth and why he didn’t do it on the Tuesday. Then the questions will stop. We can move onto important things. Like stopping this economic meltdown.

73 comments on “Where’s the trap? ”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    Zet. Yep. Also needed to be explained in this little fantasy, is Worth’s reactions to events.

    It makes no sense at all. Which won’t stop them though.

    I’m actually shocked that they’ve gone here. Quite the drinking buddy John Key’s got. DPF’s dogwhistling call out to his commenters to ‘get on the google and identify her, but please don’t post her name here because she may be a victim’ is a new low for him.

    It’ll be interesting to see which righties stick up for common decency.

  2. tsmithfield 2

    Firstly, this is a LABOUR honey-trap (on a level with the Hee-Fee) not a professional one, which explains a lot.

    Secondly, the woman at the centre of the allegations has got form having been involved in fraudulent activities in the past.

    Thirdly, I doubt a lot of the “evidence” ever existed. The “deleted” texts were probably never there. Apparently, the woman, in her letter to Key, hasn’t included texts from her to Worth to give the context. The phone calls probably were taped but probably were as innocuous as the texts that have been published. So, why not just say the calls were never taped and invent a story about the phone calls.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      I’m assuming your next argument will be “she had it coming anyway”. I’m tiring of your misogyny.

      • tsmithfield 2.1.1

        Irish, did you read the article?

        Previously I was being a little tongue in cheek about the honey-trap thing. Having read the article, I am convinced.

    • Zetetic 2.2

      This guy is the biggest idiot out there. Can’t even read. Hope he’s not a cop, pretty crap at making a logical case.

      • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1

        What? You’re not supposed to start with a conclusion, look at the facts and then make up whatever other premisses you need to get the conclusion?

        Yeah ok, now that I look at it that does seem a bit fucking mental.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    Hmmm….the link in my previous post doesn’t seem to be working. So here it is:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/recruitment/news/article.cfm?c_id=83&objectid=10546912

    • indiana 3.1

      …is there absolute certainty this is one in the same person? If so, very dodgey indeed.

  4. burt 4

    “Where’s the trap?’

    Blown up in Goff’s face. It’s a laugh isn’t it.

    • gobsmacked 4.1

      Evidence?

      The usual suspects are saying exactly what you’d expect. Which is nothing to do with public opinion – especially the women who put John Key into power.

      • tsmithfield 4.1.1

        What we really need to see, gobsmacked, is convincing evidence of the behaviour the woman has alleged.

        The herald article clearly shows that the woman and her husband participated together in fraudulent activities. With that knowledge as a backdrop, there is absolutely no credibility to the womans word unless she can provide solid evidence to back it up. Elementary really.

        • gobsmacked 4.1.1.1

          The royal “we”?

          What you need to see is of no importance. You are not interested in considering anything except conclusions you reach in advance, and never have been.

          • tsmithfield 4.1.1.1.1

            Gobsmacked, I base my views on the evidence in front of me. If the evidence changes, my views change. Is that not the way you treat things.

          • gobsmacked 4.1.1.1.2

            In her letter to Key, the woman has given him her phone number so Worth’s phone records can be checked.

            Do you think this should happen? That would be important evidence, wouldn’t it?

      • Daveski 4.1.2

        Exactly. Evidence is required from the strikingly Labour beautiful woman … or is that strikingly beautiful Indian woman.

        FWIIW (ha ha, I have to laugh at my own puns) Worth is the lowest form of MP scum who the Nats can only be improved by ditching at the first opportunity. Total tosser.

        Key has shown a level of naivety and got exposed by Goff. Goff has played this for all it’s worth.

      • burt 4.1.3

        gobsmacked

        You seem to have missed the talking points. You don’t need evidence, just say you had it once but deleted/lost it.

        Look if this woman has been harassed then this whole debacle must be a nightmare for her – otherwise it is a major own goal for Labour.

        I posted previously that Key was right to fire Worth, the current events are giving me reason to reevaluate my views on that.

        • MikeG 4.1.3.1

          Burt – don’t forget that the reason Worth was fired wasn’t anything to do with this woman. The Police are still investigating the other allegation, and that seemed to be the cause of the sacking/resignation.

          • forgetabouthtelastone 4.1.3.1.1

            Actually – we dont even know why he was sacked yet. From Colin Espiner’s blog:


            * He wasn’t sacked for anything involving the use of drugs or alcohol

            * He wasn’t sacked over the lurid or lewd (Key has invented a new word, “lewid” to describe them) text messages he allegedly sent to the Indian woman.

            * He wasn’t sacked over the complaint made to police by the Korean businesswoman, since Key has already told us that his decision is not based on whether or not Worth is charged with anything.

            * He wasn’t sacked for not telling Key about the police complaint, since Key admitted yesterday he was unsure whether Worth even knew about it until Key confronted him.

            * He wasn’t sacked for adultery, since Key has also said he knows something about Worth that has not yet entered the public arena, and the allegation that Worth slept with someone other than his wife is already out there and just about the least of his worries.

            * He wasn’t sacked for anything to do with his business dealings, or the trip to India earlier in the year.

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/blogs/on-the-house/2484958/Curiouser-and-curiouser

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.3.1.2

            And don’t forget that Worth hasn’t publicly denied anything that this woman or Goff have said. None of Whaleboy’s news is news to Worth. He could have been running the honey trap line and suing every bastard since May 6.

    • I think that we should thank the right for being so feral about this. Over the past 5 weeks they have well and truely blown the honeymoon, their chances in Mount Albert, and their chances in South Auckland. Their chances next election look poor.

      We should ask them to continuously vent and shout about this because essentially it does not make sense. The complainant and Goff obviously wanted to keep things quiet.

      The Nats are deeply embarassed. Their only response is the pit bull attack mode we are seeing now.

      They do seem to work on the basis that if you shout and scream enough then you may persuade some people to think that you may not be in the wrong.

      This is a somewhat desperate tactic however.

      Roll on the next scandal. What is the bet there will be a further attempt to smear Labour and to then try and blame us for their weaknesses.

      • gingercrush 4.2.1

        The complainant and Goff obviously wanted to keep things quiet..

        So that is why day after day they have been attempting political scoring points? Who has been smearing? Why Goff and The Standard. Key mentioned an earlier incident. That is fact. But it was Goff that kept pushing the politics of it all. He created the smears.

  5. Whacky Lefty 5

    I hope her grace is noticed and she makes a higher place up the next Labour Party list. She has clearly proven she is well behaved and can deal with unsavory characters with tact and class.

    • Eddie 5.1

      Unfortunately, this whole saga will probably have poisoned any ambitions she had to be an MP. I suspect the husband’s conviction was a reason she wasn’t chosen for Botany, a seat Labour would never win anyway.

      • burt 5.1.1

        So what you are saying Eddie is that this past was known about within Labour and Goff was sitting on this for months.

        OK – I’m a reasonable person, can you convince me this whole thing isn’t a political shit storm that got out of hand and blew up in Labour’s face?

        • Eddie 5.1.1.1

          Of course the local Labour party would have known that this woman’s husband was convicted of fraud when they chose the candidate

          That’s got no bearing on the sexual harassment issue.

          I know where you’re going to go next – the husband was convicted of fraud, so she must be a liar too – that ignores the fact that she has provided 34 texts to Key.

          • tsmithfield 5.1.1.1.1

            Read the article. Both she and her husband were actively involved in the fraudulent activity together. Only he was convicted. However, she was very close to it as well. So, its not just a case of judging her on the basis of the behaviour of her husband.

          • burt 5.1.1.1.2

            Eddie

            “she must be a liar too” – I didn’t say that.

            I said she had a speckled past which was known to Labour and that Goff sat on the scandal of sexual harassment for months – can you convince me that this debacle wasn’t a political shit storm?

        • gobsmacked 5.1.1.2

          Read the original post, Burt. Seriously.

          You want ABC? One week ago:

          A) Worth sacked
          B) Key tells media about other allegations
          C) Goff responds to media questions, and story begins.

          OK?

          • gingercrush 5.1.1.2.1

            Yeah and then he Phil Goff and Left supporters kept the story going. Goff made it political. This blog site made it political. If you make things political, you’re going to be played politically back. That is the lesson for Phil Goff and The Standard.

          • mickysavage 5.1.1.2.2

            GC

            Lefties despaired and how inept Key’s handling of this issue was. Of course that was an issue. Worth was already dead and buried by that time so whether or not he acted like a total prat is not relevant.

  6. Eddie 6

    she gave Key 34 texts in the letter today. There’s your evidence.

    • tsmithfield 6.1

      Unfortunately, Eddie, the evidence is very weak. The stuff quoted in the media today appears to be the worst of it. In fact, all that evidence does is prove the two were engaged in some sort of mutual relationship.

      Furthermore, she hasn’t included her texts going back the other way. That raises alarm bells with me straight away. What has she got to hide in this respect?

      Furthermore, there is absolutely no evidence of the sexually explicit calls she complained about. Now, the article I have pointed to calls her word into question. So, its all a bit of a damp squib really.

      • Eddie 6.1.1

        like Zetetic said. Key would be a fool to copy you and start arguing over what level of sexual harassment is serious enough.

        But then only a fool would copy a fool.

        • burt 6.1.1.1

          Eddie

          Key might have ‘sacked’ Worth because of the ‘what level of sex scandal scandal is acceptable?’ question for all we know.

          Send it all to court – if there are charges laid then it will be resolved using correct procedure. Umm, what position to take if it ends up ‘prima facie evidence not in the public interest to prosecute’ ?

          • gobsmacked 6.1.1.1.1

            what position to take if it ends up ‘prima facie evidence not in the public interest to prosecute’ ?

            Very good question, Burt. And that’s Key’s petard, hoist on it by his own stupid team.

            Coming soon, after police drop the charges …

            Media question: So why can’t Worth even remain an MP?

            Key: Well, as I said, it was conduct unbecoming, and um, well, along with other allegations …

            Media: The ones from the wicked Labour lady, who you’ve tried so hard to discredit?

            Key: Er, yes … oh, hang on, no … um …

            Yes, I’ll spell it out for the thickies who still don’t get it. Richard Worth has just started to look like a man hard done by. Thanks to the boys on the blogs. Good work, guys!

      • mickysavage 6.1.2

        Tsmithfield

        It does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter, it does not matter.

        Have I made myself clear.

        Worth was sacked for whatever it is Key decided to sack him for.

        Goff had a quiet chat with him in the hope that Mrs Worth could be spared the ignomy of all this.

        The complainant has never wanted it publicised.

        Goff is criticising Key because his handling has been so abysmal.

        There is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy, there is no conspiracy.

        Understood?

        • gingercrush 6.1.2.1

          So if Goff and this woman wanted to keep it quiet. Why did Phil Goff every day keep going to the media and peddling stuff.

          Can you not understand that mickysavage?

          • mickysavage 6.1.2.1.1

            GC

            He did AFTER Key published the complaint.

            Do you not understand? The issue is Key’s appalling handling of this matter, not the complaint itself?

            By the time this story broke Worth was a bloodied corpse that had already been thrown overboard.

            I bet this is the last time that Goff ever thinks of trying to deal with a matter privately. Next time it will be boots and all. You wingnuts should understand this.

          • gobsmacked 6.1.2.1.2

            MickeySavage, they’re just too thick to get it.

            Question time, soon:

            “Did the Minister … ?”

            “No”

            “I seek leave to table …”

            Ah, the good old days. They’ll be back.

          • Eddie 6.1.2.1.3

            Goff hasn’t been ‘going to the media’ he has been asked to answer questions by reporters.

            Look at the news tonight, Goff is about to get on a train and Espiner has asked him a question. Should he have not answered? Would you be praising him then?

          • mickysavage 6.1.2.1.4

            gobsmacked

            Precisely.

            I am amazed that the wingnuts are incapable of recognising what was a very magnanimous gesture.

            Perhaps because this is a concept they do not understand.

  7. Rodney 7

    tsmithfield you must be dizzy by now with your spinning all day. Just listen to how this is playing out in the msm, on the radio in my car for example: “nats bully women who complain about harassment”. Her husband? Who? He didn’t receive the unwelcome harassment, or is there something even more about worth you’re not telling? And who will remember the husband at the next election?

    The issue is about women suffering harrassment, two of them; perhaps more. This woman is being pilloried in the National party blogs, as will be the unfortunate Korean woman no doubt. National party attitude about women coming out loud and clear. They just can’t stop themselves, and worth will stay on.

    Goff tried to keep it quiet and resolve it with worth’s boss, that’s how the msm are reporting it to busy people who listen to the bulletins, and no amount of national party post-dated spin will change that fact.

  8. QoT 8

    I’m almost sad the trolls have gone for “it’s this ridiculously convoluted because Labour are incompetent”. I was definitely hoping for at least another few days of “DON’T YOU SEE THIS IS HOW *MACHIAVELLIAN* THEY ARE IT’S ALL INTENTIONAL”.

  9. GFraser 9

    Micky, I think even TS got that ! LOL

    • GF

      I look forward to Saturday night. It should be a great party as Labour celebrates the winning of a seat it could have lost, the solid return of South Auckland to the Labour fold and the undermining of the guy the Nats thought was invincible.

  10. GFraser 10

    GC possibly because key was trying to put a spin on the story, which was at odds with Goffs version of events

    • gingercrush 10.1

      Which is fine if you just say that instead of peddling the story every damn day. Jesus do you people not get that?

      KEY IS AN IDIOT
      WORTH IS AN IDIOT

      Very few of us on the right are denying that.

      But when you lot play holier-than-thou its going to come back and bite you. This is exactly what has happened. Goff should have kept his mouth shut and none of this would be happening. He decided to smear Key. This blog site decided to smear Key. When you smear you’re going to get smeared back. The fact many of you see Goff as a hero is really pathetic. Yes it was right of Phil Goff to go quiet. That was admirable. And would have been left admirable. But Goff simply could not keep his damn mouth shut.

      • mickysavage 10.1.1

        GC

        “KEY IS AN IDIOT
        WORTH IS AN IDIOT”

        Thanks for acknowledging that. And you expect us to be quiet?

        Is it not fair for the left to point out the weaknesses of the current PM and his Ministers?

        Do you realise how absurd that proposition is?

        And you complain because we react to the smearing of the character of a perfectly decent woman by wingnuts?

      • felix 10.1.2

        “Goff should have kept his mouth shut and none of this would be happening.”

        None of what? You guys making dicks of yourselves and calling women bitches?

        • gingercrush 10.1.2.1

          No Felix. That would be you and the stupid pedo line you opened up back when this first started.

          • felix 10.1.2.1.1

            You make even less sense than usual gc. It’s like you actually think you’ve accomplished something with all your pissing and moaning and lies and tripe.

            But carry on. It’s a great show.

          • mickysavage 10.1.2.1.2

            Pedo?

            Worth has been called a womaniser and an idiot but not a pedo. Is there something we should be told about?

          • felix 10.1.2.1.3

            Last week I asked if that was what Worth was sacked for. ginger is just angry and desperate.

  11. gingercrush 11

    Micky Savage – Yes and Goff and this blog site kept pushing the damn thing. Accusing Key of being corrupt and everything else. Goff could have declined appearing on media. He chose not to. He chose to score political points. Eventually that causes backlash.

    This would have been a Labour victory if they just shut up about it. But they didn’t so it comes back and bites them. Goff opened up us questioning who this person is. He is directly implicit in bringing this up. You even had on this blog one author Irishbill saying Goff and others should SHUT THE FUCK UP. Did Labour do that? Um no. What happens. Things get even more dirtier.

    • GC

      You guys throw the proverbial around and then complain that we cause the mess?

      So if the left is good and does not point out the right’s inadequacies the right will have no reason to go feral?

      Why do I feel like I am being bullied?

      And the left should shut up about major scandals. But didn’t Goff try that?

      • gingercrush 11.1.1

        Do you not read?

        When you continually make accusations of John Key being corrupt. Which is what Phil Goff repeatedly did and has kept doing. Eventually that will cause a backlash. Goff had the money five days ago. Hell he still had it three days. He could have left it there. Instead he kept digging and digging and digging. He even helps to reveal who this woman is and even makes the weird statement that she is “strikingly beautiful”. He chooses to not sort this out by having the woman go to John Key’s Chief of Staff. That is because he wants to play politics. That eventually comes back and bites you. Had Goff stopped three days ago like Irishbill suggested. Things would have been sorted. Labour would have scored the points politically and be in a better position. But they were too arrogant and wanted to keep pushing.

        That is why you get the issues of:

        * Who this women is
        * What her family connections are
        * Issues of credibility.

        There is a lesson for Phil Goff and this opposition. Make your political points but eventually you need to stop and reflect. Don’t keep driving issue because eventually there is a backlash.

        What do you not get?

        • gobsmacked 11.1.1.1

          So in short:

          If only Goff had said nothing, then Whale Oil and the blog bullies would have played nice. As they do.

          Ginger, go to bed, you’re already dreaming.

          • gingercrush 11.1.1.1.1

            There certainly wouldn’t be the identification of this woman.

            For days I deliberately kept away from these threads because I found John Key that pathetic. The way he handled it as already illustrated was pathetic. But you lot on the left couldn’t help yourselves but push the issue, push the issue and push the issue. Goff could have stopped the media a few days ago. Instead of listening to what Irishbill had to say he decided to kept peddling stuff. As he did that. More and more of this whole issue has been revealed. As that has been revealed. Instead of actual evidence. We’ve been left with more questions which led to even more questions. Eventually we find the whole truth of this so-called victim. Who she is. Who she is married to. What texts she received. And what we find isn’t convincing.

            If only this blog site and Phil Goff in particular actually listened to what Irishbill said three days. You couldn’t do that.

          • mickysavage 11.1.1.1.2

            The “issue” is that the current PM is incompetent.

            The rest is essentially irrelevant.

            So we should decline to say that the PM is incompetent when he clearly is?

            Why do I have this headache? My brain is not able to stretch enough to understand the right’s rationale …

  12. felix 12

    “But they didn’t so it comes back and bites them”

    What? In bizzaro world maybe.

    In the real world Worth is a perve, Key is a lame duck, and no-one cares about Goff.

    Sorry to burst your bubble but you guys getting angry and calling women bitches doesn’t do much for anyone except highlight the nasty dirty true face of the national party.

    • burt 12.1

      Hang on a minute felix, let the story play out a bit before deciding who’s got a dirty face.

      • felix 12.1.1

        No need. I’ve learned lately that these things can be worked out retrospectively.

      • burt 12.1.2

        If this story has been used for political gain then it has worked. Worth’s a fool for getting involved like this, I think it’s right for him to resign (be sacked – whatever) under accusations like that. What level of ‘sexual harasser’ should we tolerate in parliament?

        As a minimum, Worth has been shown to be easily led by his dick, not an admirable quality for a minister in govt. Key has taken care of that all be it inelegantly. As a maximum – chemical castration might be in order.

        The current question is; was there harassment? The claim has been made, the proof is still being ‘looked at’ by highly conflicted parties. More parliament investigating and ruling on parliament stuff so yes – RV is certainly in the tool kit should National feel the need to use it over any illegal spending by Worth in these matters, ( God forbid we pass a validation through parliament because Worth booked a high class hooker to his expense account – what will parliamentary services do if they approved it! )

        • jarbury 12.1.2.1

          Good summary Burt.

          Basically all that’s left in the story is whether Worth stays in parliament. Hopefully that’s decided soon so we can go back to debating issues that actually matter.

    • burt 12.2

      Look I said sack him with the rest of you, but if this story has been used for political gain then it has worked. Worth’s a fool for getting involved like this, I think it’s right for him to resign under accusations like that. What level of ‘sexual harasser’ should we tolerate in parliament?

      As a minimum, Worth has been shown to be easily led by his dick, not an admirable quality for a minister in govt. Key has taken care of that all be it inelegantly. The next question is; was there harassment? The claim has been made, the proof is still being weighed.

  13. gingercrush 13

    The “issue’ is that the current PM is incompetent.

    That was the issue. That is no longer case. The media tonight and the newspapers and radio tomorrow will be about HER. You’ve answered what I’ve been saying all night. The issue was and still should have been about Key. Now its about her and her accusations.

    • felix 13.1

      Course it is.

      Careful, ginge – your nasty side is showing again. And your wishful thinking is dripping off your chin.

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    Like stopping this economic meltdown.

    JK doesn’t want to stop the economic meltdown as he benefits from all the lowered wages that he wanted.

  15. Maynard J 15

    gingergrush, I’m inclined to agree with elements of what you are saying here, but I would point out that Key kept this going by calling Goff’s honesty into question. Basically point-blank called him a liar. I am not sure how Goff could have defended himself without saying anything – and we all know silence in politics is taken as tacit admission.

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  • Overseas investors converting farms to forests must show benefit to New Zealand
    A law change to ensure that forestry conversions by overseas investors benefit New Zealand has passed its final reading in Parliament. Previously, overseas investors wishing to convert land, such as farm land, into forestry only needed to meet the “special forestry test”. This is a streamlined test, designed to encourage ...
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  • International visitors boosting economic recovery
    International tourism recovery well underway with higher level of overseas visitor arrivals than previously expected UK and US card spend already back at pre-COVID levels Visitors staying in New Zealand longer and spending more compared to 2019 Govt support throughout pandemic helped tourism sector prepare for return of international ...
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  • Ministry’s inaugural Strategy paves way for ethnic communities
    The Ministry for Ethnic Communities has released its first strategy, setting out the actions it will take over the next few years to achieve better wellbeing outcomes for ethnic communities Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. “The Strategy that has been released today sets out ...
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  • World class aquatic centre opened in Hawke’s Bay
    The Prime Minister has officially opened the Hawke’s Bay Regional Aquatic Centre today saying it is a huge asset to the region and to the country. “This is a world class facility which will be able to host national and international events including the world championships. With a 10-lane Olympic ...
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  • Tulī Takes Flight winners take to the wing
    The Associate Minister of Education, Aupito William Sio, has today announced the recipients of the Tulī Takes Flight scholarships which were a key part of last year’s Dawn Raids apology. The scholarships are a part of the goodwill gesture of reconciliation to mark the apology by the New Zealand Government ...
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  • Govt supports free period products in over 2000 schools within one year
    96% of estimated menstruating students receive free period products 2085 schools involved 1200 dispensers installed Supports cost of living, combats child poverty, helps increase attendance Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti today hailed the free period products in schools, Ikura | Manaakitia te whare tangata, a huge success, acknowledging ...
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  • Govt boosts tourism transformation to strengthen workforce and improve outcomes
    The Tourism Industry Transformation Plan outlines key actions to improve the sector This includes a Tourism and Hospitality Accord to set employment standards Developing cultural competency within the workforce Improving the education and training system for tourism Equipping business owners and operators with better tools and enabling better work ...
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  • NZ earns another major digital investment
    Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications Dr David Clark welcomes Google Cloud’s decision to make New Zealand a cloud region. “This is another major vote of confidence for New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and our economic recovery from COVID 19,” David Clark said. “Becoming a cloud region will mean ...
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  • Changes to NCEA & University Entrance in response to COVID-19 disruptions
    A package of changes to NCEA and University Entrance announced today recognise the impact COVID-19 has had on senior secondary students’ assessment towards NCEA in 2022, says Associate Minister of Education Jan Tinetti. “We have heard from schools how significant absences of students and teachers, as a result of COVID-19, ...
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  • 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa- “Lifelong Fri...
    Te Reo Māori tauparapara… Tapatapa tū ki te Rangi! Ki te Whei-ao! Ki te Ao-mārama Tihei mauri ora! Stand at the edge of the universe! of the spiritual world! of the physical world! It is the breath of creation Formal acknowledgments… [Your Highness Afioga Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and Masiofo] ...
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  • New law passed to reduce gun harm
    The Government’s commitment to combatting firearms violence has reached another significant milestone today with the passage of the Firearms Prohibition Order Legislation Bill, Police Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new law helps to reduce firearm-related crime by targeting possession, use, or carriage of firearms by people whose actions and behaviours ...
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  • Minister sends condolences as last Battle for Crete veteran passes away
    Minister for Veterans, Hon Meka Whaitiri sends her condolences to the last Battle for Crete veteran. “I am saddened today to learn of the passing of Cyril Henry Robinson known as Brant Robinson, who is believed to be the last surviving New Zealand veteran of the Battle for Crete, Meka ...
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  • Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill passes third reading
    Legislation to repeal the ‘Three Strikes’ law has passed its third reading in Parliament. “The Three Strikes Legislation Repeal Bill ends an anomaly in New Zealand’s justice system that dictates what sentence judges must hand down irrespective of relevant factors,” Justice Minister Kiri Allan said. “The three strikes law was ...
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  • Government working on preliminary steps to improve support for abuse survivors
    Work is under way on preliminary steps to improve the Government’s support for survivors of abuse in care while a new, independent redress system is designed, Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins says. These steps – recommended by the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry – include rapid payments for ...
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  • Remarks upon 77th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki Online Forum 77 years ago today, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Three days earlier, on the 6th of August 1945, the same fate had befallen the people of Hiroshima.  Tens of thousands died instantly. In the years that followed 340,000 ...
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  • Govt signs NZ–USA agreement launching new opportunities for space sector
    An agreement signed today between the New Zealand and United States governments will provide new opportunities for our space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash said. Stuart Nash signed the Framework Agreement with United States Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman. The signing ...
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  • Govt strengthens emergency management cooperation between NZ and the US
    An agreement signed today between New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will strengthen global emergency management capability, says Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty. “The Government is committed to continually strengthening our emergency management system, and this Memorandum of Cooperation ...
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  • New Zealand to stay at Orange as winter continues
    New Zealand will remain at the Orange traffic light setting, while hospitalisations remain elevated and pressure on the health system continues through winter. “There’s still significant pressure on hospitals from winter illnesses, so our current measures have an ongoing role to play in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases and ...
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  • Path paved for communities to reshape streets
    Streets will soon be able to be transformed from unsafe and inaccessible corridors to vibrant places for all transport modes thanks to new legislation proposed today, announced Transport Minister Michael Wood. “We need to make it safe, quicker and more attractive for people to walk, ride and take public transport ...
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  • Boost for agricultural and horticultural science in schools
    More young minds eyeing food and fibre careers is the aim of new Government support for agricultural and horticultural science teachers in secondary schools, Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. The Government is committing $1.6 million over five years to the initiative through the Ministry for Primary ...
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  • Bumper breeding season boosts Kākāpō population
    Kākāpō numbers have increased from 197 to 252 in the 2022 breeding season, and there are now more of the endangered parrots than there have been for almost 50 years, Conservation Minister Poto Williams announced today. The flightless, nocturnal parrot is a taonga of Ngāi Tahu and a species unique ...
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  • Relationship with Malaysia to be elevated to Strategic Partnership
    The relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and Malaysia is to be elevated to the status of a Strategic Partnership, to open up opportunities for greater co-operation and connections in areas like regional security and economic development. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta met her Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah today during a ...
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  • Call for New Zealanders to get on-board with rail safety
    With additional trains operating across the network, powered by the Government’s investment in rail, there is need for a renewed focus on rail safety, Transport Minister Michael Wood emphasised at the launch of Rail Safety Week 2022. “Over the last five years the Government has invested significantly to improve level ...
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  • Regional approach the focus at ASEAN and East Asia Summit talks
    The Foreign Minister has wrapped up a series of meetings with Indo-Pacific partners in Cambodia which reinforced the need for the region to work collectively to deal with security and economic challenges. Nanaia Mahuta travelled to Phnom Penh for a bilateral meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and Aotearoa New Zealand, ...
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  • Speech to the Criminal Bar Association
    Kia ora koutou Firstly, thank you to the President of the Criminal Bar Association, Fiona Guy Kidd QC, for her invitation to attend the annual conference this weekend albeit unfortunately she is unable to attend, I’m grateful to the warm welcome both Chris Wilkinson-Smith (Vice-President, Whanganui) and Adam Simperingham (Vice-President, Gisborne) ...
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  • The beat goes on as Government renews support for musicians
    Extension of Aotearoa Touring Programme supporting domestic musicians The Programme has supported more than 1,700 shows and over 250 artists New Zealand Music Commission estimates that around 200,000 Kiwis have been able to attend shows as a result of the programme The Government is hitting a high note, with ...
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  • Minister of Defence to attend Guadalcanal Commemorations in the Solomon Islands
    Minister of Defence Peeni Henare will depart tomorrow for Solomon Islands to attend events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. While in Solomon Islands, Minister Henare will also meet with Solomon Islands Minister of National Security, Correctional Services and Police Anthony Veke to continue cooperation on security ...
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  • New programme to provide insights into regenerative dairy farming 
    The Government is partnering with Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited and Ngāi Tūāhuriri on a whole-farm scale study in North Canterbury to validate the science of regenerative farming, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.   The programme aims to scientifically evaluate the financial, social and environmental differences between regenerative and conventional practices. ...
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  • More women on public boards than ever before
    52.5% of people on public boards are women Greatest ever percentage of women Improved collection of ethnicity data “Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level. The facts prove that diverse boards bring a wider range of knowledge, expertise and skill. ...
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  • Awards support Pacific women
    I am honoured to support the 2022 Women in Governance Awards, celebrating governance leaders, directors, change-makers, and rising stars in the community, said Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. For the second consecutive year, MPP is proudly sponsoring the Pacific Governance Leader category, recognising Pacific women in governance and presented to ...
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