Who protects us from water companies?

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Who protects us from water companies?

No one.

New Zealand seriously needs a water regulator. Something that will show that each catchment can withstand having that much taken out of it, and that it is being sold for a fair price, and ensures everyone has access to beautiful-quality water.

At the moment there is no guarantee or proof of any of that on any coherent basis.

We’ve now got a legacy from the National government of a series of water irrigation companies who are a law unto themselves.

We’ve got the dairy industry problem.

And we’ve got the fact that local governments  – apart from a few – are out of their depth dealing with it.

It’s about as unregulated as housing.

RNZ looked into public water governance and management issue, and showed that the small local councils simply can’t keep up with the cost of the infrastructure now.

 

Last year the Hamilton and Waipa Councils proposed forming a shared water management company. After millions of dollars of unanimous findings, Waipa voted it down.

From the release of the Havelock North report into drinking water, the Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta want on a fact-finding trip to Scotland and Ireland to see how they manage fresh water.  The Minister is building on the Havelock North water report, and the Department of Internal Affairs Three Waters Review as well.

 

Our government already massively subsidises water infrastructure for small councils. Particularly given that some of them generate grossly unhealthy water for their citizens.

Scotland has a system that covers the whole of Scotland. It’s different to OFWAT, which is the water and sewerage regulator for England and Wales – I’m not sure OFWAT recognise climate change exists yet.

 

The Scottish water industry has a public body to manage the regulatory framework across the entire industry. They act independently of Ministers. They set the prices right across the place after lots of consultation. They also monitor and report on Scottish Water’s performance in customer service, investment, costs, and leakage.

Minister Mahuta has been looking at how much Scotland spent to amalgamate water services, what challenges the authorities faces, what solutions they faced and any efficiencies gained.

She’s not proposing wholesale re-nationalisation. But I’d expect it would make sense if what we ended up was something in which each water entity was covering all of a regional council area, or all of a District Health Board are

Maybe something like the Electricity Commission, with some add-ons.

I’d want it to have power over both public and private water companies. It would also make sense if we had a water regulator like the Electricity Commission that also had a compliance function such as a Regional Health Director – I’m sorry it’s pretty hard to have confidence in the prosecuting power of regional councils on water. Also we need an entity that ensured that water supply and minimum prices went to actual citizens first in times of drought – not to industry. And personally I’d want something that regulated executive pay for water companies – I’m asking a lot I know, but their awesome salaries come out of my water bill.

While I’m at it, some way of recognising and enforcing Article 2 of the Treaty of Waitangi to reflect water being a taonga. Minister Parker has just set up Kahui Wai Maori – the Maori fresh water forum to help stabilise expectations in this area.

 

That’s a whole lot more useful than threatening litigation before anyone’s done anything.

 

Front and centre there will be the allocation of nutrient discharges. Yup, dairy. And sewerage generally.

Local councils will complain about lack of democratic accountability if large water entity mergers are pushed. Electricity companies and Federated Farmers and the Water Users Group and water industry advocates will tell us the sky is about to fall in. I could not give a damn. The water industry is simply making bank like … like a bank, and no one has the power to hold them to account on it.

This shit needs sorting.

We should expect to see the first results come out of Cabinet in late October.

78 comments on “Who protects us from water companies?”

  1. Blazer 1

    A Capital idea there.
    Still like to see a levy on all exported water though.
    There must be an equitable way of handling this.

    Water is more valuable than oil or gold and we are blessed with abundance.

    • Gosman 1.1

      You are aware that when we export any agricultural product we are essentially exporting Water aren’t you?

      • Dv 1.1.1

        Yes and the water in th product is paid for.

      • Robert Guyton 1.1.2

        And when we import foods were are importing water. Like yours, Gosman, a pointless claim. You’re mostly water, so water ownership should worry you intensely. Etc.

      • dukeofurl 1.1.3

        Milk powder has the water removed. For most milk products there is too much water in fresh milk.
        I hear they will move to more jerseys and opposed to friesans , as the ‘brown cows’ produce a higher proportion of milkfat/volume.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.2

      Water is the new gold alright.

      Isn’t it just like our govt to piss it away. Next we will be paying for our own resource.

  2. Gosman 2

    Why can’t you use the democratic process to achieve the same thing within the current system?

    Local councils that are too small can agree to merge their Water management processes with other bodies under the auspices of a wider Regional Authority.

    • Stuart Munro 2.1

      “Why can’t you use the democratic process to achieve the same thing within the current system?”

      Because of deliberate obstruction from people like you – scofflaws, autocrats and resource thieves.

      • Gosman 2.1.1

        Translation: I’m not able to articulate a persuasive enough argument to get my ideas accepted by enough people to pass through the democratic process.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 2.2

      Kaipara.

  3. Obtrectator 3

    Given the importance of whisky to Scotland’s economy – and hence a clean and unadulterated water supply for making it – you bet they’d be taking water management seriously over there. Good on ’em.

  4. mac1 4

    A friend of mine and I were walking up the hill yesterday, overlooking premium wine country and discussing the Australian drought. He postulated the idea that we would do better selling our water overseas rather than selling it as milk, or ……. well he didn’t go so far as to say wine, or beer.

    Less environmental damage, far less wastage.

    Comments?

    • Stuart Munro 4.1

      It’s not viable long term.

      Our water is desirable because of the characteristics of the aquifers. Draw them down and the quality becomes no better than membrane desalinated or otherwise purified water. And the carbon footprint isn’t great either. Better we should export solar stills or desalinators with a decent working life.

      • mac1 4.1.1

        Thanks, Stuart Munro.

      • dukeofurl 4.1.2

        We dont sell the water content in milk- its mostly removed , we are selling the grass the cows eat.
        And then there is value added, the reason wine and milk powder/cheese is much more valuable than bottled water

  5. [ ” I’d want it to have power over both public and private water companies. It would also make sense if we had a water regulator like the Electricity Commission that also had a compliance function such as a Regional Health Director – I’m sorry it’s pretty hard to have confidence in the prosecuting power of regional councils on water. Also we need an entity that ensured that water supply and minimum prices went to actual citizens first in times of drought – not to industry. And personally I’d want something that regulated executive pay for water companies – I’m asking a lot I know, but their awesome salaries come out of my water bill ” ].

    Hear , hear !

    So at risk of being a stuck record, – it was fine before the ‘troubles’ of 1984 .

  6. bwaghorn 6

    The crown needs to sort out water ownership with Maori before it’s worth spending time/money on regulation . The nats his from it so this govs going to have to step up . Good luck

    • dukeofurl 6.1

      We have water ownership now . Its a public good in that we all own it but no one has exclusive rights to water

      • Ad 6.1.1

        Not true on several levels.

        We went through this debate prior to the election concerning water pricing.

        • dukeofurl 6.1.1.1

          Thats because you are confused over 2 separate things.
          Free running water from rivers creeks and streams and its water quality issues which are rightly of some concern,
          Drinking water which is taken from dams, rivers, artesian bores and then ( mostly) treated and then reticulated to the users – and often in many cases the waste water which is taken away by pipes and treated. This water is quite rightly charged for especially if the fresh water price includes the waste water disposal costs

          • Ad 6.1.1.1.1

            Yes they are distinct. But they are integrated as catchments for water sources, and neither are well regulated. And of course they all resolve downstream as the one water again.

            So it’s the foolish separation of stormwater and water-gathering and wastewater treatment that is at the heart of poor water regulation in New Zealand. Which is precisely what the post is about.

            We see this false splitting it its most absurd form in Auckland, in which stormwater is controlled by Auckland Council, and water gathering and treatment by Watercare. And yet Watercare controls the largest stormwater catchment areas in the region.

            So they are currently billed separately, and neither are price regulated.

            There is no one able to calculate a reasonable price for either because there are no national benchmarks, and no regulator. Not an ACCC equivalent, not an OFWAT, not anyone.

            This is the kind of disaggregated thinking and management that the Minister is going after.

            • dukeofurl 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Thats because.
              Rivers are different standards to the drinking water that comes out of my tap. That has to be that way.

              Stormwater is controlled by Auckland Council and Fresh and waste water by Watercare.
              Have you ever noticed why they are all in separate pipes ? ( some very old systems will have storm and wastewater combined which is a nightmare)

              You really are confused about this whole thing.
              Watercare catchments are quite small and are ‘closed’ to ensure the ‘freshness’ outside of natural contaminants.

              • Ad

                You have simply repeated the Auckland Council management system without adding anything.

                You are not familiar with water, stormwater, or wastewater pricing or the elements that go into it. You have not proposed how any of the water entities in New Zealand justify their water prices nationally, to deliver a consistent quality product for all the different end users.
                – How do irrigators price
                – How do water bottlers price
                – How do industrial wastewater users get priced?
                – If separating wastewater and stormwater is so important, by what mechanism would pipes separation be justified and separated? Mayor Goff would love to hear your answer to pushing Watercare to accelerating Central Interceptor.

                And as for quality, after over a century of local government, the smaller centres can’t get it together.

                Few catchments are fenced off. A few are, but Auckland’s water storage has been completely open until recently due to Kauri Dieback. Dunedin’s is a set of walking tracks around Ross Creek. A few lucky others get turned into reserves for wildlife.
                There were plenty of further examples in the post to engage with adequately.

                • dukeofurl

                  “If separating wastewater and stormwater is so important, by what mechanism would pipes separation be justified and separated? Mayor Goff would love to hear your answer to pushing Watercare to accelerating Central Interceptor.”

                  if you lived in Auckland you would know about the constant overflows mostly form the few parts of the city with a combined system.
                  Simply put , stormwater overwhelms the wastewater system which then discharges to streams and beaches. A pretty good reason for separation dont you think.
                  It doesnt need ‘justification’ , its not the 1930s anymore , we are way past justifying it and into the getting it done phase. Goff would say Council/ Watercare are at their borrowing limit which prevents ‘acceleration’. I would tell him to ditch the Americas cup and start this sooner.

                  The separation is not directly linked to the central interceptor- a backbone trunk sewer- compared to separation which is a street by street case where new pipes are installed either for SW or sewage to separate them. That is an ongoing thing . I remember about 10 years back being involved with a house in Ponsonby where the street separation stopped just before the house, but luckily they could access a sewer over the back fence – with neighbours permission.

                  • Ad

                    Fully agree with the reasons for separation of sewerage and stormwater networks. Central Interceptor enables the separation of a lot of the historical ones.

                    But again to the point of the post, there are no price signals to push Watercare one way or the other.

                    Nor are there any with which to push Auckland Council in stormwater.

                    And yet they are owned by the same people.

                    There are no governance instruments available to push it along – which is what the Minsiter is getting to addressing.

                    Historically this shit (literally) should have been sorted decades ago. The reason it’s getting done is only because Watercare decided to – merely by presenting its Asset Management Plan to Auckland Council. There’s been tonnes of citizen pressure – and yet it’s still got years before CI’s effects are in place.

                    • dukeofurl

                      Well there is the other little problem….

                      Auckland has grown by the equivalent of Wellington ( 490k people) in the last 20 years

                      The stormwater isnt really an issue in most places. The reality is in heavy rain its designed to overflow.
                      I think its best to keep that away from the drinking water/ wastewater disposal which is Watercare.

                      Up till the super city the street by street end of stormwater/drinking water/wastewater was one entity controlled by each council . Watercare was the wholesale end.

      • Ian 6.1.2

        I have a resource consent that gives me a right to take groundwater for irrigation. Just renewed it for another 15 years. Comes with a lot of conditions attached and the water is just passing through.I don’t own it.

  7. Mac1 Sell water, instead of milk beer wine etc. In glass? Not plastic.

  8. Minister Mahuta must feel water is her Albatross.

    Under H.Clark it was fore shore and seabed, now under J.Adern, fresh water quality.

    Water is an essential. Water is a necessity. Let us hope we can find a solution soon, or our water will be as bad as China’s air quality.

    As with everything, there will have to be compromise… you know “sharing” the resource.

    Many Councils and water suppliers have very old infrastructure.. a growing problem, which will be a huge expense.

    If traders can sell cans of “Fresh” air, selling our “Fresh” water should be a doddle if we wanted that. Perhaps that is how the systems and infrastructure costs could be paid.

  9. dukeofurl 9

    “It’s about as unregulated as housing.”

    really ?
    http://www.drinkingwater.esr.cri.nz/general/standards.asp

    This site is run by the ESR Water Information Systems team, a mix of scientists and information systems people based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and performing science-based drinking water work under contract to the Ministry of Health.

    yes the monitoring could be better , but unregulated ? NO

    • Ad 9.1

      Didnt claim it was unregulated.

    • Graeme 9.2

      It’s more that the regulation is spread over many entities, Regional and District Councils, along with MOH and DHBs. Then you get Iwi, DOC and Fish & Game having an input as well.

      I’ve just been through a consent renewal and it was a mish mash of entities that weren’t really working together all that well.

      I can see a lot of merit in a single national entity doing the job.

      • dukeofurl 9.2.1

        Different things.
        we have different entities and standards for ships , trains , trucks & cars and planes.

        Water is the same . Drinking water is a whole different thing to rivers/lakes.
        Stormwater runoff is not the same as sewage disposal and treatment and we really dont want to mix the two !
        Then there is agricultural runoff, different again.

  10. SPC 10

    This is related to

    1. reform of how council infrastructure is funded (to get around debt caps).
    2. the “Shane Jones” provincial investment fund
    3. water quality regulation
    4. a national water body to invest in, manage and or provide oversight to provincial water supply (see 2 and 3).
    5. Maori claims
    6. royalty on water exports.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    She’s not proposing wholesale re-nationalisation.

    Pity.

    I’d want it to have power over both public and private water companies.

    Private water companies need to be canned. Water is far too important for it to be left in private control.

    I’m sorry it’s pretty hard to have confidence in the prosecuting power of regional councils on water.

    Especially when they have a propensity of not prosecuting farmers when they’ve obviously broken the law many times in the same way and have been caught every time.

    This shit needs sorting.

    Water is very, very important to life and that means that it needs serious regulation and be in government control. It cannot be left to the private profiteers as they’ll just take it all for their enrichment leaving many without and doing serious damage to our environment.

    • Robert Guyton 11.1

      The Government should control water?
      Really?
      Who in the Government understands water?

      • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1

        Who in the Government understands water?

        The universities do pretty decent research on it.

    • Robert Guyton 11.2

      “Water is very, very important to life”
      Agreed.
      And Government should adjudicate on its use? The Key Government? The Lange Government? The English Government, The Ardern Government? The Collins Government?

    • SPC 11.3

      Is New Zealand in the position to take a centralised ownership control of water supply (FTA’s/WTO)?

      There are various structures – privately owned and charging for use and local council owned which charge or do not charge. A problem could occur where a foreign party is involved in ownership.

      Taking over council owned water bodies is one way for government to refinance local government – paying for the asset taken and then taking over the cost of supply responsibility.

      • dukeofurl 11.3.1

        “There are various structures – privately owned and charging for use and local council owned which charge or do not charge”

        Privately owned ? Where.
        I understand councils charge for water/ wastewater either by metering or a flat charge on rates

          • dukeofurl 11.3.1.1.1

            That was useful.
            Still didnt mention anyplace with ‘private schemes’. In small areas the water supply comes via the roof and a rainwater tank and the sewage is a septic tank.
            I would love to know where there is a reticulated system that is privately owned.
            Excluding of course those places for personal use

            • David Mac 11.3.1.1.1.1

              We have a little private company in our neighbourhood supplying water to about 500 homes. I believe they do it with a bore, pumps, filtration, tank farm, pipes, meters. Retails for about $3 a cubic metre, billed bi-monthly. Their income stream extends far beyond mains water supply. Quite a few in their catchment area are on tank water or both.

              https://www.doubtlessbaywater.com/

              • dukeofurl

                Thats great. exactly the info I was after.

              • Graeme

                How well does that work?

                Interesting seeing a closely held, completely private company owning, and operating a supply to what would be a pretty close community.

                Be interested to know the back story and how they balance commercial and community responsibilities.

                • David Mac

                  It seems to work quite well Graeme. It’s owned by a guy and his wife, I’ve heard locals ribbing him a bit, having a go at his monopoly status, but I got the feeling that the same people would be saying ‘Bloody Council’ if that’s where their water came from.

                  People round me aren’t used to paying for it….sort of. An installed tank $5000, pump $500, filtration $500, plumbing $1000….that money would buy a lifetime supply of the town water stuff with no ‘uh-oh tank’s low’ hassles. In our frequent droughts, a truckload of water is about $350.

                  Different story if renting: A conserved tank = free water. If renting a house hooked up to Doubtless Bay Water, about $40 a month for a couple. Landlord pays the Service Fee, tenant for the cubic metres consumed.

                  I believe the chap has access to a natural spring/bore. The water is not fabulous. It’s hard, marks glass showers and leaves calcium spots in dishwashers etc. I’m not sure how he has access, if he pays anyone etc. I’m not sure if there is legislation inhibiting him from sending his customers a letter tomorrow ‘Bad News everyone, the price is doubling.’ He is in a bit of a Monty Burns position, pay whatever he says or spend $8k on less than ideal infrastructure: finite tank supply etc.

                  I’m sure a big bit of their income is the add-ons. Up to the meter is his problem, a leak on the house side of the meter is a bill for the owner. They install tanks, drill bores, run plumbing between cattle troughs etc.

                  • David Mac

                    This from the ‘About Us’ on their website.

                    Doubtless Bay Water Supply Co Ltd (DBWS) is a privately owned Public Water Supply Company. DBWS is a Network Utility Operator with Requiring Authority – registered with the Ministry for the Environment.
                    The company began operation in 1985, and supplies water to customers in Mangonui, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay, Taipa and Oruru. DBWS office and workshop facilities are situated at 157 Cable Bay Block Rd in Coopers Beach.
                    Water is sourced from three places, Mangonui, Taipa, and Oruru. All water is filtered, treated, and safe for consumption, and is monitored under the New Zealand drinking water standards.

                    • dukeofurl

                      yes . It seems not be essential to use their supply but optional instead of a roof tank. Some use both.
                      Doesnt seem to be archetype of private ‘Big water’

                    • David Mac

                      Yeah, I like small businesses. It’s good to be able to go and knock on the door of the guy that lives where the buck stops.

                      While robots are sewing on shirt buttons (Thank God for that) we could be creating small businesses out of utility supply. Dave Mac Power might have 6 turbines in the creek and 20 customers.

                    • Graeme

                      One of my many hats is managing a small water scheme down here. It serves 14 properties ranging from 32 ha down to 3500 m2. It provides irrigation as well as domestic supply. The scheme is set up as a co-operative company so shareholders have to be subscribers and shareholdings are proportional to area (sort of). I’m just the manager and not a shareholder.

                      The structure is working pretty well after about 6 years. Prior to that it was quite informal and with the potential for total disfunctionality that water schemes can have. There’s one down the road that has been WW III for as long as anyone can remember.

                      There’s another quite large irrigation scheme in the Whakatipu that is a simple company with shares held by the larger users, with others on supply contracts. Again this works quite well but isn’t domestic supply.

                      The Doubtless Bay scheme looks quite neat, but looks to rely on the community moderating the commercial imperatives. Ownership succession could be interesting for the community if it isn’t to someone with the same values.

                    • David Mac

                      Yes, I’m not sure what protects the community from DBWS being bought out by ‘World Water Inc.’ That could be less than ideal. They do say “DBWS is a Network Utility Operator with Requiring Authority – registered with the Ministry for the Environment.” Hopefully the regulation they comply with would safeguard against such an outcome.

                      When I lived at Piha, the residents of North Piha had a water co-op. A dam in the hills behind, piped down to households. It was managed by someone like you. They were paid a retainer to keep an eye on the pumps, filtration, pipes etc.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.3.2

        Is New Zealand in the position to take a centralised ownership control of water supply (FTA’s/WTO)?

        Probably not but that could be used as a good issue to help drop those failed ideological tools.

        There’s a very good reason why people are getting upset with corporations simply taking water and the local having no say about it.

      • greywarshark 11.3.3

        NZ needs to have locally controlled public water (with legal requirements and penalties), and central government as a control to stop it being sold or misused/

        Put it all in central government’s hands and the power will drive them crazy. We have seen how they will do the dirty on the people from Douglas’s time et al. I will never trust the buggers as I used to. But they have to be able to do some things. But then that hasn’t been great for Environment Canterbury so i don’t know who is the gamekeeper and who the poacher.

  12. Robert Guyton 12

    Water is a solvent.

  13. JessNZ 13

    Water is definitely undervalued in NZ.

    A national plan should also promote rooftop water collection in urban areas instead of pushing all homeowners onto reticulated systems – a win win for supplying water and keeping excess rainwater from pouring over non-permeable surfaces every storm.

  14. greywarshark 14

    Good one Ad. Good idea. Let’s do it now, not wait for a committee set up at great expense to gush forth in a year’s time with platitudes or something we know now.

  15. Chris 15

    Why should anyone be able to sell water anyway? Particularly overseas. Why would we want to allow that?

    • dukeofurl 15.1

      Because they use artesian water which literally will run out to sea in most cases.

      Have you never bought a bottle of softdrink/mineral water , because thats the same thing except they add sugar syrup and colouring.

      So maybe you have answered your own question

  16. David Mac 16

    Bottled water is a bizarre business model. Bottling, Packaging, distribution, marketing, refrigeration, profit overheads: $2 a bottle. Actual product cost: Less than a cent.

  17. Philj 17

    Who would you distrust more? The private corporation or the Government? I used to distrust the Corporation more, nowadays I’m not so sure.

    • David Mac 17.1

      I trust both in some circumstances but wish to depend on neither because everybody in either organisation is either not responsible for outcomes or untouchable. Size does that, the people with the least to lose do the best, flies in the face of nature.

      The guy supplying 500 households with water, employing 5 guys with young families, funding his pending retirement. He wants to leave a business with a fine reputation to his son, he cares.

    • Obtrectator 17.2

      You could trust the government, if only the whole matter of water management could be depoliticised (just as electricity and superannuation ought to be as well).

      But that seems to be a big “if”. Too big for the current party-political set-up.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 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. ...
    2 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
    2 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
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 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
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 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
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    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
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    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…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    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
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    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
    1 week 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: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    2 weeks ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks 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
    1 hour 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
    5 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
    16 hours 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
    21 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    23 hours 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
    1 day 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
    2 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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