Why we should save TVNZ7

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, May 16th, 2012 - 36 comments
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TVNZ7, in its current form, will stop broadcasting on the 30th of June and will be changed to a plus one channel along the same lines as TV3 Plus One. Now I don’t know about you, but I could live without seeing another repeat of Come Dine with Me.

I believe that TVNZ7 offers high quality, educational programmes and documentaries that benefit those who watch them and it even has an online learning hub. Not everyone can afford to pay for their television viewing and being free makes these educational benefits accessible to everyone.

Not enough people know that TVNZ7 exists. One of the problems is that in promoting TVNZ7, TVNZ would risk taking viewers away from its commercial stations. Despite the lack of promotion, TVNZ7 has 1.4 million viewers that is approximately a third of the population of New Zealand. The amount of viewers for Freeview will increase when New Zealand television goes digital in 2013 and it stands to reason that the increase would also be for TVNZ7.

Clare Curran has written a private member’s bill which addresses the conflict between TVNZ running channels on a commercial basis with running TVNZ7 as a public service channel by having TVNZ7 run by an independent Public Broadcasting Foundation. One of the jobs of this foundation will be to provide “a diverse range of programmes that reflects and develops New Zealand’s culture and identity on a broad basis and recognises the diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, and interests within New Zealand society.” Curran’s bill also ensures that TVNZ7 will receive government funding and continued access to TVNZ facilities. We need as much public support as we can if this bill is to succeed in passing.

You can help to save TVNZ7 by writing to the Minister of Broadcasting, Craig Foss, your local MP, signing the online petition: http://issues.co.nz/savetvnz7/Sign+The+Petition , and attending one of the nationwide Save TVNZ7 public meetings:

• Auckland Tuesday the 15th of May 7-9pm, at Freemans Bay Community Centre.
• Wellington Monday the 21st of May 7pm, Welesley Church Hall, Taranaki St.
• Nelson Friday the 25th of May 6pm, Trafalgar Pavillion Hall.
• Christchurch Monday the 28th of May 7pm, TBC.
• Palmeston North Wednesday the 6th of June 7pm, All Saints Church Hall, Corner The Square and Church Street.
• Dunedin Thursday the 7th of June 6:00-8:00pm, Barnett Theatre, Great King Street.

Watch TVNZ7 while you still can on Freeview 7 or Sky 77 before it’s too late and spread the word!

36 comments on “Why we should save TVNZ7 ”

  1. vto 1

    It is completely obvious that Nat types have never liked all that hi-falutin’ stuff.

    They can’t understand it and that threatens them.

  2. I never watched TVNZ 7 admittedly (I try to watch as little TV as I can) but WTF use is a repeat channel of the garbage they put on TV1?

  3. True Freedom is Self-Governance 3

    “Now I don’t know about you, but I could live without seeing another repeat of Come Dine with Me.” That pretty much sums it up for me. I’m considering getting rid of my TV altogether if 7 really does finish broadcasting.

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    I do without TV as it’s all crap and lies. TVNZ7 had me considering buying one but, as it’s now being closed down, I won’t.

  5. vto 5

    If tv1+1 is a sound proposition in that it maketh some dosh, then what about also doing a tv1+1+1? And so on…

    • Draco T Bastard 5.1

      Ooo, I know, TV from the beginning broadcast in it’s original time slot with it’s own accessory +1 channel. You’d be able to catch all those great shows that you missed (because you weren’t born ATT).

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.2

      Its called ‘repeats’. Same show different time

      • insider 5.2.1

        TVNZ7 was full of them. They ran the same programmes (often 10 year old science education ones) over and over and over again in a week, then repeated them months later.

        TVNZ has huge spaces overnight and mid morning when they run BBC world service, very poor films and sitcoms, and advertising the latest can’t live without gimmick. Some TVNZ7 material could go there and so be easily accessible via PVRs.

        • Jackal 5.2.1.1

          What I don’t understand is why Parliament TV broadcasts 24/7 when they’re only sitting for a few days a month. TVNZ7 could pretty much drop a couple of repeats and run when parliament isn’t sitting to save some channel fees. Anybody who watches TV should consider what has been replacing our public braodcasting channels (old American sitcoms, repeats and more infomercials). A dumbed down society due to a lack of foreign news and local content isn’t what New Zealand needs to achieve that elusive brighter future National likes talking about.

          • insider 5.2.1.1.1

            I don’t think it does ‘broadcast’ as in running old debates. Most of the time it is just a green screen when Parliament is not sitting. The old stratos channel is free as are a few others.

            But while I don’t disagree with you, I don’t think it is channel availability that is the problem. I think the real issue is and has always been TVNZ. They don’t care about it and have no motivation to maintain it, so they are hardly going to bother suggesting alternatives to save 7 as that could reduce funds from NZOA etc they might want to bid for.

            • Jackal 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Parliament TV is broadcasting 24/7, with a little message of when the house next sits and usually a jazz tune… so if they were really concerned about saving money, they would amalgamate services. You’re right though… it’s more about TVNZ not caring. But it’s also about National being in bed with SkyTV, who see Freeview as direct competition.

              Here’s a good article on the subject by David Beatson:

              Right now, SKY has Freeview nailed in terms of the diversity of choice offered to viewers. Only 11 of the 23 channels carried by Freeview are available on both its satellite and terrestrial services. All 11 are carried by SKY and two of the 11 are the same channel, running an hour later (ONE+1 and TV3+1). Nine Freeview channels are only available to its terrestrial service users – eight of them are only available in particular parts of New Zealand, while the other (Trackside) is also available on SKY. Three are only available on Freeview’s satellite service, and all three [Cue, Shine and Te Reo)are also carried by SKY.

              Freeview lacks a strong and distinctive core to its offering to capture and hold a lead over its pay-to-view rival SKY Television. That’s something that an exclusive public service channel could have provided.

  6. tc 6

    And with SBS removing the link across to the Optus D1 satellite (where digital freeview is) those with boxes that received their 4 channels just had 75%+ of the shows most watched removed.

    Public Broadcasting takes independance both financially and politically which are evil concepts to the NACT who want control directly or by a process of eliminating the unwanted voices.

    I thought TVNZ7 isn’t worth saving as it’ll still have the same issues….being part of TVNZ.

    • insider 6.1

      bugger I was thinking of getting one of those decoders for SBS and ABC cricket.

      • tc 6.1.1

        Yup sucks as since 1/5 we’ve realised how shite freeview is as all the quality doco’s/foodie/news not to mention excellent football coverage is now gone. Their coverage of WC 2010 was excellent and I was looking forward to Euro 2012.

  7. Ant 7

    TVNZ 7’s scheduling was horrid so I barely watched it as a regular TV channel, just caught that programming on demand.

    Maybe Maori TV can pick up a couple of the better shows if they aren’t locked to TVNZ

  8. fatty 8

    I think we should all agree to give up on TV…just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.
    The programmes I want to see on TV are not applicable to the market, and we should stop trying to fit them into a capitalist paradigm. TVNZ7 won’t work until we get a government that wants true state broadcasting. The Lab/Nact ideology of market based performance is suppressing NZ’s creativity. The little Arts funding that the Govt does give should be channeled into internet broadcasting if we want to make the most of it.
    Sell all the Govt owned TV channels then tax the hell out of them, then set up Internet-TVNZ and put the money into grass-roots programming.
    New Zealand TV has been shit for a number of years now, we should stop deluding ourselves by thinking that a few Kiwi made programmes make TVNZ7 a worthwhile venture. This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources…We could create many more quality programmes if TVNZ was built on the internet.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      I think we should all agree to give up on TV…just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.

      Actually, the net is more expensive as it takes more equipment and individual bandwidth than a broadcast. Of course, our telecommunications are getting up to that standard any way now that the government has started paying the private sector to update from what the state owned Telecom put in.

      We could create many more quality programmes if TVNZ was built on the internet.

      It’s more that we could produce more and better programs/films if we supported our creative people rather than Warner Bros.

    • Campbell Larsen 8.2

      fatty: “just use the net, its cheaper and easier to produce shows.”

      Ah we don’t use ‘the net’ to produce shows, nor do we use TV’s (or satellite dishes) – we use producers and camera crew and production houses – all of which would still be required to produce content for internet broadcast.

      Access to the internet is by no means universal, it remains expensive and poorer people are more likely to not have access.

      As for “This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources…”

      You can’t have it both ways – and you have not established any grounds for your assertion that the running public service, or arts broadcasting over the net is going to be cheaper for the Govt or the public, or provide better access.

      I’ left with the feeling that you really just wanted to say: blah blah capitalist paradigm blah blah the internet is awesome blah blah Labour is just like the Nats and trying suppress our creativity blah blah NZ TV is shit blah blah TVNZ is a waste of money and resources.

      • fatty 8.2.1

        “Ah we don’t use ‘the net’ to produce shows”

        Ah, many people use the net to produce shows, interactivity is the future (and the present). The 1980s are long gone.

        “Access to the internet is by no means universal”

        Good point CL, so is digital TV, so is TVNZ7. If you want to start basing NZ on the concept of universal access to resources, then I’ll be your number one cheerleader. You have merely pointed out the backwardness of our country’s technology…as I said, good point.

        “As for “This is not to say that TVNZ is a waste, but it is a waste of money/resources”…You can’t have it both ways”

        Yes I can. The reason you don’t understand that sentence is cause you seperated it from the following one where I stated…”We could create many more quality programmes”. The word ‘quality’ shows that I think some of TVNZ’s programmes are “not a waste”…but I continue to see TVNZ as a waste of money/resources”

        “and you have not established any grounds for your assertion that the running public service, or arts broadcasting over the net is going to be cheaper for the Govt or the public, or provide better access.”

        Of course I never established any grounds for my ‘assertion’ on how internet TV will “provide better access”…that’s cause that statement is a creation of your own imagination. So let’s stick to what I did say, rather than what you are daydreaming…
        I would challenge the way programming is done, particularly current affairs shows. Be gone with Q+A with their high quality production (expensive) . The best NZ political discussion shows on TV at the moment are ‘The Union Report’ & ‘Citizen A’. The stark contrast between these shows and Q+A etc is the cost. How much for the Q+A and how much to fund the latter shows? News should be redone in a similar manner to RT News, where bloggers and true left intellectuals form much of the news dissection, alongside neolibs. Close up could be replaced with something like a cheap version of The Aloyna Show from RT, where it is watchable, and would be far cheaper to produce.
        There should be left wing and right wing shows, rather than the current middle of the road slop we currently get. Our current news options will continue to exist under a market model…they will not change at all, especially the 6pm-730pm timeslot…they can’t get any more market orientated, and they can’t get any more pathetic…so we should not be funding that crap. Stop paying for TV1 News and that morning ignorance we all get subjected to, then we can produce a lot of other stuff.
        We can also sell off all the TV infrastructure which cannot be used for internet TV and put that money into internet TV. Digital TV is already on its way out, internet is the future…why do you think Sky is bringing in an internet service? Digital TV is like a landline…why have one when everyone has a phone in their pocket? Internet should be a universal human right in NZ, and will be soon.
        Is it just me and my friends who watch everything on the net?

        “I’ left with the feeling that you really just wanted to say: blah blah capitalist paradigm blah blah the internet is awesome blah blah Labour is just like the Nats and trying suppress our creativity blah blah NZ TV is shit blah blah TVNZ is a waste of money and resources.”

        True, that’s the most intelligent sentence you’ve come up with…the blah blah part is a bit simple, but that is your contribution.
        I’m left with the feeling that you’ve again tried and failed to critique me a fell flat on your face. Too many misguided assumptions, and a misunderstanding of context/grammer.

        • Carol 8.2.1.1

          Is it just me and my friends who watch everything on the net?

          There are some people who do that and others who watch only TV sets. Myself, I watch some online, but at the moment I have a bit of a dodgy net connection and ondemand or any streaming gets frustrating because I often lose the connection.

          I still prefer watching TV if it’s possible. But I suspect that in future there probably won’t be such a distinction. That is, if the world doesn’t suffer some catastrophic perfect storm and the necessary resources become very scarce. I can’t connect my little HD TV to my computer for some reason. But I gather all newer models can do this.

          In the meantime, in Auckland there’s still Triangle. I like the mix of making low budget current events/political TV programmes for Triangle that also get made available online.

          I think it will be a couple of years, probably a lot longer, yet before high speed broadband will be available to all Kiwis.

          • weka 8.2.1.1.1

            There are places in NZ where sometimes there is a waiting list to get a new broadband connection. And the broadband available isn’t always sufficient for watching TV.

        • Campbell Larsen 8.2.1.2

          lolwhat?

          akshully I’m a big fan of yours fatty, it is hurtful when you are so mean.

          I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:

          http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-04042012/#comment-454884
          http://thestandard.org.nz/why-labour-is-not-shifting-to-the-centre/#comment-448916

          I love it how you like to randomly denigrate people like AIDS sufferers and are so eloquent
          “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” indeed.

          What did you say you were again? a social worker!!!???

          I love it how you manage to find ways to insert right wing memes into discussions
          “Maybe young women are getting pregnant on purpose”

          You’re all class.

          • fatty 8.2.1.2.1

            Cheers CL for bringing up some of my key points, allow me to reinforce them;

            http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-04042012/#comment-454884
            …This is indisputable, and one of my better comments…posted on April 4th, but has become even more relevant over the past week…In what way could you possibly disagree with this?;

            http://thestandard.org.nz/why-labour-is-not-shifting-to-the-centre/#comment-448916
            …Again, this has become more relevant over the past few weeks, Shearer continues to dance around and try to befriend everyone…meanwhile his inability to form a coherent sentence in front of a camera leaves him politically impotent. The way he is co-opting neoliberal discourse and echoing Donkey is something that no longer makes me angry…I now find it depressing and comical.

            “I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:”

            True, good point…I see Labour as THE problem…we will always have National bringing in their selfish policies, but its a shame that over the past 25 years Labour have done little more than reinforce selfish policies rather than resist and reverse them. The Greens are much better, but their move to ‘green capitalism’ (LOL) as the answer is a failure in my opinion. As stated in other posts, I am hesitant to use the left/right dichotomy as it has become so blurred since 1984. I consider the true left to be anti-capitalists (Zizek, david harvey, andre gunder frank, arturo gomes etc)…the left should listen to these people, rather than ignore them.
            I find if I enter a left/right argument here it becomes pointless, because Labour is considered left and National right…but I see them very similar…neoliberial economics, targeted welfare, biculturalism, individual responsibility etc. Lab/Nat are rightwing in my eyes, Greens and Mana are centrist…we have no left. So when you say I slag off the ‘left in general’…I take that as a compliment, cause its the true right (and vary rarely, the centrist Greens/Mana) who I am slagging off.

            http://thestandard.org.nz/daughter-my-generation-is-squandering-your-birthright/comment-page-1/#comment-461720
            The AIDs comment was poorly written and I apologised to you for it immediately (interesting reflection on you that you should bring it up and force me to apologise again…sorry)…but I clarified my poorly illustrated point, which for some reason you cannot get your head around, and is my key issue with the current Greens policy…”Capitalism is causing our problems, it shouldn’t be seen as part of a solution”

            “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” I stand by that point!…to be honest I think that’s quite well written, I will be using that again.

            http://thestandard.org.nz/when-fiscally-neutral-costs-a-billion-a-year/#comment-455794
            No, I’m studying to be one, but the way things are going, I will be heading overseas to get a decent eduction. My student loan is too high, wages here are too low to pay it off and if I can get a scholarship I’m gone…maybe it’ll make you feel better that I am probably not going to become a social worker and am changing the direction of my studies…what’s your issue with me becoming a social worker? I don’t understand?

            http://thestandard.org.nz/teenage-dreams/#comment-470358
            Re-read this post CL, along with my follow up. I am suggesting that their is some truth to Key’s logic of “breeding for business”, but I blame the governments, economics and society, rather than teenagers. This is not a “right-wing” (National?) view because I oppose the idea that teenagers need to take personal responsibility. I am suggesting that getting pregnant is often a logical response by disenfranchised youth and society is to blame. I am blaming all of us, the generational inequality, social exclusion/blame of youth, capitalism and its economic inequality. I see the non-use of contraception by teens to be framed by invalid research.
            You may call this right wing rhetoric, but you completely misunderstand my point. I see it as a Marxist position because I am blaming the economic and social structure of NZ. I also suggest poor young women are not making passive mistakes, but that becoming a teenage mother can be logic response to impending poverty. I am completely refusing individual responsibility, instead I am demanding social responsibility. So “breeding for business” is a sick way to put it…I prefer “breeding for survival”. Its a Marxist perspective (true left) not right wing at all.

            “You’re all class”

            I’m not here for polite conversation, I’m here to argue points, so please argue away. The more often I disagree with someone, the more I learn…but you have to back up your points with logic, rather than a simplistic side-swipe. The best argument I have had on here is with carol over intergenerational inequality where she bombarded me with stats and highlighted david harvey as a reference. I learnt a lot from carol about babyboomers…you should learn to make a point.

            Trawling through and reposting my previous posts, and allowing me to reinforce them has been fun for me, but I still don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. I stand by all those posts, except the nasty AIDs reference – do you want me to apologise for that again? (although I stand behind the point that reference made).
            I think you can do much better than your above post, its way below the level of ‘pete george logic’.

            • prism 8.2.1.2.1.1

              The long comments from fatty are timed at 11.02 and 11.07. I guess the first one is superfluous and takes up a lot of space on the thread. Perhaps the moderator could sort this.

              • fatty

                Sorry, they are the same reply. I didn’t realise and I am severely technologically challenged.

                • prism

                  fatty You are able to put live links so not too challenged! When I learned to do that I felt pretty good and can now remember the procedure without referring to my notes. Hooray for me.

          • fatty 8.2.1.2.2

            Cheers CL for bringing up some of my key points, allow me to reinforce them;

            http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-04042012/#comment-454884
            …This is pretty difficult to dispute, and one of my better comments…posted on April 4th, but has become even more relevant over the past week…In what way could you possibly disagree with this?;

            http://thestandard.org.nz/why-labour-is-not-shifting-to-the-centre/#comment-448916
            …Again, this has become more relevant over the past few weeks, Shearer continues to dance around and try to befriend everyone…meanwhile his inability to form a coherent sentence in front of a camera leaves him politically impotent. The way he is co-opting neoliberal discourse and echoing Donkey is something that no longer makes me angry…I now find it depressing and comical.

            “I love it how you so often manage to slag off Labour or the Greens (or the left in general) in your comments:”

            True, good point…I see Labour as THE problem…we will always have National bringing in their selfish policies, but its a shame that over the past 25 years Labour have done little more than reinforce selfish policies rather than resist and reverse them. The Greens are much better, but their move to ‘green capitalism’ (LOL) as the answer is a failure in my opinion. As stated in other posts, I am hesitant to use the left/right dichotomy as it has become so blurred since 1984. I often claim here that Lab/Nats are centrist for the sake of argument…but to be honest, I consider the true left to be anti-capitalists (Zizek, david harvey, andre gunder frank, arturo gomes etc)…the left should listen to these people, rather than ignore them.
            I find if I enter a left/right argument here it becomes pointless, because Labour is considered left and National right…but I see them very similar…neoliberial economics, targeted welfare, biculturalism, individual responsibility etc. Lab/Nat are rightwing in my eyes, Greens and Mana are centrist…we have no left. So when you say I slag off the ‘left in general’…I take that as a compliment, cause its the true right (and vary rarely, the centrist Greens/Mana) who I am slagging off.

            http://thestandard.org.nz/daughter-my-generation-is-squandering-your-birthright/comment-page-1/#comment-461720
            The AIDs comment was poorly written and I apologised to you for it immediately (interesting reflection on you that you should bring it up and force me to apologise again…sorry)…but I clarified my poorly illustrated point, which for some reason you cannot get your head around, and is my key issue with the current Greens policy…”Capitalism is causing our problems, it shouldn’t be seen as part of a solution”

            “hungry whores begging for more capitalist cock.” I stand by that point!…to be honest I think that’s quite well written, I will be using that again.

            http://thestandard.org.nz/when-fiscally-neutral-costs-a-billion-a-year/#comment-455794
            No, I’m studying to be one, but the way things are going, I will be heading overseas to get a decent eduction. My student loan is too high, wages here are too low to pay it off and if I can get a scholarship I’m gone…maybe it’ll make you feel better that I am probably not going to become a social worker and am changing the direction of my studies…what’s your issue with me becoming a social worker? I don’t understand?

            http://thestandard.org.nz/teenage-dreams/#comment-470358
            Re-read this post CL, along with my follow up. I am suggesting that their is some truth to Key’s logic of “breeding for business”, but I blame the governments, economics and society, rather than teenagers. This is not a “right-wing” (National?) view because I oppose the idea that teenagers need to take personal responsibility. I am suggesting that getting pregnant is often a logical response by disenfranchised youth and society is to blame. I am blaming all of us, the generational inequality, social exclusion/blame of youth, capitalism and its economic inequality. I see the non-use of contraception by teens to be framed by invalid research.
            You may call this right wing rhetoric, but you completely misunderstand my point. I see it as a Marxist position because I am blaming the economic and social structure of NZ. I also suggest poor young women are not making passive mistakes, but that becoming a teenage mother can be logic response to impending poverty. I am completely refusing individual responsibility, instead I am demanding social responsibility. So “breeding for business” is a sick way to put it…I prefer “breeding for survival”. Its a Marxist perspective (true left) not right wing at all.

            “You’re all class”

            I’m not here for polite conversation, I’m here to argue points, so please argue away. The more often I disagree with someone, the more I learn…but you have to back up your points with logic, rather than a simplistic side-swipe. The best argument I have had on here is with carol over intergenerational inequality where she bombarded me with stats and highlighted david harvey as a reference. I learnt a lot from carol about babyboomers…you should learn to make a point.

            Trawling through and reposting my previous posts, and allowing me to reinforce them has been fun for me, but I still don’t understand what you are trying to achieve. I stand by all those posts, except the nasty AIDs reference – do you want me to apologise for that again? (although I stand behind the point that reference made).
            I think you can do much better than your above post, its way below the level of ‘pete george logic’.

  9. grumpy 9

    …sell it to Fox. We need a channel that’s “Fair and Balanced”…………………..

  10. This campaign is far too late, especially if it’s intended to get a private members bill drawn from ballot and passed through all stages in 42 days.

    It seems to be being used as a political publicity stunt. There seems to be more people interested in protesting than there has been watching the channel.

    TVNZ7 has some reasonable programs but like almost everyone else I hardly every watch it. I don’t watch TV1 much either, and rarely watch TV2.

    We have far to many channels available with far too little quality. I’d rather see more emphasis on quality and flexibility to watch rather than keeping yet another channel.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      I’d rather see more emphasis on quality and flexibility…

      None of which you’re actually getting from the commercial focus BS.

  11. warren 11

    In calling TVNZ7 “yet another channel” shows you are missing the point entirely by lumping it with all the low quality commercial ratings-driven channels (ie all the other channels).

  12. Julian Haworth 12

    A readers poll just carried out in the NZ Herald showed 68% support for keeping TV7.
    This is amazing given the political bent of readers of this paper. The poll results were pulled very quickly-maybe a little pressure exerted by Joyce and his puppet Key?

  13. Gerard 13

    The argument that nobody watches TVNZ7 is nonsense. It’s just nonsense. We all know that.
    Yes we know that 1.4 Million people tuned into TVNZ7 according to AC Nielson. We also know that these figures are concealed and manipulated by TVNZ and those bent on having nothing but commercial TV in this country.

    We know we can afford a Public Television Service and until 30th June 2012 we’ve actually had public television. We know that every other OECD country apart from mexico thinks Public Service TV is valuable enough to fund. Much like a national art gallery, a national library or national museum.

    If National were at all serious about a “knowledge economy” it’s actions would speak louder than words with regard to Public Service Television. Instead of leading the way to a brighter future – they are no where to be seen. They avoid the conversation. They do not respond, don’t front up and hide. This is bad for democracy. This is bad for you and me.

    The idea that NZ On Air funding is contestable is fraught because you have to have a broadcaster’s approval that they will broadcast your program before you can seek funding. Try getting that approval when the only imperative are ratings and ratings show that the most popular shows are cooking shows, police shows, crime dramas, soap operas and reality TV. Hardly informing stuff.

    So those on this blog who are negative about TVNZ7 are truly the ignorant and the uninformed. Yes there has been some repeats of shows on TVNZ7 but they’ve been bloody good value. BBC documentaries, in depth media analysis like Media 7, political debate like Back Benchers, discussions about literature on the Good Word and in-depth interviews on Talk Talk. This sort of content ( and much more ) has been distinctively more informing and valuable than anything on TV1, TV2 or TV3. We should support more of this and less of the same old tired brainless entertainment the programming commissioners are locked into for the other channels. At a very minimum we should at least have one channel where New Zealanders can easily access this material. From the 30th June we will have none. No choice. Nothing.

    Those who don’t understand this may as well go live in another country because this country doesn’t mean anything much to them.

  14. prism 14

    Even though TV7 was an attempt to provide more public service stuff hasn’t it needed the purchase of a set top box if having an older tv without such built in features.? Or could I see it if I can find the right channel on my not very new tv? I know I will have to take some action of this soon because of the change from analogue to digital.

  15. captain hook 15

    the whole point of the matter is that Tories dont want anybody to know anything.
    they just want them to buy!

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    The government just introduced its Education and Training Amendment Bill to the House. The name is deliberately obfuscatory, because what the bill actually does is reintroduce charter schools - effectively allowing National to privatise the education system. That's corrupt and it stinks, but to add insult to injury, National's new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 25
    Confidence about future job availability collapsed after Budget 2024 to lows last seen during the the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Employee confidence in more jobs being available in a year’s time collapsed in the first two weeks of June after the Budget, falling ...
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    15 hours ago
  • “I Don't Care”
    Walking through the rooms in my headI came across your image,You looked at me with that sweet smile and saidSomething they won't let me repeatWe hurt the ones we love the mostIts a subtle form of complimentAfter you’ve watched Christopher Luxon for a while you think to yourself - that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    15 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cancer drugs, and the Great Ferries Cancellation Disaster of ’23
    The decision taken last December to cancel the contract for the two purpose-built Cook Strait ferries – without having a Plan B in mind, let alone in place – has been a calamity that’s going to haunt New Zealand for decades to come, long after the Luxon government has been ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    15 hours ago
  • June-24 AT Board Meeting
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    18 hours ago
  • Colonial oppression in Kanaky
    How does France deal with opponents of its colonisation of the Pacific? Arrest them and deport them to France to face prosecution in a foreign court: A group of pro-independence leaders charged with allegedly organising protests that turned into violent unrest in New Caledonia last month was indicted on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Media Link: Post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism” on “A View from Afar.”
    On this edition of AVFA Selwyn Manning and I discuss post-pandemic economics and the rise of national populism. It seems that a post-pandemic turn to more nationalist economic policies may have encouraged the rise of populists who use xenophobia and … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: National’s vice-signalling
    Two weeks ago the climate denier government announced they would be giving farmers what they want and removing agriculture from the ETS. On Friday they introduced the bill for it to the House. Due to past efforts and backdowns, the Climate Change Response Act has a lot of inactive clauses ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Left’s Joyous Cherub: Keith Locke, 1944 – 2024.
    The Struggle Continues: Keith Locke belonged to a generation that still believed in a world that could be, through struggle, relieved of its chains. That struggle constituted the core of a life lived with purpose, courage and determination. MANY NEW ZEALANDERS would, no doubt, have been surprised to discover that Keith Locke was ...
    1 day ago
  • The Night Before Yule: A Reprint
    A couple of my stories – A Breath Through Silver, and The Last Libation – have previously earned themselves reprints. Well, I am pleased to report that the nice people at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/) have included my narrative horror-poem, The Night Before Yule, in their newly-compiled Best Of anthology. ...
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Monday, June 24
    TL;DR: Responding to the grounding of the Aratere over the weekend, the Government has signalled it will buy new replacement ferries, but only enough to replace existing freight capacity.That would effectively limit Aotearoa-NZ’s ability to handle any growth in population or the need to reduce emissions by shifting freight from ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Greater Auckland 2.0 – we need your help!
    Hi, we’re Greater Auckland. We’ve been a part of the landscape for over 15 years now. Over that time, we’ve provided informed commentary, evidence-based analysis, and inspiring visions for the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You might know us from such hits as: The Congestion-Free Network 2013 (and its 2017 ...
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    2 days ago
  • Distractions and Inaction.
    Fancy, a fast carA bag full of lootI can nearly guaranteeYou'll end up with the bootThe Prime Minister arrived home, perhaps a bit surprised, maybe even secretly a little pleased at the diversion, to find the country falling apart. Things going more badly that even his c-list, self back-slapping, trip ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • KiwiRail aground while Government obfuscates
    The problems at KiwiRail go further and deeper than the maintenance issue, which caused the inter-island ferry Aratere to run aground on Saturday. The company is also the subject of a damning report published last week about the way it runs its rail operations from the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 16, 2024 thru Sat, June 22, 2024. Stories we promoted this week, by publication date: Before June 16 ‘Unprecedented mass coral bleaching’ expected in 2024, says expert, ...
    2 days ago
  • The Realm Of The Possible.
    The People’s House: What would it be like to live in a country where a single sermon could prick the conscience of the comfortable? Where a journalist could rouse a whole city to action? Where the government could be made to respond to the people’s concerns? Where real change was possible? And ...
    3 days ago
  • Public Service Day
    Good morn or evening friendsHere's your friendly announcerI have serious news to pass on to everybodyWhat I'm about to sayCould mean the world's disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and painIt's thatLove's in need of love todayDon't delaySend yours in right awayHate's goin' 'roundBreaking many heartsStop it pleaseBefore ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • When is a road of National significance not a road of National significance?
    I loved everything about my first Cook Strait ferry crossing: a day parked in the car in howling Wellington wind and driving Wellington rain, waiting to hear if they were going to sail or not; watching the huge black ministerial limousines come and go; listening to the adventures of Chicken ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Was the Medieval Warm Period a global event?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Was the Medieval Warm Period a global ...
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa Runs Aground
    Your face has fallen sad nowFor you know the time is nighWhen I must remove your wingsAnd you, you must try to flyCome sail your ships around meAnd burn your bridges downWe make a little history, babyEvery time you come aroundWhen I went to bed last night I thought the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Wagon keeps movin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mainstreaming Māori
    Mainstreaming need not be inherently anti-Māori. It will be if it is done badly because it will be anti-those-in need, and proportionally more of them are Māori.That the Coalition Government says it will deliver public services on the basis of need rather than, say, race deserves consideration, even though many ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • National says “fuck you”
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the government's racist bill to eliminate Māori representation in local government. The report duly notes the Waitangi Tribunal's finding that the bill breaches te Tiriti, and the bill's inconsistency with our international human rights obligations - and then proceeds to ignore both. Instead, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon is – Big in Japan
    This week our Prime Minister Christopher Luxon… mmm, let’s take a moment to consider just how good that sounds. Hope you weren’t eating.Anyway that guy. Better? That bloke from the telly, he said - what I would say to you is… I’m big in Japan. My kind of people, hard ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 21-June-2024
    Tis the winter solstice! The shortest day and longest night of the year. The good news: we’re on our way back to summertime. Here’s another roundup of stories to brighten up your Friday. Our header image is from CRL and shows Waihorotiu Station lit up for Matariki 2024 The ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Friday, June 21
    Our economic momentum remains anaemic, and it’s possible the tiny increase in GDP was a ‘dead cat bounce’. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Per-capita GDP has fallen 4.3% from its peak over the last 21 months, which is more than it it fell in the Global Financial Crisis recession ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Futility of Punishment
    Hi,I was in Texas recently and couldn’t stop thinking about how in some parts of America they really like to kill their prisoners. As a society we tend to agree murder is wrong, but somewhere along the way Texas figured it’s fine if it’s after 6pm and the killing is ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • The new Beehive approach to the environment
    A persistent theme has been weaving between the Committee rooms at Parliament all this so-called “Scrutiny” week as MPs have probed Ministers and agencies about their work and plans. The question has been simply what the environmental price might be if the country begins to accelerate its infrastructure building to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #25 2024
    Open access notables Climate Change Is Leading to a Convergence of Global Climate Distribution, Li et al., Geophysical Research Letters: The impact of changes in global temperatures and precipitation on climate distribution remains unclear. Taking the annual global average temperatures and precipitation as the origin, this study determined the climate distribution with the ...
    5 days ago
  • You take nicer pictures when you’re not drunk
    Readers keeping count will know it's more than five years since I gave up booze. Some of you get worried on my behalf when I recount a possibly testing moment. Anxious readers: today I got well tested.All the way across France I've been enquiring in my very polite and well-meaning but ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
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    1 week ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
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    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
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  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
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  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister celebrates students’ space success
    Space Minister Judith Collins is applauding students from Canterbury University’s Aerospace Club on their success at the world’s largest inter-collegiate rocket engineering competition, the Spaceport America Cup. “More than 120 teams from 20 countries participated in Spaceport America Cup, with the team from Canterbury University winning in their ‘30,000 Foot’ ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Address – Commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Commencement of the Korean War
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • New WorkSafe board appointments to address a history of poor financial management
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden says three appointments to the WorkSafe board have been made to strengthen the organisation, ensuring it has the skills and expertise it needs to carry out its functions.  “WorkSafe has faced a number of recent challenges, including accumulating an almost $18 million ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Next phase of the Royal Commission into COVID-19
    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says this coalition Government is delivering on our commitment to expand the terms of reference for the independent Royal Commission into COVID-19 Lessons Learned. “There will be a second phase to the Royal Commission which features new commissioners and an expanded terms of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government introduces Three Strikes Bill
    The Government has introduced a Bill today to restore the Three Strikes sentencing law, Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says. “New Zealanders are rightly concerned about violent crime. We are delivering on our commitment to introduce a revised Three Strikes law as one of our key law and order priorities.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New support for agricultural emissions reduction
    The Government and the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) are together committing an additional $8 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government actions strengthening Māori success
    Tākina Puanga. Ko Puanga kei runga. Ko Puanga e Rangi. Tākina mai te ara o Puanga nui o te rangi. Tākina ngā pou o te tau. Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama. Puanga or Rigel celebrations reflect a renewed energy across our communities – to acknowledge those who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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