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Worse and worse

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, June 4th, 2009 - 76 comments
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This just gets worse for Key. It has emerged that Worth was offering ‘jobs for favours’ for a young woman. Goff passed her allegations on to Key. According to the Dom (physical version, online is different) Key said “I investigated them and there didn’t appear any truth to them and I accepted Dr Worth’s version of events”.

  • Did he bother to ask the woman, or did he just take the word of his mate?
  • Did he look at the emails and phone-logs? How did he conclude then there was no truth to them?
  • Does Key still believe that Worth wasn’t abusing his ministerial powers in the most corrupt manner in an attempt to gain sexual favours in light of the new sexual allegations against him, which Key believes to be true?

Meanwhile, John Armstrong, desperate for some way to praise Key in all this, runs the National defence line that had so far been confined to the rightwing trolls in our comment threads:

Key is proving to be an even tougher disciplinarian than his predecessor, Helen Clark. She fired plenty of ministers, but in most cases indicated there was a road back into the inner sanctum after a suitable period of penance.

Clark did fire ministers quickly and none of her ministers was accused of what Key believes Worth has done. It is the seriousness of that act and Key’s belief that it happened that have led to Key firmly shutting the door on Worth. There would have been no difference with Clark or any half-competent PM.

Except any half-competent PM wouldn’t have turned Worth’s resignation into a dance of the seven veils, exposing one repugnant layer at a time.

76 comments on “Worse and worse”

  1. notreallyalawyer 1

    Dover Samuels, – how long did Clark sit on what she knew? About six months. You might not consider the accustions to be just as serious. Others might consider otherwise.

    How long did it take Labour to deal with Fields?

    • merlin 1.1

      Field lost his ministerial portfolios as soon as the allegations came out against him (that was just before the 2005 election). He was never reinstated.

      • notreallyalawyer 1.1.1

        “Field lost his ministerial portfolios as soon as the allegations came out against him”

        how soon was “soon” – less than a week?

        And it took Clark a full year to decide the Field was uinfit to be an MP. About a week for Key.

        But I take it you agree then about Samuels.

        By the way, for the intellectually challenged, this isn’t an attack on Clark, merely pointing out that like it or not PMs have to consider due process and natural justice – which always means taking more time. And they do have to consider how to manage thomgs politically. They are in politics afterall.

        And did National act like Labour is now – yes of course.

        But it is hilarious watching you guys baying for blood. You really don’t see the contradiction do you.

  2. Tigger 2

    According to ACT, Clark was too hard on Samuels…

    http://www.act.org.nz/news/no-good-faith-shown-in-dover-samuels-sacking

    So will ACT be rushing to defend Worth against Key’s dismissal?

  3. Sean 3

    “This just gets worse for Key.”

    No, if anything it gets better because Key has already effectively cut Worthless from the National-led government. As any half decent political junkie would know, it’s not the incident/crisis that causes grief, but how you handle it.

    • calltoaccount 3.1

      Eventually. Even the current episode looks tardy. Until we hear what Key knew, when he knew it and what he did with the information, we won’t be able to draw the conclusion you are jumping to.

  4. tsmithfield 4

    Here is Goff quoted from that article:

    “The allegations were essentially that Dr Worth had offered a number of different positions that were within his gift as minister to this woman, with the overtones that this was in pursuit of romantic ambitions,” Goff said.

    “One was as an adviser and one was as a board member within the responsibilities of Dr Worth but the overtones were that he wanted to develop a relationship with her,” Mr Goff said on Radio New Zealand.

    Note that Goff did not make any accusations about sexual misconduct here. Just that there were overtones of a “pursuit of romantic ambitions”.

    When we are getting into “overtones”, it becomes very difficult to pin down an actual offence.

    For instance, if I e-mailed a female in the context of a job offer with a phrase like:

    “lets meet up to discuss things and see where things go from there..”

    the phrase could clearly be interpreted as a romantic invitation which may well be the intention of the sender. However, the sender is then in a position to deny that any meaning was intended should the shit hit the fan as there is clear ambiguity. With the above quote, it is clear that the statement could be read in the context of a job interview or a romantic liason.

    I suspect this is what has happened in this case because of the way the Goff has couched his statement so carefully.

    This does not excuse the behaviour of Worth who I see as a sleaze of the worst kind. However, if supporting evidence was not available, then there is little option but to accept the senders word about the intent behind the e-mail.

    To be fair to Key, I think he was more than happy to find a reason to sack Worth given past performance and his liability to the government. So, I think he would have certainly pulled the trigger on the basis of this earlier incident if could find solid justification to do so.

    • merlin 4.1

      Trying to seperate romance and sex, t? You’re not the first to try it but i can’t see you succeeding.

      You should watch Goff’s interview on Breakfast this morning. He says Worth asked her to buy see-through clothing. If you’re right and there is a meaningful difference between sexual and romantic in this context then it’s clear what side this is on.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.2

      The emails were personal, they were about ‘do you want to come swimming with me?’ Do you want to take a holiday with me overseas, I want you to buy this see-through clothing. This woman is half Dr Worth’s age, she is a happily married woman with children, she was offended by it.’

      Also from that article I think. At least the version I see. Oversight tsmitty, or selective quotation?

      • tsmithfield 4.2.1

        Actually, I must admit that I didn’t read that far down on the article.

        Certainly very sleazy. Glad to see Worth is gone.

        I guess since the e-mails had come from a political opponent, there would be questions about proof that the e-mails had in fact originated from Worth.
        I wonder if that is the point that was not proved. If Worth had catagorically denied sending them, and it could not be proved they were actually generated by him, then he may have got some wiggle room.

        I don’t think the e-mails were actually illegal. Also, I would expect that this woman would have sent a fairly clear and direct response back to Worth when the first e-mail was received. Is there any indication that this actually happened? Otherwise there could be the suggestion that the woman was leading him on for the purpose making some political capital out of it.

        Afterall, the behaviour, although disgusting, is not technically illegal, especially if Worth had reason to believe she was a willing party.

        • bill brown 4.2.1.1

          Oh what, you mean if she was asking for it?

          • tsmithfield 4.2.1.1.1

            No. It is rather sus that the woman concerned is a member of the Labour Party though.

            What if Worth had a series of e-mails from her saying she was single, keen to get to know him better etc? Would that change your opinion of the situation?

          • felix 4.2.1.1.2

            “Would that change your opinion of the situation?”

            That’s not “the situation”. It’s a completely imaginary situation.

            What if Worth had a fridge full of severed heads? Would that change youropinion of the situation?

          • merlin 4.2.1.1.3

            It’s not a sign of guilt to be a member of a political party, T.

            I think it’s rather ‘sus’ that you are still trying to make excuses for Worth, even going so far as to event a series of emails that exist only in your head and that no-one (not Worth, not Key, not Goff) has suggested exist.

          • Kaplan 4.2.1.1.4

            Nice long drop TS, but it’s time to stop digging now.

          • Pascal's bookie 4.2.1.1.5

            Dude that’s pretty desperate.

            Let’s pretend that those emails don’t in fact exist, and that the one’s from Worth are what they appear to be. Do you think Key should have sacked him?

            You agree that they are sleazy, so is that sleaziness ok?

            If it’s not ok, do you think we are entitled to know why Worth was not sacked ?

            If it was all a set up, and Worth can prove that, then I think we should see that proof. Don’t you?

  5. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement at question time yesterday that he lost confidence in Dr Richard Worth as a Minister on Tuesday 26 May 2009?

    This should make for an interesting question time.

  6. Akldnut 6

    John Armstrong “Last week, however, was Budget week – not a time to be sacking ministers unless you really have to.”

    1. Budget week or not Key should’ve sacked him then and there instead of trying to separate this issue from all the other bullshit he inflicted on us.
    2. If this sort of behaviour didn’t fit the “unless you really have to” category then nothing would.

  7. Actually, this could be getting worse and worse for Labour and how ironic is that.

    First, Key has acted cautiously but decisively. HC’s record was likewise patchy and it was her failure to act decisively in a couple of instances that still cast a shadow.

    Keep in mind that any offence is alleged and supposedly Worth is innocent until proven otherwise.

    From a pure Nat perspective, there could be gold in the dirt. Apart from Key taking strong and direct action, the Nats have got rid of a worthless piece of the proverbial and a walking headline.

    • Tigger 7.1

      How is this bad for Labour? Key looked like a bungling idiot as the press pulled details from him. He didn’t act decisively at all – he waited. Key has outed himself as having lost confidence last week in Worth, he’s claimed he finds Worth’s behaviour reprehensible (his tone yesterday was judgemental, as though Key was convicted, not just being investigated). So if anyone is guilty of pre-judging Worth, it’s Key. And if the behaviour was THAT bad, why wait so long to act?

      • Daveski 7.1.1

        The issue of whether Key acted decisively or not is the key one (pun intended). The balance of opinion appears to support Key even with some reservations. I don’t expect that view to be represented here of course.

        The arcane point is that Key’s actions have little to do with what Worth has allegedly done but because of the way in which he didn’t communicate to his leader.

        Assuming that Key comes out with a pass mark (and it’s not unreasonable to assume this given a wider sampling of views than here), National is much much better off without Worth.

    • The Voice of Reason 7.2

      “Actually, this could be getting worse and worse for Labour and how ironic is that.”

      On what planet, Daveski? Here on Earth, Goff is looking like a PM in waiting and John Key is looking like a dithering idiot with serious deficiencies in his team that he is only able to deal with by bullshit, evasion and blind hope that no one will notice.

      And when the reality of the incompetence of one of his hand picked team comes out, he drops them like a whaler drops a baby fur seal. Ask Melissa Lee, she knows only too well.

      captcha; ‘jerkin is’ . Jerkin John?

      • Daveski 7.2.1

        As I said tVoR, your view and the standard view (please note small s) on Goff and Key’s relative performance are shared universally. I agree that Key is damned by the actions of his team but let’s not revisit the past eh!

        Getting rid of Worth is actually good news for National. Whether or not Key acted appropriately and in a timely manner is a matter of opinion and opinion appears to be divided on this. Note I’m not trying to push my position but a reasonable analysis of the media and other comments suggests you’re the one who’s misreading this sad tale of events.

      • Tim Ellis 7.2.2

        VoR, Mr Goff might have looked like a “PM in waiting” for nine years under Helen Clark, but given his party is trailing Mr Key’s party by twenty percent, and he is trailing Mr Key in the preferred prime minister stakes by fifty percent, it would be a very bold call indeed for you to say he is looking like the “PM in waiting” now.

    • Chris G 7.3

      “Key has acted cautiously but decisively
      “Key taking strong and direct action

      A re-hashed National press release / parrots in the media talking about the issue.

      Also it read a lot like what tim ellis would post.

      “Nats have got rid of a … walking headline” Why is Melissa Lee still knockin’ about then?

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    .

    • Daveski 8.1

      I finally agree with you 100% PB 😉

    • The Voice of Reason 8.2

      Interesting posting, PB. Is it an artist’s rendition of the inside of John Key’s head? Or maybe the full list of contributions to NZ society that Richard Worth has made?

  9. tsmithfield 9

    The complaint about the e-mails has the smell of a set-up to me. Similar to the Nigerian scammers that are now developing romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims in order to scam money out of them.

    Heres why I think this:

    1. The woman was a labour party member.
    2. It appears numerous e-mails had been sent by the gormless Worth. Why didn’t the woman forthrightly tell him to piss off after the first one?
    3. What was the woman telling Worth during all these cosy telephone chats? Why did she keep accepting calls from Worth rather than just hanging up on him?

    It seems to me she was trying to egg Worth on in order to drop him in it later on. Perhaps Worth didn’t even know she was married or a member of the Labour party.
    Worth may have raised these points when discussing the issue with Key. Given Keys own experience with the underhanded tactics labour can stoop to, perhaps he believed him.

    • gobsmacked 9.1

      Why did she keep accepting calls from Worth rather than just hanging up on him?

      Also, why did she wear make-up and a short skirt?

      Defence tactics SOP: let’s get the victim in the witness box. Bet she’s not a virgin either.

    • the sprout 9.2

      an understandable attempt at defence/diversion.

      but IF it were true, what does that say about Key’s gullibility and the chances of him being set-up when it comes to shrewd players like the US on issues like trade deals?

      doesn’t fill me with confidence that we wouldn’t get sold down the river if Key is so naive to possible set-ups.

      • doc whose asking 9.2.1

        ullo ullo ullo !!! suddenly went low! low! low!

        As if they would.. do unto an old buddie.. what hath been done many many times afore.. unless the old buddie be known to hath done unto them.. et cetera..

    • WTF 9.3

      Yeah tsmithfield you are so right!

      Maybe she was also wearing a short skirt? Maybe she was out late at night by herself? Maybe she got drunk and let herself be drunk in public so men could make advances?

      Maybe she was asking for it?

      Maybe she had had advances from lots of other men and Worth thought she was easy?

      Maybe she consented to advances from Key so Worth presumed he would be sweet as well?

      Maybe she secretly wanted it and no meant yes?

      • titter 9.3.1

        Maybe she was Phil Goff in a dress…………. deeeeeeeelightful …. not.

    • felix 9.4

      Wow.

      tsmithfeild, I’m interested to hear more of your theories about this and also on sexual politics in general. Please, keep digging sharing your thoughts.

      • tsmithfield 9.4.1

        It wouldn’t surpise me if it was a deliberate set-up. Can’t prove it. The facts that are known certainly leave that possibility open, thats all.

        I don’t think she wanted it at all, whatever the truth is. I mean, Worth???

        • the sprout 9.4.1.1

          were that the case the facts also suggest Key has handled it very poorly indeed and demonstrated a profound political naivity.

        • Pascal's bookie 9.4.1.2

          If it was a ‘set up’, shouldn’t we see the evidence? After all, in itself that is a pretty serious allegation to make against the complainant no?

          If it wasn’t a set up, shouldn’t Key have sacked him?

        • lprent 9.4.1.3

          Two different women? One from the Labour side and the other a Nat? Yeah right. Why do I suspect that this will merely be the tip of the iceberg? Having two politically active women affected out of the population of all NZ women makes me suspect that these are merely the ones that did something about it.

          BTW: You interested in buying a bridge? The brooklyn one would look good outside your living room. (you credulous fool)

        • The Voice of Reason 9.4.1.4

          Worth set himself up.

          The India trip is a great clue as to how he thinks. Something along the lines of “After a decade in opposition, I’ve finally got the big job. I’m the man! I deserve your fawning.”

          He has a clear sense of entitlement and in both the India trip and the job offer with string bikini’s attached, he has abused his position and authority for personal gain. It should have been obvious to Key after India that he was a liability. If Key wanted to have some ethical authority, that was the time to dump him.

          And then, the second incident, the issue Goff raised, and the appalling emails that were provided as proof, should have seen him sacked. Again, Key sat on his hands. Actually it’s worse than that. He had emails that showed clearly that Worth was an abuser and did nothing. Sick.

          The current incident, whatever it is, was only too much for dithering John when he knew plod was going to be involved. Until that point, Key did not have a significant problem with a minister using his office to curry sexual favours. Worth may be an arsehole, but Key is the arsehole enabler.

  10. Pat 10

    “Did he bother to ask the woman, or did he just take the word of his mate?”

    Key never had the opportunity to question the woman, because she specifically instructed Goff that she did not want to be named or further involved.

    “Did he look at the emails and phone-logs? How did he conclude then there was no truth to them?”

    No and neither did Goff. Who has seen the emails and phone logs? No-one that I’m aware of.

    So what have is an unnamed Labour party staffer phoning Goff with allegations. Goff phones Key with allegations, but there is no supporting evidence and accuser does not want to be involved further. Key questions Worth who categorically denies everything.

    If you think Key should have sacked Worth over this, then I suggest Goff phones Key with allegations from un-named Labour party staffers against all the other National party ministers. By this standard Key would have to sack his entire cabinet.

    • titter 10.1

      Careful Pat if the intellects that thought the trip to Melbourne in an attempt to smear Key was a good idea are still in situ they may run with your suggestion.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.2

      “I checked out her story very carefully before I went to the prime minister, she had emails, she had telephone-logs, and the essence of her story was that she had been offered various positions by Dr Worth but … the overtone was in return for a relationship.”

      “The emails were personal, they were about ‘do you want to come swimming with me?’ Do you want to take a holiday with me overseas, I want you to buy this see-through clothing. This woman is half Dr Worth’s age, she is a happily married woman with children, she was offended by it.

      Sounds like Goff has seen the emails and logs to me, but that he doesn’t have copies.

    • Kaplan 10.3

      So now Worth, who in Pat’s version of the truth is innocent, just resigned because he felt like?

  11. exbrethren 11

    Pat “No and neither did Goff. Who has seen the emails and phone logs? No-one that I’m aware of.”

    Reading the stuff report it’d seem Goff has seen them by his quotes.

    “I checked out her story very carefully before I went to the prime minister, she had emails, she had telephone-logs, and the essence of her story was that she had been offered various positions by Dr Worth but … the overtone was in return for a relationship.”

    “The emails were personal, they were about ‘do you want to come swimming with me?’ Do you want to take a holiday with me overseas, I want you to buy this see-through clothing. This woman is half Dr Worth’s age, she is a happily married woman with children, she was offended by it.”

    If Goff has passed on these emails and Key has done nothing but shrug off the accusations then he’s got problems.

  12. Pat 12

    Goff never passed on the emails. According to Key on Radio Live 1.45pm Goff advised Key during his phone call that he had not seen them.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      thnx.

      Wonder if Key asked Worth to show him any emails. Should have.

    • exbrethren 12.2

      If that’s the case then Goff has been very foolish in stating what was in the emails.

      If however as Espiner is stating that Labour have emails and letters from Worth to the staffer then either;

      Goff had seen the emails before contacting Key then Key is unclear or lying

      or Goff saw them after he contacted Key, in which case his case isn’t that good.

    • calltoaccount 12.3

      Pat: Key’s position hanging by a thread there. Yes, (physical evidence was sited and not properly acted on), and he’s in real trouble.

      Otherwise, it’s on to the issues raised by Cosgrove and Turei in Question Time today (my take being, it seems like Worth was still acting in offical capacities, after having lost the confidence of Key. If so, why?!).

  13. exbrethren 13

    Interesting stuff from Colin Espiner on this

    “But Key said in that interview that the only investigations into the complaint his office made were to talk to Worth about it, who told them it was untrue. Key’s office did not speak to anyone else, including the complainant.

    I understand Labour has emails and letters on ministerial letterhead from Worth to this staffer. I’d imagine that Goff told Key about this.

    Given the seriousness of the complaint, I’m surprised Key was prepared to let the matter rest. Did he not imagine it would come out at a later date?

    There has been much comment about how emphatically Key has dealt with all this, and favourable comparisons to Helen Clark. Sorry, but I don’t agree. The end may have been swift, but it was a long time coming.”

    Really starting to look like a major Key cockup.

  14. sally 14

    The complaint about the e-mails has the smell of a set-up to me. Similar to the Nigerian scammers that are now developing romantic relationships with unsuspecting victims in order to scam money out of them.

    The Labour Party member’s allogations weren’t made public until the second allogations became public. Phil Goff chose to act descretly, and trusted Key to investigate the matter further. Hardly how I would have played a stitch up.

    Compare this with Rodney Hide sitting on allogations about David Benson-Pope (ala tennis balls) for years until DBP became a Minister and then went public.

    • Maynard J 14.1

      Yeah clearly a set up – Phil Goff decided to let Key know discreetly because he knew two things:

      1 – Key would do stuff-all about it
      2 – Worth was guaranteed to get into trouble again.

      Sure. While both are actually fairly likely, especially the first, what would Goff gain? What’s the point?

      Set-up? That is (and this is directed at tsmithfield) the biggest crock of shit to come out of this thread. Poor innocent Worth falling for the honey-trap? Give me a break. I think your option B below looks more likely.

  15. tsmithfield 15

    I am just trying to come up with some logical explanation for how Worth could be so stupid. It beggars belief otherwise. Why would he even contemplate offering her a job if he knew she was a Labour Party member for a start? The only explanations I can come up with was that it was either a set-up by someone within Labour, or that Worth is more incredibly stupid and sleazy than I can possibly imagine.

    Looks like Key wasn’t privy to the e-mails, so never got to see the evidence. On this basis, there wasn’t very far he could go with it, especially if Worth was outright lying to him.

  16. Pat 16

    Everyone seems to be assuming Goff had seen the emails, txts etc when he contacted Key. At no point over the last 2 days has Goff categorically stated this. He has been very careful with his wording.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.1

      How much difference does that make though?

      If Key was told they exist, he should probably have asked Worth to front with them. If even only for later arse-covering political reasons.

      Worth was already on his second last chance at least, why take his word for anything?

      • Pat 16.1.1

        If Worth states they don’t exist, how can Key ask him to produce emails and txts which he says don’t exist?

        If Goff had the physical emails and txts, and the complainant wanted to pursue the matter, then the onus was on Goff to provide the physical evidence to Key. Or for Key to insist that Goff provide them to him.

        Unless of course:
        a) Goff didn’t have the physical evidence (only the details provided verbally by the complainant) and/or
        b) the complainant didn’t want to take the matter further.

        • Daveski 16.1.1.1

          Someone remind me … didn’t Helen take Winston’s word??

          Goff’s undoubtedly deserves some credit for his original actions but since that this has descended into petty political posturing (which I have to say is some of my best alliteration yet!)

        • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.2

          Unless Worth denied that there were any emails at all, which would be unlikely if there were job discussions going on, then that argument doesn’t work. the problem is what the emails said, rather than whether they exist. I’ve not seen any claims that there are no emails from anyone.

          So, if Worth did deny that emails existed, should Key have asked Goff to front with them? I think he should have, rather than just telling Goff that there is nothing to the claims.

          Daveski. Winnie was a coalition partner and the leader of NZFirst. Worth is a National MP, on his second or third last chance. Not the same circumstances. And yet I seem to recall that even then, Key Hide and others were saying that Clark had obligations to not take him at his word but to actively investigate. Did Key live up to that standard? Seeing you brought it up.

  17. Kaplan 18

    I see Worth has pulled out the old “I have not committed any offence’ line.

    But hang on… Even if it can not be proved that Worth was offering a job for ‘romantic’ favours. Does that really matter? The fact he was allegedly offering job’s outside of the normal procurement process is an issue is it not?

  18. gobsmacked 19

    Key and his spinners: “Goff, put up or shut up! … oh, sh*t, he’s putting up!”

    Statement tabled in Parliament – thwack!

    Worth says he won’t go quietly – thwack!

    Time to Supersize the popcorn … 🙂

  19. tsmithfield 20

    jadbury “Woah .. TV1 news with details on the emails & txts!”

    Calls and txts actually. Nothing said about e-mails.

    I think it was 40 calls and 60 texts or vice-versa since November.

    I wonder how many calls and texts went the other way from her. It is just inconceivable she would have put up with this barrage for soooo long unless she was a willing participant. What did her husband think and do about all this? Afterall, according to Goff she was happily married.

    I can imagine the conversation:

    Husband: Who was that dear?
    Wife: Just Richard Worth again.
    Husband: What did he want this time.
    Wife: Just wants me to do a bit of skinnydipping with him.

    If this was truly harrasment over this length of time, then why on earth didn’t she or her husband do something about it? Surely the only conclusion can be that she was a willing participant or was trying to set him up.

    One possibility is that she and Worth were forming a romantic relationship and her husband found out. So now she is getting all self-righteous and trying to drop Worth in it to preserve her marriage.

    • felix 20.1

      Keep going. They’re getting better all the time.

    • gobsmacked 20.2

      Tsmithfield, do you have any understanding at all of power imbalances?

      Woman: private citizen, from conservative Asian culture, respectful of authority, perhaps a migrant (not known), young.

      Man: government Minister, voice of authority, power to grant favours, make threats, exploit her status and his.

      You think this was a relationship betwen equals? Get real.

      “You wanna call the police? Hell, lady, I am the police.”

      • tsmithfield 20.2.1

        Having read her statement, I have to agree my previous comment was well off the mark.

        I saw Key on Close Up. Apparently Goff came to him on the quiet about a month ago stating the women had some concerns and asked Key to do something about it.

        Key talked to Worth who denied any wrong-doing whatsoever and was prepared to sign an affidavit to that effect. Keys people went back to Goffs people with this report. According to Key it was a case of He said she said with no evidence either way.

        According to Key, Goff has had over a month to come up with the texts etc to prove the womens case. He has not done this even until today. According to Key if had seen the evidence, Worth would have been a gone-burger.

  20. burt 22

    ( this comment originally posted in “slippery” by mistake.)

    I think lprent justifies John Keys so called tardy disclosure in this comment;

    lprent: August 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    burt: You are just being silly. Looked at the statement and nothing changes.

    She asked Peters if it was true, and he said no. You take the word of ministers.

    Tell me, do you expect PM’s to have a touch of the divine and to be able to see inside peoples heads?

    Reading what the response was to gives it context. Non disclosure over a period of months and months compared to a few weeks.

    Take the ministers word and do nothing was acceptable for Labour eh, but not National.

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    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    14 hours ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    16 hours ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    17 hours ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    18 hours ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    20 hours ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    22 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
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    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
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