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Worth 1000 words

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, December 16th, 2009 - 72 comments
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nick-anderson-cartoonCartoon by Nick Anderson.

72 comments on “Worth 1000 words”

  1. fizzleplug 1

    That guy with the emails looks like he’ll do ok after global warming crushes all those too stupid to get off the tracks. Might even rifle through the other guy’s wallet. Bound to be some lunch money in there.

    • roger nome 1.1

      hmmm – so according to fiz, if you’re born on a low-lying area in a developing country, you’re stupid. Now i feel free to discount anything i read that’s authored by you.

      • ben 1.1.1

        according to fiz, if you’re born on a low-lying area in a developing country, you’re stupid

        Boy that’s a silly comment. Back of the class for you, Rog.

        • roger nome 1.1.1.1

          not really – it’s a serious issue. I’m just tired of morons like you who have such a callous attitude, that may well sink all of us. That ain’t cool.

        • felix 1.1.1.2

          Who do you imagine he was referring to as “those too stupid to get off the tracks.” then, ben?

          • ben 1.1.1.2.1

            Not people born on a low-lying area in a developing country. That’s just making sh*t up.

            • felix 1.1.1.2.1.1

              Then who, ben? Serious question.

              If you’re going to deny the interpretation you should really offer a plausible alternative.

              • fizzleplug

                Or you could take the words at face value without applying some deeper subtext.

                Guy with moronic posture, looking baffled by pieces of paper is on tracks. Guy waving the paper (albeit looking hysterical) isn’t on tracks. Hands up if you know who is likely to survive the train passing?

                Not everything in this world is serious people. Lighten up.

          • Tim Ellis 1.1.1.2.2

            felix, I interpreted the stupid person as the one who is paying attention to the hysterical fellow with the emails. I don’t know how anybody would interpret the person on the tracks as somebody living in low lying areas.

            • felix 1.1.1.2.2.1

              Thanks Tim, we were actually analysing fizzleplug’s interpretation, not the cartoon itself.

              Not that it matters as fizz reckons it didn’t mean anything anyway.

    • ben 1.2

      lol

      Might even rifle through the other guy’s wallet

      Very good!

    • Galeandra 1.3

      Yeah, I’ll feel better, too,if me and my iwi get a few cents for ETS trading while the rest of the place goes to hell.

      If today’s Tara Daily News is anything to go by it’s going to come up roses…Will Fisher AAP get about 18 column inches on “Don’t Fear Global Warming.” He says ‘the planet will survive and flourish’..”Who knows, maybe pineapples will grow in Poland” and whole nother buch of stuff. Pennies from heaven.

      It was an irony as two pages over was an even larger Washington Post article on the 10 year Murray Darling drought and its impact on agriculture there. I guess that’s another example of media balance.

      BTW I’d just read the post about the ‘bought priesthood’ but no lol.

  2. vto 2

    So how much are sea levels going to rise? I heard a while ago maybe 40cm over the next 100 years or so bt it seems to have recently been ramped up to 1-2m. Just curious. We have an opportunity to get hold of some coastal acreage and too much rise will wash it all away!

    • fizzleplug 2.1

      I say go for it!

    • lprent 2.2

      Depends on the melting in the West Antarctica ice sheet and the Greenland ice cap. The 40cm was from the IPCC AR4 that was essentially finished in 2005 and released in 2007.

      It didn’t include most of the expected melting in those sheets because the research hadn’t been done for long enough to eliminate seasonal or cyclic vagaries. This is one of the . I always refer to the IPCC reports as conservative.

      Since then there has been a pile of research done, some of which I’ve pointed out in some of my posts. The 1-2 metres is what the people working in that area are now calling the conservative confirmed estimates. This is probably what will be in the IPCC AR5 report (that process started earlier this year).

      I think that they are still way too conservative both about the volumes and time frames (some of the recent data about East Antarctica icecap wasting is really quite scary). But conservative is what the IPCC reports are for.

      • vto 2.2.1

        hmmmmmm. Thanks lprent.

        Christchurch as a whole would be a goner.

        It would seem to me that the danger would be at least as much about the rise in water tables in lowish lying areas as the position of the high tide mark and wave etc action.

        • vto 2.2.1.1

          Mind you I have always like the idea of building a house on lowish pier-type concrete columns (think Chch pier) and then letting the land wash away to beach and then tide as the sea rises. Would be quite exciting having a beach and ocean all around. It would also save going through the RMA process to get such a pad.

        • lprent 2.2.1.2

          Yep. That is what is showing up in the atolls, which are the early warning ‘canaries’ for what causes the population and food creation shifts.

          Atolls pretty much rely on a freshwater ‘bubble’ under the atolls. These are getting hit by storm surges as well as the existing sea-level rises over the last century and forming larger brackish water. That hits plants badly because they draw water from the fresh water bubble. That hits the food crops that can be grown, and people cannot live on fish alone. There are a lot of examples of this happening now, and some atolls are being evacuated or planned to be.

          Of course atolls have a separate climate change problem contributing to their issues. in many areas the corals have actually bleached and died because of the rapid rises in water temperatures and loss of the temperature sensitive algae that they are in symbiosis with. The corals die because the rate of increase in water temperatures (and decreases where currents have shifted) has been too fast for the usual migrations. So there are a *lot* of dead corals around.

          Bad time to live on an atoll. But also a bad time to live on a sea level flood water plain. The same seawater intrusions will happen there long before you get your feet wet. Of course bearing in mind the rate that the water from some of those water tables is being sucked up, that is happening anyway.

      • Andrei 2.2.2

        “There’s a train a-comin”

        The 1-2 metres is what the people working in that area are now calling the conservative confirmed estimates. This is probably what will be in the IPCC AR5 report (that process started earlier this year).

        And my guess is “the people working in that area” along with many others are going to finish their days working as hotel doormen after they bet hit by it.

        The days of laying it thick to get the grant money for next year are over and science will hopefully get back to what it is supposed to be about and healthy skepticism will be back in fashion.

  3. grumpy 3

    Thanks VTO. I’m looking at buying a bach in the Sounds. Do you think the prices will come down, or will the Sounds come to me?

  4. roger nome 4

    dunno grumpy – the climate change refugees may come to you and take your property at gun point. You never know.

    • grumpy 4.1

      Nah, I think they’ll go for the higher ground. After you’ve lost your island the last thing you would want is waterfront property.

      Perhaps the MacKenzie Basin?

  5. ben 5

    The seaside property market is a test of the plausibility of sea level rises. Judging from the value of property at Eastbourne I’d say nobody much believes it.

    • roger nome 5.1

      depends how soon you’re planning on selling your investment property. Ben palm-face plant.

    • felix 5.2

      Judging from the value of property at Eastbourne I’d say nobody much believes it.

      Or knows much about it.

      A more meaningful index would be to see where climate scientists are buying or selling property, surely.

      • grumpy 5.2.1

        I think you’re on to something here felix. If we find a climate scientist with a waterfront property should we “out” him?

        • felix 5.2.1.1

          I don’t know. If you find a skeptic selling waterfront property should you put your head in bucket? Who gives a shit?

          The point is it’s ridiculous to assume that everyone buying property knows what they’re doing – I think that’s pretty obviously not the case. However a putting-your-money-where-your-mouth-is index might be interesting.

          roger is absolutely right though, time is the most important factor to consider. Without that the whole idea is absurd.

          • grumpy 5.2.1.1.1

            I think we are onto a good thing here felix.

            An index of sceptics selling waterfront property v believers buying it would be a bloody good indication of credibility.

            Look farward to some real bargains in Sumner.

            • felix 5.2.1.1.1.1

              Up on the hill at the eastern end, perhaps…

              But yeah, in principle that’d be a good prediction market

  6. roger nome 6

    well, then all their piss and crap will flow downstream and cover your lovely resort, and their kids will raid your property for any choice toys …..

  7. vto 7

    So nobody know how much sea levels are predicted to rise?

    I thought the science was settled

    • roger nome 7.1

      So if holland were to play Australia in a cricket test match in Sydney, i would say, “bet on Australia to win”. You would say “tell me exactly how much by, or else you have no reason to believe that they’ll win”. Never quite grasped the idea of logic hey VTO?

      • grumpy 7.1.1

        Roger, your reasoning is flawed.

        If you are correct about AGW, there will be no Holland, therefore no cricket Test.

        • roger nome 7.1.1.1

          heh – for someone who claims to be grumpy, you have a pretty up-beat sense of humor.

          • grumpy 7.1.1.1.1

            Well, it’s a pretty slow day in the lead up to Christmas – and we are talking about a bloody cartoon!

  8. singularian 8

    Funny world you live in Rodger.

    I want to know if r0b is still 100% behind the ‘science’ of AGW?

    It looks like the lawsuits are starting to roll so maybe we’ll have some answers on the corruption of data in the next year or so.

  9. tsmithfield 9

    I don’t believe the e-mails in question show any indication of a global conspiracy amongst scientists. However, I think there is plenty of evidence in the e-mails that demonstrates the the scientists in question have on occasions manipulated the data and the process to exaggerate the strength of warming and attempted to shut critics out of the debate.

    This cannot be good for the credibility of any science.

    • Rob Carr 9.1

      It’s not good for the credibility but I don’t think that the estimates range is really any different to it. There was already people who have no evidence of tampering data that got far higher predictions than them…

  10. Doug 10

    At last the British are onto the fraud that’s Global Warming.
    http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/146138

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      Awesome stuff. No really. Folks should check it out.

      (But mentioning such articles exist, or pondering as to why would be ‘attacking a strawman’ and likely to make ben cry.)

      Hard to pick a fav, but 15 is good:

      15) Professor Plimer, Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences at the University of Adelaide, stated that the idea of taking a single trace gas in the atmosphere, accusing it and finding it guilty of total responsibility for climate change, is an “absurdity’

      2 is gooder…

      2) Man-made carbon dioxide emissions throughout human history constitute less than 0.00022 percent of the total naturally emitted from the mantle of the earth during geological history.

      If it wasn’t the Express I’d suspect they were taking the piss.

    • Matt 10.2

      Well if the Express says it it must be true…

  11. Why are these comments reading like something I would expect to read at kiwiblog?

    [lprent: Beats the hell out of me. I know what you mean – looks like the juvies and students are on holiday. But they aren’t bad enough for me to debug. ]

  12. Doug 12

    mickysavage
    Why are these comments reading like something I would expect to read at kiwiblog?
    Well maybe you are batting for the wrong side.

  13. felix 13

    Marvin Gaye knows what’s going on. ben has no idea.

  14. walter 14

    You’ve got me thinking, we’re currently giving directions to an architect for the design of a new home. I figured it prudent to stipulate it be built to withstand higher higher winds than our zone already requires, and we’re already way above the nearest flood zone.

    Now I wonder what other climate future proofing measures we might incorporate? I don’t envisage doomsday is around the corner, but I do think that insurance won’t be paying out for weather events in the near future. What will the kiwi home of the future look like?

    • vto 14.1

      Like Lockwoods. Only ones to survive Cyclone Tracy in Darwin. Try that.

    • grumpy 14.2

      A concrete bunker on the side of a hill?

    • Rob Carr 14.3

      I imagine the standard home will look the same. Sea walls can protect us from most the sea level rises. Its all the poor developing countries and our farms(via increased salt levels) that will be suffering.

      • grumpy 14.3.1

        Interesting, I have a property where the 1st aquifer level is only 0.5m below the surface (the 2nd aquifer is artesian).
        I suppose this means that the level of the 1st aquifer will be above ground level – time to look at rice growing?

        • Rob Carr 14.3.1.1

          Only if it is an aquifer that seawater can reach. If it is rain water collecting on the rock beneath I don’t imagine it will change. Could be fun to grow rice though 😛

          • lprent 14.3.1.1.1

            That was why I specified the coastal part. The mixing mechanics of aquifers at the sea shore are pretty interesting because of the relative densities of and lack of mixing between fresh and brackish water. But there is always a period when there is external change when the mixing gets more intense….

        • lprent 14.3.1.2

          It won’t worry you if you’re a long way from the shore. That is probably the case if you have an artesian aquifer below. Sounds like the main issue you have to worry about is replenishment ‘upstream’ for the first aq, and usually draw off compared to replenishment on the artesian. Plus the usual irrigation issues of evaporative salt accretion.

          Don’t want to get like the mid-west or the murray basi.

      • vto 14.3.2

        Rob Carr, where would you place a seawall in Chch to protect the city and its seaside suburbs? I don’t think it is viable or even possible.

    • felix 14.4

      Not sure how they’ll look but they’ll be functioning a bit like this.

  15. vto 15

    ha ha, yes well the Council may have to relent on its bizarre policy of limiting housing on the hills at a minimum at least.

  16. That is actually quite celever, unlike Sean hannity who said “I dont believe in global warming at all”

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    6 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    7 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    1 week ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    2 weeks ago

  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government working to keep air freight moving
    Minister of Transport Phil Twyford has today announced details of the Government’s support package to keep key air freight moving and ensure New Zealanders retain access to essential goods during the four-week level 4 lockdown. “The Government is working with airlines and air freight operators to ensure New Zealand’s key ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand moves to COVID-19 Alert Level 3, then Level 4 in 48 hours
    New Zealand moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – Restrict New Zealand to move up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 – Eliminate, in 48 hours Two-staged approach to give people and businesses time to prepare  Level 3, from tomorrow Non-essential businesses must close All events and gatherings must be ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister: COVID-19 Alert Level increased
    Good afternoon  The Cabinet met this morning to discuss our next actions in the fight against COVID-19.  Like the rest of the world, we are facing the potential for devastating impacts from this virus. But, through decisive action, and through working together, do we have a small window to get ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago