More Beehive advice: keep a weather eye out for tsunamis (and keep your EV charged for a hasty getaway)

Buzz from the Beehive

The buglers, trumpeters and others in the Beehive band charged with blaring news of what our ministers are up to seem to have packed up for the Christmas-New Year holidays.

Point of Order found no new posts when we checked earlier this morning.

But we did receive an email from the office of the Minister for Emergency Management, Kieran McAnulty, and when we made a second check, just before publishing this Buzz from the Beehive, it had been officially posted-

Planning on heading to the beach or bach this summer? Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty is reminding Aotearoa New Zealand to be prepared over the holiday break.

Be prepared?

That’s the motto of the Boy Scouts, and a jolly good motto, too.

McAnulty’s press statement was in the same vein of that posted yesterday by Transport Minister Michael Wood, who issued advice to motorists about ensuring their EVs have enough grunt to get them to their holiday destinations.

McAnulty has advice, too:

“Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, so it’s a good idea to be ready wherever you are,” says Kieran McAnulty.

We trust the Beehive workers all took this on board – along with the advice about checking on where to recharge their EVs – before they went on holiday.

It wouldn’t pay to get into the car to head for higher ground in a hurry in response to a tsunami alert, only to find the bloody thing needs recharging.

McAnulty is advising:

“Start by find out about local hazards in the region you’re visiting, pack emergency grab bags for everyone in your family, and check your tsunami evacuation zone.

“New Zealand’s entire coastline is at risk of tsunami and that means a lot of us will be visiting places that are at risk this summer.

“Whenever we head to the beach we need to be tsunami ready as well as sun smart. If you’re near the coast, remember, if an earthquake is long or strong, get gone – don’t wait for official warnings.”

We can check the National Emergency Management Agency’s tsunami evacuation map, to find out where to go if we need to evacuate.

Oh – and ….

“Make sure you can stay informed – check local radio frequencies, know where to get local Civil Defence information, and remember that some places won’t have mobile coverage.

“It’s also a good idea to check any fire bans that might be in place in the areas you are visiting.

“There is never a better time than now to prepare and update your plan to keep you and your whānau safe over the summer period.”

The press statement highlights the “get summer-ready” message at

Fair to say, it has gone all quiet on the Opposition front too.

We found just one parliamentary statement posted on the Scoop site, from ACT leader David Seymour:

$100,100 raised for pricks everywhere

The signed printout of the Hansard (the official parliamentary record) where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled ACT Leader David Seymour an “arrogant prick” has been sold. Raising $100,100 for The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

This recorded Seymour’s thanks to the PM for being a good sport.

When he suggested to her the auctioning of the “arrogant prick” document at the Press Gallery party last week,

“…she got it immediately, agreed, and followed through,” says Mr Seymour.

The auction was the most viewed item on TradeMe in 2022, viewed almost half a million times.

The money will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“I’m glad we could deliver them an early Christmas present that will save lives. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Kiwi men and the third highest cause of cancer death in men after lung cancer and bowel cancer.

“The beauty of the fundraiser was that it could appeal to anyone. People who dislike me, people who like me, people who dislike Jacinda and people who like her, but most importantly people who hate prostate cancer.

“It has been a very Kiwi way to fix what might have been nasty. I hope the money raised can contribute to a better 2023 for many Kiwi men.”

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