Govt aims to keep “three strike” criminals out of the cooler but has increasingly warmed to making race a factor in research funding

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The Government is running hot and cold on crime – in the eyes of its political opponents, at least.  One consequence will be keeping more offenders from being banged up in the coooler for too long.

Less ambivalently, it is turning up the heat in its efforts to tackle the country’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions change while non-Maori and non-Pacifika applicants are feeling the chill when funding is distributed by the Health Research Council. 

On the law and order front, Police Minister Poto Williams is crowing about a Police operation which resulted in the seizure of more than 50 kilograms of cocaine, and $300,000 in cash, cocaine and cryptocurrency wallets.

Is the cocaine in the weight reference the same as the cocaine in the dollar-value reference? It is unclear.

Nine people were arrested. Continue reading “Govt aims to keep “three strike” criminals out of the cooler but has increasingly warmed to making race a factor in research funding”

Not all the millions offered by the Ardern govt have been accepted – let’s see how it fares with new law on aversion therapy

Several million dollars have been dished out for projects to build schools, control wilding pine control and what-have-you.

Nurses – on the other hand – have turned down the money they were offered.

In their case,  Health Minister Andrew Little is obviously bemused and frustrated.  

He was advised last night that Nurses Organisation members had voted to reject the latest proposal to settle their collective agreement.

“Let me be clear: the proposal was one they put to the Government. The Nurses Organisation rejected their own proposal,” he huffed this morning. 

We don’t expect the rejection of these announcements: Continue reading “Not all the millions offered by the Ardern govt have been accepted – let’s see how it fares with new law on aversion therapy”

Lees-Galloway gets his marching orders, the ministerial team gets a shake-up, but NZ First does not get Immigration

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Hot off the press, as we were preparing this Beehive bulletin, came a statement from Iain Lees-Galloway which had not been posted on the Beehive website.   It came hard on the heels of a statement from the PM which announced Lees-Galloway has been dismissed and her ministerial team had been reshuffled.

Carmel Sepuloni will become the Minister for ACC, Andrew Little will become the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety and Kris Faafoi will become Minister for Immigration.

New Zealand First will be disappointed.  Winston Peters at the weekend had declared his party’s special interest in the Immigration portfolio.

But what prompted the ministerial reshuffle?

It transpires the PM had been given cause to question the hapless Lees-Galloway and her Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety had confirmed a consensual relationship with someone who had previously worked in his office and had been based in one of the agencies in his ministerial bailiwick. Continue reading “Lees-Galloway gets his marching orders, the ministerial team gets a shake-up, but NZ First does not get Immigration”

No bull, but much bigger bucks have been budgeted to beat Mycoplasma bovis than for the govt’s Covid vaccine strategy

We’ve heard of people being treated like animals by the governments of some countries.  But two statements from the Beehive yesterday suggest the well-being of beasts – those that contribute to our export receipts, at least  – is much higher in government budget priorities than the well-being of people.

Our evidence?

 Exhibit one:  A statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods,  and Health Minister David Clark.  They announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts and explore the potential of vaccine manufacturing capability in New Zealand.

Government has allocated $37 million to the strategy.

Exhibit two:  A statement from Agriculture and Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor, who referenced the latest technical data in showing progress on New Zealand’s world-first plan to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

He reminded us that two years ago the Government, DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb New Zealand and industry partners made a bold decision to go hard and commit funds to a 10-year programme to eradicate M. bovis to protect our most important sector and the economy.

The sum involved:  $880 million. Continue reading “No bull, but much bigger bucks have been budgeted to beat Mycoplasma bovis than for the govt’s Covid vaccine strategy”

More millions are announced for spending on health and wellbeing and the govt strives to get people back into jobs

Two Budget announcements were made at the weekend, ahead of Finance Minister’s big day on Thursday.  First, there’s an increase of $160 million over four years in the Combined Pharmaceutical Budget; second, there will be spending of just over $200 million on family violence services.

The family violence services announcement notably reminded us of the government’s fondness for race-based funding.

“The Budget includes support for services by Māori for Māori … “

What about support – say – for services for Asians by Asians?

Further spending was announced, too, for mental health support for at-risk communities due to Covid-19, but which Budget does this come from? Total funding, about $3 million, covers the period from April 2020 (in the 2019/20 financial year for Budget purposes) to 30 September 2020 (in the 2020/20 financial year).

Continue reading “More millions are announced for spending on health and wellbeing and the govt strives to get people back into jobs”