The Nats come up with a Covid plan – and the Greens come up with nonsense to rebut it

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One of two new announcements, when we checked the Beehive website around noon, changes the managed isolation system for health workers.  The other is a progress report on the government’s aim to make it easier for New Zealanders to safely prove who they are digitally and control who has access to that information.

Since then Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced that NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed, including in areas where Alert Level 3 has been in place.

But the press statement that grabbed our attention came from the Green Party, posted on the Scoop website and headed National’s Irresponsible COVID Plan Will Cost Lives

This is arrant nonsense, of course, because – and here, we confess to getting into the dodgy business of future-gazing – it won’t cost lives.

We confidently say this after counting the number of votes National commands in our House of Representatives. Continue reading “The Nats come up with a Covid plan – and the Greens come up with nonsense to rebut it”

Little addresses nurses on staffing, pay equity and health reforms – but Reti highlights disquieting data on flu shots

Heath Minister Andrew Little’s address to the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation Conference included a mix of admiration for nurses’ hard work, assurances about the settlement of their employment agreement, and an outline of his aims to restructure the health system.

The speech was one of two new posts on The Beehive website when Point of Order checked this morning.

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Speech to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Conference 2021

I always enjoy meeting up with unions and union members, even if it is through a computer screen.

Government investment in farmer-led catchment groups sweeps past 150 mark

Government investment in on-the-ground efforts by farmers to improve land management practices has passed a milestone, with more than 170 catchment groups nationwide now receiving support, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says.

In his speech, Andrew Little began by telling the nurses what – no doubt – they already knew:  they are carrying more than their share of the Covid-19 load, working in testing stations and vaccination stations, and caring for those who have the virus. Continue reading “Little addresses nurses on staffing, pay equity and health reforms – but Reti highlights disquieting data on flu shots”