Our attention has been drawn to the former Minister in charge of Kiwibuild taking action – of sorts – as Minister in charge of governmental efforts to secure us against the threat of nuclear war.
We were alerted by an announcement that Pacific nations came together yesterday under the auspices of the Treaty of Rarotonga “to ramp up diplomatic efforts for nuclear disarmament”.
The statement came from Phil Twyford as Disarmament and Arms Control Minister after he had taken part in a virtual inaugural meeting of Treaty parties. He described the Treaty of Rarotonga as the Pacific’s nuclear-free zone and a useful region-wide platform for pushing the anti-nuclear cause.
Comforting news came, too, from Finance Minister Grant Robertson, who said the Government is putting in place support for affected businesses in case there is a resurgence of COVID-19.
More generally, COVID-19 response Minister Chris Hipkins outlined extensive All of Government planning in the event of a community case of COVID-19 during the holiday period.
Readers with an interest in the country’s economic wellbeing, meanwhile, were cheered by the latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report which forecasts food and fibre export revenue of more than $47.5 billion for the year ending June 2021, and a record $49.2 billion the following year.