World Environment Day passed while media were fixed on Platinum Jubilee – but the gold state coach did not spew fumes

Buzz from the Beehive

Congratulations to New Zealanders who were recognised for their service to the country in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours list 2022 dominated the news posted on The Beehive website over the holiday weekend.

The 187 honours recipients included two appointments to our highest honour, The Order of New Zealand, and the appointments of three Dames and three Knights.

But while much of the media’s attention over the weekend was focussed on the celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, Environment Minister David Parker drew attention to June 5 being World Environment Day.

He honoured the occasion by handing $4.12 million of Jobs for Nature funding to a project to breathe life back into the Styx River and create jobs in Christchurch

He described this as another example of the strong action the Government is taking to tackle environmental degradation. Continue reading “World Environment Day passed while media were fixed on Platinum Jubilee – but the gold state coach did not spew fumes”

Award winners are being celebrated around NZ – but what about Queens Birthday Dishonours and a Snitch List?

The latest list of Queen’s Birthday honours, with a few knights and dames at the top and bigger numbers of lesser awards further down, was published today.  The most celebrated recipients and those with interesting stories to tell have quickly become the stuff of media headlines – former All Black Sir Wayne Shelford, for example (a chance to remind readers of his scrotum injury).

And Shirley Lanigan,nurse in the Hutt Valley who has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit after caring for everyone from survivors of the Wahine disaster, to sexual assault victims and even her own husband.

And Serviceman M, responsible for leading the ground recovery team after the 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption, who has been recognised with a Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD). He cannot be named for security reasons but is a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officer who has spent years dealing with bombs, explosives and highly volatile situations.

But we wonder if anyone has thought of a list of introducing a Queen’s Birthday Dishonours List, naming and shaming some of the nation’s not-so-worthy citizens.

Gilbert and Sullivan gave us the idea with their song about social offenders in The Mikado.

One component might be the Snitch List and a candidate for this – may we suggest? – would be the person who recorded the row between outgoing National MP Nick Smith and a staffer.

According to an RNZ report, this person was instrumental in Smith’s decision after 30 years to abruptly throw in the towel on his political career, citing the loss of the Nelson seat and a Parliamentary Service inquiry into a “verbal altercation” in his Wellington office. Continue reading “Award winners are being celebrated around NZ – but what about Queens Birthday Dishonours and a Snitch List?”

Muller should examine the first few names on the Honours list if he needs further lessons in the place of race

Showing National’s new leader what his front  bench should look like, if only he shared Labour’s ideas of a politically agreeable gender and ethnic mix, wouldn’t have been the objective of the Queen’s Birthday honours list.  The list would have been prepared long before the place of Maori in Todd Muller’s team triggered widespread criticism.

But the list gives a good idea of Labour’s approach to turning talk about diversification into action.

It was not posted on the Beehive website.  You will find it on the site of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

But one statement posted on the Beehive site since Point of Order reported yesterday does express delight at the number of Pasifika recipients of honours.

Aupito Williams, Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, said the list provides “an abundance of examples that Pacific people’s leadership capability is unquestionable in Aotearoa”.

In total 178 people have received Queen’s Birthday honours this year, with three new dames and two new knights.

One of the dames and one of the knights are Maori.

The Maori Party quickly highlighted the political significance of the Honours List when it issued a press release: Continue reading “Muller should examine the first few names on the Honours list if he needs further lessons in the place of race”