(NZ) Defence Review Terms of Reference announced

“As well as the main Review, I will personally be leading a set of companion studies. These will focus on our defence industry, on the role of the NZDF in youth programmes and the Cadet Forces, and voluntary national service,” Mrs Roy said.


McCully to Singapore for NZ Business Forum

Tuesday, 21 April 2009, 9:51 am
Press Release: New Zealand Government

Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs
21 April 2009 Media statement

McCully to Singapore for NZ Business Forum

Foreign Minister Murray McCully leaves for Singapore today to give the keynote speech at a New Zealand Business Forum, and to meet with senior Singaporean Ministers.

“Singapore is an important bilateral and regional partner for New Zealand,” Mr McCully said.

“There are excellent opportunities for partnerships between New Zealand business innovation and Singaporean capital, and while Singapore has felt the effects of the financial crisis like everyone else, it has sound economic fundamentals, and is well positioned to quickly recover.

OECD solutions recipe for disaster for New Zealand

Alliance Party media release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 17 April 2009

The Alliance Party says a new OECD report on the New Zealand economy got one thing right and pretty much everything else wrong.

Alliance Economic Development spokesperson Quentin Findlay says the OECD’s latest report on the New Zealand economy was a throwback to the past, and their solutions had no relevance in a modern economy.

"They are right in predicting that things are going to get worse for New Zealand in this recession, but if we followed their ideas for solving things we'd be completely stuffed."

“"Their ideas are still based on free market polices that led to the present recession. They are an organisation out of time,"” he says.

Trans-Tasman legal systems discussed in Canberra

Wednesday, 15 April 2009, 2:57 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government

Hon Simon Power
Minister of Justice

15 April 2009 Media Statement

Trans-Tasman legal systems discussed in Canberra

Justice Minister Simon Power will attend the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General in Canberra this week.

SCAG provides a forum for Attorneys-General to discuss and progress matters of mutual interest, and seeks to achieve uniform or harmonised action in the areas of responsibility of its members.

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) comprises the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, its states and territories, and New Zealand’s Minister of Justice. Norfolk Island has observer status at SCAG meetings.

Who Is Michael Peter Stiassny? This site is a vital resource to all New Zealanders concerned about pressing news stories not being reported by the complacent media who fear retribution from the secretive & often malevolent New Zealand Courts. The catalyst for this site is a shady and morally bankrupt accountant named Michael Stiassny who for years has preyed on New Zealand citizens with the assistance of a few old lawyer friends who have become High Court judges. His story is not an isolated case but rather a watershed in New Zealand justice.

Now not the time to be signing away NZ’s sovereignty

Media Release: Professor Jane Kelsey

At a time when New Zealand needs the flexibility to respond to pressing domestic economic priorities, and with fresh questions being raised in Australia about the value of their free trade agreements, now was not the time to be signing away New Zealand’s economic sovereignty, Professor Jane Kelsey told a select committee this morning considering the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free trade agreement.

“The current crisis was largely generated, and was certainly fuelled, by light handed regulation of financial services operators. Now New Zealand is locking in the deregulation of financial services throughout South East Asia through this agreement.”

New Zealand Finance Minister "Restraint is permanent,"

NZ Herald
Tight times are here to stay, says English. By Audrey Young
Finance Minister Bill English has a blunt message about Government spending as he prepares his first Budget.

"Restraint is permanent," he says.

That is what he wants New Zealanders to realise, and it is what he told a group of department heads last week.

"For the rest of their careers, there isn't going to be more money or more people," he said.

The latest Crown accounts show tax revenue $1 billion down on October's forecasts.

Decisions on the Budget - to be delivered on May 28 - are likely to be made on the basis of Treasury forecasts in April.

New Zealand: The Company

Officially known by the New York Stock Exchange as:

Here you can see the latest financial report for the corporation of New Zealand, submitted by the company executives you voted for (well, mostly) to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States. Probably a good idea to keep an eye on this since they are dealing with your securities.. New Zealand is, after all, owned by New Zealanders, isn't it?


John Key Drops Dark Hints On Need For Urgency (NZ)

The new Government's extensive use of urgency is once again under scrutiny. Senior Ministers have offered some justifications, but their reasons have been described as "constitutionally inadequate, and also subtly terrifying". Minister for Justice Simon Power defended the urgent introduction of the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Bill, which allows police to arrest anyone they want to take DNA samples from. "DNA is the stuff of life on earth, common to all creatures that evolved on this planet," explained Mr Power, "It may be the only way we'll be able to tell." Mr Power then declined to discuss another bill relating to organised crime, saying that he had "said too much already".

That John Key certainly is a joker

In the face of the biggest global economic crisis in 80 years, the new government has come up with a governing structure whereby….either and probably both Rodney Hide and Peter Dunne will have ministerial responsibility for some aspect of the economy, but won’t be able to sit at the Cabinet table to know what’s going on
Hide is a throwback to a pre-crisis era, and he should be kept as far away as possible from decision making on the economy.

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