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Money can’t buy you love but it may help grease the rusty hinges of New Zealand’s borders.
Government briefing documents released amid New Zealand’s post-Covid immigration quagmire show that those wanting an exemption to enter New Zealand look set to get an easier ride if they earn a salary of $106,000 – twice New Zealand’s average wage – or more.
The documents, compiled by officials, tell Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford that there is a need to clarify just what an “other essential worker” is.
So-called “other essential workers” so far given exemptions to enter New Zealand, while borders are largely closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic, include workers for two films, including the Avatar sequels, a mushroom expert, critical infrastructure workers, a specialist veterinarian, and those delivering a naval vessel.
* Avatar crew allowed into NZ without basis in immigration rules
* Husband, 81, stuck in UK desperate to be reunited with Kiwi wife and daughter
* Coronavirus: Government makes changes to border exemptions, plans phased approach for re-opening
Officials have now proposed that essential workers could be put into two groups – workers here less than six months and those here longer.
Those planning to stay longer than six months would have to fit one of three criteria.
Top of that list was that they earned at least twice New Zealand’s average wage – at least $106,000 per year. The wage was an indicator of “high skills”, the documents say.
They could also be granted exemptions if their role was essential for government-associated science projects, or essential for a government-approved major event.
The documents further revealed government officials were reviewing criteria to ensure high-value workers were not being kept out.
“We will also consider how border exemptions could apply to high-value investors and our trade obligations related to the entry of business people into New Zealand.”
They outlined the criteria that those wanting short-term exemptions would need to meet.
They needed to have a “unique experience and technical or specialist skills” such as having a key role in a film, an Antarctic specialist, or a yacht designer for an America’s Cup team.
They could also get in for a project that was “significant” – such as a $100m-plus infrastructure project, and the project would be stopped or severely compromised if they were not allowed in.
That will likely be of little help to Masterton woman Sheryn Scanlan’s 81-year-old husband Charles, who is stuck in England, with Immigration New Zealand not allowing him to change his visa to allow him to join his family.
Scanlan was upset that the Government seemed to be going to great lengths to allow essential workers into the country but was happy to continue to keep families split apart.
“It makes me feel very angry because surely people come first.”
Charles Scanlan, a UK citizen, had plans to join his Kiwi wife and adult daughter in New Zealand in March but was stopped at Heathrow Airport the day we closed our borders.
Sheryn Scanlan said it was not just a fairness issue, but in her husband’s case, a welfare concern as he was rapidly losing weight and his isolation in coronavirus-ravaged UK was affecting his mental health.
“They’ve got to be fair across the board. He’s all on his own and I’m really concerned for his health.”
An Immigration NZ spokeswoman said the changes to border exceptions, that were announced on Friday, came into effect the end of this week. Some changes to maritime border rules would come into effect later in June.
Lees-Galloway replied that the “‘other essential worker’ category is focused on those roles that can have a significant economic benefit to New Zealand, where a New Zealander is not available.
“The salary is an indicator of the level of skills required,” he said. “The vast majority of people allowed in on border exceptions are families reuniting, humanitarian and health workers – around 90 percent at present. These exceptions are not linked to salary.”
Published 14th June 2020.
The accidental death of a drugged up Black criminal, George Floyd, is being manipulated on a worldwide scale as part of an offensive against European heritages. In the USA the process of destroying monuments has been resumed, one such target being the beheading of a Christopher Columbus statue. Black Lives Matter is well funded by oligarchs such as the Rockefeller Foundation  and Soros’ Open Society Foundations, et al. It is the usual historical nexus between the Left and plutocracy. In Britain statues of historical figures are being removed.
In New Zealand the vandalising has been taking place for decades, a recent example being the paint splattered over a statue of Abel Tasman at Tahanui Beach, Nelson. The Maori Party has urged a Government enquiry into the removal of statues, street and place names reflecting the colonial heritage.  This seems likely to occur given the type of Government we have.
The process has already started in Hamilton. Here the Hamilton council promptly acceded to demands by a Kaumatua, Taitimu Maipi, to remove the statue of Captain John Hamilton, after whom Hamilton city is named. As I write the news is that the statue has already been removed. Mr Maipi threatened to remove the statue himself, and made reference to support from the Mongrel Mob. The statue had been splattered with red paint and attacked with a hammer by Mr Maipi in 2018, who was discharged without conviction. 
Captain Hamilton led the charge of his men on Gate Pa, Tauranga, in 1864. The action was to help constrain King Movement rebels. A newspaper correspondent gave an account when troops took possession after the failure of the first assault:
‘Three men of the 43rd L.I. were lying dead against the inner paling of the fence. On entering the Pa, within a few yards the bodies of four Captains of the 43rd were lying, and further on in line with the others, Colonel Booth of the same regiment was leaning against the rear palisade of the Pa, his spine smashed by a big Tower musket ball, and his arm broken. He was still living, and on being carried out saluted his General, and expressed his regret at not having succeeded in carrying out his orders. Officers of the ships were lying stark dead in line with the others in the same trenches, and as they were alone must have been in advance of their men and fell while nobly leading them. Captain Hamilton, H.M.S. “Esk,” and Captain Muir of the 43rd, lay in the same trench, having fallen while leading their men. Captain Hamilton, of the 43rd, was lying against the fence, and was still breathing. He had been mortally wounded and left lying in the Pa all night amongst the enemy. Close by him were the bodies of Captains Glover and Utterton of the same regiment. In the centre rifle pit lay Lieutenant Hill of H.M.S. “Curacoa,” who was the senior surviving officer of H.M.S. “Orpheus,” lost on the Manukau Bar, February 7th., 1863. Poor Hill had lived long enough to bind up his wounds with strips of his handkerchief, though shot through the centre of the neck and both cheeks. The dead body of a sailor lay in the second trench, the head split in two across the face by a tomahawk blow, entirely emptying the brain. The Gunner of H.M.S. “Miranda,” (Mr Watt) had his head severed from crown to lower jaw by one cut from a tomahawk, the cut passing straight through the nose. Captain Hamilton, H.M.S. “Esk,” lay with a gun shot wound in the temple through which the brain was protruding, but still alive.”
‘The rings, watches, money, trinkets, clothing, etc., of our dead, were untouched. This was the finest action of the enemy through the struggle. No one expected it, or could have believed that the exultant rebels would refrain from satiating their passion for revenge by mutilating the helpless bodies. But thank God; it was not so. They had previously determined on a chivalrous and honourable method of carrying on the war, and most scrupulously observed it’ 
There are several salient points about this account: (1) The bravery of the colonial soldiers, notably so that of Captain Hamilton and other officers. (2) The chivalric manner by which the Maori treated the defeated troops, as they had promised. This was not always the case; hence allusions in the closing paragraph of the above account to refraining “from satiating their passion for revenge by mutilating the helpless bodies”. This is a reminder of the chivalry that can exist between enemies with a sense of honour. It is difficult to discern any such honour among those who now creep about vandalising monuments, and those who have them torn down. It is tantamount to grave desecration.
The next logical step is for the name of Hamilton City to be changed. Mr Maipi is already urging this, stating that the city should be named after the village, Kirikiriroa, meaning “long stretch of gravel”.
It is to be supposed that only Europeans are “guilty of colonialism”, and that this has resulted in a legacy of “white privilege.” To suppose that there was any such “white privilege” other than that of a small number of oligarchs who know only commitment to money and have no bond of race kinship, is to consign the suffering of Britons, Scot, Irish and other Europeans, under industrialism to the Memory Hole. In their new-found zeal for “identity politics,” this requires the Left to ignore the socialist classic by Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Cass in England (1845)which provides a documented account of how our forefathers actually lived; where “white privilege” was not very conspicuous.
Colonialism is part of the history of many races throughout the world. Prior to European colonialism there was no conception of Maori as a unified race or people. Tribal warfare for the conquest of land was a manifestation of colonialism. The Tainui expanded their land at the cost of others, no different from the manner by which Europeans, Asians and Arabs (or African and Indians tribes) expanded their territories for living space and resources. Does it need reminding that the reason why Britain, reluctant by that stage to extend its Empire further, colonised New Zealand at the request of Maori eager to benefit from British law? Some might wish, the way the Euro-New Zealanders and our forefathers have been continually denigrated, that the British Establishment had refrained from this exercise in British liberal do-goodism.
Further Reading: Gate Pa and Te Ranga – The Full Story, by John Robinson and John McLean, Tross Publications, 2020; https://trosspublishing.co.nz/publication/gate-pa-and-te-ranga-the-full-story
 Statement of Violence against Black Americans, Rockefeller Foundation, https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/statement-on-violence-against-black-americans-by-dr-rajiv-j-shah-president-of-the-rockefeller-foundation/
 We Can’t be Blind to Racism, Stuff, 11 June 2020; https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121792634/we-cant-be-blind-to-racism-mori-party-seek-review-of-historical-monuments
 Man Vows to Tear Captain Hamilton Statue Down, Stuff, 12 June 2018; https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121802338/man-vows-to-tear-captain-hamilton-statue-down
 A Sad Sight, The Story of Gate Pa, http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-MaiStor-t1-body-d2.html
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The unfortunate death of George Floyd which sparked a Civil War like atmosphere in America has now snowballed into worldwide protests. All four officers involved have now been suspended, arrested and charged. Floyd had moved to Minneapolis after being released from Texas prison for aggravated robbery. He was under the influence of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the time of arrest. He went to jail for atleast 5 times and a look at George Floyd’s profile as per court documents reads like a career criminal involved in drug abuse, theft, criminal trespassing, aggravated robbery as well as entering a woman’s home and pointing a gun at her stomach while looking for drugs and money.
The official autopsy found Floyd died of cardiac arrest caused by being restrained. However, at the time of his death, he was under the influence of fentanyl and had methamphetamine in his system. A second autopsy, commissioned by Floyd’s family, found that the “evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause” of death, with neck compression restricting blood flow to the brain, and back compression restricting breathing. The cause of his death is still disputed.
George Floyd’s Criminal Past
- George Floyd moved to Minneapolis in 2014 after being released from prison in Houston, Texas following an arrest for aggravated robbery
- On May 25, 2020, Floyd was arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store in Minneapolis
- He was under the influence of fentanyl and methamphetamine at the time of arrest
- Floyd has more than a decade-old criminal history at the time of the arrest and went to jail for atleast 5 times
- George Floyd was the ringleader of a violent home invasion
- He plead guilty to entering a woman’s home, pointing a gun at her stomach and searching the home for drugs and money, according to court records
- Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine in a December 2005 arrest
- He had previously been sentenced to eight months for the same offense, stemming from an October 2002 arrest
- Floyd was arrested in 2002 for criminal trespassing and served 30 days in jail
- He had another stint for a theft in August 1998
According to court records obtained by the DailyMail, before moving to Minneapolis in 2014, George Floyd was released from prison in Texas. He worked as a bouncer at a local restaurant.
Floyd along with another suspect posed as a worker for the local water department wearing a blue uniform in order to enter a woman’s house. When the woman retaliated a Ford Explorer pulled up to the home and five other males exited the car and went up to the front door.
The report states the largest of the group, who the victim later identified as Floyd, ‘forced his way inside the residence, placed a pistol against the complainant’s abdomen, and forced her into the living room area of the residence.
‘This large suspect then proceeded to search the residence while another armed suspect guarded the complainant, who was struck in the head and sides by this second armed suspect with his pistol while she screamed for help.’
Not finding any drugs or money at the house, the men took jewelry and the woman’s cell phone and fled in their car. A neighbor who witnessed the robbery took down the car’s license plate number.
Later, police tracked down the car and found Floyd behind the wheel. He was later identified by the woman as the large suspect who placed a gun against her stomach and forced her into her living room, the document states.
Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine. Floyd had two other cocaine offenses, receiving an eight month-sentence stemming from an October 2002 arrest and was sentenced to 10 months from a 2004 arrest.
Floyd was arrested in April 2002 for criminal trespassing and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He did another stint for theft with a firearm in August 1998. He served 10 months at Harris County jail.
In one of the charging documents, officials noted Floyd had two convictions in the 1990s for theft and delivery of a controlled substance, but it is not clear if Floyd served any time for either of those offenses.
We look back at the role of Andrew Little and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union in the Pike River mining disaster.
I don’t usually repost my own posts and, in fact, this is the first repost I’ve ever done. But I think it is worth giving this story another airing given the rise in political prominence of Andrew Little. I considered rewriting the story but I think the original post speaks for itself. It outlines the role of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) in the Pike River mining disaster, which saw 29 men lose their lives.
Labour Party leader Andrew Little was national secretary of the EPMU at the time. This story was first published on 8 November, 2012.
Last month Andrew Little went to Pike River to attend the memorial to mark the fourth anniversary of the tragedy. He told the media that he attended the commemorations to stand alongside the families.
WHEN THE Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Pike River mining disaster issued its report this week, the response of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) was immediate. It issued a press statement welcoming the report and is encouraging the Government to implement the recommended changes as soon as possible.
The statement quoted EPMU assistant national secretary Ged O’Connell who declared that the report should mark a turning point for mine safety in New Zealand:
This report is a damning indictment of New Zealand’s deregulated health and safety regime. Pike River Coal Ltd should never have been allowed to operate in the way it did, and in other countries it wouldn’t have been allowed to.
The report makes clear that the tragic loss of life at Pike River could have been prevented with stronger regulations, an independent and well-resourced mine safety inspectorate and genuine worker involvement in health and safety.
We hope the failings exposed in this report spell the end of the deregulated health and safety regime of the last 20 years. This vindicates the union’s repeated calls for improvements in mine safety and for the reintroduction of check inspectors.
This statement represents a complete change of heart by the EPMU officialdom because it was never critical of Pike River Coal (PRC) during the time that the mine was open. The EPMU represented approximately half of the 140 miners on the site.
After the first explosion the EPMU strongly defended the management of PRC.
EPMU National secretary Andrew Little (now a Labour MP) told the New Zealand Herald on November 22 2010 that there was “nothing unusual about Pike River or this mine that we’ve been particularly concerned about”.
He then appeared on TVNZ’s Close Up to again defend PRC management.
He told Close Up that underground mining was inherently unsafe and the risk of gas explosions, particularly on the West Coast, was high.
While the industry was aware of the risks and took the necessary precautions, unfortunately these kinds of incidents still happened, he argued.
On November 26, 2010 the Dominion Post ran an article that denounced ‘wild’ rumours that the mine was not safe. It declared that “Any suggestion of obvious or known safety lapses does not find traction with unionised staff or union leader Andrew Little.”
Andrew Little’s conciliatory views toward PRC management were echoed by Labour MP Damien O’Connor. He suggested that no one was responsible for the accident and that the disaster was “just one of these things that the West Coast unfortunately has had to get used to over the years”.
Little and O’Connor’s views would of found favour with the Minister for Energy and Resources, Gerry Brownlee. He insisted that PRC had “an absolute focus on health and safety”.
So here we had the Government, the Labour Party and the EPMU all lining up to defend the management of PRC.
At the time this writer commented: “All workers at the mining site should be seriously concerned that the EPMU has such a benevolent view of its safety standards.”
The views of Andrew Little and the EPMU flew in the face of expert opinion.
While Andrew Little was defending PRC an Australian gas drainage engineer, who wished to remain anonymous because he feared ‘recriminations’, said he visited Pike River in 2009 and observed that its operating standards were “extremely poor”.
He said that he had been told by miners that the mine was flooded with methane gas about three weeks before the first explosion.
He said miners had bored through ‘high flow methane holes’ without any risk assessment conducted or procedure on how to manage gas flow from the hole in place. He was critical that PRC has not yet implemented a gas drainage drilling regime that could relieve the pressure when there was a build up of gas by drilling a hole in the coal seam.
The New Zealand Herald, also in November 2010, quoted Gerry Morris of Greymouth, a former writer for Coal magazine, who said he had heard regularly from contractors at the mine “over the last two or three years that this mine is unsafe, there’s far too much gas, there’s going to be a disaster here one day”.
But despite the overwhelming evidence that there was something seriously and dangerously wrong at the Pike Rive mine, the officials of the EPMU did nothing.
The mine opened in November 2008 and on not one occasion did the EPMU initiate industrial action or even criticise PRC’S safety standards, even after a group of workers walked off the job to protest the lack of basic emergency equipment.
The walk out by miners was revealed by miner Brent Forrester. He told TVNZ’s Sunday on December 5 2010 that he once helped organise a walkout of about 10 miners to protest the lack of basic emergency equipment, including stretchers and an emergency transport vehicle. They received no support from the EPMU. Andrew Little even insisted that PRC “had a good health and safety committee that’s been very active.”
It was exactly this benevolent attitude by the EPMU that allowed PRC – and the Department of Labour – to continue as if it was just ‘business a usual’. It appears that no-one was protecting the interests and concerns of the workers on the mining site. The EMPU failed to organise industrial action to address safety concerns at the mine in favour of ‘cooperating’ with management, what it and the CTU sometimes refer to as ‘modern unionism’.
There won’t be any resignations from within the EPMU for dereliction of duty and, of course, Andrew Little has escaped to Parliament.