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NZ says Australia’s new nuclear submarines must stay out of its waters – Reuters

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WELLINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that Australia's new nuclear-powered submarines would not be allowed in its territorial waters under a long standing nuclear free policy.

A new Indo-Pacific security partnership announced by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, will see the United States and Britain provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.

The Indo-Pacific deal is widely seen as a counter to China's growing influence in the region. read more

"I discussed the arrangement with Prime Minister Morrison last night," Ardern said at a news conference.

"I am pleased to see that the eye has been turned to our region from partners we work closely with. It's a contested region and there is a role that others can play in taking an interest in our region. But the lens we will look at this from will include stability," she said.

However, Ardern said the nuclear-powered submarines would not be allowed in New Zealand waters under a 1984 nuclear-free zone policy.

"Certainly they couldn't come into our internal waters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS

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No vessels that are partially or fully powered by nuclear energy is able to enter our internal borders," she said.

Ardern said the new Indo-Pacific grouping does not change the security and intelligence ties of New Zealand, which is a member of the Five Eyes, a post-war intelligence grouping that also includes the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada.

"This is not a treaty level arrangement. It does not change

our existing relationship including Five Eyes or our close partnership with Australia on defence matters," she said.

Ardern, who is in her second term in office, has looked to focus on a more independent foreign policy that is not loyal to any major bloc.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has said she was uncomfortable with expanding the role of the Five Eyes, drawing criticism from Western allies who said New Zealand was reluctant to criticise China due to its trade ties. read more

China is New Zealand's largest trading partner.

Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Michael Perry

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New Zealand looks to boost COVID-19 vaccinations as new cases ease – Reuters

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A normally busy road is deserted during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand, August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

WELLINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked New Zealanders on Tuesday to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as it was the only way to beat the spread of coronavirus and see curbs lifted in the biggest city of Auckland.

Tuesday's 15 new infections in New Zealand were a drop from Monday's figure of 33, but about 1.7 million people will stay in lockdown in Auckland until next week, as the government battles to hold down a cluster of the highly infectious Delta variant.

"The vaccine is the best tool we have in our toolbox and our ticket to greater freedom," Ardern told a news conference. "The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer restrictions you have to have."

Auckland's lockdown has shut schools, offices and public places, with people allowed to leave home only for exercise or to buy essential items. In the rest of the country, the lockdown was lifted last week.

New Zealand had been largely virus-free for months until a Delta outbreak forced a snap lockdown on Aug. 17. It has infected 970 people so far, most of them in Auckland.

The lockdowns and international border closure since March 2020 have been credited with holding down COVID-19, but a slow vaccination effort has spurred criticism for Ardern. Just 34% of the population of 5.1 million have been fully vaccinated.

To boost the programme, New Zealand has bought doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N) vaccine from Spain and Denmark.

"There is nothing holding us back in Auckland when it comes to vaccines," Ardern added. "There's capacity to administer 220,000 doses of vaccine in the region this week."

Vaccine buses will begin plying this week to reach more people, she said.

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New Zealand Covid update: cases drop to 15 as Ardern unveils Mr Whippy-style vaccination buses – The Guardian

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Covid-19 cases in New Zealand have dropped, a hopeful sign as Auckland enters what the government has planned to be its last week of level four lockdown.

The country announced 15 new cases on Tuesday, a halving of case numbers from Mondays 33.

At this stage of the outbreak, the government is particularly attentive to how many of those cases are clearly linked to existing infections, as unlinked cases could indicate the virus is spreading unchecked through the community. All of Tuesdays cases were household contacts of existing cases, director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said, and the total number of cases that remain unlinked across the outbreak is down to 10, from 17 on Monday.

The Auckland region is now in its fourth week of a level four lockdown, the strictest level of restrictions. The rest of the country left lockdown last week, although there are still some restrictions in place on gathering size and mask use. The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Monday that government had made an in principle decision that Auckland would shift from alert level four to three next week.

Ardern also announced that the country would be launching Mr Whippy-style mobile vaccination clinics on buses, beginning in Northland, to try to reach communities where vaccines were less accessible.

In Australia theyve started operating something similar and have named the mobile outreach clinics Jabba the bus, Ardern said. Im sure that we can do better.

We have some frontrunners: double jab ute, and the jabbin wagon.

In the meantime, officials are driving to push up vaccination rates. A total of 66.5% of the eligible population [those aged 12 years and over] have had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 34% have had both doses. The country is now vaccinating about 55,000 people a day, down from a peak of about 90,000 doses a day at the end of August.

Ardern urged New Zealanders to go out and get vaccinated. Just as weve been world-leading with the success of our elimination strategy, in the future I want New Zealand to be world-leading both on the level of freedoms and our health and wellbeing, Ardern said. High rates of vaccination is how we can achieve just that.

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Under New Zealand’s Dark Skies, Insects Recover and Humans Reconnect with a Lost View – Atlas Obscura

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Mike Bacchus remembers the man only as the Texan. A few years back, the Texan, well into his 70s, was a guest at New Zealands Lakestone Lodge, which Bacchus and his family own. The man had made his way from Texas to the Mackenzie region of New Zealands South Island for the landscapes, to see vivid swathes of violet lupins set against blue glacial lakes, and snowy peaks rising beyond golden tussocked hills. He hadnt realized one of the most glorious sights in Mackenzie is revealed after sunset. In a region with some of the darkest night skies in the world, the vast sweep of the Milky Way dwarfs even the towering summit of nearby Aoraki, or Mount Cook.

One evening, Bacchus invited his guest to step outside. The Texans first instinct was to raise his hand. The stars were so vivid it seemed as if he could reach out and clasp them. Standing beneath the great bowl of the heavens, the man bathed in starlight and emotion. He told Bacchus he was seeing the stars clearly for the first time since he was ten years old.

For Bacchus, the Texans awe was a reminder of how preciousand elusivethe clear night sky can be. It really hit home. He had simply forgotten about the Milky Way, says Bacchus.

Lakestone, an off-the-grid lodge on the edge of brilliantly blue Lake Pukaki, is located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. From the lodge, the nearest traffic light is about a 100-mile drive.

The reserve, designated in 2012 and covering more than 1,600 square miles, protects more than just the night sky. It offers a respite from the impacts of light pollution for every living creature within its boundaries, from endangered insects to humans who have forgotten the Milky Way. More than 80 percent of the worlds population lives under light-polluted skies, according to a study in Science Advances. Even three hours away from the reserve in Dunedin, where Mori astronomer Victoria Campbell grew up, the stars are masked.

It was breathtaking to look up and realize what I wasnt seeing from my home in the city, Campbell says of her first view of the reserves night sky. She was enthralled. Our whnau [family] have decided to move to Mackenzie because of our love for the environment, and the pristine night skies.

Home to just a few thousand people, the Mackenzie Basin has always been a prime spot for stargazing. That is, when its not overcast. As astronomer John Hearnshaw observes wryly, Aoraki Mackenzie is known for its dark skies, not its cloudless skies. Hearnshaw is a former director of the Mount John Observatory in Tekapo, at the reserves center, and played a key role in securing the dark sky designation. He has been advocating for protecting the regions night skies since the late 1970s. And hes not done yet.

At his home in Christchurch, Hearnshaw opens a book he authored, The New Zealand Dark Sky Handbook, and flips to a map of the Mackenzie district. He traces his finger along the ridges of the Southern Alps and the thick blue lines of lakes while describing how he and other advocates hope to expand the reserve to neighboring Fairlie Basin, which would roughly double its size. Thats good news for both stargazers and the regions smallest residents.

The Mackenzie areas dry tussock is home to moths and other insects found nowhere else on Earth. For example, Izatha psychra is a moth found only in one patch of shrub within the reserve, where it teeters on the edge of extinction. This moth has a single reasonable population. Well, I say reasonable population; I havent seen more than three moths in any given year, says Robert Hoare, an entomologist at New Zealands Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

I. psychra is one of several moth species in Mackenzie that has had to contend with a changing habitat, including the threat of light pollution. Before the reserves protections were in place, several of the populations crashed. Fifteen years ago, we had conversations about these species and thought, well, theyre probably okay, the habitat doesnt seem to have changed much, theyre still there. Then we went back after ten years and the moths just seem to have disappeared, Hoare says. His concern is palpable. He speaks about certain moth species as if theyre old friends he hasnt heard from in a long time. One species hasnt been seen since 2008, yet he still hasnt stopped searching for it.

Conservation of these delicate creatures is still at an early stage, and focuses on keeping whats left of their habitats intact. And that means preserving the dark. Light pollution interrupts insects natural cycles of feeding, mating, migrating, and navigating. Moths are also attracted to outdoor lighting, which makes them more vulnerable to predation and exhaustion.

Anything that stops their life histories from being interfered with, that stops them being pulled out of their habitat and fluttering around light is beneficial. Its good if they have as little extraneous light as possible, Hoare says.

Now, communities on the reserves periphery are getting increasingly involved, including a new Dark Sky Certification programLakestone Lodge was the first business in the region to be awarded the designation.

A revitalization of mtauranga Mori, or Mori knowledge, is also changing the way New Zealanders see the natural dark. Everything is holistic and connected, says Campbell. From celestial objects to things in our natural world like plants, the wind, the tide. She says dark skies arent singularly about astronomy, environmental protection, or human health, but all of these things at once.

The reserves value will be showcased in June 2022, when Matariki, Mori New Year, will be celebrated as a national holiday for the first time. Matariki is deeply rooted in star lore, signaled by the rising of the Pleiades star cluster. Campbell hopes the event will serve as a potent reminder of the importance of environmental conservation. Particular stars within the cluster are linked to fresh water and our oceans, for example, so there will be some really beautiful opportunities there for us as a nation to think about those things.

A self-described optimist, Campbell believes Matariki may inspire new reverence for how all the parts of the world move in sync, from Earth slowly spinning on its axis to the circadian rituals of moths in tussock grass beneath the dark Mackenzie skies.

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AUKUS’s impact on New Zealand: Nuclear policy ‘unchanged’, Five Eyes ‘will endure’ in face of new defence pact – Newshub

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Miller told Newshub if the other Five Eyes member, Canada, had been part of the AUKUS, then it may have suggested New Zealand was on the outer. But that's not the case.

"Canada and New Zealand both share similarities and positioning regarding China, which is more balanced than those other three. So it's perhaps not a surprise, and that maybe softens the blow somewhat. The fact that it's both Canada and New Zealand not being included."

He said AUKUS appeared to be three close allies formalising their alliance.

"I think most New Zealanders would probably say good luck to them, but it's not really where we are at these days."

Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Brent Sadler, a senior fellow for Naval Warfare and Advanced Technology at the Heritage Foundation, said New Zealand has to deal with the consequences of being independent.

"China loves to jump on any sort of split or friction between our allies and drive them apart. New Zealand not being part of that does provide an unnecessary seam."

Miller didn't expect China would be happy with the new pact, something its Washington Embassy made clear on Thursday morning, accusing the nations of a "Cold War mentality".

"They don't like these alliances," Miller said. "They will feel encircled."

With a colossal trading relationship with China, New Zealand has long been careful with its actions, hoping not to provoke the economic heavyweight.

"New Zealand wants to be good friends with everybody," Miller said. "It's very much been the New Zealand foreign policy position for decades now, to have friends everywhere as a small trading nation at the bottom of the world.

"New Zealand's come under a lot of pressure this year to shift its position more to the Western position. But so far, New Zealand's been fairly successful in resisting that,

"I think now New Zealanders are largely quite comfortable with the foreign policy. I think New Zealand has forged a new direction and that's quite different from the likes of Australia and the US from Britain. I think New Zealand is very comfortable in its own skin now. This alliance to me just seems like in another league compared with New Zealand."

Ardern said New Zealand's "lens will always be from that of a Pacific nation" wanting peace, stability and a rules-based order. But she said that didn't "diminish the role we have to play" globally.

Ardern welcomed the UK and US's engagement in the region.

"I am pleased to say that the eye has been tuned to our region from partners that we work closely with, because, of course, this is a contested region, there is a role that others can play in taking an interest in our region, but the lens we'll look at this from will include stability."

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Former New Zealand Navy Patrol Vessel Seized in Cocaine Bust – The Maritime Executive

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Cocaine stacked in the Kahu's lounge (NCA)

PublishedSep 16, 2021 12:21 AM by The Maritime Executive

Last week, the UK's National Crime Agency intercepted a converted New Zealand Navy patrol boat and arrested her six-member crew on suspicion of drug trafficking. After an extensive search, officers pulled two tonnes of cocaine from hiding places on board.

The vessel - the yacht-conversion Kahu, formerly a patrol vessel belonging to the Royal New Zealand Navy - was intercepted by NCA agentsThursday evening at a position about 70 nm off the coast of Plymouth. Kahu was under way on a long voyage from the Caribbean, but she did not reach her planned destination; instead, the team escorted her back to shore for a "deep rummage search."

Her six crewmembers -including one UK national and five Nicaraguan nationals - havebeen arrested and are in custody.

"This is a massive haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of around [$220million]," said NCA deputy director Matt Horne. "Theres no doubt these drugs would have been sold on into communities across the UK . . . fueling more crime and misery. Organized crime groups are motivated by money. The deprivation of these drugs will smash a hole in the [groups] plans and ability to operate."

The 1979-built Kahu was converted at New Zealand yard Fitzroy Yachts in 2011, and her former owner - Fitzroy founder Peter White-Robinson - told Canada's National Post that the vessel would be a good candidate for smuggling because of her range. For a trans-Pacific cruise, White-Robinson added enough tank space to take her 8,000 nm between bunkering ports. He sold the vessel in 2013 along with Fitzroy Yachts, and it has changed hands several times since.

The bust was facilitated by the Australian Federal Police, who gave the NCA informationobtained through Australia's access to the AnOm encrypted communication platform. The AnOm "secure phone" was conceived and created by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for distribution to suspected criminals, and the FBI and its international partners used a back door in the app to covertly monitor organized crime syndicates for years. In all, the undercover effort snared 27 million messages from 12,000 devices around the world, leading to stunning drug busts and more than 800 arrests.

Operation Ironside [the AnOm operation] has opened the door to unprecedented collaboration across law enforcement agencies around the globe," said AFP Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale. "This result highlights the importance of the AFPs partnership with the NCA to combat offshore transnational organised crime that impacts both of our countries."

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New Zealand bill to ban LGBTQ conversion practices receives record 100,000 submissions – The Guardian

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More than 100,000 people have sent in submissions on New Zealands plan to ban LGBTQ conversion practices more than have ever been made on a piece of legislation.

Weve already made history with this movement and were not even done, said Shaneel Lal, an activist and organiser in the movement to ban conversion practices. People really and truly care about this because in 2021 it is not appropriate to erase queer identities.

The government received a total of 106,700 submissions on the bill, which will make it a crime to conduct conversion practices or attempting to change someones sexuality or gender identity.

It is more than double the submissions received on other recent controversial legislation, including the End of Life euthanasia bill, which Stuff reported was the previous record-holder at 40,000 submissions. It was close to five times the number of submissions received on the bill legalising same-sex marriage in 2013.

The submissions have not yet been processed, so it is unknown how many were in favour of a ban but Lal was optimistic that the majority would be, after a large-scale social media campaign asking people to submit their support. About 160,000 people had signed a petition to ban the practice earlier in the year, and polling by TVNZ in September 2020 found 72% of New Zealanders favoured a ban, and just 14% opposed. Lal said the campaigns template for a submission to ban conversion practices had been opened more than 300,000 times.

For New Zealands rainbow community, Lal said the news had been greeted with a mixture of celebration and trepidation pleasure at seeing such a groundswell of engagement was tempered by concerns that it could lead to vitriol as the debate became increasingly prominent in the public eye.

The select committee process is the more loud and traumatic part of the entire process. This is when people start very aggressively advocating for their side, Lal said.

For survivors of conversion practices, its like an emotional tsunami, Lal said. People are feeling very anxious and nervous, and for me it is important to ensure that our community is safe within the process while I was excited to see the number of submissions, I was also nervous and anxious, what this may mean for our community.

Justice select committee chair Ginny Andersen told TVNZ it would take about two weeks for 41 staff to process the submissions. She said the committee would also hear about 3,000 oral submissions.

Simon Bridges, the opposition National partys justice spokesperson, said the likelihood is that a majority of these are critical of the bill, and called for more time for the bill to be considered.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the unprecedented numbers who want to be heard, the submission process should be extended to take until at least the end of the year, Bridges said.

The legislation would make it an offence to perform conversion practices on anyone under 18, or with impaired decision-making capacity, with a sentence of up to three years imprisonment. It also makes it an offence to perform conversion practices that cause serious harm, irrespective of age. That carries a sentence of up to five years imprisonment.

Conversion therapy is still legal is many parts of the world, including the UK and many states in the US.

The United Nations independent expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity found conversion practices caused significant loss of self-esteem, anxiety, depressive syndrome, social isolation, intimacy difficulty, self-hatred, shame and guilt, sexual dysfunction, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The National party voted against the bill at its first reading, and said they would not support the legislation unless it included an exemption to stop parents being prosecuted. With strong support from the Labour and Green parties, a second reading would have the numbers to pass without them.

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Overlooked and undervalued, New Zealands community caregivers have become the invisible essential workers – The Conversation AU

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As Auckland enters its fifth week in level 4 lockdown and the rest of New Zealand stays at level 2, spare a thought for the nations invisible network of essential community support workers.

They are the people caring for those who, through age or disability, cannot work or leave their homes, cannot independently care for themselves, and who in many cases have underlying mental health and cognitive problems.

While other front-line essential workers are rightly recognised for their service, its important we also remember those less obvious workers who put their own health and well-being at risk to care for and support some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Often these community workers receive little support themselves. And while the stress on hospital staff, supermarket workers and even political leaders has been acknowledged, this other essential group has largely gone unnoticed.

As one community worker told us when reflecting on being overlooked as essential workers and the potential impact this could have on their own well-being:

At the start, the government kind of didnt even really consider us as health workers, did they?

In our ongoing research, we have so far heard from over 75 community support workers nationwide about their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are employed mostly by private companies (some not-for-profit) contracted to a variety of government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, ACC and district health boards.

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Our preliminary findings show these workers struggled to gain recognition throughout the first national lockdown in 2020. Furthermore, they struggled to be paid and to receive even the most basic personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by their employers:

Our employers were so slack, not recognising that we needed [PPE]. But they were following Ministry of Health guidelines and so it was government [] it was the World Health Organization it was everybody.

What was wrong with people to think that we could go out there and do our jobs without PPE? And then why do we have to have such a battle for it? Because it was actually hard enough doing the job without having all of that as well.

This very real struggle underscored a wider battle by community care workers to be appreciated for their work or even to be seen. As one support worker noted:

In comparison with nurses, who are angels, caregivers are just ignored [] its like a little underworld where, all over your city, women, mostly in uniforms in little cars, are getting in and out of the cars and going into houses and doing things that nobody has any idea about.

Despite working with people in the most vulnerable situations, support workers spoke of being turned away or facing public backlash when trying to use essential worker queues at supermarkets.

And yet these support workers are undeniably essential. In many ways they are the glue in the health system, as another told us:

One thing I want to make sure that you understand is that we look after [everyone from] medically fragile children to palliative [cases]. We look after all of them anybody that wants to remain in the community, then has a health issue, we look after them.

Read more: Low-wage essential workers get less protection against coronavirus and less information about how it spreads

Even during the best of (non-pandemic) times, these workers operate in isolation. The majority hardly ever see a co-worker, and almost never see a manager in person. Communication is via impersonal emails, phone apps or call centres.

But during lockdowns, support workers are the only people isolated clients see they step in as communicators and carers. In effect they become like family. They have to deal alone with the confusion and anxiety of their clients. Their own well-being and mental health often come second:

I felt unsupported in regards to dealing with these [client] behaviours at the time, because there were no people on the ground. They were all working from home, so they were all on a phone. So, in some cases, my biggest PPE would have been having someone there, and it wasnt there. I had someone on a phone.

Read more: Historic pay equity settlement for NZ care workers delivers mixed results

As with other healthcare workers, coping is a strategy built up over time by community support workers:

Its like, right, suck it up and just, you know, dry those tears and put on that smile and be your bouncy self again [] Ive had to learn.

But unlike other healthcare workers, such as those at COVID testing and vaccination stations and hospitals, community support workers dont have a team around them for support:

We just had days and days where we didnt hear anything from our employer and we felt really alone and vulnerable. And, of course, when we went into lockdown and everything, we didnt feel supported at all.

It was very frightening. We had to go out there as essential workers and, oh God, it was stressful.

Asked what might improve their well-being, a common refrain has been that employers and society in general pay attention and care more:

Somehow showing how youre valued [] It would be nice just to have a youre doing well or something.

I would have just loved a phone call, just to check if Im coping or not.

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Fact-check of Sky News Australia segment warning of ‘apartheid’ in New Zealand – Newshub

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In the segment, Bolt introduces Dr Muriel Newman, who he describes as a former business representative, a former politician and now head of the think tank the New Zealand Centre for Political Research.

She was an ACT MP from 1996 until 2005.

"The Mori population of New Zealand is about 16 percent and that includes people who also have European ancestry," said Bolt.

"But Ardern's Cabinet commissioned a report which sets out a 20-year plan to have New Zealand essentially ruled 50-50, on race grounds, Mori and non-Mori," Bolt adds.

"Ardern has already created a new Mori Health Authority, the first step to a divided health system - divided by race," says Bolt.

"Can you tell us about this plan? Because the amazing thing to me is there's been so little debate in New Zealand about what seems to me a very clear plan for apartheid in your country," Bolt asks.

"Well, you're right Andrew It was introduced under the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, so it was a plan to implement that into the national agenda, if you like," Newman replies.

"What came out of it was in fact He Puapua, which is a plan for tribal control by 2040, which is the 200-year anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

"That report was produced in 2019. But the Government kept it secret, even from their coalition partner New Zealand First, for the whole of 2020," Newman says.

"Then the election came along and they kept it secret, and now that they have total power, total control, they are implementing it at speed, and it is extremely frightening because most Kiwis have no idea what's going on."

"They see changes every day and wonder what on earth is driving it and unfortunately we're in a situation where the Government has spent $55 million on a public interest broadcasting fund which is something that the media can apply for to get grants and one of the conditions of doing that is they have to, if you like, speak out in favour of this Treaty partnership agenda," Newman says.

"You've raised so many things here that really disturb me," Bolt says.

"You say this is to mark the anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi. As I understand it, the Treaty of Waitangi was Mori tribes who had been decimating each other in war, coming together to say to the British, 'we accept British sovereignty. And now, to mark the anniversary, you're going to undo all that by having 50-50 after all. It just doesn't make sense."

"It doesn't make sense to Kiwis either," says Newman. "The reality is that the Treaty brought equality - equal rights for all New Zealanders and that is the way this country has developed."

"There's been a strong movement, I guess, from sovereignty activists that sort of arose in the 80s, but somehow over recent years they've managed to march into many institutions in New Zealand and take over some positions of power," says Newman.

"They've marched now into Government, and as I said, because the Labour Party doesn't need a coalition partner anymore under our MMP electoral system, it means that the Mori caucus actually has a lot of control over Cabinet."

"You mentioned the Mori health system or the Mori Health Authority, which will end up with the right of veto over the whole health system," says Newman.

"We're fighting a battle against Three Waters, where the Government's got this plan to centralise control of water services - that's wastewater, stormwater and freshwater - take it away from councils, and centralise it in four authorities and they'll be half controlled by local iwi," says Newman.

"That'll give them essentially the right of veto over water in New Zealand."

"All this is going on without an open debate," says Newman.

"It's going on secretly. I mean, we're sort of picking up on it but we're small voices trying to warn the country that this is underway and they should be aware of it and if they don't like it they should damn well speak out about it."

"I simply don't understand why there's not a debate," says Bolt. "Even if you were a journalist who loved all this, 50-50 go out there and talk about how good it is, you look up stories about this, I find almost nothing."

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