Matakana Fire – Update
Active flames in Dome Valley Matakana
remained well within the containment lines overnight.
The operation continues its ground based focus, with 70
firefighters and one digger onsite. One helicopter also
continues with aerial support.
Principal Rural Fire Officer, says they are making good
“We have numbers on the ground and
are doing everything to wrap this fire up as quickly as we
“The Auckland region wide fire ban remains
firmly in place. Breaches of the ban will not be
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
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