The Bulletin: Pay talks set to resume after nurse strike

Good morning and welcome to The Bulletin for Friday June 11. Apologies for the delay, my alarm didn’t go off. Actually! In at this time’s version: The fallout from the nurses strike, Nick Smith leaves parliament with an apology and a protest concentrating on cyclists is slammed.

Nurses and DHBs are again to the negotiating desk after this week’s strike noticed 30,000 well being employees off the job for eight hours. Glenda Alexander from the NZ Nurses Organisation instructed RNZ that it was not nearly pay, and bettering work circumstances was simply as vital. “They’re kind of interwoven [pay and conditions]. If we don’t pay people what they’re worth, what the job is worth, they’re not going to stay and we’re not going to get new people into the nursing workforce,” mentioned Alexander.

The DHBs say they’re “keen to close gaps” within the areas that nurses assume are missing. Spokesperson Jim Inexperienced mentioned earlier negotiations had addressed “many of [nurses] requirements” and DHBs had been would may very well be finished subsequent. “We’ve made offers around all those areas – we’ve made a pay rise increase of up to 8 to 12% and of course there’s the pay equity settlement that will be coming in on top of that as well,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, there are reviews this morning of empty beds at Christchurch Hospital due to an absence of nurses. Unnamed sources on the hospital mentioned that sources had been stretched and the workforce was at breaking level. 19 beds had been sitting empty throughout the hospital final week, in line with RNZ. “There’s only so much you can keep asking people to step up and do more with less and that’s usually less of us to do more for the number of patients that we have through the door on any given day,” mentioned one unnamed nurse.


Nationwide MP Nick Smith has apologised for voting in opposition to the legalisation of homosexual marriage throughout a valedictory speech capping his 30 years in parliament. Smith left parliament abruptly following an investigation right into a “verbal altercation” in his workplace – the main points of which stay mysterious. Throughout his closing handle to the home, Smith mentioned mentioned he “got wrong” his 2013 vote in opposition to the wedding equality invoice. “The error is all the more personal with my 20-year-old son being gay,” he mentioned. “I wish to put on record today my apology to New Zealand’s LGBT+ community. I pay tribute to Louisa Wall, Fran Wilde and Amy Adams for their leadership that has improved the lives of my son and thousands of other New Zealanders. I also acknowledge Jenny Shipley’s courage as the first PM to attend a Gay Pride parade in 99.”

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The apology was met with a mixture of responses. Inexperienced MP Chloe Swarbrick thanked Smith, however with a caveat. “Applaud Nick Smith for recognising the rights of gay New Zealanders, even if it took his family’s experience to get him there,” she wrote on Twitter. “Saddened that he hasn’t got there yet on evidence based drug law, and hope it doesn’t take a devastating personal experience, like many have had, to change tack.”

That led to a little bit of a backwards and forwards on Twitter, unsurprisingly. In response, Nationwide MP Chris Bishop mentioned: “Aka ‘Nick Smith did a good thing but I am going to try as hard as possible to put the boot in anyway’”

After talking, Smith gave a sequence of interviews alongside his 20-year-old son Logan. Talking to Newshub, Logan mentioned he was pleased with his father for stepping up. “I’m just really proud of it and just really proud that he’s manned up and acknowledged he got it wrong in the past.” On TVNZ, Logan mentioned he was by no means fearful about telling his father. “I knew he had changed his views already and I knew he has been a supportive father all along the way,” he mentioned. “I believe it’s simply vital to show individuals can study and their views can change for example to different individuals.

So, did we ever get the reality about why Smith stop/what the upcoming story about to interrupt was? Briefly, no. The now ex-MP wouldn’t remark when requested by media.

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Quarantine-free journey to Melbourne has been paused for an extra week out of an abundance of warning. As we reported in our reside updatesyesterday, journey to Victoria will proceed to remain restricted regardless of the lifting of lockdown in larger Melbourne. “[The] advice from New Zealand public health officials is that the travel pause should continue despite the “overall risk to New Zealand” being low, mentioned Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins in a press release.  “The government is taking a precautionary approach in continuing the pause, which will be reviewed again next Wednesday.”

There have been no new group circumstances of Covid-19 circumstances in New Zealand with one in MIQ, however the state of affairs stays tense throughout the ditch.Queensland recorded two new native circumstances of Covid-19 after a pair travelled to the state from Melbourne. The couple’s journey took them through New South Wales, with well being minister Brad Hazzard saying there was now a “serious risk” of an outbreak.

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A deliberate protest in opposition to cycle lanes/cyclists has drawn criticism for allegedly inciting violence. As David Farrier wrote on his Webwormsubstack yesterday, the “liberate the lane” occasion is about to see protesters occupy a cycle lane in Auckland over the weekend. Whereas the wording of the Fb occasion led some to consider that vehicles can be pushed down the cycle lane, organiser Beinn Chapple-Regulation later claimed that individuals can be strolling on it. Chapple-Regulation wrote:

Zero violence will come from our facet on the occasion, though I’m involved for the protection of these becoming a member of me as cyclists will be extraordinarily brief tempered and violent, particularly when individuals name them out for breaking the principles. 

Clearly, the protest is in response to current motion by cyclists that noticed a lane of the Auckland harbour bridge closed off to autos.Talking to TVNZ final night time, Chapple-Regulation mentioned that protest was an instance of privilege. “If we saw that in South Auckland — and these weren’t privileged, white males and females that were from Ponsonby, Herne Bay area attacking police — there would be people arrested, maybe even tased,” he claimed.

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In media information, it was an enormous night time for Newstalk ZB finally night time’s radio awards. The speak station was awarded the coveted station of the yr award whereas breakfast host Mike Hosking as soon as once more took out the award for broadcaster of the yr. Marcus Lush was named Finest Speak Presenter (exterior Breakfast and Drive), political reporter Barry Soper took out finest information journalist and Aaron Dahmen gained finest new broadcaster – journalist.

The complete checklist will be discovered right here.

Lastly, a barely indulgent inclusion in at this time’s Bulletin: a bit I wrote. Residents in Ellerslie are calling for motion after a unending spate of mail thefts. One particular person I spoke to mentioned their mail was tampered with on a regular basis for 2 years. If you already know something about this, or have any anecdotes, please get in contact with me.


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In sport: Olympic rowing champ Mahe Drysdale has introduced his retirement from the game. The Herald reviews that Drysdale, who’s 42, didn’t make the staff for this yr’s Tokyo Olympics. Drysdale started rowing for Auckland College on the age of 18, earlier than his first Olympics in Athens in 2004.

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