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NRT: That was quick

Written By: - Date published: 4:16 pm, March 28th, 2014 - 5 comments

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No Right Turn nails the political value of the Internet Party in this post. In itself it probably isn’t that politically useful. However it’s mere existence means that the net becomes a political issue. It forces the typically technophobic and illiterate pack of antiques called Members of Parliament to start dealing with issues arising from it. It moves them outside their comfort zone

NRT: Cash for honours

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, March 28th, 2014 - 17 comments

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Yesterday No Right Turn did a post on how Graeme Douglas became Sir Graeme Douglas by looking at his donations donating heavily to the National party after being gonged. But this other post on the same overall subject was more interesting. It is no wonder that National wanted the more lucrative royal honours reinstated.

Polity: The Internet Party launch

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, March 28th, 2014 - 88 comments

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Rob Salmond looks at the Internet Party’s launch and rather shallow vision. But is this politics?

“So the Internet Party had a good launch short term, but its longer term problems with policy and vision remain.”

Open mike 28/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, March 28th, 2014 - 104 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

LB: The Destruction of New Zealand’s Public Education System

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, March 27th, 2014 - 20 comments

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In 2008 New Zealand was internationally ranked in the top seven for educational achievement, and when you compared us with other countries that were also culturally diverse and were experiencing growing inequality we were extremely successful. A National led Government was elected and New Zealand’s public education system came under heavy attack… Hekia Parata continues this.

NRT: Gagging Kim Dotcom

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 am, March 27th, 2014 - 18 comments

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No Right Turn put this up on tuesday. It is worth re-running it to note how a smear campaign operates at multiple layers.
“Since their botched raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion last year, the New Zealand government has faced a PR problem over their handling of the case. And that has been hammered home at every opportunity by Dotcom himself, who turns out to be quite good at winning the hearts of ordinary kiwis. But now the government has a solution: gag him”

Polity: The Internet Party is born… temporarily

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, March 27th, 2014 - 14 comments

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Rob Salmond’s view on the Internet Party launch today.
“Today is the day the Internet Party, which amusingly abbreviates to IP, will actually launch. More importantly, today marks 146 days until Kim Dotcom winds up the Internet Party because it isn’t polling near 5% and has no deals with others to secure itself an electorate seat.”

 

Open mike 27/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, March 27th, 2014 - 47 comments

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Polity: The buck stops with Hekia

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, March 26th, 2014 - 28 comments

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Just when you think that Hekia Parata couldn’t make more of a shambolic mess of the Kohanga Reo review, it turns out that she could and did. Rob Salmond at Polity (and Audrey Young of the Herald) has a look at it.

Open mike 26/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, March 26th, 2014 - 120 comments

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NRT: I don’t see it either

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, March 25th, 2014 - 49 comments

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The “big” political news today (this being a non-sitting week when the politicians are on holiday, some of them literally) is that the Internet Party is in talks with Mana to form an electoral alliance (which presumably means a joint party list). Like pretty much everyone else, I’m boggled by this.

A tool for real democracy

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, March 25th, 2014 - 4 comments

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“Loomio is a user-friendly tool for collaborative decision-making” … because “Democracy isn’t just about politics – it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be”…

IF: A day in the life of Matthew Hooton

Written By: - Date published: 7:39 am, March 25th, 2014 - 32 comments

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[Satire]  I has a dream… Winston retired from politics and went on to set up a bird rescue centre in a remote spot in the Raukumura Range, but the centre was burned down after two teenagers high on glue broke in and set it alight. The delicious smells of hundreds of roasted native birds attracted the attentions of the poor for miles around… desperate and hungry people tore at each other to get into the still-burning sanctuary…  I awoke in a fever and ran to my computer, and in seconds flat I had my NBR column finished.

Open mike 25/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, March 25th, 2014 - 173 comments

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NRT: Stinkier and stinkier

Written By: - Date published: 5:29 pm, March 24th, 2014 - 37 comments

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In the ongoing saga about the Problem Gambling Foundation, The Salvation Army were unaware that the Ministry of Health had decided that they would take over as the national provider. They hadn’t even applied for it. It appears that only thing driving the ministry’s decision was the complaints from the gambling industry about the PGF trying to reduce problem gambling…. Is the gambling industry is thoroughly corrupting National’s ministers?

Polity: Buy low, sell high. Except National.

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 24th, 2014 - 27 comments

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Rob at Polity points out National’s intensely unstrategic view about investments and asset sales. In a down market where all the indications said “buy,” National sold our assets for a pittance, and refused to invest in the Super Fund. The Super Fund has been making returns of 21%, far exceeding the Crown’s cost of borrowing. And National will only start investing in the Super Fund when equities are expensive again.  It is almost as if they wanted to waste taxpayers funds eh?

LocalBodies: National Slumps in Polls As Ministers Struggle

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, March 24th, 2014 - 22 comments

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There is danger of reading too much into polls months out from an election. Commentators were claiming that National was too strong to lose the next election based on a rogue poll. Few looked at multiple polls, accounted for the margin of error nor the trends over past months. The last fortnight has seen a National with the latest Roy Morgan Poll plummeting from the Colmar Brunton result of 51% to 45.5%. And it is based on a lack of ministerial performance…

Open mike 24/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, March 24th, 2014 - 171 comments

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Open mike 23/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, March 23rd, 2014 - 63 comments

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NRT: One way of fixing it

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, March 22nd, 2014 - 3 comments

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No Right Turn looks at one reason why Yahoo moved from the UK to Dublin. Escaping the ubiquitous and ever increasing surveillance requirements of paranoid security agencies who appear to only be interested in protecting elites rather than citizens. As it is, it is preferable to site site servers offshore away from silly unenforceable laws. They’ll just go to locations that offer the best server security.

Open mike 22/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, March 22nd, 2014 - 181 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Polity: Looking behind the Kohanga finger pointing

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, March 21st, 2014 - 8 comments

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The news this morning has all kinds of finger pointing between Hekia Parata, Derek Fox, John Key, the Kohanga Reo trust board, and others.

Why are so many people pointing fingers all over the place? Because everyone involved has screwed up one way or another.

Polity: National cuts charity funding because charity criticises National

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, March 21st, 2014 - 77 comments

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You’d have to ask if skycity asked the government to get rid of this turbulent critic? After all their brief is to reduce problem gambling.

Open mike 21/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, March 21st, 2014 - 165 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

NRT: A good idea from NZFirst

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, March 20th, 2014 - 4 comments

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From an environmental economics perspective, mining is a wealth transfer, shifting public wealth (minerals) into private profits of mining companies. Along the way, it creates jobs, but it is basically spending capital. When the resources run out or become unprofitable to extract the jobs disappear and a regional economy geared solely to resource extraction withers and dies. NZ First wants to change that.

Open mike 20/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, March 20th, 2014 - 172 comments

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Labour and the Greens announce forestry policies

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, March 19th, 2014 - 39 comments

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Labour announced policies today seeking to reinvigorate the Forestry Industry and to promote more local processing of logs.  And the Greens have announced a policy designed to increase the use of wood in local buildings.

Polity: Losing count of Judith’s lies

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 19th, 2014 - 57 comments

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“Justice Minister Judith Collins’ “cup of tea on the way to the airport” at her friend Stone Shi’s company in Shanghai involved a 30km detour in the opposite direction…”. That’s pretty embarrassing for Collins. Caught, red-handed, again, lying in the Parliament and misleading your boss. I wonder what he will do now?

Open mike 19/03/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 am, March 19th, 2014 - 227 comments

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LocalBodies: Gerry Brownlee, Making Stuff Up Again!

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 pm, March 18th, 2014 - 35 comments

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The crazy thing about Gerry Brownlee is that he is so incompetent because he never seems to study anything that he is responsible for. On Monday, Local Bodies wrote about his current burst of illiterate and untutored whining and blowhard posturing about roads. And yet people on the inside of the National party appear to rate him? What does that say about their competence?

NRT: Climate change: War, disease, and famine

Written By: - Date published: 6:01 pm, March 18th, 2014 - 38 comments

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The biggest single threat to civilisation from human initiated CO2 forced climate change is going to be in food production and distribution. In a leaked version of the IPCC’s AR5 second volume ” the report predicts that climate change will reduce median crop yields by 2 per cent per decade for the rest of the century – at a time of rapidly growing demand for food.”

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    The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star economy’, with the Government instructing pay rises be limited to just 0.7%....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Paul Potts promotes Pink Shirt Day
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging
    Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging IrrigationNZ says the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the $275million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is bold and encouraging....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Ruataniwha gets to second base
    With the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme getting the tick from a Board of Inquiry appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the concept of water storage has passed a major milestone but a greater one is to ensure it is...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Labour Should Hit the Brakes on Motorhome Tax
    Responding to the Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes, suggesting that motorhome owners would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Ruataniwha decision puts water demands before nature
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says the Board of Inquiry that today granted consent for the Ruataniwha irrigation dam has failed to account for the overall environmental damage the project would cause, if it is built....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Voting on Te Mana O Ngāti Rangitihi Mandate Extended
    Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi (Te Mana) is encouraging all iwi descendants to make their voice heard and ensure they vote in the iwi mandating process, which has been extended another month. The voting period will now close on 30...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Flavoured methamphetamine (Strawberry Quick/Meth) a hoax
    A viral message alerting parents to be aware of flavoured methamphetamine in schools is a re-occurring hoax say Police. The message, spread by both e-mail and social media, suggests flavoured methamphetamine known as “strawberry meth” or “strawberry...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Community Housing Provider Regulations- a mixed bag
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    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • New Zealanders accept 104 kph holiday speed tolerance
    New Zealanders accept more than oppose the police practice of imposing a 104 kph open road speed tolerance limit during holiday periods....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Federated Farmers Leaders’ Agenda Put Exports at Risk
    The future of New Zealand’s exports is at risk from the push by Federated Farmers leaders for New Zealand to follow Argentina and release GMOs....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Internet Party And MP Agree to End Talks
    As previously advised, the Internet Party has been involved in discussions with a current Member of Parliament to join the Internet Party to contest the 2014 General Election. Following the recent decision of delegates at the MANA AGM to continue...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Number of overseas-born tops 1 million, 2013 Census shows
    The number of New Zealanders who were born overseas had reached more than a million by the 2013 Census, Statistics NZ said today. This increase has led to more diversity in our ethnic, religious, and linguistic make-up....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Police will target speeding drivers this Easter
    Police are warning motorists that this Easter they will be targeting speeding, from the low level to excessive speeds along with other major causes of road trauma. Police know stopping motorists who go over the speed limit will go a...
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • Wgtn City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group election results
    The results from last night’s election for Wellington City Council’s Pacific Advisory Group have now been finalised. Seven candidates from the Cook Islands, Fijian and Samoan communities were successful in being voted on to the group....
    Scoop politics | 15-04
  • ACC Privacy ruling welcomed for Sensitive Claimants
    Yesterday’s District Court ruling, that the standard ACC release of information form the “ACC 167” is illegal, has been welcomed by psychotherapists and clinicians working with sexual abuse survivors....
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Governor-General to visit National War Memorial Park
    The Governor-General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit the National War Memorial Park (Pukeahu) on Tuesday 15 April. The Park is currently under construction on Buckle Street in Wellington, and will be completed...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Don’t be a victim to alcohol this long weekend say Police
    Jon White, CEO of ANZPAA - the agency that serves Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand believes everyone needs to continue talking about and change the pattern of violence and lasting harm caused by the misuse of alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Justice Coalition Supports Proposal for Victim Commissioner
    ‘The Justice Coalition has come out in support of a Victim’s Commissioner. “Members of the Coalition support the proposal in principle”, said Ced Simpson, Coordinator of the Justice Coalition. “Many of the members work with victims, and can see the...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Parenting programmes can reduce risk of child maltreatment
    A comprehensive report released by the Families Commission finds effective parenting programmes are a key way to reduce the risk of maltreatment of vulnerable children....
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Maori Party to Challenge for Te Tai Tokerau Seat
    The Maori Party is gearing up to win Te Tai Tokerau Maori electoral seat currently held by the Mana Party’s Hone Harawira, according to Rangimarie Naida Glavish, president of the Maori Party. “Maori voters in the north are becoming increasingly...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • IPCC – No Excuses for Failing to Act on Climate Change
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    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #14: Labour Makes Gains
    Labour makes gains over last week · National’s probability of forming next government down to 70%, compared with 87% five months before 2011 election · Likelihood NZ First would back Labour-led government passes 50% for first time · Act’s chances...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Labour Party donation disclosure
    The New Zealand Labour Party has received a donation of $64,999 from Auckland businessman Phillip Mills. This donation has been declared with the Electoral Commission in accordance with section 210C of the Electoral Act 1993....
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Reports show need for improved water service delivery
    “The recent release of the Ministry of Health’s Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality and a stormwater report commissioned by the Auckland Council provide two further reminders of the need for better scrutiny and accountability in meeting drinking...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Hospitality sector tactics mar Local Alcohol Policy process
    An analysis of submissions on the Draft Local Alcohol Policy for Hasting and Napier District Councils shows only about a third of the 260 submissions presented by Hospitality New Zealand could be considered “genuine”. The remainder were found to be...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Call for changes to Environmental Reporting Bill
    Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright is welcoming the intent of the Bill, but has raised serious concerns about some of the detail....
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Local government funding review need to focus on equality
    Local government funding review need to focus on equality – MANZ It’s encouraging to see that the way local government is funded is being reviewed, however it is crucial that any potential changes aim to create a fairer system of...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Te Tai Tokerau Ignored as Mana Blinded by the Bling
    The voice of Te Tai Tokerau is silent as the Mana Party makes a whole lot of noise about who it will form an alliance with. As Mana falls apart because it is unsure whether it represents the poor or...
    Scoop politics | 14-04
  • Restorative Justice in Sexual Abuse Cases
    Restorative Justice Aotearoa spokesman, Mike Hinton, has responded to comments made by the Sensible Sentencing Trust about the appropriateness of Restorative Justice in sexual abuse cases....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Kiwis Dump Westpac over Fossil Fuel Investments
    Today 8 Westpac customers gathered in Christchurch to hold a mass Westpac bank account closing event. More than 160 people all over the country have signaled they plan to close their Westpac accounts this week as part of a campaign...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Green Party selects NGO leader as Mt Roskill candidate
    The Green Party has selected former Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Barry Coates as its candidate for the Mt. Roskill electorate. Barry recently stepped down from Oxfam after ten years. He brings an enormous range of skills and experiences to...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Budgeting for Use of Carbon is Key to Cutting Emissions
    Seriously tackling New Zealand’s emissions requires the use of carbon to be budgeted for in the same way the nation budgets for government spending. Without new action, New Zealand’s gross emissions are projected to be 23% above its recently announced...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • WOF means rent rise, hardship for tenants
    WOF means rent rise, hardship for tenants Tenants should be very alarmed at rent increases and more stringent standards that would come with a proposed warrant-of-fitness scheme, Mike Butler of NZCPR said today. Upgrades averaging $9700 per rental property,...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Fraud Victims Group hopeful of Consumers being protected
    A Fraud victims advocacy group is hopeful that New Zealand Consumers will continue to be protected from a three-times bankrupt, multiple fraudster and convicted sex offender with a 32 year criminal history to his name....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Panel Discussion: How Should New Zealanders Remember WWI?
    We urge you to join us for a panel discussion wherein panellists will offer numerous perspectives on, and debate the issue of, how New Zealanders should remember World War One....
    Scoop politics | 13-04
  • Dunedin South chooses Voight
    Health practitioner Warren Voight has been selected as the Dunedin South electorate candidate for Democrats for Social Credit. “As a candidate in this year’s General Election, I am excited to be representing Democrats for Social Credit and celebrating...
    Scoop politics | 13-04
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