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Coincidence?

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, July 30th, 2012 - 90 comments
Categories: humour, polls, sexism - Tags: ,

A couple of interesting headlines recently.

“NZ women overtake men’s IQ scores”.

“John Key losing appeal among women”.

Coincidence? I don’t think so…

90 comments on “Coincidence?”

  1. Carol 1

    And, yet, the main opposition parties are also vying to foreground men as party leaders…. part of the focus on “balancing the economy”, something that is largely seen as men’s business.

    Russel Norman? David Shearer? Leaders that will attract women voters, and manage those policies seen as pretty crucial women in the above article on the new Fairfax poll? Really?

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Women have no issue voting for male dominated parties. National’s top ten Ministers after winning 2008 were 80% male. 8 men, 2 women in their top 10. The highest ranked women sat at a lowly no. 7 (Judith Collins).

      In fact, now I look at it, National had just three women in their top fifteen.

      Which must be a recipe for success since National / John Key remained very popular with women voters.

      • Carol 1.1.1

        Sadly, CV, this does seem to be true.

      • weka 1.1.2

        The only way to know why women vote the way they do is to ask them. Has anyone done any decent research on this in NZ?
         
        I vote Green partly because of their commitment to gender equity in leadership and list placement.

      • You are making a large assumption there that women wouldn’t have more enthusiastically supported a party that they found more representative of them, and do so above the level of diminished enthusiasm among National’s more sexist base.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.3.1

          Sure, but I’m not talking about what may have hypothetically happened, I’m talking about what did actually happen.

          Which is that National won two elections, each with considerable help from female voters, despite having far more men in senior positions than women.

          I have a simple thesis: most voters don’t give two hoots about how demographically representative a political party is of them; it’s irrelevant to them. Other factors such as attitude, ideology, vision and ability are far more important.

  2. Craig Glen Eden 2

    Yeah Carol I was really disappointed a number of Labour Woman MPs didnt see the value of having Nania as deputy leader I really thought Nania would make a big difference to the party and make Labour more relevant for woman. Personally I was shocked at how many negative responses we got from young woman while sign waving at the last election.

  3. prism 3

    I hope that more women will be able to see behind John Key’s glamour and look for the person that NZ needs. When they realise that there isn’t anything like that inside there then we might get that stepchange needed for somebody better. And let’s get that somebody ready for the challenge.

    As I said yesterday the news is that for Olympic reporting from London for the NZ print media there are 17 male sports journalists and no women. So women have to be smart to get beyond that sort of self-interest and cloistered jobs for the boys.

    Just a thought too. Women won’t ever be able to use their smarts unless they learn how to be assertive, knowing how and when to be articulate and clear in their reasoned opinions. And women have often tended to be kind as well as thoughtful, but then some are judgmental and classist, so the thinking woman needs to avoid this in her assertiveness. And assertiveness is far different as an intellectual activity from aggression. And emotionalism is not a satisfactory substitute for reasoned thought. And then far too many women stay on the passive-aggressive stage. This means that they try and manipulate for their advantage without openly declaring their thinking.

    • Craig Glen Eden 3.1

      Agree prism I worked for Ten years with woman as my leaders and they were in many many cases far better than blokes in the same or similar roles not all but mostly in my view.

      • prism 3.1.1

        Craig Glen Eden
        The same. But the odd female psychopath (they say there are a lot of these in management, mostly males) I think would be hell.

  4. Richard Christie 4

    More sexual politics.
    I thought we’d moved past the 1980s.

    • Carol 4.1

      It would have been really great if we had moved positively beyond the 1980s.
      But, sadly, politics and many other areas of life are still male-dominated and masculine-defined.

    • rosy 4.2

      So, what came first – improvements in education for girls of improvements in IQ’s of women? An what does the answer (whatever it may be) say about the importance of ‘sexual politics’ and IQ as an accurate measure of intelligence, rather than exposure to good learning environments and expreiences?

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        I don’t know about some other fields. But the girls in dentistry, medical and law school are absolutely kicking the ass of the lads also studying there. No joke. Changes to the high school system has screwed the scrum against the guys, from what I can tell.

        • rosy 4.2.1.1

          As a parent of both genders (and an aunt to lots of secondary school and post-secondary school boys and girls) I can’t see that the high school system was screwed against boys. The boys did take longer to get to grips with having to produce work throughout the year, and work that wasn’t just their own opinion, but once they did, it was good as. Not that it matters if girls do better – the boys still move ahead faster in the workplace ;-)

          I guess there will be plenty of research out there about this, but I’m not sure what is best to look at.

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    Sexual politics??? what ever that is?? Nah I think its just recognizing and appreciating that most things can be better with a womans impute in many levels of society and some make excellent leaders and managers and many do it better than some men.

    • muzza 5.1

      Most people lack the basic skills required to run a bath, let alone lead other people, regardless of what gender they might be.

      The corporate environment seems to foster the promotion of the personalities which best suits it purpose, why is this, the reasons are simple in my opinion.

      Why is it that the most capable people seem to be overlooked in many cases, and those with the traits best served far away from management, seem to occupy these positions.

  6. ropata 6

    The prevalence of Antisocial personality disorder [aka. sociopaths] is 3% in males and 1% from females, as stated in the DSM IV-TR.

    more women in charge ==> fewer sociopathic policies

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Nah that’s an improper conclusion because these people tend to be small self selecting populations.

  7. BillODrees 7

    I think women are great. I wish all around me were women. 

  8. captain hook 8

    Yeah.
    I like em too.
    smart and big.

  9. bad12 9

    Wimmin tho, when released from the shackles of previous societal bondage have in my opinion an alarming disposition to behave just like men, that observation applies whether i view such behavior from within the top echelons of society or the bottom….

    • Carol 9.1

      Some do, some don’t, bad. But the problem is that, even when more avenues open up to women, it is often in a culture where traditional masculine values dominate. So for women to succeed in that environment it is necessary to adopt those values , or to adopt a mix of conventional masculine and feminine values (Helen Clark, Maggie Thatcher with her deep voice and handbag), so that they go some way towards neutralising the threat to masculine hegemony while also seeming to be “strong”.

      The more extreme adoption of masculine values in parliament, is especially seen with some NAct MPs, like Collins, who delights in brandishing a bit of phallic imagery (laser gun) in order to show her ability to match it with the NAct guys in toughness.

      It’s not seen so much with other women MPs (e.g. Ardern, Sue Moroney, several women Green MPs, or some NZF women MPs…. and with some male MPs that are also not into ultra macho behaviour: e.g. Gareth Hughes comes to mind).

      Consequently it’s not just about the balance of the sexes actively involved, but the kind of values they espouse.

    • weka 9.2

      Wimmin tho, when released from the shackles of previous societal bondage have in my opinion an alarming disposition to behave just like men, that observation applies whether i view such behavior from within the top echelons of society or the bottom….
       

      Rebound effect. Plus wimmin aren’t really released from bondage are they? They’re given some freedoms on men’s terms (or patriarchy’s terms actually), which determines alot of behaviour.

       
      Wimmin are just people b12, they’re good and bad, and susceptible to socialisation like everyone else. Much of the problem with Parliament is like Carol says, culture. Parliament is a boys club still, and the behaviour that happens there is unbelievable. I wouldn’t put up with it, and most women I know wouldn’t either, so it says something that it is tolerated. It’s no secret that many women who have succeeded there have had to be or become hard arses even just to survive (other simply choose to leave). Hardly conducive to other values and ways of working that would come about if the culture was egalitarian rather than macho.
       
      We should let the kuia run NZ for a while, then we’d see how ridiculous what we do now is.

  10. Johnm 10

    They have to be smarter: Biologically they have to keep the species going by selecting the best mates and procreating. Then they nurture the offspring ’till entry into society:The most important job in Society, and they get such little recognition for it!

  11. Mark 11

    So, last time I checked in here it was to see that women/children are disadvantaged because our system makes it harder for mums to stay at home and look after children.
    Now they’re disadvantaged because they are not given the top jobs?
    If you want to see the worst case of sexual discrimination in NZ, look at the Family Court and Child Support.
    And as I recall recently a female Nat Cabinet Minister was told to “go home and look after your children” by the Opposition (Labour?)
    I know as many women in Senior Exec roles as men.
    It made me laugh and cringe this morning listening to the CEO of the Maori Language Commission referring many times to Norm Hewitt as a great “Human Being” instead of as man.. what does that say about PC gender neutral bullshit?
    Just saying.. (:

    • McFlock 11.1

       Where you claim labour told a national cabinet minister to “go home and look after your children” –  links or it didn’t happen. 
           
      The only google hit for that phrase in NZ was a book extract set in the period of Constantinople.
           
      Your recollection might be imaginary. 

      • Mark 11.1.1

        “links or it didn’t happen” .. interesting comment, especially in view of the outlandish assertions made here. But I’ll have a look, and when I find it no doubt you will acknowledge it humbly.
        No response to the rest of the post?

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          Generally people like to provide supporting evidence for their more outlandish comments – I would have thought that a comment like that would have blazed a comet-trail across internet search engines, coming from parliamentarians in this day and age. But not a peep. 
                    
          The rest of your comment didn’t even provide enough specific details to count as an assertion, with the exception of morning report. Apparently it’s pc madness to call Hewitt a human being? I really don’t see why it’s such an issue, but no matter.
                 

      • Mark 11.1.2

        http://www.listener.co.nz/columnists/the-week-in-politics-elephants-childless-mps-and-banksed-cheques/
        Now I know The Listener isn’t Hansard, and I don’t have time to search the whole WWW, but..

        “Labour MPs have interjected on National mums, including Katherine Rich, to the effect of “Why aren’t you home looking after your kids?” National frequently dog-whistled Helen Clark’s elective childlessness. Opposition MPs slated John Key for taking his kids on overseas holidays. It would be difficult to keep count of the under-stress MPs who have been greeted with “Take your pills!” and “How was Hanmer?” from opponents of either stripe. Both sides are roughly as sinning as they are sinned against.”

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1

          Maggie Barry enjoyed a bit of middle class misogynist dishing out good on her for showing her true colours as one of our betters.

          -edit-

          That Listener piece was written by Jane Clifton. As in Murray McCully’s former long time partner, Jane Clifton.

        • McFlock 11.1.2.2

          Ok – looking for that phrase google came up with a few WO and KB posts claiming labour said words to that effect in 2003 (a quick hansard search? Or just on file for damage control like this?). And all Hansard have is a parting shot from Judith Collins accusing Judith Tizard of it.
                   
          Nothing in the news – even 9 or 10 years ago one would have expected  some moral outrage from tories. Shame on Tizard if she said it, and shame on labour for not censuring her if she said it.
                   
          Apparently after Collins’ comment “debate was interrupted”, so it was obviously a parting shot. Far be it for me to accuse her of making shit up at this stage.
                 
          After all – “Labour did it too, once, ten years ago” sounds pretty weak as it is. It sure doesn’t count as “recently”. Although it’s probably worse coming from a minister to an opposition MP than the other way around.

          • Carol 11.1.2.2.1

            McFlock, do such interjections get included in Hansard?

            Also, I would want to know the context before passing judgent. What was Rich talking about when that interjection was made? e.g. she could have been pontificating on women who neglect their children to go out to work.

            • Te Reo Putake 11.1.2.2.1.1

              No, they don’t, Carol.
               
              The ‘quote’ that confused Mark was actually Jane Clifton’s opinion, not a real comment, despite the quotation marks Clifton wrongly put around the words. And it seems to be a precis of comments sourced from the ever reasonable Maggie Barry anyway. So entirely credibility free.

              • McFlock

                And fed to Whaleoil. 
                     
                Basically, Collins’ 2003 comment makes me stop short of “you’re outright making shit up”, but the lack of contemporary reports suggests that maybe she was making shit up, or twisting comments. And of course going around the tory echo chamber it was twisted just enough to make it sound recent, and just enough to make it difficult to find.
                           
                Shame. The Listener used to check its facts, once upon a time. 

              • felix

                Pretty sure I’ve seen interjections in the Hansard. Not all of them of course.

    • Te Reo Putake 11.2

      Allow me, Mark.
       
      “So, last time I checked in here it was to see that women/children are disadvantaged because our system makes it harder for mums to stay at home and look after children.
      Now they’re disadvantaged because they are not given the top jobs?”
       
      These are not mutually exclusive concepts. Some women want to be full time mums, some want to be CEO’s.
       
      “If you want to see the worst case of sexual discrimination in NZ, look at the Family Court and Child Support.”
       
      Yeah, no.
       
      “I know as many women in Senior Exec roles as men.”
       
      Well, you clearly don’t have many contacts in the business world. Even the EMA and the NZX are asking that companies work harder to ensure better representation for women at leadership level.
       
      “It made me laugh and cringe this morning listening to the CEO of the Maori Language Commission referring many times to Norm Hewitt as a great “Human Being” instead of as man.. what does that say about PC gender neutral bullshit?”
       
      What does that say? It says you’re a neanderthal, Mark. Shouldn’t you be have a whinge on talkback radio instead of wasting your time here?
       
       
       
       

      • Mark 11.2.1

        Fuck off bully boy The Redneck Penis-smoker..
        You’ve been called in have you, can’t have dissenting view here.
        What a fucking joke of haters and losers this place is.

        • Te Reo Putake 11.2.1.1

          So I take it we won’t have the dubious benefit of your company any more? From Mark to no mark in record time!
           

          • mike e 11.2.1.1.1

            E tu Brutus mark my words.
            Mark you will be amongst the finest company on KB.
            11,1,2 as Tau Henare says Harden up

        • Colonial Viper 11.2.1.2

          You’ve been called in have you, can’t have dissenting view here.

          Spouting shit like you do and then respectably classifying it as a “dissenting view” is going to be as successful as polishing a dog turd.

  12. Mark 12

    Haha, yeah, well I guess I’ll go and file GST returns, PAYE as well, you know, pay tax, contribute rather than being a hater and wrecker.
    While I’m at it I’ll look after my children, you know, not kill them, keep them warm and healthy, fed. Or I could waste my money on pokies and booze, then blame someone else.
    May as well not clog up the courts and prisons too…
    Shit, could get all radical and save a bit of power, grow some veggies,..
    But you people don’t like that, it’s personal responsibility, and takes a bit more effort than spouting oppression and racism.
    While I’m at it I’ll buy some MOM shares, although I don’t need the extra health and education facilities the proceeds will bring for NZ, I’ll do my bit some more, for the kids you people are letting down.

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      While I’m at it I’ll buy some MOM shares, although I don’t need the extra health and education facilities the proceeds will bring for NZ,

      It won’t bring any, in fact, over time the sales of state assets will shut down even more as the dead weight loss of profit bites.

      • Mark 12.1.1

        “It won’t bring any, in fact, over time the sales of state assets will shut down even more as the dead weight loss of profit bites”

        Got a link to that, or evidence?
        It may do if you traitors drive the price down.
        Dividends to the Sttae can only go up if power prices go up.. is that good?
        Or shall we spend millions paying Maori for borrowing their water briefly.. power prices go up?
        Or if (and that’s a big if) power prices go up under MOM, dividends to the State, Kiwisaver funds, NZ Superfund and Iwi, local investors go up.. no?
        If power prices go up, does that not make other renewables more attractive/sustainable?
        So what is your issue again?

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1

          It may do if you traitors drive the price down.

          Yeah we’re traitors to the Bankster Class. And it feels damn fine.

          • Mark 12.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, the Bankster Class.. is that the same banksters that now give us:

            Fee free banking, and the ability to do it all from wherever you want, via text, app, internet?
            The lowest mortgage rates for years?
            The highest proportion of female executives and managers in almost any industry in NZ?
            The best working conditions (sick, compassionate etc leave)
            Massive sponsorship of community services?
            Green buildings?

            Yeah, fucking hate them, they make profits.
            Try again CV, hopeless arguments all round.

            • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.1.1.1

              The fee free banking that only came about after it was introduced by our new state bank?
              Lowest mortgage rates pushed by the banks so that they could boost their profit while impoverishing NZ (yeah, that’s where all that overseas borrowing came from).
              That third question doesn’t make sense – you seem to be trying to compare NZ with NZ.
              Working conditions that were put in place by the unions and have been cut over the last 20 years after National destroyed the unions.
              If we didn’t have such dead weight loss of profit the community wouldn’t need sponsorship from the thieves.
              Green Buildings? hahahahaha, the business community is responsible for the leaky buildings, not green buildings. In fact, business has been in the way of green buildings for as long as I can remember. Whinging about it costing too much to build them.

            • mike e 12.1.1.1.1.2

              Yes mark you’ve nearly calmed down enough to have conversation.
              If not for Jim Anderton this nice friendly banking cartel would be gouging even more.
              ie getting bonuses for loading people with debt.Causing the property bubble which has suited them as they can make more money for less work creating poverty and telling national and labour what to do or their finances will disappear.
              The cigarette companies and alcohol and gambling sectors do their community pr spin as well.
              use their huge financial power to create a need that if we don’t play the game to their rules they will take away.

            • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.1.1.3

              Yeah, fucking hate them, they make profits.

              They ship over a billion dollars a year in dead loss profits offshore, made off the backs of you and me, taken out of local communities, for doing nothing that we as a country could not do for ourselves.

              Try again CV, hopeless arguments all round.

              :roll:

        • Draco T Bastard 12.1.1.2

          Got a link to that, or evidence?

          It’s the basic logic of percentage returns. As money accumulates in the hands of the few they buy up more of the communities wealth increasing the speed of accumulation. The end result is inevitable – all the wealth in the hands of a few and everyone else in dire poverty at which point you get either bloody revolution and/or collapse. The only thing that has prevented this from happening before now is the socialist policies that have, to some degree, prevented over accumulation. Of course, those socialist policies were dumped thirty years ago and now we have over accumulation happening and the global economy collapsing.

          The sale of state assets is just another move by the capitalist class to take ownership of the communities wealth.

    • mike e 12.2

      Bitterness Mark I though only the poor were aloud to do that.
      Take some personal responsibility and deal with it,Stop sulking.
      The only reason the jails aren’t overflowing! is because white collar criminal comrades of yours don’t get prosecuted
      like you expect poor people to buy shares they used to own,
      Feed their families when the rent is to high while the National govt subsidizes landlords

      • Mark 12.2.1

        Gotta say mike e, you’re a pretty good example of our useless leftie teachers not doing their job very well, or is that my fault too?
        I’m not bitter about anything, I just expect everyone to do what they can, and not oppress the poor by telling them they have no power to alleviate their situation.

        • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1

          I’m not bitter about anything, I just expect everyone to do what they can, and not oppress the poor by telling them they have no power to alleviate their situation.

          Except that’s what you’re deathly afraid of.

          The poor have every power to alleviate their situation. And we’re going to teach them how.

          • Mark 12.2.1.1.1

            “The poor have every power to alleviate their situation. And we’re going to teach them how”

            Excellent CV, you’ve seen the light.
            How about showing them how they can reduce electricity bills by 10% or more with little effort?
            How about showing them that Weetbix and milk for breakfast costs 60 cents per day per kid?
            How about teaching them that if they spend 1/2 an hour helping with homework their kids have a greater chance of a job in the future?
            How about teaching them about condoms?
            How about telling them that responsible mining will allow them to make some good bucks?
            How about some financial advice?
            How about giving them some direction and hope?
            How about you go to Greece, or Italy, and see how you get on?

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.1.1

              Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

              Hang on for the ride bro.

              • mike e

                Sons of anarchy under Marks model
                CV

              • Mark

                Much as I agree that we could and should be more independent here, especially in energy and food, your great plan didn’t work historically in places like USSR & China, where the population knew they had to provide for themselves, and were used to and good at working hard to do that.
                Here there is no hope.. the left have removed the ability of the poor to look after themselves, the productive will leave, anarchy & starvation will prevail and you will be responsible for destroying a great country.. all in the name of discredited ideology. Luckily the intelligent and the hard working will not allow this to happen.
                Luckily for you and your misguided ilk, we will probably allow your head to remain attached to your shoulders, and will even continue to pay you to breathe & spout dangerous & treasonous crap.. therein lies the difference between the benevolent right and the nasty left.

                • Colonial Viper

                  your great plan didn’t work historically in places like USSR & China,

                  Uh, neither the USSR nor China have ever asked for my input on their political economic planning.

                  Luckily for you and your misguided ilk, we will probably allow your head to remain attached to your shoulders

                  What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                  • Jenny

                    What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                    Colonial Viper</

                    Ah yes CV, the much awaited, and long heralded, Glorious Proletarian Revolution.

                    While you cheer the dictator of Syria attempting to drown a real revolution in blood?

                    Grow up!

                    Unfortunately you won't have time to indulge your childish role playing fantasy of leading the working class to revolution, before the biosphere is removed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Unfortunately you won’t have time to indulge your childish role playing fantasy of leading the working class to revolution, before the biosphere is removed.

                      You haven’t conceptualised the fact that there will be no working class revolution in NZ. There are multiple reasons, but a weakness in numbers, resourcing and organisation, and a lack of political involvement and education, are primary amongst them. Change will have to come in other ways.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Here there is no hope.. the left have removed the ability of the poor to look after themselves,

                  It’s not the left that have done that but the right. Enclosing and privatising the commons removes peoples access to the resources they need to look after themselves making them dependent upon the capitalist class. All the dependency and poverty is a direct result of RW policies and it’s the results that they actually want.

                • mike e

                  mark your model has already been tried
                  Don’t cry for me Argentina its no better than totalitarian communism in fact almost identical.
                  You must be the latest tag team troll on the block.
                  Your behaviour and bitterness blinds you to neo liberal cultism show us some evidence of countries where it is working if you want to change any bodies mind around her you will have to put up better evidence than just couple of redneck jerkisms

              • Jenny

                Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

                Colonial Viper

                This could be problematic CV, as you’re an ignorant misanthropic racist, who wouldn’t recognise a popular revolution if you saw one unfolding.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Just to be sure, are you talking about the Syrian popular revolution, Jenny. The one which is relying on several thousand imported foreign Arab and Islamic fighters?

                  Hey this is an interesting news piece about what is behind the Syrian “popular” uprising that you back:

                  “It’s the Turks who are militarily controlling it. Turkey is the main co-ordinator/facilitator. Think of a triangle, with Turkey at the top and Saudi Arabia and Qatar at the bottom,” said a Doha-based source.

                  “The Americans are very hands-off on this. U.S. intel(ligence) are working through middlemen. Middlemen are controlling access to weapons and routes.”

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/27/us-syria-crisis-centre-idUSBRE86Q0JM20120727

                  Shit Jenny, are you sure you’re not the pro-war activist “who wouldn’t recognise a popular revolution if you saw one unfolding.”

                  • mike e

                    I don’t want to be russin to anybodies defence but but I think a few oligarchs are making plenty out of this conflict.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      War has always been a profitable exercise for a few.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You guys are going to get me into trouble with Jenny. To be clear, this is not a war, or even a conflict, it is a “popular uprising” by “freedom fighters” and not associated in any way with money, resources or wider geopolitical interests.

                  • Jenny

                    So what of all your big talk of leading the people to take possession of this country, and tumbrils, earlier in this thread?

                    Hey Mark, we’re gonna be teaching the next generation how to take possession of this country and its wealth as its guardians and as its stewards.

                    Hang on for the ride bro.

                    And:

                    What is that sound coming from along the stony road? For that is the sound of tumbrils clattering, the sight of once fine rags, and the dusty cries of shattered dreams.

                    What, now you are discounting this talk?

                    ….there will be no working class revolution in NZ. There are multiple reasons, but a weakness in numbers, resourcing and organisation, and a lack of political involvement and education, are primary amongst them. Change will have to come in other ways.

                    Then I am not far off the mark in suggesting that you are just just childishly indulging in vainglorious fantasy. As far removed from the real world as your usually vapid utterances on Syria, or on Climate Change. And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                    As to who is “the pro-war activist”?

                    Over several threads and several days I have asked you numerous times whether or not you support Assad’s threatened use of gas weapons against the FSA. Every time you have refused to answer the question. Instead ignorantly and racistly tried to discredit the Syrian Revolution as a Euro-driven foreign plot, the Arab people in your opinion being too dumb and cowardly to overthrow the mostly Western backed dictators oppressing them on their own initiative.

                    So I will ask you again. And let the readers decide who is the war monger and racist.

                    CV do you, or do you not, support the use of deadly gas against the FSA?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      CV do you, or do you not, support the use of deadly gas against the FSA?

                      To be clear, does what you call the “FSA” include the thousands, perhaps up to 20,000, foreign fighters who have invaded Syria, and who are funded and armed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey? All of whom have strong military and financial ties to the USA?

                      Then I am not far off the mark in suggesting that you are just just childishly indulging in vainglorious fantasy. As far removed from the real world as your usually vapid utterances on Syria, or on Climate Change. And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                      Vainglorious, that is an awesome word. I’m going to store that one up for later use, thanks. Doesn’t change the fact that you are wrong on climate change, and that energy depletion is the number one threat to our civilisation.

                      And who is this “we’ you’re are talking about? Another fantasy of yours?

                      I work with a great team of people, politically. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

            • mike e 12.2.1.1.1.2

              Slow down Mark you’ll have a stroke with all that pent up bitterness.
              I study economics as a hobby .
              One of the main reasons NZ has done so well in recessions is the economy is kept afloat is more rich people are made to pay their fair share of Tax.
              And our Welfare system keeps the Economy afloat during recessions look at Argentina 97-98 when following ACT policy their economy collapsed.
              Italy is run on corruption especially at the highest level where the rich pay bugger all tax so allow the tax responsible Germany to bail out Italian and Greek billionaires!
              And as CV pointed out we have bailed them out to the tune of $320 million already and we are on the line for $4.1 billion.
              The Greeks and Italians like us are amongst the hardest workers in the world.

          • Jenny 12.2.1.1.2

            The poor have every power to alleviate their situation.

            Colonial Viper

            Except in Syria of course, eh CV.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.1.2.1

              I have a comment in moderation replying to your 9:48pm, which will appear in due course.

              • Jenny

                If it is your usual misanthropic rant against people you term “middle class”. Or your racist dismissal of the Arab Spring. Or your usual brilliant apologist arguments for continuing with climate change. We may be waiting some time.

        • mike e 12.2.1.2

          So what are the teachers suppose to use their own money to feed the children like many do.
          I know of schools that feed their children breakfast and lunch.The results are quiet dramatic.
          For $360 million per year we could get rid of child poverty a $ 6 billion a year drag on the economy.
          An organization I belong to is trying to get cloths shoes and food to every under privileged child in the country.
          We will never be able to do what the govt can but we are not trying to blame teachers(NZ 4th in the world in education only 1 in 7 Children failing not 1 in 4 like Shonkey pairanah say.)
          What are you doing complaining thats big of you.
          Our family pays huge taxes I don’t complain its the price of living in a democracy’
          I’ve been self employed most of my life and its not easy at times. But when I found a more profitable business it made it a lot easier.
          Now I’m back to being an employee its a little easier but not a lot because I take responsibility seriously.
          Just like I want to make NZ a better place for all not just a few.
          Is that your example Mark.

          • Mark 12.2.1.2.1

            “So what are the teachers suppose to use their own money to feed the children like many do.
            I know of schools that feed their children breakfast and lunch.The results are quiet dramatic”

            so let’s analyse some real situations, of real people, and look at their budgets.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.2.1.1

              You’re not interested in people Mark, you’re interested in maintaining control.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Energy depletion is a far more serious threat to our civilisation than climate change. More severe, sooner, with only a few years to prepare now.

                  • Jenny

                    Energy depletion is a far more serious threat to our civilisation than climate change. More severe, sooner, with only a few years to prepare now.

                    Colonial Viper

                    This is an absolutely absurd rejection of reality.

                    “….. the extraction practice involves dirty and very expensive technology, and even if the fall off in such fields tends to be steep, the size of the North America fields alone seems likely to be a game changer for the next couple of decades, at least. And these happen to be the crucial decades, if runaway climate change isn’t to become a reality.”

                    Has the idea of Peak Oil… Peaked? And if so, does the planet stand a chance?

                    Gordon Campbell

                    http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/06/has-the-peak-oil-idea-peaked/

                    CV, with your support for facism in Syria and your support for continued climate change, condemning future humanity to a ravished earth. Whether you realise it or not you have seriously damaged your brand, and it will be hard to take you seriously on any other topic.

                    You say you have a great team around you, I’ll take your word for that. But do any of them know what you say as an anonymous blogger?

                    If they did, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not looking a bit sideways at you at the moment.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You keep chasing your climate change objectives Jenny.

                      Just know that economic collapse facilitated by energy depletion and peak debt is going to do all the hard lifting for you.

                      Just one example: in the USA the number of passenger vehicles per driver has been falling for years. Peak new car sales in the USA was in 2000, with over 17M new cars sold. They have never exceeded that number since. In fact, this year, new car sales will come in at least 3M less, due to the economic decline.

                      You say you have a great team around you, I’ll take your word for that. But do any of them know what you say as an anonymous blogger?

                      If they did, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not looking a bit sideways at you at the moment.

                      Of course they know, since “Colonial Viper” is not a pseudonym, its my real name. :twisted:

          • Mark 12.2.1.2.2

            “I’ve been self employed most of my life and its not easy at times. But when I found a more profitable business it made it a lot easier.
            Now I’m back to being an employee its a little easier but not a lot because I take responsibility seriously.”

            Oh, self employed, not easy?.. I thought being self employed was just being a capitalist scum.. learnt that here.
            Employee.. a little easier, take responsibility.. I agree, I have been employee, employer, contractor.. you get out what you put in.

            • Colonial Viper 12.2.1.2.2.1

              Don’t forget the corporate ticket clipping and rentier extraction that SME owners have to suffer at every step.

              And as communities get poorer, so do your customers. And that is the biggest impact on the bottom line.

              • mike e

                +1

                • mike e

                  HSBC in yet another banking scandal looks like borrowing bills English is going to have to borrow more money off another bank to bail out the other bank

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Notice how repeated banking and finance scandals each concerning hundreds of millions or many billions of USD suggest that financial fraud in the industry is not just incidental, it is a way of life.

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Fraud in banking has been a way of life for centuries. Adam Smith remarked upon it and I really haven’t seen any evidence to suggest things have changed.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah can’t really dispute that. Issuing more certificates for gold than actual gold in the vault an example dating back a few hundred years.

  13. jellytussle 13

    So I watched the clips of the great Chch plan on 3 news and inside all I could see were loads and loads of balding heads…..virtually no women at all. When the cameras went outside to the protesters suddenly there were lots of women commenting. It was a shame that Campbell didn’t pick up on it. The old boys network is well and truly alive.

    • Carol 13.1

      Yes, jt. I have been thinking the name for Gerry’s plan of Christchurch should be Boystown. Rugby stadium etc. Little for families and children in the planned spaces, and all that glass seems functional, but not designed for it’s sense of community, spiritual well-being and humanity.

  14. My wife has been telling me this for 58 years ,So perhaps the reason she has been at my side for so long is proof that she is prettt smart,. Lookng over my shoulder she has just said its because she loves me , so perhaps smart women also love.

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    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
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  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
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  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
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  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
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  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
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  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
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  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
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  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
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  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
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  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
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  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
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  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
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  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
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  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
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  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
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  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
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  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
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  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
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  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
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  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
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  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
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  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
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  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
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  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
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  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
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  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
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  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
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  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
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  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
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  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
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  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
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  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
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  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
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  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
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  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
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  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
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  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
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  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
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  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
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  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
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  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
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  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
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  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
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  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
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  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
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  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
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  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
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  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
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  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
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  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
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  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
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  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
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  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
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  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
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  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
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  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
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  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
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  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
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  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
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  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
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  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
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  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
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  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
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  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
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  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
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  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
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  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
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  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
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  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
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  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
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