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It wasn’t a dirty pipe

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, August 15th, 2013 - 205 comments
Categories: Conservation, disaster, economy, farming, food, water - Tags: , ,

It wasn’t a dirty pipe. That is the claim made by veterinarian and farm performance consultant Frank Rowson, as reported by Stuff yesterday:

Vet links botulism to farms not pipes

A veterinarian and farm consultant doubts the recent Fonterra botulism scare was caused by a dirty pipe, and says he is sitting on material that will embarrass the dairy giant further.

This is very bad news indeed. But this material must be made public. We can’t fix the problem until we are honest about what it is.

Matamata veterinarian and farm performance consultant Frank Rowson says Fonterra should be tracing the source of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium back to farms or their own water supply.

He doubts Clostridium botulinum was caused by an old pipe at Fonterra’s Hautapu plant and said it had to get in there in the first place. …

Rowson said: “This disease originates in contaminated feed and animal manure, and research all over the world of which I am part, shows that GM feeds and the use of increased amounts of glyphosate herbicides increases the prevalence of this disease in pigs, poultry and dairy cattle, and the neuro toxin that causes the disease will pass through the food chain into milk.” …

“The dirty pipe would be contaminated by product from cows or water supply and the organism would multiply in the dirt in the pipe. Therefore they should be tracing back to farms or their own water supply.

“The most likely source is on farm in silage or grains/soy in mixed rations, all of which have glyphosate which stimulates growth of Clostridia and other pathogenic bacteria and fungi.

“That’s what gets into the pipes, otherwise, I hope it is not in their water.”

It’s understood the whey was never tested for glyphosate because Fonterra believed it is not related to the current quality issue.

This is a major threat to the biggest earner in our economy. We need to be honest about the problem and fix it. Otherwise the next scare – and there will be a next scare – will be devastating. Our farming methods must be safe and sustainable, and the government needs to act to make it so.

In other news this morning, this opinion piece in Stuff:

A good time to ditch NZ’s tainted brand

The first rule of advertising should be: Never say anything you can’t justify. Our nation’s brand is 100% Pure, a claim we can’t justify. …

I think we should ditch it, give it up as a tainted brand and come up with a new one.


205 comments on “It wasn’t a dirty pipe”

  1. BM 1

    This guy

    He’s a Greenie by the looks of that website and we all know that the Greens want to destroy our dairy industry.

    Hopefully the press are responsible and give him no more air time.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1

      A vet who wants to destroy his own customers?

      I think it more likely that your prejudice and conceit have led you astray.


      • BM 1.1.1

        Then what’s he trying to achieve then?

        The Greens have been trying to spin this Fonterra incident as being an environmental issue but it’s not it’s just negligence on behalf of a few Fonterra workers.

        Then out of no where comes this guy Frank Rowson who happens to be a member of a group of green scientists who’s goal it is to promote organic farming within NZ.

        The dairy industry in it’s current form is the epitome of evil in the eyes of greenies.

        The greens want to destroy our dairy industry, if you “sacrifice” yourself for the greater green good, so be it, it’s what any true green would do.

        • mickysavage

          Why blame the workers? Is this a right wing meme where employees are made to be responsible for everything bad that happens?

          What I can’t understand is how nothing happened after it was discovered. This points to major management failures.

          • BM

            Ok workers and management.

            The “workers” didn’t do their job properly and I assume the management tried to cover it up.

            If that’s the case both are to blame

            • mickysavage

              So your average factory worker has the ability to detect microscopic life through metal pipes and work out what they are? Do they use X ray vision to see through the pipes? Are you being serious?

              • infused

                Originally they said the pipes were not cleaned to schedule. So what are you even saying?

            • Tracey

              Are you saying managers aren’t workers?

            • Te Reo Putake

              Fonterra have already cleared the waged workers in the factory of direct responsibility and indicated that they believe it be a systems failure of some sort. They specifically said that the handling of the product was in accordance with their own procedures so no fault was being attributed to the waged workforce. That doesn’t preclude managerial failures though, particularly the poor response once it was known that there was contamination.

              • Lan

                Excellent cartoon in p17 The Listener (Slane.co.nz) with PM saying “Look at the dirty pipe over there” pointing in opposite direction perhaps towards Fonterra building, as cow in foreground drinks from dirty stream being filled with various “dirty pipes” (and sign “Warning! Water unsafe for bathing”). Well done to The Listener and cartoonist Slane.co.nz!

        • Lanthanide

          “Then what’s he trying to achieve then?”

          I should think that was pretty bloody obvious.

          • BM

            Yep, promote a green agenda at the expense of of our large export earner.

            I have no idea why trade unionist Labour wants to partner with these zealots, all green policies destroy jobs especially heavily unionized ones, putting their members out of work.

            Talk about cutting your own throat.

            • weka

              “Yep, promote a green agenda at the expense of of our large export earner.”

              As opposed to you promoting industry that shits in its own nest and eventually dies of its self-made pollution?

              I have no idea why trade unionist Labour wants to partner with these zealots, all green policies destroy jobs especially heavily unionized ones, putting their members out of work.

              lol, you need to find better lies BM. We know you have no idea, but that’s just because you are stupid. Or maybe it’s because your environmental bigotry really does prevent you from understanding that we are all dependent on the physical environment and that the physical environment has natural limits.

            • Tiger Mountain

              I call bullshit on you BM, or more correctly a shower of cowshit because that is what the major export earner and our environment is going down in.

              Time to diversify NZs economy. Green is the future if we are to have one at all. I have never been into milk and would not drink it if paid, herbicided grass mixed up with cows digestive juices in multiple stomachs, no thank you. And lay off the unionised workers, the modern dairy industry would have not made it this far without the influence of the Dairy Workers Union Te Runanga Wai U.

            • Colonial Viper

              Yep, promote a green agenda at the expense of of our large export earner.

              Uh, you do realise that a “green agenda” would boost the attractiveness and value of our dairy exports?

              • BM

                You don’t burn your existing industries to the ground.

                If the Greens we’re interested in making NZ more “green” they’d be out there working with farmers, promoting green farmer friendly initiatives, maybe offering some sort of transition to organics or partial organics subsidy as a vote grabber.
                (if they do they’re certainly not promoting it very well)

                But they’re not, all they’re doing is pointing a finger and saying “if we ever get into a position of power we will destroy you, but in he mean time we’ll just try to undermine and weaken you”.

                Work with our industries we need them for our country to survive don’t destroy them because of some ” the world’s going to end peak oil mindset”, no one can predict the future, work in the present.

                Sad thing for me, is that the true greenie hippie type were very practical people and probably could offer a lot to the NZ farming community. but I get the feeling Russel the Ocker communist and the rest of the red faction doesn’t really let them have too much of a say.

                • Tracey

                  “Sad thing for me, is that the true greenie hippie type were very practical people and probably could offer a lot to the NZ farming community”

                  Does your head ever hurt from knowing so much about every type of group and person in NZ?

                  • BM

                    Just going on what I read in Mother earth news and other magazines on alternative horticultural practices, some of the ideas were brilliant and the people very clever.

                    Haven’t read any for quite a while though.

                • weka

                  If the Greens we’re interested in making NZ more “green” they’d be out there working with farmers, promoting green farmer friendly initiatives, maybe offering some sort of transition to organics or partial organics subsidy as a vote grabber.
                  (if they do they’re certainly not promoting it very well)

                  But they’re not, all they’re doing is pointing a finger and saying “if we ever get into a position of power we will destroy you, but in he mean time we’ll just try to undermine and weaken you”.

                  Sorry for the long cut and paste, but am sick of BM’s anti-GP astroturfing.

                  Green Party policy

                  Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Summary

                  The New Zealand economy is largely sustained by our agricultural exports, so our economy depends on the environment. Our Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy is about future-proofing our economy by protecting our environment.

                  The Green Party would prepare for the future by reducing our agricultural dependency on oil, agri-chemicals, and imported feedstock. We would also protect our soils and our water quality.

                  Despite our reliance on rural people and activity in our economy, our rural communities often get the short end of the stick. The Green Party would ensure that rural communities get the infrastructure and services they need (like health, education, broadband, public transport) that they are entitled to as New Zealand citizens.

                  New Zealand has a clean, green image; our Agricultural and Rural Affairs Policy would keep it real.

                  Key Principles

                  All rural production land must be managed in ecologically sustainable ways
                  Rural communities should be able to provide for the economic, educational, health and social needs of their residents.
                  The New Zealand environment must be kept GE free.
                  New Zealand must live up to its reputation as “Clean and Green” and an exporter of high quality products to maintain its export reputation

                  Specific Policy Points

                  Ensuring a fairer approach to trade

                  Strongly support mandatory country of origin labelling for all single-ingredient imported agricultural products
                  Address “food miles” by supporting farmers to reduce emissions during production and by educating overseas consumers to shift the debate from ‘food miles’ to ‘ecological footprints’

                  Reducing dependency on oil, agrichemicals and imported grains

                  Support the development of economically and ecologically viable biofuel production, especially from waste products
                  Fund more research, education and support in transition away from industrialised, fossil fuel supported agriculture.
                  Increase New Zealand’s self-sufficiency in basic foodstuffs, especially grains

                  Growing the organic sector

                  Promote the target of half of New Zealand’s production becoming certified organic by 2020.
                  Short-term loans and guarantees to producers making the switch to organics.
                  Redirect funding for research into the development of organic systems, design and practice.
                  Promote and encourage the establishment of educational opportunities in organic production.

                  Further moves towards Sustainability on Rural Land

                  Limit urban sprawl to prevent loss of prime agricultural land
                  Promote and encourage diverse farm forestry and woodlots on agricultural land
                  Investigate the benefits of an agrichar/biochar industry.
                  Encourage licensed cultivation of industrial hemp in economically depressed rural areas.

                  Reducing the use of toxic chemicals and managing chemical trespass and spray drift

                  Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farming

                  Promote organic agriculture to increase carbon sequestration, nutrient buffering, and healthy animal gut condition.
                  Place the liability for any increased emissions over 1990 levels from the dairying and deer farming sectors with the large processing companies rather than with individual farmers.
                  Support ways of reducing methane and nitrous oxide production per hectare and per animal

                  Reducing GE and Biosecurity threats to agriculture

                  Keep genetic research organisms completely contained in a secure indoor laboratory,
                  Prohibit genetically modified and transgenic organisms that are intended for release into the environment or food chain.
                  Maintaining “zero” tolerance for all live GE derived imports.
                  Develop a Biosecurity Strategy based on a precautionary approach.

                  Strengthening Rural Communities

                  Ensure the sustainability of rural communities by:
                  Developing essential infrastructure
                  Ensuring access to basic services
                  Encouraging people to move to rural areas to work in activities that contribute to sustainable land use
                  Encouraging the development of sustainable co-operative ventures run by local producers
                  Restrict the sale of rural property to New Zealand citizens and residents

                  Promoting Rural – Urban Linkages and managing public access

                  Foster consumer supported agriculture and direct marketing of produce to local consumers
                  Support the teaching of food production, nutrition, and basic cooking and gardening skills
                  Develop a code of conduct for public use of access ways that incorporates respect and sensitivity to farmers
                  Negotiate with hapu to ensure that the approach to access issues, waahi tapu protection and resource management issues recognize Te Tiriti


                  Full policy details https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/agriculture-and-rural-affairs-policy-towards-sustainability

                  Specifically, in response to BM’s lies about what the GP actually does,

                  BM’s lies:

                  If the Greens we’re interested in making NZ more “green” they’d be out there working with farmers, promoting green farmer friendly initiatives, maybe offering some sort of transition to organics or partial organics subsidy as a vote grabber.

                  GP policy:

                  3. Growing the organic sector

                  Organic production sets the standard for sustainable land management but has received only sporadic and insufficient support for development. The Green Party views Organics as a model that can be used to guide the rest of the primary production sector in developing environmentally sustainable systems and enable Aotearoa / New Zealand to capitalise on its ‘clean green’ image. Certified organics is based on ecological sustainability and encompasses full systems and ethical trading approaches that include; biodiversity considerations, ecosystem connectedness, production inputs and sources, manufacture techniques, labour, land and water care and use, packaging, transport and trade.To realise our vision of an increasing proportion of New Zealand’s primary production being organic, the Green Party will:

                  Promote the target of half of New Zealand’s production becoming certified organic by 2025, with the remainder in the process of conversion, with a goal of 15% of farms certified organic or in conversion by 2020. As first steps towards this target, the Green Party will encourage development of minimum sustainability standards for all sectors, and the strengthening of existing ones, such as the already established industry standards, Kiwi Green and Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand.

                  Reintroduce funding assistance for the operation of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ), the umbrella organisation for the Organics sector, until the sector has the capacity for sufficient commodity levies or other self-funding mechanisms.

                  Encourage the development of the Organic FarmNZ small organic growers certification scheme until its membership level is self-supporting.

                  Increase current funding for organic advisory services, including support for mentoring between experienced and novice organic producers, and on farm consultation at all levels

                  Support removing the economic barriers that prevent people converting to organic management of their land (eg. supporting payment of price premiums or suspensory loans during transition to full organic certification)

                  Redirect funding for agricultural research into the development of organic system design and practice

                  Encourage development of broad educational opportunities in organic production from school and community education through to apprenticeships and post graduate tertiary levels

                  Promote and encourage the establishment of organic horticulture/agriculture courses at tertiary institutions, especially in rural areas

                  Set the New Zealand Organic Standard as the minimum standard for domestic organic production, with an organic consumer and sector selected New Zealand Organic Standards maintenance and review panel.

                  Promote consumer awareness of the different standards of organic production that exist and require clear labelling of certified organic products.

                  Encourage the development of the Maori organic sector through organisations such as Te Waka Kai Ora.

                  Assist implementation of a Maori indigenous organic certification scheme.

                  4. Other steps Towards Sustainability on Rural Land

                  Agriculture, horticulture and forestry account for significant export earnings so our economic well-being is highly dependent on the primary sector.Recent comprehensive reports demonstrate that rural land use is increasingly unsustainable, causing unacceptable damage to both the productive base and the associated natural environment, through soil erosion and loss of water quality and/or water quantity. This in turn compromises our ability to market our produce as ‘clean and green’ overseas.Primary production can work with nature to protect soil and water resources and to support the other values associated with rural land. A stronger stewardship ethos urgently needs to be developed and the responsibility for implementing this ethos must be shared by all New Zealanders. The Government needs to show leadership in this area by ensuring that Landcorp, DOC, and other state owned departments and enterprises lead the way in demonstrating sustainable farming techniques.To help achieve our vision, the Green Party will develop a strategy for environmentaly and ecologically sustainable rural land use that includes:

                  A) Promoting Sustainable use of Rural Land

                  Requiring Landcorp to implement and model sustainable farming techniques such as organic production, retiring riparian areas and areas of high erosion, conserving biodiversity, reducing synthetic fertiliser use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

                  Increasing the Sustainable Farming Fund and ensuring it is used only to research sustainable farming techniques and/or support conversion to sustainable land uses.

                  Supporting training for careers in areas needed to aid the shift to a sustainable rural economy

                  Limiting urban sprawl to prevent loss of prime agricultural land to housing, lifestyle blocks and commercial developments. (see our Housing Policy for further detail)

                  Enhancing the role of regional councils in supporting sustainable land use including facilitating compliance with new sustainability regulations. This will include providing a role for regional councils in advising local farmers on cost-effective options for alternative land use.

                  Extending the development and implementation of sustainable land and water management plans at catchment and farm levels (eg. nutrient budgets, stocking rate limits, riparian plantings, water extraction limits, diversification of land use).

                  Providing incentives to match land use to land use capability, (eg. to encourage erosion prone hill country to be planted in suitable indigenous or exotic forest species for sustainable timber production, soil conservation, permanent carbon sinks, and biodiversity enhancement).

                  Providing incentives to use sustainable production practices and disincentives for unsustainable practices, although educational support is seen as preferable to penalties.

                  Providing incentives for maintaining or enhancing the environment, such as improving water quality by riparian plantings or by preventing soil erosion and nutrient run-off.

                  Funding the re-establishment and maintenance of wetlands, lowland forests and green corridors that enhance biodiversity.

                  Supporting an increase in the diversity of tree species grown for timber, especially encouraging those that provide high value timber and those that do not need to be treated chemically (eg. macrocarpa, cedar, totara, durable eucalyptus. See our Forestry Policy for more detail)

                  Promoting and encouraging farm forestry and woodlots on agricultural land (see our Forestry Policy)

                  Investigate the benefits and appropriateness of establishing of a agrichar/biochar industry for carbon sequestration, soil fertility and biofuel purposes.

                  Encourage licensed cultivation of industrial hemp where practical and desired by local communities. This may be particularly beneficial in economically-depressed rural areas of New Zealand which are financially dependent on income from cannabis cultivation.

                  B) Protecting rural water quality and supply

                  The Green Party is committed to a sustainable and high quality water supply. In order to ensure that water supply and quality is adequately protected the Green Party will:

                  Ensure that land use must consider water conservation through sustainable management practices.

                  Address the impacts of rural land use on water quality (See our Water Policy for more detail).

                  Make it a requirement to have a resource consent to convert land to ruminants or to intensify stocking rates. (See our Water Policy for more detail).

                  C) Reducing the use of toxic chemicals and managing chemical trespass and spray drift

                  To encourage agriculture to avoid using toxic chemicals and adopt natural non-harmful methods wherever possible and to generally improve management of toxic chemicals in agriculture, the Green Party will:

                  Develop and implement a pesticide reduction strategy to reduce pesticide use by 50% within five years, with annual monitoring and reports on progress, and with the emphasis on safer alternatives.

                  Rapidly phase out chemicals of concern where safer practicable alternatives exist.

                  Ensure that those who use, require or permit toxic substances to be used, are financially liabile for adverse effects that reasonably could have been avoided, such as caused by pesticide spray drift/chemical trespass.

                  Pass legislation to make agrichemical trespass across boundaries without consent of landowners illegal.

                  Implement rules for notifying neighbours when agrichemicals able to be dispersed through the air will be used.

                  Protect people and properties from aerial spray drift by strengthening rules around aerial spraying including:

                  Establishing a register of chemicals (e.g. 2-4-D) that are not permitted for aerial spraying to take effect immediately

                  Making aerial spraying a non-complying activity in district and regional plans. (To ensure that an application has to be made for permission to use aerial spraying methods)

                  Only permitting aerial spraying when it is the safest, least toxic, effective, feasible method of achieving the desired outcome

                  Ensuring that there is appropriate public input into the decision to allow aerial spraying.

                  Requiring a plan to mitigate aerial spray drift or contamination of waterways

                  Ensuring that there is agreement from people whose homes and living spaces are being sprayed

                  Ensuring that full information on any spraying programmes are available to the public (See our Toxics Policy for more detail)

                  • BM

                    Thank you for that.

                    I was going to alter some of my post, but OAK replied to it and I lost the ability to edit it.

                    Thing is with the greens all I see is moaning and finger pointing and accusations it’s good to read that they actually have some sort of plan in place.

                    More promotion of the positive stuff would do the green party wonders.

                    • weka

                      “Thing is with the greens all I see is moaning and finger pointing and accusations it’s good to read that they actually have some sort of plan in place.”

                      I think that’s more about your own prejudices clouding perception. Where are you getting information from? The MSM? Want to ask them about what they choose to print and why? Why not just go read the GP website?

                    • bad12

                      Nah what you see is what you want to see from your preconceived notions of the Green Party,

                      Try pulling your head out of your A/hole for once and do some basic research befor you sprout your usual utter BS…

                  • Chooky

                    +1 Weka …thanks…increasingly people will be voting Green !

                • bad12

                  BM, do you possess a body of knowledge, other than you thunk it therefor it is, that shows that the Green Party or Russell Norman are out to destroy the New Zealand dairy industry,

                  Provide us some links to prove your point or shut the f**k up with your unfounded bullshit…

                  • weka


                    Am more and more convinced BM is a paid shill.

                  • felix

                    “…the Green Party or Russell Norman are out to destroy the New Zealand dairy industry”

                    BM (and National, and Fed. Farmers, and Fonterra etc etc) think that:

                    “Let’s not allow rapid unchecked unregulated unsustainable expansion of the dairy industry”

                    is the same thing as:

                    “Destroy the dairy industry”

                    and on that basis none of them have any serious interest in the discussion.

                • Macro

                  Gezz you talk a lot of cow shit!!

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                100% pure bullshit from BM this morning. Nothing new then.

              • Chooky

                +1 CV

            • Greywarbler

              I wonder do you live in the West Coast? Those terrible greens are like broocoli – really good for you and valuable to have on a healthy person’s menu. Your ideas sound very unhealthy for you and the country you blog in – NZ. Perhaps you live elsewhere and don’t give a stuff about NZ now and in the future.

        • Tracey

          “Then what’s he trying to achieve then?”

          Er, the truth?

        • Foreign Waka

          Why is it so inconceivable hat the first rule of any corporate “protect, divert and repair” is being employed by Fonterra? What concerns me more is the fact that some farmers, who incidentally are capable of letting a foreign virus loose on an island no less, seem to belief that they not just own the land but every living hing on under and above and yes, beyond it. Based on these attitudes, it would be unsurprising that this contamination originates from a farm with less then desirable standards.
          Council should in fact test all run offs immediately for that bacteria because if it is in the water, the result would be nothing short of a nationwide disaster. The cost should be borne by the industry that caused this in the first place. Just that there is no mistake, the contamination is not fictitious and and given the retail prices of milk, we expect that these kinds of events are covered through appropriate insurance etc we have paid for through the nose.

      • DavidC 1.1.2

        He is not a vet.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead

          “He is not a vet.”

          Then why does BM’s link say “Frank Rowson is a Veterinarian in a large animal practice in Matamata with 39 years experience in his field.”

          And please don’t expect me to take your word for it. Link or go away.

            • DavidC

              was not a registered veterinarian and was not a member of the NZVA.

              • Chooky

                @ DavidC…..

                Straight Furrow (NZFARMER.CO.NZ)August 13,2013…reports:

                ‘Vet links GE feed,sprays to botulism’

                “In recent months,Dr Rowson has expressed concerns to MPI and FSANZ about the health impacts of glyphosate/GE feeds……..”The effects of glyphosate( combined with GE feeds) is its doing what botulism does…..

                If farmers can accept that this guy is a vet and farm consultant why cant you?

                • Populuxe1

                  Quite obviously because the Vetenary Association doesn’t and one would hope that they know what they were on about. That’s a bit like saying that just because a bunch of fools consider a homeopath to be a “doctor” means that I should too.

                  • Chooky

                    @Populuxe …just to be quarrelsome….some doctors support homeopathy because it works and so do some vets….Homeopathy in medical practices is especially commonplace in Europe where patients are offered both homeopathy and conventional treatments…but I am sure you would not approve…

                    But that is beside the point….obviously if you are right and Rowson is not a vet then ‘Straight Furrow’ has got it wrong……

                    …However Rowson may still have a point…..if you google it …glyphosate does seem to have an association with Clostridium botulinum in the scientific literature ….just one example link:


                    ……as does aspergillus niger ( common soil compost rot)…which can wreck havock in vineyards

                    • DavidC

                      Chooky. I am atending a trial in Wellington in a couple of weeks where a self styled Doctor and homeopath is on the stand for treating a woman with cancer by using herb poultices for two years. The cancer grew thru her scalp into her brain and killed her. I dont think much of homeopaths.

                    • weka

                      Let’s just hope that you have nothing crucial to do with the trial then, as homeopaths don’t use herbs. And what the fuck is a self styled doctor?

                      There is no doubt that there are alternative practitioners practicing unethically. Shall we list all the fucked and unethical things that some doctors have done and then condemn the whole profession?

                    • DavidC

                      weka. Would you have been happy if I had said “plants” instead of “herbs” ?

                      and no I have nothing to do that is crucial.
                      I am just sitting behind the three kids that dont have a Mum anymore.

                    • Chooky

                      @ DavidC on homeopathy

                      …well of course there are nut case ordinary conventional doctors also!…dont you know!?….

                      I am far from being a total advocate of homeopathy…just that it does seem to work in some cases.

                      …just as conventional medicine works in some cases( and goes very badly awry in others and the long term effects can be worse than the original complaint …

                      Obviously the ding bat doctor you refer to got it horribly wrong ……

                    • weka

                      “weka. Would you have been happy if I had said “plants” instead of “herbs” ?”

                      No, not really. If you want to condemn a whole profession the least you could do is educate yourself about what they actually do.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      “It works”.

                      No, it doesn’t. The Placebo Effect is real though.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      “…educate yourself on what they do.”


                      ‘…shaking is important…you have to shake it vigorously … if you just stir it gently, it does not work’.

                      :lol: It would be comedy genius if it weren’t such a gross and unethical fraud on the vulnerable.

              • weka

                “was not a registered veterinarian and was not a member of the NZVA.”

                Would that perhaps be because he is now retired?

                • DavidC

                  so he could be retired vet? or a lapsed vet? but not a vet.

                  • Chooky

                    @ DavidC

                    ….doesnt matter whether he was a retired vet, or lapsed vet ,or not a vet.

                    …seems like he has evidential support for what he is suggesting and his concerns are legitimate….German University Research Vet schools support the link between glyphosate and Clostridium botulism in cattle :


                  • Lan

                    Can still be a veterinary surgeon but not paying money to professional association to be “registered” which he doesn’t need if simply acting as a farm consultant (and probably earning more than in a veterinary practice)!! Just means he can’t advertise as being a practising vet. Doesn’t mean that he is not up to date on what the profession is doing and what the current “literature” is saying..

                  • Foreign Waka

                    two wrongs do not make one right. When will that finally stick?

              • Murray Olsen

                He’s a retired vet, which doesn’t mean he’s forgotten everything he learned. The extra time he has to study and think may even make him more qualified to have an opinion.

          • Chooky

            @ One Anonymous Knucklehead …on your homeopathy red herring(17 August)

            You have been proved wrong about Frank Rowson not being a vet…… HE IS A VET!….and he has legitimate arguments supported by overseas microbial and vet science research


            You are now trying a diversionary tactic by attacking and ridiculing the science for homoeopathy ….Remember the issue is NZ Milk contamination!!!!!!!….

            (However just to defend homeopathy for anyone interested….and show it isn’t completely scientifically ridiculous check this out:


            • Colonial Viper

              (However just to defend homeopathy for anyone interested….and show it isn’t completely scientifically ridiculous check this out:

              IMO you go with what treatment works for you. Fuck some double blind study done on 500 people on the other side of the world who are nothing like you anyways.

              • Chooky

                @ CV …Yeah …and the Queen Mother lived to be an enjoyable 102 with the help a homeopathic doctor….and her Gins!……if was good enough for her!…I wonder whether Knucklehead and his UK Government anti -homeopathic report writers will live as long?

                I dont use it much but I do know it worked with my eight year old ….post surgery on the removal of a gangrenous , leaking appendix ….after several days in hospital on a antibiotic drip he was sent home and lay around listless and ill until homeopathy was delivered by a friend..and the change was almost immediate( no indoctrination on my part)…..It has also worked for me overseas in India and Tibet…with common gut and respiratory ailments ( I did not have to resort to Western medicine, even although I had it in my kit)….so I would recommend people keep an open mind….sure it cant replace surgery and it is not the whole answer to medical problems….but it can work IMO….Why it works is another matter.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  It doesn’t work. Stop bullshitting.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Oh excellent, now you’re going to dictate to people what they find helpful to them and what they do not? Good-oh, you’re going to take responsibility for everyone’s healthcare choices now, I can see this working so very well.

                    Maybe you want to think it through instead of being such a faithful fundamentalist eh?

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      I’m not going to dictate to anyone, but I am going to advocate for evidence based medicine in favour of the high trust model you are promoting.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You’re the one promoting the high trust, high faith model.

                      And no, you can’t dictate to all these patients, because many many have been choosing alternative medicine. And the numbers seems to be increasing not decreasing.

                      So you better do a better job of your “advocating” I reckon.

                    • weka

                      Ah, the evidence based medicine mantra, that bastion of closed-minded dogma.

                      Not sure if I can be bothered getting into it, but suffice to say that (a) homeopathy uses evidence based medicine, and (b) doctors routinely use other than evidence based medicine. I suggest you educate yourself on both those things before making gross generalisations that don’t stand up.

                      This isn’t the article I was looking for, but I do like it.

                      ‘Better than numbers…’ A gentle critique of evidence-based medicine.
                      Little M.

                      Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. milesl@ozemail.com.au

                      Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has achieved cult status in the last 10 years or so. It is an altogether admirable movement in medicine, capable of a great deal of good. Its privileged status, however, has prevented critics from being heard, and there are problems with EBM. Eight features need further discussion if EBM is not to be discredited and superseded. They are its reductionism; its unwitting paternalism; its privileging of restricted kinds of evidence; its dependence on the questionable concept of equipoise; the instability of the ‘truths’ it produces; its capacity to eliminate individuals in favour of categories; its historical arrogance; and its contempt for the wisdom and integrity of our predecessors. Evidence-based medicine is here to stay; for the moment, at least. It is sufficiently well established to withstand critique. It needs criticism if it is to survive and flourish.


                      I also like this –

                      Critique of (im)pure reason: evidence-based medicine and common sense.
                      Michelson J.

                      George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA. msdjdm@gwumc.edu

                      While the goal of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is certainly laudable, it is completely based on the proposition that ‘truth’ can be gleaned exclusively from statistical studies. In many instances, the complexity of human physiology and pathophysiology makes this a reasonable, if not necessary, assumption. However, there are two additional large classes of medical ‘events’ that are not well served by this paradigm: those that are based on physically required causality, and those that are so obvious (to the casual observer) that no self-respecting study will ever be undertaken (let alone published). Frequently, cause-and-effect relationships are so evident that they fall into both categories, and are best dealt with by the judicious use of common sense. Unfortunately, the use of common sense is not encouraged in the EBM literature, as it is felt to be diametrically opposed to the very notion of EBM. As is more fully discussed in the manuscript, this active disregard for common sense leaves us at a great disadvantage in the practical practice of medicine.


                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Whoosh is the sound of the goalposts moving between homeopathy and “alternative medicine”, which could mean anything from Shamanism to Osteopathy.

                      And no-one is suggesting dictation but you, a feeble strawman at best.

                      I doubt you can come up with a decent argument against evidence based policy though, so I guess bullshit red herrings and strawmen are your only hope.

                    • weka

                      “I doubt you can come up with a decent argument against evidence based policy though,”

                      Sorry dude, but you just showed you really don’t understand EBM. There is a lot of discussion in medical circles about the limitations of EBM, including critiques of EBM as the One True Way.

                      See my links above too.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Weka, so EBM “needs criticism if it is to survive and flourish.”

                      Why are you getting so upset about me subjecting snake-oil to the same test? Raise the double standard.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I’ve never had a good experience with homeopathy actually; I tried it once for a health issue which wouldn’t resolve under normal medical treatment and things got MUCH WORSE.

                  I laughed at the time because it demonstrated to me that the homeopathic approach did have real physical effect even if they weren’t the ones promised!

                  So yes, agree with your comments. (Waiting for McFlock or NickS to throw a wobbly now)

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    It’s garbage: evidence-free faith-based drivel, just like neo-liberal market fundamentalism.

                    Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander: if economists should be required to pass reality tests why shouldn’t witch-doctors?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If medical science can give such fucking good and suitable cures to all, people would not need to choose to avoid their GP, pay privately and go elsewhere, would they.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Yes, the way our health system is set up is completely the result of medical science; none of the problems it faces can be laid at the door of faith based policy or anything, no sirree.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      well if you can’t even deliver to people on the promise of this much vaunted medical science in practical, real, terms what the fuck are patients supposed to do? Wait for you to get it all sorted out?

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      What a cop-out. Are you going to take the blame for neo-liberalism because you haven’t managed to “sort it out?

                    • weka

                      I think the point is that people who have been failed by mainstream medicine aren’t all stupid, and they end up willing to pay for private alternative health care because it works

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Or at least, it works for them.

                      Whereas OAK hasn’t figured out that the shit he advocates for might not work for them.

                    • weka

                      “Whereas OAK hasn’t figured out that the shit he advocates for might not work for them.”

                      RCTs show effect for percentage of populations. Doesn’t matter about the individuals that don’t fit into that ;-)

                    • McFlock

                      Still more reliable than rhino horn or prayer.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Really, Weka, is that what your doctor told you, that whole classes of people who don’t fit are ignored by “Western” medicine? Or is that simply the facile smear of a person who just lost a debate?

                      I note that you are desperate to move the goalposts. Homeopathy doesn’t “work” no matter how successful other “alternatives” are.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Anyone invoking the power of intrinsic or “common” knowledge in defence of Homeopathy is being disingenuous.

                      Intrinsic knowledge, herbal medicine for example, has millenia of history and provenance. Hemlock is still poisonous.

                      Homeopathy was invented out of thin air in 1796.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead

              :lol: What been “proved” is that you aren’t paying attention. I suggest you read my comments about whether he’s a vet or not again, but perhaps you should take English comprehension 101 first.

              As for homeopathy fraudulent quack snake oil shaken-not-stirred mumbo-pocus, there is no “science” behind it, and I didn’t bring it up; you made the ignorant assertion that “it works”, not me.

              • Chooky

                @ Yes Knucklehead ….I am sorry!!!!….I threw you in with David C and Populuxe1 ….who not only questioned the credentials of a lovely and truth questing vet ……. but Mr Pop was the first to cast stones and aspersions on homeopathy

                ……..Mt Pop said : ” That’s a bit like saying that just because a bunch of fools consider a homeopath to be a “doctor” means that I should too….”

                ( I didnt bring the subject up!…you should pay attention too!…and BTW…it works in my experience …and that is all the empiricism that counts to me)

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  What works is the placebo effect, not quack remedies.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Well the placebo effect is pretty bloody effective. And cheap. And safe.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      CV, yes it is, but it also provides much cover for the unscrupulous and exploitative to prey on the vulnerable.

                      You don’t like it when Sky City do it. Why should homeopaths get a free ride?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      you go convince the million or so people in NZ who use alternative medicine on a regular or semi regular basis.

                      good luck.

                      Especially since you have fuck all to offer them (which is why they have gone elsewhere to start with).

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Not “alternative medicine”, that is a dishonest misrepresentation of my argument, which is that evidence based policy is a good idea, and further, when snake oil is revealed, whether in economics or “alternative medicine”, it should be called out for what it is.

                      Homeopathy is fraud.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Homeopathy is fraud.

                      Well go get it banned then. Good luck.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      “Western” science. Yeah, because only Westerners are interested in replicable results supported by evidence; the rest of the world’s “science” is completely different to that, eh.

                      Or is the notion that science has “sides” patronising, borderline racist bullshit?

                      Colonial Viper, are you capable of constructing an argument without inventing lies about my position? Take whatever snake oil you prefer, just don’t expect me to respect those who dupe you out of your Father-in-Law’s money while telling cancer sufferers they can be cured with sugar pills.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You still on this ride mate? Relax and take some Rescue Remedy, you’ll feel a whole lot better.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Just catching up with last night’s ineffectual flailing and piss-weak strawmen, CV.

                    • weka

                      It’s a good illustrative story RL. If someone has tried medical treatments and they have failed, and their options are now ongoing side effects from antibiotic use or surgery, but instead they try homeopathy and the problem resolves… the thing that interests me is why the EBM view would see that as wrong. It’s a very dog in the manger approach – your healing doesn’t fit my world view therefore I’m going to undermine it every chance I get. For god’s sake, let healing be healing even when we don’t understand how it works.

                      Interesting point about homeopathy being less effective now. Makes sense. Belief is a big part of healing. This is true with drugs too, which is why the placebo rate of effect is so high in many RCTs.

                  • Chooky

                    @ Knucklehead you are a knucklehead ….I was advised by a Westerner who had lived in India for a number of years not to try Western medicine for gut problems in India ….but to use Indian doctors using Indian medicine and homeopathy.

                    …suggest you leave NZ and travel a bit…..go to India ….and try it out for yourself …there were some very sick Westerners using Western medicine

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      I suggest you stop making an ass knucklehead out of yourself with ridiculous assumptions about my travel history, and further try and understand what I mean when I point out that the Placebo Effect is real.

                      Tell me, when you used “Indian medicine” and homeopathy, how did you measure the effectiveness of the homeopathy against that of the “Indian medicine”?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      LOL the reek of western whitey cultural superiority

                    • RedLogix

                      Given that no-one has the faintest idea how or why the Placebo Effect actually works (ie zero evidence) …. then you seem to be on pretty thin ground invoking it here OAK.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Your projection is showing, Viper. I am a sometime practitioner of at least one “alternative medicine”, but that doesn’t mean homeopathy is real.

                      Have you read the evidence to the Parliamentary select committee I linked above? All the shaking not stirring stuff?

                      Go on, I dare you.

                    • weka

                      “I am a sometime practitioner of at least one “alternative medicine”,”

                      Curious now, which one?

                    • Chooky

                      @ knucklehead …( I am certainly no knucklehead…that is what you call yourself! ….now if you were to call me chooky….or chook head …what could I say? )

                      I wasnt making assumptions about your travel history…however I do think you should be a bit more open minded….and if you traveled with a backpack in India for 3 months you may find yourself using Indian medicine and homeopathy for things like diarrohea…. (I met an Englishman who was very sick with probably omoebic dysentery, he thought …who said he was passing out the lining of his intestine… and a Kiwi companion who ended up in hospital after using Bactrim(? sulphur drug ) and got dehydration from an allergic reaction…..I myself on my homeopathics had no problems…..nor in Tibet , despite my having weak lungs…my homeopathics stopped me from getting the hacking coughs prevalent

                      I have better things to do with my time when I travel than to take geeky scientific measurements and do geeky science experiments…but I do take advice from locals, also from NZers who have lived in India for years….( I know btw that Western generic copy medicine is available cheaply in India without doctor prescriptions…I didnt need to use it)

                      BTW…I believe in the placebo effect…but it doesn’t always apply

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Redlogix that’s simply untrue: there is a body of evidence about the placebo effect, and it’s negative corollary the nocebo effect.

                      You are invoking the “we don’t know everything, therefore we know nothing” fallacy.

                    • weka

                      Nah, he’s invoking the we don’t know everything, therefore we don’t know everything truth.

                    • RedLogix

                      I wasn’t suggesting for a second that there is no evidence that the Placebo Effect does not work. On the contrary … there is absolutely heaps of anecdotal and formal experience from medical practitioners to strongly confirm that is does work.

                      Pretty much the same as for homeopathy.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Chooky I’ll make my point then, which is that your anecdote is no more data than anyone else’s.

                      Incidently, “Western Medicine” is “available” without a prescription at the supermarket, or to anyone with knowledge, experience and a chemistry set for that matter, but I note that the copies you benefited from had to be invented to be copied in the first place.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Redlogix and the evidence associated with Homeopathy demonstrates that it provides no more benefit than a placebo.

                      Frankly I don’t know why I bother. If you think there’s nothing wrong with me making sugar pills, chanting over them, putting them in brown glass jars with plain “medical” looking labels on and flicking them off for eighty bucks a jar then why don’t you say so?

                      Let’s bring Don Brash back while we’re at it.

                    • BM

                      I think what it boils down is that the human body is incredibly complex and no one has any complete idea how it operates.
                      Truth be known the human body could have the ability to self heal its self by creating it’s own “medicines” or repairing any damaged tissue.
                      You may even find modern medicine is more hindrance than help.

                      Facts are we just don’t know, so to scorn and ridicule alternative ideas is the height of arrogance and really runs against what science is all about.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      No. There is a body of evidence in support of many things, like leaky building syndrome for example, but none whatsoever in support of homeopathy.

                      Have you read how you have to shake the mixture (of tap water and nothing else) just so? It’s good for a laugh.

                    • RedLogix

                      Redlogix and the evidence associated with Homeopathy demonstrates that it provides no more benefit than a placebo.

                      Given that most experienced medical practitioners have a pretty healthy respect for the placebo effect then I’m surprised you’re so dismissive of something you claim has a similar or equal effect.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Truth be known the human body could have the ability to self heal its self by creating it’s own “medicines” or repairing any damaged tissue.

                      Indeed. Anyone who has torn, broken, or cut some minor (or major) part of their body has experienced this first hand :)

                      and evidence shows that the human body clears viruses and cancer cells out of itself routinely as just part of its day to day mucking around. So its pretty nice that way :)

                    • weka

                      “There is a body of evidence in support of many things, like leaky building syndrome for example, but none whatsoever in support of homeopathy.”

                      No, what you mean is that modern, western science has no body of evidence within the strict practice of RCTs. Plenty of knowledge and evidence outside of that, both Western and non-Western.

                      You say it doesn’t work. You say it’s just placebo. But placebo works right? Can’t you see the illogic in your argument?

                    • BM

                      Yes, I’ve experienced that stuff myself the first time I fell over and scratched my knee.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      No, what you mean is that modern, western science has no body of evidence within the strict practice of RCTs.

                      Yep. OAK is trying to define what is acceptable, valid knowledge and what is not.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Nope. For my response to this feeble strawman read my comment at 6:43.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Redlogix, where’s the “formal evidence” for Homeopathy?

                      The difference between a Homeopath and the doctors you’re co-opting is that a doctor won’t give you a sugar pill and tell you it cures leukaemia.

                      You spend so much time debunking and deriding economic drivel but when it comes to health care you favour a free-for-all, all opinions are equally valid approach.


                    • RedLogix

                      Redlogix, where’s the “formal evidence” for Homeopathy?

                      Oh fair enough, I was a bit loose around my wording there. What I had in mind would be a ‘formal’ clinical setting, ie the many thousands of practitioners world-wide who treat tens of millions of clients. While I agree that their collective experience is not the same thing as your traditional double-blind clinical trials with control groups and randomized placebos, etc … nonetheless it is a significant body of knowledge that cannot be so airily dismissed.

                      Homeopathy is based on a completely different model to the standard Western one; much like the Chinese medical system, or the Ayurvedic system are based on a completely different set of ideas. While the Western model focused almost exclusively on the physical body, other cultures paid more attention to the so called ‘placebo effect’ … the deeply intertwined influence of the mind upon our health. And of course the mind itself is not a simple thing to be reduced to a single word; it is a deeply complex and barely understood entity itself. Yet any experienced practitioner, from any tradition, will assure you of it’s central importance.

                      Personally I did a fair bit of reading on homeopathy about 30yrs ago. Enough to gain some sense of the underlying ideas. Over the last 20yrs I’ve seen a very experienced homeopath about four times for various matters that I couldn’t resolve otherwise. In each case I had quite remarkable and unexpected results.

                      The first visit was over an infection that had developed on my face after a mole had been removed from the centre of my left cheek. Three months later the wound had not healed at all, the swelling was now about 3cm by 1cm and starting to encroach into the eye socket area. Not pleasant at all. It just laughed at antibiotics and the doctor was talking about a second surgery to drain and excise it, with the probability of plastic remedial surgery afterwards.

                      One visit, one little sugar pill (Sulphur 30c) … and within two days it had completely resolved. All that remains is a small scar. Thank you ‘placebo effect’.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Pull the other one. Unlike Chinese or Ayurvedic healing, Homeopathy has no traditional basis: it was conceived in 1796 on the strength of nothing but a personal hunch that “like cures like”.

                      Why don’t you make them yourself? It’s easy, and you can dispense with all the ingredients except tap water.

                      Shake it baby.

                    • RedLogix

                      I assume you think I’m lying about the incident with the facial mole. For the most part these discussions proceed on a good faith basis; otherwise they completely fall apart with everyone simply accusing everyone else of making shit up. There really is no point in going there OAK unless you can demonstrate that my personal anecdote must be untrue.

                      For instance if I claimed that I was in fact a former Prime Minister of this country it would be fairly easy to prove me wrong. But in this case you really have no choice but to accept that I’m telling you the truth in good faith, or simply withdraw from the conversation.

                      Yes I’m quite aware of how homeopathic remedies are made. IIRC once you get past about 24c there are absolutely no molecules of the original ingredient left. Yet homeopaths routinely use 30c, 100c and 1m potencies. Makes no sense whatsoever from a standard scientific model perspective.

                      Yet I’m old enough to have seen many things that I know science currently has zero explanation for (like for instance the placebo effect) and I’m pretty certain that there is a great deal of new knowledge left for future scientists to discover.

                      Personally while I’ve used homeopathy a few times, it’s not my favourite or even most frequent healing mode. I think it’s very difficult to use well or reliably, and for most people in the modern world who’ve been exposed to all manner of other drugs … it simply doesn’t work all that well. Certainly the practioners claim that the responses these days are nowhere near as plain to see as they were when the pioneers like Hahnemann where first working 200 years ago.

                      And simply buying a remedy off the supermarket or pharmacist shelf and expecting it to work reliably is more hopeful than helpful in most cases.

                    • weka

                      It’s a good illustrative story RL. If someone has tried medical treatments and they have failed, and their options are now ongoing side effects from antibiotic use or surgery, but instead they try homeopathy and the problem resolves… the thing that interests me is why the EBM view would see that as wrong. It’s a very dog in the manger approach – your healing doesn’t fit my world view therefore I’m going to undermine it every chance I get. For god’s sake, let healing be healing even when we don’t understand how it works.

                      Interesting point about homeopathy being less effective now. Makes sense. Belief is a big part of healing. This is true with drugs too, which is why the placebo rate of effect is so high in many RCTs.

                    • weka

                      OAK, I was a bit disappointed this morning in your replies. Mostly they lack substance. You call arguments strawman but don’t demonstrate how; you avoid responding to specific points; and you say things like ‘homeopathy can be made at home’. How is that a criticism? I can go to the supermarket and buy some garlic and treat a bacterial infection at home. Does that mean it is a less valid treatment than if I bought a propriety garlic medicine made in a factory? WTF?

                      Honestly, you have a better intellect than this, up your game mate.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Redlogix, I think your healing story is as explicable by a placebo effect or any number of other factors as it is by the sugar pills you ate.

                      Weka, you’re cherry picking – how does my point about the provenance of most “alternative” therapies (as opposed to the bag of air underlying Homeopathy) lack substance?

                      Does my observation that if ‘EBM “needs criticism if it is to survive and flourish” then the same applies to snake oil lack substance?

                      As for the strawmen, have a look at CV’s drivel-suffused comments, full of assertions about what I think of this and that, but yet still somehow failing to address my arguments.

                      And I think the reason most people don’t make their own Homeopathic remedies is because they’d feel ridiculous and their self-deception would collapse.

                      If it did no harm I wouldn’t bother, but just like the things Don Brash believes, Homeopathy does real harm, hence the court case DavidC will attend.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      PS: RL: the sum of knowledge about the Placebo Effect is zero? Are you sure? Really sure?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey OAK.

                      I have nothing invested in convincing you of anything. I trust people to make the appropriate decisions for themselves. Shame if they no longer bow down to the medical dogma you espouse, but its not the 1950’s any more.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      CV, I espouse no medical dogma: once again you demonstrate your incapacity in the argument addressing department. Much easier to make up something I didn’t say than address what I did say, isn’t it?

                      And it is a shame if people forget the benefits that medicine brings in favour of semi-religious twaddle. And when I say a “shame” I mean the way it’ll result in more infant mortality, for example.

                    • RJL

                      I agree with OAK. Some aspects/versions of alternative medicine have a positive effect in some circumstances. After all, (at least parts of) mainstream medicine have origins in attempts to sytematically study and understand “traditional” treatments and their effect on the body.

                      However, homeopathy is the “medical” equivalent of the “hand of the free market”. Sure, people sometimes get better under homeopathic treatment, but people also sometimes get rich in a “free market economy”. It doesn’t mean that homeopathic treatment is actually effective.

                      Also the placebo effect is very well studied, and there is a lot of understanding of aspects of it, even if its exact mechanism in all circumstances is not known. It is a big deal in mainstream medicine, if for no other reason, than because of its importance in medical trials.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Won’t someone think of all the children!!!

                      Also the placebo effect is very well studied, and there is a lot of understanding of aspects of it, even if its exact mechanism in all circumstances is not known. It is a big deal in mainstream medicine, if for no other reason, than because of its importance in medical trials.,

                      Well studied and well understood are two completely different things, of course.

                      if for no other reason, than because of its importance in medical trials.,

                      Sure, as an annoying artifact to be controlled out.

                    • RJL

                      Well studied and well understood are two completely different things, of course.

                      Of course, which is why I said it was both well studied and that there was a good understanding of parts of it. And just because some parts are not well understand, doesn’t mean that “homeopathy” is the answer to those parts. Just because the correct answer isn’t known to a problem, doesn’t mean that a wrong answer can’t be identified as being wrong.

                      Sure, [the placebo effect is] an annoying artifact to be controlled out [in medical trials].

                      So, you need an understanding of what it is and how it behaves, in order to control it. Also, I am quite sure that figuring out exactly what is going on with the placebo effect, in a particular instance, so that the effect can be enhanced (and the process to do so patented) is a thought that has occurred to medical companies.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      in order to control it.

                      Did you mean to control it in the general English meaning, or from the statistical/research design point of view to control for it?

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      “An annoying artefact to be controlled out”.

                      Back on Earth, doctors and drug companies turn the Placebo Effect to their own advantage as best they can, looking for ways to enhance it (eg: with pill colour and shape etc.), nurturing a “bedside manner”, etc etc.

              • Chooky

                @ Knucklehead …oye!…. wake up you old silly!

                ……Western medicine is based in a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical multinational industry…which rorts everyone silly!…and rorts and skews the ‘science’!

                …..talk about ” fraudulent quack snake oil shaken-not-stirred mumbo-pocus, there is no “science” behind it”!….ONLY MONEY!…. and the snake charmer high priests!

                Give me a witches brew of scepticism ….and down home, anecdotal cures, from friends and ancient wisdom lore any time…particularly when it is free!….the placebo effect works even better

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  Is that what you believe? Really? I think you’re lying: I think that when you come down with anything serious you’ll scamper off to see your GP or local hospital like anyone else would.

                  But I bet you’ll still be a hypocrite about it after they’ve helped you heal.

                  • RedLogix

                    I don’t think it’s hypocritical at all to make use of a range of healing modes. When I had serious appendix infection, it was off to hospital to get it removed. There are many things Western medicine is very good at treating and it would be foolishness to ignore that.

                    At the same time there are plenty of other sorts of ailments it struggles with, and people quite rightly reach out for alternatives.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      It’s hypocritical to deride and deny the efficacy of medicine and then avail yourself of it when convenient, though.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Here’s OAK, presenting the entire industry, politics and practice of “medicine” as a huge monolithic take-it-or-leave-it, or you get labelled as a hypocrite.

                      Clue: You’re not the fucking Vatican. The world has moved on from the days of what your doctor says is gospel to be followed to the letter.

                      And you wonder why more and more people choose alternative approaches.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Here’s CV, a complete failure at arguing his bullshit notions, who thinks ad hominem cuts ice.

                  • Chooky

                    @Knucklehead( you got up early!) …. Nup!….I am open minded…..(unlike you)….if one thing doesn’t work I will try another…I take responsibility for my health…. and at times Western surgery has saved lives in my family…and I am very grateful for it……but I wont take heavy duty Western drugs unless absolutely necessary…and I avoid doctors where possible ( I have managed asthma all my life without drugs)


                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Yes, you are so open minded your brain has fallen out. Suckers like you vote National.

                    • Chooky

                      @ Knucklehead …yes I vote National….smirk

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Why don’t you vote National? You support fraudulent faith-based medicine, why not fraudulent faith based-economic and social policy too?

    • yeshe 1.2

      Bowel Motion .. why, in your blissful morning ignorance, denigrate and decry this report based on what the man’s political beliefs might be?

      The dairy industry will destroy itself quite swiftly if this continues, and major parts of our economy along with it.

      Better to keep your mouth shut and be mistaken for a fool than open it and remove all doubt.

    • vto 1.3

      ” the Greens want to destroy our dairy industry”


      The dairy industry has destroyed our greenery.


    • paul andersen 1.4

      he’s a vet!!!!! and you think(??) that he wants to damage his own business? why dont you tidy your room, or mow your mothers lawns? do something useful for somebody else?

    • Lan 1.5

      Google “botulism” and dirty drinking water and deaths in cattle and horses in Australia. Just another silly “green” liquid thing for the “responsible press” to think about ..and I am just a one time Australian animal production scientist.

    • Murray Olsen 1.6

      You’re not following your idol here, BM. You’re supposed to find another expert who’ll say something else, not just make stuff up. Bad dog!! No bone for you!!

  2. We can’t fix the problem until we are honest about what it is.

    Sure. But it is so much easier to blame a dirty pipe than to look at the reasons for environmental degradation, especially when there is a threat to vested interests.

  3. One Anonymous Knucklehead 3

    “Clostridium botulinum … is commonly found in soil..”


    This being so, the poor state of the pipe can hardly be ruled out as a significant factor.

    • RedLogix 3.1

      Not necessarily. Fonterra has made tens of millions of tons of dairy product with no evidence of this happening before. Maybe the spore is relatively common in the milk feed stock, but it only becomes a problem if the processing CIP (Clean in Place) protocols fail for some reason and the spore has the opportunity to multiply in a ‘dirty pipe’.

      Clearly this needs more research.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1.1

        Agreed, although I think there are certain broad brush conclusions that can be drawn with regard to the “high trust” market forces safety “model”.

        I would say that though wouldn’t I? :)

    • Tracey 3.2

      BUT BM knows everyone knows that definition is not true

    • Greywarbler 3.3

      An interviewee I heard on Radionz I think last week said that the bacteria could be in dry soil which if it became airborne, picked up by wind, could then enter the milk system at some point. So that should be one of the possibilities that Fonterra are aware of. They should have procedures to deal with breaches in quality and control, not go into a tail-spin and retreat to a bunker behind a stainless-steel curtain.

      • bad12 3.3.1

        Yes, i cannot remember the exact date but there was a Professor some-one-or-other on RadioNZ National a while back saying that He did not believe that such a strain of Botulism could have remained present in the pipes,

        If my memory serves me right i think that He indicated that such spores would have had to have been introduced to dry matter to have survived…

        • bad12

          This link makes interesting reading and suggests that Fonterra is simply using the ‘dirty pipe excuse’ for convenience,


          If that don’t work as many of my links don’t, try Googling this below,

          Whey Protein and C. botulinum-experts respond/ Scoop News,…

          • bad12

            One point of interest from the link above is the assertion by one of the professors that milk products are not regularly tested for C.botulinum,

            So perhaps Fonterra has been playing an ongoing game of Russian Roulette with it’s Whey products,

            From other stuff i have read online it appears that canning food products creates a perfect enviroment for C.botulinum which may be dormant in a product to thrive and in the case of baby formula in a nice warm baby bottle such perfect conditions would be enhanced,

            Note to Fonterra, test your curds and whey for C.botulinum…

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Roundup implicated in suppressing good bacteria advantaging Clostridium botulinum

    Thanks Monsanto



    During the last 10-15 years, an increase of Clostridium botulinum associated diseases in cattle has been observed in Germany. The reason for this development is currently unknown. The normal intestinal microflora is a critical factor in preventing intestinal colonisation by C. botulinum as shown in the mouse model of infant botulism. Numerous bacteria in the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) produce bacteriocines directed against C. botulinum and other pathogens: Lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB) such as lactobacilli, lactococci and enterococci, generate bacteriocines that are effective against Clostridium spp. A reduction of LAB in the GIT microbiota by ingestion of strong biocides like glyphosate could be an explanation for the observed increase in levels of C. botulinum associated diseases.

    • weka 4.1

      Lots of other reasons why modern people have altered gut bacteria too :-(

      The longer Roundup is used, the more shit comes out about how many problems it causes. So much for the guillability of Kiwis who believed Monsanto’s Roundup PR campaigns of the past few decades. Monsanto are the new tobacco companies.

      • yeshe 4.1.1

        I think it poses the question of what quantities of GMO’s are in the imported cattle and other ruminant feeds. The posted doc talks about soy .. well, we don’t grow soy, and about 100% of it in the world is GMO, including Australia and certainly China .. so what exactly are our cattle being fed ? That’s where the most glyphosate will come from .. it’s veritably soaked in it as the seeds are genetically modified to resist it.

        And it is so dangerous imho that Fonterra even now is not testing for it. Supposedly then glyphosate residues could be in much of the milk supply, not just the whey powders and the withdrawn labels ?

      • infused 4.1.2

        I don’t think many people believe Monsanto…

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    The investigation has only just begun, given Fonterra’s cone of silence.

    Who, what, where, when, and why have yet to be answered properly yet alone fully.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Which is why Groser has been warning of more potential international bans on NZ dairy products, especially after our cut down diplomatic service wasn’t able to calm foreign nerves. It’s a mess, and it makes us look amateur.

  6. Greywarbler 6

    The first scapegoat falls on his sword. And the possibility of wilful ignorance by Fonterra will only be exposed by a thorough investigation. Not one conducted by Shonkey obviously.

    edit –

    And this must be with judicial control. The price of sacrificing our country’s opportunities for domestic business enterprise to favour the dairy industry, is to have countrywide inspection of how well Fonterra is caring for this cuckoo industry. We want to know how our only big industry is being run, how well are our eggs-in the-one-basket being nurtured?

  7. Herodotus 7

    What confuses me is that if the cause was a dirty pipe and that it takes some time to ascertain the cause of the contamination, why was so little milk product contaminated and for such a short time period, as there is no comments from Fonterra that maintenance on the pipe occurred or that the pipe in question was cleaned. As if the cause was this pipe then production over a greater time period and volume would be contaminated yet it was limited to a few tonnes.
    This possibility gives more credence, as the contaminated milk product was so limited.

  8. RJL 8

    Of course, the Clostridium botulinum came from somewhere else. It was not spontaneously created in the pipe. Only lunatic religious freaks believe in creationism.

    A “dirty” pipe obviously implies “dirt” arriving in the pipe at some point.

    It was clearly a contaminant in the milk or potentially in the water that had been washed through the pipe previously.

    But this should not be a relevation to anybody. Various things contaminating the milk Fonterra receives is a routine occurance. The whole point of Fonterra’s processing system is to (apart from to make money) remove/destroy any contaminants. The integrity of the proccessing system has failed somewhere. Apparently, at a particular pipe for a particular time.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.1

      Technically, if the bacteria had spontaneously emerged in the pipe that would be abiogenesis, not divine interverntion ;)

      • RJL 8.1.1

        Perhaps, but if Fonterra thought they had proof of the formation of Clostridium botulinum via abiogenesis they would have published a paper about it in Nature and would now be waiting around for their Nobel Prize to arrive.

        Or actually, they would have probably studied and patented the process and be busy planning a revolution in human-designed organisms. New Zealand’s economic woes would be over!

    • weka 8.2

      “Of course, the Clostridium botulinum came from somewhere else. It was not spontaneously created in the pipe. Only lunatic religious freaks believe in creationism.”

      Yeah RJL, but don’t let a little thing like logic get in the way.

  9. jps 9

    The way Glyphosate (Roundup) works is by distorting the balance of the soil biology. It doesn’t kill plants directly. The plants are killed by pathogens that are always in the soil, but were kept in check by other microbes until the glyphosate interfered. If you put a plant in a sterile medium, glyphosate won’t kill it because there are no pathogens.

    This is why I think Frank Rowson’s theory should be investigated.

    • weka 9.1

      What do you think the mechanism for the contamination is? Given that in NZ dairy cows are mostly pastured and fed supplemently with palm kernel extract and silage, where do you think the glyphosate is coming into play? And how did the clostridium get into the milk? I think it’s a very interesting theory, but would like to see more specifics on how it might be a factor in this situation.

      • jps 9.1.1

        Good questions and I’m not sure but…

        Conventional advice to farmers is to “spray out” paddocks before sowing maize (for silage), winter or summer crops, or just re-grassing. So kiwi dairy farmers use lots directly (not us though, I’m pleased to say). Also, the main GE innovation to date is roundup-ready varieties of normal plants, which of course get heaps of roundup, and we now import a fair bit of GE stockfood for dairy cows (soy and cottonseed meal for example).

        We also know (from tests on urban-dwelling Europeans) that glyphosate itself survives in the food chain so its almost certainly in the milk. None of that establishes that there must be clostridium in the milk, but it certainly seems worth checking out.

        All very threatening to the standard business models of course, which is why this chap will be getting dumped on from a great height. But its pretty easy to farm without glyphosate, so if this is the problem (or part of it) there is an easy fix.

      • Lan 9.1.2

        Dirty water – “dirty dairying”. Dirty feed from untested places. Dirty outputs. Time to clean up dairy farming practice in New Zealand.

    • insider 9.2

      Utter crap even if stated convincingly. It is applied to and absorbed through the plant surfaces and inhibits an enzyme essential for growth. Spraying it on soil is a waste of time and money.

      Based on your comment, If you think rowsons theory should be investigated that makes it almost certainly complete nonsense.

      • jps 9.2.1

        Read my comment again insider – I said nothing about spraying it on the soil. You spray it on the plant, the plant exudes it into the soil, and the soil pathogens do the rest.

        And if you want more, use google to look up Dr Don Huber’s work. He’s the guy who ran Monsanto’s research at Purdue for decades, and is the source of my information.

        • insider

          And that is even more nonsense. It doesn’t even pass the sniff test. Glyphosate doesn’t affect ‘microbes’ it inhibits chemicals. And plants don’t miraculously exude some miracle substance as a result that allows pathogens to attack. You’re talking nonsense on a homeopathy level.

          • jps

            oh FFS! Plant roots exude all kinds of things (you might like to read up on Mycorrhiza), and when you spray them (the plants remember, not the soil) with glyphosate it changes the things they exude, which changes the soil (because the plant’s roots are in the soil), which kills the plant. Now go away and read the science and stop trying to dismiss comments on such a prejudiced basis.

            • weka


              I can’t remember the exact pathways that roundup uses, but to say that plants don’t exude chemicals from their roots to influence soil microbia just demonstrates that you (insider) have no real understanding of how plants and soil work. Don’t feel too bad though, it’s that lack of understanding that underpins much of industrial agriculture and why we are degrading soil fertility as such an alarming rate.

              • insider

                If I’d said that you might have a point, but I didn’t

                • weka

                  You said it didn’t pass the sniff test. But it does even if jps isn’t 100% correct in the mechanism Did you look up Huber’s work?

    • Populuxe1 9.3

      Glyphosate’s mode of action is to inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. It is absorbed through foliage and translocated to growing points. Because of this mode of action, it is only effective on actively growing plants; it is not effective as a pre-emergence herbicide.

    • Galeandra 9.4

      jps ????

      As a non-scientific user, I’d suggest that Glyphosate kills by blocking the vascular systems of non-woody plants, leading to wilt and death, at least it does that when I use it :(

      It consequently distorts the ecology of the sprayed area by leading to proliferation of re-colonisers and resistant plants, and also by exposing soil to air and light, dehydrating it as well as causing oxidising & leaching out nutrients and , of course, an imbalance tilted towards fungal and microbial decomposers.

      On my (ex-nursery) blocks I have an impressive range of members of the nightshade family, as a consequence of years of inadvertent selection by the previous users of the land.

      From my own observation I’d add that in Taranaki it is common practice to overwinter maize blocks (for silage) with a non-flowering grass which is sprayed with glysophate in the spring then baled as silage when wilting is advanced, usually several days after. The spraying process improves the nutrient density I think by trapping the sugars in the foliage as the failing vascular system can no longer transport them to the root system. Once silage is taken, preparation for resowing of maize begins and everything is usually completed within the week.

      It is as clean an example of the green desert as it is my misfortune to see.

      • jps 9.4.1

        Yeah well I’m no scientist but I read Huber’s stuff and have simply reported what I made of it. Pop-dude above called it bullshit but didn’t challenge the notion that glyphosate changes the soil (via root exudates) which kills the plant (in some way), and that is the main point IMHO.

        That Taranaki practice is extremely scary. I can’t understand how anyone could spray glyphosate on standing grass, and then feed it to cows, and then sell the milk for human consumption. I’d heard of the aussies making hay that way, but did not realise that non-convicts were also guilty of the same crime. That is taking it to a whole new level isn’t it?

        • yeshe

          jps … and Fonterra does not test for it … just what are the levels I wonder ? Is this more of what is to come out ? That they have willingly poisoned us all for years and years ?

          Not just the Taranaki grass .. as we are importing soy and cottonseed as cattle food … it will be the greenery of the soy, not the beans, so again it/they will be drenched in glyphosate and fed to the kindest most generous vegetarian creatures on earth who pass it on to us.

          This stinks. Some humans can be so irresponsible and so stupid.

  10. DavidC 10

    “Claims made by Mr Frank Rowson recently reported in the media about the cause of the contamination are speculation and not helpful in assisting the investigation,” NZVA president Dr Steve Merchant said.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.1

      Merchant is doing PR, but Rowson is right: the botulinum had to come from somewhere. Unless you’re in the abiogenesis camp I suppose.

      • DavidC 10.1.1

        Where one guy is a vet and the other is a ??? Rowson have any qualifications at all?

        • jps

          BVetMed according to the PSGR website, with 39 years experience as a large animal vet. Whereas Steve Merchant is a pet vet!

      • McFlock 10.1.2

        My guess is that any number of different bacteria enter the milk via the teat:tank interface, and possibly the tank:truck interface. Soil, crap and dust all blowing around the area, whatever. e.coli, lysteria, salmonella, and so on.

        The problem was at the factory – as others have pointed out, the factory should be killing the bacteria down to safe levels. The opposite happened and the factory became a breeding ground for it, it was just botulism that drew the lucky straw.

        The roundup argument is at best plausible speculation on a wider issue, at worst it’s just an organic farming consultant looking for free advertising. Either way, the real problem was the systems failure at the factory.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead

          It may be speculation, but it seems very well informed.

          • McFlock

            Still early days yet. And there’s a wide gap between that possible mechanism and it being a contributor to the contamination on a comparable level with (as an example) an unwashed pipe. Heck, a greater contributor could be the drought boosting dust levels at milking time. Latching onto roundup for this particular contamination incident seems to be rather convenient for a consultant on organic farming.

        • weka

          “The problem was at the factory – as others have pointed out, the factory should be killing the bacteria down to safe levels. The opposite happened and the factory became a breeding ground for it, it was just botulism that drew the lucky straw.”

          No, it wasn’t botulism (botulism is an illness). It was Clostridium bacteria or spores (can’t remember which), and apparently it’s not normal to test milk for C (which begs the question of why it’s not. I assume that’s because it is very rare to find it in the food chain in NZ). I agree that the factory is responsible for killing any bacteria, whatever route they come in on, but I’m not sure that Clostridium spores are killed by pasteurisation, which is what they are using to kill the main pathogenic bacteria in raw milk. If C is rare in that setting, and they don’t test for it, then their protocols probably don’t include killing it.

          Lots of speculation there, and again we are discussing things without the relevant information.

          • McFlock

            Fair call on microbe:disease distinction.

          • Lan

            Which given all the above speculation this is perhaps why the PM is actually RUSHING to set up a PROPER enquiry about WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED..think about that then!! Could/should be interesting.

          • Treetop

            Clostridium botulism spores require a higher temperature than boiling to be eliminated. Bacteria is eliminated with boiling. When the spores are left at room temperature this is when they become deadly.

            I heard that it was the spores, also I have heard that a 50 ml vial is capable of killing a million people.

            • weka

              “I heard that it was the spores, also I have heard that a 50 ml vial is capable of killing a million people.”

              But only under certain, very specific conditions, which is why despite clostridium being common, botulism is rare.

          • bad12

            Weka, far from it as far as what i have read, pasteurization of Honey is said to actually increase the amount of C.botulinum found in the yummy stuff what the bees make,

            Apparently it’s ‘normal’ for the stuff, C.botulinum to occur in honey and it’s recommended not to give honey to babies under 1 year old,

            Then there’s this, ”the bacterial spores are more heat resistant than vegetative cells and some can withstand temperatures well above 100C for many minutes befor destruction is complete”,

            ”Clostridium botulinum is the most heat resistant pathogen known to man”,


            To get there via Google= Technology of dairy products-page9-google books result,

            From what i can ascertain there is a certain amount of C.botulinum that we humans happily munch on all the time, once over the age of 1 we appear to all extents and purposes to be equipped in the gut to deal with and to C.botulinum in ‘normal’ enviromental doses without a worry,

            At risk are those who have a seriously compromised immune systems or those under 1 year old with developing immune systems,

            Anyone canning their own food/jam has to take extra precautions as do those who smoke food/fish and vacumn seal this, although from what i can gather prolonged refrigeration does a pretty good job of knocking off C.botulinum….

            • weka

              That’s pretty much how I understand it too, although I don’t think there is Clostridium in NZ honey (it might be in imported honey though).

  11. Adrian 11

    Considering that the PSA virus in kiwifruit came from China what’s the chance that a little bit of botulism spores may have come from the same place, just by accident, eh?
    When trying to solve a mystery always look for who benefits the most.
    Who benefits the most from a devalued NZ dairy sector?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.1

      Why go to all the trouble of sabotaging one industry once when you can screw a whole country by introducing market fundamentalism instead?

      • jps 11.1.1

        Its just a business model for Monsanto et al:

        Pretend there is a constant war against nature
        Design, make & sell the weapons
        Advertise/promote/corrupt as required to sell the whole programme.

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.2

        Why go to all the trouble of sabotaging one industry once when you can screw a whole country by introducing market fundamentalism instead?

        You know the drill.

        You take out the strengths of a society first, one by one.

        The community groups, the unions, the volunteer associations, advocacy groups, productive assets, regional centres, with the ultimate aim that you have to go crawling to the corporations to accept whatever shithouse sovereignty-sell out deal that they are willing to offer you.

        BTW its the end of the free-market era of capitalism.

        The Neo-Feudal era is starting.

  12. tricledrown 12

    Infused why not drink a cup or 2 of glyphosphate just to prove us
    wrong an infusion if you like even on the back of the round up it recommend not to grow vegetables for human cosumption for 6 months after spraying!
    So are animals that consume grass or feedstock any different!

  13. bad12 13

    From the US CDC, ”most infant Botulism cases cannot be prevented because the bacteria that causes the disease is in soil and dust, the bacteria can be found inside homes, on floors, carpet,and counter-tops even after cleaning”,

    ”Honey can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism so children less than 12 months old should not be fed honey, honey is safe for persons 1 year of age and older”,


  14. Chooky 14

    Seems like German University Research Vet schools support the link between glyphosate and Clostridium botulism in cattle :


  15. Maggy Wassilieff 15

    Just in case you folks don’t follow what is being said about the glyphosphate/Clostridium link on Sciblog, I’m posting the following two links:



    These two scientists have had a decent look at the methodology and relevant conclusions that can be drawn from the paper that seems to be the basis of Frank Rowsan’s views.

  16. Chooky 16

    On dangers of GM crops…Prince Charles and Wales and cows and glyphosate…. academic papers:


    Seems those Greenies aren’t so crazy after all!

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    Left hand palm | 20-09
  • Election Day Post #8
    The eighth of my special election day posts, in which I honour our freedom to dare not say anything remotely political until 7pm...
    Imperator Fish | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-09
  • Election Day Post #7
    The seventh of my special election day posts, in which I honour our freedom to dare not say anything remotely political until 7pm...
    Imperator Fish | 20-09
  • Election Day Post #6
    The sixth of my special election day posts, in which I honour our freedom to dare not say anything remotely political until 7pm...
    Imperator Fish | 20-09
  • Another Song For Election Day (As Requested By “Kat”)
     NOT DARK YET: Bob Dylan's haunting hymn to the failing day and advancing night.   I was born here and I'll die here against my will I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still Every nerve in my body...
    Bowalley Road | 20-09
  • Man Steals Nun’s Blue and White Livery, Says Newspaper Made Him Do It
    Tapping into the Party Line: A prominent talkback radio listener detected a subtle right-wing tone at work in The New Zealand Herald‘s advertising.    By Hemi Iti, 20 September 2014 An Auckland man was charged with theft and impersonating a...
    Snoopman News | 20-09
  • Election Day Post #5
    The fifth of my special election day posts, in which I honour our freedom to dare not say anything remotely political until 7pm...
    Imperator Fish | 20-09
  • Looking through dirty windows into an empty room
    A colleague of mine once described how he'd felt when interviewing a particularly nasty person who'd been engaged in some very unpleasant behaviour at work. He said that looking into the man's eyes was like, 'looking through dirty windows into an empty...
    Te Whare Whero | 19-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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