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Written By: - Date published: 6:55 pm, February 13th, 2011 - 86 comments
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Given that Lprent has outed this news in comments, thought we should start a new thread and move the comments here:

I wound up in Auckland hospital with a heart attack yesterday morning. Survived due to Lyn’s quick actions.

Thanks from all of us to Lyn, who’s quick action probably saved Lynn’s life. Get well soon Lynn — and then take it easy for a bit eh?

[The comments moved from the other thread have not ordered properly, and comment numbering / indenting in general is completely messed up. Lynn's original comment was at 5:15pm and and is now towards the end of this thread instead of the top.]

[rocky: It was very scary to get a call from Mum yesterday morning telling me Lynn had had a heart attack. When she said she had some bad news my first thought was my Grandmother as she is also having heart problems. I guess they can share cardiologist reports now ;-)

When I arrived at the hospital things were fairly under control - they had already put a stent in to keep the artery open. Lynn was starting to wake up a bit, but as I understand is normal after a serious heart attack, he kept forgetting what had happened. Mum and Lyn got pretty good at telling him over and over again that he had had a heart attack and was in Auckland hospital. As the day went on we could see he was getting better as he took less and less time to understand what was happening each time he forgot. Late afternoon Lynn started asking for his iPad over and over again. That's when I knew he must be ok! Lyn went home for a couple of hours in the evening and was going to get the iPad. Mum had to put up with Lynn forgetting every couple of minutes and asking where his iPad was. Lyn decided that while he could have the iPad to read books, it probably wasn't wise to give him internet access in case he were to send people emails over and over again.

This afternoon when I went back in to see Lynn he was pretty well back to normal. He keeps moaning about his chest being sore from the bruised ribs caused by Lyn and the paramedics saving his life.

No doubt this was all caused by a combination of genetics and years and years of bad diet, smoking, and too much time in front of his computer screen. I understand the last 3 years have been a bit better with Lyn around making him eat better and stop smoking so much. He's also been bussing to work and doing a bit of walking from the stops.

I guess now he'll have to decide exactly how long he wants to live and make the necessary further lifestyle changes. I hope other middle aged men reading this can take the lesson the easy way - not everyone is lucky enough to get a second chance!]

86 comments on “Lprent”

  1. lprent 1

    Prescient. I wound up in Auckland hospital with a heart attack yesterday morning. Survived due to Lyn’s quick actions. Umm a few post

  2. IrishBill 2

    Hey mate, take it easy until you’re back to strength. There’s still a lot of righties for you to terrorise yet…

  3. Jenny 3

    My God Lynn, get well soon. And take a well deserved break.

  4. big bruv 4

    [deleted -- r0b] I want to wish Lynn all the best and hope he has a quick and full recovery.

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      It’s really quite pathetic that a moderator would have to censor this. You really are low, bb.

      Get well soon, Lynn.

  5. prism 5

    I will transfer my own wishes for your speedy recovery Lynn from other post.
    prism …
    13 February 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Take it easy, and keep well away from moderating for a while Lynn. No irritation or excitement, hope all the treatment goes well. The medicals turn you out good as new these days.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    Someone else* said it too, use calm and peace in the mind to let the body recover. No exposure to mental calculations or irritants for a bit.

    I am sure the rest of the team at The Std will take excellent care of things as they have been already. Best wishes always.

    *Oh yeah that was prism, good call mate.

  7. Vicky32 7

    My sympathies and I hope you will be fully recovered soon!
    Vicky

  8. Monty 8

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. [deleted - I'm going to be moderating this thread a bit harder than usual -- r0b]

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    Keep on trucking & chill for a bit maybe. The site is a valued part of the NZ political scene and while no one is irreplaceable your comments to some irritants (not exempting myself here) have been unforgettable! Like Voice said, Kia Kaha.

  10. Ed 10

    Sincere best wishes – and well done Lyn.

  11. just saying 11

    All the very best Lprent.

    My eldest brother is about your age, and about four months ago he had serious heart attack. He now looks like my kid brother – brimming with good health and chilled like he’s never had to learn to be before. So, go to the meetings and follow the heart-attack club instructions. It’s the elixir of youth is seems.

  12. M 12

    Lynn

    How awful for you – thank heavens Lyn had such wonderful presence of mind.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to full health.

  13. ChrisH 13

    My best wishes too, see you soon!

  14. joe90 14

    A speedy recovery and go well fella.

  15. logie97 15

    You shouldn’t need to be told that management of your own health is all that matters and that you put the least amount of stress on all those immediate family and friends. That said, you’re under orders to make a speedy recovery.

    We have always been told that the anti-spam are random and pure coincidence, well, in order to aid that speedy recovery, given the time of this comment (20:05) you should follow the one that has thrown up this time.

    captcha: sleeps

    Wishing you well…

  16. Anne 16

    Please slow down Lynn. You’re too important to many people.

  17. seeker 17

    Thanking God for Lyn and for your survival lprent – you’re too important to NZ thought space to lose. Try to do as Lyn says so you recover well. Thinking hols. start now!

  18. Political differences don’t matter at times like this. Thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recover Lynn, and whatever lifestyle changes are suggested, do them! You’ve had your warning, so don’t push your luck. Kia kaha.

  19. marsman 19

    Have a holiday from cares and worries, smell the roses etc. Look after yourself. On ya Lyn and Lynn.

  20. Luxated 20

    Get well soon, Lynn. I hope both you and Lyn are recovering well, no doubt a scary experience for all involved.

    Although I must say given the amount of commenting you’re doing that you seem remarkably chipper already.

  21. NX 21

    Get well soon Lprent.

    Who else is going to keep us trolls in line ;).

  22. DJ 22

    Kia kaha Lprent, hope you get well soon.

  23. kriswgtn 23

    Iprent Dont know who you are
    But Get well.
    Love this blog,gives us normal working class a place to talk .

  24. millsy 24

    Bloody hell Monty and Bruv, have you no decency?

    Anyway, get well soon Lynn. Just take is easy and relax, Put the fans on, drink the water, and stay off the internet. Im sure one of your lieutenants can run the site for a bit here.

  25. prism 25

    Cheers Lyn. Sounds as if you have really good thumping skills and perhaps we should all be practising them.

  26. Gee Lynn.

    Get better soon. The left need you!

    But please do take it easy and have a full recovery.

  27. Bunji 27

    All the best Lynn, and take it easy – we need you back to full health!

  28. As you can see from the comments above, the internet is not virtual, it’s full of very real, caring people.

    All the very best Lynn.

  29. Macro 29

    All the very best Lynn. I guess that’s one way to experience first hand the state of NZ’s Health System. (Will there be a post to follow? :) ) I chose a broken shoulder. Take care and take it easy.

    • McFlock 29.1

      I chose piles. Found the health system was fine, and was greatly relieved :)

      Good luck Lynn. If you’re reading this, get some rest ;)

  30. ak 30

    Cripes. Thoughts and prayers with you both, take a good long spell and pamper youself for a while – you most certainly deserve it. Step away from that screen!

  31. calltoaccount 31

    Heck, this is terrible news. Best wishes for the fullest and speediest recovery possible!
    I prescribe a relaxing holiday somewhere peaceful. Which means, not here, working and moderating! ;-)

  32. Jellytussle 32

    Take strength from all the concern…recover well

  33. burt 33

    Take it easy lprent, your health is priority one.

  34. Olwyn 34

    You are in the best place to be under the circumstances. I wish both of you well, and you Lprent, a full and smooth recovery.

  35. Marty G 35

    kia kaha lynn. good to see that you’re back to your old self so quickly but take it easy for a while bro.

  36. ropata 36

    Thanks for the excellent service you have given for this site, now it’s an opportunity to reassess priorities. Enjoy life!

  37. Strewth! (I’ve clearly been in Australia too long)

    Sane voices in the blogosphere are few and far between. If you’re going to keep inconveniencing the blogging public with these heart attacks, methinks the next spot of coding you work on should be an upload of yourself to The Standard’s server, Tron-style.

    I’ve always felt “Get well soon” really only conveys sufficient gravitas for things like sniffles and vasectomies, but I wish it to you nonetheless.

  38. Jum 38

    Well fought Lynn and Lyn.

  39. Salsy 39

    Sorry to hear this lynn, must have been very scary for you both. May your recovery be swift…

  40. ianmac 40

    Good health Lynn. People with a second chance seem to flourish even more. Cheers.

  41. Blondie 41

    Best wishes Lprent – I hope you are feeling much better soon. Wishing you a speedy recovery, and thoughts with your family too – you must’ve given your wife a heck of a fright!

    Good luck to you and yours :-)

  42. Rosy 43

    Get well soon and look after yourself. Kia kaha to your family, it’s not easy dealing with something like this

  43. Irascible 44

    Hope the recovery is good as someone must keep the red flag flying on the web in as proud a shape as this blog is.

  44. BLiP 45

    I guess I should have a little sympathy but FFS!!! You have a heart attack and no doubt are in the ICU and what’s the first thing you do?? Turn on the bloody cell phone and start blogging!!! Nah, seriously, please, like Dr Felix says, do what you’re told.

    Also, thanks Lyn, close call, huh? Hope you’re doing okay too.

    Arohanui

    BLiP

    • My thoughts exactly. LOL!!!

      But seriously Iprent. Heart attacks are your body’s way of saying I need some rest here. Get some potassium and magnesium in ya and take it easy for a while.

      I would miss getting up your nose. And Lynn good on ya for having the presence of mind, thanks a bunch for keeping your mate with us for a bit longer. You take it easy too, ya hear.

    • Inventory2 45.2

      My better half was the same BLiP; hospitalised (for a week, as it transpired) after an asthma attack and other complications, the first things she asked for were the cellphone and the laptop. We are all a long time dead, and I can’t see the point in hastening it!

  45. Pdogge 46

    Bad news and sorry to hear…make it an opportunity to turn the lifestyle around…we all want to go on reading you for a log time :-)

  46. Descendant Of Smith 47

    All the best for a good recovery and good health following your recovery.

    I appreciated your warm welcome when I discovered this site while doing some family tree research – my grandfather looked after the printing press for the original standard – and appreciated the time you took to email me over a few things.

    Take it easy for a while – there’s work still to be done.

  47. belladonna 48

    All the best for a speedy recovery Lynn. Your country needs you!

  48. r0b 49

    Thanks for your update rocky – much appreciated.

  49. Shane Gallagher 50

    Get well soon Lynn! Best wishes…

  50. Herodotus 51

    All my thoughts go out to you. Get well soon

  51. All joking aside…can i have your i-phone if you die ?

    lose the attachment, lose the stress :)

  52. Roger 53

    Thank goodness you got through this. I hope you make a full recovery.

  53. NickS 54

    Shit.

    Good to hear that you made it through okay, and seriously, follow the doctor’s advise and take it easy.

  54. Mako 55

    Well done, Lyn. That’s inspired me to take a first aid course.

    Take it easy, Lynn. A full recovery is the main focus right now.

  55. Mac1 56

    Get well, Lprent. I’ve been a week recovering from major surgery, too, so cheers from a fellow recuperant.

  56. Akldnut 57

    Teenaa koe Lynn, a couple of stress free weeks in Rarotonga would be the answer – spent a few months in Akld Hospital after transplant and extreme complications, it worked for me.
    This blog has bought balance and sanity to a lot of voiceless people on the left largely due to your efforts – methinks we’d be lost lost without you.

    Take care of yourself – I wish you a long and healthIER life

  57. Paul Williams 58

    Get well soon, recover thoroughly before you take too much on.

  58. a little late, but get well wishes from me as well. i’m totally impressed with all the work you do here & at other places. wishing good things for you & yours.

  59. Adele 60

    Teenaa korua, Lyn and Lynn

    Kia kaha to both of you. I would just like to reiterate what others have said; the blogosphere has been greatly enhanced by the existence of The Standard, and by its many contributors and initiators. Lynn look after that wonderful intellect of yours and get well.

    Arohanui

  60. swimmer 61

    Get well soon Lynn. You’ll be back in fighting form before you know it.

  61. WOOF 62

    You must be dog weary after your heart attack. Rest up and feel better soon. :-)

  62. prism 63

    Thinking about you Lynn and Lyn, hope all is going OK, it will take as long as it takes. (My deep thought for the day). Someone mentioned Rarotonga – have you been there?

  63. lprent 64

    Back home again.

  64. big bruv 65

    I take it that Lynn is making a speedy recovery?

    I hope things are progressing along nicely.

  65. lprent 66

    Back home again with a stockpile of pills filling up a week of daily tubs and a new routine to learn.. Wake up, get coffee and breakfast, swallow pills, start breakfast, scan news on iPad, then kill the overnight trolls and spam.

    I’m not allowed to drive for a couple of weeks, but I usually take the bus to work anyway. But there is a few kilometers of walking that I will need to avoid for those same weeks.

    I will take it easy for the rest of the week and do some blog cleanup work that has been outstanding.

    But I will move some test hardware home and setup remote access to svn. Back coding next week is fine.

    Edit: I think that the first thing on my list should be something to fix the disordering of moved items

    • r0b 66.1

      Hey good news! Sounds like you’re ramping up your workload again pretty fast though – how long do you have off work?

      • lprent 66.1.1

        Haven’t discussed detail, but i suspect it will be whatever I need. The real issue is going to be what Lyn describes as my bored behavior.. I will start working on something. Work is as interesting and no harder than what I do anyway.

        Btw: I just had a peek at the reading log on the pad. I have only read 9 books from Sunday to Wednesday – most o them yesterday. I must have been pretty crook on Sunday – one book.

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  • 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
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “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
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “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
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “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
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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