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Open mike 21/02/2013

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169 comments on “Open mike 21/02/2013”

  1. Jenny 1

    Ignoring climate change becomes the new reality.

    It used to be dismissively said, that when people wanted to avoid talking about controversial issues, “That all they just talked about was the weather”.

    This old homily has been turned on its head. It seems these days, everyone wants to talk about everything, except the weather.

    This month’s news stories missing, not just from our mainstream media but from the left blogosphere.

    First Cyclone Bopha, the worst Cyclone to hit the Southern Philippines, an area usually spared hurricanes because of its position close to the Equator. Despite the unprecedented devastation and scale, this disaster was mostly ignored at the time by the media here and overseas.

    With an estimated 216,000 houses destroyed or damaged, tens of thousands of people remain displaced, presenting a challenge for the government and aid agencies.

    The lack of international media coverage of Bopha may in part be explained – though not excused – by western-centric news values, and in part by the high incidence of storms in the Pacific region.

    The Guardian

    Bopha has now been directly linked to climate change by scientists and politicians who are telling the Filipino people to prepare for more climate related disasters.

    True to form this announcement has been greeted with total silence here, both from the right and the left. Most notably, from the environmental left, who were also silent at the time of both Bopha, and Sandy the lesser, but more widely reported Super Storm event.

    The other big climate change story ignored here in the media and the blogosphere this week; The biggest anti climate change rally in US history, which descended on the White House over the weekend. Which was quickly followed by a much smaller ‘rally’ of dark suited oil sands lobbyists.

    If anyone was paying attention, the burning question which should have the whole world glued to the edge of their seat, is which way will Obama go?

    Who will he heed, the protesters, or the oil lobbbyists?

    Obama has given no real indication of which way he will go, but there is no middle ground, or possible compromise that would be acceptable to both sides.

    He must come down on one side, or the other.

    Obama’s decision is due before the end of the Northern Spring.

    What will Obama’s decision be. and what will it mean for the planet, and indeed for Obama himself?

    It’s llke Hitler invaded Poland and the media and the politicians and all the other commentators just want to talk about everything else.

    May God forgive us.

    Future generations won’t.

    • Ennui in Requiem 1.1

      Jen, save your breath: on this and other political blogs the commentators are all still dancing on the heads of pins arguing the toss about who will get what etc.They don’t realize (or want to realize) that whatever it is they are wanting is going away fast. Meanwhile directly under their noses reality is acting very predictably BUT is studiously ignored, even denied. The petty issues argued with energy, the big ones left uncomprehended.

      • Colonial Weka 1.1.1

        “Jen, save your breath: on this and other political blogs the commentators are all still dancing on the heads of pins arguing the toss about who will get what etc.”

        Yeah, it’s not like ts has published anything useful about climate change in the past year :roll:

        /sarc

        When Jenny starts presenting something new, in a way that facilitates useful discussion, sans the lies and pejoratives against her natural allies, then I’ll start paying more attention to her posts.

        • Ennui in Requiem 1.1.1.1

          Yeah, save the whale! Or something else soft and cuddly.

          Meanwhile we will carry on arguing the toss about our “rights”, putting the “economy” back on track, and how much a family needs in their pockets to drive the SUV to the Warehouse.

          • Colonial Weka 1.1.1.1.1

            You missed the point. There are ts authors and regular commenters here who (a) understand the seriousness of the situation and (b) want to do something about it. Jenny has almost entirely failed to engage those people. Worse, her spamming Open Mike and other places about AGW puts people off. There is a limit to how much telling off people can take. There is also a limit to how much information that one person can take in about AGW. When Jenny fills the space up with her moaning about the GP and her rhetoric about Churchill, and fails at presenting anything new or that can engage people, then she does us all a disservice, including the movements that are responding to CC. I’m not the only who has made that last point.

            How many people even read through the whole of her comments any more?

            Aside from that how did you find Bill’s series of posts about CC before Christmas?

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.1

              it’s surprising that self-righteous moral outrage and finger pointing doesn’t do much to win friends and influence people.

            • Ennui in Requiem 1.1.1.1.1.2

              I suspect that Jenny has been beating her head on a brick wall. Her issues will however have far more impact than any niggling about Key and casinos or a plethora of other crap related to our past paradigm….a paradigm that has as its logical end result Jenny’s issues, and which makes every other issue a Nero fiddle playing distraction. Myself I reckon the occasional stir up of the denizens here wont make me any friends…but hey you wont hear from me when the power for your computer gets torn out by some global warming induced storm. You will however bitch like stink, but you will be disconnected and on your own.

              On Bills articles, yes he is onto it, they were good. The question I have is when everybody in the room can see the elephant why do they all stand there and continue to argue about who is paying for the pavlova?

              • QoT

                Gosh, this just in: multiple issues affect people’s lives simultaneously.

              • Colonial Weka

                “You will however bitch like stink, but you will be disconnected and on your own.”

                No, I won’t. You are like Jenny in this comment, in that you have no idea about the person you are talking to, where they sit in relation to CC, and thus you judge them wrongly and create division where you would instead do something constructive. The thing that pisses me off most about what Jenny does is the waste of time and resources, when she could be doing something useful. That’s a bit harsh perhaps – some of the information she posts probably does get read and links followed, but she wastes the opportunity to create useful and meaningful conversation here.

                As for Nero, I’d be interested in how you see any other way of engaging people politically re CC who are tied up in the details of their everyday lives.

                • Ennui in Requiem

                  The Nero effect, yes. Its bloody difficult I admit to get divorced from everyday details in life: I can see where Jenny is coming from even if she gets no traction. The reality is that we are beyond being nice and constructive and all “democratic” etc about the dangers we have created. If we were fully cognizant and taking any notice as a polity it would be far more wild than 81 (and that was fairly extreme….we did however get our point across).

                  We all however are in this thing together, no heroes no villains. I tried to reduce my ecological impact and carbon footprint as an experiment, plus attempted to opt out of the consumer madness. Of course failure occurred, nobody is an island. What was obvious to me after this is that without a circuit breaker we will carry on blithely, arguing about Key etc until we are 6% hotter and under 90 meters of water. One thing is for sure, when the subject of CC or ecocide is discussed near me I no longer care to be friendly or hold back because it is all too easy to agree, smile and do nothing.

                  • Anne

                    One thing is for sure, when the subject of CC or ecocide is discussed near me I no longer care to be friendly or hold back because it is all too easy to agree, smile and do nothing.

                    Yes it’s my hobby horse too, and I’ve been known to bore the pants off people with my CC rants. That isn’t surprising since knowledge of the weather was the essential requisite of my former career. But I have sympathy for Colonial Weka’s concern about Jenny. I admire Jenny for her persistence, but she doth protest too much sometimes. We can only move as fast as the ‘powers that be’ will allow us and that is not very far at the moment. Lecturing us as though we are part of the failure does not help the cause.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      We can only move as fast as the ‘powers that be’ will allow us and that is not very far at the moment.

                      The latest Archdruid Report is out. Greer makes an age old suggestion – band together and organise and self-fund in order to make the changes that central and local government so far refuse to.

                      http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/in-time-of-limits.html

                    • Ennui in Requiem

                      The “powers who b”e have failed us so if we await them we wait till certain death. And who gives power to the “powers who be”? Answer is us, because we recognise them, and we are them or their images. CV points to the Archdruid who makes the point that central and local government have failed and its over to us, locally. Its worth reading.

                      As an aside what the Archdruid says about the welfare state flies somewhat in the face of those currently arguing details on this site over how the tax cake is sliced.

                    • muzza

                      Not likely to get much traction out of people, because they are not yet able to see the fire. If they looked up into the sky on most given days, including today in AKL, they would realise that whats up there is something which did not use to be, and its coming down on you and your family friends, enemies the lot., its getting worse and its not going away…

                      If people can’t get to grips with the obvious amounts of aerosols in the skies, then they sure are not going to get to grips with resource pooling to save themselvews are they!

                      Heck, if that can;t raise eyebrows. its unlikely that anything ever will!

                    • Colonial Viper

                      As an aside what the Archdruid says about the welfare state flies somewhat in the face of those currently arguing details on this site over how the tax cake is sliced.

                      Indeed, Greer suggests that the distinction between the ‘deserving’ and ‘underserving’ poor may be realistic as resources run down in the future.

                      It is important to note however that Greer is writing for a specifically American environment. In NZ, there is no need to ever, ever have anyone go hungry or cold.

                  • Colonial Weka

                    “If we were fully cognizant and taking any notice as a polity it would be far more wild than 81″

                    True, but the difference is that in 1981 it wasn’t our whole existence that was at stake. I don’t think we can overstate how important cognitive dissonance is in the current situation. Unless we find ways of dealing with that, we can’t expect people to suddenly take to the streets.

                    • muzza

                      Thats right Weka, but I can’t see how you can use such teminology (cog diss)towards people who might not have their head around CC, when you have said on here previously, that you don’t accept that aerosoling of the skies is going on!

                      Cognitive dissonance is easry to aim towards others, innit!

                    • Colonial Weka

                      I don’t think I said that it’s not going on. I said I’d like to see some credible evidence. We have plenty of credible evidence that AGW is real, yet people cannot deal with it well cognitively/emotionally. When we have credible evidence of chemtrails, then we can see to what extent cognitive dissonance exists.

                    • muzza

                      Weka – There is shed loads already out there, your just making excuses!

                      Perhaps just take a look upwards sometime, thats where the evidence is eh!

                      Your view – CC IS happening, we have the evidence, I believe it to be credible, so its definitely happening!

                      Your View – Spraying is not happening, even though the various agencies have admitted it, and there is a heap of evidence, but I don’t accept the evidence as credible, so its not happening!

                      The two are most likely related weka, discussions around the spraying to deflect the sun (even though the UN tell us, its not the problem) was floated years ago, which means it was being done prior to that time!

                      The consequences will be unknown, and its a very dim individual who looks up and thinks what that shite in the sky these days is, are clouds!

                      In any case, it makes no differnce what you think is or is not going on, its happening, the discussion moved onto the what/why some time back, pretending it isn’t, does not make it so!

                    • Colonial Weka

                      Muzza, please show me exactly where I have said that it doesn’t happen.

                      Then show me some credible information supporting that it happens.

    • karol 1.2

      But not ignored by Kennedy Graham in his speech in the General Debate yesterday.

      I rise to ask this House to take time out from the largely Skycity-focused debate today to focus on the most important issue that is actually facing humanity. …

      Let this House ask the Prime Minister a few questions arising from the Security Council debate. Does he agree with the British climate change envoy that “the impacts of a changing climate pose a significant and emerging threat to a country’s national security and prosperity,”?

      Is he concerned by the advice from the German envoy that “rises in global temperature were likely to have catastrophic consequences … [and] humankind would venture into an uncertain future that is much hotter than every before in its history—so from a scientist’s perspective, climate change is a global risk multiplier.”?

      Does he agree with Oxfam’s plea to the Security Council to deal with climate change because “the global food system was already under severe stress as a result of droughts across the US, Africa and Asia.”? …

      Will he listen to the Marshall Islands Ambassador, who said: “Global warming threatens our very existence. Our roads are inundated every 14 days. We have to ration water three times a week. People have emergency kits for water. We can no longer use well water because it’s inundated with salt.”

      If so, will he direct a policy review on how New Zealand can assist Pacific Island States, including introducing a special annual quota of climate refugees?

      Finally, will he call in the ambassadors of Russia and China and ask them to explain their dubious insistence on making Friday’s Security Council meeting an informal one only?

      By emaciating our own emissions trading scheme and renouncing any legal obligation to cut emissions in this decade New Zealand now rivals Canada for the worst climate change policy in the world. All other developed countries and many developing countries, including major emerging economies, have more visionary and effective policies. It is time New Zealand got its act together for the sake of our own national security and long-term survival.

    • George D 1.3

      I visit the NOAA ESRL site every week. Every week things are worse.

      http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/weekly.html

  2. Tigger 2

    Question for David Farrar.
    You make a big deal of how gay friendly you are. So why allow homophobia to fester on your blog? Small example, the vile asides that pepper this post. http://m.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/02/chauvel_resigns_from_parliament.html.

    Either squash the hateful speech (like you did for the ginga comment) or take down your rainbow flag.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 2.1

      Maybe you should ask him on his blog.

    • chris73 2.2

      Shearer allows homophobia to fester in Labour so why not ask him the same thing

    • Enough is Enough 2.3

      David has always operated a faily open forum. Basically anything goes which is why the comments section has descended into a fairly rough place to reside.

      Why are you asking him a questiion over here anyway?

  3. muzza 3

    David Shearer Nov 18 2012 says “there is a real issue when politicians get new ideas and try to interfere with the economy”

    How does this add up with his speech in the New Year 2013;

    “We desperately need real leadership now more than ever.
    The Global Financial Crisis has exposed the frailties of the old economic wisdom.
    The National Party believes the financial crisis is just a blip to get over. Their solution is to apply their failed ideas of the past over and over.
    They are wrong.
    The hands-off, simply leave it to the market approach has failed all over the world.
    We are on the cusp of a new era – when new thinking and leadership is needed to build wealth we can all share in.
    The world has changed. National hasn’t. It’s stuck in the past.
    We need a government that recognises times have changed.
    We need a Government that finds the courage to act, not better excuses for why we can’t.
    We need a government prepared to stand up for hardworking forgotten Kiwis.
    We need a smart, hands-on Government.
    A government that is prepared to be a player, not a spectator.
    That will be a Labour Government, and the Government I will lead.
    It’s about getting our priorities right, being thrifty about our economy.
    Bringing our debt under control.
    But being smart about how we tackle the massive challenges ahead.
    Above all, this country needs a government that chooses to act.

    Quite the juxtaposition you paint there David, you have no idea what you’re talking about, because….

    A: You actually don’t know what you’re talking about,
    &
    B: Because someone else wrote the words you repeated
    C: You do understand the reality (somewhat), but because you have been put into this position, you are being bent into all sorts of positions, no matter how ridiculous it makes you appear.

  4. johnm 4

    More from the artist taxi driver on the diabolical U$K situation. Poor Bashing. :-(

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiG_hUZ1pnY&list=UUGThM-ZZBba1Zl9rU-XeR-A&index=1

  5. karol 6

    There are alternatives, and South American countries have been pursuing them, Seumas Milne has written about some of the things that have been happening in South America for a decade. The powerful elites have been trying to smear these attempts at alternatives by labeling them as dictatorial states/governments.

    Despite their differences, it’s not hard to see why. Latin America was the first to experience the disastrous impact of neoliberal dogma and the first to revolt against it. …

    Many of the things, in fact, that conventional “free market” orthodoxy insists will lead to ruin, but have instead delivered rapid growth and social progress. Correa’s government has also closed the US military base at Manta (he’d reconsider, he said, if the US “let us put a military base in Miami”), expanded gay, disability and indigenous rights and adopted some of the most radical environmental policies in the world. Those include the Yasuni initiative, under which Ecuador waives its right to exploit oil in a uniquely biodiverse part of the Amazon in return for international contributions to renewable energy projects.

    But what is happening in Ecuador is only part of a progressive tide that has swept Latin America, as social democratic and radical socialist governments have attacked social and racial inequality, challenged US domination and begun to create genuine regional integration and independence for the first time in 500 years. And given what’s already been delivered to the majority, it’s hardly surprising they keep getting re-elected.

    While everything is not perfect in Ecuador and other Sth American countries, they are showing the way to a new and better direction.

    • Draco T Bastard 6.1

      A new and better way is possible. We just have to do it against the backdrop of the capitalist spun BS in the MSM. Once we do that then there’s no way that we will go back to the pure capitalist paradigm that we’ve had pushed upon us over the last 30+ years as most people will be better off.

  6. Adrian 7

    Acording to Granny Herald she’s done it again, Shipley is chair of Sentinel Assurrance and it is in the shit and sounds like it has broken the law in not having enough funds set aside. Shipley is the kiss of death to any company she is associated with and this must make it the 5th or 6th that has gone tits up.
    Anybody else would have been facing calls to not be allowed to run a company.

  7. Rosie 8

    Number 134 on the list of things of a new govt can do to contribute to the recreation and building of a decent society is to introduce some genuinely compassionate codes of welfare for farmed animals. Codes that should be carefully monitored and enforced.

    The attitude of the prosecutor for the MPI is appalling and unacceptable in regard to the practice is twisting a cows tail to force it to submit to the will of the dairy hand:

    “The prosecutor for the Ministry of Primary Industries, Grant Fletcher, said there was an industry understanding that a degree of force was used to put cows into dairy sheds”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/8327272/Dairy-farmer-injured-cows

    • Colonial Weka 8.1

      Diary cows on industrial farms are slaves. Why shouldn’t they be treated as such?

    • Ennui in Requiem 8.2

      Rosie, in my ambulations around the rustic scene the plight of the beasts is very unsettling: what we have is “stock units” on balance sheet driven industrial farms. The assumption is that these are $s and not sentient creatures who need food, shelter and comfort.

      Not all farmers are as callous to the state of their stocks health, I could show you many (but unfortunately a small minority) who provide plenty of shade and shelter from the elements, and who care about their stocks welfare.

      This will of course change: prior to the modern industrial epoch limited energy made huge farms impossible, and stock care of smaller herds etc was up close and personal with the farmer. Happily the end of cheap / available oil will change industrial farms back into these smaller holdings where animal welfare without chemical / pharmaceutical / fertiliser inputs make the welfare of stock central to a farmers livelihood. The brand of tractor will be “oxen” or “horse”, the quad bike the humble “donkey”.

      One happy scenario out of what will be majorly a painful decline.

      • Rosie 8.2.1

        Hi E in R.
        I’ve also had the opportunity to meet some thoughtful farmers and would prefer to consume the product of their lovely contented cows, rather than the product that is miserably forced out our unhappy “stock units”.
        Modern industrial farming is indeed hugely resource depleting, cruel and completely unsustainable especially when dairying is moved to land unsuitable for such purposes, eg, Canterbury. I have a feeling we’ve had this conversation before so I’ll leave it at your prediction.
        Unfortunately we can’t predict that the behaviour of individuals will change. There will always be those who will violently, either physically, psychologically,or both, inflict their will on fellow humans and animals.

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.1

          Reduce farm property prices and mortgages, and a lot of farmers will happily destock their land.

        • Ennui in Requiem 8.2.1.2

          Yes there will always be some bad eggs: I note that some of societies perceived bad eggs drive “bogan” cars and display lavish loving attention to these mechanical marvels. Wait till they have a donkey…you cant pimp one of these but expect similar loving care will be given!

          • Rosie 8.2.1.2.1

            Bogan cars……….A few days ago there was an article on stuffed about a bloke on the Kapiti coast who purchased a device to reduce his car engines petrol consumption – some sort of hydro-into-fuel converter (please don’t ask details) I can’t find the article now but anywhoo his son uses the same device in his 4L 2012 model holden commodore and is currently saving 30% on fuel costs. Now theres a responsible switched on bogan for ya!

      • muzza 8.2.2

        what we have is “stock units” on balance sheet driven industrial farms. The assumption is that these are $s and not sentient creatures who need food, shelter and comfort.

        Human beings are seen exactly the same, why would the other animals be treated any differently
        We are all caught inside this insane trap, so insane that people think its *normal*!

        • Rosie 8.2.2.1

          Hi Muzza. I agree that humans are viewed as a resource to be exploited. But the difference is humans have the ability to prevent this through learning, resisting, organising and setting examples.
          Farmed animals can’t and are reliant on their predator to provide the essentials of food, water, shelter, care and respect for the time of their usefulness to that predator – us.

          The example above of the twisting of the cows tails as a form of control is only one of many abuses dairy cows face however I was dissapointed that the Ministry finds this an acceptable practice, not surprised but dissapointed. National do have a track record when it comes to ignoring animal welfare, especially during times when the members of the federated farmers lobby are within parliament (David Carter, Nathan Guy to name a few)Just last night on 3 news Nathan Guy shrugged in response to a reporters question regarding opening an inquriy into cruelty and death within the greyhound racing industry. His response? “The industry are already looking into it” Couldn’t give a flying F**K. Having received letters in reply to mine (and from others known to me who are actual Nat voters) after raising animal welfare issues its clear to me they have no intention of firming up animal protection legislation.

          • muzza 8.2.2.1.1

            Hi Rosie, trust you’re feeling better this week, animal cruelty aside..

            I hear what your saying there, howver it seems that there are many who simply don’t see it thatr way at all, and in the end we will all lose because of such attitudes.

            Interesting to note the reactions from the MPs towards animanls, their reactions are telling, as it is how they really feel towards human beings, they lie and spin to cover but on reality , our rulers have been told that they are above the rest of us and act accordingly. They foolishly can;t understand that as our rulers, they still remain beneath their masters, which will mean they suffer the same fate as the animals they shrug off!

  8. Colonial Viper 9

    RT interviews Ecuador’s Correa

    Talks about poverty, socialism and elitism in Latin America.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOs4hE8ZYZ8

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      I should add, this President’s popularity rating regularly tops 70% in polling.

    • rosy 9.2

      There’s also a good article in the Guardian by Seumas Milne about how the Latin American countries, including Ecuador are proving an alternative to the economic consensus in Western governments is possible and popular.

      Despite their differences, it’s not hard to see why. Latin America was the first to experience the disastrous impact of neoliberal dogma and the first to revolt against it. Correa was originally elected in the wake of an economic collapse so devastating that one in 10 left the country. Since then his “citizen’s revolution” has cut poverty by nearly a third and extreme poverty by 45%. Unemployment has been slashed, while social security, free health and education have been rapidly expanded – including free higher education, now a constitutional right – while outsourcing has been outlawed.

      And that has been achieved not only by using Ecuador’s limited oil wealth to benefit the majority, but by making corporations and the well-off pay their taxes (receipts have almost tripled in six years), raising public investment to 15% of national income, extending public ownership, tough renegotiation of oil contracts and re-regulating the banking system to support development.

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        Yep Latin Americans know what colonisation and exploitation looks and smells like, no matter the modern garb it wears.

        • Adele 9.2.1.1

          Kiaora Colonial Viper,

          Please clarify, are you saying that aspects of Latin American development is simply

          colonialism in disguise,

          or

          an exemplar to indigeneity

          exercising ‘tino rangatiratanga’

          sovereignty.

          • Colonial Viper 9.2.1.1.1

            Kia Ora Adele,

            I was referring to the many many decades of interference, oppression and subjugation: military, political and economic, that the ordinary indigenous people of Latin America have faced (and become all too familiar with) from countries like Spain, Portugal, USA and others, often through local dictators and strongmen chosen and supported by those foreign powers.

  9. yeshe 10

    We used to be so good at this kind of thing (sigh) …. great story from Lancashire today by Pat Pilcher ..

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10866616

    • Draco T Bastard 10.1

      That’s what Telecom used to be, the entire country getting together to get telecommunications out to everyone. Now we have “competition”, increased bureaucracy and a network going backwards due to the dead weight loss of profit.

      • TheContrarian 10.1.1

        Well instead of moaning about it Draco go out and do it.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          Sure because 1 man can match the ability and influence of an $80B government. Grow up TC don’t fall for that shit.

          • TheContrarian 10.1.1.1.1

            Did you read the linked article, CV?

            Those British farmers went and did it and the British Govt is richer and more powerful than NZ

            • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1.1.1

              They did it for 23 villages and a few thousand users in one county.

              • TheContrarian

                Well then instead of looking at what they did wistfully, go out and do the same.

                • Colonial Viper

                  When I do, you won’t be invited.

                  • The Al1en

                    Unless we’re running short on vegetables, in which you’re welcome… If you promise to bring some turnip friends with you :lol:

                    • The Al1en

                      Dear internet.
                      I wish to express my displeasure with the above comment, and as a consequence of said, will now not be renewing my colour tv licence until the final due date in protest.
                      Shame on you.

                      Disgruntled,
                      Cheam.

                  • TheContrarian

                    Good luck – make sure to lets us know what initiative you have started.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Thanks mate. Actually, you’ll certainly be invited with many other Standardistas and I hope you will attend; after all it wouldn’t be much of a collective project if I was the only person there.

                    • TheContrarian

                      I’m always willing to help if I am able

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2

          You failed to understand. We had it and then we got the neo-liberal BS that took it from us.

          • TheContrarian 10.1.1.2.1

            “We had it and then we got the neo-liberal BS that took it from us.”

            The UK is easily as neo-liberal as NZ and a group of farmers took some of it back.
            Why don’t you try and do the same instead of lamenting it on The Standard?

            • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.2.1.1

              You still fail to understand – for a country of NZs population it needs to be the entire country that does it and not just a few people here and there.

              • TheContrarian

                You have to start somewhere – here’s a good example of a community pulling together.

                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10866616

                • Draco T Bastard

                  We did start somewhere – it was back last century and then we had it taken from us through the lies and misdirections of the governments and economists. Now we have to start again because of that BS. Unfortunately, we have idiots like you standing in the way.

                  • TheContrarian

                    I’m not standing in the way of you doing anything Draco so you can dispense with your one line ad homs.

                    What we have here is what I am sure we agree is a great story of a community coming together to solve a problem and instead of being inspired you’re wringing your hands about how the government took it all away from you.

                    Why don’t you follow their example and start again like the community cited?

                    • Draco T Bastard

                      Two things:
                      1.) My first comment was on how we’d lost that community spirit due to governments for the last thirty years bowing down to the cult of greed and individualism and
                      2.) I am trying but instead of trying at a small local level I’m trying at the national level due to the nature of NZ, i.e, not such a huge population

                      And you are standing in the way whether you like to think you are or not because happen to be one of the idiots bowing down to the cult of greed and individualism.

                    • TheContrarian

                      So these gentleman are doing something on a local level which has now got worldwide attention. So what are you doing on a national level then?

                      “And you are standing in the way whether you like to think you are or not because happen to be one of the idiots bowing down to the cult of greed and individualism.”

                      I have done nothing to “stand in the way” and if you were in my community with a project as linked I’d be the first to offer my help.

                      Justify your insulting ad hom.

                    • ropata

                      yeah draco there’s a third way between free market fundamentalism and a socially just society. it’s called blairite lip service, dunnokeyo is an accomplished practitioner

                    • TheContrarian

                      I am just curious about why Draco thinks he can’t put together something the same as these gentlemen because “NZ is too small!” sounds like bullshit.

                      I’d also like to know what success he is having, in relation to community based projects such as the linked example, with his national focus and what he is actually doing

                      It looks like Draco would rather complain about it than do something

                    • vto

                      It’s all a bit simplistic isn’t Contrario? Discussing issues is one way of getting traction on things (i.e. thrashing around on a blogo) of course. If nobody complained about anything how would anyone know if things were ok or not? And then of course, doing something physical is another. Usually both approaches lead to the outcome. One without the other is an impossibility. This blog is one of those things.

                      As for what Mr DTB gets up to outside this murky world we inhabit, if he wants to answer that is hisher choice but harassment for such details is naughty and useless you naughty boy.

  10. Colonial Viper 11

    Some actual proper Labor/Coalition leadership analysis (Sydney Morning Herald)

    Video analysis and article quite good, but both far and away superior to our usual trash on this side of the Tasman.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/final-nail-in-pms-coffin-20130218-2end2.html

  11. Rogue Trooper 12

    Carter appears to be a Control Freak (oh well, he is in good company)

  12. David 13

    David Carter is a silly old goat, and reinforces my point that the entire generation in question, namely Richard Prosser’s generation, needs to be put out to pasture very quickly, they are all incredibly unhelpful and borderline stupid.

  13. Rogue Trooper 14

    Metiria was certainly a real rottweiler going at the heels of JoKeyhen (breached parliamentary privilage?)
    Chetser Burrows- “welfare not to be taken advantage of by the “greedy” “; that’s a bit rich
    Cosgrove- “national electricity demand may drop 14-15% (Tiwai Unplugged for starters)
    (Electricity Futures Market- prices may rise lower than inflation), meanwhile,

    Tony (give that man an Oscar) Ryall acknowledges that “our nation’s debt is growing sharply”

    TPPA / Investor State Dispute Provisions; Groser wimping out? Hague, not vague; “NAct a timid government”

    Pict ure that midge Horan “out of order” and likely out of the bedroom with broomsticks.

    During ChCh school merger submissions some of the schools concerned (parents etc attacked each other over “concerns about the behaviour” at receiving schools; ‘I’ll cut you in I’ll cut you in, on 20% of my future sin…

    according to THE NEWS tax avoiders DEFRAUDED to the sweet tune of 1B last year…while Sky City wants an annual handout from the taxpayer as an on-going budget for ‘marketing”, and some “regulatory” relief thrown in- Egglestone

    if I had the resources I would adopt a Greyhound; 1200 lost hounds “unaccounted for” a ‘bloodsport”

    Nathan Guy-“it will be interesting for me to understand their enquiries when they conclude”. Yep!

    Hong Kong Garden take-away; P.L.A 61398 cost U.S 100B and 1000’s of jobs last year., ‘Dude, who stole your star?
    did you know that the ‘Fed” has noted growing concerns about the efficacy of QE?

  14. Rogue Trooper 15

    for tao’s sake

    ‘It was when the Great Way declined that human kindness and morality arose;
    It was when intelligence and knowledge appeared
    That the Great Artifice began.
    It was when the six near ones were no longer at peace
    That there was talk of “dutiful sons”;
    Nor till fatherland was dark with strife
    Did we hear of “loyal slaves”.”

    ‘When the world has the Way,
    running horses are retired to till the fields.
    When the world lacks the Way,
    war-horses are bred in the countryside.
    No crime is greater than approving of greed;
    no calamity is greater than discontent,
    no fault is greater than possessiveness.
    So the satisfaction of contentment is always enough.”

    ‘When the government is unobtrusive,
    the people are pure.
    When the government is invasive,
    the people are wanting.
    Calamity is what fortune depends upon;
    fortune is what calamity subdues.
    Who knows how it will all end?”

  15. cricklewood 16

    As an interesting study,

    Bulgarians are now out on the streets in protest over the spectacular rise in power prices they are experiencing. In many cases the cost of power outstrips the monthly earning of even a teacher.
    These rises are due to profit gouging by the overseas owners of said companys or purchased the power companies for a song at the fall of communism. Not doubt they oiled some palms in some way or another at the time.
    Either way it is a good demonstration of what happens when you lose control of something as vital as a power supply.

    Bulgarians as a people have put up with a lot of crap over the last decade and there is extreme hardship facing many people so I pick that the shit could really it the fan in th elead up to the forthcoming elections…

  16. Draco T Bastard 17

    Urban Math

    It is increasingly clear that there is a common theme to almost all of the major differences of opinion around the issues we cover on this site. The same theme that I think sums up the contrasting world views of the Auckland Council and the current government. And that is basically around questions of the idea of the city. Is a city a good and valuable thing? Do we really want to encourage it?

    I particularly liked the mention of the most important network at 9:45 in the video.

  17. beatie 18

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10866718

    ‘The Labour Party supported the principle of eliminating welfare fraud but was concerned that it could penalise people who were unaware of their partner’s fraudulent activity.

    Social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern also highlighted that the removal of the need to inform beneficiaries that they were under investigation could lead to a more inefficient system which victimised people on Government support.

    But she did not go as far as promising a repeal of the bill if Labour was elected.’

    WHY NOT!

    FFS Get off the fence Labour!

    • QoT 18.1

      It’s Opposition politics 101: “if you intend to oppose a law proposed or passed by the sitting government, you WILL be asked by media if you promise to repeal it. Have an answer prepared. If the answer is “no we won’t” or “I can’t say”, GTFO of opposition politics.”

    • Murray Olsen 18.2

      Her reply on this drove home to me even more just how lost Labour is. After this performance, why should anyone interested in basic human decency, equality before the law and the right to a dignified existence see any reason to vote Labour. That answer is not on the fence, it’s well to the right of it.

    • felixviper 18.3

      Oh ffs.

      You can’t say something will victimise people and be inefficient and then effectively support its retention.

      Guess I can cross Jacinda off my ever shortening list of Labour MPs I hold out hope for.

    • Rogue Trooper 20.1

      “you’ll be, wrapped around my finger…” (Have a great day; not a cloud in the sky here yesterday)

  18. ropata 21

    The Banks Are In Charge Of The Economy

    Karl Polanyi began his famous 1944 treatise, “The Great Transformation”, with the following words:
    “Nineteenth-century civilization has collapsed. This book is concerned with the political and economic origins of this event …”

    Irving Fisher’s 1936 Chicago Plan called for a separated monetary and credit function. This would:
    1) Lead to much better control of the business cycle by providing a more stable monetary platform.
    2) Eliminate bank runs.
    3) Dramatically reduce net public debt.
    4) Dramatically reduce private debt, as money creation no longer requires simultaneous debt creation.

    Here is a video with Michael Kumhof explaining the Chicago Plan Revisited
    http://youtu.be/YnAtHbDptj8

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      You’re on to it.

      • ropata 21.1.1

        Not just me, this is from the *IMF* !
        Can’t see our Bankster owned western ‘democracies’ doing this in the near future tho :(

        • Draco T Bastard 21.1.1.1

          Well, a few people at the IMF have woken up to the fact that the financial system (and thus the “economy”) is broken but it (The Chicago Plan) is still not IMF policy.

  19. Voluntary code for infant formula revised

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10866834

    “Formula donated in an emergency cannot be given directly to families and would be given only to infants medically required to be fed using formula, under the revised voluntary code.”

    Good luck guarding the stash from a mob of mothers and fathers with hungry children.
    Not worth the minimum wage, Mr security.

    What about bird flu? Will the government give supplies of antiviral drugs to beneficiaries or force them to go without for lack of money?
    Is staying alive a recoverable cost?

  20. bad12 23

    On a road to nowhere???, more like on a road to perpetual bankruptcy, who would believe that this is actually being discussed by supposedly ‘sane’ people,

    The Land Transport Agency has admitted that the proposed Public/Private model to be used to build Wellington’s Transmission Gully Motorway will cost triple the billion dollars it would have cost by that Agency simply putting the construction out to tender,

    ‘Financial costs’ so the Transport Agency says, will mean that instead of the billion dollars of actual construction of Transmission Gully the taxpayer will be stung continually into the future with costs of another 2 billion dollars over and above the cost of construction,

    Building such ‘white elephant’ motorways by such means simply makes a mockery of cost/benefit ratios where the ongoing costs triple the original build cost and provide little to ease the choke points on the Wellington motorway system, simply ensuring even more vehicles arrive at such choke points together in rush hour conditions,

    For $100 million dollars parking buildings to enable ‘park and ride’ to reach it’s full potential could be built at stations such as Paraparaumu, Pukerua Bay, Mana, Paremata, Porirua and Tawa which would take hundreds if not thousands of commuters off of the motorway system at peak use times,

    The same system of parking buildings could be attached to all the major train stations along the Hutt line of the railway system ensuring the removal of hundreds, if not thousands of motorists from the motorway system,

    Watching this Government build ‘white elephant’ motorways that will cost us all triple what their actual value is is akin to watching a tribe of Neanderthalic primitives fight over a bunch of bananas…

    • Draco T Bastard 23.1

      Building those roads was never about the roads or the need for infrastructure but about paying out taxpayer monies to NACTs rich mates. I’d say that tripling the costs is proof enough of that.

    • vto 23.2

      bad12, your outline there also highlights the costs to all of society in utilising the interest-bearing money printing system we have. Take your tripling of costs and apply that pretty much right across society’s costs, especially housing, et voila…. a depressing thought. Imagine if all that work and sweat and tears (our money) going to pay for stupid printed dollar bills.

      The financial system is a crock of the highest magnitude. Why do you think it is not taught in schools?

      • ropata 23.2.1

        I suffered through the standard economics curriculum in 7th form, Mankiw’s awfully written textbook “Principles of Microeconomics” was entirely to blame for my bad result. Now I know why it just didn’t compute… it was complete bullshit.

        Students at Harvard University on Tuesday, November 1st walked out of Professor N. Gregory Mankiw’s Ec 10, “Principles of Economics” course, for two main reasons.

        First, to declare their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and indeed, occupy movements currently happening all across the world.

        Second, to protest the specific role played by Mankiw’s course in perpetuating inequalities of wealth and power, which have plagued American (and world) capitalism for decades, if not centuries.

        As the Harvard students put it in their open letter to Professor Mankiw, they are concerned with the political bias inherent in Mankiw’s text, as well as how it “affects students, the University, and our greater society.”

        But what does it really mean to say that Mankiw, his class, and his textbook are responsible for such things?

        The students state in the letter how Mankiw rarely includes a discussion of primary sources and often slants toward the classical model of political economy, expounded most famously by Adam Smith. This bias stands to the detriment of other important schools of economic thought such as Keynesianism. But the problem with his course goes a bit deeper than that. While Mankiw might argue that his New Keynesian approach to macroeconomics combines the best of both Keynesian analyses of the short run and classical views of the long run, the fact is that both Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes understood that the economic laws of the market are not immutable “principles” of society — a point which, unfortunately, leaves Mankiw less in the camp of either of these great thinkers, and more in the realm of political ideologues and pundits.

        That is to say, the self-interested agent who “faces tradeoffs” and “responds to economic incentives”, as Mankiw’s “10 principles of economics” assert, describes but a very small part of our daily lives. Whether you’re with your friends, or at home with your family, values of cooperation, love, friendship define your day-to-day interactions. Even political power is an important concept, not given even a single mention in Mankiw’s entire text! The idea that those who are wealthy might institute political power over the economic system is an idea that, indeed, goes back to Adam Smith himself. Choosing not to discuss such an economically-relevant and important topic demonstrates a severe lack of intellectual and moral integrity on the part of Mankiw and his textbook. In other words, the whole market-centric approach of Mankiw’s course is fundamentally at odds with how the world works in reality.

        So given that Mankiw’s course, textbook, blog, and ideology are at odds with the actual workings of social and economic life, and even help to perpetuate our societal and economic problems through producing this image of the individual as completely oriented toward market values and ideas, it’s probably time to expand the economic conversation towards more pluralism and away from hegemonic, ideologue set-in-stone “principles”.

        • Colonial Viper 23.2.1.1

          Adam Smith wrote extensively about the principles of aesthetics and natural beauty, apart from his writings in economics – within which he also incorporated a lot of philosophical values.

          Very few people remember that.

          • Draco T Bastard 23.2.1.1.1

            …within which he also incorporated a lot of philosophical values.

            That is probably because he started off as a philosopher and realised that economics had a moral and political dimension as well as a merely financial. Something that contemporary economists seem to fail to realise.

            • Colonial Viper 23.2.1.1.1.1

              Indeed

              How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrows of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous or the humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.

      • bad12 23.2.2

        Yep, i cannot find any disagreement with either your comment or the one above you, putting aside the question of the ‘need’ for Transmission Gully for the moment it is easy to identify this and other like projects as part of where Government should in fact be the actual builder of the asset along with the financier of note,

        Simply having the Reserve Bank of New Zealand produce the necessary finance at 0% interest so as to enable a ‘new’ State owned builder to construct such projects would have it’s actual cost at a third of the price of involving the private sector,

        In such a case once the asset,Transmission Gully, was completed the debt could then be ‘retired’ as the asset justifies the total of the debt

        The one codicil that need be constantly stressed and kept in mind is that such projects built and funded in such a manner need fully take into consideration the Reserve Bank’s Inflationary Targets Band, which a carefully considered timeline of construction of such projects built and funded by such a means would negate any undue inflationary aspects of such construction…

  21. Hmmm

    Solid energy is in crisis http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10866874

    Ain’t no way it is going to be privatised any time soon …

    • ScottGN 24.1

      Oh look? More hands off economic management from the Government and Solid Energy goes down the toilet…

      • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 24.1.1

        The government owns Solid Energy and appoints its Board. How is that hands off?

        • ScottGN 24.1.1.1

          So we can blame Key, English, Joyce etc for the collapse of this SOE?

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 24.1.1.1.1

            Yes. But don’t then go on to say that you want government to own and run all parts of the economy. They’re provenly shit at it.

        • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.2

          The government owns Solid Energy and appoints its Board. How is that hands off?

          Wow. I own my lawn and I’ve appointed a guy to cut it. And I’ve done that in order to be hands off.

          • ScottGN 24.1.1.2.1

            Clayton Cosgrove just summed it up on Checkpoint “What does Tony Ryall do with his day?”

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 24.1.1.2.2

            What are you after, exactly? John Key popping in every day with his lunch pail and telling them where to dig?

            • McFlock 24.1.1.2.2.1

              Maybe some happy medium, like having a chat and requiring the board to make changes before there’s a crisis?

              Four years to do something. Driven into the ground like rail.

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                I know you think John Key is amazing, but don’t you think it’s expecting a bit much of him to know all of the ins and outs of running a coal company?

                • McFlock

                  nah, but it would be nice if ministers could understand what their charges were doing. On a related point, it would also be nice if our pm could appoint competent ministers.

                • felixviper

                  He’s supposed to know the ins and outs of running the fucking country, Ole.

                  So no, it’s not too much to ask that he appoint someone capable of appointing people capable of running a coal company.

                  Not too much at all, it’s exactly the fucking job we pay him to do.

        • bad12 24.1.1.3

          SO, this present Slippery lead National Government having had 4 years in which to put in place a board sufficiently robust so as to be able to address the debt loading of the States coal miner Solid Energy has at the least been remiss in this duty and therefore must be held by the electorate to be responsible for the State’s coal miner’s current predicament…

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 24.1.1.3.1

            Why the FUCK do we own a coal mining company?

            • Descendant Of Sssmith 24.1.1.3.1.1

              Because it was part of an integrated energy supply network that the state used to own for the benefit of the whole country.

              The SOE model and the fake competition ensuing increased costs, increased power prices, put large amounts of money into executive profit, duplicated infrastructure and removed any sense of collective co-ordination.

              The correct question is why do have have such a fucked up fake competition model when the state should simply own and manage the whole lot for the benefit of all?

            • bad12 24.1.1.3.1.2

              There, there Gormless no need to prove yourself the fool, we here at the Standard have long admired your particular personal penchant for 100% foolish comments guaranteed,

              i can well imagine the argument you have proposed here being the same argument put to the National Government Cabinet when it next meets,

              In fact your comments show a perfect timeline of the ‘thoughts’ of the right on such ownership, from the appointment of those who at board level have run the Stes mining operation into the ground right through the ”why the fuck” of your latest little snivel of a comment which is in effect the final act of those who simply refuse to take responsibility for their actions,

              This is the Government of Saint Slippery of Bankers is it not, was not this individual trumpeted by you lot as the master business brain that would have New Zealand being the Singapore of the South Pacific in no time at all,

              Where is this stunning transformation of the New Zealand economy from Saint Slippery, the gutting of Solid Energy just another step in the impoverishment of our country by the Shyster acting more on the behalf of His former employers than He has the people of New Zealand…

          • Draco T Bastard 24.1.1.3.2

            WTF is a state owned enterprise even in debt to private banks?

        • Trickledrown 24.1.1.4

          Fool its an SOE which is run as all other plc,s !
          National haven’t got a clue or are they secretly looking for the green vote!
          Doing nothing about the high $ is hands off!
          Jobs are being lost at an alarming rate across the country
          and all we get is smarmy BS from Shonkey and blingish and a FW fool!

    • bad12 24.2

      Yes bankrupt New Zealand, welcome to it, with 380 million dollars of debt and coal prices having fallen 40% the States coal miner Solid Energy is to all extents and purposes insolvent,

      Having recently sacked 1/4 of it’s mining workforce Solid Energy are not able to ‘up’ production so as to enable it’self to trade out of it’s current financial predicament,

      The insinuation from Bill from Dipton, a noted financial illiterate, is that not only will the axe be taken to the staff at Solid Energy’s Corporate HQ, the miner will also give the boot to another tranche of the actual mining workforce,

      The prognosis is not good and i have the sneaking suspicion that Bill would like to flick Solid Energy off into the private market causing the loss of 100,s of jobs and the loss of a Billion Dollars to the taxpayers of New Zealand…

      • Descendant Of Sssmith 24.2.1

        Of course they were in trouble already when they paid 7.5 million for Pike River – a vision that seemed odd at the time given their financial position and the low likelihood of PR ever making a profit.

        I’m not sure who the receivers paid that money to but on any commercial basis it did seem strange given it was supposed to be an SOE to run on that basis.

        I can also guarantee TC that if it was actually run directly by the state there wouldn’t have been the big salaries and board payments and bonuses. There is a few more millions of savings there as well that need not be spent.

        • Draco T Bastard 24.2.1.1

          I can also guarantee TC that if it was actually run directly by the state there wouldn’t have been the big salaries and board payments and bonuses. There is a few more millions of savings there as well that need not be spent.

          QFT

          Kill the super-high salaries of the SoE CEOs and we’d save ourselves tens of millions per year.

    • Treetop 24.3

      Mighty River made 75 m and Solid Energy lost 389 m. The price of coal is down 40 %.

      How many weeks until budget day?

    • Lefty 24.4

      The government will probably pay one of their mates to take it off their hands. That might even be why it has been allowed to go broke.

      Of course the state owned enterprise model never was supposed to actually work, only a few faithful labour party diehards (including the whole Clark government) ever believed they are anything other than holding mechanisms until suitable opportunities, including that they have gone broke, can be made for handing them over to the ruling class.

      • karol 24.4.1

        Gower reckoned tonight that the sale of Solid Energy won’t now go ahead – at least not any time soon.

      • bad12 24.4.2

        Yes, and the other ‘reasoning’ behind the SOE model is that it absolves from all responsibility the very politicians that are in favor of that SOE model,

        By appointing to the Board of such SOE’s people of like leaning politicians of all hues are able to by the ‘buddy system’ interfere in the running of such State businesses, the Solid Energy purchase of Pike River being the perfect example, there is no paper trail of intervention apparent and with such a lack of transparency comes a lack of the people being able to hold the politicians responsible for any action/inaction surrounding any of the SOE’s…

    • Draco T Bastard 24.5

      Oh, look, the market fails to provide the best outcome for society yet again.

  22. Pascal's bookie 25

    Poor bloody Coasters.

    • Ennui in Requiem 25.1

      Agreed, the question has always been how to build a community with a sustainable economy on the Coast where extractive industry is linked to industrial usage elsewhere. The obvious answer is don’t mine, but if not coal mining what else? I have a feeling that as we suffer extreme energy decline over the next fifty years coal will again rear its head and be in vogue. I suspect when we cant buy a barrel of oil Coasters will be supplying coal to NZ Rail.

      • Colonial Viper 25.1.1

        Coal will be in vogue again as we suffer extreme energy decline? Yes, certainly. But when you look at the chart below, you’ll see that already, coal is more in vogue than ever before and has been for many years.

        http://photos.mongabay.com/09/coal_1990-2030.jpg

      • Draco T Bastard 25.1.2

        I suspect when we cant buy a barrel of oil Coasters will be supplying coal to NZ Rail.

        Only if we’re really stupid and don’t convert rail to electric.

        • Trickledrown 25.1.2.1

          coal fired electric power stationz!
          govt Asset sales propaganda not looking pretty!
          govt mining for growth complete failure!
          100% pure bullshit! Nationals brighter Future!

          • Draco T Bastard 25.1.2.1.1

            coal fired electric power stationz!

            Bad option no matter what NACT say. Far better to build wind turbines and solar power collectors.

  23. [deleted]

    [lprent: Even after reading this twice I still have no idea who it was directed against, what they were complaining about, or even if it was defamatory or what legal position it would leave us in. Not worth the risk to the site and it was so badly written that I was hard put to even view it as being bad satire. FFS no-one reading it could have even have figured out if it was about a politician, a member of the public, or a committee of dancing poodles.

    Incidentally as you may have gathered, I formed the opinion that whoever wrote this incoherent pile of paranoid waffle has long since lost their tinfoil hat, really should get another made with the utmost speed, and put into use as their first course of action. Alternatively using the services of a doctor would have been indicated.

    Sure it probably wasn’t technically defamatory. But that probably wasn’t by intent. It was through sheer bloody minded stupidity, not only on the writers part, but also for you being foolish enough to put it up. Don’t abuse your access here so lightly. At least read the frigging things before putting them up. ]

    • bad12 27.1

      Yeah nice one from Jacinda, She should have a placard made of that and every time any of the present Slippery Shyster Government mention benefit fraud in the house display it to them…

  24. lprent 28

    Got rid of the bingbot’s major issue with this site. It can no longer see the reply links, and nor can a number of other bots, spiders and crawlers when they access the site through the normal pages. RSS is ok…

    There are 524k comments on the site, each has a reply link. That is a lot of links on the site. The dumb bots were each following the link to get a new copy of the page with the reply on it. Humans use the javascript onclick. Bots read the link provided for people without javascript.

    Anyway finished an upgrade. Rebooting server and then it is time to sleep.

    • lprent 28.1

      Back up again. Database has had a clean up.

      • ropata 28.1.1

        Cheers Lynn. Can the font be changed? I am tired of Times New Roman …

        • lprent 28.1.1.1

          I was tired of it when we put the new theme in back in 2010. I’ll put it back on the agenda for discussion.

          • QoT 28.1.1.1.1

            As long as it ain’t Comic Sans or fucking Calibri I’m happy.

            • Colonial Viper 28.1.1.1.1.1

              There’s a version of Calibri known as Fucking Calibri? I’m definitely going to be posting in that from now on.

            • felixviper 28.1.1.1.1.2

              What’s wrong with Comic Sans?

              Too jazzy?

            • lprent 28.1.1.1.1.3

              Hey I’m a conservative at heart – well for everything apart from doing large scale code shifts just before release. But definitely about fonts….

              Comic Sans isn’t common enough across systems. Putting wacking big font lists in for the range of browsers is just irritating. Getting users to download them is also a bit of an issue for the few remaining people on dial-up..

              The last two years of visits by browser


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              10  IE with Chrome Frame
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 0.18%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.04%

              And operating system…


              1  Windows
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 65.79%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 70.22%
              2  Macintosh
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 18.93%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 19.96%
              3  iOS
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 6.06%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.00%
              4  Android
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 2.56%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.88%
              5  Linux
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 2.45%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 2.46%
              6  iPad
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 2.02%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 2.42%
              7  iPhone
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 1.35%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 3.12%
              8  (not set)
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 0.46%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.34%
              9  BlackBerry
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 0.14%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.12%
              10  iPod
                Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012 0.10%
                Dec 31, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011 0.42%

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  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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