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Open mike 28/12/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, December 28th, 2012 - 52 comments
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52 comments on “Open mike 28/12/2012”

  1. Morrissey 1

    TELEVISION NEWS
    Sky News policy change: now sympathetic to victims, not aggressors

    “From a clear blue sky, a government jet delivers its payload on Homs.

    [Picture of one jet, and explosion on ground]

    The opposition has NO SUCH FIREPOWER.”

    —Sky News report shown on TV3 NEWS, 6:25 p.m., Thursday 27 December 2012

    I watched television news on several New Zealand channels frequently during the recent Israeli blitzkrieg on Gaza, and also during Israel’s even more devastating Operation Cast Lead four years ago. I can not recall one commentator—whether from the BBC, ITV, the American networks, the Australian networks or the NZ networks—ever saying “an Israeli jet delivers its payload on Gaza. The people of Gaza have NO SUCH FIREPOWER.”

    This radical victim-wards tilt by Sky News is sudden, and encouraging. Can we now look forward to similar reporting, sympathetic to the civilians being bombed rather than the aggressors, when Sky News next sends a report from the Occupied Territories and Gaza?

    • Populuxe1 1.1

      Does it occur to you that news should be impartial and not sympathetic to anyone? Do you have topics of interest other than the perfidity of the Jews? Like, oh, I dunno, New Zealand politics?

      • Dr Terry 1.1.1

        Pop – Who are you trying to kid here? Unless you are a complete moron, you know damn well that news broadcasts are seldom, if ever, so perfectly “impartial” – whatever side of the fence you are on. Do not tell me what the news coverage “should” be, this world does not (fortunately) run according to “should’s” (or by “ideals”) Where there is clear evidence of an atrocity, evidently you would prefer that no hint of sympathy be demonstrated for the victims? No, let’s be “impartially” cold-blooded!

        If I have got you wrong, please clarify yourself, I have no desire to inflict an injustice upon you.

        • Populuxe1 1.1.1.1

          Well yes – I would like the news to be impartial and something to be desired. Morrissey’s wording is quite specific – he’s creaming his panties that sympathies are shifting in the opposite direction. I prefer my data cold-blooded because then I can at least work out for myself where my sympathies lie.

      • Morrissey 1.1.2

        Does it occur to you that news should be impartial and not sympathetic to anyone?

        It certainly has occurred to me, as you would realize if you had actually read my post.

        Do you have topics of interest other than the perfidity of the Jews?

        The “perfidity of the Jews”? All of my criticisms are of the leaders and the armed forces of a rogue state; bizarrely and no doubt cynically you accuse me of some medieval confessional campaign. Some of the worst depradations carried out by IDF troops are in fact committed by Bedouin Arab recruits; if you had been aware of that, no doubt you would have exercised your grand sarcasm and accused me of worrying unduly about the “perfidity of the Bedouins”. Or would that not fit with your cunning plan of accusing me, and any other critics of the Holy State, of anti-Semitism?

        Like, oh, I dunno, New Zealand politics?

        I urge you to take a look at my oeuvre of the last two years on this excellent site, then I challenge you to say with a straight face that I show no interest in New Zealand politics.

        • Populuxe1 1.1.2.1

          *winces at Morrissey’s use of the American spelling of “realise”*

          Let’s recap. Your header: “Sky News policy change: now sympathetic to victims, not aggressors” – very leading, manipulative and makes you sound as bad as the MSM. How about just saying “Sky News reporting now more balanced”? Less hysterical Pilcher on crack, no?

          And going back over your posts of the last few weeks it’s mostly attacks on Israel (often justified, but kind of obvious – I’d be very surprised if anyone on The Standard WASN’T aware of the bullshit Israel gets up to) and these bizarre attacks on comedians of Jewish ancestry and/or faith. I’m surprised you’ve left Woody Allen and Sarah Silverman untouched so far.

          • Morrissey 1.1.2.1.1

            Less hysterical Pilcher on crack, no?

            ??????

            …these bizarre attacks on comedians of Jewish ancestry and/or faith.

            Still with this attempt to insinuate I’m having a go at “the Jews”. Unless you are an imbecile, you will realize that I criticize ideologues, including comedians, who attack the weak, the poor, the vulnerable and the officially despised. If you had read my transcript of Baron Cohen’s obscene performance on the Letterman show, you would have seen I was just as critical of Letterman and his halfwitted audience.

            I’m surprised you’ve left Woody Allen and Sarah Silverman untouched so far.

            Keep watching.

            • Te Reo Putake 1.1.2.1.1.1

              “Unless you are an imbecile, you will realize that I criticize ideologues, including comedians, who attack the weak, the poor, the vulnerable and the officially despised.”

              Citation (still) needed. All you’ve done so far is attack Sacha Baron Cohen for being Jewish, Moz. You have yet to provide any evidence that SBC is a zionist, let alone a ‘shill’ for Israel. Face it, pal, you’re a bigot. You’re young though and you may mature with some life experience under your belt. I genuinely hope thats the case, because you show glimmers of understanding from time to time, which is encouraging.

              • Morrissey

                All you’ve done so far is attack Sacha Baron Cohen for being Jewish…

                Liar.

                Lynn, is there any sanction against someone telling malicious lies like this fellow has just done?

                I have been banned for a month for simply downloading too much of an article; for this fellow to lie like this seems to me to be a far more egregious offence.

                Lynn, I will e-mail you personally about this libel, and I expect something to be done about it.

              • muzza

                You’re young though and you may mature with some life experience under your belt. I genuinely hope thats the case, because you show glimmers of understanding from time to time, which is encouraging

                A glimmer of understanding would help you out no end!

                The Voice of Reason, speaketh!

                Edit: Use of the words such as bigot towards Morrissey’s train of thought, are frankly an insult to those who genuinely suffer and have suffered persecution.

                You might not agree with Morrissey, but he is on the money with his contentions about the *entertainment industry*, but a serious blockage will not allow you to accept what is blatant!

                • Populuxe1

                  “You might not agree with Morrissey, but he is on the money with his contentions about the *entertainment industry*, but a serious blockage will not allow you to accept what is blatant!”

                  What contentions about the *entertainment industry* (oh the snobbery that reeks of) – it might surprise you to know that Hollywood etc isn’t a secret cabal run by Zionist Jews – unless you’re some sort of paranoid bigot conspiracy theorist.

                  So you and Morrissey can put down your well-thumbed copies of Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf and back away from them slowly.

                  • muzza

                    Got many jewish relatives, or even friends do you pop?

                    The *entertainment industry* is a machine designed to shape opinions through the use of repetative messages, images and stereotying,which seems to have gone over your head.

                    Seems to me your possibly *invested* in or near the industry, which might account for your claims of freelance working?

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      there is always The Life of Pi and The Unbearable Lightness of Being
                      ahhh To Live and Die in L.A

                      Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

                  • Morrissey

                    ….well-thumbed copies of Protocols of the Elders of Zion and Mein Kampf…

                    You know, even if you had the ability to craft a hard-hitting attack, dredging up those allegations would still be seen as a pathetically desperate tactic.

  2. Lanthanide 2

    Thanks for the work on the site over the last few weeks Lyn, the mobile version is now usable.

  3. bad12 3

    Today seems to be a real Dave Shearer day, for anyone interested at some time during the morning RadioNZ National are going to be playing music from Dave’s CD collection this morning…

    • bad12 3.1

      That’s ‘new’, i just tried to edit the above comment and a little note tells me i don’t have permission…

    • veutoviper 3.2

      It is on right now.

      Belated seasons greetings to everyone at TS and the very best for 2013. AND a big thank you to lprent and everyone else who makes TS a daily must even if I don’t comment. BUT will be today haviing just caught up with some of the newer posts!

      • Marty 3.2.1

        Yeah. That sort of triggered me to come out of lurking. Thanks for all the work this year everyone. And good to see it working on my phone too. Awesome.

        • lprent 3.2.1.1

          And good to see it working on my phone too

          The people over at BraveNewCode provide that. They appear to have managed to fix up the bugs that our rather large comment sections were producing a few months ago.

    • Morrissey 3.3

      He even picked a song which was a barely veiled criticism of John Key.

  4. bad12 4

    Here’s a comment from what is obviously a really f**king sick mind, i found it by linking into one of the comments listed in the little box over to the right which shows who commnented where, and am commenting here because i can’t find the post in which this comment occurred,

    ”Just because SOME private armies have done BAD things is no reason to have an idealogical opposition to all Private armies, we should judge them on outcomes.” unquote,

    The link of course takes you straight to ‘kiwiblog’ and the words in capitals are my doing,

    Really??? just because some of these private armies have done ‘bad things’, you know minor transgressions like murder,rape and pillaging???

    There’s one hell of a lot of human suffering inherent in a ‘private army doing bad things’ that the sick little puppy over at kiwiblog brushes aside as simply bad things….

    • AwakeWhileSleeping 4.1

      Mansplaination.

      http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/enter-the-mansplainer/

      Think this is the post you refer to: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/12/trotter_on_the_shearer_backstory.html

      Looks like original comment has been removed (?) although it is quoted below:

      Yoza (240) Says:
      December 28th, 2012 at 10:29 am

      “I disagree. Just because some private mercenary armies have done bad things, is no reason to have an ideological opposition to all private mercenary armies”

      Mercenaries are vermin and one of the very few reasons the use death penalty could be justified. This is just another nail in Shearer’s coffin, no sane person could justify the use of killers for hire and continue to lead a charade masquerading as a viable progressive alternative to the current bunch of corporate facilitators whom we have currently managing the population.

  5. RJLC 5

    A disarmed police officer has his police issue taser turned on him but it misfires.
    Greg O’Connor uses the incident to argue for guns to be issued to officers instead.

    Presumably he thinks the guns won’t misfire.

    • bad12 5.1

      From news reports on RadioNZ National it appears that pepper spray was deployed first as an attempt to control one or all of the drunken teens,

      It just so happens that ‘a child’,no age was given, also received a face full of pepper spray AND THEN the place went really mad,(i wonder if the female wielding the brick was the child’s mother),

      What the Police Association seems to be saying is that if all officers were armed with fire-arms they could have after spraying a child with pepper spray by-passed the use of tasers and gone straight to the use of fire-arms,

      Hell if they can justify shooting an innocent motorist on an Auckland motorway justifying the shooting of a drunken mob would be a breeze…

      • aerobubble 5.1.1

        Yeah, aren’t tasers supposed to replace using a gun, if they were not ever going to use a gun on a family in their own home, then…

        …but to be fair, the taser was taken from the police officer (???after their head had been bashed and so when a gun was acceptable to be used).

        How about this. If police are to be attacked by fists then police can use a baton, if police are to be attacked by knives, then they should be armed, if police are to use tasers because???? Tasers break the skin, they cause people to lose balance and harm themselves, they can not be used in high places, even the use on hard surfaces can cause excessive harm from bad falls, they even are know to cause cardic arrest in people with pace makers, and cause highly anxiousness mental patients to die. They complicate policing since the public doesn’t know what mood the police are in and so what form of control they are going to use. Like pepper spray on children???

        Policing takes time, we should not be freeing up police and ignoring the risk of more aggressive policing, or at best more adverse results like the above. Police seen as the enemy in not good for public order.

  6. Rogue Trooper 6

    Kakariki (we know who hears us)

    listen while we play our Green Tambourine
    ‘taint no big thing, the toll of the bell
    love is the drug and we need to score
    For Whom? follow the lemmingway
    The Power and The Glory:Ever met a Quiet American?
    failing hopes, over the cliff they go

    Infant Formula Mongolia outta Waitake?
    the human is a biped quadrabikes continue to roll over
    trapped in their crushed cage
    more pods cast on beaches Sea Shepherd harpooned
    (i’ll straighten up soon guys, limited budget to critique right back at ya’ ;))

    Julia Deans Banshee Reel (Fiona’s gone to cruise control, took a body blow)
    Ahhh, Maggie Death
    (if i should fall from Grace with God return to the garden)
    Don’t wanna be a flatfish gasping shallow water

    “ya can’t always get what ya want, but if ya try some times, ya just might find
    You get what you need”

    we were livin’ off the bone, rollin pin scones
    they’ll be down at Kellys pawn shop number nine
    (the stench of spirits on their breath)
    bruises on my flesh set me heading for The Doors
    well you took my love and you set on a ship
    the bodies come floating back to me…

    Morning Song
    from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion-B.C
    New Zealand Aotearoa is a small village
    we need a remedy not Sometimes Salvation
    who needs sugar when you’ve got guarana
    Time Will Tell.Late at night when the lights are low
    She slips off her stockings and shoes
    Keep your eyes wide open and your hands upon the Wheel
    hit him in the Roadhouse Julie.remember Sandra Lees’ time?
    Hopeless Romantics. Promise You Anything including
    a Dagger Through The Heart-John Daniel
    Key’s a crawlin’ king snake and he only rules “his” world-John Lee
    “This Is Hip”; can’t recall, The Ghost of Tom Joad
    Galveston oh Galveston I am Lineman
    You’ve got to try a little kindness, show a little kindness
    Shine your light for every one to see
    they took turns at Becky; watch the last Act fall
    Star of the County Down and fuzzy.

    Anchorage, Alaska, or Justice in Ontario?
    they asked for water; exxon gave them gasoline.
    Now, it’s Big Red Sun Blues.

    a pistol is the Devils’ Right Hand
    the devils right hand, the devils right hand.

    Rock, Salt and Nails comes before Dirty Water
    cos i’m whaling, out on the sea
    step inside The Everlasting Grace. Stand Inside Your Love
    of Raindrops and Sunshowers.The Sacred and Profane
    Machina of the gods.

    it’s Still, So Early in The Spring smelt The Blacksmith
    watching Lassie Gathering Nuts. E Minstra;
    if love was a train i think i’d ride me a slow one
    but the L i N don’t run to Gizzy any more
    Katipo Widow. hourglass lice.

    Prior to Maddy there was Gaudette
    Come ye o’er France, we want more of the same
    for Wild is The Wind. They Can’t Take That Away
    from the Cotton Tail, Keeper of The Flame;
    Nina, sultry ballerina, or Ella: Scott Fitzgerald?

    you know that it would be untrue
    you know that i would be a liar
    if i was to say to you The Standard couldn’t get much higher
    -A Day is a Thousand Comments: A Thousand Comments is A Day
    Watch and Learn; Draco is a Shaman and felix (viper) keeps on killing
    Thanks Tim. Our Love Is Hear To Stay.
    Somethings Gotta Give
    Set The Controls For The Heart of The Son
    (careful with that axe) John Bunyan
    “I cum for ma’ boy”. amerikan eugenics Marion
    The Secret? don’t need a saucer!

    Foolish Games-The Grass is Blue
    He will be waiting; I AM Ready, Are you?
    (when i get this feeling, i can’t help myself)
    it’s always cold inside the Icehouse, though the rivers never freeze
    (they all die young on the Boulevard)
    see the wreckage All Lined Up
    must be something in the
    Atmosphere. Halos and Horns?

    and he says in another place
    “You are a priest forever,
    In the order of Melchizedek,
    because of your reverent submission”
    (although He was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered)
    hence, death shall have no dominion or pizza.

    corpus Mundi’s washing day, Tuesday’s pay the rent
    Thursday’s get the stains out, Friday money’s all been spent.

    -Johnny’s Ghost (on Horses)

    p.s. Who Will Save Your Soul (there’s an angel standing by) Amen

    -Billy Austin (Oxbridge)

  7. Rogue Trooper 7

    “Londons Calling”
    (i miss the Colonial Viper)
    hope ya bite soon and continue to rattle their Rusty Cage
    🙂

    -Chris

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      You’re always in my heart, mate. This Colonial Viper is getting an upgrade to a Mk VII shortly.

      • Rogue Trooper 7.1.1

        Bless You (brought tears to my eyes). Now, if someone could just help me speed up my laptop and broadband aquisition.

        Love, John James

      • Rogue Trooper 7.1.2

        Wow! (I owned a Mk X, from memory, but it remained a wreck due to another wreck i created)

    • “Ayn Rand calling, Ayn Rand calling. The surplus will arrive as promised [loud sounds heard in background as debt collector comes for the radio].”

  8. AwakeWhileSleeping 8

    Preacher using Christmas sermon to do some gay bashing. Apparently this was the year for it (see quote below).

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/churches-hostility-to-gay-marriage-only-underlines-their-impotence-8432092.html

    “The diatribe perplexed most people in the pews. For Ruth, it felt more personal. She is Catholic and gay, a reminder that both are the broadest of churches. She is also director of public affairs at the pressure group Stonewall, so deeply embroiled in the struggle for equal rights. “For me, God is love,” she says. “So why do I have to justify my very right to exist?” She was not alone in having to endure priests using their sermons to spout prejudice. For this was the year an insecure Church, confronted by an increasingly secular country, celebrated Christmas by lashing out in ways that only served to demonstrate its own demons and display its impotence.

    One befuddled bishop conjured up the spirit of Hitler by comparing the Coalition’s intention to legalise gay marriage to the ideology of fascism. In so doing, he exposed the most basic rule of debate: when you resort to bringing in the Nazis, you have obviously lost the argument.”

    • Rogue Trooper 8.1

      you are definitely AwakeWhileSleeping

      God is Love! (ok, with a little bit of observation of humankinds stoopidity thrown in)

      -from your friendly neighbourhood generative, integrative christian anarchist 🙂

      (off for fish n chips and a read of the papers now)

    • Well Hitler declared himself Catholic, and most Germans were christian at that time. So it would be half right, if your argument was that opposition to gay marriage might have links to fascist ideology; because homosexuals were murdered in the holocaust. But the bishop isn’t saying that, instead the reverse i.e. arguing that homosexuality was fascist, and that anyone that opposes the bishop’s hateful and bitter version of Christianity is a ‘Nazi’. *yawn*

    • Dr Terry 8.3

      Over Christmas you only had to read comments, in the Herald, from Church leaders which were nauseous and abominable (I say this as one who struggles to remain a church-goer).

  9. Has anyone read the article on Stuff which headlines ‘Judge critical of Talley’s request’
    Talley’s wanted a $10.000 security payment for costs against an ex-employee fighting
    for her fish processing job,she had worked there for 10yrs.
    The judge dismissed Talley’s application for the security payment and ordered it to
    contribute $750 towards the employees costs of defending “This unmeritorious application”
    (Judges words)
    I say good on Judge Colgan, top marks.
    Sorry i can’t link.

  10. Rogue Trooper 10

    Households still have a “zero” savings rate-Bagrie (or the money?)
    “the label apparel and jewellery please” Toogood to be true

    snoop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRN-5yU1pQ
    bow wow Wow! no more “candy” for me

    DPS “blow” more than the their budget (them NAct cats sure are scaredy); Leon filled me in on the
    Detail, just a little. Still Glocks?

    maybe this govt shoulda sat up straight in class and listened to the Educational Experts;
    anticipate more canings to come (along with smoking in the toilets)

    Human hand “evolved for fighting” argues another science priest;
    try a little open-handed gesture, or prayer: Meanwhile, back in the jungle out there,
    Family violence in NZ is still on the increase, reports local “Shadbolt” 😉

    joe-Gerry only reached 83, sigh, 90 would have been more FAB (thats me) BIG RAT. 🙁

    many of the elderly and disabled are still in “grim limbo” following the SandStorm
    see how far removed the US is from “civilisation”?

    Return of the Ottomans?-above Syria, Iraq, to the Left of Iran, and comparitively stable on the table.

    anyway,
    seems the sun always shines on t.v, yet not today at the queens park aslide to Splash Planet
    scattered showers to continue; sorry folks, not much helium remains but plenty of methane

    Talking Heads-“Warning Signs of things to come” so we may as well throw our arms around
    each other, Hunt and Collect.

    my agenda? if any of you fellow worker bees wanna chip in and lend a carpenter a hand
    is to research these clowns thoroughly in the new year
    then
    rip them limb from limb til’ it’s their “blood on the floor” some more
    and
    i’ll do it for a kennel, chow and the odd cannon bone or ball thrown in
    no pointer being backwards going forwards, english or german;
    all’s fair in Love and politics
    Boom! (how much is that labradoodle in the window Steven? gotta Speer?)

    C.V.-big wreck was a 38 deluxe with a 396 / 402 chambered
    (Left minds think alike Bruce)

    it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

    Oh Well, gotta dash-see what else ya all been scrawling.

    -Nash

  11. Rogue Trooper 11

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCRN-5yU1pQ
    (wot? no more links for me?)

  12. Rogue Trooper 12

    Ta. My Bad

  13. Draco T Bastard 13

    In an economy not so far, far away

    Robert Gordon of Northwestern University argues that the technological progress of the past 250 years could be a unique historical episode. He cites falling productivity levels and rising inequality as evidence that living standards are no longer improving as quickly. My colleague Martin Wolf shares some of these concerns, asking in an October column whether unlimited growth may be a thing of the past.

    A novel interpretation of this trend is starting to gain credibility among some economists: it is not that technology is stagnating but that monopoly interests are suppressing innovation. And the incentives for them to do so are increasing.

    Put a different way, companies have an interest in sabotaging progress and efficiency because not doing so could lead to the sort of abundance that might make it impossible to monetise anything. After all, how can you mark up manna that falls from heaven?

    The inevitable consequence of increasing productivity is that, eventually, there will be not enough demand to meet supply. IMO, the developed nations (such as those in the OECD) pretty much passed that state many decades ago which is why we have seen a rise in services and products that are, essentially, useless as well as the majority of people having to work more.

    • Rogue Trooper 13.1

      have to say this out loud D (checking the connection) that the personal-political is the only way to
      act in good faith over these consumption matters, imho

  14. Rogue Trooper 14

    Good award to J-A.G bad one two; check out her resume, she’s hot (in a helpful way)
    lightweight Ardern is Flockie (is that fly-strike? wotta dagg)
    Crimson Nile flows a pathway to the promised land
    don’t bother with Muffin s anymore even though you all ate them for breakfast,
    they are colonial imports anyway UK or US
    fender you are in the stratosphere casting at all times of the tide
    solidarnosc to our Warsaw friend
    some great bubbles floating about the spectrum
    great MO; getting physical there at times
    what a vivacious femme fatale

    don’t give up on decyphering; it’s all in there. I chequed mate 😉

    keep dropping these E-tablets xtsy; they prove to be therapeutic and we’re only making plans for
    Generals and Majors as Postman Bill always delivers. you sure are a trooper karol
    (if you don’t mind the lariot)
    keep sprinkling that saltpeter. Hi Hilary, Huggin right back at ya.
    the die is cast Ripley.
    What a buzza muzza; sawing right through at different lengths and depths
    always Nick S the threads, maybe reads the tea leaves.

    I’m Red through and thrown back again. Do we really want to play in the mud and throw pies
    (It’s not always about “the leader” or his corpulent, addicted side-kick; It was Heydrich the
    Allies made a concerted play for) He had the real “will”. D.C will be read again.Watch this frame.

    J’Accuse’s a Rock Star. Oh Vienna-Ultravox Ian;reminds me of Orange Crush and the sound of
    Hueys.
    savage as always michael (can’t hide those wings behind pulp fiction suits)
    On point Rhino tough-hided thing you.Some more creative writing ready to penetrate the plains?
    I often forget our tangata whenua colleagues; we can be blind to our biases, i know.

    yet, lots of absolutism guff being uttered freely.

    Oh well (limb from limb was metaphoric) but I have always thought a “researcher” would be an
    Apt application for a dogged Calvary man like me.

    -Zorro (from the Planet Caravan)

    ps, now, my shopping list for the evening is
    teas
    deoderant
    carrots
    and a light bulb (i kid u knot; that’s the gospel senors and senoritas)
    🙂 (debt free my socialist friends)

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  • A group of leading Australian economists have criticised recent free trade deals and argue that their benefits have been overstated. This echoes criticism of MFAT’s reliance on speculative modelling. Without their misleading assumptions, the analysis would have shown net costs for ...
    Its our futureBy Barry Coates
    10 hours ago
  • Nuclear testing is not a path to security and peace
    Today marks the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Since 1945, more than 2000 nuclear tests have been carried out at more than 60 locations around the globe. Nuclear weapons were designed and tested to be the ultimate doomsday weapon, setting a legacy ...
    10 hours ago
  • NZ fisheries depend on the environment – they should protect it
    The attitude of the fishing industry and the National Government to our oceans, and the life within it, still amazes me. Like many New Zealanders, I find it perplexing that an industry which depends entirely on the long-term health of ...
    frogblogBy Eugenie Sage
    13 hours ago
  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
    I have written previously about the overwhelming opposition expressed by local councils and community members to the latest Local Government reforms.  The Select Committee heard more submissions this week, specifically about some of the unintended consequences that may arise from ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    14 hours ago
  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
    I have written previously about the overwhelming opposition expressed by local councils and community members to the latest Local Government reforms.  The Select Committee heard more submissions this week, specifically about some of the unintended consequences that may arise from ...
    frogblogBy Jan Logie
    14 hours ago
  • Hard News: Medical cannabis: a polling experiment
    Yet another opinion poll has reflected a public mood for change in our laws around cannabis – and this one has an interesting wrinkle.The new poll was conducted by UMR for the reform group Start the Conversation between July 29 ...
    16 hours ago
  • Hard News: Medical cannabis: a polling experiment
    Yet another opinion poll has reflected a public mood for change in our laws around cannabis – and this one has an interesting wrinkle.The new poll was conducted by UMR for the reform group Start the Conversation between July 29 ...
    16 hours ago
  • An anti-fluoride trick: Impressing the naive with citations
    One way to make an article look impressive is to use citations – the more you use, the more impressive. Well, so some people think. Some of the over 140 references in Geoff Pain’s article. These references impress some people ...
    16 hours ago
  • Hard News: Reimagining Journalism
    Five o'clock on a Sunday is not generally thinking time for me, but yesterday was different. That was the kick-off for Reimagining Journalism, a WORD Christchurch panel discussion I chaired with Cate Brett, Paula Penfold, Duncan Greive, Morgan Godfery and ...
    17 hours ago
  • Hard News: Reimagining Journalism
    Five o'clock on a Sunday is not generally thinking time for me, but yesterday was different. That was the kick-off for Reimagining Journalism, a WORD Christchurch panel discussion I chaired with Cate Brett, Paula Penfold, Duncan Greive, Morgan Godfery and ...
    17 hours ago
  • HOP in detail
    As mentioned this morning, at Auckland Transport’s board meeting today there is an interesting paper giving an overview of the HOP system, which AT say is the third largest financial transaction system in the country. Here are some of the figures ...
    17 hours ago
  • HOP in detail
    As mentioned this morning, at Auckland Transport’s board meeting today there is an interesting paper giving an overview of the HOP system, which AT say is the third largest financial transaction system in the country. Here are some of the figures ...
    17 hours ago
  • ‘It’s sort of about the end of the world’: The Veils’ Finn Andrews talks Total Depravity
    The Veils’ frontman gives us a track-by-track insight into the band’s just-released new album, Total Depravity. Photo: Supplied This is part of a regular series called Verse Chorus Verse which sees local artists break down the stories behind ...
    18 hours ago
  • Why I don’t fear the robot apocalypse
    Being in Christchurch made me realise how reliant I am on Google Maps whenever I’m out of the tiny patch of Wellington I’m familiar with. Maps doesn’t really work in Christrchurch – every time I tried to use it the ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    19 hours ago
  • Absolutely Fabulous-ly Ugh
    The white boomer rebel is a farce.     Fox Searchlight Pictures/BBC Films The Absolutely Fabulous movie has been out for three weeks, and is now entering the end of its cinema run. Thank God. I have the ...
    19 hours ago
  • Profits, Dividends or Customers?
    The Herald made a valiant attempt to explain last Friday how Air New Zealand had managed to produce a record $663 million profit.  They quoted the Chief Executive, Christopher Luxon, as attributing the result to the tourist boom, the fall ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    20 hours ago
  • From Student Farce To American Tragedy.
    The Governor: "With his wing-collars up and his undergrad gown on, he looks like a cross between Dracula and Batman". Paul Gourlie wasn’t interested in the votes of the student “activists” who wore badges and carried placards. The votes ...
    20 hours ago
  • What’s going on at NZ Fashion Week?
    Underdressed and overrated, The Wireless sent Lucy Zee to rub shoulders with the most stylish attendees of New Zealand Fashion Week. Presented and produced by Lucy Zee. Video shot and edited by Eddy Fifield. This content is brought to ...
    21 hours ago
  • Even worse
    I spent the weekend in Christchurch at the (excellent) Word festival, and someone reminded me of poetry – although technically song lyrics – even worse than McGongall’s: I don’t want to see a ghost It’s a sight that I fear ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    22 hours ago
  • Even worse
    I spent the weekend in Christchurch at the (excellent) Word festival, and someone reminded me of poetry – although technically song lyrics – even worse than McGongall’s: I don’t want to see a ghost It’s a sight that I fear ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    22 hours ago
  • August 16 AT Board Meeting
    Today the Auckland Transport Board have their latest meeting and I’ve taken a look through the reports to pull out the interesting bits. Firstly and surprisingly the agenda for the closed session is surprisingly bare. The only non-regular item is Tamaki ...
    23 hours ago
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #35
    SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Rebuttal Article Update... He Said What?... SkS in the News... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 ...
    2 days ago
  • Sunday reading 28 August 2016
    ‘Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19410723-34-27’ Hi y’all and welcome to Sunday Reading. Here’s a collection of stuff I found interesting over the week. Please add your links in the comments below. Whoops, we forgot to build housing. During ...
    Transport BlogBy Kent Lundberg
    2 days ago
  • Sunday reading 28 August 2016
    ‘Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19410723-34-27’ Hi y’all and welcome to Sunday Reading. Here’s a collection of stuff I found interesting over the week. Please add your links in the comments below. Whoops, we forgot to build housing. During ...
    Transport BlogBy Kent Lundberg
    2 days ago
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #35
    A chronological listing of the news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Sun Aug 21, 2016 91,000 Electric Cars Sold In Europe In 1st Half Of 2016 by James Ayre, Clean Technica, Aug ...
    3 days ago
  • Guest Post: Rail Safety Week – A HSEQ Perspective
    This is a guest post from Harriet.  Recently we have had Rail Safety Week, the aim was to increase awareness of level crossings and their danger. Unfortunately we have had many deaths and injuries, with countless more near misses over ...
    Transport BlogBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • A wheely suitcase in Europe #6: San Sebastian to Gijon
    After four nights in San Sebastian, Basque we journeyed further west to Gijon, Asturias. Again we decided to use BlaBlaCar, mainly because the alternative rail and bus journeys were slower and more expensive respectively. The route we took is illustrated below, which as you ...
    Transport BlogBy Stu Donovan
    3 days ago
  • PFLP statement on Bilal Kayed hunger strike victory
    Support from the Palestinian people and international solidarity were key to this victory The following statement was released by the PFLP on Wednesday: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced the suspension of the hunger strike of Comrade ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Report Shows Whopping $8.8 Trillion Climate Tab Being Left for Next Generation
    This is a re-post from Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children," is an oft-quoted proverb, frequently used to explain the importance of environmental preservation. Unsaid, however, is ...
    4 days ago
  • Glasgow Celtic fans defy UEFA, step up support for Palestinians
    Taken from The Electronic Intifada (see our links section): Glasgow Celtic fans have launched a fundraiser to match any fine that Europe’s ruling football body, UEFA, will give the Scottish club for an expression of Palestine solidarity at a recent ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    frogblogBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Legal Beagle: It’s Carter/Docherty Day; or three short – and wholly unrelated – things
    I’m big on making sure voters know how to make the best use of their votes at elections, so last week I went along to the Transparency International Mayoral Forum.After short-opening statements, the candidates were asked about governance, and avoiding ...
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    frogblogBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    frogblogBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Just because it’s been done before doesn’t make it right
    Back in March I wrote this post in which I expressed scepticism about Auckland Transport's rationale for having a by-law that prohibits the display of election advertising anywhere that is visible from a road, except for the 9 weeks before an ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    4 days ago
  • National Poetry Day
    I discussed this celebration with friends at lunch and somehow none of them had heard of 19th Century Scottish poet William Topaz McGongall, widely celebrated as the worst poet of all time: he seems roughly cognate to Tommy Wiseau. Here ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    4 days ago
  • National Poetry Day
    I discussed this celebration with friends at lunch and somehow none of them had heard of 19th Century Scottish poet William Topaz McGongall, widely celebrated as the worst poet of all time: he seems roughly cognate to Tommy Wiseau. Here ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    4 days ago
  • Sailing to the Arctic with the people who call it home
    The courageous Inuit community of Clyde River is standing up to protect their Arctic home from devastating seismic blasting.The circumpolar Arctic is home to four million people representing a diversity of cultures. As northerners, they share many connections, but in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why fixing your phone is one of the most empowering things you can do
    Like most people, I don’t go anywhere without my phone. In the morning, its shrill alarm rouses me from sleep. During the day it bobs between my ear, my hand, and my pocket. At night, I hunt for Pokémon before ...
    4 days ago
  • Microbeads: How did companies respond?
    Remember THIS video?Back in July, Greenpeace East Asia ranked 30 global companies to see how they measured in terms of their commitment to phasing out microbeads – the tiny terrors that are often found in shower gels and facial scrubs, ...
    4 days ago
  • Does your cafeteria serve ocean destruction?
    Every time you eat in a restaurant, hospital, airport, a university cafeteria, or at even at a rock concert, it is likely that you are eating food provided by a large foodservice company. Sea of Distress, a brand new Greenpeace ...
    4 days ago
  • My Arctic Home
    I live in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) in the Canadian Arctic. Most people have never heard of my town. It's 450km north of the Arctic Circle with a population of roughly 1,000. We are isolated from much of the world, but ...
    4 days ago
  • Up Front: I Swear, It’s True
    There is a persistent myth among the kind of people I desperately try to avoid that swearing is a sign of low intelligence. Frequent swearing shows a lack of imagination and vocabulary.Fuck that noise.Research shows what people I would choose ...
    4 days ago
  • Up Front: I Swear, It’s True
    There is a persistent myth among the kind of people I desperately try to avoid that swearing is a sign of low intelligence. Frequent swearing shows a lack of imagination and vocabulary.Fuck that noise.Research shows what people I would choose ...
    4 days ago
  • One less objection to Skypath
    Some great news yesterday that the main objector to Skypath, the Northcote Residents Association (NRA), has withdrawn their appeal against the project. That leaves just the Northcote Point Historic Preservation Society (NPHPS) – made up of many of the same people ...
    4 days ago
  • A Political King.
    Birds Of A Feather: If Edward VIII had been a less enamoured sex-slave to Wallis Simpson and a more convinced fascist, it is entirely possible that he could have completely upended the British constitution. Royal words, and deeds, still matter ...
    4 days ago
  • Polity: Key peddles cynical “interest rate avenger” fantasy
    This week in Parliament, John Key repeated one of the lines that looks to be central to its election campaign in 2017. As we’ll see, that word “lines” probably has one too many n’s in it. Anyway, here it is:Rt ...
    4 days ago
  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Gaffer Departs
    My friend Simon Grigg this week announced something I've known for a while – that he's stepping down from his role as creative director at Audioculture. It is, literally, to spend more time with his family: Simon and his wife ...
    4 days ago
  • Places to go, people to be
    Nothing from me today - I'm off to Christchurch for Phoenix, their annual larp convention. Normal bloggage will resume Monday, once I've caught up. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Is There Something Wrong With Aussie Sport?
    Is There Something Wrong with Aussie Sport? The news that Australian Olympians returning from Rio have been given a hard time by the Australian media and public for the alleged paucity of their medal haul will, sadly, have come as ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • The Pencilsword: I can’t draw horses
    ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand – we’re in the sh*t
    . . “…We should always measure a Government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record.” – John Key, 7 September 2008 . . ref . In September 2008, one month before the general election, National’s leader addressed the party’s “Bluegreen* Forum“, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Housing is popular
    I’ve written several blog posts talking about challenges facing local democracy and consultation processes. This is an important issue. Harvard economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson make a convincing argument that inclusive political institutions, such as broad electoral franchises and ...
    Transport BlogBy Peter Nunns
    4 days ago
  • Increasing cycling and walking in New Zealand cities
    This is a post from Caroline Shaw and Marie Russell who are researchers at the University of Otago Wellington Having high levels of walking and cycling for transport in our urban centres is a crucial component of having a sustainable, people-oriented, 21st century transport ...
    4 days ago
  • Movement or Moment.
    Barring some disaster, Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential election in November. That poses an interesting question for the US Left, because the defensive support for her offered by Sanders supporters and other progressives in the face of the ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast
    A new study measures the loss of ice from one of world’s largest ice sheets. They find an ice loss that has accelerated in the past few years, and their measurements confirm prior estimates. As humans emit heat-trapping gases, we ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Reading: White rappers, Gawker and the Uber killer
    Our weekly recap highlighting the best feature stories from around the internet.   G-Eazy. Photo: AFP White Rappers, Clear of a Black Planet – by Jon Caramanica, The NY Times “But now we have arrived in the ...
    5 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    frogblogBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • An improved design for the Tamaki/Ngapipi mess
    My post yesterday about the hot mess that is the proposed Tamaki-Ngapipi intersection resulted in a lot of discussion, especially around the design and the role consultants play. Reader George who is also an engineer decided he could come up ...
    5 days ago
  • Electrons!
    Earlier this year Key is said to have asked his Ministers to come up with some new policy ideas, to deflect the criticism that they were a tired, exhausted, intellectually bankrupt government spinning its wheels and going nowhere. Maggie Barry’s ‘Predator ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    5 days ago
  • Rally in the rain shows love for humanities
    Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 30 Hundreds of people who work and study at the University of Otago rallied under umbrellas yesterday to say they love humanities. The university is planning to cut staff from five humanities departments Local TEU ...
    5 days ago
  • 10 percent budget cut at Lincoln
    Lincoln University is planning to cut “unpopular courses” the Christchurch Press reports. The Press says that vice-chancellor Robin Pollard told the university council it was necessary to “expedite” a review of all courses offered by the university and that he ...
    5 days ago
  • Victoria told pay offers are unequal
    People working at Victoria University of Wellington have rejected two pay offers, saying both treat people unequally. Union members at the university held a large and lively paid union meeting this week to consider two pay offers from their managers. ...
    5 days ago
  • Perspective
    From an excellent New Yorker article about the exoplanet detected in Proxima Centauri: In the coming decades, we will discover exoplanets by the tens of thousands and will come to know them, from afar, in intimate detail. Yet the nearest ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    5 days ago
  • Perspective
    From an excellent New Yorker article about the exoplanet detected in Proxima Centauri: In the coming decades, we will discover exoplanets by the tens of thousands and will come to know them, from afar, in intimate detail. Yet the nearest ...
    DimPostBy danylmc
    5 days ago

  • Disability sector is in a ‘slow burning crisis’
    Disability advocates say the sector is in crisis and broken, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.  “A roundtable at Parliament organised by the Labour Party, heard today how National has left disability services chronically underfunded. ...
    13 hours ago
  • NZ fisheries depend on the environment – they should protect it
    The attitude of the fishing industry and the National Government to our oceans, and the life within it, still amazes me. Like many New Zealanders, I find it perplexing that an industry which depends entirely on the long-term health of ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    13 hours ago
  • Bigger is not always better with local government reform
    I have written previously about the overwhelming opposition expressed by local councils and community members to the latest Local Government reforms.  The Select Committee heard more submissions this week, specifically about some of the unintended consequences that may arise from ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    14 hours ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness
    Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis. “There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum ...
    2 days ago
  • Government must review state sector retirement investment
    The State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme has no business investing in companies which manufacture cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines and nuclear weapons, Labour MP and Parliamentarians for Global Action executive member Su’a William Sio says. “I endorse the call made by the ...
    3 days ago
  • Councils shouldn’t rush into Easter Trading
    City and district councils must ensure they don’t rush into trading on Easter Sunday ahead of local body elections next month, Labour’s Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. “This decision must be taken seriously and only after extensive ...
    3 days ago
  • Minister can’t wash hands of illegal KiwiSaver investments
    The Minister responsible for appointing default KiwiSaver providers should take responsibility for ensuring they act legally, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The National Government has now had confirmed what they were told more than a week ago – that ...
    3 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Fixing our broken economy
    Globally, the “neo-liberal” consensus is rapidly vanishing (I use quotation marks because there are some in Aotearoa who deny such a thing as neo-liberalism exists). Regardless of the debate around its meaning, neo-liberal is a useful descriptor for the general ...
    GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
    4 days ago
  • Government railroading Maori Land Bill through
    Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell seems determined to railroad his Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill through despite the large number of submitters in opposition to the bill, says MP Meka Whaitiri, whose Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate contains nearly 30 per cent ...
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
    It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    4 days ago
  • Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Anne Tolley is seriously ...
    4 days ago
  • Time has come for state apology on abuse
    Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson ...
    4 days ago
  • It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
    New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken on as contractors for less than the equivalent of the minimum wage, says Labour list MP David Parker.  “My Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment ...
    4 days ago
  • Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
    Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ...
    4 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
    On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    5 days ago
  • Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
    The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of the ...
    5 days ago
  • Gun laws creaking under the strain
     Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
    5 days ago
  • Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
    The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
    5 days ago
  • Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
    National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
    5 days ago
  • Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
    The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.   I am now reading submissions from NZ Steel, ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    6 days ago
  • Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
    Just 16,000 – or 8 per cent – of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations for which there is an identified skills shortage, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The overwhelming majority of the record number ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
    The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
    6 days ago
  • National’s privatisation Trojan horse
     The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
    6 days ago
  • Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
    The fact that more than 300 sections are shamelessly being advertised on Trade Me as land-banking opportunities during a housing crisis shows the need for a crackdown on property speculators, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Of the 328 ...
    6 days ago
  • Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
    The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
    6 days ago
  • Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
    The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
    I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    6 days ago
  • Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
    The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
    6 days ago
  • Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
    The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Local democracy under threat
    The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    7 days ago
  • Slash and burn of special education support
    Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
      Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
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