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Open mike 30/08/2012

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, August 30th, 2012 - 124 comments
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Step right up to the mike…

124 comments on “Open mike 30/08/2012”

  1. Morrissey 1

    WIMP WALLOPING : David Shearer on Larry Williams Drive
    NewstalkZB, Wednesday 29 August 2012, 6.18 to 6:24p.m.

    Williams is shamelessly partisan and pro-National. Thirty minutes before this debacle, he had Gerry Brownlee on the programme, and treated him with cringing deference, feeding him the sort of patsy questions that someone like Simon Bridges or Chris Tremain serves up for a minister at Question Time in the House.

    Toward the Leader of the Opposition, though, his tone was radically different….

    Re selling off our state assets, Williams insolently stated: “You see risks, David, because you don’t want them sold.” Shearer let that go, unchallenged.

    Williams asked in a querulous tone: “Why SHOULDN’T private investors own umm, ahhh, part of the power company?” Shearer garbled a reply, and Williams condescendingly capped him by quoting something by Steven Joyce. Again, Shearer failed to pick him up on that, failed to challenge him.

    And it wasn’t over….

    WILLIAMS: Listen, the report on the child poverty…
    SHEARER: Uh, we’re still looking THROUGH that…”

    WILLIAMS: Do you really think these parents can’t afford to feed these kids some porridge?
    SHEARER: Uhhh…

    Throughout the interview, Larry Williams was by turn brusque, condescending and insolent.

    How long can this go on?

    Statistical analysis of Shearer’s performance:

    “y’know”…. 11 times
    “um”…. 14 times
    “uh uh, ahhh”…. 16 times
    “and and and and”…. 6 times
    “in the in the in the”….. 9 times
    “yeah”…… 5 times

    • Bill 1.1

      Don’t know how you do it Morrissey. This talent you have for listening to antagonistic tosh and dissecting it is kind of admirable. Must admit, I’d need a stockpile of radios and a good plasterer if I tried to emulate your efforts. And although you deserve a medal of some description, I’m afraid you’ll just have to settle for my thanks for making me laugh first thing in the morning. That running total of ‘Shearisms’ is pure gold.

    • vto 1.2

      Morrissey, your transcripts do an amazing job of cutting through the bullshit to see exactly what was going on. Your one yesterday I think it was Deaker and some others was brilliant.

      They should be made to listen to themselves.

      • Lanthanide 1.2.1

        I’ve given up paying attention to Morrissey’s transcripts after he twice transcribed interviews I had listened to and his transcription was biased and out of context.

        • Morrissey 1.2.1.1

          I’ve given up paying attention to Morrissey’s transcripts after he twice transcribed interviews I had listened to and his transcription was biased and out of context.

          Nonsense. You were upset because I recorded the inanity and lack of thought in the comments of some pro-nuclear shills on the National Radio.

          I didn’t record them verbatim, it was a rush transcript, but the gist of their idiotic comments was correct.

          Let’s not forget that even as the Japanese government was seriously considering the evacuation of the city of Tokyo, YOU were blithering on about how SAFE nuclear power is. My transcripts, which underlined the lack of intellectual substance and complete lack moral integrity of pro-nuclear advocates, clearly angered you. Your objections were nothing more than quibbles about a few missing words, and are thus quite spurious.

          • Lanthanide 1.2.1.1.1

            “I didn’t record them verbatim, it was a rush transcript, but the gist of their idiotic comments was correct.”

            If you didn’t record them verbatim, why did you present it as if you had, and then defended it when I challenged you on it?

            The topic really isn’t relevant.

          • Te Reo Putake 1.2.1.1.2

            So not a transcript, then Mozza? Just a precis? Can I suggest you don’t use the word ‘transcript’ in future, now that you’ve acknowleged that they are no such thing.

          • Bored 1.2.1.1.3

            Hey Morrissey, we never managed to agree on the World Cup final…..went on forever..and we agreed to disagree. I did however send you to metaphorical purgatory for being ideologically impure on referees being innocent until proven guilty…and you then got a ban proving there is a God and I was right. So there. Carry on.

            • Morrissey 1.2.1.1.3.1

              and you then got a ban proving there is a God and I was right. So there. Carry on.

              Yes, my friend, I’m sorry to say I was in purgatory for a month after that one.

      • Morrissey 1.2.2

        Your one yesterday I think it was Deaker and some others was brilliant.

        Actually, it was Larry (Pravda) Williams again….

        http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-29082012/comment-page-1/#comment-514451

    • fnjckg 1.3

      yup

    • tc 1.4

      Epic fail again, wtf is he even doing on the right wing rant radio channel anyway. Another own goal.

      Play the game in a way you can be effective…..what a media dunce DS is.

    • David H 1.5

      Thats sad, Sad because of the performance of the labour leader. And sadder still that someone actually counted his umms, arrrs, and errs. And saddest of all is the unimpressive totals.
      Sorry people but on that performance he has got to go.

    • aerobubble 1.6

      Joyce says government can’t legislate for prosperity,
      but can take the draw down of charity profits
      from pokies, and give them to SkyCity
      for a conference center.

      Joyce shouts, GFC has made governing to hard, along with Labours
      legacy, National is unable to turn the economy around!
      Defeatism from Joyce.

      Then, Joyce says that tax cuts don’t effect benefitaries,
      as we all know Australians don’t pay tax on the first dollar
      of income, unlike here in NZ where 10.2% is levied, as
      National achieved nothing in reducing this rate from 12.5% to 10.2%!

      See National believes that Kiwis aren’t going to OZ for the zero tax income
      on the five thousand earned, the capital gains tax that increase the burden
      on the non-productive sector, but because there are jobs in OZ.

      • mike e 1.6.1

        So joyce is saying the brighter future was a con

        • Colonial Viper 1.6.1.1

          Which we knew all along. Too bad there are no competing visions of NZ out there to show the public.

          • prism 1.6.1.1.1

            CV 1 6 1 1
            competing visions of NZ out there
            This morning on Chris Laidlaw Radionz Jim Dier a very enthusiastic community builder who has found that he and his fellows have made a lot of difference. So he is not an armchair idealist but a thinking down-and-dirty-hands worker who has a good idea that works. Audio should be up by noon.

            http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday
            10:06 Ideas: Growing Communities
            Epuni Primary School’s Common Unity Project aims to produce enough fruit and vegetables to feed not only the school’s 110 pupils but their families as well. It’s a classic example of what’s been called Asset Based Community Development – or ABC Development. Ideas visits Epuni Primary School in Lower Hutt and talks to the project’s volunteer coordinator Julia Milne; Jim Diers, a proponent of the ABCD movement, tells Jeremy Rose about Seattle’s Strong Communities Initiative; and Denise Bijoux of Inspiring Communities talks to Chris Laidlaw about the proliferation of asset-based community projects in New Zealand.
            Presented by Chris Laidlaw
            Produced by Jeremy Rose.

    • fisiani 1.7

      Shearers eloquence evokes passion in the hearts of listeners. He is umm, ah the best best possible leader for umm New Zealand , yeah.

  2. Logie97 2

    … don’t torture yourself by listening to ZB. Listen to Radio NZ “National” Programme instead. That way your stress levels will drop markedly, and you’ll find that bigots like Williams, Smith, Watson et al become irrelevant.

    What sort of independence do you think you will get from the commercial network anyway?

    • Morrissey 2.1

      … don’t torture yourself by listening to ZB.

      That ten minutes or so, plus the earlier interview with Brownlee, was all I listened to on NewstalkZB yesterday. Oh, and a few minutes of gardening expert Simon Farrell and Danny Watson being flippant and unfunny with their elderly callers earlier in the day.

      Listen to Radio NZ “National” Programme instead.

      I usually do.

      That way your stress levels will drop markedly, and you’ll find that bigots like Williams, Smith, Watson et al become irrelevant.

      Not correct. Have you listened to Jim Mora’s programme? Have you listened to Geoff Robiinson’s patsy interviews in the morning?

      What sort of independence do you think you will get from the commercial network anyway?

      Fair comment.

      • Logie97 2.1.1

        Sorry Morrissey, I thought the “National” in quotes might have been a concession there. Yeah, well I’ve let Mora know my feelings on many issues and Robinson… well he is best suited to Births Deaths and Marriages announcements where he can put on his “I’m ever so concerned” voice.

      • tc 2.1.2

        Yup morrissey, Robinson is a complete suckup, Mora belongs on ZB more that RNZ.

        Another clever subtle tweak by the CT folk with nat boy Griffin pulling the strings at RNZ.

      • David H 2.1.3

        I don’t listen to Radio. Haven’t for 15 years I used to listen to talkback radio when delivering pizza’s, and it wasn’t too bad. But i was somewhere the other day, where they had some honking idiot shouting all over the other person who was trying to make a point. And the 15 years radio less were instantly justified.

        • Morrissey 2.1.3.1

          I don’t listen to Radio. Haven’t for 15 years I used to listen to talkback radio when delivering pizza’s, and it wasn’t too bad. But i was somewhere the other day, where they had some honking idiot shouting all over the other person who was trying to make a point.

          There’s a high likelihood that that honking idiot was one of the following: Leighton Smith, Larry Williams, Michael Laws, Mark Watson. Of course, there are others almost as bad, but they are the worst.

          And the 15 years radio less were instantly justified.

          Books are best. I agree.

          • David H 2.1.3.1.1

            Yes I agree books are best. In fact I am just re reading Joe Haldemans The Forever War and Forever Peace. Just as valid now as when it was written.

  3. Health warning, and NZ 100% pure bullshit.

    Transpower have been painting the pylons supporting the Haywards A & B transmission lines for about the last year (?). As they are coming closer to the pylons near my dwelling I started to look into exactly what they were doing.
    Transpower are using a product called Garnet, ignoring the .05% lead in this stuff, it is relatively inert, and is even used in water filters. It is also used, along with high pressure water, to cut steel. Garnet certainly has the ability to lift galvanising off steel.
    So my question is what is in the galvanising?
    It turns out it contains Cadmium and Zinc, which when hit with high pressure water and Garnet will cause the Cadmium and Zinc to be more or less vaporised.
    I rang OSH, they asked how to spell Cadmium? But are now looking into this.
    It is kind of hard to see a 100% pure NZ/Kapiti with these heave metals blowing all over the district.
    Anyone living near a freshly painted pylon may need a blood test.

    • weka 3.1

      Out of sight, out of mind. Tourists don’t arrive with heavy metal testing capabilities ;-)

      Maybe you should notify the Ministry of Health, they’re not too keen on heavy metals.

    • David H 3.2

      And where are the experts, the people that are supposed to know about this shit??? Probably ‘Gone to Aus” But to ask how to spell Cadmium, why does that not leave me with a very warm feeling ?

    • joe90 3.3

      Robert, zinc galvanising isn’t cadmium plating, garnet injected water blasting isn’t garnet injected water jet cutting, mechanically sloughed particles aren’t vapourised oxides and hand to mouth ingestion isn’t metal fume fever.

      • weka 3.3.1

        Are  you saying there are no pollution issues?

      • joe90 3.3.2

        Are you saying there are no pollution issues?

        The only by-product of the sand injected blasting would be zinc from the galvanised tower struts, no heating so no oxides, and the abrasive sand.

        With strict compliance conditions regarding recovery of blasting sand and residue, including lead from previous paint jobs, pollution from tower painting is from the transport and compressor emissions.

        Cadmium plating is limited to high value components and fasteners so it’s highly unlikely there’ll be any present on transmission tower steel.

        If you’re the one doing the blasting/painting you’re compelled to cover up and use a mask because of the nature of the work and as with most industrial poisoning the real risk is hand to mouth ingestion.

        If you’re a grazing animal the sand wouldn’t be to good for your teeth and no doubt you’d exceed the daily zinc allowance but in my experience there’s rarely if ever any stock present because the animals do tend to either eat your gear or shit all over it.

        So IMO there’s no real risk of being poisoned by zinc, an essential mineral in your diet, the blasting sand is only bad for you if you ingest it and the presence of cadmium is highly unlikely.

        Transpower guidelines.

  4. Te Reo Putake 4

    One of my chief delights is the English fortnightly magazine Private Eye whose covers are usually a news photo with a satirical caption and speech bubble attached. The latest issue is particularly funny, though Muzza, Mozza and other members of the rapidly dwindling Assange fan club should probably look away.
     
    Assange Taunts Hague.
     
    The cover when the Queen met former IRA man Martin McGuiness earlier this year wasn’t bad either!

    • Bill 4.1

      I think you should give people more credit for having a sense of humour TRP. I’m certainly one of those people who figures it is absolutely unacceptable for a person to be exposed to a somewhat paranoid and vindictive US justice system on the back of some other, unrelated and actual crime they may or may not have committed.

      The PE cover is genuinely humourous.

    • Morrissey 4.2

      I love Private Eye. It has a go at everyone, even the saintly, and it’s always funny.

      Yes, they’re having a go at Assange here, but their coverage of his persecution by the state has been thorough and fair.

      Unlike you, the Eye long ago worked out that William Hague is a pathetic little worm and an inveterate liar, qualities that come in useful when mounting a campaign against a dangerous dissenter. Unlike you, they can have a go at Assange while also realizing the attacks on him by scoundrels like Hague are politically motivated.

      You say that the Eye is one of your “chief delights”, but it is clear that you just don’t get it.

      • Te Reo Putake 4.2.1

        Ho ho, very satirical! I do get it, by the way. Every fortnight, by airmail.

        • Morrissey 4.2.1.1

          I do get it, by the way. Every fortnight, by airmail.

          No, you don’t “get it”.

          • Te Reo Putake 4.2.1.1.1

            I see your humour bypass has kicked in again, Mozza!

            • Morrissey 4.2.1.1.1.1

              I see your humour bypass has kicked in again, Mozza!

              My “humour bypass”? I did get the joke, in case you were wondering.

    • Bored 4.3

      FFS TR, who gives a flying fekk at a rolling donut about a rapidly dwindling Assange fan club? Are we being told what is politically correct to think again, tow the line or you are going to be show trialled a al Soviet by the blogging ideologues on TS?

    • muzza 4.4

      When did I ever indicate I was part of the Assange “fan club” in my posts on the topic?

      • Te Reo Putake 4.4.1

        Whoops, my mistake. It was another poster altogether I was thinking of, Muzza, humble apologies.

      • Morrissey 4.4.2

        Muzza, the intention is to trivialize your arguments. One fool called me a “fan boy” at least three times. If Assange was Jewish, he no doubt would used an antisemitic slur against me.

  5. Logie97 5

    Key gets lucky again.

    Remember his support for S59 and how it boosted his public image while the Left got punished for social engineering. Now his open support for the Marriage Bill looks good, but he doesn’t have to speak to it, just leaves his vote, while he is off at some Pacific Forum.

  6. Seti 6

    The US government has established a new vehicle fuel economy standard for all cars and light trucks by 2025, which will nearly double the current regulation.
    http://bottomline.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/28/13527985-obama-raising-fuel-standard-to-average-545-mpg-by-2025?lite

    Manufacturers will have to achieve an average of 54.5mpg or 4.36 litres per 100km. How does that compare with current models?

    Toyota Prius  4.7 l/100km
    Honda Civic hybrid  5.3 l/100km
    Mitsi Lancer  7.7 l/100km
    Ford Falcon 9.9 l/100km
    Bugatti Veyron 29 l/100km

    So the new average economy for all models will have to exceed the most efficient currently available. 

    “Everybody is a winner today,” said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
    “Motorists win because they will have much more fuel-efficient cars to drive, thus saving thousands of dollars at the gas pump every year,” Beinecke said. “The auto industry — and its workers — win because these standards will spur the creation of thousands of new jobs as well as state-of-the-art vehicles that go nearly twice as far on the same gallon of gasoline.”

    These standards will flow on to global manufacturing not just US produced models.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Its interesting that they managed to pass this very tough (and actually world leading) legislation – they had help from a lot of Republicans in order to do so. However, they are counting on a lot of sales of electric and semi-electric vehicles in order to meet the overall average requirement. That’s where these regulations are taking a big risk, in terms of technical and commercial feasibility.

      The other longstanding trend to bear in mind is that new car sales in the US are slow and that people are holding onto existing cars longer and longer. Average vehicle age in the US is now a record 10.8 years.

      In other words, the new mileage standards will take up to a decade before significantly reducing US gasoline consumption.

    • mike e 6.2

      seti the hybrid figures above are manufactures figures in reality hybrid cars are no more effecient than small petrol cars + the huge energy cost of manufacture.

    • Lanthanide 6.3

      Reading comments on this on Slashdot, there was one very interesting one. Note that I haven’t verified it’s veracity.

      These aren’t actually MPG standards, but are air emissions standards, which can *equate* to MPG standards. However the equation part is actually quite misleading. For example, to improve emissions you can either increase fuel efficiency or invent a better better exhaust / muffler system – either will be sufficient to meet the emissions standards. The commenter also indicated that such things as swapping standard incandescent lamps in headlines/brake lights to LEDs can be counted towards the emissions reductions, which doing absolutely nothing for the fuel efficiency of the car.

  7. Well, Julie Anne Genter handed ex labour party MP and rogernome /hiss/ Ken Shirley his arse on Morning Report this morning.

    How refreshing to have a fact based presentation of transport issues as opposed to the wooly headed rhetoric we normally get.

    • vto 7.1

      Yes mr micky that is refreshing. Ken Shirley had no answers.

      Now that approach needs to be applied to other major issues facing us, such as;

      How having foreign landlords is a better thing for us.
      Why selling the assets is a good thing when it is actually costing us.
      Why the taxpayer needs to support big business all the time (NZX, irrigation, etc).

      As far as I can see, the right wing free market private business model is lying in tatters on the road. Farmers have woken up and acknowledged their pollution (different issue, but with same attitudes) but it took some time…. and similarly, it will take a bit more time before these other sectors acknowledge their very substantial and fatal flaws.

    • Jackal 7.2

      Thanks for that mickysavage. I found this bit interesting:

      Ken Shirley: Bigger but fewer trucks than you would otherwise have, and safer trucks because they are higher technology and you can get up to 20 per cent improved loadings ah in bigger trucks but fewer trucks than you would otherwise need for a given freight task.

      There is no “higher technology” being employed… They are simply loading the same old trucks to the maximum weight they can carry. Not only does this cause more wear and tear on the trucks themselves, making them less safe, it damages our roading infrastructure.

      Shirley is wrong that there will be less trucks on our roads. National has recently revealed plans to further disestablish our rail network, which will push more heavy freight onto less efficient trucks.

      Of course road repairs and things like $45 million for strengthening bridges so heavier vehicles can use them are socialized costs. This ensures that the trucking industry appears on paper to be more cost effective, because they’re simply not paying all their overheads.

      Shirley was also completely wrong concerning the Auckland rail link. Even before you account for the benefits from highway decongestion, things like job creation and regional efficiency make the CBD rail link economically viable.

      Perhaps the intellectually deficient Ken Shirley was getting confused with the holiday highway, which has completely failed its cost to benefit analysis.

    • Sanctuary 7.3

      Bahahahahaha at Ken Shirley resorting to a straight party-political diatribe when he lost the argument!

      “They don’t like it up ‘em, do they captain Mainwaring!”

      I must confess I love it when smug right-wing middle aged white men are trounced in public like that, it really rattles their cage and they absolutely hate it.

  8. ak 8

    Tentacles.

    Jaybus aitch fracking Christmas, Carol, just when you thought you’d plumbed the depths of gormless, racist, arrogant shallowness, out pops another zinger from the Keyster.

    Tentacles. Way to burn off decades of hard-wrought good will, kid. With the market that’s propping us up. The burgeoning superpower, and the only one in history that hasn’t invaded another country.

    Tentacles. Maybe they won’t notice or take offence.

  9. fnjckg 9

    J-A G: excellent

    Fiji-a Chinese Naval Base? hee hee-“Race for the Pacific” (again)

    Brendan Horan (now thats a phonetically interesting sir-name) -re CONSCIENCE vote
    “hadn’t given ‘it’ much thought”
    conscience? what conscience? foolish presenter not ‘present’
    but we suffer quite a few ‘presenters’ in our democracy (finger approaching throat, but i just had breakfast)

    Assad-” rebels face inevitable death”
    Chemical Weapons deployed inevitable?

    Motorways-borrow borrow borrow burrow

    Track-maintenance worker redundencies-MADNESS

  10. Morrissey 10

    Weasel Watch
    Thursday 30 August 2012

    Okay, everybody, listen carefully and do exactly as I say.

    1.) Pick up your copy of the New Zealand Herald.

    2.) Open it and look at page A16.

    3.) Look at the advertisement on the bottom half of the page.

    4.) Now ask yourself this question: is it or is it not the most blackly humorous, unintentionally funny advertisement you have ever seen?

    • Carol 10.1

      I would never PAY for NZ Herald. Looked at it on Press Display.
      :sigh:

      Apt that the headline above it is It’s all downhill from here

      Fitting for one of those beer billboards:

      YOU FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST SPIN DOCTORS

      Williams, Watson, Hosking, Smith, Woodham [images of] Newstalk ZB

      Yeah, right!

      • tc 10.1.1

        I liked a comment the other day which applies to ZB’s

        ‘the upper class telling the middle class it’s the lower class’s fault’

        Shock jocks and dog whistlers.

        • Morrissey 10.1.1.1

          ‘the upper class telling the middle class it’s the lower class’s fault’

          Actually, in the case of NewstalkZB, it’s more a case of “the Ignorant telling the Bewildered that it’s the Liberals’ fault.”

  11. hellonearthis 11

    WINZ could save a couple off million dollars each year, if only they would do a little Synchronization of there clients, a little time management.
    Sickness beneficiaries have to go to the GP every 3 months to have there benefit renewed.
    And once a year the Sickness beneficiaries also get a full review, which means another GP visit.
    The current system means that once a year a Sickness beneficiary will go to the GP for a 3 month renewal and then, go to the GP again (generally within 3 weeks of just getting there medical certificate updated) for another medical certificate, even though they have a valid one on record that’s not due to expire for another couple of months.
    This costs each Sickness beneficiary around $40 with is refunded by Winz.
    So my point is, if Winz synchronized this Annual medical certificate with the 3 month medical certificate, it would save the state the cost of a medical certificate.
    If there are 59,500 people on a Sickness benefit then performing this would save the Government around $2,380,000 each and every year.

    Not sure if there is a similar issue with invalid beneficiaries but if there is then that could more than double the $2+ million dollars.

    Yes, the GP’s will make less money but will also have less paper to deal with and would be able to cope with an extra 59,500 sick people.

    Note: I don’t want my private information by Paula Benefit or any Winz staff or Ministers.

    Will cross post this to Red Alert and the Greens blog.

    OMG did I just work out a way to save over $2 million dollars a year…

    • weka 11.1

      “This costs each Sickness beneficiary around $40 with is refunded by Winz.”
       
      I’m not sure that is true. Maybe the rules have changed, but in the past you had to claim the medical fee back on disability allowance. If your DA is already at the maximum then the only way to claim medical fees  is if you get TAS (hardship grant, which is meant to be temporary, capped, and which only pays a proportion of the cost).
       
      I take your point though, and agree there are many inefficiencies in the WINZ system. All the people on SB long term for instance (and being refused Invalid’s), could go on 6 month or even 12 month reviews. 

      • David H 11.1.1

        Like me I am a long term (3 years) and not really much chance of going back to work I have been refused the Invalids Benefit on the word of a doctor I have never met, who has never even spoken to me let alone examine me, and he seems to know a hell of a lot more about how to cure me, that all the specialists I have seen and have spoken to me don’t know. My medical expenses are worked out by winz, and then divided by 52 and paid that way, so when I go to the doctor its still hard to pay the bill. It would be better if they also paid you the $40 the week of your appointment (even if you had to show your appointment) or they just put it on the card.

    • Uturn 11.2

      [blockquote]The current system means that once a year a Sickness beneficiary will go to the GP for a 3 month renewal and then, go to the GP again (generally within 3 weeks of just getting there medical certificate updated) for another medical certificate, even though they have a valid one on record that’s not due to expire for another couple of months.[/blockquote]

      Seems tidy on paper, one less vist being “better”, but make sure you check the real life experience of a sickness beneficiary visiting a doctor at any given time which may reveal the opposite. A person may only be able to deal with the stress of a short visit, that deals with only one aspect of an illness at a time and need a pause before being additionally reminded of the administration of their affairs. These people don’t just have a bad case of flu, they have a profound health concern that effects all aspects of their lives. Most doctors these days at least have a piece of paper stuck to the wall of their office that says they are officially concerned at the emotional state of their clients as well as any other aspect.

      Saving money sounds great, but it should not come at the cost of making vulnerable people feel even more out of control of their affairs, or in an extreme, trampling over their human rights because they are “beneficiaries who owe society” i.e. lower class of person. Treating situations that have inherent fragilities from a dollars-and-cents-first-make-the-people-fit-it approach, makes me nervous.

      • Draco T Bastard 11.2.1

        Saving money sounds great, but it should not come at the cost of making vulnerable people feel even more out of control of their affairs, or in an extreme, trampling over their human rights because they are “beneficiaries who owe society” i.e. lower class of person.

        It wouldn’t. In fact, it would make the person feel more in control and less like having to jump through hoops. If they have to go every three months to get a doctors certificate plus another every year then the fourth one just becomes the yearly one meaning that the person only has to go four times per year and not five.

        Treating situations that have inherent fragilities from a dollars-and-cents-first-make-the-people-fit-it approach, makes me nervous.

        Um, what? Where’d you get that idea from?

        BTW, HTML for formatting here, not PHP.

        • Uturn 11.2.1.1

          Yes you’re right, it wouldn’t, or possibly it would. At least that is now cleared up. I get ideas from understanding the meaning of words.

    • joe90 11.3

      The UK solution, if you won’t work for free you’ll be subjected to a work test which in some instances appears to have been fatal.

  12. fnjckg 13

    Isaac: MSM-Seven years to the day since Katrina

    7 years, to the day! pretty ‘hairy’

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      From your second link:

      This amounts to what we might call an “irrelevance” defense: Finance theorists cannot be held responsible, since no one in the real world pays attention to them!

      Which made me giggle :twisted:

    • Thanks for the links

  13. Great video from Richard Heinberg at the Post Carbon Institute

    DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

    “In recent months we’ve seen a spate of articles, reports, and op-eds claiming that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called “new technologies” that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of “unconventional” oil. “Don’t worry, drive on,” we’re told.

    But as Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg asks in this short video, what’s really new here? “What’s new is high oil prices and … the economy hates high oil prices.”

    WE NEED YOUR HELP SHARING THIS VIDEO
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    We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that’s depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.

    Unfortunately, the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are parroting the hype, claiming — in Obama’s case — that unconventional oil can play a key role in an “all of the above” energy strategy and — in Romney’s — that increased production of tight oil and tar sands can make North America energy independent by the end of his second term.

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    • Lanthanide 16.1

      Hahaha, North America!

      Americans will hear that and think “America”. Really it’s Canada, possibly with Mexico thrown in for good obfuscation.

  14. NZ has reached “peak coal” according to Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder. There is plenty of coal left in the ground, but it is becoming prohibitively expensive to extract. This is illustrated by yesterdays announcement by Solid Energy of hundreds of job losses.

    “Underground mining was inefficient and “very hard”.

    ”It’s becoming harder, it’s becoming problematic,” he said.

    “After 110 years of mining in New Zealand, the easy coal has gone.”

    New technology was needed to reach the significant amount that was left deep underground, which was why the company was pushing its underground coal gasification and coal seam gas projects, he said.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7575543/Coast-reels-as-mine-closes

    • weka 17.1

      So now would be the time to prioritise all coal extraction to projects that build post-carbon resiliency. In NZ.

      “Elder said he was refusing a short-term incentive payment and had taken a 10 per cent reduction in his $1.41 million salary.”

      :-( 

      • Yeah poor guy right. A $141,000 pay cut and he still makes over one million dollars. I’ll be sure to pass the hat around my friends and family to help support this kiwi battler.

    • mike e 17.2

      if they know so much why the hell did they buy pike river.

  15. Morrissey 18

    Some people around here seem to think I make my transcripts up. I don’t. Often, however, they are not verbatim, but hurried transcripts taken down in longhand as I listen to the source of the inanity, whether it be radio or television. Occasionally, though, I’ll transcribe the whole thing. Here’s a real transcript, laboriously taken from an audiotape…

    Larry Williams clashes with Murray Deaker
    Friday 4 February 2003

    Friday afternoon’s little stoush live on air was not the first time these two have brawled like this. On the day of the launch of the Blackguard organisation just five or so months ago, Williams got a sheepish, evasive Deaker to admit that he’d been at the launch of the super-patriotic organisation. “You’re PATHETIC!” snarled Williams. An indignant Deaker wasn’t going to stand for such insolence: “Larry, you never READ anything, you have no idea of what you’re talking about!” he bellowed, and they proceeded to yell at each other for at least three minutes. Later, on his 7 o’clock show, a still upset Deaker played the tape again, presumably to show what a bastard Larry Williams was.

    By the next day, the two pilgarlics had kissed and made up and Deaker was smothering Williams with his legendary flattery: “Larry, THAT is why YOU are the best in the business,” he cooed after Williams had made an unremarkable comment about another matter. But that was then and this is now. Last Friday afternoon, Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth, the targets of the Blackguard vilification campaign, broke their silence, revealing that it was mainly the shoddy and vacillating management of the trustees that forced them to leave Team New Zealand three years ago. Support for the Alinghi sailors by listeners was swift, indicating widespread suspicion and resentment of the Blackguard organisation and, in particular, of its most strident mouthpiece, Murray Deaker. We present herewith a selection from the last half hour of the Larry Williams
    show of Friday 31 January….

    5:32 p.m.
    LARRY WILLIAMS: I have been involved with Russell and Brad and there’s plenty more there than they released today – that’s all I’m going to say… you’ve just heard jim Farmer QC; you’d have to be a MONKEY, an IDIOT to accept on those terms…

    5:32 p.m.
    MICHAEL LAWS: [commenting on the failure of TVNZ to show the TV interview from Swiss TV which proves that Team NZ and Blackheart were always very close, and never independent] This should be Broadcasting Authority stuff… Gee, the Americas Cup is a nasty piece of work. I’ve never come across a sport that is so much about lawyers, vindictiveness, money and nastiness.

    5:45 p.m.
    [A Blackguard supporter rings in to sling off at Coutts and Butterworth…]

    WILLIAMS: You’re PATHETIC!
    …………………………
    CALLER TIM: I’m sick of hearing certain commentators, who look like Kojak, shooting from the mouth – or screaming from the mouth – and I’ve said all along we’ve never heard the other side of this.

    WILLIAMS: Well we haven’t heard the other side because they haven’t been allowed to tell the other side and yet you must know – let this be clear – they didn’t actually want to TELL the other side. They NEVER wanted to say anything. They just wanted to go at the time and get out and do what they do best, which is sailing boats. Look it has to be pointed out it was Team New Zealand who wanted this kept secret. Now I must also point out that we’re not talking about Team New
    Zealand TODAY, really – we’re talking about Team New Zealand the old trustees, although the new trustees wanted this kept silent. But in the main, we are talking about Coutts and Butterworth’s negotiations with the OLD – let me emphasise that, the OLD – Team New Zealand
    trustees, not the ones we’ve got now.

    CALLER TIM: Yes I understood that from what you said earlier. I’m just surprised people kept on slaying them when they were silent and you – I understood there must have been reasons why they weren’t speaking and you don’t, if you’re fair, have a go at someone unless you’ve heard the other side.

    WILLIAMS: Well, we’ve also got to understand that there will be a lot of people who won’t have a bar of this, they will not believe this, they will NOT want to know, because they’re bigoted. But thanks for your call. Hello, Scott.

    SCOTT: Congratulations! I’d just like to add to what the other person put through to you. We had our doubts, and we’re keen yachties down here in Christchurch – but where does Murray Deaker stand on all this? I notice that he’s been perpetuated [sic!] by his silence. What’s going on?

    WILLIAMS: Well now, hold on, hold on! To be fair to Murray, he’s been on a week’s leave and frankly I don’t – lookm I don’t care WHAT Murray thinks. Murray’s had – Murray has taken his course and I respect what he’s had to say, I don’t believe a WORD of it but I respect his right to have an opinion.

    SCOTT: Fair enough.

    WILLIAMS: But what he thinks about it now, I don’t know. Doesn’t worry me, frankly.

    SCOTT: Hey, thank you for that.

    WILLIAMS: Thanks for your call…. I should point out I’ve only mentioned part of the release and as I said before there is a lot of – no, I’m not going to tease you, we’ll go to a break.

    [ADVERTISING BREAK….]
    5:56 p.m.
    WILLIAMS: Now Murray Deaker is – has called in. I’ve got two minutes Deaks. What’s your main points?

    DEAKER: Well, firstly, I’ve been on holiday so I take exception to that chap’s reference that I’m gutless. Huh! That is ONE thing that I’m not!

    WILLIAMS: But hold on, I clarified that, so –

    DEAKER: The second point that I’d make is this – that you say, and you led Tom – um, the chap Farmer to say that it was an impossible situation –

    WILLIAMS: Yup.

    DEAKER: Larry, it CAN’T have been impossible. Tom Schnackenburg took on the role WITH THOSE CONDITIONS –

    WILLIAMS: No he did NOT!

    DEAKER: He did.

    WILLIAMS: You are talking ABSOLUTE – you are talking –

    DEAKER: He stayed there and –

    WILLIAMS: Murray… MURRAY! YOU ARE TALKING CRAP! He did NOT stay there –

    DEAKER: He stayed there Larry –

    WILLIAMS: Murray! Murray! He did NOT stay there on the same conditions –

    DEAKER: He stayed there Larry under the same conditions. And they got them changed didn’t they.

    WILLIAMS: Whaddya mean – when Coutts and Butterworth announced –

    DEAKER: No, no, they worked those conditions to get them changed because there are two – there are three other people who stayed there as well –
    WILLIAMS: He did NOT stay –
    DEAKER: Reiseley, who was appointed by Coutts and Butterworth –
    WILLIAMS: YOU SEE, YOU DON’T WANT TO LISTEN TO ME. Can… Can I tell you what – have you – have you read the press release? Do you know what a –

    DEAKER: Yes, I’ve read the press release.

    WILLIAMS: He did not stay under the trust that was offered to Coutts and Butterworth. The trust was changed and it took TWO HOURS for that trust to be changed, when the new trust went to the old trust and said: hand it over under these conditions otherwise we’re outa here. THAT’s what happened. So STOP trying to move the story around, Murray!

    DEAKER: But the point is that Schnackenburg stayed. The other guys could have stayed as well Larry and you know that.

    WILLIAMS: Well look –
    DEAKER: They could have worked it –
    WILLIAMS: Hey! –
    DEAKER: SURE they were completely frustrated –
    WILLIAMS: Hey! –
    DEAKER: – and that comes through in their release as well.
    WILLIAMS: HEY!!! MURRAY!!! They could NOT have stayed under the deal that was offered –
    DEAKER: The guys that they had appointed as trustees, namely Norris and, ah, Reiseley and Menzies who you’ve not interviewed yet, and those are the guys that I’ll have on my program tomorrow.
    WILLIAMS: Yeah, GOOD… yeah, GOOD, well I –
    DEAKER: Because you NEED to get some balance into this.
    WILLIAMS: Absolutely. Hey, just like –
    DEAKER: You sounded like a P.R. agent for Alinghi mate.
    WILLIAMS: Yeah well I learned that off you with your sycophantic interview with Dave Walden the other day. I’ve goota go, and I respect your opinion even if you’re wrong. Thanks for your call. It’s now, ah, three to six o’clock here at Newstalk ZB…
    ……………………………………
    [TRANSCRIBED BY WALLIE INGRAM FOR RADIO TRANSCRIPTS LTD, A DIVISION OF DAISYCUTTER SPORTS INC.]

  16. gobsmacked 19

    Latest Morgan poll out:

    http://www.roymorgan.com/news/polls/2012/4815/

    Basically no change. So Labour have wasted all the gift-wrapped chances National have offered in the past few weeks, because they were busy going down a dead-end street. It looks like they have slowly backed up the truck (while hoping nobody would notice), and maybe we’ve heard the last of Shearer’s roof-painter.

    It would be good if the Labour leadership said “you were right, we were wrong, and we won’t be taking advice from idiots any more”. It would be good, but unlikely.

  17. captain hook 20

    well nobody is going to take your advice gobsmacked.
    you are just here as an agent provocateur and Labour will be the next government no matter what some poll says today.

    • gobsmacked 20.1

      I expect Labour will be (part of) the next government, because they will follow my advice.

      Or do you want Shearer to talk more about his mythical roof-painter? If so, why?

  18. Carol 21

    (Perhaps stinging from all the criticism of late of him being a NAct lackey), Dunne has refused to support ACT’s proposed budget cap, so the bill won’t proceed….. for now.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7581311/Budget-spending-cap-shelved

    The Government has shelved a cornerstone of its support deal with ACT that would have capped Budget spending after Revenue Minister Peter Dunne refused to back the move.

    Finance Minister Bill English said the planned change had been set aside “at this stage” after consultation with other parties.

    ”The decision has now been made to introduce the spending limit as a stand alone Bill later this term. This will allow for further consultation and more policy work to be completed.”

    But it seems unlikely those talks will be successful, and the move appears to be doomed.

  19. Ianmac from Vietnam 22

    Funny how little Mr Key knew about the Dotcom affair when such high level Cabinet discussions were happening. No briefing to a PM at all?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10830413

  20. John Key said our troops had the best of equipment – Link
     
    TV3 say otherwise

    A private security operative working in Afghanistan says the New Zealand military has to ‘beg for, borrow or steal’ equipment and it’s not just Humvees they’re cutting costs on.  
    Jack Waldron, who himself survived an IED explosion, says the New Zealand Government and military officials need to supply troops with better gear or more lives will be lost.
    Waldron spoke frankly with 3 News earlier in the week about the realities of working in a war-zone, in the wake of the recent deaths of five Kiwi soldiers. – link

     
    Regardless of whether we should be in Afghanistan or not, we owe it to our people to equip them properly. And some PM’s should stop lying.

  21. Morrissey 24

    Is Susan Baldacci a journalist or a shill for illegal killing?
    Thursday 30 August 2012

    Just heard a clearly outraged Susan Baldacci on “The Panel” discussing the revelation that bin Laden was murdered, unarmed, during that illegal U.S. raid into Pakistan last year. But Susan Baldacci was outraged not at the murder, but at the fact the two men broke the code of omerta and actually told the truth.

    Disgusted, I flicked off the following to stand-in host Finlay McDonald….

    from: Morrissey Breen, 4:00 PM

    to: Afternoons

    Dear Finlay,

    Susan Baldacci expressed her astonishment that a couple of Navy Seals have revealed what actually happened in Pakistan; that the killing of bin Laden was the assassination of an unarmed man. “I wouldn’t want to be them,” she said, darkly.

    Surely, as a journalist, she should be applauding these men for actually telling the truth.

    Yours in alarm at the standards at National Radio,

    Morrissey Breen
    Northcote Point

  22. gobsmacked 25

    A MUST-read … David Shearer talks (at last) about the roof-painter.

    These are his own words. Not the MSM twisting them. This is the Labour leader speaking, explaining, justifying – or trying to.

    Scroll down to the Shearer transcript at the bottom, and draw your own conclusions …

    http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/the-man-on-roof.html#addendum

    (Hat-tip: Giovanni Tiso, Bryce Edwards)

  23. Draco T Bastard 26

    Good post on Auckland Transport Blog about our oil production, importation and use. It shows clearly that if we want to become more competitive then we need to get off using oil for transport, I.E, can the RONS.

  24. Bored 27

    A short while ago Prism indicated he was going off the Standard…he has not been here today. I would welcome his presence and wise words. Come back.

    • prism 27.2

      Bored 27
      Thanks. I was visiting Christchurch and a certain red-haired enchantress aged nearly two. I have been thinking. (Quote from Richard Prebble. And I am about as popular with some as Richard Prebble is with me – not. Also I have been reading Terry Pratchett one of the Discworld which has put any pretensions I had into perspective.)

      And I thought I like The Standard but I haven’t time to indulge in lengthy or continual regurgitation of similar thoughts,. I want to find a way to join with others, as I have time and can make time available, who want to work with other good-hearted positive people with standards and also a bit of the skeptic thrown in, to build a better future.

      So I won’t waste time entering into comments threads with my opinions but will reap the great benefit of finding access to good links provided from here, and also provide to the Standard any that I think make some point that seems worthwhile to me and hopefully others who want to BABF.

  25. Te Reo Putake 28

    I put the latest Roy Morgan into the electoral seat calculator. Assuming the Maori party get 3 seats, UF, ACT and Mana 1 each, the current government can only muster 59 votes. Labour and the Greens together have 56, Mana 1 and NZF holds the balance of power with 6. 
     
    It’s a good thing Winston isn’t interested in the baubles of office, eh?
     

    • Murray Olsen 29.1

      Meanwhile, in Communist California:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csdeEJ9Wfgo

    • Morrissey 29.2

      I do so enjoy it when Socialist policies work out exactly as predicted.

      Save the schadenfreude, my bewildered friend. Surely even an ignoramus like you can see that site is irrationally biased against the Venezuelan president, who has committed the grave crime of being a genuinely popular politician.

      If only he was a dictator, with a Somoza-sized body count instead of a democrat who has exactly no blood on his hands; then you’d approve of him, no doubt.

    • Mr Burns 29.3

      Yes I hear that Muslim President of the US’s Socialist policies are causing exactly the carnage that was predicted. Ordinary people are getting healthcare. They are living longer. They are not losing all of their assets to rapacious financiers so they can finance medical treatment.

      There is something very wrong with the US. 

    • mike e 29.4

      goose sounds similar to bp horizon or exxon valdez such cynicism frakin cynicism goose.

    • mike e 29.5

      Rena and Shipley cuts to maritime safety Joyce forgetting to update insurance, pike river scf goldman saching of world governments to the trillions
      goose your full of sludge .
      Maybe it could be to do with embargo’s on oil equipment from the US

  26. Vicky32 30

    Vi saluto in volo! That means I am in a tearing hurry, and don’t have time to see whether anyone else has covered this – but it’s doing my head in!
    The NZ police are madly enthusiastic about using drones here. Apparently, in cahoots with the FBI, they’ve already been playing with them.
    It’s horrifying – to say the least!
     

    • Colonial Viper 30.1

      yeah well the judgement of police bosses in the last year or two have been seriously lacking. There is nothing in the US way of doing things that we want in this country.

    • Draco T Bastard 30.2

      All depends upon how they are used. Probably cheaper run than a helicopter and no worse from a legal/moral standpoint.

      • Carol 30.2.1

        They claim it’ll just be used for some searches…. but once they have those machines/

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7582496/Police-mull-eyes-in-the-sky

        New Zealand police have used the drones only once, to canvass the area where the body of Wellington woman Sofia Athanassiou was found in July.

        Police used a drone from a commercial company to search Mt Victoria in that case, a spokesman said.

        While the machines have been seen as a crime-fighting tool, there are concerns about their pervasive nature.

        Drew told TV3 News that New Zealand police were too busy to be monitoring the general public from the sky.

        “We don’t have the time to go spy on people for no good reason,” he said.

        Well, yes, but they have in the past decided they had “good reasons” for spying on people who were politically active…. was grey power one of those groups?

      • Colonial Viper 30.2.2

        yeah until they weaponise the drones.

        http://rt.com/usa/news/us-domestic-drones-armed-090/

        Or fit them with AI sensors to read number plates, ID faces, warrantlessly track and follow individuals, listen into conversations, spy into bedrooms using far infra red etc.

        • Jackal 30.2.2.1

          I think they probably do all of those things already… The smaller and cheaper drones will just allow them to do it on a larger scale. When exactly investigative work ends and invasive voyeurism begins shouldn’t in my opinion be a decision left up to the police.

          Over 80% on this stuff poll said that the Search and Surveillance Bill was a worrying invasion of their privacy. That bill pretty much gives the police the right to spy on people in any way they see fit.

          Whatever happened to good old fashioned policing and getting the community on your side?

          • Draco T Bastard 30.2.2.1.1

            Definitely need some strict rules about their use and, unfortunately, the strict rules that the police operate under have been systematically lessened over time. I think we’ve forgotten that a state where the police have no checks on them is essentially anti-democratic.

    • joe90 30.3

      Technology & the Future of Violence

      How should our defense strategy evolve in a world of easily accessible mini-drones, lethal nanobots, and DIY warfare?

  27. joe90 31

    There is nothing in the US way of doing things that we want in this country.

    They’ve adopted this tactic.

    Related: http://www.snitching.org/

  28. Herodotus 32

    It appears we have another Waka jumper within parliament
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7579040/MPs-poised-to-vote-on-alcohol-bill
    im Groser (N)
    Nathan Guy (N)
    Kevin Hague (L)
    Tau Henare (N)
    Chris Hipkins (L)
    Parekura Horomia (L)

    Perhaps the leadership of Labour have worked out a successful strategy… head hunt the best of the other parties, hopefully trade a few of theirs in exchange. Next Banksie will be wearing red and calling all of us “brothers” ;-)

  29. Bored 33

    On Campbell the txt poll was 4 to 1 in favour of raisng the drinking age to 20. A very well meaning man who picks up the peices from alcohol abuse spoke strongly in favour of raising the age. A young man wise beyond his years said all you would do was put off the abuse of alcohol by 2 years and they would get it anyway.

    All I heard was the standard Kiwi punative approach to a problem.

  30. fnjckg 34

    The Post and Post-script on “how they voted” was densely packed full of revealing information

    re politics of change: mercy triumphs over judgement with the NT
    or for those who prefer gold and Jewels-compassion moderation humility

    Welcome the PRC on the Way round
    (though there will be much wailing and gnashing)(u knew gnashing was coming did u)

    Let no one deceive you with Empty words

  31. millsy 35

    Good news — the government has dropped the spending cap.

  32. Draco T Bastard 36

    It seems that the rich are looking for new areas to expand in:

    “What is striking about the recovery, growth, and expansion of the world’s billionaires is how dependent their accumulation of wealth is based on pillage of state resources; how much of their fortunes are based on neo-liberal policies which led to the takeover at bargain prices of privatized public enterprises . . . that the state—not the market—plays the essential role in facilitating the greatest concentration and centralization of wealth in world history . . . The sources of billionaire wealth are, at best, only partially due to ‘entrepreneurial innovations.’ ”

    Yep, NZ is definitely being colonised and this government is at the forefront in assisting that colonisation.

    • Draco T Bastard 36.1

      This is the unfairness that Shearer should be trying to explain to the populace:

      She quotes one woman at a dinner party complaining that though she made $20 million in the prior year, she was disgusted that after taxes it would be only $10 million. It seemed like theft to her.

      Unfortunately he, just like the RWNJs, is wailing on the poor.

      • Colonial Viper 36.1.1

        If she paid $10M in taxes out of $20M income she really needs to fire her accountants. Because they are the ones stealing from her.

  33. mike e 37

    your right CV top company rate is 28% that means $5.6 million
    personal tax 33% $6.6million.

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    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • 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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