# Thin and effeminate statistics

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, November 8th, 2012 - 25 comments
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Here’s another entry in the Very Important Columnist vs Parasitic Bloggers file. While the professional mainstream media were all chanting in unison that the American presidential election was “too close to call”, one (famous!) blogger correctly predicted the result – for every state. The Guardian reports:

So who is he?  A statistical analyst of elections and a former statistical analyst of baseball. His blog, FiveThirtyEight, now hosted by the New York Times, is the go-to site for cold, hard election stats.

…  Silver didn’t just predict Obama was going to win it. He correctly projected the results for every single one of America’s 50 states. Something 50 tossed coins would have less than a one in a trillion chance of getting right.

Ah, well. That’s a little more impressive. How’d he do it? With his “election simulator” statistical model, which aggregates hundreds of polling figures and economic data, weights it all for accuracy, factors in a load of fancy maths about past elections and boils the whole thing down to a percentage chance of victory for each candidate. On Tuesday morning, while many pundits were insisting it was too close to call, Silver’s model put Obama’s chances at a precise and healthy 90.9%.

How did pundits feel about that? Pretty uncomfortable. He was derided in the media as “a joke”, who was “getting into silly land”. One rightwing blogger even dismissed his predictions on the grounds that Silver – an openly gay Democrat – was “thin and effeminate”.

(Today’s xkcd is also on the case.)

In 2008 Silver correctly predicted 49 / 50 states. So, thin and effeminate statistics 2, mainstream media 0. Political punditry, at least in America, is going to have to lift its game…

Just for the record, Nate Silver’s predictions:

The result:

## 25 comments on “Thin and effeminate statistics”

1. There can be only one explanation for such accurate predictions: Science! Witchcraft.

• PlanetOrphan 1.1

Those idots don’t even know what witchcraft is …. hang on I take it back.

They are trying to obfuscate their own Evil Withcraft.

• QoT 1.2

He turned me into a newt!

• alex 1.2.1

…I got better.

2. kea 2

Yep, I’ve been following Nate during this election with great interest – if anyone’s interested, follow his rss feed.

Cheers ..

• Nate is the anti Fox news.

Those guys were still trying to say that at least Romney had won the popular vote when only a quarter of California’s votes has been reported in …

Obama is currently winning the popular vote by 60.6 million to 57.8 million …

3. Zorr 3

I think we’re going to have to rethink the old addage “Lies, damned lies and statistics” because this guy seems to be proving the worth of the field…

• That’s not what the adage refers to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lies,_damned_lies,_and_statistics

It’s referring to the fact that lies that pretend to be statistics are the worst and hardest to debunk of all three types. Nate Silver’s statistics were honest.

• RedLogix 3.2

Yes. Matthew nails it correctly.

It’s very easy to dress up a lie as data and statistics. Sadly far too many people have no real idea how these things work, and how very powerfully statistics can extract real and valuable meaning from difficult, noisy and incomplete information.

In the real world data is very rarely clean, complete and noise-free. There are almost always other variables in play that taint or skew the raw data. Good statistics when done well (as this guy does ) can yield remarkable and powerful insights.

Unfortunately it’s also very easy for people to hijack this power to lend credibility to their lies by dressing them up as statistics. And because most people quite understandably have little to no skill in the subject, makes them very hard to debunk effectively. Most people just shrug their shoulders and mutter the ‘damn lies’ line to themselves.

4. tracey 4

Perhaps because he isnt manipulating stats he is collecting them and genuinely analysing them for numerical not ploitical trends. As long as people like farrar, hooten and mccarten are relied upon for political analysis we can hardly expect a scientific outcome.

5. Rich 5

Only three or four states actually ever change hands, right? And they aren’t independent variables – if many Nevadans swing left, then so might Coloradans and Floridese. So it’s maybe more like a 1:5 chance of getting a prediction right.

With 57 million blogs on WordPress alone, I’d think that a very large number of random bloggers would get the election result right in every state, if they bothered to make a call.

• kea 5.1

One of the things Nate does is to repeatedly re-run many models, each tweaked to cover various possibilities, and his ‘predictions’ are the aggregates of the results. The published photo I saw was of him sitting in what looked like a suburban hut with a laptop – although it may have been connected to a server via fibreoptic, who knows. I don’t know what program he was using, but it is probably a combination of baseball number crunching experience and contemporary computing power ..

6. kea 6

I have to give credit to someone on this blog who put me onto it. Can’t remember who ..

7. gobsmacked 8

“Hello, welcome to Close-Up Sunday Breakfast on TVNZ.

Today we’re going to discuss facts and figures. Do they matter?

Here to tell us are some Experts, all of whom you know well, because they’re appearing in all media every week. There’s 1) a washed-up former MP who lost his seat, 2) a grumpy old git who copys his column from Wikipedia, and 3) a token woman who likes to say “Look”.

So panel, how about Nate Silver? Worth a whole lot more than anything you ever have to say, wouldn’t you agree?

1) “Well, I’ve got a feeling about this election, a real sense that something is happening, and it’s come fresh from my arse. So don’t bother me with all these ivory tower numbers – get back in the real world!”

2) “At the end of the day, who can you believe? Statistics, at the end of the day, are just something spouted by bloggers. I remember Muldoon once said to me …

3) “Look …

(audience chucks coffee cup at TV, goes back to bed)

• Anne 8.1

(audience chucks coffee cup at TV, goes back to bed)

It’s true. I can vouch for it.

• Colonial Viper 8.2

That show worsens my hangover. Which is saying something.

• Tracey 8.3

for Gobsmacked NOT the show

• QoT 8.4

Holy shit, you totally called Firstline’s coverage this morning. Some dude excusing the blatantly biased coverage/spinning of polls in the US as being about Nate Silver being some kind of magically advanced wizard, and “oh people just aren’t used to treating statistics like this” … as opposed to, you know, corporations with obvious agendas telling their anchors how to talk down polls they don’t like.

8. kea 9

9. mike e 10

Imagine what key would have said if he had been wearing red

10. Is there a Nate Silver type person In New Zealand???

He is brilliant.

11. SukieDamson 12

Once upon a time. His name was Marty G.

12. kea 13

Watch Jon Stewart Anoint Nate Silver ‘God’ !

[video]

http://www.thenation.com/blog/171138/watch-jon-stewart-anoint-nate-silver-god

13. kea 14

For the psephologists and election junkies

An extended video interview with Nate Silver.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-october-17-2012/exclusive—nate-silver-extended-interview-pt–1

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The High Court’s slap in the face to John Key and his Government over Chorus has left it with no option but to accept the Commerce Commission’s lawful process in deciding the price of copper, says Labour’s associate ICT spokesperson...
Labour | 09-04
• First home buyers shut out as LVRs bite
The bad news continues for young Kiwis as the latest Core Logic report shows the proportion of first home buyers has declined since LVR lending restrictions came into force, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Twenty two centres across the...
Labour | 09-04
• MANA – and, or, or not – DOTCOM
Both MANA and the Internet Party share goals in common with other parties, like getting rid of National and reining in the GCSB. There are also differences, as there are with other parties as well. MANA accepted a request to...
Mana | 09-04
• Wise heads want wise response
Labour accepts the challenge laid down by the Wise Response group to protect and future-proof New Zealand’s environment and economy. A petition calling for urgent action was presented to Labour’s Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey at Parliament this...
Labour | 09-04
• Greens support high profile Kiwis’ call for climate action
The Green Party fully supports a group of high profile Kiwi business people, lawyers, academics and commentators delivering a petition to parliament today calling for the Government to take the threat of climate change more seriously.Wiseresponse, a group of over...
Greens | 09-04
• Mayor’s jobs initiative shows up inactive Govt
Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council are to be congratulated for providing opportunities for young people to get into work, but it stands in stark contrast to the National Government overseeing spiralling youth unemployment, Labour’s Employment, Skills and...
Labour | 08-04
• National discovers public servants needed after all
New figures released today show National has done an embarrassing U-turn after discovering it actually does need the public service, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Wellington now has the most public servants it has had since 2000. Figures...
Labour | 08-04
• School closures about saving Hekia, not kids
The National Government's decision to merge Phillipstown and Woolston schools is another disaster for Christchurch and proves this Government is more interested in saving face than in what is best for children, the Green Party said today."Hekia Parata's stubborn refusal...
Greens | 08-04
• Cosgrove writes to invite Countdown to Committee
Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove has today written to the Chief Executive of Progressive Enterprises Dave Chambers, asking him if he would accept an invitation to appear before the Commerce Select Committee. “Yesterday National MPs blocked my motion to invite...
Labour | 08-04
• Phillipstown will get reprieve under Labour
A Labour government will allow Phillipstown School to stay open, with a review after two years, Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Megan Woods says. “Hekia Parata has failed the Phillipstown community with today’s decision to close the school. “It is disgraceful...
Labour | 08-04
• State Housing waiting lists go through the roof
The waiting list for State Houses has risen by over a thousand in the past three months, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Low income people are feeling the sharp end of National’s housing crisis. A shortage of affordable houses...
Labour | 08-04
• Hekia Parata fails to answer basic questions
Education Minister Hekia Parata’s inability to answer even the most basic questions about her proposed new Executive Principal roles will have alarm bells ringing in school communities all around the country, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Schools are already concerned...
Labour | 08-04
• Guy gets it wrong by any measure
The Ministry for Primary Industries being forced to reprint rulers designed to help recreational fishers measure their snapper catch is right up there on the incompetence scale, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI is having to spend another \$8000...
Labour | 08-04
• So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
The Daily Blog | 16-04
• Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
The Daily Blog | 16-04
• GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
The Daily Blog | 16-04
• National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
The Daily Blog | 16-04
• Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
The Daily Blog | 16-04
• Save our homes – stop the evictions!
“We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• A case study of racism by Police at Auckland Airport
A couple of days ago I returned from Samoa after attending a family matter and some contract work. Spending a few days in the warmth of our homeland was welcome relief from the cold weather starting to make its presence...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• An acute shortage of emergency youth housing
The housing crisis is effecting everyone in Christchurch but some are more vulnerable than others. Recently I attended a workshop on emergency youth housing hosted by the 298 Youth Health Centre, who I worked for from 2001-2003. Over fifty people...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• The Oceans Issue
The ‘Earth’ is 71% water but our oceans are the last frontier. The oceans are huge, relatively unexplored, full of weird and wonderful diversity. In New Zealand we’re never far from the sea, and our identity, our landscapes, our communities,...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Fear of South Auckland
Fear of South Auckland...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• TV News Geography
TV News Geography...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• The best bit about gay sex
The best bit about gay sex...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• On not voting 1
On not voting 1...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• On not voting 2
On not voting 2...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Labour on trucks
Labour on trucks...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Claire Trevett shows how biased msm works
Read this nonsense by Claire Trevett… David Cunliffe denies claims he is ‘running scared’ Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed claims he is running scared from Prime Minister John Key and playing hard to get over a Campbell Live series...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Why won’t Judith Collins identify who the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is?
Rumour as to the real reason Judith Collins won’t reveal who the mysterious Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ is who dined with her at a private dinner is because the Chinese ‘bureaucrat’ wasn’t some lowly border official and they are actually a junior ranking member...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs
Graphic: shutterstock.com Dr David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ
Racist Cartoon by Al Nisbet sums up the casual racism NZers enjoy The New Zealand government must consider United Nations rebukes on their indigenous rights record as ordinary and unremarkable by their casual reaction to the latest indictment - delivered through the clear and clinical...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• What has ACC Minister been doing?
Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: What has ACC Minister been doing? Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Judith Collins has made such little progress on ACC’s unacceptable privacy practices and needs to be held to account for...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by \$7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Labour turns wheels for cycling safety With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• SPEECH: Institute of Directors
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: SPEECH: Institute of Directors LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour LeaderSpeech to the Institute of Directors15 April 2014, Auckland It’s a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• More Oravida endorsements from John Key
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More Oravida endorsements from John Key The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in recei...
Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: 85 more jobs killed by the NZ dollar – Christchurch textile firm in receivership News that the high New Zealand dollar has claimed another textile firm has come as a huge shock to...
The Daily Blog | 15-04
• Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | Press Release Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have been driven to the wall by a...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Boots Riley to perform live in Auckland
Press Release: Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Comparing Maori Party \$5000 per ticket John Key Fundraiser at sexist Northe...
So MANA can’t contemplate an alliance with Kim Dotcom because he is wealthy and MANA is not and that’s a terrible hypocrisy. Shock. Horror. So what is one to make of the Maori Party holding a \$5000 per ticket closed...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• David vs Goliath – Key’s housing affordability TV debate challenge
John Key allowed his frustration to get the better of him at yesterdays press conference when he responded to a question on housing affordability by shooting back that he would debate David Cunliffe on the issue. Cunliffe has accepted. The...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Deborah Manning joins Team Cunliffe
Deborah Manning is a very good friend of mine and seeing her join Team Cunliffe in Wellington is just another example on top of Matt Mcarten and Clint Smith’s appointments that Cunliffe is serious about putting together the best strategic...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?
If a tree falls in a forest, does Simon Bridges hear it?...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000
A picture says a thousand words, this one says about 20 000...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Comparing Key to Snowden
Comparing Key to Snowden...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Latest Banksy
Latest Banksy...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Valuing Teachers
Valuing Teachers...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth
Plans-to-tax-the-rich-will-result-in-capital-flight-and-the-talented myth...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• TPPA is corporate thuggery
TPPA is corporate thuggery...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Why we need feminism
Why we need feminism...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Method In His Madness: Why did Russel Norman make Labour an offer it couldn...
THE LINE FROM LABOUR is that the Greens made them an offer they couldn’t accept. Delivered in the condescending, world-weary tone one usually associates with a headmaster reprimanding one of the dimmer boys from the Lower-Fifth, the suggestion, clearly, is...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• iPredict has possible MANA-Internet Party alliance at 3 seats
Latest iPredict scores has MANA at 1.1% and the Internet Party at 1.5% – combined that’s 2.6%, the party list percentages would roughly be… 2 seats (i.e. electorate and one list): (1.2%) 3 seats: (2%) 4 seats: (2.8%) 5 seats:...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Adam Bennett and his wonky Tai Tokerau logic
Adam Bennett, the NZ Herald’s political reporter, has published a column with some wonky Tai Tokerau logic… Unless the Mana Internet alliance pulls off the unlikely feat of reaching the 5 per cent mark on election night, all of this...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Boots Riley performing for MANA fundraiser
Mana Tamaki Branch are excited to announce that we have a very special guest, Boots Riley, coming to our very own neighbourhood! On Tuesday April 15 at 7.00pm Boots will be hosting a political discussion and Q&A followed by an...
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Businessman who is taking Blogger to court for defamation attacked
The NBR are reporting (paywalled) that Matt Blomfield, the businessman taking Cameron Slater to court for defamation, has had been attacked last night with shots fired at his home. How vicious and nasty. Thoughts are with Matt and his family....
The Daily Blog | 14-04
• Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Make the choice to stay safe on the road
With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s \$3b expenditure is directed...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• ACC’s Strategy to stop compensation using ACC 167 Form
On Radio NZ national’s morning report on 15 April 2014, ACC’s spokesperson Sid Miller denied the non-compliance was just a way for ACC to refuse people....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Workers support plain packaging of tobacco
The CTU have today presented to the health select committee in support of plain packaging of tobacco. “Any steps that can be taken to lower smoking rates will result in New Zealand workers and their families having healthier and better...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke
Christchurch Housing Accord a Joke Hugh Pavletich Performance Urban Planning Christchurch New Zealand 16 April 2014 The Housing Accord entered in to today between the Government and the Christchurch City Council, can only be described as a joke. Christchurch...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Infographic : World Giving Index 2013
Infographic from Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2013 A Global View Of Giving Trends (click to see full size version)...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Tranter questions CEO’s assurances
“There is a bizarre notion among bureaucrats, politicians and others that if they say something then it must be so - despite all evidence to the contrary” said David Tranter, Health spokesman for Democrats for Social Credit....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• UNICEF NZ Urges Progress on Plain Packaging of Tobacco
In its oral submission to the Health Select Committee today, UNICEF NZ expressed its strong support for the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill as a measure that will help reduce the uptake of smoking, and urged parliament...
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Whitebait partners look for solutions
Waikato-Tainui, local marae, councils and agencies are working together to better manage whitebait fisheries at Port Waikato following the compilation of a new report....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• NZ’s biggest killer fails to receive the Roger
The Smokefree Coalition is disappointed Imperial Tobacco did not win the Roger Award for Worst Trans-national Company operating in New Zealand, despite manufacturing products that kill 5000 New Zealanders every year....
Scoop politics | 16-04
• Tukituki decision a win for water quality and farming
The draft decision by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) on the Tukituki Catchment proposal represents a significant win for freshwater management and the urgency of a transition to environmentally sustainable agriculture in New Zealand, says Fish & Game NZ....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• ACC reflects on passing of great Kiwi
Today is a very sad day for ACC, as news of the passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse has become public knowledge....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Lincoln cleaners outsourced
Lincoln University will outsource its staff to an as yet undecided cleaning company, but TEU organiser Cindy Doull says it’s not worth it, and what money the university might save is negligible....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• New pipe ban will increase harm to cannabis consumers
The Government will increase harm by further restricting the sale, supply and importation of drug harm reduction equipment. “This National-led Government seems to be encouraging use of the more harmful synthetics over safer natural cannabis....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Council can’t ban legal highs
Under current law Gisborne District Council cannot ban the sale of legal highs (psychoactive substances) in our district. Council can restrict where these substances are sold....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Online job vacancies pick up in March
The number of jobs advertised online grew by 1.9 per cent in March 2014, following a 1.3 per cent decrease in February, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal
The White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal, the main fundraiser for the White Poppy Peace Scholarships, starts tomorrow and runs through until Thursday, 24 April....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Lawyers saddened at passing of Sir Owen Woodhouse
New Zealand has lost one of its greatest jurists with the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said today....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• “Rock star economy’ throws hospital staff out the window
The Public Service Association says administrative staff at hospitals around the country are missing out on Bill English’s ‘rock star economy’, with the Government instructing pay rises be limited to just 0.7%....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs
Sensible Sentencing backs call to ban legal highs The Sensible Sentencing Trust is calling on the Government to take immediate action to ban legal highs. Trust Spokesman, Garth McVicar said he was appalled that the Government was so apathetic on...
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Paul Potts promotes Pink Shirt Day
Opera singer Paul Potts has taken time out of his busy NZ tour schedule to show his support for bullying awareness campaign, Pink Shirt Day....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging
Ruataniwha decision bold and encouraging IrrigationNZ says the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve the \$275million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is bold and encouraging....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Ruataniwha gets to second base
With the Ruataniwha Water Storage scheme getting the tick from a Board of Inquiry appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the concept of water storage has passed a major milestone but a greater one is to ensure it is...
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Labour Should Hit the Brakes on Motorhome Tax
Responding to the Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes, suggesting that motorhome owners would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’...
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Ruataniwha decision puts water demands before nature
Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says the Board of Inquiry that today granted consent for the Ruataniwha irrigation dam has failed to account for the overall environmental damage the project would cause, if it is built....
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Voting on Te Mana O Ngāti Rangitihi Mandate Extended
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi (Te Mana) is encouraging all iwi descendants to make their voice heard and ensure they vote in the iwi mandating process, which has been extended another month. The voting period will now close on 30...
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Flavoured methamphetamine (Strawberry Quick/Meth) a hoax
A viral message alerting parents to be aware of flavoured methamphetamine in schools is a re-occurring hoax say Police. The message, spread by both e-mail and social media, suggests flavoured methamphetamine known as “strawberry meth” or “strawberry...
Scoop politics | 15-04
• Community Housing Provider Regulations- a mixed bag
Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) has reviewed the long-awaited regulations for Community Housing Providers that were published in the NZ Gazette on 10 April....
Scoop politics | 15-04