# Thin and effeminate statistics

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, November 8th, 2012 - 25 comments
Categories: science, uk politics - Tags: , ,

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.

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 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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Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell seems determined to railroad his Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill through despite the large number of submitters in opposition to the bill, says MP Meka Whaitiri, whose Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate contains nearly 30 per cent ...
3 days ago
• A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
GreensBy Marama Davidson
3 days ago
• A national day to commemorate NZ land wars
It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant ...
GreensBy Marama Davidson
3 days ago
• Government turns a blind eye to struggling sole parents
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “Anne Tolley is seriously ...
3 days ago
• Time has come for state apology on abuse
Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions. Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson ...
3 days ago
• It’s OK to have a few slaves, just not too many? Minimum wage loophole hasn’t gone away
New Zealand still needs legislation to ensure adult New Zealanders are not exploited by being taken on as contractors for less than the equivalent of the minimum wage, says Labour list MP David Parker.  “My Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment ...
3 days ago
• Lessons from the Future of Work Commission: Building Wealth from the Ground Up
Good morning, and thank you for attending today’s Future of Work Seminar here in Wellington. I want to particularly acknowledge Beth Houston who has spent many hours pulling together the programme for today’s event, and to Olivier and the staff ...
3 days ago
• Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
GreensBy James Shaw
4 days ago
• Cooking 4 Change at the Auckland City Mission
On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to. Along with Dick Frizzell, Trelise Cooper, Tiki Taane, Erin Simpson, Jono & Ben, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a couple ...
GreensBy James Shaw
4 days ago
• Backbencher Matt’s Bill is a Doocey
The latest National Member’s Bill pulled from the ballot is yet another waste of Parliament’s time and shows the Government’s contempt for the House and the public with much more important issues needing debate, says Labour’s Shadow Leader of the ...
4 days ago
• Gun laws creaking under the strain
Questions have to be asked  after surprising revelations at the Law and Order Select Committee about the police and their ability to manage the gun problem in New Zealand, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “The lack of resources is ...
4 days ago
• Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni
The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Social service agencies report many ...
4 days ago
• Māori seats entrenched by Tirikatene Bill
National and the Māori Party need to support my member’s Bill which is designed to entrench the Māori electorate seats in Parliament, Labour’s Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says. “Under the Electoral Act the provisions establishing the general electorates ...
4 days ago
• Trade dumping bill could hurt NZ industries
The Commerce Select Committee is currently hearing submissions on the Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill. This bill worries me. I flagged some major concerns during its first reading.   I am now reading submissions from NZ Steel, ...
GreensBy Mojo Mathers
5 days ago
• Just 8 per cent of work visas for skills shortages
Just 16,000 – or 8 per cent – of the 209,000 work visas issued last year were for occupations for which there is an identified skills shortage, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The overwhelming majority of the record number ...
5 days ago
• Hard won agreement shouldn’t be thrown away
The Government should ignore talk across the Tasman about doing away with the labelling of GM free products, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “Labelling of genetically modified products was a hard won agreement in 2001 by Australian and the ...
5 days ago
• National’s privatisation Trojan horse
The National government is using the need to modernise the school system as a Trojan horse for privatisation and an end to free public education as we know it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There is no doubt that ...
5 days ago
• Shameless land-banking ads show need for crackdown
The fact that more than 300 sections are shamelessly being advertised on Trade Me as land-banking opportunities during a housing crisis shows the need for a crackdown on property speculators, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “Of the 328 ...
5 days ago
• Standard and Poor’s warning of housing crisis impact on banks
The National Government’s failure to address the housing crisis is leading to dire warnings from ratings agency Standard and Poor’s about the impact on the strength of the economy and New Zealand banks, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Standard ...
5 days ago
• Ihumatao needs action not sympathy
The Petition of Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) calling on Parliament to revoke Special Housing Area 62 in order to protect the Ihumatao Peninsula and Stonefields, has fallen on deaf ears, says the Labour MP for Mangere Su’a William Sio.  ...
5 days ago
• Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
GreensBy Jan Logie
5 days ago
• Another delay to justice system reform for victims of sexual violence
I believe most, if not all, New Zealanders would expect our court system to uphold the dignity of complainants, hold perpetrators to account for crimes including sexual and domestic violence and uphold the crucial right to a fair trial. Yet ...
GreensBy Jan Logie
5 days ago
• Student visa fraud & exploitation must stop
The Government must act immediately to end fraud and exploitation of international students that threatens to damage New Zealand’s reputation, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. ...
6 days ago
• Government needs to show leadership in reviewing monetary policy
The Reserve Bank’s struggles to meet its inflation target, the rising exchange rate and the continued housing crisis shows current monetary policy needs to be reviewed - with amendments to the policy targets agreement a bare minimum, says Labour’s Finance ...
6 days ago
• Local democracy under threat
The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
GreensBy Jan Logie
6 days ago
• Local democracy under threat
The National Government is in the process of gutting our local democracy through it’s Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). We’ve been hearing submissions from councils, and a few community members, all around the country who are deeply ...
GreensBy Jan Logie
6 days ago
• Slash and burn of special education support
Slashing the support for school age children with special needs is no way to fund earlier intervention, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “National’s latest plan to slash funding for children with special needs over the age of 7 in ...
1 week ago
• National’s Pasifika MPs must have free vote
Pacific people will not take kindly to the Government whipping their Pacific MPs to vote in favour of a  Bill that will allow Sunday trading  at Easter, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “We are seeing ...
1 week ago
• Maritime Crimes Bill – balancing security and free speech
Parliament is currently considering the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which would bring New Zealand up to date with current international rules about maritime security. The debate around the Bill reflects two valid issues: legitimate counter-terrorism measures and the right to ...
GreensBy Kennedy Graham
1 week ago
• Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
GreensBy Mojo Mathers
1 week ago
• Rio Olympics captioning – setting the record straight
In the House on Thursday, my colleague, Labour Party spokesperson on Disability Issues, Poto Williams asked a great question. After which the Minister, Nicky Wagner, stood up and finally publicly acknowledged the National Foundation for the Deaf for funding the ...
GreensBy Mojo Mathers
1 week ago
• Teachers’ low wages at the centre of shortages
Figures that show teachers’ wages have grown the slowest of all occupations is at the heart of the current teacher shortage, says Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.  In the latest Labour Cost Index, education professionals saw their wages grow ...
1 week ago
• Government’s Tax Law undermines common law principles
A tax amendment being snuck in under the radar allows changes to tax issues to be driven through by the Government without Parliamentary scrutiny, says Labour’s Revenue spokesman Stuart Nash. “The amendment allows any part of the Tax Administration Act ...
1 week ago
• Government slippery about caption funding
The Government has refused to apologise for taking the credit for funding Olympic Games captioning when the National Foundation for the Deaf  was responsible, says Labour’s spokesperson on Disability Issues Poto Williams.  “This shameful act of grandstanding by Ministers ...
2 weeks ago
• Default KiwiSaver investments should be reviewed
The investments of the default KiwiSaver providers should be reviewed to make sure they are in line with New Zealanders’ values and expectations, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Most New Zealanders would be appalled that their KiwiSaver funds are ...
2 weeks ago
• New ministry should look after all children
The Government has today shunned well founded pleas by experts not to call its new agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.  “Well respected organisations and individuals such as Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft ...
2 weeks ago
• Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
2 weeks ago
• Triclosan – nasty chemical will be reassessed
Last week my campaign for this chemical to be reassessed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) took another step forward. After many months of waiting, the EPA have agreed that triclosan needs to be reassessed. Triclosan is an ingredient in many ...
GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
2 weeks ago
• Ratification okay but we need action
Today’s decision to ratify the Paris agreement on Climate Change by the end of the year is all well and good but where is the plan, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “The Government’s failure to plan is planning ...
2 weeks ago
• Stats changes can’t hide unemployment reality
Today’s minor drop in unemployment numbers is nothing to celebrate given the changes made to the official numbers that cut thousands of people looking for work out of the jobless rate, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Making any comparisons ...
2 weeks ago

• Energy scenarios help in NZ’s energy investment planning
A new report to support long-term investment in New Zealand’s electricity transmission grid was released today. The Electricity Demand and Generation Scenarios (EDGS), published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), explores ...
4 hours ago
• Energy scenarios help in NZ’s energy investment planning
A new report to support long-term investment in New Zealand’s electricity transmission grid was released today. The Electricity Demand and Generation Scenarios (EDGS), published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), explores ...
4 hours ago
• Talks to strengthen ties between NZ and Timor-Leste
Talks to strengthen ties between New Zealand and Timor-Leste A new Asia New Zealand Foundation initiative aims to build understanding between young people in Timor-Leste and New Zealand. ...
4 hours ago
• Rob McCann selected as candidate in the Otaki electorate
Rob McCann selected as Labour’s 2017 candidate in the Otaki electorate Rob McCann has been selected as the Otaki Labour Party candidate for the 2017 General Election. ...
6 hours ago
• Overwhelming support for medical cannabis law change
A new poll conducted for cannabis campaigners shows New Zealanders want the law changed now, says NORML. ...
9 hours ago
• Survey shows many Kiwis support rodeo ban
The ongoing campaign to ban rodeos in New Zealand is very much in tune with public opinion, according to a new survey commissioned by SPCA New Zealand and SAFE. ...
9 hours ago
• NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid
Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests. ...
10 hours ago
• NZ children’s family lives often complex and fluid
Conventional notions of family life that underpin New Zealand’s social policies do not match the reality of many young New Zealanders’ lives, new University of Otago research suggests. ...
10 hours ago
• Three horses dead from jumps races in three weeks
The death toll in New Zealand jumps racing continues to mount with three horses killed in three weeks, bringing the total for the jumps racing season so far to seven. Twentythirtyfour was euthanised after he fractured a hind leg in ...
10 hours ago
• Three horses dead from jumps races in three weeks
The death toll in New Zealand jumps racing continues to mount with three horses killed in three weeks, bringing the total for the jumps racing season so far to seven. Twentythirtyfour was euthanised after he fractured a hind leg in ...
10 hours ago
• Housing supply, affordability and homelessness
Mayoral candidate Phil Goff wants the new council to focus on faster and cheaper building consents as part of the drive to increase housing supply, more affordable housing schemes, and a co-ordinating role to tackle homelessness. ...
10 hours ago
• Housing supply, affordability and homelessness
Mayoral candidate Phil Goff wants the new council to focus on faster and cheaper building consents as part of the drive to increase housing supply, more affordable housing schemes, and a co-ordinating role to tackle homelessness. ...
10 hours ago
• New Rules Ensure Prisons Safe for Visiting Children
New rules for children visiting prisoners will ensure children’s safety is paramount. The new rules come into effect on 1 September 2016 and will require that all visits to prisons by children under 16 are pre-approved by their guardian and ...
10 hours ago
• Trust Labels Hamilton Judge Offender Friendly
“This sentence doesn’t even come close to fitting the crime let alone punishing the offender. Justice Ailsa Duffy should be ashamed of herself and she should be removed from the bench. If cumulative sentences had been used Tipene could very ...
11 hours ago
• Q&A: Twyford – A State of Emergency in Housing
State of Emergency in Housing Should Be Declared: Twyford The Government should declare a state of emergency to deal immediately with the housing crisis, according to Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
11 hours ago
• Collins: Courts Need to Do More
Collins: Courts Need to Do More About Keeping Sex Offenders From the Public. The Minister of Corrections , Judith Collins, says Public Protection Orders should be used more by the courts to keep sex offenders away from potential victims in ...
11 hours ago
• Inquiry essential into payments to minister’s constituents
Christchurch mayoral candidate John Minto is calling for an independent investigation into last week’s revelations that the National government paid out four of National MP Gerry Brownlee’s wealthy constituents \$595,000 each when they were entitled ...
11 hours ago
• Phil Goff out of ideas
Auckland Mayoral Candidate, Vic Crone, says Phil Goff's housing policy announcement today shows he's out of ideas and is taking from others . ...
11 hours ago
• Special Family Holiday Is Not ‘Truancy’
Family First is rejecting claims that family holidays during the term are ‘unjustifiable’ absences and a form of truancy. ...
11 hours ago
• Increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform
Hot on the heels of the NZ Drug Foundation cannabis poll, a new poll by UMR shows increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform, including strong support for treating it as a herbal remedy. ...
11 hours ago
• Increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform
Hot on the heels of the NZ Drug Foundation cannabis poll, a new poll by UMR shows increased support for medicinal cannabis law reform, including strong support for treating it as a herbal remedy. ...
11 hours ago
• On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Philip Rucker
Now, there are just over 70 days to go until America elects a new president. Despite the ongoing meltdown, which is otherwise known as Donald Trump’s campaign, some pundits do say anything could happen. So just what is going on ...
11 hours ago
• On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Nick Smith
Smith denies the Government has been missing in action over landbanking in Auckland, saying he can’t force private developers to spend money. ...
11 hours ago
• Safer Hours Mediation between NZRDA and DHBs set down
Mediation between the NZ Resident Doctors Association and the District Health Boards has been set down for Monday, September 12. ...
3 days ago
• “An Army of Poets’ Voices” Raised Loudly for Justice
A massive “poetry slam” aimed at all voices united on justice, is to be held on Thursday 27th October, 2016 at St Paul’s Crypt (Auckland) [ announced today, NZ’s National Poetry day .] ...
3 days ago
• Easter trading law change boost for tourism
Easter trading law change boost for tourism The new Easter Sunday trading law will benefit both the tourism industry and local economies, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. TIA has long advocated for Easter trading laws to be liberalised, and is welcoming ...
3 days ago
• Select Committee Told To Scrap Greater Powers
Adding yet another layer of legislation to the statute books will not improve local government performance, infrastructure provision, nor enhance local democracy, Democrats for Social Credit Deputy Leader and Local Government Spokesperson, Chris Leitch told ...
3 days ago
• Drugged driving initiative welcomed by Road Safety Education
The governments recent announcement to crack down on drugged driving is welcomed by Road Safety Education. (5) ...
3 days ago
• Ruataniwha Dam must be scrapped
Friday 26 August - The shambles that is water management in Hawke’s Bay is another reason the Ruataniwha Dam must be scrapped, says Greenpeace. ...
3 days ago
• Flexible” Drone Regulations Add Concern for NZ Pilots
The concerns of New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers about the ‘woeful inadequacy’ of safety regulation around the commercial use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicles (UAS), are yet to be taken seriously, the New Zealand Air ...
3 days ago
• Air New Zealand staff recognised for record profit
E tū and FARSA members at Air New Zealand will be celebrating a \$2500 bonus today as the airline announces a record profit. The bonus is recognition of the role Air New Zealand employees working through their union have played ...
3 days ago
• Communities given choice with Shop Trading Hours Bill
Local Government New Zealand says letting local communities determine whether shops can open on Easter Sunday is a win for local decision-making. The Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament last night. The Bill enables ...
3 days ago
• Easter Trading: Next Stop – Christmas and Anzac Day
Family First NZ says that the justification for liberalising Easter trading laws will be used as justification for changing the laws around Christmas Day, Anzac Day morning, and Good Friday trading laws. “It is disturbing that National MPs pushed ...
3 days ago
• Money Spent on Gun Registration Will Not Affect Criminals
The Council of Licenced Firearms owners are disappointed at the comments suggested in Parliament to enact registration of all firearms. COLFO’s Chairman Paul Clark has previously advised the Law & Order Select Committee that registration of ...
3 days ago
“Today the National Government voted to make regional authorities responsible for deciding whether people get to spend time with the families on Easter Sunday or not. This was a bad decision by the National Government,” CTU Secretary Sam ...
3 days ago
• ECO NZ statement on marine mining
Marine Mining re-applications because government is changing law to exclude minerals and mine wastes from “dumping” Renewed applications for seabed mining, by TransTasman Resources and another pending from Chatham Rise Resources, probably reflect environmentally ...
3 days ago
• Easter Trading: Govt gives working people the middle finger
The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. ...
4 days ago
• Corrections decision on Scott Watson meeting quashed
IN THE MATTER OF an application for judicial review of the refusal to allow a meeting between a victim with a journalist present ...
4 days ago
• Plan to boost coal burning at Huntly “regressive”
Thursday, August 25: The newly appointed CEO at Genesis Energy has said a third coal-burning unit could now be returned to service, in a move that has stunned Greenpeace New Zealand. ...
4 days ago
• Six new homes for every thousand Kiwis
The number of new homes consented per capita has doubled over the past five years, but is only half the level seen at the peak of the 1970s building boom, Statistics New Zealand said today. ...
4 days ago
• Bobby calf improvements noted this season
The calving season for dairy farmers is now in full swing and improvements in calf welfare have been noted across the bobby calf supply chain. ...
4 days ago
• Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers
Ranfurly community to rally in support of Westpac workers The Ranfurly community will take a stand tomorrow afternoon against Westpac’s proposal to shut the town’s only bank. “Westpac is consulting on a proposal to close 19 bank branches across ...
4 days ago
• Descision – Rock Morning Rumble stunt featuring John Key
Where fields have dotted lines beneath them, you can call up other decisions with the same information. ...
4 days ago
• Child Sex Offender Register Must Be Public
“The public have the right to know that their children are safe in their own homes and in the community but our politicians think the protection of the offender is more important” Guthrie. On Tuesday National and Labour along with ...
4 days ago
• Update on Police Front Counter Safety Review
"Update on Police Front Counter Safety Review" Attribute to Acting Deputy Commissioner Resource Management, Allan Boreham: ...
4 days ago
• The King’s call for MANA MAORI
The King’s call for MANA MAORI Press statement for immediate release Hone Harawira Leader of the MANA Movement Mon 22 August 2016 ...
4 days ago
• HRC invites Government better engage disabled New Zealanders
The Human Rights Commission has invited the Ministry of Education to work with them to better engage disabled New Zealanders and their families in the design of policies that impact their learning and quality of life. “Instead of merely consulting ...
4 days ago
• Kia Puawai Rangatira Ngāti Whātua
The Ngāti Whātua Tertiary Summit is an aspirational education event which brings together Ngāti Whātua secondary students, alumni and leaders to advance Ngāti Whātua. Organiser and Ngāti Whātua manager Antony Thompson explains “there is ...
4 days ago
• Contractor Bill defeated
BusinessNZ supports the decision by Parliament today to defeat the Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill. ...
4 days ago
• Double standard on weapons investment
Lockheed Martin, a company that has been banned for investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and ACC because it manufacturers nuclear weapons, holds a current NZ Navy contract for \$446 million and is sponsor of this year’s NZ Navy ...
4 days ago