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Weather bomb

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, March 3rd, 2012 - 113 comments
Categories: climate change, disaster - Tags: ,

From the relative calm of damp Dunedin I’d like to wish everyone up North good luck with the the current “weather bomb”. The Herald headline and reports of power outages etc is here.

NZ is not alone, Australia is getting hammered too. Currently “Three-quarters of New South Wales is inundated or threatened by floodwaters”.

In a good summary of extreme weather links, a recent piece in the New York times asked:

Are we, just possibly, reaching the point where people can look out their back doors and know they are seeing climate change in action?

The IPCC is pretty clear on the issue:

Wild weather worsening due to climate change, IPCC confirms

Final draft of a report from the UN climate panel warns that weather extremes will come at a huge cost…

We’re in this place because the short-sighted mechanisms of politics aren’t up to the task of a medium term global risk (and of course, because of the short term interests of big money). There doesn’t seem to be any realistic chance of turning back from the path we’re on.

Keep safe.

113 comments on “Weather bomb”

  1. tc 1

    Agree the weather systems are getting nastier as they get more stored energy in them due to global warming, which is an inconvenient fact now not a theory anymore.

    At least we’re used to plenty of rain, Oz is screwed with decades of topsoils erosion and rising salination levels impacting their productive South eastern states and every flood takes more away.
    tassie will become more their food basket going forward.

  2. ianmac 2

    Very unusual weather. Blenheim has the lowest February sunshine hours in 80 years.
    31 mm of rain overnight but no wind. No wind??

  3. Bill 3

    What a really fucking terrible turn of phrase “weather bomb’ is!

    It’s not a war. And neither did the weather ‘come out of nowhere’.

    But then, I guess such terminology dovetails with a psychology that would have us adopt a siege mentality (bunker down), ask no questions, draw no conclusions and carry on as normal.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 3.1

      So, people want us to have a siege mentality, but “war” is a faulty metaphor?

      The weather didn’t “come out of nowhere”. Neither do bombs. I’m not sure where you’re going with this.

      • Bill 3.1.1

        What I said seems pretty clear to me. I’ve no idea where you’ve wandered off to though ;-)

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 3.1.1.1

          “Destructive weather caused by willful negligence and stupidity” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

          • Bill 3.1.1.1.1

            Just call it an extreme high or low (whichever it is) and dispense with the misleading hyperpole.

            • just saying 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Extreme drop in pressure, as I understand it.

              • Bill

                Yup. Which then allows for questions to be asked about possible reasons behind an extreme drop in pressure.

                Meanwhile, the term ‘weather bomb’ closes off routes of enquiry. Bombs are random…they just fall. And if they hit you, it’s just bad luck.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Erm, “weather bomb” doesn’t “close off all lines of enquiry” – “extreme drop in pressure” is a far more opaque term if that is the criterion.

                  Bombs are only random if you ignore who’s dropping them.

                  • Bill

                    You shitting me? ‘Low pressure’ an opaque term? ‘Weather bomb’ not an opaque term?

                    Okay, lets try it out. What is a low pressure weather system? And what causes low pressure weather systems? What is a weather bomb? And what causes weather bombs?

                    And nobody and nothing is lobbing or dropping either low pressure weather systems or weather bombs at anyone. (There is no volition.)

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      Sure. What is pressure?

                      Edit, oh, and you may have a limited understanding of “volition”, please check your comprehension levels.

                    • Bill

                      Aw ffs, KTH! The Koch Brothers and a host of others (not least you and I) are involved in activities that contribute to Climate Collapse. And a consequence of Climate Collapse is more extreme or unusual weather.

                      Meanwhile, hyperbolic terms like ‘weather bomb’…unless by your link you are suggesting, however obliquely, that the Koch’s have a weather generating machine…do nothing to encourage people to understand or learn about weather events and the context they are occuring within.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      You and I are contributing more-or-less involuntarily – although my carbon footprint is pretty low – but we are not financing political opposition to mitigation efforts, quite the opposite in fact – our taxes have paid for not only attempts at mitigation but also pay for valuable research into the sciences involved.

                      “Weather bomb” is a phrase that captures the imagination far more than any appropriate academic phrase. I suspect it may therefore generate more curiosity, not less.

                    • Bill

                      There is nothing academic about the term ‘low pressure’ in relation to weather systems.

                      And talking of ‘bombs’ may well ‘capture the imagination’…but does nothing to inform. As a terminology it’s misleading and promotes passivity. (ie, generally speaking, people simply shelter from bombs or hope the bombs won’t land on them)

                      But low pressure weather systems have are a product of climate. And the current state of the climate is being impacted on by (essentially) economic activity. And people can do something about the economic genesis of extreme and more frequent deliterious weather events.

                • Jackal

                  You really do have a warped sense of reality Bill. Weather Bomb is an appropriate term because of the destruction such events cause. Just like war, there is a huge financial cost as well.

                  The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change (PDF) states:

                  Without action, the overall costs of climate change will be equivalent to losing at least 5% of global gross domestic product (GDP) each year, now and forever. Including a wider range of risks and impacts could increase this to 20% of GDP or more.

                  Bombs are not random… they are launched by people aiming them specifically at their enemies. The changes in the weather are also not random because we’ve known about the effects of industrialization on the planet since the early seventies.

                  • Bill

                    If referring to the weather as a bomb is appropriate, then by the reasoning you apply to bombs, (

                    they are launched by people aiming them specifically at their enemies

                    ) you might care to answer the following simple question.

                    Who or what is this enemy that is launching these ‘weather bombs’ at us?

                    • Jackal

                      I’m pretty sure you can figure that one out on your own Bill.

                    • Bill

                      So okay, you believe there is a clearly identifiable enemy who is launching ‘weather bombs’ at us.

                      I can’t figure out the identity of this person (or thing). Please indulge my apparent stupidity by supplying the answer.

                    • Jackal

                      Not to confirm your “apparent” stupidity Bill, however:

                      I don’t think there is somebody “launching weather bombs at us” per se. Your argument is therefore ludicrous! I think there are companies and governments that have not given the fact that manmade climate change is a real and present danger enough consideration. They think they can continue to pollute indefinitely with impunity. Their actions (or non-action as the case may be) make them responsible for our worsening environmental conditions.

                      Do you need me to list what countries are not adhering to their CO2 emission reductions or those that are not even bothering to sign up to international agreements? Do you want me to categorize the companies and industries that contribute to manmade climate change perhaps? I think you’ve previously exhibited enough cognitive ability to at least try to work that out for yourself.

                    • Bill

                      Uh-huh.

                      You said use of the term ‘bomb’ in relation to weather was appropriate and further commented that bombs “are launched by people aiming them specifically at their enemies” . In other words you quite unequivocally stated that the weather was being launched at us by…someone or other.

                      When I asked you who these persons might be who were launching ‘weather bombs’ at us, you said I could figure it out.

                      When I said I couldn’t figure that out, you said there was no-one launching weather bombs at us afterall and that my argument (ie the one you had posited) was ludicrous.

                      I agree with you that business and government and many individuals aren’t responding to anthropogenic climate change/collapse with anything like the urgency required.

                      And it seems you finally agree that they (and we) are responsible for contributing to the underlying reasons that result in climatic collapse but not, as you previously contended, to specific weather events (those being a result of climate collapse).

                      Any more backtracking I missed?

                    • fender

                      Mankind has launched the “weather bombs” at himself Bill. Mankind is the enemy. Though the recipient of the bomb is beyond his control he still likes to gamble on his safety by upsetting nature.

                    • Jackal

                      Your semantics are a bit boring Bill.

                      Some extreme weather events can and should be called weather bombs. In fact it is an even more apt description when the extreme weather event is caused by anthropogenic climate change. The resent weather bomb in New Zealand can be attributed to climate change to a far greater degree than saying it was an effect of La Niña.

                      The old ideologically defunct fools who are pressing the climate change self destruct button are simply blinded by their own greed. They don’t know what they’re aiming at because in many cases they are climate change deniers. They will fight tooth and nail before they admit to pressing the button so to speak. They think the climate change self destruct button doesn’t even exist, while the evidence to show they are wrong is now overwhelming.

                      There is an actual technical understanding of what weather bomb means… it is used to describe when a nor’easter drops in pressure and becomes stronger, by more than one millibar every hour.

                      The emphasis should be on the weather part of the bomb equation. It is not a nuclear bomb for instance. Don’t try to reinvent the English language Bill… we have short descriptivism for a reason.

                    • Bill

                      Yeah, I get what you’re saying ‘Fender’. But that quick conclusion isn’t altogether accurate and it misses ‘the dots’ that are necessary to arriving at an understanding.

                      Humans are putting CO2 and a whatever else into the atmosphere and that is causing global warming which in turn is causing climate collapse which in turn is resulting in extreme or unseasonal weather.

                      That’s not a difficult scenario to portray.

                      But if the ‘steps’ or ‘dots’ are omitted, (and the term ‘weather bomb’ doesn’t signpost or allow for any argument or reasoning…it’s the beginning, middle and end of ‘an event’), then what results is a shouting match of bald conclusions and some apparently ludicrous assertions in the place of any reasoned and logical argument…(just read the mess Jackal created above through accepting the ‘weather bomb’ terminology and trying to argue the case of global warming from that starting point.)

                      Given that far too many people still hold that global warming is a con, we need a matrix of deductive reasoning to present them with; not a bald conclusion.

                      And if meaningless terms are given traction, the argument that needs to be presented becomes much more difficult to get to…you might say it gets obscured by ‘weather bombs’ and such like.

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      “…the term ‘weather bomb’ doesn’t signpost any argument or reasoning…”

                      Bill, you are wrong. Time to move on?

                    • Bill

                      I’m surprised to read that the term has any definitions at all Jackal. (There seems to be a few variations) Were you aware of any definition prior to this exchange or did you search for one?

                      Meanwhile, I doubt that people in general are aware of any definition and therefore unable to apply it to any understanding of links between weather, climate and global warming.

                      ‘Bombs’ (I’d suggest) are commonly regarded as stand alone destructive weather events. That’s how they’re portrayed in the media. They are seperated out and ‘set aside’ as isolated events.

                      To speak simply of an extreme low…or a very extreme low…. on the other hand, preserves the meteorological context and leaves commonly accepted and understood terminology in tact.

                      Terminology is crucial for promulgating understanding. Why obfuscate matters by introducing unnecessary extra terminology?

                  • Bill

                    @KTH.

                    Yes, it transpires there are definitions for the term. But I’ll ask the same question I asked of Jackal. Did you know that before this exchange took place?

                    • Kotahi Tane Huna

                      You didn’t understand the technical term “weather bomb.” Now you do. It transpires there are other technical terms in Meteorology that any serious attempt to understand it would have to acknowledge. Examples from other disciplines abound, such as “strange” and “charmed” quarks.

                      Time to move on.

                    • Bill

                      No, I didn’t realise there was a definition. Did you?

                  • Jackal

                    Language would be pretty boring if we adhered to your unrealistic restrictions. There are so many uses for the word “bomb” it’s not funny. Pontificate all you like, but you cannot separate one weather event out from the overall effects of manmade climate change. I am thoroughly sick and tired of your pointless argument and childish jibes Bill. Please don’t bore us further with your own lack of understanding.

                    • Bill

                      Are you not going to say whether you were aware of the meteriological definition of weather bomb before this exchange Jackal?

                      It’s not pointless to suggest that obscure or poorly (ie not widely) understood terminology hampers understanding, ‘blocks’ enquiry and makes convincing others of your argument or position more difficult.

                      But it seems to me you are content to jump up and down hollering about global warming but have no interest in how to get any message across and therefore no interest in addressing factors that might make that job more difficult.

                      This isn’t a jibe. But to merely point an accusary finger at the Koch’s and their fellow travellers just doesn’t help matters. You have to fill in the gaps; join the dots in such a way that those you are seeking to convince become convinced.

                      Otherwise your position (correct as it is) becomes dismissable and you attain, or are ascribed, cult status.

                    • Jackal

                      Is that the cult of “weather bomb” perhaps Bill? I was aware of the meteorological definition of what the term means. However I did clarify my understanding my visiting Wikipedia. Why does that matter?

                      The terminology in this case concerning a certain phenomena does not need to change so that the debate concerning manmade climate change can move forward. That is simply ridiculous! I have not been “jumping up and down” about global warming, I’ve been writing succinct articles on the subject for some time now. Your lecture therefore is completely misplaced.

                      I really think it’s time for you to move on now Bill.

                    • Bill

                      You’re a filthy little liar Jackal.

                      Before you provided the link, all your comments on the terminology was to do with its appropriateness as a useful metaphor. Had you known there were meteorological definitions for the term ‘weather bomb’, you would have simply said so.

                      And no, I was not implying any ‘weather bomb’ cult. I was trying to state that if you have no interest in how to pass on your message effectively to outsiders that, in common with others who fall into the same trap, you run the risk of being dismissed by them as a cultist.

                      Mind you, given your apparent propensity to engage in commentary as a means of puffing your ego rather than as a possible avenue for challenging your pre-determined thoughts on matters or even just simply broadening your horizons, I guess that just doesn’t matter to you.

                    • Jackal

                      Actually Bill, I never lie and wrote my comment re the meteorological meaning behind the term weather bomb prior to reading Kotahi Tane Huna’s and other peoples explanations. I was simply unsure if you understood that there was a technical meaning behind the description. You weren’t, get over it.

                      Did you bother to follow the link I provided Bill? If you had you’d see that I do in fact make my message loud and clear. Lately I’ve been receiving emails from various academics around the world thanking me for my erudite articles. Some have even pledged to help out when their skills are required. You huffing and puffing about The Jackal being cultist is nothing but hot air. I therefore sincerely invite you to blow it out your own arse.

                    • Bill

                      Good morning jackal. I have no problem in stating I was unaware of the fact that the term ‘weather bomb’ had an accepted meteorological definition attached to it. I think this the third time I’ve said as much on this thread.

                      But I do have an issue with wee pricks who pretend they were ‘always’ in possession of certain knowledge when they patently weren’t and who then attempt to excercise an infantile gloat from the vantage of their (denied) dishonesty.

                      The whole point of my original comment on this thread was that certain terms carry baggage or subtle inferences that can detract from meaningful comprehension. ‘Weather bomb’ is one of those terms. And that stands in relation to the general public whether it has an accepted (and not widely known) definition or not.

                      You disagree. (Actually, I don’t think you grasp what I’m saying) You think it an appropriate term with regards to the recent weather in the N. Island and have latterly pointed to its definition to ‘settle matters’ and also use the existance of a definition to ‘rubbish’ the point I was making and as a launch pad for ad hominin b/s.

                      Putting aside for the moment the likely impression the term creates in a casual audience (ie, most people), if the comment by aj (comment 18) is correct, then the low that passed over the N.Island didn’t satisfy the definition of a ‘weather bomb’…which would mean, from your new found attachment to scientific definitions, that you should be critisising the use of the term too, no?

                      Unless, of course, you’re principle interest in coming here is to ‘score points’ and stoke your own sense of ego.

                    • Jackal

                      Bill

                      But I do have an issue with wee pricks who pretend they were ‘always’ in possession of certain knowledge when they patently weren’t and who then attempt to excercise an infantile gloat from the vantage of their (denied) dishonesty.

                      I had a fair understanding of what weather bombs were before the last one hit New Zealand. I then watched Daniel Corbett on Campbell Live the other day and he somewhat explained it in meteorological terms. You say you know when I gained knowledge on a certain subject, when you have absolutely no way of actually knowing this. Your argument Bill is based on fictional reasoning.

                      The whole point of my original comment on this thread was that certain terms carry baggage or subtle inferences that can detract from meaningful comprehension. ‘Weather bomb’ is one of those terms. And that stands in relation to the general public whether it has an accepted (and not widely known) definition or not.

                      A very disingenuous argument. If you didn’t know what the term weather bomb stood for, how can you say whether it is or is not correct terminology? You are/were arguing from a place of ignorance, and then when this is pointed out to you, you claim that nobody else knew either. Ridiculous!

                      You disagree. (Actually, I don’t think you grasp what I’m saying) You think it an appropriate term with regards to the recent weather in the N. Island and have latterly pointed to its definition to ‘settle matters’ and also use the existance of a definition to ‘rubbish’ the point I was making and as a launch pad for ad hominin b/s.

                      Weather bomb is a perfectly fine descriptive term for a phenomena that causes widespread damage and sometimes injury. The only point you have is that it’s not directly launched at the area it impacts. There is however evidence that mankind is causing an increased impact from severe weather events. The secondary meaning is therefore valid as well. So yes I disagree with you.

                      My comments about your cognitive ability, I think are perfectly valid. Your comments that I’m a filthy little liar, wee prick and talking BS have no basis in reality. You are in fact trying to pull the debate down into the gutter… perhaps because you’re angry at your own ignorance?

                      Putting aside for the moment the likely impression the term creates in a casual audience (ie, most people), if the comment by aj (comment 18) is correct, then the low that passed over the N.Island didn’t satisfy the definition of a ‘weather bomb’…which would mean, from your new found attachment to scientific definitions, that you should be critisising the use of the term too, no?

                      No! I think Daniel Corbett was correct that it was in fact a weather bomb. If I had disagreed with Daniel Corbett’s comment regarding it being a weather bomb, I would have said so in the article I wrote about the matter a couple of days ago. Even if it was not a weather bomb, it would not mean the terminology itself is incorrect. You are clutching at straws Bill.

                      Unless, of course, you’re principle interest in coming here is to ‘score points’ and stoke your own sense of ego.

                      Is that a self diagnosis Bill? If my posting comments here and writing a blog was to do with ego, as you have repeatedly claimed, why then am I doing it anonymously? My principle interest in having an online presence in the NZ blogosphere is to ensure the right wings lies are exposed.

                      You are clearly trolling Bill. Not only was your initial argument based on ignorance, you cannot graciously accept that you were wrong. Instead you have resorted to personal attacks based on your own speculations. You’re foaming at the mouth simply because somebody has a differing opinion to you. This is not constructive and I will not be responding to you further.

            • Draco T Bastard 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Is it misleading though? I really don’t see any problem with referring to a quick, heavy downpour as a bomb.

              • Bill

                What’s wrong with references like ‘down pour’ or ‘torrential rain’ etc?

                Again, ‘bomb’ supplies no useful reference in terms of weather and therefore encourages a degree of disconnect in the intended audience. Everyone on the receiving end of a bomb – any type of bomb – is, by implication a more or less powerless victim.

                Bombs come from ‘over there’…typically a remote source the target has no control over.

                I’ll wager that when people talk about the ‘weather bomb’ over the coming days, they will almost exclusively refer to the damage it caused. There will be precious little, if any, talk or discussion on the severity of low weather systems and what might lie behind their increasing severity.

                That kind of inquiry or discussion has been removed from the table by the choice (and acceptance) of the terminology used to describe the present weather.

                Reiterating; any discussion on bombs is usually limited to their effect and doesn’t encompass their cause or origin.

                Why accept such combative and nonsensical descriptions for weather? Why use descriptions that imply an enemy or malign ‘other’? Why employ language that (however subtly) provides a license to ‘carry on as usual’ and that offers up a dead end in terms of understanding insofar as it is a linquistic mechanism that usurps meaningful terminolgy?

                • Anne

                  I agree with Bill. I don’t like the word “weather bomb”. It’s the same old same old… the media trying to turn something complex into a simplistic euphemism that actually explains nothing. Far better to use ‘deep depression developing in Tasman’ or ‘gale or storm force winds forecast’ etc., but nah, that’s not sensational enough. It’s gotta be a bomb! Whether we like it or not we’re going to have to accept it. It ain’t going away.

                • muzza

                  Im with bill on this – Weather bomb , what a load of shite, rediculous, obvious scarmongering media embracing drivel!

            • klem 3.1.1.1.1.3

              Bill, the diffeerence between you and Kotahi Tane Huna is, you view low pressure weather systems like they are random and uncontrolled, but Kotahi views them as being caused by humans. For these people everything is humanity’s fault.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcanic_bomb

      The word bomb doesn’t always refer to the ones used in wars.

  4. Vicks 4

    I blame the government! (One of the perks of being in opposition)

  5. RedLogix 5

    Freaking bucketing down where I am…

  6. CnrJoe 6

    From Tairawhiti – wish I still had a kite

  7. Macro 7

    Actually it’s all a cunning Communist plot to bring down insurance companies.
    Unfortunately the insurers are “on to it”

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1

      Great article – thanks.

      The insurers are less constrained by the need for academic caution, and can approach the problem from a purely practical economic standpoint. Now who here thinks they’ve got it wrong?

      • klem 7.1.1

        “can approach the problem from a purely practical economic standpoint.”

        Yea that’s another way to say ‘finding an excuse to raise premiums and hit their numbers.’ Anthropogenic climate change is the boogyman of their dreams, they will make a killing. They got it right.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.1.1

          Then set up a rival company with lower premiums and make your fortune lose your shirt, and look like a complete moron.

          Take them to court and demand lower premiums because their justifications don’t add up. Go on, it would be so funny to see you ridiculed in public.

          Ever get the feeling you’re deluded and irrelevant, and the world is moving along without you?

          • Klem 7.1.1.1.1

            “Ever get the feeling you’re deluded and irrelevant..?”

            Ever get the feeling you are way too emotonal and closed minded?

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Klem’s Skeptic Insurance Ltd opening soon? Going to petition for lower premiums? Didn’t think so.

  8. Treetop 8

    The weather in NSW has caused flooding the size of France or twice the size of NZ. This may have an effect on migration from Australia to NZ (expats) returning home.

    I can only imagine what Key’s comment would be regarding the return of expats e.g. the NZ economy is improving.

    Gillard is not going into a panic regarding the cost which more and serious flooding will incur. Gillard is not selling off strategic assets which generate well paying dividens to pay for a series of weather disasters. There will also be some cost involved to the NZ government for the current weather bomb. Maybe English will blame the weather on not reaching fiscal targets.

  9. Weatherman Bob 9

    Oh, fuh goodness sake . . . Warm/cold, windy/calm, wet/dry, night/day – ’tis called life on Earth (as opposed to ‘global climatic disruption’ tax, or whatever the next & latest catchphrase will be).

    For a little perspective, ie 2,000+ years (as opposed to two or three decades) checkout http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/Weather.pdf (large file) or http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/climatehistory.pdf (small file).

    Imagine snow in summer (!), heat waves in winter (!), drought – and grapes – in England & Scotland (!), floods – and snow – in the Persian desert (!). Who’da thunked it happened way back then, too . . .

    PS. The first time I heard the term “weather bomb” used, in a meteorological sense, was in the States in 1991 during a particularly nasty period of “humanitarian intervention”. As John Cleese would say: Don’t mention the war(s)!

    • ianmac 9.1

      It is the sporting codes that have messed up weather. International Cricket tests vie with International Rugby? What is the poor weather organiser supposed to think? Summer sport and Winter sport together? Skiing at Ruapehu for Christmas perhaps?

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.2

      Are you trying to look like an idiot? Where do you suppose Paleoclimate information comes from, and who interprets and reports it? Hint: it isn’t bloggers.

    • burt 9.3

      Weatherman Bob

      <sarcasm>It’s obvious the scale of the weather extremes have increased. Simply look at the detail recorded for older events and the costs associated compared with more recent events – they have both escalated over time.

      Furthermore it use to take weeks or months to find out about violent weather on the other side of the planet… but now it’s so much more intense that it justifies immediate dissemination of digital photos and detailed reports.</sarcasm>

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 9.3.1

        It’s also obvious that the Hadley cells have expanded, that nights are warming more than days, that winter is warming more than summer, and that the Arctic is warming more than the Antarctic. What’s amazing is that all of these observations were predicted by Climatology, some as long ago as 1896.

        This is why climate models are regarded as having “skill” in forecasting – they have more than 100 years of track record to back them up.

        L(1-α)=εσT^4 ;)

  10. Macro 10

    why is my previous comment still in moderation?

    ["communist" is currently a word that triggers moderation (was often used in random troll abuse), but Lynn is reviewing that. -- r0b]

    • Klem 10.1

      That’s the same question I have as well.

      How is it calling someone a communist qualifies for moderation but the resident alarmist troll Kotahi Tane Huna can call people all sorts of offensive names, but that’s ok?

      [lprent: Because we really don't care that much about what people call each other, provided they have a point to go with it (read the policy about robust debate and pointless abuse).

      The words in the auto moderation list are there to trap trolls who cannot seem to help themselves and substitute hackneyed phrases and words for an actual argument. In other words a chaff filter for people whose behavior as commentators that the moderators want to watch. The phrases in there have a high correlation with people that we eventually banned.

      If you are getting caught there regularly, then perhaps you need to look at what you are writing. A really really dumb filter is watching you and you keep taking the hook. Perhaps you should engage your brain rather than acting like someone with the instincts of a trout. ]

  11. Jackal 11

    Daniel Corbett – climate change denier

    I watched the new MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett on Campbell Live last night go on about the unprecedented bad weather being an effect of La Niña.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.1

      Climate denier? Possibly not – he has to be a bit more careful with his words than you or I; attribution is a complex issue and not one there is a whole lot of extant literature about.

      • Jackal 11.1.1

        The question John Campbell asked was:

        Why has it been such a rubbish summer?

        Daniel Corbett: How long is the program? Yep No Um! You can never sit there and say ah! It’s because of that or it’s it’s not as easy as you go to the car repair and look at your car and say, you got a flat tyre. There were lots of different things that came into the mix for our summer weather. Obviously the thing that jumps to mind is La Nina. Blah blah blah!

        The question wasn’t only about the current weather bomb Kotahi Tane Huna, which isn’t attributable to La Niña anyway.

        Scientific experts in various prestigious institutions around the world have attributed the worsening weather patterns to climate change. Daniel Corbett should be listening to them, not choosing to ignore the main reason for our worsening weather. Omission of the truth is a lie and there is only one correct conclusion you can reach.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.1.1.1

          Well that’s all very well, but did you read Schmidt’s essay on the subject? What you say is true (my emphasis): “Scientific experts in various prestigious institutions around the world have attributed the worsening weather patterns to climate change,” but there are very few actual attribution studies around for specific events.

          As the good Doctor says “this is a complex issue, and one not well-suited to soundbite quotes and headlines”. What you interpret as denial may in fact merely be standard academic caution.

          The whole problem we face here is that self-appointed well-resourced loud-mouths have drowned out the scientific debate. Copying their tactics will just lead to more of the same. If you want to blame someone blame John Campbell: it’s his job to make the rash statements, not Corbett’s.

          • Jackal 11.1.1.1.1

            Yes! Attribution is a complex issue, but there are definite rules that apply. For starters, a normal La Niña has a weak impact on New Zealand’s climate. Daniel Corbett has simply used it as an excuse to explain the unprecedented extreme weather event we’ve been experiencing. It is simply illogical to blame a La Niña, which has limited effect and has almost ended.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.1.1.1.1.1

              I just watched the BBC video on your blog. Your point is not proven: Corbett clearly supports the science.

              Time after time I have read Drs. Schmidt and Steig, Pierrehumbert, Mann et al pull people back in exactly the language Corbett employs. Time after time I have read them respond to claims that the science be simplified for public consumption, with the argument that instead people become more educated about science – in particular its non-binary nature.

              Corbett comes from an atmosphere of extreme minority hostility towards Climatology and climatologists, in which any statement he makes as a public servant (ie: BBC weather reporter) will be gone over for any suggestion of error, and the error seized upon by buffoons like Klem to claim that he is a warmist secret agent (or something).

              I think you have misjudged him.

        • Anne 11.1.1.2

          Ummm… weather bombs have been around since God made little apples, but it’s only since the advent of advanced technology – ie. the ability to produce accurate weather charts of both current and future upper atmospheric conditions as well as the surface systems – has it become easy to predict them. They form as a result of upper level depressions (usually associated with jet streams) moving over an area of surface low pressure. If the right positioning comes together, the upper level low will feed cold air and unstable conditions into the surface low and cause it to deepen rapidly. There is a strong probability that global warming does have at least an indirect impact on their frequency. Only time will tell how much.

          To the scientists out there… it’s a simplified explanation I know, but I’m rusty. Been out of the game a long time now.

          • Klem 11.1.1.2.1

            “Only time will tell how much. ”

            But we don’t have time to sit around and wait! The world is falling apart now!

            My understanding is the world will end around the time that Kyoto’s replacement will be negotiated, or if that fails the world end around whenever the next carbon control agreement will be negotiated. Its not just some coincidence. We don’t have time!!! Just ask Kotahi Tane Huna.

        • Anne 11.1.1.3

          The question John Campbell asked was:

          Why has it been such a rubbish summer?

          That was a silly question of John Campbell to ask. He knew that the answer would be way too complex to explain in a few short minutes. What was Daniel Corbett to do? Perhaps he was wrong to mention La Nina (El Ninos tend to bring even cooler, cloudy conditions) but give him time. He’s new to NZ and it takes one hell of a lot of experience to fully understand the weather complexities of a highly diverse (geographically speaking) maritime nation in the southern part of the South Pacific Ocean. Ask Bob McDavitt.

          NZ weather forecasters enjoy an excellent reputation overseas – especially with the WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) in Geneva. That is why meteorologists from around the world want to come to NZ to further their knowledge and experience.

          • Jackal 11.1.1.3.1

            If Daniel Corbett had said it was due to an El Niño effect he would have been completely wrong. Although El Niño does have more effect on New Zealand’s weather than La Niña, we are not in an El Niño phase. We are barely in a La Niña phase. Perhaps I was a bit harsh on the noob, however he is an experienced meteorologist who should have got it right. I’ve invited Daniel Corbett to explain. If I can find his contact details, I will write to him personally.

            • Anne 11.1.1.3.1.1

              If Daniel Corbett had said it was due to an El Niño effect he would have been completely wrong.

              Yes, I realise that.

    • burt 11.2

      Jackal

      Are you saying it’s not La Nina ?

    • Lanthanide 11.3

      “Collectively, the oceanic and atmospheric patterns reflect a weak-to moderate strength La Niña. Therefore the increased bad weather cannot be blamed on a naturally occurring cycle that is in decline.”

      Because you’re a meteorologist and therefore qualified to make such pronouncements…?

      I’d rather trust the experts, myself.

      • Jackal 11.3.1

        NOAA are the experts Lanthanide… I’m quoting them.

      • burt 11.3.2

        I’d rather trust the experts that have the same opinion as myself.

        There – fixed that for you.

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.3.2.1

          That’s a very good point Burt – how can we know which “experts” to trust? One good measure is to approach their professional bodies. Many countries have national academies of science for precisely this reason – so that grown-ups know to ignore witless blowhards.

          • RedLogix 11.3.2.1.1

            If you have lung cancer it’s your choice to ignore the oncologist and keep on smoking 20 a day; and that’s fine because you personally get to wear the consequences. No-one else gets to die of lung cancer other than you.

            With AGW though it’s not all about you burt. The rest of humanity is in this with you, and if your choice turns out to be disasterously wrong that’s one hell of a responsibility you’ve taken on.

            • Colonial Viper 11.3.2.1.1.1

              If you have lung cancer it’s your choice to ignore the oncologist and keep on smoking 20 a day

              Although I understand your general point, I doubt your survival rate would be any better once you already have lung cancer. Best to quit well ahead of time of course.

    • klem 11.4

      Oh yea, if the guy does not blame it all on human activity then he’s a climate denier, no question.

      Just remember this; if the weather is good it is caused by mother nature. If the weather is bad it is caused by humans.

      cheers

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.4.1

        I wonder if you in fact know a single thing that any actual climatologist has ever said. From your tiresome repetition of zombie arguments I guess not.

        • Klem 11.4.1.1

          Oh yeah?

          Well Richard Lindzen the worlds top climatologist said this recently “The notion of a static, unchanging climate is foreign to the history of the earth or any other planet with a fluid envelope. The fact that the developed world went into hysterics over changes in global mean temperature anomaly of a few tenths of a degree will astound future generations. Such hysteria simply represents the scientific illiteracy of much of the public, the susceptibility of the public to the substitution of repetition for truth, and the exploitation of these weaknesses by politicians, environmental promoters, and, after 20 years of media drum beating, many others as well. ”

          There, that’ll teach you.

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 11.4.1.1.1

            Interesting you should mention Lindzen, who stands publicly accused of incompetence or mendacity.

            “…the data are not what he claims, the interpretation is wrong, and the insinuations are spurious…”

            “Such a cavalier attitude to analysing and presenting data probably has some lessons for how seriously one should take Lindzen’s comments. I anticipate with interest Lindzen’s corrections of this in future presentations and his apology for misleading his audience…”

            I doubt very much that this will “teach” you.

  12. RedLogix 12

    In the meantime I’m looking over the banks of this 50m from my back door and contemplating Plan B.

    • seeker 12.1

      Yipes! Contemplete indeed – good luck Red Logix

      • RedLogix 12.1.1

        The GWRC Flood Protection guys just came up the driveway to make some reference marks. Looks like the peak is just passing us now… with maybe a metre to spare.

        • Jackal 12.1.1.1

          That’s pretty full on. I guess we’ll all end up having to move to higher ground eventually.

          • RedLogix 12.1.1.1.1

            Yeah but nothing like this..

            I wonder how many more of these extreme weather events the US can take before people start waking up? It’s an interesting question; which do you think is the more powerful force, propaganda and delusions… or reality?

            • Jackal 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Unfortunately it looks like we are going to start seeing more cyclonic events in New Zealand as well. I think eventually reality will win… people cannot ignore what’s going on outside forever, especially when it starts eating into the bottom line. In my opinion manmade climate change is the crime of the century. Who is financially liable will be an interesting development. The deniers will have nowhere to hide.

              • Warren

                “Who is financially liable”

                Sadly, this will prove largely irrelevant, as it will be the long-suffering taxpayer who pays.
                Those responsible will get away just as scot-free as the Wall-Street fatcats who caused the GFC.
                When you are rich and powerful you don’t have to pay for your misdeeds.

  13. Macro 13

    If you have nothing better to do this afternoon mozzie over to “the conversation” and have a read of this.

    As a tempter here is a quote:

    “Research shows us that, at best, only about 70% of our year-to-year seasonal climate is predictable; the other 30% is chaotic random (weathery) stuff. (It must be one of the few fields where you expect to be “wrong” occasionally and just have to cop it.)

    A typical climate forecast will calculate there’s a 60% chance of more rain than normal in a general region next season.”

    • Colonial Viper 13.1

      (It must be one of the few fields where you expect to be “wrong” occasionally and just have to cop it.)

      well, you might also have to include minor fields like politics, finance, economics, medicine, ag/hort, and road safety in this category. In fact I suggest its pretty common.

      • Macro 13.1.1

        Maybe, but as the article I referred to points out – these meteorologist have “great stonking computers” (the authors words not mine) – and the public expect them to be right ALL the time.

    • klem 13.2

      “A typical climate forecast will calculate there’s a 60% chance of more rain than normal in a general region next season.”

      A slighly better than 50/50 chance that there will be more rain than normal next year. Wow, that’s a climate forecast? And they get paid for that?

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 13.2.1

        “…they get paid for that?”

        Since the information would be useful to anyone managing waterways, I should hope so. On the other hand, you are irrelevant.

        • Klem 13.2.1.1

          And there sure are lot of those people, everyone manages waterways these days.

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 13.2.1.1.1

            Don’t you have anything substantive to say?

            I’m still looking forward to your insurance venture. What’s the matter, haven’t you got the courage of your convictions?

            PS: Hydrologists, for example.

  14. burt 14

    Just on this particular weather;

    The latest update from Stuff

    MetService meteorologist Daniel Corbett did, however, warn that a new low was forming off the east coast of the lower North Island.

    Mr Corbett said the ”weather bomb” had gone according to forecasts.

    Anyone else around here old enough to remember that from the ‘forecasters’ before in a similar pattern?

    • Macro 14.1

      “warn that a new low was forming off the east coast of the lower North Island.”

      “Anyone else around here old enough to remember that from the ‘forecasters’ before in a similar pattern?”

      are you referring here to 10 April 1968?

  15. BeeDee 15

    Perhaps battle terminology will help us understand that in order to combat climate change economies must be placed on a wartime footing, ie global resources should be put to use to figure out how to halt the warming of the atmosphere and oceans. We human beings are at war with the planet.

  16. Kotahi Tane Huna 16

    Who coined the phrase?

    The best antidote to ignorance is a link.

    OK?

  17. johnm 17

    “Costs of Climate Change Touching Down All Around: Insurers
    Climate Change: Insurers Confirm Growing Risks, Costs”

    Refer link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/03-0

    “Climate Change: Insurers Confirm Growing Risks, Costs

    In a press briefing on Thursday, representatives of the nation’s top insurance companies, citing a year of history-making natural disasters and $1 billion-plus in damages, took a definitive stance, along with members of the US Senate, to confirm that the costs — both to taxpayers and private businesses — from extreme weather events will continue to climb due to the irrefutable march of global warming and climate change”

  18. aj 18

    I think technically speaking it wasn’t a ‘bomb’, and expression that refers to a low deepening by 24Hpa or more within a 24 hour period.
    I recall that it was below 1000hPa when it in was in the Tasman and deepened to around 980 as it crossed the Nth Island a day later.

    Just sayin’

  19. johnm 19

    What the same weather bomb offloaded on NSW.

    “Hundreds evacuated as flood waters hit New South Wales
    Around 1,600 Australians were forced from their homes by flooding Friday, and 22 rescued from rising waters as the torrents hit or threatened large parts of the most populous state of New South Wales.”

    Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/
    Sydney has experienced one of its wettest summers in decades and the rain has continued to fall at the start of autumn, leaving the city’s biggest dam Warragamba set to overflow and vast areas of the state drenched.

    Further Climate Change news:
    “Australia’s surfers mourn disappearing east coast beaches as currents sweep sand out to sea
    Hundreds of miles of Australia’s most popular beaches are shrinking as ocean currents sweep their sands out to sea, to the dismay of millions of surfers. ”

    “In the past 18 months, Australia has endured one of the fiercest La Nina events in history – leading to its wettest two-year period since instrumental recording began in the 1880s, and causing devastating floods across large areas inland.

    Along the coast, powerful storms and strong tides have swept away the sand, while changes in wave direction have dragged it offshore. As a result there is a new threat to coastal properties, with erosion of cliffs accelerated not because of rising tides – the ocean at Kingscliff only has a tidal variation of about five feet – but because the beach that dissipated the power of the waves has been diminished as the sand has gone.

    Scientists say it could take a decade or more for these beaches to be naturally restored – if, indeed, they ever are. ”

    Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9106284/Australias-surfers-mourn-disappearing-east-coast-beaches-as-currents-sweep-sand-out-to-sea.html
    These beaches have not been insured!
    “I was due to get married in the lifesaver club in January, however we booked it a year in advance and had to cancel as the lawn in front where the ceremony was to be held fell into the sea and the rest was declared unsafe. Sad, it’s a beautiful part of the world and Kingscliff is a lovely little town.”

    Also rising sea levels are happening too due tho thermal expansion and melting on land glaciers and ice shelves.

    • klem 19.1

      Johnny boy, with all of the quotes you provide, links to authority, warning statements and fear mongering; let me guess, you’re another climate alarmist troll.

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 19.1.1

        Klem, let me guess; you haven’t the capacity to understand the scientific arguments so you never engage with them, instead preferring these childish personal attacks.

        How are you getting on with the energy budget equation you were shown the other day?

        • klem 19.1.1.1

          Great! How are you getting on with it?

          • Kotahi Tane Huna 19.1.1.1.1

            I’m studying a more complex version which forms a very basic layer model.

            Here’s a question for you: what term(s) do you think you would have to add to the basic energy budget equation to solve it for a spherical body?

  20. johnm 20

    Note to above latter link:

    “We had pretty calm weather throughout the last three decades – now we are moving back into an era of stormy conditions, especially with La Nina,” Prof Tomlinson said. “The erosion seems to be triggered by reasonably sized storms and very subtle shifts in wave direction.

    “We also think we are having a situation of more energetic wave conditions, possibly caused by warmer waters offshore.”

    “The disappearance of the sand has worried local lifesavers, who stand trained and ready with rescue equipment but have little or no beach to patrol.

    “We’re a bunch of lifesavers who essentially can’t get on to our beach,” said a disgruntled team member, Andrew Jones. His beach, Old Bar in northern New South Wales, has lost 75 yards of frontage in the past 18 months. A report commissioned by Surf Life Saving Australia, the organisation responsible for water safety and rescue, found 63 per cent of the country’s surf lifesaving clubs were themselves erected in “zones of potential instability”.

    At Kingscliff, where a hastily built wall has helped save the headquarters from collapse, locals joke that they may have to turn their 90-year-old surf club into a yacht club. ”
    HA! Ha! HA! Very funny I’m sure!

    “Dot Holdom, a councillor who has lived in the town for 30 years, said the only recent increase in visitors has been from “disaster tourists” who stop by to see the vanished beach. “

  21. Uturn 21

    Before mention of meteorological whether bombs became vogue, not many people, including me, where aware that Wether Bombs existed.

    In the Winter of 1943, the RAF and French Resistance collaborated in an attack on high-ranking chateaux-bound German officials. Their method of attack? Air dropping explosive sheep into rural France. Because the French were concerned about ruining French sheep breeding lines, the RAF used wethers with timed high explosive veterinarily inserted inside the sheep’s stomach. Baa baa BAANG! The term Wether Bomb was coined. No, really.

    Unfortunately, German bombing sorties by chance hit the airfield that penned these paramilitary sheep the night before the operation was to start. The embarrasment of losing months of planning an thousands of pounds that followed was covered up by the well-cooked remains being distributed to local villages as a morale boosting exercise.

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    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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