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Weekend social 24/08/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, August 24th, 2012 - 50 comments
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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

50 comments on “Weekend social 24/08/2012”

  1. aerobubble 1

    This is inspired by my neighbor who still feels its cool
    to run a loud car down the side of my home (albeit rarely),
    though council have told him he needs to keep noise to a minimum.

    Recommendations to lower carbon emissions, since the car fleet
    is so large, old and abused for car displays,
    i.) since loud noise is associated with anger, car owners
    caught with louder cars should go to anger management…
    ii.) schools, companies, whose employees, parents who use
    loud cars to drop off kids, or to get to work, should be fined by
    council (use the traffic wardens) for unnecessary noise creation,
    iii.) ACC levies should rise for those who use off road
    vehicles to shuttle kids to school and goto work (unless
    of course they are farmers who actively go off road),
    iv.) universities should down grade students of engineering
    whose cars are carbon inefficiently when running,
    v.) all cars should be fit for purpose, excessive power
    in a commuter car should pay even more for priority lanes
    and not be allowed into car pooling (as its a form of imposed
    consent on those who are anti-carbon subsidizing excessive
    carbon usage).

    Oh, and if you havent worked it out yet, those without cars,
    who use buses, mopeds, cycles, have more disposable income
    and so will of necessity buy homes closer to towns, while
    your car enthusast will be pushed out to the suburbs
    (all things being equal, as petrol prices rise).

    vi.) more innuendo like the end of the recent american dad
    animation, where the hippi van turns into the chitty chitty
    bang bang and he says he making up for a small dick.
    Car aggression means more kids run over in driveways,
    more kids seeing speed and noise as cool, and smashing into
    trees and power poles, it means higher ACC levies to pay for kids
    who have their leg amputated when a car goes up on the curb
    to run them over. There is nothing cool about a attention
    seeking driver of excessively loud powerful vehicle.

    Bravic is a insane mad child killer, not a sane nationalist trying
    to save Norway from Muslims, anyone who thinks harming
    kids is cool, helps their cause, is insane. Driving a vehicle
    is a responsibility not a lifestyle.

    I like again to thank my neighbor for this inspiration rant.
    They should name the new law after him, he is a genius, moves
    in next to a Green who rants politically on the web, to
    start up a cause to increase legislation of his precious.
    Image of Gollum falling to his death as he grabs hold of the ring,
    finally.

    • prism 1.1

      aerobubble
      There is probably not much you can do about getting your right to some quiet. You might be able to get your own back if they leave the vehicle on the road for a while and it’s got an overdue wof or registration. You could phone up the council and say you think it may be an abandoned car. When they come they will take note and send a bill to the owner. This should be able to be done totally anonymously. Revenge is sweet.

      • aerobubble 1.1.1

        Actually there are things that you can do. Council has a duty under the local government act
        to investigate noise nuisance. Also properties, like cross leases and unit titles do have clauses
        which council lays down and so cannot ignore when investigating noise (especially when the
        local government ombudsman is watching). Then there’s the internet, by making noise pollution
        a problem akin to graffiti, councils are motivated to deal to aggressive driver culture by lowering
        speed limits and putting in road calming. It would be stupid to use the power of the state to rid
        society of these boring dandies with their useless lifestyle. I hope they threaten me so I can put
        a trespass warning on them, using a car to threaten their neighbors might actual cause them to
        lose access to their place! But yes, initially its a call to 555 with the rego.

  2. bad12 2

    The Banana Bread is in the oven, the light is on, the timer sez 10 to go, i drool in anticipation which is different entirely than my normal drool…

  3. After some seriously heavy weekends I plan to spend this one in front of the playstation.

    But, I did get a new bed delivered on Wednesday so maybe I’ll spend the weekend wearing in my ‘groove’.

  4. Rosie 4

    Have accquired some excellent new music this week from old and new artists. Am looking forward to second listens and appraisals this weekend. Queitly though. Wouldn’t want to be a pain like aerobubbles neighbour.

    Other than that it’s a return to rock breaking to ready the ground for more tree planting! Joe90, I owe you a thank you, if you’re out there. I invested in a wrecking bar after you suggested it (great name) and even though its really hard work and you get sore shoulders, it has been able to get through the rock. I’ve just got a pittosporum and an 8 year old pohutakawa to plant but have hit a brick wall re resources. No $$$. I am going to have a go at propagating once I can get my hands on some plants/shrubs/hedging plants. Am after rosemary, corokia and kapuka for starters but where to go? The raised garden bed for herbs and veges is another challenge.

    There are free plants in the pipeline though. I have some harakeke coming from the council for the berm outside the front fence. That was easy to organise. Wellingtonians: if you want to plant your berm or you have a bit of a skanky council reserve near you that you want to take responsibility for jazzing up you can arrange it through the Wgtn City Council. Usually you have to order in January and they supply in September. Native plants are grown to order in their nursery. I was lucky that they had a little surplus and am able to get plants next week. You can always try your luck:-)

    • joe90 4.1

      a thank you

      Thank you Rosie, so pleased I could help.

      but where to go?

      Council plantings, under most every one there’ll be plantlings galore.

      • Rosie 4.1.1

        Cheers Joe90. “plantlings”. I’ll keep a furtive eye out for those little darlings amongst the plants on the roundabout near me….

    • prism 4.2

      Rosie
      We have a good flea market. There are usually some reasonably priced natives. If you have a community garden they are likely to have some natives potted up. Is there a free ad column in your paper. Something you can sell but only these native trees accepted in exchange.

      • Rosie 4.2.1

        Cheers Prism.
        The new area I live in has a massive void of community heart, spirit and action. No handy and helpful flea markets as you and others have in their areas, hence no natives plants to swap or trade for. The turf overlords are property developers that, as I have discovered, have a disturbing amount of clout in neighbourhood activities and actions. I discovered this though my interest in supporting and protecting the natural environment and wildlife, particluarly bird life, as they have been so affected by the infringment of humans on their homes and surrounds. My attempts to arrange a meeting just to discuss the issues that they deny exist have been met with derrison and mirth. So yeah, no local flea markets going on here. I would happily lend an ear and some good cooking and baking to those who are happy to trade some cuttings for propagation ( or just to give without expectation!) but alas it not how it goes in these parts, yet……

        • just saying 4.2.1.1

          Ask on Freecycle.
          It’s online. Loads of people have self-seeded natives they’d be only to happy to pass on.
          Reserves are good for seedlings too. I used to take a bag, years ago, and dig them out of the paths where they’d only be sprayed anyway.
          Akatarawa Valley is good for that kind of thing, (from memory I think you are out Wgton way). Even the little reserves closer in – Haitatai, Karori, Mt Vic….

        • prism 4.2.1.2

          Rosie
          You could try to join or start a Neighbourhood Watch group through the police. People are usually interested in their properties and limiting unsatisfactory things around their place. Then you can speak to them informally when you’re having coffee or give a short request and background.

          Also the Council is usually interested in the environment in their area. Phone and get onto someone interested in helping the residents improve it. That hasn’t been wiped out of their responsibilities by the NACT barbarians yet I don’t think.

          Is there a local free paper? A sign up at the library suggesting a meeting for people in your area at some designated place and time, with a phone number. One on the supermarket notice board? But watch out for free-loaders, word it carefully, in my experience. There must be some people with soul around.

          When I look at some of the developments though I think that there would be a soul vampire lurking in those lumps of concrete that are said to be houses. They fall into that unhappy gap between being a house that looks welcoming and pleasant to live in, or being a modern severely sculpted edifice with interesting design strategy. That just might be good to live in too even though it’s different. Sort of Wellington Ian Athfield style.

          • Rosie 4.2.1.2.1

            Hey Prism, thanks for all the thoughts. Hope your weekend is tip top.

            Your suggestions are helpful and along the lines that I’ve been thinking of. I’ve had a bit of hesitation to start the process of ‘gettin’ involved’ as I’m new here, don’t want to tread on toes and I’m on the hinterland of the development, not deep in to the surburben neurosis risk area. I also have a bit of trepidation about going into the lions den of certain voters around here. All that aside it needs to done and I have the number of a residents association dude that I want to use as a sounding board for ideas and the best way to proceed. Its kind out of it, dealing with folks that are your opposites and finding a way to work together. Finding that common ground is the best start, like you alluded to with the neighbourhood support.
            I have one of the council dudes from parks and gardens coming next week with my plants, he’s one of the boss guys so I’ll chat with him re the environment and how the council might be able to contribute further.
            Have taken note of your words re freeloaders. Lol, I always get hangers on so must learn to have a few more boundaries.
            Soul vampires, well that’d be the voters. The houses I must say are excellent design, both imagnitive and clever as well as being highly insulated. Just got to get folks on board and build the heart in the hood……..

            • prism 4.2.1.2.1.1

              Rosie
              You had a good collection of helpful ideas. This is the blog that does it all eh! Glad you think mine could be helpful.
              Thinking of soul-less. I had in mind the two storey edifices that speculators have erected in South Auckland. Uniform, falsely imposing with a high portico and taking up the width of the section.

  5. So you want a memorable weekend? I recommend watching the movie Amelie, (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (original title)) described by IMDB as “an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.” I consider this film the best in the history of modern cinema. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, “is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject.” Amelie was released in 2001.

  6. Ianmac from Vietnam 6

    Here in Ho Chi Minh it is not the noise of car cowboys Aerobubble, it is the constant booming of thousands and thousands of small motorbikes and scooters that take getting used to. If they ever turn motorbikes into car transport there will be gridlock of huge proportions. Somehow little kids sleep with their heads on handlebars while Dad drives the motor bike, and Mum and another one or two kids sit pillion.

    And if you by any chance think of coming here, for heaven’s sake pay the $19US for an on-line firm to set up the entry Visa. (Can be the Embassy.) Then get the documents downloaded or the airline won’t let you board the plane travel. Pay another $25US on arrival in Vietnam to get the one month visa put in your passport. Really tricky! But fun in a traumatic sort of way. Still think the airline robbed me.

    • Vietnam is an awesome place. I loved Ho Chi Minh city, such chaos

      • Ianmac from Vietnam 6.1.1

        Totally agree. Somehow amongst the chaos especially the apparent traffic chaos I have yet to see/hear a cross word. Somehow it all works! As a lone European walking the streets and markets I have been left to do my thing and somehow the cheerful locals are so willing to help if you ask -with sign language. “How much?” and they show you on a calculator or show you the notes they want you to present. Bought a pork/noodle lunch with flat bread, salad and a Japanese beer for 65,000 dong. That is about $3NZ. And with courtesy and a smile.

        • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1

          My first night in Ho Chi Minh I didn’t realise it was Independence Day and we were walking down on of the main thoroughfares when everyone, stopped and watched this huge fireworks show. The street was jammed with scooters, hundreds and hundreds. Was pretty impressive – organised chaos.

          EDIT:
          ” Somehow it all works! As a lone European walking the streets and markets I have been left to do my thing and somehow the cheerful locals are so willing to help if you ask”

          Totally agree – I went from Cambodia to Vietnam and the difference was amazing. In Cambodia I was nearly assaulted for turning down a tuk-tuk ride. In Vietnam I was just left alone but treated to friendliness when I asked for assistance.

    • r0b 6.2

      You do get around! My son was in Vietnam last year – hope you get/got to Halong Bay…

      • Ianmac from Vietnam 6.2.1

        My wife, who is currently working in Ho Chi Minh, is the driving force. I couldn’t possibly have afforded the Malta, Spain, Vietnam trip this time, on my own meagre resources and while here I worry about who will feed the sparrows at home or what if John Key phones me for my advice and I’m not there!

        • rosy 6.2.1.1

          Nothing quite as exotic as Vietnam, it’s Berlin for me this week. Really, really interesting city, but it’s impossible to talk Berlin without talking politics so I guess I’ll leave it there…

          • Ianmac from Vietnam 6.2.1.1.1

            And yet most ordinary citizens seek similar things regardless of city or country. For some its enough food or someone to care or recognition for effort. It is just the materialistic bits that vary so much.
            Autumn must be just around the corner Rosy? Got your eye on your winter woollies?

            • rosy 6.2.1.1.1.1

              Yes, there’s more in common among places than is different, when you talk to the people. I reckon.

              And no winter woolies yet- the background temperature is cooling, but another heatwave is happening (the 7th this year) so I’m glad to be in Berlin just at the moment. All of a sudden the temperature will drop 10 degrees and that will be the beginning of the end of summer.

    • aerobubble 6.3

      There’s a complete different set of circumstances. Your ears adapt to the noise level, so when you
      have some clown in a car break the morning silence with a rock band blaring from the car, or
      a boom box, thumping out, then you get a larger Decibel change. In a city the background noise
      is constant and so your ears have shut out a lot of the noise, in fact you can survive more noise
      from jackhammers, and building sites, that would be intolerable in the backblock.

  7. prism 7

    Ianmac
    Ha ha. Jokey Hen’s too busy cackling and running around in circles. Better to stick with Vietnam, it’s dynamic and thriving. Not like here.

  8. prism 8

    Felix
    Say if you are interested in the list of ideas on following a dog’s approach to life. I had the idea you might be interested and if so I’ll put it up.

  9. prism 9

    Kindly contributed by Mr Hubbard from his cereal packet series –

    Things One Can Learn from a Dog
    1 Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face
    to be pure ecstasy.
    2 When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    3 When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
    4 Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
    5 Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    6 Take naps often and stretch before rising.
    7 Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
    8 If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
    9 Thrive on attention, and let people touch you.
    10 Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

    Priceless I think and if followed would probably lessen the
    need for Sigmund Freud’s attentions. It has the simple
    directness of the Desiderata.

    • Ianmac from Vietnam 9.1

      I’d like to have a dog Prism so that he could teach me tricks from his list. Like number 5 for instance. Improve marriages immensely.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        My sister’s dog has a trick where it sits in front of me for a pat on the head and somehow manages to casually fall down onto its back for a belly rub. Works every time.
        Now that’s a trick I’d love to learn ;) 

    • vto 9.2

      .
      Bob Dylan: “If dogs run free, why don’t we “

    • felix 9.3

      Nice one prism. The dog around here displays all of those behaviours, particularly number 3.

      • Anne 9.3.1

        Without so much as a flicker of an eyelid, a dog can psyche it’s owner into walkies anytime of the day or night. I would love to have such an ability… but not necessarily for walking. :)

  10. prism 10

    I thought you would like it. All very practical. Perhaps it’s not too late for me to pick up some tips myself. McFlock I have never had a massage. That would be a good way to get a rub down. I’ve never tried it though.

    Blokes can get away with a lot if they eat with gusto and enthusiasm…and then help with the dishes Ianmac. I’m sure you do already!

  11. prism 11

    Some choice scratchings from my graffiti book.

    There is no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle. seen in Hampstead.

    Hang the extremists. from University of Lancaster

    Feudalism: it’s your count that votes. from University of York

  12. McFlock 12

    Just saw Iron Sky – limited screening. Loved it!
    One for the DVD shelf. 

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    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
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