Open Mike 18/09/2016

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  1. Muttonbird 1

    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said she was looking forward to receiving ignoring recommendations from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, after a “comprehensive” session in Geneva.

    • Paul 1.1


      “They asked a question about poverty, they asked a question about how many children were homeless and did we have an official measure – of course, we do have an official measure.”
      They also talked at length about the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children.
      “There was some misunderstanding as to what we’re trying to achieve with that but I think we had good dialogue about it.”
      The government delegation did not pretend New Zealand had all the answers, particularly around outcomes for Māori and Pasifika children, Mrs Tolley said.
      But Unicef NZ executive director Vivien Maidaborn, who was part of the delegation, said the panel had expressed concern about the new ministry.
      “The comment that was made was, ‘I don’t understand why you would call a Ministry the Ministry of Vulnerable Children when it could just have been the Ministry of Children. You’re in danger of overtargeting towards vulnerable children at the expense of rights to all New Zealand children.'”

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        You’re in danger of overtargeting towards vulnerable children at the expense of rights to all New Zealand children.

        Just watch as National cuts the budget for the department and tightens up the criteria.

        • aerobubble

          Govt is only part of the problem, when a overwhelmed family has been forced to work several jobs, lacks access to family time, bonding opportunities, money to spend to take family out etc… …thanks to govt. You then should look at private sector abuses of child rearing. Working stiffs get how bone tired only to find there role at providing a healthy meal is impossible as our supermarket routinely extort money from them. Good retail provide the five basics, quality, consistency, availability, price, choice. Go in our major food retailers, and you’ll findaisles of sugery foods, varying prices, varying quality, unavailability (take red grapefruit f available its been on the shevles so long they’ve had to infuse it with detergent to keep it looking sellable. Fruit cooked on the inside. Meat tasteless and obvious thawed passed off as fresh, and wtf does freeflow meat mean.

          You want to know why the poorest in NZ, the child of the poorest, are so badly off, its quite simple. Labour MPs have too much wealth, there’s too few of them, and they have no connection to poverty and to much to propert, to the ideals of big retail. It was hard to believe, but Australia is institutionalized racist, take how Maori are treated there, and NZ is socially fascists, its retailers work far too hard squeezing profits to actually do it efficiently. Bulk sales means lower costs, o nly poor managers a poor mangerment class, like our awfully small parliament doubling as a upper chamber, would think that our extremist retail sector is good for either profits of shareholders (its not as debt growth from over paying idiots to produce another opportunity to grow rebates is not…

          We suffer in NZ from a lack of critical thinkers who can stand up and call a spade a spade, and have to many critics doing meta analaysis of their own meta handingly of procedural nonosense. Raise the no of MPs, fund public broadcasting, and put distance between business and govt, so let our nation finall breath some democratic air for a change.

    • DoublePlusGood 1.2

      They also straight-up lied to the UN about intersex genital mutilation. Hope the UN call them on it.

  2. Paul 2

    Shameful #2

    Women’s Refuge needs more funding – and soon.

    The head of the Women’s Refuge says recently signalled reforms to tackle family violence mean they’ll need even more funding, and soon.
    Dr Ang Jury from the Palmerston North Women’s RefugeAng Jury said Women’s Refuge had not received any increase to its core service funding since about 2008.
    Justice Minister Amy Adams told TV3’s The Nation a $130 million package announced this week was largely about changes to the legal framework and a ministerial taskforce is still working on how to fund frontline services.
    Dr Ang Jury said they would like to see an announcement before current contracts end in June.
    “There’s been no increase in our core service funding since about 2008 and all of the reforms which are being signalled as being put in place are requiring more.
    “Now I understand that the ministers are well and truly aware of that, and that they are working on that, but at this point in time we’ve got no idea what happens next.”


  3. Big story on racism and the justice system – well known to some may open eyes of others

    A Stuff Circuit investigation has delved into 10 years’ worth of data, examining arrest, prosecution, conviction and sentencing records and spoken to a broad range of people confronting the problem.

    Problem? Undeniably, yes. There is no doubt that, from whichever angle you look at it, there is a serious skew in the system against Maori.

    Even the Government acknowledges it. A senior official admitted to Stuff Circuit that unconscious bias in the justice system was a “live issue”.

    Besides, the numbers are undeniable…

    …As part of our research, we looked back at the number of police apprehensions over the past 10 years. It’s roughly the same number for Pakeha as Maori – 875,000 versus 868,000.

    But if the number of Maori apprehensions were adjusted to match the proportion of the population made up by Maori, the number of Maori apprehensions would reduce to about 300,000.

    Think about that for a minute: half a million fewer arrests of Maori. Imagine what it would mean not just for Maori but for our country if that was the reality.–our-law-is-not-colourblind

    We all lose because of this institutional racism.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      As part of our research, we looked back at the number of police apprehensions over the past 10 years. It’s roughly the same number for Pakeha as Maori – 875,000 versus 868,000.

      But if the number of Maori apprehensions were adjusted to match the proportion of the population made up by Maori, the number of Maori apprehensions would reduce to about 300,000.

      That could indicate racism or that Māori are more likely to commit crimes. Considering that poverty does drive criminal activity then that may actually be true considering that Māori are also over represented in poverty statistics.

      If Māori do commit more crime then we need to address the cause for that and that is most likely to mean addressing the cause of poverty which itself is probably, partially at least, due to racism. A large part is capitalism which is the direct cause of poverty in the first place.

      • marty mars 3.1.1

        Nah it is racism not bad Māori – read the research

        • Draco T Bastard

          I didn’t say anything about Māori being bad.

          And you should probably read all that I wrote.

          • marty mars

            I did read it and i agree about poverty and caputalism but I don’t agree when you say, ‘or that Māori are more likely to commit crimes’

            • Draco T Bastard

              That needs the entire sentence and what it was a response to as all I was doing there was showing that the bit quoted could show two things and thus wasn’t something that could be used to base a conclusion on.

        • Cinny

          Strongly agree

          Weak police and people in power, profiling others based on their appearance aka skin colour. They need to sharpen up, psychologically advance.

          Next generation teaches me, my youngest points to a person in a group of others, telling me how awesome that person is, how they helped her at school and that he was a nice kid, i ask her which one, she replies the one with the orange shirt on, he was the only brown kid in that small group of kids and she choose to identify him by his shirt colour. Kudos little one keep it up.

    • North 3.2

      Thanks for highlighting this demonstrable stain MM. One can only guess at the figures if Polynesian people were included in the analysis……a million, more ?

      My almost daily and oftentimes bitter experience is of a justice system which discriminates against Maori and Polynesian, particularly the young. In randomly varying measure it is evident at all levels. From police on the street to police prosecutors to probation officials to court officials to lawyers to judicial officers. The ‘spin’, grand mission statements and so on, tells differently. Trouble is the ‘spin’ is devised and disseminated to conceal the ugly fact rather than to own and address it. A construct moral comfort.

      Subliminal racist attitudes persuade that “these people” are more or less definitionally culpable. Time and again “these people” are treated accordingly as the Stuff analysis shows.

      Examples are too numerous to report exhaustively. I will report this informally made observation from a District Court judge – “We are at real risk of civil unrest in New Zealand…….” Yes, poverty of course but when as is so often the case the picture includes racism…….ask yourself. A society can blame and brand and humiliate and dehumanise for only so long.

    • b waghorn 3.3

      It’s more classism than racism , we saw a kings son walk away with no conviction recently in nz just as the delegate boy did .

      • Pasupial 3.3.1

        b waghorn
        If it is; “more classism than racism”, then how do explain this?

        Parliament’s Senior Māori Advisor is angry he was threatened with arrest when pulled over by Wellington police because he chose to respond to the officer’s questions in te reo Māori. Kura Moeahu says he did nothing wrong and was only exercising his legal right to speak his national language…

        “[The officer said] ‘Don’t talk like that, I won’t have that talk to me’, so I continue to respond in Māori and then he said, ‘you do that again I’m going to arrest you’.”

        • b waghorn

          If i was a cop and i pulled someone up while doing my job and the spoke to me another language when i knew damn well he could speak my language i’d just see him as being a foolish dick head. Or are you suggesting all police be multi lingual .

          • Pasupial

            I am suggesting that our police should have multilingual capability – for the official languages of Aotearoa/ NZ (though it wouldn’t hurt to be able to communicate with tourists too). The individual officer might be monolingual, but an interpreter service should be accessible; this might even be an app for te reo (though I’ve heard that they’re a bit iffy so far).

            Would you also suggest that someone who persisted in using NZ sign language as being a; “foolish dick head”?

            • left for dead

              Good point, as you have read, some have trouble with just the one language. 👿

            • b waghorn

              ”Would you also suggest that someone who persisted in using NZ sign language as being a; “foolish dick head”?”
              if they could hear and speak then yes if they were deaf or mute or both then of course not

          • Psycho Milt

            That’s the thing about making a language an official one of your country – you’re free to demand that public officials use it when they speak to you. The cop should count himself lucky it wasn’t a deaf-rights activist demanding to be dealt with in sign language.

        • Gabby

          He sounds like a bit of a pigheaded arsehole. I wonder what he was pulled over for.

        • Gabby

          He was ‘exercising his right’ to use language as a status marker and put himself above the copper. He clearly understood what was said to him.

  4. BM 5

    What a surprise, she was lying her head off.

    Hopefully the SJW’s and all those women group advocates who signed the document when the witch hunt was in full swing show a bit of spine and apologise to the Chiefs rugby players.

    • James 5.1

      They won’t of course. A woman can never be a liar. It’s the men’s fault as always.

      • BM 5.1.1

        Yep, an attitude that seems to be synonymous with the left.

        • Paul

          Of course, if you are a true New Zealander, you don’t say sorry if you’re a man, do you?
          Educate yourself.

          David Cunliffe’s apology brave, not silly
          ‘Please tell me I’m dreaming”, texted a friend of mine. “Please tell me that David Cunliffe didn’t just apologise for being a man.”

          I stared at my cell-phone in disbelief. Was he joking? Why would the leader of a political party languishing in the opinion polls alienate at least half of the voting public? Why would he hand his opponents such an enormous cudgel? As if his party wasn’t already battered enough?

          Later that day, at the pub, the guffaws and the jokes continued. I have to confess, I contributed my fair share of them. I would also point out that although all of my drinking companions were Lefties, by no means all of them were men. This was equal-opportunity ridicule.

          So what was going on here? Why were a tableful of seasoned Leftists – male and female – and all of them well-versed in the facts and figures of domestic violence in New Zealand, so unanimous in condemning the opening sentences of David Cunliffe’s speech to last Friday’s Women’s Refuge Symposium?

          It might be useful, here, to remind ourselves of his actual words: “Can I begin by saying I’m sorry – I don’t often say it – I’m sorry for being a man, right now. Because family and sexual violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women and children. So the first message to the men out there is: ‘wake up, stand up, man up and stop this bullshit’.”

          You see? Written down in full and contextualised, Cunliffe’s words don’t look all that silly – do they? Indeed, you might even say they look rather brave.

          None of us seated around that table at the pub, and no intelligent person reading Cunliffe’s sentences anywhere else in New Zealand, would dispute them. The perpetration of psychological, physical and sexual violence is overwhelmingly a masculine phenomenon. And while not every male is guilty of assaulting and/or raping women and girls, the violence inflicted upon females by a minority of males does contribute to the maintenance of a patriarchal culture from which all men derive benefit.

          Patriarchy and imperialism are closely related, so perhaps it would help to elucidate the role that violence plays in shoring up our patriarchal culture by elucidating the role it played in shoring up the British Empire.

          It is said that the entire Indian sub-continent was kept in the thrall of Great Britain by an imperial administration of fewer than 100,000 men. By no means all of these men were engaged in the brutal business of repression. The majority were well-educated, thoroughly decent civil servants who would never have dreamed of flogging a man to death, or presiding over the slow starvation of an entire province. Such dreadful acts were carried out by others: by soldiers and policemen. Deplorable, of course, but necessary – if the British Raj was to survive.

          Is that why even we Lefties buried our heads in our hands upon hearing Cunliffe’s words? Because we knew, instinctively, just how outraged “ordinary” men would be when they heard them?

          Not because these other men were in favour of hurting women and children, but because, however ham-fistedly, Cunliffe had acknowledged all men’s complicity in the myriad acts of violence and intimidation that mandate the equally numerous acts of female-to-male deference and acceptance by which the patriarchal individual defines himself.

          The exercise of power and control constitutes the common coinage of both patriarchy and imperialism. And, no matter how thoroughly we attempt to conceal them beneath the draperies of romantic love and the “White Man’s Burden”, the true character of their brutal transactions cannot be hidden.

          All men (and, I suspect, an alarmingly large number of women also) learn to both see and not-see the effects of domestic and sexual violence. We recoil in horror from the murdered wives and children but find it next to impossible to recognise the manifest evil in the perpetrators – the men invariably described as “just an ordinary bloke, a good family man”. But, in portraying these “enforcers” of patriarchy in such chillingly normative terms we confirm (albeit unconsciously) our own participation in the dark secret that Cunliffe shouted to the world.

          That these horrors are of our making – men’s making – and will persist until, acknowledging the role violence plays in preserving our patriarchal privilege, we can all say: “I’m sorry for being a man.”

          • Colonial Viper

            shame the Labour caucus couldn’t wait to get rid of him.

            • Paul

              I agree.
              The Labour Party is full of men who totally agree with BM and James’s neanderthal view of women.

          • BM

            Yeah I get it Paul, you’re one of those self loathing left wing men who feels the need to constantly self flagellate for being born with a penis.

            • Paul

              So you did not read a word of the article.

            • reason

              BM could not get an erection the whole time Helen Clark was prime minister and it nearly drove him insane ………… bitter memories.

              He finds trolling helps…… and For man relief he takes pride in John Key winning us the world cup for domestic violence …..

              Gives him a hard on like Clint Rickards police baton.

              Yay …….BMs got enough cock pride for all of us men…………..

              Bent to the right though ……………………..

          • vto

            unbalanced bull

            keep perpetrating the myth though

            the hand that rocks the cradle

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            • ianmac

              So true Ad. Andrew wondered why we import so many chefs and was ridiculed for ages. Now? Questions are being raised about that.
              David’s, ““Can I begin by saying I’m sorry – I don’t often say it – I’m sorry for being a man, right now. Because family and sexual violence is perpetrated overwhelmingly by men against women and children. So the first message to the men out there is: ‘wake up, stand up, man up and stop this bullshit’.”
              Now it is becoming more relevant. We do nod in agreement.

          • Cinny

            Agree, and just wanted to add that only a non alpha male does not apologise even when he is wrong.

            An Alpha Male has no hang-ups. He simply says, “I was wrong. I apologise.” And he rectifies the problem if possible.

            A sure way of spotting the boys from the men, men admit when they are wrong then try and fix the problem. But then again parenting does have a role to play, much of it is learned behaviour. Break the cycle

        • Paul

          An attitude that seems to be synonymous with too many New Zealand men.

        • Ffloyd

          @.BM/James. Do you two sit together in class? Bet the teacher gets annoyed with you. A lot to say while saying nothing of any consequence. Boring in the extreme.

      • left for dead 5.1.2

        You two !
        When you fell on your head’s, they never put humpty together again.
        Egging him on is even more sinister, then lie.

      • Disturbed 5.1.3

        Nah, = you are having me on aren’t you? James.

        Gender has nothing to do with honesty, men & women be as deceptive as each other but men shouldn’t belittle women more should they?

    • Colonial Viper 5.2

      No wonder the police declined to press the matter further.

      • fender 5.2.1

        The Police should still have dealt with the matter as one of theft. It seems the products on offer were available to those willing to pay appropriately but like a shoplifter they chose not to.

    • Paul 5.3

      The driver admitted to licking “Scarlette” as she performed a lap dance for him, which was paid for by the Chiefs.
      He said he did so after he was egged on by Chief team members.

      I hope you are not justifying the Chief’s actions. Did you note their behaviour as reported in the article?
      This is the reason why we have such awful statistics in this country.

      New Zealand is no paradise, it is brutal

      New Zealand is no paradise: Is it the most sexist place on earth?

      New Zealand is no paradise: Rugby, racism and homophobia

      • James 5.3.1

        She lied – a lot. And there is no evidence for he majority of her claims – in fact all the witnesses etc indicate she made a lot of this up.

        As CV said – no wonder the police didn’t take it forward. But still there are limp wristed fools like yourself.

        What about the damage this has done to the chiefs.

        In an ideal world they would take a civil case against the woman for all the $ this has cost them from her false allegations.

        • Paul

          Limp wristed fools

          Homophobia and misogyny.

        • reason

          James sounds like a dickhead letting his balls do the thinking for him ……..

          Rugby union must love clowns like him or BMs and the ugly face it puts to our shit house minor league and irrelevant national game ………..

          Club player numbers are through the floor …………….

          The lost sheep was going on about super 15 rugby players licking arseholes at team celebrations the other day ………. like it was a normal part of the game …..

          It does not seem very family orientated though ……………

          I hope john key does not have any NZ rugby players involved with his lawyer and their tax haven connections …………….

          That wo7uld be a very ugly look ………….

        • Red Hand

          Witness statements are notoriously unreliable and Scarlette was justifiably outraged by not being paid in full for her services. A chiefs player would be aggrieved if he wasn’t paid by his employer to do the job he had agreed to.

        • Ffloyd

          @ James. A civil case would be great. Then these ghost witnesses would have to front up and be visible and swear to ‘tell the truth’ etc. How do you know they even exist? And doesn’t it seem ironical that the only REAL witness is an elderly bus driver who appears to have been thrown under his own bus? It is also telling that none of the rugby team (chiefs) have fronted up to tell their story. Why haven’t they? Pathetic rugby brand being protected by the Old Boys Club.

        • Cinny

          Boys will always stick together, we all know that, especially those boys. I can fully see them egging on the bus driver, or using him for a scape goat. Only those whom were there know the real story.

          It’s rugby, cleverly managed by the media to keep it shiny as key cradles it in his punny arms.

      • whispering kate 5.3.2

        It sounds to me like the Chiefs team members didn’t have the bottle to do what the driver did and so they egged him on so they could visually get their jollies off – whatever the outcome its disgusting. What staggers me is from reading these comments from BM and others is the extent of the vitriole and hatred some men in NZ have for women. There is real anger in their replies – why do these men hate women so much – what have women done to them in their lives to have this attitude?

        • James

          WK. I guess I’m the “and others” you mentioned.

          Don’t hate women – happily married 20 years plus and have a stepdaughter I have raised and love very much.

          The fact I can hate the actions of a person who has lied and caused a huge amount of damage does not mean I hate all of her sex.

          I think she should be held to account for her actions.

          That’s all.

          it really is that simple.

        • BM

          Don’t be ridiculous,I don’t hate women.

          What i do hate though is this lefty construct of putting women up on a pedestal and treating them like some godly creatures beyond reproach.

          This person told lies, hurt a lot of people and cost businesses money by having their reputations dragged through the mud.

          She should be called out on that.

    • Fireblade 5.4

      Yep. The stripper was whinging because she didn’t get an extra $50 for the licking & touching. Happy to do anything if she’s paid for it.
      We all know this type.

      • Sabine 5.4.1

        yep the one that insist in CONSENT.

        consent to not be licked and touched.
        consent to be licked and touched.

        you don’t have consent? you should consider any licking and touching sexual assault.

      • save nz 5.4.2

        Well it is $50 extra if you are sick in the taxi on top of the fare. Maybe look at in this light. The women had to do something unpleasant (put up with the touching) so expected to be paid for it. The points are that

        a) did she consent to the touching?,
        b) if she did consent, then she was ripped off as they did not pay her for it. Either way, not acceptable. (In their warped little brains maybe they imagine she enjoyed it and therefore should not be paid). Just as the drunks think that taxi drivers should clean up vomit as part of their duties.

        c) This is completely unacceptable anyway for a group representing the country to acting this way. What’s next, strip teases at parliament for the men to get their jollies???

        • Sabine


          it is actually really easy, she is working in a legal profession and has the right to a safe workplace. if these geezers can’t behave themselves after a beer or many, than they need to be

          a. trained in how to consume alcohol responsible

          b. taught the difference between consent and not consent

          c. taught how commercial transactions come about and what happens when a contractual obligation is not upheld

          d. trained into not being an ass when pretending to be a ‘role model’ for the young in this country, lest we would like to see our young turn into asses like they are.

          e. taught that prostitutes, strippers, burlesque dancers and all others that work in the adult entertainment business are full human beings with all the rights of full human beings.

      • Red Hand 5.4.3

        Just like the Warrior players are happy to be paid for being in a scrum and tackling. Close body contacts and exchange of sweat, blood, saliva, egged on by a cheering crowd many of them drunk.

    • vto 5.5

      I think half the country is walking around with bashed chins from their knees jerking so violently

    • Anne 5.6

      BM @ 5
      You call her a liar? As any honest woman would tell you… better to carry on the charade than admit you’re upset. Who knows what might happen if a bunch of obnoxious, drunken rugby hooligans discover you don’t like their behaviour. After all they were a lot bigger than she was.

      To describe you and your ilk as neanderthals is an insult to Neanderthals. I bet they didn’t behave like that. The All Blacks – aka The Chiefs – only served to confirm for me what I have long known. They are the worst possible ‘role models’ imaginable for impressionable school boys.

      It says heaps about what is really wrong with this country.

      • Paul 5.6.1

        Totally agree Anne.
        It is clear from the account that the Chiefs were behaving like ‘obnoxious, drunken hooligans’, yet James and BM feel sorry for them.

      • James 5.6.2

        Anne – I don’t know what made you so bitter – but a lot of those guys are indeed fantastic role models.

        You say you have always known that they were bad role models without having met most (if any) of them, without knowing their lives and values or how they behave.

        You make allegations and remarks based off your view of what you think they would be like.

        But you get shitty if it’s on the other foot. People like you are more of the problem than anything.

        You probably think the woman in this story is a better role model. Despite being proven a liar and running to the media with a billshit story trying to ruin the lives of other people.

        • Draco T Bastard

          You say you have always known that they were bad role models without having met most (if any) of them, without knowing their lives and values or how they behave.

          We do know how they behave. Their atrocious behaviour is almost always in the news and arseholes like you are ready and willing to defend that behaviour.

        • Garibaldi

          Regardless of the Scarlett carry-on, it remains abundantly clear that rucking fugby has turned a team sport into an embarrassing all encompassing lifestyle. A lifestyle of pack mentality by and for testosterone driven boof heads. Rugby has always had this element in NZ, but it has worsened with the move to professional sport and the neolib attitude of win at all costs. Exactly what this Government fosters.
          As an aside, it is a total embarrassment to attend any match now and observe the crowd behaviour.

        • Halfcrown

          “Anne – I don’t know what made you so bitter ”

          I don’t think Anne is bitter, she is telling the truth. Why is it every time someone has a comment which the right does not feel comfortable with the person commenting is always “bitter”?

          “but a lot of those guys are indeed fantastic role models.”

          You must be Joking, I would be most surprised if any of my kids had any Thugby player as a role model. Real men and role models aren’t they to younger generations when they had a stripper at one of their functions.
          The are put on pedestals by the media and politicians when they think they can score browny points off them.
          There are a lot of better role models in NZ that do a lot more than fight over an odd shaped ball in a paddock.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.6.3

        To describe you and your ilk as neanderthals is an insult to Neanderthals. I bet they didn’t behave like that. The All Blacks – aka The Chiefs – only served to confirm for me what I have long known. They are the worst possible ‘role models’ imaginable for impressionable school boys.


    • Draco T Bastard 5.7

      No, sounds to me like she was telling the truth and she’s just been vindicated by the one person who could fully do so.

    • Gabby 5.8

      You know, the Chuffs don’t come out of that version too well. Egging on a pensioner? Bunch of arseholes.

    • What a surprise, she was lying her head off.

      She was? You know this how, exactly? Nothing in the article you linked to provides a basis for such firm conviction – maybe the certainty’s an artefact of your prejudice, not a demonstrated outcome of the evidence.

    • mauī 5.10

      The bus driver sounds like a BM type character. Willing to drop a whole rugby squad in it for 5 weeks before coming clean. Partial to the coverup and probably full of bullshit anyway.

      If it was all Labour’s bus drivers fault I’m sure he would have been crucified from day one. Funny he wasn’t.

    • mpledger 5.11

      How in the world do you get that Scarlett was lying about what happened from that article?

      All it says is that one older man, who was there for a short time, thinks Scarlett was talking about him in her complaint because he licked her. Sounds like the Chiefs have found someone to throw under the bus.

  5. Colonial Viper 6

    Syrian flash pointier: US Centcom admits error in airstrike killing 62 Syrian Army soldiers, wounding over 100 more and destroying vital equipment and facilities, allowing head chopping Islamic jihadists to advance on a Syrian air base.

  6. Paul 7

    This is what happens when you have a government owned by lobbyists.
    Policy that does not tackle the issues properly.

    The government has been accused of ignoring scientific evidence of how alcohol reform could contribute to reducing family violence.
    Professor Doug Sellman, medical spokesman for Alcohol Action NZ, insists the government has a mistaken political ideology that education and targeting interventions at high risk individuals is the correct way to tackle social problems like family violence, without evidence that approach works.
    He says the government has cynically dismissed the Law Commission’s report recommending reform of alcohol pricing, marketing, accessibility and age of purchase.
    “There’s been very little done about alcohol law reform in New Zealand, despite the Government – I think – pretending they are doing a lot,” he said.

    • Draco T Bastard 7.1

      The government protects the profits of the corporations at the expense of the community. Always has done.

    • The government has been accused of ignoring scientific evidence of how alcohol reform could contribute to reducing family violence.

      Sellman’s a fuckwit. Yes, banning alcohol could contribute to reducing family violence. So could banning men and women from living together. Solutions that aren’t stupid ones would be more worth looking at.

      • Draco T Bastard 7.2.1

        He doesn’t appear to have asked for banning of alcohol but better regulation.

        • Psycho Milt

          Principle’s the same: restricting access to alcohol would reduce family violence; so would restricting the opportunities for men and women to live together; and there are other, equally stupid measures that could be adopted, like installing video surveillance in every home. Just because some stupid idea would reduce family violence doesn’t make it less of a stupid idea.

          • Draco T Bastard

            Principle’s the same: restricting access to alcohol would reduce family violence; so would restricting the opportunities for men and women to live together;

            No, they’re not.

            One is shaping the market to help bring about reform while the other simply a stupid, illogical argument because it cannot be done and you know it.

            • Psycho Milt

              Can’t be done? Tell that to Saudi Arabia. Of course it can be done, the only question is whether the fact that it would reduce family violence means it should be done. “Reduce family violence” isn’t some kind of trump card that means the government must adopt any stupid idea some fanatic comes up with.

              • Draco T Bastard

                Yes, cannot be done. Saudi Arabia has a completely different culture than we do and there’s no way that such restrictions could be put in place in NZ.

                On the other hand, we have restrictions on alcohol sales that do mostly work and further minor restrictions will still work and produce some sort of result in decrease in both binge drinking and lower violence.

                • We already have an overly restrictive approach to alcohol and even more so to other recreational drugs. Tinkering around the edges making already stupid workarounds more stupid isn’t a good approach to problem-solving.

                  • Draco T Bastard

                    We already have an overly restrictive approach to alcohol and even more so to other recreational drugs.

                    I agree with the other drugs needing to be legalised but I also think that raising the age to 21 from its present 18 and putting in place more restrictive opening hours of pubs would help and so does the research.

                    You’re calling it ‘tinkering around the edges’ while the government does nothing at all. Laws aren’t perfect and they do need to be changed and updated every now and again based upon the evidence. You’re doing the same as the government and ignoring that evidence.

    • reason 7.3

      As usual with the Nacts its even worse than it appears on the surface ….

      They swung their Dirty politics unit into action against health professionals and others seeking to lower alcohol abuse …………

      John Key was the first out of the blocks to go ‘nah fuck that’,….. and immediately nobble the main recommendations from the Law Commission’s report ….

      The laws they did end passing are an expensive mess for councils and ratepayers …. with the booze companys appealing every liquor plan submitted …………

      Twice under the misuse of urgency in parliament the Nacts passed pro-booze laws……..

      So clearly Collins, Tolly, Bennett, Adams,Key etc are all liars when they pretend to be concerned about child welfare and abuse ………….

      A lot of extra kids have experienced or witnessed violence because of Alcohol abuse in their homes …..

      Finally rehab services have been shrunk and are inferior to what they once were …… they are still the first to get chopped or cut back when health funds and budgets are under stress ….

      What society calls Alcoholics and problem drinkers ….. the booze company s call high value customers.

      A relapsed alcoholic earns the piss sellers heaps ……….

      If I wanted to fuck up Alcoholics recoveries….. I’d stick booze in supermarkets

      If I wanted to keep domestic violence rates high …… I’d keep alcohol abuse rates high ….

  7. Fuck this whole thread should be nuked from orbit – rwnjs and their issues – so pathetic.

  8. Small&Furry 9

    President of Haiti reveals Clinton tried to bribe him… and he kept the documents

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Yep Trump held a campaign meeting in Little Haiti in Miami this week – first visit by a Presidential candidate to Little Haiti ever.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      Letterman was spot on – Trump says dopey stupid things to get attention. And boy, has it worked.

  9. millsy 11

    Good to see that BM and James are pro-rape apologists who think that is it is OK for men to force themselves on a woman.

    • Muttonbird 11.1

      No moral compass. Comes with being rightwing.

      • Gangnam Style 11.1.1

        Didn’t those ‘independent witnesses’ say they saw ‘nothing happen’? Did any of them mention a naughty bus driver? Barbara Streisand effect maybe? There’s a story going round in rugby fan circles that the stripper was ‘paid off’ by rugby management not to comment.

    • James 11.2

      Now you are just being hysterical – I do not think that at all.

      • Gangnam Style 11.2.1

        I was waiting for the ‘hysterical’ word to come up! Nice one, never one to disappoint are you James! Now the ladeees should just shut up, its mans time now.

        • James

          I have no idea is Millsy is a woman or a man – and dont care. That was my view of his/her comment stating that I was a pro-rape apologist.

          • Gangnam Style

            I don’t know wether Millsy is a man or women, I don;t assume he/she isn’t. Also, there are women readers, or don’t they count? Politics = man talk?

  10. Fireblade 12

    Then she should have admitted it was all about the money. Seems like she enjoyed it at the time and gave CONSENT. Then she’s all boo hoo I wasn’t paid enough. Good on the Pensioner for having go. Get real people, this how [deleted] operate.

    [That’s quite some run-up to the line you’ve taken in order to jump waaay over there. Well done…outta sight! One month ban] – Bill

  11. Pat 13

    100 years since the Somme.

    “Trench warfare is a type of land warfare using occupied fighting lines consisting largely of trenches, in which troops are significantly protected from the enemy’s small arms fire and are substantially sheltered from artillery. The most famous use of trench warfare is the Western Front in World War I. It has become a byword for stalemate, attrition, sieges and futility in conflict.[1]”
    The area between opposing trench lines (known as “no man’s land”) was fully exposed to artillery fire from both sides….”

    • Pasupial 13.1

      It has been interesting reading the; “100 years ago” reprints in the ODT. The level of propagandist drumbeating for the war makes me wonder how our own media will be seen after a similar interval (assuming there’s anyone left to read it) eg:

      The thoughts of the people of New Zealand will be with the members of their Expeditionary Force who form part of that glorious army which is facing discomfort, danger, and the risk of death in order to protect their Empire and to assist in crushing the military despotism of Germany.

      That was actually from earlier in the week (13/9/1916). Because, although later reprints do have such WTF images as Indian Calvary preparing for the Somme, that day had this reminder of how wars can be used to justify other ends:

      Wellington states that the film censorship regulations have been gazetted, and will come into operation to-morrow. Provision has been made for the establishment of a Board of Appeal, consisting of three persons, who will be appointed shortly. Strong representations have been made to the Minister urging the appointment of at least one woman to the Appeal Board; but, as the censorship deals with the questions of decency and suggestiveness of films, Mr Russell, after careful consideration, has decided that, in order to provide full freedom for the discussion of details, it is better that women should not be on the board.

  12. Chuck 14

    Is this not what the activist left want to happen?

    “A speech from Andrew Little in which he acknowledges the devastation wrought by Rogernomics, and spelling out how he proposes to right the wrongs it inflicted on working-class Kiwis, would almost certainly produce a similar galvanising effect as Brash’s 2004 speech to the Orewa Rotary Club.”

    “And a much better poll.”

    Trotter lays it out so well…

    “Regardless of its severity, it was tactically foolish of Little to deny the accuracy of Colmar Brunton’s latest survey”

    “When presented with terrible news, it is perfectly natural for human-beings to take refuge in denial.”

  13. Takere 15

    Speaking Maori to a Police Officer is considered a threat …. nekminit Maori will be shot because Maori man looked aggressively at me “Police Officer” says? Do we need to declare we’ve got an Apartheid State in Aotearoa, oh sorry, Nueeew Zeeeelind? WTF. Nick Smiths got a lot to answer for! Kiwi versus Iwi election campaign slogan-John Ansell!

    • Chuck 15.1

      No one likes to be pulled over by the police. This looks like Kura Moeahu was being a little naughty…quickly working out the police officer did not understand him so milked it for all it was worth.

      • Gangnam Style 15.1.1

        So now it’s ‘naughty’ to speak Te Reo in NZ? Firing on all barrels today!

        • Gabby

          Well in this case it’s bloody rude and arrogant.

          • Trey

            New Zealand has three official languages, English, Maori and NZ sign. How is it rude and arrogant to speak one of these official langauges? Would it be rude an arrogant for a deaf person to speak in New Zealand Sign language? Or does it only apply to Maori?

            • Chuck

              “How is it rude and arrogant to speak one of these official langauges?”

              When the other party to the conversation does not understand what you are saying…more so in this case when a police officer is just trying to do his/her job.

              • Trey

                It is not rude or arrogant to speak an official langauge of this country. What is rude and arrogant is racists like you trying to deny someones rights to do that. As I said would a deaf person speaking in sign been treated the same way

            • Gabby

              It’s an unacceptable microaggression.

              • One Anonymous Bloke


                Oh noes! Hurt feelings!

                Taser the fucker then? What does it say in the Police manual? “You will respect my authoritah!”.

                Get off your knees.

        • Chuck

          In this case yep. Moeahu was clearly looking to cause “a issue” by refusing to communicate with the police officer (who obviously could not speak Te Reo).

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Unless they’re speaking Italian, the insolent dogs!

      • Takere 15.1.2

        Speaking the National language of the country isn’t a crime.(Well not yet) The price of milk has nothing to do with what language one speaks or what colour your skin is. Ignorance is in-discriminant too, race shouldn’t be a reason to discriminate nor should, colour & what language one speaks. I don’t speak Maori. I have a desire to but have tried a number of times to learn but I think my “programming” from the 80’s NZ’s ed. system has some influence on my ability to do so, so I’ll just plug along with the this language for now. Chuck, you’re obviously “unaware” of institutional racism and more aligned probably with Nick Smiths way of seeing things? So stand by and observe, you might just learn something?? Its time that Institutional Racism is addressed and if its possible to do so, keep the bigots, racists and inbreds well away from the debate.

        • Chuck

          “Its time that Institutional Racism is addressed and if its possible to do so, keep the bigots, racists and inbreds well away from the debate.”

          This particular situation has nothing to do with racism. Its simply a plonker called Moeahu trying to cause a issue…

          • Paul

            Or is this thread rapidly becoming about a plonker called Chuck trying to cause a issue…

            • adam

              No point engaging with Chucky Paul, he believes in conspiracy theories perpetuated by a far left cabal…

          • Trey

            It has everything to do with racism. He was speaking an official language of New Zealand as he is legally entitled to do and was threatened with arrest for that. The fact you can’ t see that as a problem highlights Takeres point regarding the institutional racism in this country.

            • Chuck

              Sigh…its called common courtesy to communicate in a language that both parties understand.

              Just because you have a plonker trying to engineer a headline, for people like you to scream “see its racism” says it all.

              • Trey

                “Sigh…its called common courtesy to communicate in a language that both parties understand.” My god how many times has that old chestnut been dragged out by English speakers too arrogant to learn another language?

                “people like you to scream “see its racism” says it all”. People like me who are Maori experience racism everyday and unlike people like you I have seldomly been treated with any courtesy when I have had dealings with the police.

                Or people like my koro who feel more comfortable speaking in Te Reo than in English and should be able to do so without being threatened with arrest or being called plonkers by you

                I see you still have not addressed whether a deaf person using sign would have been considered arrogant or would have been threatened with arrest.

                • Chuck

                  “English speakers too arrogant to learn another language?”

                  Why should every NZer “have to learn Te Reo”? no issue with those who want to (or can learn, as even Takere said he has tried but can’t pick up a new language).

                  “People like me who are Maori experience racism everyday” I call bullshit on that…nearly 3/4 of my family have Maori blood in there veins, they work in a diverse range of jobs, from a police officer to builders, admin, customer service and early childhood ed. They don’t experience racism everyday or most other times.

                  Are you mixing up racism with just everyday BS that ALL of us have to put up with?

                  Don’t get me wrong…Maori are on the wrong side of a bunch of things, that needs to be improved. Going around with a chip on ones shoulder does not help matters.

                  “Or people like my koro who feel more comfortable speaking in Te Reo than in English and should be able to do so without being threatened with arrest or being called plonkers by you”

                  Your koro are just being awkward and rude. If they know the other person cannot speak Te Reo.

                  “I see you still have not addressed whether a deaf person using sign would have been considered arrogant or would have been threatened with arrest.”

                  If a person is deaf that would be clearly signaled and understood by the police officer. And if required an interrupter would be used.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    if required an interrupter would be used


                    Your koro are just being awkward and rude

                    They’re in the Crimes Act now eh? “Being awkward and rude to police”.

                    How about “smelling of foreign food” or “dressing in a funny way”?

                    My head hurts from repeated banging on the desk. I think it would be better if in future I used yours.

                    • Chuck

                      It may of escaped your thinking OAB, that if a person is deaf they have pretty much no option other than to use sign language.

                      If a person can speak 2 languages, of which the one they CHOOSE to use is not understood by the other person…its called being awkward and rude.

                      The police have a hard enough job to do, without plonkers trying it on.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Deaf people can’t write?

                      I missed the part where being “awkward and rude” is grounds for arrest.

                  • Trey

                    Whenever I go to a petrol station the attendent makes me come in and pay first even though often a white guy will pull up at the next pump and give a little wave and have his pump turned on. I then go inside and explain I want a fill and am asked for a credit card. Meanwhile white guy has pumped his gas and is coming in to pay. Only difference is the colour of our skin.
                    So yes I see this as racism not everyday bullshit.
                    I work at a University and regularly travel overseas to conferences etc and for no apparant reason I “randomly” get stopped for “random” checks. My pakeha colleagues say it’s not because I am Maori, it is because I look middle eastern so am mistaken for a terrorist and they may be right but either way it is racial profiling.
                    I also work closely with schools in South Auckland helping teachers to provide culturally responsive programmes for Maori and Pasifika. I have lost track of the number of times a Pakeha teacher has made comments about nothing being done for white kids when our whole education system is designed to benefit white kids and there is not a single white kid in their class.
                    I never said that you should learn Te Reo I merely pointed out the arrogance of English speakers (not just in this country) who believe everyone should have to speak English when nearly every other ethnic group speaks multiple langauges.
                    It always makes me smile when Pakeha teachers talk about their Samoan and Tongan students being below standard. I mention to them that those kids speak two languages and by that standard it is them that is below.
                    Lastly I do not have a chip on my shoulder. I am extremely well balanced and have a chip on both shoulders.

                    • Chuck

                      Fair enough.

                      “Lastly I do not have a chip on my shoulder. I am extremely well balanced and have a chip on both shoulders.”

                      Great reply back 🙂

        • Gabby

          I think calling the fellow a racist is going a bit far. Rude not to respond in an official NZ language when he was capable though.

  14. Gangnam Style 17

    Hello CV, I would be interested to hear your opinion on the DCC candidates this year, I am social aquaintances with Ronald Fung & find him a pleasant approachable guy. What do you think?

    • Pasupial 17.1

      Gangnam Style
      I put a cross by Fung’s name mainly on the basis that he used too many exclamation marks in his Candidate Information booklet blurb. Also, the way he was enthusing about facilitating private investment in white elephant projects (tourism seems a very shaky platform for economic development). However, I haven’t filled out the voting form yet.

      I would be happy to learn more about the candidates when they’re not targeting their brief words to what they assume the voters want to hear. So far, I’ve only been googling background on the Mayoral aspirants. Those other candidates who aren’t already councillors are a blank to me.

    • Colonial Viper 17.2

      Hi Gangnam Style…no strong opinions as yet…will keep in touch

  15. Gabby 18

    private investment in white elephant projects seems a bit easier on the public purse. Or is it a euphemism for sale of council assets?

    • Pasupial 18.1

      That assumes that the white elephant (a harbour pier, when Dunedin’s attraction to tourists is largely in its not completely trashed natural environment), is worth while in the first place. If it requires the election of a councilor to implement the project, rather than it being viable on its own merits, then that seems to be more likely to be for the benefit of the private investors than the town’s people (in this case securing planning permission against the industrial area’s opposition).

      That said, Fung isn’t one of the candidates who I’ve crossed off the list for asset selling. Though there are no shortage of those promising to focus on “rate stability” & “core infrastructure” which translates to asset sales. Also anyone with a background in real estate tends to get crossed off the list pretty quickly.

  16. Cinny 19

    Awesome story on The Listening Post this morning. All about the media in the USA, I didn’t know that Bill Clinton signed a communications agreement in the ’90’s effectively transforming the media into a monopoly, changing the landscape into what we see today, 6 corporations controlling 96% of media in the USA.

    Well worth a watch, just 30mins long. Fascinating write up on how media is capitalising on Trumps notoriety to gain huge profits via advertising/ratings.

    • Paul 19.1

      Watch this film.
      It covers a lot on the issue of the US media.
      Of course a lot can now be applied to NZ as well.

      “Shadows of Liberty presents the phenomenal true story of today’s disintegrating freedoms within the U.S. media, and government, that they don’t want you to see. The film takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global media conglomerates exercise extraordinary political, social, and economic power. The overwhelming collective power of these firms raises troubling questions about democracy. Highly revealing interviews, actuality, and archive material, tell insider accounts of a broken media system, where journalists are prevented from pursuing controversial news stories, people are censored for speaking out against abuses of government power, and individual lives are shattered as the arena for public expression has been turned into a private profit zone. Will the Internet remain free, or be controlled by a handful of powerful, monopolistic corporations? The media crisis is at the core of today’s most troubling issues, and people everywhere are taking action, trying to change the media monopolies’ strangle hold on information.”

      • Cinny 19.1.1

        Thanks for the link 😀

        • Paul

          It’s a great film.
          And this is too.

          Consuming Kids.

          Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

        • Cinny

          better version on the putlocker, the link u gave just went to another link and so on and so on

          Some excellent viewing on putlocker. Will watch doco 2nite, thanks again.

      • Richard Rawshark 19.1.2

        their was an old saying..

        “He who controls the message controls the masses”

        or something similar and it’s as true as the day is long.

        Currently I am living in an age where I am not in control of my countries destiny but those in power have control of mine. When we lost the fourth estate we lost democracy, and in most western countries you will see how media has progressed this way since well starting in the 90’s I’d say.

        If you look at the western worlds media moguls today can you name even one without far right political leanings if not direct ties?

    • Colonial Viper 19.2

      Bill Clinton created the model of a Democratic Party paid for and captive to large corporates (broadcasting, banks, etc.) using the active assumption that the working class would keep voting Democratic anyway because “they had no where else to go.”

  17. Gangnam Style 20

    Is it normal for someone to get arrested by a NZ cop for only speaking French, Chinese, Tongan or any other language other than english? Or just Te Reo. Or would the cop try & find an interpreter first?

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Might depend if someone was using a different language in a deliberate, contrived attempt to stymie a police investigation or an inquiry.

  18. Chooky 21

    While the elderly New Zealanders and others in pain suffer because this government and Peter Dunne has denied them legal access to medicinal cannibas…there are political lobby groups involved and big Bucks..pharmaceutical companies and the alcohol industry

    ‘Opioid use decreases in US states that legalize medical marijuana – study’

    “New research shows a decline in the use of opioid painkillers in US states that allow people to treat pain with medical marijuana, affirming the fears of Big Pharma who have been vigorously seeking to frustrate efforts to legalize the herb….

    “Given the growing opioid overdose epidemic, campaigning against medical marijuana is morally repugnant.”

    “We cannot allow prescription drug companies to block the legalization of #medicalcannabis

    “Addictive painkiller profiteer donates $500k to fight cannabis legalization in #Arizona

    …”Insys isn’t the first pharmaceutical company to be found bankrolling anti-marijuana legislation though with a number of alcohol and pharmaceutical companies “heavily” invested in such laws in a number of states, according to The Intercept.

    • aerobubble 21.1

      Oh, but what about euthanasia… …a distraction issue to speak to older people and move away from getting on with medical legalization. Anyone who needs these drugs should have to declare it, lose their license, be banned from certain jobs, and anyone stupid enough to get themselves addict should suffer similar fates, they wont be so eager to di drugs if they cant drive, or have to declare in public being needy of chemical immerframes. Olds should be respectedthese drugs are for them, youth need to know they can wait for old age to have their spin.

      And wtf, whats with the palative lobby, do they make a bundle from elderly putting them in their will or what. Put a quota up, allow say five euthanasias a year, its not like elderly people aren’t being now, its just they have to change their wills first. Bring it out into the open and we can then start focusing on the real number of such killings.

      And wtf gives with the SST are these fools for real, they cant believe they serve crime when they call for harnessness, people trip up, they find themselves in jail, they dont need to be pushed further away from society, brutalized they come out hating, that means more crime, there’s nothing sensuble about the SST if it wants harsher punishment, its oxymoronic.

  19. Richard Rawshark 22

    I have a quick question before I go to bed..

    Hope someone can help.

    This David Farrar fella runs a stats polling thing company am I correct?

    Isn’t he the same guy who seems to run the ratepayers and taxpayers associations?

    what’s going on there? If so.. hopw can he be knee deep in right wing action groups he’s funding and setting up and have a job polling ?

    I must be wrong perhaps it’s the tickle bloke.

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    Ele Ludemann writes – Is getting rid of plastic really good for the environment? Substituting plastics with alternative materials is likely to result in increased GHG emissions, according to research from the University of Sheffield. The study by Dr. Fanran Meng from Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Something important: the curious death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement
      The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something Important.   ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • The day the TV media died…
    Peter Dunne writes –  April 10 is a dramatic day in New Zealand’s history. On April 10, 1919, the preliminary results of a referendum showed that New Zealanders had narrowly voted for prohibition by a majority of around 13,000 votes. However, when the votes of soldiers still overseas ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • What's the point in Melissa Lee?
    While making coffee this morning I listened to Paddy Gower from Newshub being interviewed on RNZ. It was painful listening. His hurt and love for that organisation, its closure confirmed yesterday, quite evident.As we do when something really matters, he hasn’t giving up hope. Paddy talked about the taonga that ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Thursday, April 11
    TL;DR: Here’s the 10 news and other links elsewhere that stood out for me over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Photo by Iva Rajović on UnsplashMust-read: As more than half of the nation’s investigative journalists are sacked, Newsroom’s Tim Murphy shows what it takes to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On Winston Peters’ Pathetic Speech At The UN
    Good grief, Winston Peters. Tens of thousands of Gazans have been slaughtered, two million are on the brink of starvation and what does our Foreign Minister choose to talk about at the UN? The 75 year old issue of whether the five permanent members should continue to have veto powers ...
    2 days ago
  • Subsidising illegal parking
    Hopefully finally over his obsession with raised crossings, the Herald’s Bernard Orsman has found something to actually be outraged at. Auckland ratepayers are subsidising the cost of towing, storing and releasing cars across the city to the tune of $15 million over five years. Under a quirk in the law, ...
    2 days ago
  • When 'going for growth' actually means saying no to new social homes
    TL;DR: These six things stood out to me over the last day in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy, as of 7:06 am on Thursday, April 11:The Government has refused a community housing provider’s plea for funding to help build 42 apartments in Hamilton because it said a $100 million fund was used ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
    As the public sector redundancies rolled on, with the Department of Conservation saying yesterday it was cutting 130 positions, a Select Committee got an insight into the complexities and challenges of cutting the Government’s workforce. Immigration New Zealand chiefs along with their Minister, Erica Stanford, appeared before Parliament’s Education and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's six-stack of substacks at 6:06 pm on Wednesday, April 10
    TL;DR: Six substacks that stood out to me in the last day:Explaining is winning for journalists wanting to regain trust, writes is his excellent substack. from highlights Aotearoa-NZ’s greenwashing problem in this weekly substack. writes about salt via his substack titled: The Second Soul, Part I ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • EGU2024 – Picking and chosing sessions to attend virtually
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place as a fully hybrid conference in both Vienna and online from April 15 to 19. I decided to join the event virtually this year for the full week and I've already picked several sessions I plan to ...
    3 days ago
  • But here's my point about the large irony in what Luxon is saying
    Grim old week in the media business, eh? And it’s only Wednesday, to rework an old upbeat line of poor old Neil Roberts.One of the larger dark ironies of it all has been the line the Prime Minister is serving up to anyone asking him about the sorry state of ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Govt gives farmers something to talk about (regarding environmental issues) at those woolshed meetin...
    Buzz from the Beehive Hard on the heels of three rurally oriented ministers launching the first of their woolshed meetings, the government brought good news to farmers on the environmental front. First, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced an additional $18 million is being committed to reduce agricultural emissions. Not all ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • Climate change violates human rights
    That's the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights today: Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Which govt departments have grown the most?
    David Farrar writes –  There has been a 34% increase over six years in the size of the public service, in terms of EFTS. But not all agencies have grown by the same proportion. Here are the 10 with the largest relative increases between 2017 and ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    Bryce Edwards writes  –  The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Something Important: The Curious Death of the School Strike 4 Climate Movement.
    The Hope That Failed: The Christchurch Mosque Massacres, Covid-19, deep political disillusionment, and the jealous cruelty of the intersectionists: all had a part to play in causing School Strike 4 Climate’s bright bubble of hope and passion to burst. But, while it floated above us, it was something that mattered. Something ...
    3 days ago
  • Cow Farts and Cancer Sticks.
    What do you do if you’re a new government minister and the science is in. All of the evidence and facts are clear, but they’re not to your liking? They’re inconsistent with your policy positions and/or your spending priorities.Well, first off you could just stand back and watch as the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's day. First up is James Shaw's New Zealand Bill of Rights (Right to Sustainable Environment) Amendment Bill, which does exactly what it says on the label. Despite solid backing in international law and from lawyers and NGOs, National will likely vote it down out of pure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Top 10 'pick 'n' mix' at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10
    Luxon in 2021 as a new MP, before his rise to PM and subsequent plummeting popularity. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s the 10 things that stood out for me from me reading over the last day, as at 10:10 am on Wednesday, April 10:Must read: Tova O’Brien describes ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What’s happening with Airport to Botany
    One of the few public transport projects the current government have said they support is the Airport to Botany project (A2B) and it’s one we haven’t covered in a while so worth looking at where things are at. A business case for the project was completed in 2021 before being ...
    3 days ago
  • Bishop more popular than Luxon in Curia poll
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Silmarillion Fan Poetry: A Collection (2022-2024)
    It’s been some time since I properly exercised my poetic muscles. Prose-writing has been where it’s at for me, these past few years. Well, to get back into practice, I thought I’d write the occasional bit of jocular fan poetry, based off Tolkien’s Silmarillion… with this post being a collection ...
    3 days ago
  • At a glance – The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is not causing global warming
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: What’s to blame for the public’s plummeting trust in the media?
    The media is in crisis, as New Zealand audiences flee from traditional sources of news and information. The latest survey results on the public’s attitude to the media shows plummeting trust. And New Zealand now leads the world in terms of those who want to “avoid the news”. But who ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • Dead on target
    My targets for today are: 1 newsletter sent out by 4.30pm 800 words of copy delivered to a client by COB, as we say in the world of BAU1 dinner served by sunset GST returnSo far so good. Longer-term targets are: Get some website copy finished before I get on a plane on Saturday ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • The PM sets nine policy targets- and in case you missed the truancy one, Seymour has provided some...
    Buzz from the Beehive Targets and travel were a theme in the latest flow of ministerial announcements. The PM announced a raft of targets (“nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders”) along with plans to head for Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines. His Deputy and Foreign ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Unwelcome advice
    Yesterday He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released two key pieces of advice, on the 2036-40 emissions budget and the 2050 target. Both are statutorily required as part of the Zero Carbon Act budgeting / planning process, and both have a round of public consultation before being finalised and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • In a structural deficit, the only real tax cut is a spending cut
    Eric Crampton writes –  This week’s column in the Stuff papers. A snippet: Tabarrok warned that America had two political parties – “the Tax and Spenders and the No-Tax and Spenders” – and neither was fiscally conservative. In the two decades after Tabarrok’s warning, the federal government ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • A Return to Kindness?
    New Zealanders are a pretty fair minded bunch. By and large we like to give people a go.Ian Foster, for example, had a terrible record as a head rugby coach. Like not even good, and did we let that bother us? Yeah, but also Nah. Because we went ahead and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    Geoffrey Miller writes –  This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Back to the future, with a 2032 deadline
    Aiming to look visionary and focused, Luxon has announced nine targets to improve measures for education, health, crime and climate emissions - but the reality is only one target is well above pre-Covid levels. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Why Rod Carr is optimistic farmers can beat climate change
    The future of farming went on the line yesterday when the Climate Change Commission presented its first review of New Zealand’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. The Commission said New Zealand’s target was unlikely to be consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of holding temperature rise to ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Grifters, Bigots & Booling With the Dawgs
    Hi,I hope you had a good weekend. I was mostly in bed with the worst flu of my life.Today I’m emerging on the other side — and looking forward to what I can catch of the total solar eclipse rippling across parts of America today.Whilst hacking through a cough, I’ve ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Goldsmith spots a cost-saver in his Justice domain – let’s further erode our right (under Magna ...
    Bob Edlin writes – Chapter 39 of the Magna Carta (from memory) includes the guarantee that no free man may suffer punishment without “the lawful judgment of his peers.” This was a measure which the barons forced on England’s King John to delegate part of his judicial authority ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Is Global Warming Speeding Up?
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Thanks to climate change, 2023 has shattered heat records, and 2024 is continuing where last year left off. With this devastating ...
    5 days ago
  • Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister!
    Brooke is on the TV, being a Minister! She is going to talk to Jack on the TV!It's hard to watch Jack on the TV without thinking to yourself:How can anyone be that good-looking,and also be even brainier than they are good-looking?Talk about lucky!But also, Jack works for the TV news. So ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • There’s gold – or rather, energy without carbon – in that rock, but Jones reminds us of the Tr...
    Buzz from the Beehive Oh, dear.  One News tells us an ownership spat is brewing between Māori and the Crown as New Zealand uses more renewable energy sources. No, not water or the shoreline.  Ownership of another resource has come into the reckoning. The One News report explained that 99% of ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Bad faith from National
    One of the weird features of the Zero Carbon Act was its split-gas targets, which separated methane, produced overwhelmingly by farmers, from carbon dioxide produced by the rest of us. This lower target for methane was another effective subsidy to the dairy industry, and was the result of a compromise ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Israel’s murderous use of AI in Gaza
    This may seem like a dumb question– but how come Israel has managed to kill at least 33,000 Palestinian civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children? Of course, saturation aerial bombing and artillery shelling of densely populated civilian neighbourhoods will do that. So will the targeting of children by IDF ...
    Gordon CampbellBy ScoopEditor
    5 days ago
  • Total Eclipse of the Mind.
    All that you touch And all that you seeAll that you taste All you feelAnd all that you love And all that you hateAll you distrust All you saveEarly tomorrow morning as the sun is rising in Aotearoa many people across North America, from Mexico to Canada, will be losing ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • So why do that degree… here?
    A report – and discussion – from the university front line… Mike Grimshaw writes – I have been involved in numerous curriculum and degree reviews over the decades and in all of them the question always skirted around is: “If you had to leave now with ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The hunt is on for an asterix for farm emissions
    The Government is setting up its own experts group to review the goalposts for farmers to reduce methane emissions. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The six news items of note for me in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy as of 9:06 am on Monday, April 8 are:The Government is setting up ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: Aukus or not, New Zealand’s foreign policy is being remade
    This could be a watershed week for New Zealand’s international relations. Winston Peters, the foreign minister, is heading to Washington DC for a full week of meetings. The surprisingly lengthy trip just happens to coincide with a major trilateral summit of leaders from the United States, Japan and the Philippines. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    5 days ago
  • The Kaka’s diary for the week to April 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to April 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is scheduled to hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4 pm today. The Climate Commission will publish advice to the Government this evening.Parliament is sitting from Question Time at 2pm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14
    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 31, 2024 thru Sat, April 6, 2024. Story of the week Proxy measurement via Facebook "engagement" suggests a widely welcoming audience for Prof. Andrew Dessler's The Climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Their Money or Your Life.
    Brooke van Velden appeared this morning on Q&A, presumably paying homage to Margaret Thatcher. The robotic one had come in an 80s pink, shoulder-padded jacket, much favoured by the likes of Thatcher or Hosking. She also brought the spirit of Margaret, seemingly occupying her previously vacant soul compartment.Jack asked for ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Truth pulls its boots on
    It's a lot easier to pull off a lie if people don't know much about what you're lying about.Sometimes, watching Christopher Luxon, you get the impression he doesn't know all that much about it, either.​​ That's the charitable interpretation. The other is that he knows full well.He was on the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Those of a certain vintage in this country will recognise that as a paraphrasing of the much celebrated Paul Holmes sign-off from his nightly current affairs show, yes, he of the “cheekie darkie” comment infamy (that one aimed at then-UN Chief Kofi Annan, and if unfamiliar with what followed in ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Are You Missing Kindness Yet?
    In my last newsletter I asked how is Luxon this out of touch? Many of you, quite wisely, don’t do the Twitter thing so I thought I’d share a few of the comments from the cross section of humanity that you encounter there.The comment from Clandesdiner@boglyboohoo, not sure if that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • How NZ and Taiwan differ in disaster preparedness
    Peter Dunne writes –  Taiwan and New Zealand are two small island states with much in common. Both are vibrant, independent democracies, living in the shadow of an overbearing neighbour. (Admittedly, Taiwan’s overbearing neighbour has far more aggressive tendencies than our at-times overbearing neighbour!) There is a strong ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Bryce Edwards writes – Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Nearly a month of it
    Hello! There has not been an omnibus for about three weeks because covid and bereavement got in the way.Here’s what you may have missed if you’re not a daily reader.Life’s Little Victories - I think I’ve dodged COVIDTwo Bar Blues - I haven’t Relentlessly Negative - Things seem to be ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coastal court action flies under the radar
    Graham Adams says NZ’s coastline may end up under iwi control. Former Attorney-General and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson is known for his forthright and sometimes combative language. In 2022, in discussing opposition to co-governance, he referred to “the sour right” and “the KKK brigade”. Last week, in ...
    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    1 week ago
  • Does a Fiscal Debt Target Make Sense?
    Do we treat the government finances with the common sense that household’s manage theirs?It is a commonly held view that we should treat the government as if it is a prudent household. We don’t when it comes to its debt. Currently the government says it wants to constrain its net ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Why Shane Jones sunk the Kermadecs Marine Sanctuary
    Did vested interests prevent New Zealand from establishing a world-leading environmental marine reserve? There are strong signs that in killing off the proposal for a Kermadec Islands Marine Sanctuary, Shane Jones has been doing the bidding of several industries and groups that he’s closely connected with. As Oceans and Fisheries ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Spite destroys success
    The clean car discount was a real policy success in pushing electrification of transport. It worked so well that EV adoption was running five years ahead of the Climate Commission's targets, giving us a real shot at decarbonising light transport. National killed it out of pure spite. And as expected, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Huge interest in Government’s infrastructure plans
    Hundreds of people in little over a week have turned out in Northland to hear Regional Development Minister Shane Jones speak about plans for boosting the regional economy through infrastructure. About 200 people from the infrastructure and associated sectors attended an event headlined by Mr Jones in Whangarei today. Last ...
    15 hours ago
  • Health Minister thanks outgoing Health New Zealand Chair
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti has today thanked outgoing Health New Zealand – Te Whatu Ora Chair Dame Karen Poutasi for her service on the Board.   “Dame Karen tendered her resignation as Chair and as a member of the Board today,” says Dr Reti.  “I have asked her to ...
    16 hours ago
  • Roads of National Significance planning underway
    The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has signalled their proposed delivery approach for the Government’s 15 Roads of National Significance (RoNS), with the release of the State Highway Investment Proposal (SHIP) today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to ...
    19 hours ago
  • Navigating an unstable global environment
    New Zealand is renewing its connections with a world facing urgent challenges by pursuing an active, energetic foreign policy, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Our country faces the most unstable global environment in decades,” Mr Peters says at the conclusion of two weeks of engagements in Egypt, Europe and the United States.    “We cannot afford to sit back in splendid ...
    20 hours ago
  • NZ welcomes Australian Governor-General
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Australian Governor-General, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and his wife Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, will make a State visit to New Zealand from Tuesday 16 April to Thursday 18 April. The visit reciprocates the State visit of former Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy ...
    20 hours ago
  • Pseudoephedrine back on shelves for Winter
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour has announced that Medsafe has approved 11 cold and flu medicines containing pseudoephedrine. Pharmaceutical suppliers have indicated they may be able to supply the first products in June. “This is much earlier than the original expectation of medicines being available by 2025. The Government recognised ...
    22 hours ago
  • NZ and the US: an ever closer partnership
    New Zealand and the United States have recommitted to their strategic partnership in Washington DC today, pledging to work ever more closely together in support of shared values and interests, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “The strategic environment that New Zealand and the United States face is considerably more ...
    1 day ago
  • Joint US and NZ declaration
    April 11, 2024 Joint Declaration by United States Secretary of State the Honorable Antony J. Blinken and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Right Honourable Winston Peters We met today in Washington, D.C. to recommit to the historic partnership between our two countries and the principles that underpin it—rule ...
    1 day ago
  • NZ and US to undertake further practical Pacific cooperation
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further New Zealand cooperation with the United States in the Pacific Islands region through $16.4 million in funding for initiatives in digital connectivity and oceans and fisheries research.   “New Zealand can achieve more in the Pacific if we work together more urgently and ...
    1 day ago
  • Government redress for Te Korowai o Wainuiārua
    The Government is continuing the bipartisan effort to restore its relationship with iwi as the Te Korowai o Wainuiārua Claims Settlement Bill passed its first reading in Parliament today, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Historical grievances of Te Korowai o Wainuiārua relate to 19th century warfare, land purchased or taken ...
    2 days ago
  • Focus on outstanding minerals permit applications
    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals is working to resolve almost 150 outstanding minerals permit applications by the end of the financial year, enabling valuable mining activity and signalling to the sector that New Zealand is open for business, Resources Minister Shane Jones says.  “While there are no set timeframes for ...
    2 days ago
  • Applications open for NZ-Ireland Research Call
    The New Zealand and Irish governments have today announced that applications for the 2024 New Zealand-Ireland Joint Research Call on Agriculture and Climate Change are now open. This is the third research call in the three-year Joint Research Initiative pilot launched in 2022 by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ireland’s ...
    2 days ago
  • Tenancy rules changes to improve rental market
    The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister Chris Bishop. “The previous Government waged a war on landlords. Many landlords told us this caused them to exit the rental market altogether. It caused worse ...
    2 days ago
  • Boosting NZ’s trade and agricultural relationship with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay will visit China next week, to strengthen relationships, support Kiwi exporters and promote New Zealand businesses on the world stage. “China is one of New Zealand’s most significant trade and economic relationships and remains an important destination for New Zealand’s products, accounting for nearly 22 per cent of our good and ...
    2 days ago
  • Freshwater farm plan systems to be improved
    The coalition Government intends to improve freshwater farm plans so that they are more cost-effective and practical for farmers, Associate Environment Minister Andrew Hoggard and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay have announced. “A fit-for-purpose freshwater farm plan system will enable farmers and growers to find the right solutions for their farm ...
    3 days ago
  • New Fast Track Projects advisory group named
    The coalition Government has today announced the expert advisory group who will provide independent recommendations to Ministers on projects to be included in the Fast Track Approvals Bill, say RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Regional Development Minister Shane Jones. “Our Fast Track Approval process will make it easier and ...
    3 days ago
  • Pacific and Gaza focus of UN talks
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters says his official talks with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today focused on a shared commitment to partnering with the Pacific Islands region and a common concern about the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.    “Small states in the Pacific rely on collective ...
    3 days ago
  • Government honours Taranaki Maunga deal
    The Government is honouring commitments made to Taranaki iwi with the Te Pire Whakatupua mō Te Kāhui Tupua/Taranaki Maunga Collective Redress Bill passing its first reading Parliament today, Treaty Negotiations Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “This Bill addresses the commitment the Crown made to the eight iwi of Taranaki to negotiate ...
    4 days ago
  • Enhanced partnership to reduce agricultural emissions
    The Government and four further companies are together committing an additional $18 million towards AgriZeroNZ to boost New Zealand’s efforts to reduce agricultural emissions. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says the strength of the New Zealand economy relies on us getting effective and affordable emission reduction solutions for New Zealand. “The ...
    4 days ago
  • 110km/h limit proposed for Kāpiti Expressway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) will begin consultation this month on raising speed limits for the Kāpiti Expressway to 110km/h. “Boosting economic growth and productivity is a key part of the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and this proposal supports that outcome ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards – Winners announced
    Two New Zealanders who’ve used their unique skills to help fight the exotic caulerpa seaweed are this year’s Biosecurity Awards Supreme Winners, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard. “Strong biosecurity is vital and underpins the whole New Zealand economy and our native flora and fauna. These awards celebrate all those in ...
    4 days ago
  • Attendance action plan to lift student attendance rates
    The Government is taking action to address the truancy crisis and raise attendance by delivering the attendance action plan, Associate Education Minister David Seymour announced today.   New Zealand attendance rates are low by national and international standards. Regular attendance, defined as being in school over 90 per cent of the ...
    4 days ago
  • World must act to halt Gaza catastrophe – Peters
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today that an immediate ceasefire is needed in Gaza to halt the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.    “Palestinian civilians continue to bear the brunt of Israel’s military actions,” Mr Peters said in his speech to a ...
    4 days ago
  • Speech to United Nations General Assembly: 66th plenary meeting, 78th session
    Mr President,   The situation in Gaza is an utter catastrophe.   New Zealand condemns Hamas for its heinous terrorist attacks on 7 October and since, including its barbaric violations of women and children. All of us here must demand that Hamas release all remaining hostages immediately.   At the ...
    4 days ago
  • Government woolshed roadshow kicks off
    Today the Government Agriculture Ministers started their national woolshed roadshow, kicking off in the Wairarapa. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said it has been a tough time for farmers over the past few years. The sector has faced high domestic inflation rates, high interest rates, adverse weather events, and increasing farm ...
    5 days ago
  • PM heads to Singapore, Thailand, and Philippines
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines this week (April 14-20), along with a senior business delegation, signalling the Government’s commitment to deepen New Zealand’s international engagement, especially our relationships in South East Asia. “South East Asia is a region that is more crucial than ever to ...
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister launches Government Targets
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced further steps to get New Zealand back on track, launching nine ambitious Government Targets to help improve the lives of New Zealanders. “Our Government has a plan that is focused on three key promises we made to New Zealanders – to rebuild the economy, ...
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  • Natural hydrogen resource should be free of Treaty claims entanglement
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