web analytics

Archive for March, 2018

The manufacturing of a narrative

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, March 31st, 2018 - 606 comments

The past week has seen the Herald focus on issues concerning Clare Curran to the almost exclusion of anything else, including the perilous state of our Health system and Kim Dotcom’s successful appeal against the last Government’s breach of his rights of privacy.

Love war, fear and hate.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, March 31st, 2018 - 28 comments

Political power doesn’t respond well when those who are meant to be invisible decide to be visible.

Open Mike 31/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 31st, 2018 - 131 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Operation Burnham

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, March 30th, 2018 - 24 comments

There is a great article by Gordon Campbell on the likelihood of an inquiry but more importantly what will or wont be covered and what will or wont be for the public eyes/ears Read it here  

Climate 2050

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, March 30th, 2018 - 11 comments

Highlights from the Climate 2050 event in Wellington last night.

NRT: A lawless multinational

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 30th, 2018 - 5 comments

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn on Facebook and the Privacy Commissioner.

End Oil

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 30th, 2018 - 9 comments

Gareth Hughes explains in just over 1 minute why we can’t use the fossil fuels we’ve already found, let alone any we might go exploring for.

Open Mike 30/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 30th, 2018 - 282 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 29/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 29th, 2018 - 40 comments

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Megan Woods’ speech to the Petroleum Conference

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, March 29th, 2018 - 18 comments

The text of Energy Minister Megan Woods’ speech to the recent petroleum conference where she outlined the Government’s approach to the oil industry and the Government’s intention to achieve sustainable change.

Open Mike 29/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 29th, 2018 - 275 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 28/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, March 28th, 2018 - 87 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

Who cares about personal privacy? Not Facebook

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, March 28th, 2018 - 42 comments

Not the National Party and 3 of its most senior MPs.

Joyce may have been right about the Fiscal hole

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 28th, 2018 - 100 comments

Steven Joyce’s prediction of a $11.7 billion deficit in the Government’s finances may be true.  But this is because the last Government has underfunded health and hidden problems.

Writehanded: A sea change – or just more weasel words?

Written By: - Date published: 6:26 am, March 28th, 2018 - 69 comments

A few weeks ago Sarah Wilson at Writehanded looked at the promise in Labour’s welfare policy and whether we are going to be disappointed.

Open Mike 28/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 28th, 2018 - 163 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 27/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, March 27th, 2018 - 37 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

An Orwellian Minister for Open Government

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, March 27th, 2018 - 257 comments

A picture of Minister Clare Curran

The Minister for Open Government has been caught organizing a secret meeting, and it has led to the resignation of an RNZ manager who covered for her. Is it time to kick Curran out?

Finlayson found to have breached Dotcom’s rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, March 27th, 2018 - 59 comments

The Human Rights Tribunal has found that the last Government and Chris Finlayson breached Kim Dotcom’s rights in not providing him with information requested by him.  And awarded him $90,000 for the breach.

Local Bodies: NZ Politics, a rocky road ahead.

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, March 27th, 2018 - 29 comments

Dave Kennedy at Local Bodies looks at the tough task ahead for Labour, and where retired MPs are landing.

Julie Anne Genter: Working for Women’s Rights on the World Stage

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 am, March 27th, 2018 - 71 comments

The Minister for Women on her recent trip with the NZ delegation to the UN.

Open Mike 27/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 27th, 2018 - 185 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 26/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, March 26th, 2018 - 17 comments

Daily review is also your post.  This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

overpopulation myth

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 26th, 2018 - 189 comments

Conversations on overpopulation are so often framed in a way that is racist and fail to acknowledge the unfair distribution and use of resources.  With the added dimension of seeking to punish the poor for problems created by the economically secure.

Kiwibuild kicks off

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, March 26th, 2018 - 218 comments

The first big Kiwibuild announcement, 3 to 4,000 houses in Mt Albert has been made.  And National has responded that it was all their idea and they did not want to announce it because it would be seen as pork barrelling.

“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 26th, 2018 - 32 comments

Two speakers from yesterday’s March for Our Lives.

Open Mike 26/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 26th, 2018 - 61 comments

Open mike is your post.

For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Step up to the mike …

Underpants not Underarm

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 pm, March 25th, 2018 - 17 comments

In the days of the British Raj unsportsmanlike behaviour was condemned by saying “it isn’t cricket.” Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft hiding ball-tampering sandpaper in his trousers in a forlorn attempt to avoid the cameras showed that for Aussies “it is cricket.” We’ve seen it before of course with the Chappells. Heads must roll.

Doofus of the week – March 24, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, March 25th, 2018 - 20 comments

This weeks award goes to Jonathan Coleman for failing to know that a leaky building crisis existed in Manukau DHB, and for then refusing to talk about it and hanging up on Suzy Ferguson of Radio New Zealand.

Marilyn Waring still takes no prisoners

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, March 25th, 2018 - 59 comments

Unpaid labour “is the single largest sector in any nation’s economy and the whole of the market economy only is able to function on top of that.”

 

Jane Kelsey: Shane Jones’ AirNZ demands would breach the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 25th, 2018 - 94 comments

“Article 17.4 says the government must ensure that SOEs like Air New Zealand act solely in accordance with commercial considerations, unless there is an explicit public service mandate for services that operate purely within the country. There is no such mandate for Air New Zealand.”

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Government steps up to assist Auckland during flooding
    As the Mayor of Auckland has announced a state of emergency, the Government, through NEMA, is able to step up support for those affected by flooding in Auckland. “I’d urge people to follow the advice of authorities and check Auckland Emergency Management for the latest information. As always, the Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Poroporoaki: Titewhai Te Huia Hinewhare Harawira
    Ka papā te whatitiri, Hikohiko ana te uira, wāhi rua mai ana rā runga mai o Huruiki maunga Kua hinga te māreikura o te Nota, a Titewhai Harawira Nā reira, e te kahurangi, takoto, e moe Ka mōwai koa a Whakapara, kua uhia te Tai Tokerau e te kapua pōuri ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved following Cyclone Hale
    Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment, has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to flooding and damaged caused by Cyclone Hale in the Tairāwhiti region. Up to $500,000 will be made available to employ job seekers to support the clean-up. We are still investigating whether other parts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • General Election to be held on 14 October 2023
    The 2023 General Election will be held on Saturday 14 October 2023, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. “Announcing the election date early in the year provides New Zealanders with certainty and has become the practice of this Government and the previous one, and I believe is best practice,” Jacinda ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces resignation
    Jacinda Ardern has announced she will step down as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Her resignation will take effect on the appointment of a new Prime Minister. A caucus vote to elect a new Party Leader will occur in 3 days’ time on Sunday the 22nd of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Trade and Agriculture Minister to attend World Economic Forum and Global Forum for Food and Agricult...
    The Government is maintaining its strong trade focus in 2023 with Trade and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor visiting Europe this week to discuss the role of agricultural trade in climate change and food security, WTO reform and New Zealand agricultural innovation. Damien O’Connor will travel tomorrow to Switzerland to attend the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government funding relief for flood-affected Wairarapa farmers and growers
    The Government has extended its medium-scale classification of Cyclone Hale to the Wairarapa after assessing storm damage to the eastern coastline of the region. “We’re making up to $80,000 available to the East Coast Rural Support Trust to help farmers and growers recover from the significant damage in the region,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government provides support to flooded Tairāwhiti communities
    The Government is making an initial contribution of $150,000 to the Mayoral Relief Fund to help communities in Tairāwhiti following ex-Tropical Cyclone Hale, Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty announced. “While Cyclone Hale has caused widespread heavy rain, flooding and high winds across many parts of the North Island, Tairāwhiti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Government support for flood-affected Gisborne Tairāwhiti farmers and growers
    Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor has classified this week’s Cyclone Hale that caused significant flood damage across the Tairāwhiti/Gisborne District as a medium-scale adverse event, unlocking Government support for farmers and growers. “We’re making up to $100,000 available to help coordinate efforts as farmers and growers recover from the heavy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Monkeypox vaccination available to eligible people from next week 
    A vaccine for people at risk of mpox (Monkeypox) will be available if prescribed by a medical practitioner to people who meet eligibility criteria from Monday 16 January, says Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall.   5,000 vials of the vaccine have been obtained, enough for up to 20,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago