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A matter of integrity

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, November 17th, 2011 - 120 comments
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The Right’s crying we should be talking about policy, not certain tapes. Funny, until recently they were mocking Labour for putting out so much policy. Fact is, we don’t elect policy implementing automatons. We elect leaders for their policies and because we trust them to act with integrity on our behalf. The tea tapes matter because they go to Key’s integrity.

This is the heart of this issue: Key’s integrity.

What did he say to Banks when he thought no-one was listening? Obviously some pretty bad stuff. Politicians should say the same thing in private as in public. If you do that, you have integrity and you won’t have any problems (unless what you say in public and private is consistently batshit crazy, like Brash). If you are a leader who says one thing to the public and another in private, you have no integrity and you have a serious problem if (when) you get caught.

Integrity is also an issue in how Key’s run his response: Trying to bully the media with the Police. Jumping the shark by immorally comparing himself to the family of a murder victim and parents of suicidal teens. Refusing to answer valid questions. Pretending not to remember a conversation he had a few days earlier (if he really doesn’t remember, then it’s a question of his mental integrity, rather than is moral integrity)

Or, as BLiP put it:

  • Day One : There was nothing controversial
  • Day Two: The matter is subject to a police complaint, I can’t talk about it
  • Day Three: I can’t remember
  • Day Four: I’ve moved on

It just isn’t credible.

So, the orders yesterday were to shut it down by refusing to engage. But it turned into a shocker of a day for Key and Banks.

Was Key meant to have a tantrum and storm off? Nah. He was meant to stonewall, provide no more soundbites for the sixes but he cracked. Storming off and later claiming that there was no second stand up for the day, despite it being in the media advisory, wrecked that effort. It was great TV. And it created a new story as people speculated whether it was staged.

And very, very un-Prime Ministerial. When you’re the leader of a country you don’t get to run away when the questions get hard. You have to stand up and answer. That’s a matter of integrity. It’s a matter of doing the job you’re paid to do. Even Hooton think Key’s behaviour was a disgrace.

Then Banks blew a hole in Key’s integrity when he wrecked the cover-up by offering shifting answers to Gower. First said he hadn’t said anything about Brash to Key. Then that he couldn’t remember. Then that he couldn’t say. Then he couldn’t remember what he said to 3news on Monday. Then he could remember his conversation with the PM but couldn’t discuss it. There can be no doubt after that interview that Banks is lying to try to keep the contents of the conversation secret. Therefore, Key is covering up too. Finally settling on ‘I can’t possibly tell you what I said in a conversation with the Prime Minister’ only puts more pressure on Key to front up.

One final point on integrity. Key’s behaviour towards the media has put Garner and the Herald’s integrity on the line. Bad move. The Herald buys ink by the barrel and has 700K readers. Garner is the next de facto leader of the press gallery when Espiner leaves. He won’t put up with being humiliated  and bullied. He doesn’t need to. And Garner has the power in this face-off. He is sitting on the ultimate way to defend his integrity – air the recording. He can do that with the endorsement of the Media Freedom Committee (that’s all the country’s major media organisations) which has declared there is public interest value in the recording.

Key will be hoping now to deny the story further oxygen. He’ll refuse to answer questions. He’ll gamble that the public will turn against the media. But, if Garner thinks that is happening, the recording will come out. It will come out anyway on Sunday. So, the best option for Key to save the tatters of his integrity is, surely, to front up now.

120 comments on “A matter of integrity”

  1. This issue is incredible in the way it is morphing and shows what a risky campaign “Brand Key” is.

    Because if he trips then there is no plan B and no alternative campaign.

    I understand Labour’s internal polling shows a surge towards it. The next public poll will be really interesting.

    • In Vino Veritas 1.1

      micky, I guess that’s also the difference between National and Labours campaigns, National may not have a plan B, but Labour never had a plan A, or any plan.

      As the Whale once said, Phil Goff has the survial instincts of a leeming and the hunting instincts of a sheep.

    • Jasper 1.2

      Next poll is Horizon due out from the 21st. Current poll is open and suggest people should sign up to it if they haven’t already.

  2. tsmithfield 2

    Key may well decide to allow the tape to be aired.

    The thing is that most of the content is out in the public already. The content that has come out is fairly bland, as Key has said, and reflects more poorly on Banks than on him, even though it is being beaten up by all in sundry, and Key has been the target.

    This means that National’s own internal polling will be able to inform them whether or not this is being perceived as a huge media beat-up, or whether it is more serious. If people judging the reported content as trivial nonsense that Key is better to keep away from, he may well pick up a lot of sympathy. However, he can also keep the moral high ground by releasing the tape. He could do this with a statement along the lines of:

    “I deplore having to release the contents of a private conversation. However, this is becoming a distraction when I would rather have people focusing on important issues. Therefore, I have decided to allow the release of the recording. As you will be able to judge, the content is not worth the media hype and speculation.”

    Then he could take a few interviews on the recording.

    It would not be a great loss if it means Act sinks as a result, as they are probably only worth one mp anyway.

    • Kaplan 2.1

      The contents is no longer the issue. Tens of thousands of swing voters have witnessed Key turn his campaign into amateur hour. Some will back him over privacy some will reject his atrocious handling of the matter.
      Make no mistake, it will cost National votes, the question is just how many.
      As for Act, they are gone.

      • Hami Shearlie 2.1.1

        Thanks to BASF Dear John Ad (Of long ago)

        Dear John (B), Oh how we hate to write
        Dear John (B), We must let you know tonight
        That our love for Act has gone
        Cause of the cuppa tea with John (K)
        We don’t want you as our M.P. dear John(B)

        Dear John(K), Oh how your mask has slipped
        Dear John (K) We hope your wings will soon be clipped
        Cos you say one thing to John(B)
        And something else to ancient Don
        You’re really far too slippery Dear John (K)

        Dear Phil, polls yet may turn around
        Dear Phil, John’s(K) real scared and gone to ground
        The media finally see through John(K)
        The blowtorch switch is now turned on
        So good luck for the election
        Dear Phil!!:):):):):):)

    • Lazy Susan 2.2

      The thing is that most of the content is out in the public already. The content that has come out is fairly bland, as Key has said, and reflects more poorly on Banks than on him, even though it is being beaten up by all in sundry, and Key has been the target

      Agreed that most of the content is possibly already out. However what will be most interesting is the tone and language of the conversation. If this demonstrates Banks and Key have little respect and possibly contempt for the New Zealand public the damage to their brands will be significant. Remember, once in the public domain the “worst” parts of this conversation are likely to be replayed again and again on every TV, Radio Station and website throughout the country. Every newspaper will carry transcripts.

      Whatever happens Key and Act are entering the final round as damaged goods and Key is clearly tired and grumpy. National have nothing other than Brand Key he’s on every billboard and every other Minister has been MIA in this campaign. This is a dream run for the opposition.

      • Puddleglum 2.2.1

        I agree, Lazy Susan.

        There are two things that matter: The way Key said these things (including the apparent comment about “getting unbridled power”) and the appalling manner in which he has tried to defend his actions and reactions.

        I have no special powers to determine how New Zealanders, en masse, will react to this. But I know how they should react to this if they have any real concern over the integrity of their political leaders.

        Make no mistake; Key is in a fight for his political life – which depends entirely on a massaged image that bears little resemblance to the reality of Key’s modus operandum.

        It may not unravel before the election – but ‘Brand Key’ is now a thing of the past.

        The phenomenon is over. 

        • Bored 2.2.1.1

          Heres hoping: sometimes the tipping point is not obvious at the time, bit like a sports team that gets results but goes over the hill then crashes. Key has however showed the cracks.

    • Scott 2.3

      That might have worked on Monday, but the tapes are almost irrelevant now. The story is all about National’s management of the issue and that’s been an unmitigated disaster.

    • you seem to have made a typo there ts, it should read:

      Key may well decide to allow the tape be forced into a position where he has no other option than for the tape to be aired

      see, that’s not really a choice when you’re forced to do things you don’t want to do

    • mik e 2.5

      Yeah right the teflon has been permanently damaged
      Now Winston is back in the game
      All the other parties are getting good air time on mainstream media
      Dinosaur Don and the Johns have been flushed
      Its to late to repair damage

      • Jim Nald 2.5.1

        Quite.
        And the dolt has been heared using the phrase that he was taking a ‘principled stance’. He should know better than to use an expression with which it would be a very challenging exercise to be associated.
        And for the sake of the meaning of those words, he should resist mouthing them – the more he uses those words, the more he cheapens any remaining value left of ‘principles’ that he sells so easily and quickly.

  3. SukieDamson 3

    Looking forward to reading the Herald choke-o-meter this weekend.

  4. dd 4

    The question becomes who can Nats form coalitions with.

    I am writing ACT off right now. So that’s them out.

    United future is looking like not making it as well.

    That leaves the Maori party who I am sure would take labour over the Nats.

    I also think Winston would take Labour over Nats. If he holds true he will sit on the opposition and in doing so he would have just taken Nats votes.

    It’s getting interesting.

    • Chris 4.1

      I would think that the most damaging item on the recording as I understand it would be the comments about the elderly.

      Personally I would think that would cause a swing in votes to NZ First rather than Labour but that’s obviously debatable.

      As you say Winston probably would prefer Labour over the Nats as they are the ones more likely to make the more significant concessions to him, but I wouldn’t put it past him to stick to his guns and go opposition either way thereby meaning no party can get over 50% and form a government – forcing a revote (at least that’s how I understand it would work).

      However saying that if he did do that it would likely cause him to lose all of his support in the revote which isn’t something he would particularly want.

      Either way it has got a lot more interesting now.

      • Pete George 4.1.1

        Winston had said he wouldn’t work with any party but last night he said he might?

        Whatever, sounds like same old from him, can’t trust what he says before an election.

        • Blighty 4.1.1.1

          he said he wouldn’t go into coalition and that NZF would vote for and against policies on their merits.

          Isn’t that UF’s position too?

          • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.1

            No, Peter Dunne said he’d go into coalition with National but not Labour.

            • Jim Nald 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Winston supporting on an issue-by-issue basis would put policies ahead of baubles,
              while Dunne should keep his hands on baubles by going into coalition with Nats.

      • aerobubble 4.1.2

        Given that keeping the media attention is part of the electioneering process,
        Key was probably thinking distraction from Labour policies via teagate
        was a good thing. Thanks to the Green co-leader I got a good chuckle
        at seeing the defaced National advertising. Personally as long as the Greens
        get over 5% I’m happy. My voter card hasn’t arrived yet.
        But on Winston, has Winston won ACT he would have taken
        quite a few MPs and Key’s government coalition would not have been
        so cosy. Now there was a reason Winston was bowled out, 24-7 MSM
        negativity about him. Winston is now a spoiler in my opinion, anyone
        who votes for NZF will worry their vote will be wasted, so Key might
        actually feel bashing the oldies is a good ploy. ACT should implode,
        if rightwing voters in Epson really care more about profits than
        ideology. Key shouldn’t expect a rise in his vote, what has he done
        to earn it???? Why would people doing it hard thanks to rising GST,
        collapsing markets, home prices, and speculators (led by King Speculator
        Key) rorting the world financial system.

        Sorry the only thing Key has going for him, no not his smirk, but the
        MSM media playing up the pollsters saying he is on top, which has
        a feedback which means citizens are less inclide to look at his flaws,
        and flawed policies. Summed up for me by Brash not understanding the
        merits of taxation, stunning how Brash cannot understanding that
        taxing pollution will invigorate innovation to cut pollution. But then
        when most economists seem not to understand that taxing (valuing
        assets more by government edict) actually raises the investment
        value. Think about it a moment, if you tell a child they have to
        do chores for their pocket money, they value the money *MORE*
        and teaches them how hard it was to create the asset. Is it
        no wonder the NZ economy is so badly run when something
        so fundamental complex is treated so simplistically by the self
        professed economic gurus. Tax is not always bad, just as if
        death was done away with (Torchwood) the actual consequences
        mean death camps!!!

        We are serious fr*kked if Key is returned because it will say more
        about our MSM and the gullibility of the voting public.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      I also think Winston would take Labour over Nats.

      Winston can’t support National. National must sell assets and Winston and NZ1st voter base are totally opposed to that and so that ends any possibility of a confidence and supply agreement between National and NZ1st.

      • aerobubble 4.2.1

        Winston won’t get 5% because too many voters were burnt last time.
        Second, if Winston did, he would sit it out on the cross benches,
        where he rebuild his brand without Hide to press his buttons.
        Turd, Key’s number crunches have probably realized the current
        numbers are better than any future numbers (keep Key off the
        hustings) them change, distortion, misdirection means talking
        Winston up.

  5. peter 5

    I had the National candidate for Mangere ring me at home last night trying to sway us to the dark side..

    She is blaming the beastly media for all this fuss, and particularly that well known pro labour mouthpiece the NZ Herald at which point I nearly wet myself laughing.. jeez there are some remarkably stupid people campainging for our votes..

  6. dd 6

    The scary thing is how strong the love for Key is.

    It’s like he’s got people under a spell of some sort.

    It must be failing horribly on me though. I just dislike him more and more.

    • Peter 6.1

      He who is disliked the least will win the election. It’s that simple.

    • johnm 6.2

      Key could make a good living as a hypnotist! he seems to have hypnotised a great many into: “I’m a Key Man”, the slogan on their blue T shirts!

  7. Frida 7

    @DD I agree! I’ve long been puzzled by the majority nationwide adoration of John Key because personally, to me, and even leaving his dreadful politics aside, he’s always seemed at the best slightly goofy and stupid and at the worst shifty, untrustworthy and slimy.
    And all that the past few days of witnessing him have done is shift me towards constantly having the second impression above. There’s nothing in his eyes, they’re dead.
    I just can’t see the appeal. I’ve tried. But I can’t do it.

    • Blighty 7.1

      “Some people see JK the smiling, easy going guy. Some see Key, the smiling snake, the con artist. It’s one or the other. Once you see him the second way, you’ll never see him the first way again. So how much damage would be done to Brand Key by this tape coming out?”

      Key & Banks chatted about rolling Brash?

    • Hami Shearlie 7.2

      Money can buy adoration – simple as that!

    • Hanswurst 7.3

      I have to disagree. It’s not a case of either / or. Key is simply all of the above: goofy, stupid, shifty, untrustworthy and slimy. Always has been.

      Not having lived in NZ for a while, I can’t be sure, but it seems to me that he has always been a pure media creation as well. As far as I can recall, most of those who have been touted as party leadership material have already been publicly visible as capable and respected operators. Bolger, Peters, Shipley, English, Clark, Goff, Cunliffe – all had considerable achievements in policy and/or campaigning before they gained any kind of currency in the media as leadership prospects. Even Brash was noted as Reserve Bank governor and garnered media attention with regards to policy beforebeing seriously mentioned in connection with the leadership.

      Key, on the other hand, was being talked up as Brash’s heir apparent before I had seen him do anything worth noticing. It really did seem to me as though they just found someone who ticked most of the boxes they wanted and then manufactured an image for him. Of course it worked well with the media. Papers love human interest stories; so what better than a party leader who seems to be no more than a constant stream of celebrity barbecues, conversations about cats and visits to the races, with a dash of statehouse upbringing and the odd vasectomy for good measure?

  8. anne 8

    The ‘teapot’ saga is all about honesty,integrity,the public are feeling disillusioned at key’s ignorance of what is required of a PM,especially 9 days out from an election,is this behaviour a true reflection on how he has been ‘fooling’ the public for 3yrs,his smiles and waves count for
    nothing if a PM has no respect for the public interest issue,has no respect for the office of PM and the high standard expected of the leader of NZ by the public.
    Key said in relation to the ‘video surveillance bill’ “Innocent people have nothing to fear”,so what does Key fear?

  9. ianmac 9

    Intriguing that the usual right leaning apologists have not been flooding the Standard but instead perhaps Stuff?

  10. Colonial Viper 10

    Watch the video of the other half of the teapot story: John Banks. He’s falling apart here, contradicting himself, and finally, talks about himself in the third person saying that him losing Epsom is as likely as the world stopping turning.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Banks-stonewalls-on-teapot-tapes/tabid/419/articleID/232979/Default.aspx

    • That Gower interview was absolutely bizarre. He was so cocky that he had not prepared for the interview, anticipated the questions and presented a consistent line. His arrogance has led to him looking like either a slippery snake or the village idiot. (I’m going for the later).
      The interview with Banks in the car park on Monday he sounded like the rainman.
       
      The issue is no longer the content of the tapes but the competence of these clowns.
       

  11. Roy 11

    It’s a bit worrying what short memories Key and Banks have, isn’t it? Maybe they should be tested for incipient Alzheimer’s?

    • Alwyn 11.1

      I am also intrigued by the short memories by the organisers and commenters on this blog.
      Back in mid-June there was a great furore on the Standard becase “Whale-oil” was supposed to have a copy of the Labour Party donations list. This he had, as I understand it, received entirely legally in that it was publicly available, even if by accident, on the Internet. He had not, therefore, hacked into the Labour party website.
      There was an enormous amount of material published here demanding that any publication of the list should not be allowed and that he was a criminal.
      Now that someone has, apparently illegally, intercepted a conversation between Key and Banks there is general agreement here that it must be published. Has everyone forgotten their anguish of just five months ago?
      Personally I strongly disapproved of publication then, which I don’t think ever happened, and publication of this conversation now. I am, I hope, at least being consistent in the matter

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        Key and Banks are lying to the public about their post-election arrangment plans, and the voting public need to know about it before the General Election.

        Comparisons with Whaleoil’s website hacking of the details of private citizens is irrelevant.

  12. mik e 12

    BanKsey Foot firmly in mouth the further it goes in the harder its to come out.
    Brash was having a mild chuckle over the smiling assassins downfall on morning report.
    Revenge is a meal best served cold.
    Karma has caught up with Key but he’s the one not smiling and waving any more love affair media has with shonkey is over and I predict he’ll be gone by lunch time November 27

  13. Colonial Viper 13

    And ACT leader Don Brash struggled to avoid looking hapless – a task which has looked increasingly hopeless as his new party does its level best to kneecap him.

    Thank you Stuff! Hahaha

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/5982685/Peters-comes-out-firing-in-debate

  14. Dr Terry 14

    There is little left to say! The words :Key” and “integrity” do not match. I guess he must have accidently stumbled on the word in a dictionary (if he owns a dictionary). Key and Banks have shockingly short- term memories, how can they be trusted representatives? Note how aged Banks is looking these days (and sounding). Banks declares “I am a winner, I never lose”, though he has in fact lost twice the Mayoralty! But I expect he has forgotten this! The attempt at calling, in one place and at one time, both a PUBLIC and a PRIVATE meeting is simply impossible. They could have met privately on a thousand other occasions. Look at the “integrity” of summoning the media, then shooing them out!

  15. Afewknowthetruth 15

    ‘We elect leaders for their policies and because we trust them to act with integrity on our behalf.’

    That must be one of the the most naive (or stupid) statements I’ve read this year.

    Anyone with a brain knows the art of politics is to ignore all the crucial issues, to lie effectively to the populace, and to mislead them in such a way that they don’t suspect anything is wrong.

    Not one of the party leaders has any integrity: hence the whole election circus is predicated on assiduously AVOIDING DISCUSSION OF ALL THE CRUCIAL ISSUES OF THE TIMES -peak oil, abrupt climate change, the unravelling of the fractional reserve money scam, the ETS money scam etc. -and presenting the public with unworkable policies and PROMISES that can NEVER be fulfilled via ubiquitous use of the phrase ‘we will’, when we know they won’t.

    If the general populace can be kept distracted by trivial nonsense, all the better as far a our so-called leaders are concerned. Just as long as they get well paid for digging the energtic, financial and environmental holes deeper and deeper they are happy.

    There will come the time of complete implosion, of course, at which point people like Key, Goff, Norman, Peters etc. and whichever other criminals and clowns are still alive will then lie to the populace and say: “We could never have known that was going to happen. It was all out of our control.” And a large sector of the ‘idiot’ masses will believe them.

    With peak oil in the past and the chaos in Europe getting worse by the day, all the evidence points to the energetic, economic and financial implosions occurring some time in the next three years, with wide-ranging environmental collapse occurring over the next three decades.

    Okay folks, you can get back to discussing the irrelevant gossip now.

  16. the sprout 16

    Herald lead story

    “Nats run from Teapot radio interview”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10766608

    Stuff

    “Refusal to release tape a bad look”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5982946/Refusal-to-release-tape-a-bad-look-Brash

    • Ianupnorth 16.1

      There is now a ‘breaking news’ with “Radio NZ refuse to hand over material to police” – links to the same article.
       
      This is only going to get messier for the Nats.

  17. Colonial Viper 17

    Key smashed on TV3 this morning

    Garner very concerned – shit he may have seen the light!

    http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-Duncan-Garner-on-the-teapot-tapes/tabid/370/articleID/233018/Default.aspx

    • Jim Nald 17.1

      Walk out! Walk out!

      Walk out on your press conference!

      Walk out on the media!

      When you have fucked over the country and Kiwis, walk out on us!

      Yay! Let’s vote for our assets, country and souls to be sold by this rattled Prime Minister!

      • dazed & confused 17.1.1

        The hysteria over this in the media and on blogs like thestandard is hilarious..

        • Jackal 17.1.1.1

          Documenting Keys absolute PR disaster might look like hysteria… if you support Key?

        • Puddleglum 17.1.1.2

          The hysteria over this in the media and on blogs like thestandard is hilarious.

          To paraphrase Jarvis Cocker, ‘Don’t see anyone else smiling’ – least of all those on the political right. 

    • In Vino Veritas 17.2

      Hmm, amazing how different interpretations can be put on things. Stormed out indeed. Looked like he walked away to me, hardly “stormed”. And I see that Goff has said that Key’s walking out is “unprecedented in my time in politics. I can’t remember a Prime Minister going back to Muldoon that was so brittle that they couldn’t take the heat of answering valid questions from the news media. That’s his job.”

      That would be another Phil Goff lie, since Helen Clark walked out on a news conference in 2007 when she was being interviewed with John Howard, and in 2002, when in a rage, she walked out on ABC interviewer David Hardaker. That’d be brittle then Phil? Way to hang out and dry!

      • Puddleglum 17.2.1

        Yes, those comparisons are completely dominating media coverage of this event.

        Must have taken some furious digging to come up with those ‘memorable’ incidents.

        • In Vino Veritas 17.2.1.1

          Quite so Puddle, it’s never that difficult. I just like to put this stuff here since it appears that no-one else does. For the sake of balance to the debate of course.

  18. the sprout 18

    😆 looks like Garth George is the only person in NZ left defending John Key’s refusal to release the tape 😆

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10766514

    Mai Chen says, along with the rest of the country, that time’s up and it should be released

  19. Afewknowthetruth 19

    When you have bankers and economists no longer churning out happy-talk you know the end is not far off.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bank-in-warning-on-eurozone-crisis-6262909.html

    Unfortunately the meltdown of the global economic system will come after the NZ election, rather than before it.

    • Lanthanide 19.1

      “The worsened prospects for the UK economy mean inflation is likely to fall far quicker than previously estimated, hitting the Government’s 2% target in the second half of next year before falling to as low as around 1.3% in 2013.”

      If the inflation index doesn’t include fuel, then we’re going to have a very odd situation when the oil shocks start to hit where we probably end up with deflation in lots of discretionary items, due to severe demand destruction, inflation in necessities due to transportation costs and obviously massively increased fuel costs.

      I wonder if it’ll all balance out, or if we’ll have high inflation or deflation.

  20. Colonial Viper 20

    RNZ refuses to handover Teapot tape material to police; Police search warrant expected

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10766608

    Hell.

    • tsmithfield 20.1

      So I guess the tape won’t be getting published then.

      • Lanthanide 20.1.1

        Um, no, the police isn’t confiscating the tapes from them.

        They want copies of additional background information they have, such as RNZ’s interview with Bradley Ambrose.

    • Richard Down South 20.2

      Yeah… just saw this

      Police are preparing to serve search warrants on four media outlets over the tea tape saga.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5982946/Police-ask-RNZ-for-unpublished-tea-tape-saga-interviews

      Someone should post it on the net 😉

      • Jim Nald 20.2.1

        Lovely to see if ‘Cuppagate’ can be used to shut down media at the height of the election period in modern, progressive New Zealand which is so vibrant democratically.

    • infused 20.3

      Someone just released it and end this.

      • lprent 20.3.1

        That is a common feeling from almost every side including from me. On the other hand it does provide a very nice stick to keep plastering the hypocrite word all over that nice* nasty Mr Key

        Who was the idiot who said that they should put it in the hands of the police? That is a simply a recipe for a monumental political screwup. I suspect that is what we will see for the rest of the week.

        * oops that was last weeks story wasn’t it.

  21. Afewknowthetruth 21

    Does anyone seriously believe the global financial system will hang together in the face of the following onslaught? (5 to 17% interest) Clearly the international bond market doesn’t.

    Presumably none of the clowns who are currently parading themselves as leaders would have anything to say, other than blithe reassurances and platitudes, plus advocacy for ‘drilling and mining’ our way out of this mess and into a deeper one.

    ‘The ECB, IMF, EMU, and EU are on the verge of multiple emergency meeting, if indeed meetings are not already underway. A quick check of the following bond spread tables and today’s yield action will explain.

    Across the board, yields and spreads widened significantly today. Note in particular the jump in the 2-year bond yield of Belgium.Also note the inverted spread situation for Belgium.

    The spread to German 2-year bonds is 3.49 while the spread to 10-year bonds is 3.13.

    Sovereign Debt Table 10-Year Bonds
    Country Change Yield Spread
    Germany +.00 1.78 0.00
    France +.26 3.68 1.90
    Spain +.23 6.34 4.56
    Italy +.37 7.07 5.29
    Portugal -.16 11.29 9.51
    Belgium +.32 4.91 3.13
    Ireland +.47 8.21 6.43

    Sovereign Debt Table 2-Year Bonds
    Country Change Yield Spread
    Germany +.00 0.31 0.00
    France +.28 1.82 1.51
    Spain +.31 5.31 5.00
    Italy +.49 6.48 6.17
    Portugal +.27 17.40 17.09
    Belgium +.53 3.80 3.49
    Ireland +.19 8.34 8.03

    Belgium has been off nearly everyone’s radar, but not for long. The EFSF is underfunded for Spain and Portugal alone. It’s now time to add Belgium to the major problem list.

    On second thought, the major problem list now includes every country but Germany’.

    Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

  22. Afewknowthetruth 22

    Lanth.

    The most likely outcome will be stagflation. A stagnant (declining) economy, ever higher unemployment levels, with increasing energy prices (as ever more people chase a declining energy supply).

    ‘Rio Tinto Alcan, a subsidiary of FTSE 100-listed Rio Tinto, said it wants to close the Lynemouth smelter in Northumberland due to spiralling energy costs. The group hopes the power station will remain open under new ownership.’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/youth-unemployment-breaks-1m-mark-6262890.html

    It always pays to remember that without energy nothing happens and that an industrialised economy cannot function without cheap energy and cheap resources.

    The implosion of industrial living is underway, commencing with resource-poor, overpopulated, industrialised western nations and gradually spreading around the world.

    I know a lot of people find that psychologically unpalatable but mathematics, physics and chemistry just do what they do, irrespective of how people feel about it.

    That’s why it’s so important to become informed about what is happening now and psychologically prepared for what is coming:

    http://www.publishme.co.nz/shop/theeasyway-p-684.html

  23. joe90 23

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/election-2011/91307/rnz-faces-search-warrant-over-tea-tape-controversy

    When asked whether his complaint was a good use of police time, Mr Key said National had lowered the crime rate across the country and police had a little bit of spare time.

    • Tiger Mountain 23.1

      Stretched constabulary are going to love that line.

    • Hami Shearlie 23.3

      WTF isn’t strong enough for this latest murmuring from Key! Everything coming out of his mouth now seems to be “off-key”! So the police had a little bit of spare time, did they? Tell that to people who have been burgled, assaulted, are victims of arson, rape, GBH, spousal assault! Talk about gauche! Key seems to think the police are his own private little regiment! Just like his bodyguards – boy, they’ve turned out to be real knuckle draggers, haven’t they?All hair gel and sunnies, FBI wannabees!

  24. BRAND KEY?

    ‘SHONKY’.

    Never mind the grinning chimpanzee ‘tea party’ – the outcome of which being that the Leader of the National Party John Key, has confirmed that he will be voting for National Epsom candidate Paul Goldsmith – NOT John Banks.

    “John Key says he’s not telling people vote for John Banks but he wants him back in Parliament.

    “In 2005 and 2008 they gave their party vote to National and their electorate vote to the ACT candidate and if they were to do that in 2011 I wouldn’t be unhappy.”

    …………………………

    Questions of hypocrisy are being asked, as John Key is an Epsom voter himself and says he will vote for National candidate Paul Goldsmith.”

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=208845
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    But by some mysterious mechanism (perhaps by reading the tea leaves?) – National Party voters are supposed to deduce that they are not to follow their National Party Leaders’ lead’ – but vote for the National Party “B” Team candidate – Epsom ACT MP – John Banks?

    This is the arguably commercially incompetent John Banks – who, along with ex-Governor of the Reserve Bank Don Brash couldn’t even properly run a Hulich Kiwisaver scheme, but want to help run the country as National Government coalition allies?

    What astute political judgment being shown here by NZ Prime Minister John Key.

    John Banks and Don Brash are the arguably two yet-to-be charged and convicted ‘white collar’ criminals who have yet to feel the force of the ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ they espouse for everyone else – equally applied to themselves?

    Why weren’t John Banks and Don Brash equally charged along with fellow former Director of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd Peter Huljich, for signing off Registered Prospectuses which contained untrue statements?

    If they were effectively protected because of their political connections at the highest levels – isn’t that arguably a form of corrupt practice?

    What I want to know is why there has effectively been a mainstream media ‘blackout’ on my formal request to the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley, that the same charges that were laid against former Director of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd – Peter Huljich, equally be laid against fellow former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd – Don Brash and John Banks.

    ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ – sort of thing?

    I note that three years ago – when Rodney Hide made a complaint to the SFO against NZ First – that was accompanied by MAN ON THE MOON headlines?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10529827

    – although it came to nothing and no charges were ever laid by the SFO.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10536944

    Spot the difference.

    Could it be that in NZ, our democracy actually works according to the ‘golden rule’ (those who have the gold make the rules) and we get the government that the majority of BIG BUSINESS interests want us to have?

    The majority of BIG BUSINESS interests are wanting a National/ACT government?

    Want evidence to back that up?

    Check out the Herald On Sunday article (not on line – unfortunately) 13 November 2011, “Biz leaders:policies that pass go”
    Susan Edmunds.

    KEY points:
    __________________________________________________________________________

    FAVORITE POLICY: ONE

    Partial sale of state-owned assets (National)

    Employers and Manufacturers CE, Kim Campbell
    __________________________________________________________________________

    FAVORITE POLICY: ONE

    Partial sale of state-owned assets (National)

    Auckland Chamber of Commerce CE, Michael Barnett
    _________________________________________________________________________

    FAVORITE POLICY TWO:

    Partial sale of state-owned assets (National)

    Business Round Table Chairman, Roger Partridge
    _________________________________________________________________________

    LEAST-FAVOURED POLICY

    National awards system (Labour)

    Employers and Manufacturers CE, Kim Campbell
    ______________________________________________________________________

    LEAST-FAVOURED POLICY

    Capital Gains Tax (Labour)

    Auckland Property Investors Association Head, David Whitburn
    ____________________________________________________________________

    LEAST-FAVOURED POLICY

    Lifting the minumum wage (Labour)

    Business Round Table Chairman, Roger Partridge
    ____________________________________________________________________

    LEAST-FAVOURED POLICY

    Extension of the Working for Families tax credit (Labour)

    No GST on fruit and vegetables (Labour)

    Wellington Chamber of Commerce CE, Ken Harris

    _____________________________________________________________________

    hmmmm……………. wonder if this has had anything to do with mainstream corporate media (until VERY recently) usually portraying ex-Wall St bank$ter and former Head of Derivatives for Merrilly Lynch – John Key in the most favorable possible light, and Labour Leader Phil Goff in the worst possible light?

    A fair question – isn’t it?

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom
    Campaigning against ‘white collar’ CRIME, CORRUPTION (and its root cause – PRIVATISATION) and ‘CORPORATE WELFARE’

    [email deleted]

  25. gnomic 25

    It’s not all bad for the smirking weasel. There is a school of thought amongst the populace who put themselves in the weasel’s shoes, and dread the thought of their real attitudes being made public. Many of these are probably committed National voters however, any loss of support will come from the waverers.

    As to the weasel’s popularity, much of it presumably stems from his being wealthy to the extent of likely never needing to work again. This makes him akin to a god in the eyes of many among us, the attainment of the Kiwi dream. It also bestows upon him an aura of competence. Then there is the ‘good bloke’ syndrome, the weasel is one of us, he thinks like us, and is a nice personable guy. As he is actually more or less a void, the punters can make him into what they want him to be.

    At least the schlemiel isn’t smirking quite so much of late. The smirk was unbearable. Here’s hoping he’s no longer sleepwalking to victory. And may we also dare to hope that Banksie (himself now an old age pensioner I believe) will fail in Epsom and finally vanish into well-deserved obscurity with the work he has left to do undone.

    Maybe the weasel’s spell is broken.

  26. randal 26

    John Key is a postmodernist sufering from juvenile omnipotence syndrome.
    i.e.
    a.only his own truths count.
    and
    b. he makes up his own truths.
    so when the truth is revealed he has no integrity because he doesn’t really know what the word means.

  27. anne 27

    Also in the tea pot recordings is the expectation that key would have ‘Unbridled Power’ how dangerous for nz is that?

  28. Fortran 28

    Would somebody who knows what is on the tape please tell me.

    I think you will find that Winston is lying about what he “knows” is on the tape. But that’s Winston.

    The police should be contacting him as he maintains that he knows.

    • lprent 28.1

      Chortle… I read your comment about the police contacting Winston and started laughing.

      The image of the police trying to push around Winston who has a bad enough attitude in politics, in a legal setting (he is a lawyer) is pretty damn funny. I’d like to be a fly on the wall.

      • Hami Shearlie 28.1.1

        “The Winstonian Institute” as I like to call him, would be more than a match for John’s Keystoners! Winston is like the Terminator, he’ll be back! Parliament will be much more entertaining!

    • Colonial Viper 28.2

      Why doesn’t John Key just come clean in that case and knock Winston out for a six?

  29. Treetop 29

    “Unbridled Power” how dangerous for nz is that?

    A police state. Using the police to gag the media is a slippery slope.

    Key has stated that the police are independent.

    How independent?

  30. mike 30

    Police to execute search warrants to get the tapes today or tomorrow.

    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/election/a/-/11746875/media-targeted-by-police-over-teapot-tape/

    Winston says he will reveal all in Invercargill today.

    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/election/a/-/11747640/winston-peters-to-reveal-contents-of-tape/

    • mike 30.1

      “Mr Key also made a remark that Winston Peters’ constituents are dying and that he believes National could get enough votes on election day to govern alone.”

      So nothing new here really. But if true that’s a callous or even contemptous thing to say. Our PM is supposed to support all NZ citizens, not just the NAct supporters. To say “don’t worry Banksie, those NZ citizens will be dead soon, then they’ll be out of our way,” i.e. it will be good for us when they are dead, is truly disgraceful. And this man is our ‘leader’.

      Would that qualify as public interest? I’d say so.

  31. Insider 31

    What if John Key and John Banks discussed policy concessions? If National had secretly agreed to not keep its election promises and implement Act policy instead doesn’t the public have a right to know? Doesn’t the public interest outweigh the privacy of that conversation?

  32. freedom 32

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10766703
    ” He acknowledged that the possibility of an overseas post was raised with Brash when National first took office but he had not had “a conversation on that in recent times to the best of my knowledge.” ”

    is there anytihng that John Key does remember doing saying or thinking , ever ?

  33. anne 33

    Its confirmed all the national trolls are on the stuff site, they are in damage control, key says he can get police on it because crime is down 7%,another ridiculous statement from the PM, hopefully he wont get the ‘Unbrideled power’ he was aluding to .

  34. dd 34

    How can New Zealand be so stupid?

    It’s actually getting me down

    • Tombstone 34.1

      Yeah, it’s strange but I feel the same way – the stupidity of Kiwis and their love affair with Key in spite of the fact that the country has gone seriously backwards since he’s been in power is just mind boggling. Loyalty to a party is one thing but this seems to be more about blind faith and anything goes so long as it’s National doing it or failing to do it – it’s just absolutely nuts. I mean, you only have to look at their campaign and listen to Key talk about policy and his slant on things and it’s just a total yawn fest. I’m a welder fabricator and I work bloody hard but under National the whole ‘we reward those who work hard’ speil is just a load of nonsense. Key is a dick. Goff on the other hand has remained poised, focused and you can tell he’s a decent bloke and by gum he’ll be getting my vote there’s no doubt about that! He’s done a great job on the campaign and he should be proud.

      • Draco T Bastard 34.1.1

        …but under National the whole ‘we reward those who work hard’ speil is just a load of nonsense.

        Actually, it’s an outright lie. National will only reward those who are more powerful than them (kissing arse) and those who kiss their arse. Everyone else will be denigrated in some way or other.

    • Hami Shearlie 34.2

      I know how you feel DD! The most pathetic was the polynesian woman who was going to vote Labour but “John Key touched me, so now it’s National!” Must be from a renegade clan from the Appalachian Mountains!

  35. Tombstone 35

    “An under-pressure John Key has suggested a recent fall in the crime rate meant police had ”spare time” to investigate the so-called tea tape.” – I mean FFS! This guy just gets worse and worse and worse. He will say anything and I agree with the original post – this is about integrity when it comes down to the nitty gritty and how anyone can still believe that Key has integrity is beyond me. It couldn’t be more obvious that he doesn’t.

  36. Deuto 36

    The cameraman has now filed for a determination on whether it was a private conversation or not. Good on him.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5982946/Journalist-takes-tea-tape-saga-to-court

  37. Rob 37

    What was that about the emperors new clothes?

  38. anne 38

    Good,the reporter is now taking his case to court and has a lawyer to make a ruling and clear his name, these polls are perplexing,people must still be in love with key.

    • ianmac 38.1

      That would be good if the court promptly rules that it was not subject to privacy laws. But the wheels turn slowly, like a few months, then there are the appeals, then retrospective legislation making it unlawful for anyone to tape or record Mr Key unless he edits their take…..

  39. Dan1 39

    Key and integrity= antonym!

  40. monty 40

    Yes Micky Savage, the next public polls were really interesting -Colmar Brunton and TV3 put Labour at the lowest it’s been in 10 years. Keep pushing the “teapot” scandal -it’s working wonders for Labour!

    • Lanthanide 40.1

      I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the teapot scandal is going to directly benefit Labour.

      Clearly the teapot scandal is damaging National and ACT. I’m not sure I’d expect to see National’s poll figures drop, but it could result in a lower turnout than otherwise (National voters who no longer prefer Key to lead National).

      Pushing ACT out of parliament, especially if it results in NZFirst coming back in, significantly helps the left’s chance of winning the election though.

  41. John 41

    This new “glass wall” shield of privacy is gonna be fun. Today I told my boss to fuck himself, behind a glass wall and if he heard, naughty boy, if it’s behind a glass wall i can tell him to get FUCKED!!! Thank you new wall of glass privacy shield. Just carry some glass around with you and pop it out and say what the fuck you want. Works for the Prime Minister, it’s a new law decreed by King John, fuck the democratic system, fuck the media.

    Please for the sake of basic free media principles publish this conversation, and hey media , we may even buy your paper if you print information we have a right to know less than 2 weeks to a very important election. It’s King John versus the riff-raff. He’s just hoping the riff-raff don’t outvote him.

    We need to know what our leader is doing negotiating with fringe right wing parties. Please publish now, for medias own integrity and (financial)future. The truth sells. Someone paper needs position themselves as a champion of 2012-2022 masses.

  42. dd 42

    The swing is on I reckon. The Key factor is getting broken down.

  43. The real damage in these tapes will not be the actual content…but the tone. Key has a manufactured ‘nice guy’ image that will be undermined by:

    the ‘this is what he’s like for real’ tone of the conversation…

    the cynical banter about the elderly…

    being seen to be plotting the change and leadership inside another party..

    the egotistical boasting that he thinks they will govern alone… (itself a guarantee of a drop in support, as most people outside of National core support won’t like unbridled power of one paryy.

    all very dirty stuff that will help shed support to the mid 40’s than ks to their reliance on one person’s image rather than say policy or good economic management.

    A week, as they say, is a long time in politics.

  44. dd 44

    If you were labour what do you do from here?

    People just don’t seem to be getting the asset sales issues. I think Goff has to ask Key in the debate how much money he gives to charity. I have heard a lot of people hide behind that as a reason he’s a nice guy.

    But to the best of my knowledge there’s zero evidence of this?

    • Hami Shearlie 44.1

      Agreed. From what I understand JK said a portion went to charity – well, a portion could be $5.00 couldn’t it? The NZ Herald Business section a few years ago published the fact that JK didn’t have a mortgage, but went out and got one so he could claim a parliamentary allowance for one. Doesn’t sound like someone who would share his largesse does it?

  45. mike 45

    Agreed sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it.

    This is clearly hurting National, but by how much is not clear. However it’s not helping Labour either, they lost ground in the latest poll. The winners seemed to be the Greens, Winston, and incredibly, ACT (although jumping from 0.9% to 1.9% probably isn’t champagne territory).

  46. John 46

    Last election most of the polls averaged about 2.5% for NZ First and they got 4.1% which statistically given the amount of polls there is a statistical collection problem, especially given that 5% is the point of entry to our highest chambers.

    The polls missed 1.6% of the vote consistently. Or that’s a poll day swing. So National are hanging on to a one or two point game. The Opposition needs to hammer that key is trying to develop a “robs mob” , his hero is muldoon, he’s stated that. We’ve been here before.

  47. Afewknowthetruth 47

    And in the REAL world the fires of Europe are burning brighter by the day and new ones are springing up all over the place ….. so-called contagion.

    Bearing in mind that ‘official’ interest rates are around 1% and so-called economic growth is supposedly around 1% does anyone see a problem?

    ‘8.59am: Spanish government bonds have been hit hard in early trading, again.

    The yield on the Spanish 10-year bond has spiked to 6.6% — that’s a new record high for the euro era, and worryingly close to the 7% mark. Italian yields also rose again (hitting 7.12%).

    France is also shifting higher – with its 10-year yield reaching the 3.8% level.

    Not encouraging, ahead of France and Spain’s bond auctions. Peter O’Flanagan of Clear Currency commented that:

    The question remains, how long can Eurozone sovereigns be squeezed before the ECB steps in?’

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/blog/2011/nov/17/eurozone-crisis-banks-debt-auction-contagion

    Obviously another round of creating money out of thin air is urgently required, both in Europe and in this part of the world. After all, ‘deficits and debts don’t matter’, as long as the proles don’t realise or understand what is going on.

    • Bored 47.1

      Have a gink at Theautomaticearth.blogspot.com where it is plainly stated (as it was with Max Keiser) that the governments of Greece and Italy have been replaced by unelected technocrats (who are banksters or their tools). What a joke, outright rebellion to follow.

      • Colonial Viper 47.1.1

        +1

        the new ‘leaders’ in Greece and Italy are either former central bankers (ECB/NY Fed), or former Goldman Sachs executives. I shit you not.

        Oh yeah I just read that the new head of Italy, Monti, is a Bilderberg member and also chairman of the Trilateral Commission. Italy is fucked, they are now in the process of losing all their gold at dirt cheap prices.

  48. anne 48

    It has occured to me that the reason the national politicians are absent is because key and his
    minders dont trust them enough to have a voice,hell they aren’t even turning up to meetings
    in their own electorates,which shows they haven’t got anything new or ‘dinimic’ to say and the
    voters dont need to know anyway,because it’s not their business what national are going to do.
    Its all about :

    I———llicit
    N——–otorious
    T——–oxic
    E——–vasive
    G——- arble
    R——–aider
    I———lliberal
    T——–hird-rate
    Y——–JK why kick the hell out of those who need you to be honest and upfront.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    1 week ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    1 week ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Samoa’s devastating measles epidemic – why and how bad?
    Samoa are experiencing a devastating measles epidemic. It is possible that 2-3% of the population will ultimately be infected by the time it is over. Hopefully the mass immunisation campaign currently under way can mitigate some of this, for many it is too late. The first question many people ask ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • “It’s basic rights we are defending”: the Meghan Murphy interview
    Meghan Murphy is a Canadian writer and journalist She runs the Feminist Current website which she founded in 2012.  She was a keynote speaker for the Feminism2020 conference in Wellington this month. When Massey University cancelled the original venue booking Feminism2020 was hosted in Parliament by MP David Seymour. Meghan ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • A week of protests in Colombia
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Colombia has lived through one week of protests against the economic measures taken by president Duque. What looked like a protest that would fizzle out after its first day on November 21st is still going strong. Part of the reason for the continuance ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-neutrinos–When you are your own opposite
    Around a million billion pass through you each second, almost all originating from our sun, but few of them are likely to interact with you enroute. I was reading in a physics magazine earlier in the week about the nature of neutrinos. These are extremely numerous elementary particles, but only ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Exoplanets, life, and the danger of a single study
    By Pallab Ghosh There’s value in covering new research advances, even when the underlying science is unsettled. But there are also risks. The recent announcement that scientists discovered water on the planet K2-18b, 110 light years away, prompted a media swoon. News stories, including a piece written by me, billed ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The Intersex Continuum
    I wrote this review a couple of years ago when I was still in the process of getting my head around the politics of transgenderism, and specifically the claim that intersex conditions lend support to the notion that sex is ‘socially constructed’. Since writing this review I have come across ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Leaving us with the bill
    Two weeks ago, Malaysian-owned oil company Tamarind declared it was insolvent and went into administration after a failed offshore drilling campaign. Tamarind apparently specialises in buying oil fields at the end of their life and trying to squeeze out the last few drops of pollution. But part of their scam ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How much does flying contribute to climate change?
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much does our use of air travel contribute to the ...
    SciBlogsBy Shaun Hendy
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: The task before us
    Two weeks ago, the Zero Carbon Act became law. Right this moment, the Climate Change Commisison will be working on its initial budgets for 2022-25 and 2026-2030, and the UN has just given them a very clear steer:Countries must make an unprecedented effort to cut their levels of greenhouse gases ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock
    Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles deaths and antivax misinformation
    Today the death toll from measles in Samoa rose to 32. All but four of the dead were less than 5 years old. Absolutely terrible, heartbreaking, news. That statistic alone should be enough to give the lie to the common claim by antivaccination activists plague enthusiasts that “measles is a ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia: the state murder of Dilan Cruz
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh It is late here in Bogotá, almost 11.30pm on Monday the 25th of November as I write this. The day began full of hope with yet more massive marches throughout the country, a mix of the International Day of Non-Violence Against Women and the National Strike. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Anti-fluoride propagandists appear not to read the articles they promote
    Anti-fluoride activists are rubbing their hands in glee over what they claim is “yet another study” showing fluoride harms the brains of children. But their promotion relies on IQ relationships which the paper’s authors acknowledge disappearing when outliers or other factors are considered. And they completely ignore other relationships ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The rise and collapse of classical political economy
    The feature below is the conclusion of A History of Economic Thought, whose author was a leading Marxist economist in Russia in the early 20th century, Isaac Ilyich Rubin.  The book arose from a course he ran at Moscow University following the Russian Revolution.  First published in Russian in 1929, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman
    There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great.  As a minor planet (synonym: asteroid) spotter, I have ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Some cheap soundbites i thought up while reading about the underwhelming Conservative manifesto
    Tory manifesto: big on austerity, low on promise, non-existent on delivery. The Tories: the party so big on ambition they couldn't be arsed writing a manifesto. MLK: "I have a dream!"BJ: "I'll just have a nap." Labour: Broadband!Tories: Narrow minds! Labour have hope, dreams and ambition. The Tories will save ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Measles vaccination required to travel to islands and Phillipines
    The Ministry of Health has announced that “people under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji” are now on the list of national priorities for MMR vaccination. Given the outbreaks of measles in Samoa, Tonga, Philippines and Fiji, the Ministry of Health is ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Giving the finger to Beijing
    Hong Kong has been protesting for six months for, demanding democracy, human rights, and an end to police violence. Today, they went to the polls in district council elections - a low-level of government with virtually no power, similar to community boards in New Zealand. But while the positions themselves ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Colombia’s national strike
    Text and photos by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On Friday 22nd of November a curfew came into effect and troops were deployed on the streets, here in Bogota. It was the first time since September 1977 that a curfew had been imposed on the city. The decision was a cynical pre-planned ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National supports slavery
    Meanwhile, while the government is planning to restore voting rights to prisoners, National is promising to turn our prisons into US-style slave-labour camps:The Opposition is proposing compulsory education, training or employment for prisoners who are serving sentences of two years or more. [...] On Sunday, National Party Leader Simon Bridges ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Erasing the infamy
    Last year, the Supreme Court confirmed that National's prisoner voting ban - a law so shoddily passed that it brought Parliament into disrepute - breached the Bill of Rights Act. This year, the Waitangi Tribunal added that it also breached the Treaty of Waitangi. And now, the government has finally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade unions that never fight the sex industry bosses
    Excerpts from Being and Being Bought, by Kajsa Ekis Ekman Spinifex Press, 2013. Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book. This is the second part of a synopsis and brief commentary of the book by Daphna ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • A Team Approach to Tackling the Psychology Replication Crisis
    Dalmeet Singh Chawla In 2008, psychologists proposed that when humans are shown an unfamiliar face, they judge it on two main dimensions: trustworthiness and physical strength. These form the basis of first impressions, which may help people make important social decisions, from who to vote for to how long a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Big Pharma has failed: the antibiotic pipeline needs to be taken under public ownership
    Claas Kirchhelle, University of Oxford; Adam Roberts, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Andrew Singer, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Antibiotics are among the most important medicines known to humankind, but we are running out of this crucial resource. Decisive action is needed if we are to retain access to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost for ethnic communities
    Ethnic communities will be able to plan and deliver more community initiatives thanks to an increase in Government funding, Minister for Ethnic Communities Hon Jenny Salesa said today. “Ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand is a place we can all be proud to call home has been a key priority of our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Govt supports Southland farmers in sustainability
    Healthier waterways, better productivity and farmer wellbeing are front and centre in a new project involving more than 1000 Southland farmers and growers. Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor today announced that the Thriving Southland Change and Innovation Project is the first region-wide extension programme supported by the $229 million Sustainable ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Flood of support for Top of the South catchment
    Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Eight Queen’s Counsel appointed under new criterion
    Eight Queen’s Counsel have been appointed under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. “The new criterion was included this year. It emphasises that excellence and leadership in the profession can be seen through a wider, community ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major expansion for Wellington’s Onslow College
    Onslow College in Wellington will get 20 new classrooms for more than 400 students, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The much-needed investment will relieve growth pressure the school has been experiencing for some time. Seven existing classrooms which have deteriorated over time will also be replaced, bringing the total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Talented young Kiwis awarded PM’s Scholarships to Asia and Latin America
    More than 250 young New Zealanders will add international experience to their education, thanks to the latest Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA), Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This round of scholarships supports 252 recent graduates or current students to undertake study, research or internships ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to improve competitiveness and transparency in the retail fuel market
    Consumers will benefit from a more competitive, transparent retail fuel market as a result of changes the Government will be making in response to the findings of the Commerce Commission’s study of the fuel sector. “We accept the Commission’s findings and, as the Prime Minister has said, we’re ready to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More cancer medicines for more people
    Five new cancer medicines have now been funded this year, meaning thousands of people have more treatment options PHARMAC has today announced that it has approved two new medicines for funding – fulvestrant for breast cancer and olaparib for ovarian cancer. This follows earlier decisions on advanced lung cancer treatment alectinib, ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government acts to sort out electoral ‘coin toss’ problem
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ to Join IMO Convention to Reduce Ship Emissions
    New Zealand will sign up to new international maritime regulations to reduce ship emissions and lift air quality around ports and harbours, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Subject to completion of the Parliamentary treaty examination process, New Zealand will sign up to Annex VI of MARPOL, an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to empower urban development projects
    New legislation to transform our urban areas and create sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities will tomorrow be introduced to Parliament, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said. “The Urban Development Bill gives Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities the tools it needs to partner with councils, communities, mana whenua and private developers to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Early Learning Action Plan to kickstart long term change
    Today’s launch of He taonga te Tamaiti: Every child a taonga: The Early Learning Action Plan 2019-2029 provides the foundation for long-lasting changes to early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.   “Early learning will be one of the Government’s top education priorities going into 2020,” Chris Hipkins said.   ...
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    6 days ago
  • Climate change lens on major Government decisions
    Major decisions made by the Government will now be considered under a climate change lens, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. “Cabinet routinely considers the effects of its decisions on human rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, rural communities, the disability community, and gender – now climate change will ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Tertiary Education Commission Board announced
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced the appointment of Māori education specialist Dr Wayne Ngata and Business NZ head Kirk Hope to the Board of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Dr Alastair MacCormick has been reappointed for another term. “Wayne Ngata, Kirk Hope and Alastair MacCormick bring a great deal ...
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    6 days ago
  • Next phase of Pike River recovery underway in time for Christmas
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