Holding Bennett to account

Written By: - Date published: 2:18 pm, August 11th, 2009 - 59 comments
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NZPA reports:

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has confirmed she will investigate Social Development Minister Paula Bennett after the release of details of two mothers’ income.

Good. John Key has made it clear he won’t hold his ministers to account for abusing their power, now it’s up to the Privacy Commisioner to do his job for him.

The question now is whether Key will do the honorable thing and give Bennett the sack if the Commissioner finds against her.

59 comments on “Holding Bennett to account”

  1. BLiP 1

    Good news. Hopefully the two beneficiaries will get sufficient compensation so as to be able to complete their studies without the TIA.

    • starboard 1.1

      pffft..more wasted money..heres a thought..maybe they could get a job…earn some money…save it..and PAY FOR THE COURSES THEMSELVES !! Not rocket science.

  2. burt 2

    The ref will make a bad call. Parliament knows more about the rules than any ref ever would so parliament will rule as it should based on previous justifications.

    Move on ya muppets, it was good enough for Labour to make the rules up for accountability as they went along so it is good enough for National.

    OH: BTW – sack her is my call but I have been shouted down so many times calling for accountability that I’ll just agree with you all saying move on.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 2.1

      If she apologises for being a bit over-zealous, then takes the rap over the knuckles from the Commissioner, she should come out of it just fine. If she stays unrepentent and asks Key to back her, she will have used up a lot of brownie points.

      Either wa, sacking her for this sounds a bit over the top.

      • lprent 2.1.1

        Bugger sacking. As far as I am concerned she should be charged with fraud, malfeasance, theft as a servant, or something similar.

        She used information given to the ministry for a purpose that were not what it was given for – for political gain. Moreover, as a minister of the crown, she probably wasn’t entitled to even look at or know that information. I suspect that only civil servants were entitled to look at it.

        I think that if the law were perfect then she’d be serving prison time after short trial.

        Bugger – now I sound like burt on an extreme day…. But privacy is privacy – especially from ministers of the crown.

        • starboard 2.1.1.1

          Idiot. Why not just hang her from the nearest tree. Ms Clark set the benchmark for dealing with ” wayward ” ministers..so dont expect to much.

          • burt 2.1.1.1.1

            startboard

            So what would happen to me if I were working in WINZ and I released personal information like this? Would I just be required to apologise if it were deemed I broke the law or do you think I might loose my job? Or I might be charged with breach of the privacy act? I wonder….

            It’s very similar to Jolly Jim using the parliamentary franking machine some years ago for his wife’s local council campaign – he had to pay the money back – whoooopeeee… Meanwhile a service station worker lifting $5 from the till to pay for his bus fare home would be sacked as well as pay back the money…

            Why do you think we should not hold the MP’s to the same standard as joe average ?

            • starboard 2.1.1.1.1.1

              You must remember burt that the 2 females involved fired the first shots..and then only supplied half the info. Bennett was only balancing the argument with the full story. One must ask what the girls motives were in doing that. Me thinks it backfired and now they covered in the brown stuff.

            • burt 2.1.1.1.1.2

              starboard

              I have no argument the woman involved fired the first shot, and I’m also glad that we have the context of how much money they get from tax payers each week. But there is one little glitch – it is called the rule of law and that should be applied evenly and consistently. It is not up to the minister to make up how the law should be applied as she goes… Not this minister or any other minister.

              Hey look you are provoking lprent by calling him an idiot, how would you feel if he published your IP and your internet account details and/or your name and address? He could say you were asking for it because you called him an idiot…

              Oh, I call him an asshole if he did that – then where would it end?

            • burt 2.1.1.1.1.3

              starboard

              There was one other question in my previous comment. Why not hold MP’s to the same standard as joe average ? Or do you really think a front line WINZ worker would not be in trouble if they released the details like the minister did ?

              Note: I’m glad the details became public domain, but I;m not happy they were released like they were.

        • burt 2.1.1.2

          lprent

          Na, on an extreme day you would ban me and I would be silent. Sorry dude you can’t sound like a silent guy !

        • Tim Ellis 2.1.1.3

          Goodness me, LP. Anybody would think that Ms Bennett did something that previous Labour Ministers didn’t do. The advice from several senior members of the press gallery however is that Labour Ministers frequently leaked information to them about private citizens in order to spin a story.

          Are you calling for Labour ministers to be hung drawn and quartered as well?

          • BLiP 2.1.1.3.1

            Timmy – can you point to one – yes, just one – instance where a Labour minister broke the law to release private information of no relevance whatsoever to the discussion at hand?

            Let me remind you, the two beneficiaries that Basher Bennett dealt to were talking about the TIA – not the total income they were entitled to and for which they expressed gratitude. Little facts, maybe, but facts all the same.

            Now that the releasing of private information is an acceptable practise by National Inc, all sorts of outfits are taking a leaf from Bennett’s example and John Key’s comforting.

            Wonderful new standards we are seeing from National Inc. Are you lovin’ it yet?

      • Frank Macskasy 2.1.2

        “Over-zealous”?

        Abuse of ministerial power; mis-use of personal information; and demonising two women because they criticised a government policy – you call that “over zealous”?!

        Well, I guess the KGB were a bit “over zealous” in the way they harassed dissidents during the Soviet era. (But they were the Bad Guys. We is the Good Guys, y’know.)

    • Bright Red 2.2

      burt, this isn’t an issue for Parliament. Parliament passes the law, it doesn’t enforce it. Moreover, Parliament has made no finding as to the legality or appropriateness of Bennett’s actions.

      Bennett was acting as a minister, not as a member of Parliament.

      Still good you think she should go.

      • burt 2.2.1

        Parliament passes the law, it doesn’t enforce it.

        Yes it use to be that way before Darnton VS Clark and the corruption that was Labour.

        • r0b 2.2.1.1

          Hey Burt, you still haven’t said why ACT didn’t vote to allow that lawsuit to proceed. Why didn’t they Burt?

          Bet you dodge the question again.

        • burt 2.2.1.2

          Would you like me to link to where you deliberately and consistently misquoted Rodney to support your assertion here rOb? If you want me to highlight again how little integrity you have when you quote people I’ll happily do that, again. But it might be a bit embarrassing for you considering your recent quote banging on about how it is poor form to misquote people.

          • r0b 2.2.1.2.1

            Hey Burt, you still haven’t said why ACT didn’t vote to allow that lawsuit to proceed. Why didn’t they Burt?

            Bet you dodge the question again.

          • burt 2.2.1.2.2

            rOb

            You know I don’t have an answer for that, I have told you several times I don’t. Dodging the question is a figment of your imagination. (BTW: do you want me to define “that’ for you again or have you been able to understand “that’ since you managed to make a complete fool of yourself ignoring it’s meaning when misquoting Rodney)

            I suspect (my opinion) it was related to the issue that ACT did not support making illegal activities legal but I don’t actually know (as I have said before). However the question out of all of this is why you hinge the validity of Labour killing off Darnton VS Clark on what Rodney voted for. Are you saying that how Rodney votes should be a guiding principle for parliament?

            • r0b 2.2.1.2.2.1

              You know I don’t have an answer for that

              No, you really really don’t do you.

              I have told you several times I don’t.

              Please link to one burt.

              (BTW: do you want me to define “that’ for you again or have you been able to understand “that’ since you managed to make a complete fool of yourself ignoring it’s meaning when misquoting Rodney)

              Come on Burt, link to it, so we can all see what a plonker you’re making of yourself here.

              I suspect (my opinion) it was related to the issue that ACT did not support making illegal activities legal

              What does that even mean? If the court case was so vital to democratic integrity why didn’t ACT vote to allow it to proceed?

              However the question out of all of this is why you hinge the validity of Labour killing off Darnton VS Clark on what Rodney voted for. Are you saying that how Rodney votes should be a guiding principle for parliament?

              Parliament killed it off Burt, and not even ACT voted to save it. The point is that it was such a crap law suit that not even ACT saw any merit in allowing it to proceed. Only you Burt, only you carry on the lost and lonely fight for Darnton vs Clark…

            • burt 2.2.1.2.2.2

              (http://www.thestandard.org.nz/helen-stop-critiquing-polls )

              Here we go rOb, the history of you saying it is OK to do unconstitutional things as long as it is Labour. Also you asking why Rodney didn’t vote for keeping the amendment that Labour also voted against and of course your misquoting of Rodney when your defence of Labour was looking more and more desperate. There is also my first English lesson on the word “that’ which I have had to repeat for you again since you tried again to misquote Rodney. Clearly you needed your misquoted version to be seen to be true for your argument to hold water because without that it’s a colander.

              As for being the only one who cares about Darnton VS Clark, I suspect I’m not the only one who thinks parliament should not be above the law. Although I get the fact that you think it is OK for Labour, I also suspect you will agree with me completely if National ever stoop so low as to use the power of parliament to defeat an embarrassing court case against them.

            • r0b 2.2.1.2.2.3

              Well done for linking to it Burt. Now the 0 people who are interested can go and see for themselves what a pack of lies you create in your memory about the discussion that we had.

              National ever stoop so low as to use the power of parliament to defeat an embarrassing court case against them.

              Well you’d better explain to Rodney how badly he got it wrong I guess.

            • burt 2.2.1.2.2.4

              rOb

              I’m happy to be called where I’m inconsistent about these things rOb. So far the only high ground you have is that Rodney didn’t vote to keep Darnton VS Clark. Must be hard for you needing to use the decision of someone you denigrate to justify the decisions of someone you defend irrespective of what they do.

      • burt 2.2.2

        Rex

        The same might have been said about Bradley before it was expedient for Labour to say he didn’t know what he was talking about.

        • Rex Widerstrom 2.2.2.1

          Agreed. And the way is always open for Key to say Shroff doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I’d love to see him do it to her face though 😀 I for one wouldn’t dare.

    • Rex Widerstrom 2.3

      The ref will make a bad call.

      If so, I think we can safely say that would be the first time Marie Shroff has made a seriously bad call during her entire career. She wrote the MMP-era Cabinet Manual, after all, and had a formidable reputation as fierce sticker-to-the-rules as Secretary of Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council.

      If Bennett has broken a rule, expect Shroff to say so. However don’t expect her to step outside those bounds and start commenting on the morality of what Bennett did, which is a different issue.

  3. bill brown 3

    If she’s found guilty, he’ll make her say sorrreeee and then give here a piece of chocolate and a pat on the head later when no one’s watching.

    • burt 3.1

      No bill, if she is found guilty then National will say the referee made a bad call and validate her actions becuase parliament know more about the intent of the law than anyone else. Move on will be the call but who knows, that might involve chocolate or a special trip to meet Owen Glenn – who knows.

  4. Steve 4

    “Good news. Hopefully the two beneficiaries will get sufficient compensation so as to be able to complete their studies”??
    You mean continue with their hobbies …

    • felix 4.1

      Nursing and teaching? Are you serial?

      • Steve 4.1.1

        Tie dying silk scaves, or maybe that was others on DPB

        • Bright Red 4.1.1.1

          Steve you don’t even know what you’re talking about. In fact, you’re confusing your Nat lines.

          It was Tolley cancelling Adult Community Education funding who dismissed language courses for immigrants and trade tranining courses as ‘hobby courses’.

          Bennett cancelled the Training Incentive Allowance for degree courses, like nursing and teaching, which is what these women were taking.

        • jarbury 4.1.1.2

          Nice one Steve. You just made a complete arse out of yourself.

  5. gobsmacked 5

    In the rush from one headline to the next, it’s easy to forget that the real killers are often the slow burners.

    The pledge card spending was a “beltway issue” (Clark) for months, while the Auditor-General prepared his report. By the end, it had done enormous damage to Labour, was their first real setback in the third term, and they never really recovered.

    If Key is true to form, Bennett will get the Melissa Lee treatment, with all good wishes for her future, a very long way from his Cabinet.

  6. SJ Hawkins 6

    Jennifer Johnston said it best:

    Johnston says anyone can look up the benefit payments a woman like herself is receiving, and says she is simply fighting for the chance to keep up her training and get off a benefit.

    “The information that (Bennett) gave is not anything that people could not have readily accessed,” she says.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/solo-mum-privacy-isn-t-real-issue-2879584

    I won’t argue the decision of the privacy commissioner though, that is her job not mine

    • Bright Red 6.1

      To know the amount a particular person is getting, you have to know exact information about them – number of children, housing costs, medicial costs, what training they’re in, any childcare payments. Apparently, Bennett actually got it wrong because they forgot to count offsetting childcare payments.

      If you don’t believe that’s true, do and work out what Johnston’s entitlement is without relying on any of the info given out by Bennett, just the initial HoS article and the MSD website.

    • gobsmacked 6.2

      Thank goodness it’s her job, not yours, S Hawkins.

      I can get info about my neighbours from the public domain (electoral roll, phone book, etc). Or I can rummage through their mail box – illegally. It is not the information, it is the method of acquiring that information, and the lack of consent, that defines an invasion of privacy.

      Bennett could have pointed to details that were already made public. She didn’t. She accessed the department’s computer (or ordered a staff member to), without consent, for political point-scoring, and without the knowledge of her own chief executive, because he would have refused.

      Fortunately, the privacy commissioner will uphold the law.

  7. No need for sacking surely?
    Just quietly promote her to another ministry.

  8. If the commissioner finds against Bennett, I’m sure Key will sack her, I hope the Police investigate Fuller also for not declaring to Winz her access to her ex’s credit card.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 8.1

      No he won’t- he’s already publicly backed her and her actions. More likely he’ll treat her like Melissa Lee- hope she goes away.

  9. I see there is a new Auditor General – Lyn Provost – Hopefully she will be as willing to stand up to the government as the Privacy Commission (if they do actually chastise Bennett)

    • Tim Ellis 9.1

      I hope the Auditor General stands up to the Government when necessary too, Loco. I also hope the Auditor General never receives the kind of abuse from politicians that Ms Provost’s predecessor received from ministers in the last Labour Government when he criticised the parliamentary spending by political parties on election expenses.

      • Loco Burro 9.1.1

        There isn’t a party in Parliament that hasn’t criticised the Auditor General at some point or another Tim. That is why the position is important and should maintain an indepedent status, not everyone has to agree with the Auditor General but it is a voice that is needed.

    • burt 9.2

      Here here. Absolutely shameful behaviour.

    • BLiP 9.3

      The Timmy & Burp Show continues unabated and bereft of facts . . .

      Tell me, did you know it was actually National Inc’s new buddy Peter Dunne that attacked the Auditor General but you chose to lie anyway or were you just ignorant? And what do you have to say about National Inc’s total back-flip on what was previously an “attack on democracy”? Any time frame yet on when National Inc will be paying back the $112,000 it owes in GST for its election spending? Labour paid back its overspend – why can’t National Inc?

      • burt 9.3.1

        BLiP

        No argument about the windsock being involved in claiming it was a bad call. I’ll be more careful putting ‘Labour-led’ rather than just Labour in the future.

        However, the behaviour of the Labour-led govt was a disgrace and the Labour-led govt should be utterly ashamed of itself over that incident.

        Oh, why can’t National pay back the GST. Simple, to do so they will need to spend money they are not legally allowed to do. Therefore to pay it back (the unpaid GST) National will break the law. So, National did request a retrospective amendment to allow them to pay that money back but Labour were not having a bar of it. Rightly so some (including myself) would say.

        Perhaps National could now pay that money and validate themselves (under urgency clearing any civil cases that might erupt during the process) for doing so – what would you say to that?

      • burt 9.3.2

        BLiP

        I was unaware of the back flip, cheers for bringing it to my attention. Interesting that National want to keep that provision now they are in Govt, more interesting if Labour claim it is unfair. This could get really interesting.

  10. Rodel 10

    Kermit won’t stand up to Miss Piggy.I Look! If she’s found guilty he’ll make lame excuses for her and ‘y’know move on.

  11. outofbed 11

    How long before Brady stands as a Nat or Act candidate
    ….he says to be controversial

    • Loco Burro 11.1

      Out of Bed – “How long before Brady stands as a Nat or Act candidate”

      Heh, maybe in Ohariu-Blemont, him and Peter Dunne already dislike each other, maybe they’ll get into a rumble ……. just kidding! 🙂

  12. Deep Throat 12

    Can you imagine the media if this shit happened on Clark’s watch.

    The minister in question would have been stood down from her portfolio while the investigation progressed and either returned to cabinet or fired.

    Standards?

    • BLiP 12.1

      Under Labour, Bennett would have been gone long before lunch. Turns out the new standards promised by John Key and National Inc are actually lesser standards than previously.

      • burt 12.1.1

        Gone by lunch time but back before afternoon tea exonerated and promoted….

        Must be a bit of a glut in the whitewash market now Labour can’t cover everthing with it to make us move on.

  13. just another student 13

    I have to wonder if any commenting (here or elsewhere in the past few weeks) have considered just what effect PB’s actions have had not only on those women, but on their families.

    There are children involved here, who have had to suffer the effects of the actions of the Minister. Sadly there are many horrible people in this country of ours and children are not immune to that cruelty.

  14. • The group Hand Up was officially established on 10th July with the establishment of a Facebook page
    • The first Lobby Letter from HANDUP to all MP’s was written and sent out on 15th July.
    • The NZ Herald published an article (NZ Herald, Govt axe destroys dreams) highlighting two women’s stories was published on 19th July, to support the Facebook campaign. The reporter approached the women personally, not the other way around.
    • The second Lobby Letter to MP’s was written and sent out on 20th July.
    • The TIA issue was discussed in Parliament Q&A time on 22nd and 23rd July. This is the first time that these two women have been mentioned IN PARLIAMENT, along with their full names but their personal financial details were not talked about.
    • Monday 27th July, the Minister for Social Development & Employment leaks personal financial details to a reporter who then contacts the women for their comment (NZ Herald, Bennett gets tough with outspoken solo mums).
    • Natasha contacts Campbell Live to try and defend herself re the article. Message Boards, radio and TV talkback & shows, and Blog sites go ‘viral’ in their response to the release of the information.
    • The Hand Up group had grown and the founders (not the women in the NZ Herald story) developed and established a website, which went live on 28th July.
    • The group released a Media Statement on 30th July.

    • It is interesting to note that although Natasha, Jenni, Greg, Trudy and Christine were all quoted or talked about in Q&A in Parliament on 22nd and/or 23rd July ONLY Greg, Natasha and Jenni’s first AND last names were mentioned.

    • It is further interesting to note that Greg is an Invalid Beneficiary and thus it would be expected that his plight would elicit maximum sympathy due to that but that choosing Natasha and Jenni, as DPB recipients, would elicit a howl of response and fuel ‘bene bashing’.

    • It would seem that the Minister used these discussions in Q&A, the Facebook page and the NZ Herald article as ‘implicit’ permission to further investigate the personal financial circumstances of Natasha and Jenni.

    Now you have FACTS.

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    5 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    6 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    7 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • More homes where they are needed
    More houses for homeless New Zealanders are being opened today in Tauranga by Associate Housing Minister Kris Faafoi. Six 2-bedroom quality units are being opened at 878 Cameron Road by Minister Faafoi and Accessible Properties, a local Community Housing Provider (CHP). Accessible Properties now provides more than 1,700 community housing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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