An interesting time for the Republicans

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, November 13th, 2016 - 55 comments
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It strikes me that this is a very interesting time to be a Republican.

It’s clear that Trump wants to be a figurehead, holding big rallies for kicks (mmmm), but uninterested in the hard yards:

Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon

Now, as he prepares to assume the presidency, an open question remains about the capital he repeatedly spurned: Just how much is he willing to become a part of it?

The questions reflect what Mr. Trump’s advisers described as the president-elect’s coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically. They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends.

Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand. …

A “hands off” style would be consistent with the position stated by his son, that VP Pence would be in charge of “domestic and foreign policy” and Trump in charge of “Making America great again”. (It also gives credence to the theory that Trump never wanted to be president / didn’t expect to win.)

Already Trump is backing off most of the promises that got him elected. That’s great news of course (except that perhaps we haven’t seen the last of the TPP after all.)

Assuming that Trump is a mere figurehead, the Republican establishment is going to have an unfettered field day. The anti-establishment populist as the ultimate establishment enabler. Already his transition team is chock full of lobbyist cronies. The far-right is going to go large, from financial deregulation to Roe v. Wade. The stuff of nightmares.

The only fly in the Republican ointment is the nature of the chalice that Trump is handing them. His platform was based on draining the Washington swamp and making life better for workers. When the opposite happens, as it will – what will his base do? Will they accept the baubles of victory without the substance they were promised? Or will they rise up and annihilate the Republican party forever?

I doubt that Republicans are thinking about this, as they fight and rush to get their snouts in the trough. They’re going to have a great 4 years. After that, maybe not.

55 comments on “An interesting time for the Republicans”

  1. I wonder how many repugs will attend this

    “Women anxious that a Trump presidency in the United States could set back or destroy many of their rights are planning a massive march in Washington.

    The march is planned for January 21, 2017, the day after Trump is to be sworn into office, at Washington, DC’s Lincoln Memorial.

    On Facebook, where the Million Women March is being organised, some 35,000 people said they would attend within the first 24 hours after it was announced, said Bob Bland, an organiser based in New York.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11747117

    the truth is trump is a rep from that party – repugs will try to take the baubles and then shun him if they can – but they underestimate his venal character and that of his close ones. I expect a sort out, a night of long knives – but not yet, not for a while – best to build the complacency with the Party first, build the base outside the Party – have some rallys, tighten up the inner circle – that sort of thing.

  2. Cinny 2

    I really feel that Americans are over reacting just a little bit at the moment. Crikey he hasn’t even done anything yet. Personally I’m NOT pro Trump but I am anti Hillary and so very pleased she is not President, am still aghast that Agent Orange is however.

    But hey all those protests make for a fantastic revenue as citizens tune into news networks across the USA post election, networks whom would have been worried that their viewer ratings would be dropping now the election is over.

    I strongly recommend watching this weeks episode of The Listening Post, its full of information re the media and trump.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2016/11/trumped-abyss-reporters-reported-161112060429336.html

    “This week on The Listening Post , we take an extended look at the news coverage of the US presidential election.

    Starting with the on-again-off-again, love-hate relationship that Donald Trump had with the news media, analysing the media’s over-reliance on the polls and looking at the abyss between the Washington press corps and the people to whom they were reporting.

    We also ask how the news media will deal with a president who calls them corrupt.

    In the second half, we dig deep into the history: the way the US corporate media were built, the regulations that went away and the legislation that paved the way for the creation of some of the biggest media companies the world has ever seen.”

    • Garibaldi 2.1

      I’m with you Cinny…. just glad to see the end (I hope) of the Clinton dynasty. The Democrats are not what they claim to be, and as to what Trump is going to do we should wait and see instead of making up crap. My main fear about him is his chance of surviving the next few months, and if he gets eliminated…..? Interesting times.

      • Cinny 2.1.1

        Turns out that many of the anti Agent Orange demonstrations over the last couple of days were organised by a group created by one of Hillarys largest donors.

        Billionaire globalist financier George Soros’ MoveOn.org is the driving force behind the organizing of nationwide protests against the election of Donald Trump.

        https://www.rt.com/usa/366579-soros-orgs-driving-trump-protests/

        Lolz i wonder if he has any media interests and wants to continue the show/revenue?

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          ‘Many’? RT uses the word ‘some’, but in a quick scan through doesn’t quantify that.

          edit,

          MoveOn.org, a liberal group, had called on people to gather in cities nationwide. Ben Wikler, MoveOn’s Washington director, said that people had registered to organize events in 275 cities and communities across the country, noting that many were candlelight vigils and group discussions rather than the sprawling marches seen in New York and Chicago.

          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/10/not-my-president-thousand-protest-trump-in-rallies-across-the-u-s/

          Just because some people want a post-truth world, doesn’t mean we have to oblige.

        • mikesh 2.1.1.2

          Ironic when one considers the song and dance made by Obama and the Clinton camp about the Donald not accepting the people’s choice.

        • Stuart Munro 2.1.1.3

          It would be surprising – not Soros’s style at all.

          His style is more organising reprinting of Popper’s “The Open Society and Its Enemies” – apparently this makes him an existential threat to Putin.

  3. Bill 3

    I’m thinking your focus is to narrow Anthony. You ask – When the opposite happens, as it will – what will his base do? Will they accept the baubles of victory without the substance they were promised? Or will they rise up and annihilate the Republican party forever?

    That assumes the vote for Trump was affirmation rather than protest. Like BREXIT and like the Scottish referendum, the rise of the SNP, the ‘death’ of Scottish Labour, the rise of Corbyn…I could go on….people are voting against the establishment of these past 40 years; against liberalism; against an increasingly unbearable status quo.

    So when people get agitated over Trump’s failure to deliver on his promise to ‘make America great again’, it won’t merely be the Republican party in the cross hairs. It will be anything and everything that is seen as promoting, defending or hankering for a return to “things as they were”.

    The Republican base, the Democratic base and everything associated with them policy wise, prescription wise or analysis wise is going to be rendered burger.

    • barry 3.1

      So when they don’t get the change that they are hoping for, what is next? The gun?

    • Colonial Viper 3.2

      So when people get agitated over Trump’s failure to deliver on his promise to ‘make America great again’, it won’t merely be the Republican party in the cross hairs.

      Not quite.

      A white working class vote for Trump in Michigan or Wisconsin is ***already*** a vote against the Republican establishment.

      • Ad 3.2.1

        Forget about what they were against. It’s immaterial.

        What we are watching is what they are for.

      • No it’s not. The man is appointing the entire establishment to his cabinet, just look at his list of potential nominees.

        He’s been quite clear since appointing Pence that he won’t be setting the establishment on fire to achieve his goals, even if his stated goals were very anti-establishment, I’d be surprised if he achieves even half of the ones the Republicans don’t already secretly want.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.2.1

          A few people around these parts have enjoyed accusing Trump of being a tyrannical demagogue proto-Hitler dictator in the making.

          Oddly enough though, the US remains a consitutional democracy and yes he is going to have to work through the House and Senate and the Washington DC machinery, and yes, he is not going to get his way on that many things.

          even if his stated goals were very anti-establishment

          He’s already conducted a successful political revolution against both the establishment Democrat and Republican status quo, neither of whom, nor all their DC machine allies, wanted him.

          The rest is going to take a bit of time. (And he’s not the President yet).

          • Matthew Whitehead 3.2.2.1.1

            He’s succeeded as an anti-establishment Republican, however he has a very establishment Republican congress to work with, so it’s more like he struck a blow against them than that he full-on defeated establishment politics, that’s a much longer process than one election cycle would allow for. Whether the Democratic status quo is actually defeated depends as much on what happens with the new progressive wing of that party as it does on Donald’s potential re-election in 4 years. The Hillary supporters are already making noises that suggest they think that their establishment policies were somehow fundamentally sound, which I think both of us would agree is absolute rubbish and clearly the reason why the race was close enough for Donald to “steal” a win using the electoral college.

            The US, functionally, is not a democracy and hasn’t been for decades. It is an oligarchy that holds elections, and while it’s not guaranteed that every winner is an oligarch, it’s guaranteed that enough of them will be to ensure continuation of oligarchical government..

            And Trump is an authoritarian. Whether he governs like one will probably not be clear for at least the first couple years, as usually it’s very difficult to tell an authoritarian from any other type of populist in the first couple of years they spend in government. (because even Hitler was popular for the first couple years, because he focused on red meat for his base before he started in on things like state surveillance and propaganda) I guess that probably means that I agree with you that the rest will take a bit of time, but I am very concerned that “the rest” may indeed end up with authoritarian policies like arresting his political opponents, torturing his nation’s enemies, and suppressing freedom of speech. Add that to existing things like Republican election tampering (such as voter suppression and gerrymandering) and the fact that the USA is already a surveillance state, and things really do look downright scary if Trump does merely what he’s publicly promised to do. (ie. none of this is scaremongering speculation, it’s just taking him at his word where his actions to date haven’t contradicted it)

    • r0b 3.3

      That assumes the vote for Trump was affirmation rather than protest.

      I think it was both, but that’s certainly an interesting angle.

  4. xanthe 4

    well I think it is too soon and not enough information to state that “trump will be a figurehead” rather than president.
    A discussion based on that premise is just speculative now.

    I intend to wait and obeserve before jumping in with that sort of declarative spin

  5. ianmac 5

    “So when people get agitated over Trump’s failure to deliver on his promise to ‘make America great again’
    Trouble with that Bill is that there will be no way to measure it. In four years time Trump can say that the US is better now and will be even better in the next 4 years.
    Like National’s slogan it might mean different things to different people and is unprovable.

    • Olwyn 5.1

      I think Bill’s central point is that a vote for Trump was a vote against the establishment. If Trump proves to be an establishment figure with the right sales pitch for the time, his supporters will be mightily pissed off, but they will not then look hopefully toward the Democrats. If that happened, Trump would be seen as “just another cog in a corrupt machine” that includes the Democrats.

      This observation was made in an article in The Atlantic: “The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/trump-makes-his-case-in-pittsburgh/501335/ Whether or not he “makes America great again” will be less important to his supporters than whether or not his actions in office show that he has their backs.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Also remember that Wisconsin and Michigan both voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, ahead of Hillary Clinton.

        That was a big warning from those rustbelt states to the Democratic establishment.

        They didn’t listen.

        • Olwyn 5.1.1.1

          Yes, they seemed to assume far more political capital than they actually had. Firstly there was the idea that blue collar workers can be safely ignored since they have nowhere else to go – if they are let down for long enough and badly enough they find somewhere else to go. Then there was the idea that once Hillary got the nomination, Bernie’s supporters would fall into line, as Bernie was obliged to do in exchange for running as a Democrat. That didn’t work out either.

          The lesson for the Democrats seems to be this: back in the 70’s you stood opposed to a conservative establishment, personified by people like Richard Nixon. Now the establishment is you, not some impoverished blue collar man, permanently at risk of destitution or prison, who appears to occupy roughly the same spot in your political/social map that Nixon once did. Bernie understands this but I am not sure how many more of them do.

    • Chris 5.2

      I think Pence will be president before the term’s up. Trump doesn’t know how to be the president. And that’s why Pence took the job in the first place, too.

  6. save nz 6

    I’d say if Trump doesn’t keep his promises and they start the TPP type agreements again that was his point of difference to voters – there will be civil unrest. There was already civil unrest with Obama but the people were black, now they are white and if they start uniting – it’s civil war or a revolution in the US.

    American’s have been told they live in the best country on earth, the opportunities are theirs, but after the GFC many people who believed this, found they lost everything, job, house, dignity and identity. The are middle class. The working class had already lost everything under NASDA. So now the middle and working class are going to fight to get back what they have been told since the womb, America is Great and by extension they are deserving of a decent standard of living, not long hours, lower wages, pollution and insecure jobs that neoliberalism has given then.

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    The white working class has been voting for the Republicans and being shafted by them since Ronald Reagan because their prejudices are more important to them than anything else. They will take being shafted by Trump meekly as always.

    • save nz 7.1

      The middle class are less weak and less meek than the working class. The Clinton types are already rioting. The police/establishment may feel ok to fire on blacks and get away with it, but educated whites?

  8. RedBaronCV 8

    We could take Trump at his word and start applying high tariffs to any goods we import from the USA ( selectively to suit us of course, ) Modify our holiday visa rules to let in those he sees as threats and put the rest of the hard right republicans through a serious interview of many hours at the airport. If he wants isolation for the US perhaps we could get in first?
    Discriminate heavily against white rich middle aged males but not anyone else of course. If he wants to discriminate let’s go there first?
    And the same for the rest of his planks we don’t like.

    But seriously there is the matter of him or the other Republicans causing a huge depression – what can we do locally to insulate our economy from this – and which other countries would like to join us?

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      But seriously there is the matter of him or the other Republicans causing a huge depression – what can we do locally to insulate our economy from this – and which other countries would like to join us?

      Did you notice the Dow Jones hitting all time highs this week?

      Do you think that Trump’s trillion dollar infrastructure spending plan is going to be bad for the US economy and bad for jobs?

      • RedBaronCV 8.1.1

        With a small government republican senate? That wall will never be built or much else .
        Anyway my main point is how unpredictable all this is so our best bet might be to get as far away from Dodge as possible – it might be best for our health.

  9. Ad 9

    Trump will learn to operate the executive controls, and he’ll have a great time. The US will get what it said on the tin.

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Trump will make plenty of mistakes at first. But compare his campaign and his first speeches on the Primary trail compared to his campaign and his last speeches in November. The man learns, and he learns fast.

      The second half of his first term is when Trump will really hit his stride.

      His choice of Kellyanne Conway as his campaign manager was a masterstoke.

      Conway broke one glass ceiling: first female nationwide campaign manager to successfully bring home a Presidential campaign.

      Trump’s not a misogynist. But he is extremely prejudiced towards character, loyalty and talent.

      • Ad 9.1.1

        The one to watch is the Pence-McConnell relationship. A fully Republican government will install the Republican policy wish list. The time for unity won’t come again for a while.

        • mickysavage 9.1.1.1

          One conspiracy theory I read this morning is that at some stage Trump will be impeached.

          • Matthew Whitehead 9.1.1.1.1

            I’d actually consider it a real possibility that the House will vote for his impeachment, not simply as a vehicle for Pence, but because a lot of the things Trump has stated he wants to do are potentially impeachable.

            It’s just a matter of whether enough Republicans would vote for it.

            I would consider it very unlikely, however, that the Senate would vote to convict him, as you need 67 votes, and I can’t see 40+ Republican senators splitting from Trump unless he lights a Republican donor on fire in front of cameras.

        • mickysavage 9.1.1.2

          One conspiracy theory I read this morning is that at some stage Trump will be impeached. I am sure he will give them plenty or reasons to do this. Then Pence can take over.

          • Ad 9.1.1.2.1

            That’s the House of Cards (Spacey) script.

            Pence doesn’t need that.
            Nor does Ryan or McConnell to achieve their policy ends.
            They can go back to the policy writers at Exxon, Aetna Life, McConnell Douglas, Liberty University, Heritage USA, and Breitbart to continue writing the policy agenda.

            And then just get it enacted.
            They have full majorities across Senate, Congress, White House, and shortly Supreme Court. That’s written on the tin.

            I’m looking forward to Trump’s first State of the Union to actually see the policy programme. Then we will see the truth of how united the Republicans are across the levels of House and White House.

          • Colonial Viper 9.1.1.2.2

            You have to ask what would happen to Republican congressmen and senators at the mid terms if they tried to impeach Trump. They would be decimated by the popular vote.

            • Matthew Whitehead 9.1.1.2.2.1

              Depending on whether the Democrats get taken over by the new progressive wing of their party or not, if they do, the Republicans are in for a blood bath in the midterms anyway, at which point some might go for it.

              The real issue is finding the supermajority in the Senate, which I’d consider an outside chance at best.

      • Anne 9.1.2

        The second half of his first term is when Trump will really hit his stride.

        You think he’ll last that long? There’s a legal case or two confronting him over the next little while – the outcome of which might see him deemed unfit to continue as president. Time will tell.

        Trump’s not a misogynist. 😯 😯

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.1

          A sitting President is immune from federal prosecution.

          • joe90 9.1.2.1.1

            A sitting President is immune from federal prosecution

            .

            Only at the house’s discretion, he’s certainly not above the law just because he’s President, and if a majority want him out, he’s gone.

            • Pasupial 9.1.2.1.1.1

              That should be; if a supermajority “want him out, he’s gone”. A simple majority won’t do it, nor fortunately can Trump amend the constitution without votes from the Democrat side. Unfortunately, he can declare war with a bare majority of congress.

              • Anne

                Richard Nixon stepped down a matter of hours before he was going to be impeached. History has a habit of eventually repeating itself.

              • Joe’s technically correct about initiating an impeachment hearing and how it works for the House. It’s the Senate that needs the supermajority to actually convict him and chuck him out. That’s never actually happened yet in US history.

                Anne is probably correct that if it looks likely his party will turn on him and vote for impeachment that he’ll probably just resign.

  10. RedBaronCV 10

    And if we want to stop similar issues here then don’t create large classes of people who are being shut out who in a state that is getting richer they are holding or becoming poorer.

  11. Sanctuary 11

    Trump is completely inexperienced and is already backtracking at a 100 miles an hour on a lot of rhetoric. He’ll be easy meat for GOP hard right Koch agenda. Expect Kansas comes to the Federal government. What people seem to not have particularly noticed is the Republicans currently control all three arms of the government, and will retain that control for at least two years. Expect them to absolutely ram that advantage home. More voter suppression. More Gerrymanders. More laws designed to entrench corporate power. By the time the GOP are finished when the next presidential election rolls around, one white rural vote will be worth four or five Black or Hispanic votes – that is assuming if after the green light to new Jim Crow laws there will be any Blacks left qualified to vote.

    Now, an America like that will be a powder keg, a Black insurrection would not be out of the bounds of possibility. The whites who elected Trump will feel betrayed – they will possibly go to neo-Nazi organisations, especially if racial tensions explode.

    All in all, this election is a disaster, because it has put in charge those who wish to create a reactionary revolution that seeks to deny the reality of modern America and the modern world.

    • rhinocrates 11.1

      That’s what happens when you install someone completely unqualified.

      Gumby Brain Specialist:

    • Anne 11.2

      This is why Donald Trump won:

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/317984/clinton-blames-fbi-boss-for-election-defeat

      Plain and simple.

      Imo, this is the real life conspiracy. Coney didn’t decide to re-visit the alleged Clinton emails scandal one week out from the election without some powerful behind the scenes backing. Anyone who believes he did is living in cloud cuckoo land.

      And it worked a treat didn’t it!

      Will the Democrats take legal action against the FBI chief and the Republican backers who were enabling him? I damm well hope so.

  12. Pasupial 12

    Though he might not want to be a conventional president, it is likely that Trump is interested in being something more than a figurehead:

    Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.

    I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now:

    Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization…

    Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality…

    Rule #3: Institutions will not save you…

    Rule #4: Be outraged…

    Rule #5: Don’t make compromises…

    Rule #6: Remember the future… That should not be normal. But resistance—stubborn, uncompromising, outraged—should be.

    http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

    Some of these rules may seem counter-intuitive (especially #4 &5, which seem like advice to paint a target on your forehead), but Gessen goes into more detail in her article. The rules are intended not just; “for surviving in an autocracy”, but also; “salvaging your sanity and self-respect”.

  13. mary_a 13

    “Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand. …”

    A case of deja vu about to rear its ugly head?

    Germany 1930s -1940s style comes to mind? A time when a particular disdainful leader liked to rile up the masses to support his vile bigoted policies through ongoing rallies! This leader too also enjoyed the “… instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide …”

    A disturbing common factor amongst demagogues/dictators/despots it seems!

  14. Manuka AOR 15

    A chance to smile – “Best of the Bromance” – Biden & Obama (with DT as the fall guy)
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/86404054/best-of-the-bromance-joe-biden-memes-guaranteed-to-brighten-your-day

    Eg:
    Biden: Ok here’s the plan: have you seen Home Alone
    Obama: Joe, no
    Biden: Just one booby trap
    Obama: Joe pic.twitter.com/IDTc2L1sKF

    — Dean E. S. Richard (@deanfortythree) November 11, 2016

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    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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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. ...
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks 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 hours 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
    5 hours 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
    7 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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