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And the winner is…

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 pm, August 28th, 2014 - 119 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key - Tags:

According to the Herald:

3-1 to Cunliffe; Fran O’Sullivan, Toby Manhire and John Armstrong say Cunliffe, Audrey Young went for Key.

TVNZ:

Corin Dann says Cunliffe on points.

Fairfax:

No authoritative verdict, but the article says Key rattled, Cunliffe composed, so apparently Cunliffe.

Text poll: 61% Key 39% Cunliffe among people who can afford to waste 75c on a text.

TV3:

studiously ignoring the fact that TVNZ had a debate.

Update – twitter on the text poll:

keycunliffedebatepoll1 keycunliffedebatepoll2

 

119 comments on “And the winner is…”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Third place goes to Hosking, what was the party he represents ?

    • karol 1.1

      The WO-Media Party

    • Richard Christie 1.2

      The Look at Me party

    • Matthew Hooton 1.3

      I don’t think that is fair. Given he clearly votes National, admires Key and doesn’t like Cunliffe, I thought he did a very good job. At least as good a debate as Key/Goff and Clark/Key and much better than the Clark/Brash fiascos.

      • felix 1.3.1

        Given he clearly votes National, admires Key and doesn’t like Cunliffe, he probably shouldn’t have been there at all.

        • Matthew Hooton 1.3.1.1

          That case can be made, and has been. But under the circumstances, I thought he was very fair. If anything (and this is only very marginal) I thought he gave a slightly easier ride to Cunliffe than Key, the same way John Campbell is just marginally softer towards the National leader when he does similar debates. Last night was certainly more illuminating than anything else in this “campaign” so far.

      • TheContrarian 1.3.2

        Yeah Hosking was fair – I’ll give him that (weird jokes about Cunliffe dating his own children aside)

      • AmaKiwi 1.3.3

        The role of the moderator is nothing more than to be a traffic policeman insuring each debater sticks to their allotted time to answer the question and to stop talking over.

        The format was a sham, a verbal brawl.

        What would any parliament be like if this chaos was tolerated.

      • David H 1.3.4

        And what’s the betting he (Hosking) got a severe bollocking from TricKey’s political minders after that debacle.

      • Rodel 1.3.5

        My apologies Matthew , much as I am against your politics and methods I think you are right. Hoskings was pretty fair and tried hard to be a proper mediator. For once you make reason.
        Hey your mate Brash was a fiasco all by himself.

  2. Skinny 2

    The debate showed that John Key is over politics. Pretty much a lackluster performance which signals that Key is counting the clock down.

    • BLiP 2.1

      I agree. In fact, I reckon Key has been “over it” for some time. Failfax is reporting that . . .

      . . . Key said Cunliffe’s predecessor Helen Clark was much stronger on policy.

      . . . which is kinda telling. Cunliffe’s predecessor was actually Shearer and Godd before him so, if Key’s comment has been accurately reported, its like he now sees Cunliffe as Prime Minister.

      • Rich 2.1.1

        I like that sort of analysis.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          +1. Very insightful BLip

        • aerobubble 2.1.1.2

          Key does actually say anything, and hasnt for some time. People look for leadership, want to get an idea of what their leaders think, so they can predict them. Key could just as easily bail beneficiaries out as sell off assets, while raising GST and handing over a huge taxcut windfall to the richest. Key’s did next to nothing except gut the deposit guarantee in light of the GFC, yet another service Australians get that Key feels hurts our economy. Yeah, how does protecting savings of kiwis make it easier for them to take financial risks, well a lot actually, if they had them.

          Key is insufferably bland, useless at anything more than pissing in the wind to shine the next turd blossom his media panel his people come up with.

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.2

        Cunliffe’s predecessor was God(d)…what does that mean! 😈

        • Brendon Harre 2.1.2.1

          D is next to F on the keyboard. Give BLiP a break….

        • BLiP 2.1.2.2

          Heh! I always said I wouldn’t get glasses until I couldn’t do my morning crossword. While I can still manage that, the other day I got lost out Henderson way and couldn’t read the map!! Now I’m making more and more typos. Public shame is the tipping point . . . . . . odd to the optometrist for me this weekenf 😉

          • CnrJoe 2.1.2.2.1

            jon lenin frames?

          • Tracey 2.1.2.2.2

            i have glasses and struggle to see my morning crossword. We didnt watch the debate in the peoples republic of mt eden, did we really miss anything?

            • Rosie 2.1.2.2.2.1

              You missed DC being fabulous! Calm, cool headed and collected whilst simultaneously being strong, policy focused and at the ready with an answer and a counter argument for everything. He really came across as a leader. I wanted to give the man a hug.

              Key looked tired and under duress, like he just couldn’t be bothered any more.

              Mike Hoskings wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.

          • David H 2.1.2.2.3

            I’ll tell you BLiP it will be the best decision you have made for a while. It’s like seeing all over again, and if you get headaches after reading, they will also go away.

  3. millsy 3

    I havent seen the debate, but it is good to know that Cunliffe performed well.

    It is early days, but this should give him a boost of confidence for the next debate.

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Key is going to come out firing from minute zero in the next debate. He’s going to try and rattle Cunliffe hard so Cunliffe must be prepared to stay cool and statesman like, saving the fire in the belly for just the right times.

  4. Herodotus 4

    After struggling to watch that…. The 800k non voter turnout from 2011 may now hit 1m.

  5. weka 5

    Interesting to see the NewstalkZB poll change so much in the past hour.

    Now:
    John Key 34 %
    David Cunliffe 32 %
    Neither/It was a tie 34 %
    Unsure 0 %

    Earlier: 71% Cunliffe to 28% Key

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/election/

    • the pigman 5.1

      It’s gone even more mental than that, 46% now calling it a tie.

      There’s gonna be some carpal tunnel syndrome for whatever fool is sitting there re-voting and refreshing 😀

      • David H 5.1.1

        “There’s gonna be some carpal tunnel syndrome for whatever fool is sitting there re-voting and refreshing 😀 ”

        So that’s what happened to Jason Ede this must be his new important job.

    • Clemgeopin 5.2

      At the end of the day, these manipulated ‘poll results’ ackshully make no difference because people who watched the debate ackshully KNOW for themselves who performed better and who was rattled and is ackshully on the way out at the end of the day on Sept 20.

  6. emergency mike 6

    I’d really like to know whose brilliant idea it was to have a $0.75 per text poll where the results are announced as the debate ends. I.e. most votes cast before the end of the debate. I.e. what bollocks.

    • McFlock 6.1

      funnily enough, I didn’t catch any mention of that poll on the one news coverage at 10:40pm.

      Perhaps between the web crash and maybe time to do a quick breakdown of the cell numbers that txt-voted some issues in the concept showed up 🙂

      • emergency mike 6.1.1

        Indeed. Normally some numbers with an oh-so-snazzy graphic is automatically slapped on at the end.

      • seeker 6.1.2

        Went to vote on tvnz website at 7.25pm it then said Key 60% Cunliffe 40%. I voted for Cunliffe and the figures changed to 61% Key and 39% Cunliffe!! Strange I thought, then Hosking said the site had crashed.
        I rang tvnz and they took my vote over the phone saying something had gone wrong but one could still comment or text but I said that wouldn’t be fair as many could not afford 75c texts or, in my case mobile phones. Just sticking to comments seemed fairer.
        However I noticed that neither of my votes changed the outcome at the end which was the same as the one I noticed at 7.25pm when the site crashed i.e.Key 61% Cunliffe 39% thus I knew they had published an inaccurate/scuppered poll result..Yes, something definitely went wrong with tvnz’s online voting set up tonight. I’m surprised that wowee investigative reporter Andre Vance hadn’t noticed before she wrote her article. (never think of Tracy Watkins as being ‘investigative’.)

        Fotnote-looked at vote online site at 8.30pm and it had shifted back to Key 60% and Cunliffe 40% ! Ghost in the machine?

        Thought there might have been an apology for this mess up on the 10.40pm news.

        • McFlock 6.1.2.1

          several thousand votes in, I wouldn’t expect any variation related to an individual’s vote.
          But a vote so thoroughly at odds with even tory commentators tends to suggest something going on – maybe dirty politics, maybe just a system designed by the folk who did wheedle mark 1 🙂

      • Not a PS Staffer 6.1.3

        39% of texters said they prefer Cunliffe to Key. That is an excellent result for Cunliffe. Given the Labour demographics: the 75c charge; and the certainty that many Nats were texting from every phone within reach; a 4/10 spilt was a significant success.

        Go Cunliffe. This is why we picked you to be the Labour Party Leader. I’ll stand you a pint at the Black Salt.

  7. Leroy 7

    Wow – How good was David Cunliffe? Leader for only 10 months vs. JK 7 years and one of our most popular prime ministers ever. Looks like he wants to be PM – there was fire in his belly!

    One has to wonder what is going on within National? Key did not seem his usual self!

    • Clemgeopin 7.1

      I think ‘Collins’ and the ‘Dirty Politics’ is on his mind.

      • emergency mike 7.1.1

        All the free polls about the debate are favouring Cunliffe. The tide is turning. I’m guessing National’s internal polling means that Key already knows this. This is a governmet that has always been about brand Key. That brand is sinking fast. He has finally insulted the public’s intelligence a bridge too far over Dirty Politics re Collins, Ede, and ‘his office’. He’s got too close to Slater, now the smell just won’t go away. He know’s this job is a goner and is thinking about his next career move.

        Even Sean Plunket is coming around to what Hager’s book is saying about the National party. (Apparently he had a brain surge after accidently watching All The President’s Men.)

      • Kiwiri 7.1.2

        I think ‘Collins’ and the ‘Dirty Politics’ is on his mind.

        And political dirt on his [JK’s] hands.

        • AmaKiwi 7.1.2.1

          The Horizon poll shows how devastating Dirty Politics has been for National. I tried to post the link a few minutes ago but was told it was spam. Curious that I got this link yesterday from The Standard. Here goes again: http://www.horizonpoll.co.nz/attachments/docs/horizon-research-political-conduct-survey-repo.pdf

          [lprent: The site has a problem at present with comments going into auto-spam when they have odd punctuation like :// from a link. I haven’t located what is doing it, and probably won’t until the weekend. At present we’re manually shoving stuff out of the auto-spam folder. ]

    • Blue 7.2

      One has to wonder what is going on within National? Key did not seem his usual self!

      He’s over it. Done his dash as PM and is now dreaming of Hawaii. There’s no other way to explain it. He’s only ever wanted to be PM while it was easy – buoyant opinion polls, adoring media and a worshipful public. The fact that he considered quitting over the teapot tapes shows exactly where his mind must be at right now.

  8. Delia 8

    David Cunliffe was excellent.

    John Key seemed unprepared. He is busy, but so is Cunliffe and Cunliffe was ready for it.

  9. CeeH 10

    plus JK had an Xtra boost with the polls just before the debate – so, fantastic for David to come out on top. All praise to God.

  10. Jesus Wept 11

    Small point here.
    We voted significantly for DC in the Labour primaries. We needed an articulate voice to state the bleedingly obvious. You were humble, you got a bit dissed. Imagine right now how the other dude bless him would have fared. Not too well to state the bleedingly obvious.
    Well done tall guy. You pissed all over him. And you even impressed the hoskingcreep.
    Don’t forget if you get 42-3% in these debate things you’re probably in. You’ve got the Russell and Meretia (and some people you don’t acknowledge yet) cutting down the percentage that this weird horrible inarticulate hologram has left. Keep it up dude.

  11. Redzone 12

    About belief. Well done Cunliffe- took your opportunity tonight and owned key. Perhaps not a game changer but has definitely opened the door for the underdog.

    Weight of the whale on key. He’s checking out and it shows. His confidence has visibly diminished now and the Teflon has gone. He’s psyched out.

    Peter’s well timed Collins comment moments before the debate was incendiary. How the hell does peters mange to pull off hits like that? Can’t stand him but no denying he is the master of timing.

    Keys lesson is he should have fired Collins and didn’t and now he pays the consequence big time. She’s the albatross and It’s messing with him big time and he can’t hide it.

    If key thought the tea tapes were bad then this is 10 times worse.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Winston Peters was mentored by Sir Robert Muldoon. And it shows.

    • Clemgeopin 12.2

      Collins has denied it and called Winston a liar!

      I believe Winston more than I do Collins, but
      I hope Winston has some proof.

      • emergency mike 12.2.1

        “Collins has denied it and called Winston a liar!”

        Well she has to, she’s on her last last warning…

        Winston Peters, quote of the year: “I didn’t put the ‘N’ in the National Party, they did.” I don’t know what it means but I like it.

        • Clemgeopin 12.2.1.1

          N=Nasty? Neo?

        • crocodill 12.2.1.2

          lol just watched that interview. Winston says the National party claim to be Nationalists (the N in National) like him and his, which they don’t and never have done. So when has he ever misled the public..? oooh at about the time he said that I guess, but hey, I didn’t put the W in Winston.

      • weka 12.2.2

        I wouldn’t believe Collins either, and even if Peters is lying, it serves her bloody well right.

        Look at Peters’ facial expression, after he makes the statement about not going out there and telling the country he’d do one thing and then do another, around 9.20. He’s a master at this stuff, far outclassing Key. He’s telling the truth about asset buyback (probably, although there is a caveat in there I’m sure), but when he realises what he has just said (when did I ever mislead the public) he can’t help having a wee Muldoon-esque lopsided smile. I would guess it’s similar with the Collins thing. There is a truth in there, but it’s not a clear, open and honest truth. It’s one that completely supports Peters’ agenda.

        http://www.3news.co.nz/politics/full-interview-winston-peters-on-judith-collins-and-dirty-politics-2014082818

        • Clemgeopin 12.2.2.1

          I hope it is not a lie, because even though not many like Collins any more, lying is not ok.

          Thanks for the link. A brilliant interview. As I said, I still believe Winston over Collins, Key, Slater, Joyce any day!

      • Tracey 12.2.3

        she prolly didnt understand peters comment. Afterall she thought the privacy commissioner had cleared her of releasing a name to slater for bullying, intimidation and death threats.

        • You_Fool 12.2.3.1

          Her denial clearly showed that She didn’t understand Peter’s statement, unless she was getting in some practice for being PM and merging her office, office staff and herself into one mass-conglomerate

      • AmaKiwi 12.2.4

        The more often Collins is mentioned in the news, the more National is damaged. It’s a bit like someone constantly interjecting a reminder that you cheated on your taxes or stole from your employer.

    • kenny 12.3

      Like I’ve said before – Key won’t sack Collins because she knows where the bodies are buried. Through her friendship with Slater she knows just how deep Key is involved in dirty politics and how many lies he has told.

      • TE 12.3.1

        Yes agree with you there Kenny, thats probably why key will just be very laid back, mundane and boring till the fat lady sings.
        Once a liar always a liar, john key’s backside is as burnt as ‘on the last warning’ collins and ‘only I can publicize stolen email’s’ slater,
        Hypocrite’s all of them.

  12. Rich 13

    “The question drew 45,898 responses, with 61% voting John Key as the most impressive and 39% being most impressed by David Cunliffe.”

    Anybody want to go to the National Party’s ledger and see if they can find 21k election spending for tonight?

    🙂

  13. Jrobin 14

    Key can’t wait to get back to insider trading and hobnobbing it with Jamie Dimon. He is trying to lose now, just watch the rats leaping as the ship tilts and shudders. Why oh why would anyone think Winston would creep into a coalition with Ms Injustice? David was superb, take that Herald Digipoll, presumably they polled Remuera and Central Otago only.

  14. Brian 15

    Assured, collected, in command.
    DC was a good choice.

  15. blue leopard 16

    TV3 did cover the debate. It was on ‘The Paul Henry Show’ Tova O Brian was on giving a run-down of the events. …Oh hell, I have forgotten what she said – from memory it was positive for Cunliffe. You’ll just have to go and watch it online if you want to know more: http://www.3news.co.nz/TVShows/PaulHenryShow

    I have to say Paul Henry, despite being a self-confessed right wing bigot (or words to that effect), does some pretty good political interviews.

    • bad politics 16.1

      Yes, Paul Henry does. One thing about last nights debate, is Mike Hosking was way out of his depth, Alison Mau & Sean Plunkett were having a bit of a laugh about it, especially the weird ‘date night’ question.

      Cunliffe was bloody good.

      • Rodel 16.1.1

        Nah. Mike Hoskings ( and I’m not a fan of his) did quite well.
        I liked the way he stopped Key in his tracks, at first saying something like, ” This isn’t a party political broadcast. Can you please just answer the question?’

        It was a fairly well run debate and Hoskings didn’t insert his Ferrari driven Tory bias.Well done Mike…

        PS I’m glad Cunliffe dominated. God I so hope he’s our next PM. ( and I’m not even religious).
        Stay positive folks!

  16. NZJester 17

    Looks like the NZ Herald “Buzzdial” thing gave the debate to Cunliffe.

    The right will make a lot about the text poll giving the debate to John Key by talking it up, while they are downplaying all the ones that show David Cunliffe the clear winner.
    Your line of “among people who can afford to waste 75c on a text” says a lot about the very heavy bias that poll should have had for National. In my mind the fact David still reached 39% on that poll says a lot about Nationals current appeal to those more well healed. The crack in John Keys nice guy mask has cracked even further and Cameron Slater’s face peeking out from inside is scaring the right wing voters away from National. I just wish a lot less of them would be switching to Act or the Conservitives and vote Labour for a real positive change.

  17. Brian 18

    Boxing analogy – no knockout but Key stunned by a good straight left!

    • Inky 18.1

      He was groggy, on the ropes and at times defenceless. But he did have the referee in his corner.

      • Paul 18.1.1

        Not just in his corner.
        Throwing the odd punch as well.

        • Rich 18.1.1.1

          Well he threw the odd punch at Key as well, especially when Key did one of his ‘you’re dismissed’ arm wavements and sneer, that resulted in a ‘no, no, no you’re not doing that’ from Hosking who you could see and hear was pretty angry with Key at the time. I just wonder if the media hacks forced to write pro-national junk will, if pushed, turn on their masters, or whether if they are actually National that they have had enough of Key leading that party. After watching the visceral hate for Key last night in Parliament when the guy tried to jump from the balconey which resulted in an attempt to blame Labour for it and a throat cutting gesture from Key I’m surprised that Key has lasted this long, as he’s an absolute turd, or more appropriately as he was called at the time by more than one parliamentarian – ‘a scumbag’.

      • Kevin 18.1.2

        I can’t stand Hosking, but I thought he was fair to both of them.

        • Tracey 18.1.2.1

          i suspect that means the campaign to removed him worked. IF he hadcany intention to favour key, he didnt. I didnt see it so just going by folkscomments here.

          I note that claire trevitts article asked peters dunne and craig what they thought of cunliffes performance but asked no one from greens, imp, etc what they thought of key. Balance?

          • Kiwiri 18.1.2.1.1

            I’ve just been shown the UF’s campaign broadcast. Very puzzling.
            Did the GCSB infiltrate the production and rubbish it?

    • Te Reo Putake 18.2

      Funnily enough, after the debate I switched over to the Ali/Holmes doco on Maori TV. It was the story of a populist winner who took on one fight too many and lost badly to his younger, fresher opponent. Karmic coincidence?

  18. Inky 19

    When David Cunliffe got the Labour job, a friend told me he’d debate the a$$ off Key. That he did. In fact Key’s probably still trying to find his a$$ now.

    An outstanding effort, Mr Cunliffe. More please.

  19. vince warner 20

    Is there a VOD or rebroadcast available of the debate, i tried looking on tvnz and youtube but no luck.

  20. NZJester 21

    If any of you missed the debate it is up online at TVNZ
    http://tvnz.co.nz/one-news/s2014-ep1-video-6066764

    I don’t know if it just my browser but the timing of the ads inserted in at the breaks on these TVNZ on demand videos is annoying. Part of the welcome back from the break speech starts to play before the actual ad finally kicks in late cutting him of mid sentence till after the ads have completed.

  21. dv 22

    I didn’t hear ANY policy from Key (Except the possibility of some cash for first home buyers.)

    NOTHING to support Keys claim we are on the cusp of something great.

    Oh he may be thinking that lab are going to win AND that will be great!!!!

    I heard a lot of Key criticising lab polices.

    BUT he can because Lab has policies.

  22. ScottGN 23

    Herald readers are running about 3 to 1 in favour of Cunliffe.

  23. Tracey 24

    Audrey young gave it to John Key?!? Of course she IS his herald campaign manager.

    Did i read people could vote before thedebate began, surely not? And before it end?

    Baby Cheeses!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 24.1

      Father was National MP, brother is a national MP. Audrey is what they say ‘family’

  24. dave 25

    Key looked flat as if didn’t want to be there the only zip and am was from cunliffe
    And far more serious note hoskins was a fashion disaster of Clarkson like proportions for a media fashion icon like hoskin you really have to wonder if his status needs a review . Any thoughts .

  25. ScottGN 26

    Surprise, surprise former Shipley staffer Claire Robinson calls it a draw in RadioNZ and then goes on to admit that, yes, Cunliffe did actually do better in almost all aspects of the debate.

  26. Pete 27

    Glad to hear Rob Salmond was in Cunliffe’s corner and was advising him during the ad breaks. DC has a good team behind him.

    On Morning Report, Claire Robinson said it was a draw. Which if you convert that into normal-person speak, is a resounding win for Cunliffe.

  27. philj 28

    xox
    Hoskin did a reasonable job of the interview,considering he is biased against Labour. I even heard him criticize Nats housing policy in a question to Key! And with Plonker Plunket having an epiphany after watching “All the Presidents Men”! There is none so blind as them in our MSM.

    Sing along, ( with a smile )

    ” Come on, Honest John,
    Throw in the towel,
    ( And ) move Right along “

  28. philj 29

    xox
    Claire Robinson is another wannabe right wing ‘influencer’ …. like Julie Christie?
    Enema time!

    • ghostwhowalksnz 29.1

      Julie thinks it all so ‘unfair’ After all Key has 65% popularity, and why bother with an election at all.

      The scary part is this moron is an influential director of TV3.

  29. heather tanguay 30

    John Key looked as if he wanted to leave, he looked uncomfortable and rattled, he had no edge at all. David Cunliff was on fire, he is waiting in the wings with great policies, ready to go. His performance, as almost all the media say was the best – come on Audrey catch up!

  30. TheContrarian 31

    I’d go 50/50 for that – a draw.

    Winner takes all next round.

  31. Jenny Kirk 32

    To Seeker @ 6.1.2

    You might think about putting in a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. You can go direct to them if its an election complaint – without having to go thru the broadcaster and waiting two weeks for a reply. Here’s the link

    http://bsa.govt.nz/complaints/election-programme-complaint

    [lprent: There is a problem with punctuation like the :// falling into autospam. Looks like I won’t be able to track it down and fix until tomorrow. In the meantime we’re just pulling messages out of spam. ]

  32. Jenny Kirk 33

    at Seeker 6.1.2 Have you tried putting in a complaint direct to the Broadcasting Standards Authority re TVNZ poll breakdown last night ? You can go direct to BSA without having to go thru the broadcaster because it would be an election complaint. I won’t put the link up because I’m having difficulty getting this message through – but just google BSA and go to complaints page and follow thru to the election complaints page.

    • Anne 33.1

      To make a formal complaint to TVNZ:

      http://tvnz.co.nz/content/823787

      I’ve just submitted a complaint and the more people who do so the better!!

      Note: You must first complain to the offending broadcaster/TV outlet, and then if their response is unsatisfactory you can refer the matter to the BSA.

      Always worth doing because it forces the broadcaster to toe the line regardless of the outcome.

  33. vto 34

    But how can this be anything other than Key being a “winner”. That is what he is, isn’t he? He is a winner – he has gone overseas and traded money and come back and bought a house at Omaha and has millions. He is a winner. He takes no prisoners. He epitomises all that is right and good with the neoliberal me-me-me generation. It is all about the self and Key is it. So how can Key be anything but a “winner”. What a winner.

    And how can Cunliffe be anything other than a loser? That is what the tv ad shows isn’t it? That’s they way in which people like Collins talk about people like Cunliffe … “what a loser”. He is not even in business ffs. Why isn’t Cunliffe milking his political business opportunities? What a loser. Wasting his time with losers in south Auckland and other “feral” places.

    winners and losers

    the choice is as clear as a bell

    unfortunately for key the tide is well on the ebb now and those previous ‘winners’ are no longer

    • Murray Olsen 34.1

      You’re 100% correct about the way people like Collins talk about people like Cunliffe, and it goes further than that. My PhD supervisor was Dan Walls, sometimes said to be the greatest Kiwi scientist since Rutherford. If he’d lived a few more years he very probably would have gained a Nobel Prize. At his funeral there were some businessmen from his church in Mission Bay/St. Heliers. They were saying what a waste it was that he’d used his brain for something other than business.

      The moneychangers need throwing out of a lot more than just the temple.

  34. Sable 35

    I never watched as I have no time for National or Labour, its MMP not a two horse FPP system anymore. I do remember the debate between John Kerry and Bush jnr for the US presidency. Kerry wiped the floor with Bush but Bush still won. So whilst this may be nice for Labour supporters I may not be that significant.

    What is important for Labourites is Labour getting its message out there which I do not believe they are doing well at all. Their bill boarding in particular this election has been woeful thus far when compared to National and the Greens….

    • Kiwiri 35.1

      Not that many Labour billboards. Lots of National and Greens. And nicely and clearly standing out are Internet-MANA.

    • aerobubble 35.2

      I sometimes wonder whether Labour might actually worry it will win, when the housing market is so close to collapse. The farm debt is high, all China needs is to throttle back a bit on milk (or the Eu start pumping it as I hear they are about to), and NZ housing prices start wobbling. I mean its a poisoned chalice, would explain why Key has such a hard time saying anything substantive as nothing to say. All style no substance.

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    RedlineBy Admin
    19 hours ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    24 hours ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    1 day ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    1 day ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    1 day ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    2 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    2 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    2 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    2 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    3 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    4 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    4 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    4 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    7 days ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
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    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
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    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
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    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
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    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
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    2 weeks ago

  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
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  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
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  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
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  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
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  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
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  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
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  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
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  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
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  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
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  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
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  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
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  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
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  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
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  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
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  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
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  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
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  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
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  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
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  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
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  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
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  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
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  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
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  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
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  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
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  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
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  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
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  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
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  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
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  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
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  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
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