web analytics

Back Stabbers

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 pm, February 17th, 2016 - 110 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, john key, Judith Collins, national, Politics - Tags: , , ,

It’s been a while coming, but it may well be that the Collins coup is underway. She’s finally found an issue that John Key can’t just shrug off; the flopping flag referendum. Key’s offside with the majority of Kiwis and it’s caused a serious split in his caucus.

Patrick Gower has been leaked a series of sadly desperate emails from Key loyalist Maggie Barry, who has been charged with trying to breathe some life into the flag change campaign.

Key can’t do it himself, because he doesn’t like be seen with losers. The problem is, this time, he’s the loser.

In the emails, Barry asks her fellow MP’s to join her for breakfast to discuss how to encourage a flag change.

Humorously, she exhorts them to  take the opportunity to “share our proven and effective ways to engage people in an informed debate“. That must have puzzled the recipients of the email, given that this Government has never bothered with informed debate before.

Barry’s first email went out to almost the entire caucus. The response can’t have been flash, as a follow up email only went to 30 MP’s. In the end, only ten turned up. That’s cringe worthy.

According to Gower, this is the first ever leak from within the National caucus. It’s the first time someone from within Team Key has broken ranks to humiliate him. I reckon it won’t be the last.

Now, Judith Collins probably wasn’t the leaker, at least not directly. But there can’t be much doubt she’s in on it and is happy to see Key squirm. She knows his judgement was faulty on this issue and months of meh have left him looking out of touch with Kiwis.

Key’s problem is that his ego has led him into this mess. Pride, as we know, comes before the fall. He’s tried to bat it away, saying “MPs meet all the time about issues, we don’t have a caucus position (on the flag) because it’s essentially from our point of view a conscience view.”

Leaving aside the tortured language, I can’t be the only one wondering if National MP’s are all that practised at exercising their conscience. There’s little evidence that they have ever so much as taken their conscience for a walk in recent years. Independent thinking is not the norm in the Key caucus.

And when did it become a matter of conscience anyway? National MP’s weren’t given a choice when the flag legislation went through parliament. They were forced to vote in favour of wasting the $26 million on a referendum NZ doesn’t want.

His MP’s also have a bigger problem. Conservative leaning National voters don’t want a bar of the referendum. They’re going to vote alright, but, for the first time, they are going to vote against Key. If you want to know what that leads to, look to the north. The result of the Northland by-election wasn’t a fluke. Smart-arsery only gets you so far and when your political judgement goes, you go too.

Labour leader Andrew Little has spotted the problem, suggesting National MPs are getting it in the neck from their constituents.

“But the problem they’ve got, of course, is the train’s left the station” Little says. “The referendum’s in a couple of weeks’, I’m not quite sure what they think they can do about it.”

Tory MP’s in marginal seats will be starting to wonder what they can do about it too. Not about the flag referendum, but about saving their  seats. History tells us National voters send a blunt and brutal message when they think it’s time for a change. There will be more MP’s in the divided National caucus thinking that a leadership change now would be better than a change forced on them by voters.

Leaks from caucus are nothing new in NZ politics. But this show of disloyalty is definitely new for Key. He’s going to hate being grilled by the media about this leak and the caucus crisis it has exposed.

For once, he won’t be saying “Labour did it too”.

Because we all know how that ended for Goff, Shearer and Cunliffe.

 

What they do, they smile in your face
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers, back stabbers.
They smile in your face
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers, back stabbers

 

tereoputake.wordpress.com/

twitter.com/tereoputake

tereoputake@gmail.com

 

110 comments on “Back Stabbers”

  1. Tonto 1

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/07/robertson-making-move/

    Hasn’t Judith come back from holiday looking significantly trimmer? I know we aren’t meant to link there but I think you can make an exception this once. It’s quite telling.

    • weka 1.1

      donotlink isn’t working 🙁

      • I looked too and couldn’t get donotlink up, so I thought I’d let it through. In short, the WO post is a couple of years old and refers to a ‘trim’ Grant Robertson who was allegedly poised to go for the leadership. There’s a certain irony there.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          “Allegedly?”

          A trim Grant Robertson did actually go for the leadership twice: name on the ballot, running against Cunliffe one time and then against Little the next.

          Third times the charm, of course. GR2020.

          • te reo putake 1.1.1.1.1

            Sheesh, it wasn’t my post I was summarising, it was Cammie’s. And, nah, there won’t be a GR2020. He’s young and can wait till Little’s retirement. So GR2026/29 or 32 seems more likely.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.1

              GR has always been very ambitious and his behaviour to date suggests that he won’t wait.

              • Actually, it’s out of his hands. It’s up to Little to decide when the next leadership election takes place. And given that he’ll want at least two terms as PM, Grant will have to wait. As I said, he’s young. And he’s perfoming really well as part of the team.

                • Skinny

                  Oh come on who are ya kidding cobbah. With respect, not me I have seen enough up close to vehemently dispute that, and going by history of the happless Shearer dangly undersized snapper in parliament, the next day he is gone! The usaul sharks looked like they were circling to me.

                  • Technically, the snapper were both of legal size, Skinny, depending on who caught them. That was the point Shearer was making. The size that was legal for commercial fisheries wasn’t legal for you and I.

                    Not that I condone the killing of animals of any size, of course.

                    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6663-vegetarians-on-the-rise-in-new-zealand-june-2015-201602080028

                    • Skinny

                      Good reply, yeah Goodfellow, Talley’s Corp and Natcorp thru donations benefited hansomely via cabinet club I suspect. Corporations in Govt must be halted.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Corporations in Govt must be halted.

                      Isn’t going to happen: the best we can hope for is to degrade their capability. The National Party will always seek ways to betray the country for money and suborn law enforcement agencies in doing so.

                      Smash them at every opportunity, just don’t pretend we can cure them.

    • Mike C 1.2

      @Tonto

      I am clearly not the only person who thinks Collins is a back stabbing [Deleted. C’mon, you now this is not a site were that kind of attitude is acceptable. TRP] of the first degree.

      Took me a while to figure out how to comment in here … but let’s just see how long it takes for this to show up for all the world to see 🙂

  2. AmaKiwi 2

    The MPs call it “collective responsibility.” The leader/caucus make a decision and they all sing the same tune, even if some disagree with it.

    It’s the Adolph Eichmann’s defense. “I was just following orders.” Collective irresponsibility.

    I never know what my representative in parliament stands for. When we talk, he is clever enough to know what to say to please me. Does he say the opposite to my neighbor?

    If every vote was a so-called conscience vote, how many MPs would cross the aisle how often? How many National MPs would cross on TPPA?

    The deception and rot are built into the system. Colonial Viper suggested fixed parliamentary terms so crossing the aisle would not mean the fall of the government (as in the UK). Unfortunately those poor sods only have an election every 7 years.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      “I never know what my representative in parliament stands for. When we talk, he is clever enough to know what to say to please me. Does he say the opposite to my neighbor?”

      Interestingly Amakiwi, I’ve been talking to people about this very problem, tonight.

      • AmaKiwi 2.1.1

        CV, I await your suggestions.

        Today’s worldwide anger will result in many incumbents not being re-elected. But none of the challengers talk about changing their form of government. That’s usually the core problem: political systems designed to block people power.

        Yanis Varoufakis and the Democratise Europe movement are the one exception.

        http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          The storm is coming and both National and Labour are operating in totally the wrong century/wrong paradigm.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.1

            Yep. They’re still operating as if we were still in the 19th century when most people had little to no education. Of course, National is trying to do something about that by destroying our education system.

            Then there’s the fact that both parties still think that capitalism works despite the fact that it’s always failed and destroyed societies.

          • Manuka AOR 2.1.1.1.2

            ” the wrong century/wrong paradigm.”

            The wrong millennium. When in the last thousand years have nations been crying out for help as they slip beneath the ocean’s waves..

          • Kevin 2.1.1.1.3

            So very true CV.

            It’s going to be the best show in years 🙂

    • Sabine 2.2

      an interesting read on a DK diary in regards to Flint Michigan and other places that suffer at the hands of their elected or imposed ‘representatives’

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/02/14/1483451/-Only-fundamental-change-not-micromanagement-will-prevent-more-lead-poisoning-after-Flint

      Quote: ” What do excessive testing in schools, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, speed cameras, and the recent lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, all have in common?

      They’re all symptoms of a new America. An America that is no longer a democracy. An America that is under the control of corporate special interest groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And an America that is being micromanaged by a mid-level tier of bought-and-paid for politicians who no longer work in the interests of the public.

      The media keeps presenting these crises as one-off events, singularities.

      If you take a step back though, there are clearly common threads. The first thread is that corporate special interests keep buying themselves out of responsibility (privatize the profit, socialize the risk). The second is that in order to keep people in check and execute on these plans, increasingly they’re relying on a tier of mid-level micromanagers. The poisoning of Flint is just the latest symptom of a country that seems to be more and more under corporate special interest micromanagement.

      What does this look like?

      A mid-level layer of professional managers

      Increasingly, politicians fall more into the role of “managing” citizens rather than serving them.

      Screenshot from John Harwood interview with John Kasich on CNBC in July, 2015.
      Screenshot from “10 questions with John Kasich” interview on CNBC in July, 2015.
      Republican John Kasich, who worked for Lehman Brothers, is the perfect example of this new breed of micromanagers. They often even bill themselves as “CEOs.” They’re not CEOs. They don’t typically have any vision for how to build a better community. They’re mid-level “yes men” who typically do what the national or regional Chamber of Commerce want.

      You’ll find these mid-level managers in the Democratic Party too. A few prominent examples are Rahm Emanuel (mayor of Chicago) and Andrew Cuomo (governor of New York).

      The problem isn’t government. The problem is that government isn’t working for people. ” Quote end.
      ——————————————————————————————————————–

      The following discussion is interesting. But I have been saying for a long time now, that John Key is quite apparent in his ‘Micro Managment’ of NuZilind, and that it will look good on his CV. Compare the size of NZ to many large Multinationals and he can now boast extensive experience in Middle Management re population vs Employees and Income.

      This is mainly the issue, that at some stage over the last 30 – 40 years we were sold the idea that we have to ‘manage’ our countries like a CEO may manage a company. Nevermind that a country can’t really go bankrupt (Greece) or just kick out its unemployed, or just cut corners to increase the benefits for the shareholders.

      This mind set needs to change first before anything changes.

      • Naturesong 2.2.1

        … is the perfect example of this new breed of micromanagers. They often even bill themselves as “CEOs.” They’re not CEOs. They don’t typically have any vision for how to build a better community. They’re mid-level “yes men” who typically do what the national or regional Chamber of Commerce want.

        You’ve just described Dr Rick Ede at Unitec who is halfway through his plan to downsize and carve up Unitec’s Mt Albert campus.

      • Simon Burgess 2.2.2

        Really like this analysis highlighting the lack of accountability and social (or even natural) justice!
        As for the infighting in the citadels of power, this also happens at the expense of truth and at the taxpayers expense. Unfortunately for Democracy there are few with any conscience and integrity prepared to stand and be counted.

    • cogito 2.3

      I think you’ll find that the UK parliamentary term is five years (not seven) and that elections have been called early… eg in the case of Margaret Thatcher.

    • alwyn 2.4

      “only have an election every 7 years”
      I hope the rest of this comment is more accurate than this bit. That 7 year bit was dropped in 1911 and replaced by 5 years.
      Before 2011 the maximum term of a parliamentary term in Great Britain was five years and they were generally shorter. The PM got to choose the date of the election.
      There were elections in 1979, 83, 87, 92, 97, 2001, 05, 10 and 15 for example.
      However in 2011 the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011 was passed. Elections are now every 5 years, barring parliamentary vote. A fixed term Government doesn’t mean that the Government can’t fall. It just means that the PM can’t fiddle the dates as New Zealand did in 1984 and 2002. It needs a vote of Parliament to have an early election unless they lose a confidence vote when an early election is also held.
      That is of course only a brief summary but it is basically correct.

      • Colonial Viper 2.4.1

        Alwyn you have slightly undersold the dramatic impact of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act in the UK, as this passage from an LSE blog describes.

        Not only does the FTPA make minority governments much more stable but now, any UK Government cannot fall for the reasons that people would normally expect eg a Budget which fails to pass.

        What does the law say?

        For example, there’s been big speculation about what happens if a minority Labour or Conservative government gets defeated on their Queen’s Speech. Which rather misses the point – nothing happens. The Government doesn’t fall. There is no dissolution of Parliament.

        Under the FTPA the only circumstances in which a Government falls would be if (a) they resigned – unlikely but not impossible or (b) the following is passed by a majority in the House of Commons

        “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government”.

        Nothing else forces a Government out of office – not defeat on a Queen’s Speech, a Budget, a key piece of legislation, a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, nothing.

        http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/under-the-fixed-term-parliaments-act-a-minority-government-doesnt-need-a-confidence-and-supply-arrangement-to-be-able-to-govern/

        • alwyn 2.4.1.1

          Yes. I was trying to express that in “unless they lose a confidence vote when an early election is also held.”
          I had decided that I had been going on a bit too long though and cut the comment off short. Probably a bit too short. It was a major change in the law.

      • Mosa 2.4.2

        Key fiddled with the last election date and went two months early so the poll could be held in September so he wouldn’t have to cancel a planned meeting!

        • alwyn 2.4.2.1

          That wasn’t what an early, snap, election is.
          They are the ones where the ruling party decide that there is a short term opportunity to gain an advantage. The announce the date of the election, unexpectedly, only about a month ahead. That was the case in 1984 and 2002.
          Key announced the date of the 2014 election at the beginning of the year. That is not what is meant by an early election.

    • Bill 2.5

      Maybe you’re thinking of this post from last May? /fixed-term-parliaments/

  3. McFlock 3

    I’m not so sure Collins was in on it at all – she seemed genuinely surprised to hear about the breakfast meeting, and flailed a bit for an excuse as to why she wasn’t in the know.

    She could have done a Chris Carter and knobbled herself (in this case not thinking of the obvious questions she might face as pretender to the throne). It would also be one of the folks nominally in the Key/flag camp who had access.

    I’m thinking the person making their play was either Dildo Baggins (trying to help the news cycle move on as well as weaken Key), or someone hoping to nip in between Baggins and Crushless.

    Has Lusk got any second-tier Cabinet clients: Parata, maybe? Petulant Bean? Sgt Shultzlee had a good news day about the ChCh art centre reconstruction…

    • miravox 3.1

      A teensy feeling of Schadenfreude being felt on reading this post. Do your worst, Paddy, you know you can make a difference 😉

      I was thinking Petulant Bean she has form in Dirty Politics, however she’s a Key loyalist isn’t she? Maybe Dildo was thinking he can build on his 15 mins of fame rather than trying to cover it – thinks he’s popular now?

      If it’s not Collins, she’d better get her act together fast if she wants to manage the outcome.

    • Skinny 3.2

      Of course she was who do you think is pulling the strings. Her smitten behaviour while answering questions yesterday must have infuriated Chairman of Natcorp John Key.
      He was very subdued in the house yesterday. Fuming I bet.

    • Ffloyd 3.3

      English has been keeping his head down lately and there was a puff piece somewhere lately of a photo of him shearing a sheep. Change from him fleecing the country! Is there a chance he could have another tilt?

      • Whispering Kate 3.3.1

        As he is the last person anybody would think of to have leaked – it would be a a bit of an intrigue. He has always come across as being mighty fed up when he has to explain differences of opinion where the leader and him have not confirmed what they were going to announce, also when he is questioned about the mischief that goes on in the house he totally looks pissed off. He appears to me to be a committed ideologist who has an agenda he is slowly ploughing through with privatisation of gov services, the last thing he wants to have happen is have the House in turmoil and a chance of not getting back into power again so he can complete his disgusting work. Maybe or maybe not but he doesn’t court trouble and he wouldn’t have a clue what else to do if he was without a job, having to work for his money on the outside for a change, he has been there ever since I can remember.

        • peterlepaysan 3.3.1.1

          You are so on the target. English has always been a Treasury plonker (policy wonker). He grew up in Treasury, A kindergarten, if there ever was one. His nat mates keep being unruly in the sandpit. Oh dear, and sigh.

  4. Nick 4

    It seems that another Nat predicted Key’s downfall over the flag issue some time ago: http://goo.gl/74nwHS.

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      yep, pretty much sank without trace at the time but certainly relevant now

    • Cheers, Nick, I hadn’t seen that. For readers who haven’t clicked the link, it’s a bleak warning from former Nat campaign director Grant McLachlan.

      He says:

      “John Key knew from the start that his flag crusade was not a vote winner and would corrode his political capital. If he isn’t careful, he will get hammered in a fight that he started and then get knocked out at the next election.”

      • David H 4.2.1

        So if Key knew that before embarking on this highly expensive excercise, that he could lose the fight, and the election. Then he must have been big headed enough to reckon that ‘Smile n Wave’ would get him thru with no problems. All I can say is. “Ooooppss”

        • One Two 4.2.1.1

          Key was continuing the approach taken since being parachuted into NZ politics

          Operating under instructions

          • Tc 4.2.1.1.1

            Yup its just another taxpayer funded distraction while they flog state houses, ryalls chooks come home in health, tppa gets sunlight, sheepgate etc etc.

            JK doesnt care about another term, his job is done pretty much now and he will leave crusher, pullya, ayatolley, muzza, dildoman etc to fight over who gets the big chair.

  5. Tautuhi 5

    National and Labour are both yesterdays parties singing from the same hymn sheet, both have failed miserably over the past 30-40 years and we are in deep shit with all our State Assets (Cash Cows} sold to the Neoliberal Elite for a pittance?

    Time to give NZF and the Greens a chance, couldn’t do any worse, nothing to lose?

  6. Wensleydale 6

    Politics is a blood sport, and National MPs are well-versed in devouring their own young if it gets them what they want.

    “Nothing lasts forever. Even the longest, the most glittering reign must come to an end someday.” — Francis Urqhart, House Of Cards

    • alwyn 6.1

      Yes. You can tell that to Clark, Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe and shortly Little.
      Of course only Clark can be considered to qualify and even there it was only the “long” part of the phrase.
      The others were all short and messy.

      • Wensleydale 6.1.1

        Short and messy? So, a bit like Shipley, then?

        • alwyn 6.1.1.1

          Well she did get to be PM which is better than the last four. You wouldn’t be too far out though.
          Actually the best opinion on the whole subject was Richard Prebble. He finished up his valedictory speech
          “All that remains Madam Speaker is to wish you and all the members all the best. Be careful our there. Those who are about to be defeated, I have been there. It is not so bad. Once you are out of Parliament New Zealanders are very forgiving and very kind. Who knows, like me within a year you could be chairman of a New Zealand/Vietnam Railway. I am having some refreshments in the ACT caucus room and you are all very welcome. See I am mellowing already”

          His whole speech, which The Herald printed in full, is worth reading
          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10338039.
          The best I’ve ever seen in New Zealand.

  7. Tiger Mountain 7

    nice to see my old friend TRP has a column I can endorse 100%

    early days but it will be an effort to hold back the glee if “Keysie, Keyreepy, PinnoKeyo, SneaKey, Dear Leader and his multiple identities–Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, National Party Leader and John Keydashian–moneybags, do end up going through the mincer

    • Cheers, Tiger Mountain, I don’t know whether that’s the stopped clock principle or a sign that my revolutionary flame still flickers from time to time, but I’m pleased to have your endorsement.

      Like you, I’m looking forward to Key’s end days. For Muldoon, it was swift. He cracked under the pressure and bought on his own demise. Lange also self destructed. Key’s made of sterner stuff, I suspect, but the modern Nats are brutal when it looks like the leader’s time is up.

  8. Why did J Key give the problem to Baggy Marry, she is a light weight and should have stuck to the cabbage patch.

    • David H 8.1

      Becauase she has nothing else to do….

    • cogito 8.2

      “the cabbage patch”

      LOL. That’s exactly how this govt views the electorate.

    • mary_a 8.3

      @ Stuff the Politicians (8) – well when FJK’s flag is confined to the toilet next month, he can then blame Maggoty B for interfering, causing his project to fail. Because it certainly won’t be his fault, you can guarantee that! Everyone else will be to blame for wasting tens of millions of dollars on the doomed project, but definitely not FJK!

      Then after the flag disaster, in early April FJK’s mate the “prominent NZer” faces trial. Not sure how that will go. FJK could be implicated, if the cover ups are exposed. But then with a “little bit of pressure applied,” [prominent New Zealander] could be acquitted – nothing to see here folks, move on scenario!

      Wait for the pandas to be rolled out about then.

      [Made a small edit. It’s legally important to pretend nobody in NZ knows the name. TRP]

      • riffer 8.3.1

        Eh? You’re obviously assuming that name suppression won’t continue indefinitely. That’s the most likely option for he whose name must not be mentioned.

  9. cogito 9

    What goes around comes around and maybe this time the Smiling Assassin might get it rather than inflict it. One thing’s for sure, he’ll be a poor loser…

    • plumington 9.1

      Some how I feel poor won’t be his outcome (unlike the general herd)his masters will have a sweet deal elsewhere (out of NZ)
      Much like that treasonous Grosser

  10. Reality 10

    Some lovely humour here. Good for a laugh. Multiple names for our multi-personality trait PM.

  11. savenz 11

    About time the Natz cut Key loose. He is an international joke!

    • seeker 11.1

      Well said savenz.
      In his intro. on the Joyce incident John Oliver did mention New Zealand and ” it’s ridiculous P rime Minister.”
      So true and yet soooo embarassing.

      • Skinny 11.1.1

        Oh right that must be what John Key was meaning when he pulled a hissy fit about Joycie getting hit by the flying selfie stick.

        The deflection and himself getting whacked.

  12. Graeme 12

    “…. our proven and effective ways to engage people in an informed debate“

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/77014947/dan-carter-among-a-bevy-of-sports-stars-pushing-for-a-new-new-zealand-flag

    Right on cue. Wonder how much they got paid to say that, or a contractual obligation?

    • Ffloyd 12.1

      Dan Carter would sell his grandmother for sixpence. Greats!! I don’t think so. If he really wants NZ to have THE FERN perhaps he can put his hand in his pocket and re-imburse the country the $27ml that Chuckles the Clown has spent on it. At a great social cost to us. Or haven’t they looked at the big picture and decided to take a stand against the flagrant spending by this National Disgrace we call our Government. Enjoying France are you Dan? Looking for a Knighthood maybe? Better get in quick before Chuckles gets the chuck. As for the others, who are they?

    • From twitter:

      “Winston Peters ‏@winstonpeters

      Dan, the silver fern you’ve worn so proudly is not one of the options, but best of luck in France @DanCarter”

      Good point, aye?

      • Skinny 12.2.1

        Dan the corporates man!
        More specifically the Natcorp’s man!

        What is the bet current AB’s have been muzzled if their not cheerleading for a change!

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 12.3

      National subscribes to the worship of ‘winners’, making the Nats the natural party for conspicuous ‘winners’. Unfortunately in reality only a small number can be that type of winner – and the Nats philosophy leaves only crumbs for everyone else.

  13. millsy 13

    There is another possibility. Key calls a snap election if he loses the flag vote.

    • Tc 13.1

      Unlikely this is just more planned distractions, leaked cabinet papers from the hollowmens minions oh pleeease thats an old ploy.

      This imo is more cynical maniplulation with paddy playing his part to suck up the msm goldfish attention cycle so its flag flag flag rather than tppa, poverty, housing, transport, health etc

      Like where is jk being called on his BS about winnie fishing when winnie served it back at him with interest. Distractions away from blips ever growing jk lies list is what this is about.

  14. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 14

    a follow up email only went to 30 MP’s

    Only? An email that went to only 30 Labour MPs would be an email to 93.75% of them.

  15. Hubert 15

    Just a small but important point: please do not introduce northern hemisphere vernacular to NZ. We dont need it. I do not support them but this introduces the concept of class which is not us.

    “Tory MP’s in marginal seats will be starting to wonder what they can do about it too.”

    • cogito 15.1

      @Hubert

      “the concept of class which is not us.”

      I haven’t laughed so much in years! No class in NZ….? Where did you get that from? I’m ex-UK and I’ve seen more class attitudes here in NZ than I ever saw in Britain, and the stink is far more putrid here too.

  16. Michael 16

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy from a nicer bunch of colleagues. Crusher Collins as PM is probably the only way Labour can ever get elected into government now.

  17. The Real Matthew 17

    Changing the flag is not National party policy. MP’s can vote whichever way they want.

    You guys are at lengths to complain about the standard of mainstream media. They’ve got nothing on this article!

    LOL with National near 50% and Key at 65% a leadership change is imminent. That’s one of the best I’ve ever heard.

    • Craig Glen Eden 17.1

      You must have read a different article from the one I read above, at no point did it say the flag referendum was National Party Policy.

  18. There needs to be some serious questions asked about the donors to Lewis Holden’s flag change group.

    If John Key was/ is funding it by any means this should be public knowledge and Key should declare that he is doing so. Same with any other Nat MPs or their proxies.

    Lewis Holden should make the list of major donors public in the interests of transparency.

    • Excellent point, Redbaiter. I wonder if there is some way of finding out?

      • Redbaiter 18.1.1

        Lewis Holden has been asked about this (by a number of different people) on Twitter but so far I have not seen any response.

        Non-response makes me more curious.

      • Gangnam Style 18.1.2

        I wonder who paid for those over sized lapels as well? I know people got sent flags via the Govt to fly at their homes (a few 100).

    • dv 18.2

      Thats what I thought too Red.

    • Tiger Mountain 18.3

      oh well, the customary “Rodbeater” jibe can wait for another post, you have made a cogent point given that $26 mill of taxpayer’s has already been allocated to the flag fiasco

      • Anne 18.3.1

        Don’t worry about the $26mill spent on the flag fiasco folks. Sam Lotu-liga’s sorted that one in parliament QT today. Most of it went on postage and that’s run by NZ Post which is a government department so that means we get it all back.

        I kid you not.

        • Chuck 18.3.1.1

          Hmm… Anne that is how an economy works! The $26m did not disappear under a mattress in John Keys bedroom, it is dispersed out into the real economy. Wages, salaries, goods & services, tax’s (which go back to the Govt) etc…

    • grumpystilskin 18.4

      Just wait for the pro-change social media campaign to hit next week, lots of business leaders etc urging to vote for change..

  19. Brigid 19

    Couldn’t it all just be a distraction to latest health cuts?

  20. Keith 20

    Key can’t promote it because Key is the problem.

    He has said around the time of the first vote that even if you don’t like me take this opportunity to change the flag. He don’t say nothing that hasn’t been researched and scripted.

    This bullshit popularity poll that says 65% of voters think he’s the man is fiction!

    So can they rig the vote?

  21. Heather.tanguay 21

    Tory MPS will be very nervous, in the conservative marginal seats. These constituents are not the type to be voting for the new logo flag. They will be in a state of disarray in their committee meetings,, wondering if to stick with Key and his new rag or go with Crusher or Dildo or who ever is going to make a play. The Crack is getting bigger

    • Colonial Viper 21.1

      Tory MPS will be very nervous, in the conservative marginal seats.

      ???

      Which “conservative marginal seats” are you referring to, exactly?

      • te reo putake 21.1.1

        Auckland and Christchurch Central spring to mind. As do Waimak and Waitakere. Tāmaki Makaurau is also vulnerable. You must be really worried, CV, the thought of a Labour victory giving you the shits?

        • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1

          Auckland and Christchurch Central spring to mind. As do Waimak and Waitakere. Tāmaki Makaurau is also vulnerable. You must be really worried, CV, the thought of a Labour victory giving you the shits?

          LOL mate, not in the slightest. You need to remember that it’s an MMP world. Electorates aren’t very important unless you are stuck in an FPP mindset.

          • te reo putake 21.1.1.1.1

            I know it’s an MMP world. And we established recently that you only think in FPP terms. But for real people, their electorate MP is important. They can genuinely make a difference. But then, you’re not in touch with real people, so I understand your confusion.

            • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1.1.1

              Amy Adams and Nikki Kaye are high up the National list and quite secure. Maybe Doocey is nervous, who knows.

              BTW you also forgot that Waitakere doesn’t exist as an electorate any more.

          • McFlock 21.1.1.1.2

            …and yet the tories who currently actually have those seats might be experiencing a slight frisson of tension if they’re not likely to be high up the list.

            • Colonial Viper 21.1.1.1.2.1

              Doocey is probably a nervous unit but Nikki Kaye and Amy Adams are both high up the NAT list.

  22. cogito 22

    Great piece by Lachlan Forsyth:

    “Opinion: Time to wave the white flag, John”

    Read more: http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/story/time-to-wave-the-white-flag-john-2016021812#ixzz40USWCrpP

  23. Tony Veitch (not the partner-bashing 3rd rate broadcaster) 23

    Signs of more rifts in the National facade?

    The report on the Bains case, according to the news, was leaked at Cabinet level!!

    That’s pretty serious (or hopeful, depending on your political leanings!)

    • the pigman 23.1

      The Bain report leak is a classic Crusher move. Noone has more to gain from it than her after she infamously binned Binnie SCJ. So that’ll be her or one of her allies.

      However, I think there’s a whole lot of wishful thinking exhibited here. Gower says this is the first leak against Key and his faction he’s had… think how many leaks Mallard and Cosgrove et al. have orchestrated in that time. Staggering.

  24. pat 24

    are all the ads appearing on tele now and the high profile endorsements all covered in the 26 million or have additional funds been allocated?

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    32 mins ago
  • Colombia: historic memory, massacres and the military
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh Initially it was reported that in an aerial bombardment that took place on August 30th seven children were massacred; the figure then went up to eight and then on November 11th Noticias Uno reported that, according to people from the community in close proximity to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 hours ago
  • Corruption as usual
    Next year is an election year, and Labour needs money to fund its campaign. So naturally, they're selling access:Labour is charging wealthy business figures $1500-a-head to lunch with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at its annual conference later this month. [...] On the weekend beginning November 29th, around 800 delegates will ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    22 hours ago
  • Fairer rentals
    Yesterday the government announced its changes to tenancy laws, including an end to no-cause evictions, limits on rent increases, and anonyminity for tenants who defend their rights against bad landlords (sadly necessary because landlords are scum who maintain blacklists of "uppity" tenants). They're all good moves, and have resulted in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    24 hours ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    1 day ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    2 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    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 If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    19 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
    Eleven men from a pilot forestry training programme for prisoners in Northland now have full time jobs or job offers upon release, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis and Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. The ‘release to work’ programme was a collaboration between Te Uru Rākau and the Department of Corrections, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Reform of public service a step closer
    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today introduced into Parliament a Bill that will make it easier for the public service to tackle the biggest challenges facing Governments. The Bill represents the most significant change in the public service in 30 years. The State Sector Act 1988 will be repealed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
    The families of more than 416,000 students will be better off next year as their schools have signed up to the Government’s donations scheme, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. The scheme will see almost $62.5 million in additional Government funding go to schools nationwide next year. “I’m really pleased ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced further support as the Government of Samoa responds to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Mr Peters said. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago