Banks desperate

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, October 6th, 2010 - 60 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, democratic participation, john banks, local government - Tags: , , ,

As it goes down to the wire, John Banks’ desperation is on full display:

John Banks has admitted he could lose the Super City mayoralty on Saturday …

That was always true John. You’re not entitled to the mayoralty. It’s called an election.

… unless people in Auckland City and on the North Shore vote for him in big numbers in the dying days of the campaign.

This is Banks’ message of course. He’s trying to flog the dead horse of his tepid voter base into something approaching a last minute trot. Despite the dodgy looking polls showing a big lead for Brown, Banks’ tactic could work of course, he might scare his base in to action. He’s certainly giving it his best shot:

“If they don’t turn out and vote, we are going to get a Labour mayor from South Auckland in charge,” said the Auckland City Mayor.

Oh te noes! Now that’s laying it on the line, “a Labour Mayor” — Brown is an independent — “from South Auckland”. There’s that South Auckland dogwhistle again. It didn’t work for Melissa Lee, John, and it hasn’t worked for you so far either. As Paul Henry in his new found “wisdom” could probably tell you, the way New Zealand looks is changing. We are South Auckland.

Union leaders and the churches have mobilised South Aucklanders like never before to get out and vote for Mr Brown, while the Banks camp has struggled to match the effort, particularly on the North Shore, where the vote is barely more than 20 per cent.

We are unions and churches and ordinary people getting out to vote. What do you have to offer us as an alternative?

With an upsurge in votes expected in the final days, Mr Banks yesterday made a rallying call to his supporters by way of a scathing attack on Mr Brown.

Nothing positive. Nothing aspirational. No plan. Just more rabid negative attack politics. So far all it has done is turn the voters off, John:

Apathy leads the poll on disillusioned Shore

Only one in five North Shore folk has voted so far, and residents say they are disillusioned by political bickering and the lack of a strong mayoral candidate or key issues.

Bah humbug. It ain’t over ’till it’s over, but wouldn’t it be nice to see people power, unions and churches and a high South Auckland turnout, defeat this nasty, negative, desperate little man.

60 comments on “Banks desperate ”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    and a high South Auckland turnout,

    As much as I like to see South Auckland out and voting I would prefer it if everyone was out and voting.

  2. Peter G 2

    One commentator was pushing the line that North Shore voters are very busy people and many may well be away on Holiday this week !\

    Fingers crossed for Len !

  3. Interesting that Banks has not mentioned out west. Probably because us westies have a soft spot for our bros from the south side. His insulting the south went down poorly out here.

    Brown is doing well out here as well. He has spent a fair bit of time campaigning out west and has been met with the sort of adoration I have not seen since Helen was PM.

    Roll on Saturday.

    • Carol 3.1

      Yes, as well as insulting South Auckland, Banks has implicitly insulted us westies. Clearly in his plan for super-Auckland, the west doesn’t count. He’s spinning that a Brown win would mean that Brown is Mayor for the “rest” of Auckland, who, according to Banks, really favour him, while only the south favours Brown. But, really it means that Banks is only for the north and centre of Auckland, and he thinks the rest of us are not worth representing.

      • mystic01 3.1.1

        way to go Carol
        the man must think we brownys are stupid.
        i live in central auckland ( one tree hill to be exact ) and 4 votes from my household went to LEN BROWN thanks to the comments he made about South Auckland as i have many many great friends who lives there.
        i dont want a bigot like him to represent me.

        You go Len. kia kaha

  4. Nick K 4

    With a Labour mayor, and a centre right council, be careful what you wish for Micky!

    • Nick a prediction for Saturday, C&R will be decimated. They will get no more than 5 council positions and very few of their local board candidates will get over the line. Their campaign has been very poor and they fail to understand that the rest of Auckland does not want a central takeover.

      Len’s campaign line of “The Mayor for all of Auckland” has struck a real chord with people.

  5. BLiP 5

    A bit early to be mocking, I think. The daily voting returns are showing a large increase from areas like Howck, Pakuranga and the North Short. The rich pricks may well have been on holiday, but, they’re back.

    As someone said above, fingers crossed for Len.

    • comedy 5.1

      Howick and North Shore ??

      And what makes you think all the people who live in those areas you named are Rich Pricks ?

      I predict that we’ll be lucky to see a 45% voter turnout (even including the fraud) a very large percentage of people just can’t be fucked/have given up….. and looking at the candidates it’s hard to argue with their attitude.

    • r0b 5.2

      I’m not at all certain that Brown will win. I’m not even certain that I want him to.

      In some ways I’d rather Banks won. Then the right (Key, Hide, Banks) would completely “own” the supercity, and any associated fiascos. If Brown wins the right will blame him for any problems. In short, mayor of super Auckland may be a poisoned chalice.

      • comedy 5.2.1

        Doesn’t this right left mallarcky drive you batshit crazy ? It’s meaningless pap and is all to do with your perspective – your left might be someone elses extreme right.

        Why can’t we just vote for the best person for the job (not that it’s easy with the lack of good people to begin with)

        • r0b 5.2.1.1

          Doesn’t this right left mallarcky drive you batshit crazy ?

          No it doesn’t. The labels are simplistic, but the underlying distinction is real.

          A leftie is interested in the welfare of all people. A rightie is interested in the welfare of the well off.

          Give me a leftie any day.

          • Nick K 5.2.1.1.1

            Simplistic rubbish.

          • come get some 5.2.1.1.2

            lefty is interested in the welfare of all people
            righty is interested in the welfare of their wallets

            captcha: positive

          • comedy 5.2.1.1.3

            “A leftie is interested in the welfare of all people. A rightie is interested in the welfare of the well off.”

            Well based on DTBs positioning on left vs right you’d probably be in the RWNJ category as would Lprent most of the Labour party etc etc pointless really eh ?

  6. Nick K 6

    Maybe, but don’t confuse C&R with all of the centre right. There’s Cameron Brewer, Tenby Powell and Penny Webster, to name a few, who are not part of C&R who I reckon are centre right.

    Regardless, I cannot wait for Saturday arvo to see how the dominos fall.

    • come get some 6.1

      hope to god Brewer knocks that armstrong fuck out of the water. from a lefties pov

  7. Bored 7

    Oh the happy irony of the Reemers crew expecting the regions assets delivered on a platter by their own Salome, Banksie. Enter Len, dressed as the rates collector from Manukau into their happy suburb.

  8. gingercrush 8

    Bank’s problem is that he’s run the most uninspiring campaign that is far too negative. Brown himself has made a number of stuff ups and isn’t that inspiring himself. But his campaign has been far better than Banks.

    I still think the majority of Aucklanders would have preferred someone other than Banks or Brown but nobody decided to front up.

    • @ gingercrush – I think that you could rephrase things – how about this?

      Brown himself has made a number of stuff ups and isn’t that inspiring himself. But his campaign has been less bad than Banks’.

      • mickysavage 8.1.1

        Nah Brown’s campaign has been very good. He has been far more nimble than Banks and his positioning has been far better and, dare I say it, inspiring.

        Go Len!!

        I agree with Rob though that it may be a poisoned chalice.

  9. grumpy 9

    A bit early to be even thinking of a result. Both NoRightTurn and DPF seem to be picking an electoral petition and a revote.

    • gobsmacked 9.1

      Are they? Where?

      There is zero chance that the Auckland-wide Mayoral election will be null and void because of clumsy (alleged etc) attempted vote faud in a different local board election, which was detected and prevented and brought before the courts before the election has happened.

      It’s a Banks fantasy, a desperate attempt to evoke Florida 2000, with which it has nothing in common.

      • Inventory2 9.1.1

        I disagree Gobsmacked. The voting papers for the local board election did not go out independantly. The whole process is tainted.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.1.1

          Proof is a fine thing.
          There seems to be more votes ‘tainted ‘ by a lazy postie who threw the undelivered papers away and in South Auckland only ! .
          I smell a rat, a citrat?

          • come get some 9.1.1.1.1

            sounds like he just got bored and wanted to knock of early. Easy way to do that? throw it in the bin and say you delivered.

            How he thought he’d get away with it is beyond me, but hell. I did it when I delivered some real estate flyers in my teens, and it wasnt so people wouldnt buy the house…

        • mickysavage 9.1.1.2

          Um Inventory

          The voting papers relating to the charges have apparently been voided. So no chance of them affecting the result.

          The process aint tainted. I guess when Len wins it will give RWNJs something to cling onto though.

  10. tc 10

    I agree with Rob, it’s designed in such a way by Rortney/Ford/Fay/Sideshow/Blinglish/bus roundtable etc that the big agenda rolls on regardless of who get’s the fancy necklace so a Banksie win gives them little wriggle room to blame the left….they still will anyway.

    Also Banksie’s such a ‘quality person’ with a marginal IQ and questionable people skills that he’ll implode under the constant barrage of issues that Ford’s aware of but has already got his shiny new post to slink off to leaving the shambles ARTA have presided over at the new supershity’s door.

  11. Big Bruv 11

    Why is Len Brown refusing to say who was at the now infamous $810 dollar dinner?

    The same dinner he charged to the rate payer.

    Come on “Honest” Len, tell us who you fed with rate payer money.

    • Kaplan 11.1

      Because it has no relevance at all on his ability to be a better mayor than Banks but strategically it’s still better to have it come out after the election. You have to appreciate that. It’s normal of the right to applaud political management over political substance and who Len had dinner with is of no substance at all.

      • Big Bruv 11.1.1

        It is of substance if Brown has effectively stolen the money, if he has then he deserves to face criminal charges……

        Oh hang on…..you lot just normally change the law when faced with charges of theft…..

        • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.1

          Meh, more of the Fox news “if this, if that, we’re just asking the question” smear strategy.

          Come up with some clearer indication of wrong doing or go away.

          Oh hang on…..you lot just normally change the law when faced with charges of theft…..

          Bill and John gave the financial speculators $1770 million of tax payers money. I guess because it was a gift, 108 cents on the dollar, its not theft right. But an inside job is still an inside job.

  12. JayDee 12

    Getting desperate there BB

    • Big Bruv 12.1

      Not at all, I am not an Auckland rate payer so it is no concern if mine really.

      However, it does not surprise me to see you guys sanction the theft of rate payer money.

      What the rest of us want to know is who Len fed on the rate payers credit card and why does he continue to lie about it.

      What does dishonest Len have to hide?

      • mystic01 12.1.1

        hmmmm,
        if you’re not an auckland ratepayer, then im assuming you’re not a Manukau Ratepayer either so you are right .. its nothing to do with you and, i as i am currently an Auckland City Ratepayer,its none of my business either.

        but as a soon to be a SuperCity Ratepayer, i have full confidence in Len Bown.

        btw, Mr Banks assumes that all central auckland ratepayers will support him but i have news for him and … its all bad.

        my family has already voted for LEN BROWN.

        • Big Bruv 12.1.1.1

          So, you have full confidence in a man who refused to tell the rate payers what he has spent their money on?

          Some might call that dishonest, some might call that theft….others call it usual behaviour from a left wing political figure.

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.2

          Its always a race to the bottom with Big Bruv.

          A couple of dollars worth of porn, sandwiches or flowers is worth following to the ends of the Earth; $1,770,000,000 in gifting to the wealthy and the financial speculators, meh.

          • Big Bruv 12.1.1.2.1

            That is where you are so wrong Viper (yet again) I do not believe in tax payer bail outs of greedy fools who placed their money into finance companies, given that I have the same attitude toward benefit parasites I am at the very least being consistent.

            Consistently is not something the left understand, you people always believe that the ends justify the means, theft, corruption, lies and slander are perfectly acceptable to you just as long as you are the ones committing the crimes.

            • BLiP 12.1.1.2.1.1

              Cuts both ways. Look what happens when John Banks is supposedly in charge of other people’s money?

              You’ve been quite busy for a welcher, unemployed again, are you?

          • Colonial Viper 12.1.1.2.2

            Perhaps the Right have better lawyers and accountants: grand thievary from the many with proceeds given to the few, but all (just) within the rules.

            That is where you are so wrong Viper (yet again) I do not believe in tax payer bail outs of greedy fools who placed their money into finance companies

            Yeah so why aren’t you fight fight fighting on our side against it, mate?

            Or are your beliefs as hollow as your free market principles?

            Consistently is not something the left understand, you people always believe that the ends justify the means, theft, corruption, lies and slander are perfectly acceptable to you just as long as you are the ones committing the crimes.

            You’re describing the US Republican party perfectly but no one else I know describes them as being “Left”.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.2

        However, it does not surprise me to see you guys sanction the theft of rate payer money.

        No that was Rodney Hide, in setting up highly funded Auckland CCOs out of the reach of rate payer accountability.

        Get it right.

      • The Voice of Reason 12.1.3

        “Not at all, I am not a debt payer so it is no concern if mine really.

        However, it does not surprise anyone to see me sanction the theft of a charity’s money.

        What the rest of you want to know is who Big Bludge owes money to and why does he continue to lie about it.

        What does dishonest Blub have to hide?”

        There ya go, BB, all fixed for ya. No charge; you wouldn’t pay anyway.

        • Big Bruv 12.1.3.1

          Hey Voice

          Do your pals know you support a commercial enterprise (not a charity) whose creator is facing charges of rape?

          Or does that not matter when the accused rapist is a fellow lefty?

          • The Voice of Reason 12.1.3.1.1

            Assange is innocent until proven guilty. You, on the other hand, are a proven bullshit artist. Nil credibility at all. Pay up or piss off.

          • mickysavage 12.1.3.1.2

            BB Did you ever pay that bet?????? You know the one that you lost??????

            • Big Bruv 12.1.3.1.2.1

              Micky

              You mean did I pay money to the rapist?

              You know the answer to that question, Wikileaks is not charity and the creator is a sexual predator.

              Still, I know that does not matter to you guys because he is a lefty.

              [lprent: Continuing your education

              I can see that you’re a classic member of a lynch mob. It only matters that the accusation is made – not that it is proved. Now lets look at you. I have a strong suspicion that you are a sheep-shagger. So now that I have made that charge you obviously are.

              We do know that you welch on your bets when it suits you. That makes you a what? ]

          • Jum 12.1.3.1.3

            big bruv really is disestablishing; stand back everyone. It could get nasty.

      • Irascible 12.1.4

        Perhaps you should ask why it took so long for Quax & Jamie Ross to front up on the debts they owed to the Manukau Council which, in Quax’s case, were larger than those the ACT candidates (Quax & Ross ) on the C&R platform raised about Len’s use of the mayoral credit card.

  13. Jum 13

    Two mail drops dumped, re an area which favours Brown; that’s not an accident – that’s rightwing politics at its corruptive best.

    Key backing Banks – two nasty, corruptly favoured politicians backing each other – figures.

    • Nick K 13.1

      Twyford backing Brown….touche!

      • Jum 13.1.1

        Nick K – more like an ouch for you. Key had Banks sitting on a seat beside him and English at an Act (pretend National) Conference some time back, and blurting out Banks as the ‘man’ early in 2009.

        Twyford, since he didn’t see anyone pulling the plug on Key, just like the spineless Broadcasting ‘Authority’ and the gummint not sacking the ex’nat candidate Paul Henry after a mind-numbingly embarrassing term as front man with attached bimbo (of course the women fronts just luuuuuuuuuuv Henry, but can they do it off camera – it’s cringy), supported Brown.

  14. Leftie – Nick K is right – A reporter told me she\’s confused by my politics. Apparently I don’t fit the centre-right mould & given my business successes; surely I am centre-right? NO! Not on all things. I grew up in a Blue Collar environment: Dad was a mechanic, Mum was a Nurse; both had high service ideals. I am centre-right on economics and macro value creation & centre-left on a range of social issues. So what? At Hirepool, for example, we made damn sure profit share included everyone, not just snr execs. One can have a centre right leaning and not buy into C & R rubbish – & most of it is rubbish. I’ve developed a good relationship with both Len Brown & Mike Lee during this campaign & believe I could work with them effectively if this comes to pass. In any case – I believe independents who “don’t pull” Auckland all over the political spectrum is the way forward

  15. mystic01 15

    just got home from visiting familes in Otahuhu(central auckland of course) and drove past the Mangere East Libray and the que of people waiting and im assuming to cast their votes … what a sight to see and good on them for making sure their votes count as some no good hopeless postie dumped their voting papers.

    or was that a planned .. ummm .. the mind boggles.

    Len Brown … is da man

  16. Lew 16

    Further to this topic, and I guess y’all probably have a post on it in the pipes but the Reid Research poll released last night by TV3 shows Brown winning the head-to-head battle in every single district in Auckland except Rodney and the North Shore, where Banks & Brown are dead even.

    If Banks can’t win even the Shore and Rodney by double figures, then I suppose desperation is all he’s got.

    (Concerns re sample size, though).

    L

  17. mystic01 17

    CONGRATULATION LEN BROWN FOR BECOMING THE “FIRST SUPERCITY MAYOR” OF AUCKLAND AND TO ALL YOUR “MEAN MACHINE” GROUP OF WORKERS FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

    PARTY!!!!!! PARTY !!!!!!! PARTY .. YOU ALL DESERVE IT.

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    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
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  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

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    5 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    5 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    5 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    6 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
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    6 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    6 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
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  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
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  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
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    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
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  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    1 week ago

  • Charity lotteries to be permitted to operate online

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says lotteries for charitable purposes, such as those run by the Heart Foundation, Coastguard NZ, and local hospices, will soon be allowed to operate online permanently. “Under current laws, these fundraising lotteries are only allowed to operate online until October 2024, after which ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Accelerating Northland Expressway

    The Coalition Government is accelerating work on the new four-lane expressway between Auckland and Whangārei as part of its Roads of National Significance programme, with an accelerated delivery model to deliver this project faster and more efficiently, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “For too long, the lack of resilient transport connections ...
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    11 hours ago
  • Sir Don to travel to Viet Nam as special envoy

    Sir Don McKinnon will travel to Viet Nam this week as a Special Envoy of the Government, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced.    “It is important that the Government give due recognition to the significant contributions that General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong made to New Zealand-Viet Nam relations,” Mr ...
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    14 hours ago
  • Grant Illingworth KC appointed as transitional Commissioner to Royal Commission

    Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden says newly appointed Commissioner, Grant Illingworth KC, will help deliver the report for the first phase of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into COVID-19 Lessons, due on 28 November 2024.  “I am pleased to announce that Mr Illingworth will commence his appointment as ...
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    14 hours ago
  • NZ to advance relationships with ASEAN partners

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters travels to Laos this week to participate in a series of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-led Ministerial meetings in Vientiane.    “ASEAN plays an important role in supporting a peaceful, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” Mr Peters says.   “This will be our third visit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Backing mental health services on the West Coast

    Construction of a new mental health facility at Te Nikau Grey Hospital in Greymouth is today one step closer, Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey says. “This $27 million facility shows this Government is delivering on its promise to boost mental health care and improve front line services,” Mr Doocey says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ support for sustainable Pacific fisheries

    New Zealand is committing nearly $50 million to a package supporting sustainable Pacific fisheries development over the next four years, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This support consisting of a range of initiatives demonstrates New Zealand’s commitment to assisting our Pacific partners ...
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    16 hours ago
  • Students’ needs at centre of new charter school adjustments

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says proposed changes to the Education and Training Amendment Bill will ensure charter schools have more flexibility to negotiate employment agreements and are equipped with the right teaching resources. “Cabinet has agreed to progress an amendment which means unions will not be able to initiate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Commissioner replaces Health NZ Board

    In response to serious concerns around oversight, overspend and a significant deterioration in financial outlook, the Board of Health New Zealand will be replaced with a Commissioner, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.  “The previous government’s botched health reforms have created significant financial challenges at Health NZ that, without ...
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    1 day ago
  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
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    2 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
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    2 days ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
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    4 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
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    4 days ago
  • 'Pacific Futures'

    President Adeang, fellow Ministers, honourable Diet Member Horii, Ambassadors, distinguished guests.    Minasama, konnichiwa, and good afternoon, everyone.    Distinguished guests, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today to talk about New Zealand’s foreign policy reset, the reasons for it, the values that underpin it, and how it ...
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    4 days ago
  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

    Kiwis and freight operators will benefit from the Coalition Government delivering on its commitment to introduce targets that will ensure a greater number of potholes on our state highways are identified and fixed within 24 hours, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  “Increasing productivity to help rebuild our economy is a key ...
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    5 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

    Five hospitals have been selected to trial a new mental health and addiction peer support service in their emergency departments as part of the Government’s commitment to increase access to mental health and addiction support for New Zealanders, says Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey.  “Peer Support Specialists in EDs will ...
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    6 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
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    6 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
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    6 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
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    6 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    6 days ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

    Seven projects have received government funding totalling nearly $250,000 to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). Initiatives that received an NZSL Board Community Grants this year include camps that support the use of NZSL through physical and sensory activities, and clubs where Deaf people and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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    7 days ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki

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    1 week ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access

    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
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    1 week ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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