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Banks’ Epsom chances up in smoke?

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, September 26th, 2011 - 66 comments
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Decriminalising marijuana just makes sense. 400,000 people are regular users. Prohibition costs half a billion a year, is ineffective, and fuels the gangs. So good on Brash for raising the issue. It’s totally consistent with ACT’s values. Problem is, John Banks and Don Nicolson don’t share those values. Gonna be fun to watch Banks on this issue in Epsom.

66 comments on “Banks’ Epsom chances up in smoke?”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Brash is just trying to get down with the kids, show them he’s a hip pensioner who knows what’s what.

    Guy from the sensible sentencing trust this morning said Brash was absolutely wrong.

    • Galeandra 1.1

      L – ‘Guy from the sensible sentencing trust’…… like, who asked these knobs anyway? I’m old enough to be bloody angry about the way a piece of US driven idiocy has turned a ‘war on drugs’ into a cash cow for vicious p-labbing gangs, and old enough to be sick of parties doing the mandated tough-on-crims jive so that the great unwashed will vote them another term.Brash saw dollar signs mostly, but he referenced the gang link, and good on him.

    • mik e 1.2

      dinosaur on drugs failed to inhale

  2. toad 2

    Brash’s mistake is that the drug of choice among Epsom voters is cocaine, not cannabis.

  3. Wyndham 3

    With cannabis legal, will the gangs then ensure their income flow by concentrating on the manufacture of P ? Unintended consequence ?

    • Blighty 3.1

      wouldn’t they be perfectly placed to go legitimate and just sell cannabis?

      P rices are rising and use declining

      • Cultivate; comercialise; and tax.

        Sounds like a plan.

        • prism 3.1.1.1

          It seems that Brash is trying to provide some rationality. Here’s John Banks now saying ‘He always will be opposed to drugs.’ You could almost replace that with – I will always refuse to revise and review my ideas in an objective way. Being a ranter is more fun.

          If only we had a mechanism to look at laws to see if we could get the required result in a way that was better for citizens, and cheaper. The amount of police budget spent on hunting in helicopters for marijuana plantings, the amount of violence that arises when the crops or profits are threatened, the entry into criminality which can lead onto the more dangerous manufactured drugs are all reasons for a new approach.

          Marijuana as hemp would add more dollars to our economy as a growing sector in our growing industry. And many country blokes, Maori and others, are already skilled at growing it, go with what you know and like, make money for all and solve unemployment problems in the rural areas.

          • mik e 3.1.1.1.1

            Funny how an ex publican Banks can oppose drugs when the most dangerous drugs in the country are sold in hotels.Hypocrisy doesn’t show good leadership, it just tell those who use illegal drugs that the law is an ass .While the criminal underworld profit and Grow literally

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      Brash isn’t calling for the legalisation of marijuana, he’s calling for its decriminalisation for personal use.

      • ianmac 3.2.1

        Yes. To decriminalise just means that if you possess just enough for your personal use, you will not get a criminal conviction. To have a criminal record would stain your options forever. Job? Travel? Wonder what happens if you grow or trade?

  4. tc 4

    Wyndham the gangs make as much of everything as they can that turns a buck, decriminalising reduces the criminal elements ability to profit from it.
    They’ve swung huge resources into P as it’s highly addictive so it’s a better income stream than other lower level ‘drugs’ which have a more casual ‘take it or leave it’ useage pattern like weed.
    Brash’s echoing what savvy senior narc officers have known for decades now ….allow us to swing all the resources behind the seriously addictive/destructive/dangerous drugs as a priority.

    • mik e 4.1

      Starting with alcohol and tobacco being taxed to pay for enforcement. Decriminalize all drugs but trafficking would be illegal and police would have more time to enforce the rule of law. especially as alcohol wastes 55% of police time.

    • Richard McGrath 4.2

      All the more reason to legalise the sale and use of methamphetamine.

  5. Olwyn 5

    He isn’t calling for decriminalisation so much as stating “a personal position” on the subject, a position which he agrees is not ACT policy. I see it as nothing more than a PR exercise, intended on the one hand to give young people the idea that the “free market” ACT espouses incorporates the “free, to do what I want, any old time” ethos, and on the other to show that ACT is not a branch of National, despite evidence to the contrary.

    • Lanthanide 5.1

      Normally when people state a “personal position” on a subject it doesn’t end up in the main stream news cycle.

  6. One can imagine Brash sitting in a smoke filled room while booming in the background is Bob Marley’s “You got to livey up yourself”.  And Key was then overcome by the Jah and realised that in his search for relevance he should become a rastafarian.
     
    I can hardly wait for his next haircut.  It will probably take a while for the dreads to grow though …
     

  7. randal 7

    Imagine don toking up and grooving along to glen miller!

  8. Olwyn 8

    Indeed. But last night on TV3 news he did say it was his own position, & not ACT policy.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    It seems the coppers aren’t totally on board with Brash. They’re still trying to make a martyr out of Dakta Green, though, to be fair, his convictions aren’t just for smoking the collyweed:
     
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/5684732/Crown-seeks-longer-sentence-for-Dakta-Green

  10. randal 10

    john: “where’s the stash”.
    don: “it’s all gone”!

  11. MikeE 11

    Would be nice if some of the people in labour, greens and nats who agreed with him grew a pair and stood up and said so, rather than silently putting up with a situation that sees kids treated like criminals for what they put in their own bodies.

    But expecting labour and the nats to stand up for principles… I guess thats dreaming.

    • Richard McGrath 11.1

      Problem is, the people in National, Labour and Greens view the plebs as wards of the state who will do what they are told, when they are told, and smile while doing so.

      There aren’t too many political parties about that treat New Zealand adults as entities fit to make decisions about their own lives.

      • Hanswurst 11.1.1

        You’re oversimplifying. MPs in Labour, National and the Greens view the majority of NZ – correctly – as people who have not read hundreds of policy analysis documents, sat on select committees and arrived at informed decisions on issues that affect large numbers of people.

        Adults are quite capable of making decisions about their own lives; it’s when they start making decisions that affect everybody else’s lives purely based on their own preferences that it becomes difficult. That is why we have a representative democracy.

        • KJT 11.1.1.1

          You mean the largely self appointed old boys club of the marginally competent. Who examine all the papers and evidence and then do the opposite because of an irrational faith in free markets and other religions.
          The ones who totally ignore expert research, empirical evidence, overseas experiences and advice and follow the failed footsteps of the UK, Ireland, Greece and USA.

          That is why we should have democracy. Why should the fate of 4 million be totally in the hands of whichever 61 incompetents won the beauty contest last election.

          There are very few politicians who could even survive in a job where you have to take real responsibility. Hows Brownlee doing in Christchurch. McCully in Auckland.
          Couldn’t run a p–up in a brothel.

          Since 1984 we havn’t even had the choice to get rid of an economic dogma, which is heading NZ for the third world.

          Presently, National/ACT/Maori party, while accepting an income from us, are actively working against the best interests of the majority of New Zealanders.

          The last round of privatisations costs more than 14 billion a year. not to mention the costs of buying back essential infrastructure when the, so efficient, private sector have run it into the ground.

          How could democracy possibly make worse decisions than politicians have.

          The evidence from the few places that have democracy, Switzerland etc, shows that better decisions result. Their politicians know that poorly researched and explained legislation will be overturned by referenda.

    • McFlock 12.1

      Don’t be – every so often they dip a toe in reality just to pretend they’re not spouting tory lies.
        
      What it does prove is that they are well aware of different points of view and even basic logic, but generally ignore them (the exception being when they want headlines or are getting worried at losing too many votes).
        

  12. gobsmacked 13

    Don Brash was attacked by some ranting lunatic on the TV news tonight.

    You might think this ‘ad hominem’ rant was coming from an angry leftie on the Standard. Unfortunately, it was ACT’s candidate for Epsom.

    Un-believable, and then some.

    (should be up on TV3 website soon, if you missed it – and you shouldn’t!)

  13. Kate K 14

    You might be interested to read my new book “Matters To A Head: Cannabis, mental illness & recovery”. You can check it out through my website http://www.matterstoahead.co.nz The book discusses extensively the relationship between cannabis and mental illness, and why the decriminalisation argument is far less important to NZ than the real issue of providing and resourcing appropriate treatment and services to those who become unstuck by the drug. Of which our mental health services and prisons have many such sufferers.
    I am both a Registered Nurse and a prison volunteer, and I can assure you that we already cannot cope as a society with the harm cannabis causes to individuals and families, and public health information and proper resourcing of treatment programmes should be the left-wing issue.

    • Campbell Larsen 14.1

      Kate K has your work been peer reviewed?
      You will forgive me if I don’t simply accept your assurances that we cannot cope etc…

    • Adele 14.2

      Teenaa koe, Kate K

      I work in health with a focus on Māori health. I believe that we should decriminalise the personal use of marijuana. Cannabis abuse is a health issue, and should be removed from the criminal justice system – currently used as the remedy. Prohibition simply forces issues underground and smokers towards dealing directly with the gangs – who have control of the tinny houses ‘pepper potting’ suburbia throughout NZ.

      Decriminalisation combined with a much greater investment in treatment and therapy would be a far cheaper option for society than incarceration and lost opportunities caused by a drug conviction. The evidence from Portugal, which decriminalised all forms of personal use in 2001, suggests that decriminalisation may in fact reduce rather than increase useage amongst individuals including teens.

    • mik e 14.3

      99% of mentally ill people have substance abuse problems

      • Adele 14.3.1

        Following on from the decision to ban smoking from prisons (which I absolutely disagree with) was a suggestion to also ban smoking from mental health facilities – for the same health and safety reasons.

        I get thoroughly hoohaa with sanctimonious decision-makers inflicting their holier than thou craziness upon the dis-empowered.

    • Deadly_NZ 14.4

      What is it with you so called experts??? you take the worst .5% of the population who most likely already have mental problems and they are suddenly the whole 100%. I am 55 years young, and I have smoked Cannabis since I was 16 MY CHOICE. And I have not gone off the rails, I am not psycho. And I have been made a criminal by the draconian, out of date laws, written, and enforced by narrow minded people, who think nothing of going to the pub, getting pissed, going home and beating up the partner/wife/ kids. NOW I challenge you to find 1 person who got stoned and started anything more violent than change the TV channel, or CD, talked and ate. I use it mainly for pain relief now as it’s way better on my system than about 30 pills aday that leave me feeling sick and unwilling to do anything. So to those who have got 30 bucks to waste on a book the fiction section at whitcoulls is way better than a book full of old and rehashed ideas. And apart from that do you think it’s smart, that in these days of economic saboteurs, (Key English) and the rest, that are in charge of the purse strings, borrowing 300 million a week. to waste over half a billion bucks a year, chasing those who grow and smoke a WEED.

      • Kate K 14.4.1

        The book is my story, and those of my peers. I was seriously addicted to cannabis for twenty years, and in my early 20s I developed a severe mental illness. The book is everything I have learned along the way, including in my nursing work, involuntary incarceration in a mental institution and prison experiences. Rehashed old ideas? Nobody’s written this story until now.

        • Campbell Larsen 14.4.1.1

          Of course no one has written YOUR story before now. It’s your story. I’m sure that you are quite aware of what ‘peer review’ actually means and I can only assume that because you choose not to put forward support from professionals and academics working in mental health, social policy and harm reduction that your ‘decriminalisation is bad’ claim does not have their support. What you have written is not science, it is opinion, opinion formed from personal experience perhaps, but opinion nonetheless.

          • higherstandard 14.4.1.1.1

            Is it still your opinion that the butcher should “hurry up and die” ?

          • Kate K 14.4.1.1.2

            I recommend reading the book before continuing further, because you have no idea what is in it. Research and otherwise.

            • McFlock 14.4.1.1.2.1

              That’s kind of the point – if you’re presenting it as research that should aid in directing policy, “is it peer reviewed?” is a reasonable question to ask before buying it. The answer is obviously “no”. 
               
              It might be touching, or it might raise some interesting questions, but until it goes through a credible checking process it provides no answers.

              • Kate K

                I’m NOT presenting it as research…IT’S NOT RESEARCH…some commenter on a blog who hasn’t read the book went off on that tangent. And it’s not “touching” either, for that matter. Jseesh you guys…

                • McFlock

                  “The book discusses extensively the relationship between cannabis and mental illness,” 
                   
                  So it discusses that relationship without providing original research or an original analysis of current research. 

                   
                    ” and why the decriminalisation argument is far less important to NZ than the real issue of providing and resourcing appropriate treatment and services to those who become unstuck by the drug.”
                      
                  And that’s the desired policy outcome.
                     
                  Peer reviewing would be a good idea if you want it to contribute to a political discussion. Otherwise it’s probably just a good read, but doesn’t have policy traction.
                   

                  • Kate K

                    Guys, you can’t be judge, jury and executioner of a book you haven’t read, (unless you’re in the Ban Macsyna King Facebook club). How do you know it’s a good read? It could be total garbage. How do you know it’s got no research in it? (It has, actually, just not mine). And how do you know I want to influence policy? Oh, if I had that kind of power! This is the blurb from the Press Release, It tells you a bit more about the book:
                    “This intelligent, witty and highly readable new book explores the links between cannabis and mental illness through the personal and professional experiences of New Zealand author Kate K.
                    In a first for New Zealand, this book combines valuable tools for recovery from dual diagnosis disorders with an insightful look at the socio-political context of our mental health system and societal attitudes towards drug and alcohol use.
                    The author questions the notion of cannabis as a ‘soft drug’, and challenges mental health providers to embrace the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of recovery to improve outcomes for people with co-existing addiction and mental health disorders.”
                    If you are with an organisation relevant to the topic or a media outlet, feel free to email me through my website and request a review copy.

                    • McFlock

                      I said it would probably be a good read. You are welcome to prove me wrong. 
                       
                      If you say that we, as a society, need to change an approach (e.g. resourcing mental health / addiction services rather than waiting for jails to fill up), then that’s a policy input. To be a useful policy input, it needs some evidence. Peer review helps ensure that most of the angles are covered.  
                        
                      It’s all very well saying something along the lines of  “I saw and experienced this, and this research suggests it’s not uncommon, so we’d be better off doing that”, but when it comes to the crunch you could end up with a smarmy git like Key saying “well, I have different experiences and I can find studies that disagree with what you just said”.

          • Kate K 14.4.1.1.3

            And just to add, I didn’t say “decriminalisation is bad”, what I actually said was “why the decriminalisation argument is far less important to NZ than the real issue of providing and resourcing appropriate treatment and services to those who become unstuck by the drug. Of which our mental health services and prisons have many such sufferers.”

  14. fabregas4 15

    Yes, and I am totally opposed to any easing of cannabis laws. This stuff damages kids brain cells. We have enough damaged kids in this country. This issue changes my vote big time and has meant that, to date, I can’t vote green though I would dearly love too for other reasons. Brash proposing any lightening up of laws around drugs is a desperate and quite clearly flawed and desperate grab for one of the biggest group of non voters – bye Don.

    • Galeandra 15.1

      Well fabregas4, you must be really reassured by the effectiveness of the current policies. I’ve also seen the damage pot can cause to kids’ memory and concentration, I’m not competent to comment on mental health issues, and I’d say there is little about the current situation that offers hope.Even 12 & 13 year olds are dealing it on a regular basis, and getting stood down or expelled from school, and many of the adults in their homes are regular users. Illegal dealing prevents any kind of real control so there might just have to be a better way. Maybe in another couple of decades people like you will change their minds? They’ve only had 30 years or so to make their point.

  15. logie97 16

    It’s got the masses talking about Brash though hasn’t it? Mission accomplished!

  16. logie97 17

    Just watched the clip on Campbell. Banks being unequivocal on the issue of substances and particularly on alcohol. Anyone know if Banks’ trusts and investment portfolios include shares linking him with the breweries.

    One assumes that, if elected, he will be standing outside the establishment in Khyber Pass (part of his electorate) demanding it’s closure. Can see it now. Go John. Do it!!!

  17. ak 18

    Plot outline #371:

    Working title: “By their friends shall ye know em innit”

    Let’s see…..a party of genteel centre-right pillars of the community led by a vain bumbling narcissist comes to power on the back of a blatant electoral bribe of more than $50 a week and hatemongering bloggers and talkback hosts that post the previous PM’s head onto porno and broadcast it to the world while calling for her assassination, now rorts the electoral system to bring in as their only support a party of deranged sociopaths who have all recently resigned led by a geriatric serial adulterer pitching to the racist benny-bashing druggie demographic.

    Mmmmm…..comedic promise, but definite credulity issues.

  18. Richard McGrath 19

    So, ACT moves inexorably and rapidly into the final stages of self-evisceration. I guess there won’t be too many tears shed among the regulars on this discussion group.

    Pity, then, that Labour’s Dear Leader has also come out on the side of the wowsers, FOR Prohibition, against adults having sovereignty over their bodies, against free choice. National are no better. The Greens have a number of sound aims and objectives, but spoil it by their busybody plans to make everyone healthier whether they want it or not, and the ridiculous plan to ban cultivation of cannabis for profit and fun (where, then, will people source their cannabis supply? Answer – through the criminal underground).

    Winston Peters would flog cannabis users and then put them into compulsory military training on Pitcairn Island.

    Only one political party in this country would allow people to smoke, eat, sell and gift cannabis – and heroin – if that was their wish, on the basis that it’s none of the government’s business what a person does in their own home as long as they don’t hurt anyone else. Pity it doesn’t stand a show of getting any MPs elected.

    • “…The Greens have a number of sound aims and objectives, but spoil it by their busybody plans to make everyone healthier whether they want it or not…

      Oh, perish the thought that we’d address the obesity epidemic before it overwhelms our public hospitals and healthcare system through obesity-related diseases, and “gobbles” up our meagre health-dollars.

      Far easier to slap a label of “free choice” over the whole issue; Do Nothing; and pretend it will all turn out ok.

      We should have adopted the same stance on drink/driving and car seatbelts to, maybe?

      In reality, the liberatarian model doesn’t work; has never worked; and will never work. Why? Because humans are a social/gregarious species like our simian cuzzies – not lone wolves who come together for a quickie-transaction and then scurry back to our concrete and glass dens.

      That’s not to say that de-criminalisation drugs doesn’t make sense. It does – if only to take it out of the criminal context and place it under firm State control, with good, strong, programmes for rehabilitation. We’d see drug-related crimes such as burglaries probably slashed in half, as addicts no longer had to steal to fund their habit.

      But that’ll never happen. Such a bold step would take a collective maturity that is far in excess of anything we possess, as a society.

      Plus the gangs would be very, very, unhappy.

      • Colonial Viper 19.1.1

        The other issue is that ‘free choice’ is a complete illusion. Psychologists can muck with someones ‘free choice’ by simply changing the order of the multiple choice questions around, leaving the wording and everything else intact.

        Simply changing something from an opt in to an opt out, leaving all other facts and information the same completely changes how the vast majority of people behave.

        People who prattle on about ‘free choice’ seem to be the same ones who do not understand the illusion of free choice in the slightest.

        • lprent 19.1.1.1

          I thought I was the only one around at this hour. Just did several upgrades to the operating system and moved sphinx search across (but it is objecting at present (sigh)).
          However I think I have just one small reboot to go and I’ll stop disrupting things (and get into a warm bed)

    • Colonial Viper 19.2

      Pity, then, that Labour’s Dear Leader has also come out on the side of the wowsers, FOR Prohibition, against adults having sovereignty over their bodies, against free choice.

      Here’s where you fail: by ignoring the fact that many people use their ‘sovereignty’ over their bodies to rule as if they are a Gadaffi or Mubarak or Marcos. Which leaves their bodies in a massacre, eviscerated, suffering from genocidal or corrupt rule. Is that what you back?

      Only one political party in this country would allow people to smoke, eat, sell and gift cannabis – and heroin – if that was their wish, on the basis that it’s none of the government’s business what a person does in their own home as long as they don’t hurt anyone else. Pity it doesn’t stand a show of getting any MPs elected.

      Pity you are simply another kind of hyper-individualistic neoliberal. Forget about family, community, or society, this is all about you you you you you, screw the interdependencies between you and the rest of the people you interact with and affect, fuck the future and all the risks that we can build into it today, just go for gold right here right now.

      allow people to smoke, eat, sell and gift cannabis – and heroin – if that was their wish, on the basis that it’s none of the government’s business what a person does in their own home as long as they don’t hurt anyone else.

      In a world where second hand cigarette smoke is acknowledged to cause family members in the same house cancer, I’m going to enjoy listening to your explanation on how someone smoking P or crack in a house is “not going to hurt anyone else” in the home.

      Come on, explain it to me.

      • Richard McGrath 19.2.1

        Many people use their ‘sovereignty’ over their bodies to rule as if they are a Gadaffi or
        Mubarak or Marcos. Which leaves their bodies in a massacre, eviscerated, suffering from
        genocidal or corrupt rule. Is that what you back?

        That analogy is invalid, and you imply that because a few people continue to abuse their bodies despite feedback mechanisms such as pain and disfigurement, that the rest of us should be deprived of our freedom.

        Screw the interdependencies between you and the rest of the people you interact with and
        affect, fuck the future and all the risks that we can build into it today, just go for gold right
        here right now.

        Beats me how you connect having the ability to decide what does and doesn’t go into your body with denying the existence of other human life and jumping on a a self-destructive hedonistic death ride.

        I’m going to enjoy listening to your explanation on how someone smoking P or crack in a
        house is “not going to hurt anyone else” in the home.

        Playing the stero too loudly at home will also hurt someone else – it may deprive them of sleep. Letting the kids watch TV may also hurt them by distracting them from their studies. There is no guarantee of getting through life without suffering physical or psychological stress. But there are degrees of stress, which can be minimised with a little planning. An extractor fan would clear the exhaled products from burning tobacco or methamphetamine. Smoking outside the house (which many people do) would also avoid passing on the second hand smoke. Not that difficult.

    • By the way, Richard,

      “Dear Leader” is John Key, not Phil Goff. I understand that neolibs have other terms of endearment for the Labour leader.

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  • 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
    2 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    3 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • Unacceptable
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 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
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    5 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 ...
    6 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
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    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
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    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
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    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?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
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    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

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    11 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    11 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    1 day ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    1 day ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    1 day 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 ...
    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    2 days 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    1 week 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

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
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    3 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
    The Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
    The Government is building special housing to accommodate one of Aotearoa’s greatest taonga- our kaumātua, says the Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Speaking at a National Kaumātua Service Providers Conference in Rotorua today, the Minister reinforced the importance kaumātua play in maintaining and passing on mātauranga Māori, knowledge, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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