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Basher bill puts pressure on Key

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, August 26th, 2009 - 104 comments
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John Boscawen’s private members’ bill to amend s59 of the Crimes Act has been drawn from the ballot.

Essentially it would take us back to square one in the smacking/child assault issue. The bill would allow parents and adults to assault* children for the purposes of correction as long as the level of the force is reasonable.

‘Reasonable force’ would be defined in the legislation, whereas before it was defined in case law. The definition of reasonable force in the bill is pretty restrictive (weapons, cruelty, and lasting physical damage are out). But the definition is pretty restrictive in case law too and we still had people getting away with bashing their kids using s59 as a defence, which is why Bradford’s amendment was introduced in the first place.

I think we have to ask two things.

  • Would this amendment leave children with less right to be free from assault to their person than an adult?
  • Would it potentially allow a defence for people like Jimmy ‘punch in the face dad’ Mason (who punched his five year old son in the face but didn’t do last damage)?

The answer to both questions looks like yes, and that’s not good enough. Leave the law like it is, anything else will just end up once again offering legal sanctuary to people who beat up kids.

This Bill will only get past its first reading if National backs it. The Greens and Maori Party will certainly oppose it, meaning even if Labour backs it there isn’t a majority without National. So, the pressure goes on Key to keep his word and retain the law that is working or bow to public pressure even though he knows it will endanger children. It’s an unenviable position.

*don’t get upset about the use of the word assault there, in the law the slightest touch constitutes an assault.

104 comments on “Basher bill puts pressure on Key”

  1. J 1

    A lot depends on how reasonable force is defined. I believe in Canada that the common law has defined what is reasonable in ‘smacking cases’ and the solution they have come up with is that:
    1) it cannot be to the head
    2) you cannot use implements of any kind
    3) you cannot use a closed fist

    On a first, albeit superficial glance, that appears to provide for a light smack to a child without making it a criminal offence

    • snoozer 1.1

      If you follow the link, you’ll see the definition of reasonable force in the bill:

      “(2) Without limiting the circumstances in which the use of force may be found to
      be unreasonable, subject to subsection (3) the use of force is unreasonable
      “(a) it causes the child to suffer injury that is more than transitory and trifling or materially contributes thereto; or
      “(b) it is inflicted by any weapon, tool, or other implement; or
      “(c) it is inflicted by any means that is cruel or degrading.

      That’s a lot more broad than the Canadian rules.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        “it causes the child to suffer injury that is more than transitory and trifling or materially contributes thereto”

        Does this mean that if I wish to beat my kid I should smack him once and have an accompanying doctor certify before I smack him again? Should I also have my lawyer present just in case?

        What if I miscalclulate the momentum of my blow and deliver too much force? If my child moves during the process of striking him but thereby increases the damage caused to him am I then liable?

        Should I film any beating just in case? Or is this too risky?

        I would have thought that a straight out ban would be easier to manage as well as being safer for parents.

        • Ianmac

          Too right MS. A simple ban on hitting kids would be unequivocal. (Then you would haveto prove justification. :)) I did hear Sue Bradford say as aside during a radio interview a couple of years ago, that she thought that that is what will happen eventually, but NZ isn’t quite ready for that. Prophetic.

  2. outofbed 2

    Key said at question time that he will announce at 4pm wether the Gov will support the basher bill

  3. Ianmac 3

    Tricky. If Key says yes but gets outvoted by Greens, Maori, Labour, then in the eyes of the public (esp NOes), Labour gets the blame. Is Key therefore playing cunning game by waiting till 4?

    • lukas 3.1

      National ACT and United Future have the numbers without Labour, the “greens” or the MP… who knows where the prostitute of politics Peter Dunne stands on this, and we all know that Jim “I really have my own political party” Anderton will do what Labour does.

  4. I find this debate fascinating. Never has there been so many signatures, so much overseas hard right christian money, so much angst and wailing and gnashing of teeth on what the Police have identified as being so little change.

    Imagine what could be done with a real issue if this effort was put into it.

    The selection of private members bills lately have also been as if by divine intervention. Twyford’s “Not yours to sell” bill, the Greens protection of Maui dolphins bill and now this. It makes you wonder if the supreme entity (if there is one) is having a bit of fun with National. Their blue green reputation is in tatters as is their promise not to privatise public assets “in the first term”.

    What will they do now? Is that lanky tired looking individual continuously trying to straddle inbridgable positions really the nice Mr Key that was going to be Labour lite?

  5. Nick 5

    *don’t get upset about the use of the word assault there, in the law the slightest touch constitutes an assault.


    The slightest touch does not necessarily constitute assault.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      The slightest touch does not necessarily constitute assault.

      Yes that is true. In general assault can be any contact that is both intentional (ie not an accidental bump in a crowded place), and unwanted (ie it should be plain from the context that the contact was non-consensual, unwelcome or intrusive in some manner, so a polite hand on an elbow to guide someone elderly is unlikely to be an assualt).

      But what the assault law does not attempt is any definition of a minimum force or consequence. Any contact, however slight, is potentially an assault if it is both intentional and unwanted. This covers odd scenarios like someone walking up and down a crowded rail platform gently touching women on the head, or stroking their hair for instance.

      In reality of course most technical assaults that do not involve any injury or lasting harm, the Police use their discretion not to prosecute because it would not be in the public interest to do so.

      • Ari 5.1.1

        I assume you’re talking about the current assault law and not the proposed amendment? 😉

        Still, the thing about democracy is that you don’t have to be right to have your go. This deserves to be voted down fairly in the house. 🙂

      • Gordon Shumway 5.1.2

        Are you guys deranged? You realise that bringing up children it is sometimes necessary to do things that would constitute assault (probably sexual assualt) if done to an adult.

        I’m not sure exactly what my view is on the changes to the smacking law issue, but I do know it’s intellectually dishonest to pretend the rules should be exactly the same as for adult-to-unrelated-adult relationships.

        Should you ask permission before wiping your two-year-old’s ass?

        I will say one thing on the law – it is not good enough that “the police can use their discretion”. Laws have to be drafted in a way that there is clear guidance on what is criminal and what is not (rather than making everything criminal and saying “don’t worry the Police have discretion”.

        You guys on the Left know how police power can be abused. Amazed that on the smacking issue your principles go out the door and all of a sudden you’re happy for the police to be judge, jury and executioner.

        • Spectator

          “You realise that bringing up children it is sometimes necessary to do things that would constitute assault (probably sexual assualt)”

          There are words for the sort of person who thinks that it is “necessary” to sexually assault a child. Such words are generally uttered by a Judge immediately before pronouncing a sentence of preventive detention.

          • Gordon Shumway

            Fuck you Spectator. Are you intentionally being an idiot for the comedy value? You can have the biggest slice of moron cake.

            How do you wipe the feces from around the ass of your 2 month old daughter without committing “assault” by your definition? Now are you saying that should be a crime?

            I am amzed that anyone with half a brain could read my post and reach the conclusion “this guy is into sexual assalt”. Fuck me you are stupid. That”s the “sort of person” you are – a stupid, stupid tool.

            [lprent: You’re a fool to jump on a site without reading the policy. Read it now before I start treating you as being a ignorant dickhead who is incapable of maintaining an argument. The only thing stopping me from banning your arse out of here is that you
            1. attempted to have a point.
            2. are clearly new at this.
            3. don’t understand that sysops and moderators are malevolent and your best best defense is not to attract their attention by acting like a cretin who thinks that their systems are yours to command.]

            • stdlunacy

              Someone bites back after being accused of condoning sexual assault on kids and gets a warning from the sysop ???

              FFS the blogosphere is going nuts !

              [lprent: It was a comment saying that by GS’es definition, what he would be looked at severely by a judge. The response was disproportionate for what was a mildly amusing quip that did not even specifically target GS. I’d suggest GS grows a sense of humour rapidly and hardens up, otherwise he’ll never survive here. I hate to think what he’d react like when someone like felix slides a truly nasty barb in. ]

            • Spectator

              Gordon, to most people there would be nothing sexual (or of the characteristics of assault) about wiping anyone’s arse. Otherwise every hospital and nursing home in the country would be in deep trouble. I strongly suggest you re-think what you openly consider to be sexual activity.

            • Gordon Shumway


              I am pretty happy to stand corrected, but if I forcibly and without consent, went up to another adult, and without consent pulled their pants down and wiped their ass, then applied talcum powder, then dressed them in a new pair of underpants, that WOULD constitute assault and quite possibly sexual assault.

              The point was very very simple. Despite what the original poster said about assault, that is not the final word on what you should/should not be allowed to do when bringing up your own children. Adult assault definitions are not transferrable across to parent/own child relationships. The issue is a lot more delicate than just transferring adult relationship norms to parent/child relationships. Why? Because children are not always capable of giving consent, and even if they are capable, it’s sometimes better that their desires/preferences are ignored.

              Your hospital/nursing home example is noted. You’ve pointed out that adult assault definitions have exceptions even in adult-adult relationships (usually where consent cannot be given or is not required). The law has developed in a way to deal with these special circumstances and that’s good.

              People who oppose the anti-smacking law believe that the law has gone too far in removing an exception to assault. Just like your hospital example, they are saying that there are “special circumstances” in the parent-child relationship and the total ban on smacking does not acknowledge those special circumstances.

              Not quite as simple as “all smackers like child abuse”, is it?

              So now that you understand the issue, why not back the fuck down a bit and apologise for suggesting (strongly initially, less strongly second time) that I am some sort of deviant or sexual predator?

            • felix


              Please forgive me if I’ve misunderinterpreterated you, but aren’t your concerns about bottom wiping fully covered by the following part of S59(1)?

              (d) performing the normal daily tasks that are incidental to good care and parenting.

            • Gordon Shumway


              (apologies for long post.)

              No you’ve not misinterpreted me at all – in fact you’re getting to the exact point I was trying to make.

              I assumed that the law would not be stupid enough to apply adult-to-adult definitions of “assult” to the relationship between parent/child. That’s why I was getting annoyed at people (including the original poster) who say things like “allow parents to assault their kids” and try and argue this complicated area solely on adult norms. They are just not that relevant. That’s why I said:

              “You realise that bringing up children it is sometimes necessary to do things that would constitute assault (probably sexual assualt) IF DONE TO AN ADULT”.

              (Spectator chose to leave the words in caps out. That’s because Spectator is a Tool).

              I didn’t know what the exact wording of the provision/exception is, and I must say it’s interesting to see it: “good care and parenting”.

              I’m not an insider, but that kind of explains where the referendum people were coming from, doesn’t it? i.e., it seems to me they were trying to say “do you believe it’s possible to smack your child but still be a good parent?”.

              Now I reckon a lot of NZers would answer that question “yes”. The problem is, the law currently makes those people technically criminals (the exception you’ve identified will no longer cover them). After the ant-smacking law change, the law now says, by implication, “smacking is always bad parenting/illegal, but the cops will decide whether or not to charge you”. You can see why some loving parents who smack might get upset by that new paradigm.

              What we should have been able to do in a bi-partisan way is say: “In this day and age, the meaning of “good parenting” has changed, so let’s now define that in greater detail”.

              As I’ve said elsewhere, I am amazed this has descended into partisan bullshit. The argument is just not advanced my saying “you want to assault kids”. Some of the crazy religious nutters might truly believe that severely paddling their kids is “good parenting” – THAT’s the attitude that we need to change first up, not the “any smack is automatically bad parenting” approach which the new law takes.

              More sympathetic stewardship of the law change would have avoided a lot of problems/wasted money and energy. When you see the exception you’ve pointed out, it become obvious what we’re really talking about – what is “good care and parenting”?

              I would say clarifying the law to say the following would have helped but not alienated the middle ground (and I know this is poorly worded): (1) striking with an implement is not good care and parenting, (2) striking on the face or head is not good parenting, (3) striking with an open hand on buttocks or child’s hand can be good parenting (police have discretion where repeated smacking in this way).

              Maybe in 50 years time parents won’t be smacking their kids on the ass either. Great. But the MAIN problem is parents punching, kicking, whipping, burning and killing their kids. Today’s law change should deal with today’s biggest priorities.

              This who thing should have been as easy as removing the provocation defence will be. Our politicians, media (and blog commentators) have let us down by not thinking clearly about our goals, what the issue REALLY is and what a good long-term strategy would be to change approaches to “good parenting”.

            • Gordon Shumway

              lprent – Why not let Spectator justfy the shit they wrote rather than come in as the great defender? Spectator slectively quoted my post (took out the words “if done to an adult”, which were kinda important don’t you think?) then used that selective quoting to call me a “type of person” who is thinks sexual assault of children is necessary. Explain for me how that is supposed to be funny?

              So I called Spectator as a fuckwit and a tool and a moron, and nothing you’ve said has convinced me otherwise.

              If Spectator had any class at all, he/she would apologise or at least clarify that he/she was not making the sort of personal attack that is obvious on a plain reading of what was written.

              I will survive absolutely fine on the occasions when I come here unless you decide to block/ban me. Since my views often differ from yours (I tend to see a bit more grey than you) it’s probably just a matter of time… Like I said, I don’t really give a shit. Instead of having a proper analytical debate, you can keep having the dialogue with sycophantic morons like Spectator and enjoy their rollicking sense of “humour”.

          • Gordon Shumway

            Sorry, just to clarify the above: “You are a fucking dumb tool, Spectator”.

          • Gordon Shumway

            lprent – Spectator has come in and accused me of being into sexual assualt. It was an outrageous comment from him/her and deserved some sort of censure from you as moderator. You didn’t give that censure because he/she is on your side of the argument.

            I called Spectator out for being fucking stupid and insulting. Am I wrong?

            There is absolutely nothing about my original point that is in any way trolling, with the possible exception of the word “deranged”.

            The point is very simple – it’s nonsense to suggest definitions of “assault” as between adults somehow settle the question of how parents/children interact. A bunch if posters were going back and forth about minute detail on adult assault as it it added something to the issue of child abuse – it doesn’t.

            Frankly you can ban me if you choose. I have never insulted a poster on this site who didn’t have a crack at me first. I have absolutely no problem at all maintaining an argument. Your own moderation has become increasingly partisan and ranting recently. Carry on having a dialogue amongst yourselves if you want – I don’t give a shit.

            [lprent: Go and read what Spectator actually said.

            It was your interpretation that it was about you. To pretty much anyone else it was an amusing quip. You mis-interpreted the comment and reacted. The reaction was a flame starter – so you got warned. I moderate on behaviors, not opinions – happens on both sides.

            IMHO in general leftie’s mostly tend to value the site and change behavior when warned. Some of the right don’t and prefer to be martyrs. Pretty much your choice – I really don’t give a shit what you think when I’m in moderator mode. ]

            • luva

              Well said

            • Gordon Shumway

              Spectator did not make a quip. Spectator selectively quoted then attacked. YOU go back and read what I wrote (“if done to an adult”), and what Spectator quoted back. Then explain how anyone could possibly deduce from that that I am the “type of person” who believe sexual assual of children “is necessary”.

              If nothing else, Spectator’s hilarious joke was totally fucking irrelevant, based as it was on the distorted quote.

              Because you jumped in so fast in “ban the troll” mode you missed the selective quoting and you’re determined now to read what Spectator wrote with a positive spin.

              Go on. Admit you missed the selective quote and the fact that Spectator’s “joke” would make no sense if the quote was complete!

        • Ron

          Police have and use discretion all the time.
          Very few rugby field fights end in assault charges. Speeding drivers get off with warnings. Cops break up fights on Saturday nights all over the country and don’t charge the participants. Liquor ban laws are often enforced by a friendly reminder. Under age drinkers get chucked out of pubs every weekend and not charged.
          It’s actually intellectually dishonest to require this law to be enforced any differently from any other.

        • Draco T Bastard

          Laws have to be drafted in a way that there is clear guidance on what is criminal and what is not

          The problem with that type of law is that it’s far too easy to abuse – see Nationals funneling of anonymous funds through trusts that weren’t technically against the law but most definitely against the spirit of the law.

    • snoozer 5.2

      It does unless there’s a justification or an excuse (eg licence – implied or express, self-defence etc). Prima facie, a touch is an assault. Of course, the law does not concern itself with trivial matters and the police don’t prosecute on them, so technical assaults aren’t necessarily going to be grounds for a court case.

  6. Maynard J 6

    I reckon the original amendment’s supporters should promise to try and get good parents criminalised if this law comes into effect because it is easier to abide by the law when there is an outright ban, as opposed to some half-arsed measure.

    Promise to report every one of them – because it is up to them to prove they are transitory and trifling strikers…

    • Ari 6.1

      Which will certainly help reassure worried parents who’ve been stressed out by the “no” campaign that weren’t not out to get them. ><

      • Maynard J 6.1.1

        I am talking pure evil blackmail 😉

        “Support this and you will see what can really happen to good parents – and here is what a bad law really looks like. Now, let me comfort you, after all you have been through because of that rat bastard Baldock. Yes, I know he was wrong…”

        • Ari

          And the very fact that you included the words “pure evil” in there should tell you why it’s not a good idea. 😉

  7. Nick 7

    Key has just announced national will support Boscawen’s bill to SC. Bradford has gone off. Fun!!

  8. Red Rosa 8

    Well, well…select committee time will be fun.

    I’m with mickysavage – what more can be said?

    But I’m waiting to see the US funded fundies arguing what a great difference a few good wallopings made to the baby Jesus………..

  9. gingercrush 9

    So John Key should have. Frankly I was disgusted that before his announcement at 4pm the only thing we got was a pathetic clarification of the law. No doubt the yes vote will be alarmed. They shouldn’t be. I agree the referendum did not say the anti-smacking legislation should be overturned. What that referendum did say was there were questions about that legislation. John Key should have announced a forum or inquiry. But he didn’t. Thanks to this bill coming out from the ballot we’ll get another look at things.

    • Ag 10.1

      Great. He’s gone up in my estimation for that.

      I guess he doesn’t want the National Party to go the way of the Republicans. No to populist authoritarianism and thuggery against children.

  10. outofbed 11

    kudos to JK

  11. r0b 12

    Yeah what was Nick on about?

    Current front page of http://www.newsroom.co.nz/ = “Nats Say No – Prime Minister John Key has stymied a fresh bid to reignite the smacking debate, saying National will vote against an ACT MP’s bill to reinstate the defence of reasonable force when disciplining children”

    Key is holding the line. I’m impressed.

  12. gingercrush 13

    That is because TV 3 had on their website:

    ohn Key has announced he will partially support ACT MP John Boscawen’s private members bill on the anti-smacking law, which was drawn in today’s member’s ballot.

    Key said this afternoon he would support the bill through to the select committee stage.

    It was announced earlier today that the bill had been drawn.

    Sue Bradford said on her official Twitter site that the bill’s appearance is “unbelievable”, coming only days after the results of a referendum on the law were released.

    Over 87 percent of voters said ‘no’ to the controversial question: “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand?”

    Mr Boscawen’s bill would, in its own words, make it “no longer a criminal offence for parents, and those in the place of parents, to use reasonable force for the purpose of correcting their children’s behaviour”.

    Ms Bradford described the bill as “very dangerous”, and “must be opposed at all costs”.

    Member’s bills are drawn at random from a ballot, so the timing of the bill’s arrival is purely coincidental.

    They still have it on their website. Idiots.

    Personally I think the bill should have at least gone to select committee.

  13. millsy 14

    Here we go again guys……

  14. Nick 15

    Yeah, TV3 was my source. Oh well, the fun has gone.

    • Bluebottle 15.1

      Pretty sucky day when you can’t rely on a major news outlet as a source for something like that. Not your fault Nick.

      • mickysavage 15.1.1

        Key may be the cause of the confusion. TV3 is now saying

        “Key earlier expressed partial support for the bill this afternoon, but has since clarified his statement and said there will be no support for the bill.”

        Quite a clarification to go from support to opposition.

        • gingercrush

          Where online does it say this? Seems to me Tv3 jumped the gun and is trying to save their hide.

          • mickysavage

            Key is sloppy with his language at the best of times and tries to agree with everyone. I would not be surprised if he did give an impression that then needed to be corrected. A transcript would be good.

            • gobsmacked

              John Key’s position on smacking explained:

              King of Swamp Castle: Guards, make sure the prince doesn’t leave this room until I come and get him.
              Guard #1: Not to leave the room… even if you come and get him.
              King of Swamp Castle: No, no. *Until* I come and get him.
              Guard #1: Until you come and get him, we’re not to enter the room.
              King of Swamp Castle: No, no, no. You *stay* in the room, and make sure *he* doesn’t leave.
              Guard #1: And you’ll come and get him.
              King of Swamp Castle: Right.
              Guard #1: We don’t need to do anything, apart from just stop him entering the room.
              King of Swamp Castle: No, no. *Leaving* the room.
              Guard #1: Leaving the room, yes.
              King of Swamp Castle: Look, it’s quite simple. You just stay here, and make sure he doesn’t leave the room. All right?
              Guard #1: Oh, I remember, uh, can he leave the room with us?
              King of Swamp Castle: No, no, no, no, you just keep him in here, and make sure…
              Guard #1: Oh yeah, we’ll keep him in here, obviously, but if he had to leave, and we were with him…
              King of Swamp Castle: No, just keep him in here…
              Guard #1: Until you, or anyone else…
              King of Swamp Castle: No, not anyone else. Just me.
              Guard #1: Just you.

              (with thanks to the Python team)

            • mickysavage



              New Zealand does feel a bit like a Monty Python skit lately …

      • gingercrush 15.1.2

        But this isn’t anything new. The Herald has on numerous occasions released info that isn’t true and they simply keep updating the article during the day. Stuff has released information when the Jury hasn’t even decided on the case yet.The mass media seem to think being wrong on the internet doesn’t matter.It does matters. Its shoddy journalism.

  15. Bright Red 16

    I’ve just been on the tv3 site. It now says:

    “Key earlier expressed partial support for the bill this afternoon, but has since clarified his statement and said there will be no support for the bill.”

    wow, supersonic flip-slopping

  16. outofbed 17

    I am immensely pleased with Mr Key today showed some common sense rather and balls
    Still would not vote for him though 🙂

  17. toad 18

    I’m pleased to see that, at least in this instance, John Key is taking an evidence-based approach. (Pity he couldn’t do the same with the Super Shitty Bill, where the evidence is that Maori are seriously under-represented on local authorities). But anyway, he deserves some praise for the stand he has taken on section 59.

    The attempt to overturn the anti-smacking law has just been administered a fatal beating.

    Prime Minister John Key has announced National won’t support Act MP John Boscawen’s Private Members’ Bill allowing the use of reasonable force by parents in correcting their children.

    He says it’s his party’s view the current law is working.

    Key says it will be changed if it’s proved not to be working but he doesn’t need a Members’ Bill to do that.

    The private members bill had been drawn from the ballot box on Wednesday.

    Boscawen’s Bill looks set to fail with Labour, the Greens, and the Maori party all expected to oppose it.

    Looks like it’s Dead Duck Day for ACT and the spankers.


    • Gordon Shumway 18.1

      Toad – is it only Maori representation on councils that you’re concerned about, or are you arguing for more accurate racial representation across the board?

      If the latter, are Asians currently under-represented as well? Should we guarantee Asian representation?

      Why is race important for Maori and not Asians?

      This sort of “Maori representation” crap starts is paternalistic, guilt-ridden bullshit. Either race is important and we can all be as racist as we like in our everyday lives, or it isn’t and we can start from the position that (a) anyone can run for the office (including Maori); and (b) anyone can vote for particular candidate for whatever reason they damn-well chose (including the fract that they are Maori).

      Of all the different reasons for voting for a particular candidate, would you vote for someone solely because they shared your ethnicity?

      Why do you people then assume Maori only want to vote in other Maori (or need other Maori in office in order to be properly “represented”)?

      [lprent: that one was better than the one you did further up. At least there was an argument in it rather than troll-like bile.]

      • toad 18.1.1

        No, Gordon, it is based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

        Maori are tangata whenua. The rest of us, be we Asian, Pacific Islanders, Pakeha, Australian, European etc are allowed to be here by virtue of us being Tangata Tiriti.

        But for Te Tiriti, Maori would be entitled to tell us all to piss off to wherever our ancestors came from.

        • Gordon Shumway

          Oh OK. I’m still confused.

          Assuming your interpretation of Te Tiriti is correct in law, do you believe applying it in this way helps Maori, New Zealanders or anyone else in the world to improve their lot? (In other words, imagine the Treaty does not exist and tell us whether you believe race-based political representation is a goal that good societies should strive for).

          Alternatively, are you saying we should all stick with the (your) literal interpretation of Te Tiriti forever (irrespective of whether it’s helpful or not) because otherwise Maori would have some sort of legal right to tell the rest of us to “piss off”?

          See – I reckon it’s paternalistic nonsense to say that “Maori representation” must be guaranteed in the way you describe, when every Maori has the same vote as every non-Maori, and every Maori has the same brain with which they can decide to vote for a candidate either (a) on the basis of the candidate’s ethnicity only, or (b) on other grounds (such as whether or not they are competent for the job). I also reckon Maori have no right at all under the Treaty or otherwise to tell me (a non-Maori) to piss off from New Zealand.

        • Nick

          Our great historian Michael King doesn’t believe that but clearly you know more than him.

          • Gordon Shumway

            Which part, Nick? I didn’t realise the rules of the game were that we all had to agree with Michael King.

            Do you believe race-based political representation helps society and is something we should aim for (ignoring the issue of whether Maori are guaranteed it in the Treaty)? [I don’t – I though SA taught us all that].

            Do you believe Maori could tell non-Maori to “piss off” if there was a breach of the Treaty? (I don’t. There’s a whole host of legal reasons, but none of them really matter a jolt when you consider that there’s no practical way for that to happen.)

            So are you after (a) a good and decent society (in which case you answer the question about race-based representation and apply to it all races), or (b) complying with agreements no matter the cost (i.e even if it forces you to do something that does not help you build a good and decent society)?

            • Akldnut

              Tena koe Gordon – If there were some public input as to how this 20 seat council were put together (fair and democratically) I wouldn’t have problem with it. But the fact is our rights to put in anyone of our choosing with “our vote” has been taken away from us,
              AND under the founding document of this country (Te Tiriti O Waitangi) which gives us other rights that you and your mates are likening to “racist positions” within society, these rights are also being taken away.

              At the very least there should be some form of proportional representation. We have the right to speak for our selves. (but not on this matter for some reason)

              Heres some rough figures I put on red alert

              The crude population count for Census night, March 7, shows that Auckland’s population rose by 12.4 per cent in the past five years to 1,318,700 or 32 per cent of the national population of 4,116,900. (Google)

              20 seats on council
              1,318,700 by 20 seats = 65,935 people represented by each councilor.
              137,000 Maori in Auckland (TV One News)
              137,000 by 2 seats = 68,500 per seat

            • Gordon Shumway

              Hi Akldnut,

              Thanks for your figures I hadn’t seen those. My point is just this: Let’s say there are 69,000 Asians (I imagine there are heaps more), do you also argue for 1 Asian seat?

              If not, why not?

              Now your answer is going to be, I think, “Because Maori signed the ToW and we get the extra representation not anyone else”. That’s the bit I don’t agree with.

              See there are three basic options:
              1. No racial representation
              2. Recial representation but only selected groups get it
              3. Racial representation but all groups get it.

              I reckon, in an ideal and fully functioning society, we should be aiming for 1.

              I don’t know anything about how councillors will get appointed but I’d assumed there would be some sort of postal ballot. Maori (and Asians) can vote for their candidate solely on ethnicity if they chose. It seems to me that with 137,000 votes (or whatever, it’ll be lower once kids removed), that’s a pretty good voting block if, in fact, all Maori agree that a vote on race-based lines is a good vote.

      • Gordon Shumway 18.1.2

        lprent – go tell me what bile was in my original post further up. None.

        There was plenty or bile when someone suggested I was into sexual assualt of children.

        [lprent: No they didn’t. You (stupidly or deliberately) interpreted it that way and acted in a way that was likely to start a flamewar – ie a bilious response. That got my attention. Trying to litigate with someone who has access to the banning tools is not exactly intelligent (stupid) – unless of course you wish to have the satisfaction of a being a martyr (deliberate). ]

        • Armchair Critic

          Geez Gordon, it seems like you might have choked on the shit soup JK served up to the pro-smacking lobby this afternoon.
          Your first comment was pretty dumb. I spend all day changing nappies, there is nothing sexual about it and your comparison deserved a contemptuous response. I am not sure Spectator said you were “into sexual assault”, but I see you could read it that way, if you read it too quickly.
          Your comment about Maori representation was almost as dumb but Toad has that covered too. It comes back to meeting the obligations of an agreement, which is something I thought ACT supported and it is just weird that they are playing the race card. Looks like Dr Brash just left it lying around for any idiot to pick up and play. Maybe you could read the treaty before you make any more comments.
          And leave LP alone, I’m not keen to see you banned, your comments provide a great deal of amusement.

          • Gordon Shumway

            Armchair – of course there’s nothing sexual about changing nappies. However, a bunch of people above believe adult definitions of assault have relevance in the sphere of child abuse. You are agreeing with my point, not refuting it.

            I repeat, in order to be a parent you have to “assault” your children on a daily basis (if you are going to take “assult” as meaning the same thing as assult in an adult-toadult context). How would a non-related adult react if you pulled down their pants, changed their underwear and put talcum powder on their bottom.

            Adult/own-child relationships are DIFFERENT from adult/adult relationships and this will affect the policy response. What is amusing, weird or stupid about that point?

            As to the Treaty, I’ve read it a number of times thanks. Good effort to close off the argument by playing the “I am smarter than you” card.

            Why not address the points? (1) Do you believe that race-based representation is something that all good societies should aspire to (irrespective of whether or not there is an agreement in place about it)? [I don’t. Even if the Treaty did contain a promise of race-based political representation (which it doesn’t), I would argue that we should ignore it.]

            (2) Do you believe that under the Treaty, “Maori” have a legal right to tell “non-Maori” to “piss off” out of New Zealand if there are no Maori seats on the super-city council? (If so – how would that work?) [I do not believe they can.]

            I also hope you stick around Armchair. You come across as someone quite young and new to politics who just learned the words “shit soup”, “race card”, “Don Brash” and “ACT” because I don’t know what relevance any of that has to anything I’ve posted above.

            • Armchair Critic

              Umm, yeah, I always thought that to constitute assault, any contact had to be both deliberate and unwanted.
              Even at a very early age kids want their nappy changed, because not doing so leads to failing to provide proper care. Which is why your argument (and thanks for trying one, btw) doesn’t work for me.
              And there are circumstances where the removal of an unrelated adult’s (though what being related to the person has to do with it is not clear to me, I thought it was more to do with responsibility for care) clothes and physical contact with them is not assault, sexual or otherwise. Care of the elderly, especially those with dementia springs to mind. These people do, in my experience, object violently on occasions, but the caregiver’s duty of care takes precedence. So, your assertion that I assault children every day is one I can not agree with.
              I’ve read some stuff and not understood it, too. And I have no idea whether I am smarter than you or otherwise, it isn’t something I’m overly concerned about. If you are worried about it I am happy to agree that you are smarter than me.
              As for your questions.
              1. I’m not keen on anything race based, unless it provides better outcomes for society as a whole (and I note that this is difficult to prove), however the seats proposed for the new Auckland Council would not be race based, they would be reserved for one group of signatories of the ToW. Subtle difference, I know. I’m all for honouring agreements, though.
              2. My understanding of ToW with regard to asking/forcing non-Maori to leave is the same as yours. I don’t take seriously any suggestion that, even if it were possible, that it would happen.
              Assume away about my age and involvement in politics, I doubt you could even guess my gender first try, and that’s a fifty-fifty shot.

            • Gordon Shumway

              What do you mean “reserved for one group of signatories of the ToW. Suble difference”? All the signatories are dead. It’s reserved to people who are the same race as the signatories to the ToW.

              That’s race-based.

              If it’s a good thing for society as a whole, then let’s been even-handed and make sure Asians are covered as well.

              If it’s a bad thing for society (or Maori, as the case may be), let’s be done with the whole guilt-ridden paternalistic nonsense and say “Sorry, but in this day and age, political representation is on merit. You can vote for Maori candidates if you want to, but we are not going to set up state-sanctioned race-based selection and voting mechanisms no matter what the ToW says. As a modern democratic society where everyone was born in the 20th century and later, we now know that shit is wrong. We believe you are intelligent enough to use your vote wisely and, if you want to, you’ll vote to give yourselves racial representation on the council. On the other hand, you might vote for the Asian woman who’s really smart.”

              That’s called consistent principles.

            • Gordon Shumway

              btw – give up on the assault thing. You don’t get it.

            • Armchair Critic

              GS – It’s my job to understand what constitutes assault. You are the first person to suggest I don’t “get it”.
              I stopped reading race into the ToW years ago. While it is not just about property rights, reading it from that perspective can be a good place to start dispelling prejudices. I would say you don’t get the ToW, but I doubt that would be helpful.

            • Gordon Shumway

              Apparently, Armchair, it’s impossible for you to have any discussion without trying to end it with the killer blow.

              e.g. it’s “your job” to interpret what assault means so you must be right.

              e.g. You (being intellectually superior) are able to read the ToW “without reading race into it” (care to explain how that works?!) so your views carry more weight.

              You keep missing the point on the “assault” definition thing. Go read the original post on this thread where “slightest touch constitutes assault” is a phrase used to try and advance debate on how best to deal with parents abusing their kids. Then a bunch of people get into the semantics of what constitutes assault. It’s almost irrelevant to the smacking debate.

              I will break it down slowly: If you want to use the ADULT-TO-ADULT definition of assault, then parents assault their kids daily. Therefore, the adult definition of assault is not really relevant to the smacking debate. We need to apply some intellectual rigour to the issue rather than drawing false analogies.

              Simple point really, but continue to argue with it if you want.

              On ToW – why not try and engage with me and respond to the issues/questions in my post above?

            • Ari

              Gordon- the treaty is the basis for Westminster law in this country, and it could easily be viewed as not just treaty or legal document, but essentially an ethical code of conduct for immigrant peoples of New Zealand. I’m not sure any of that had to directly relate to race so much as colonialism- we just made it into a racial conflict when we as Pakeha started ignoring that code of conduct and doing many of the unjust things that colonial government before us have also done.

              As a document the treaty supersedes racial issues because it was a framework for not having any of them in the future. If we could actually start living up to it and being open to fulfilling those obligations as a nation, then we might actually approach a place where Maori don’t need to assert their Tino Rangatiratanga rights to bludgeon the electoral system into something a little less unfair and a little more lawful.

            • Armchair Critic

              Let me make it clearer, as a part of my day to day responsibilities, if I didn’t understand what does and does not constitute assault I would be in prison. The fact that I am not and have not been to prison leads me to believe that your assertion that I do not understand the definition of assault is plainly wrong.
              I would support Marty’s comment fully if it said “the slightest touch can constitute assault”, there are many circumstances when it does not constitute assault. Plenty of examples have been given in other comments.
              I answered your questions on ToW, you seem to be fixated on making it about race. It’s not. I can’t wait for you to say it is also about gender, because almost all the signatories were male. But I would think that’s a load of crap, too.
              Most people have spotted that the original signatories are dead. Seats would be reserved for their descendants, which is not race based.
              And keep going on the “age dicrimination is okay (the adult definition of assault is not really relevant to the smacking debate), race discrimination is not” thing. But maybe apply some intellectual rigour to that first.
              If you comment on a blog you may be lucky enough to get responses. Some of them you won’t like for a number of reasons, deal with it.

            • Gordon Shumway


              I hear your arguments on the ToW’s status. But let’s be honest, the separate Maori seats are certainly not explicitly stated in the ToW, are they?

              What I am saying is a bit different from trying to rehash the defintion of toanga yet again (qualified experts line up on both sides of the debate on that one – you might be one of them – but no solution will come from it).

              A different approach:

              1. Pretend the ToW does not exist.
              2. Ask yourself, does “race-based” seats (and they are, if you can only vote as a Maori) actually help Maori?
              3. If your answer is “yes” to #2, ask yourself, “would race-based seats also help Asians and other minorities”?
              4. If your answer to 3 is yes, then let the Asians have race based representation as well.
              5. If the answer to #3 is, it WOULD help Asians but actually we only want Maori to have that advantage, then I think we need to think long and hard about whether that’s the way we want to live in 2009 and beyond.

              See, you start to get into interesting and fertile territory. We as a country should be trying to build IDEAL political systems, not systems that are based on outdated beliefs and practices (the outdated belief and practice being, effectively, “I am X-race, you are Y-race, we automatically are opposed to each other and need race-based representation”.

              None of this ignores the fact that Maori are overrepresented (in a negative way) in health, wealth, unemployment and various other statistics. I’m not saying for a second that Govt shouldn’t address those issues in a race-targeted/sympathetic way – I’m just hugely suspicious of whether race-based political representation can/willbring about any improvement.

              Armchair – you are giving me a headache. I am sure you know what assault means. Most of us inherently understand that you can, and must, do things for your children (or for sick adults) WITHOUT PERMISSION that you cannot do without permission to other adults.

              Just like in your daily job, the parent-child relationship has special circumstances. That’s why adult definitions of assault are not really relevant to the anti-smacking debate and it’s unfair and inflammatory to call all opponents of the new law the “basher brigade” or people who “want to assualt their kids”.

            • Armchair Critic

              You know Gordon, I am inclined to agree with most of what you said and while I might disagree with a bit, I don’t disagree enough to be disagreeable any more (and I have work to do). Pax. Also, I really liked one of your comments on getting the support of the middle ground, I think it was on another post.
              I apologise for my part in giving you a headache and hope that it passes.

            • Gordon Shumway

              AC – apologies for not being clearer and “ita vero” to your “pax”!

              To be honest, about the only comment I ever dare to make here is to try and get some of the extreme rhetoric toned down so the more subtle middle ground concerns can be heard and considered.

        • Gordon Shumway

          lprent – your interpretation of what Specatator said is so strained it’s comical.

          Spectator selectively quoted me (left out the words “if done to an adult”). Spectator then said:

          “There are words for the sort of person who thinks that it is “necessary’ to sexually assault a child.”

          Don’t be cute. Spectator was saying that I had used words demonstrating I am the sort of person who thinks sexual assualt of kids is necessary.

          What’s your funny interpretation of the quip? How come you know so much about what Spectator was trying to impart? Spectator himself hasn’t come out to profess innocence in the way you have and seems to have quietly accepted his justified rebuke as a fuckwit.

  18. outofbed 19

    I am immensely pleased with Mr Key today showed some common sense and balls
    Still would not vote for him though 🙂
    Those from the sewer are fuming.and spitting tacks, all going to vote ACT now
    However the polls probably won’t change much.. which will show how relatively unimportant this thing is to the great unwashed.
    I predict Winnie getting on to it though, might just get him over the 5% next time

    However my predictions are shit generally

  19. lprent 20

    I’d expect that next up we will find it becomes a concience vote for Nat mp’s. After all there are probably some who’d like a taste of fists million.

  20. lprent 21

    Gordon: we are also aware with the police that they have to control themselves. Sure as hell do not want politicians to do it. Mostly what people dealing with the police want are better feedback mechanisms. The IPCC have in the past been inadequete.

    Most of the decisions about charging for criminal matters are left to the police for everything from murder to mayhem. They have to decide if they have a case. What would be nice is for the police to get a big more introspective about why they fail to get convictions

    • Gordon Shumway 21.1

      I hear you. But it’s a huge compromise.

      C’mon let’s all be honest. The referendum question was unclear and ambiguous. The law as currently drafted (including the fact that the police “use their discretion” in matters of enforcement) is unclear and ambiguous.

      In my view, removing the “loophole” that arguably existed in the old law is a good thing. We want people to stop and think before laying a hand on their kids. I am just amazed we’ve been unable to amend the law in a way that doesn’t create a wealth of other potential issues (Police having the responsibility to “using discretion” being one of them).

      The vagueness and uncertainty of the law adversely impacts on some of the positives that should have come out of it. The message is now blurry, which will make it harder to drive through to the sorts of parents of torture and murder their kids (or who start off smacking and move up the scale to voilence and abuse).

      I am really just sad about the whole thing. We’ve had so much incompetence for the law/enforcement regime to end up as confused as it now is. NZ has wasted (and to continues to waste) time and money on something (i.e. the law change) that is really only a peripheral part of dealing with the problem of murdering/abusive parents.

      What say $5 million spent not on a wasted referendum (which some NZers felt “forced into” because of the terribly drafetd law), but instead on doing something that might actually get through to parents who punch, kick, burn and throw their children?

      You know, at some stage in the future NZ is going to quietly remove the defence of provocation in murder. This issue should have been as smooth-sailing as that will be. It would have been if all involved parties had approached it with a bit more tact and skill.

      End result – NZ wastes a sh1tload of money and time. We also blunt the message.

  21. gobsmacked 22

    The nutjob blogosphere has been hilarious. For example, a Nat hack congratulates himself at No Minister:

    “As predicted by Adolf, PM John Key has announced National will support John Bascowan’s [sic] bill to neuter the anti smacking legislation.”

    Yes, I’m right and so is my beloved leader. And when he says the very opposite an hour later, he’s still right, and so am I.

  22. plato 23

    ” What would be nice is for the police to get a big more introspective about why they fail to get convictions”

    maybe if anti-police lefty activists spent less time baiting the police the police would have more time to deal with issues such a domestic violence.

    what a laugh to see lefty activists all of a sudden see what everyone else has always seen – the police are not the enemy.

    • And what a real laugh seeing all the wingnuts complain about excessive use of their powers by Police in all the multiple cases where innocent parents have been arrested and persecuted since the law change was enacted.

      By the way, can you name one case, just one case where a parent who only smacked their child lightly and in a loving way was prosecuted?

    • toad 23.2

      Guess I qualify as a “lefty activist”., albeit a Green one.

      But I’ve never seen the Police as the enemy. They are an authoritarian agency of the state, and too often that has meant they are directed by legislation or (legally improper) executive instruction to defend the interests of the rich and the powerful against those fighting for social and economic justice.

      But that doesn’t make the Police the enemy.

      The “thin blue cheese” in the sandwich of struggle between labour and capital maybe, but not the enemy of working people.

      • lprent 23.2.1

        Exactly. Coupled with a 19th century militia structure with management practices from the 1950’s that tends to make them a bit inert when it comes to changing themselves.

  23. Richard 24

    Credit where its due – well done John Key (never thought I’d say that, and don’t expect me to say it again in a hurry).
    I suppose he wouldn’t want to be seen as ACT’s bitch twice in one week.

  24. Ianmac 25

    Remember when Fonzi tried and tried to say, “So-s-sor-sor-sorr- Oh the hell with it.”
    It is a bit like that for John Key. ” John. You did g-g-go-goo- good.” (Or his strategists did.)

    • toad 26.1

      Yippee! John Key.

      Just on this issue though!!!

      But so cool to see them spewing big-time on the Kiwiblog comments thread jarbury.

    • You are right Jarbury although it is also quite scary …

      It reminds me of the Health debate in the US. So many people who are really upset by something that will not happen if a better system is introduced …

      • jarbury 26.2.1

        Maybe Labour should support it to a select committee so the issue hangs around for a bit longer, and National cop even more flak for their position?

        • Ianmac

          Since National has tipped its hand, Labour could now back the Bill to Committee, and get the NO folks approval yet the Bill would fail and it would be Mr Key’s fault, yet kill the Bill.
          Good point Jarbury.

  25. plato 27

    ” They are an authoritarian agency of the state”

    what a joke, lefty activists can go on deluding themselves but get a life and stop wasting police time.

    they’re the ones with the good judgement to deal with the smacking issue. stop playing petulant adolescents and let them got on with their job.

    they’re the ones who risk injury intervening to protect women in domestic violence situations. all lefty activists do is pick fights with them and then mindlessly bleat on about workers vs bosses and how they are so persecuted.

  26. outofbed 28

    Someone on the sewer suggested Boscowen delay his bill till six months b4 the election
    That would liven things up

  27. gingercrush 29

    I do wonder how much pressure there is in National’s caucus who would support Boscawen’s bill. I can’t imagine the likes of Collins or English are that happy. From what I see the 2005 and 2008 intakes are more conservative than liberal. The referendum showed a sizable number voting No. Of course we don’t know why many voted no. But there has to be a sizable group that do not like this law.

    I voted no. I see NRT is calling anyone that voted No, monsters. Well fuck him. I had my reasons. I answered the thing quite literally. At the time I cast my vote I didn’t think it needed change. I still don’t think it needs to be change. But I do not think simple clarification by the police and MSD is enough. When you get 88% to vote No on something. Isn’t it in the best interests to at least reach understanding of those that voted no. Hence the need for a forum or inquiry to look again at the issue. To simply ignore it reeks of the same arrogance Labour displayed numerous times but particularly with the Electoral Finance Act. It stinks when you have political leaders that seemingly ignore a number of people out there.

    That some here and elsewhere have painted us No voters as wishing to see children be assaulted. You lot are quite frankly appalling. Especially when you talk about things such as low turnout or that the majority should somehow be ignored. Especially when you lot demand the government cuts emissions to 40% because 65, 000 signed a petition. Or scream about how undemocratic National is being over the Super City.

    But to go back to what I said initially. The reason Key is resisting changing the law or doing anything besides clarification when he will be under pressure over it. It goes back to that day he and Helen Clark walked together and reached a compromise over the legislation. That made him look like a PM and undoubtedly since that moment the media saw him as absolutely credible and the polls since that moment swung permanently in National’s favour. It was his great moment as Opposition Leader. He can’t go back on that moment that made him PM.

    • felix 29.1

      Don’t take it personally ginge, no-one’s calling you a monster.

      I chose to sit the referendum out, but if I’d voted I would have voted “no” as you did. I couldn’t, in good conscience, answer “yes”. Just because the question was dishonest and misleading doesn’t mean I’ll stoop to that level and give a dishonest, misleading answer. And I decided that a dishonest question doesn’t deserve my honest answer either, which would then be used by monsters and sadists to advance an agenda well beyond the scope of the question asked.

      Like you, I don’t think the law desperately needs to be changed. It works as it was intended. And like you, I think things can always be improved and we shouldn’t shy away from continuing to examine the issue and see if we can get a better, clearer, more widely understood solution.

      We are not so different, you and I.

      I have no way of knowing but I suspect that many, many people who voted “no” would broadly share our views on this. They’re not monsters. There just aren’t that many poisonous sadists around. I suspect that many who voted “no” just answered the question as honestly as possible, as you did and as I tried to do. That doesn’t mean they share the perverse medieval views of Balldock and McCoskrie, no matter how hard those freaks would like to paint it that way.

      What I’m trying to say, ginge, is you needn’t feel insulted when someone calls Balldock a sadistic freak. I certainly don’t.

  28. Ianmac 30

    My post disappeared. Mark II:
    Gingercrush said:”At the time I cast my (NO) vote I didn’t think it needed change. I still don’t think it needs to be change.”
    Fair enough but there are many who voted the way you did. Therefore the NO vote isn’t really a 78% vote at all.
    Then you say”When you get 88% to vote No on something. Isn’t it in the best interests to at least reach understanding of those that voted no. Hence the need for a forum or inquiry to look again at the issue.”
    Isn’t your first comment a contradiction of the second? Interesting.

  29. randal 31

    these people are hiding bad motives behind good ones.
    on one hand they profess christianity and on the other they want to assault children.
    they are just “BIBLEBELTERS”.
    when I listen to bosco’s angry bleating whine on the radio I think that people like that should not be able to have children anyway.

  30. Maynard J 32

    Gordon Shumway, if I hear you correctly you are saying that parents do things that could possibly constitute sexual assault as part of looking after a child, and cite this as a reason why the term ‘assault’ does not apply to disciplining children. You claim there is a special relationship.

    It has been pointed out that those same types of care are applied to adults.

    Can you tell me in what circumstances adults are allowed to assault other adults as an equivalent?

    You have aged care vs. looking after a baby.

    You have prison as an equivalent of time out, if you really want to stretch things.

    So what is the equivalent for a smack or a whack with an implement, for purposes of discipline? As far as I am concerned, the rules are the same, and it goes even further: you can crach-tackle an adult to prevent them from being hit by a bus – just like you can restrain a child to help them avoid injury.

    You can also take physical action against an adult to prevent a crime occurring – just like you can with children. As far as I can tell, for every adult-child exception to the crimes act, there is one for adult-adult relationships.

    Physical discipline is the one exception (well – no more). Why should it be?

    And by the way – calm down eh.

    • Gordon Shumway 32.1

      No Maynard. My point all along has been a reponse to people, including the original poster, who believe the smacking issue is “solved” when you consider that it’s assault for an adult to use the “slightest touch” against another adult.

      It is totally wrong to say the “basher brigade” want to “assault” their children.

      I was merely pointing out that adult assault definitions are not really relevant between parent and child. Plenty above explaining in more detail what I was trying to say,

      • Maynard J 32.1.1

        Ok. I was pointing out that those relationships are relevant, and illustrated that every example given thus far has an adult-adult equivalent apart from physical contact in the guise of discipline. It is the only exception to these actions. Again I ask – why should that be the case?

        As in the other thread, no one is saying the issue is “solved”. I am not sure if you are reading into things too much or actively being intellectually dishonest in making that argument up in order to criticise people for holding that view. A bit of honesty please.

  31. Ianmac 33

    On the news last night the film clips from the pro-smacking people showed an older girl being grabbed before rushing across the road – then smacked. The smaller child was being dragged along the floor (to time-out?) and smacked. If both of these are good reasons/excuses for smacking then I disagree with their justification.

  32. Swampy 34

    Let’s get one thing clear: Bradford introduced her Bill because the United Nations, which is one of the most corrupt international instutions that has ever existed, “knows” better than any government in any part of the world that smacking is bad for children.

    Sue Bradford’s beliefs in the area of families and child rearing can be summed up as a belief that parental authority needs to be undermined and minimised so that children are subservient to the State as early as possible.

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    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days 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
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days 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
    4 days 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
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
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    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
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    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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! ...
    2 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.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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