web analytics

Beat-up

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, May 20th, 2008 - 92 comments
Categories: labour, Media - Tags: , ,

Well, I’ve seen the video of Goff on Alt TV and I really can’t see what all the fuss is about. Phil Goff’s stated the obvious by saying there’s a chance Labour could lose the next election, he’s reaffirmed his support for Helen Clark and hinted that if the leadership were open after the election he’d consider it.

As No Right Turn observes, only in the warped worldview of the Wellington political elite would the idea of Goff making an honest appraisal of his party’s future and his own be a considered a sign of weakness, or a “gaffe.”

To them, it’s all about “the game”. And as a result, they not only ignore the substance of politics – you know, the policies the parties are offering and the public is choosing between – but also create a place where ethics are the complete inversion of the real world: where deceit is a virtue, having no policies is inconsequential, honesty is a weakness, and acknowledging reality is a sin.

The whole thing strikes me as a beat-up.

UPDATE: Over at TVNZ Guyon Espiner is outraged that Phil Goff isn’t “on-message” and demands he gets his lines in order. Because that’s, like, what our media is for isn’t it?

92 comments on “Beat-up”

  1. r0b 1

    The whole thing strikes me as a beat-up

    Tane, as usual you are far too generous. On the basis of that clip it’s a beat-up of ostentatiously huge proportions. Compare that clip with Brownlee’s breathless media release:

    Gerry Brownlee MP
    National Party Shadow Leader of the House
    20 May 2008

    Warfare breaks out in Labour ranks

    Take a bow Brownlee – this kind of nonsense is why so many people hold politicians in such poor regard. That’s the most self-serving empty nonsense I’ve seen since the advance publicity for “Absolute Power”. Mildly amusing!

  2. Is that title a description of What Harry is likely to do to her mate Goff?
    You can’t blame him for starting to position himself now, the panic in the ranks is probably reaching pant wetting proportions now. Despite his adolescent love for the VietCong and his middle age dabble with man-man love in the form of cuddling up to the arch criminal and terrorist Arafat he would be just the shift away from the lunatic left that currently has the labour party by it’s collective plums.
    He is seen as moderate by the public and it will be a significant step towards restoring the labour party of the type that generations of my family voted for.
    Good luck to him, with Goff at the helm and a wholesale clean out of the loonys I would give labour an even chance in 2011.

  3. higherstandard 3

    Sadly a politician making a remark that states the bleeding obvious passes for news these days – I mean really is the nothing else more newsworthy ?

    Mind you I s’pose it beats see some American bimbo going to jail which we had to put up with last year.

  4. pinetree 4

    True, to all of the above…but an interesting little sideline, beat-up or not, it aint helpful to Labour…..the mere talk in itself fomenting more talk…

    Unfortunately for the skim reader/viewer in this day and age, and given the paucity of depth in NZ broadcast news (viz the endless and meaningless live “cross”, sheesh) this sort of stuff tends to have a degree of stickyness…

    Aside from the beat up angle – I’d be suprised if he proved to be the go-ahead guy for Labour….if it does all go t*ts up, wouldn’t they rather go somewhat leftfield, fresh face etc etc ?

  5. gobsmacked 5

    How ironic that it’s a blog (and a leftie one at that) which gives you the interview on which the entire story is based. So you can actually make up your own mind.

    The MSM would rather just tell you what you will think about it (“a bad look”, “politics is perception” etc), because if you decide for yourself then their sacred status as interpreters and commentators is undermined.

  6. mike 6

    On One News Espiner even floated the possibility of Goff saying what he did to destabilise Helens leadership. He disagreed.

    But Labour are in a mess and surely do not need this in budget week. What chance of a snap election to stop the bleeding?

  7. Lew 7

    Pinetree: I’m not sure Labour can come out badly from this unless Helen Clark responds with hostility to Goff, and she’s much too wise for that.

    Taking three current anti-Labour memes for example:

    * If people truly despise Helen Clark so much, wouldn’t the revelation that a successor is waiting and ready to take over make them happy?
    * If people expect nothing but spin and empty politicking from the government, isn’t a frank and genuine assessment of his party’s position a good thing for a senior minister?
    * If people expect Helen Clark to be autocratic and domineering and smack Goff down for failing to hold the party line, won’t this be an opportunity for her to defend him and disprove them?

    I think National would have done better to let the media take hold of and run with this one; I feel they’ve gone off too early. In addition, they’ve helped raise the profile of one of Labour’s most capable MPs, whose achievements this term are already quite exceptional, and who fights National on their own turf: the economy, foreign relations, defence, trade.

    L

  8. Tane 8

    Some good points made on this thread. However, I’ve gotta say the line that Goff is somehow trying to position himself via Alt TV is laughable. Surely if that we the case he’d have chosen a channel with a slightly bigger audience?

  9. pinetree 9

    Lew – not a bad little assessment there….that sort of analysis beyond my ken…

    As an aside, and to pick up a point made in an earlier post, I do yearn for a bit more substance to the debate leading into this election….

    ….simple fact for average punters like myself is that there’s not enough time in the day to be nearly as learned on such important matters as I should be…

    ….forest for the trees stuff, work so hard running a business/family that you get a bit narrow sighted or restricted in assessment…..however, matters workforce, minimum wage, bargaining, exporting and the like I am well and truly up with !

    Sorry for the diversion in topic…

  10. I’m sorry but I’ve just watched this three times in a row and I can’t see anything that is even that “honest” or out of the ordinary. All that fuss over this? I’ve gotta say when there are so many things that deserve the attention of the media and the opposition to be spending so much time on this lame shit is an insult to the public. How about national and tory hacks like Audrey Young start thinking about something a bit more important than a highly qualified phrase or ballons with logos on them. I mean really have some dignity and start producing and addressing some serious policy because pretty soon it’s going to get out that this is our political discourse and other folk will start laughing at us.

    Honestly, I think this fu*kin country is going insane…

  11. jon 11

    “If people truly despise Helen Clark so much, wouldn’t the revelation that a successor is waiting and ready to take over make them happy”

    No, it’s the social engineering people hate, Its Cullen they despise, Its Helen they dislike, but it’s the leso quartet that made labour look stupid

    Hope that clears it up,…. choke choke goff goff, sorry I’ve got an overthow in the throat

  12. randal 12

    Jon only some people despise the prime minister and from my take they are the sort of people that despise everyone to make up for their small dicks, massive egos and neurotic insecurities.

  13. dave 13

    Yeah who owns Gaspiner, O’Reilly or Murdoch?
    Bottomfeeders are bottomliners.
    They treat their viewers like morons, one lie after another. Maybe they think that viewers are morons, borons.

  14. gobsmacked 14

    “but it’s the leso quartet that made labour look stupid”

    You’re doing a pretty good job on yourself.

  15. Billy 15

    Well done, randal. A comment entirely without ellipses. But then you spoilt it by talking total ballocks. I recommend you put the ellipses back in. In this way, people will just think you are illiterate, focus on this and not notice that you also have nothing intelligent to say.

  16. randal 16

    i got plenty for you billy boy…you just a misanthropic manque who wants to be mates with semi fascist bullies and hooton…he needs a friend

  17. Billy 17

    i got plenty for you billy boy

    But no capital letter to start a sentence, apparently.

    you just a misanthropic manque

    Nice use of ellipsis, following my advice. Good use of two semi-obscure words, but you kind of failed to capitalise on that when you forgot to include a verb. I would have gone with “are” (you work out exactly where). Unless you were going for a black ’70s thing, in which case all power to you, but I do not think that combines well with “misanthropic manque”. Do you?

    and hooton he needs a friend

    Again with the ellipsis. Well done. “Hooton” probably could have stood starting with a capital letter, but maybe you were trying to display your contempt for him, so I’ll let it slide. If you were going for the black thing, maybe you should have gone with “he need a friend”, but I accept this is a matter of style. I have noticed a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Matthew. This is a fine example: he is not really relevant to anything being discussed. Forgive me for saying, it makes you look just bit unhinged.

    Sometimes, I worry at the slightly deranged-sounding right wingers who comment here, and worry whether I am at the wrong end of the spectrum. Then you say something really dumb and I am reminded that there are lunatics at both ends. Keep it up.

    xx

  18. Tane: I watched the AltTV video and came to the same conclusion. My blog post is essentially the same as yours….and I used the words “beat up”, too. The interesting thing is, I came across the AltTV clip on YouTube before seeing ANY media coverage about it. So I formed a view independent of anything else and only later found out that some people (the usual suspects – the NBR) had taken an answer to a hypothetical question and tried to make it real. This sort of nonsense is exactly WHY politicians usually point blank refuse to answer hypothetical questions. All credit to Goff for calling a spade a spade. Boo Hiss to the folks in the media who crap in their own nests by distorting answers or placing them into a context that does not apply. The clip speaks for itself to any reasonable person. It certainly is not evidence of a Cabinet falling apart. Gerry Brownlee must be wearing his “Stupid” sign again. Or maybe “Party Hack” would be more appropriate.

  19. Billy, What’s wrong with ellipses then? Especially on a blog where a measure of informality is de rigueur. Can’t understand why anyone would aspire to be misanthropic, but wouldn’t it be manque misanthrope, anyway?

    I have long suspected that randal is a right-wing stooge, as most lefties would have something substantive to contribute from time to time.

    Oh, the thread. Definitely a beat-up.

    [Edit] I also blogged on this to the effect that it is a beat-up, but I think that the discussion of leadership ambitions is of a different order than the acknowledgement of the possibility of losing come November (or whenever). Even discussing this stuff on fringe TV would not prevent speculation… So, the only question is whether Goff was just being more candid than most politicians, or whether he is positioning himself for a post-election contest (not challenge, note). If the latter, why now? Bit early isn’t it?

  20. As an aside, can we note that the most appalling party hacks are elected in LOCAL seats? Gerry Brownlee is the MP for Ilam. With or without MMP, we will still have these party hacks. Person for person, there are arguably fewer party hacks among the list MPs than among the local ones….yet some people don’t like list MPs.

  21. Sceptic 21

    It’s a beat up.

    But there’s nothing particularly different about the beat up – it’s fairly common for the media and opposing parties to seize upon words and take them out of context or twist them.

    The thing is that given the production of such a beat up can be seen from a mile away that’s why it’s so surprising that someone as experienced as Goff would give the media the rope to try and hang him by making these comments.

    I don’t buy the colin espiner line that it was a deliberate attempt to position himself. I think it was a clear gaffe.

    That’s what makes it so unfortunate for the Government – an experienced operator providing the media with rope in a week when the Government wants to be on form and on top leading into the Budget.

  22. r0b 22

    I think it was a clear gaffe

    For goodness sake why?

    Are we so bent on spin now that we can’t even speak the truth?

    Hello – as a member of the Labour Party – We Could Loose The Next Election. We really really could. Blindingly obvious, innnit? Of course I don’t think we will, because I think when the heat goes on National’s policy that dare not speak its name will be seen for what it is. But maybe not too. Of course we could loose.

    And if we loose, I imagine that Clark would step down, and take a well earned rest. In that case the Party will need a new leader.

    We hold these things to be self evident. Hence – what gaffe?

  23. ak 23

    Billy: Sometimes, I worry …whether I am at the wrong end of the spectrum.

    Fear no further kid – your constant vapidity and stilted amateur philologian fumbles (it’s “bollocks” and you’re still starting sentences with conjunctions) mark you indubitably as just another carping rightie ranter – right in tight with Barnsley and his delightful “Harrys” (just brilliant Barns, where do you get such scintillating wit?) and just several shades more boring than the more senior Feminazi Lickspittle Fascistoids.

    Honestly, guys, “lesbo quartet?” Where has the old spark gone? Ah for the good old days of my youth, when men were men and such colour as “tongue and groove brigade” and “chutney ferret” littered the bigot’s lexicon. If you’re going to stick with retro politics from the 1950s, you could at least get properly in character.

  24. Phil 24

    But there’s nothing particularly different about the beat up – it’s fairly common for the media and opposing parties politicians of all shapes and sizes to seize upon words and take them out of context or twist them.

    Much Better
    🙂

  25. alex 25

    Beat up or not, Phil Goff should have known better.

    While its ridiculous that one can’t state the obvious without it getting warped completely out of context, that’s almost irrelevent.

    Its election year and Labour need to be on top of their game.

  26. RedLogix 26

    This is pure propaganda game play. A hypothetical question is asked:

    If the question is answered, the ‘hypothetical’ is stripped off and it’s beaten up as if it were an answer to a real question.

    If the question is NOT answered, the politician is portrayed as shifty and evasive.

    It’s not journalism. It’s propaganda.

  27. RedLogix 27

    ak,

    Hehe…”chutney ferret”, hell I had to google that.

  28. Billy 28

    ak,

    I have always preferred “ballocks”. Has more of a northern cloth cap and whippet racing authenticity to it, I have always felt. I thought you would have preferred that too. And everyone starts sentences with conjunctions these days. See.

    RL,

    I am a big fan of the ellipsis, but randal does not exercise any restraint.

  29. AK, the harry tag is more to do with him having a face like a dropped pie than any comment about sexual preference. I thought that debate was settled.
    An earlier commenter called Goff’s comments a gaffe and another opined that he should know better. I would suggest he new exactly what he was saying and he does know better.
    A less repugnant leader now might make the seemingly unstoppable defeat smaller.

  30. This is problematic for the right, neither first nor last name starting with C or K, how ever will the right paint him as a communist

  31. Oh my fu*kn god. Have you all gone mad??? The whole grammer/punctuation/syntax/style thing is my shtick. Find your own hobby horses! And Billy? It’s bollocks. At every possible level of interpretation…

  32. Billy 32

    “The whole grammer…”

    You mean, “grammar”.

  33. Don’t worry KITNO – as I understand it his confirmation name is Joesph.

  34. No Billy – I was talking about your grandmother.

    [lprent: this is twice in one day. Neither was over the edge – just too close to it. California justice time?]

  35. Billy 36

    And even better, it appears Joyce preferred my spelling:

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Citations:ballocks

  36. RedLogix 37

    Billy,

    Yes I’ve long harboured fantasies of launching a nicely pitched “Bollocks!” from the mid-back row of a meeting where some high functioning psychopath in a suit has been dishing out the usual evasive sharp business talk crap, dressed up with rubbish PC phrases like “looking forward”.

    As you say it has a flinty clothcap ring about it, and properly timed would let the air out of even the most overinflated prat.

  37. Billy 38

    And Ak, did you notice ‘sod started a sentence with a conjunction? Told ya.

  38. Billy – bollocks.

  39. Oh and Joyce is perhaps the most overrated hack in the history of literature. I mean “ineluctable modality of being”, “the cracked looking-glass of a maid” as a metaphor for Ireland, the whole of the Ithaca chapter??? Puh-lease.

  40. Billy 42

    Too far, ‘sod. Too far. You’re dead to me.

  41. milo 43

    Well done r0b. I don’t know if you are right or wrong, but at least your assessment is honest.

    Again, there is a smell of desperation here. Over 50% of NZer’s are against labour, but apparently they are all misguided. A cabinet minster puts the leadership in play, but apparently it’s a media beat up. The refusal to acknowledge the genuine concerns of New Zealanders (not Labour party voters but New Zealanders), is at the core of Labour’s current problems

    Back to the house boys! The Zulus are coming. But the thin red line will see them off!

    (Talk about a siege mentality … and who wins elections with a siege mentality?)

  42. RedLogix 44

    mmm thinks>

    Blog Bingo!

    Has potential but perhaps our dear sysop might not be pleased at the sight of his nice tidy logs peppered all over with “Ballocks!!”.

  43. RedLogix 45

    Over 50% of NZer’s are against labour, but apparently they are all misguided.

    But what are they FOR? Tax cuts and the right to hit their children in private apparently. Just today a colleague was crowing about the $50pw tax cut he fully expects to get…oblivious to the fact that on his income he’d be lucky to see a $15pw reduction. I didn’t have the heart to disillusion him…

    captcha “briefings Hereford”

    Ha.. reminds me of a very famous cartoon from the Muldoon era (probably Tom Scott), that had the punchline “Romney or Perendale?”.

  44. Razorlight 46

    rOb

    The gaffe is obvious. He knows the media is always looking for the next mini scandal. Why would you provide them with one.

    The only thing coming out of Labours mouth should be positive news. They should only be talking about winning and their 4th term under Clark.

    Any hypotheticals about loosing should be ignored as it turns into this media circus in budget week.

    This was a major gaffe from a senior MP.

  45. RedLogix 47

    They should only be talking about winning and their 4th term under Clark.

    And if they only ever do that, then you label them arrogant and “out of touch”. It’s a game.

    Gaffe? Nah… you’ve been suckered by the most basic propaganda trick.

  46. r0b 48

    Again, there is a smell of desperation here.

    Yes there is, it’s emanating from those desperately trying to whip up a gallon of leadership challenge from a teaspoon of speculation.

    Over 50% of NZer’s are against labour, but apparently they are all misguided.

    Ah – sez who?

    A cabinet minster puts the leadership in play, but apparently it’s a media beat up.

    A cabinet minister answers a question in an interview, and it’s a National Party beat up. The media beat up (bless them – you know who you are!) will come tomorrow.

    The refusal to acknowledge the genuine concerns of New Zealanders (not Labour party voters but New Zealanders), is at the core of Labour’s current problems

    So Working for Families, planned tax cuts, delays in emissions trading, moves on housing afforability, all refusal to acknowledge the concerns of Kiwis? Milo, every word that comes out of your mouth in this post is spin. Did you get dizzy writing it?

  47. milo 49

    r0b, they only acknowledge the concerns of New Zealanders if you accept that Labour knows best. They give what labour is willing to give, not what many New Zealanders’ actually want.

    Who knows, maybe the government does know best. Certainly, that’s what King Charles I thought, and King John, and Louis XVI.

    But “trust us … we know best” just isn’t a very good election slogan.

  48. RedLogix 50

    r0b, they only acknowledge the concerns of New Zealanders if you accept that Labour knows best.

    OK so the “media gaffe” balloon has gone flat. Quick… flick back to the arrogant Labour, “We know best” meme.

    Sighs.

  49. milo 51

    RedLogix: eh? I don’t understand your point.

  50. r0b 52

    r0b, they only acknowledge the concerns of New Zealanders if you accept that Labour knows best.

    So you have to sign a loyalty pledge to get your tax cut? I don’t think so Milo. You go so far as to accuse this government of being “extremely anti-intellectual”, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that you aren’t actually willing or able to think clearly about them.

    But “trust us we know best’ just isn’t a very good election slogan

    I quite agree, but given the absence of policies (other than Labour Lite) it does seem to be National’s stance.

  51. RedLogix 53

    Milo,

    It’s a media game. If the polly gives a straight answer, then it’s fodder to be twisted into a beatup. If they avoid it, then they get portrayed as evasive, arrogant and out of touch.

    The “we know best” meme that you used is straight out of that playbook.

  52. milo 54

    RedLogix, r0b, listen to yourselves. It sounds like you think everybody is the enemy. Or they’re all misguided. Or some combination of the two.

    WAKE UP !!!

    (Or alternatively, go to bed)

  53. Ari 55

    Phil Goff saying he’s not going to depose Helen being interpretted as a leadership challenge: The ultimate storm in the media’s teacup!

    Seriously, this is high-class comedy. We should splice together videos of the commentary with what Goff actually said and sell it. 😛

  54. AncientGeek 56

    I agree with the title of this post. It is a simple beatup. Do the media think we are idiots?

    Of course when Helen decides to step down, then Phil will throw his hat into the ring. But it will be when she decides to step down.

    Whats the bet that when the nats lose an election that there will be people throwing their hat into the ring to replace Key. It is a 100% based on past performance. Typically it will be prefaced with a lot of hidden circling to get behind peoples backs.

    Labour doesn’t have quite that same level of knife in the back stupidity. Helen lost the election in 1996 (well sort of – NZF picked the wrong partner), and wasn’t rolled. Bill Rowling lost a couple of elections before losing the leadership.

    When was the last time that a leader of the National Party managed to lose and election without getting knifed in the back.

    Whoever raised this should have a profile done on them – in category ‘fuckwits’.

  55. expat 57

    Oh come on, lets be real Hulun is dog tucker and Goff is the only credible politician of experience who isnt one of Huluns lapdogs – of course he’s going to roll the old trout.

    When does Hulun start talkback on 95-bfm? Her and fat boy Havok are a couple made in heaven.

    [lprent: expat – to me mangling names is the action of a schoolyard idiot. It is a key indicator of a troll. Especially when they spread it over threads. Use your brain otherwise if you continue to act like a troll then I’ll boot you.]

  56. RedLogix 58

    Milo,

    Take a long hard look at this agitprop from Stuff this morning:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4554949a10.html

    Headline:

    Goff drops leadership denials

    Intro Para:

    Helen Clark’s heir apparent, Phil Goff, appears to be positioning himself for a leadership tilt if Labour loses the election, dropping his previous denials that he had ambitions for the job.

    Actual Quote:

    “There is no question about leadership at the moment. There is 100 per cent support for Helen Clark and I have been 100 per cent in support of her right through this term of office … The question about leadership will take place at the point in the future when Helen Clark feels that she is going to move on to something else. That point has not yet arisen. We are not looking at losing the election, we are looking at fighting through to the election with a good chance of winning that election.”

    This is a classic example of propaganda. The headline is 180deg opposite to what Goff is actually saying. The real PURPOSE of this story is for the headline to create an entirely false, but seductive hook and premise that Goff is about to challenge Clark, and then subsequently to make Goff look untrustworthy by having his actual words say the exact opposite.

    The trick works because the mind tends to give most credibility to information received first and given the highest prominence. A reasonable, but naive person reading the story tends to accept the headline and intro (that were entirely made up by the sub-editors) as the truthful template for the story, and if they DO read further down to Goff’s actual quotes, the dissonance effectively sticks to what Goff has said. (There are other linguistic tricks at work here but I don’t have the time to draw them out right now.)

    It’s a close cousin of the dogwhistle, ie the article is defendable on a rational level, but it’s real purpose is a smear coded up in the structure and use of language. It’s not news, it’s not journalism… it’s an agenda dressed up as such.

  57. expat 59

    Oh come on Red- be a grown up; Goff is signalling a transition process is in place. Its done to give some hope to the plebs who will otherwise abandon labour for family first or the greens. Its meant to signal hope to the faithful.

  58. RedLogix 60

    Oh come on Red- be a grown up

    This from someone who still cannot spell Helen Clark’s name correctly?

    Its done to give some hope to the plebs who will otherwise abandon labour for family first of the greens

    Then why Alt-TV, where it lay almost ignored for several days until the jackals swooped on it? If it was an intentional signal, why use such an obscure channel to do so? Not convincing.

  59. expat 61

    Its a word play on Huluns gutatural vowles Red.

    By leaking the play into the press Goff can deny any intention to offend. Its called realpolitik.

    Goffs signalling that Hulun has no support and the most senior member of the party is walking her out the door.

  60. SweeetD 62

    hmmmm, you guys can defend this till you are blue in the face, but, its is now out in the real world, not played nicely in the blogs or in the beltway, the perception that Goff thinks Labour will loose and HC will be rolled by Goff. The geenie is out of the bottle and you can’t put it back inside. While in may be a media beat up, people, yup, real people will now begin talking about the last days of HC, labour loosing and being replaced by Goff.

  61. AncientGeek 63

    SD: I realize that you’re probably young and can’t remember last week. But on average this kind of speculation arises at least once per year.

    I remember this happening for national every other week. The only real problem is that the national party has kind of run out of potential leaders. Their talent pool is shallow, and they’ve used up most of the potential in failed elections already.

    Helen will leave when she feels like it.

  62. AncientGeek 64

    red: He is an obvious illiterate – they can’t even spell ‘vowels’.

  63. RedLogix 65

    Word plays on people’s names is something you are supposed to grow out of in the fifth form.

    Their talent pool is shallow

    Looking at their front two benches, I reckon it could do with a spot of clhorine.

  64. IrishBill 66

    SD, a few days ago I put up a thread asking why people would vote for National. There were very few solid answers. Now this pathetic beat up. I would suggest that if you don’t know why you want a National government and the best you can do is gleefully celebrate the fact a beat-up will harm perception (exclusive of fact) then you should probably ask yourself what the point of democracy is at all.

  65. SweeetD 67

    AncientGeek, I realize you are probably old and have trouble remembering yesterday, but this is an actual challenge on HC, and as she said in the house yesterday, has been the labour party leader for over coming on 15 years. To have someone mounting a challenge on her, and to have that taken up in the wider press is big news, when, in all reality, labour have very few if any other credible leadership contenders. HC/Labour have lost the support of the people, the media and now senior labour party members are making public noises.

    Like I said, the geenie is out on the bottle on this one, correct perception or not. People are talking, and perception has a way of becoming reality.

    PS, you have no idea how old I am.

  66. expat 68

    W. E. M. L is the correct response to you AG.

    [lprent: whatever that means. Since expat obviously hasn’t read my previous warnings. I’ll put expat into moderation]

  67. expat 69

    Hey guys – lets keep to the topic – Goff rolling Clark because she IS an electoral liability now.

    Face up to the facts and stop the character assasinations. This site is supposed to be about debate not abuse yes? And try to focus on the issues not the spullin and grama yeah?

  68. SweeetD 70

    Okay, IrishBill, I don’t think I was being gleeful, just pointing out this is the first cedible challenge to HC is a very very very long time. That is what makes it big news. Second, this is more than some inner Wellington talk, but front page news. That is what makes it the more important and puts the question of HC’s leadership in everyday conversation amongst the peeps.

    As I said, beatup or not, it is now out there.

    If you want to go back to your thread on why people vote for national we can talk about that there, I thought this tread was on the Goff story?

  69. AncientGeek 71

    SD: why hasn’t helen gotten rolled the last 10 or so times this topic has been raised by the media?

    Because it doesn’t reflect what the labour party members think. Phil was simply saying exactly what everyone in the party thinks. When Helen decides to step down, then he is likely to put his hand up.

    In the end it is the labour party members that will decide this, not the public, not the media. The caucus makes the actual decision, but they won’t do it without party support.

    Your naivety makes it likely that you are young and stup… Ooops mustn’t make assumptions.

  70. expat 72

    SD: why hasn’t helen gotten rolled the last 10 or so times this topic has been raised by the media?
    >> every instance stands on its own merits AG. This time is very different.

    Because it doesn’t reflect what the labour party members think. Phil was simply saying exactly what everyone thinks. When Helen decides to step down, then he is likely to put his hand up.
    >> Goff is flagging to the electorate (or those who may still be labour supporters – remember that poll 😉 ) – that change is afoot

    In the end it is the labour party members that will decide this, not the public, not the media. The caucus makes the actual decision, but they won’t do it without party support.
    >> too slow loses the election.

    Your naivety makes it likely that you are young and stup Ooops mustn’t make assumptions.
    >> facts please, not abuse big boy.

    ha ha – my code phrase was landlord davis…..

  71. IrishBill 73

    SD, I’m a moderator here. I can talk about what I want on whatever thread I want and I don’t take kindly to commenters telling me what to do on my own blog. Nice attempt as misdirection though.

    If you think this is a credible challange then I would suggest you are a little credulous. I suspect you are being disingenuous though.

    That said the more I see of National’s lack of direction and the more I see beat-ups like this as being all they have the more I look forward to the leaders’ debates and open campaigning.

  72. give me fifty 74

    Hopefully there will be a massive “Key can’t be trusted on $50 tax cuts” media beat up after his furious backpedalling on Breakfast this morning.

  73. expat 75

    Irish – your blog lives or dies on the traffic you get through which in turn relies on open debate to get the traffic…

    This thread is (or was) set as a discussion on Goff attempts/signals to roll Clark.

    Get with the program buddy. Debate the facts or retire. Resorting to cliches like ‘beatup’ encourages air punching & victory whoops.

    [lprent: We’ve found that traffic goes up when we remove trolls. It is too much hassle dealing with this flood of inane comments.
    You’re banned for a week. If you prefer to argue, I can make it permanent.

    Definitely tiresome. Moving to autozap. My e-mail is in contacts, but I’m not prepared to have thoughtless trolling here. It just drives out the good comment.]

  74. AncientGeek 77

    >> too slow loses the election.

    Now I really know that you are ignorant as well as being illiterate.

    Tell me – when was the last time that a party in NZ won an election after rolling their leader in election year?

    If you manage to answer that then I’ll withdraw the ignorant remark.

  75. AncientGeek 78

    gmf: So Key has flip-flopped again. How unexpected.

    I wondered how long that would take him to do that. There simply isn’t the money to do it unless he guts the spending or goes into debt. Based on past experience with the Nat’s, they’d probably do both.

    The Nat’s haven’t been knowing for thinking ahead into the future. Conservatives look to the mythic past rather than towards their children’s future

  76. darryl p 82

    I don’t think this is a bad thing at all. If Labour go down in the polls come election time then building the party back up around someone seen as being a moderate can only be a good thing. Clark has obviously fallen out of favour with the electorate and Goff is one of the few senior ministers who is not seen as being ideologically tied to her. It’s too late to have a change of leader before the election, that would be the last nail in the coffin, but if Clark/Cullen can’t get above their current 30% rating I think Goff would be the strongest option for Labour going forward.

  77. Craig Ranapia 83

    The whole thing strikes me as a beat-up.

    I don’t think it’s a terribly significant story, but if we’re talking about “beat ups” then I guess we’ve got to ask whether (as far as I can tell) accurately and fairly reporting Goff’s rather dopey and indiscreet interview on AltTV is unfair or unethical. And if this is, how many speculative stores have we seen about National’s leadership?

    Somehow, I suspect if Bill English was openly speculating about standing for leader if National doesn’t win the next election (or Key got run over by a bus today), the reaction might be a little different.

  78. Craig. Why should it be the mark of a good politican to pretend that realities don’t exist?

  79. ak 85

    Craig: And if this is, how many speculative stores have we seen about National’s leadership?

    Very few, if any. 5 new leaders? – pshwaah, hardly newsworthy.

    I suspect if Bill English was openly speculating about standing for leader… the reaction might be a little different.

    Doubt it – on past performance more likely non-existent as far as the press goes. Just like the several instances of English contradicting Key and the endless litany of tory flip-flops (latest this morning) over the past couple of years.

    Fortunately, Joe Public is well aware of the fact that a leadership change now would be fatal and will see this beat-up clearly for what it is: merely a press-assisted beat-up by National and a continuation of the empty “they’ll never last the term, corrupt! corrupt!” campaign since 2005. Just another spadeful out of the press credibility’s self-dug grave.

  80. Benodic 86

    I’ve got to say the only gallery journalist I’ve seen handle this with any credibility is Brent Edwards on Morning Report this morning. The rest are a bloody write-off.

  81. r0b 87

    I suspect if Bill English was openly speculating about standing for leader if National doesn’t win the next election

    Which was not what Goff was speculating about. He speculated about “when Helen stands down voluntarily” (or words to that effect), which is rather different.

    And both are about a million miles from the Nat press release “Warfare breaks out in Labour ranks” (first comment in this thread), which is why this thread is called “beat up”.

  82. AncientGeek 88

    Craig: Phil was asked a set of direct questions about what happens when helen decides to step down. It wasn’t dopey or indiscrete. If he hadn’t answered, then he’d have had the same stories from the same useless journo’s – but the spin would have been about being ‘evasive’ and rumours of a coup.

    So he answered the question directly, empasising that it would be after Helen decided to step down.

    The subsequent ‘journalism’ with a few exceptions, was probably some of the most piss poor stuff I’ve ever seen. It just shows how unworthy a lot of the journo’s are of the label. They should rename themselves to sensationalists.

    But just have a look at the interview. It is in the post above.

  83. Felix 89

    Steve

    It may well be one quality of a successful politician to be able to deny reality. Probably not of an effective one though.

    And certainly not the mark of a good leader imho.

  84. Craig Ranapia 90

    Very few, if any. 5 new leaders? – pshwaah, hardly newsworthy.

    ak: You and my point might like to get in the same room at some point. Change of leadership: News. Speculative (and usually unsourced) story: Not. I’m hardly shocked by the notion that Clark doesn’t intend to die in office, and Goff fancies himself as potential leadership material.

    As I’ve said, it’s hardly substantive news. But a ‘beat up’ — stupid answer to a stupid question that drew an entirely predictable reaction. Sorry, folks, but I can’t wind myself up to the required level of outrage either the left or the right seem to require.

    I guess the one thing we should be thankful for is that Oliver Driver remained fully clothed throughout. That would have been nasty.

  85. SweeetD 91

    IrishBill, I didn’t know you were a god here, I will get down on my knees and kiss you hand accordingly. 😉

    AncientGeek, what other ten times this topic has been raised by the media. One part of HC reign, is the absence of leadership whispers, she has, in that regard, run a very tight ship. Play the ball, not the man. My age, young or old is no concern of yours. Your seemingly to denigrate the man speaks much on your account.

    Iprent, inane comments/trolls depends on your point of view. If you get rid of everyone that disagrees with you, you end up mirroring many of the reasons why labour is at 20 odd percent in the polls, not listening to anyone.

    [lprent: I don’t get rid of people that disagree. I get rid of people because of bad behaviour (loosely defined as boorish behaviour). Have a look at Policy, and look around at the relatively polite dissent level here.

    The comments area is for discussion and debate. That requires an ability to listen, to think, to consider, and then write. Expat did not display those attributes this morning, ignored warnings, and found out that I dispense summary justice.

    You are right that it depends on your point of view. But on this site – that is my point of view. I prefer to read reasonably intelligent (or at the very least amusing) comments, and I don’t care too much about from what political viewpoint. I hate spam, and the first 4 comments I saw from expat this morning could have been written by a machine.]

  86. ramsey 92

    Iprent – I do belive you have been:

    a) retrospectively placing comments/warnings into posts on this thread in a way that places you in a slightly more favourable light.

    b) disengeneous about your motives as your recollection of events is quite different from mine, as events occured.

    You seem to have spent a great deal of time trying to patch up your unbiaised moderation credibility. Whys that?

    [lprent: Don’t be daft. I just see the messages differently to you – in a similar order to the right-side bar. I scan comments every couple of hours while I’m working (usually during a compile). I read the comments from most recent to oldest across all threads, back to the time I last left off. I can see a page of messages at a time, and can select to see any particular user. If you figure out the implications of that it means that
    a: I see people dropping comments across threads and can see when they do it.
    b: Can see what is effectively the same comment appearing in different threads.
    c: Because I’m reading backwards and across threads, I don’t see comment threads. That means I concentrate on each message individually to judge it on its own merits.
    d: It effectively makes it really hard to troll on this system because I see what individual users or IP’s are doing.
    e. Also I can update my comments as I get more info, and do so.
    Also I don’t know who you are? expat? If so you’re still banned for a week]

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • 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
    21 mins 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
    47 mins 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
    6 hours ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 hours 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
    8 hours 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
    9 hours 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
    11 hours 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. ...
    12 hours 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?" ...
    14 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 day ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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. ...
    2 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    4 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
    4 days 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    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
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    4 days 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 ...
    4 days 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 ...
    5 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Better Later Life launched
    The Government’s plan to help older New Zealanders live well, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034, was launched by Seniors Minister Tracey Martin today. “Better Later Life takes a fresh look at what is required to ensure everyone gets the chance to live well as they ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Wood fibre to unlock our low emissions future
    Trees can play a lead role in New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy, and this is reflected in a new request for research into innovative ways to use wood fibre, announced by Forestry Minister Shane Jones at the blessing of the new government forestry hub site in Rotorua ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago