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Bigot gets a bashing

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 17th, 2010 - 67 comments
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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow covers the outragous comments by rightwing Christian fundamentalist Pat Robertson on the Haitian earthquake.

Great to see this bigot confronted. Need more Maddows in journalism.

[First time I’ve embedded from MSNBC. It’s awesome. They let you clip their video just for the parts you want. Fantastic innovation.]

67 comments on “Bigot gets a bashing”

  1. Anne 1

    This is The Dark Ages revisited! These so-called Christians should be in institutions being treated for mental disorders.

  2. Anne 2

    I should have said ‘these fundamentalist type Christians’. I don’t want to besmirch the name of the genuine and sane examples of course.

  3. Adders 3

    You were right the first time.

    (Anti-spam word: “backwards”.)

  4. BLiP 4

    The only devil to have visited Haiti has been the United States.

  5. BLip: Get the chip off of you shoulder about the USA, your as bad as Pat is.

    Most Christains in America, would think pat is a nutcase and rightly so.

    Your comment is pathetic, the USA is doing amazing relief work in Haiti, you are blinded by your idealogy.

    Roberston views doesnt represent the views of most Americans, just like the Locke’s and Mintos dont represent most NewZealanders views.

    Are you going to Haiti yourself Blip? Are you going to help out.

    Or are you just going to write smart ass comments ona blog, seven thousand miles away.

    Have you even donated?

    A lot of Americans have.

    Hey but if you want to be bigoted against a country, that is your business.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    Here’s the prayer that Pat references in his ‘Haitians sold themselves to the debble’ narrative:

    “The god who created the earth; who created the sun that gives us light.The god who holds up the ocean; who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds; who watch us from where you are. You see all that the white has made us suffer. The white man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the god within us wants to do good. Our god, who is so good, so just, He orders us to revenge our wrongs. It’s He who will direct our arms and bring us the victory. It’s He who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white men’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that sings in all our hearts.”

    http://thelouvertureproject.org/index.php?title=Boukman

    They’re not so different Pat.

  7. BLiP
    January 17, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    The United States would have been rubbing its grubby hands together at the possibilities thrown up by the Haiti disaster

    That is freakin sick do, to think people like that, shows your not right in the head, I shall no longer read any of your bizarre posts, your the type of lefty who got upset after 9/11 because people were giving sympathy to the states, seek help.

    Pat Robertson is on the same level as Fred Phelps, he and his supporters may think they are important, but the majoirty of Americans dont support him.

    BLip: You prove my point about the left, even if 50 thousand people are dead, you just cant help yourself from having a shot at the USA.

    The fact is, they are doing brilliant work in Haiti to help the victims of this earthquake, the public is donating money, the miltary on the ground their is doing their best to help the survivors, but you cant see that thru your hatred.

    Your on a par with the Roberstons and the Phelps and the Mintos, personally I think they all have an illness, they all have been brainwashed growing up that is for sure.

    • BLiP 7.1

      If you had bothered to read any of the links provided, you would know that US corporates are already lining up to exploit the Haitian disaster – just visit the Heritage Foundation website for the blueprint. Bill has already pointed this out several times. But, hey, why let facts get in your way.

      Yes, Brett. There really is a Santa Claus. His name is Uncle Sam.

    • tomfarmer 7.2

      Hey Brett,

      those folks Blip linked to are also Americans.. and trying in their way to remain as objective about Haiti etc as they can..

      okay, so you are correct, too, insofar as the America and Americans you mean to honor and/or respect..

      which is to say I guess that not all Americans are deserving of that.. even in our seperate kiwi way..

      And I believe that to be a good thing.. that we can hold an independent eye on such events and, if influenced to expend for example on the plight of Haiatians at least do so knowingly.

      fyi one of those links was to Amy Goodman’s radio station (democracynow.org) and had transcipt of Naomi Klein(author of ‘Shock’) telling it the way she sees some things.. A clip:—
      AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go back to Naomi Klein. We’re going to try that tape again, her commenting on what is going on in Haiti right now and who is profiting already.

      NAOMI KLEIN: But as I write about in The Shock Doctrine, crises are often used now as the pretext for pushing through policies that you cannot push through under times of stability. Countries in periods of extreme crisis are desperate for any kind of aid, any kind of money, and are not in a position to negotiate fairly the terms of that exchange.

      And I just want to pause for a second and read you something, which is pretty extraordinary. I just put this up on my website. The headline is “Haiti: Stop Them Before They Shock Again.’ This went up a few hours ago, three hours ago, I believe, on the Heritage Foundation website

      She’s telling us about the Heritage Foundation boys being considered “uncouth” and lacking in American delicacy for the Caribbean’s plight.

      We should be aware of this, of the jackals and personally I sure wouldn’t want my money going down a pretty doubtful hole.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    “Past Robertson is on the same level as Fred Phelps”

    No he isn’t.

    Phelps could never hope to get the ear of a President, nor does he have millions of dollars flowing in from his fan base, nor does he have a widely viewed tv show, nor was he influential in creating the rise of the ‘christian right’ as a political force. Phelps is not the author of many well selling books, nor is he invited to appear on MSM news shows. Phelps has not founded a ‘university’ to promote his agenda, the graduates of which move on to to influential positions in one of the two main parties.

    In what way are they the same?

  9. Pascal Bookie:

    Its still a low percentage of americans that like Pat.

    Pat doesnt speak for the average American Christain.

    Put it this way, Im on a large country music forum, these people love Fox News and Bill Oreilly, they are Christain and every single post on that forum which is very right wing, have ripped into Pat and called him every name under the sun.

    Sure he may have his supporters, but he doesnt represented your average American.

    It amazes me how people judge your average american by what idiot is on tv or what idiot goes on Springer.

    Yes he probably does have more credibility than Phelps, but that is not saying much.

    • BLiP 9.1

      Ahh . . . right! Your references are impeccable. That bastion of the intellect, that source of good will to all men: an unnamed country and western music lovers forum. How could one possibly deny anything that comes from such a source of light in the world.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.2

      Tell me then Brett, why was GWB elected?
      Why did the USA support Doc Duvalier?

      All indications are that the Average American really, actually is exactly like Pat Robinson. Or, at least, enough a like not to protest about all the injustices that the US has perpetrated around the world.

  10. They way they are the same are they prey on peoples hatred of certain groups and sectors of society.

    But beleive me the average american wont give them the time of day.

    • BLiP 10.1

      They way they are the same are they prey on peoples hatred of certain groups and sectors of society.

      Say no more. Please.

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    There is no such thing as the average american Brett. It’s just a fiction you are using to deny that there are many things that it is quite legitimate to criticise the US for.

    IF pat is such a loathed figure, then why does every GOP presidential candidate go on his show and seek his endorsement? Why would McCain for example, who had in the past called Pat an ‘agent of intolerance’, go crawling to him? The only answer is that GOP pollies can’t get elected if pat and his ilk are not shown respect.

    I too admire much about the US, and respect many many of thye poeple there. But it is because of that that it is important to criticise the aspects of the US that suck. To do so is not to damn all the US.

  12. Yes I understand the GOP camdidates suck up to him.

    But from what I have been reading on forums, Pat has been ripped apart for his ugly comments, and ripped apart by very right wing people.

    I would say most Christains in the USA would feel sick by his comments, apart from his fanbase.

    Your right you do have to criticise the bad aspects of countries.

    It seems to me though, that the states gets criticised just because they are the states.

    • felix 12.1

      It seems to me though, that the states gets criticised just because they are the states.

      Except for the people in this thread (whose comments you apparently haven’t bothered to read) who are criticising the U.S. for fucking Haiti over in a big way for many many years.

      If you see anyone in this thread criticising the states “just because they are the states” then point them out please. Otherwise shut the fuck up.

  13. BLiP 13

    Here’s another US Republican that deserves ridicule before his suggestion in relation to donating to Haiti gains any traction.

    Rush Limbaugh, the most popular radio talkshow host, who is sometimes described as the real leader of the Republican party, says Americans should not give a penny to a population struggling for survival after the earthquake.

    • tomfarmer 13.1

      Agh Rush.. the phenomenal..

      Mr. P himself.. as many drivers refer to the fellow on or about their driving business. It may interest you to know how in certain locations the only decent radio signal you’ll hear is Rush Limbaugh.. True! A real power player over there. The sickening drone of his voice cause for more haters than fans presently..

      Right now though, and I just bet he’d NEVER admit to it, Rush is PBO’s best (political) friend. Yep, the Prez knows when to shut up; the one thing unheard of with Rush.

      Mebbe the money thing is about his being peeved at Republican donation going to Haiati and not himself. Hits the purse.. and he’d sure howl about pulling those strings back into line. 🙂

      • Pascal's bookie 13.1.1

        the other thing about the rush, is that his show is carried on the armed service radio network. So the service people in haiti get to hear themselves described as meals on wheels.

        Why does Rush Limbaugh hate the troops?

  14. When I hear and see the “Good Christian Message ” like the one from Pat Robertson I realise just what a curse on the world religion is. It also make me realise just how lucky I am that my family bought me up as a rationalist and non believer.
    I find it unbelieviable that statements like Robertson’ s are headline news, This and others like it should end up in the editors garbage can.

    • Herodotus 14.1

      Nice to see that indirrectly you are undermining the efforts of the Sal Army, World Vision and many other organisations. Yet how often to we hear of the lack of involvement of say the UN in matters?
      The world can be viewed with both eyes open, it is a better place when viewed in this way.

  15. Felix:

    People get pissed off when they see, the good work USA have been doing with the relief efforts, but wont admit it because of thier idealogy, and shut the fuck up yourself.

    • felix 15.1

      Can you show an example please?

      Cos so far you seem to be angry about people you’ve made up who live in your mind. Certainly can’t see anyone posting here expressing the views you find so distasteful.

      Prove me wrong. Show me an example.

  16. The food drops from miltary helicopters that have been on several networks, take a look at the huffington post.

    But felix your so screwed up in your hatred, you will probably think its a all a media stunt.

    The states were on this faster than they were on New Orelans, all credit to Obama for this.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/16/hillary-clinton-in-haiti-_n_426014.html

    • BLiP 16.1

      The strategic dropping of some food in critical areas causes an increase in violence as the hungry battle amongst themselves – not that the United States would ever do that, eh Brett?

    • felix 16.2

      But felix your so screwed up in your hatred, you will probably think its a all a media stunt.

      Show where I’ve expressed anything of the sort please.

      I’m starting to think you’re seriously delusional. You’re imagining I’ve said things and you’re getting angry with me for them.

      It’s all happening in your mind, Brett.

      I asked you for an example of someone on this thread “hating the states for being the states” of whatever your peculiar turn of phrase was. If you can’t show even one single example then you should probably apologise to everyone writing here in good faith.

      Instead you turn on me for asking you to back up your own statements.

  17. The fact that posters here think the reason the USA did food drops on haiti was to make Black people fight each other.

    How mentally ill do you have to be to think that?

    • felix 17.1

      It’s not anyone else’s fault that you lack the basic English comprehension skills required to figure out what BLiP was saying.

      It’s also not anyone else’s fault that you haven’t learned enough history to know that it wasn’t exactly a controversial statement.

      Now where are the examples of the anti-american hatred you keep going on about? Just one will do.

    • Pascal's bookie 17.2

      I thought you couldn’t see colour Brett?

  18. Blip:

    Blip suggested that the food drop was to cause violence in certain areas, I suggested that the food drop was to help those in need.

    I cannot help it if I have a more positive view on human nature than he/she does.

  19. Pascal’s bookie:

    That is what Blip was suggesting.

    I just like to end my part in this thread to say a big thankyou to all those that are helping the victims in Haiti, doesnt matter if they are governments or private citizens, I beleive those that are helping are doing it for the right reasons.

    • BLiP 19.1

      You’re welcome.

    • Pascal's bookie 19.2

      that comment came well after your accusations, and I’m not convinced you understood it in any case.

      But I’ll leave the thread with a coupla anti american songs from some US hating arseholes:

      laters.

  20. Anne 20

    @ Adders.1229pm
    I was really trying to differentiate between the god-awful right-wing fundamentalist Christians, and the ordinary, decent people who try to live by Christian principles.
    I didn’t make a good job of it.

  21. Bill 21

    Shooting fish in a barrel though innit…’confronting’ Pat Robertson?

    The people he is talking to will believe in deals with the devil and curses and what not no matter what any one else says. It’s how they view the world.

    Giving time over to refuting his nonsense really is a waste of time.

    I’d be far more impressed if US journalists confronted John Stewart’s nonsense about asking no searching questions about the role of the US in Haiti…either the historical role nor any potential agenda arising from the opportunities afforded by the earthquake.

    ‘Cause that’s the liberal media shutting down a whole can of worms that really ought to be prised open in the interests of informing the citizenry and as a contribution towards holding authority to account.

    Fuck Pat Robertson…who cares.

    Let’s get journos and others who want to investigate meaningful centres of power and their agendas and lets empower those journos and others by spreading their investigative pieces and/or their analyses…or not. We could just give oxygen to sad nutters like Robertson and be distracted from meaningful and potentially empowering debate by a focus on the side show freaks?

    Whatever.

    • felix 21.1

      Do you have a link for “John Stewart’s nonsense about asking no searching questions about the role of the US in Haiti” Bill?

      My google fu is a bit off today.

      • Bill 21.1.2

        Actually Felix. I watched it again and maybe I jumped the gun. At he end he was commenting on reporting that focussed on Democrat v GOP positions. Not US on Haiti. Being defensive, I’d argue that’s just accepted as being unmentionable perhaps?

        Or I’d just say, okay. My bad.

        • Bill 21.1.2.1

          And then I found the clip on the Rachel Maddow Show that the Daily Show was commenting on.

          http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#34852084

          It’s all about USAID. That got me nervous because they have traditionally played a dodgy and crucial role in US expansionism. The segment follows the usual formulaic acceptance as fact that the US is only a source of benevolence.

          Go 9 minutes in and you get this from Steve Clemens who is, apparently, Director of Foreign Policy Programmes at ‘The New America Foundation’ and publisher of ‘The Washington Notes’ (Both Liberal Projects) basically advocating a refocus on the US;s ‘backyard’ through an expanded role for USAID in the region In short, Bad news. It’s the crucial contextual factors he omits to mention that scares and bemuses as much as the logical conclusions of what he does say…

          .”It’s beyond negligent, our dismissal and our distance from Haiti’s problems. We really need to get in and develop a serious approach to the Caribbean and Latin America as a whole. We saw some parts of this in Barak Obama’s engagement in the Summit of the Americas earlier last year, but I don’t think it’s enough. I think Latin America’s still somewhat of an afterthought and Haiti is at the very lowest part of that list. The developing nation challenge around the world whether it’s in Africa, SE Asia or right next to our border is a national security problem that ought to be considered on a much higher level than we are considering it today. And I’d only add that the numbers are bizarre, somewhat staggering when you go into Afghanistan region we are about to spend more than $100 billion a year in security and defence and society building in Afghanistan..with a country with a gdp of $12 billion. Haiti is much lesser of a challenge, it’s not a financial jump for us to be in figure out how we can move in and help animate some healthy civil society and economic reconstruction of that state and I believe we’re beginning to get some of the resources and the government to do it but again we have a real imbalance between what the Pentagon gets versus these very vital institutions at we’ve been talking about……..”

          Maddow….”…there will be no debate about the need to literally reconstruct what Haiti is as a nation…

  22. BLiP 22

    The US corporate exploitation of the Haiti disaster is already in full swing. Sick fuckers.

    • Bill 22.1

      Oh, c’mon BliP.

      We all know the banks would sink without a trace if they forewent their service fee!

    • TB 22.2

      BLiP – realistically the only country that can (and will) help Haiti is the US, or in reality its taxpayers.

      • BLiP 22.2.1

        Really? Seems odd, then, that there are more than half a dozen different countries now with personnel on the ground, don’t you think? And what about the United Nations, does that organisation not count?

        The first United States intervention in Haiti was in 1891 – nothing in the intervening 120 years leads to me believe the United States has the best interests of Haiti at heart. Thank goodness the other nations are there and can keep an eye on things.

        • Bill 22.2.1.1

          “Thank goodness the other nations are there and can keep an eye on things”

          Except the US now has exclusive control of the airport, the French have already complained because they had aircraft refused landing premission. Remember that the troops are moving in before aid is distributed. So the airport is tied up with….well, it’s either troops being landed or aid being landed innit?

          • BLiP 22.2.1.1.1

            Spoke too soon, eh?

            I see the media are also having all sorts of problems with the United States preventing coverage.

  23. logie97 23

    Dear bloggers, a simple but urgent request. When those little red dots appear under a word while you are typing a comment – it indicates that you have probably spelt something wrong. It detracts from your arguments when you make these fundamental errors. Brett, for Christ’s sake it is Christian and your use of your for you’re … sharpen up or casual readers of your comments will believe you to be lacking …

  24. ropata 24

    Based on his past body of work, the evidence suggests that Pat Robertson has made a pact with the Devil.
    From calling for Hugo Chavez to be killed to suggesting the US State Dept be nuked, Robertson is full of violence and hate. Jesus would kick him in the head.

  25. LOGIE97

    Point taken.

  26. RascallyRabbit 26

    @ BLiP and others – what brainless f*ckwits you people are

    For others interested in the rubbish that comes out of the United States and looking for a sensible critique of it check out Media Matters which is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

    • BLiP 26.1

      Can’t see any refutation of what I’ve said here on the Media Matters site. Nor can I find any support for Limbaugh or Robertson.

      It would seem that, in fact, it is you who is the fuck wit.

      • RascallyRabbit 26.1.1

        Wow you are even more brainless than I gave you credit for – but you are certainly more egotistical than I thought – bravo…

        There are two comments that I made at 10.00am which were made in isolation of each other.

        A) My comment is that you are indeed a moron/fuckwit – confirmed yet again in your comment @11.08am

        B) Media Matters is a good website for providing thoughtful analysis on subjects such as the one at the centre of this blog post – others who enjoy visiting The Standard may like to look there for a more thoughtful analysis of the good reverend’s comments and other conservative misinformation than the analysis you were vainly attempting to provide on this forum, hence I provided the link so that they may enjoy some decent discourse on the subject.

        In future I suggest you don’t assume that every piece of code on the internet is about you.

      • Bill 26.1.2

        Loose rambling thoughts on something that has come to my attention with regards Robertson et al.

        Given that there are extremities of both the right and left, wonder why it is that there is a plethora of extreme right wing tosh out there that the liberals react to thereby allowing the right to set the agenda rather than getting down to the nub of whatever matter.

        Meanwhile, there is no left counterbalance. I really cannot think of a single commentator of the left who is reported on by the msm who could be seen as a counterpoint to the extreme right wing.

        I’m thinking that whereas right wing tosh is inflammatory, dishonest and unintelligent, left wing tosh is usually analytically reasonable and not deliberately dishonest. It’s not always intelligent, but it becomes questionable more as a question of the motivation of the people behind whatever extreme left wing view is being peddled rather than the views themselves. ( We know the agenda of the right, the left is more diverse and not always desirable)

        So is it the case that the extreme right tends to resonate with our sense of revulsion which is then captured and channelled by the mainstream to become a part of the prevailing orthodoxy.

        Meanwhile, the extreme left would resonate with our sense of what is right and so would be incapable of being captured and channelled by the mainstream to become a part of the prevailing orthodoxy…it constitutes a direct challenge to the mainstream and demands a new orthodoxy.

        As such it is shut down and shut out in the interests of ‘balance and objectivity’….where balance is the current balance of power and objectivity is mainstream propaganda as all encompassing truth.

        edit And the so-called left liberals contribute to the silencing of the left because they too have a massive investment in the status quo

        • RascallyRabbit 26.1.2.1

          This article that appeared in yesterday’s SST also offers an interesting perspective on what you are saying.

          Perhaps the constant diet of repulsive right-wing filth has even caused some in the Murdoch family to feel uncomfortable.

          I believe the likes of Bill O’ Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are like fires – they need oxygen to breathe and their oxygen is coverage in the MSM ergo they must make more and more outrageous statements.

          Although it may be wishful thinking to imagine NewsCorp behaving in a manner of journalistic integrity one can dream.

          • Bill 26.1.2.1.1

            To be ‘ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation (…) aspires to’ is a weird and pointless thing to contend.

            I don’t think there is much to it beyond some business driven, subtle realigning or slight shifting of focus within News Corp.

  27. BLiP 27

    Naughty little Wascally Wabbitt – you’ve got me confused with Brett Dale.

  28. American rescue workers in Haitia

  29. BLiP 29

    French rescue workers have to battle the United States to get aid into Haiti.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    3 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
    Westminster voting intention:CON: 44% (+3)LAB: 28% (-1)LDEM: 14% (-1)BREX: 6% (-)via @OpiniumResearch, surveyed this weekChgs. w/ 08 Nov— Britain Elects (@britainelects) 16 November 2019 This, of course, doesn't look good.  Labour have been chucking big, headline grabbing policies left, right and centre ... Well, maybe not right.  Left, left ...
    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    1 week ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago

  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    28 mins ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    45 mins ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation 2021 (APEC 2021) Bill in Parliament today. The temporary bill supports New Zealand’s security preparations for hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in 2021. “APEC is the leading economic and trade forum ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Making progress for our kids
    The Government is making progress on improving the wellbeing of the one million New Zealanders under the age of 18,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on World Children’s Day. The Government has today recommitted to the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history – the United Nation’s Convention on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand. “Māori women are leaders in our communities, they employ many people and support our economy and our communities,” Julie Anne Genter said. The report, Ngā wāhine kaipakihi: ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
    Four parcels of land have been bought in Omokoroa, in the Western Bay of Plenty District, for an education facility that will accommodate both a primary and secondary school on a campus-like facility, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. Two parcels were acquired from private land owners and two were ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
    1 million New Zealanders warmed by the Winter Energy Payment 36,000 families bank the Best Start Payment in first year 6,000 more families received the Family Tax Credit, 220,600 in total   They receive an increase too – from an average of $117 to $157 a week for Inland Revenue clients, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
    New rules to clamp down on overzealous wheel clamping and extortionate fees charged in order to release a vehicle have passed their final stage in Parliament today. The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill has now passed its third reading. “These changes mean $100 will be the maximum wheel clamping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
    An independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is a step closer after it unanimously passed its first vote in Parliament today.  The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill lays the groundwork for establishing the Commission as a fully independent crown entity – delivering on a key recommendation of He Ara ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
    We’ve improved border security with the NZeTA, New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority, which helps us to screen travellers for border and immigration risks off-shore before they travel to New Zealand. It was launched in August and became mandatory on 1 October 2019. More than 500,000 NZeTAs have been issued since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
    A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more ...
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