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Bill English doesn’t get it – literally doesn’t get it – how messed up the “Brighter Future” is

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 55 comments
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This is an astonishing admission from Bill English:

Prime Minister Bill English ‘puzzled’ by high numbers out of work and education

Both the Government and social agencies say they’re struggling to reach at-risk youth.

There are approximately 92,700 Kiwis aged between 15 and 24 who aren’t working, in education or training. That’s up 19 percent during National’s time in power, and Prime Minister Bill English admits he’s not sure why.

“That is a bit of a challenge, a bit of a puzzle because we have in place any number of programmes providing pathways for young people from school into work,” he told The AM Show on Monday morning. …

Why would young people dropping out of work or education be up 19% after 9 long years of National government?

Why. Why. Why oh why?

Could it be because they don’t see that they have a future in this country?
Could it be because the PM has told them that they are useless druggies who should be replaced by other workers?
Could it be because of the corrosive effects of increasing inequality? (Read The Spirit Level Bill).
Could it be because most work is too low paid?
Could it be because conditions for workers have been steadily eroded?
Could it be because they know they will never own their own home?
Could it be because they can look around and see poverty, people sleeping in cars, homeless…?
Could it be because education has been damaged by narrow standards and stupid targets?
Could it be because welfare and support systems are increasingly hard to access and punitive?
Could it be because they don’t have faith in a political system that allows dirty politics?
Could it be because support systems such as mental health have been slashed and can’t cope?
Could it be because they understand the irreparable damage that we are doing to our environment?
Could it be because of a stupid “war on drugs” instead of a considered health policy?
Could it be because the “Brighter Future” is a mess, it doesn’t work for them, and they live it every day?

Such a mystery.


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55 comments on “Bill English doesn’t get it – literally doesn’t get it – how messed up the “Brighter Future” is”

  1. Kevin 1

    Job advertised in Hawkes Bay at a national franchise store:
    Must be available for 91 hours a week, 10-20 hours guaranteed work.

    • Yeah, it’s not simply “puzzling” but astonishing that many people wouldn’t queue up to volunteer for that. If you’re Bill English, maybe.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 1.2

      Disgraceful.

      Minimum wage too no doubt – a mere $4.45 / hour below what you actually need to live.

  2. The decrypter 2

    English “would get it” if his polling indicated that of the 92000 plus, those eligible may actually vote this election. I get it.

  3. BM 3

    Just talking to a sparky a few days ago, his apprentice called it quits because he’d prefer the weed and chilling out with his mate’s lifestyle.

    This kid was aged 19 and about nine months into his apprenticeship and threw it all away, fucking idiot.

    Drugs do seem to be a big part of the problem.

    Having said that when I was his age I was always blazed, the big difference was that

    1)We weren’t drug tested what you did outside of work hours was irrelevant, as long as you did your job no one cared.

    2) Contracts your boss entered into didn’t state that the contract will be terminated if any of his/her staff fail a drug test

    3) There was no super strict H&S regime that employers had to abide by.

    • tc 3.1

      Yes dear

      • Siobhan 3.1.1

        actually, that’s a fair comment from BM.
        Back in the 80s all the boot boys in AK could just walk onto a demolition/building site and be guaranteed work, no one cared what they’d been up to the night before, and they earned more money in the hand than my 19 year old boy gets for a weeks work nowadays.
        Not to mention all the casual work that, unlike now, was cash, which actually meant you could survive even if it meant baked beans and a cheap cruddy flat with no front door.

        If you ask me (adjusts woolen hat, reading spectacles and slurps another cup of cocoa), we’ve created a World that makes life far too small and mean and hopeless for young people who aren’t fully signed up ‘young achievers’.

        • WILD KATIPO 3.1.1.1

          Hear hear , Siobhan !!!

        • KJT 3.1.1.2

          We just had one rule when I was an apprentice. Turn up fit for work in the morning.

          If they had drug testing back then, all of us would have failed the alcohol test.

          A fair few would have failed a dope test.

    • …when I was his age I was always blazed, the big difference was that…

      …people back then didn’t accept the kind of bullshit that they’re being subjected to now. Maybe you’d have ditched an apprenticeship if there’d been the moronic drug-testing regime we have now. In which case, direct your ire at the government, not munter who quits his apprenticeship.

      • BM 3.2.1

        So what’s the answer? I can’t see H and S changing anytime soon?

        Might just have to accept there’s going to be a fuck load of youth who would rather turn down a job then go drug-free.

        Hopefully later on priorities change and it’s not such an issue, 25 seems to be a bit of a golden number.

        • Psycho Milt 3.2.1.1

          1. Statutory requirement that drug testing must measure actual impairment or not be carried out. If there’s no test for current impairment by a particular drug, no testing for it is permitted.

          2. Come up with a health and safety regime that isn’t both a knee-jerk reaction to Pike River and an attempt to avoid directly inconveniencing National’s constituency.

          Don’t think any party’s currently proposing those things, but we’re all free to lobby them.

          • BM 3.2.1.1.1

            I agree, how could you even consider legalising weed when you have such a draconian health and Safety policy in place.

            Thinking about it could you actually discriminate against some who was indulging in what is a legal activity?

            • Draco T Bastard 3.2.1.1.1.1

              They’re already discriminating against a legal activity. Taking drugs is legal – it’s possession of them that’s illegal.

            • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.1.2

              Half of Scandinavia are either pissed or stoned after hours , but somehow they just keep managing to run the most prosperous economy’s and social welfare nations on the globe.

              I wonder if their oil CEO’s lead by example…

            • Psycho Milt 3.2.1.1.1.3

              Thinking about it could you actually discriminate against some who was indulging in what is a legal activity?

              Yep, all above board. Drinking alcohol is legal but you can discriminate the fuck out of someone who drinks it on the job.

              • BM

                I was thinking more along the lines of having a joint at night but getting stung the following morning in a random drug test.

                Anyone who’s ever smoked weed knows that you’re not the slightest bit impaired but you will lose your job and your boss could lose a lot of money..

                Someone desperately needs to develop a drug impairment test for weed along the same lines as alcohol.

                Getting done when you’re not even under the influence is just ludicrous.

                • The issue is that the tests for cannabis test residue that stays past the point you’re impaired, wheras blood alcohol and breath alcohol are reasonably correlated with alcohol impairment. Nobody specifically designed alcohol tests as impairment tests, it just happens the easy ways to test for alcohol work relatively well that way.

                  I’m not saying it’s categorically impossible, but the lack of an actual impairment test for cannabis isn’t due to lack of imagination, it’s due to the distinct active properties of THC and ethanol, and that most testers are quite happy to get back a result of “yes they used cannabis in the past few months.”

                  That said, it’s a fair distinction that deserves to make its way into employment law that you can’t dismiss someone for drug use outside of work that didn’t demonstrably impair them on the job. Drug tests that don’t measure impairment are really just another form of constructive dismissal, especially seeing you can just fire someone for their behaviour on the job being unacceptable without any proof they were high anyway.

            • KJT 3.2.1.1.1.4

              In the days when alcohol was a problem, I just used to get another workmate to keep the watch, if anyone turned up staggering.
              The culprit would come to work the next day very sorry for himself, and sporting a cauliflower ear.
              Once was usually enough, to ensure it was not repeated.

    • aerobubble 3.3

      Controlling behavior from the freedom loving economic party. Businesses need more control of workers, lowe paid employees, so who are you going to hire, yep, t freedom libertarian leave to the market economists who push legistigation that hampers the ability of the economy to find either good employees, or employers who have to lower standards hire mediocre managers. Managers incentivized to financial market needs not the needs of the real economy.

      Loathsome Naff party puzzles inself into its own mess.

    • Interesting side note , BM ,…

      A Salvation Army Major was picked up at the airport when he was commissioned to establish the Army in Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed,… the Russian S.A member who picked him up was quite drunk on vodka.

      This Major was a hard man ,- and had to deal with the Russian Mafia on a regular basis regarding supply’s kept in warehouses for the poor. He told them , ” if you deal fairly with me , and don’t break the law , I’ll deal fairly with you ”.

      That was the sort of man he was. Blunt and no nonsense. And a marathon runner to boot. And he said the Russians are a hard , tough people by and large.

      When I asked him why they drank so much , he said ” it was just so incredibly cold”…

      My point being , – what people choose to do after hours is their private choice. And so long as it does not cause harm ( which invariably all drugs do including alcohol , sadly) or detract from ones capacity to do their job , well then ,… these invasive measures should not be enforced. The problem , however is that people rarely show control over substance abuse.

      I constantly struggled to enforce / encourage production , group motivation or prevent absenteeism when I was a foreman and had to deal with ‘P’ induced withdrawals in my youthful painter / decorator workgang. And that was not a pleasant experience. I was 20 years these guys their senior, played 6 years in a metal band in some dodgy gang pads and Pare prison , been around the block … yet still felt it was an uphill battle.

      Not all young people are like this by any chalk, however. Most are not.

      Its a difficult one , BM.

      I can see both sides atm.

      Even though right now as I type this I am enjoying a glass of red wine… I reckon we’d all be better off without all these things…

      • BM 3.4.1

        The painting trade does seem to be a bit of a magnet for those who like to walk a bit on the wild side.

        I remember a painter chap I used to run into all the time of job sites, telling me about the awards night for the Waikato painter business of year awards.

        Wall to wall drugs and booze with a caravan out the back full of hookers, classy bunch those painters, lol.

        • mosa 3.4.1.1

          ‘Wall to wall drugs and booze with a caravan out the back full of hookers ! Classy bunch those painters ! ”

          Not if your Nana ordered blue and white for the exterior and got orange, green and pink instead.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.4.1.1.1

            Yeah but BM’s quite right,… its like that.

            And the guy who became my boss that gave me a fair deal after 30 years of neo liberalism was an ex army guy running a painting / decorating business that had a picture of the Queen on the wall as soon as you walked into his living room / kitchen and thought nothing of punching out the lights of a Waikato based DJ who was a shit payer and a talking head all in one. And that wanker DJ was the one who threw the first punch.

            My boss decked the pratt.

            I was in my mid thirty’s and early forties and he was 20 years my senior and was STILL like my mentor. I owe a lot to that bloke , he was a real KIWI hard case.

            Unlike the boss I worked for in the example in comment 3.4 ,… that was when I was working for an ex Queen St cowboy privileged pratt from Auckland who shifted tio the Waikato,- there was no back up form that dude and he was a wannabe ‘ leftie’… and a wanker to boot.

        • KJT 3.4.1.2

          I know a fair few people in responsible positions now, who would never have passed a dope test back in the day.

    • saveNZ 3.5

      We didn’t seem to have the P epidemic either a decade ago. Wonder how all that P is getting into NZ?

      Apparently only $100 for a weeks supply.

      People bringing the raw ingredients for P in this country to poison people, but the government doesn’t seem too fussed. More interested in getting the proceeds from crimes recovery than actually stopping the P. Or even being interested in why it’s happening in the last decade and moving to stop that…

      • WILD KATIPO 3.5.1

        Hehehe… I get where you are coming from,….

        As a result of our ‘ free market’ deal with China whereby they can buy property here in NZ , – but we cannot buy property in China, … we have the likes of the New Zealand Headhunters gang liaising with Chinese Triad gang drug mules and contractors bringing their shit into New Zealand.

        This makes it easier for shit talkers like Bill English – the Double Dipper from Dipton – to blame New Zealand youth as ‘ hopeless , useless drug impaired no hopers’ and import a few thousand more from Asia to provide cheap labour and throw young KIWI workers on the scrap heap and implementing a runaway , out of control and irresponsible immigration programme to import even more cheap labour to put downwards pressure on wages and shore up NZ’s housing bubble.

        What a complete Catholic hypocrite and arsehole.

        WISE UP , New Zealanders , – English is nothing more than a globalist Mont Pelerin Society lackey that wants to gut this society as much as he can before he looses in September.

        Don’t believe me ?

        THEN BLOODY READ THIS :

        ………………………………………….

        New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
        http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

        Who Is The Mont Pelerin Society ?
        ………………………………………………………

        This looting and destruction of the nation-state of New Zealand was planned and implemented by the London-based Mont Pelerin Society.

        In 1947, Mont Pelerin founder von Hayek lamented that the war had drastically strengthened nation-states, which must be replaced, he said, with the classic, anti-state free trade “liberalism” of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

        Many of those continental Europeans present, like von Hayek, carried the prefix “von” before their surnames, signifying that they came from the noble families which had governed Europe for centuries.

        Mont Pelerin shared the same “conservative revolution” philosophy as the Nazis. It also shared some of the same personnel. For instance, Max von Thurn und Taxis was a sponsor of von Hayek and his new society.

        Thurn und Taxis’ family had founded another society in southern Germany before World War 1, which was composed entirely of aristocrats, known as the Thule Society. Thule in turn formed a special “workers division” known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party” (NSDAP). The NSDAP, into which an Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler was recruited, later became better known by the abbreviated version of its name, the “Nazis.”
        ………………………………………………………………

        In 1989, Max von Thurn und Taxis attended a meeting of his Mont Pelerin Society in Christchurch, New Zealand, to judge, first hand, the results of the “worlds most radical free market revolution.”

        ” A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race. In 1917, people who wanted to join the “Germanic Order”, out of which the Thule Society developed in 1918, had to sign a special “blood declaration of faith” concerning their lineage:

        “The signer hereby swears to the best of his knowledge and belief that no Jewish or coloured blood flows in either his or in his wife’s veins, and that among their ancestors are no members of the coloured races.”
        ……………………………………………………………….

        Thule Society – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

        Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
        http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

    • mosa 3.6

      Ah BM the good old days in old NZ before it all went pear shaped and the harsh reality of life and responsibility kicked in.

    • NZJester 3.7

      All these anecdotal comments about people preferring weed are exposed as lies when real evidence is looked at. I bet if you heard his former apprentices side it would be a totally different story. I’m betting that is just what he says about why the apprentice left to hide the fact of what a shit employer and tutor he is. Probably forced his apprentice to do unpaid overtime, micro-manged him or belittled him at every opportunity. I worked for a boss like that once. I heard him talk shit to another employer one time about another employee who quit just the previous day telling all these stories I knew to be false. The employee had told me he was quitting as he could not take the bosses shit treatment anymore. He was doing his best to learn, but when he asked valid questions was belittled for asking them and never got an answer, probably because the boss used that as a means to hide the fact he didn’t know the answer!

  4. Or could it be that as a result of of 33 years of neo liberal policy they see all of the shit results mentioned in the article above by Anthony Robbins as pretty much how life is for most of them – and us ?

    New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
    http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

    And National party MP’s as being something along the same sort of lines as this guy…

    Denis Leary – Asshole (Uncensored Version) – YouTube

  5. Antoine 5

    Love to know how the 19% increase is broken down between age groups, ethnicities, qualified vs unqualified, urban vs rural etc

    A.

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    The future is bright for Bill: no shadows in a bonfire.

  7. esoteric pineapples 7

    Don’t forget getting rid of night classes – one of the most short sighted and mean-spirited things National has done

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 7.1

      Yep, how that was supposed to make the future any brighter, I’ll never know.

      • tc 7.1.1

        It wasnt it was intended to send a message as the MSM duly repeated the lies about courses that were self funded and not govt funded.

        Flogging state houses hopefully bookends the nasty partys reign and they get turfed out.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.2

        Because by closing in vulnerable people with little choices to advance themselves makes them even more vulnerable to filling the part time increasingly minimum wage populations…

        And that means for National supporters – the sun surely did shine out of Paula Bennetts arse.

  8. tc 8

    To quote homer simpson
    “….just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand…”

  9. Tamati Tautuhi 9

    The big problem is the 92,700 idle youth aged 15-24 are not going to disappear many will probably join gangs and peddle drugs or spend their time planning how to make some illicit money, the old saying goes “the devil makes work for idle hands”.

    It concerns me when I hear the Headhunters Gang are recruiting more prospects on a weekly basis than we as a country are recruiting young Police Officers ?

    We need to educate and train our youth no matter what their backgrounds, I heard the other day some children are getting to Intermediate Level at school and can not read or write, if this is happening we have some serious issues in our Primary Education System ?

    • That’s what happens when teachers are induced to operate on a ‘ merit’ system – like bank staff – they have to show evidence of numbers / units of production. There is little time for teachers to invest in students with learning issues – from whatever reason the origins – when they are forced to compete among themselves for wages and conditions .

      This is a direct and shameful result of bulk funding , ‘promotion by merit’ and deliberate under- funding by successive neo liberal govt’s who seek to advance the cause for ‘ profit driven private education establishments’ , – over taxpayer funded ‘ public education ‘.

      If we wish to rid ourselves of this social malaise , – then we would first recognize it for what it is , attach a label to it , – and then come together in unity – such as the Teachers Union and other Unions by way of support ,… to dislodge these odious neo liberal elements from having influence over our society.

      And we can start by reading this link and realizing that this contains the essence of who the New Right were , and how they STILL influence the social malaise we see in New Zealand today. If this BASIC requirement of understanding is not met , – then you will only have yourselves to blame.

      I am now talking DIRECT links to pseudo NAZISM and its effects in 2017 , – barring the sick and perverted racial / religious dogmas prevalent within the actual NAZI doctrines..

      New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
      http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

      ……………………………………………………………………………..

      * ” A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race. In 1917, people who wanted to join the “Germanic Order”, out of which the Thule Society developed in 1918, had to sign a special “blood declaration of faith” concerning their lineage:

      “The signer hereby swears to the best of his knowledge and belief that no Jewish or coloured blood flows in either his or in his wife’s veins, and that among their ancestors are no members of the coloured races.”
      ……………………………………………………………..

      Thule Society – Wikipedia
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

      Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
      http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

    • Johan 9.2

      TT, “if this is happening we have some serious issues in our Primary Education System”. The problem comes from dysfunctional families, who have children, while at the same time do not have the resources to raise them in a nurturing environment.
      From first hand experience, there are children who are forced to attend 5 to 6 different schools within a school year because of family or economic circumstances. Some children are not encouraged to go to school by their parents, so it’s more convenient for them to stay home and operate the playstation.

  10. bugsolutely nz 10

    I don’t I’m in work but find most of the people i deal with are not capable of the jobs there doing. Auckland transport would be a good example, Thy either receive bonuses based on the amount of congestion they cause or are unsuitable for the high paid positions they hold.

  11. Philj 11

    Bill English is practiced in not getting it. He didn’t know what a feminist was. Housing or immigration – denial. He rarely if ever mentions the government debt situation. It’s not in his interest to get it. In September he may well get it.

    • The reason he doesn’t ‘ get it’ is because he is in league with the same sort of fuckers I mentioned in comment ( 3.5.1 ) and ( 9.1 ).

      Why bother beating around the bush about these shitheads when the conclusive evidence for the motivations of their policy’s have been already well researched and are out there for all to see?

      Why tolerate the bastards any longer ?

      Are we masochists?

      Or do we just enjoy having something to bleat about?

      I find it intolerable that we allow these shitarses any measure of credence or ability to fuck our society like they have. I find it incredible we let them even exist as a political entity.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 11.2

      The guy is a Banker and they are all milking it, he is a Rothschild protege along with Johnny Key ?

  12. mosa 12

    92,000 young people with no direction , participation, aims or hope.

    Written off by the ruling class.

    That is the real disaster of the Brighter Future and an indictment of this Bill English National government.

    • Again – lets call them out for who they are and the motivational group behind them

      It didn’t happen in a vacuum one sunny day when some sicko thought it’d be a good idea to fuck off with New Zealanders wealth – IT WAS PLANNED.

      AND WE ARE STILL AS GULLIBLE AS WHEN ROGER DOUGLAS STARTED IT ALL !!!!!

      New Right Fight – Who are the New Right?
      http://www.newrightfight.co.nz/pageA.html

      Who Is The Mont Pelerin Society ?

      This looting and destruction of the nation-state of New Zealand was planned and implemented by the London-based Mont Pelerin Society.

      In 1947, Mont Pelerin founder von Hayek lamented that the war had drastically strengthened nation-states, which must be replaced, he said, with the classic, anti-state free trade “liberalism” of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.

      Many of those continental Europeans present, like von Hayek, carried the prefix “von” before their surnames, signifying that they came from the noble families which had governed Europe for centuries.

      Mont Pelerin shared the same “conservative revolution” philosophy as the Nazis. It also shared some of the same personnel. For instance, Max von Thurn und Taxis was a sponsor of von Hayek and his new society.

      Thurn und Taxis’ family had founded another society in southern Germany before World War 1, which was composed entirely of aristocrats, known as the Thule Society. Thule in turn formed a special “workers division” known as the “National Socialist German Workers Party” (NSDAP). The NSDAP, into which an Austrian corporal named Adolf Hitler was recruited, later became better known by the abbreviated version of its name, the “Nazis.”

      In 1989, Max von Thurn und Taxis attended a meeting of his Mont Pelerin Society in Christchurch, New Zealand, to judge, first hand, the results of the “worlds most radical free market revolution.”

      …………………………………………………………………

      ” A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race. In 1917, people who wanted to join the “Germanic Order”, out of which the Thule Society developed in 1918, had to sign a special “blood declaration of faith” concerning their lineage:

      “The signer hereby swears to the best of his knowledge and belief that no Jewish or coloured blood flows in either his or in his wife’s veins, and that among their ancestors are no members of the coloured races.”

      ………………………………………………………………

      Thule Society – Wikipedia
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society

      Young Hitler – Excerpts Appendix | The Thule Society
      http://www.younghitler.com/thule_society.htm

      • BM 12.1.1

        You do get a bit fixated on stuff old boy.

        That’s about the hundredth time you’ve put up that link, can you summarise what it’s all about? that site is as ugly as fuck and hurts my eyes.

        • WILD KATIPO 12.1.1.1

          Well , old bean ,… the reason I post it up is simply because most people DON’T read links , – and are more interested in spouting off their opinions without any references to historic fact. They have no ‘ Touchstone ‘ as it were.

          They simply react to the latest degrading initiative of the far right instead of going on the front foot.

          This the neo liberal right wing knows. Only too well.

          And yet , – if half of these commentators had a working knowledge of history – both recent and earlier- they would be in a far better position to understand the present.

          As for the that site or any other being ugly , I cannot help that.

          Any admissible evidence – ( and I believe many instigators of neo liberal politics should indeed be brought to trial in our courts on charges of grand theft of the Commons wealth along with treason against the sovereign nation state of New Zealand ) – may indeed be ugly .

          I would imagine that a blood splattered wall in a murder scene is equally as ugly , – however is STILL admissible evidence. Equally as much as a poorly handwritten note of appeal or confession is in a court trial.

          I would advise anyone having trouble with that site or any other to get past their prejudices and focus instead on the relevancy of the content.

          To which that site by Hugh Price / Hugh Price Publishers serves more than adequately in exposing the quasi fascist NAZI origins of the New Right / neo liberal ideology implemented by such as the Mont Pelerin Society.

          I may have been a labourer most of my life , – but I also gained a Diploma in Science and Technology and have a keen interest in social equity . Please don’t try and fuck in such a simplistic manner with me in future , please.

          Not all of us old school New Zealanders pre 1984 are thick bastards.

          And just remember , – you wanted an answer , – well you’ve just got it.

          Learn to get over yourself.

          .

  13. Red Hand 13

    Yes a disaster, but not on its own an election issue.

    http://nzccss.org.nz/news/2017/04/election-issues-2017-housing-inequality/

  14. JustMe 14

    I get the feeling the reason for the low liking Bill English has for NZers is because he has been caught out Double Dipping on Accommodation costs and this is his feeble attempt at ‘tit for tat’ for being caught out.
    He now tries abysmally to give us the impression he is more holier than Jesus but for a guy who had absolutely no hesitation let alone remorse for resorting to Double Dipping shows how shallow he is as a person.
    And so when I say he tries to appear more holier than a Saint(Jesus)it’s because he seems to have a ready answer for everything but when caught in a corner(of his OWN making)he resorts to blaming others for HIS(and HIS governments’)mistakes.
    Whenever Bill English calls New Zealanders as “pretty damned hopeless” then I suggest he looks in the mirror and focuses his eyes directly upon himself and says that he too is ‘pretty damned hopeless’.
    As a Catholic he must well know the Biblical quote of ‘He who is without sin cast the first stone…”. But Bill English appears to be above even God and Jesus in his judgment of others.
    When we have a pm called Bill English who like John Key lives in a little world of make believe that all is fine and dandy in NZ then we know for a fact they are so completely out of touch with reality to be considered complete idiots.
    But then we all know neither Bill English, Paula Bennett or any other so-called senior National Party followers would ever know how the other half has to live in 2017. It’s called the Age of Arrogance and it’s something this government has alot of now.

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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    3 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 days 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
    3 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    5 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    5 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    7 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
    1 week 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. ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • 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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    4 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 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 ...
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