Bill English thinks he was pro Springbok tour

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Previous Prime Minister John Key could not recall what his views on the Springbok tour were, despite him being aged 19 at the time and despite it being the most dramatic local upheaval that had occurred in decades.

My strong sense that his pronounced view had been calculated within an inch of its life is strong.

New PM Bill English has a somewhat similar view but without the intense PR polishing that Key’s position had.

He thinks that he was probably for the tour.  The sense of calculation is high, the sense of honesty is very low.  It was such an intense divisive time I thought that all 19 year olds would have remembered clearly what they thought.

From Newshub:

The 1981 Springbok Tour provoked sporting and political civil war in New Zealand.

Families and friendships were divided and the country became a two nation state – those that were for the tour versus those against.

Now, Prime Minister Bill English admits he was “probably for it”.

“I was keen to see the tour happen – thought sport shouldn’t be mixed with politics.”

He seems to think that the tour increased his understanding of Maori issues.

“It helped persuade me particularly as a politician to be committed and spend time on the Maori related issues in New Zealand and I’m pretty satisfied about where that’s got to,” Mr English says.

Maybe that is an acknowledgment that he now believes the tour was wrong.

His comments suggest a vacuous superficial approach to the important issues that New Zealand has faced.  They are also pretty meh.  Disinterest rather than upset is my first response.

One thing is clear.  English is no John Key.  He is less polished and less calculated in his responses.

102 comments on “Bill English thinks he was pro Springbok tour”

  1. James 1

    “One thing is clear. English is no John Key. He is less polished and less calculated in his responses.”

    It does not matter that he is not a John Key. It only matters that he is not an Andrew Little.

    That’s the choice voters will have.

    English would lose against Ket – but I’m fairly confident he will win against Little.

    • Carolyn_nth 1.1

      Although the election vote isn’t between the party leaders, but between the parties. Enough of the personality politics – Key was made too much of as the face of the party.

      Maybe with English as leader, voters will look more closely at policies, and actions, and how the rhetoric relates to the realities.

      Seems to me with his statements on the 1981 tour, English is stating similar views to many Kiwi conservatives – especially those into sports.

  2. Morrissey 2

    English was a well known member of the notoriously right wing Southland Society, which in 1981 was a rowdy (and usually drunken) pro-tour element on the Otago campus.

    It’s a measure of his character that the most he is prepared to admit is that he “thinks” he was pro-Tour.

    • + 1 yep – I distinctly remember abusing those pro-tour louts, (and they pretty well all looked like a young billy), when we marched against the tour in dunners.

      • Corokia 2.1.1

        I’m pretty sure I remember Michael Laws being one of the pro tour crowd at Otago Uni. The atmosphere on campus was tense and the pro rugby boys (and it was basically all male) were intimidating.

        • marty mars 2.1.1.1

          yep I lived under the saddle and wore my anti tour badge with pride at the rugby club. Very tense times and ended my playing and enjoyment of rugby days. Yet marching in dunners and welly filled me with such energy and determination. We believed, we took a stand and we didn’t buckle under extreme police and state provocation. We knew we weren’t alone and we knew we were on the side of justice. Those lessons can be learned by the younger today, those lessons and actions are needed today imho.

        • Morrissey 2.1.1.2

          the pro rugby boys

          You mean pro-apartheid rugby boys. Most of the anti-tour protestors were rugby fans, just not pro-apartheid rugby fans.

          • corokia 2.1.1.2.1

            Pro-tour then. They would never accept being called pro-apartheid, even though the pro-tour stance was supportive of an apartheid state.

            I knew a few anti-tour protestors who were pro-rugby, but to assume that “most” were rugby fans is a bit of a stretch. Seems like the typical Kiwi assumption that we all ‘love our rugby’ . Well I never have and I’m sick of such generalisations.

            Facing up to riot police while trying to march on Carisbrook was a scary experience for a 19 year old girl , but it was the right thing to do. Like marty, I think it gave me life long strength and determination to get out there and stand up for things I think matter.

            • Morrissey 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Fair comment, corokia. But whatever their actual proportion in the community, I dare say there was as high a proportion of rugby fans amongst the protestors as there was among the pro-tour mob.

    • Red Hand 2.2

      “thinking” he was pro-Tour might be personal reticence.

      “His personal reticence could have something to do with the unwelcome media attention he received last year when gay website GayNZ.com alleged in an article that one of his teenaged sons had posted abusive statements with homophobic overtones on Bebo. Bill reportedly called the allegations a “disgusting and sick attack” on his son. It was an issue which affected the whole family, many of whom share Bill’s desire for privacy, despite his public life.”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10517639

  3. Cinny 3

    There are some moments in NZ history that you don’t forget. The ’81 Springbok tour is one of those moments, i was nine.

    Is this all the news that newshub could find to generate on the outgoing PM? By crikey there has been a huge absence of any national mps doing any actual work this year.

    All I’ve been seeing in the media is a massive amount of work being done by the opposition parties, but nada from the out going government. Just this lame as story via News Hub attempting to make the soon to be ex PM appear relevant. What a load of click bait crap from NewsHub.

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    “Maybe that is an acknowledgment that he now believes the tour was wrong”

    I think that is the sentiment of many pro tour people. It is possible to change one view in time. I know many people who didn’t think sport and politics should not mix, but with the benefit of hindsight agree that the tour should not have happened.

    I don’t think it is a sensible strategy to condemn everyone who supported a sporting tour 36 years ago, if in that intervening period they have changed their world view.

    • red-blooded 4.1

      I think that’s a fair call Enough is Enough, however I’d expect English (or anyone else) to front up and say, “I was pro-tour, but I realise now that I was wrong.” That would be an honest, honourable answer.

  5. whateva next? 5

    sport shouldn’t be mixed with politics? would you bring back the roman sport of gladiatorial games then? It would be cheaper than the All Blacks

    • Carolyn_nth 5.1

      John Key did a lot of mixing of politics and sport – using it for his own PR and to boost his popularity. Interesting that Bling sidesteps that approach in more recent times, and focuses on his learning about “Maori related issues.”

    • mickysavage 5.2

      Rugby was a cornerstone of the Apartheid system. Not selecting players because they were black and only allowing Maori to tour South Africa as “honorary whites” were examples of how awful the system was.

      If politics should be kept out of Court then Muldoon should have not signed the Gleneagles agreement. His subsequent breach of this trashed New Zealand’s international reputation.

      • Paul Campbell 5.2.1

        The “honorary white” thing was only at the end, earlier they simply banned Maori’s from touring at all and the NZRFU accepted that as valid – to me that says a lot

        Of course the NZRFU’s timing was always bad, they toured during the Sharpville massacre, and during the Soweto uprising … many people forget that in 1976 African nations boycotted the Olympics not because South Africa was there, but because New Zealand was, and the All Blacks had just toured SA

  6. Nick 6

    English is a classic politician, tell lies when it suits him, tell the truth when it suits him, and obfuscate when he doesn’t know whether to speak the truth or lie.

  7. Bill 7

    So he was a right prick of a kid who grew up to become a middle aged right wing prick. But along the way he might have learned something about Maori issues…maybe. And he’s got a little insight into what a prick of a kid he used to be…maybe.

    But stepping back for a moment.

    If anyone who fucks up is roundly condemned and dismissed because “wrong thoughts”, then there’s no avenue for them to move down. And the condemnation leaves everything entrenched and us all a bit fucked. And that same culture also acts as a barrier and prevents people from acknowledging any fuck ups they may make.

    Example from a discussion I was having the other day. Some years back, a friend put a learning module for kids together that sought to explain or demonstrate blood flow by suggesting that when skin is pinched it turns white. After the module went out, someone pointed out the inherent (and unintended) racism. But my friends boss sought to defend her by arguing that she (my friend) was a good person, a conscientious person, and so therefore could not possibly do anything racist. And so my friend (who was young at the time) while quietly acknowledging she’d fucked up, found that by acknowledging her unintentional racism, she was forced to doubt her own ‘goodness’, because good people (apparently) aren’t capable of being racist. Only bad people are racist.

    Hope I’ve explained that clearly enough to make the point.

  8. Brutus Iscariot 8

    Still flogging this horse?

    You’re like the old US cold warriors still harping on about the commies 35 years later.

    Time to move on. There’s only a tiny rump of NZ’ers who are interested now.

    • shorts 8.1

      its a wonderful character test – the answer given shows character or lack thereof – not by if they were pro or anti but in their ability to actually answer, given how badly the previous Prime Minister handled questions on his personal views about the tour…. it is now a “thing”

      deal with it

      • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1

        Its not a “thing”, the only people that care about the answer is the tragics for who the tour protests were the high points of their lives

        Most others couldn’t care less

        • McFlock 8.1.1.1

          lol

          I think you’ve just taken a character test closely associated with the one shorts described.

          • Puckish Rogue 8.1.1.1.1

            As I was around 7-8 years at the time it sort of passed over my head

            • McFlock 8.1.1.1.1.1

              About the same here, but I still care about whether the people who were old enough to give a damn, did.

              And I also care about whether our current leadership has the integrity to give a straight answer about their attitudes to those events, with the benefit of hindsight.

              • Puckish Rogue

                The question has become so politically loaded that any answer given will be criticized no matter whats said so I don’t blame English for his answer

                • If “any answer given” will be criticised, including that given by English, why wouldn’t he simply go with the truth, unspun?
                  ‘Coz, Tory?

                • McFlock

                  So why do tory pms seem to choose the response that receives criticism on the basis that they’re political cowards, rather than pandering to the majority or, even more shocking, simply telling the truth and showing integrity?

      • AB 8.1.2

        +1 Shorts.
        Taking the test myself and trying to be honest.
        I was anti-tour. But in hindsight I wish I had had the courage to be more active about it.

    • Yep – goes to character. Bill knows he was on the wrong side of history, so there’s a question of whether he has the integrity to own it publicly. The answer apparently is “No, he doesn’t.” Key’s blanket refusal to answer suggests even less integrity than Bill, but more cunning.

      It may have happened over 35 years ago, but for those who were around at the time it’s an excellent character test. Unfortunately for Key and English, they were both around at the time.

    • mickysavage 8.3

      It is the current response and the level of spin applied that is relevant.

      People’s views can change. How they present this says a lot about them.

      • Brutus Iscariot 8.3.1

        Of course he’s going to spin it.

        He knows it’s a “gotcha” question, why else would it be asked?

        • McFlock 8.3.1.1

          How is it a “gotcha” question?

          If he answers it honestly, and if he’s honestly not a jerk, it’s fine.

    • Tricledrown 8.4

      Thanks etu Brutus you have betrayed all your rwnj’s who harp on about Venezuela etc.
      Bill English is not that dumb and has cleared the Deck’s
      Rugby is a religion in this country and people have long memories .
      Labour Green’s have to make hay while the Sun shines.
      This issue is not going to change 1 voters intentions.
      Well said.

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    How many people really care about that now?

    • DoublePlusGood 9.1

      People who care about integrity in one’s actions. It’s not about whether he supported the tour or not, it’s about whether he discusses his views honestly and with integrity. Those are supposed to be vital attributes in politicians (even if National have well proven otherwise)

  10. Paul 10

    I hour 20 minutes.
    The length of time it takes the trolls to get their lines for the day from their puppet master.
    Note the remarkable similarity between bi and pr’s messages (@8 and @9)

  11. …the trolls … get their lines for the day from their puppet master.

    Well, either that or there’s a fairly obvious response to this post from a right-wing perspective, and more than one right-winger made that response. But yeah, that “puppet master” thing seems a lot more likely…

  12. Tricledrown 12

    Its the economy stupid.
    The 1981 Tour lost Labour that election
    We are barking up the wrong tree.
    The Economy is ticking along smoothly.
    Labour has to focus on issues that will win votes.

    • Paul Campbell 12.1

      Labour gained seats in the ’81 election, National ended up with a majority of 1 (in a FPP election), remember it was Marilyn Waring crossing the floor over nuclear warships later that term that nominally brought them down.

    • red-blooded 12.2

      Tricledrown – “Labour” didn’t ask the question, and “Labour” aren’t discussing it. It was asked by a reporter and is being discussed by a group of people who think it’s worth discussing. Apparently, that includes you.

      I agree that this isn’t going to change people’s votes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worthy of discussion. The pro/anti-Tour issue definitely helps to give a sense of a person’s values if they were old enough to form their own views at that time, and so does the way that person has developed since then and “owns” this issue. As I said, above, I could respect someone who said they had been pro-Tour at the time but now realised they were wrong. Fudging the issue doesn’t impress me, though.

  13. Gabby 13

    I doubt if he gave much of a shit beyond appearing to fit in, which would be tricky in Dunedin in 1981.

    • Paul Campbell 13.1

      There were marches down the main street of Dunedin twice a week during the ’81 tour, people were arrested in the game at Carisbrook (who knew there was a law against more than one people blowing a whistle at a rugby game), the Carisbrook rugby posts were cut down, the airport was shut down, TV was shutdown during the Auckland test in the bottom half of the South Island.

      If he didn’t fit in it was because he was pro-apartheid

  14. Brutus Iscariot 14

    You should ask his opinion on the 1951 Waterfront Strike, and then dissect his answer to make a thread about it here.

    • Puckish Rogue 14.1

      To be fair the question worked out so well in the last debate between Clark and Key…

    • Wonderpup 14.2

      I shook the hand of a watersider on a picket line this very morning. To think that time simply evaporates issues around worker’s and human rights is inane. Its powerful to be in a left progressive heritage that stretches back to include generations of struggle.

  15. swordfish 15

    As a teenage geezer, I marched against the 81 Tour (and I know Mickey, 1Prent and a few other Standardistas did as well), but … and I hate to say it … I can’t help agreeing with our close and much-cherished Tory chums on this thread – we’re getting into flogging a dead horse territory here.

    Many New Zealanders were pro-Tour in 81 … particularly Nats, particularly rural folk and particularly Southlanders … so hardly a revelation.

    Indeed, too much attention on the matter could become counter-productive for the Left. Most voters really couldn’t give a shit what English thought 36 years ago and they might well view any current Opposition focus on the issue as both dangerously out-of-touch in election year and just possibly bordering on a little vindictive.

    After three successive Election defeats, it’s absolutely vital Labour and Greens escape the activist echo-chamber and immerse themselves in as deep a possible understanding of the issues most important to swing (and perhaps, non-) voters. I may be going out on an outrageous limb, here, but I’d suggest the rights and wrongs of the 1981 Springbok Tour ain’t one of them. Even if expanded into issues surrounding English’s current honesty and character – still Won’t resonate.

    Although I kept schtum at the time, I have to say I also thought the posts over recent years critical of Key’s rendition of his Tour views were pretty pointless too. Slight whiff of desperation and a kind of esoteric self-indulgence on the part of activists.

    Then again, if it’s just confined to a one-off post on The Standard purely to help motivate us ageing anti-Tour marchers at the start of a long election campaign – no probs and forget everything I just said (assuming you hadn’t already 🙂 ).

    • Puckish Rogue 15.1

      Careful swordfish that kind of treasonous talk can get you in trouble, next thing you know it’ll be..

    • Pat 15.2

      stop talking sense

    • Ad 15.3

      It’s such a baby-wee-warm-bath logic to be able to forget Takaparawha Day 501, and while we’re at it Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day and Labour Day and all that ewww stuff involving actual political contest and work – after all we haven’t had a good Maori versus the troops fight for a while what’s the point of complaining, or indeed a decent hundreds-dead overseas war for a while either so why ever bother naming and shaming politicians who took us to war, and hell what are unions for or marches in the street for anyway, right?

      Who the fuck needs memory or historical accountability anyway?

      Why don’t we just rid ourselves of all that hopey-changey stuff that the left has got its head kicked in for over two centuries like collective action against injustice and discrimination, and consign ourselves to fighting the election to things we don’t really need a memory or conscience for, like: consumer confidence, inflation, savings, and unemployment?

      Relax, and just let the whole of the past go. Let’s just leave all that silly stuff about the past for historians and people who give a damn about what actually formed this country in the first place.

      • swordfish 15.3.1

        As always … you excitedly grab hold of the wrong end of the stick (or should that be baton ?).

        It’s Election Year … and I’m talking tactics (with the average swing-voter in mind) … not the moral rights and wrongs of the 1981 Springbok Tour. I know it’s tempting but try putting aside your virtue signalling just for a moment. Like I said, … at the tender age of 17, … I marched against the Tour, put my body on the line against a pretty vicious Red / Blue Squad (and indeed wider Police Force) and I’m proud of it.

        ” … or indeed a decent hundreds-dead overseas war for a while either so why ever bother naming and shaming politicians who took us to war”

        Blimey ! This from someone who appears to be closely associated with the local Clintonista Cold War Warrior brigade – an unusually gutless little band of Establishment shills practically frothing at the mouth for the outbreak of WWIII (chicken-hawks that they are).

        Much of the rest of your comment was bordering on incoherent.

        • Pat 15.3.1.1

          or is he playing devils advocate…hard to tell with Ad.

          • Morrissey 15.3.1.1.1

            “I was playing devil’s advocate” is invariably the response—he would call it a riposte—of Jim Mora on the rare occasion one of his guests challenges one of his complacent right wing statements.

        • mickysavage 15.3.1.2

          I didn’t spend much time on the post.

          It is not a campaign weapon as such. It is an analysis of how National politicians respond to questions of what they did at a younger age.

          English’s attempt was not too bad. Key’s response used to really annoy. I guess that I am somewhat sensitive because I was born just after Key and just before English and I damn well know what my attitude to the tour was.

          • Carolyn_nth 15.3.1.2.1

            I think for a lot of left wingers who were old enough in the 1980s, the 1981 tour and protests were a significant moment in NZ history (a rupture and challenge to the establishment). Maybe not so much for conservatives.

    • tc 15.4

      +100 swordfish

      How about focusing on the bs he’s dished out as a major player in the hollowing out of our economy.

      Fiscally neutral tax cuts, balanced budgets, asset sale proceeds etc

      Ffs move on people and grab the initiative

    • Hanswurst 15.5

      I agree that it lacks real relevance or impact. Additionally, I can’t really see the point of trying to hang the label of a bumbling incompetent on English, simply because he manifestly isn’t one. In terms of his answer and is being less polished than Key’s, it’s six of one and half-a-dozen of the other, as far as I’m concerned. Neither is a brilliant answer (and Key came in for limited and fruitless lambasting over it, just as is happening / will happen to English — how quickly we forget), but nor is either especially bad.

      More importantly, I think that criticising National over a lack of political slickness is a bad tactic for the left, engaging in a fight that it will not win, because the idea of progressivism is about something else. By all means, try to be as slick as possible, but trying too hard to exploit the slightest hint of unvarnished spin perfection from the Right will simply distract from the issues where their massive financial and PR assets don’t give them such a disproportionate advantage.

  16. Ant 16

    English:

    “I was an enthusiastic supporter of the Springbok tour. The NZ resistance opened my eyes to the reality of apartheid and also to the admirable conscience of my fellow Kiwis. I’ve certainly grown since then.”

    Why is that such an impossible response for a politician? Would it really cost a million votes?

    • It’s difficult for a right-wing politician to answer, which is why Brutus Iscariot calls it a “gotcha” question further up.

      Most people these days accept that it was wrong to help maintain Apartheid, which is effectively what the tour supporters were doing. So English won’t want to admit to being one of them.

      But there’s still a sizeable National-voting constituency out there who were also tour supporters and still believe they were right, not to mention a lot of South Africans who fled here following the demise of Apartheid. So English can’t say supporting the tour was wrong without alienating his support base.

      That leaves him with not a lot to say, unless he values personal integrity more than he values staying on-message.

      • Paul Campbell 16.1.1

        I think it’s only a “gotcha” question if you’re trying to do that mealy-mouthed thing of trying to appease the morally wrong people who still think that supporting apartheid was the right thing to do

      • Brutus Iscariot 16.1.2

        Yes, it’s the “when did you stop beating your wife” question of NZ politics.

        • Paul Campbell 16.1.2.1

          Only for National trying to appease their right wing racist voters (not all their voters, but a significant minority they depend on to get elected) – Helen was openly proud to have been anti-tour

        • Psycho Milt 16.1.2.2

          Meh. At one time, left-wing politicians would have had trouble answering an enquiry as to whether they’d viewed Stalin favourably, because a truthful answer wouldn’t have reflected well on them. Being on the wrong side of history is a bugger.

      • Robert Guyton 16.1.3

        “That leaves him with not a lot to say, unless he values personal integrity more than he values staying on-message.”

        Qft

  17. BM 17

    Yes Apartheid was bad I think everyone gets that.

    Nothing has changed though, South Africa is still a racist shit hole the only difference is that it’s the blacks holding the whip and the whites getting persecuted.

    There’s absolutely no future for white people in South Africa, the government has made that very clear, given the opportunity all white South Africans would be gone in a heartbeat if they could.

  18. Sabine 18

    God the double dipper form Dipton is fucking bore.

    He can’t remember what he supported in 1981 and he may have or have not changed his mind about what he can’t really remember from 1981 and please fucking vote for me.

    Yeah, fucking right Tui.

    • james 18.1

      “God the double dipper form Dipton is fucking bore.”

      But then again so is “Angry ‘I wear contacts now’ Andy”.

      Good thing is English has proven a safe set of hands (most people polled say that the economy is going in the right direction).

      Given the choice of the borings ones – I pick an English win.

      • Robert Guyton 18.2.1

        Pucky – you are to be congratulated for having ceased the continual droning you used to do, big noting Key and National, handing them the victory you were certain they’d already won, etc. At least now you’ve a modicum of good manners here. Sad though, that James has taken up your bilious blue baton and is parroting <ad nauseam the very same message that you wore out so boringly.James is the new Pucky. Ho and hum. How very, very dull.

      • alwyn 18.2.2

        That is just a rogue poll. The truth is nothing like that.
        People (Labour Party insiders) have told me in confidence that the Labour Party internal polling has Labour at 37%, the Greens at 19% and National down to 29%. They know because Andy has told them.
        Mind you he did read the results without his glasses on. Everything looks better if it is totally blurred.
        Andrew is going to release the numbers on Monday.

  19. Tamati Tautuhi 19

    Amazing the Double Dipper and JK can’t really remember whether they supported the Springbok Tour or not, and these guys are running the country?

  20. Key’s would be impossible for most people to read, being written in Parseltongue, ‘n’all.

    • BM 20.1

      Parseltongue?, I hadn’t realised snakes had gotten around to putting their language to paper.

      On a Harry Potter theme, maybe English is one of Keys Horcruxes through which he’ll live on?

  21. English is a muggle.

  22. Peter Dunne is Dobby.

  23. Judith Collins, Aragog.

  24. So, who is J.K.Rowling?

    • alwyn 24.1

      “So, who is J.K.Rowling”
      Wasn’t he the one who succeeded Norman Kirk as leader of the Labour Party?
      The one described as “a shiver looking for a spine to run up” by Muldoon, who then beat the hell out of him 3 times in a row?
      Or was that perhaps another Rowling?

  25. Seems you know very little about Bill Rowling, alwyn, or at least you seem to hold to the shallowist description of him. If you were to be described as a J.K.Rowling character, would you be a cashier at Gringotts?

    • alwyn 25.1

      “you know very little about Bill Rowling”.
      Really? I presume you are talking about Wallace Rowling, or don’t you know his real name?
      I just listed enough about him for even a semi-literate person to recognise who I meant.
      Is there anything I said that was wrong? He was described that way, and he did lose 3 times against Piggy didn’t he? I could go on at enormous length about his career if you like but, given you don’t even appear to know his real name it would be rather a waste of effort.
      Actually I tend to favour the view that both Rowling and Muldoon were in the wrong parties. Rowling would have been far better suited to National and Muldoon was a typical Labour Party bully-boy of the time.

      As far as the fantasy characters of the Potter books I haven’t any idea. I have never read any of them. They are children’s books aren’t they any therefore I am long past bothering with them. That is not to say you shouldn’t stay with them. If you enjoy them keep reading them.

  26. Rob 27

    I was pro tour , I was 8.

  27. English 28

    It does not matter that he is not a John Key. It only matters that he is not an Andrew Little.

  28. DS 29

    The problem with Key isn’t that he was pro-Tour. Half the country was pro-Tour in 1981. Had Key just said “I was pro-Tour, I was wrong, let’s move on,” no-one would bother with it (no-one gave Jim Bolger a hard time during the All Blacks/Springbok matches in 1996, despite Bolger actually being in the Muldoon cabinet fifteen years earlier). The problem with Key was that he chose to *lie* about his stance.

    There is no issue with English here. Yes, he was pro-Tour, but as I said before, so was half the country. He’s prepared to admit it. Let’s move on.

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  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 5
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • There is no ‘gendered brain’
    One of the key arguments used by trans ideologists is that some male-bodied people (ie men) are women because they ‘feel’ they are women.  To make this hocus-pocus sound a bit more credible, some will argue that such men have a ‘female brain’.  But this is thoroughly anti-scientific too. . ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    15 hours ago
  • Canada’s electoral system is broken
    Canadians went to the polls today in parliamentary elections, and appear to have re-elected blackface wearer Justin Trudeau. Unfortunately, they use first-past-the-post, and they've provided a perfect demonstration of how unfair this system is:PartySeats% Seats% VoteLiberal15746.4%33.1%Conservative12135.8%34.4%Bloc Québécois329.5%7.7%New Democratic Party247.1%15.9%Green Party30.9%6.5%Other10.3%2.4% [Results from Elections Canada] Yes, the Liberals got fewer votes ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 day ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh This year marks the 20th anniversary of the La Gabarra massacre. The community organised an event to remember the most well-known of the horrendous heart-breaking events that befell the communities of this area of the municipality of Tibú: the massacre carried out on August 21st 1999. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • A prediction
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
    Just a month ago we saw the biggest protest in a generation as people marched to demand stronger action on climate change. A core demand of the protesters was to strengthen the Zero Carbon Bill's target to net-zero by 2040. So what is the government's response? Judging by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
    Back in 2010, I wrote about the strange tale of the zombie ants, which do the bidding of their fungal overlords. (They’re not an isolated example; a range of parasites change their hosts’ behaviour. See here and here for example – though as you’ll find, the toxoplasmosis story may be ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    2 days ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
    One, Two, Many Truths: With the collapse of “actually existing socialism” in 1991, the universities of the West found themselves saddled with a new mission. With their ideological competitors now soundly defeated they were no longer required to demonstrate the superiority of capitalist values. Their job now was to cement ...
    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
    by the Council of Disobedient Women   We call on the Council of Trade Unions to show some fortitude and take a stand with your sisters. Unionists know that there is a material world, otherwise workers could simply identify out of poverty. They could declare themselves Well Paid. Why stop ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
    I spent some time reading the Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill of Rights Act advice for the government's odious control order scheme today. I am not impressed with either of them. Starting with the RIS, it is built on some pretty questionable assumptions. For example:Unless individuals have been convicted of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
    #NoFly: Walking the talk on climate change, by Shaun Hendy. BWB Texts, 2019. Reviewed by Robert McLachlan In June 2018, Swede Maja Rosén founded We stay on the ground with a pledge not to fly in 2019, and a goal of persuading 100,000 other Swedes to join her. In August, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
    We all know that NZ First is a party of and for old people who hate the young. But they've topped their previous pedophobia with a proposal that all young people be forced to do 100 hours community work:NZ First wants all young people to do 100 hours of community ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
    A couple days ago the NZ Herald published a story with the headline, “Science says Bella Hadid is world’s most beautiful woman“, and followed up with the ridiculous statement that Supermodel Bella Hadid has been declared as the world’s most beautiful woman following a scientific study into what constitutes as ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
    A Sustainable Proposition: With as much as 18 percent of the electorate declaring itself “undecided” about who to vote for, there is obviously plenty of space for a party like former Green Party member, Vernon Tava's, about-to-be-launched "Sustainable NZ Party" to move into. The most hospitable political territory for such ...
    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
    Keir Starmer has hinted that Labour might vote in favour of the Johnson government's shoddy deal, with the proviso that a second referendum is attached:Speaking to BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We will see what that looks like but it makes sense to say that by whatever ...
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
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    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
    Dr Helen Waite, sports sociologist and former elite athlete, on the invasion of women’s sport by men and the anti-scientific and misogynist ideology used to rationalise it.   ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
    As Brexit comes to a grisly conclusion (perhaps) people on all sides are saying intemperate and uwise things.  Some, like the Daly Mail, have been doing it for years.People as normally level headed as Jon Lansman are calling for automatic deselection of MPs who vote against a (likely) Labour three ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
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    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
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    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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