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Billboard shambles

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, December 20th, 2007 - 51 comments
Categories: dpf, national - Tags: ,

Here’s some coverage from TV1 last night on what’s looking more and more like a PR disaster for National, Farrar and their wealthy backers.

The PM, in good humour, commented:

“You’ve got to laugh haven’t you. We have a country with the most amazing liberty and I will defend that to my last breathing moment… [this campaign is] the same old people, same old message”

51 comments on “Billboard shambles ”

  1. god he’s a tragic freak, i mean you couldn’t ask for a ‘better’ opponent really. his only hope is the sympathy vote.

  2. Monty 2

    The way I saw it the PM was cackling in her usual horrid way – She is mighty pissed that the EFB is simply not going away and will be an election issue (which will destroy her desperate Government. ).

    Clark does not have humour – she has had so much media training that these little cackles she puts in all the time (especially when under stress) are a fake as the photo on the tax-payer funded election pledge card.

    She fools only the leftie dimwits who would praise the dog turd stuck under her shoe.

  3. turd party 3

    That is no way to refer to John Key.

  4. Robinsod 4

    Hey Monty: Boo. Hoo.

  5. 3 billboards costing $15k get coverage in all the newspapers, both television networks, on every radio station, comments from the PM, and post after post from the Left decrying it.

    I’d say that’s an excellent reaction. Given how obsessed the socialists have come with just three billboards, it’s been fifteen grand very well spent.

    Considering Labour spent $800,000 of taxpayers money illegally on a pledge card that most people threw in the bin, and the only notable thing about it was the illegal use of taxpayers’ money and the fraudulent refusal to include the spending in Labour’s campaign expense return, it’s very rich for the Standard to claim that the Free Speech Coalition campaign is ineffectual.

  6. Tane 6

    Yet another ramshackle PR fiasco from David Farrar.

    First Mark Blumsky’s ill-fated campaign. Then the debacle that was the Wellington EFB march. And now this.

    National Party people – in all honesty, you need to drop this guy for your own good. Everything he touches turns to shit.

  7. Tane 7

    it’s very rich for the Standard to claim that the Free Speech Coalition campaign is ineffectual.

    It’s not ineffectual, it’s a PR disaster. These will not go down well with the average voter.

    As Pascal’s Bookie said last night, these clowns have confused the streets of our fine land for a Kiwiblog comments section, and they’re about to find out how marginal their views really are.

  8. Monty 8

    Maybe the left (and Clark) is simply pissd because the year has ended 15 to 19 points behind in the polls, and then this getting coverage for 2-3 minutes on the news is just not going to help the recovery.

    I live next to a school in a central wellington location – maybe I should use a wall for political advertising to assist the cause. (and hopefully break the Electoral Finance Act at the same time.

  9. IrishBill 9

    IP, I know you’re a punter so I’ll let you in on an old PR trick. You judge 90% of your TV coverage by watching it with the sound down. And watching this I see a some nasty attack billboards, a smiling Helen Clark, a squinty (and very tory-boy looking) DPF and some stock footage of Brash and Kerr. That adds up to a subtext of “PM laughs off right wing big-money backed attack campaign” I’d say this is an own goal from our man David.

    I also notice DPF hasn’t adjusted his $7k costing on Kiwiblog, nor has he explained to anyone why he can’t get his figures straight.

  10. Monty 10

    I suppose you think David’s Campaign against the corruption of our democracy (EFB) has been so ineffective that National are now out to only a 19% point lead in the polls. David is such a klutz that he a regurarly on TV and radio commenting on the political happenings.

    I agree with Prick (as I usually do) that for $15,000 the CFS have 3 billboards up, and three minutes free advertising on both TV channels and in the newspapers this mrning. I would think it was a stroke of brilliance to put the billboard up on property knowing it will need to be brought down (with TV cameras rolling) – keeps the EFA in the forefront and raises awareness.

  11. Tane,

    The more cranky you pinkos get about the campaign, the more humourless and out of touch you come off. For an apologist for a party that introduced the worst piece of legislation in New Zealand’s modern history, that has led to every credible political commentator saying that Labour’s history, and the consequent slide in the polls to a 19-point margin behind National, you’ve got a lot of gall to try and interpret the public’s view on the billboards.

    Labour was wrong on the anti-smacking legislation. It was wrong to withhold tax cuts for New Zealanders. It was wrong to implement such a flawed bill as the EFB, to suit its own interests at the expense of everybody else. It was wrong to allow the filth and stench of Phillip Field, Benson-Pope, and now Trevor Mallard to linger so long.

    Really, Tane, I don’t think you’re in a position to lecture to anybody on the public’s mood. New Zealand voters are sick and tired of this interfering, overtaxing, tired government. Voters, unlike the Labour Party, have still retained their sense of humour. When you get your knickers in so much of a twist over three billboards, you’re showing again how much you are out of touch.

  12. TomS 12

    The problem for the likes of unhealthy internet dwellers like David Farrar (and also I suspect the editorial team at the Herald) is that if you read enough online talkback then at some point you inevitably will make the mistake of thinking it represents any sort of widely held opinion. This billboard campaign is a classic example of that. My personal view is that you simply can’t take most kiwibloggers or people who make comments on the Herald “your view” site seriously, and internet blog sites in general are heavily detached from the reality of “first life”. As I’ve become more involved in “first life” political activity my view that the internet is largely irrelevant to the views of most people has strengthened to the point where I think that sites like Farrar’s actually harm the democratic process by giving an audience to the frankly unhinged whose only outlet previously was late night talkback radio. So these days I largely confine my intellectual energy to the odd post and to real life action and discussion – and I treat sites like Kiwiblog with the seriousness it deserves.

  13. TomS:

    Your “first life” political reality has seen Labour plummet to a 19 point deficit in the polls.

    Perhaps you should start associating with a wider range of people. Many of them you might hear on talkback. Because they seem to represent the majority of voters, by a whopping NINETEEN PERCENT margin right now.

  14. The PC Avenger 14

    IP, I find it interesting that you conflate support of National with making sexist, racist and homophobic comments on talkback or kiwiblog.

  15. Lampie 15

    simply pissd because the year has ended 15 to 19 points behind in the polls

    13 to 19 points

  16. IrishBill 16

    IP, It’s not Tane or the Labour party getting wound up about these billboards. Check the video: Helen looks relaxed and unconcerned DPF looks defensive. I would suggest if he is going to continue to front the media he learns not to provide grabs such as “of course we’re not saying”.

  17. insider 17

    Ministry for Environment CEO resigns in face of SSC report coming out on minsterial interference in employment issues

    I think that is more shambolic.

  18. realist 18

    I/P is in touch with the real world.

    The Prick’s famous predictions on Kiwiblog last year: that Don Brash would become PM, and “I’m picking a March election”. That’s March, 2007. Great picks, Prick.

  19. That’s your perception, Tane. When I first saw the clip on TV, I thought DPF looked very excited, and not defensive in the slightest.

    I agree the PM looks relaxed. She couldn’t quite help herself from making a sneering, snide comment about it. Good on her for taking the billboards in good humour.

    Pity the Standard could only manage a preposterous, out-of-all-proportion feigned outrage.

  20. IrishBill 20

    IP, you seem to need to brush up your reading comprehension. My name is Bill, not Tane. But if it makes you feel better to think that everyone who disagrees with you is just one person in disguise that’s your prerogative.

  21. Phil 21

    Hey TomS,

    I took your post and use the find/replace function to switch all the references to Kiwiblog and DPF with TheStandard.

    Guess what – it’s just as clear, concise, and true.

    DISCLAIMER;
    I actually prefer thestandard to kiwiblog. I like having my views challenged, even if sometime those challenges are clumsy and unwieldy rantings

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    IP where’s this outrage? You’re in full flight today, making things up left, fight and centre.

    New Zealand voters are sick and tired of this interfering, overtaxing, tired government. Voters, unlike the Labour Party, have still retained their sense of humour. When you get your knickers in so much of a twist over three billboards, you’re showing again how much you are out of touch.

    I just saw these guys pointing out that DPF can’t get his figures straight, and that he’s happy to associate some leaders with dictators but gets upset when it happens to him.

    You keep chucking in extravagant hyperbole if it make you think what you’re writing looks better, I suppose it might be useful for your self-esteem or something.

    P.s who appointed you spokesperson for “New Zealand Voters”?

  23. Santi 23

    “Yet another ramshackle PR fiasco from David Farrar.”

    Tane, if that’s your idea of fiasco I’d love to see what you consider success.

    For the money DPF and his backers invested they did receive a phenomenal amount of publicity and national exposure (radio and TV).

  24. Matthew, you may have missed this post over at kiwiblog at http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2007/12/some_billboards_to_enjoy.html#comments

    Tane jumps on, just seconds after it’s posted, screaming:

    # Tane Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Absolute fucking filth. You should be ashamed of yourself David.

    Then Tane jumps on, shrieking again:

    # Tane Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    I didn’t find it humorous at all. I think you people have gone way too far in this and you’re playing a very dangerous game.

    You’re cheapening the suffering of people who live under a dictatorship and trying to stoke division and hatred in our society. It’s sick politics and it does your cause a huge discredit. This will come back to bite the National Party.

    Finally, she jumps on, saying:

    # Tane Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    For any journalists reading this thread:

    The Free Speech Coalition is little more than a National Party front group.

    David Farrar is a high profile National Party activist who has been employed out of National Party HQ in Wellington while working on this campaign.

    He has previously worked for National in Parliament for more than a decade, including for Bill English when he was leader of the National Party.

    The billboards were in part funded by Don Brash and other high profile members of the National Party.
    ****

    That, Matthew, is feigned outrage from a humourless, hollow pinko who is cranky that National is nineteen points ahead in the polls.

  25. Tane 25

    What I said was entirely true Prick. It is absolute fucking filth. Comparing our leaders and our petty domestic squabbles with the suffering of people who live under brutal dictatorships is just sick.

    I’m actually not worried about the impact the billboards will have on the govt – I think they’re pathetic. But I do think they’re well beyond reasonable levels of political debate.

    I’m also aware that journalists read comments threads. That’s why I put the disclaimer in. And guess what? One News’ coverage mentioned DPF’s National Party links and Don Brash’s involvement in funding the billboards. It may be a coincidence, but then maybe it’s not. Either way, it certainly can’t have hurt.

    It’s also interesting to see you continuing to refer to me as a female even though you know I’m male. As I’ve said before, the only reason you can be doing this is because you think calling someone a woman is a term of abuse. That’s called sexism Prick, and it does your credibility no favours.

  26. Robinsod 26

    Hey IP – good to see you’re back on form. I was interested to see the line Tane put up in the comments section was also run by TVNZ (right down to naming Don Brash). I guess you’ve found that a little upsetting, eh?

    Oh and while you’re busy being outraged how about you pop over to KB and express your outrage that DPF lied to you about his spend. I would but unfortunately I got banned last time I questioned his questionable accounts.

  27. It’s sexist of you to see it as a put-down, Tane.

    I have always assumed you are a woman, because like your Labour Party, you are the only person who sticks doggedly to the party line at any cost, in the hope you can ride out the storm. It’s safe to say that the only people with any mana or standing in the Labour Party are women. You know, like Helen Clark, Annette King, Lianne Dalziel, Sue Moron, Darien Fenton, Heather Simpson, and Judith Tizard.

    I would have thought you would be proud to associate yourself with such distinguished women, Tane. Why would you want to hang around such shameful characters as Trevor Mallard, David Benson-Pope, Rick Barker, Pete Hodgson, Mark Burton, and Taito Phillip Field?

    You should be proud to be a Labour Party woman, Tane. If you aren’t one already, you should make a change.

  28. Tane 28

    Prick, piss off. You’re out of line and you’re not impressing anyone.

  29. Robinsod 29

    Now IP, given your personal history I’d’ve though you’d want to stay clear of discussing women.

  30. Matthew Pilott 30

    Hmm Prick, Tane never said it (calling him ‘she’) was a put-down. As they say, assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups…

    Pretty sexist to assume that don’t you think?

    Anyway back to what I said, “Pity the Standard could only manage a preposterous, out-of-all-proportion feigned outrage.

    Now I don’t represent The Standard, but from what I gather Tane is one of several bloggers who contributes. What he says at kiwiblog does not constitute what you said above.

    The Standard has two posts about the billboards, and they are not feigning outrage, they simply assess the costs involved and the television coverage.

    Now I know you’re starting to think of The Standard as a single monolithic entity called Tane, but it makes you look a tad confused.

    Try and post reasonable comments, you might find that you can have an interesting discussion or two. Of course if that’s not what you’re after, then there’s a “t” word that fits nicely.

    Your choice.

  31. Lampie 31

    Your right Robinsod, must be when his mother slapped him to stop him from using her for breast feeding last week.

    I think his so called love for women is very evident here

    http://spanblather.blogspot.com/2007/05/i-did-not-know-until-just-this-minute.html

  32. outofbed 32

    Fucking maoist Green party introducing a fucking undemocratic citizens jury to review the electoral finance system
    bloody communists. String them up, that whats I say
    String them up

  33. Rumpole 33

    Did Jeffrey Palmer make a contribution to the Labour party?

  34. Kimble 34

    Thats a good point though, can anyone remember a single pledge?

  35. Dean 35

    IP said:

    “You should be proud to be a Labour Party woman, Tane. If you aren’t one already, you should make a change.”

    You’re not even funny anymore, IP.

  36. burt 36

    New Zealanders can look forward to be part of a randomly selected jury…. Yeah under Labour and the politicised public service… Come on guys pull the other one.

    What I like best about this clip is that when Helen Clark says “we live in a country with the most amazing freedoms” she’s not actually telling porkies as at today. Come January 1st she would be a lying bitch… but hey her voters and supporters don’t care about January 1st, they are still working out how to pay for Xmas while the govt builds a surplus. Rock on – govt rich – people poor. NZ – rich pricks are better off under Labour.

  37. Wayne 37

    New Zealanders can look forward to be part of a randomly selected jury.. Yeah under Labour and the politicised public service. Come on guys pull the other one.

    This kind of comment is representative of the kind of hysteria that’s gripped the Kiwiblog Right. Get a grip burt.

  38. r0b 38

    Blurt, you and your kind were ranting nineteen to the dozen about how more citizen’s participation was needed. Now it looks like that’s going to happen you’re ranting about how terrible it will be.

    Hence you have no consistency at all on points of principle. The only constant factor here is you’re ranting.

  39. Phil 39

    r0b,

    Burt is entirely consistent IF the selection is politicised – which would, net result, be LESS citizen participation.

    The optimist in me hopes it will be a fair and unbiased process. The cynic in me thinks it will be “Ministry for the Environment 2.0”

  40. ak 40

    Ah, what a sad day. I had a bit of hope for young burt and his “chumps” and dogged “retrospectively validateds”, but with that “lying bitch” it looks like he’s now an official prospect for the Feminazi Lickspittle gang.
    Such a pity. And of course that budding rudimentary logic has gone down the toilet with him – “NZ – rich pricks are better off under Labour.” Sure burt.
    What a shame.
    If nothing else, think of what you’re doing to your poor family burt.

  41. r0b 41

    “Burt is entirely consistent IF the selection is politicised – which would, net result, be LESS citizen participation”

    Phil. That doesn’t make sense at any level at all. Are left leaning members of the community not citizens now?

    ak – agreed, Blurt has jumped the shark.

  42. Phil 42

    No R0b, that’s not my point at all – have another think and get back to me…

    As an illustration to help your understanding; How would you like to be the defendant in a murder trial, where all twelve jurors were white middle-aged male accountants?

  43. kkbelle 43

    talking about wealthy backers, how about your dear LEADER extending a knighthood equivalent to her tax felon friend Owen Glenn.

    Have you any sort of a handle on hypocrisy?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    3 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    3 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    4 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    5 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    6 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
    Barbados is planning to remove the queen as head of state and become a republic in time for the 55th anniversary of its independence in 2021: Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021. [...] Reading ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
    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 What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
    On “In Defense of Looting” Matt Taibibi takes an entertaining look at this generation of woke activists and how they compare with Abbie Hoffman the iconic anti-Vietnam war counter-culture figure of the 1960s On Thursday, August 27th, the same day Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination, National Public Radio ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
    Read the Equality Network newsletter here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
    Rebels In A Wrong Cause: The truly frightening thing about Jami-Lee Ross’s and Billy Te Kahika’s success in persuading thousands of New Zealanders that Covid-19 is just another trick, just another way of stealing away their power, is realising just how many of them once marched at the Left’s side. ...
    1 week ago
  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
    1 week ago
  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
    Media Statement For Immediate Release 10th September 2020 The income and wealth inequality lobby group, “Closing the Gap” thinks the Labour proposal a great start says Peter Malcolm, a spokesperson for the group. But they need to be aware of what many of the rich do and of what do ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
    ACT is pushing a "no-nonsense climate change plan". What does it involve? Repealing the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme, reversing the fossil-fuel exploration ban, and allowing mining on conservation land. In other words, repealing any policy which might actually reduce emissions. Which is the very definition of nonsensical. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
    1 week ago
  • A bill to criminalise wage theft
    Wage theft is a problem in New Zealand, with a widespread practice of forcing employees to work without pay, and regular cases of underpayment and exploitation. One reason why its such a widespread problem is impunity: rather than a crime, wage theft is merely a tort, dealt with by the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: What the voting age debate tells us about our disconnected political media
    New Zealand’s media and online politics often reflect the values of liberal and progressive agendas. According to Liam Hehir, the current proposals to lower the voting age to 16 years – which the media overwhelming supports – is indicative of a wider mismatch with society, which is not good for ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Why Pay Taxes?
    My wife and I, through a combination of good luck and good management, have managed to retire in comfortable circumstances. We celebrate our good fortune by making relatively small but regular donations to a range of good causes – to rescue services like the rescue helicopters, St John’s Ambulance and ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago

  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 mins ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
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    1 week ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
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    1 week ago
  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
    PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast Unemployment to peak at 7.8%, down from 9.8% forecast in the Budget Year-to-June accounts show tax revenue, debt and OBEGAL better than forecast Global forecast downgraded as COVID-19 second waves and uncertainty grows Balanced plan to support critical public services, manage debt and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
    The Kāpiti Coast town of Ōtaki will receive $1.4 million in Government funding for two projects providing scores of jobs for locals while improving community facilities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The Māoriland Charitable Trust will receive a $900,000 Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) grant to upgrade the ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
    The Provincial Growth Fund will provide $11.88 million to fund fencing and waterway projects nationwide that will improve the environment and create jobs in their communities, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. “These projects will create more than 100 jobs nationwide with work starting within the next couple ...
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    1 week ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
    As part of the COVID-19 recovery, the Government has strengthened its procurement rules to ensure its annual $42 billion spend creates more jobs, uses more sustainable construction practices and results in better outcomes for Māori and Pasifika, Government Ministers announced today.   Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford says the $42 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • District Court judge appointed
    Chrissy Montague (formerly Armstrong), barrister of Auckland has been appointed as a District Court Judge with Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Wellington, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Montague commenced practice in Auckland in 1987 and went into general practice dealing with Wills, Estates, Trusts, Conveyancing, Relationship Property ...
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    1 week ago
  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
      A Proposal to provide for the development and operation of commercial film and video production facilities in areas of Christchurch has been given the go ahead. Hon Poto Williams, Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, has approved the Proposal, which was prepared and submitted by Regenerate Christchurch. Minister Williams ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supporting a thriving wānanga sector to benefit Māori learners
    As part of the Government’s focus on building closer partnerships with Māori and enhancing the quality of, and access to, Māori medium education, a payment of $8 million will be made to Te Wānanga o Raukawa in partial recognition of its Waitangi Tribunal claim (WAI 2698), Associate Education Minister Kelvin ...
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    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature boosts efforts to restore Kaimai-Mamaku
    The Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has announced a $19 million investment over four years in an important forest restoration project involving a partnership between the Department of Conservation, iwi/hapū, the Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regional Councils, community conservation groups and organisations such as Forest and Bird across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting
    New Zealand will be the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The changes build on the huge progress this Government has made to tackle the climate crisis. “Today is another step on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic data highlights impact of Auckland moving out of Level 3
    Economic activity across the Auckland region and the country bounced back to levels experienced under Alert Level 1 following Auckland’s move out of Alert Level 3, analysis in the Treasury’s latest Weekly Economic Update shows. The analysis of economic data since Auckland’s move out of Level 3 shows: Auckland card ...
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    1 week ago
  • PM statement on Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level review
    Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin.  This week is the Māori Language week and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More mental wellbeing services for young people in regions
    More mental health and addiction services are available for young New Zealanders in Rotorua and Taupō, Wairarapa, South Canterbury, Dunedin and Southland from next month, Health Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter say. “The Government is serious about making sure New Zealanders struggling with mental health ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government joins forces with Central Otago communities to clean up waterways
    The Manuherekia catchment in Central Otago is the third exemplar catchment to be targeted as part of the Government’s plan to clean up waterways by supporting community-led programmes.   Environment Minister David Parker said the Manuherekia catchment is vitally important to the people of Central Otago.  “The Manuherekia rises in the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government confirms new Dunedin Hospital design
    The Government has agreed on a preferred design for the new Dunedin Hospital featuring two separate buildings, and has provided funding for the next stages of work.   Minister of Health Chris Hipkins says Cabinet has approved in principle the detailed business case for the new hospital, giving people in ...
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    1 week ago