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Bill’s latest rort

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 29th, 2009 - 77 comments
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I hadn’t seen the Bill English ad until now. I guess I had kind of assumed it couldn’t be that bad – surely it would be a promo for the show with a few stock clips of English because he’ll be appearing. Nope:

It’s just an ad for English. In fact, I’ve got no idea what the show will actually be – presumably just more unbalanced and unanswered political rhetoric from English.

TVNZ claims there was no intention to create a political ad for English “It’s a creative idea not a political idea.” Sorry, that doesn’t wash. Maybe TVNZ’s creatives are idiots who didn’t understand they were giving a million dollars in free political promotion to a political party but their bosses sure as hell did.

You don’t accidentally make a political ad for someone. This has the fingerprints of TVNZ’s pro-National leadership, including Rick ‘110K bonus’ Ellis, and the minister’s office all over it.

The Electoral Commission needs to investigate this as a possible breach of the broadcasting rules.

77 comments on “Bill’s latest rort ”

  1. tc 1

    Coincidence that Recycling Rick E gets 110k extra xmas stocking filler then this……you be the judge. If you put weight on Megan the mouthpiece claiming it’s for prior years performance would mean that nice Mr Ellis waits a full 12 months to claim a performance bonus…..that would make him a unique CEO indeed…..YEAH RIGHT ! In fact very right indeed Mr E.

  2. corkscrew 2

    Susanne Paul does not promote herself as flagrantly.

    Capcha = values (superb timing as ever).

  3. tc 3

    Coincidence? Yeah Right…..in Rick’s case far right indeed. TVNZ gets grubbier and more political as Recycling Ricks second reign unfolds. Add to this the Veitch saga/sensing murder etc etc and the former nations voice has become a paltry example of what it should and never could be under it’s current stewardship……independant.

  4. fraser 4

    also – if this was all and only TVNZs doing, wouldnt they be pumping their own hosts over a politician?

  5. Anne 5

    Labour must lay a complaint with the Electoral Commission on this one.

    TVNZ can dress it up in whatever language they like, in practice it’s a party political broadcast. As Campbell Live pointed out, English has even used some of the same words and phrases he used in his 2002 general election ads.

    It sticks in my throat that up to $400,000 of taxpayers money has been used to promote Bill English and the National government!

  6. Lew 6

    You don’t accidentally make a political ad for someone.

    Eddie, thanks — this has been the major point I’ve been wanting to make on the topic (but haven’t had time to). This is a form which has been finely tuned and crafted over half a century to serve a very specific set of purposes — it’s a complex and very challenging medium where every frame, every word, every note is loaded up with as much subtle meaning as possible. With apologies to Tolkien, one does not just walk into political advertising.

    Oh, and another thing: if the best TVNZ’s bod Eric Kearley can come up with is the Lebowski Defence (viz, ‘well, you might think it looks like propaganda, but that’s just, like, your opinion, man’ again and again on Morning Report the other day) then I suspect they have bigger problems than simply an overzealous promotional team.

    L

  7. vto 7

    It doesn’t seem quite that way to me. There is no promotion of the nats, if you ignore the blue colours (like we had to try and ignore the red colours under the previous regime). It just talks about the NZ economy and its current position and its relativity to Australia. I don’t see any party stuff there.

    What words in particular make this a party political broadcast?

    • snoozer 7.1

      vto. It’s 40 seconds of ‘English knows what he’s doing, English is there for us, English is one of us, English has the ideas to take us into the future’. In fact this is a better political ad than most political ads you see.

      The wording is not objective – it’s straight out of the National lines book and its portrayed as if English is going to be the host or something dispensing his wisdom to us in ‘plain English’ while we all admire his leadership.

      Just imagine if the ad featured Cullen.

      • vto 7.1.1

        He is the Minister of Finance. Fronting an ad for a programme about NZ’s economy. Seems quite legitimate to me.

        What you say suggests that no minister should ever front such a thing. And if so, how are Ministers supposed to communicate with the public?

        And there are still no words which point directly to party political stuff. Are there?

        • Richard 7.1.1.1

          A minister can, of course, be in a programme about the NZ economy. And such a programme should be more than just the minister telling us stuff — it should contain either alternative viewpoints or be a serious interview that challenges what the minister says.

          However, a minister shouldn’t be advertising a TV programme, especially if it is ambiguous about whether they are advertising a TV programme or themselves.

          • vto 7.1.1.1.1

            hmmmm. straw clutching it seems..

            • Richard 7.1.1.1.1.1

              What is straw clutching about it?

              The whole issue is that this ad looks like party political broadcast. The issue is the content of this particular ad.

              Ministers being on TV in general is not the issue.

        • felix 7.1.1.2

          vto,

          Do you look at porn and think “well they’re not actually talking about pornography” and conclude that it obviously isn’t porn?

          I know a political ad when I see one.

    • You have got to be kidding!

      Did you have your eyes open?

      Wingnuts normally respond “Oh but Helen/Michael did xyz”

      Please list the occasions when Helen used TVNZ as a party political mouthpiece …

      • vto 7.2.1

        What parts of the ad are party political mickeysavage? Be as specific as you can.

        • mickysavage 7.2.1.1

          All of it. Starting with the bit when Blinglish appears in front of an Auckland scene. I thought he lived in Dipton (he he).

          And the rest where he is trying to appear to be a competent manager of the economy.

          This ad raises issues concerning false and misleading advertising as well as the use of tax payers money to support political parties.

          Even the wingnuts are outraged. Have you read Cactus Kate’s comments?

          • vto 7.2.1.1.1

            “Starting with the bit when Blinglish appears in front of an Auckland scene. I thought he lived in Dipton (he he).”

            Good one. But seriously, how does that prove party political influence?

            “And the rest where he is trying to appear to be a competent manager of the economy.”

            How is that related to the national party? Compared to his role as The NZ govt Finance Minister?

            “This ad raises issues concerning false and misleading advertising as well as the use of tax payers money to support political parties.”

            Where in this ad is the national party being supported?

            This thread has contained the highest quantity of useless hot air I have ever come across.

  8. vto 8

    I just think there is little of any substance to the claims of it being a party political thingy.

    Is everything English says and does party political? Or in his role as a member of the govt?

    It seems that it is the pollie-hounds who cannot see the wood for the trees.

    What is party political about it? Nobody has come with anything specific to support the contention – merely, “it looks political” “I know political when I see it” etc etc. Specifics folks, specifics. Or as r0b would say, evidence please..

    • felix 8.1

      Have you ever seen a political ad? Maybe you just don’t know what they look like.

    • felix 8.2

      Also, I’m quite serious about the porn question. Have you ever come to this conclusion?

      • vto 8.2.1

        porn, sheesh. I have heard that usually there is no talking in porn, mostly just moaning and groaning and squealing and squeaking.

        Which is quite different to political porn, which involves copious amounts of talking (as well as moaning and groaning and squealing and squeaking).

        So the analogy has a sag on..

        • felix 8.2.1.1

          Then how do you know if it’s porn, vto?

          If they’re not specifically talking about porn then surely it’s just an ordinary film. No?

          The analogy isn’t perfect, (none are) but it’s a serious question. How do you know?

          • vto 8.2.1.1.1

            Because it involves $^#king and all those sexual acts. If there was no sexual activity in it then it would not be porn.

            This ad, as I keep stating, and in keeping with your saggy analogy has no party political act in it. It has no %#@king and all those usual party political acts and shenanagins.

            What particular words, or statements, or pictures, are party political acts in this ad?

            Perhaps you fullas are just jealous because Labour didn’t think of doing similar. Perhaps it is just a different way for the govt to cvommunicate with the people. After all, this govt goes about things quite differently to the last govt.

            • Lew 8.2.1.1.1.1

              vto, I’ll see if I can find time to do a close analysis of the ad at some stage.

              The point of this sort of thing is that it’s subtle; being too obdurate to realise there’s politricks in it makes you more, not less, susceptible to that politricks.

              In that regard I suppose it’s not like porn.

              L

            • felix 8.2.1.1.1.2

              I could show you plenty of porn without any “$^#king and all those sexual acts”. You’d still know that it was porn.

              Likewise, I can show you plenty of work full of “$^#king and all those sexual acts” which you probably wouldn’t recognise as porn.

              It’s complex, but the distinction has more to do with the way it’s presented, not what is presented.

              You’re looking for “particular words, or statements, or pictures” because you think that’s what defines a political ad, just like you’re trying to define porn as “$^#king and all those sexual acts”.

              The truth is that neither medium is as simple as you think it is.

            • fraser 8.2.1.1.1.3

              “If there was no sexual activity in it then it would not be porn.”

              ergo – if there was no finance minister talking about the economy then it wouldnt be a political broadcast?

            • vto 8.2.1.1.1.4

              Felix, you sound all paranoid and conspiratorial.

              As an exercise in following your suggestion then, try taking all the “words, statements and pictures” out of the ad. What is left? There are only “words, statements and pictures” in the ad. Which ones are party political?

            • Lew 8.2.1.1.1.5

              vto, pictures — yes. But it’s more than just words; there is also music and cuts and and delivery and personality and … you get the idea. All this stuff has meaning, for them what has organs to perceive.

              L

            • felix 8.2.1.1.1.6

              Explain “paranoid and conspiratorial.” I think I’m being quite straightforward. Actually don’t bother, let’s stay on topic.

              There are only “words, statements and pictures’ in the ad.

              Wrong. Look again. If you take all the furniture out of a room can you say “there’s nothing in here”?

    • snoozer 8.3

      He claims that New Zealand has been under-performing relative to Australia in per capita growth. That’s not true, NZ grew faster than Australia in percentage terms under Labour.

      Of course, you could argue back that Australia grew faster in dollar terms but there, we’re already having a political debate…. and that’s the problem – English has been given a million dollars in free airtime to make political comments.

      Not to mention that the gap with Australia was a plank of National’s election campaign, no-one else’s.

    • Lew 8.4

      vto,

      Is everything English says and does party political? Or in his role as a member of the govt?

      Yes. He’s a career politician, Member of Parliament and deputy Prime Minister. His default mode is ‘political’, and anything he says and does reflects upon his party and the country he leads.

      So, yes, everything he does is political. But that’s not what’s at issue here — it would have ben reasonable to feature English in these ads, supposing other measures were taken to leaven the politicking — such as including other political actors, or choosing a different form, or … well, not conducting a brazen homage to his 2002 election campaign would have been a good start.

      L

      • vto 8.4.1

        Yes of course everything politicians do is political. And when in govt the two roles mentioned are vastly mixed up.

        Nobody has yet pointed out anything party political about it though, other than some similarity to some ad back in 2002, which is so long ago nobody but pollie types will remember it.

        You suggest Lew that the politics should have been leavened. What politics? What words, statements or pictures are party political?

        • felix 8.4.1.1

          vto, stop trying to narrow the issue down to specific “words, statements or pictures”.

          Those are not the defining characteristics in question.

          • Lew 8.4.1.1.1

            Well, in a way they are — the text in question is made up of sound and vision, and the meaning which those sounds and visions contain. It is possible to nail down a text’s meaning to specific things like words and pictures, and I intend to have a preliminary crack at it today. 45 seconds isn’t long, but you sure can cram a whole lotta meaning into it.

            L

            • felix 8.4.1.1.1.1

              Yes, I should have said “not the only…”

              I look forward to your analysis. I found the costume changes particularly interesting.

            • Lew 8.4.1.1.1.2

              Yeah. A Bill of two halves. Pity there wasn’t one of him in a swanndri and gumboots.

              L

          • vto 8.4.1.1.2

            felix, see my post above. There are only “words, statements and pictures” in the ad. Take them out and you have a blank screen.

            • felix 8.4.1.1.2.1

              And as I said above, if you remove the furniture from a room, is there nothing there?

              Of course not. You might have lighting, temperature, a mixture of gases, windows, frames, wallpaper, walls, flooring, insects, architecture, etc etc. Oh and Bill English.

              Why do you insist there was nothing in the room except furniture?

            • Armchair Critic 8.4.1.1.2.2

              vto:
              There have been plenty of advertisements featuring politicians, including not just images but also sound-bites. As far as I can recall there has not been an advertisement that has lasted so long and focussed solely on one individual politician or political party, outside party political advertisements at election time. Just using a politician (of any stripe) makes the advertisment political.
              What concerns me is the lack of balance. If the program were fiction, then I suppose having a single politician feature in it would be okay, albeit weird. But I expect that in this case the program is not fiction, in which case some measure of balance should be expected, not just in the program itself but in the promotion of the program. Because to be balanced the program will need to effectively present alternative viewpoints. Without advertising that alternative viewpoints will be presented, the advertising is misleading. And since the advertising does present a viewpoint (that of Mr English on behalf of the government), not presenting advertising containing alternative viewpoints is not balanced.
              In short – I don’t like what has been done, it is not the proper thing to do.

            • RS 8.4.1.1.2.3

              vto, you are digging a big hole trying to defend this – first time I saw it I really thought I had woken up in an election campaign. You would have been bleating and squeling if Michael Cullen had fronted such a thing. Or would that have been ok with you?

            • Lanthanide 8.4.1.1.2.4

              In vto’s world, there are no oscars for set design, costume, lighting, makeup and most importantly editing.

              *You* may think that none of those things matter, but there is a very wideheld belief that they do amongst everyone else, so much so that there are university and trade courses where you can spend years studying them, and the top craftsmen spend decades in the job while still learning new things and improving themselves.

            • vto 8.4.1.1.2.5

              So anyone come up with a description of which words, statements and pictures are party political? Or which empty rooms with no furniture are in fact rooms with furniture? Or blank screen tvs are party political? Or music? Delivery? Personality? Just a single description of anything or things in the ad which qualifies as something party political.

              Colour of his tie perhaps? The way he says the words “together we can do it”? They way he says the two sentences either side of that sentence perhaps? The way the furniture is arranged? They way the ad finishes off with a flourish? The lighting and setting even? I don’t know – you tell me. One example.

              Everyone has said “it is” but none of you have backed it up with evidence/examples to describe “how it is”.

              Or is it just the vibe, the mabo..

            • r0b 8.4.1.1.2.6

              You’re just taking the mickey vto. Everyone knows its an ad.

              On the off chance that you truly are blind and deaf to blatant advertising – watch this TV3 item:
              http://www.3news.co.nz/Bill-English-and-the-telly/tabid/367/articleID/127236/cat/67/Default.aspx

            • gitmo 8.4.1.1.2.7

              What’s being “advertised” that everyone’s worried about ?

              Do you really think anyone outside of the small number of political hacks on blogs will give a feck ?

            • vto 8.4.1.1.2.8

              r0b, you’ve done it too. Even the people on the tv3 item. All said “Everyone knows its an ad”.

              An ad for the National Party? An ad for a tv program about the govt and the economy? A political ad?

              “Everybody knows its an (political) ad” but nobody can point out why.

            • felix 8.4.1.1.2.9

              vto, we’ve been pointing out why all day. You’ve chosen, for whatever reason, to ignore that.

              Redbaiter was doing the same thing just the other day – asking the same question over and over and pretending no-one was answering it.

            • vto 8.4.1.1.2.10

              That was my whole point felix – nobody in fact has said why. They have only said it is. Describe to me why this ad is party political. Or point me to where someone has already described why this ad is party political.

            • felix 8.4.1.1.2.11

              Go back and read it again – I’ve given you lots of answers, as have many others.

              Short answer: it’s more to do with how it’s presented than what is presented.

              If you want more of an answer you can start answering some of the questions I’ve put to you. For now I’m done explaining things you either already understand or never will.

            • vto 8.4.1.1.2.12

              No worries. But I just went back and re-read every one of your posts on this and other than some analogy type thingys there is no description of which parts are party political (whatever type of part).

              I’m not going mad here am I? Surely there must be others out there who can see my point..

        • felix 8.4.1.2

          vto:

          You suggest Lew that the politics should have been leavened. What politics? What words, statements or pictures are party political?

          Did you even read to the end of the sentence? Lew wrote:

          “such as including other political actors, or choosing a different form, or well, not conducting a brazen homage to his 2002 election campaign would have been a good start.”

    • Lew 8.5

      vto, here you go, never say I don’t do nothin’ for you ; )

      L

      • vto 8.5.1

        Thanks Lew, I read your post there. Well done on being the only person to explain the ‘why’. For the record I have not been obdurate etc I have seriously been asking for the proof to the accusation – comes from some academic and legal background. It is the sort of thing that should have been provided in this original post / thread to give it some support and cred.

        Following your post on politico, it would seem then that it could be very difficult for any politician to advertise anything without it being seen as political. I think Pascals bookie says similar below re English selling gingernuts.

        imo one of the stronger parts of your analysis is where the change from Finance Minister Bill in suit and tie to polo-shirted Bill takes place and, as you say, links the two roles. Mixes the Ministerial role with the personal role. Probably naughty and could have been avoided.

        As a tangent – this govt certainly does things very differently than the last. It could be that television programmes are a new (and possibly very clever) way to communicate with the public. If so there will be some gnashing of teeth by the opposition for the now obvious advantage and a rough settling-in period. Interesting.

        Thanks for putting up with me. Again, I was not being difficult, just demanding some robustness to the accusation / thread.

  9. Blue 9

    The first time I saw the ad I wondered what on earth National were doing paying for an ad for themselves at this stage in the electoral cycle.

    Then, because it seemed to be all about the recession I thought it might be some sort of bizarre propaganda designed to ease citizen’s fears about the economy.

    It wasn’t until the very end of it that I realized it was actually a plug for a TVNZ show.

    Then I just became confused at why on earth TVNZ had allowed such a thing on air. Surely someone at some point in the process recognised that this was a bad idea?

    Then again, listening to TVNZ’s response, maybe not. The PR people have always a disturbing ability to insist that the sky is green and the grass is blue like they really believe it. Perhaps they do…

  10. spot 10

    …and TVNZ will eventually back down, survey the ‘mess’ and wonder if it could ever have drawn such publicity for a show on a channel that barely, and routinely, figures in the ratings margins…

  11. Bill 11

    On a positive note…he has made many more people than usual aware of exactly how he sees the recession playing out. (Basically business as usual by next election)

    And he is wrong. Very, very wrong.

    This promo could well be a wee rabid dog that comes back to nip and bite both him and National when they’d rather everyone had forgotten how they refused to crisis manage and simply got on with lining their (or their mate’s) pockets and blindly implementing ideology.

  12. Jasper 12

    My neighbours saw this ad before I did and were frothing at the mouth about it. They’re about as far away from the beltway as you can get, one works in manufacturing, the other works on a boat.

    Even they saw it as a National advertisement. What really got them going was Englishs use of “we’re nearly out of a recession, together we can do it”

    Hypocrisy, flagrant abuse of power and a totally condescending attitude, not new to the tories.

    They voted National last year. Have now finally owned up to it after professing to vote Greens for the better part of this year, and they wish that the people of NZ had the power to demand a snap election.

    In their words “Labour lite they sold. Labour lite we bought. What did we get? Frakking Cylon skinjobs”

  13. Lanthanide 13

    I was confused when I saw it on TV as well, until it got to the end and they said it was for ‘Plain English’, which itself sounds like the show is going to be hosted by English.

    As someone else said above, imagine if they had Cullen fronting up for something like this, just in terms of having the minister of finance (from any government/party) doing a long rambling speech on a TV ad. I don’t think Cullen would ever have seen it as appropriate, nor would Helen. Then imagine the Nat’s outcry if he had done such a thing. Imagine if they had Cullen doing it *now*, when he isn’t even in government, what a big outcry that Nats would make over it.

    Alternatively they could have had just ~5 seconds of Bill English talking at the head or trailer of the ad, or mentioned that English will appear on an episode of the show (if he will in fact do that, I don’t think that’s the plan though), which would have been much more acceptable, if still not entirely appropriate. What we’ve gotten, however, is a very slick-looking spot that makes Bill seem like he has all the answers and reeks of self-promotion.

  14. oh, i think this was a deliberate strategy by tvnz, as it is with many advertisers. create something as controversial as possible and hopefully just over the line to draw out complaints. then sit back and enjoy the free publicity, while being totally self-righteous and innocent. even if no-one complains, people will take notice of the ad because of it’s controversial nature, and then you try harder next time to offend and draw the complaint. it’s all win for the advertiser and client. not so much for the rest of us.

    • Lanthanide 14.1

      Only because there are rarely any sensible consequences to those sorts of actions to act as deterrents to future behaviour.

  15. VTO you are a troll.

    How about starting an argument that night is day?

    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck.

    This is the biggest duck I have seen since the last general election, and it is funded by my tax dollars. Can you imagine how p*&d off this makes me feel?

  16. vto 16

    I am not a troll. You just sound like all the other kneejerkers. No answers.

    • felix 16.1

      vto, do you actually have any arguments for why this is not a political ad? Ones which haven’t already been dealt with today, above?

      Or is it just a case of you being right and everyone else in the blogosphere being wrong? (not saying that couldn’t be the case)

      • Pat 16.1.1

        It is not a political ad. It is a promo for a new programme.

        vto is right. No-one can point to anything specific that is party political.

        It only seems like a political ad, simply because Bill is fronting it, and his only other TV promos have been political ads, during election campaigns.

        Because of this, it does him no favours. At first sight/sound you assume it is a political ad. And doing a promo for a new program called “Plain English” only makes it harder to differentiate.

        Bill has a tendency to mis-judge opportunities to promote his profile. Think Fight for Life. He should stick to what he is good at – speaking in the House (one of the Nats best) and being a moderate Finance Minister.

        • felix 16.1.1.1

          Nah, you just don’t know much about the subject. See if you can find any non-political adverts that look, sound and feel like Bill’s one.

          • mickysavage 16.1.1.1.1

            The blogosphere is great.

            The one weakness is that some think that they are entitled to argue the indefensible.

          • Pat 16.1.1.1.2

            Do you deliberately miss the point?

            Let me put it another way – Bill English could advertise gingernuts and it would still look and sound like a political ad. He does not know how to look or sound any different. Phil Goff has the same affliction. Too many years in the Beehive has scarred their personality.

            • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.1.2.1

              Do you deliberately miss the point?….Bill English could advertise gingernuts and it would still look and sound like a political ad

              That is the point Pat, but you seem to miss why that means the ads were of concern.

              The fact that they look and sound like political ads, means they function as political ads. If English was advertising gingernuts in a typical gingernutty ad way, (warm fire, kids, cups of tea, smiling father figure putting his feet up) then yeah, that’d be political too. You betcha.

  17. QoT 17

    @gitmoWhat’s being “advertised’ that everyone’s worried about ?

    Are you aware of the concept of “branding”, gitmo? Or “profile”? I guess they’re not “words, pictures and statements” so feel free to play the vto card.

    • gitmo 17.1

      QoT .. meh maybe in the run up to an election ….. but this far out who cares ?

      Besides in relation to “branding’ or “profile’ English’s is pretty much stuffed .. politician, Minister of Finance, failed party leader and rorter……… I would have thought this blog would want as much of him on TV as possible.

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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
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  • True Believers In A False God.
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  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
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    2 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The coming US shitshow
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A moral void
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
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  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
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  • This is bullshit
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
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    3 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
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    4 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
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    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    4 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
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    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
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    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • The Looming Fight.
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
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    5 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
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    5 days ago
  • This is not kind
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    6 days ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
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    6 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
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    6 days ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    7 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
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    1 week ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
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    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Opportunistic looting
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
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    1 week ago
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Getting Tough.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
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    2 weeks ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
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    2 weeks ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
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  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
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    2 weeks ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government backing local with PGF loan
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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    5 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 ...
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    5 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, ...
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    6 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 ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    1 week 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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 ...
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    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 - ...
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    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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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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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    2 weeks ago