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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    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 day ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    2 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    2 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    2 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    3 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    4 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    4 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    5 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    6 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    7 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago

  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
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