Burqa Bob to stand in Tauranga

Written By: - Date published: 2:33 pm, January 25th, 2008 - 49 comments
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bob65.jpgAfter much speculation, National MP Bob Clarkson has finally announced he will be standing again in Tauranga, apparently to work on housing affordability issues.

What a gift. For those who missed it last time, here’s Bob’s entire contribution to Parliament since August last year:

  • (17 Oct 2007) Interjection : “Bureaucratic!”
  • (10 Oct 2007) Interjection : “Tell us the end of the story.”
  • (19 Sep 2007) Interjection : “Force?”
  • (22 Aug 2007) Interjection : “A bit like the Labour Government.”
  • (21 Aug 2007) Interjection : “Yes, I did, actually.”

I’m sure this will encourage Winston to have another crack. Should be an interesting race.

49 comments on “Burqa Bob to stand in Tauranga ”

  1. Matthew Pilott 1

    I prefer his…’extra-governmental’ quotes, for which he’s justifiably better known.

    However, I’m not a BoP local and will watch this one with interest – I wonder what the perception of old “don’t shove it down my throat” Bob is like up in ‘(07) these days.

    Anyone got some grass-roots feeling they’d care to share?

  2. Tane 2

    Here’s a doozy from 2006:

    Mr Clarkson was hosting a “Good Jokers Unite” meeting in Upper Hutt, and despite being told by his leader Don Brash “to be careful” he was happy to shoot from the hip.

    Last week he attacked the practice of Muslim women wearing burqas, saying if they did not want to fit in they should go back to “Islam or Iraq”.

    He also compared public displays of homosexuality to “picking your nose” in public.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10398953

  3. andy 3

    Don’t forget Clarkson and his balls.

  4. Long time listener 4

    You have to wonder what they’re thinking. Was there just a lack of credible National candidates in Tauranga? I’m not taking the piss here, finding quality candidates is a problem common to all parties.

  5. Phil 5

    His initial election seemed to me to be a) a validation of his work within the local community, and b) a vote of no confidence in Winston.

    I suspect he’ll retain his seat this time around for the same reasons.

  6. rjs131 6

    Who is labour fronting up as a candidate. Surely if both candidates so bad, then the Labour candidate would win in a landslide? Maybe dianne yates can stand considering she was so successful in the hamilton city council elections this year

  7. I agree with phil, this will probably be the most entertaining electoral contest come election time.
    I believe Winston has expended any credibility he had left this term. His slavish adherence to the labour line will see his national NZF vote drop and probably the same in Tauranga.
    I felt he would go this time around. After the ridiculous baubles of office comments to then run gleefully toward those baubles was one of the more disgusting displays of venal self interest we have ever seen in NZ politics.
    I thought he would be in the frame to take over from the Ambassador for hampstead heath? When is hunt due home? It must be soon , if not before the election he will struggle to get another juicy job allocated.

  8. Tane 8

    I don’t think Labour has a chance in this seat and they know it. They’ll probably put someone up anyway to campaign for the party vote, but I suspect there’ll be a lot of tactical voting in this electorate.

  9. andy 9

    Barnsley Bill: Yep, spot on.

    have to say both benches are about as deep as a bird bath. think for Nats there is a problem of looking ‘New’ and ‘better than labour’ when you have:

    N.Smith
    M.McCulley
    M.Williamson
    L.Smith

    who between them have much baggage, and only past failures to hold on to…

  10. agreed, i still think labour will cobble together enough seats after the election but I will bet you a chocolate fish they do it with at least 3 or 4 less electorate seats.
    If anybody who is inclined to want labour back and does not vote for peters (in the electoral tick) the BOP branch of the Labour party should be put down.

    CAPTCHA QUESTION……….
    somebody is definitely taking the piss Tane. Do you guys have any control over what the captcha words are? Why I hear you ask..
    CAPTCHA = well-disguised rant!

  11. Michele Cabiling 11

    “Last week he [Bob Clarkson] attacked the practice of Muslim women wearing burqas, saying if they did not want to fit in they should go back to “Islam or Iraq.”

    Precisely. When in Rome do as Romans do.

    There are two models of multiculturalism. The first is known as “the melting pot.” In this model, a single culture to which all citizens broadly comform occupies the public square. Private cultural observances outside the public square are up to the individuals concerned.

    The leftard model could be termed “the salad basket.” Shake a salad basket as much as you like and its component vegetables will never combine. In this model, a variety of “separate but equal” cultures occupy the public square conjointly.

    Import a small number of immigrants from a particular place at any one time and the community is able to draw them into the existing culture. Bringing in large numbers of one group at one time overloads the assimilative mechanisms of the community.

    The newcomers then have little or no incentive to assimilate, forming instead outposts of foreigh culture in their new land. This has occurred with every migrant group whose numbers have attained a critical mass.

    For example, the first wave of Filipinos (more correctly in this instance “Filipinas”) married Kiwi men, and were thus appropriately acculturated to living in this country. Like my mom, they became “Kiwipinas” at home with both cultures.

    The second wave of Filipino migration consists largely of intact families. In Auckland, there is now a critical mass of Filipinos, who don’t need to assimilate if they don’t want to. Lazy people tend to “ghettoise” into hanging with their own culture rather than making the effort to go outside it. This is exactly what we are now seeing.

    There is a deliberate agenda behind mass immigration. Leftards are not NATIONALISTS, but INTERNATIONALISTS. Their ultimate goal is to erode patriotism and national identity with a view to erecting international socialism on the corpse of the nation state.

    If nobody can agree on a single national identity, if it’s a plurality rather than a commonality, no one will rally to its defence when it is under threat.

    “He [Clarkson] also compared public displays of homosexuality to ‘picking your nose’ in public.”

    I’d be more inclined to say “taking a dump” in public…

  12. Tane 12

    Na we don’t Bill, but some of the stuff captcha throws up is so uncanny I’ve wondered myself at times.

  13. andy 13

    Michelle did you notice how this thread was all polite and interesting till you turned up with things like ‘leftard’, didn’t bother to read your rant…

  14. Uncanny….
    Now if I had made the “taking a dump” comment you would have set your clown like attack dogs on me Tane. I hope you guys are not going easy on Michele because she is a wimmin

  15. Sam Dixon 15

    Do you think if Burqha Bob loses he will emmigrate to Islam?

    Michele: one nation, one country, one leader?

  16. Michele Cabiling 16

    Hoi BB I’m not a “wimmin” but a “WOMAN” that is to say I’m NOT a “roll your own tampons and kick start your own menstrual cycle” brigadista.

    I don’t wear a boiler suit and I shave my legs and armpits thanks very much!

  17. Tane 17

    Hey Bill, as much as we’ve had our differences in the past I know that you’re actually a good dude who’s interested in discussing the issues.

    Michele’s got real social problems, as her tasteless letter in today’s Dom Post showed. Just ignore her and hopefully she’ll go away.

  18. Michele Cabiling 18

    Sam Dixon wrote: “Michele: one nation, one country, one leader?”

    Interesting how leftards invariably equate patriotism and love of country with fascism. Those who won the American War of Independence and faced down Hitler were also patriots.

    When lost for an argument, you can always call your opponent a “fascist.” Know where this tactic came from?

    Moscow Central Committee laid down in 1943. This declaration, right from the horse’s mouth, illustrates exactly what were up against:

    In 1946 the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee issued this instruction to their stooges and enablers in the West:

    “Members and front organisations must continually embarrass, discredit and degrade our critics. When obstructionists become too irritating, label them as fascist, or Nazi or anti-Semitic…The association will, after enough repetition, become ‘fact’ in the public mind.”

    Cretin.

  19. Matthew Pilott 19

    Tane – I was just thinking that. I disagree with a lot of people here, but it would be pretty boring if I didn’t. Bill – you like tackling an issue, albeit somewhat unconventionally perhaps but there’s nothing wrong with that!

    Sam – zing…

    Michele – “when in Rome, do as Romans do”. This would be your cue…

  20. Michele Cabiling 20

    Oops 1943 … included the preamble to the quote and also re-wrote it beneath.

  21. Monty 21

    Michele – Excellent post at 3.52 and 4.09 pm. I agree with evrything you said and like the little dig at the end.

    I wonder if anyone likes to comment on Chris Trotters comumn in the pDom Post this morning – Bob Clarkson standing is interesting news – but the real news that the Leftards prefer to ignore is when one of their own start sticking the knife in the back as Trotter (or Trotterski as I prefer) .

    I wonder the the Labour Party sponsored Blog “thestandard” would comment on that – or do they keep their fury to themselves.

    Back to Bob Clarkson – I think locally Bob remains very popular and that self serving prick Winston will lose Tauranga and come November will also be unemployed. (along with the rest of Winston First Party MPs)

  22. Matthew Pilott 22

    Yeah Monty, it’s scintillating stuff. I guess the alternative is to only take in one person from every prospective immigrant family, I’m sure that’s also in line with Michele’s idea that the socialists are trying to break up families as mentioned in another thread.

    Hang on – allowing whole families to immigrate is past of the Socailist Masterplan to subjugate nation-states, but the socialists are trying to break up families in order to implement their Master Plan.

    Now I’m confused. Michele, as a socialist trying to implement the Socialist Master Plan – am I trying to break families up, or keep them together? You got me confused as hell, and it’s theoretically my plan!

    *sigh* what’s a commie to do?

  23. Michele Cabiling 23

    Matthew Pillock wrote:

    “Michele – ‘when in Rome, do as Romans do.’ This would be your cue …”

    Just because you (and a number of others on this blog)insist on stroking yourselves in a very small corner, imposes no requirement on others to follow suit.

  24. The Double Standard 24

    Hmm, and how many votes did Clarkson win by last time? The question is, what will Winston promise to Tauranga to buy his way back in?

  25. I commented on the trotter column on my blog this morning. It is a bold move by trotter to come out and brazenly attack H1 in this manner. The usual idiots at trollasic park immediately climbed into him. This attack is unprecedented from an old trot (pun unintended) like trotter, it was only a few months ago that he was making a goose of himself serenading H1 at the party conference. One wonders whether Mike Moore calling Helen out (quite literally) has crossed some modern day rubicon where holding the big job can now be openly called into question?

  26. Tane – if you’re going to tell lies, be prepared to be exposed for them

    http://theyworkforyou.co.nz/mps/bob_clarkson

  27. Matthew Pilott 27

    Alright, I’ll put it somewhat more succinctly Michele.

    99% of people on The Standard do not behave like fuckwits, for want of a better word. They seem to have learned how to interact decently. Why don’t you give it a shot?

  28. And if you want to get into the Missing in Action category, how’s this?

    http://theyworkforyou.co.nz/mps/george_hawkins

  29. michaels 29

    Tane get your facts right before you post such dribble and lies.

  30. Matthew Pilott said “99% of people on The Standard do not behave like fuckwits, for want of a better word. They seem to have learned how to interact decently.”

    I take it you’re including Tane in the 1% Matthew? The man with the wee credibility issue.

  31. You have to hand it to DPF, a mention from him is like being featured on Oprah. Inundated with visitors from his post.

  32. Matthew Pilott 32

    No Inventory2, there’s a difference between your little credibility problem and what I was referring to. But you know that.

    Guess you had to try though, but I’d have shown forebearance if I were you – it was a pretty lame shot, to say the least.

    Keep it up, though, if you want to make the 1% 😉

  33. Mathew, it wasn’t me that tried to make a snide attack on Clarkson – it was your mate Tane. But he got called on it. The bro hasn’t had a good week, has he?

  34. Lisa 34

    I wear a burka and I am deeply offended that someone would make fun of Allah.
    Who is this burqa Bob ? I think he is a nasty Tory chap ?

  35. Santi 35

    “..I am deeply offended that someone would make fun of Allah.”

    I despise Allah and all it represents.

    We live in a democracy and I can say it aloud without fear of being incarcerated/killed as in any Islamic country.

  36. burt 36

    Tane

    You are scraping the bottom of the barrel with lies like this.

    Must say the standard has been loading like a dog since you were biffed off the Labour party server.

  37. Unless Santi of course no party takes a position on that, then you have to register to have your say.

  38. g 38

    Get your facts right before opening you mouth (or keyboard) Tane; instead of attacking people how about analysing some facts:

    The Labour Govt has led NZ down the wrong path, you need look no further than your own website, if Telecom had been correctly managed this site could have been hosted over fibre to the home by now. Don’t get me started on home affordability, inflation, public sector employee numbers, low wages, etc etc etc.

  39. Tane 39

    Update over here:
    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=985

    Seems we didn’t give Bob the full honour he deserves. He also spoke about timber and something else. Oh, and compared homosexuality to picking your nose.

    G, I won’t get you started on those topics because you sound like you’ve got little more than prejudice and second-hand opinions to give me on them. That would be rather boring.

  40. tane said…..”I don’t think Labour has a chance in this seat and they know it. They’ll probably put someone up anyway to campaign for the party vote, but I suspect there’ll be a lot of tactical voting in this electorate.”

    jeez tane. Save us the suspense. just add a post it note with said question with the weekly cheque to Labour HQ and post the response!

    I visit this blog for official Labour releases, not hackneyed faux opinion!

  41. ben 41

    Tane, how about an apology. That would be a decent thing to do.

  42. Rich 42

    The kind of people that live in Tauranga like that sort of thing. How many times did they elect Peters? Three? I actually the place should be made a special territory where you don’t get to vote.

    Seriously, everyone who wants a left government next time should get behind Bollox Bob. On NZF’s current polling they won’t get 5% and are gonna be out if Winston doesn’t win Tauranga. UF will get Dunne back and that’ll be it.

    So we could see a big wasted vote and a Lab/Green/Maori Party government next time, even with a 45% plus Nat vote. Labour would have to repeal the Foreshore & Seabed act to get the Maori Party on board. That would so piss the right off if they get a plurality and an *more* left-wing government gets elected. Rioting in the streets, appeals to the G-G, etc.

  43. outofbed 43

    Jez yes If you think they are angry now another left victory in 08=
    Apoplexy.
    And as the numbers betwixt wining and losing could well be a couple of percent. It is quite concievable that the RWNJ’s such as the farrar/slater combination will be the ones that deliver a few thousabd votes in the lefts direction Hey they have given this site massive publicity it even made the news.

    captcha insignificant signs ( I kid you not)

  44. lprent 44

    To those asking about captcha. I was wondering how that was done myself…

    I had a look at the page source & php. It is just script to another site (recaptcha). Beats me where they get the words from. Probably from scanning a text source somewhere.

    I just clicked through a few (use the double arrow symbol) – I think you’re just getting ‘lucky’ (especially BB)

    Lynn

  45. outofbed 45

    ban morris
    lengthy explanation
    drilling pesentation

    Only three mildly good ones out of twenty

    oh and for this post
    long embracing :-}

  46. Michele Cabiling 46

    Santi wrote:

    “I am deeply offended that someone would make fun of Allah.”

    “I despise Allah and all it represents.”

    Completely agree. As a woman, I also despise Allah (Pigs Be Upon Him) and all he represents.

    Here are some quotes from the Koran and other Islamic scripture showing how Muhammed and his made-up god (note small “g”) view women:

    Koran 4:23 “Prohibited to you are: your mothers, daughters, sisters…. Also (prohibited are) women already married, except slaves who are captives.” 4:24 “Also (forbidden are) women already married, except those (captives and slaves) whom your right hands possess. Thus has Allâh ordained for you. All others are lawful…” 70:28 “Preserve their chastity except with their wives and the slave girls they possess – for which there is no blame.”

    Therefore, having sex with captives/slaves, meaning sex with those who have no right to refuse the advance, aka rape, is OK. And don’t take your neighbor’s wife – unless you conquer/kill him first.

    Women are half as good as men:

    Bukhari:V3B48N826 “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.'”

    Muslim:B1N142 “‘O womenfolk, … …You lack common sense, fail in religion and rob the wisdom of the wise.’ Upon this the woman remarked: What is wrong with our common sense? The Prophet replied, ‘Your lack of common sense can be determined from the fact that the evidence of two women is equal to one man. That is a proof.'”

    It’s hard to refute logic like this. Muhammad certainly was a wise man.

    Koran 24:34 “Force not your slave-girls to whoredom (prostitution) if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. [And here’s the freedom-to-rape card:] But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.”

    Tabari IX:113 “Allah permits you to shut them [women] in separate rooms and to beat them, but not severely. If they abstain, they have the right to food and clothing. Treat women well for they are like domestic animals and they possess nothing themselves. Allah has made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Koran.”

    Tabari IX:128 “When the Prophet married Aisha she very young and not yet ready for consummation.”

    The Koran reports that Aisha was seven when she was married off to Muhammad, a 54 year old man, and nine when he deflowered her. Most of us would call this man a paedophile.

    Tabari I:280 “Allah said, ‘It is My obligation to make Eve bleed once every month as she made this tree bleed. I must also make Eve stupid, although I created her intelligent.’ Because Allah afflicted Eve, all of the women of this world menstruate and are stupid.”

    The Koran reports that the Black Stone of the Ka’ ba (one of Islam’s holiest shrines) was originally clear and transparent, but turned black when touched by menstruating women.

    I assume, Lisa, you are a convert to this crap. You might have investigated what it says about the role of women a little more closely before coming on board.

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    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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
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  • 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
    5 days 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
    5 days 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. ...
    5 days 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
    5 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The China puzzle
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days 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 ...
    5 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    6 days 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
    7 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days 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
    7 days 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
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    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
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
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  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
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  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago

  • Making it easier to build granny flats
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    17 hours ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
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    4 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    5 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    5 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    5 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
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    5 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    5 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    7 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
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    7 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
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    7 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    7 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
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    7 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
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    1 week ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
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    1 week ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
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    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
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