Bridges is rattled, and confused

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 pm, April 9th, 2014 - 97 comments
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Simon Bridges is under considerable pressure.  Yesterday he appeared to have been caught out when it was disclosed that the areas he had designated [for oil exploration] included DOC’s largest forest park, an area described by DOC as “pristine” and “untouched”.

Today in Parliament Russel Norman asked him about this decision.  The film makes entertaining viewing.

It appears that a number of parks are included and Norman listed some of them.  They include:

Kakapōtahi Ecological Area, Te Wharau Ecological Area, Deep Creek Ecological Area, Mōkihinui Forks Ecological Area, Upper Tōtara Ecological Area, Doctor Hill Ecological Area, Mount Hārata Ecological Area, Coal Creek Ecological Area, Kaniere Ecological Area, Three Mile Hill Ecological Area, Greenstone Ecological Area, Mount Richmond Forest Park, Te Wharau Wildlife Management Area, Orikaka Ecological Area, Bell Hill – Granite Hill Ecological Area, Fletcher Creek Ecological Area, Card Creek Ecological Area, Lyall Historic Reserve and White Creek Fault Scientific Reserve.

Bridges then appears to have had something of a brain explosion.  He tried to defend himself by claiming “that was not the case when under his [Norman’s] watch there were 12 mining permits, including for exploratory petroleum, in the very area—the Victoria Forest Park— where he now says there should not be any mining in.”

Bridges then said “Russel Norman allowed open-cast coalmining in that area when he was …” until he was cut off.

It appears that Bridges thinks that Norman was a former Minister for Mining.  Someone needs to advise him that Norman has never been a Minister.  Bridges appears to be as confused as to the membership of previous Cabinets and he is about where he is allowing exploratory drilling.

97 comments on “Bridges is rattled, and confused ”

  1. geoff 1

    It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so fucking infuriating that we are at the mercy of these idiots.

  2. tc 2

    Another own goal from team nact, maybe jamie lee ross can help him.

    My what a dream team this govt has.

  3. Disraeli Gladstone 3

    What’s bizarre is that he kept doing it even after both Mallard and Peters had essentially gone “umm, what? Norman hasn’t been in government, you idiot.”

    It’s like he had the lines on his notes and could not deviate from them. He was incapable of thinking on his feet.

    Another previously talked about future National leader bites the dust. Joyce and Bennett must be rubbing their hands together with glee.

    • karol 3.1

      I can see why John Key and Maurice Willliamson made an early get-a-way- “You’re on your own, Simon”.

      At one point Bridges looked like he was praying.

      • Rosie 3.1.1

        He is the “son of a preacher man” so it’s possible, and in Bridges’s position, prayers may be all he has. He certainly hasn’t got a quick wit and intelligence to rely upon, so intervention from the cosmic source maybe something he seeks when things get “trickey”.

    • Lanthanide 3.2

      I really hope he is a future National leader. Should be about as successful as Blinglish was.

  4. Dan1 4

    Their first response is to lie. Their eyes change: how dare they question my version of reality!

    He is another psychopath like his leader.

    Cleckley’s symptoms follow:

    Superficial charm and good "intelligence"
    Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
    Absence of "nervousness" or psychoneurotic manifestations
    Unreliability
    Untruthfulness and insincerity
    Lack of remorse and shame
    Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
    Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
    Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
    General poverty in major affective reactions
    Specific loss of insight
    Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
    Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
    Suicide threats rarely carried out
    Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
    Failure to follow any life plan.

    Some I can’t answer for, but both clots exhibit quite a few of the symptoms.

    • McFlock 4.1

      nah, bridges is just a fucking meathead who sticks with the script (even when it’s broken) because he can’t think of anything himself.

    • JonL 4.2

      Key is definitely a psychopath….Bridges?………I’d tend to go more with McFlock.

  5. Jim 5

    So what I took from this exchange was:
    1. Bridges is way out of his depth.
    2. The speaker is National’s lap dog
    3. Norman is smart, but a bit of a poser

    To be honest, the one that surprised/concerned me the most was the speaker. He excused the repeatedly incorrect assertion by Bridges by blaming the length of Norman’s question – a ruling which surely deserved a point of order of its own for its bias.

    • blue leopard 5.1

      +1 re the Speaker’s reaction – it appeared he was saying that if a member of the Opposition asks a ‘political’ question (not that I consider that one to be that much of a ‘political’ question – rather a fair one) that National members are perfectly entitled to just ‘make shit up’. This was a completely unacceptable ruling.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 5.1.1

        All the opposition MPs should come into the debating chamber with t-shirts with “I miss Lockwood” on them.

        • blue leopard 5.1.1.1

          I actually don’t think Lockwood was much better – he was just better at ‘appearing’ fair – he made plenty of unfair rulings and allowed National to continue lying and not have issues addressed properly.

          I agree though, the opposition parties need to make a very united stand to this ruling (and other ones too but this one really takes the cake) – it is outrageous to allow someone to make false statements and continue to do so. It just turns parliament into an unholy fiasco.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 5.1.1.1.1

            Lockwood wasn’t perfect. But I’d say he was the best Speaker that I’ve seen New Zealand have. So that goes back to Hunt, I think (who was pretty good himself if memory serves). Admittedly, only four people, but I’d definitely have Lockwood as the best and David Carter so far back at the bottom (with Hunt and Wilson in between and in that order). Lockwood did hold National to account a fair bit (not all the time, no) and he made ministers answer the question (as opposed to just addressing it). Even Key got called up about that.

            He was decent. That’s a sentiment I’ve seen expressed by a lot of Greens and Labour MPs.

            • blue leopard 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes a lot of people seem to like him – I found him still very bias and sometimes think that overt bias is preferable solely because then more people notice it and therefore is less likely to be swallowed. (A bit sad to have to choose between two different types of bias) But, yes perhaps Lockwood did have a bit more respect for rules and therefore could be appealed to on those grounds.

              I don’t have much to compare with because I only started following parliament when Lockwood was in.

              It seems a bit odd that a person from a political party is chosen as speaker – seems like it would be better if the speaker was chosen from somewhere a little more removed because it seems like a pretty tall ask to expect someone to make unfavourable rulings against one’s buddies.

            • Grace Miller 5.1.1.1.1.2

              If you remember Lockjaw Smith from the children’s quiz show ‘W3’ you’ll remember he hardly covered himself in glory, even then! He insisted on the children calling him ‘Sir’ at every opportunity; it was cringeworthy.

              He moved to Speaker of the House, with a sorrier set of kids to keep in line.

              Bridges ought to lay off the glass pipe; it’s makin’ him jittery and paranoid. 😉

              Watch his interview on Campbell over deep sea drilling – even knowing the two don’t much care for each other doesn’t excuse his grating, shouting, bullying performance!

              And is this news today? Only here, sadly. What a clown.

            • McFlock 5.1.1.1.1.3

              Lockwood was the sort of ref where dicey calls always seemed to fall in favour of one particular team, just at the important point in a match.

              Carter is a WWE referee, without the showmanship: blatantly biased and incompetent to the point of making shit up and scoring points accordingly. Arguing that bridges’ lies were fine because they weren’t a necessary part of the answer was just nuts.

          • Tracey 5.1.1.1.2

            i disagree. i thought wilson would be a great speaker but she was too partisan.

            i think lockwood was very even handed, which is why he got london. he had to go.

            disraeli

            nice idea about the t shirts.

            • felix 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Yeah Lockie was head and shoulders above any speaker I can remember EXCEPT when dealing with John Key, whom he let get away with absolute mayhem.

              • thatguynz

                I admit that I’m showing my ignorance on this, but why can’t the Speaker role be independent?

                • felix

                  Good question. I think only elected members of parliament can actually speak in the chamber.

                  But then the Clerk has to speak to conduct party voting, so exceptions to that are possible.

                  Any constitutional lawyers or historians around today?

                • Tracey

                  i suspect it is related to the idea that the place is full of “honorable gentlemen” , and having someone in the chair who knows the rules and practise.

                  • Wensleydale

                    That place hasn’t been full of honourable gentlemen since the last of the builders left.

    • Rodel 5.2

      Jim
      It was most unfair to ask questions to Simon, questions which had more than three big words in the sentence.

      • blue leopard 5.2.1

        lol

      • Wensleydale 5.2.2

        True. If you look carefully at the table in front of him, you’ll find that unlike that of other ministers, his is covered with lego and colouring books.

  6. RedBaronCV 6

    A minister so loved by his civ’s that they ensure his interests are looked after at every turn.

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    Simon Bridges, you piece of shit.

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 9

    Bridges isn’t confused. he perjured himself deliberately, in the highest court in the land, to avoid his personal responsibility.

    He’s incompetent, so he tell lies. Just like the lying Prime Minister. Why bother arguing with scum? We might as well negotiate with the Ebola virus.

    • Murray Olsen 9.1

      As an ex-prosecutor, perjuring himself in court would come naturally. I’m surprised he does it so badly, but maybe that’s why he had to change careers?

      • North 9.1.1

        He’s found himself a new judge in Speaker Carter who lets him get away with all sorts of shit that he’d get blasted for in the inferior courts of the land. Wee ex-Crown prosecutor Simon’s a glib lying piece of shit with the intellectual morality of a lizard. We know that. So his latest dance is more or less unremarkable except as to roll in the aisles at. Most of the cabinet are mirror images. Look at Paula Bennett(oinette).

        Carter however is abominable. Treats Parliament like his home paddock. Swear at the dogs, walk outside and piss off the porch whenever he feels like it. A Tory backwoodsmen who demeans the office.

    • Stuart Munro 9.2

      I’m astonished myself at how far parliamentary standards have fallen.

      Traditionally a minister who lies to the house in respect of his area of competence must resign.

      Bridges lied.

      Why is he still in parliament?

      • felix 9.2.1

        But lying is his area of competence.

      • Tracey 9.2.2

        because this govt has made lying normal.. it started the day key said on tv he was an honest man and would hold his ministers to a higher standard than clark…

        orchestrated litany of lies comes to mind

        • North 9.2.2.1

          Makes “Eeh it’s all Labour’s fault !” look like a sweet kiss. What a spineless little dork is wee Simon. Wouldn’t give him the gloss…….

          Check out the picture. In training with Daddy.

          • Tracey 9.2.2.1.1

            Agreed

            Master: If you look like you give a shit, and then say you give a shit, Grasshopper, it matters not that you leave your footprints all over the pristine forest floors.

            Grasshopper: But Master, are we not supposed to leave no trace of where we have been

            Master: chuckle. Oh grasshopper, have you leanred nothing, we will not be around for the clean up, we will be in Hawaii.

  9. fender 10

    This is a serious work incident and the boy Bridges should be drug tested.

    • Rodel 10.1

      Not drug tested..IQ tested. Probably low 80’s at a guess.

      • McFlock 10.1.1

        Good haircut, can smile, can’t think for himself, follows simple directions to the letter… a PM’s dream cabinet member. Zero plotting, all fall-guy.

      • Rosie 10.1.2

        In fact, Bridges is so Tard that Greenpeace are saying that he should be sacked for his incompetence:

        “Simon Bridges has got to be sacked. He’s utterly, eye-wateringly incompetent.”

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00150/bridges-has-got-to-be-sacked-say-greenpeace.htm

        So, he’s a liar and isn’t up the job. If Key doesn’t get rid of him, then Tauranga, it’s up to you on 20th September to do so – the man is a danger to the environment and to workers too with his Employment Relations Amendment Bill

  10. Tracey 11

    interesting that mr key thinks that just because doc has something on its website doesnt mean its true… an accidental insight into the pm’s view of information? he knows how much national bullshits on their website etc?

  11. Facts and opinion weigh heavily against – Simon Bridges guilty of blatant bull

    Once could be excused as a slip but making three similar claims means Bridges looks guilty of extreme ignorance or he made blatantly false claims. Either is inexcusable for a Minister.

    • Tracey 12.1

      like dropping in for a cuppa on the way to the airport…

    • freedom 12.2

      Well done on getting Politicheck out of the gate.

      Just looked through your first Politicheck offerings…. all five of them.

      IMHO, with everything that has happened in the past six years of this National Government, it was somewhat of a shock to see the lead off articles for the big fact checking site only deal with current affairs instead of things like;

      :What the level of available funds were in the EQC coffers pre the CHCH quakes?
      :Did the mining and drilling permits follow correct procedure?
      :How many unemployed people are in New Zealand, compared to the MSD figures?
      :Pretty much everything on Blip’s list?

      Maybe I misunderstood what Politicheck was set up to do but it appears to be little more than just another blog, but one without comments. Even the “verdict” seems to be something that will be easily manipulated into whatever message of the day you are peddling. A good idea might be to list what the “verdict’ ratings actually mean.

      May I suggest a page where “Interim” verdicts can be easily linked to, i.e: tracked, or do you expect people to keep track of these things themselves?

      And the whole layout of the articles themselves is atrocious, it just looks like a big copy-paste blog with no easily identifiable difference between the copy-paste statements and the fact checking responses. The choice of template is not well thought out if clarity was intended. The chosen format allows a subtle repeating of the message, even when that message is the thing being fact checked. The Labour- National Super article being a good example.

      A simple boxing around the copy paste statements might be a good start.

      It’s early days, so I am sure I am not alone in saying I look forward to seeing how it develops.

      p.s. how is that weekly budget for poor people coming along?

      • Tracey 12.2.1

        Oh, I see, all his posting of links and figures the last few days was sow e would click on one of his links when his site opened…

        Pete, why did you not fact check the first statement of Bridges that you quoted?

        “There are over a thousand such areas, and I had not heard of all of them”

        • Pete George 12.2.1.1

          Because it wasn’t what seemed of most interest to people. I’ll see if it’s worth adding to the list.

          • Tracey 12.2.1.1.1

            so, criteria is what interests “people” not lets check the veracit of his statements.

            • Pete George 12.2.1.1.1.1

              Both interest and checking veracity. We can’t check everything all politicians say so have to pick the most pertinent issues of most interest to people. We can’t risk being accused of being too tedious and nitpicking, can we.

              • Tracey

                Then might i suggest you don’t start your quoted portions with a fact you haven’t checked? OR state that you haven’t checked that fact.

                Given Bridges was being accused of lying or making things up, whether there are “over a thousand” has some import.

                • I didn’t know it wasn’t a fact. And it’s very confusing with all the differently named parks, reserves and areas. Searching ‘ecological areas’ looks like taking a bit of work.

                  If you can post details here or email me it will speed up the process.

                  And it looks like this may be covered more in question time today.

                  • Tracey

                    what do you mean you didnt know it wasnt a fact? Did you know it was? If yes, how do you know.

                  • Mainlander

                    Pete just tell that hate filled hag to fk off she offers nothing but bile to any conversation on here

          • freedom 12.2.1.1.2

            I agree with what Tracey said.

            There are over a thousand such areas, and I had not heard of all of them

            Isn’t this statement of fact by a Minister of the Crown a complete no-brainer for a political fact checking site that has chosen to focus on the very topic whence the statement came, or am i mistaken?

            And what exactly is your qualification for this reply to Tracey’s question?

            Because it wasn’t what seemed of most interest to people

            Did you do a poll? In the precious few hours between events and posting, was their a flurry of emails by people who psychically knew you were considering doing the piece? Did you send out Carrier Pigeons?

            What is silliest of all about your reply, and the post in general, is that the story only happened yesterday. You have made numerous comments here about the thorough and time consuming process of fact checking and how Politicheck are going to be all about the integrity and yet you fall flat on the very first fact stated in that post.

            But Pete, as far gathering public opinion goes, here’s an idea.

            Once a week/month you could put up a post on Politicheck which is really a series of ‘mini posts’ being the top issues the editorial team feel should be looked at.

            As you are using ‘likes’, people can ‘like’ their preferences, and you will have an easy polling system for what your readers deem to be articles of interest for your team to work on.

            By the content so far I sense there will always be a ‘news of the day’ aspect but surely, after a month in the job, there is a long list of topics and events that you and your team are considering work on. SO, if the public input is so central then why not get the public’s opinion?

      • Pete George 12.2.2

        Re blog format, this is an interim option so we can start operating pending the development of the website. Some of the formatting issues have been addressed.

        More features will be built in to the website.

        Since before I became involved it was decided to focus mostly on topical and election related issues. We don’t want to flood it with too many posts at this stage, we’re easing into action.

        As time permits we will look back as well. If you want to contribute that would be welcome, from tips through to detailed checks. It’s all voluntary time amongst other commitments so we’ll fit in what we can and accept any assistance.

        I’ve got BLiP’s list and we’ll be looking through that.

        • Dave kennedy 12.2.2.1

          Good on you for attempting this, Pete, I just visited your new blog and think it is worthy of support. Obviously all parties would like to see a bias towards them but I admire your attempt to be impartial. All parties should be held to account for the accuracy of their claims but it does strike me that while some are genuine mistakes or sloppy research, a good number seem to be deliberate. Intent is a very important aspect to focus on although not easy to prove.

    • felix 12.3

      Yes well done getting ScrittiPolitti up and running.

      Can I suggest we all give Pete a bit of a fair go about this? I know his style of interaction here can be a pain in the arse but at least he’s trying something.

      Perhaps if we can try to be constructive with our criticism we might actually help build something for the common good rather than tearing it down at the first sign of a flaw.

      Or maybe it’s a waste of time and I’m kidding myself. I don’t know. But we’ll never know if we don’t at least let him have a go. All I am saying… ♫ is give Pete a chance. 😀

      • blue leopard 12.3.1

        +1 Felix

      • Tracey 12.3.2

        i agree. my questions above are supposed to be helping get further clarity for the project.

        i know that it is easier to criticise than create.

        • freedom 12.3.2.1

          Yup, criticism is certainly easier and because I do actually create stuff on a regular basis, I certainly know how important criticism is. I am attempting to be completely constructive in my Politicheck comments, but forgive me if a few comments are somewhat coloured by a constant gnawing in my gut that the whole thing is one big distractionary scam.

          Here at The Standard I think we will have to be careful that whatever pops up on Politicheck does not swamp the content here. This is going to be especially central to the Open Mike as the Election campaign progresses. Politicheck might be a good thing and we all can certainly encourage those that run it to do something positive, if that is the desired outcome for them.

          Maybe The Standard operators and mods could get together and consider a Politicheck board? A place where discussion on Politicheck items can be separated from general discussion. Or at least a policy guiding future discussion of the site?

          Politicheck was set up to be different from other blogs. As its mission does fall outside of what other blogs are, and if those differences are highlighted, then perhaps it will help Politicheck find its feet and become the resource we all hope it can be.

          • Tracey 12.3.2.1.1

            i have misgivings, based more on what i consider to be petes lack of experience as an editor or fact checker.

            • Pete George 12.3.2.1.1.1

              They are important aspects but it involves a lot more than just that.

              • Tracey

                do you have past experience as an editor, or any traing as an editor?

                • No training.

                  In the early 1980s I wrote and edited a computer user magazine, I wrote a correspondence course on computing and I wrote a book “Computing for beginners”.

                  For thirty years I’ve written and edited many course notes, training manuals and operating procedures – precision is essential.

                  I wrote and edited a book of poetry in 2009.

                  I’ve edited blogs for several years.

          • Pete George 12.3.2.1.2

            Politicheck is a project with a genuine aim to help improve political information, debate and behaviour. If all parties become more open and honest then we all benefit, whether our favoured party is in Government or not. We have different political backgrounds but have a common goal – better politics. That’s something that many voters want.

            I don’t want it to be an isolated enterprise. We’re in a social media world were there’s a lot of interaction, so I think we can all do better by harnessing this.

            So I want to crowd source this as much as possible. There’s already a lot of holding to account and fact checking done on blogs, so it makes sense to utilise, build on and integrate rather than work in isolation. Political blogs can still do what they want but can provide appropriate material into a neutral library. We’ll look for and pick up material anyway but working together will work better. Blogs will be a good source of leads and some detail, and Politicheck will become a useful source for blogs.

          • lprent 12.3.2.1.3

            What about a page (ie not a post) with comments? If I attach it to and item on the menu it can be persistent.

            As well as easter & anzac day I’m having a week off work from the 28th to the 2nd specifically to have time for TS. While I’m working the three days between easter monday and anzac day (I got the short straw), Lyn is away doing a writers retreat off the net. So I will be at a loose end in the evenings then as well.

            I’m sure that I will have time to do it..

  12. freedom 13

    Simple Simon met a mine man,
    mining here and there;
    Says Simple Simon to the mine man,
    How about right here?

    The mine man Says to Simple Simon,
    Is it not a special forest?
    Says Simple Simon to the mine man,
    Only if you’re honest.

    Simple Simon walked away,
    He thought about some drilling;
    Printed permits night and day,
    Had oil barons grinning.

    Simple Simon topped it all,
    With porkies in the chamber;
    Ministers should really know,
    The Ministers they’re naming

    • Tracey 13.1

      VERY GOOD!

    • Rosie 13.2

      A round of applause to you freedom 🙂

      • freedom 13.2.1

        cheers,
        I do wish I had written “digging here and there;” and ” T’is not a special forest? “,
        just for the timing and playfulness of the words but I missed the edit deadline when it struck me. In my defence, it was only one coffee into the day. That barely gets me across the studio floor 😯

  13. Tracey 14

    I can’t tell whether the picture looks like dad telling off one of his sons, or a headmaster explaining to a Head Boy how he fucked up everything for the school

  14. Lez Howard 15

    Bridges.. Key, Banks, National Wankers Paradise

  15. Delia 16

    I have always thought I followed politics reasonably well. I was surprised to learn we have had a Green govt previously and that Russel Norman had actually made decisions in that govt. It just shows I must be as deluded as some of those National MPs are.

  16. srylands 17

    It was a shocking performance by Bridges. But this is yet another example of you not focusing on the real issues – which is growth and wealth creation. What do you want the Government to do? Stop mining? There is no alternative but for New Zealand to press ahead with expanded mining and intensive farming. Unless the left wants Zimbabwean style welfare checks for its constituents. Because “green jobs” won’t do it.

    • blue leopard 17.1

      It is a big issue when the speaker of the house tells parliament members that it is perfectly o.k for a minister to make up stuff when questioned in a manner deemed ‘political’ by the speaker.

      Parliament time is a time for the government of the day to be questioned and called to account – this is an integral part of our democratic system.

      Ministers should not be supported by the speaker of the house when speaking fiction at any time – for the speaker to do so simply turns this important process into a farce.

    • vto 17.2

      “There is no alternative but for New Zealand to press ahead with expanded mining and intensive farming.”

      so what happens when it is physically not possible to keep doing this?

      and why wait until that point to do something about it?

      and the real issue is not “growth”. that is the single most misleading cry on the planet. think about it srylands – why do you supposedly need growth? what for? I tell you what for – to pay the interest on printed paper money / debt creation.

      you seriously need to expand you mind

    • McFlock 17.3

      But this is yet another example of you not focusing on the real issues – which is growth and wealth creation.

      Maybe you should write a post on growth and wealth creation yourself. Personally, I reckon that a minister blatantly lying to the house is a pretty important issue, too.

    • Tracey 17.4

      given the rich have gotten richer since 2008, wealth creation doesnt seem to be a problem. unless you are the poor bastards the wealthy are still not giving pay rises to despite the rockstar economy.

      you are just a parrot slylans

      “growth and wealth creation. growth and wealth creation. growth and wealth creation.”

      only takes a few times for it to become meaningless…

  17. Tracey 18

    why is there more outrage at dotcom, currently facing extradition, than john banks, sitting pm and former cabinet minister on criminal charges? not even front page news when he is back in court?

    • MaxFletcher 18.1

      Probably because Dotcom is still shamelessly self-promoting himself whereas Banks appears to be trying to fade away.

      • Tracey 18.1.1

        last time banks faded away, it was executive director of hujlich. he may be quieter at the moment but that doesnt mean he isnt damaging people everywhere

  18. captain hook 19

    sure he is confused. he is such a vain little popinjay the most he can consider is if the photographer has got his right side or not.

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    Buzz from the Beehive One of two new announcements on the government’s official website  – given plenty of publicity by the mainstream media over the past 24 hours – has been pitched as the first steps in a “reset” of the welfare system.  Stiff medicine for beneficiaries, in effect. The ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    13 hours ago
  • We’re not as fragile or as lazy as Luxon says
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    14 hours ago
  • Talking over the Silence.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    15 hours ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: National needs to go further
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    17 hours ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National spreading panic about the economy
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    19 hours ago
  • The promise of passive house design
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    19 hours ago
  • Deep in the Uncanny Valley of AI
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    20 hours ago
  • Introducing: Big Worm Farm
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    21 hours ago
  • Why Massey is broke
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    22 hours ago
  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    2 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    5 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    6 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    6 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    7 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
    This morning I woke early with many thoughts in my head of things said, events of the week, things that matter. I’m afraid none of them involved Seymour, Willis, or Luxon so if you’re looking for something political maybe take the day off and come back tomorrow. You won’t find ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
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