Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments
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The BSA summary:

During an item on Seven Sharp, broadcast on 23 August 2017 during the election period, the presenters discussed TVNZ’s ‘Vote Compass’, a tool available to assist the New Zealand public to make voting decisions. In response to comments by presenter Toni Street about the usefulness of the tool, presenter Mike Hosking said, ‘…so is the fact that you can’t vote for the Māori Party because you’re not enrolled in the Māori electorate, so what are you going to do now? I’m joking.’

The following evening, Mr Hosking attempted to clarify his comment by saying, ‘Now, the fact that anyone can vote for [the Māori Party] as a list party I automatically assumed we all knew given we have been doing this for 20 years…’

The Authority upheld a complaint that Mr Hosking’s comments were inaccurate, finding that Mr Hosking’s statement about who was eligible to vote for the Māori Party was a material point of fact that was inaccurate and misleading. Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.

The Authority acknowledged the high value of political expression during an election period, but found that the potential harm in this case – providing inaccurate information which had the potential to influence voters, despite the alleged clarification – outweighed the broadcaster’s right to freedom of expression.

https://twitter.com/Mitch_NZ/status/942897040454950912

 

56 comments on “Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    A fine bookend to a rubbish show.

    • cleangreen 1.1

      Well said Sanctuary 100% post.

      • jcuknz 1.1.1

        Why do folk waste their time watching this rubbish? I gave TV away when I was required to get a different set to continue .. what was that eight twelve years ago ?

        • cleangreen 1.1.1.1

          Your’e a rock jcuknz.

          You have our respect for this,

          Pity many other’s dont do this to.

          Then the media might clean up their act from being a biased tumpet mostly just for the broken national party.

          • veutoviper 1.1.1.1.1

            Cleangreen – this is totally unrelated to this post, but thought you might want to watch/listen to this video of Shane Jones’ speech this morning in the Second Reading of the Iwi and Hapū of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill.

            At about 5 mins in, Jones makes a promise re the regional fund and the reopening of the Wairoa to Napier railway.

            I don’t want to derail etc this post/thread; simply wanted to get this to you in particular and did not want to lose this on Open Mike etc.

            https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=197972

            • cleangreen 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks veutoviper.

              Apreciate this as I missed the beginning of the speeches and now you have given it to me to diseminate.

              Thank you very much.

              Hope we open all the way to Gisborne so we can connect to Muripara 70kms of easy land access from behind above Gisborne at Te Karaka and south of Rere through a small hill and down alongside the valley road to Murupara and Galitea then to Kawerau to Tauranga and up to the Rotorua main truck line, to finally complete our long awaited East coast rail line.

              All plans formerly plotted by surveyers since 1911 through to 1939 but the second world war got in the way then and was never finished.

              Merry xmas.

              • veutoviper

                You are welcome. I did not watch the full second reading speeches and decided to just see what Jones had to say on the Bill via the Parliamentary TV On demand recordings.

                His promise re the Wairoa – Napier Railway was really a tangent to his overall speech – and stuck out as something that should be noted and recorded for future reference if needed by those who are affected/active in the future of the railways up that way. I am a Wellingtonian* and not really one of those, but immediately thought of you.

                * but have a fondness for that part of the country having worked with Meka Whaitiri and others from that region for some years.

                All of the second reading speeches on the Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill are available on demand at the NZ Parliament website if you want to see them during the political hiatus of the next month or so.

                To save you having to find them here is one (filtered) link which lists and provides individual links to them all for you:

                https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?keyword=Te+Rohe+o+Te+Wairoa+Claims+Settlement+Bill&from=&to=&subject=&person=&stage=

                Kia kaha

  2. Ad 2

    We need to find the leftie version of Mike Hosking.

    With Hosking and Leighton gone, the rightists are weak.

    Where is the tough new contender?

    • tc 2.1

      Bradbury is closest IMO if he wasn’t so unhinged at times in his delivery which turns off those he needs to be listening.

      You need an environment for them where none exists unless TVNZ gets tipped on its head and cleaned out of nactiods.

      • cleangreen 2.1.1

        TC well said;

        RNZ “needs to be tipped on its end and cleaned out of nactiods.”

        Yes RNZ first needs CEO Tommpson gone by lunch he is a national party activist.

        He has closed down many regional reporters including palmerston north, napier, and gisborne;

        So the whole central north island hinterland now has no regional reporters now yesterday this was confirmed by our calling RNZ – shameful loss of our rights to our voices on public taxpayer media, this must be remedied.

        This was a purely poitical move to silence national Party critics. Criminal move he did here.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2

      Stephanie Rogers and Robert Reid are quite impressive. John Campbell…

      • Whispering Kate 2.2.1

        Karyn Haye and Andrew Fagan – or Karyn and David Slack.

      • Ad 2.2.2

        If Stephanie can build herself out of the standard Wellington enclaves and get a regular syndicated show on either radio or tv1 then that would be a breakthrough.

    • cleangreen 2.3

      Martyn Bradbury is a perfect replacement using a left wing ‘tough contender?

      He has long been at the coal face of attacks from the right and even dirty politics under Key administration so he is tough especially as he was threatened to be raided by the police and beat that off with a legal case.

    • Ed 2.4

      Bradbury.

    • McFlock 2.5

      Hell no. We need to find a decent media commentator, rather than someone who will blatantly make shit up to support their party of choice.

      Reality’s liberal bias will take care of the rest.

  3. tc 3

    Long after any damage was done and no financial sting against TVNZ (the employer responsible) so where’s the incentive to not do this again ?

    its a rhetorical question and Hoskins knew exactly what and why he was doing it also that there’d be zero comeback personally on him.

    Curran needs to sort this out or be moved on if Labour are serious about a more level msm playing field.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      It’s that famous disappearing personal responsibility on display again.

      Bit of a moot point with Hoskings gone. I’m struggling to see what Curran can do that the National Party can’t destroy at the first opportunity.

      • tc 3.1.1

        On that basis OAB you do nothing and hope for the best, that’s not why people voted the nacts out as change was being asked for.

        Of course they’ll have a go but if you look across the ditch you’ll see how you can entrench public broadcasting you’ll see it’s quite doable. Does labour/NZF have the will ?

        Curran needs to get on with reforming TVNZ/RNZ and put some financial penalties on breaches like this egregious one from the Hosk or be moved on as useless.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1.1

          Oh I’m not saying do nothing. Just wondering if there’s anything that can be done that the National Party cannot destroy. I like your optimism though, and it’s certainly worth the effort.

    • cleangreen 3.2

      Agreed TC you are correct.

      We have sent several emails over the weeks past, and no response has came back to us yet from Clare Cullan.

      Except from Her parliamentary secretary saying quote

      “it is inappropriate for the minister to become involved with RNZ as this is a operational manner” unquote”

      Sad state of affairs we are now in, when our Minister of broadcacting apparently ‘cannot become involved with changing our public media platform that has been controllled by national party members’ now. so wrong.

      this now must change; –

      We demand + need change now Clare Curran we voted for change!!!!!!!!.

      Bring us our democracy back and our rights to speak out with our community’s concerns again.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.1

        It isn’t a “sad state of affairs”. Independent media are essential to democracy.

        If the Minister should get involved in operational matters it would be grounds for her resignation.

        I expect there will be some changes in personnel at RNZ’s board of governors.

        Now call me a neoliberal shill, it’ll make you feel all cosy.

        • red-blooded 3.2.1.1

          Absolutely right, OAB. If it’s OK to demand more identifiably left voices on the airwaves it’s OK for the right to do the same and our national media becomes a political football and a means of indoctrinisation. We don’t have to like all viewpoints expressed on RNZ or TVNZ; we just have to support balanced reporting and a range of viewpoints being explored. Claire Curran should certainly not interfere in operational matters.

        • cleangreen 3.2.1.2

          Funny OAB we never saw you demanding Steven Joyces removal from his office during his involvement with the media through his administration the the broadcasting agancy within MBIE so he was involved in the media through that portfilio.

          He carefullly ‘disguised the connection’ but we know instrctively he was “infuencia” in installing his man Paul Thompson as CEO within RNZ who has since stripped the ‘ballance’ you seek from the network.

          But we have some confidence & hope Clare Curran will follow along the same lines as ‘Joyce; did to place labour’s own policies as equal again, rather than the tired old repetitive useless policies of National.

          Dont fear you right wingers RB/OAB, as we will see RNZ toll over RNZ who does not show any “balance” to remove the planted remains of National clingons, and place RNZ again as a true balanced fair broasdcaster of public affairs.

          • marty mars 3.2.1.2.1

            Lol rb and oab are not right wingers you doofus. Try arguing your point of you have one rather than being very silly.

            Balance isn’t doing what those we don’t like or respect do – that approach is doomed to failure in so many ways.

            • Bill 3.2.1.2.1.1

              And yet…”fundy”. Hmm.

              • Pity youre so small minded you can’t let it go eh – must be awesome never having made a mistake but we can’t all be saintly white like you Bill.

                [Take the day off marty. The on-going level of snark in your commentary has become too tiresome for me to be bothered fielding.] – Bill

                [I’m pretty unhappy to see this degree of unnecessary snark too. You’re better than this marty, and authors shouldn’t be having to deal with these kinds of comments. – weka]

            • cleangreen 3.2.1.2.1.2

              We need to respond to your outburst MM

              If it sounds like a dog and barks like a dog; – it is a dog.

              We rest our case.

      • jcuknz 3.2.2

        The amusing thing is that right-wingers over at KB consider that RNZ is a hotbed of socialism, and it does appear to be from my viewpoint too… such a shame it has descended to its current state of unprofessional incompetence compared to when I joined BCNZ years ago.

  4. dv 4

    Hosking having a whine

    I was only joking!!!

    My Christmas gift from the BSA, the Broadcasting Standards Authority, is I misled the nation. Sorry nation, I misled you.

    I didn’t of course, but they don’t have a sense of humour, or indeed any understanding of the realities of broadcasting, like you shouldn’t take everything literally.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11962974

    BSA should release a statement

    Haha Mike, were only joking.
    Where is your sense of humour.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      Personal responsibility means it’s always someone else’s fault.

      • Unless you’re poor in which case it’s always your fault.

      • cleangreen 4.1.2

        OAB,

        From a national party point of view only we progress OAB.

        quote OAB;
        “Personal responsibility means it’s always someone else’s fault.”

        • red-blooded 4.1.2.1

          Learn to recognise sarcasm, cleangreen. OAB wasn’t espousing this attitude – he was mocking it.

          And note that Anne’s comment (below) relates to Hosking and his response, not OAB and my response to you.

    • Anne 4.2

      Well, he didn’t look like he was joking when he said it. What a weak response.

    • riffer 4.3

      “I was only joking” has been the classic excuse of those accused of sexual harassment. While not the same, I believe the excuse should be viewed in a similar light.

  5. Marcus Morris 5

    Now, Hoskins, in unbelievable arrogance, is using his platform in the Herald, (and no doubt the radio – I never listen to that particular station) to attack the BSA. This is a statutory authority which certainly won’t enter into the debate, neither is it appropriate that it should. However Hoskins’ tirade should be an offence in itself (although he would claim freedom of speech of course) and the Herald editorial staff should be reprimanded for publishing and promoting it.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      Disagree: Hoskings looks like a sore loser and entitled arrogant twit. The Herald should be congratulated for showing its true colours again.

      • Marcus Morris 5.1.1

        I wonder how many Herald readers interpret it your way. Hosking will have plenty of “cheer leaders” amongst its readership.

      • cleangreen 5.1.2

        OAB

        it was a far bigger scheme than just ‘Hoskings showing himself’,

        As we side with others who believe he was used for National party propaganda (S Joyce) and selling false narratives.

    • Ed 5.2

      It only makes Hosking like a complete tool.

  6. weka 6

    Speaking of which, I loved this line from the BSA,

    “… a tool available to assist the New Zealand public to make voting decisions.”

    • cleangreen 6.1

      Weka that is a strong point why did BSA let this go by when we before the election witnessed the national party dirty politics atacks widely broacast over the public media against all opposition mp’s but let national off the hook?

      So these words are very questioonable and should be invesigation.
      this line from the BSA,

      “… a tool available to assist the New Zealand public to make voting decisions.”

  7. ianmac 7

    Hoskings response: (Hope not already published.)
    “But the BSA was having none of it. And so sadly, once again, we have paid for a bunch of humourless earnest clipboarders to sit around pontificating and writing reports.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11962974

    • Ed 7.1

      “I’ve quit.”

      I reckon he saw this was coming and got out before he was pushed.

      • red-blooded 7.1.1

        People don’t get fired for this kind of stuff – they get rapped over the knuckles and told to apologise. If Hosking was still doing Seven Sharp he would have given an “I’m only doing this because I have to” faux apology, and then moved on.

        He’s an immature, self-important, puffed up pigeon and he’s not capable of admitting to any kind of wrongdoing. On one level, he’s right (I do think it was intended as a throwaway comment – it wasn’t scripted or intended to be informative), but that actually doesn’t matter. The fact is, it’s sold as a current affairs/commentary type show, he’s sold as a political commentator, he made a misleading statement that could have discouraged some people from voting Māori Party and when he was given a chance he didn’t correct it adequately. All he had to do was:
        a) avoid the smartarse comment, or
        b) admit that he misjudged things when he made it and make a straight-forward clarification and apology when he was given a chance to do so.

      • cleangreen 7.1.2

        Mickey is right here;

        These words are very questionable.

        So why didn’t labour invesigate this since the BSA seemed happy to allow the raft of “dirty politics” by the nat’s on Labour NZF and green patry mps.

        But then let national off the hook?

        “This line from the BSA,

        “… a tool available to assist the New Zealand public to make voting decisions.”

    • Sanctuary 7.2

      LOL Hosking clearly took that personally! His sense of exceptionalist entitlement is quite something.

      • cleangreen 7.2.1

        “Hosking clearly took that personally! His sense of exceptionalist entitlement is quite something.”

        Sanctuary;

        Its called “self induced fantasy.”

  8. adam 8

    So Hoskin will be paying a huge fine and apologizing to the Māori Party, no wait…

    He will make a donation to a charity, preferably a Māori charity, no wait…

    So Hoskin get nothing, just told he was misleading, so wet bus ticket then.

  9. Priss 9

    I just about choked on my herbal tea when I read this tweet from Matt-y Kirihimete Whitehead; “His job is to provide accurate, informative, and interesting comment to New Zealanders” .

    I trust he was being sarcastic?

    • weka 9.1

      I doubt it. TVNZ is that state broadcaster. On the night in question they were talking about the General Election. Of course they should be presenting accurately and informatively (you can read the twitter thread for more argument on that).

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    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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