Bye John!

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Remember this guy? John Key to leave Parliament in April

Mr Key will give his final speech to Parliament next week.

A by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs six months before the House rises for a general election. This year’s general election takes place on 23 September.

Labour Party MP David Cunliffe will also leave in April ensuring neither side of the House is disadvantaged by losing one vote.

I don’t know how poor Audrey Young is going to cope with the loss, but she needs to read up on Key’s supposed popularity. Key’s act was was well and truly blown, and he’s moving on without, I suspect, a backward glance, at a job that his heart was never really in.

78 comments on “Bye John! ”

  1. lprent 1

    Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

    I wonder where he is off to..

    • BM 1.1

      Yep National and Labour did a deal so Key and Cunliffe could depart early.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yep to keep the balance of power the deal was done so that both sides would lose one vote each.

      • Ad 1.1.2

        I think you will find it was Williamson, but Williamson got bumped for Key.
        Traffic jam of rats on the gangplank.

      • lprent 1.1.3

        sarc on.

        Amazing David Cunliffe was the initiating party to this agreement. Perhaps you could inform us of the possible machinations that could have allowed David Cunliffe to lever National to set the election date based on his desire to depart?

        /sarc

        You really are a silly plonker. The deal would have been between Key and English. Cunliffe would have just been offered it to keep the house in balance – just as the article said.

      • Skinny 1.1.4

        The 1st of April would have been a far more suitable date given the tom fool antics John Key got up to.

        • John 1.1.4.1

          Too true. I wonder if Key will get his National party knighthood in the Queens birthday honours??? Still struggling to see how and when those less fortunate than the wealthy 1% will get their brighter future.

    • Off to the knackers yard I reckon.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.2.1

        Well, then we don’t have to pay him an average wage for doing nothing…

        • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1

          Once upon a time sitting MPs who contested general election who stood and lost were paid 3 months salary

          Now its all MPs while still an MP at the time the house is dissolved get the 3 months salary.

          So I suppose it saves us all 9 months salary for 2 Mps

    • lprent 1
      15 March 2017 at 12:31 pm
      Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

      I wonder where he is off to..

      ——————————————–

      San Quentin .

      Hes going to do a ‘ Royal ‘ and visit the prisoners.

      And lecture them about the joys of privatized prisons and fight clubs.

  2. The decrypter 2

    Oh dear , how sad.

  3. We still have no reason why he left,

    • Natwatch 3.1

      There are various rumours that the reason will be forthcoming before the election.

    • Keith 3.2

      Yep, I was going to say the same.

      And I don’t think this money making wheeler dealer “just wanted to be a Prime Minister” as his Herald biographer John Roughan would like us to believe.

      • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1

        Anyone who has been exposed to the goings on in the City of London and Wall St and the types of people that thrive in that environment could see that John Key was a plant.

        You only have to look the number of ex-Goldman Sachs employees that litter very influential positions across Europe and the Americas to know that it’s all about money, power and ensuring crony-capitalism rocks on. And Key is great mates with Lloyd “I’m just doing God’s work” Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs.

        Ev Gilbert (Travellerev) RIP may have been treated by some as a bit fringe but she was right on the money when it came to John Key. Her PDFs on John Key, wherever they are now, made for very interesting reading.

        • tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1

          JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

          • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1.1.1

            I do… I didn’t say he wasn’t.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.2

            tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1
            15 March 2017 at 2:13 pm
            JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

            ————————————————————

            Proves nothing. So was another little prick about 60 years ago.

            The problem is in lacking a strong opposition who can stop these sort of narcissist wankers in their tracks long before they can inflict any damage on the rest of us .

      • WILD KATIPO 3.2.2

        Plain facts are , National knew English didnt have a snowballs chance of applying the finishing touches to the Roger Douglas Years of Treason , … they needed someone with pizazz , someone who could think quickly on his feet and lie with a straight face before the cameras.

        John Key was the obvious choice.

        A pro free market , pro Obama , Milton Freidman disciple whose game plan included not only to do the smaller local deconstructions of the NZ welfare state , – but also to tie us up forever in a difficult to extract economic / military so called ‘ Free Trade Deal ‘ called the TTPA.

        No one seriously considered either Brexit or Trump.

        Now then , … about that wee small matter of Pike River…..

  4. Andre 4

    Will no-one think of the Hosk? The wounds from Ponytail’s resignation must have just started to heal, and this will re-open them.

    • lprent 4.1

      Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        lprent 4.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

        ———————————————————–

        Hes had to downgrade to a family car.

        Someone claimed they saw him walking to a bus stop,… but , you know how wild rumors spread so easily… dont think its true myself…

  5. saveNZ 5

    John Key will get $51,725 from taxpayers each year until he dies. And a car too. And domestic travel. https://t.co/R5hhFPT26H

    Shocking – maybe if politicians relied on the pension like everyone else then they would be more interested in preserving the welfare state and be more in touch with reality!

    Even worse when you look at MP’s like Mark Mitchell and the dubious way he and Slater duped the MSM and his own National rivals to get a lucrative MP job… what a great investment (sarc). Now he’s in charge of Security – how fucked up is that!

    God Knows why Key was so keen to throw in his multi million benefits as a financial trader to slum it as a politician (sarc)… maybe the future will let that be known…

    Time to end parliamentary and post parliamentary perks! And raise the standard of integrity of politicians to have some sort of basic humanitarian ability, not be known as an ex mercenary or smiling assassin.

    • james 5.1

      How do you feel about Helen Clarke receiving it ? Still shocking?

      • Sabine 5.1.1

        yes.

        no perks before they retire, if they need money they can earn a living like the rest of us.

      • roy cartland 5.1.2

        Of course it is! It’s a disgraceful waste and should be done away with, especially since every PM has been equipped to pay for themselves.

        If we axed it tomorrow, would we get kids not ‘choosing’ to be PM?

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.3

        Not as shocked as when China ( our biggest Free Trade Deal partner to date ) and a few other friendly Island nations complained about Keys out – of – control GSCB surveillance on behalf of Obama for the 5 eyes club …
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        james 3.1.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:28 pm
        I predict it will be about as helpful to the left as the “Moment of truth” was last election.
        ———————————————————-
        Kind of cancels the insinuations you made about Mr Kim Dotcom by showing Key to be a total lying little fucker , now doesn’t it.

      • Kevin 5.1.4

        There should be no perks after any politician leaves.

        It is public service. If they do not like, or understand what that mean,s then they should not be standing for office.

        They are well compensated and taken care of as elected officials. No need for that to carry on after.

      • Doogs 5.1.5

        Yes . . . definitely. Super is means tested. I work part time and don’t get it all. The $51,725 should also be means tested – on a sliding scale so if you’ve got $50M it goes to zero.

    • Kevin 5.2

      Maybe he can donate the perks like he did with his salary…

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      Be careful what you wish for. In New Zealand, members of Parliament got a honorarium of £105 from 1871, and in 1892 (one year before universal sufferage!) the payment was set at £240, considered sufficient to enable working men to stand for Parliament. Before the introduction of pay, lack of means of support was a considerable impediment to working class people being elected. NZ was way, way ahead of the UK in this regard, where the in 1910 the law lords banned trade unions from funding the 42 Labour party MPs – effectively, stripping them of the ability to represent their constituents. Only in 1911 did Lloyd George introduce pay ofr MPs, allowing the Labour members to take their seats free of financial stress.

      In other words, attacking MPs pay and perks has to be done carefully, because if they were not paid, only the rich could afford to stand to be elected.

      • Except the pay and perks need to be sufficient to get people through their careers inside Parliament. There’s no reason to pay them anything after they leave, or provide any perks. They should save for their retirement like regular people do, by putting aside some of their salary.

        And being an MP nowadays is so far separated from the reality you were describing that the Green Party actually titches back a portion of their MP’s salaries to fund the Party itself, doing basically the reverse of what the early UK Labour Party was doing.

      • ropata 5.3.2

        Well said Sanctuary, and the other problem with skimping on MPs benefits is that they will be more susceptible or reliant upon offers from vested interests after their term in Parliament. We can’t have it both ways. To keep the influence of lobbyists at bay we MUST pay our pollies well.

        • Thinkerr 5.3.2.1

          I was thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago when I read the Herald article about National Gen X MPs being ok about Blinguish’s proposed retirement age change.

          Why would you, when you bask on far more than the state pension and it kicks in far earlier?

  6. greywarshark 6

    I think Key’s heart was in the job as PM. He just wasn’t working for the citizens as a whole, just the smaller percentage that had cleared a path to the Golden Temple of Doom. So bye you adventuring Indiana Key. Watch out or you might get eaten by crocodiles or something nasty happen to you. You can’t afford to turn your back on the company you keep.

  7. Tiger Mountain 7

    so;
    our glorious pony pulling, shower weeing, poor bashing, housing bubble enabling, NGO strangling, night school zapping, state house selling, infrastructure plundering, Tax Haven creating, 5 Eyes snooping, tax cut borrowing, and misogynist, dear leader has left the building!!

    • Sabine 7.1

      open the windows, let in the sun and rejoice.

    • mary_a 7.2

      @ Tiger Mountain (7) … yep slithering away out the door, like the filthy venomous serpent he is!

      Anyone else leaving so suddenly from such a high ranking position would be hounded by msm, with some sticky questions being asked, along with some very serious investigative journalism being undertaken. But not so for this squalid little reptilian traitor. Oh no, he’s allowed to leave without challenge from media.

      Wonder why that was?

      What was the deal there?

      • Anne 7.2.1

        What was the deal there?

        He’s promised them free wine bottles from his “I know nuffink about it – behind a Trust wall” vineyard every Xmas for the next 20 years?

      • Tiger Mountain 7.2.2

        very few world leaders sitting in a comfortable position like Key have left to “spend more time with the missus”

        there are many rumours and it will take some time perhaps for the truth to emerge, there was allegedly some unpleasantness in Northland relating to his personal team that would not look good, but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

        but some will say take him at his word, it is the simplest explanation, except that Mr Key was talking mere weeks before in the media about a 4th term!

        • Anne 7.2.2.1

          …but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

          Ahaa!!! Thank-you T.M. for that timely bit of information. And what about the hush hush dinner date with Warner Bros. – and others – in Los Angeles in 2012? You know, the one wot caused him to skip the funeral service for the three fallen soldiers. I wonder if Peter Thiel was also a guest?

    • Tiger Mountain (7)

      Was the slimy little shit pushed or did he jump?

  8. SpaceMonkey 8

    Finally! These tears I’m crying are from the years of frustration that it took so long!! Good job he’s going. It is obscene he will still qualify for $50K+ a year.

    • Its obscene we do not have impeachment laws or we could have had gotten rid of the creep years ago. Only problem being… he still would have been the bludging 1% er sponging off the tax payers dollar every year in Mt Eden.

      Maybe the little shithead could have payed for his stay inside like any good ‘ personal responsibility ‘ neo liberal by indulging in a few fight club activity’s himself . With him as one of the champ fighters.

      Cant see him being that effective in paying his way using that method though…. like any bully… he would only be any good against people who cant fight back.

      • SpaceMonkey 8.1.1

        Impeachment laws and economic treason as a crime… that would’ve been enough. But then we’d have to clean out the entire NZ banking and insurance sectors for consistency…

  9. McFlock 9

    Much as I dislike him, John Key must be credited with having a skill unique amongst all preceding Prime Ministers, including Helen Clark.
    How else can you describe someone who was in a job for 8 years and still looks like a fucking petulant dilettante?

    • SpaceMonkey 9.1

      I agree he was a slick salesman… but that doesn’t mean he was good for NZ and he will never be a statesman.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        😉
        I didn’t say he was a slick salesman (would you have bought a car off him?)

        I said he had a unique skill. That skill was to sit in a job for longer than most people do these days, and still look like he wasn’t trying, wasn’t interested, didn’t really care, and would piss off as soon as something more interesting or with a longer pony tail came along.

        It takes a special fuckwit to manage that these days, let alone in one of the top jobs in the country.

  10. Tophat 10

    He’s playing absolute havoc with my KDS recovery. I get a couple of months of derangeless behavior and the prick rears his ugly boat race once again!
    Could he just fuck off already! :))

  11. AB 11

    Never heard of him. What did he do?

  12. Cinny 12

    Your children need parenting John, they are screaming out for attention, your son wants to be Bieber and your daughter seems to be obsessed with porn.

    Kids come first John and I’m thrilled mine will never ever have your hands fondling their hair.

    Pig of a man, resigning for family reasons? SPOTLIGHT? Nuff said.

    • John Key ponytail pulling bully: New Zealand Prime … – YouTube
      Video for video of john key pulling ponytails you tube▶ 1:42

    • mary_a 12.2

      @ Cinny (12) … it was only a couple of weeks ago the NZH had an article that the porn obsessed daughter was asking for crowdfunding to fund a movie she wants to make in the US!! WTF!!!!!

      Surely daddykins could have coughed up with a few million or so to help girly out to get her name in lights on his beloved Hollywood circuit!

  13. Greg 13

    It’s been truly a lost decade he hasn’t left New Zealand in a better condition so many promises turned out to be total lies at least the captain of the titanic went down with the ship not key . He has abandoned his government /people to the mercy of the mob

    • Rats DO have an innate sense of personal survival at the expense of all else.

      Hence the term…. ‘ like rats off a sinking ship ‘ .

    • whateva next? 15.1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the IMF job, even though he couldn’t possibly say that .

  14. Whispering Kate 16

    As for the $51,725, a car and domestic travel for life, my partner has just said the entire parliament is just a racketeering institution, all as bad as each other who collude to keep their perks so who needs a government, we may as well just do it for ourselves for the use they are. I would be interested also to know what Helen Clarke enjoys per annum gratis the NZ taxpayer – what a lot of fools we are to expect our Parliament to be there for what it should be – civil society, all the institutions that hold a society together, health, defence, policing, welfare for the needy, what a hollow sham that is – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.

    We have lost our courage and respect, once upon a time there would be rebellion and people fighting for the love of their country, now we just sit back, watch crap on TV or social media and couldn’t give a shit what happens. We may as well build motorways over our returned servicemen’s cemeteries for all we care, nobody has learned from their sacrifices – its heartbreaking how venal and shallow we have all become.

    • – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.
      ————————————————————————————————————————-

      “While Australia had the better approach, consistent and steady reform over time, it stopped 10 years ago,” English said.”They were better at it. Now they are not, while we are getting better at it.”

      English also cited New Zealand’s “more coherent” political system as an advantage. It avoids the complications of federalism.

      – Bill English.

      2011.

      It’s time to take on the Aussies, says English – The New Zealand Herald
      m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10718151

      Finance Minister Bill English has come under fire for saying low wages in New Zealand help it compete with neighbouring Australia.

      “Well, it’s a way of competing, isn’t it? I mean, if we want to grow this economy, we need the capital – more capital per worker – and we’re competing for people as well,” he said.

      Low wages ‘advantage’ for NZ – English | Stuff.co.nz
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4869938/Low-wages-advantage-for-NZ-English

      (Nice housing crisis and cheap immigrant labour source you got there , Bill – we love the low wages , slave conditions and family’s sleeping in cars while working two jobs as well… hell ! – it took you since 2011 to get it just how you wanted it , but hey ! – good things take time , right? )

      And though this is a post about the odious Key leaving, both Bill and John worked the relay team that has made us a lesser country for it.

  15. Red Hand 17

    Filmed in their Wellington house with the expansive uninterrupted view, other people remotely distant.

    Bronagh says to the camera, and John home from a squash game after a hard day’s currency trading, “did you win”.

    Yes he had and has and will always win and win and win, always.

  16. Tanz 18

    The MSM make him sound like he’s fantastic. They are not balanced,he’s always had an easy run. Why don’t they ask the tough questions of him? Money talks…and houses have never ever cost so much…

  17. infused 19

    I like how the 51k was put in there. lprent post this?

    im sure labour will get into govt some day

  18. ropata 20

    https://jobloggz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/has-nz-been-left-with-a-financial-t-rex/

    So what has John Key done in the three terms he’s been in?

    He raised GST to 15%, turned NZ into a tax haven for the one percent, sold NZ land to overseas investors thereby pricing our children out of the domestic housing market, signed NZ up to the TPP, sold state houses – which forced vulnerable NZ families into living in cars, and under his watch New Zealand’s gross debt has soared to a whopping half trillion dollars.

    That’s what we know he’s done. So what’s happening behind the scenes that we don’t know about?

    How about New Zealand’s exposure to derivatives? Does the average Kiwi know the country’s balance sheet now has a derivatives exposure of $180b? That is rather a lot of those “financial weapons of mass destruction”.

    That’s what you get when you elect a banker for Prime Minister. He’s done really well for the one percent.

    • greywarshark 20.1

      You are so restrained ropata. You resisted putting wanker and have raised the tone of the bog thereby. I have just lowered it again, sorry. It was irresistible after reading your concise pile of crimes against NZ. What an indictment on Gnashonall and all who sail in the plonker party.

  19. mosa 21

    “Bye John”

    No….he will always be with us as an example of what happens when a PM who had such huge political capital , popularity and influence and could have achieved real positive change for kiwis , a real lasting meaningful legacy that when asked people would remember because it has a direct positive influence on their lives, but no there is nothing of note at all….nothing.

    It was always about the money and control and the fear of what he did and what he had to hide that he just could not stop once to tell the truth.

    So fearful of losing that control that he would personally authorise the destruction of his opponents from his very own office and a huge army of willing volunteers to help with the deception, the NZ media who obliged fearful of the release of dirt that he had on a lot of them and many others.

    The New Zealanders ( the man and woman on the street ) who voted for this man on the promise of a brighter future three times in a row are still waiting and always will be because he was never going to deliver something better…that’s not what John Key ever intended, all he wanted was a blank cheque and they gave him one.. postdated.

  20. Once was Tim now no longer 22

    Bye John is right!
    Even the overseas ‘3rd World’ main stream media is monitoring our former Dear Leader and his minions – ours just clutch their pearls and balls and can’t seem to cope (going forward).

    I’m not a betting person – but I’ll make an exception:
    Any revelations about Bye Bye John won’t come from NZ journalistic endeavour, but from overseas interests that have been allowed to do the leg work (and believe me! they’re busily at it)

    How embarrasssing! This nation that punches above its weight, this nation of egalitarian values that regularly ranks amongst the Whurl’s least corrupt, this 100% pure nation with now 3rd World water (shift the goal posts if you wish), ……

    Even the 3rd World’s main stream media now has renewed interest in things (such as the Panama Papers)
    The Ken Whitneys
    Blackstones
    SO SO many others

    Meanwhile … The Block, The Batchelor, The bullshit.
    How fucking suphustikaydid.
    Michelle Boag and the arch protector of the left Broin and darling wife Judy, worse still their enabler – Jum ‘The Panel’ Mora and delightful subway woif.

    Christ we’ve become a comfy, selfish, bubble-infected little nation-state ripping off its subjects whilst riding on a wave of history

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    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
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  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery

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  • Regional Development Minister to host summits

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  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston

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  • New speed camera signs to improve safety

    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
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  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship

    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
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  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality

    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
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  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers

    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
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  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy

    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
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  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants

    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
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  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
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  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO

    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
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  • District Court judges appointed

    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
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  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins

    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
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  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended

    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
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  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance

    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
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  • Taking action to reduce road cones

    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
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  • Celebrating 100 years of progress

    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
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  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
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  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims

    The coalition Government is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group for the victims of retail crime, as part of its plan to restore law and order, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.  “New Zealand has seen an exponential growth in retail crime over the past five ...
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  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open

    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
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  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban

    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
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  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
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  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state

    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
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