web analytics

Carter’s piss-poor blackmail & careerism

Written By: - Date published: 11:20 pm, October 3rd, 2010 - 88 comments
Categories: accountability, labour - Tags:

So, Chris Carter is threatening a ‘tell-all’ book on the Fifth Labour Government published at the next election. But he says he won’t publish it if he gets to stay in Labour. It’s blackmail, a further act of treachery for which he deserves to be evicted from the party. Carter’s rot is the corruption of all MPs who forget who they were elected to serve.

The fact that Carter is willing to threaten Labour’s election chances, and by extension the success of the policies and principles it stands for, turns my stomach. It’s Carter saying that his paycheck and the feeling of pride he gets from being an MP matters more to him than what Labour stands for. Get rid of him. The selfish bastard has forgotten his job as a Labour MP. He has forgotten that his job is to represent the needs, beliefs, and aspirations of working Kiwis above and beyond his self-interest.

I don’t think Carter has anything juicy either. If he really had the ability to hurt Labour, he would have made this threat privately, not tried to use the media to magnify it.

This problem, I think, goes further than Carter within Labour and in other parties too. There are too many MPs and staff who get used to the good pay and the power – who come to feel they’re entitled to it and become adverse to going out on a limb to fight for the people who put them there because they have too much personally at risk.

How can Labour avoid this?

By telling prospective MPs from the outset that Parliament is not a career. A very few MPs might stay on for 6,7,8 terms but they must be the exception, not the rule. Any MP who is not on the track to be a senior minister some day shouldn’t hang around more than two terms. Without a moment’s pause, I can think of half a dozen current Labour MPs who have been allowed to hold safe seats while contributing very little for too long – and they’re nearly unmoveable now because they have been allowed to build an iron tight grasp on their local party organisations.

To remind MPs and staff that they are there to serve Labour, that it is the Labour Party and its supporters who got them where they are, all should have to tithe. Everyone should give 10% while MPs and senior staff on 100K plus salaries should give at least 20%. It would act to remind them at whose pleasure they serve, who put them where they are. It would go a long way to fixing the money troubles too.

By selecting candidates who aren’t careerists. Labour has some very good junior MPs who got their start in politics in the Leader’s office but I think there’s too much of it going on. There are too many who are too young and who owe their position to relationship’s within the Parliamentary wing, rather than achievement in the wider labour/social justice movement.

Of course, we can say the same about National – that party faces a real problem with the endless parade of useless seat-fillers it has taken on in the last two terms. Bennett, Lee, Young, Gilmore, Bakshi, Wagner, the other Bennett, Lotu-Iiga, King, Adams, Ardern, Auchinvole, Blue, Calder, Coleman, Dean, Foss, Goodhew, etc. Who’s going to be the next leadership generation from that lot?

But I don’t care about them. I care about the Left. And Labour, as the Left’s biggest party, needs to pay more attention to the people it gets on as MPs and keeping them focused on the fact that their job is to deliver for the working people of New Zealand, not for themselves.

88 comments on “Carter’s piss-poor blackmail & careerism”

  1. Cactus Kate 1

    Yet if someone from the right publishes this post you would call it gay-bashing.

    Carter should have been booted out months ago.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Seems you have no idea.

      • Cactus Kate 1.1.1

        Yes, no idea why Labour haven’t already booted him out.

        • ZeeBop 1.1.1.1

          Carter brought a lot of damage to the Labour party with his spending.

          He either had a hissy fit at his own incompetance, or figured he’d help himself by giving his leader an obvious opportunity act like a leader and kick Carter around (closure).

          So my guess is Carter, consciously or unconsciously, forced the issue by writing the note and getting caught.

          Then he cried a lot, and then the party looked at the polling and figured it would be easier to let Carter self-destructive hiss fit stand for as long as possible to cleanse the Carter-Labour association of spending.

          So Labour want Carter around and in the dog house, so to speak, to keep the heckles of the spending scandal pointed at Nat and ACT.

          Goff gets to go out and say look we’ve dealt with our abusives spenders, pulls Carter up, shows Carter to the press, look I’ve kicked him in the backside, he cries a lot. Goff couldn’t do that if Carter ran off the map,
          like that Nat MP who Key made sure we didn’t find out why he was kicked out.

        • roger nome 1.1.1.2

          wow – for a lawyer (or what ever legal title it is you have) you sure are a vexatious dick Mesculine Mind Kate.

    • Maynard J 1.2

      If somebody from the Right wrote this it probably would be gay bashing.

      • Cactus Kate 1.2.1

        Point proved.

        • felix 1.2.1.1

          For a fancy lawyer you’re a bit of a thickie really Kate. There isn’t any gay bashing in the post.

          If you had written it, you would probably make all the same points as Marty has but pepper it with innuendo, anti-gay slurs, and puerile homobhobic jokes.

          If David had written it, he would make one point, quote you and say “indeed”, and end with something like “btw he’s gay, not that there’s anything wrong with that but there certainly seem to be a lot of gays in Labour.”

          If Cameron had written it, it would likely contain nothing but the gay jokes.

          • NickS 1.2.1.1.1

            What Felix said.

            Also, Kate, go read some LGBT and feminist blogs, as it might make you look like less of a complete arse next time.

        • roger nome 1.2.1.2

          The point that your monika is derrived from personal over-use of psychadelics?

    • Draco T Bastard 1.3

      Where’s the gay bashing?

      Marty pointed to Carter as a symptom of rot that exists within the Labour Party. He could be right or wrong about that but he is right that the Labour Party needs to take a look at itself. It’s lost it’s way and is no longer of the Left.

      As for Carter being booted out months ago? He was given time to recuperate and redeem himself, which is what people do when people start acting irrationally, and he’s thrown that chance away.

      • Tigger 1.3.1

        Because Kate, when the right writes about gays they tend to play the man, not the actions. I can cite several circumstances this year alone where the sexuality of Carter and indeed Chauval, was beaten up rather than the issue they were in the media for.

        And as a gay man I’d seriously suggest you stop using faux-homophobia to make a point. I’d actually weather the real homophobes than the trip you’re peddling here – at least they’re honest.

        Back on point – I assume Carter’s tell all will reveal his own skeletons. Remember Chris, many of us know where they’re buried…if you want to tell all then that’s fine but make sure you do tell it all.

    • Ari 1.4

      Firstly…

      You’re a righty. I know there are righties out there that believe in say social liberty, real democracy, and some element of collectivism, and in some senses I do count you on that side of the camp. But the behaviour of so many taints the efforts of the few, and EVERYONE who comes from an overall anti-gay group has to be treated as anti-gay until they demonstrate otherwise unless we want gay rights to be dogwhistled into oblivion. I wish the Right would clean up their act and let us lift the finger of suspicion, but the onus isn’t on us anymore.

      Secondly…

      A lot of the otherwise legitimate criticism of Carter has been accompanied by homophobic language or dogwhistling criticism. (for instance unnecessarily focusing on his partner and treating him differently than a long-term girlfriend would have been treated) It’s perfectly okay to call those anti-gay, but still criticise Carter on similar grounds where he legitimately deserves criticising. If “your side” wants to criticise Carter, do it while keeping your bloody hands clean.

      Thirdly…

      If someone on the Left did the same type of dogwhistling or overtly homophobic criticism, they’d be called out just as badly. Two words for you on that sort of thing: Chris Trotter. 😉

      • Swampy 1.4.1

        Absolutely pathetic crap, tar a whole political spectrum with responsibility for a viewpoint you dislike.

        Would you like it if someone suggested the left are collectively responsible for Marxism and the millions Mao and Stalin killed? Or Muslims are all responsible for September 11?

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Yes. Yes. And yes.

    I’m actually surprised that National would keep dead wood around. In all the top corporate firms, if you cannot prove that you are clearly top level material, you get used up and chucked out within 2-3 years and fresh meat for the grinder put in.

    I should say however that tithing away $20K after tax money out of an $100K salary is a hell of a lot.

    • Cactus Kate 2.1

      “Who’s going to be the next leadership generation from that lot?”

      Very pot, kettle, black when Labour have to go back to Phil Goff for leadership and you’ve still got an errant MP running around threatening to create internal mayhem.

      I’m no fan of the National back-benches but I wouldn’t trade any of them for the supposed high-achievers of the Labour caucus.

      • Bored 2.1.1

        Prickly woman,

        I think you have it right about pots and kettles, I see that the blue pot and red kettle are somewhat empty at present, its far more vapour than H2O. Im with Marty re the need for the liquid to be more associated with a particular flavour or essence than is currently the case.

        From the little sip of the broth I have had I can say that the “chefs blue soup of the day” is the same as the “chefs red soup of the day” except it is presented far better, more croutons and not as bland. It even looks beeter on the photo menu.

        On the gay waiter front, I would have expected that the embaressing episode of poisoning the red chefs soup then crying into his cups might have persuaded him to absent himself before he was sacked. Strange little restaurant he hangs out at, needs a few more house rules.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      I’m actually surprised that National would keep dead wood around.

      I’m not. It comes from thinking that you’reborn to rule. When that happens and your followers start worshipping at your feet then the deadwood at the top gets left there.

      In all the top corporate firms, if you cannot prove that you are clearly top level material, you get used up and chucked out within 2-3 years and fresh meat for the grinder put in.

      And the people making those decisions stay at the top.

  3. Just saying (NOT) 3

    [deleted link]

    [lprent: you are toast when I get near a computer again…

    Updated – you are now classed permanently moderated at your IP level for using another persons handle. I’m not going to take it further for the moment as I suspect it was more stupid ignorance than intentional trolling. But I’d suggest that you look very long and very hard at the ethos prevalent on the net about identity theft of pseudonyms. It is why we have gravatars to make it easy to detect, and why all site operators will land on it hard. If I see a repetition I will broadcast the details across the site operators. ]

    • just saying 3.1

      Dunno who YOU are, but you’re not “Just Saying’.
      Why use someone else’s identity?
      That avatar looks a bit familiar, maybe the moderators can let us know if you are someone previously known by another name.

  4. mcflock 4

    Carter’s latest move is also a fine example of another problem with our current crop of politicians: the near-complete lack of subtlety, grace, intelligence and planning more than one step ahead.

    People can say lots of things (and they have) about Bolger, Muldoon, Clark or Cullen, but they had some grasp of how to be politicians.

    I would love to be corrected, but I don’t think that there’s anyone in Parliament who has a deft touch at diplomacy, or even a coherent strategy that goes beyond the next opinion poll. Key’s current strategy is to avoid committing to anything and use ministers as cannon fodder – that’s about as close as we get. There’s always the possibility that Goff is letting his party under-perform now so they have big hits come election time, but I won’t hold my breath.

    To go geek, where is NZ’s Vetinari?

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    Everyone should give 10%…

    I believe that they already do.

    as the Left’s biggest party,

    Too big to fail?

    Really, it could be time for the left to look for another party. Labour hasn’t been Left since the 1980s. There’s several to chose from. The Greens, Democrats for Social Credit, the Alliance and probably a few more.

    • luva 5.1

      Draco

      Labour is perfect for the centre left of New Zealand. I would say 40% of voters are leftish and the vast majority of them are quite clearly happy with Labour and what they have done in power over the past 30 years.

      Only the small small minority of far left loonies like yourself think there is a need for the left to look somewhere else. In short there isn’t the need because we are happy with what Labour does. Elections do not lie.

      I am curious as to where the centre is for you. You are so mouthy and loud and critical of anyone who has a different political or economic perspective to you yet you fail to see most people find your political and economic leaning abhorent. Your arrogance is unprecedented.

      • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1

        Apparently, most people prefer Green party policies when they just read the polices without having them associated with any party. That would indicate that it’s not 40% that are leftish but that most people are hard left.

        There’s this thing called reality – it has a radical left bias. We must exist within strict limits set by the natural ecology so it behoves us to see to it that everyone lives well within those limits. Anybody who thinks otherwise is likely to be either ignorant (Doesn’t know there’s limits), delusional (Knows the limits but thinks we can ignore them) or psychopathic (Is only out to make themselves rich no matter what it costs everybody else).

        Yes, I’m an arrogant bastard (I’ve said that several times). Sometimes it’s the only way to get the truth across. There may not be an objective truth on morals but there is most definitely an objective truth about physical resources and their sustainable use.

      • Rex Widerstrom 5.1.2

        Only the small small minority of far left loonies like yourself think there is a need for the left to look somewhere else.

        Really? I’m regularly critical of both “major” parties (and, IMHO, give praise where it’s due) and I’m in agreement with Draco.

        To characterise 40% of voters as “quite happy with Labour” uses the same logic that TVNZ uses when saying Paul Henry is “popular”. People want what’s on offer (news, or leftish policies) but that doesn’t mean they’re happy with the vehicle through which it’s delivered – it’s just that there’s only a couple of vehicles on offer and neither is appealing.

        Many (most, IMO) simply tolerate it due to a variety of factors, the greatest being psychological inertia and the assumption that “everyone else” finds it okay and thus there’s little point in agitating for change.

        I think if you sat down with your 40% and teased out their opinions, including articulating clearly what those other parties had to offer – and, most importantly, gave them the confidence to make a change by reassuring them that the other people you’d spoken to had indicated their willingness to do so – you might be surprised at the result.

        We all assume National and Labour and various flavours of closed candidate selection and list ranking and indeed the whole “business as usual” edifice of government is “too big to fail”. But it’s not. All it takes to effect change is confidence in the ability of your fellow NZers to see the need for it, and act.

    • Marty G 5.2

      nah, they used to tithe but that was Clark’s rule. They don’t do it anymore.

      • M 5.2.1

        Huh, that’s interesting…any justification for the change? Or did they just need to get rid of everything Clark did?

      • Draco T Bastard 5.2.2

        Ah, I’d heard about it ~2006 and hadn’t heard that it had changed.

  6. jcuknz 6

    The point is that the country doesn’t want either a left or right but is happy to go along with either a centre right or centre left .. so you screaming extremists are just an irritation on the face of politics.

  7. outofbed 7

    The hard arse reality is, Labour are not going to win in 2011 so Carter publishing a book won’t make much difference

    • The Baron 7.1

      But it would be an interesting book nevertheless… from a historical standpoint, a tell all from someone who was in his priviledged position would be fascinating, even if tainted by his recent nuttiness.

      Its a pity we don’t have more of a tradition of memoirs here. While they always have to have a grain of salt, they are usually very useful sources of understanding and context.

  8. Leopold 8

    Yep. Would be inclined to make it ironclad rule that MPs only serve 3 terms at the max and then urinate off, if they have not made high achieving minister (not just any old ministerial post)
    And that every candidate has spent at least 6 years of their working life outside Parliament

  9. Marty G said

    To remind MPs and staff that they are there to serve Labour, that it is the Labour Party and its supporters who got them where they are, all should have to tithe.

    And that’s where Labour gets it wrong Marty. They are not there to serve Labour. They are they to serve the voters in their electorates who put them there, or in the case of list MP’s, to serve the taxpayers of New Zealand, regardless of who they voted for. Alliegance to Labour (or to whichever party they represent) is secondary to alliegance to ALL New Zealanders.

    • Marty G 9.1

      It’s Labour that the voters are voting for, these people have been selected to be Labour candidates. They are there to serve Labour’s voters and values.

      • smhead 9.1.1

        This is shocking. MPs are elected to work for all New Zealanders. You show Marty just how screwed the labour party is. Yes its true most Labour MPs only see themselves as serving their voters’ values. You see it with Darien Fenton seeing herself as a Union MP, representing the unionists in Labour. You see it with Carter representing the Rainbow faction, serving Rainbow interests. You see it with Okeroa and Mahuta, representing Maori interests (except when it comes to make difficult choices between Labour and Maori like over foreshore and seabed, in which case they will shit on their own vote).

        What about the majority of New Zealanders who aren’t unionists and aren’t rainbow or aren’t Maori? Oh they’re just TAXPAYERS who didn’t vote Labour so don’t need constituency representation or support. THey’re to be milked for all they’re worth.

      • Draco T Bastard 9.1.2

        I’d expect such a comment from a NACT supporter as it’s heading well into the authoritarian mindset. MPs are there to serve all NZers. The ones voted in under a Labour ticket are expected to do so within the values and policies of the Labour party but they’re still there to serve NZ and not the party.

      • sean14 9.1.3

        Any MP who is not on the track to be a senior minister some day shouldn’t hang around more than two terms

        Who would decide whether or not someone was on the track to becoming a senior minister one day? Surely whether or not someone is an effective local MP is an important consideration too.

        It’s Labour that the voters are voting for, these people have been selected to be Labour candidates. They are there to serve Labour’s voters and values.

        I’m not convinced that was the case under FPP and I’m even less convinced it is the case under MMP. One of the features I really like about MMP is that I can vote for the party I want to be in government, while I can choose someone from a different party to represent my electorate if I want to.

        If voters in any given electorate want to elect the same MP over and over again, who are you to tell them that they can’t?

    • Marty G 9.2

      And the point is that people like Carter are only serving themselves – not the political ideals that got them where they are.

      • Inventory2 9.2.1

        I have no argument with you that Carter is self-serving Marty. MP’s though should remember that it is you and I who pay their salaries and expenses, not the party on whose coat-tails they got the gig.

      • indiana 9.2.2

        Somebody was obviously protecting him all these years then eh? Surely after all this time in politics he suddenly just didn’t snap and wake up one morning and say to himself “Stuff you lot, I’m only in this for me now!” CC had been building up to this and no one in the Labour caucus saw the writing on the wall.

    • prism 9.3

      Inventory2 That’s a description of allegiance of electoral independents.

    • felix 9.4

      I agree with Inventory2.

      MPs are supposed to be answerable to all constituents, not just those who voted for them.

      • Blighty 9.4.1

        and Carter’s meant to be loyal to the values of the party that got him where he is and the people who voted for him. that’s not to say he’s not answerable to others. Just means he can’t forget who he’s there to fight for.

  10. Rharn 10

    Goff needs to make a public statement that he and the Labour party is not going to be subject to blackmail of any kind. He needs to publicly sack Goff by stating that he is going to ‘recommend’ to the Labour Caucus to expell Chris Carter forthwith . No warning whatsoever. Just do it Phil and show the prick who is in charge.

  11. I agree with leon, comment on DimPost, that the book will go straight to film.

    maybe it could be called ‘Hobble it’

  12. Olwyn 12

    Firstly, while Chris Carter’s talk of writing a book has been presented as a threat, it need not actually be one, and I notice that Andrew Little, in the Herald, has spoken of the alleged threat in counterfactual terms. Secondly, it seems as if Carter’s electorate remains in support of him. Thirdly, the guy has served NZ well in his previous roles under Helen Clark. Not to mention, his controversial spending was in fact approved by parliamentary services. Furthermore, he claims loyalty to the Labour Party, but to be at odds with its present leadership. There is certainly a problem to be solved with regard to Chris Carter and his unusual attack on the leadership, but it will not be solved by vilifying the man in the hope that he slinks off into the sunset. A just treatment of him must not only take into account his recent feckless behaviour, but also his electorate’s confidence in him and his record of service to NZ.

    • Blighty 12.1

      how is ‘i’ll publish a tell all book to try to embarrrass you during an election campaign unless you give me what I want’ not a threat?

  13. the sprout 13

    the problem to me seems that candidates aren’t selected meritocratically, or at least the merits they are chosen on aren’t the best for fostering the kinds of politicians we want.

    the merits they are chosen on are:

    1. which ruling cliques within a party are they loyal to, and
    2. which demographic interests they satisfy

    intelligence and integrity may be considered, but they are at best tertiary considerations to the above.

    • prism 13.1

      Well explained sprout and Olwyn. Thanks. In deciding on candidates, being a confident speaker is important usually, rating slightly higher than the vision, integrity and reasonableness of what comes out. Just listen to the pollies that get into the media circle.

    • pollywog 13.2

      I’ve got high hopes for Kris Fa’afoi. The guys a bona fide spin merchant with a keen nose for the brown. That’s pretty much a win win, tick all the boxes kinda politician in anyones books !!!

      Actually make that big expectations rather than high hopes . I expect he’ll go far but won’t achieve FA just like his predecessor.

      And speaking of teh gHeyz. How many of the current lot on both sides of the house play for the other team ?

      • the sprout 13.2.1

        seems like the Goffice is desperately keen to re-brand itself as macho blue collar, motorbike ridin’ firewood choppin’ chainsaw lovin’ Labour; that doesn’t leave any place for teh gayz or lezbeans

      • The Voice of Reason 13.2.2

        “And speaking of teh gHeyz. How many of the current lot on both sides of the house play for the other team ?”

        What the fuck does that matter, pollywog? If you want to play the bigot, there’s plenty of other sites available to you.

        • pollywog 13.2.2.1

          Oh fuck off TVOR !!!…ask a simple question and get labelled a bigot. Such a sensitive wee flower aren’t you ?

          I’m just wondering if theres a greater proportion of gayz in teh house compared to the national average and why that is. I’d also be keen to know how many MP’s are married with how many kids too, what kind of cars they drive, what their opinions are on a range of issues and a whole bunch of other ‘useless’ trivia shit.

          There’s got be some sort of profile of a politician, beyond self serving psychopath, so major parties can develop a test for suitability that’ll weed out the David Garretts, The Anne Tolleys, the Paula Bennetts, the Bill Englishs and John Key’s before they get into positions to fuck us all over, hold the country to ransom and sell the rest of it from under our feet.

          Develop some sort of empathy/compassion/altruism rating that’s determined in a manner, much like Deckard sussing out replicants on Blade Runner, and nip em in the bud before they become too dangerous for the public good, or at least limit their lifespan.

          • The Voice of Reason 13.2.2.1.1

            It is a simple question, all right, but in the sense of non intelligent, not easy. If you need a profile to determine the likely chance of a candidate turning out to be a self serving psychopath, you’ve only got to see if their election pamphlet is printed on blue or yellow paper. Now that’s simple!

            You’re the one behaving like the replicant, Pollywog. No apparent empathy, compassion or altruism from you if MP’s are gay. The sexuality of MP’s is none of your business or mine for that matter so why don’t you crawl off on the razor blade of your own bigotry, you slug.

            • pollywog 13.2.2.1.1.1

              you’ve only got to see if their election pamphlet is printed on blue or yellow paper. Now that’s simple!

              Whoosh…thats the sound of your subtle wit whizzing over my head. In other words, i have no effing idea what you’re on about…

              No apparent empathy, compassion or altruism from you if MP’s are gay.

              Whoa…slow your role there Tonto. I couldn’t give a shit if all our MP’s were gay but i’m well impressed with your detect-a-bigot meter running in the red and your readiness to defend the standard from teh bigoted homophobes…PFFFT

              I take it then, that you don’t know how many gay MP’s we have. Why didn’t you just say so from the get go ? There’s no shame in admitting you’re ignorant !!!

              • The Voice of Reason

                I don’t have a detect a bigot meter, Pollywog, but my bullshit detector works just fine. The sexuality of MP’s is nobodies business but their own and claiming now that you’ve been called on it that you don’t care about which are gay, when it was you that asked the question in the first place rings hollow.

                You could grow up and acknowlege that it’s irrelevant or you can stick with being a homophobe. Up to you, pal.

                • pollywog

                  Whatever’s clever trevor…

                  Of course an MP’s sexuality is irrelevent unless you wanted to profile, in this instance, politicians, then i’d say sexuality definitely plays a part. Dunno what that would be but it’d be interesting to find out.

                  Are there reputable non stereotypical vocations/industries with a higher percentage of gays ? Is politics one of them ?

                  Now maybe you could grow up yourself and stop seeing monsters under the bed where there are none.

          • The Baron 13.2.2.1.2

            I love it when you two get going. Popcorn?

      • Ari 13.2.3

        Why exactly are you interested? You trying to make sure the queer community is adequately represented? (It probably isn’t) Or are you using homosexuality as a way to cast aspersions? Because that’s just completely insecure and bullying.

        • pollywog 13.2.3.1

          Dunno…It’s just theres always been this ‘rainbow’ tag to the Labour party, as though it were natural for gays to be left leaning idealogues. If there were an equal or more right leaning MP’s who were gay, wouldn’t it shoot that meme down ?

          My general feeling is, there’d be a higher proportion of gays in politics, as there are in the creative sector, compared to the general population, just because being gay seems to be as much about politics as it is about identity.

          Is that because politicians are more tolerant 🙂

          The trouble is, as can be seen here, it’s hard to have an honest, open and frank discussion without things rapidly reverting to the level of gay bashing or outing bigots. Once that starts, you can generally forget any meaningful dialogue taking place as everyone reverts to their default position.

          Is there not a certain amount of disingenuity in not declaring your sexuality to the electorate given that many would vote according to their default bias ? And what of the dishonesty in not being true to one’s self and hiding ones true identity behind a facade of heterosexuality ?

          • mcflock 13.2.3.1.1

            Is there not a certain amount of disingenuity in not declaring your sexuality to the electorate given that many would vote according to their default bias ? And what of the dishonesty in not being true to one’s self and hiding ones true identity behind a facade of heterosexuality ?

            ??? seriously?

            If it doesn’t affect their ability to do the job (including being illegal or patently hypocritical) it’s nobody’s business but theirs.

            If MPs voted to recriminalise homosexuality, then yes there might be a public interest in the demographic characteristics of the people who made that decision. But in general bigots shouldn’t be validated by pretending that MPs have some obligation to “declare” what they chose to do with their genitals. It’s not 10 pounds of MJ in a boogie board case.

            • pollywog 13.2.3.1.1.1

              As public figures, politicians sexuality/sexual exploits is as much a topic of interest as sports/movie/pop stars.

              just seems like theres 2 default positions…

              1) out and out pro gay
              2) bigoted homophobe

              …the neutral position being to not talk about it

              • mcflock

                To be frank, who JLo’s shagging is noone else’s business either.

                If actors want to feed stories to the tabloids to boost media visibility, that’s their right. But they are under no obligation to do so, and many of them don’t.

                Gender and sexual identity politics are a freaking minefield, and one I tend to avoid like the plague. As far as I can figure:

                1) if you were out and proud and looking to ensure that queer-identifying parliamentarians hit a demographically-representative level of 20-30% (depending on given definitions of “queer” and the gender balance), then that would be empowering and nice;

                2) if you were straight/closetted and a political issue was related to the personal beliefs/practices of sexual orientation (a very limited set), then okay, if you were prepared to honestly give the same information;

                3) if you were a demonstrated homophobe pretending to just ask out of general interest (but planning a harrassment list), that would be nasty;

                4) if you’re just a regular person asking an irrelevant question because of some subconscious legacy of growing up and living in a bigoted society, then the PC response is to gently point out the fact that gender/sexual identity is usually irrelevant. Assuming answer 3 and screaming homophobe straight off the bat is unfair, but then ignoring homophobia or racism in general conversation (or blogsites) just enables it (cf. our glorious Smile and Wave and his reaction to paul henry’s latest idiocy).

                • pollywog

                  Nice one mcflock.

                  People say sexuality among politicians is irrelevent, but then politicians tend to play the safe middle white christian thing with 2 kids and a dog to the hilt…

                  Would it be of the public interest to then find out that politician was gay ? Would it have affected their chances for election ?

                  You can say sexuality is irrelevent but without it you get an incomplete profile of a person. Same as i’d like to know what sort of car they drive ? is it a big gas guzzling hummer, do they not drive at all, maybe they’ve got a motor bike they think endears them to the everyman set.

                  The point is, it builds up a more accurate representation of a person to know the irrelevent trivial details and make a more informed judgment.I have more respect for an out and out gay than one whose sexuality is irrelevent, but yeah it’s a hard card to play well.

                  For that I’m interested to see how Chauvel matches up against Dunne in Ohariu and how Carter would fare as an independent in Te Atatu against, say a straight working class woman with said 2 kids and a dog ?

                  • mcflock

                    Why the hell would you ever need a “profile” of an MP so complete that it includes their sex life? Honestly?

                    Vehicle choice says a lot about environmental attitudes etc, but sexuality?
                    Barring sexuality-specific legislation (rare indeed), it has no bearing on how that MP will vote on legislation, or their activities in select committees.

                    The exception is if you wish to lobby or appeal to an mp on something other than their conscious logic. Which is getting into dodgy territory.

                    I have no need to know if an MP is married or has kids or is gay or sleeps around on their partner or is highly promiscuous or is celibate or anything else, unless this brings them into conflict with legislation upon which they are voting, is illegal, involves the expenditure of public funds in a way that “is a bad look”, or is patently hypocritical.

                    I need to know: their party policies, their track record in sticking to those policies, and whether they as individuals and as a party are evil / incompetent / morons / Jesus.

                    • pollywog

                      Why the hell would you ever need a “profile” of an MP so complete that it includes their sex life? Honestly?

                      Why the hell do we ‘need’ ethnic and religious data collected on census and a whole bunch of other forms ?

                      What difference does it make to anyones perecption of me being Samoan/NZer with a christian bent?

                      Sexuality says a lot about religious attitudes. That has a lot to do with initial voter endorsement. A gay politician is hardly likely to represent a religious majority’s concerns.

                      I need to know: their party policies, their track record in sticking to those policies, and whether they as individuals and as a party are evil / incompetent / morons / Jesus.

                      It’s good to know that stuff as well but i reckon the average punter votes for the person, not the policy or even the party. For all the enlightened progressive attitudes i can’t see us having an openly gay prime minister for quite some time.

                      And whats your defintion of evil cos the bible says… 🙂

                      BTW…KKKiwiblog has published some Neilsen Net Ratings profiling their readership. I don’t need to know, but i’d be interested to see how many gay fans DPF has got.

                    • mcflock

                      there’s a major difference between gathering population data to better understand the nation (helps with provision of services, and of course when people reckon the GG doesn’t look like a NZer it helps to point out that “NZers” aren’t all like the speaker – white and bigoted), and simply sticking your nose into people’s bedroom on the grounds that some morons only vote for sparkly personalities.

                      If anything, saying that the average voter votes for the person rather than the policy is a reson to further remove the personal from politics. If it doesn’t ffect the job, gossip about sexuality or fashion sense is time that could have been spent on policy analysis.

      • Jeremy Harris 13.2.4

        @pollywog, I think the last census had the gay population at just over 5%…

        I can think of the following members:

        Green: 1
        National: 1
        Labour: 3 or 4
        Chris Carter

        So about in line with the national average…

        • mcflock 13.2.4.1

          was there a census question on sexual orientation, then?

          Oh well, you might like to provide a link.

  14. Joe Bloggs 14

    Any “tell all” stories that Chris Carter is prepared to reveal will inevitably be insipid and watered down because all the juciest skeletons in Labour’s closet have Helen Clark’s DNA on them.

    And even Chris is not that short on judgement.

  15. Interesting 15

    So….you have named the people in the national party that you think are a waste of space…will you name the ones in the labour party that you think are:

    “…. too young and who owe their position to relationship’s within the Parliamentary wing, rather than achievement in the wider labour/social justice movement.”

  16. gingercrush 16

    I think the whole premise of the post is stupid. Ignore Chris Carter for a second and there’s the idea that unless you’re in a position to one day being a Senior Minister then you should be around for anymore than two terms is frankly fucking stupid. I hardly think Trevor Mallard and Annette King in 1984 were seen to one day be Senior Ministers. Same goes for Darren Hughes who came into parliament in 2002. Very junior when he first came in. Was put into a very junior role inside the party. Did what most junior MPs do when they initially enter parliament and sit well into the backbenches. Over time they represent their party inside select committees and may make speeches in parliament when legislation is being passes as most Cabinet Ministers have no role in this and over time climb in the rankings into more senior roles.

    But that takes time and for most MPs it takes more than two terms in parliament. Hell take a look at Tony Ryall. Entered parliament at 26 in 1990. Only made Cabinet in 1997. In 1999 spent nine years on opposition benches until 2008 when he was made a Senior Cabinet minister. 18 years and six terms later and he’s finally a senior Cabinet Minister and arguable one of the better cabinet ministers in parliament. Until your hilarious scenario someone like him should have retired in 1996.

    You’re always going to get some MPs that don’t rise in the rankings and are unlikely to ever be a Cabinet Ministers. But those MPs still play a role in parliament. They may not have the pay packet of a Cabinet Minister nor the responsibility of one. But they represent communities throughout New Zealand (some as an electorate MP others via the list), they make speeches in parliament for or against Legislation. They play active roles in select committees, hearing submissions for or against legislation and play active roles in reviewing the performances of the public sector.

    Its frankly nonsense for anyone here to suggest the 120+ Members of Parliaments just sit on their backsides and sit there in parliament doing nothing. Especially from the left who like to think they “believe in democracy”: but having read some of the nonsense spouted here, clearly don’t.

  17. Rharn 17

    Should have put this in first post. YOU DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH THREATS. You remove them.

    Goff needs to show some decisive leadership. Sack Carter on the spot. Do it via the media. Labour and Goff need to show that they will not be subject to blackmail.

  18. Anne 18

    Marty G’s first paragraph is the essence of his post.

    It’s been said that Chris’s book is a ploy to avoid being suspended/expelled from the Labour Party. That tells me he is still in a state of denial and needs to be removed. There was a huge reservoir of support for Chris when the media began their beat-up on him back in June/July but he’s squandered most of that now. Whether he’s suspended (at least until after the next election) or expelled from Labour is up to Andrew Little and co. But it needs to happen NOW!

    It’s also been said his electorate committee is solidly behind him. That’s to be expected. It’s normal for long serving parliamentarians to surround themselves with loyal lieutenants who will stand by their MP no matter what. But this goes beyond the electorate. He has, in effect, threatened to bring down the Party if he is removed. That is an act of treachery.

  19. Bill 19

    Carter should publish. Now.

    MPs are there to serve us; the public – not political parties. If he has info that would serve us or our interest in any way, he should divulge.

    And if he’s blackmailing to retain some position or whatever then he should be tarred and feathered for failing to serve the public.

    Meanwhile, careerists would not be an issue if MPs took home no more that an average take home pay no matter how far up the parliamentary party ladder they scrambled.

    Endorsing only successful careerism is a strange notion in my mind. Who decides who might be successful? Recipe for cronyism and a whole host of corrupting behaviours.

    Meanwhile, get rid of the whole middle class liberal shower who currently constitute the Labour Party and make way for genuine working class candidates to re-create a Party of and for labour.

    Maybe then…just maybe… we’d have some people in parliament who placed a little value on democracy unlike the shallow, fashionable and opportunistic careerist incumbents who, lest we forget, are going to have the gall to ask us to vote for them again after they all voted to nullify basic measures of democratic accountability.

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Problem is that there has been a psychographic change in the population. People who are actually labourers – even if they sit at office desks wearing white business shirts on meagre salaries – no longer view themselves as such. They swung towards National’s story hugely last time around.

      • Bill 19.1.1

        “Problem is that there has been a psychographic change in the population.”

        That’s only anecdotal. As is my contention that life long Labour supporters were willing to vote for any reasonable looking alternative. Labour were turning, or had turned into a pile of paternalistic bastards promising candy…but not until and unless you proved yourself to be a good little citizen.

        And along came John, seemingly promising candy with no strings. And the msm were tugging on his coat tails. And so people jumped thinking they were departing Labour to arrive at (whatwasitagain?) Labour Lite?

        Reality is that Labour had become (and remains) National Lite and their natural support had nowhere to go except straight into the arms of the marketing guys who were selling black as white…or blue as red.

        There are working class people aplenty in NZ. And by that I mean people who know damned fine well that they are not that strange middle class creature and who know damned fine well that they never will be. They might not use the term working class as they once did, but they espouse the values just the same even if those values are seldom if ever reflected back by popular culture and msm.

        .

        S

        • Jeremy Harris 19.1.1.1

          Labour were turning, or had turned into a pile of paternalistic bastards promising candy…

          In politics that is known as the mummy problem…

          • Colonial Viper 19.1.1.1.1

            ?

            So what’s the daddy problem?

            • Jeremy Harris 19.1.1.1.1.1

              It’s an American term…

              The Democrats have the mummy problem as in voters will vote for the Republicans when they want law and order and national defense spending increased and the Republicans will lose votes and the Democrats gain when the nation wants increased social spending…

    • RobertM 19.2

      There were careerists is both parties in the l960s when they were paid no more than secondary teachers. Does class have anything to do without political independence. Logically you’d expect the well off to be just as or more independent. Think MacMillan or Churchill in the l930’s or Turnbull in Australia now.
      Are you genuinely working class? What were your parents and grandparents education and occupation and whats yours. If your great grandparents were manual workers in the l920s and the current generation and IT workers or even primary school teachers are they really working class, possibly Paula Bennett and Judith Collins ( and I’m anything but a fan) are more working class in attitude than Jacinda Arden or Chauvenel.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    14 hours ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    14 hours ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    20 hours ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    20 hours ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    21 hours ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    23 hours ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    24 hours ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    3 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    3 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    3 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    4 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    5 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    5 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    6 days ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    6 days ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the 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. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    1 week ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    1 week ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn the Mighty vs BoJo the Clown
    Interesting contrasting pictures in the Guardian:Corbyn gets the classic positive shot - low angle and a clear background, making him look authoritative (of course, being Corbyn, he doesn't do authoritative very well).Where as Johnson gets pictured with children at some sort of mad-hatters' tea party:Begging the question, who is the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Public health, externality, and vaccination
    Paternalism is contentious. Arguments for state action to protect us from ourselves are fraught. I come down pretty heavily on the anti-paternalism side of the argument, but I’ve heard respectable defences of paternalism. But policy around vaccination is hardly paternalistic. There’s a clear market failure that could be pointed to ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Happy Halloween
    Its Halloween, so its time for annual pumpkin trepanning and chocolate eating ritual. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
    I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel Twenty thousand leagues under the sea, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax and a couple of sidekicks are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosing the risks
    The climate crisis is going to mean some pretty big changes in our country, both from its impacts and the policies required to address them. Most obviously, whole suburbs are going to be underwater by 2100, meaning people and businesses are going to have to relocate to higher ground. But ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • MPI fails again
    Yesterday a dairy company was fined $483,000 for repeatedly failing to report listeria in its facility. Its a serious fine for a serious crime: listeria is a serious disease, and they were effectively trying to kill people with it. But there's another story hidden in there, and its not a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Gay Men Address Gender Identity
    Gay men see the excesses of trans activism and are increasingly speaking out.  A new Facebook group addressing ‘gender identity’ and contemporary trans activism has been set up for gay men, by gay men. The following is the group’s Statement of Intent, Group Rules, and link to the group for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • National’s Going Gangbusters.
    Criminal Enterprises: Gangs are not welfare institutions. Nor are they a substitute for the family their members never had. They are ruthless, violent, criminal money-making machines. That is all.OKAY, first-things-first. Gangs exist for one purpose – and only one. They are a sure-fired, time-tested institution for making crime pay – ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    50 mins ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    5 days ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    5 days ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    6 days ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: Two years of progress
    This week, we’re taking action on climate change, expanding trades education – and celebrating two years of progress! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit the Republic of Korea and Japan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week. “The Republic of Korea and Japan are two of New Zealand’s closest partners in the region with whom we share common values and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand to lead Bougainville Referendum Regional Police Support Mission
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has announced today that New Zealand is leading a police support mission in Bougainville as the region prepares to vote in a non-binding referendum on its political future. “New Zealand has accepted an invitation ...
    3 weeks ago
  • We’re taking action on climate change
    “I refuse to accept the challenge of climate change is too hard to solve.” – Jacinda Ardern ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Shane Jones annoyed at “elevated sense of entitlement from a lot of immigrant leaders”
    New Zealand First MP Shane Jones is defending Immigration New Zealand (INZ) after it instructed officials to stop granting visas as an exception to instructions. He has also lashed out at immigrant leaders upset with the tightening of the rules, saying they had an “elevated sense of entitlement”. Members of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand public likely to vote on euthanasia bill thanks to NZ First
    A change to the End of Life Choice Bill was passed in Parliament, meaning if politicians decide to vote for the law it must be approved by the public first. A binding referendum was a condition insisted on by New Zealand First, and Jenny Marcroft’s supplementary order paper (SOP) successfully ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Tairāwhiti Workforce development projects get $1.6m PGF boost
    Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), through its skills and employment programme, Te Ara Mahi, is investing a further $1.6m into Tairāwhiti’s workforce development, said Parliamentary Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “This PGF funding follows on from significant PGF investment earlier this ...
    3 weeks ago
  • NZ First welcomes primary sector support for climate change plan
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s steps to reduce farm livestock emissions are necessary and timely. Today the Government and farming leaders announced a plan to measure and price emissions at the farm level by 2025. “Many farmers ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    24 hours ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
    "A pathway for Police in leadership with Iwi Māori, to achieve the aspirations of Māori whānau." Police launch of Te Huringa o Te Tai, Pipitea Marae,  Thorndon Quay, Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou. Hello everyone, warm greetings to you all. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Kiwis getting higher pay
    Working New Zealanders are getting more in their back pockets under the Coalition Government’s economic plan. Stats NZ data today shows average weekly ordinary time earnings are up by $83 since the Government took office. This shows that working New Zealanders are getting higher take-home pay, and that employers are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • More support for schools to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact
    The Government is supporting schools to cut down their energy consumption and reduce environmental impacts, with a quarter of all schools having their lights replaced with LEDs, a sustainability contestable fund and a plan to improve the environmental sustainability of all schools in the future. Education Minister Chris Hipkins and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand’s manaakitanga highlighted in China
    Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis heads to China on Friday to lead the New Zealand Government presence at the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism closing ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Canton Tower in Guangzhou on Sunday 10 November. “The Year of Tourism has been mutually beneficial for both New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Climate change research boost
    Should we plan for drought or deluge and how is CO2 released from the ocean’s floor? Several climate change projects were given a boost in the latest Marsden Fund investment of $83.6 million, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods said today. “Climate change is long-term challenge that requires out-of-the-box ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Significant progress on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
    Leaders of 16 countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) have announced the completion of negotiation on the text as well as agreement on virtually all market access issues between 15 countries. The leaders said they will work with India to resolve its outstanding concerns in a way that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Learn how to stay safe on World Tsunami Awareness Day
    Civil Defence Minister Hon Peeni Henare says World Tsunami Awareness Day today (5 November) is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn more about the tsunami risk in our regions and the right actions to take to stay safe. “All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Formal recognition at last for paramedics’ frontline medical role
    New Zealand’s more than 1000 paramedics are to have their role as key frontline health professionals formally recognised and regulated in the same way as doctors and nurses, Health Minister David Clark says. The Government has agreed to regulate paramedics under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. “Paramedic leaders ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government improving protections for consumers and workers when businesses fail
    Changes to insolvency law announced by the Government today will include requirements to honour up to 50 per cent of the value of gift cards or vouchers held by consumers, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says. “When a business is insolvent, these consumers are often left out of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Outstanding public service recognised
    Six New Zealanders tonight received medals for their meritorious work in the frontline public service. The Public Service Medal, established by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is awarded annually. “For the second year this Government has recognised public servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Global trade, business promotion focus of Shanghai meetings
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker heads to Shanghai today for the China International Import Expo and meetings focused on reforming the WTO. Over 90 New Zealand companies will be exhibiting at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE), which runs from 5-10 November. “China is one of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Drivers to get more time to gain full licence
    Drivers holding a current five-year learner or restricted car or motorbike licence, expiring between 1 December 2019 and 1 December 2021, will receive an automatic two-year extension, Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter announced today. Over 144,000 drivers’ time-limited licences are due to expire in the next two years; 67,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ-China FTA upgrade negotiations conclude
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker have announced the conclusion of negotiations to upgrade New Zealand’s existing free trade agreement with China.   “This ensures our upgraded free trade agreement will remain the best that China has with any country,” Jacinda Ardern said.   She ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates winners of regional economic development awards
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau congratulates the Ten Kiwi organisations who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing and the prosperity of their communities. Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ), announced the awards at its annual conference in Blenheim last weekend. “A special congratulations to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Minister welcomes record high building and construction apprenticeships
    Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa has welcomed the record high of 13,000 building and construction apprentices in active training with main provider the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO). “We are committed to reversing the long-term decline in trades training and it’s excellent to see more people ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More progress on cancer medicines
    PHARMAC’s decision to fund a new leukaemia treatment means three new cancer medicines have now been funded so far this year, Health Minister David Clark says. From 1 December venetoclax (Venclexta) will be funded for people living with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.  Just last month funding was also confirmed for alectinib ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand gifts White Horse to Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today formally gifted a white horse to Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan in front of thousands of attendees at a ceremony conducted by Chief Priest Inaba.  The horse named Kōmaru, which means ‘sheltered’ in Maori and ‘shining’ in Japanese,  is a white 12-year-old purebred Andalusian ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • High Commissioner to Canada announced
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has named diplomat Martin Harvey as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Canada. “Canada is one of New Zealand’s closest and longstanding international partners,” said Mr Peters. “Our close friendship is underpinned by our shared democratic values, history and our parliamentary traditions. As Commonwealth countries and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Retirement Commissioner appointed
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi has today announced the appointment of Jane Wrightson as Retirement Commissioner. “Jane has strong leadership, management and governance skills which will help champion improved financial capability for all New Zealanders and provide advice on retirement income policy issues,” Kris Faafoi said. Jane Wrightson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Japan commit to greater cooperation in the Pacific
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi announced a plan last night to cooperate more closely in the Pacific, as part of the strong and ambitious relationship between the two countries. “Japan is one of New Zealand’s most important partners and closest friends. My discussions with Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago