Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, March 31st, 2020 - 15 comments
Shouldn’t this global shock from this COVID-19 virus make us all wake up to the power of collective global action on climate change?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 31st, 2020 - 31 comments
When Opposition Spokespersons behave like concern trolls, we have a problem.
Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, March 29th, 2020 - 44 comments
Anyone who has read even briefly into written human history is going to be aware that it is as much defined by our epidemics and pandemics as by any of our technical and societal achievements. This post is essentially a quick range over the history of pandemics and epidemics with links and some focus on COVID-19.
Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, March 27th, 2020 - 16 comments
The daily briefing: All of Government COVID-19 National Response 27 March.
Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, March 26th, 2020 - 131 comments
It seems that the pure free market approach is ill equipped to provide the world with the leadership and guidance it requires.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, March 26th, 2020 - 69 comments
Waking up this morning was a bit of an eerie feeling. The alarm went off as usual at 0700 (and the 0880 one just clicked over). Very little traffic noise. The quiet sound of the workstation and server fans was louder than the the remaining white noise from the traffic.
This post is here for you to share your first day under lock-down.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 23 comments
New York Governor Cuomo was told CoVid-19 was like an approaching freight train. More like a bullet train was his response. Watching the White House daily briefing with Trump dominant it looks like a massive train wreck is on the way in the US.
Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 10 comments
Gotta love parliament – James Shaw “there are no fiscal conservatives in a foxhole”.
Anyway, parliament in the chamber will be going dark for a few months. So will parliamentary TV (but you can still get that live).
Have a look at the archives from today- there are some politicians who are on form..
Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, March 25th, 2020 - 25 comments
In the time of coronavirus, we can move from blame to connection.
Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 22nd, 2020 - 19 comments
America has a question.
Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, March 21st, 2020 - 97 comments
Please be strong, be kind, and unite against Covid-19
– Jacinda Ardern.
Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, March 21st, 2020 - 61 comments
The Corvid-19 virus is turning us all into cautious conservatives.
Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, March 20th, 2020 - 14 comments
Five days ago Mike Hosking was representing his paymasters with his reflection of their basic ignorance of history. Then demanding caution in dealing with covid-19. Yesterday he panicked for immediate action to close the borders which government did anyway later that day. It is just dangerous to give a public platform to a dithering moron who be at home in 1918. Perhaps he should read the pandemic plan?
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 20th, 2020 - 20 comments
Unite’s Joe Carolan has called for a rent, mortgage and bill freeze.
Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, March 17th, 2020 - 24 comments
The Minister of Finance says that we are facing the worst of any of the scenarios that they had been preparing for. In response the government’s rescue package is bigger than anything New Zealand has ever seen.
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, March 17th, 2020 - 2 comments
As a programmer, I’ve had a lot of experience with working from home for work, last time was about 13 years ago. Yesterday we got shifted to working from home. The toolkit has changed a lot even in the last few years. What is going to be interesting for me is to see how companies disperse their employees out in the same way over this pandemic – that will be a real test of productivity.
Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, March 17th, 2020 - 38 comments
The right, elements of which have thought the best thing to do to the state is weaken it that badly that they could then drown it in a bathtub, are rethinking and now realise that a well resourced, active and engaged State is actually a life saver.
Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, March 16th, 2020 - 105 comments
It has been disclosed that Donald Trump has attempted to buy exclusive rights to a German vaccine in development. But only for the use of the American people. Meanwhile in New Zealand there is agreat anticipation about the Government’s announced package due to be released tomorrow.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, March 15th, 2020 - 20 comments
Government has for the last decade been pushing for as many government services as possible to be primarily accessed digitally rather than face-to face. Funnily enough, the one public service they forgot to push to digital is themselves. Now’s the time Trevor.
Written By: - Date published: 11:08 pm, March 14th, 2020 - 103 comments
Juice Media on the essential facts about the spread of Covid-19. It concentrates on the United States, where personally I’m picking the US, by the end of the year, as being the biggest medico-political screw up world wide after Iran. Early wishful thinking and a lack of transparency cost lives. Pathetic bullshitting simply doesn’t help.
Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, March 11th, 2020 - 37 comments
A few weeks ago I slagged off the Chinese government for its response to the Corona virus and presumed that authoritarian states could never be as good as democratic states in responding to a pandemic. I want to revisit my opinion.
Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, March 1st, 2020 - 65 comments
If a society ever wanted to set out how to handle a pandemic the Herald’s media response and Donald Trump’s handling of the situation provide perfect examples of what not to do.
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, January 10th, 2020 - 168 comments
Guest post from old maaaaate cans about recent Stuff guest columns attacking the left for not civilised enough and wondering if it is because of right wing insecurity.