Christchurch anniversary

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, September 4th, 2012 - 52 comments
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I can’t really call it a “happy” anniversary, but two years ago today, in the small hours of the morning, Christchurch was hammered by the first and biggest (though not the most destructive) of the quakes. I happened to be in the city, where I grew up, and that is a night that I will never forget.

I heard via RNZ this morning that emergency response planners are meeting to analyse how the event was handled, and learn lessons from the future. From my point of view on the ground the immediate emergency response seemed adequate, both on this occasion, and in the days immediately following the February 2011 quake.

What has not in any way been adequate is the response of the insurance industry. I have heard very very few stories of satisfactory insurance outcomes, and many of endless delay and frustration. I shudder to think of what would be happening without the massive government intervention in the forms of the EQC and the government red-zone buyout package.

Having said that, EQC needs to lift its game as well. From Stuff’s anniversary coverage:

Exactly two years on, half the city’s quake-hit homeowners are unhappy with the Earthquake Commission’s performance.

The Press has commissioned a survey of Christchurch residents’ satisfaction with EQC and the private insurance market. The results are harsh, empirical evidence that neither is performing as it should. Fifty per cent of those with an EQC property claim expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the commission’s performance. Within that, more than half were “very” or “extremely” dissatisfied. Conversely, less than one third – 29 per cent – said they were “very” or “extremely” satisfied.

Disorganisation, delays and a lack of communication were the most cited reasons for customers’ frustration.

Almost one third of property claimants – 30 per cent – said they could not move on with their lives.

EQC Canterbury events manager Reid Stiven acknowledged the numbers were not good enough. “Obviously we’d like [satisfaction] to be much higher that that.”

Greetings to all in Christchurch, and good luck with the rebuild of the city. Get involved and have your say…

52 comments on “Christchurch anniversary”

  1. Zorr 1

    Combining some knowledge of EQC from the inside (just processing claims) and knowing my own in-laws struggles to get their payouts from EQC and their insurance company (once they went over the threshold), the main issue comes from the insurers and EQC just happens to be the unhappy middle man. It is a flawed organization by nature because it doesn’t have the power it needs to get the job done, private insurers never will (because they take on too much risk to cover these large events) and this leaves the homeowners in the cold.

    EQC was formed because of the fear of such an event as occurred in Christchurch (as far as my understanding goes) but went untested until we found we’d essentially lost a city. I was there for the September quake, gone before the February quake and unlikely to return any time soon (and I love that city) due to the continuing lack of cohesive plan.

  2. Carol 2

    While I was typing a comment for another post on TS, there was a guy being interviewed on RNZ Morning Report (who?).

    I wasn’t listening closely, but I noticed with interest, that one of his criticisms of the Brownlee-dominated CERA, was the lack of women working for it.

    Sounds like typical of this government: one that claims a sports stadium is a state asset to hold onto, while utility assets are sold; and gives women MPs portfolios with secondary (social issues) status, and that are at the forefront of running distractions and diversions; while they pursue their main destructive and elitist agenda via the economic and finance portfolios.

    • It was Garry Moore, former three term mayor of Christchurch.  He retired before the current incumbent took over and left on his own terms.  He was a damn good mayor and the way he spoke he is really pissed off.  He is normally a very cheerful person.

    • Dv 2.2

      Sutton said he had a bunch of women in (some) organization!!!

      • Rodel 2.2.1

        Dv: That’s the sort of clarity of thought and communication that gets you $10,000 a week and he said he tries to get weekends off.

      • mike e 2.2.2

        Canterbury cronyism the National party are busy stripping as much of the assets built up by the likes of Gary Moore as they can.
        CHCH was the only major council to hold on to most of their assets when Shipley was PM now she is in Cera’s pig trough wallowing with Brownoselee and Sutton on extremely high retainers.
        Coming up with ideas to bankrupt CHCH since they failed before.
        Heil CERA
        Then we have the CEO suing for his untimely pay rise if the quake hadn’t happened I doubt if he would be their because of under performance!
        The dictatorship of Canterbury

      • Glg 2.2.3

        You cant run an organisation without a couple of good secretaries.

  3. Rosie 3

    To the People of Christchurch

    I send you love, strength and solidarity on todays anniversary. If theres such a thing as an athiests prayer, you have that from me.

    Theres so many of you that two years on are still suffering loss, grief, anxiety and uncertainty, and then were further affected in February 11 when loved ones, friends and work mates were lost. I can only begin to imagine what it would be like to cope the scale of disaster that you have had to cope with but then to have a void where the practical support should be is wrong and shocking beyond belief. It seems you were shafted and then abandoned by insurance companies and your own goverment while the market was left to sort it out and get their priorities in order first. You’ve had to fight when you shouldn’t have to. I only hope that you’re doing ok in your own ways and you get the help and answers that you need.

    Kia Kaha.

    • Carol 3.1

      +1
      And so many of the Christchurch residents have shown resilience and courage.

      I hope things improve for them all before too long.

  4. Andy-Roo 4

    TC3 = Me

    I walk 3.5 ks every morning to the bus stop.

    Every street I use on that walk is currently in the process of being dug up.

    I think the SCIRT team here are doing a fantastic job. Wish I could say the same about CERA, EQC and the insurers. My “emergency” repairs got “dropped off the list somehow” twice. I still have no idea when my house will be fixed. I do know that I will have to fight hard to stop corners from being cut, and that I will definitely need to have a nice warm lawyer in my corner.

  5. vto 5

    A few random earthquake observations …..

    1. emergency kits are invaluable …

    2. don’t trust you insurer or eqc.

    3. don’t trust any large organisation.

    4. go into the cbd and raid the banks whose vaults lay busted open. jewellery shops are also a hoot.

    5. start a bar of cafe on the fringe of destruction. also start a demolition company and buy a truck and a digger.

    6. be prepared for high blood pressure, increased stress levels, more drinking (buy a bottle store), …

    well anyway, on it goes. Personally I don’t like it at all – it sucks. Sure there is now great opportunity and bla bla bla but everything is busted, especially when you live east. But the city and all its memories are gone. It is all very weird, especially when driving through the cbd and picturing all the places and haunts where you lived and loved and played and worked. All ripped away. It’s like a war zone and feels like it. So much history and memory and life just gone. It sucks.

    • Rosie 5.1

      That weirdness sounds so unsettling. Seeing old haunts that housed memories gone. That is a form of grief.
      Don’t mean to be on a downer, its just so odd to comprehend it.
      On a practical note I acknowledge your tips. Lots of us in Wgtn took keen note of what Cantabrians’ experienced and got organised with emergency preparedness. It was sobering to take our blase approach to earthquakes seriously. Once earthquakes never raised an eyebrow but now its different, especially when we have bigger than usual ones.

  6. Kevyn 6

    The private sector insurance industry has taken a hit that has only previously been matched by Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake. It’s a well documented fact tha America’s largest insurers temporarily withdrew from Florida and California until the state governments relaxed their disaster insurance regulations. It is surprising indeed that there hasn’t been talk from insurers of a similar withdrawal from NZ, unless those are the “conversations with insurers” Brownlee refered to when announcing the Red Zone confiscations. Does anybody know why the $2.5bn worth of property in the redzone were only insured for $1.5bn leaving taxpayers to cough for the $1bn shortfall, or is this something we’re not supposed to talk about?

    • Fortran 6.1

      Perhaps property owners had a friendly (and cheap) Valuer so they can get a lower cost insurance.
      Did they think that they could get a free lunch ? –
      Previous Councils, over many years, have ignored professional advice from such as IGNS (ex DSIR), because it was politically undesirable, and they never thought it could happen to them.
      Christchurch – really – nasty Wellington yes.
      Lucky the taxpayers from all of New Zealand are bailing them out – for incompetance and bad business management.

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Perhaps property owners had a friendly (and cheap) Valuer so they can get a lower cost insurance.

        Hmmmm I think you are making a few too many assumptions here.

        I just can’t see insurance companies falling for systematic under valuing of large numbers of properties in a suburb. They have total access to indpendent valuation and sales price data, and routine data matching would pick up a systematic discrepency like that very quickly.

        • Kevyn 6.1.1.1

          Precisely, Viper. From personally experiences within my family and friends I suspect the govt has agreed to take whatever offers the insurers make and not use the Crown Law office to negotiate the full payouts specified in the contracts. “confiscation” being an ethical definition rather than legal, although some insurers have used that excuse to persuade there customers to take option 1.

      • mike e 6.1.2

        Fartrain wealthy unscrupulus property developers are all over the country.They don’t vote left but most likely vote Tory Act.
        Cost cutting corrupt councillors and public servants allowing subdivisions on swamps.
        Dunedin has had a few incidents of that as well.
        But National is trying to make it more difficult than need be 80% of NewZealanders wanted to pay more tax to help CHCH in its hour of need.
        But borrowing Bills English said we can just put it on the TAB.

    • joe90 6.2

      America’s largest insurers temporarily withdrew

      http://www.coastalpoint.com/content/insurers_abandon_coastal_market

      “Nationally, insurance companies have been not renewing homeowners policies in the coastal areas or have been putting new restrictions on policies,” Denn said. “These actions are being taken by companies seeking to reduce their potential losses from future hurricanes and coastal storms following financial payouts from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

      “After those storms, more than 600,000 homeowners policies were canceled or not renewed in Florida and Louisiana and more than 80,000 coastal policies were cancelled in Massachusetts and New York,” he noted.

      http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-insurance,0,1503989.storygallery

    • Phil 6.3

      ‘It is surprising indeed that there hasn’t been talk from insurers of a similar withdrawal from NZ, unless those are the “conversations with insurers” Brownlee refered to when announcing the Red Zone confiscations.’

      Exactly.

      ‘Does anybody know why the $2.5bn worth of property in the redzone were only insured for $1.5bn leaving taxpayers to cough for the $1bn shortfall, or is this something we’re not supposed to talk about?’

      “Property” includes both land and buildings. Buildings were fully insured for the most part, land only has very limited cover available through EQC, and EQC’s definition of land damage doesn’t liquefaction or heightened seismic risk. Also, as you say, the red zone was a “confiscation” by the government and all insurance policies explicitly exclude cover for government confiscation.

  7. fnjckg 7

    i lived i christchurch for six, may have been seven, years
    i learnt that when city was initially settled pumps ran around the clock to keep the natural water level down-regretably, it is a swamp; maori referred to much of the area as a “food basket” or kai gathering area, as it is, was, and will remain, a wetlands

    furthermore, the inevitability of liquifaction following a seismic event was broad public knowledge

    and then, the alpine fault

    During some periods of winter it can be cold, with a grey sky, and no sun, for day after day after day
    (i counted 11-14 days like this at times)

    the level of racial intolerance and general aquisitiveness, i found extraordinary

    Oh well. every article i see on the region, i feel a little more sadness inside

    so, the main reason i chose not to remain there was Nature
    (and i think the incumbant V.C is not a very helpful man)

    • Populuxe1 7.1

      During some periods of winter it can be cold, with a grey sky, and no sun, for day after day after day
      (i counted 11-14 days like this at times)

      Oh open another bottle of whine and call the whaaaambulance – imagine that! Cold in winter! And sometimes overcast! I suggest you avoid London, New York and several other cities in Europe and North America as it might be too much for you.

      the level of racial intolerance and general aquisitiveness, i found extraordinary

      Compared to where? Despite the presence of Kyle Chapman and his idiots, I’ve seen as much racial intolerance on the streets of Auckland than I ever have in Christchurch. I think you must have been hanging out in the rougher parts of town. Whenever I hear statements like this I wonder about what place you are comparing Christchurch to, and what your basis for comparison is.

      • fatty 7.1.1

        “I think you must have been hanging out in the rougher parts of town. Whenever I hear statements like this I wonder about what place you are comparing Christchurch to, and what your basis for comparison is.”

        True…I think the same. I have found Christchurch just as (in)tolerant as anywhere. I here this often from people and I don’t get it. I also don’t know about the acquisitiveness, maybe some people, but I thought less so compared to other parts of NZ.
        I also find the winters in Chch to be quite sunny.

  8. vto 8

    Christchurch has pretty much the most going for it of any place in the country. It has effectively two ports (Akaroa can take a whole navy). It sits in the lee of the mountains and so gets a very pleasant climate most of the time – certianly not of the wind and rain of other large cities. It has a large flat area for airports. It is the first / last stop to Antarctica, which is sure to boom over the next decades and centuries. It has farmland all over the whole place. It has water coming out its ears. It is as remote from dangerous parts of the world as anywhere.

    On most measures it stacks up as one of the most liveable places on the planet. Its population, like that of the entire countrys, will rise like water finding its level to a multiple of that today.

    Meantime, we need to sweep up the mess and fix the broken shit. What a pain in the backside.

    • MrSmith 8.1

      You paint a very bright picture VTO but forgot to mention when you do get a nice day the freezing easterly comes roaring in and spoils things and don’t forget the smog and freezing temperatures in the winter, yes there is a harbor all be it dirty with hardly a fish in it, the only thing I can see that CHCH has going for it is it’s flat sorry, anyway I left the place years ago and will only be going back in a pine box now.

      • Populuxe1 8.1.1

        I’m not sure what you’re talking about – the occasional easterly is inevitable because, wow, gosh, look at that, it’s near the sea. Over a decade of open fire bans have dramatically reduced the smog problem (I suggest you avoid large cities elsewhere if you’re that sensitive) and the harbour (It’s a separate town – you may have forgotten – called Lyttelton) is full of warehou, red cod and yellow eyed mullet. I’m not sure they’d want you back, pine box or no.

  9. Colonial Viper 9

    Hey Christchurch, hope your National MPs are doing it for you.

    • Populuxe1 9.1

      You’re all class CV – maybe if more Labour and Green supporters had bothered to vote at all….

    • fatty 9.2

      “Hey Christchurch, hope your National MPs are doing it for you.”

      Actually, they suck balls. That for me was the worst part of the last 2 years. I’d rather have another big quake, than have Nicky Sagner. Also voting back Bob Parker – and then the whole country got a Bob-boner, which made it even worse.

  10. millsy 10

    That biting feeling in our rear end is the sale of the state insurance services and the removal of engineering, scientific and technical expertise from the public service (ie the break up of the Ministry of Works), by the way.

    • vto 10.1

      Agreed millsy. One other lesson from the quakes is that one of the most important “infrastructure” items you can have after such an event is the institutional knowledge of a long-term workforce in the public sector. Such people as draining engineers in the local Council – essential. Or a bridge / civil engineer in the Ministry of Works – invaluable. These people have the detailed and long knowledge that a “contracted out” party simply lacks. Contracting out is plain dumb, in many many ways.

  11. Kevyn 11

    Those oldfashioned organisations were only necessary when everything was paper based and institutional knowledge was vital for rapidly accesssing plans. With appropriate use of modern technology such as GIS and RAMM and multidisciplinary intraorganisational structures there is no need for behemoths such the MoWD, with one critical exception- transparent and incredibly detailed accounting, something MoWD did exceptionally well. Instead we’ve ended up with the CERF slushfund allocating $750m to the category “other”, which I suspect is code for NZTA who are a bit short of money for the future PMs hobby horse highway.

    Please note that the exceptionally smooth, rapid and inspirational emergency responses were the result of the modern methods alluded to above but the useless pricks in the Beehive have taken the credit for themselves, as well as not crediting the urban planning done by CCC and GCUD over the last decade for identifying all the potential subdividable land and laying the groundwork for the mixed use carfree central city concept. A- to local govenrment, D- to central government, IMHO.

    See for yourself how totally expected these earthquakes and there damage were in this 1997 Canterbury University publication “Risks and Realities: ?A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Vulnerability of Lifelines to Natural Hazards”
    http://www.caenz.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=100%3Arisks-and-realities-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-the-vulnerability-of-lifelines-to-natural-hazards&catid=8&Itemid=54

    • Murray Olsen 11.1

      An old fashioned organisation like the Ministry of Works and Development could also have built a heap of emergency housing in a hurry, possibly with help from the army. Instead we see dictatorial powers being assumed in a hurry, a few Tories invited to pig out at the trough, and people without shelter while the army is used to give legitimacy to American imperial adventures. It’s hard to think of a 3rd world country that would have done a worse job of fixing a ravaged city. My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch.

    • Colonial Viper 11.2

      Those oldfashioned organisations were only necessary when everything was paper based and institutional knowledge was vital for rapidly accesssing plans. With appropriate use of modern technology such as GIS and RAMM and multidisciplinary intraorganisational structures there is no need for behemoths such the MoWD

      “Old fashioned organisations”? Seriously? Your ‘modern’ private organisations have served NZ better have they? I for one believe that a massive state owned insurance company, like we used to have, would have sorted out most Christchurch issues by now.

      I’m also fascinated that you think that technological and IT solutions can make up for a short fall in on-the-ground institutional and human expert knowledge.

      There is also the element that an “old fashioned organisation” like the MoWD could have acted far differently using “old fashioned” public good motivations, instead of “modern” for-profit private sector motivations.

      • Kevyn 11.2.1

        Viper, If you want to conflate modern with private sector and oldfashioned with public sector that is your prerogative but please don’t suggest that my comments contained that inference in any way at all. The fact is modern technology combined with modern multidisciplinary organisation make “on-the-ground institutional and human expert knowledge” less critical. It makes no difference whether the organisation is public or private. The MoWD would have acted exactly the same as the contractors who have done such a brilliant job so far because its the same type of people who are attracted to doing that sougth of work no matter who their employer is.

        However insurance is a different thing altogether, they’re all run by the John Keys of this world so I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment ” I for one believe that a massive state owned insurance company, like we used to have, would have sorted out most Christchurch issues by now.” but, with the smiling assassin in charge would they have been allowed to sort things out, after all EQC is still waiting for English to approve the selling of EQCs last $1.5bn of Government Bonds so it can have the money for the payouts.

        note, the posts on my blog are sarcasm and taking the p*** out of neoliberalism. Some of us down here are too angry to write what we’ve uncovered without going ballistic and sounding like tin hat conspiracy theorists.

  12. tsmithfield 12

    I am not trying to defend EQC or the insurance industry, which I agree that both have a lot of scope to lift their game, and I agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed above.

    However, I think a fair point is that the TC3 areas are highly vulnerable to further seismic activity. We have had three 6+ magnitude aftershocks that have occurred after periods when the aftershocks seem to be dying away. Each of these aftershocks has caused considerable damage with liquifaction etc to TC3 areas.

    The problem is that if major repairs are done and then another aftershock occurs, all the work and money might well be wasted. I have seen this several times in my son’s girlfriend’s street. After each aftershock the council has relaid the street. The next aftershock has turned it back into a swamp again. I have thought it would probably have been better just to have left the street in shingle until it is unlikely there will be any more large aftershocks.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      Sounds like people need new homes in new areas, and that can be covered by insurance/the Govt.

      I have thought it would probably have been better just to have left the street in shingle until it is unlikely there will be any more large aftershocks.

      Do you happen to have a date for this? Because instead of living in a sediment swamp for the next few years, those people might need to be permanently relocated.

      • tsmithfield 12.1.1

        We have the likes of Wigram Skies that is a fairly major subdivision on TC1 land. It will be a whole new suburb by the time it is finished, I expect.

        My parents have built there after their home was red zoned. There are sections coming on line I am aware of, but they still have to go through a hearing processes to allow for objections etc. I guess CERA could ram the subdivisions through, but we all like democracy here, right?

        • fatty 12.1.1.1

          “but we all like democracy here, right?”

          Christchurch with democracy?…that would be nice

    • vto 12.2

      ” After each aftershock the council has relaid the street.”

      Bloody hell she’s lucky. Ours is just left as is, bumpy as all hell, with ever increasing pot holes. Bounce bump bounce bump bomp-de-knock bump bump bounce.

      • tsmithfield 12.2.1

        Yeah, it must be quite frustrating. We have had a number of pot holes that keep reappearing down our street, and we are TC2 in a good area. In the end, the council dug up the road under the potholes and replaced sections of pipe. It seems that leaking pipes must undermine the road and cause potholes.

        So, if that is what it is like in my area, I can imagine your whole street will need to be excavated given likely damage to underground pipes etc in your area. The scale of the work is probably on another level. My impression is they are going for the low hanging fruit at the moment.

        For instance, we had Fletchers come through and repair our house. They found over $10000 of damage. Most of it was hair line cracks where the jib had moved slightly and caused a crack in the paint at the joint. The repainted most of our house interior as a result. Also, a few cosmetic cracks in the mortar of the bricks that required the mortar to be ground out and replaced. If they hadn’t pointed it out the “problems”, I wouldn’t have noticed.

        I felt a bit guilty that they were focusing on this sort of stuff when there is much greater need. On the other hand, I guess they are doing what they are able to do at the moment given the complexities of insurance etc in TC3 land.

        • Keep in mind that there’s an issue with some claims needing to be held for various reasons (including everything awaiting TC3 drilling information) and that all mid-level claims that aren’t under 15k or to be paid cap are moved to Fletcher EQR, so you get into this dichotomy where the fastest claims to settle (and thus the ones that are usually the priority) are BOTH the hardest and the easiest claims, but many of the in-between claims with Fletchers will take a long time to be fully settled given they’re actually mostly being project-managed by Fletchers.

  13. MrSmith 13

    For me the big problem I have still have is I paid my EQC levies for years, which I will add is nothing more than a great big insurance policy covering the first 100-115k of damage to your home in the event of an earthquake, when I needed to use this policy the response from EQC was and still is hopeless, I have said it here before ‘people don’t worry about an earthquake’ as the quake will be the least of your worries dealing with EQC is like waking up every morning knowing your have to spend the rest of the day sitting in the dentists chair.

    Here was a perfect opportunity to train people and get this organization knocked into shape and 2 years later they are still running around Brownlee’s feet like headless chickens, while he and the big Shipley, plan how they can siphon as much money and business to their mates.

    • How was the response hopeless? Is your claim still under review? What are you claiming for?

      • MrSmith 13.1.1

        I could go on for hours Matthew, about the emails that have never been replied to, the calls that where never answered, but like my suit said either you pay me to sit waiting on the phone for someone to answer or you wait on the phone for someone to answer. I have been dealing with EQC over several claims from day one but won’t bore you with details, when they did answer the phone the poor person on the other end couldn’t help you, they would promise to get back to you and look into it, then the silence would be defining, so a week later you would try again etc etc etc.

  14. Lanthanide 14

    And to cap it all off, we’ve got a rather large thunder storm going on right now. Probably the biggest lightning I’ve ever seen.

    Just getting some sparse but large hail – 1cm in size.

  15. Vicky32 15

    Once again, after listening to Radio NZ early this morning, I ask myself why the media seems not to give a monkey’s about those who were renting at the time. A friend of mine was renting, his flat was destroyed and he (uncompensated) was made homeless.
    Afaik, he’s gone to the UK, probably with family help..
    What about the rest?
    It may be mean of me, but when I hear people whingeing, like the man I heard this morning – moaning because he was using the ‘compensation’ he got for his house to pay his rent despite that he’s working (why?) I just get annoyed with them.
    The twin earthquakes in Iran on August 12th killed upwards of 250 people.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      In a country with the population of Iran, that’s really not many people.

    • Kevyn 15.2

      It’s not mean Vicky, its just a classic example of “ignorance is bliss”.

      The situation, which every rebuild/write-off homeowner is confronted with, is that in the months it takes to build a house they are having to pay rates and insurance on the new section, having also had to pay rates and insurance on the damaged property while waiting for the insurance company/government to payout and having to pay rent because the rental cover in insurance policies is limited to 12 months. He is having to do this because NZ is the only OECD country that allows collection of property taxes on uninhabitable houses and because the insurance companies aren’t issuing new policies in Canterbury so even if the new section is in a subdivision that is only a plan on paper there will have been a foundation stone laid on his section before he accepted settlement in order to transfer his existing policy to his new house otherwise he would have ceased to be an existing customer as soon as he accepted the settlement offer and thus would not have been able to ensure a replacement home in Canterbury.

      What was your renting friend expecting to be compensated for that wouldn’t have been covered by contents insurance or a Red Cross grant?

      The Canterbury quakes are the most expensive national disaster per capita in the history of the OECD, and the NZ media don’t give a damn about that either,so I find it hard to understand why you are carrying on as though they are minor just because we don’t have enough people in New Zealand to ever be able to be slaughtered in the same numbers as happens in more populous countries.

      • Vicky32 15.2.1

        What was your renting friend expecting to be compensated for that wouldn’t have been covered by contents insurance or a Red Cross grant?

        No, he wasn’t.. but afaik, all he had was contents insurance. Luckily he was able to spend some time sleeping on a friend’s couch, because he had nothing at all, as a renter who was on a sickness benefit (he has a blood disease). When I think of him, I get brassed off about middle class people who don’t seem to realise that they’re comparatively well off!
        IMO, the NZ media give many millions of damns! 3 News has just started with another item about the CTV building. I suspect that on the 10th anniversary, we’ll still be hearing about it the day before, on the day and the day after. NZ is so parochial, that a disaster ‘off-shore’ matters only if it happens in, or is linked to the USA (such as the quake in Costa Rica, which Radio NZ kept blatting on about this morning.) 
        All I have heard about Tokyo/Fukushima since it happened has been on here!

        • Kevyn 15.2.1.1

          Media coverage is based on the “nearest and dearest” principal since that is how most people rank the relative importance of information. Hence you will observe the same parochial media bias everywhere in the world, on almost every subject. Better get used to it, its evolutionary reality.

          The NZ media parrots the stats released by the government, covers items of huge importance to the nations property investors and features lots of angry or crying people on Cambell. But it doesn’t give a damn about the fact the New Zealand earthquakes are THE BIGGEST IN HISTORY OF THE OECD, on a per capita basis. Twice as big as the Japanaese Tsunami, four times bigger than Kobe, ten time bigger than the Queensland floods or Hurricane Katrina yet the cost to taxpayers outside Canterbury is no higher than in any of those events whilst the cost to taxpayers and ratepayers in Canterbury is TWENTY times more than in any of those events. That’s the point that I said the news media don’t give a damn about, and why should they, after all they all live in Auckland, a long way from Christchurch, and the govt has bent over backwards to stop the insurance cos from pulling out of NZ and crashing property values so for them (the media execs) the earthquakes aren’t a problem, they are entertainment. Its the quality of the coverage that appalls me rather than the quantity.

  16. Vicky32 16

    In a country with the population of Iran, that’s really not many people.

    Which is not really the point – I ought to have added that the huge indifference of the NZ media made me very cross.
    On the weekend, there was a fairly large quake in Indonesia. I know about it because I read about in Corriere delle Sere online, and because one of my Thai students was agitated about it, because of the possibility of more flooding hitting Thailand.
    If an Italian newspaper cares, surely we ought to?
    Afaik, the NZ media didn’t give a damn. I heard no mention of it in NZ, and I am a news junkie… 🙁
     

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    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    11 hours ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    12 hours ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    19 hours ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    19 hours ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    19 hours ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    19 hours ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 day ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    2 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    2 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    2 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    5 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    5 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    6 days ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    6 days ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    7 days ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • 2018 – Submission to the NZ Government Tax Working Group
    Read our submission here ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Guardian: Poll shows DISASTER for Corbyn and the End of Times
    The Guardian - ever eager to forewarn of doom and disaster on the left - are leading with a new poll from Opinium, which puts the Conservatives 15% clear of Labour.Con 38% +2Lab 23% -1Lib Dem 15% -5Brexit 12% +1Green 4% +2This isn't good news, and it would be very ...
    1 week ago
  • How prostitution became the world’s most modern profession
    Being and Being Bought (Spinifex Press, 2013) by Kajsa Ekis Ekman  A synopsis and commentary of Chapters 1-2 by Daphna Whitmore Ekman, a Swedish journalist and critic, brings together a Marxist and feminist analysis of prostitution and surrogacy in this groundbreaking book She opens the discussion with a definition of ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Clever legal fellow on Scottish challenge to Brexit
    I make no claims to having much legal knowledge,  so I defer to those trained in this area.I am very much enjoying this twitter stream from m'learned friend in Edinburgh, deciphering the legal arguments around the Scottish court challenge to Boris Johnson, based on the charmingly obscure principle of Nobile ...
    2 weeks ago
  • An Open Letter From Closed Minds.
    Ivory Folly? The University of Auckland’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, upheld the right of the radical nationalist group, Action Zealandia to exercise their freedom of speech – not matter how distasteful that speech might be. A wiser community of students and scholars would have nodded their agreement and moved on. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extinction Rebellion members want to “eat babies”
    If you are not convinced terrorist Organisation ‘Extinction Rebellion’ is very, very dangerous – watch this video at one of their recent meetings. Not only is this obviously mentally ill Woman begging the other terrorists to promote killing and “eating” babies and children, if you watch carefully other members nod ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 weeks ago
  • The government needs to tell people about the OIA
    The Ombudsman has been surveying people about their knowledge of the OIA and the right to information. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that widespread:The Chief Ombudsman says too many New Zealanders were in the dark over their right to access official information. Peter Boshier said an independent survey released yesterday on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Join the rebellion
    In the wake of last Friday's climate strike, Peter McKenzie had an article in The Spinoff about protest strategies. The school strike movement is "polite" and cooperates with those in power because that's its kaupapa - its led by schoolkids who understandably don't want to risk arrest. But there's more ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Jermey Corbyn, I don’t like GNU (sorry)
    So, the latest ruminations on the gnews from Westminster (Again, sorry; I'll stop making that pun right now).  This follows on from, and likely repeats bits of, my last post, on the suggestion that a Government of National Unity (GNU) should be set up and then oversee a referendum before ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • About time
    New Zealand likes to think of itself as not a racist country (despite being founded on the racist dispossession and subjugation of Maori). But for years, we've had a racist refugee policy, which basicly excludes refugees from Africa and the Middle East unless they already have relatives here. Now, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Legal Beagle: Vexation, or Something Too Long for Twitter
    Several people have asked me whether a particular repeat litigant could be declared a vexatious litigant, in light of their recent decision to appeal an adverse High Court ruling. My nascent tweet thread was getting ridiculously long, so it became this blog post instead.The short answer is: no. The particular ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Zealandia’s Lost Boys.
    Appealing To The Past: Action Zealandia, like so many of the organisations springing up on the far-Right, across what they call the “Anglosphere”, is born out of the profound confusion over what a man is supposed to be in the twenty-first century and, more importantly, what he is supposed to do.THE STATUE OF ...
    2 weeks ago
  • British trade union and political activists defend women’s right to speak, organise
      The attempts of anti-democratic transactivists to (often violently) disrupt women’s rights organising is largely ignored by those sections of the left most prone to misogyny and authoritarianism in New Zealand.  In Britain, however, scores of trade union and left activists added their names to a letter in July, defending ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Turning their back on justice
    The Justice Committee has reported back on the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill. The Bill would establish an independent, quasi-judicial body to investigate and review potential miscarriages of justice, and refer them back to the Court of appeal if required. It would be a vital backstop to our judiciary, help ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    2 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    3 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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    3 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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    3 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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    4 days ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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    5 days ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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    6 days ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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    6 days ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    6 days ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Further details of Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit to New Zealand
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed further details on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand next month. Their Royal Highnesses will visit New Zealand from 17-23 November – their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years. They arrive in Auckland ...
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    6 days ago
  • O’Connor in Thailand to push for RCEP deal
    Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth and Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages. “The RCEP Agreement would anchor New Zealand in a regional agreement that covers 16 countries, ...
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    6 days ago
  • Young Pacific people can access earning and learning opportunities in Hawke’s Bay, Otago and South...
    Pacific young people living in the Hawke’s Bay, Southland and Otago regions will have access to support services that have proved successful in helping young people find new earning and learning opportunities. “Tupu Aotearoa is about changing Pacific young peoples’ lives. Our young people are talented, they are smart, they ...
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    7 days ago
  • Protecting wellbeing – ACC HQSC Trauma Forum
    Introduction As the Minister for ACC I thank you all for the work that you do supporting New Zealanders in their literally most vulnerable moments. From those who hold people’s lives in their hands, to the people who research technique, technology and trends, your work is highly valued. A special ...
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    7 days ago
  • NZ economy in good shape – notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch
    Notes prepared for speeches in Christchurch – Wednesday 9 October 2019 Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There ...
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    7 days ago
  • World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work
    Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important. “This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme ...
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    7 days ago
  • Cultural Ministers Meeting
    Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni will represent the government at Australia’s Meeting of Cultural Ministers in Adelaide this week. “This year’s meeting is special because New Zealand is expected to become an International Member of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers at this Australian forum,” Carmel Sepuloni said. “The meeting is an opportunity to ...
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    1 week ago
  • 608 claims resolved by GCCRS in first year
    The Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service has resolved 608 insurance and EQC claims in its first year in operation, Minister Megan Woods has announced. The government service, which celebrates its first birthday today, provides a one stop shop to help Cantabrians still battling to get their homes repaired or rebuilt ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZ economy in good shape
    Today’s topic, “trends and opportunities for the New Zealand economy,” is certainly one getting a great deal of commentary at the moment. Looking across the media landscape lately you’ll notice we aren’t the only ones having this discussion. There has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the outlook ...
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    1 week ago
  • NZTA to refocus on safety following review
    The Government is acting swiftly to strengthen NZTA’s regulatory role following a review into the Transport Agency, and Ministry of Transport’s performance as its monitor, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. An independent review by Martin Jenkins has found NZTA failed to properly regulate the transport sector under the previous ...
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  • Joint Cooperation Statement on Climate Change between the Netherlands and New Zealand
    The Netherlands and New Zealand have a long-standing and close relationship based on many shared interests and values. We value the rule of law, our democracies, and multilateralism.  And we value our environment – at home and globally. Right now there are major global challenges in all of these areas – ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
    The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark.  Initial sampling of District Health Boards payroll records has found that around $550-$650 million is owed to DHB staff to comply with the Holidays Act. It’s expected ...
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  • Government accounts show strong economy
    A strong surplus and low debt show the economy is performing well, and means the Government is in a good position to meet the challenges of global economic uncertainty. “The surplus and low levels of debt show the economy is in good shape. This allows the Government to spend more ...
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  • Ministers approve application to expand Waihi mine
    New applications from mining company OceanaGold to purchase land in Waihi for new tailings ponds associated with its gold mines have been approved. Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Associate Minister of Finance David Parker considered the applications under the Overseas Investment Act. Earlier this year, applications from OceanaGold to ...
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  • Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla launches with tribute to tangata whenua
    New Zealanders in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay will witness Māori, Pākehā and Pacific voyaging traditions come together today as the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla assembles for the first time, Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti Minister Kelvin Davis says. “Tuia 250 is a national commemoration and an opportunity for honest conversations ...
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    1 week ago
  • Visit to advance trade agenda with Europe and the Commonwealth
    Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker leaves tomorrow for Dubai, London and Berlin for a series of meetings to advance New Zealand’s trade interests.  In Dubai he will visit New Zealand’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 where construction is underway.  There he will meet Minister of State for International Cooperation, Her ...
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