Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in.

Written By: - Date published: 3:18 pm, February 24th, 2016 - 86 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, christchurch earthquake, corruption, Gerry Brownlee, housing, john key, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: , , ,

Seems that Christchurch people are quite reasonably demanding that all residential insurance claims be settled by the end of March – ie, after a period of five years and six weeks (some say it’s five years, six months and six weeks).

(speakers begin at about the 13min mark)

There are some interesting snippets of info provided by speakers, such as, that the officially sanctioned bodge and fixit repairs that are, or were, apparently all the rage, will in future be used by insurance companies to kill off future claims (A bit like ACC refusing accidental injury cover by alleging the presence of pre-existing conditions)

I kind of liked the bit about 30min in when the following new word, packaged with an appropriate definition was put out there – Keyism: a Keyism is when you say one thing but the opposite is true and you get away with it because no-one has the evidence to challenge you.

The following examples of Keyisms are given by the speaker before he points to the reality that the original statements sought to confound.

John Key in 2011 – “No-one will be worse off.”

John Key again – “This government is backing Cantabrians.” ($2 billion had been taken out of EQC, not the $200 million that the speaker suggested)

Gerry Brownlee in 2011 “The recovery is in full swing”
Gerry Brownlee in 2012 “The recovery is in full swing”
Gerry Brownlee in 2013 “The recovery is in full swing”

Tim Grafton. (chief exec of Insurance Council of NZ) “We have nothing to gain from not settling claims quickly.”

The entire vid is worth skipping through/dipping into. What struck me was the ordinariness of this (supposedly, I guess) rent-a-crowd. Anyway, they were invited to chalk their sentiments through-out Cathedral Square at the end of the gathering and the phrases ‘sad’ – ‘broken’ – ‘ripped off’ – ‘fucked off’ – ‘deceived’ – ‘angry’ – ‘numb’ etc…were captured by the camera person before the council, within a few short hours, came in to wash every last piece of chalked graffiti away.

As the some what emotional ‘Wizard’ commented –

They couldn’t even let the signs of pain be seen.

86 comments on “Christchurch, keyisms and this state we’re in. ”

  1. And we are supposed to hold Politicians in high regard !

    They are nothing but low down lying scumbags.

    But wait till this time next year, and the next election is just around the corner, the bribery will start to appear again.

    Surely the good people of Christchurch will know which way to place their vote.

    If this lot get one city seat I will be very surprised.
    Even Brownlee will get tossed on the garbage heap.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      “Surely the good people of Christchurch will know which way to place their vote.”

      Don’t count on it. The swing to the right in Christchurch in 2011 is what let National get re-elected.

      I was sure there’d be a strong anti-National sentiment in Christchurch at 2014, but it didn’t happen.

      • pat 1.1.1

        like you i was surprised by the swing to National in ChCh at lat election….then I considered Labour’s response….and was surprised no more

      • Rosie 1.1.2

        Lanthanide. Yep. As a side note I thought West Coast, into their second election after Pike River would turn and party vote Labour but they increased their party vote National

    • repateet 1.2

      My level of cynicism says that Brownlee’s majority will probably increase.

  2. vto 2

    Legislation should have been introduced requiring a use-of-money cost to be attached to each and every claim.

    Exactly like the IRD does to us.

    Wankers tied to corporate interests. The National Party receives large donations from corporates like insurance companies.

    If this government did introduce such legislation the insurance companies would stop their donations to the National Party – this is the reason it doesn’t happen.

    The National Party and its government are corrupt.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    Demanding that all insurance deals be sorted by the end of March is unrealistic.

    Demanding they all be sorted by the end of the year (as Andrew Little poorly attempted to explain yesterday on RNZ) is also unrealistic.

    There’s a thing called “shifting the goalposts”, which is exactly what putting a time limit with that short a horizon in place would be doing.

    • vto 3.1

      A use-of-money requirement would deal with both issues

    • Bill 3.2

      They’ve been fucked around for years. Time to end it. If the insurance industry are saying it’s unrealistic to settle up after over half a decade, then that’s the insurance industry’s problem. Fuck them. (And uh-huh, before you deal that card, I don’t know how citizens can leverage an insurance industry)

      Bet if they were threatened with something like expropriation though, the ‘unrealistic’ would just quite suddenly and apparently magically… happen.

      • Lanthanide 3.2.1

        My understanding is a lot of it can be sheeted to EQC (but of course the insurance industry have been intimately involved since the beginning).

        When EQC finally decide that a claim is over their $115,000 cap – and that has taken 2-4 years in many cases, it is then turned over to the insurance company. Who then starts from absolute scratch. It appears that EQC actually don’t pass *any* information on to the insurance company, the insurance company just gets told the very basics of the claim and have to re-generate all the investigative paperwork from scratch.

        Now, it’s possible that actually the insurance companies could request the paperwork from EQC, but for whatever reason, it appears that they don’t.

        • linda 3.2.1.1

          i suspect the insurance companies are dragging it out so it doesn’t stress there balance sheets .
          and poor repairs are probable the result of the lack of money on the house repairs
          if your a builder fletcher sets the price if your given 5000 dollars and the work realistically is 20000 dollars something has to give

        • Having worked at both EQC and a private insurer, let’s say there’s not a significant amount of trust there. Private insurers don’t want to trust EQC’s costings ever, and prefer to do the costing from scratch because it lets them know if they disagree that the house would be overcap.

          • pat 3.2.1.2.1

            the duo that scoped our place were an Aussie “builder”(suspect he was a painter/paperhanger) and an ex cop, The justification from EQC for using ex cops was their experience in investigation, and fraud was inferred….unfortunately the ex cops were investigating the wrong parties.
            They were so organized that the next scope they were to do that day (they spent a grand total of one hour on site,and didn’t check either the sub floor or ceiling cavities, nor measure anything…the cop did absolutely nothing but make polite conversation)…was at a place approximately one hours drive away..when commented upon I was told it was typical.

            Obviously the subsequent report (scope) was toilet paper

            • Matthew Whitehead 3.2.1.2.1.1

              Yeah without commenting too much on your specific case, if it’s still relevant, you can either get your place re-assesed, or contest the scope using a quote from a qualified builder. There are still teams in EQC whose job is essentially putting that kind of thing right. Best of luck to you.

              • pat

                I got out of EQCs clutches years ago, thank God….unlike thousands of others, many elderly, vulnerable who have been treated appallingly…..but then if you work for EQC you probably know that as well as I do.

                • I don’t work for EQC anymore, but I can say with a pretty high level of confidence that the staff actually working to settle the claims wants to get everyone a fair settlement and prioritise cases that are most in need. There’s just been a lot of challenges along the way, and the amount of work to be done was huge, so people ended up waiting years while it was chipped away at.

                  Believe it or not, the EQC settlement process for Canterbury is actually one of the most complicated state insurance program rollouts ever, and it’s done better than the private industry response to Hurricane Katrina, (very few people have been paid off by the private insurers in the USA- having the government in the mix has probably put a lot of pressure on to accelerate things here, even though it hasn’t been handled perfectly) and dealt with things in a much more nuanced way than the Japanese response to their own earthquake disaster, where they basically just determined how many quarters of the rated value of your home you’d get. (They did manage to settle faster than we did in New Zealand, but if you only have four settlement outcomes instead of an entire decision tree to follow, that’s not surprising)

                  I did work at putting a lot of cases right while I was there, and yes, some of those included people in similar situations to what you mentioned. I actually stayed on with EQC longer than I intended to because I believed the work was important and I was one of the higher-performing people there, and wanted to get the settlement done right whenever I could. I decided to leave around the time that my part of the business was winding down from actually settling claims.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Thanks for the insight, Matthew.

                  • pat

                    as you draw comparison to Katrina perhaps we should examine how the comparable Federal body performed, the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program)

                    “NFIP paid an unprecedented dollar amount for a record number of claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Congress increased NFIP’s borrowing authority with the U.S. Treasury from a pre-Katrina level of $1.5 billion to about $20.8 billion in March 2006, but FEMA will probably not be able to repay this debt on annual premium revenues of about $2 billion. As of May 2006, NFIP had paid approximately 162,000 flood damage claims from Hurricane Katrina and another 9,000 claims from Hurricane Rita. Most paid claims were for primary residences where flood insurance was generally required.
                    FEMA and its private sector partners faced several challenges in processing a record number of flood claims from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, among them were (1) reaching insured properties in a timely way because of blocked roadways and flood water contamination and (2) identifying badly damaged homes to be inspected in locations where street signs had washed away. Despite these and other obstacles, FEMA reported that over
                    95 percent of Gulf Coast claims had been closed by May 2006, a time frame comparable to those for closing claims in other, smaller recent floods. To help keep pace with the volume of claims filed, FEMA approved expedited methods for claims processing that were unique to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

                    http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07169.pdf

                    So 171,000 claims 95% closed in 9 months….and you maintain EQC has out performed this?

                    but the most curious feature about this exchange is the fact you haven’t refuted any of the observations around scoping, costings and repairs nor the underlying motivations…..and I didn’t even bring up the no fault/liability contract with Fletchers nor the documented cases of nepotism.

                    …it is the same old refrain that all senior EQC staff parrot…..”its complicated”…I suggest it has been made more complicated than it needed to be and for a reason

          • Lanthanide 3.2.1.2.2

            Right, that makes sense.

            So a better procedure would have been to involve the insurance companies earlier for any house that was $60k+ with a reasonable chance of going overcap. The insurance companies could have been involved in the process sooner.

            Also if legislation was written such that once it goes to an insurance company it stays with them, regardless if future analysis would place it back under the cap, they’re stuck with managing it (but could then seek repayment from EQC behind-the-scenes).

            • Matthew Whitehead 3.2.1.2.2.1

              Actually the cutoff for risk of going overcap was usually considered $80k. The costing needed to have significant problems to end up overcap when it started below $80k. And yeah, I believe that was one of the things attempted- it’s just that it didn’t work out very well.

        • pat 3.2.1.3

          “Now, it’s possible that actually the insurance companies could request the paperwork from EQC, but for whatever reason, it appears that they don’t.”

          In that I don’t blame the ICs….the EQC scopes are not worth the paper they are written on..their sole CPEng who conducted thousands of reports, and oversaw and trained scoping staff had his registration removed by IPENZ only to have it reinstated on appeal (due to a technicality) after Government pressure.

          It is a systemic and deliberate policy(driven directly from the Beehive) of under scoping damage to reduce liability and create delay to spread that reduced liability over as long a timeframe as possible….and to hell with the consequences for those unaware or unable to seek legal redress..and even then its dragged out as long as humanly possible.

          The ICs have their own methods that are not much better but in some respects it is expected they will behave unethically and cynically…however one would not expect such behavior to be facilitated by and indeed adopted by our so called leaders

      • pat 3.2.2

        “They’ve been fucked around for years.Time to end it.”

        sadly even if all claims were miraculously fairly settled tomorrow it will still not be the end of it for two main reasons
        1) the overwhelming majority are cash settled and the actual work still has to be done
        2) there are thousands of Fletchers “repairs” (and some re repairs) that need to be addressed….many of those properties should have been written off from day one

        This will be like leaky buildings and the consequences will play out over decades
        …and it won’t be those responsible that pick up the tab….it will be the taxpayer

    • pat 3.3

      what then ,in your opinion is realistic?

      • A much better approach would be the government legislating to remove some stalling tactics, and a fair way to solve disputes between insurers. A lot of people whose claims are held up it’s because of disagreements between multiple insurers about who’s responsible to fix what, or what sort of repair strategy is needed. (ie. three people have attached properties, insurers 1 and 2 say the whole thing is a rebuild, insurer 3 insists it can be repaired)

        Forcing people to make decisions that are currently blocked up- even if you force them to do it in a sub-obtimal way- ultimately speeds up the claims process.

        Arbitrary timelines are not helpful until the logjams are solved. That’s essentially the left-wing version of the National Party wanting to put a time limit on treaty claims.

        • pat 3.3.1.1

          The MUBs (multi unit building) are a grossly overstated cause of delay…it is a convenient excuse for them…while it is true there are multiple ICs and owners in most cases the delay is caused by a dispute over damage and what they are prepared to do to fix it or how much they will pay.
          The IC will say the claimant is in “negotiation” when the IC has offered 100K to fix what may have been independently assessed as costing say 400K….if you trust the independent costings your only recourse is High Court where over 90% are settled on the steps maybe 2 years later(or beat your head against a slow moving brick wall and negotiate that sum up to maybe 250K and cut your loses)…how many pensioners do you know with 60K sitting in the bank for such a rainy day event?…or have another 2 plus years of wasted ,captured time?

          • pat 3.3.1.1.1

            forgot to note…and this after they have spent thousands, or in some cases 10s of thousands getting the independent professional reports to counter the IC position (or EQC) which in most cases are ignored unless a court date set.

          • Matthew Whitehead 3.3.1.1.2

            MUBs were a legitimate challenge to work around, mostly because a lot of them have been conveyed in a way that’s not consistent with the law, so you’d have odd situations where the ownership structures were not consistent and so you often needed everyone to just agree on a group approach. Figuring out a fair approach to settling MUBs really did delay a lot of claims. (I worked on low-value cash settlement at EQC, and there were thousands of MUBs that had to wait until almost all other settlement was done because it took that long to get a strategy in place)

            Your insurer should absolutely review your independent report, whether the relevant insurer is EQC or your private insurer. That said, they’re not required to agree with the particular methodologies your builder has recommended. Some builders cost using unnecessarily expensive materials or methodologies, so sometimes that will cause the difference. (Although a 4x price difference usually just means one of the two builders, yours or theirs, has screwed up majorly, or is unfairly under- or over-pricing. Sometimes it’s a mixture of all of the above!)

            It’s nuts that you’re expected to take the case to court though. Have you tried the IFSO yet? It sounds like your claim is “deadlocked” to me. Here’s a relevant URL:
            http://www.iombudsman.org.nz/information/insurance/canterbury-earthquakes/

            • pat 3.3.1.1.2.1

              MUBs may present additional complexities (though I know of cases where the MUB excuse has been used for single owner sites)it doesn’t have any impact on the scoping process or costings
              In most instances (TC2,TC3) the professional reports were costed by Quantity Surveyors and costings were based on best practice, the standard both the industry and courts expect.
              Nor do any of the factors mentioned explain diminishing damage and costings over several scopes, nor the action of EQCs agents EQR to carry out repairs without geotechnical investigation as required by even the watered down MBIE guidelines, thousand of which have failed, some after 2 or more attempts at repair
              There are no excuses for EQCs actions and the evidence is there to be found despite the governments ongoing attempts to block it

  4. esoteric pineapples 4

    Trouble is, an awful lot of Christchurch residents keep on voting for National

    • vto 4.1

      .
      exactly

      the people have got what they vote for ……. a government that is beholden to corporate interests and insurance sector donations to the National Party

    • Tc 4.2

      And this is their reward, wake the F up canterbury !

      You are a victim of disaster economics so while fletchers and other nat party mates have done very nicely its at your expense.

    • pat 4.3

      trouble is an awful lot of NZers keep voting National.

      • aerobubble 4.3.1

        How does it aid insurance companies when eqc dithering means years later a house suddenly requires a payout? How does it help an insurance company with open liabilities like that? Worse that future events could worsen the situation, like the true damage of the land, aka red zone. Basically Labour bowed out, maybe as it would look pathetic to politic over misery, and really govt had all the means to make good news stories and hammer Labour. So i can understand Labours stand offishment but Labours real problem is their lack of ability to hit popular buttons with nuanced sound bites that deliver both indication of depth in thinking yet also staged bile that says they are to be reckoned with and can fight a corner. There is no consensus thinking behind Labour, nothing to get onboard with. Peters however tapped into real anger in Northland, geez when Wellington put a toll road into one of our poorest regions it was going to cause heat, then to talk about bridges, too little to late, Key woefully out of touch.

        After the prez and uk ref, the world will be in a different place so why bother with thinking about changing Key. His infamous they kept the faith on re-election should have engaged someone in Labour to push the stale economics, tried and failed, deinfationary destablizing economics of the past, Keys faith button and give us finally a indication Labour get it and are willing t get out in front of it.

          • aerobubble 4.3.1.1.1

            ..by shorting customers…

            How do you short a claim held up by EQC? People who got out early is a different matter. Those paying rent and mortgage arguably are exposing eqc and insurance companies to legal jeopardy, as any delay costs can accrue, like land damages. It actual benefits insurers to payout as the debt is a risk on the balance sheet. However govt had an interest in delay, spreading the rebuild, and spreading eqc payouts

            • pat 4.3.1.1.1.1

              by shorting customers AND investing that capital. Insurance companies don’t cover land and EQC have developed a model to virtually void all land claims….there is no risk to the ICs balance sheet , indeed it strengthens its position.

              http://www.interest.co.nz/property/69847/cam-preston-investigates-how-iag-uses-reinsurance-arrangements-its-nz-business-and

              • aerobubble

                Developed how? Brownlee arbitrarily? Like i said it benefits govt to delay and as you point out stack the process against citizens. However, how does a review of cap that suddenly goes to a private insurer years after the quake looking good, unforeseen future claims popping up for the last five years hurts insurers and insurees, surely. Only govt central govt benefits as ongoing neoliberalism also hurts the minr players and bails the big dogs.

                • pat

                  you conflate the two…there is no advantage to the ICs from EQC delaying the overlap decision at this late stage(indeed it pisses the ICs off no end), but there is advantage to the Government. The ICs were happy for the delays in the first few years as it assisted them but as the pressure from the reinsurers came on to finalize their liability the ICs became irritated……dont make the mistake of believing the only IC claims unsettled (or fairly settled) are those delayed by the EQC process.

                  Developed how? assume you’re referring to the EQC land damage claims? You are obviously not in a TC2 or 3 area of ChCh….EQC sought judicial review of a decision to pay “diminution of value” as opposed to either reinstating or paying the cost of reinstatement (as per the Act)….they were granted with the condition that their decisions were open to legal challenge(on a case by case basis)….these payments were scheduled to be settled by the end of 2015, now are expected to be “substantially complete” by the end of 2016….virtually none have been paid to date…all “visible” land damage has been paid as of around the end of last year….most received either nothing or about enough for a trailer load of soil….EQC have not met one target (which they themselves set)…and have missed them not by weeks or months, but years…this is brief outline of the land claim fiasco…the details make for mind numbing disbelief.

    • It was truly a lost opportunity that we had a National government at the time of the quakes. A Labour government would have used the opportunity to improve the housing stock to acceptable standards, not just repaired it to the previous standard.

  5. sabine 5

    some people of Canterbury may have voted for National out of Party believe and such.

    but i think for the largest part people voted ‘to not rock the boat’, to ‘ deal with he devil they know instead of the new devil” especially as they still have to deal with Claims and such.

    I can be annoyed with Aucklanders that voted National for no other reason then Greed, but the ladies and gents in CHCH do get a pass from me, as not only did they have to live in rubble, use Porta Potties for the most human business, but also deal with PSTD and the likes. I can understand why they voted in 3 Labour Candidates vs 2 National Candidates, but left the Party Vote to National. They started the clean up, they would be best suited to finish it, and with any other government and with any other people i would assume they were correct, but we are talking John Oh So Comfortable and watch this Drive Key, The most honorable Double Dipper from Dipton Mr. Finance Minister Bill English, Mr. Gerry Mudcake Brownlee Minister of the Misconstruction of CHCH and the likes. I think the citizens of CHCH have/are now realised that they voted for a bunch of cons.

    The crowd in this clip is not a easily dismissed “rent a crowd from AKL” that can be easily vilified all over the country as being Aucklanders, these are nice, middle aged, middle class people that could be every ones parents.

    the seems are coming undone.

    • linda 5.1

      if they voted national they are getting exactly what they deserve national has always been the party of criminals thieves and looters

    • venezia 5.2

      You overlook the fact that there was a huge population shift out of Christchurch. Plus many in Christchurch did not vote at all. Too busy surviving? or given up on politicians?

  6. Stuart Munro 6

    The Aussie clip shows the heartlessness of authorities pretty graphically.

    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4408012.htm

    • vto 6.1

      That is a really good piece and anyone with an interest should watch it….

      I have been thinking recently that there is a claim possible by way of class action for something abusive, against the human rights act, negligence, some other tort perhaps, breach of duty, acting in bad faith…. and it needs to be for MASSIVE punitive damages….

      This is true.

      The people would pile into it

      • pat 6.1.1

        you have no idea how many people have contacted the HRC to no result….every idea you can think of has already been tried

        • vto 6.1.1.1

          I mean a private class action beginning in the High Court in the sum of $500million, against EQC, IAG, NZI, the lot

          I don’t mean a complaint to a government department – sheesh, how self-defeating

          • pat 6.1.1.1.1

            there are class actions against both Southern Response and EQC…there have been numerous complaints to HRC and the Ombudsman (both the IC Ombudsman and the Gov Ombudsman), there have been appeals to the opposition parties and the media (both domestic and foreign,there has even been a direct appeal to our head of state)….something about ovum and grandparents

            • vto 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Sure, but still not the same no.

              Punitive damages. On a massive scale. Bigger than $500million actually. Triple that to $1.5billion. It has to count, be felt.

              Remember it is NZ’s largest claim ever and something like the third biggest in the world EVER ffs…

              • pat

                there are no punitive damages in the NZ legal system…only demonstrated costs and loses…if you’re lucky

                • vto

                  Not right.

                  Sheesh, people like you are also a problem. I don’t mean t be rude but I really have little time for “yes, but ….. ” people..

                  they get nowhere

                  • pat

                    then you you know more than a LL.B PhD….and i have no time time for delusional twats who espouse tried and failed remedies from afar….Einstein had something pertinent to say about that.

                    • vto

                      Wooooo – so you are a “yes, but…” person, with an ego that doesn’t like being whacked.

                      And tell me, does a PhD on top of your LL.B mean you know more about this than me with merely an LL.B, among other degrees?

                      Or does a PhD lead you down a road of unrealism, like so many of the great unwashed perceive with PhD-types?

                      On the actual point – you have gone down the wrong track and need to back up the horses. Stick to the well worn track and you will end up down the well worn track.

                    • vto

                      Exactly. The well worn tracks. Lawyers are not known for innovative thinking – they are known for putting up the problems and obstacles to new ways. That is their job.

                      Plus, for the layman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_damages note in particular people, the points about insurance bad faith and also nz

                      best move aside there Pat

                    • pat

                      “Exactly. The well worn tracks. Lawyers are not known for innovative thinking”

                      you mean lawyers like yourself ?

                      “And tell me, does a PhD on top of your LL.B mean you know more about this than me with merely an LL.B, among other degrees?”

                      lmao ..speaking of egos and moving aside….own a mirror?

                    • vto

                      you can have the last word – seems important to you…

                      note though that your assumption I am a lawyer is wrong. Silly to assume silly. Well worn tracks are anathema to me – rather be bush-bashing to a cliff edge or an undiscovered paradise….

            • weka 6.1.1.1.1.2

              “something about ovum and grandparents”

              What doe taht mean?

  7. righty right 7

    john key has to lie there was never enough money Christchurch should suck it up sorry this is as good as it gets . and don’t you dare contradict the key god

    • pat 7.1

      you are right that money is at the heart..u.nfortunately the ones being required to “suck it up” are the elderly , the vulnerable and those without the means to take legal action….it is by design and was foreshadowed by Key in 2011 when he said there will be “winners and losers”…the likes of Fletchers are the winners(and the international ICs) and your aunty or grandad are the losers….and ultimately YOU the taxpayer are the loser because if they had acted with integrity the ultimate cost would have been less.

    • AmaKiwi 7.2

      Can someone please tell me where I sign up to be part of a rent-a-crowd?

      I only work part-time and am always looking for extra work.

      Key can ask the IRD and ACC for details.

      Could a Labour MP please ask Key during question time who the unemployed contact to get work at Rent-a-Crowd Ltd.?

    • Katipo 7.3

      Neolib 101. Privatise the profits and socialise the losses.

  8. weka 8

    Youtube link

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQmxeD2f2xE

    (Bill, I can’t get that embedded version to open in youtube and the embed link made it very complicated to find the original).

  9. Rosie 9

    I hope to look through the link of Sundays protest when I have the time. I just had a moment to look at the Wizard talking about the council contractors who came and washed away the chalk words people had expressed. Their own words with their own individual meanings. To wash these words away is deeply disrespectful and insulting. They would have faded and smudged away over the next few days. What an unnecessary and cruel thing to do.

    There is a poem that I have found comforting in the past when coping with grief, and then again this month when someone I cherished and spent 16 years with passed away. I’m very aware of the ongoing grief of the people of CHCH. This one’s for you.

    It’s an oldie but a goody. Some of you may know it.

    When the heart
    Is cut or cracked or broken
    Do not clutch it
    Let the wound lie open:

    Let the wind
    From the good old sea blow in,
    To bathe the wound with salt
    And let it sting

    Let a stray dog lick it
    Let a bird lean in the hole and sing
    A simple song like a tiny bell
    And let it ring.

    From Short Notes From The Long History Of Happiness. Michael Leunig 1996.

  10. Philj 10

    Is this EQC tragedy an example of a successful PPP? The Government in step with the corporate. Sounds a bit like fascist state. The Wizard cannot believe what he has experienced. This tragedy was NZ’s test of democracy and decency- it has failed all NZersNZers, and I fear that your house could be next.
    Kia Kaha Christchurch. The facts will not speak for themselves.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    15 hours ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    15 hours ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

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

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

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

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

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

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

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

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

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

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

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

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

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

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

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

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

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

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    5 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

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

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

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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