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Coalition Problems? Tell ’em they’re Dreaming!

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 pm, September 13th, 2018 - 82 comments
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The National Party and their paid stooges have been promoting the narrative that NZ First is the party that’s really in control of the new government. That’s bollocks.

What’s actually happening is that we have an MMP Government that is functioning in exactly the way it was envisaged to work. The three parties negotiate, they argue for their positions, they seek consensus and then they enact legislation. And, yes, it is a three way deal. The Greens have managed to find ways to build a relationship with NZ First that must be annoying the hell out of the Nats.

Much has already been agreed, as part of the post election bargaining. But much more has yet to be decided and if there is no immediate agreement on an issue, then there will discussions. Some issues will be bottom line matters for one or more parties, most will not be contentious. All will be agreed, in some form or other.

The fundamental difference between this Government and the three versions of the Key administration is that Labour do not have an outright majority with cling on parties entirely dependent on the whims of the Prime Minister.

Key had the ability to tell the Maori Party, Peter Dunne and the token Act MP to piss off any time he chose. Those parties were mere lapdogs, warming their fat arses on the heated seats of limousines only as long as they kept quietly obedient.

The Ardern led Government is going to be successful, and be re-elected, exactly because its policies are going to be strenuously tested in house before they go to a parliamentary vote.

Now, it’s fair to say, it’s not always going to be to be Labour’s liking. There will be disappointment, there will be disagreement, there will be disputes. However, when legislation goes forward, it will reflect the will of the entire coalition, not just the brain farts of the leadership.

Can anyone see this Government blowing millions on vanity projects like the flag referendum?

No, me neither.

Winston Peters gets it right when he notes that

“This is the first real MMP government and consultation and communication are what we do”.

That’s MMP folks.

Working as it should, working in the interests of the majority, not the parasitic minority.

Here’s a good example. The Tories have said that the proposed strengthening of the Employment Relations Act was going to fall over because NZ First was agin it.

Not so, as it turns out.

I’ve no doubt that the NZ’s worst employers, the Talley’s group, have been leaning on Shane Jones. These guys always expect a return on their money and they haven’t donated all that dosh to various MP’s down the years because they love parliamentary democracy.

But if the Talley brothers have reminded Jones of where his loyalties should lie, it hasn’t worked.

And that’s because the strength of this coalition is respect for different opinions and a way of working that emphasises consensus. How very different from the undemocratic FPP when a one seat majority ensured an effective dictatorship over legislation.

No, this is the modern way. No wonder the right can’t understand why they lost the last election.

They’re dinosaurs, watching the comets fall.

82 comments on “Coalition Problems? Tell ’em they’re Dreaming! ”

  1. BM 1

    The National Party and their paid stooges have been promoting the narrative that NZ First is the party that’s really in control of the new government

    They’re doing a great job because that’s what everyone’s thinking.

    Ardern really going to struggle to come back from this.

    • mike 1.1

      Yeah right!

    • Chris T 1.2

      Indeed

      Perception is everything

    • In Vino 1.3

      What a beautiful example of wishful thinking presented as fact. Dream on, Bullshit Mountain

    • Enough is Enough 1.4

      I am still working out whether the opposition is doing a superb job, or the media is doing the opposition’s job for them.

      Either way you are correct in the sense that the current narrative is we have a dysfunctional government. Some of that is warranted (e.g. the constant contradictory messaging), but a lot of it is just the reality of coalition government.

      What is clear is that the Prime Minister needs to step up and take control of the situation. Making herself available for this weekend political shows would be a good start.

  2. Kat 2

    The National Party and their paid stooges including pathetic wee blog trolls are fast becoming irrelevant and only serve as momentary amusement and as decreasingly interesting examples of a bygone era.

  3. Dennis Frank 3

    Reassuring to see the govt back on track on this issue. May not get visibly back on track on the other issues quite so soon? If not, must be taking a slow but sure approach, not in a hurry? Perhaps we can give them the benefit of the doubt for now. 🙄

  4. Chuck 4

    “The Ardern led Government is going to be successful, and be re-elected, exactly because its policies are going to be strenuously tested in house before they go to a parliamentary vote.”

    I needed a good laugh tonight…I admire you turning a pig’s ear into a silk purse!

    Ardern needs to take back control, but in reality, she can’t without risking everything. This is all about NZF staying above 5% come 2020.

    Watch NZF becoming even more assertive…its there formula not to go the way of a minor party when in Government.

    • BM 4.1

      Ardern can’t because she’s not a leader, she’s so far above her pay grade it’s not funny, she really is the accidental PM.

      Will NZ survive the next 2 years?, I can only hope.

      • Grey Area 4.1.1

        You really are tiresome with your repeated emphatic statements that are purely your opinion yet you seem to believe they are facts. Delusional.

      • Stuart Munro 4.1.2

        The concept of inclusive leadership flies above the heads of the Gnat faithful – they need a “strong” abusive leader who will punish them as they deserve. Rather like the frog’s king:

        The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty, and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled. No milk and water government for them, they declared. So they sent a petition to Jupiter asking for a king.
        Jupiter saw what simple and foolish creatures they were, but to keep them quiet and make them think… ~Phaedrus

      • RedLogix 4.1.3

        @BM.

        Yes I can understand why Adern does not look like the traditional ‘leader’ model that you are using here. By that measuring stick she’s not a good fit.

        But leadership does not have to be limited to a narrow uni-dimensional form, the classic ENTJ extrovert, dramatic and judgemental … always convinced and convincing of their own rightness and authority. It’s a top down strategy that works well in closely defined contexts and where speed of execution is critical.

        But the modern world is far too complex for any one individual, or even a small coterie of close advisors, to grapple with effectively. In the OP the phrase three parties negotiate, they argue for their positions, they seek consensus and then they enact legislation requires a different more subtle form of leadership.

        And by that standard Adern may well be doing something you appear to be blind to.

        • BM 4.1.3.1

          Can you tell me what Arderns leadership credentials actually are?

          I get it you’re a left winger, but fuck me this individual has never run anything, her time in opposition was nothing more than be the smile and wave happy face monkey for Labour.

          It fucks with my head that someone with no qualifications or experience in any sort of leadership roles can end up as the PM of NZ?

          Politics and political parties are crap and need to be done away with.

          • KJT 4.1.3.1.1

            Being a corporate drone in the right position to rort the NZ dollar, is, of course, qualification for leadership?

          • KJT 4.1.3.1.2

            There is another model of leadership than the autocratic, top down, authoritarian one that you hanker for.

            It is facilitative, democratic and co-operative.

            And, it is proven more effective.

            So much so, it is used by elite military units, ships officers and airline pilots.

          • Dennis Frank 4.1.3.1.3

            Yeah but that logic could be applied to anyone. Trump, for instance. Reagan was a B-grade movie actor, a sports reporter before that. Kirk was an engine-driver, Bolger a farmer, Muldoon an accountant, Obama a university lecturer. It’s not like there’s an established career path to becoming PM. Democracy was designed to allow anyone to get there!

            • BM 4.1.3.1.3.1

              Yeah, I get that.

              But really Ardern? I’ve been around this blog for a very long time, have a memory like an elephant and I can honestly say no one has ever rated Ardern anything more than just a shallow gimmick.

              All of a sudden everyones making her out to be this amazing leader with all these skills, blah, blah, blah. 🙄

              It’s just horseshit and actually quite scary something as ill-equipped as Ardern ends up running the show, madness!

              • Dennis Frank

                I understand your scepticism. I agree that the charisma or sincerity or whatever appeals to so many voters doesn’t mean she has leadership capacity. However she has actually showed some of that in her progress as Labour leader, and in the negotiations with Winston.

                As I’ve pointed out here, there’s also been a noticeable lack lately, but I’m reserving judgment. Let’s see how she represents the coalition tomorrow.

                • BM

                  she has actually shown some of that in her progress as Labour leader, and in the negotiations with Winston.

                  Good one fella, this is how it actually went

                  WP: Bill, I’d like a billion dollars to buy me a seat up north as well as 2 cabinet positions

                  BE: Lol, fuck off you drunken old cunt, you only got 7%

                  JA : Only a billion? how about 5 billion and 8 cabinet positions

                  WP; Jesus, steady on girl how about 3 billion and 4 cabinet positions, don’t want to look too greedy.

                  JA : it’s a deal

                  Press; Ohhh that Ardern she’s such a political maestro 🙄

                  • McFlock

                    Apparently, the reverse happened. It’s just that National thought NZ1 could be bribed with baubles of office but no policy concessions. But to be fair, that’s been true for their coalition peons partners over the previous nine years.

                    The mysterious leaking of Winston’s pension details might have helped Labour just a wee bit, too.

          • Sacha 4.1.3.1.4

            Ardern led a world socialist politicians’ organisation at one stage, didn’t she?

  5. R.P Mcmurphy 5

    they halfway down the runway and about to ignite the afterburners…

    • Chris T 5.1

      …..And Winston just took charge of the joy stick, decided to pull back into the terminal and reschedule take off till a later date, re-routing the flight path and leaving loads of frustrated passengers who chose that airline for the journey

  6. Nice post. So ‘on the mark’ and funny as usual. The right are in disarray at the moment, I’m sure they’ll get it together eventually, say 4 terms, anyway so funny watching the desperate attempts by the right to create a story. Im loving mmp and this government.

  7. Ngungukai 7

    Should be a 4 term Coalition Government.

  8. Ankerrawshark 8

    Actually labour is not going to win in2020 if the msm has anything to do with it. Fortunately social media will be what swings it and the youth vote. Note how ardern is often at schools around youth, swarmed by young women wanting selfies at suffer age event in Chch tonight. They don’t tune into beltway politicking.

    My son whose not left as such, lifted his head while jacinda was on the tellie and said yeah she speaks well…..the Curren thing went over his head. Not engaged by it.

    Jacinda is phenomenal. No one will remember any of these msm created dramas come the election. They’ll renember how cool she is and how they are not paying a student loan and how their relatives in their 30s won a kiwi build ballot

    • BG 8.1

      Sorry to tell you but Social Media ‘likes’ and progressive ‘tweets’ mean absolutely nothing as they’re confined to a very small self serving echo chamber.

      Remember the Internet Mana party? Their supporters were telling everyone from all their ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ they were going to romp past 5%…only to get to 1.4%

      Oh that’s right, it was the evil media that prevented them from garnering more votes, not the public at all, who just decided that they didn’t want them.

  9. Incognito 9

    Very good post! Bryan Gould wrote a similar post: http://www.bryangould.com/coalition-government-working-as-it-should/

    MMP is and always will be hard work, much harder than FPP and it isn’t for the fainthearted, it requires a different kind of politics & politicians so all kudos to Winston Peters.

    As far as I can tell, from a long distance, the coalition partners are working well together but to me they are still wearing their party hats too often and too ostentatiously and their Government hats seem to come second. The MSM, helpful as ever, does cultivate the party distinctions and beats up any perceived signs of simmering disagreement rather than accentuate the commonalities and team work based on consensus and shared views.

    Being in Government ought to transcend party politics IMHO, at least some of the time.

    • Kat 9.1

      Yes, certainly a lot of “beating” going on when it comes to the National Party and its stooges in the MSM………. and not last but certainly the least, the wee blog trolls.

    • Marcus Morris 9.2

      Great article, as always, from Bryan Gould. I doubt that the usual trolls who “trot their stuff” on this site would bother to read it or to even understand it. If they are old enough to have voted in the MMP referenda of the early eighties, they might recall that it has evolved exactly as it was designed. One of its champions, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, another intellect in the same league as Bryan Gould, called it the “curbing of unbridled power”. The more extreme in the right wing camp, with their incredible sense of entitlement, just cannot understand that any other approach to government than their own is either possible or desirable. In Britain it’s called Toryism.

  10. greywarshark 10

    It’s good this MMP. It is true, I think, that MMP tends to stabilise and make it hard for revolutionary thrusts a la Douglas, Bartlett, Quigley, Prebble – Gang of Four or Five was it? I don’t count david Lange, he was good, but they had lines as good in Boston Legal.

    However look at our baby now, flourishing and with a healthy brown skin. I don’t think though that Maori should ever give up those four seats. It is good training for wannabe pollies, and there are lots of issues. There always will be because of the myopic view of many MPs on the Right, and some on the Left. Perhaps drop the threshhold to 4% but then leave it a-lone!

  11. infused 11

    I guess you can keep telling yourself that. But the way it’s playing out in public says something else.

  12. veutoviper 12

    Great post, TRP. Well said.

    It has really frustrated me this week seeing the Nats playing their BS games trying to promote the perception that there is major dysfunction in the Coalition Govt – and seeing much of the media and many here swallowing the BS Koolaid.

    Ardern and Peters have very much worked as a team in the House despite Bridges and Bennett trying their hardest.

    Sure, the reality is that some Labour Ministers need to pull their heads in and get with the Cabinet process, and not expose the Govt as has happened once or twice this week. but overall the coalition process is working.

    For example, just before readiing this post, I posted a reply to Dennis Frank on Daily Review re the Electoral (Integrity) Bill aka the waka jumping Bill which of course Peters really wants through – and the Employment Relations Amendment Bill which Labour wants through.

    Daily Review 13/09/2018

    As noted in my reply the Waka jumping Bill went through its 2nd Reading and halfway through its Committee stages in the House in August, but has been sitting in what I call the “so close but yet so far” part of the daily Order Paper since then with quite a few other Bills moved up above keeping it in that zone since then.

    With the reporting back to the House of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill last Friday by the Education and Workforce Select Committee, this is now also on the Order Paper – and as of today’s Order Paper, currently right below the waka jumping Bill.

    Who gets to decide the order of Government Bills on the daily Order Paper and what gets into the House and what doesn’t ? The Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins.

    So one bill that NZF really wants through right next to one that Labour wants through …. Quelle coincidence! LOL.

    Forget all the stirring by National in the last day or so. Both Bills will get through. And National knows it.

    And Labour holds the Order Paper card.

  13. ianmac 13

    I think that by the end of Question time today Trevor was fed up with the constant repetition of the “NZF alleged being in charge” type questions. Winston refused to answer the last two questions and Trevor sided with Winston.
    From about 1:47
    https://www.parliament.nz/en/watch-parliament/ondemand?itemId=202686

    • veutoviper 13.1

      I agree, ianmac. And Bennett also tried baiting Peters on the Winston Peters led govt in Question 1 and got slapped back strongly by Mallard. Peters also put her in her place on the process for the Employment Relations Bill which she damn well knows but kept trying it on.

      PS – Loved the Russians bit in your link at about 5.00. LOL

  14. Antoine 14

    > Can anyone see this Government blowing millions on vanity projects like the flag referendum?

    is this a joke?

    A.

  15. Antoine 15

    And when Winston vetoed an increase in the refugee quota, was that “the will of the entire coalition”?

    A.

    • Incognito 15.1

      Read the Post or else, re-read it, and your ignorance will melt away like an ice shelf in Antarctica.

    • Winston hasn’t vetoed it, Antoine. It has yet to be discussed and a final figure has yet to be decided. That figure, when it is announced, will indeed be the will of the coalition. It may not be the will of individual parties, however. Which is a point I made in the post.

      Think of it as a marriage. The partners are individuals, but the couple act as one. One partner might fancy a surfing holiday. The other might want to go skiing. As a couple, they might decide to compromise and holiday in Christchurch, where both options are easily available.

      • Dennis Frank 15.2.1

        Ha, synchronicity! (see 16.1) 😄

      • Antoine 15.2.2

        It’s not a couple, there are 3 of them

      • Antoine 15.2.3

        But seriously. Your comment is uncontroversial. Of course the 3 parties want different things, and each get some of the things they want. Everyone acknowledges this, whether left or right. The actual points of controversy are:
        – whether the process is well oiled or a shambles
        – whether one party is exerting a disproportionate influence, and
        – whether the overall effect is good governance or not.

        A.

        • Antoine 15.2.3.1

          By the way, why are we not getting large cuts to immigration? I thought all 3 coalition parties wanted that.

          A.

          • Craig H 15.2.3.1.1

            Still to be worked through, but the changes announced to post-study work visas will decrease visas to some extent, and apparently student visa numbers are down as Immigration NZ have tightened up how they apply the criteria.

      • Nick 15.2.4

        Nice simple explanation from you TRP for Antoine, unfortunately he/she will refuse to accept (because these rwnjs simply can). That clown hoskin is an exact image of that mentality, They prefer ignorance…. And frog king.

        • KJT 15.2.4.1

          Natural “authoritarian followers” want “leaders” that tell them what to do, and what to think. They are uncomfortable without a tyrant.

    • veutoviper 15.3

      Winston has not “vetoed’ an increase in the refugee quota.

      Rather, in answer to a question/comment from a journalist, he said that the current quota was 1000 – not 1500. Which is technically correct.

      Why? Because a formal proposal to raise the quota to 1500 has not yet been considered by the joint Labour/NZF Cabinet.

      Peters’ comments do not constitute a veto or an absolute that NZF will oppose an increase. In fact they have already agreed to the financial provisions for the increased facilities at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre through the 2018 Budget.

  16. Ad 16

    If it was all sweetness and light Ardern would not have to do a speech that she herself is advertising as a “strategic reset for the coalition”.

    TRP you will probably have got the invitation to go to it at AUT this weekend.

    This government has plenty of middle management, but not enough momentum.

    • Dennis Frank 16.1

      I hope she provides an outline of when each major piece of legislation in the coalition program is likely to be enacted. Uncertainty signalled produces ongoing media speculation. Commentators here have made much of the tail-wagging the dog effect and that has become a trend in the media too, driven by Winston reacting to Labour’s attempts to hijack the coalition agenda.

      The assumption that NZF ought to behave themselves due to only getting 7% of the vote is unrealistic. The two parties are partners in the coalition. Success requires agreement between them. It’s actually a parity relationship. Everyone ought to think of it as analogous to the bicultural equality produced by Te Tiriti.

    • It’ll be an interesting speech, Ad and as I suggested on an earlier post, the PM should probably be looking at an early cabinet reshuffle.

      I think of the first year of any NZ Government as the pre-season warm up games, where you test out your playing combinations. The season proper starts in year two with a settled team and the finals are in year three with your proven performers running out onto the paddock with joy in their hearts and glory on their minds 😉

      • Ad 16.2.1

        Yes agree with you on the coalition. Key had a few duds as well which were cleaned out early.

        I worry less about the personalities and more about the policy strength, coherence, and delivery. That’s where they’re uneven and suffering for it in the coming year if they don’t show they have a plan.

        Also, though we will fruitlessly call for the MSM to understand mature MMP, advice on any relationship is:

        Don’t argue in front of the kids.

      • james 16.2.2

        “the PM should probably be looking at an early cabinet reshuffle”

        Perhaps she will get to her 50/50 gender split like she wanted.

        Should be easy with the talent pool.

      • Alan 16.2.3

        problem is there are very few proven performers in this team

  17. Kat 17

    Hoots over at the Herald: “No new Prime Minister has had an easier ride than Jacinda Ardern”………… yet another deranged angle to attack the PM.

    • rod 17.1

      Perhaps Hoots forgot about Blinglish, anyway, he will still get paid for his usual bullshit, by Granny Herald.

  18. Dennis Frank 18

    Danyl Mclauchlan: “most of the items in the New Zealand First coalition agreement are things Labour and the Greens want to do anyway, so if they block them they’ll be blocking their own policy agenda.” https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/13-09-2018/jacinda-and-the-winston-dilemma-do-nothing-or-take-the-nuclear-option/

    “Labour currently has 67 bills in progress through parliament; New Zealand First has eight. This asymmetry gives Peters enormous leverage over Labour, and he’s using it to implement a novel – for New Zealand – opposition-in-government strategy in which he appeals to soft National voters by routinely obstructing and embarrassing Labour and its ministers.”

    Methinks Danyl hasn’t noticed that Labour’s behaviour provokes Winston into doing this. Cause & effect, Danyl. If the PM doesn’t like it, all she has to do is impose effective discipline on her ministers – don’t keep allowing them to call press conferences to announce policies that the government hasn’t adopted. Duh!

    • Antoine 18.1

      Danyl is a darn sight smarter than you, I don’t think you should be in a hurry to make assumptions about what he has or hasn’t noticed

      A.

      • Dennis Frank 18.1.1

        Huh?? Where’s evidence for that? I provided the evidence that showed he’s only seeing one side of the story. Elementary competence requires consideration of both sides. He hasn’t got there yet!

      • veutoviper 18.1.2

        I used to have a lot of time/respect for Danyl but lost most of that a few years ago, when he seemed to lose his previously clear thinking and analysis.

        Re this article, it is obviously he has brought in hook, line and sinker into the diversionary BS Koolaid National has been pushing for the last week of so of Peters running the show. (How is that investigation going into who the leaker was, Simon?)

        Having just read the article again, I have also concluded that Danyl has absolutely no understanding whatsoever of Peters and his personality, values etc – again a very one dimensional view on Danyl’s part. I am sad about that as Danyl held so much promise a few years ago.

    • Ad 18.2

      Danyl also hasn’t noticed that 67 bills to 8 means Labour has at its disposal most of Crown Law, most of the Departments, all of DPMC, and the PCO, and of course four times as many MPs and Cabinet Ministers to do the freaking work for those bills.

      Danyl should just toke up and inhale.

  19. cleangreen 19

    Yes te reo putake.

    MMP must now fully work under Jacinda’s watch;

    100% correct and here is why just in one occasion as an example we need to make MMP work.

    As a guest said on News hub this morning on the Duncan Garner AM show” this is the first real ‘fully functional’ MMP Government since its introduction in the 1990’s, he said he believes that NZ should follow UK model where the coalition parties firstly hold a deep weekly ‘inclusive’ caucus discussion around all the agreements made by Jacinda and her Labour Government and come to a common set of agreements before making any media statements.

    I voted labour/NZ First and we are still waiting for our ‘Minister of transport to come to HB and discuss the overuse of trucks in our regions that are now suffering from highway two roads being wreaked by continual pounding of the overuse of trucking to move freight around without any rail freight being considered by this Government yet so NZ First have the best rail policy of any party in coalition with Labour and we are not yet hearing from either Labour nor it’s own “Transport Minister to encourage moving at least some of the road freight back to rail as NZ First has the policy to do this in ‘ ‘RONI’ “Rail of national Importance”.

    http://kiwirailblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/nz-first-rail-policy-announced-railways.html

    Phil Twyford is totally absent from any involvement with any local community such as HB/Gisborne or Northland,

    Do we need a new mInister OF rail?????? -as we have asked Mr twyford to come on multiple emails but he still refuses to come so Minister of transport Phil Twyford needs to now front up and come to these regions and meet with residents who are all fed-up by “truck noise vibration and air pollution affecting their lives and residential well-being”.

    Are you listening Phil or Jacinda???????

    When we asked Helen Clark to send her transport Minister in 2001 she sent her Transport minister and the Finance minister and also the ‘Transit NZ’ (now NZTA) CEO to meet with our committee at the HB Expressway, which was a local commuter road is now gridlocked by trucks that was causing so much truck noise vibration and air pollution then and Helen Clark with her ministers fixed our problems but now since ‘National damaged the rail here and moved all freight onto roads’ we have a new public health issue to deal with.

  20. Michelle 20

    what a bunch of cry babies some of the people are on this site what’s a matter you haven’t got your way so you are throwing a tanty bloody bunch of I know best whinging
    self serving hypocrites.

  21. cleangreen 21

    NZ First are the ‘environmental party’.

    Winston advocated during the election to use rail and to use wool carpeting in all Government buildings to support farmers as they reduce dairy farming.

    Greens have never mentioned increasing wool use????

    Wool is the global gold standard for insulation against the “cold damp homes” and Greens only ever encouraged using fibre bat, or polystyrene insulation and these are all made from petroleum products!!!!!!!!!

    Green Party; – please learn ‘chemistry’ and ‘chemical composition’ firstly please.

  22. Ngungukai 22

    This Coalition Government proves MMP is working at this appears to be one of the most constructive Government’s NZ has had for a long time ?

  23. Ffloyd 23

    What gets me about Winston is his need to wait until the deed is nearly done then he hauls off and delivers a sucker punch. A king hit. Has he never heard of discretion. A time and a place. Everything is done for maximum effect to feed his ego. Worrying when it’s giving the quivering mass on the other side a perception they will twist and turn to suit themselves and feed the media. Kia kaha Jacinda.

    • Dennis Frank 23.1

      No, he’s had to do that due to Labour ministers developing a pattern of behaviour: trying to do an end-run around him. If they played by the rules he’d lack a pretext for such reactions. Typical Labour idiocy. I’m hoping their boss will acknowledge the mistakes on sunday but she may not see the need for Labour to be credible.

  24. Brian Tregaskin 24

    These msm created dramas are created by older people for obviously other old people not really relevant any more.

  25. JustMe 25

    I and probably so many others are now totally fed up to the back-teeth with having to ‘hear National MPs Pearls of Wisdom’ on every subject under the sun on the telly etc thanks to the fact the main stream NZ media appear to be thoroughly in the NZ National Party pocket.
    I cannot be bothered listening to Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett or any of the others. They have lost complete credibility and so has the mainstream NZ media.
    Their ‘warnings’ of doom and gloom just isn’t smart let alone mature. But then too many National MPs have over the past 9 long years they were in government behaved with an arrogant bullying behaviour especially to those that a National supporter would often call ‘the great unwashed’ i.e ordinary low income people in the streets of NZ.
    A couple of nights ago TVNZ resorted to a fake scaremongering ‘breaking news’ item that the Coalition government had collapsed. They, TVNZ, failed to ask Jacinda and Winston if this was correct. No. Instead TVNZ went to Simon Bridges and allowed him to give his tuppence worth on NZ wide TV News. That action by TVNZ showed pure and utter stupidity on their part. They also showed they are firmly in the NZ National Party pocket.
    New Zealanders are completely fed up with constantly hearing, seeing and reading the constant assault by the mainstream NZ media that is deliberately biased towards National.
    The behaviour by National and their supporters now edge onto the Sour Grapes/Poor Losers Syndrome. It’s a sickness NZers do not want to contend with in the NZ media.
    I have been more confident of this Coalition government that I ever was of the previous National government who ruled with lies, deception, denial, blame games, greed, arrogance, self-ego whilst at the same time treating ordinary NZers like Store High In Transit(SHIT in other words).

  26. Despite any shortfalls, despite any blunders ( or ones imagined by the Right / National) we are fortunate to have this coalition govt. So very fortunate. A consensus govt.
    Its been a long time arriving.

    Look, when the council of chiefs gathers to sit around the campfire and discuss issues, they come to that gathering with all manner of ideas and preferences. Yet they thrash it out to get an answer that suits the majority. And this is how it should be.

    And in a fashion , in a much grander style, this is what we have got.

    Long may this coalition be in power.

    A return to National would be just too much for this country to undergo. It would destroy us as a nation.

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    Police say the two victims were found lodged “firmly underneath” the bus. Two people are in a serious condition this evening after an incident apparently involving the New Zealand First campaign bus. They are presently unable to be identified. Authorities say two people were found underneath the bus shortly after ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    8 hours ago
  • This doesn’t sound like exoneration
    The SFO has finally reported back on NZ First's dodgy foundation, and charged two people with "obtaining by deception". They're at pains to say that neither of the people charged (who have name suppression, but we can all guess who they are, even if we cannot say publicly) is a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    12 hours ago
  • Elections in NZ: some Redline articles
    For a campaign of positive abstention in the 2017 elections 9/4/17 by Phil Duncan In 2014, most of us at Redline favoured not voting in the New Zealand general election.  There was simply no party that represented the interests of workers, much less that attempted to politicise and organise workers to ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    13 hours ago
  • The transport policy we need
    Transport was responsible for 21% of our greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Its our second-biggest source of pollution after agriculture. And the Greens have just announced a serious policy to tackle it: The Green Party wants to make public transport free for under-18s, ban petrol car imports from 2030, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    15 hours ago
  • Dunedin as Spring Snowglobe
    Dunedin has had a succession of mild winters – our last genuinely cold one was in 2015. 2020 was no exception. But that still leaves spring… and having lived through the week-long spring blizzard of 2011, I am not unaware that September snows are a thing. Such was this morning, ...
    15 hours ago
  • Spain is (still) not a democracy
    The list of Spanish abuses of Catalonia's democracy is long. When Catalans voted for independence, Spanish riot police seized ballot boxes and beat them in the streets. When they elected leaders to represent their views, Spain refused to allow them to take their seats, or jailed them for "sedition". And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    17 hours ago
  • Crusher threatens Nicky Hager
    Crusher Collins - National Party LeaderEverybody should know by now that Judith (Crusher) Collins is a very malicious person. She is perhaps the most vindictive MP ever to disgrace our halls of power.Some of her unprecedented nastiness over the decades has been well documented in the book Dirty Politics: How ...
    17 hours ago
  • The Confident Traveller Led Astray – A Poem For Winston Peters.
    Quo Vadis, Winston?Where are you going, Winston, Son of the winterless north? We have lost count of the summers Since first you ventured forth. This track on which we find you, Unmarked on any map, Leads travellers to strange places. Do you not fear mishap? Countless roads I’ve travelled, Oh ye ...
    22 hours ago
  • Racism loses in Switzerland
    Over in Switzerland, the racist "People's Party" tried to have a Brexit-style referendum on ending freedom of movement with the EU, so they could stop the "flood" of foreigners. But the Swiss people said No: Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected an attempt to tear up the country’s agreement with ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • International Right To Know Day
    Today, 28 September, is International Right To Know Day (or, as the UN puts it, the "International Day for Universal Access to Information"). The Ombudsman is celebrating with a poll showing that while most people don't know about their freedom of information rights, those that use them mostly get what ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • One way or another, we’re paying for this
    Back in July, when foreign polluters (and archaeological criminals) Rio Tinto announced they planned to close Tiwai Point, I was dancing on its grave. Why? Because the carbon subsidies alone were more than enough to fund alternative jobs - or even just to pay everyone dependent on it a reasonable ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • End of life – it isn’t so easy
    In a few weeks, New Zealanders will make a choice whether we implement into law the End of Life Choice Act 2019.  My scientific expertise includes developing and validating methods to predict future events of ill people including death. There is one section of the Act that concerns me deeply. Section ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    2 days ago
  • Democracy Under Threat
    My wife and I are at an age when we have begun to think (and worry) about the kind of world we will leave behind for our children and, particularly, our grandchildren. We have experienced during our own lives, like others of our generation, our fair share of hard times ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Why it’s important to be open to relationships with people who vote differently
      There are few things written more deeply on the human heart than religion. Differences between us on the purpose and ultimate destiny of human existence have sometimes inspired great intolerance and even wars. But what would we make today of a Catholic who refused to countenance a meaningful relationship ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #39
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The Warming Climates of the Arctic and the Tropics Squeeze the Mid-latitudes, Where Most People Live Melting Arctic ice sends ...
    2 days ago
  • Where in the world will the next epidemic start?
    Naomi Forrester-Soto, Keele University Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Fiscal Maths with Paul “Goldie” Goldsmith
    Mr Thinks has asked me to come onto the blog today to outline a few concepts in fiscal mathematics. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    3 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #39
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 through Sat, Sep 26, 2020 Editor's Choice Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial A crack on the Amery Ice Shelf in ...
    3 days ago
  • National behind the times
    When Todd Muller resigned as leader of the National Party and allowed for Judith Collins to assume command, you could tell the blue “team” was desperate and in search of past glories. After all, Crusher is towards the end of her political career and from a bygone era where dirty ...
    4 days ago
  • Coronavirus: the road to vaccine roll-out is always bumpy, as 20th-century pandemics show
    Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that the stakes are high. Very few vaccine trials in history have attracted so much attention, perhaps since polio in the mid-20th century. A now ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • PREFU: The State of Government Accounts
    The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update’ (PREFU) tells us something about the future of the Public Sector but it requires careful analysis to assess how it is going. The 2020 PREFU is the most important economic statement during any election campaign. Unfortunately the commentariat tends to treat it briefly ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Predatory delay
    Farmers are whining again about being expected to clean up their act: Canterbury farmers want politicians to stop painting them as climate change villains, listen to their needs and allow them more time to boost environmental standards. [...] “The targets are necessary for the environment, but do we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Flight to nowhere sends the wrong message in climate crisis
    Qantas Airlines’ 7-hour “flight to nowhere”, that sold out in 10 minutes with prices from A$787 to A$3787, seemed like a sick joke to climate advocates. Apart from the waste of fuel and the pointless emissions, passengers would be able to see first-hand, from a plane just like those that ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: The cannabis referendum – a doctor’s perspective
    Cannabis is part of our culture: 80% of adults have tried it sometime. Intuition tells us that legalising cannabis will increase use – science suggests that is not likely. Our Dunedin and Christchurch studies show that cannabis use peaks in our 20s. Older people are less frequent users whether it ...
    5 days ago
  • First steps: Jerry DeSilva on the evolution of bipedalism
    Yesterday morning I got up (at the rather early and unaccustomed hour of 3.30am) to listen to a webinar by paleoanthropologist Dr Jeremy DeSilva¹. Titled “First Steps”, his presentation was about the origins of bipedalism in the human lineage. It was a fascinating session & I thought I’d turn my ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    5 days ago
  • True Believers In A False God.
    Down The Rabbit Hole: "Social psychologists have found that when fearful people contemplate potential misfortunes, they tend to feel helpless and pessimistic, but when angry people contemplate the same, they feel a sense of optimism and control. And one simple way to transmute fear into anger is to perceive an evil ...
    5 days ago
  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
    Fifty Percent Plus One: New Zealand’s genuine-majority-delivering two-party system endured for five elections only (1938, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951) a period of just 16 years. Very few New Zealanders alive today can boast of participating in an election which delivered a true majority to either Labour or National. Someone who ...
    5 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    6 days ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    6 days ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    6 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    6 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    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 How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    7 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    1 week ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    1 week ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    1 week ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 weeks ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Pasifika churches gain from PGF funding
    Pasifika churches around the country will receive a total of nearly $10 million in government funding for renovations and improvements which will improve facilities for the communities they serve and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio have announced. The funding will ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Job numbers up in August
    New data from Stats NZ today shows a rise of more than 9,000 filled jobs from July – driven mostly by the education and training sector, Grant Robertson says. Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Māori development receives funding
    Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hand-up for owners of earthquake-prone units
    From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing financial hardship over earthquake strengthening costs. “We understand how complicated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • PGF backing successful Māori enterprise
    Whanganui will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment in a local food-processing company which will help the company increase production and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Kii Tahi Ltd, which is owned by South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, will receive a Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Town halls and war memorials in PGF renovation programme
    Town halls, war memorials and other community landmarks across the country will be renovated thanks to grants totalling just under $12.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created during the renovation programme. “Town halls, other ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Early help for whānau who need extra support
    The Government is investing in a new, whānau-centred early intervention prototype designed to strengthen families and improve the safety and wellbeing of children. The new programme, Ngā Tini Whetū, is a collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, ACC and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and was announced today ...
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  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
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  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
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  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
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  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
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  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
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  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
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  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
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    6 days ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
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  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
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  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
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  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
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    7 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
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    1 week ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
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    1 week ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
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  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
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  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
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  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
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  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
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  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
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  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
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  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
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