Comfortable with bullying

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, July 30th, 2009 - 96 comments
Categories: john key, national/act government - Tags: , ,

John Key is “comfortable” with his Minister Paul Bennett releasing private information (in breach of the Cabinet Manual, Privacy Commission guidelines, and the Privacy Act). This was a move designed solely to harass and bully two individuals that Bennett wanted to silence. How could that Nice Mr Key be comfortable with such a gross abuse of power? A quick trip down memory lane soon makes it clear.

Key was “comfortable” applying political pressure himself to attack a reporter. Up to and possibly including trying to get that reporter sacked. Up to and including the point where other reporters at The Herald felt moved to write a letter of complaint to their management about it.

There were other occasions where National tried to bully a journalist, or angered them to the point where they struck back. Trying those tactics on The Standard didn’t get them very far! Key was also “comfortable” trying to use the legal tool of an injunction in repeated (failed) attempts to silence the 50,000 Kiwis represented by the EPMU. He attacked a group of young Mt Albert protesters, labelling them “cold and desperate”. He was perfectly “comfortable” with his cynical, premeditated and repeated attack on Labour MPs, the ludicrous claim that they as individuals practically condone child abuse: “Members on this side of the House care about abused kids, but members on that side do not.” In all of this Key is taking his lead, of course, from his handlers, the Crosby/Textor bullies, who go to extraordinary lengths to bully and silence their critics.

Yep, JK is a pretty comfortable kinda guy. He’s personally comfortable with bullying, the use of political or legal pressure to silence his critics, and any kind of outrageous allegation that pops into his head. It should come as no surprise then that he is comfortable with Bennett’s transgressions.
— r0b

96 comments on “Comfortable with bullying ”

  1. Swimmer 1

    I think it’s disgraceful – Shame on Bennet for doing it and Key for condoning it.

  2. Tim Ellis 2

    It seems that Helen Clark was “comfortable” with her Ministers bullying citizens by releasing personal information about them to the media to spin stories, too since at least three press galleries have confirmed it was a common occurrence under Labour.

    I don’t have a view on whether it is appropriate for ministers to release personal information to spin stories, but I note r0b you weren’t nearly so outraged when Labour did it.

    • Maynard J 2.1

      In all fairness, Tim, in those cases it was unlikely that we would know that was the case. The reporters in the press gallery also said Labour might suggest to a reporter where to look, or what questons they might want to ask, in order to get the reporters on a track that they wish. There is no indication that they violated their powers first to get personal information without due cause, and then directly and publicly gave that information out without consent.

      I am afraid that without further evidence, there is no way you can compare Labour to National on this.

      Make no mistake, Tim, if a Labour MP got evidence in such a dubious fashion, and released it in such a disgraceful manner, even if done in a more ‘political’ fashion, I would not be ‘comfortable’. Did not happen though, so nothing to be unconfortable about.

      “I don’t have a view on whether it is appropriate for ministers to release personal information to spin stories”

      Channeling Key here are you? *rolls eyes* maybe you should come back when you do.

      • Tim Ellis 2.1.1

        Maynard J, so far three senior reporters have said that it happened under Labour frequently. Mr Garner for example said the difference here was that Ms Bennett didn’t release the information in a “sneaky” way.

        I am not saying whether it is right, but it does put Labour’s claims of outrage in a hypocritical light.

        The more I think about this specific case, the more I think Ms Bennett should have allowed journalists to do their job and investigate. There is more than enough public information about Ms Fuller and her historic entitlements without the minister dumping them on the media.

        • snoozer 2.1.1.1

          Who cares whether Labour did it or not? doesn’t make it right. I am opposed to Bennett’s actions and would be opposed to anyone else doing it, and you can’t fob off my criticism by trying to lump me in with Labour.

          • Tim Ellis 2.1.1.1.1

            That is a reasoned response snoozer. So I suppose you concede that Labour have little credibility in hamming up this issue, since they did it as well?

            It seems the only person in parliament with credibility in advancing this cause is Mrs Bradford.

            • The Voice of Reason 2.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s Ms Bradford to you, Tim.

              While I’m at it, why do you use the title anyway? Mr Mallard, Mr Key etc? It sounds a wee bit pompous when Trevor or John would do adequately. Not having a go, just curious. And of course, I do like ‘Mr Floppy’, so you have my full support and encouragement to use that one.

            • felix 2.1.1.1.1.2

              He thinks it makes him appear unbiased and fair. “See, he does it for everyone – he must be taking a balanced view.”

              It appeals to the same slightly retarded part of the brain as that which thinks “But he’s so polite, there’s no way he’s trolling.”

            • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.1.1.3

              “It’s got saffron on it, it can’t be a shit sandwidge.”

            • Tim Ellis 2.1.1.1.1.4

              That’s how I was brought up TVOR. It might sound pompous to you but to me it sounds rude to refer to people by their last name or to make a derogatory reference about somebody’s name.

              Felix and PB seem to have forgotten that this is a post about bullying. Perhaps they don’t spot the irony that they frequently operate as a tag-team with ad hominem attacks on me when I comment here. I’m not complaining, I’m just observing the irony.

            • Daveski 2.1.1.1.1.5

              TVOR

              I think Mr Floppy is very disrespectful of Phil Goff. I don’t like Phil-in or Goofy either. So Mr Goff is most likely the best option.

            • Pascal's bookie 2.1.1.1.1.6

              “I am not saying whether it is right, but it does put Labour’s claims of outrage in a hypocritical light.”

              “So I suppose you concede that Labour have little credibility in hamming up this issue, since they did it as well?”

              See Tim. Those are ad hominem arguments. It’s pretty much all you bring to the discussion. I’ve tried on many occassions to discuss issues with you, but it always comes down to Labour’s motives or hypocrisy.

              You’ve even said yourself that you aren’t here to converse with other commenters, because you don’t think you could change their minds; so instead you aim your comments at the lurkers.

              That to my mind, is far more disrespectful and dishonest than being called a few names on occassion.

              Your mileage obviously varies.

            • toad 2.1.1.1.1.7

              Good point, Tim. Makes me proud to be a Green.

    • Indeed Tim – the names of Trevor Mallard and Erin Leigh come to mind

      • snoozer 2.2.1

        And you supported Mallard’s actions?

        No?

        Do you support Bennett?

        Yes?

        Contradiction?

        Yes

        • SJ Hawkins 2.2.1.1

          Not that I support Bennett’s behavour snoozer (although I think waiting for the privacy commissioner to rule would be appropriate) I think the quote from Erin Leigh at the time sums it up nicely:
          “I would invite Trevor Mallard to say those comments outside the safety of parliament and I would be very happy to meet with him to hear these statements outside of that arena,” says Leigh. http://tvnz.co.nz/content/1460528

          Paula Bennett isn’t sheltering behind parliamentary privilege.

          • Craig Glen Eden 2.2.1.1.1

            No because because she is to stupid and loves the lime light. Normal Tory practice would have used a leak or third party organization out side of the chamber to launch the attack. Not Bennett she thinks she is bullet proof. Watch me watch me I sort this out.

            • SJ Hawkins 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Fantastic rebuttal craig. I’m sure you mean “too stupid”. And according to the media it was normal Labour practice to leak information. Further the use of parliamentary privilege amounts to cowardice, especially in the Mallard and Leigh case.

  3. tsmithfield 3

    The woman from Invercargill has already said she has no problems with the information being released.

    The second woman has already made a lot of her benefit information public anyway, and has been happy to have her financial circumstances released by politiicians previously as the link to the Herald article shows:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10587498

    Looks to me that Bennett has a very strong argument for implied consent in both cases. It is looking increasingly likely that the woman from Hamilton is another Labour Party jack-up along the lines of the Choudray woman etc. Why can’t Labour
    find a real victim to make their point?

    • Ianmac 3.1

      TS: I believe that there will be over 3,000 people who will loose the entitlement. If you were thinking of publishing your predicament, would you now go ahead knowing the “outrage” that would be visited upon you? Brave are you Tim?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        To be honest I think I would. And I would dare Paula Bennet to make my details public, followed up by immediately saying she doesn’t have implied or active consent to do so.

        Just to see what happened.

        • SJ Hawkins 3.1.1.1

          By daring her to make them public you’d likely erode your defense that she didn’t have implied consent. In fact it could probably be construed as active consent.

    • snoozer 3.2

      How is it a Labour jackup? The women went public alone, Labour just cited them in the house.

      The invercargill woman was calling it very rude and initimidation, then she shut up when Bennett called her. Looks like more bullying to me.

      So what if Fuller once gave permission for her information to be used publicly? She didn’t this time, there’s no way you can construct implied consent from the fact she gave express consent on a different matter two eyars ago.

  4. Macro 4

    The sad fact of the matter is that NZers by and large are very comfortable with bullying! That’s why it is such a predominant culture in our schools and on our playing fields, and in our talk back “whinge” radio. Its so endemic in our society that many think that it is the right way to behave. How are schools to eradicate it’s evilness when our Prime Minister and his cabinet employ it as standard practice?

    • Ianmac 4.1

      Sadly too true Macro. Perhaps the bullying/violent attitude in society is responsible for the 88 children who died from abuse between 2001 and 2006. Of course 48 were Pakeha but hey everyone knows that it is a Maori problem not a Pakeha one.

      • Macro 4.1.1

        Yes it’s also behind the up coming referendum – some of us just want to be able to bully our kids in peace!

      • sweetd 4.1.2

        Ianmac, what are the abuse numbers per ethnic group per head of population? I think you will find that as an ethnic group, incidents of child abuse are higher amongst Maori than Pakeha, that is why it is considered a Maori problem more than a Pakeha one.

        • Ianmac 4.1.2.1

          Sweeted:Yes. I know. About 18% of the Population is regarded as Maori and the proprtion therefore of abuse is higher. So in the minds (or mindless) of some, it must be their problem and the 48 pakeha kids should be ignored. Interesting to ask to name the children known to have been so killed and most will recall only the Maori ones. Try asking friends and relations “How many of the 88 kids who died 2001-2006 are Maori?” I have and there is usually strong refusal to believe the figures.

  5. Pat 5

    The complainant Ms F seems to have some form and enjoy a bit of limelight. The Benson-Pope disclosure, the Fair Go complaint, the Trademe boards etc. I’m not sure whether the Privacy Commissioner takes these things into account, but it is an interesting debate as to where one’s privacy begins and ends when one is sharing her life on the blogosphere. Certainly her own disclosures will not help her cause in the court of public opinion.

    It is very wishful thinking to think Bennett will lose her job over this.

    • IrishBill 5.1

      You’re right Pat. In fact seeing as you have written so much across so many blogs would you care to explain why you should have any right to privacy?

      • Pat 5.1.1

        Blogs seem set their own individual privacy standards. Personally I don’t expect a “right to privacy” just because I post (occasionally) on a blog. If you wanted to “out” me, well frankly, who cares and it would be rather boring.

        • IrishBill 5.1.1.1

          I have no interest in outing you and it’s clearly against our policy anyway (which means we have a higher privacy standard than the MSD!).

          My point is that you have made regular public political comment and according to your logic that should give any minister the right to release any information the state holds on you that they consider relevant to the issues you write about.

    • Ianmac 5.2

      Pat: Are you saying that anyone who has the spirit to speak up on issues and even complain to Fair Go, there-fore becomes open to scrutiny? I guess that since Paula Benifit has spoken out on issues we have the right to pry into some of the shadier areas of her life because she told us that she had been on the DPB. Now what is your real name Pat? I need to know.

  6. grumpy 6

    So, it now appears that Annette King has been talking to Natasha Fuller over the last few weeks and has been orchestrating the campaign.

    Who set up who on this? If King used the woman as a political point scoring exercise, then she must bear responsibility for the consequences.

    Even sillier, if Fuller knew she was likely to be used in this way, then why did she set herself up by not telling the whole truth about her circumstances.

    Having dropped Fuller in it, King is now trying to use the mess to further attack Bennett. Impressionable idiots should think twice before allowing themselves to be used by Labour.

  7. Paul G. Buchanan 7

    I hate to say it, but I think bullying crosses the aisle and is endemic not only in NZ politics but the society at large, be it in academia, government, unions or corporations. Helen Clark openly called for my dismissal from Auckland University when I raised questions about the Zaoui case. She also vilified Deborah Manning, who is one of the more courageous Kiwis I have met. After it was all over and Zaoui won his appeal, Deborah moved on to an international job and Helen got her wish with regards to me.

    • The Voice of Reason 7.1

      Thanks, Paul, it’s good to hear from someone with inside knowlege of what it feels like to be on the receiving end.

      However, you are clearly better equipped to deal with the shots from the Beehive, both intellectually and financially, than the two women Bennett is bullying. They are both relatively powerless in comparison and it really looks to me like one has buckled under the pressure. Kudos to you for not giving in, but your circumstances are very, very different IMHO.

      • Pascal's bookie 7.1.1

        I’m not keen on splitting hairs on this stuff.

        James K Baxter had a fair bit to say about the nasty streak through the nz character, can’t find much on line, but it cuts, as Paul says, across all lines. It’s a partly a flip side to the dour, strong and silent stereotype I guess. But who knows?

        You also see it in the stated desire for ‘strong’ leadership, and the mockery of consensus or other approaches.

        Even the rhetorical treatment that list MP’s get as being seen as somehow ‘unelected’ can be viewed through this lens. (But I admit you have to squint a bit to get it to focus).

      • ben 7.1.2

        I think you underestimate the women on the benefits. Their response to the Minister’s publication has been impressive. Perhaps you could try being a little less condescending.

  8. grumpy 8

    Paul,

    You are, of course, correct.

    And Erin Leigh and ……….

  9. She didn’t mind Benson Pope giving out her info, but she has a problem with national, I call shenanigans.

    This is another dirty labour party trick.

    • snoozer 10.1

      What’s it got to do with Labour?

      Plus, she gave her permission for Benson-Pope to use her info, she didn’t give Bennett permission. See the difference?

      • grumpy 10.1.1

        Because Annette King has been working on this with one (or both) of them for weeks.

        • Luxated 10.1.1.1

          Even if Annette King had asked these women to step up and complain (not that I’ve seen any credible evidence to support this) what difference does it make?

          The fact of the matter is that two women were opposed to a government decision and Paula Bennett decided to bandy about their personal details. It wouldn’t make a difference if the National Front asked them to complain, it might affect the validity of the complaint but it does not excuse Paula Bennett’s actions.

          • grumpy 10.1.1.1.1

            If Labour were in power and if the National Front had asked them to complain, then The Standard would be 100% in support of the minister!

            • lprent 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Surprisingly, you are probably correct. Read the About. We’re serious about privacy and have been since the site started.

            • grumpy 10.1.1.1.1.2

              Jesus! I’m probably just as shocked as you are!

              Don’t let it happen again.

            • Luxated 10.1.1.1.1.3

              lprent could you clarify that last statement?

              Just that if you’re replying to grumpy then supporting a minister who breaches someones privacy is hardly being ‘serious about privacy’. But if you are replying to me the sentence doesn’t really work in my mind.

  10. SJ Hawkins 11

    While it seems Bennett hasn’t handled this particularly well I really think it’s up to the privacy commissioner to make the final call.
    I have to say though that Fuller certainly appears to have opened the door herself (and unfotunately tainted Johnston by association)

    This was posted on trademe last week when it all kicked off. While I am in favour of helping people out, this does seem a bit beyond the pale:

    1. THOSE ON DPB. DO U WANT $1000 a week??
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=203816790161 come join our group and fight back. by thehappyhocker
    on 08:47 am, 23 Jul

  11. Corruption For Dummies 12

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Haven’t seen such a wingnut doctrinaire rant for a while. Must have had at least 20 or 30 auto-moderation hits. Someone who hasn’t read the policy. ]

    • Lew 12.1

      Lynn, care to post it anyway, as a museum piece?

      L

      • lprent 12.1.1

        It was still in the browser cache… I count 12 auto-mods, a *lot* of appalling spelling mistakes, and it is pretty incoherent. Not to mention the caps lock issues and excessive punctuation.

        Interestingly Shroff failed to bat an eyelid as Liarbour used the PSA to harass members and the public into voting labour “or face the consequences’ through pre-election PSA driven telesales campaigns.

        This politically corrupt election activity is also Illegal in the fashion of privacy breaching considering approximately 40% of the recipient bullied voters had withheld numbers!

        Have Liarbour not learned a lesson from Worthgate?

        Have they not realised that Komrade-Klark was rejected because New Zealand is tired of sorry, cancerous and corrosive muck and corrupt politics?

        NO ONE WANTS SLEAZY CORRUPT POLITICS!

        NO ONE EVEN ONE OF THESE SHINING WELFARE EXAMPLES CARES ABOUT THE PRIVACY FARCE

        SOCIALISM HAS AND IS A PROVEN, IRRELEVANT AND FLAWED CONCEPT.

        So, becomes outbursts and demise of the social rot crew comprosing of Liarbour, Bradford, King and Goof.

        This lastest hate fueled campaign on Bennett, using the tragic guise of privacy as the theme this time, typifies the ingrained bitterness and hatred expunged by the poltical criminal Mr H Klark all which flows through their parasitic viens. They know no different.

        But, what a truely miserable way to eek out the remaing days of your totally derlice political purpose and accordingly totally irrelevant political life surely?!

  12. JaneW 13

    Paul, notwithstanding your Employment Court victory, were you not originally sacked by Auckland University for the bullying E-mails you sent to a student?

    Seems to be the pot calling the kettle black.

  13. SO let me guess this right then, in the past 24 hours it has came out that.

    MS Fuller received ten grand for a failed business

    She lives in a very two story expensive home.

    Benson Pope had released details of her past.

    There was some calls made by MsFuller to Annette King before Paula’s released her information.

    MsFuller was getting over $700 a week.

    Now just today, the good people at scoop.co.nz have released that Fuller has been on some message boards, under three different names, talking about her misuse of her ex’s credit card and admitted to have been living off her ex’s credit card (paying for her rental property) while receiving a benefit.

    She says “I know its wrong”

    Surly the police have to look into her actions?

    • NickS 14.1

      Keep digging that hole Brett.

      Also, sources, again, please. Since looking through both the front page a politics page of scoop.co.nz, I can’t seem to find this revelatory article you mention. And posting a url really isn’t that hard, especially since you already run a blog…

      And you have no real idea about benefit entitlements either, since Fuller’s amount is rather normal for a single mother of two on the DPB + child support payments and what ever other benefits she’s eligible for. So complaining about it, without c o n t e x t is a bit foolish, though on par for the talk-back style whining and dole bashing seen thus far.

      Likewise, we don’t know the circumstances of why her cleaning business failed, so touting the 10 grand grant as a black mark against, without context her is also inept. And if one might vouch, somewhat hypocritical if your defending Bennett’s disclosure on the basis of “balance” and/or “context”.

  14. Paul G. Buchanan 15

    VoR: I generally agree with your differentiation of the cases, but you would be surprised to know how powerless mere teaching/research staff (as opposed to academic managers) actually are. The real issue in this instance is the invasion of privacy and attempt to stifle contrary opinions on the part of elected officials in ministerial roles, aided and abetted by professional bureaucrats. As has been discussed over at kiwipolitico, the notion of “implicit” or “implied” consent opens the door to a myriad of problems. Would the argument of “implicit” consent hold up in a rape case? What does “implied” actually mean–a wink, short skirts, the inability to say no? What about medical consent? Do surgeons operate based upon notions of “implied” consent? If such a construction of consent is dubious in rape or medical cases, then it certainly is dodgy in this instance as well.

  15. Paul G. Buchanan 16

    JaneW: Lets not try to equate the two things. My email was rude and intemperate, for which I quickly and voluntarily apologised and made amends that allowed the student to pass the course. What happened afterwards was an orchestrated jack up that among other things invaded my privacy and violated my rights under employment law. Specious comparisons of this sort do you no justice.

  16. vto 17

    pot

    kettle

    black

    more hypocrisy on the standard

  17. Ianmac 18

    To those who asked where are the others who are disadvantaged by the cut toTIA: The front page story on the Marlborough Express today, written by Angela Crompton, is about Gina Anderson who was keen to gain a qualification by being accepted for a Polytechnic course in Blenheim. Then the axe fell on the TIA and she has lost the opportunity to get off the DPB. She is saddened by this.(Like most on the DPB, they see it as a short term safety net and the TIA as a hand up.) She said “Taking on a Student Loan would be putting myself backwards instead of forwards.”
    ( She is game because Paula might be watching her.)

    • vto 18.1

      “She said “Taking on a Student Loan would be putting myself backwards instead of forwards.’ ”

      Must be a qualification with very low returns then and not worth doing.

      • Ianmac 18.1.1

        The Course was for Hairdressing but the point is that on a DPB with a small child she can no longer access help to climb upwards. You cannot have a Student loan and a DPB.
        Your next step VTO is to attack Gina for being a bludger on a DPB and it serves her right. Ready? Go.

      • Clint Heine 18.1.2

        Errr, everybody who takes on a student loan puts themselves backwards initially… why should somebody on the DPB be any different from the hundreds of thousands of other students who are also in the same boat?

        • lprent 18.1.2.1

          If they are on the DPB – are they able to get student loans? People on unemployment cannot. I’d expect the same for the DPB. Try raising children on student loans.

          You’re making a *lot* of assumptions. In fact I’d say that you’re just being a idiot. Why not use that brain you were gifted with. So far it looks like it is pretty wasted.

  18. Di78 19

    She has not “lost the opportunity to get off the DPB”. She simply has to look for a job that does not require an academic qualification.

    • toad 19.1

      Ah, you mean a shit job. Like working in New World?

      Some future for our economy if that is the vision for where intelligent people should end up!

      • SJ Hawkins 19.1.1

        I would expect many of those working at New World would find that to be a very bigoted comment. I’d love to see the Greens tied to that comment in the media, would you? Are you also suggesting intelligent people deserve better outcomes than others?

      • Di78 19.1.2

        Yes Toad, she could join all the immigrant Accountants, Engineers and Doctors that have to stack supermarket shelves at New World for a living because the Labour Government allowed them to come here without ensuring they could practice their profession.

        • Eddie 19.1.2.1

          Although that was a problem in the 1990s, I understand it’s more of an urban myth these days.

          The Immigration Department isn’t stupid, they’ve sorted recognition of degrees from most places.

          I understand it’s refugees who have the main problems – they are often highly qualified (it’s the intelligensia who get out when trouble strikes) but there is often no way to confirm their qualifications.

  19. Boris Klarkov 20

    (Like most on the DPB, they see it as a short term safety net and the TIA as a hand up.)

    No.

    The undeserving bludgers on the DPB see it as a long-term alternative to being productive, contributing members of society.

    • You seem to know a lot about people on the DPB Boris. Where do you work Bennett’s office or have you spent a lot of time on it your self?

    • NickS 20.2

      /sigh

      Yeap, because it’s not like a getting a degree doesn’t put you in any debt what so ever, no siree…

      Oh wait.

      Even with interest free loans, which National and ACT don’t particularly like, and may cut for the usual excuses, it’s still going to take 6+ years to pay off my BSc. And that’s not taking into account the fun I’ve had the last three years with insomnia, while trying to get onto post graduate study.

      Which, when thinking about it, even a simple poly-tech degree isn’t going to be that quick to pay off. Thus it’s somewhat rational to avoid getting into further debt.

      Also, student allowances pay less than the DPB…

      But hey, who cares if people want to further their education, why should they when they can get a _great_ job at McD’s or other low-paying places?

    • Ianmac 20.3

      Right on cue Boris. Good on yer mate! Gina had suffered from post-natal depression but with much help she was climbing out. So go for it Boris. It probably makes you feel better to attack her and others on DPB. Most on DPB are so for about a year though with increasing unemployment its going to be tougher.

    • Eddie 20.4

      The DPB is for single parents raising children, so it is to be expected that people will be on it longer than the unemployment, for example. Yet, most people are on it a surprising short time. 30% have been getting it less than a year, another 36% 1-4 years.

      They’re not bludgers Boris, most are single mothers in financial trouble often after leaving abusive relationships, in need of a bit of help to raise their kids for a short time. What would you rather happened? That the kids starve?

    • Kevin Welsh 20.5

      So Boris, was Bennet; undeserving, a bludger, unproductive, non-contributing member of society while on the DPB? Or all four?

  20. dave 22

    I have no interest in outing you and it’s clearly against our policy anyway (which means we have a higher privacy standard than the MSD!).

    How so? It wasnt the MSD who released the information.

    • lprent 22.1

      You have to access the SWIFT system to get that info. They guard the system access and it is a bit of a kludgy system that you have to know to navigate around. Typical mini/mainframe computer system interface. It makes bank systems look like user-friendly systems.

      Of course she had to obtain the info from a MSD employee. Paula looks like a functional computer illiterate to me (using my standards). I don’t think that she would have navigated to the correct place herself.

      • BLiP 22.1.1

        Yep – it was an MSD employee on secondment to the Minister’s office. Its actually not that clumsy these days. The mainframe has a PC-like interface which allows search by all sorts of criteria. Its not that klunky but, yeah, only MSD employees have legitimate access. Even the SIS has to get an MSD employee to give them information.

  21. Maybe with this Paula Bennett case that we may need all beneficiaries to face a character test such as why should ACT,National,Libertarianz,etc voters who say that all beneficiaries are subhumans be themselves entitled to a benefit.We must also remember that the former Work and Income NZ ceo Christine Rankin supported the Employment Contracts Act in that all who did not take paycuts,reduced living/working standards, and who exercised freedom of expression by talking to journalists,writing letters to the Editor,were union members,etc were to be sacked and face a punitive 6 month benefit standdown regime.

    • Lew 23.1

      CBM,

      we may need all beneficiaries to face a character test such as why should ACT,National,Libertarianz,etc voters who say that all beneficiaries are subhumans be themselves entitled to a benefit.

      That would do nothing but render true their common assertion that the state is discriminatory.

      L

  22. Cameron 24

    Socialist Aotearoa has organised a protest against Paula Bennett’s beneficiary bashing this Saturday.

    1st August at 1pm to say
    “Paula Bennett must go”
    429 Great North Road in Henderson

    See
    http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2009/07/paula-bennett-must-go-protest-this.html for more details

    Love to see you all there!

    • Johnty Rhodes 24.1

      I am sure the phone box in Henderson shopping centre will be large enough to house the protest meeting. Has it been booked yet?

      Paula is a god send, at least she does not need a ‘H2’ to do the dirty work, she does it herself.

      I bet most westies like her more for what she did. There are a lot of blue collar people there who help pay for the DPB.

  23. just another student 25

    Interesting reading.

    But I just can’t resist correcting some facts. TIA didn’t stop people needing a student loan. A loan is available to beneficiaries to fund fees, and up to $1000 a year for course costs. No further loan assistance is available.

    I will proudly admit that I am extremely grateful for the TIA I have received while completing a degree. Before you pick on my use of the word proudly, hell yeah, I have completed a 4 year management degree while simultaneously raising 3 children, it has been no easy task.

    I still have a student loan of approx $20k. The TIA barely covered my childcare costs. The loan covered my fees. Without TIA to cover those costs, I would not have been able to undertake study at this level, as my first responsibility is to ensure my children receive adequate care.

    Should those of us intelligent enough to achieve this level of education be relegated to NCEA level courses? (I skipped all of that when I left school for employment at barely 16 yrs of age). By assisting us with a small amount to fund these expenses, the government can look forward to the higher tax revenue from our future earnings, not to mention the savings in benefits, in work payments and additional assistance that low income earners are ALL entitled too.

    • Kevin Welsh 25.1

      Well done JAS.

      You just need to bear in mind that while you were on the DPB and studying, according to those on the right, you were one of the:

      …undeserving bludgers on the DPB see it as a long-term alternative to being productive, contributing members of society. (Boris Klarkov)

      I know of quite a few people who have been in your situation and the DPB is no luxury income. Be proud of your efforts.

  24. Alone in my electorate 26

    How about we scrap the DPB altogether, put the children in orphnages, and put the mothers in workhouses. That should make the redneck ‘s ” comfortable”.

  25. just another student 27

    Thankyou Kevin.

    and to those that see me as an “undeserving bludgers on the DPB see it as a long-term alternative to being productive, contributing members of society.”

    I have completed this degree in order to fulfil my dream of working in the area of Non profit organisational management where I can give back to society.

    Those wishing to receive TIA for tertiary level study are not the problem, the problem is those that don’t want to get out there and do something productive (ie: study or work). Those are also the people more likely to waste time doing courses under level 4. (that still qualify for TIA) Anyone undertaking a tertiary degree while raising kids is putting up with the stress, sacrifices and struggle because they see it as a way OFF the benefit forever.

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    4 hours ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    10 hours ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    17 hours ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 day ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    1 day ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    1 day ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    5 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    5 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    6 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago

Page generated in The Standard by Wordpress at 2024-06-15T11:32:01+00:00