Convoy protest 18/2/22

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, February 18th, 2022 - 78 comments
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How the 10th day of protest outside parliament unfolded (RNZ)

  • Police have pulled back on plans to tow vehicles, in favour of negotiating with the protestors
  • Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard said that no parties would meet with the protestors until protest was lawful, vehicles were removed, tents etc were remove, and harassment of locals stopped
  • Wellington iwi leaders have said the protest should end
  •  The government’s Officials’ Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC, a group mad up of chief executives of government agencies which provide co-ordination on national security) met to discuss the protests.
  • Protest groups occupying in Christchurch and Picton are refusing to leave.

Trevor Mallard’s statement (Henry Cooke twitter)

What does the right to protest actually mean? (micky savage, The Standard)

@Te_Taipo (Te Ranigikaiwhiria Kemara twitter)

Tame Iti/Freedom Protest (Waatea News audio)

Parliament protests: Tragedy or farce? (Nick Bollinger on NZ counter culture, RNZ)

The occupation of NZ’s parliament grounds is a tactical challenge for police, but mass arrests are not an option ( Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University, The Conversation)


List of reasons for Convoy 2022 NZ (NZ Truckies FB)

Letter of Demand (from protest organisers)

Newsroom: ‘Splintered realities’: How NZ convoy lost its way

Stuff: Inside the disorienting, contradictory swirl of the convoy, as seen through its media mouthpiece,


78 comments on “Convoy protest 18/2/22 ”

  1. I’m over it!

    I’m so over this stupid fucking self-indulgent farcical illegal gathering in Wellington (and elsewhere). No dialogue is possible – Picton protest agreed to move on by Wednesday, broke their promise.

    We have a police force – let them act for the good of NZ.

    As this twitter post puts it so succinctly:

    And I’ve sent a tweet to the police commissioner saying so. Perhaps if many more people follow suit, he might get the message! @NZPCommissioner

    • Blade 1.1

      Latest Horizon Research poll shows you may be in for a wait. I personally would put those supporting protesters into the early 40s.

      9 per cent don’t knowno

      You should have saved your tweet. Cuddles Costa, along with the PM, are now working on their exit strategy away from this issue.

      They don't have time for people with ''real world concerns.''

      • Bearded Git 1.1.1

        The survey shows that the vast majority of the 28% who don't support mandates come from the 18-44 year old group who aren't likely to get very sick from Covid and so don't care.

        Many of these people will also be self-interested business people who have always been against Covid health measures that save lives and whose cafe businesses and bars etc have been adversely affected by mandates, either by losing staff or customers.

        Then add the people who are simply misinformed through the mass of false info circulating and really that 28% are a rabble.

      • Your disparaging adjective for the police commissioner shows your real opinion. Well, perhaps on this I might agree with you.

        These protestors are going to keep on pushing, pushing until they provoke the sort of reaction that will allow them to scream 'police brutality.' For some, this anti-mandate thing is only an excuse.

        So give to them. Clear the site, of cars, of tents, of people. Arrest them all and remand the ringleaders in custody.

        This will offend some, but I'll bet a bigger number would breathe a sigh of relief.

      • McFlock 1.1.3

        60% oppose.

        Probably more in wellington.

    • georgecom 1.2

      I am not interested in hearing much more about the daily goings on with the sit in. I am waiting to hear about either (1) them doing the decent thing and clearing away the obstructions and allowing wellingtonians to go about their daily business reasonably well or (2) an outbreak of omicron clearing a large chunk of the protestors. at that point maybe its optimal for the authorities to remove some of the cars, tents etc and confine it to parliament grounds.

  2. PsyclingLeft.Always 2

    ONE of the "intermediaries" recently interacting with Act leader David Seymour is a Glenn Inwood .

    Not only involved with this but also a "Cetacean Researcher" ! (ie works for the Japanese whaling industry)..and Imperial Tobacco…..promoting , well, we know.

  3. observer 3

    On the poll: it's more useful to go to the original source rather than media commentary on a poll:

    64-28 for the mandates.

    Usual caveats about Horizon polls and online methodology apply (cannabis isn't legal, alas).

  4. observer 4

    Andrew Geddis has a good piece on Pundit (see the links on the right of this thread). Lots of issues discussed there, so I'll highlight just one, which is really where any possible progress has to start:

    The issue of the cars and vans blocking downtown Wellington streets is relatively straightforward, from a legal perspective at least. They are unlawfully parked under the Summary Offences Act and Wellington City Council by-laws. The Police possess the power under the Land Transport Act to order the removal of the vehicles if drivers will not shift them willingly. Any asserted right to keep them where they are as part of wider protest activity is pretty weak; there’s minimal extra expressive value added to your protest by simply putting your car where it stops others from using the road.

    If we can't even get to step one, calls for "dialogue" are pretty meaningless. Mandate removal before car removal? Not going to happen, everyone knows that, so let's stop playing silly buggers.

    • Sabine 4.1

      Well it seems that they don't care much about the cars or having the cars moved.

      Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose

      I can't wait for the Labour led majority government to start moving on these protesters. National/Act could not have done the damage by themselves, but they can sit by idly and wait for Labour to self destruct into a woke puddle of post modernism and neo liberal bullshit while it desperately tries to appear in control, tough, and well, sprinklers on all night Nek Minit He Tangata rigging up a drainage system because after all they are not an empty overweight well fed, well watered, well past their use by date politician, but workers who can improvise, innovate and get shit done.

      But this is the left of our brave new times. Full of education, yet they have learned so little and understood even less.

      “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.” Rosa Luxemburg.

      • Robert Guyton 4.1.1

        "I can't wait for the Labour led majority government to start moving on these protesters. "

        You're not a supporters of the protesters then, Sabine?

        Surely such a move would end in harm to many concerned.

      • weka 4.1.2

        and the abuse of people on the street and in shops?

        • Sabine

          Honestly, they could have done something in the beginning, but then could not be bothered, and now they are running out of options. And for what its worth, this is the Labour Party run majority government, it is their Mandate this is their idiocy from beginning to the end.

          And until they grow some brain and gain some common sense, this will end badly and it will be on Labour. In the same sense as i would say exactly the same if it were National.

          So yeah, i am looking forward to this useless government in making this mess even messier. Because they will.

          But continue as you were.

        • Sabine

          yes, that, won't no one think of the workers that try to work during Red setting. Lol. Lol. Lol.

          In the parlance of the left, if these business can not get through a little protest are they even valid and should they not just be left to die? Oh, not these businesses? They can petition the government for a hand out, like a resurgence pay or a wage subsidy, surely dear Grant has some petty cash for the inconvenienced dears.

          Frankly Weka, no one gives a shit.

          NO more then these clowns gave when they occupied the lawns under John Keys reign

          like from the start in October

          (Kimberley Rothwell09:45, Oct 20 2011)

          to will stay on

          (Lane Nichols05:00, Dec 20 2011)

          to the 'eviction' in 2012

          (Tuesday, 31 January 2012)

          seriously someone need to pass the smelling salts because the dears of the left come across as something that is falling apart at the seems.

          but then, its Labour so it can't be wrong, either morally or ethically, even so it is. And even worse, N and A are relishing the though of labour doing their bidding. Never mind.

      • DS 4.1.3

        Workers, my arse. Let's call fascists what they are, please.

        • Rosemary McDonald

          How do you define fascist?

          1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.


          Go on…take the test.

    • Barfly 4.2

      It's been decades since I thought the NZ military should have the big shiny stuff – but daydreams of some of the Leopard 2's the German have stored (1000s x cold war) for sale at US$1million each great umm road "clearing" vehicles /cough

      No I am not inciting or suggesting violence it's just an amusing mental picture of a 60 tank going on jaunt over a pile of parked cars.

      • McFlock 4.2.1

        Gotta be careful with tanks on wellington streets – they weigh like 40-60 tonnes, and the sewer lines under the streets won't take it…

  5. Peter 5

    I think the Parliamentary lawn is a bit wet and needs drying out. Sometimes when a quick-fix drying operation is needed on a cricket field, a helicopter is brought in to hover low over the area. The noise might disturb the many workers in the environs of Parliament so waiting until most have gone home, say 1:00 am, to starting a drying operation would be considerate.

  6. The real ringleaders are not even there.

    They are controlling (funny word) things from a distance.

    • Peter 7.1

      Maybe SC2159 has a disability and just forgot to display their permit. Actually it's clear, they do have a disability.

      • mpledger 7.1.1

        Out of interest, how can you tell?

        • Peter

          How can I tell what? That they have a disability? That they don't?

          The car next door has a permit displayed in the accepted, suggested place. The van doesn't have one that's obvious. That the person by their presence has a disability?

          Is it fair for me to get into that level of conjecture and rhetoric as it is for those who have Ardern 'killing our children' and suggesting harm to politicians and media?

  7. Robert Guyton 8

    If you really want to feel the frustration, listen to the interview with the political panel, featuring Neale Jones, that Chris Trotter has posted (after reading Chris' lead-in).


    • Anker 8.1

      Funny Robert Bomber Bradbury posted this interview which I listened too saying Neale Jones was burned.

      Nothing like a range of opinions

  8. Rosemary McDonald 9

    The usual 5 am dump update on Stuff this morning delivered a couple of shocks.

    Chief Whole Truther Keith Lynch asks a bombshell question…

    Are NZ's vaccine mandates justified in the age of Omicron? ….and goes on to opine that…the vaccines now offer limited protection against symptomatic illness. So we do need to ask, are vaccine mandates still justified?

    Oh my, my my…was that clunkety-clunk a wheel coming loose on the Whole Truth trolley?

    Lynch of course reassures his fans that he has not turned to the dark side and proceeds to do a bit of pachyderm wrangling…

    Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. The Wellington protests are a mess. As many have now written, they are riddled with incoherent messaging and bizarre contradictions (‘this is a peaceful protest, but we want to execute people’).

    That said, hopefully it’s still possible to have a grown-up discussion about whether vaccine mandates are justified,

    What has brought about this sudden change of tack Keith???

    …while at the same time accepting that the vaccines are safe and excellent at protecting against the most severe Covid outcomes, the public should not be abused for going about their business, and that politicians and journalists should not be hanged.

    Oh dear…back to his old ways. He provides zero actual evidence to support the "vaccines are safe" and he's contradicted himself from his earlier assertion that the vaccines do little to protect from symptomatic illness…(the embedded link he provides above is a UK Govt publication…one we should have been taking note of before we ramped up the latest Pfizer product push and dug our toes in over unjustified vaccine mandates.)

    No matter. Methinks the mainstream media here and worldwide might just be having a moment of reflection. Perhaps they should have done a little less of the unquestioning government fear porn amplification and done a little more actual investigative journalism…you know, asking respectful questions of a variety of scientists and academics instead of deriding anyone with a different opinion.

    And briefly…the other incendiary hurled by a Stuff staffer this am was this

    Seems like some vaccinators have slid down the Precautionary Principle rabbit hole and have been advising young men to avoid strenuous exercise after having their booster. Shame on them I say! This is not official MOH NZ advice and off course they are the experts….

    Official advice to limit post-jab exercise has only so far been given in Singapore, with the city state’s health ministry advising “young adolescents and younger persons” to avoid exercise for two weeks after vaccination in September 2021.

    • Nic the NZer 9.1

      Well this started off promisingly, but then failed to discuss the self assigned, if mandates are justified or not, question. In future I suggest you assign yourself the question, should medsafe have approved the vaccine?

    • Psycho Milt 9.2

      All vaccines offer "limited" protection against "symptomatic illness." They're not magic spells.

    • georgecom 9.3

      the short answer Rosemary, the vaccines have been effective and safe, they have been useful and made a difference globally, even the least effective ones like Sinovac have been useful and helpful. As for mandates once we have cleared the Omicron wave then yes it can be re-evaluated. by then the unvaccinated will have recovered or died so they will get some degree of immunity should they survive

    • satty 10.1

      If you're anti-science, you eventually want to close down all those heretic institutions like universities.

        • Anker

          Poisson, this is embarrasing for NZ.

          Along time ago I had the good fortune to study at a university with a recently returned ex pat. I remember him telling me that he thought NZders don't like science. A generalization of course, but I think he was onto something.

          And somewhat ironic that the crowd at Parliament are being shot down by the anti science beliefs…………….

          Strange world we live in people

        • Molly

          As mentioned a few days ago, I think this is an overreach of a well intentioned but badly implemented mātauranga Māori curriculum inclusivity movement.

          Julie Rowland in the original article rightly describes the conflict – and then dismisses it:

          Science is a rational pursuit of knowledge, but it does not exist in splendid isolation. If this is painted as the ‘ideal’ science, then it is incomplete. People do science, and people and their culture/s are inseparable.

          In Aotearoa/New Zealand our nation’s origins lie with the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty is a formal agreement with the third article guaranteeing Māori equal rights and privileges. That means access to education within a system that seeks to fulfil the potential of every individual.

          I suspect the heart of the issue is the notion that education should be secular and devoid of any form of spirituality. Proponents of this view would say a karakia (sometimes interpreted as a prayer) to open or close an event, or before guests eat afternoon tea, has no place in education. But in the context of Māori practices and values, and bringing Treaty articles to life, this makes perfect sense. And is absolutely integral.

          (The conflation of karakias (which are often secular acknowledgements of purpose, attendees and spoken hopes of successful outcomes) with required spirituality is a logic error.)

          Jerry Croynes critique is justified.

  9. swordfish 11


    What this protest desperately needs is some profoundly self-indulgent, middle-class Street Theatre. Would've entirely transformed the Establishment Woke's view of things:

    • Ad 11.1

      We don't have enough street theatre you old grump.

    • Psycho Milt 11.2

      For me, this is one of the few upsides of a protest driven by rural conservatives – guaranteed no street theatre.

      • McFlock 11.2.1

        on the flipside, the worry is that this means they're serious.

        But yes, two things I generally disliked about student protests – the noise, and the street theatre. Protesting with a hangover was indeed the ultimate sacrifice 🙂

  10. Anker 12

    Where is this Swordfish?

    • swordfish 12.1

      I think it was probably Extinction Rebellion in London a year or two back.

      Absolutely brutal stuff. A cadre of activists with little if any discernable acting talent & what appear to be relatively severe personality disorders suddenly started fiercely competing with each other to be the centre of attention. They had a captive audience & they were determined to make them suffer.

      Street Theatre really needs to be outlawed for the wider good. The ostentatious performative narcissism of the self-indulgent children of the Establishment can have profound implications for the emotional wellbeing of ordinary members of the public.

      PSTSD = Post-Street Theatre Stress Disorder.

      Marcel Marceau has so much to answer for.

      • Anker 12.1.1

        I have to fess up Swordfish in my long lost youth I had a passing involvement in this sort of stuff!

        I am still struggling to come to terms with this abomination of my youth. And I only hope that anyone who had this misfortunate to have our "art" inflicted on them has got some serious help.

        • swordfish

          LOL … now I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself, Anker.

          To the extent that I may even be forced to revise my inclination to see unrepentant Street Theatre recidivists end up in this sort of scenario:

  11. DS 13

    There needs to be a full inquiry into the Police's handling of this protest. It is abundantly clear that they have breached their responsibilities to the public.

    • Black Cat Strikes 13.1

      I'd say the police leadership has even failed frontline police. I wonder what rumblings are going on in police stations at the moment?

  12. Anker 14

    The situation is deadly serious. No easy options.

    Even the highly paid upper eschions of the security committee haven't got a plan that we know of at this stage. Oh except Trevor backtracking and in a somewhat condescending way say they would talk to the protesters if they behave themselves.

    But I think I should self censor myself on my negative comments about Trevor because negative comments about the all the folks involved , protesters, politicians, police in this aren't going to help.

    The protesters aren't going to go anywhere anytime soon. I saw a picture of yoga classes and apparently they have planted a herb garden……………They have more than settled into their new homes.

    It is deadly serious though. I keep reminding myself of this. And I stick to my original thoughts that the Govt should respectfully engage with these people. Perhaps even apologise for turning the sprinklers on them. That would be building of some good will that is sadly lacking on both sides.

    I don't doubt that there are people in the protest who support some very bad ideologies. Who say hateful things. Painting all the people in this demo as having these abhorant views won't help.

    A possible outcome and a likely outcome is that covid starts to spread amongst the protesers. And some get very sick and go to hospital and don't survive it. It may be at this point some of these people change their minds about the vaccines as we have heard happening overseas.

    And meanwhile I keep thinking why not offer the police, the nurses, the teachers who didn't want the vaccines re deployment………………

  13. Cricklewood 15

    Wow Coster's just folded faster than an origami expert. It's the right call imo
    but an embarrassing back down.

    Balls firmly in the Politicians court now.

  14. Adrian 16

    Things dont make sense, there are too many people at the protest who claim they are Farm Managers, long distance truck drivers, vaccinated nurses or teachers, the list goes on. Bullshit I say. Most appear to be unemployed or unemployable, some with personality and mental issues that very few businesses would have anywhere near other workers.

    I voted for the legalisation of cannabis mainly to get it out of the hands of the gangs and to prevent younger people having criminal convictions for a bit of possesion. My main problem with cannabis is what happened to 3 good friends of mine who were or went on to be long term users, all uni graduates when not a lot of us got to Uni, they all developed quite severe paranoid psychosis , losing all friends and expressing similar ideas on chem trails, razor blades in milk etc etc to those of the current lot.

    This current cohort are not the most robust of the species either, 4 or is it five cardiac events in a week? Amongst at best 500 people, thats 55,000 in the NZ population a year. Fuck me, they are sick. It must be Costers tactic, just wait a few months until they all die!

  15. McFlock 17

    One news reporter says "the protest leadership" are apologising for the >week of abuse and threats so far – apparently they were completely unaware such things were going on. 🙄

    Reminds me of my pub days – drunk guys trying to get in would, nine times out of ten, call me a c*** for a few minutes and only then move to "c'mon, mate, do me a favour". The tenth time they'd usually just call me a c***. Almost never started off matey then went to verbal abuse. Usually made me laugh.

  16. Robert Guyton 18

    The Jackalman (quite rightly) says:

    "What the numerous groups listed in Toby Manhire’s excellent article fail to comprehend is that New Zealand simply wouldn’t accept the overthrow of the Labour Government in this way. Disinformation campaigns might work to encourage the deluded, but using unjustified causes to try and get the people to storm Parliament en masse and install a regime of ragtag idiots simply won’t work. In fact it will likely illicit sympathy for Jacinda Ardern, who's been the main target for what is obviously misguided anger."

  17. McFlock 19

    Sort of belongs in the "100 things we've lost" post, but more applicable here:

    I've lost my ability to make some comments.

    I know some folks will be going "seriously? Doesn't look like it". But no, it's true. The problem is that I read some comments that are basically separated from today's reality, and the only words I have to express my response would get me banned.

    I fully support Adrian's sentiments here, but honestly it doesn't nearly go far enough to express my contempt for the selfish, ignorant, protestors and their apparent supporters online.

    The protest the worst cocktail of US2020 bullshit, and it will kill people. It's empowering the worst dregs of society while encouraging the spread of disease when we need to flatten the fucking curve. It's the essence of "fuck you, I don't care if my actions kill you" coupled with a healthy dose of murderous shitheels. It's the privilege of people with horse floats and campervans assaulting people just trying to get to work without catching anything off these fuckwits.

    None of this comes close to my contempt for people who think street theatre from students protesting fees is anywhere close to this lot – the difference is that people know this lot have elements that really want to lynch people.

    Then there are the ********* who seem to think "pre-existing condition" somehow means we shouldn't try so hard to stop folks dying. That's the only relevance I can think of for someone to bring it up, and nobody's provided a different relevance. Yes, I've asked.

    I do actually have the words to describe the protestors and their apologists. But even if they didn't get an immediate ban from the mods, the censor's office might have an issue with it. Fair enough, too. Any comment that comes close to my sentiment would probably constitute many paragraphs, and having an ending something along the lines of "with a large turnip". But not in a funny way.

  18. barry 20

    Paying for parking has become a political act.

  19. Adrian 21

    You are right McFlock, but I've thought about Costers Dilemma, he almost certainly has everybody’s CV that’s in the Pigpen, the violent extremists, the ones with the long criminal violence records, the serial liars, the mentally unstable and the ones with long term drug and alcohol problems, and the ones thrusting their babies in cops faces! WTF. What a mix, and everyone about to react to a clearance in the most unpredictable way. Until a few hours ago I thought he was not up to the job but now I sympathise with the poor bugger. But surely, a bit of arsekicking and sending on their way for anyone looking to join the melee, they are not protesters, if they were they would be in there already, they are going for shits and giggles, of which the former is most certainly guaranteed, that is what is called for, then a full shut down and lock-in, you want out, you don’t get back in.

    • McFlock 21.1

      Frankly, the longer it goes on the more bold the nutters will get, and the worse the most likely resolution will be.

      Unless the cops pull some magic out of a hat.

      • Shanreagh 21.1.1

        I'm glad you used the word 'nutters' McFlock. I rarely call anyone anything derogatory and always bend over backwards to see and consider other viewpoints.

        The one time recently that I used the word 'nutters' in connection with the protestors it seemed to shock my friend that I would use it. But that is what I think they are.

  20. Adrian 22

    I got something wrong in a previous post. I calculated that given the 4 or 5 cardiac events in the last week or so among the Pigpen cohort it equates to about 55,000 NZ cases a year. I was very wrong , it should have read 55k a WEEK! In 2014 around 14,200 unfortunates were hospitalised with IHD.

    My word they are a sickly lot.

  21. Anker 23

    I have to fess up Swordfish in my long lost youth I had a passing involvement in this sort of stuff!

    I am still struggling to come to terms with this abomination of my youth. And I only hope that anyone who had this misfortunate to have our "art" inflicted on them has got some serious help.

  22. Black Cat Strikes 24

    I'm tired of the protest apologists we've been hearing in the media. Striking a balance isn't giving the protesters the mic, it's telling them to stay home until they get vaccinated – like the rest of us have done.

  23. Some of the protesters say they have lost jobs because private firms have imposed requirements for vaccinations. Many firms already have security checks, police checks and some have random drug testing. For a front facing job, even when the current pandemic is over, I think employers may think it is still desirable to have their employees vaccinated. So when advertising for vacancies they may have it as a prerequisite.

    I think society has moved on this.

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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
  • JERRY COYNE: A powerful University dean in New Zealand touts merging higher education with indigeno...
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Ain't nobody gonna steal this heart away.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Speaking for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Willis fails a taxing app-titude test but govt supporters will cheer moves on Te Pukenga and the Hum...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • ELIZABETH RATA: In defence of the liberal university and against indigenisation
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the skewed media coverage of Gaza
    Now that he’s back as Foreign Minister, maybe Winston Peters should start reading the MFAT website. If he did, Peters would find MFAT celebrating the 25th anniversary of how New Zealand alerted the rest of the world to the genocide developing in Rwanda. Quote: New Zealand played an important role ...
    3 days ago
  • “Your Circus, Your Clowns.”
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 8-December-2023
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • End-of-week escapism
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Dec 8
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Witchcraft Laws: 1840/1858-1961/1962
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    4 days ago
  • No surprises
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #49 2023
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    4 days ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • A question of confidence is raised by the Minister of Police, but he had to be questioned by RNZ to ...
    It looks like the new ministerial press secretaries have quickly learned the art of camouflaging exactly what their ministers are saying – or, at least, of keeping the hard news  out of the headlines and/or the opening sentences of the statements they post on the home page of the governments ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Xmas  good  cheer  for the dairy industry  as Fonterra lifts its forecast
    The big dairy co-op Fonterra  had  some Christmas  cheer to offer  its farmers this week, increasing its forecast farmgate milk price and earnings guidance for  the year after what it calls a strong start to the year. The forecast  midpoint for the 2023/24 season is up 25cs to $7.50 per ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: Modern Maori myths
    Michael Bassett writes – Many of the comments about the Coalition’s determination to wind back the dramatic Maorification of New Zealand of the last three years would have you believe the new government is engaged in a full-scale attack on Maori. In reality, all that is happening ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • Dreams of eternal sunshine at a spotless COP28
    Mary Robinson asked Al Jaber a series of very simple, direct and highly pertinent questions and he responded with a high-octane public meltdown. Photos: Getty Images / montage: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR The hygiene effects of direct sunshine are making some inroads, perhaps for the very first time, on the normalised ‘deficit ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL: Oh, the irony
    Lindsay Mitchell writes – Appointed by new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern in 2018, Cindy Kiro headed the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) tasked with reviewing and recommending reforms to the welfare system. Kiro had been Children’s Commissioner during Helen Clark’s Labour government but returned to academia subsequently. ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Transport Agencies don’t want Harbour Tunnels
    It seems even our transport agencies don’t want Labour’s harbour crossing plans. In August the previous government and Waka Kotahi announced their absurd preferred option the new harbour crossing that at the time was estimated to cost $35-45 billion. It included both road tunnels and a wiggly light rail tunnel ...
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Presents: Jurassic Park on 35mm
    Hi,Paying Webworm members such as yourself keep this thing running, so as 2023 draws to close, I wanted to do two things to say a giant, loud “THANKS”. Firstly — I’m giving away 10 Mister Organ blu-rays in New Zealand, and another 10 in America. More details down below.Secondly — ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Prime Minister's Dream.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • National’s new MP; the proud part-Maori boy raised in a state house
    Probably not since 1975 have we seen a government take office up against such a wall of protest and complaint. That was highlighted yesterday, the day that the new Parliament was sworn in, with news that King Tuheitia has called a national hui for late January to develop a ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Battlefield Earth – How War Fuels Climate Catastrophe
    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). War, conflict and climate change are tearing apart lives across the world. But these aren't separate harms - they're intricately connected. ...
    5 days ago
  • They do not speak for us, and they do not speak for the future
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Another attack on te reo
    The new white supremacist government made attacking te reo a key part of its platform, promising to rename government agencies and force them to "communicate primarily in English" (which they already do). But today they've gone further, by trying to cut the pay of public servants who speak te reo: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • For the record, the Beehive buzz can now be regarded as “official”
    Buzz from the Beehive The biggest buzz we bring you from the Beehive today is that the government’s official website is up and going after being out of action for more than a week. The latest press statement came  from  Education Minister  Eric Stanford, who seized on the 2022 PISA ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Failed again
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell On The Government’s Assault On Maori
    This isn’t news, but the National-led coalition is mounting a sustained assault on Treaty rights and obligations. Even so, Christopher Luxon has described yesterday’s nationwide protests by Maori as “pretty unfair.” Poor thing. In the NZ Herald, Audrey Young has compiled a useful list of the many, many ways that ...
    5 days ago
  • Rising costs hit farmers hard, but  there’s more  positive news  for  them this  week 
    New Zealand’s dairy industry, the mainstay of the country’s export trade, has  been under  pressure  from rising  costs. Down on the  farm, this  has  been  hitting  hard. But there  was more positive news this week,  first   from the latest Fonterra GDT auction where  prices  rose,  and  then from  a  report ...
    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    5 days ago
  • ROB MacCULLOCH:  Newshub and NZ Herald report misleading garbage about ACT’s van Veldon not follo...
    Rob MacCulloch writes –  In their rush to discredit the new government (which our MainStream Media regard as illegitimate and having no right to enact the democratic will of voters) the NZ Herald and Newshub are arguing ACT’s Deputy Leader Brooke van Veldon is not following Treasury advice ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Top 10 for Wednesday, December 6
    Even many young people who smoke support smokefree policies, fitting in with previous research showing the large majority of people who smoke regret starting and most want to quit. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere on the morning of Wednesday, December ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Eleven years of work.
    Well it didn’t take six months, but the leaks have begun. Yes the good ship Coalition has inadvertently released a confidential cabinet paper into the public domain, discussing their axing of Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs).Oops.Just when you were admiring how smoothly things were going for the new government, they’ve had ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Why we're missing out on sharply lower inflation
    A wave of new and higher fees, rates and charges will ripple out over the economy in the next 18 months as mayors, councillors, heads of department and price-setters for utilities such as gas, electricity, water and parking ramp up charges. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Just when most ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • How Did We Get Here?
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • At a glance – Has the greenhouse effect been falsified?
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealaders  have  high expectations of  new  government:  now let’s see if it can deliver?
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    Point of OrderBy tutere44
    6 days ago
  • You won't believe some of the numbers you have to pull when you're a Finance Minister
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Pushback
    When this government came to power, it did so on an explicitly white supremacist platform. Undermining the Waitangi Tribunal, removing Māori representation in local government, over-riding the courts which had tried to make their foreshore and seabed legislation work, eradicating te reo from public life, and ultimately trying to repudiate ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Defence ministerial meeting meant Collins missed the Maori Party’s mischief-making capers in Parli...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Threats of war have been followed by an invitation to join the revolution – now let’s see how th...
     A Maori Party post on Instagram invited party followers to ….  Tangata Whenua, Tangata Tiriti, Join the REVOLUTION! & make a stand!  Nationwide Action Day, All details in tiles swipe to see locations.  • This is our 1st hit out and tomorrow Tuesday the 5th is the opening ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Top 10 for Tuesday, December 4
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Nicola Willis' 'show me the money' moment
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • CRL costs money but also provides huge benefits
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    6 days ago
  • And I don't want the world to see us.
    Is this the most shambolic government in the history of New Zealand? Given that parliament hasn’t even opened they’ve managed quite a list of achievements to date.The Smokefree debacle trading lives for tax cuts, the Trumpian claims of bribery in the Media, an International award for indifference, and today the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Cooking the books
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Most people don’t realize how much progress we’ve made on climate change
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    7 days ago
  • Of Parliamentary Oaths and Clive Boonham
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    7 days ago
  • Bearing True Allegiance?
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    1 week ago
  • You cannot be serious
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A promise kept: govt pulls the plug on Lake Onslow scheme – but this saving of $16bn is denounced...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER: The Maori Party and Oath of Allegiance
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Forward to 2017
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Fossils
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • GEOFFREY MILLER:  NZ’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the government’s smokefree laws debacle
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    1 week ago
  • Top 10 links at 10 am for Monday, December 4
    As Deb Te Kawa writes in an op-ed, the new Government seems to have immediately bought itself fights with just about everyone. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: Here’s my pick of the top 10 news and analysis links elsewhere as of 10 am on Monday December 4, including:Palau’s President ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Be Honest.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s foreign policy resets on AUKUS, Gaza and Ukraine
    New Zealand’s international relations are under new management. And Winston Peters, the new foreign minister, is already setting a change agenda. As expected, this includes a more pro-US positioning when it comes to the Pacific – where Peters will be picking up where he left off. Peters sought to align ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago

  • First step to flexible labour market
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to repeal the Fair Pay Agreement legislation by Christmas 2023. “We are moving quickly to remove this legislation before any fair pay agreements are finalised and the negative impacts are felt by the labour market,” says Minister van Velden.  “Fair pay agreements undermine ...
    49 mins ago
  • Extending 90-day trial periods to all employers
    The Government is delivering on its commitment to extend the availability of 90-day trial periods to all employers.  “Extending 90-day trial periods to all employers gives businesses the confidence to hire new people and increases workplace flexibility,” says Minister van Velden.  “Whether a business has 2 or 200 employees, bringing ...
    49 mins ago
  • COP28 National Statement for New Zealand
    Tēnā koutou katoa Mr President, Excellencies, Delegates. An island nation at the bottom of the Pacific, New Zealand is unique.          Our geography, our mountains, lakes, winds and rainfall helps set us up for the future, allowing for nearly 90 per cent of our electricity to come from renewable sources. I’m ...
    2 days ago
  • Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and flood-affected regions in the Hawke’s Bay. The visit reinforced the coalition Government’s commitment to support the region and better understand its ongoing requirements, Mr Mitchell says.  ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand condemns malicious cyber activity
    New Zealand has joined the UK and other partners in condemning malicious cyber activity conducted by the Russian Government, Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau Judith Collins says. The statement follows the UK’s attribution today of malicious cyber activity impacting its domestic democratic institutions and processes, as well ...
    3 days ago
  • Disestablishment of Te Pūkenga begins
    The Government has begun the process of disestablishing Te Pūkenga as part of its 100-day plan, Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills Penny Simmonds says.  “I have started putting that plan into action and have met with the chair and chief Executive of Te Pūkenga to advise them of my ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend COP28 in Dubai
    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will be leaving for Dubai today to attend COP28, the 28th annual UN climate summit, this week. Simon Watts says he will push for accelerated action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement, deliver New Zealand’s national statement and connect with partner countries, private sector leaders ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand to host 2024 Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins yesterday announced New Zealand will host next year’s South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting (SPDMM). “Having just returned from this year’s meeting in Nouméa, I witnessed first-hand the value of meeting with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security and defence matters. I welcome the opportunity to ...
    4 days ago
  • Study shows need to remove distractions in class
    The Government is committed to lifting school achievement in the basics and that starts with removing distractions so young people can focus on their learning, Education Minister Erica Stanford says.   The 2022 PISA results released this week found that Kiwi kids ranked 5th in the world for being distracted ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister sets expectations of Commissioner
    Today I met with Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to set out my expectations, which he has agreed to, says Police Minister Mark Mitchell. Under section 16(1) of the Policing Act 2008, the Minister can expect the Police Commissioner to deliver on the Government’s direction and priorities, as now outlined in ...
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand needs a strong and stable ETS
    New Zealand needs a strong and stable Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) that is well placed for the future, after emission units failed to sell for the fourth and final auction of the year, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says.  At today’s auction, 15 million New Zealand units (NZUs) – each ...
    5 days ago
  • PISA results show urgent need to teach the basics
    With 2022 PISA results showing a decline in achievement, Education Minister Erica Stanford is confident that the Coalition Government’s 100-day plan for education will improve outcomes for Kiwi kids.  The 2022 PISA results show a significant decline in the performance of 15-year-old students in maths compared to 2018 and confirms ...
    6 days ago
  • Collins leaves for Pacific defence meeting
    Defence Minister Judith Collins today departed for New Caledonia to attend the 8th annual South Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting (SPDMM). “This meeting is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with my Pacific counterparts to discuss regional security matters and to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Pacific,” Judith Collins says. ...
    7 days ago
  • Working for Families gets cost of living boost
    Putting more money in the pockets of hard-working families is a priority of this Coalition Government, starting with an increase to Working for Families, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what ...
    1 week ago
  • Post-Cabinet press conference
    Most weeks, following Cabinet, the Prime Minister holds a press conference for members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. This page contains the transcripts from those press conferences, which are supplied by Hansard to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is important to note that the transcripts have not been edited ...
    1 week ago
  • Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme scrapped
    The Government has axed the $16 billion Lake Onslow pumped hydro scheme championed by the previous government, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “This hugely wasteful project was pouring money down the drain at a time when we need to be reining in spending and focussing on rebuilding the economy and ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ welcomes further pause in fighting in Gaza
    New Zealand welcomes the further one-day extension of the pause in fighting, which will allow the delivery of more urgently-needed humanitarian aid into Gaza and the release of more hostages, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said. “The human cost of the conflict is horrific, and New Zealand wants to see the violence ...
    1 week ago
  • Condolences on passing of Henry Kissinger
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today expressed on behalf of the New Zealand Government his condolences to the family of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who has passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut. “While opinions on his legacy are varied, Secretary Kissinger was ...
    1 week ago
  • Backing our kids to learn the basics
    Every child deserves a world-leading education, and the Coalition Government is making that a priority as part of its 100-day plan. Education Minister Erica Stanford says that will start with banning cellphone use at school and ensuring all primary students spend one hour on reading, writing, and maths each day. ...
    1 week ago
  • US Business Summit Speech – Regional stability through trade
    I would like to begin by echoing the Prime Minister’s thanks to the organisers of this Summit, Fran O’Sullivan and the Auckland Business Chamber.  I want to also acknowledge the many leading exporters, sector representatives, diplomats, and other leaders we have joining us in the room. In particular, I would like ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Keynote Address to the United States Business Summit, Auckland
    Good morning. Thank you, Rosemary, for your warm introduction, and to Fran and Simon for this opportunity to make some brief comments about New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.  This is also a chance to acknowledge my colleague, Minister for Trade Todd McClay, Ambassador Tom Udall, Secretary of Foreign ...
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