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Courage under fire

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, May 5th, 2009 - 47 comments
Categories: mt albert - Tags: ,

Last week Russel Norman, Wellington resident and Green candidate for Mt Albert, publicly labelled Aucklander David Shearer, Labour’s candidate, as “a grey machine man “.

In its 1992 review of the year, the Herald made David Shearer and his wife Anuschka Meyer “New Zealanders of the Year”. The previous week the Herald had also reported that David Shearer was awarded an MBE by the British government.

Just a few quotes to get the flavour:

New Zealand relief aid workers David Shearer and Anuschka Meyer call them “incidents”. They are in fact terrifying stories of being at the mercy of armed Somali bandits, of trying to reason with angry young men who will kill for food, diesel, a vehicle or just for the hell of it…

Shearer talks of the day a Somali man talked his way into the compound, concealing a loaded pistol. He pointed the gun at Shearer and made demands before being persuaded to leave…

Shearer talks about those moments in the detached matter-of-fact manner of someone who has left it all behind and is now trying to decide whether to paint his Kingsland house calypso gold or hint of yellow”.

I wonder what colour Russel Norman would go if faced with similar circumstances. He probably thinks he’s under fire during Question Time in Parliament.

Click the thumbnails below to read the full articles.

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47 comments on “Courage under fire”

  1. Thumbnail links don’t seem to working?

  2. George Darroch 2

    This is what I wrote in another thread:

    “Being humanitarian is very worthy, and I have a lot of respect for his work – I’d like to congratulate him for that. But he’s not running for a position at the UN, he’s running for a seat in the NZ Parliament, and it’s his positions on domestic issues that matter (although his foreign policy views are sure to have some sway on Labour if he’s elected, and from what I can tell it would be good advice).”

    The criticism of the Labour Party seems to have struck a nerve, with accusations that Norman wouldn’t hold up very well with a Somali sticking a gun to his head. I agree, and daresay that the great majority of Parliament wouldn’t either. Shearer fully deserves his Herald NZer of the Year award. Whether he deserves a seat in Parliament is a different question entirely, and one that hasn’t been answered yet.

    • Tane 2.1

      If it were a single-author blog you’d get one post and that’d be the end of it. But this is a multi-poster blog with no central editoral control, so if something fucks off a few people it’s going to get a few responses. And I think those news articles were worth posting.

      I don’t think it’s criticism of Labour that’s annoyed people, certainly not me. Look back through my posts (http://www.thestandard.org.nz/author/tane/) and you’ll see I’m frequently criticising Labour from a pro-Green perspective. But it’s on policy, not cynical smears and misrepresentation. I think that’s what has struck a nerve with people.

      • Go figure 2.1.1

        Said Norman:

        “The right of the party – the Goff faction – have got their man. Labour have chosen the grey machine man. I’m sure he’s a very nice guy, but it means we’ve got National versus National-lite versus the Greens.’

        You think this is “cynical smears and misrepresentation”? That’s a pathetic misrepresentation in itself. Its a comment on Goff and the Labour Party and nothing more.

        • Tane 2.1.1.1

          We’ve been through this. He’s riffing off the private security crap dug up by Farrar and Whaleoil, as well as the “David Shearer’s so right wing he should stand for ACT” crap Farrar’s been running to wedge the centre-left vote.

          That’s the subtext of it all. You’d have to be blind not to see it.

          • mickysavage 2.1.1.1.1

            I would be more worried if they were not running this sort of crap at David. He is obviously viewed as a threat.

          • Go figure 2.1.1.1.2

            No, Norman knows he won’t win, so Shearer’s got little to do with it. He’s trying to differentiate the Greens from a Labour Party who’s voted with the Nats almost half as much as ACT have. This is about 2011, not Mt Albert.

          • George Darroch 2.1.1.1.3

            So, has Goff renounced his right-wing tendencies? This was asked a few months ago, and the answer from commenters here was wait and see. So far we’re still waiting for a sign.

            We know that he hasn’t renounced his “lockemupandthrowawaythekey” tendencies.

          • Tane 2.1.1.1.4

            Re Goff, I’m told he has, and I’ve seen no evidence he’s swinging rightwards in any way. Right now he just seems bereft of any vision whatsoever, other than the continuation of the broad framework of the Clark administration,

          • gobsmacked 2.1.1.1.5

            There’s a bigger picture here, and the MSM ignore it because they’re hooked on Presidential politics.

            The caucus chooses the leader. Or dumps him/her if they don’t like the direction. Goff today is leader of a very different Labour caucus from the one Helen Clark inherited from Mike Moore in 1993. There is no way the “right” (however defined) have a majority in today’s caucus.

            So whatever suspicions people have about Goff’s tendencies (and I think they’re overblown), he’s not going to be some kind of resurrected Rogernome. He just wouldn’t have the numbers. The Fish n’ Chip blokes are gone.

    • Poor David

      Half the blogosphere is suggesting that if elected he will immediately move to privatise prisons, the rest is suggesting that he is being parachuted into the electorate and the reality is that he is a humanitarian trying to stop the killing of innocent women and children.

      Being humanitarian and being 2ic in one of the most difficult wars in the world makes him eminently qualified to be in parliament and to represent the good citizens of Mount Albert.

      The attacks should be seen for what they are, the attempts of the right and the Greens (I never thought I would put those words in the same phrase) to discredit who will be a very capable and constructive member of our House of Representatives, dare I say it better than 80 of them?

    • Kev 2.3

      You’ve missed the connection, George. David Shearer’s views on Mt Albert mirror his views when working in those UN hotspots;Justice and Fairness, simply values which all of us would espouse. So not difficult to apply those views to the electorate or any NZ situation. And if he can sit down with people in those troubled areas of the world and deliver, what great things can we expect from him on issues dear to the hearts of Mt Albert’s residents who are having the Super City rammed down their throats and being walked over, or should that be driven over, by the government’s objections to the tunnel option for SH20, the option favoured by Transit NZ.

  3. The Green Party is the poodle of National now.

    A vote for the Greens = A vote for National

    It really is that simple.

    • Eddie 3.1

      That’s probably putting it a bit too strongly. The worry though is that Russel Norman’s ego will let the Greens get captured by National in the same way the Maori Party has.

      Speaking of which – did you see Turia on Q+A implying that the Maori Party would abstain on entrenching Maori seats? So desperate to prove the detractors wrong and make their deal with National work that they will sacrifice anything.

      • George Darroch 3.1.1

        I’d say that’s part of it. I’d say that a very strong dislike for the Labour Party, and a genuine feeling that this is a symbolic move designed to wedge the Maori Party form the rest.

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1

          yeah, I guess it’s a tricky one for them. Voting yes would show that their independence as allowed in the coalition agreement was worth something, but they don’t want to dignify what they see as a stunt. Could be interesting if it gets drawn from the ballot in election year though.

  4. jerry 4

    He sounds like a great bloke ….. but why do you need to finish up with an attack on Russell Norman ?

    • lprent 4.1

      but why do you need to finish up with an attack on Russell Norman

      Ummm, the attack on David Shearer. Something about ‘grey’… Did you read the link in the first paragraph or did you simply skip all of the bits that might offend your eyes?

      Suggestions for Russell ? My pick is Little green man (from Mars Attacks). 😈 I cannot resist.

      • jerry 4.1.1

        ummmmmmmmm I think Tane has understood below …… perhaps you’d like to reflect on the words pot, kettle and black for a while.

        • lprent 4.1.1.1

          Perhaps you’d reflect on how daft that remark by Norman was.

          That was a WhaleDreck style remark by someone who had virtually no idea about who he was talking about. It wasn’t on policy, it was a personality attack designed to sneak a meme into the media. I hate think what he would have called Meg or Rhema.

          I’m afraid that I will remember it, and it will affect my interactions with the Green party.

          My initial response when I heard the Norman was entering the race was to simply shrug my head and accept that the Greens would do what they do. Now it is just annoyance

  5. Tane 5

    I hope this doesn’t turn into another Green-Labour fight thread. I was actually going to write something putting this whole thing to bed this evening.

  6. Gustavo Trellis 6

    You’re right. Russel Norman, who lives in Wellington, is far less suitable than a man who has been living out of the country for over a decade. Why on earth would you mention where he lives? It’s not like Shearer has much of a leg to stand on in that department either. Also, I thought the old knighthoods were shoddy and imperialist – but when it comes to supporting a Labour candidate’s credibility, they’re perfectly acceptable. Hmmmm.

  7. Ari 7

    I don’t think Shearer’s a bad sort, but I’d kinda like Labour to get its old fire back, and he’s clearly not a move in that direction. Which, to be fair, is probably where the criticism of him from within both pan-left Parties is coming from. And that’s where I feel there’s some subtle truth to what Russel said- not that Shearer is actively terrible or even worthy of such half-hearted personal criticism as the comments Russel made have been interpreted as, (And I’m not defending with that- an interpretation is just as valid a message as what was actually meant) but rather, that Shearer’s not the dramatic make-over that Labour really needs to appeal to its base and to the wider electorate.

    What I think is ironic is that you had people essentially levelling the same concerns from both sides of the aisle in that other comments thread. I think we’re all coming from the same place, it’s just a matter of which bumps we’re worried about on the road.

  8. SPC 8

    I suppose one could draw a link between having some tribal gangster hold a gun to your head and supporting private security forces.

  9. outofbed 9

    what a strange post
    lets hope everyone can stop squabbling and get on with it

  10. Daveski 10

    What a strange post indeed. It’s like the AB’s starting to fight each other 5 minutes before full time in the RWC. Mind you, they may as well have seeing none of them thought about a drop goal.

    I certainly don’t think the Nats are firing on all cylinders – in many respects they are misfiring. However, the left’s fatal habit of fighting each other could well cover many of the Nats weaknesses.

  11. Pascal's bookie 11

    Lee was saying the same thing today too,

    “I’m very pleased Russel Norman is standing. . .it means I potentially have a chance,” she said.

    I have a feeling that quote might get a bit of an airing over the next few weeks.

    • gobsmacked 11.1

      Meanwhile, here’s ACT’s John Boscawen today:

      “I’m calling on National’s Melissa Lee to front up and be honest with Mt Albert residents about National’s intentions.” (press release)

      Way to go, John! You’re our Russel! 🙂

  12. felix 12

    Francios said it all above:

    A vote for the Greens = A vote for National

    It really is that simple.

    And it is. As a Green voter I’m not happy about that either but deal with it, people.

  13. outofbed 13

    A vote for the Greens = A vote for National

    It really is that simple.

    I .. fuck it I can’t be bothered

  14. Ari 14

    Eh, FPP tactics again huh? 😉

    Why we don’t just switch to STV nationwide… 😛

    • felix 14.1

      Yeah, it’s an FPP by-election. There are no points for “increasing your vote”.

    • lprent 14.2

      By-elections are FPP elections. There are NO party votes. So effectively the only real reason for the minor parties to stand is to grandstand and raise their profile. However they can cause damage to one or the other of the main parties by splitting the vote.

      That is what Felix and others are saying

      • jerry 14.2.1

        No what Felix is saying is that the Greens have no chance of winning the seat so they should stay away from Labour territory and ask all their supporters to vote for Labour.

  15. outofbed 15

    One could say
    A vote for National is a vote for Labour 🙂

  16. outofbed 16

    So effectively the only real reason for the minor parties to stand is to grandstand and raise their profile. However they can cause damage to one or the other of the main parties by splitting the vote.

    So how do you get to be a major party without increasing your profile?

    • jerry 16.1

      oob

      You just don’t understand, Nanny Labour and Poppa National know best…. now take your Green politics and run off home like a good little boy.

  17. Pascal's bookie 17

    “So how do you get to be a major party without increasing your profile?”

    Have lot’s of policy aimed at the centrist, little policy that scares the centrists. can the Greens do that and not be Labour?

    • r0b 17.1

      “So how do you get to be a major party without increasing your profile?’

      Certainly not by becoming the thing that you hate.

      My suspicion is that the Greens have a certain natural constituency, it’s about 6 – 7% – and there is little that can be done to change that – currently. With the emphasis on “currently”. I think it’s likely that this percentage will grow, maybe grow fast, as the urgency of environmental problems becomes increasingly obvious, and it becomes clear that the Greens have been right all along about many things. I don’t really see any other way of it happening, sorry, and I agree that that is a pretty depressing prospect. I think that if there had been room in NZ politics for another big centre left party the Alliance would have been successful.

      • Tim Ellis 17.1.1

        In r0b’s ideal world, the greens wouldn’t do anything that would take votes off Labour. They would happily sit in the ghetto of 6-7%, and remain so small and powerless that Labour could continue to take them for granted.

        • Pascal's bookie 17.1.1.1

          Oh Tim. Been drinking have we? I only ask because that’s probably the lamest ass, most transparently dishonest horseshit you’ve ever trotted out here. And lame ass dishonest horseshit is pretty much all what you do, so it’s got a lot of competition.

          I mean, even bloody Mike is being more subtle on that strategy than you, and his idea of subtle is to put on a cross through the old Soviet symbol to let folks know that he’s not, you know, a communist. Mike, who is still stuck in the fricken 80’s for crying out loud, is running a more sophisticated split the lefties line than you. For shame Tim.

          I actually died a little inside when I read your comment. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had you pegged as fucking hack playing to the lurkers since the first time you submitted one of your trademark sophistry laden missives here, but at least you usually try. That shit was just desperate.

          Any way, fool, Lee gave that game up when she blurted out that:

          “I’m very pleased Russel Norman is standing. . .it means I potentially have a chance,’

          It’s over baby. Like that Tizard crap you were hanging your hat on.

          So what’s plan “C” Timmeh?

          Got a plan “C” ?

        • r0b 17.1.1.2

          Sorry Tim, I can’t think of a reply, I’m laughing too hard right now!

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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    2 hours ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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    21 hours ago
  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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    2 days ago
  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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    3 days ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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    3 days ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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    3 days ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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    4 days ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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    4 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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    4 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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    4 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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    4 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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    4 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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    4 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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    4 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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    5 days ago
  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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    5 days ago
  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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    5 days ago
  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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    5 days ago
  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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    5 days ago
  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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    5 days ago
  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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    5 days ago
  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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    5 days ago
  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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    5 days ago
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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    6 days ago
  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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    6 days ago
  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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    6 days ago
  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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    6 days ago
  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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    7 days ago
  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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