Crosby/Textor on repeat

Written By: - Date published: 3:30 pm, November 15th, 2008 - 58 comments
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The topic of Crosby Textor has emerged again with a story in the NZ Herald. While it is unsurprising to read that Crosby Textor is “drumming up business after last week’s election by offering insights into the new Government and its personalities” there’s another aspect I think also deserves examination.

How and why is this material entering the public domain – apparently after National’s electoral success?

Earlier this year it was reported that Crosby Textors advice to the National party was being paid for out of Parliamentary funds, and the information:

included diary-type references and dates and details of Mr Key’s meetings, prompted the party to raise concerns about security with Parliamentary Services.

I don’t think we ever had a definitive answer on how that material got into the public arena. But we do know it wasn’t Parlimantary Services who told TV3 about the visit of Lord Ashcoft. Duncan Garner said that came from within National. So will the signing of the Ministerial warrants lead to silence? Or will the leaks continue?

58 comments on “Crosby/Textor on repeat ”

  1. Rex Widerstrom 1

    It’s ironic that many in National – and amongst CT’s potential client base – will be naive enough to attribute their win to the lacklustre and sometimes bumbling campaign orchestrated by Crosby Textor when in fact it was due to a host of other factors.

    I’d go so far as to say the win was despite, rather than because of, the campaign. I haven’t heard anyone, of any political persuasion, with a good word for it.

    But if they find there’s truth in PT Barnum’s dictum, good luck to them I guess.

  2. Anita 2

    Rex,

    Really? I’d always associated C/T with the very effective “arrogant and out of touch” meme.

  3. John BT 3

    No doubt, boring was the plan. But it worked.
    Then there was the labour campaign. All that nasty negativity just reminded folks of why it was time for a change. Maybe next time they will try to develop some policies.
    Is`nt that Mr Key such a nice man though and he has a lovely smile.

  4. IrishBill 4

    Rex, don’t mistake the small target strategy of the “official” campaign for the campaign itself. C|T have been advising Key since he took the leadership. They advised an effective three year attack campaign based on memes such as the “arrogant” meme Anita mentions and then closed it down after their official launch. The plan was clearly to claim a positive campaign (and the last couple of months was positive) that rode in on the momentum of three years of negative attack campaigning.

    There were also attacks continued by proxies including parts of the rightwing blogosphere that were (and probably still are) working closely with the National party’s campaign/research team. That’s playbook C|T.

  5. Anita 5

    IB,

    Do you happen to have a list to hand of governments C|T have worked alongside? Other than Howard in Aussie, which is pretty well known here.

    It’d be interesting to know what their strategies supporting an incumbent, we’ve been a bit focussed on how they win elections but now we need to think about how they get programmes of work done.

  6. Daveski 6

    IB

    Your last comments are a bit ironic given dare I say it the oft-repated and the oft-denied comments about the Standard.

    I agree entirely with Rex’s sentiments regardless of whoever won the election, it would be despite their campaigns. Moreover, even accepting the insipid National campaign, Labour consistently shot itself in the foot which played into whatever National tried to do.

  7. Ianmac 7

    I think that the Crosby/Textor plan was carried out so well. Tell them what they want to hear. Commit to nothing very clearly except the Law and Order promises. Amazing just how effective the long years of undermining Govt; Waiting Lists, NCEA, Crime, Nanny State etc then just be smiling and be agreeable. They earned their money.
    The interesting question will be what to do to be effective next time?

  8. Lew 8

    Rex, Daveski: You seem to be mistaking `campaign’ for `what the party and its leaders release in the media and via advertising during the last six months or so’. The campaign for this election was fought much longer and broader than that; not least in parliament and in the ordinary conduct of the parties and their proxies (unions, business groups,lobbyists, bloggers, etc), which were duly reported in the media. Carefully-crafted lines and pitches – time for a change; sustainability; arrogant; slippery; out of touch; keep more of your own money; etc – gradually work their way into peoples’ consciousness and eventually become the lens through which reality is viewed. Essentially National’s talking points won out over Labour’s this time – those put about by the Greens and ACT also made some ground.

    Politics might seem inexplicable if you think of it as the competition of truths – but it begins to make a lot more sense when considered as a competition of frames of reference.

    L

  9. Anita 9

    Ianmac,

    Well the children overboard fiasco got Howard another term…

  10. randal 10

    a lot of it was more subtle than that too
    like answering any accusation with the same accusation on someone else and a whole host of myriad other nasty little tricks
    the whole country began to feel very creepy with their operatives going at it hammer on tongs on all media with no rebuttal or hope of rebuttal
    leighton smith and fat tony amos, someone callow and gayone epsinner and the whole crew just dripping shite and venom day after day
    it was a frightening and very nasty experience

  11. the sprout 11

    Ah Crosby|Textor, the lovely people that brought Howard one last illegitimate term with this gem of PR

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Children_Overboard

  12. Jess 12

    Oh dear,

    There go the Socialists again underestimating the intelligence of the despised proletariat. Long may they continue their comical dissection of their recent annihilation.

    Keep it up! The lack of any serious soul searching of this blog and others of it’s ilk gives me early confidence that the Nats are up for at least two terms.

  13. Felix 13

    Daveski,

    That would only be ironic if the “oft-repeated comments” were true.

    Conversely, IB’s claims re the right-wing bloggers have been confirmed by the right-wing bloggers themselves.

  14. Daveski 14

    Actually, I’m starting to see a really similarity between the failure of the AB’s in the RWC last year and Labour’s loss. Blame the ref. Blame the coaches. Blame everyone else. Change the rules.

    I bet the reality is that 10% of the population if that has any idea of who CT and about the same would understand the subtlies of the messages that are analysed here.

    As for the impact of the blogs? Full of political tragics who will never be influenced as their positions are fixed.

    There has been little public introspection from Labour when that is what is needed. We’re seeing a born to rule mentality that National used to have.

    Actually, my hope is Labour fails to learn the lessons from the last election and gives Key’s inclusive politics a chance to succeed. That must be the left’s worst nightmare.

  15. Felix 15

    10% of the population if that has any idea of who CT and about the same would understand the subtlies of the messages that are analysed here.

    Yeah that’s kind of how it works.

    As for the impact of the blogs? Full of political tragics who will never be influenced as their positions are fixed.

    Not so sure. Most of the people commenting on blogs aren’t going to be swayed much but the ratio of commenters to readers is what? 1%? 5%?

  16. RedLogix 16

    Lew,

    Mr Textor’s letter said his company had given National ” high-level counsel on the execution of the election campaign strategy”.

    His email said that his company had helped over many years to measure and shape New Zealand voters, customers and investors’ attitudes through polling and communications campaigns.

    Note especially the phrase measure and shape.

    All parties measure attitudes with polling or focus groups, but CT have gone the next step here and stated that they have been shaping attitudes. There we have it out in the open.

    So I guess there will be many people who voted National last week will be wondering now whether it was an exercise of their own personal choice, or whether they were manipulated into it by a well paid crew of hidden persuaders.

    And so much for individual initiative and responsibility.

    Moreover I’m led to recall Mr Key’s repeated refusal to confirm that National was using CT. We do know that this is their standard modus operandi to advise their clients to deny or refuse to acknowledge that they are using them. As with the whole issue of of secret or trust laundered donations, this practise raises again the whole question of electoral transparency. While it is definitely common and acceptable practise to use campaign strategey consultants, and no doubt a certain level of confidentiality will always surround what advice they give… there is nonetheless a point beyond which legitimate questions about their use arise.

    Especially when the tactics they secretly employ consist mostly of well crafted distortions and deceits.

  17. John BT 17

    Jess…………… Only 2 terms??
    A bit of time in the wilderness could well be spent by labour learning about business and where all the money actually comes from.
    Can anyone advise who was doing the work for labour that CR were doing for the nats? Then I will know who to avoid.
    Anita is already thinking about how to use their strategies. I think that is called hypocracy, or is it a frame of reference?

  18. Anita 18

    Daveski,

    Actually, I’m starting to see a really similarity between the failure of the AB’s in the RWC last year and Labour’s loss. Blame the ref. Blame the coaches. Blame everyone else. Change the rules.

    I could equally accuse you of NZ’s blindness after the RWC quarter final in never looking at why the French won.

    Sure Labour lost the election, and the whys of that are worth considering.

    But equally National won the election, those whys are just as interesting.

  19. Anita 19

    John BT,

    Anita is already thinking about how to use their strategies. I think that is called hypocracy, or is it a frame of reference?

    Huh?

    I am not suggesting the left use C|T strategies. I am suggesting that we need to understand how C|T will support their (incumbent National) clients so that we can recognise their tactics.

  20. Janet 20

    Daveski

    ‘Key’s inclusive politics’ ? I see the National Party house journal The Listener is trying to create the same myth. But looks to me very much like all the power is held by middle aged rich white men.

    Inclusion means including all people and seeing all people as equal. Not much evidence of it so far from Key. Just because he is less obviously prejudiced against those not ‘mainstream’ than Brash was is not evidence of inclusive values in practice.

    And by the way where are the MPs representing the 20% of the population with disabilities?

  21. randal 21

    the guts of the matter is a coalition which btw has not been formed yet will only last a year if that and we will have a snap election beofre the end of next year

  22. John BT 22

    Janet,Janet,Janet. The 20% of MPs representing the disabled are now
    called Labour.
    I know the left hate middle aged white men (we are not all rich though) But who the hell do you think pays all the tax to support the policies of our governments, left or right?

  23. Anita 23

    Janet,

    And by the way where are the MPs representing the 20% of the population with disabilities?

    That’s a really interesting question, and its made me wonder about how much we should know about MP’s personal lives and health circumstances.

    Off the top of my head I can think of George Hawkins (stroke survivor), Horomia (asthma). I would guess there are a number of others with asthma, diabetes, arthritis and so on. Plus a number of MPs who have disabled family members.

    There must be others, but it’s a sleepy Saturday afternoon here 🙂

    We lost good representatives in Wilson and Gosche, but I would guess that over the next few months/years others will come forward with their own stories.

    What we’re missing (I think) is significant physical and sensory disability. Also people who are out about their own mental illness, but that’s a big ask in Parliament.

  24. Janet 24

    I can’t see many people who use wheelchairs, or who have guide dogs, or who have featured on the ‘like minds, like ours’ ads, in the potential cabinet line-up.

    And JohnBT’s comment shows why we need them there, and the ugly prejudices of the right.

  25. randal 25

    Johnbt johnbt johnbt
    so you pay taxes whipty doo
    modern industrial societies do not run by themselves and require many other inputs besides only capital or labour
    does melamine or speed limits or noisy cars ring a bell
    to suppose that all things flow from you and you alone is too much of a chunk to swallow on a lovely saturday night supplied free of charge bythe creator without the assistance of any big mouthed oafbusy ticking off their boxes like wind up buffoons

  26. Daveski 26

    Look, those of you who have suffered through my long winded posts know that I am half pragmatic and half pollyanna.

    I readily except that it is a little early to claim Key’s inclusive politics as a success.

    However, I have one genuine question given the angst here about the MP working with the Nats: why didn’t Labour ever bring the MP inside the tent?

    IMO it’s a bit rich to damn the Nat’s attempts to build a broader base when Labour had the opportunity but chose not to do so.

    National did not win due to any great right wing conspiracy. A combination of time for a change, concern about the economy (over perception that Labour was focussed on other things), Labour’s campaign being worse than National’s limp effort, plus the Winston effect all contributed to the change.

  27. John BT 27

    Randal, Randal, Randal. I do not know what you are drinking or smoking, but it must be bloody good. Chill out,man, and let me know how I can score some.
    And, Janet. What is it that makes you think that I do not have a disability.
    After all I did vote for that nice man Mr Key.

  28. gingercrush 28

    The left does not use Public Relations. Even though Brian Edwards had to work with Helen Clark for more than nine years and still likely didn’t get it right.

  29. Ianmac 29

    gingercrush: Brian Edwards was a media trainer for Helen rather than her Strategist.
    May as well say Bill Ralston gets the credit for National’s win as Key’s Media trainer. He did however have a prominent part in the “get Peters campaign”. As a distraction I guess he played his part.

  30. gingercrush 30

    Yes but he was part of the strategy. Do people really think Labour is created by themselves? Or rather surely its the strategy that moulds the Labour party we see. And surely whoever is behind that strategy is no better or worse than the people behind the National party.

  31. randal 31

    gingacrucnh the point is not about using public relations it is about the type of public relations one uses
    get it right
    and the Labour Party did get it right but the greedy righties want more than their fare share and they enjoy watching the less advantaged struggle
    get that right
    and most of them are obsessed with money, the greedy righties that is, and are prepared to spend some of it hiring creeps to undermine the fair society
    are you right about that now?

  32. John BT 32

    Randal. Labour did not get it right. They lost. Eat that.
    get that right

  33. Janet 33

    JohnBT – I didn’t make any assumptions about your personal level of disability. I just don’t think your comments were very inclusive, or reflected a deep concern for the humanity and equality of every person.

    Neither do I see this reflected in your choice of government.

  34. gingercrush 34

    Sorry but public relation companies are all the same. They’re all in it to spin as much as possible.

  35. KG 35

    I blame Karl Rove and the secret mind-bending rays….
    This is a hilarious comments thread, combining muddled thinking, paranoia and illiteracy in about equal measure.
    It’s simple, boys and girls–Kiwis are heartily sick of a bunch of nannying, corrupt and arrogant socialists. And their retarded followers.
    Hopefully we’ll see benefits slashed and you lot will have to go out and get something called “jobs”.

  36. Rex Widerstrom 36

    Felix suggests:

    Most of the people commenting on blogs aren’t going to be swayed much but the ratio of commenters to readers is what? 1%? 5%?

    I certainly hope so… I don’t want to waste a fine Saturday afternoon just talking solely to you lot 😉

    Actually there’s been a survey of journalists that suggests the blogosphere has quite an influence on the MSM at least in the US (pdf summary here).

    There’s also research that suggests they influence buyer behaviour more strongly than search.

    There have been several surveys (including this one, albeit a little old now) that suggest most Americans believe blogs influence public opinion. And presumably that belief is based on the fact that blogs influence the respondents’ opinions… or maybe they just think everyone else is suggestible.

    edit: Anita et al: For someone to be succesfully portrayed as “arrogant and out of touch” they have to behave in a way that at least suggests they are both these things. Unless you think Kiwis really are so indelibly stupid they’ll fall for someone being painted against type?

  37. Ianmac 37

    The common figures for Blog participation are 90:9:1
    That is:
    90% just read
    09% post sometimes
    01% post most of the time.
    I often wonder about the impressions formed after reading some of the mean, nasty stuff. Would the 90% of readers be swayed by this? “Hey! Let me get in there with KG!. He’s the MAN!”:
    KG said:”It’s simple, boys and girlsKiwis are heartily sick of a bunch of nannying, corrupt and arrogant socialists. And their retarded followers.
    Hopefully we’ll see benefits slashed and you lot will have to go out and get something called “jobs’.

  38. randal 38

    Liar I dont think so
    if it was then you would not be on here telling lies!
    you and your tory mates want to destroy everything and anything that reminds you of your crimes and that that you are fallible.
    furthermore the keys coalition if it ever gets off the ground will be unstable and wont fly for long
    it is as rotten as a wonky old worn out dud shyhawk
    eat that
    oh before you do that
    take the carrot out or something really bad might happen
    hehehehe

  39. gingercrush 39

    Keep dreaming randal. It is clear you are irrational.

  40. randal 40

    ther you go a again gingakrucnh
    telling people what to do again
    it is a defining feature of tories that they want to boss people
    must be something wrong with their heads to go round in the world wanting to strongarm everything to make themselves feel big when inside they are scared and fearful of losing their money and ability to boss
    you are crummy gc

  41. gingercrush 41

    Crummy oh dear. Shall I cry now?

    And really if anyone wants to boss people. Its the left. Not sure how your analogy works.

  42. randal 42

    do what you like
    I dont care
    but if you want to understand what someone is saying then stop drinking and look for the subject the predicate and the object for a start
    and
    anyone who supports natoinal is crummy by definition
    are you hip to that?

  43. hahaha 43

    the delusion continues.

  44. KG 44

    randal, you can get medication for what ails you, and for those on welfare it’s probably free.
    Dunno about the IQ though–nothing will fix that. 😉

  45. Cosby and Textor now there is a fine pair.

    And what do you get when you ask them for “help”.
    You get the CIS or the centre for “independent” studies.
    Who are they you wonder?

    They are a right wing neoliberal think tank. That’s right they are the sort of people the Americans are desperately trying to get rid off.

    Who are on their board?

    Michael Darling Chairman
    Greg Lindsay AO Executive Director
    Marco Belgiorno-Zegna AM
    Rob McLean
    Gordon Cairns
    Nicholas Moore
    Michael Chaney AO

    The Hon. Ruth Richardson-Yep, she’s back. Be afraid, be very afraid.
    Robert Champion de Crespigny AC-Chair of the three man strong board of directors of Cosby and Textor. The others being Cosby and Textor

    Geoff Ricketts
    Chum Darvall
    Chris Roberts Deputy Chairman
    Dr Peter Dodd
    Steven Skala
    Sir Rod Eddington Executive of Rio Tinto
    Lucy Turnbull
    Dr Peter Farrell AM
    Dr Don Turkington
    Ross Grant
    Steven Wilson
    John M. Green
    Peter Yates

    All these people are a who’s who of the banking, oil and mining world. You guess what they want.

    My guess is they want what we’ve got and you National voters just gave it to them.
    Well done.

  46. Tamairanga 46

    Enjoy the honeymoon ..

  47. Anita 48

    Rex Widerstrom,

    edit: Anita et al: For someone to be succesfully portrayed as “arrogant and out of touch’ they have to behave in a way that at least suggests they are both these things. Unless you think Kiwis really are so indelibly stupid they’ll fall for someone being painted against type?

    One of C|T’s strengths is finding and growing the kernels of resentment and disaffection. Sure Clark’s behaviour made the “arrogant and out of touch” meme possible, but it made many memes possible. It was C|T that dug around to find the possibilities, chose the most damaging and then worked on growing it until it became “everyone knows”.

  48. randal 49

    yes anita
    the ct modus operandi was to appeal to the most base apects of human nature by using the biggest slobs in the meedia to continue repeating a litany of prejudice, bigotry and untruths till they had had effectively whipped up a form of mass hysteria one level below a lynch mob

  49. the sprout 50

    that’s true, one of CT’s most successful strategies is to specifically target the more gormless and indolent journalists. it’s very effective.

  50. John BT 51

    I gather from the above that these Crosby, Textor chaps are bloody good at what they do. Does anyone know what they charge?

  51. Anita 52

    John BT,

    I think The Hollow Men might have some indication of the costs of C|T, do you have a copy around or shall I look it up for you?

  52. Rex Widerstrom 53

    travellerev:

    The Lucy Turnbull on the CIS board is Malcolm’s wife, by the way. She’s quite an adept politician in her own right, having been first female Lord Mayor of Sydney.

    Anita:

    Oh I agree Helen Clark has a multi-facted personality and many of those facets were positive. But one can hardly expect rival political consultants to seize upon those. It’s also incredibly hard, if not impossible, to convince the public of something about which they don’t at least have some feeling themselves. As you say, an effective consultant will first probe the pre-existing negatves, then seize on those that suit their strategy and endeavour to amplify them.

    It’s a much harder job to completely reverse perceptions – for instance to portray the anti-corruption crusader as corrupt himself.

    Thus I suspect C|T did research that told them people saw Clark, and her government, as arrogant and aloof well before they embarked on that strategy. I’d be surprised if Labour’s own research wasn’t telling them the same thing, yet they made little or no effort to counter it over the past three years. If anything some of their behaviour reinforced it. Thus they were the authors of their own misfortune – they could have neutered C|T’s strategy early on by simply listening to people and being seen to respond.

    randal, gingercrush:

    IMHO you’re both right. And wrong. It’s not the left or the right that want to boss us around. It’s politicians.

  53. Anita 54

    Rex,

    In early 2005 (possibly earlier) C|T were asking focus groups “regardless of your overall view of Helen Clark, what would you acknowledge are her weaknesses at the moment, even if they are slight or begrudging weaknesses?”

    That focus group series found that, among other positives, people saw Helen Clark as “aware of what is happening”. They did find

    an emerging trend was identified that “PERHAPS” Helen Clark was too busy with “other people” to worry about “working families”.

    To continue to quote from The Hollow Men

    Once again they emphasised that in order for these ‘hesitations or concerns’ to be effective, ‘the National Party must leverage them’.

    … ‘It must be stressed that this sentiment is embryonic and must be consistently demonstrated and leveraged if it is to be effective.’ … ‘These perceptions will not exist and mature on their own’.

    So sure, they found the kernel of a grudging resentment toward Clark three-and-a-half years ago, then advised National on how to build that kernel into something big enough to win the election for National, all the time acknowledging that it would not even have existed if they hadn’t fed it.

    Pretty much the perfect example of manipulation of the public and negative personality-based campaigning.

    Would other consultants have done the same thing? Would other political parties have used those strategies? I don’t know.

    What we do know is that National chose those consultants, chose those strategies and continues to do so.

  54. John BT 55

    I still have not read Hollow Men. I still have not read Absolute Power either.
    What I know however, is that labour ran a nasty personalised attack campaign and they lost . It appears to have been the sort of vicious campaign that Crosby Textor would be involved in.
    O no. They worked for that nice man Mr Key who would not stoop to such mean behaviour. And he has such a nice smile.
    I wish I could remember who labour had as their chief strategist.

  55. Lutzie 56

    The Herald describes CT as National’s friends – but spin is spin is spin I’m afraid.

    Mind you… the week before they ran large a front-page pic of Key holding a kitten (called, rather appealingly, ‘Picton’), while at the side on the same page was a smeary little piece on the Vela family having the temerity to exercise their freedom of choice and give a donation to Labour and NZ First.

    Where does the National Party’s not insignificant cash pot come from I wonder? And why is this never reported?

    Perhaps TC have made some good friends in the NZ Herald?

  56. John BT 57

    After 48 tax increases Dr Sullen gave us 2 decreases. One for Maori trusts and one for the racing industry. I hope the Velas dont fall into either of those categories because that would look a tad shadey, dont you think?

  57. Rex Widerstrom 58

    Anita:

    We’re broadly in agreement, though I suspect Hager is downplaying the results of the research and that the perception of Clark as not listening was stronger than that.

    What C|T did with that research is pretty standard and yes, other consultants would do it. Carville, Greenburg & Shrum is headed by three leading lights in the US Democratic Party consulting world and claim to promote “progressive politics”.

    Yet the firm worked for Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, a centre-right incumbent in Bolivia in 2002. “Goni”, as he was known, imposed IMF guidelines and market reforms in his first term so, while reasonably moderate, was hardly Democrat material. And while he went into the election favouring privatisation – notably of the country’s gas reserves – his major opponent was much further left.

    Long story short, CGS derived a focus-group driven campaign which played on fears that his opponents were corrupt and got Goni re-elected. A measure of the success of the campaign in fooling enough of the people enough of the time is the fact that within a year there were bloody riots and Goni was forced to flee to the US.

    It’s all documented in a fascinating film Our Brand is Crisis. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting an inside look at the way consulting firms operate.

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
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  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    2 days ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • You do have the power to change things
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
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  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
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    3 days ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The Book of Henry
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
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    4 days ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    5 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
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    5 days ago
  • All good, still
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • The looting is the point
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
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    5 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
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    6 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • The Real Thing
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    7 days ago
  • The China puzzle
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
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    7 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
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  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
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    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
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    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
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    1 week ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago

  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
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    5 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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