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Cunliffe 1 Key 0

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, August 29th, 2014 - 73 comments
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David Cunliffe vote positive

Two days with two polls and starkly different conclusions drawn.

The Herald yesterday did something I have never seen it do before.  It urgently released the results of its latest poll.  It was released at about midday and accompanied by multiple tweets.  My normal impression is that poll results are saved for the morning and the print edition.  It makes you wonder why they went early.  Were they hoping to affect the outcome of the debate?

The headline was that Labour was going backward and National holding steady despite Dirty Politics.

Then this morning’s Stuff Ipsos poll result was released with rather different conclusions.  Labour had made up ground, David Cunliffe’s preferred leadership support had surged, and National and Key had both taken hits from Dirty Politics.

To be frank the polls are all over the place.  The only rule I have when analysing them is that National’s support is probably overstated by 5% and if you distribute this figure around the other parties then it is clear the election is on a knife edge.

I had hoped Labour’s support had increased given what has happened over the past couple of weeks.  But the party has struggled for air time during the Dirty Politics dominated period so softness in its support is not unexpected.  Clearly though its campaign needed a boost.

This is why last night’s debate was so vital and why David Cunliffe’s convincing performance will be causing National deep concern.

John Key tried to downplay the debate from the start.  Claims that he would spend the afternoon shooting hoops with his son were an attempt to provide cover just in case he lost.

The text a vote run by TVone was a joke.  What ordinary person would think about spending money in that way?  I bet the hills of Remuera were ringing with the sounds of texts being sent.

Key was disappointedly light on policy that National intends to introduce in its third term if it wins.  The only new policy I can recall him mentioning is the Kiwisaver bonus.  National really are policy light at the present time.

Key claimed he supported Gay Marriage. Interestingly he opposed Civil Unions although he did support Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality bill.

Some of Key’s claims were strange.  He said that he knows the names of the 80 people who left the country last month.  My two responses would be either how did he get this information or he must be lying.

He also claimed that the country’s books are now back in the black.  My understanding is that this has not yet occurred and in any event requires some dubious accounting regarding the Christchurch rebuild.

And Key’s suggestion there would be tax cuts?  In a show me the money moment Key could not say how much the surplus would be under National in the next couple of years.  Cunliffe knew the figure and said that the only possible tax cut would be the equivalent of a block of cheese a week for an ordinary taxpayer.

Cunliffe was calm, confident and looked prime-ministerial.  Key looked rattled.  I suspect he must be wishing right now that the campaign was over already.

Cunliffe was also the only person to present policy and analysis coherently whereas John Key was negative and did not have a grasp of the detail.

Not that it should matter but the body language was fascinating.  Cunliffe stood tall and dominant and Key looked marginalised.  Also Cunliffe stared ahead and rarely looked at Key whereas Key often glanced nervously towards Cunliffe.

It is the first time I can ever recall John Key being beaten in a debate.  This campaign has just become even more interesting.

Getting back to the Herald, O’Sullivan, Manhire and Armstrong gave the debate to Cunliffe.  Young, daughter of a former National Minister, gave it to Key.  Amongst other media Duncan Garner gave it to Cunliffe, Vance and Watkins called Key “uncharacteristically rattled” and Vernon Small described Cunliffe as being the clear winner.

So we have a good performance by Cunliffe, a pick up in his personal rating and an opponent clearly wounded by the Dirty Politics allegations.  To be honest it is still a David verses Goliath battle.  Cunliffe has only been in the leader’s job for less than 12 months and has had to weather a Jason Ede/Cameron Slater hatchet job on him all year.  Despite all this David Cunliffe may be a sterling campaign away from being the next Prime Minister.

73 comments on “Cunliffe 1 Key 0”

  1. Te Reo Putake 1

    My John Key Haiku:

    Honolulu, Hawaii, Thursday.
    Some Cloud, 27 degrees.
    Nice.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    The polls don’t really say much at all other than business as usual. unlike the media companies we need to ignore the poll on poll result. And when you do that not a lot has changed in the past 3-4 months.

    David did well considering he talked himself down all day.

    I always expected him to out perform Key. It wasn’t really that hard to predict.

    He has always and will always be a better orator than Key. That will not be enough to beat him though. We need to keep rolling out good policy and refrain from austerity measures to deal with National’s failures

  3. Ant 3

    Hopefully the debate will convince some of the undecided voters who might be watching, can’t imagine it stripping too much of National’s vote over to Labour since a lot of Key’s personal support isn’t entirely rational.

    • Enough is Enough 3.1

      That is the frustrating problem National’s support has remained solid through all the scandal and poverty than Key has brought to New Zealand.

      I can’t see how a predictable win by Cunliffe in the debate will result un the rats fleeing the National ship and heading for more progressive parties.

    • Draco T Bastard 3.2

      Authoritarians support authoritarian political parties no matter what. And, while they’re doing it, deny that they’re authoritarian.

  4. Tania 4

    Hooton did say that from his analysis National is always down by 5 points from the polls after an election. Mihingarangi says that they found the polls do not usually include people up to the age of 30 unless you own a home and a landline of which most students and those people up to the age of thirty usually don’t have landlines and pollsters do not ring mobiles. So every poll is slanted to an extent and not the real picture. It is therefore easy to assume why national is always polling high.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      most students and up to thirty year old group usually dont have home phone numbers and pollsters do not ring mobiles.

      Roy Morgan does and I believe that more are starting to. I don’t like the polls because I consider the sampling to be too small making it too easy to get a biased result despite the random sampling.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.1

        The weird thing with sampling statistics, is even if they doubled the size of the sample, the confidence of such a sample size actually doesn’t increase very much. Quadrupling it wouldn’t make a big difference, either.

        Also they’re working to a 95% confidence interval, which means assuming ideal statistical methods (which aren’t achievable in this context, but they pretend they are anyway), 1 time out of 20 the poll results will be inaccurate by more than the published margin of error anyway. When you factor in that the polls are definitely not meeting ideal statistical methods, it gets even murkier for how reliable they are.

        Probably the way to get really accurate measures of voting preferences would be a shifting sample frame of 10,000 people, where each person would be polled 4 times in a row, once each month, with 2,500 people leaving and a new 2,500 people to replace them each month. That would give some stability in poll results while also allowing new blood in to try and get a fair sample. It’s logistically infeasible though – pollsters have enough trouble getting 1,000 people to answer their polls once.

        • Puddleglum 4.1.1.1

          Agreed Lanthanide.

          All good points.

          • Pasupial 4.1.1.1.1

            That’s not even mentioning the omission of nonresponsive/ undecided from the results. I figure the most recent Ipsos poll (referred to by MS), as:

            42.1 % National
            21.5 % Labour
            17.7 % Undecided
            9.7 % Green
            9.0 % Minor

        • Flipnz 4.1.1.2

          I wonder how many people give misleading answers in political polls just to mess with peoples heads as it is still a secret ballot.

      • Tania 4.1.2

        Even then I know a lot of people who just dont have any landlines as the mobile is enough to serve their needs and see landlines as an extra expense

    • Lanthanide 4.2

      “most students and up to thirty year old group usually dont have home phone numbers and pollsters do not ring mobiles.”

      Roy Morgan randomly dial cell phone numbers. I know because they polled me in January and I asked how they got my cell number. I believe some, but not all, of the other regular polls include cell phones in some way as well.

      Also, the under 30s are the age group least likely to vote or be enrolled, so missing them out of the sampling for polls is not as bad as it may seem.

      • weka 4.2.1

        Yes it is. It just marginalises them further and makes them less likely to vote. It also creates the impression that say, most NZers want the Key govt. They don’t. It’s a minority.

    • Tracey 4.3

      but that is the same hooton who blames IMP for the kill the pm song and says dirty politics started when dotcom entered the country, cleverly ignoring the nats falling over themselves to get him PR

    • NZJester 4.4

      Using myself as a case study in relation to polls I am wondering if there is a much simpler reason for a National Party bias in them.
      I have found in the past that if I have been working very hard all week or have been studying hard and I get a call from someone wanting to ask me questions I will normally find an excuse to say no so I can get back to relaxing or studying. I just don’t want to be interrupted.
      However when I have had an easy week with little to do and people have rung up I have been far more willing to take the time to answer their questions.
      So what do you think, is the National bias that seams to be present in these polls just from the same “I’m tired from work, or study and don’t want to deal with this bullshit right now” frame of mind like I get in when I’m tired?
      As people who vote for the right tend to have much more money and free time are they far less likely to get in that same frame of mind as I do and be more willing to actually take part in a poll?
      I am willing to bet that the bias you see is because more left leaning people just to refuse to participate in the polls than right leaning people and it is due to similar reason to mine.
      The only pole that really matters to me I always take time to answer however is the one in which I actually cast my real vote for in an election.

  5. AmaKiwi 5

    This Horizon poll, which I got yesterday from The Standard yesterday, shows how devastating and widespread the damage has been from Dirty Politics. National will not survive.

    http://www.horizonpoll.co.nz/attachments/docs/horizon-research-political-conduct-survey-repo.pdf

    • aerobubble 6.1

      Feral Follins, Flicks Flater, Fake Flogger, Fertif Facts. Fatulance Fog Falls. Ftench Funbearable.

  6. AmaKiwi 7

    It was a verbal brawl, not a debate.

    Next time I want a genuine debate:

    1. Moderator poses a question.
    2. Speaker 1. has an allotted time to answer, without interruption.
    3. Speaker 2. gets the same.
    4. Speaker 1. gets an allotted time to rebut, without interruption.
    5. Speaker 2. gets the same.

    TV One should be ashamed for their lack of professionalism. This was NOT an intelligent discussion of the issues.

    • Enough is Enough 7.1

      I totally agree.

      David and John received different questions thereby making it an interview with Hosking rather than a debate of the issues.

      • aerobubble 7.1.1

        Hoskings was awful from the small amount I saw. Key knocked himself clean out when he started on his ‘not enough capital’ available in NZ; Cunliffe response, that overseas 0% interest loans was wrong, it keeps NZ farmers from buying into farmland, pretty much exposed crazy Key for the economic cretin he is. We want NZ to Own NZ!

        • NZJester 7.1.1.1

          When you look at it the problem with affordable farmland and affordable housing both stem from the very same problem. Overseas buyers that have access to great loan deals that allow them to be able to bid higher for properties than those of us who live here in New Zealand are putting up the prices. Unless a system can be put in place to stem this advantage, this country will slowly be sold out from under everyone living here. New Zealand will become a surfdom.
          At one point the people of New Zealand where Colonials but as it is going soon we will just be Coloni as the als part standing for air, land and sea will be lost to us!.

      • Flipnz 7.1.2

        Yep. It was pathetic moderation. No sign of competence from moderator. We are in a pretty bad state when he is a top rated broadcaster.

    • Undecided 7.2

      This would be a good format to follow, as it was you just had two people talking over each other.

      This polls suggests it was closer than peopl think

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10437549/Collins-denies-Peters-backdoor-approach-claims

  7. disturbed 8

    Herald Digipoll called us on Friday 24th around 3-4pm, and asked if we would participate in the poll, and I said yes.

    Next question was, Is it o/k if my supervisor listens in?

    I was slightly hesitant at this point but then said o/k.

    She spent five minutes asking the location, job and finally a series of specific age bracket questions, like “is there anyone living at this address aged between” different age groups 18 an 28, until when they finally we reached our age group they were beginning to ask the questions that centred around lifestyle like what is your current occupation and as soon as I said retired she abruptly cancelled the interview, as if her supervisor signalled to stop the poll interview, saying thank you and hung up!!!.

    It left me a bit stunned asking why the poll was halted, was it something I said?
    Since this poll came out looking so wildly different from the previous poll a day before I think that this poll was different due to age group skewing the results.

    We recalled that a study some time prior to this poll came out showing the age brackets and voting patterns that most likely to vote National had come out, showing our age usually vote more left than right, it seems that we were not used in the Herald poll, and see the results here now.

    David clearly looked good and John Key looked stunned and like a possum in headlights. There was clear unease in him that I have never seen before, perhaps he is now under pressure to shed Collins from within his Government but Collins wont go? What does she have on him we wonder, is this his weight that will sink him now?

    • jackp 8.1

      That happened to me too in 2011, although I don’t know who the company was but it had “International” at the end of the name. We went through the interview and I was negative towards John Key.. at the end of the interview, I was asked my age. I think I was 62 at the time and the interview stopped because my age bracket had been “filled”. I too was stunned because I was never asked my age at the polling booths. If they were sincere about being “filled”, they would have asked my age at the beginning of the interview. Stuff, Herald, Tv3, and TV1 seem to have a purpose, to get Key re-elected. Also, the day of the election after I voted, me and my mates went to Mcdonald’s for coffee. On the bench with very large letters in black it read,” National at 55% can govern alone” in the Dominion Post. This was 8 am. Sat there all day to remind those voting in opposition they won’t have a chance and to forget voting, at least that was the message it implied. Horizon was the only poll that got it right, with a few exceptions. National got 32 percent of the TOTAL registered voters. National voters will vote through hell and high water but those voting for the opposition seem to just roll over.

      Polls should be outlawed 3 months before the campaign because it does affect the results.

      • Bearded Git 8.1.1

        +1 jackp agree polls should be banned from 3 months out

      • Tania 8.1.2

        Those experiences should be made public on how polling is being done and maybe there should be a probe into how these companies do their polling.

  8. Observer (Tokoroa) 9

    Micky Savage

    It is difficult to think that the National Party is very happy with Key. He carries his disastrous friends – Collins, Slater, Farrar, Ede, Lusk, Hooton et al – wherever he goes.

    They are a filthy siamese tangle. Key is their once proud ring leader. Each of the players has something on the other, which keeps them desperately, in Collins’ words “loyal” to the other.

    In turn, the tangle entangles every member of National caucus. Cleanliness is a long way off. A very long way off. It simply cannot be achieved while ever the bullying, untruthful, unknowing tricky, ‘I was on holiday’ Key is around.

    Key has turned the right wing Nats into the Shame Party. Shame is not something that worries Key.

    It will increasingly worry Caucus though. New Zealand too. In the meantime, the polls are are in upheaval. That will be the case until Key the Abuser is sent packing with his dogs.

    • Tania 9.1

      lol its not me I mean its my office of the prime minister hahahahaha

      • Tania 9.1.1

        I am so angry that the national party from its leader Shonkey to all of the rest of their caucus actually take all of New Zealand as idiots and that what we hear and read is not what we have actually read and heard so much bullshit. On top of that they deny all of dirty politics by being ignorant and not reading it. So if we do not read anything written about us it never happened, but it seems to work with the national supporters who I find never have anything of substance to say except to either run people down without reason. I find them very cold people.

        • Kiwiri 9.1.1.1

          Who needs Third World politics when that is being practised by the party in government?

        • yeshe 9.1.1.2

          Angry with you, Tania … it’s Nixon meets Monty Python isn’t it ! And think even the good people of Epsom might have had enough this time too.

  9. Dialey 10

    “Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.”
    Marshall McLuhan
    I think we saw Key’s image failing last night

  10. Pernille 11

    Does anyone know where I can find a video of the debate?

    • yeshe 11.1

      hidden and very, very hard to find on TVNZ site, but here it is for you:

      http://tvnz.co.nz/one-news/s2014-ep1-video-6066764

      • Pernille 11.1.1

        Thank you … but “unable to show this protected content at this time”!

        • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1.1.1

          Works for me on Chrome and Firefox, although Firefox shows ads at the start – must check my Adblock settings 🙂 Are you in a different time-zone?

          • yeshe 11.1.1.1.1

            Not in NZ I suspect ! you can google for a free proxy avoider … many out there and easy to use and give you an NZ ip address. I added a link but it went to spam.

            ( I’m pink, therefore I’m Spam !)

          • Pernille 11.1.1.1.2

            Thank you – I tried again and it worked just fine. I thought Cunliffe was robbed in that poll … he was masterly.

        • yeshe 11.1.1.2

          @Pernille — It’s working for me ,, just checked.

          Sounds like you are not in NZ ? You need to go to a programme like HMA ( HideMyAss.com) which will allow you to have an NZ IP address so you can watch it. Not free, but inexpensive and useful to have. ( Not NZ specific .. you can use a hidden IP from anywhere in the world.)

          or some free options here for you http://en.softonic.com/s/proxy-avoider

    • NZJester 11.2

      If you want a better set of videos to watch than the train wreak of a debate found at TVNZ on demand go to the F.U.N channel on YouTube.
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPHvr3xIN4UmU7ZC0e_HkZg
      The “Decision 2014” videos posted on that channel are a good watch
      Michael Hurst shows he is almost as good of an actor as the man he is portraying.

  11. fambo 12

    Key’s light on policies because they are hiding them till after the election (if they win)

    • Sable 12.1

      Yes his “policy” is called the TPPA. After the next election he can sit back and let US corporations do more of his thinking for him….

  12. Sable 13

    MSM media polls are an unmitigated “joke” and from what I have seen are used to bash left leaning political parties. The latest batch are I believe being used to intentionally confuse and confound voters in order to muddy the obvious fact that National’s support is waning.

    If National get back in they can in large part thank the disingenuous bottom feeders in the sleazy MSM….

    • aerobubble 13.1

      Look, in a moment of madness, the truth came out. Puffed up little Shites… …she went on… …to explain how they were all in the pocket of Slater. The MSM journalist core avidly reads Slater’s latest triage and framing, and don’t dare go too far from the plot. Farrar and Hooten. Its pretty clean the hymn book they all preach from. Profits are always good, growth even at huge costs to future generations is all good, if a one line lie will do and wouldn’t enrage Slater one bit, its all good.
      How else woudld the NZ economy have become so badly run? Prices gyrate up and down ever week, the rates, rents, housing materials are so much more expense than elsewhere, oh and please Australia has six cities all of Aucklands size and they can manage to keep prices lower. The proble is parliament has rigged the tax system to let kiwis buy homes thinking that would keep the middle classes happy, yet in fact all it did was made reckless speculation much easier than is normal globally. So instead of out financial class having to study the high metrics of derivatives they could sit on their hands and just rake up houses. Without a upper chamber to legislate for the long term we stand no chance of ever having a real say in NZ, it will always be too easy for the newspapers and tv elites to just sell out to the cheap righties sell it all, its all good profits brigade.

      • crocodill 13.1.1

        The curious exception to the Corkery quote is the “puffed up” bit. Nine times out of ten they may well be, but when a politician tries to silence them, the “puffed up” comes out to save the day. That’s when they remember about all the archaic concepts of free press and democracy and freedom of speech and reach down the throat of whoever’s it was that tried to silence them, and pull their political career up through their bumhole. They’re good like that. Then they go back to gossip columns and celebrity worship for the next ten years.

  13. rain33 14

    Never seen Key look as unsettled as he did last night. Good job by David Cunliffe, exceeded my expectations.

  14. Dont worry. Be happy 15

    So its a David and Goliath contest? Good. David beat Goliath…..remember

  15. Ad 16

    Mickey I can feel it.

    The left are going to win.

    Get Out The Vote.

  16. Tracey 17

    When i read a quote from Key saying he was not rattled in the debate, I immediately assumed he was rattled

    • yeshe 17.1

      Key was rattled. None more so than when Cunliffe was talking late in the programme, and Key was talking over him … but Hoskings silenced Key by showing him the palm of his hand. Key was silenced. Critical moment for me.

      He really is ‘smile and wave’.

  17. Hen Likes Joy 18

    Listening to RNZ assessment this morning

    Guyon initially talking about how people only will hear what they want to hear when scoring the debate. He also used they line as the interview teaser.

    They then all talked about who won (1 expert DC, the other rated it a draw). They talked about who looked confident etc, etc.

    Then 3/4 way through the interview with his 2 “experts” mentions that a major paper scored it significantly in DCs favour (didn’t even mention the other major papers comments either).

    I just wonder if Johnny had been on form, would Guyon have used the same teaser…….

    Or would it have been: “A resounding win for the Prime Minster of Truth”

    Is it raining out there on a parade anywhere?

    ps yes I know Guyon did a bloody good job interviewing Key the other day. But ya have to keep them honest.

    pps also why does the interviewer sound so sweet when talking to Collins, yet a bull dog when talking to DC

  18. Valleyman 19

    They tell me Hawaii is nice at this time of the year.

  19. Dialey 20

    I’ve just watched the debate again counting the interjections:
    Part 1
    DC interjected x3
    JK interjected x1
    MH interrupted DC x5 and JK x4

    Part 2
    DC interjected x15
    JK interjected x14
    MH interrrupted DC x11 and JK x6

    Part 3
    DC interjected x17
    JK x6
    MH interrupted DC x13 and JK x7

    Part 4
    DC interjected x10
    JK interjected x20
    MH interrupted DC x12 and JK x5

    Part 5
    DC interjected x1
    JK interjected x2
    MH interrupted DC x3

    Totals
    David Cunliffe interjected 36 times
    John Key interjected 43 times
    Mike Hoskings interrupted David Cunliffe 44 times
    Mike Hoskings interrupted John Key 22 times

  20. lurgee 21

    My normal impression is that poll results are saved for the morning and the print edition. It makes you wonder why they went early. Were they hoping to affect the outcome of the debate?

    Probably, they just realised the poll would be squeezed out by their debate coverage the next morning.

    Suspecting conspiracy everywhere makes us sound deranged. Stop doing it, people.

  21. Clemgeopin 22

    Key is a snake. But last night he was a rattled snake!
    Cunliffe is a lion. Last night he was the lion King!

    Key=40%
    Cunliffe=60%
    Hoshking=6/10

    Hopefully in the next debate, Cunliffe won’t turn from a lion King into a pussy cat and key from a rattled snake into a king cobra!

  22. Herodotus 23

    IMO only those that are into “politics ” would have seen much that resulted in last night. Format was crap & not enhanced by both leaders talking over each other. No policy only well trained PR responses, with one small potential highlight if you heard it key past labour future or something like that.
    And from today’s contact with people not one mentioned the “debate”. Would be interesting if the viewing numbers are released and what if any drop off there was as the debate proceeded for the hour, sandwiched between commercials.
    There may have been a winner of the 2 in some opinions, it definitely was the public in gaining anything, other than partisans seeing their side not doing badly.

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  • Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • The cost of a range clearance.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 day ago
  • Still denying responsibility
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A corrupt practice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Democracy “A Bit Bonkers” – Thoughts Inspired By Lizzie Marvelly’s Latest Co...
    Didn't See It Coming: NZ Herald columnist Lizzie Marvelly's latest column merits serious scrutiny because such a clear example of anti-democratic thinking is encountered only rarely on the pages of the daily press. Which is not to say that the elitism which lies at the heart of such social disparagement ...
    2 days ago
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • On the road to Net Zero, the next step is to update our UN pledge
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Corruption as usual
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Fairer rentals
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A loss for the Greens
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
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    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    4 days ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    4 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    5 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    6 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis
    Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Participation rates
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
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    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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    2 weeks ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks ago

  • New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison
    New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time. NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will ...
    6 hours ago
  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
    Clayton Mitchell, Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs The ‘wheel clamping’ Bill that will cap clamper fees to $100 passed its third reading in Parliament today. New Zealand First welcomes The Land Transport (Wheel Clamping) Amendment Bill to combat predatory wheel clamping behaviour in what is currently a largely unregulated business. Cowboy clampers are: gouging ...
    1 day ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
    Jenny Marcroft, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First welcomes the passage of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill through its first reading in Parliament. “Today’s progress takes serious action on the mental health and addiction crisis the country is facing,” says New Zealand First Health Spokesperson Jenny Marcroft. “The re-establishment ...
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries Today the Government announced the delivery of the promise to protect New Zealand interests by applying a new National Interest Test to the sales of our most sensitive and high risk assets to overseas buyers. This further strengthening of the Overseas Investment Act will ...
    2 days ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its promise to protect New Zealanders’ interests by applying a new national interest test to the sales of our most sensitive and high-risk assets to overseas buyers. Under current Overseas Investment Act (OIA) rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and ...
    2 days ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
    Rt Winston Peters, Leader of New Zealand First Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years. Declarable donations were declared to the Electoral Commission. Our ...
    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    3 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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

  • Milestone of 1800 new Police officers
    The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters say today’s graduation means 1825 new Police have been deployed all ...
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    23 mins ago
  • PM appoints business leaders to APEC Business Advisory Council
    Ensuring APEC work gets input from diverse New Zealand business and trade interests is behind three new appointments to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Rachel Taulelei, Malcolm Johns and Toni Moyes have been appointed to represent New Zealand on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • PM speech notes for Trans-Tasman Business Circle
    Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tatou katoa. Thank you for having me to speak today. To start, I’d like to acknowledge Sharron Lloyd, the General Manager of the Trans–Tasman Business Circle, the partners for this event Westpac’s  David McLean, and Derek McCormack from  AUT, and, of course ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Otago Regional Council given deadline for freshwater management plan
    A four-month investigation by former Environment Court judge Professor Peter Skelton found that Otago’s freshwater planning system is not fit for purpose to manage the region’s rivers, lakes and aquifers and that the Council has inadequate rules for the taking of water and the discharge of nutrients.   “Existing planning provisions ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • LGNZ Rural and Provincial Sector Speech
      Introduction Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak to an LGNZ meeting since the local elections, and I’m delighted to see the fresh faces of newly elected mayors. To returning mayors here today, as well as chief ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Zealand to attend G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters departs New Zealand today to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Nagoya at the invitation of this year’s G20 President, Japan. “This is the first time New Zealand will attend a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and we are deeply honoured that it is at ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Ambassador to the European Union announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of diplomat Carl Reaich as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to the European Union. “The Ambassador to the EU is one of the most important and senior roles in New Zealand’s foreign service, advocating for New Zealand’s interests with the EU institutions,” Mr ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • New inventions boost Predator Free 2050 effort
        Innovation and technology are behind five new tools to give nature a helping hand by helping eliminate predators, funded through the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. “The new tools will be trialled in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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