web analytics

Daily Review 01/07/2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, July 1st, 2016 - 29 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:


Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

29 comments on “Daily Review 01/07/2016 ”

  1. Pat 1

    Thought the world couldn’t get any more dysfunctional?……remember, this guy was VOTED in….


  2. James 2

    Brian Edwards on little,


    “After 18 months in the job, the Leader of the Opposition still looks dreadful on television and sounds dreadful on radio. His ‘bubbly personality’ joke has descended from irony to farce. In a recent interview – I think it was on Q+A – he said y’know so many times that I eventually gave up counting. He talks to his interviewers but doesn’t engage with them on a personal plane. He looks and sounds like the caricature of an old-style British trade unionist. His personal ratings reflect all of this. That, sadly, is a losing formula for any aspiring Prime Minister. Pity!”

    Interesting observation. I always thought him more awkward than anything, and sometimes coming across as “angry”.

    • Kevin 2.1

      Maybe he should just start saying akshully, look, at the-end-of-the-day a lot then Bri can give him the seal of approval.

    • mickysavage 2.2

      It is shyte. Bubble people should stop talking about politics. It distorts what people are actually thinking.

      Little is doing fine and Key is tanking.

      • Colonial Viper 2.2.1

        I think people are tiring of Key, yes, after 8 years of him as PM. But as for Little doing fine? Brian Edwards has a good professional eye for media competence. Neither is he a right winger. Regardless of whether or not you think Edward’s analyses is skewed or not, it seems clear that Little has a massive amount of preparation to do before he is going to be about to go toe to toe with Key in the TV debates next year.

    • tc 2.3

      You can’t get much more beltway than that. So detached from reality.

  3. ianmac 3

    Has this been aired today? Refreshing really for difficult times.
    “Jeremy Corbyn is not standing down – 172 Labour MPs cannot drown out democracy
    The Labour Party could right now be exploiting a bitter Conservative leadership contest, writes Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
    The shadow chancellor writes exclusively for the New Statesman amid one of the most turbulent weeks in politics this century.”

  4. seeker 4

    Thank God and thanks for this link ianmac.

    • gsays 5.1

      it could be argued greg, being a white male helps.

    • KJT 5.2

      Judging by the comparatively wet bus ticket sentences given to 4 young white males in Whangarei recently, it obviously pays to be white, privileged, and stealing just for kicks.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      “So the figures for tax evasion are phenomenal while they are relatively small for benefit fraud,” says Dr Marriott, “but we have quite different attitudes to the two crimes. It’s not uncommon for New Zealanders to pay cash to tradespeople, for example, even though that is a form of tax evasion.”

      A Cashless financial system would help prevent that type of corruption.

      She says the relatively lenient punishments awarded to tax evaders are unlikely to act as a deterrent to others.

      The laws needs to not be arbitrary and yet that is what these massive differences in punishment for the same crime is. It is an awful and unjust arbitrariness brought about by racism, bias and bigotry. In fact it was to stop the arbitrariness of how the rules were prosecuted that brought about the idea of constraining sentences within ranges.

      It’s obvious that we need to set ranges on white-collar crime as well. I’d suggest that any such crime that has a value of less than $100k that the person does not go to jail but is on house arrest. Over $100k the person goes to jail at 1 year per $100k. Reparations are to be paid in full and may be taken from the criminal’s estate, including any trusts that they’re either a beneficiary of or have paid into.

      • Greg 5.3.1

        Remember this, 107 50+millionaire NZers decare tax of 70k,
        and theres been silence ever since.

      • Sabine 5.3.2

        acshully no, paying a tradie in cash is not tax evasion. The tradie not declaring his cash payment is.
        and no one gets paid when your cashless sytem is down, hacked, or there is no electricity. ahhhh, minor details.
        Btw, those that don’t want to pay taxes will just simply trade a Rembrant for a Picasso in exchange for services. Taxes, as Gareth Morgan said on Facebook, thats for payee suckers.

        • Greg

          How about bartering and something of a stateless green economy.

          Would this frighten the government.


        • Draco T Bastard

          acshully no, paying a tradie in cash is not tax evasion. The tradie not declaring his cash payment is.

          Which, of course, is the whole point of paying cash in the first place.

          and no one gets paid when your cashless sytem is down, hacked, or there is no electricity.

          True but it’s not really that high a risk. Power doesn’t go down that often, processes and protections can be put in place against crackers and the system will have multiple distributed backups that can take over at any time.

          Btw, those that don’t want to pay taxes will just simply trade a Rembrant for a Picasso in exchange for services.

          And the IRD can and does prosecute people for having more than their declared income could possibly pay for.

          • reason

            The problem is Draco that no one should trust a government ( or salesperson ) who makes up stupid dishonest reasons to adopt their policy.

            Paula Bennett and you seem to share the same lie ………………… to push your own different barrows.

            A big part of your sales pitch is how wise and fair your govt would be ……

            But before you even got out of nappies ……………… you were pushing Paulas lies.

            You blew it Pal …………….. you are now suffering from what is known as “no credibility”.

            We’ll watch Paula to see how she deals with it.

            My advice is do not co-op other peoples lies into your own arguement.

            • Draco T Bastard

              you were pushing Paulas lies.

              I’ve never done that.

              you are now suffering from what is known as “no credibility”.

              I’ve got plenty of credibility but, as you keep lying about me, you’re losing any you ever had.

    • reason 5.4

      From your link greg ……”Benefit fraud cost New Zealand $22 million in 2010″

      vrs info from a ‘scoop’ link

      ” New Zealand’s four largest foreign-owned banks have thrown in the towel and settled tax avoidance disputes with the Inland Revenue Department for more than $2.2 billion”

      No-one got in any trouble for the banks actions …………… which were all done with a ‘tax vehicle’ designed by one john shewan .

      I think the banks were let off %20 as well ……………….

      • Greg 5.4.1

        Banks have customers to fleece, and they can create money, so its likely it didnt affect any profit margin. Or has been reported too.

  5. Hanswurst 6

    Meanwhile, in Austria, the results of the May presidential elections have been overturned by the country’s Constitutional Court. The presidential candidates from the Green and Freedom parties had received 50,3% and 49,7% respectively, separated by just 31,000 votes.

    In the wake of Brexit, this electoral rerun is of particular interest within Europe, since the Freedom Party is seen to be weighing up the possibility of following the UK in holding a vote on leaving the EU. The Freedom Party is a nationalist organisation similar to the French “Front National” and the German “Alternatives for Germany”, and is generally in favour of far greater devolution of European policymaking to its constituent nations. A swing towards the Freedom Party would increase the likelihood of Austria’s (and potentially other nations’) following Britain’s suit.

    Both the Green and the Freedom Party presidential candidates have openly discussed breaking with constitutional conventions by utilising the president’s de jure right to dismiss the government, with the Freedom Party’s candidate flatly stating that he would do so if the latter did not satisfy his expectations on economic and immigration policy.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago