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Daily review 02/04/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, April 2nd, 2019 - 45 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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45 comments on “Daily review 02/04/2019”

  1. adam 1

    So will this government stop funding the GCSB?

    Is it not about time?

    When you fail this bad, you should get none of our tax money.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 1.1

      Wind up the GCSB? And (presumably) the SIS and NAB, and maybe extricate ourselves from 5-Eyes while we’re at it? Then ‘we’ could finally relax. OR the GCSB could up their game – hopefully the Royal Commission of Inquiry will indicate how.

      A question about an unrelated observation. How best to describe UK PM May for insisting on multiple parliamentary votes (three so far?) on her Brexit deal, while also insisting that a second Brexit referendum would be “undemocratic“?

      Hypocritical? Fishy? Phoney? Ironic? Paradoxical? Twisted? Cynical?

      Offering voters a simple choice on intricate issues can have disastrous consequences.

      https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/opinion-it-is-a-paradox-to-say-that-a-second-brexit-referendum-would-be-undemocratic-4426560-Jan2019/

  2. Tuppence Shrewsbury 2

    There goes most government departments then if we use your criteria for funding.

    Or is it just the ones that you don’t agree with that get to fail again and again?

  3. bwaghorn 3

    Out of interest do you (thats a royal you) think that if the shooter hadn’t been a foreigner shooting up immigrants and had been a white kiwi shooting Maori or visa versa would nz have handled it in such a quiet compassionate and considered way . ??
    My guess is hell know we would be tearing each other apart.

    • Gabby 3.1

      Let’s hope we don’t find out waggers.

    • BM 3.2

      I’d be surprised if that ever happened, Mate, we’re just too laid back, it’s just not in our genetic makeup.

      Which is why all this white male hate browbeating by left wingers is really bunching everyone’s undies and destroying all of the goodwill that happened post-Christchurch.

      Hopefully, if any hate speech laws do get past we can drag Davidson and the Iranian before the courts and fine or jail their sorry arses

      • Anne 3.2.1

        You’d better watch it BM. Some of your provocative, nonsensical and inaccurate displays of “race bait speech” could land you in a spell of very hot water in the not too distant future.

        • BM 3.2.1.1

          Wow, check out Anne, channelling her inner Nazi.
          It’s what I’d expect from you left wingers though.

          The next step is the “re-education camps”, could be a job there for you Anne, I reckon you’d be perfect.

        • Drowsy M. Kram 3.2.1.2

          BM puts me in mind of ‘Mr Hankey’, minus the cheery wit.

      • McFlock 3.2.2

        Not in our genetic make up?

        Freudian slip says it is…

      • KJT 3.2.3

        Did you actually read what they said, or Hoskings interpretation?

        It was about as far from hate speech as you can get.

      • marty mars 3.2.4

        You’re an idiot – try using your brain you sorry arsed nobody – your type is on the way out thank goodness – weak men with no gumption to be men – just embarrassing.

  4. greywarshark 4

    Christine Rankin, Children’s Advocate says that ‘pouring money’ into poor families is not going to solve family poverty – it’s how families spend their money that is the main problem she says. She makes the point that people gaining skills is the way to help them but of course things are more complicated than that. She could say that assisting them to do things that will help them in the short run, and build competence to enable them to better themselves and their children. Following that with helping with training and support to more skilled positions compatible with their parenting duties, and ensuring that they are helped with contraceptive pills and condoms etc to not have second pregnancies.

    It sounded like the old story about cutting aid to the bone, you aren’t good enough to hope for decent conditions, moments of joy even, everything for you should be miserly handed out, austere and with a strong whiff of Dickens. Hear her at 2.30 mins.
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/news-bulletin/story/2018689238/radio-new-zealand-news

    • Rosemary McDonald 4.1

      Ye gods and little fishes!!!

      Christine Rankin….full of herself and so full of questionable ideas.

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9907/S00355/court-of-christine-rankin-cavorts-at-our-expense.htm

      ” Winz Chief Executive Christine Rankin starred in a Michael-Jackson type performance at a senior manager’s conference, dressed in an extravagant costume and descending from the ceiling on a flying rig said Alliance spokesperson on Social Welfare, Grant Gillon.

      He’s calling it yet more evidence of waste of tax-payers money.

      At one of two conferences of WINZ senior managers, Christine Rankin herself was lowered onto the conference floor wearing a sliver suit and performing a ‘Power in the Profession’ dance while a background screen showed pictures of Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Christine Rankin. This performance followed the screening of a video that showed a figure in a silver suit being lowered from a helicopter onto a deck of a sinking ship in order to save it. ”

      Child advocate? My arse.

      • greywarshark 4.1.1

        Rosemary McD
        Christine may be a lone cougar. But she has reformed, transmogrified or something. You could be a top media contact with her salary if you dressed right and cleaned up your potty mouth! /sarc (I think you and I can joke a little.)

  5. joe90 5

    AOC is a very sharp young woman.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was lambasted on Twitter and in the media for confusing the facts while waxing lyrical about the Democratic golden age of the 1930s and 1940s—but was she actually right?

    […]

    “FDR did die in office in ‘45 and the 22nd amendment did come in ‘47 but Congress did start the legislative process in 1944 prior to his death so that he would not be reelected,” another Twitter user wrote in Ocasio-Cortez’s defense. “It was not ratified soon enough and he won in ‘44. AOC did not misspeak, friends.”

    The National Constitution Center also had Ocasio-Cortez’s back. On its website, the nonpartisan organization explained: “Talk about a presidential term-limits amendment started in 1944, when Republican candidate Thomas Dewey said a potential 16-year term for Roosevelt was a threat to democracy.

    https://www.newsweek.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-attacked-twitter-constitutional-mistake-was-she-1381693

    • joe90 5.1

      Ouch.

    • Andre 5.2

      Thanks for that moment of wry sick laughter. FFS, yelling gotcha at AOC for some slightly clumsy wording, when the only amendments their boy the barbecued bloviator might come up with are freedom of speech and freedom of the press from the First (never mind the other bits of the First) and he’s probably been made well aware of the Fifth. That’s industrial grade double standards partisanship.

      • alwyn 5.2.1

        Oh well. None of the people commenting on this seem to have read the Amendment.
        It includes the following.
        ” But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress”.
        Given that Roosevelt was President at the time it was proposed it would never have applied to him at all.
        He could have remained President, if re-elected and if he had lived longer for as long as he liked.

        • Andre 5.2.1.1

          That clause is a bit longer than just the bit you quoted. The extra bits may have been interpreted differently to what you’ve just said if it ever got tested in court. In any case, it was totally moot by the time the amendment even passed congress, let alone got ratified by enough states to come into force.

          But the broader point AOC was making, that FDR winning his third then fourth term was the impetus for the 22nd, is not seriously disputed by any historian. Except that most would express it that the motivation was to prevent any future three-or-more term presidents, not so much as a backdoor way to limit FDR’s time in power.

          • NatteringNabob 5.2.1.1.1

            You’re right on the broader point Andre but wrong on the text being unclear or contradictory when it comes to what alwyn said/quoted.

            The full clause: “But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

            It clearly exempted FDR bc he was President when amendment was proposed. The rest of the clause has to do with the possibility of the law going into effect during future president’s third term, stipulating that he wouldn’t have to vacate if the amendment became operative (enacted or enacted with future effective date) in that scenario

    • joe90 5.3

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    Three News just ran a Newshub report on the trojan haka hack, which I discovered was actually scooped by the ODT yesterday: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/accused-mosque-gunmans-manifesto-hacked

    Some clever Maori, seemingly… “copies have continued to circulate on dark avenues of the internet and social media sites. But now, an online vigilante using the name “Māori” is circulating a “weaponised” version of the document in an apparent attempt to thwart its distribution. When it is clicked on, it forces a system reboot that ends with a black screen featuring a message in red writing: “This is not us!” The hacked version was discovered by security firm Blue Hexagon, which has dubbed the hack “Trojan Haka”.”

    “”Our initial suspicion was that this was targeting the press, but with all the data that we have now, it looks like it was not one specific group, just anyone who was trying to get a copy of the manifesto,” Blue Hexagon researcher Irfan Asrar told PCMag.”

    • joe90 6.1

      Which was actually scooped last month on TS.

      Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

      A modified version of the Christchurch shooter manifesto circulating online includes a payload that overwrites the master boot record in Windows to show a custom message upon system reboot.

      Modifying the master boot record (MBR), which contains details about available partitions and helps load the operating system, allows the malicious payload to start immediately when the computer boots, even before the operating system is started.

      It is suspected that this weaponized version of the manifesto is being distributed as a vigilante attack against those who want to download the original document and to halt its spread

      https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vigilantes-counter-christchurch-manifesto-with-weaponized-version/

      • A 6.1.1

        I missed it

      • Dennis Frank 6.1.2

        Well done you!! 30 March 2019 at 7:52 pm – so the msm don’t read the Standard, or are rather slow on the uptake! Given the breathless style of reportage they delivered it in, one suspects the former…

      • greywarshark 6.1.3

        I like the term ‘Trojan Haka’, I wonder if it was a Maori computer geek that did it?

      • McFlock 6.1.4

        Missed that.

        Bloody good hackers, too – the macron over the “a” always throws me – can never remember the ALT code 🙂

    • A 6.2

      Villainous!!

  7. joe90 7

    Get well soon, Mick!

    On Monday (April, 1) a story on the Rolling Stone magazine website confirmed earlier reports that Mick Jagger, frontman of the legendary rock group the Rolling Stones will undergo heart valve replacement surgery next week. The procedure is the cause of the legendary band’s postponement of it’s upcoming North American tour, including a May 2 stop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

    https://www.nola.com/entertainment/2019/04/mick-jagger-to-undergo-heart-surgery-report.html?

    • Dennis Frank 7.1

      Apparently he “still has time on his side”. https://pagesix.com/2019/04/01/as-mick-jagger-heads-for-heart-surgery-keith-richards-continues-to-defy-the-odds/

      “Meanwhile, Richards, also 75, has long been the butt of jokes over his unflagging health despite smoking like a chimney and generally treating his body like a DEA evidence locker. The hard-living, hard-rocking guitarist called sobriety “novel” when he cleaned up in 2018. He has kicked the heroin and cocaine that fueled him for decades.”

      “Richards survived Nazi bombing raids growing up in World War II London, was nearly electrocuted onstage in 1965, awoke to flames after setting his bed ablaze with a cigarette in 1971, and accidentally dosed himself with strychnine-laced cocaine a few years later.”

      “Still, his only major health scare came in 2006, when doctors removed a blood clot from his brain. A year later, he snorted his dead father’s ashes cut with cocaine — or was it vice versa? “It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive,” Richards recalled to The Guardian.”

      • tc 7.1.1

        Keef is a legend……checkout the Netflix doco which captures him so well. The god given talents to not only play but glue pieces together like his chuck berry backing band.

        He explains his relationship with mick, shot during their last hiatus I think.

  8. Hmmmm…

    Philippines protests Beijing’s swarm of boats around Spratly island …
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12218582

  9. Cinny 9

    Good job….. the jailer of journalists appears to be losing his grip on Turkey.

    “Erdogan’s AK Party ‘loses’ major Turkey cities in local elections

    Unofficial data shows AK Party lost Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, as the country waits for the official results.”

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/erdogan-ak-party-loses-major-turkey-cities-local-elections-190401172133394.html

  10. alwyn 10

    Well. The Indian Government are demonstrating that they are just as stupid as the Chines were in 2007.
    They want to demonstrate that they are, at least in their own minds, a major power.
    Whoopee. Lets shoot down a satellite. To Hell with all the junk we are going to leave in orbit and the damage the fragments could do to all the other satellites we rely on.
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/02/a-terrible-thing-nasa-condemns-indias-destruction-of-satellite-and-resulting-space-junk

    • Andre 10.1

      At least the Indian test was done to a satellite in a very low orbit. At a 300 km orbit, everything should drop out of orbit in a month or three. The bits whose orbits have gone elliptical enough to threaten the ISS should decay even faster since their perigee will be closer to earth.

      Whereas the Chinese one was up around 800ish km. That space junk will be there for decades or even centuries.

      • Dennis Frank 10.1.1

        Maybe not. Recently there was a report about a space-junk collector going into orbit. Kinda high-flying equivalent of the thing that took off to suck up the plastic in the Pacific gyre last year. Both inspirational stories to ole greenies like me who have spent most of a lifetime depressed by perpetual pollution…

        • Andre 10.1.1.1

          As with most kinds of pollution, the vastly greater numbers of bits too small to track and collect are generally the greater hazard. Even when the so-far-unsuccessful garbage collectors can be made to work.

          • In Vino 10.1.1.1.1

            ‘Scuse my ignorance, but if they have a big net/scoop thing out to pick up rubbish, does that not make them more likely to strike an important satellite?

            • Dennis Frank 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Depends how well the thing is designed & constructed. You’d expect the orbital shifts to be planned carefully enough to avoid impacts – that’s elementary. Requires data entry for all known orbital items – enough to keep a bunch of folks busy awhile, I bet! Andre’s right, success remains to be seen.

            • Andre 10.1.1.1.1.2

              The proposals and trials I’ve read about so far involve sending a space junk collector out after a specific piece of space junk, and catching it with a small net or harpooning it. So that kind of operation would be timed and placed to work around operating satellites.

              I’ve yet to see any serious proposals for just a big net trawling style operation to just collect any random junk out there. Keep in mind just how huge a volume we’re talking about, it’s a full three dimensions to deal with, rather than just the two dimensions for trash collection on land or the ocean.

              Most operational satellites can adjust their orbits to stay on their intended orbits, and boost themselves into a graveyard orbit at the end of their operating lives if needed. They can also use those adjustment rockets to avoid known bits of space garbage, so they could probably also avoid a screwed-up garbage collection effort.

              There’s also a bit of international concern about space garbage collection programs being a disguise for developing ways to disable the other teams satellites.

  11. Anne 11

    Lols

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12218680

    Just behind Hipkins sat Police Minister Stuart Nash, the point man. Nash looked like he was watching a tennis game, so quickly was he turning his head from the Speaker to the door to see if Seymour was arriving.

    I tuned in just at this point and wondered what was going on. The only thing missing was Nash’s wide open mouth waiting for a ball to be tossed in it.

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    7 days ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    7 days ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    1 week ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 week ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • In pursuit of “Freedom and Democracy”: Forever Wars in “America’s backyard”.
    “America the Beautiful!”, staunch defender of democracy, freedom and… a whole lot of despotic tyrants that play nice with what is called “the Washington Consensus.” America is indeed capable of immense good, but like any Nation, and most assuredly any aspirant to the mantle of Empire, great, immense evil. All ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • November ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: The beginner’s guide to blogging I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Whodunnit? Finding the mystery 1080 testing lab
    1080 is used to control pests in NZ. Its use is contested by a noisy few. A new report claims high levels of 1080 in rats washed up on a beach. Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa (F&F) won’t name the laboratory that did their testing. It has sparked a hunt ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 weeks ago
  • Authoritarian Friends, Democratic Enemies.
    What Kind Of Empire? The thing for Kiwis to decide is what kind of empire they want to belong to. The kind that, while offering its own citizens democratic rights, demands absolute obedience from its “friends”? Or, the kind that, while authoritarian at home, takes a relaxed attitude to the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Boris Johnson Goes Down
    It hasn't been a good week for the Conservatives, pollwise.  All major recent polls are showing their lead shrinking.Comparing each pollster's current (between 29/11 and 22/11) and previous most recent poll.Com Res - Conservative lead down 3 points.You Gov - Conservative lead down 1 point.Kantar - Conservative lead down 4 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Interesting
    Within quick succession, Countdown maths wizard and twitterer Rachel Riley, alleged comedian David Baddiel and prominent lawyer Andrew Julius have all expressed very similar opinions / ideas:
    These #3billboards are going round London today, organised by ex-Labour people, horrified by what their party has become. Their principles haven’t changed, they’re ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Damn the Polls
    So, there have been a bunch of bad polls out for Labour, and even the Leftie's friend, Survation, have recently given the Conservatives a rip-snorting 11% lead.  You Gov's much vaunted MRP poll - which pretty much nailed the result in 2015 - is currently predicting a comfortable majority for ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Europe declares an emergency
    The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to declare a climate emergency:The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” as it urged all EU countries to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Bi-Partisan Commitment To X-ing “P”.
    Pure Fear: Worse than Heroin, this drug’s addictive power was terrifying. People under its influence didn’t drift off to Elysium. Nor did it persuade inadequate individuals that they could conquer the world. No, this drug – pure crystal methamphetamine, “P” for short – unlocked the gates of Hell itself. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advice about measles: when ignorance is definitely not a virtue
    As the rate of measles infection, and of deaths, continues to climb in Samoa, antivaccination activists infectious disease proponents seem intent on doubling down on their claims about vaccination. (Check pretty much any news-media FB post about measles & you’ll see exactly what I mean.) Unfortunately, some of them have ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago

  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Speech to new direction for criminal justice reform announcement
    Kia ora koutouE ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā matā wakaTēnā koutou katoaHaere ngā, moe maiKoutou ma ngā Rangatira Ko Anaru ahauKo au te Minita mo ngā TureHe Honore tino nui kei roto I ahau No reira tena koutou katoa Today, we are releasing two reports that are the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New direction for criminal justice reform
    The Government is looking to turn around the long-term challenges of criminal justice by taking a new approach to break the cycle of offending to ensure there are fewer victims of crime. Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • New law sets up $300m Venture Capital Fund
    New Zealand firms expanding beyond the start-up phase are set for more support after today’s passage of the Venture Capital Fund Bill, Associate Finance Minister David Parker said. The Bill, which establishes a $300 million Venture Capital Fund, puts in place a key initiative of the Wellbeing Budget’s economic package. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand’s National Statement to COP25
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi, e ngā rau rangatira mā. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Señora Presidenta, Excellencies, Delegates. International action A common thread that runs through the Paris Agreement is the commitment we have made to each other to do what we can to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • $12 billion in extra infrastructure investment
    The Government is lifting capital investment to the highest level in more than 20 years as it takes the next step to future-proof New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced $12 billion of new investment, with $8 billion for specific capital projects and $4 billion to be added to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strong economy, careful spending gives $12bn of surpluses
    The Government is forecast to run $12 billion worth of surpluses across the four years to 2023/24 as the economy continues to grow. The surpluses will help fund day-to-day capital requirements each year. These include fixing leaky hospitals, building new classrooms to cover population growth and take pressure off class ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Priorities for 2020 Wellbeing Budget outlined
    Budget 2020 will continue the Coalition Government’s focus on tackling the long-term challenges facing New Zealand while also investing to future-proof the economy. When the Government took office in 2017 it was left with crumbling infrastructure, severe underinvestment in public services, degraded rivers and lakes, a housing crisis and rising ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister welcomes data-rich coastline mapping tool
    The Minister responsible for the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 (te Takutai Moana Act 2011), Andrew Little has welcomed the launch of an online geospatial tool that provides data-rich, dynamic coastline maps that will significantly boost research and evidence-gathering under the Act. Te Kete Kōrero a Te ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Chief Victims Advisor reappointed for a further two years
    The Chief Victims Advisor to Government Dr Kim McGregor, QSO, has been reappointed in her role for a further two years. Dr McGregor has held the role since it was established in November 2015. She provides independent advice to government on how to improve the criminal justice system for victims. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand tsunami monitoring and detection system to be established
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare have today announced the deployment of a network of DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) buoys. “New Zealand and the Pacific region are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. It is vital we have adequate warning systems in place,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • DART Buoys Announcement
    DART Buoys Announcement Aotea Wharf, 9.30am 11 December 2019   Acknowledgements Acknowledgements to Minister for Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare also here today. White Island It is with regret that this event shadows the tragic natural disaster two days ago. The volcanic eruptions on White Island have claimed 5 lives, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Final steps for racing industry reform
    Racing Minister Winston Peters has welcomed the first reading of the Racing Industry Bill in parliament today. This is the second of two Bills that have been introduced this year to revitalise New Zealand’s racing industry. “Our domestic racing industry has been in serious decline.  The Government is committed to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Funding to promote New Zealand Sign Language initiatives
    Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni, is pleased to announce that $291,321 is to be awarded to national and local community initiatives to maintain and promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL). “New Zealand is one of the few countries  in the world where Sign Language is an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • How New Zealand defines and recognises veterans
    Minister for Veterans Ron Mark has announced today the Coalition Government’s initial response to work completed by the independent statutory body, the Veterans’ Advisory Board. “When Professor Ron Paterson completed his review of the Veterans’ Support Act in 2018, he made a number of recommendations, including one which I referred ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to fund lion’s share of Ohakea water scheme
    The Government will fund the bulk of the cost of a rural water supply for the Ohakea community affected by PFAS contamination, Environment Minister David Parker announced today at a meeting of local residents. This new water scheme will provide a reliable and clean source of drinking water to the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement on White Island eruption
    I have had the opportunity to be briefed on the details of the volcanic eruption of Whakaari/White Island, off the coast of Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.  The eruption happened at 2.11pm today.  It continues to be an evolving situation.  We know that there were a number of tourists ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt funds $100k for weather-hit communities
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare have today confirmed initial Government support of $100,000 for communities affected by the severe weather that swept across the South Island and lower North Island over the weekend. The contribution will be made to Mayoral relief funds across the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Death of NZ High Commissioner to Cook Islands
    New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands, Tessa Temata, died in Palmerston North over the weekend, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. Ms Temata, 52, had recently returned to New Zealand for medical treatment. "On behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we extend ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Wellington rail upgrade full steam ahead
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced construction is underway on Wellington commuter rail upgrades which will mean more frequent services and fewer breakdowns. The upgrades include converting the Trentham to Upper Hutt single track section to a double track, with a new signalling system, upgraded stations and level crossings, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Defence Climate Change Implementation Plan released
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw have announced the release of a Defence Climate Change Implementation Work Plan, titled Responding to the Climate Crisis: An Implementation Plan.  The plan sets out a series of recommendations based on the 2018 New Zealand Defence Assessment, The ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt releases funding to support South Canterbury
    A medium-scale adverse event has been declared for the South Canterbury district, which will see up to $50,000 in funding made available to support farming communities which have been significantly affected by recent heavy rain and flooding in the area, says Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “Two weeks of solid rain ...
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    4 days ago
  • Speech at launch of Rethinking Plastics Report
    Thank you Professor Juliet Gerrard and your team for the comprehensive and extremely helpful report and recommendations. Thank you too to all the stakeholders and interested parties who have contributed ideas and thinking to it. “Making best practice, standard practice” is a great framework for change and the action plan ...
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    4 days ago
  • Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste
    The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor ...
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    4 days ago
  • International student enrolments grow in universities and the regions
    International education continues to thrive as the Government focuses on quality over quantity, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. The tuition revenue from international education increased to $1.16 billion last year with the average tuition fee per student increasing by $960. The total number of international students enrolled in New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to Government Economics Network 2019 Conference
    I want to talk about one of the most pressing issues in our national life: the housing crisis and the poor performance of our cities. The argument I want to make to you is that generations of urban land use policy have lacked a decent grounding in economics. The consequences ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • DHB leadership renewed and strengthened
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs. Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tabuteau to advance New Zealand’s trade and political interests with European partners
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, is travelling to Germany, Poland, Austria, and Spain next week to bolster New Zealand’s political and trade relationships in Europe. While in Spain, Mr Tabuteau will represent New Zealand at the 14th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid. “New Zealand strongly supports ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Kris Faafoi
    “I’ve spoken to Minister Faafoi, who has apologised for his poor handling of this issue,” Jacinda Ardern said. “I have confidence in Kris as a hardworking and effective Minister, but this should have been dealt with in a much clearer manner, and I’ve made my views on that very clear ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Tonga-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Forum
    Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters met with Tongan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa in Wellington today. The pair signed a Statement of Partnership setting out joint priorities for cooperation out to 2023.  “We welcomed Prime Minister Tu'i'onetoa on his first visit to New Zealand as Prime Minister. Tonga ...
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    6 days ago
  • Shooting in Kurow
    The Minister of Police Stuart Nash says his sympathies are with the family of a man who died after being shot by Police in Kurow. “Initial reports are that Police were called by a family member to help the man who was threatening to harm himself,” Mr Nash says. “However ...
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    6 days ago