Daily review 07/10/2021

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  1. Anker 1

    A 17 year old school boy makes a submission to the Select Committee on the Conversion Practices Bill. Watch Ginny Andersons response. Its really disgusting she talked to a young man like that who took the trouble to exercise his deomocratic right to voice his opionion.

    BTW I think this young lads intepretation of the legislation is correct and so do the majoirty of submitters.

    • solkta 1.1

      That website is so dodgy it doesn't even have an "about" page but if you go to the Family First site it is clear it is theirs. Not surprised at you reading and spreading propaganda for the religeous right though.

      • Nic the NZer 1.1.1

        You seem to be implying only some faction of a polity have a right to voice an opinion.

        • McFlock 1.1.1.1

          I didn't get that.

          I took the meaning that often the sources we turn to in order to find support for our positions indicate just as much about us as they do the quality of our position.

          • Anker 1.1.1.1.1

            I saw this clip on the parliament website. Once viewed it is often hard to get the clip back. So I just googled it. I wasn't even aware that it was Family First, cause I am not assoicated with them.

            But I do belive that everyone has a deomcratic right to express their views, even ones I don't agree with. There was an elderly Christian gent presenting and I didn't agree with his views, but again one of the Labour women was incredibly rude.

            • McFlock 1.1.1.1.1.1

              You don't need to be associated with someone to see the name of their youtube channel.

              So now youtube is going to suggest more FF videos at anyone who clicks the link. Thanks for that.

      • Anker 1.1.2

        It is a recording of a zoom submission from Parliament. But I agree it is dodgy from the point of view of how disgracefully citizens are being treated when exercising their democratic right.

        Ginny Anderson's reponse is patronizig and unacceptable. They are there to hear all views, listen respectfully and ask questions, even challenging ones.

        This was one of the rudest responses to a young man who is still. technically a child exercising his democratic right.

        • solkta 1.1.2.1

          So are you happy to promote Family First?

          Yes the response was patronising, but not incorrect.

          • Anker 1.1.2.1.1

            I saw this clip on the parliament website. Once viewed it is often hard to get the clip back. So I just googled it. I wasn't even aware that it was Family First, cause I am not assoicated with them.

            But I do belive that everyone has a deomcratic right to express their views, even ones I don't agree with. There was an elderly Christian gent presenting and I didn't agree with his views, but again one of the Labour women was incredibly rude.

            • solkta 1.1.2.1.1.1

              You were not aware who the site was because you didn't bother to find out, i guess because you don't care.

              • Anker

                I care about how that young man was treated, but an elected representative.

                I care about the young women who are obtaining and using breast binders which cause harm.

                I care about the kids put on puberty blockers, then cross sex hormones befor they are old enough to truly understand what their decision means . Recent article with two top surgeons in trans gender care, both transgender women. Now having doubts about all this. I care that kids on these drugs can and very often do end up infertile and unable to experience sexual pleasure. I care about all the kids who are detransitioners who have irreversible damage to their young bodies.

                Do I care that you have associated me with Family First and think I should have researched that that was their clip. Not so much

        • solkta 1.1.2.2

          Did you check out Leah the "ex-lesbian" on that site? Are you happy to promote the idea that people's sexuality can be "corrected" with "therapy"?

          • Anker 1.1.2.2.1

            See my answer to McFlock Solkta. I saw the clip on the Parliament weibsite and googled it. It came up with the Family First thing.

            I have my own views. I think they are clear to most here. I am a gender critical feminist. I disagree with a lot of the gender ideology. That's it.

          • Anker 1.1.2.2.2

            If I thought that Solkta I would have said it, ie people sexuallity can be changed with therapy., I am big on a good evidence base for therapy and there is no evidence at all the sexual orientation can be changed.

            for the record I don't know what's on family firsts website

          • left for dead 1.1.2.2.3

            Solkta ,,,why are you attacking the person and not addressing the message.

        • Nordy 1.1.2.3

          What nonsense. She simply disagreed with his assertions and pointed out quite correctly that he misunderstood the bill.

        • Anne 1.1.2.4

          Ginny Anderson's reponse is patronizig and unacceptable.

          Wrong. It was polite and respectful. If the young man was "coming at it from the wrong angle" then she had a duty to point it out to him as nicely as possible which she did. Anyway he spoke for too long so there was no time to ask questions and expand on his submission.

          Can't Daily Review at the least be exempted from this gender-wars topic? It is getting very boring. I thought DR was more for topical, in the news items that have arisen during the day.

          • Anker 1.1.2.4.1

            I think we must have watched different clips then Anne. I thought it was very rude.

            If this young man has the wrong end of the stick, then so do most of the other submitters. I think the Bill is very unclear. Have you read the RIS?

            I think its intention is that any parent, religious person or professinal counsellor (because they are not accredited under the Health Practitioners Act) potelnitally can have a complaint to the police man about them, which could result in a criminal charge, even prison. I think that people supporting this bill and the possible purpose of this Bill is that unless young people are offered affirmative care, they see it as an attempt to suppress or changed their gender identity. The Counting Ourselves survey reported that around 17% of trans people had experienced a conversion practice from a professional counsellor, Dr Psychologist. I think their definitiion of conversion is not being affirmed. I think I will post a blog piece by a gay male therapist which says in his opinion Rainbow Youth are failing their young people. Its very well writtien and for the record he is not Christian or connected with Family First.

            • Cricklewood 1.1.2.4.1.1

              Tend to agree with the patronizing part… we need more young people that are engaged enough in our political system to appear like that. I feel Ginny could have made a far better fist of disagreeing with his interpretation of the bill.

              Came across as Im the grown up and you're wrong silly boy.

              Bit like the response to Rex posted the other day in that it was disrespectful. You can disagree and at least maintain some decorum and treat submitters with respect.

            • mac1 1.1.2.4.1.2

              I have to say that I watched the video looking for disrespect. I saw none. I saw a young man reading from a prepared script, at times poorly which made me wonder whether he had written it. When he finished he was told that MP Anderson disagreed with his interpretation, saying he had misunderstood the bill and therefore needed to read the bill again.

              What the actual argument is over I truly have no opinion on, apart from a desire to see fair play for all.

              I have been following the debate in a fashion, but have not gone outside what I have read on The Standard.

              I am still none the wiser. But I have read a lot of mixed feelings from commenters.

              Again I say I have no position on this issue, yet. I would appreciate a dispassionate direction as to the issue here. Can a Standard author write such a post, or direct me to something that explains the issues to a 72 year old, usually tolerant and liberal in opinions?

              But I need more than a direction to a video accusing an MP of behaviour that I could not discover…….

              • Anne

                I saw none. I saw a young man reading from a prepared script, at times poorly which made me wonder whether he had written it.

                They were my thoughts too. And if we are correct mac1 then it would explain his inability to reply to the MP's response because he hadn't written it in the first place. 🙂

              • ianmac

                Agreed Mac1, Anne and others.I thought Ginny was OK. I wouldn't mind being spoken to as Blake was. Time limitations and pleased that Blake was willing to have a go.

          • Brigid 1.1.2.4.2

            So scroll right on by

      • SPC 1.1.3

        It's a link to a video of a presentation to a SC. Nothing to doubt about it's veracity, so the source is not "fair game" or reason to impugn the poster.

        • solkta 1.1.3.1

          She is still sharing a link to a religeous right website and not caring about any fallout. A strange action for a feminist.

          • weka 1.1.3.1.1

            and you're running a derail rather than addressing the issues raised /shrug.

          • SPC 1.1.3.1.2

            Religious right wing sites are now probably linking to sites of feminists despite their patriarchy promise keeper bent …

            It's not the first time, moral conservatives and feminists – prohibition and pornography.

            • Anker 1.1.3.1.2.1

              Oh FFS I think I explained I saw the clip on Parliament website. Its hard to back track and watch a whole lot of presentations to find the one you want to review. I remember the boys name so I googled it. Thats what came up. End of.

              As I said Solkta I don't care to much about that. I care about the other things I listed

              • SPC

                FFS indeed … I hope you considered context better than you did reading my post when looking at the proposed legislation.

            • Anker 1.1.3.1.2.2

              spc. where is your evidence/?

      • Sabine 1.1.4

        so the clip with a stamp of House of Representative dodgy, or just the host of the video clip?

      • weka 1.1.5

        it's a NZ government SC video on youtube. As Anker points out, it's hard to find the SC videos later, but often other people have put them up independently.

        Is there a connection other than that between FF and the submitter?

      • Sabine 1.1.6

        maybe you like this host better? It is still the same clip, same content, all the stuff you don't want to discuss.

        and that is the host of the clip from the submission, maybe this person will satisify your purity level?
        https://au.linkedin.com/in/ckarena

    • SPC 1.2

      Majority of submitters does not speak to credibility, just to the effectiveness of organised campaigns.

      • Sabine 1.2.1

        We must have already forgotten that SUFW actually had to go to court to hold some speeches. OH, but that was un-speak, un-desirable speak, un-consented speak, un-censored speak, and we can't have that.

        It can't be that people really do have some issues with this bill, right? They must be of the far right, mis-informed, phobic of this and that, and just super extremist religious, and coached to the hilt. Right?

        Oh my, the future is going to be so entertaining.

        • SPC 1.2.1.1

          What did any of that have to do with my post?

          • Sabine 1.2.1.1.1

            Majority of submitters does not speak to credibility, just to the effectiveness of organised campaigns.

            Maybe the majority of submitters do speak very credibly about the overall shittyness of said bill and its potential pitfalls, and that very little of that had anything to do with any organised campaigns, considering that the only group that organised anything had to go to court to be allowed to do tho and was labeled a 'hate group'.

            But then, what was you sayin?

            • SPC 1.2.1.1.1.1

              You think only one group organised against the legislation? Look up the DR to see another group mentioned. There will have been others.

              My comments referred to two fallacies occurring in the debate

              1. one that having a majority of submissions makes a position more credible
              2. and the relevance of the source of a link to the issue being discussed (one can note the irony of disparate groups on the same side of an issue but this does not speak to merit).
        • SPC 1.2.1.2

          Do you have any idea if SUFW has any position/submission on this issue (after the earlier one on BDMRR)?

      • Craig H 1.2.2

        The Public Service Act was a prime example of that – so many anti-Maori submissions…

    • Pete 1.3

      She thought he had the wrong end of the stick and she told him that. I guess the best thing would have been for her to have said nothing.

      • Anker 1.3.1

        I agree Pete. I think it would have been more appropriate just to thank this lad for taking the time to submit.

        BTW most submitters have similar concerns to Blake

  2. Delia 2

    This is the Labour Party today, if not rude to women's rights women, now dismissing young people who do not toe the Labour line. As to your comment about FF they published the video, the young man is not a Christian. Labour has treated submitters rudely for days now. Even if Blake were, a god forbid, Christian, he still has the right to. be heard fairly.

    • Nordy 2.1

      Again what nonsense. If submitters turn up and argue incorrectly or mistakenly on what a bill is about and why, they need to expect that those people who actually understand the bill will point that out to them.

      • Anker 2.1.1

        Well Nordy have you read the Bill? The RIS? because I think you are incorrect. Most of the submitters against the Bill have some very real concerns.

        Someone I know is a counsellor and he realizes he could be criminalized under this bill for offering explortary therapy rather than the affirmative model.

        • McFlock 2.1.1.1

          Well, no:

          (2) However, conversion practice does not include—

          • (a) a health service provided by a health practitioner in accordance with the practitioner’s scope of practice; or

          […]

          • (d) providing acceptance, support, or understanding of an individual; or
          • (e) facilitating an individual’s coping skills, development, or identity exploration, or facilitating social support for the individual; or

          […]

          Your friend has several outs for genuine therapy or even just non-healthcare-based listening.

          • Anker 2.1.1.1.1

            Nordy and McFlock/. I invite you both to read this blog piece by a gay male counsellor about how we are failing our Rainbow Youth. In the blog piece Paul mentions affirmative therapy. This is when a persons gender identity is automatically affirmed.

            As I wrote before a significant number of young people in counting ourselves believed they had received a conversion practice from health professionals.

            Why my friend may have several outs I can assure you that no counsellor wants to face the threat of criminal proceedings. I think it is unfair that counsellors would be covered by this act at all. They have professional bodies who people can make complaints to if they are unhappy with their treatment.

          • Anker 2.1.1.1.2

            McFlock counsellors are not counted as health practitioners because they are not accredited under the act.

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.2.1

              "Or" is a wonderful word in any legislation.

              As long as they can tick one of the boxes, there isn't a problem.

              If they genuinely haven't kept up with proposed regulatory changes relating to their profession, they're possibly not very good. Or do we expect more of pub bouncers than we do of people entrusted to treat children who have complex emotional or psychological needs?

              • Anker

                McFlock just to clarify, The New Zealand Counsellors Association is an organisation (NZAC) chose not to become acredited under the Health Practitioners Act. They still have rigourous registration process, high ethical standards and on-going professional development requirements to the highest standards. So the organisation choosing not to go through the acreditation process is nothing to do with the quality of their practitioners. You comment about expecting more of pub bouncers, shows a lack of understanding of what acreditation means. It is a little bit of a slur on cournsellors a very valuable and scarce resource with the mental health issues we have. If you want to see the quality read the link that Molly posted by a gay counsellor who works in the Rainbow space and believes we are failing our Rainbow youth. It makes sobering reading.

                Many psychotherapists regret becoming accredited because it is a costly process and adds very little to what they do.

                • McFlock

                  I made no comment about them as "health practitioners".

                  As an individual, if someone is working with serious and life-altering issues of any type, they need to know the extent of their legal obligations and responsibilities. I was expected to know that on the door.

                  Even as a non-HP, there may be a variety of mandatory reporting and confidentiality issues that make the fairly concise and plain-language aspects of the proposed ban on conversion therapy quite trivial.

                  And beyond any individual awareness of their legal obligations and liabilities, this is the exact sort of thing their professional bodies should be submitting on and providing information to their members about.

                  The fact that your counsellor friend is worried possibly means they haven't bothered reading the bill (and reflecting upon how that might affect their actual practise) or asking their professional body for guidance.

                  Or they have matched the bill against their practise, and discovered that their practise can be reasonably interpreted as "performed with the intention of changing or suppressing the individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression", and that they cannot reasonably argue that their practise is

                  • (c) assisting an individual to express their gender identity; or
                  • (d) providing acceptance, support, or understanding of an individual; or
                  • (e) facilitating an individual’s coping skills, development, or identity exploration, or facilitating social support for the individual;

                  Are they intending to change anyone's sexual orientation? No? No problem then.

          • weka 2.1.1.1.3

            thanks for being the first person to link to the Bill, so that we don't have to go round and round in people's reckons and we can reference what the law is actually intended to say.

          • SPC 2.1.1.1.4

            I am not sure about the reference to Section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

            as to the definition of medical practitioner.

            Section 5(1) was repealed, on 12 April 2019, by section 4 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 11).

            https://legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2019/0011/latest/whole.html#LMS57880

            • SPC 2.1.1.1.4.1

              Section 4 of the proposed legislation before the SC.

              In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

              conversion practice has the meaning given to it in section 5

              health practitioner has the same meaning as in section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

              health service has the same meaning as in section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

              scope of practice has the same meaning as in section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

              serious harm, in relation to an individual, means any physical, psychological, or emotional harm that seriously and detrimentally affects the health, safety, or welfare of the individual.

              https://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2021/0056/latest/LMS487211.html

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.4.2

              "health practitioner" is still in, "medical practitioner" is out.

        • Nordy 2.1.1.2

          Yes, I have.

          Having concerns is not the same as actually knowing or understanding the Bill.

          Finally, if the counsellor you know is actually at risk of being criminalised under the provisions under the bill, then they need to take a long hard look at what they doing, as their actions are clearly not acceptable.

          • Anker 2.1.1.2.1

            Do you not realize that some people will think anything other than automatic affirmation is a form of conversion practice?

            Ask yourself this. If you were a counsellor and it was possible you could face the threat of a criminal prosecution when working with a group of people would you still work with them? I wouldn't. I would work with other clients where if Ithere is a complaint made, then it goes to my professional body. Not the police.

            Sometimes people make false complaints.

            • Nordy 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Sometimes people make false assertions about proposed legislation. That doesn't change reality.

              • Anker

                Nordy do you mean I have made false assertions about proposed legislation.

                I don't think it is possible to be clear about this legislation because we don't know how it is going to look in the end.

      • miravox 2.1.2

        "they need to expect that those people who actually understand the bill will point that out to them"

        Do they? I thought this was an information gathering process. I thought presenting submissions was to be heard, not to be debated or dismissed in the hearing. I imagined that debate about a submission would occur in committee discussions. I would have thought the MPs job (no matter how infuriating or boring) in this process was to listen and take note.

        That's what I would expect, if I was ever courageous enough to make an in-person submission. What a way to put people off oral submissions, to be belittled in public. I've never thought that is how democracy works.

        If submitters don't understand the bill, surely that's something to be noted in terms of wording and content. It's valuable information in terms of getting a bill right.

        Note: I'm not commenting on the content or quality of that submission here, just the process.

        • left for dead 2.1.2.1

          Good points miravox,sad too see the fragmented left at it again,this is Daily review isn't it as Open mike we can cover what ever,if some are not interested 'just go past it',simple as that.Their are plenty on the right of politics that will slap down the left,lets stop doing it to ourselfs,please.

  3. Gezza 3

    The thoughts of Chairman Bob…

    “TERRIBLE LYING BY PFIZER
    Sir Bob Jones October 6, 2021

    Pfizer claim they waited six weeks despite their urging, for New Zealand Government officials to actually meet with them and discuss vaccine supplies last year.

    That is a disgraceful slur. Surely they know we were actually at the head of the queue for vaccines, as then Health Minister Hipkins, not once but twice told the nation last year.

    Hipkins should sue the buggers.”

    • Patricia Bremner 3.1

      Hipkins explained that they were then at that juncture, looking over 40 different suppliers/vaccines and I think from memory a 56 page proposal from Pfizer…. that would not be an instant decision.

      • Cricklewood 3.1.1

        True, given it did take a couple days to clarify as to whether or not you could use a toilet, can understand how it would take a while…

    • Cricklewood 3.2

      Not going to lie, I quite enjoy Sir Bobs commentary from time to time…

    • AB 3.3

      Pfizer claim they waited six weeks despite their urging, for New Zealand Government officials to actually meet with them and discuss vaccine supplies last year.

      Notice what Sir Bob did there? He indicated that the discussion in around May 2020 was about 'supplies'. It can't have been about supplies because the Pfizer vaccine wasn't in commercial production at that time, probably wasn't approved for use anywhere, and I'd assume was still fairly early in its clinical trials. Any discussion would have been in the realm of technical pre-sales – Pfizer making sure that they stayed on any vaccine candidate shortlist the NZ government might be developing.

      There is only one person being dishonest here – and I think it's the property speculator. Which would not be unexpected.

      • Gezza 3.3.1

        I enjoy the occasional read of Sir Bob's blog. Mainly for the sycophantic commenters.

        Sir Bob's not one to worry about letting the facts get in the way of a good satire – or a good story.

        On one of his frequent anti-"Māori wonderfulness" rants he dashed off a bit of Māori history, including that Kupe fished up the North Island. It was Maui who fished up the North Island, not Kupe – hence the Māori name Te-Ika-a-Maui.

        It's hard to tell where he's taking the piss & where he's possibly being serious sometimes.

        • Cricklewood 3.3.1.1

          Yeah tbh I think some of thats a deliberate troll… he's alot of things but stupid isnt one of them.

    • weka 3.4

      I was going to say to link, always, for context. But turns out there is no context. Jones is being a dick, again.

      https://nopunchespulled.com/2021/10/06/terrible-lying-by-pfizer/

      (but yeah, always link if you are cut and pasting)

  4. weka 4

    Is anyone interested in a film club? The Social Dilemma is free to view for October. We could set up a timeframe eg a week, for people to watch, and then on the weekend I put up a post and we get to talk about the film.

  5. Cricklewood 5

    Interesting study… if correct we've got a very long way to go.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/

    • weka 5.1

      yes. I think there are quite a number of people who are going to be disappointed next year. We really should be teaching people how to manage chronic stress at this point, including fear and uncertainty.

    • Cricklewood 5.2

      The summary I think has an important message for everyone… " even as efforts should be made to encourage populations to get vaccinated it should be done so with humilty and respect… Stigmatzing populations can do more harm than good…" those aee messages some commenters here would do well to take onboard.

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    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
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    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
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