Daily review 23/02/2022

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    • weka 1.1

      Ardern cautioned that the traffic light system was likely to remain in place for the winter to combat not just Covid, but the return of the flu, following two winters where the flu has been kept largely at bay thanks to Covid measures.

      "As our border opens, we approach winter, with the potential of more illness, we need to ensure our health system can manage a heavier burden," she said.

      not hard to understand.

      • The Chairman 1.1.1

        It seems our health system tends to be overwhelmed most winters.

        Do you think this is going to be the solution in our "new normal" going forward?

      • The Chairman 1.1.2

        "As our border opens, we approach winter, with the potential of more illness, we need to ensure our health system can manage a heavier burden," she said.

        not hard to understand.

        Do we have stay in covid restrictions because the added pressure of opening the border?

    • Cricklewood 1.2

      Smh… we going to mandate flu vax as well?

      • The Chairman 1.2.1

        Apparently, it kills more. So who knows what our "new normal" will look like going forward.

        • weka 1.2.1.1

          Apparently, it kills more

          what are you basing that on?

          • The Chairman 1.2.1.1.1

            According to the latest WHO data published in 2018 Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths in New Zealand reached 905 or 3.47% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 8.30 per 100,000 of population ranks New Zealand #167 in the world.

            https://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/new-zealand-influenza-pneumonia#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20latest%20WHO,Zealand%20%23167%20in%20the%20world.

            • McFlock 1.2.1.1.1.1

              Wait a couple of months. Hopefully you'll be right.

            • weka 1.2.1.1.1.2

              This is disingenuous. The reason we have so few covid deaths is because of the government's pandemic response. The one you don't like and want changed. If we had no vax mandates, like the flu, we'd have more covid deaths. If we had had no lockdowns or restrictions on gatherings, we'd have had more covid deaths. Why you would want to compare NZ deaths is beyond me.

              • The Chairman

                This is disingenuous. The reason we have so few covid deaths is because of the government's pandemic response.

                I didn't state a reason. I merely suggested – apparently, it kills more. And provided a link for you.

                A question for you? If we had no vax mandates but testing had to be used instead of passes would we have had more deaths?

                • McFlock

                  Hangon, so your alternative is a RAT every time someone goes to the cinema or the pub or even Subway? You're suggesting that's more workable than a pass?

                  Because if it's not as workable, fewer people will use it, so the only real answer is "yes".

                  • The Chairman

                    You're suggesting that's more workable than a pass?

                    I'm asking as it would IMO be more acceptable than on going jabs and of course, the segregation.

                    Additionally, what the actual impact would be on deaths?

                    As for more workable, it will have its flaws just as passes.

                    • McFlock

                      Dude, seriously?

                      In one day I might get lunch near my work, then after work go on a dinner and movie date.

                      That's a nasal swab for work, for lunch, for dinner, and for a movie, in one day. And for lunch I might be out of there before the test result comes back.

                      That's maybe half an hour or an hour out of the day if we have to wait for test results, compared to an hour and a half over the past year for the vaccine, you really think that would be more acceptable and followed by ~90% of the population?

                      Also, I think the same fools who refuse a vaccine will refuse the RATs anyway.

                      I'm involved with a local thatre, I know we're down to half capacity but that's a shitload of nasal swabs for the front of house staff to document.

                  • The Chairman

                    That's a nasal swab for work, for lunch, for dinner, and for a movie

                    Lunch tends to be a takeaway or made at home. Dinner, you can have at home same with watching a movie. And in this current time of widespread covid, coupled with the rate of inflation, I betting that is what most are doing. Some even work from home.

                    So yeah, IMO more acceptable. And of course, more acceptable than on going jabs and segregation.

                    • McFlock

                      Don't fucking tell me what my lunch tends to be.

                      So 95% of the population should stay at home or have multiple nasal swabs a day because a few % of arseholes refuse 3 vaccinations? Even 6 jabs would be trivial to the tests over a single week.

                      That's your idea of a solution that will be more acceptable to the population than the current system, is it?

                      Or is it just some fantasy that the rest of the country will willingly stick cotton buds up their noses several times a day to placate the [apparently dwindling] morons shitting on parliament grounds?

                  • The Chairman

                    Don't fucking tell me what my lunch tends to be.

                    I was suggesting in general. In this current time of widespread covid, coupled with the rate of inflation.

                    And of course, more acceptable than on going jabs and segregation.

                    By the way, the rest of your dribble failed to sway me

                    • McFlock

                      more acceptable than on going jabs and segregation

                      To whom? You think 90% of the country will prefer to sniff cottonbuds for the crazies at parliament rather than show a pass?

                  • The Chairman

                    To whom?

                    From my experiences and vast conversations, segregation didn't go down well with many.

                    It has split families and friends apart.

                    The protest and the hatred against the protesters is another example of this country starting to tear apart.

                    Jacinda needs to quickly address this before it goes any further.

                    Unfortunately, I don't believe she will.

                    • McFlock

                      My vax details have been required twice so far today. This is not particularly unusual for city workers. If you want me to sniff cotton buds that often, you'll need to cover them in cocaine. And I doubt many of the millions of people who already have a pass will find multiple tests per day to be more acceptable than using the pass.

                      Also, I wouldn't trust the residents of camp crazy to start huffing the buds, either. They'll just start talking about how it's scratching their brain or something.

                      Call it "segregation" all you want. It's like a "freedom" tattoo on one's forehead: self-labelling whackos are more convenient than the ones who look reasonable at first glance and try to suck one into their bullshit.

                    • joe90

                      you'll need to cover them in cocaine.

                      Just a wee toot helps the cotton bud go in.

                      https://twitter.com/DrEricLevi/status/1477057391212449793

                    • McFlock

                      fark we're not supposed to stick 'em in our ears but that shit looks freaky as hell.

                    • weka

                      wait, we can do the swab ourselves?

                    • The Chairman

                      weka

                      I was thinking onsite for oversight. Workplace etc

                    • McFlock

                      Some countries just throw a RAT at you and say "call us if you get a positive". Dunno about NZ.

                  • The Chairman

                    And I doubt the millions of people many of who already have a pass will find multiple tests per day to be more acceptable than using the pass.

                    That's the thing. Our pervious discussion was past tense. We have now moved on. And as you say, "millions of people" now have a pass, thus this wouldn't apply to them.

                    I call it segregation because it is what it is.

                    • McFlock

                      And you think if last year the choice had been "you've got the vaccinations, so do you wave a pass or stick a cotton bud in your nose 2-5 times a day just so you can share a pub or movie with someone who is unvaccinated and might have a false negative", most people would have taken the pass?

                      You're dreaming.

                      And as for "segregation" – lols. Get real.

                • Patricia Bremner

                  My son had two negative rat tests, went for the nasal swab and was positive. So you would have him going "Oh I'm fine" after those rat tests? 80% reliability is not good enough really, but when testing gets overwhelmed it's all we will have. So yes we might have Delta Omicron and 'Flu. Influenza.

                  The PM and Cabinet on Health advice will always be cautious and try to learn from overseas experience. We benefit by that. This is patently obvious that all the health mandates were required to avoid deaths in large numbers.

                  2m distancing, masks, vaccination passes to show where we may have come in contact or given it to someone else, plus medical prep and home prep and isolation may be needed for a few months. Good luck to us all.

                  • The Chairman

                    My son had two negative rat tests, went for the nasal swab and was positive.

                    The jab isn't 100% either. And people can be asymptomatic, hence not know they are sick. Furthermore, the pass (so I hear) is easily exploited.

                    When testing gets overwhelmed it's all we will have.

                    Yes, we have moved on. Time to allow the unvaccinated the right to be tested. The risk seems (IMO) largely comparative to passes.

                    Passes to show where we may have come in contact

                    Apparently, contact tracing is also changing. And apparently, so are the border restrictions.

                    • Shanreagh

                      Are you aware that the protest has now become a location of interest? For visits on Sat/Sun

                      Over 5000 new cases reported today

                      205 in hospitals around NZ.

                      More figures/details at 1.00pm.

                      From Hipkins/Bloomfield Press conference at Noon on Phase 3 Omicron that comes in to force tonight 24/2/22. .

              • The Chairman

                The reason we have so few covid deaths is because of the government's pandemic response.

                As I remember (correct me if I'm wrong) it was the lockdowns and closing of the borders that were largely responsible for keeping the spread down, thus lowering the deaths, We've seemed to have moved on from that.

                • Shanreagh

                  So you agree but could not bring yourself to say so……shame. Trying to split hairs/count the number of angels dancing on the pinhead.

                  Your reckons are rapidly losing credibility, you seem to have lost your detachment.

                  In the meantime 'people' presumably infiltrators moved concrete blocks so protestors vehicles could be moved from the Stadium to the protest site. As you seem to have contacts at the protest could you let us know when the protest organisers will be publicly condemning the infiltrators/provocateurs

                  I'm going down shortly as one of the key requirements is that you wear a hearing aid* and I do, so I could be an ideal agent provocateur.

                  * from allegations that an infiltrator was active in the protest, turns out the guy was wearing a hearing aid. Doh!

                  • The Chairman

                    So you agree but could not bring yourself to say so……shame

                    I didn't disagree with that notion to begin with. Your reckons are rapidly losing credibility.

                    In the meantime 'people' presumably infiltrators moved concrete blocks so protestors vehicles could be moved from the Stadium to the protest site.

                    I heard it was the protesters that moved concrete blocks.

                    • Shanreagh

                      Good grief…..

                      You do not understand sarcasm, analogy, or forms of irony and take everything literally don't you?.

                      Are you not aware that the protestors have blamed infiltrators for throwing faeces and a burning liquid. Of course this was the protestors who did this.

                      All I was saying that bearing that in mind that the protestors said it was infiltrators who threw the faeces I was waiting for them to say it was infiltrators who moved the blocks. Of course this was the protestors who did this

                      NB the protestors threw the faeces etc and the protestors moved the blocks.

                      Comprenez vous?

                  • The Chairman

                    Are you not aware that the protestors have blamed infiltrators for throwing faeces and a burning liquid.

                    Apparently, they say the burning liquid was friendly fire (via the police) pepper spray.

                    Last I heard, the police can't rule that accusation out.

                    But yes, there has been talk of infiltrators re the car charging incident (I see the driver has name suppression) human waste, and a number of other acts of misbehaviour.

                    Did you see the photo of the cop supposedly (on the frontline) wearing the Knuckle-duster? It's on Clay Drummond's Facebook page.

        • Muttonbird 1.2.1.2

          You should back that up with detailed stats.

          Or perhaps it's like one of your other bizarre reckons, that NZ tenants prefer cold damp housing, not warm, dry housing.

          • The Chairman 1.2.1.2.1

            Bizarre reckons, that NZ tenants prefer cold damp housing, not warm, dry housing.

            I didn't say that,

            I said isn't allowing people the right to decide what standard and relating price they are willing to pay not better protecting them opposed to forcing them into higher standard, thus potentially higher rent accommodation?

            You failed to reply.

            • Shanreagh 1.2.1.2.1.1

              Makes as little sense now as it did then. We don't want people having to price point themselves into unsafe housing ……fullstop.

              • The Chairman

                Makes as little sense now as it did then. We don't want people having to price point themselves into unsafe housing ……fullstop.

                Authoritarian much?

                I believe people would prefer to make their own decision when it comes to the accommodation they rent.

                Moreover, not every home that fails to meet Government standards are unsafe. I live in one and I'm sure there are many other private home owners that do. Isn't dictating to renters (via requirement on their landlords) yet not to private home owners classist?

                Here is something else to ponder. Making rentals comply or forcing them out of the market couldn't have resulted in a benefit to the higher end of the market (via reducing the bottom end of the market) could it? Do you think?

                • McFlock

                  What about the people who have no choice? Who need to take whatever is offered? Do they deserve safe housing?

                  As for taking housing out of the bottom end of the market, what happens to those houses? How many are left vacant, as opposed to being sold for someone to live in? Because it looks to me like that would free up another house, so who moves into that house? What happened to their house? Eventually the chain of transactions will free up a rental.

                  But there's a basic problem in using "what ifs" with zero evidence to argue against fixing a known problem (in this case, that many poor people live in unhealthy homes because that's all they can afford and there is no incentive for unscrupulous landlords #notallLandlordsHonest to keep their dwellings up to standard): a hypothetical example is not an argument against resolving many real examples of a known problem.

                  • The Chairman

                    What about the people who have no choice?

                    Those people have a choice too. They may need to take whatever is offered, but they have a choice whether or not to actually take it.

                    As for taking housing out of the bottom end of the market, what happens to those houses? How many are left vacant, as opposed to being sold for someone to live in?

                    That was exactly my point. If you are a renter, you can't live in it but if you own it, you can.

                    Is that not only hypocritical but also classist?

                    How many are left vacant, as opposed to being sold for someone to live in?

                    For someone to live in it they would have to own it or make it compliant. Both would result in it being remove from the bottom end of the rental market.

                    Many poor people live in unhealthy homes because that's all they can afford…

                    Yes, many poor people live in unhealthy homes because that's all they can afford. Why would you support a unscrupulous Government forcing them into a higher standard home, thus a potentially more expensive home, which clearly they can't afford? Shouldn't they be given the choice to decide for themselves?

                    The incentive for unscrupulous landlords to keep their dwellings up to standard is it justifies higher rent. There will, of course, be some that don't but I'm sure (because I know some) that some tenants prefer the trade off – ie lower standard, lower relating rent.

                    • McFlock

                      What about the people who have no choice?

                      Those people have a choice too. They may need to take whatever is offered, but they have a choice whether or not to actually take it.

                      Well, it's that or homelessness. Love the way the dude who's claimed to be "more left than most" here starts by arguing "take it or leave it" is a choice when the item is a need, then claims that slumlords have an incentive to improve their property.

                      And McDonalds has an incentive to produce foie gras burgers, but for some reason finds more profit in selling millions of standardised burgers a day. 🙄

                  • The Chairman

                    Well, it's that or homelessness

                    Not necessarily. They could and should be looking elsewhere. Who only looks at one home when in need of a home?

                    "Take it or leave" it is a choice when the item is a need

                    It is a choice.

                    Alternatively, what if it were the potential cost barrier in a higher standard/Government standard home preventing this need being fulfilled? Are you comfortable with that?

                    • McFlock

                      Am I comfortable with the possibility of your made up problem compared to the actual situation where rentals are so scarce landlords can demand "CV"s?

                      Totally.

                      If taking a shitty flat that will make you ill otherwise you will be homeless is "a choice" to you, that's fucked up. Capitalism is fucked up.

                  • The Chairman

                    Am I comfortable with the possibility of your made up problem compared to the actual situation…

                    No made up problem. Merely the actual outcome of the Healthy Homes standards in a hot market.

                    The additional compliance costs on landlords, coupled with rental property demand outstripping supply, had resulted in rent rises for many tenants.

                    https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/127136141/healthy-homes-contributing-to-rent-rises-property-manager

                    Not all substandard homes/flats are necessarily considered "shitty"

                    And would have provided an alternative for those that wanted a cheaper option.

                    I know people that were totally happy with their lower standard but far cheaper home. They could have rented a home of higher standard but preferred to have the extra money in their own pockets as they were saving to buy a home. Others were just as happy to have the extra money to maintain a higher lifestyle.

                    Labour, via their Healthy Homes standards, robbed people of being able to make that choice.

                    • McFlock

                      It also robbed landlords of their power to be slumlords.

                      The number of people who choose to live in hovels is insignificant if one person is forced to "choose" between a hovel and outright homelessness.

                • Muttonbird

                  Just because you chose to live in squalor doesn't mean everyone else has to.

                  • The Chairman

                    I live in a lovely home. Elevated with all day sun. New kitchen, bathroom, laundry, with a large stacker door off the lounge leading to the main (I have two) elevated deck overlooking the lovely gully.

                    It just isn't at full Government standard.

                    But I'm very happy with it.

                • Shanreagh

                  Zoom again.

                  The point is and it is not classist, authoritarian or whatever 'in' world you are trying to slip in, is that renters should have a range of rentals to choose from, at all price points, and ALL of them should meet healthy homes standards.

                  It matters not what homeowners live in, our tolerance is borne of being able to choose whether to upgrade or not.

                  Our rental stock should be healthy, we want healthy people and healthy children as healthy children learn more quickly and education is a key to having a set of different choices than their parents may have faced.

                  Setting out in the world as a child or a working person is made easier if our homes are a warm dry refuge for us to come home to.

                  • The Chairman

                    The point is and it is not classist, authoritarian or whatever…

                    If you are a renter, you can't live in it but if you own it, you can. Is that not only hypocritical but also classist?

                    Renters should have a range of rentals to choose from, at all price points, and ALL of them should meet healthy homes standards.

                    See the discussion up above. Labours Healthy Homes standards robbed renters of the lower end choice.

                    So do you now agree renters should have a choice?

                    Our rental stock should be healthy, we want healthy people and healthy children as healthy children learn more quickly…

                    Healthy homes tend to come at a higher rental cost, with the higher rent robbing families of funding for food and bills such as heating costs. No good being in a higher standard home if it's overcrowded, or you can't afford to turn on the lights, heater, and buy decent and sufficient amounts of food. Or worse, left homeless because all the cheaper (before standards) rentals are now gone. Leaving some now living in garages or worse. It's counter productive to being healthy.

                    It's OK if you can afford it but high rents are a big issue for some. Hence, they deserve the right to be able to make their own choice. One sizes fits all solutions seldom works for everyone.

        • Shanreagh 1.2.1.3

          Sounds like your mates have been dropping poison in your ear. You seem very unclear about seasonal illnesses, the role of vaccines as a preventative and public health matters generally.

          Why are you "xxxxx" new normal? Is that supposed to be a quote from somewhere? If so you have not linked.

          Hospitals generally like people to be vaccinated against preventable illnesses and influenza vaccines have been around for many years. Many of those eligible by age or where it is desirable because of their health status do not get vaccinated for some reason (possibly cost?). Many workplaces either offer reimbursement if someone goes privately or have vaccination days en masse where the Drs come to the workplace.

          https://www.influenza.org.nz/

          It would be the very worst of situations to be unvaccinated for Covid and for influenza and get both together or close together.

      • weka 1.2.2

        Smh… we going to mandate flu vax as well?

        Where are you getting that from? This is highly unlikely for the general population.

        • Cricklewood 1.2.2.1

          Just because the traffic light system functions very much on a vaxxed unvaxxed basis regarding people you can put in a venue for example.

    • Treetop 1.3

      I need to look up the flu stats in the UK to see what the trend is. Whether to be more guarded against the flu or Covid.

    • Shanreagh 1.4

      Yes well I guess once bitten twice shy, if you recall, with the respiratory syncytial virus when the cases shot up when people were able to go to Aus last year. I think one of the Akl hospitals was very crowded with sick babies. I know Wellington also had its share.

      It had been kept at bay with the lockdowns and closed borders.

      I guess the same would apply to influenza as well. The injections that ae usually available in March/April are usually based on what is raging around in the last Northern hemisphere winter. So I guess they may be forecasting a the influenza virus coming in once the borders are opened up a bit more.

      I wish people (incl PM!) would not call influenza the flu, especially when people with heavy colds also call their cold 'the flu'.

      • Cricklewood 1.4.1

        RSV is severe for children especially it overflowed Starship in short order. Worse than Covid for the young by a long shot. Not great when you're older I had a run in with it… took a while to get clear of it partially my own fault.

  1. Treetop 2

    I need to look up the flu stats in the UK to see what the trend is. Whether to be more guarded against the flu or Covid.

  2. Muttonbird 3

    One thing I have observed for a long time since Labour won the 2017 election, and which has crystallised over the last two weeks of the anti-vax protest, it the propensity of the rabid right to support and endorse literally any behaviour as long as it might damage a left wing government.

    All values are thrown out the door and they will cosy up to any and all lunatics if they think it might score a point against the majority Labour government and Jacinda Ardern.

    Knowing no shame, they will hop into bed with violent offenders, racists, p-addicts, anti-vaxxers, Winston Peters, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and gang members.

    Previously all these people would have been the target of their relentless attacks, but if it is politically advantageous, they will court all comers without batting an eyelid.

    • Shanreagh 3.1

      Knowing no shame, they will hop into bed with violent offenders, racists, p-addicts, anti-vaxxers, Winston Peters, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and gang members.

      Yes funny how people have found new 'buds' at the protest!

      Searching for the elusive voters (the faded out politicians) and ways to beat the Government up with their reckons (everyone else) .

      • Scott 3.1.1

        This is a government that encourages diversity. And who knows- maybe getting off the internet and discussing different views will increase tolerance

  3. Adrian 4

    Flu season may or may not be as bad as feared, the Australians, about time they got something right ) have surmised that Influenza B Yamagata, on of the four strains targeted may have died out thanks to Covid and mostly mask wearing. Take that Winston, on the wrong side again.

  4. Belladonna 6

    Reporting that labs have already reached practical capacity (long before the 58,000 with surge to 70,000 threshold). Apparently this theoretical total was based on a misunderstanding (because so many tests are now positive, the 'batch' capacity they had when most results were negative – no longer works & therefore each sample must be processed separately)

    Looks as though they'll only be processing tests for essential workers and people presenting to hospital.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/covid-19-omicron-outbreak-what-phase-3-of-response-plan-will-look-like/NP5Z4VAN2N2RCJRWX3ZF7YUXSI/?fbclid=IwAR26fimJX63nhsC54UV4sEUxk5JRrUkxqj_IodTHZp1k2hKgoaYWeWuFOdc.

    Government needs to either change the testing requirements (currently at 5 days for close contacts, regardless of symptoms) or roll out RATs to a much greater extent (and to places other than the overwhelmed testing centres).

    As one mum said on FB today, "No, I'm not going to put my kid who is already miserable with a temp and a sore throat into a hot car and wait 4 hours in a queue at a testing centre"

    • weka 6.1

      yikes, that's not good.

      Do you know how this relates to publishing locations of interest. The ones in Otago seem a long time ago. The last one in Queenstown was 13/2/22, and Dunedin 16/2/22. Has this system broken down?

      • Shanreagh 6.1.1

        The publishing is only as good as the info given to the contact tracers by the Covid patients.

        These dates have always had a bit of a lag. If covid sufferers are not scanning or keeping their own diary then it becomes a matter of tracking back, somehow. I understood that they are only tracking/contact tracing where outside places with a potential to spread outside the immediate environs so flights, bars, restaurants, schools not inter or intra families.

        I don't think the system is broken, just adapted to the realities of this very infectious virus

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          I don't really get that. If Otago has continually rising cases (they doubled today compared to yesterday, today's new cases were 455 in SDHB), then why is the last location of interest in Dunedin nearly ten days old?

          SDHB's last update on their website was from a similar time. So I have no idea where the outbreaks are other than the ones they started reporting a few weeks ago (Dndn, Queenstown).

          • Pingao 6.1.1.1.1

            Reply to Weka … as cases increase the MOH have said they will move away from identifying locations of interest. I can't remember where I read this but it was in the last few days – possibly RNZ or when i was googling "Phase 3 covid NZ". There was a piece on TV1 news too I think. Can't link sorry but will try and find a phrase.

            • weka 6.1.1.1.1.1

              thanks. I didn't think we were there yet.

              • Patricia Bremner

                Hi Weka, yes we are near where QLD was 2 weeks ago. They now have 6000 plus cases and 29 deaths. Their testing also got overwhelmed and at first they did not have enough rat tests and prices skyrocketed. Scomo famously said he wouldn't stop businesses making a profit. At least the worried well off can't corner the rat tests here. They will be used for essential workers.

      • Cricklewood 6.1.2

        It's been broken since Omicron arrived it moves to fast, even flights were getting notified 6-7 days after the fact.

  5. Robert Guyton 7

    A disabled person's view of the Wellington occupation.

    "Never though have I and other New Zealanders seen or witnessed anything like the right-wing inspired, influenced and led occupation that has paralysed our nation's capital for almost a fortnight now. They have been supported by a range of people from alt right and far right causes whom, in their wake, have drawn a considerable number of otherwise previously apathetic or even some otherwise progressive people in with their nonsensical and dangerous anti-vaccination theories.

    Despite the range of causes that have brought this otherwise disparate group of people together – leading to some perturbing and confusing messaging along the way – the one thing they seemingly want is freedom from the government's Covid-19 rules.

    For disabled people like myself, this freedom would mean the end of reasonable restrictions which have saved potentially not only my life but the lives of thousands of disabled people and people with health conditions nationwide who would otherwise have succumbed to Covid-19."

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/462126/a-disabled-person-s-view-of-the-wellington-occupation

    • Anne 7.1

      Thankyou for that link Robert. As someone who has been disabled for a long time due to arthritic conditions, I can relate to the writer. It has got to the stage when I no longer watch the 6pm news due to the incandescent rage I feel every time I see the so-called protesters.

    • McFlock 7.2

      Cheers. Good link.

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    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    17 hours ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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