web analytics

Daily Review 27/03/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:59 pm, March 27th, 2018 - 37 comments
Categories: Daily review - Tags:

Daily review is also your post.

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

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

Don’t forget to be kind to each other …

37 comments on “Daily Review 27/03/2018 ”

  1. Ad 1

    On yer bike Joyce.

  2. bwaghorn 2

    please sir/madam when i comment off my ph during the day it says i’m spam and blocks me

  3. AsleepWhileWalking 3

    Snopes says that George Soros didn’t fund the crowds in the photo above.

  4. Anne 4

    I think Andrew Geddis sums up the latest political drama rather well. Faults on all sides really…

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/353510/crack-out-the-cliches-it-s-the-mp-and-the-media-boss

    • Carolyn_Nth 4.1

      Add to that Peter Thompson’s view, that the meeting and fallout indicate a deeper conflict re-RNZ. Richard Griffin is opposed to the government’s plan for RNZ+.

      I feel strongly about the need for a significant public service media platform. Curran’s clumsy handling of it has fucked up those plans mightily.

      As Geddis says, this will just reinforce ideas that RNZ is Red Radio and this will follow all Curran’s attempts to develop RNZ+.

      Also, the commercial news media will not like to see a strong RBZ+ and will see it as competition. They will go after Curran strongly.

      Curran should be removed from this portfolio. I’d give it to Tracey Martin who is very strong on public service media. That would also go some way to undo the damage re the claims of Labour’s Red Radio bias.

      • weka 4.1.1

        I can’t believe that the Herald actually used the term Red Radio in a headline.

      • veutoviper 4.1.2

        I just posted a comment on the Peter Thompson view on the Herald on Griffin being opposed to RNZ+ here as Muttonbird had posted the Herald article.

        An Orwellian Minister for Open Government

        This contains a link to another media article last Sept 2017 providing some insight into Griffin’s opposition to RNZ+ – ie he thinks he has built RNZ up to what it should be during the seven or so years of his chairmanship.

        I really wish Curran would step down from her Ministerial role in this area* as she really does not seem to have any talent in this area from watching her over the years. But she does seem to be a popular electorate MP.

        Tracey Martin may be strong on public service media, but not too sure about her (or other NZF MPs) strengths/knowledge of digital media etc. The NZF website has basically been in limbo since shortly after the election when they took down everything that had been there – and it is still “under construction”. LOL.

        Also I would like to see Tracey Martin concentrating on her current Ministerial roles which are a pretty big handful as it is – Minister for Children, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Seniors, and Associate Minister of Education.

        Someone elsewhere here has suggested Kris Faafoi and Louise Wall as possibles in these areas in place of Curran. Don’t know their skills, strengths in these areas, but both are quite strong people who would be able to stand up to opposition etc,

        * Don’t know about her local government Ministerial role either. Possibly not yet tested.

        • Carolyn_Nth 4.1.2.1

          I saw your comment on the other thread.

          I’m not sure either Faafoi or Wall have a strong background in digital media, either. And I am also not sure Faafoi has the experience or toughness to deal with the shit that will be thrown at a minster responsible for developing public service media.

          Gareth Hughes has been a spokesperson on digital communications, and some times on the media, if I recall correctly.

        • Carolyn_Nth 4.1.2.2

          Ah, I thought Faafoi had been broadcasting spokesperson at one point. It was under Cunliffe’s leadership.

          This was Trotter’s take on it at the time of the selection:

          And it is in the allocation of the broadcasting portfolio – absolutely crucial to keeping at least one reliable channel of communication open to the ordinary Kiwis – that Cunliffe may have made a serious mistake.

          For all her faults (and they are many) Clare Curran understands the need to put the public back into public broadcasting. In spite of his former occupation, there is scant evidence that Kris Faafoi understands that need as deeply as his predecessor.

          Mind you, at the same time Trotter said this about Ardern:

          Jacinda Ardern can hardly have been surprised to lose the social development portfolio. She simply wasn’t connecting – in any sense. Such blows that she attempted to land on the Minister, Paula Bennett, missed. And, she was demonstrably incapable of talking about social welfare in a way that connected with the electorate.

          One is tempted to think that Cunliffe has given Ardern the Police and Correction portfolios for no better reason than to toughen her up and introduce her to the more visceral and less forgiving elements of Labour’s broad church. The official spin from the Top Floor, that Ardern was given these jobs because “she asked for them” can, of course, be read in a number of ways!

          • veutoviper 4.1.2.2.1

            Thanks for that. I cannot ever work Trotter out. He seems to produce some really good thinking and opinions – and then have a complete brain fart.

            Interesting re Faafoi. But I have had a bit of a light bulb moment as to why the PM is backing up Curran for the moment. My latest on the other thread.

            An Orwellian Minister for Open Government

            • tc 4.1.2.2.1.1

              Just another rent a rant jockey who sings for his supper.

              You can’t figure him out as you assume there’s a solid values set there rather than a paycheque driving trotters narrative at the time.

              I’ve always found him blowing with the wind and a useful tool for the msm.

        • Monty 4.1.2.3

          Decided to go back and watch question time and what has surprised me is the omnipresence of DP Winston Peters. Whenever a minster is getting a grilling he takes over.

          However the worst minister in question time is minister Curran. The pauses, umms and attempts at deflection are very poor she looks like she is hiding something. (Not even DP Peters comes to her defense)

          There is a saying don’t set people up to fail and as a front bencher I fear she has been set up to fail as she doesn’t seem to be competent to do the role.

          I am sure as an electorate MP she is first rate and a huge advocate.

  5. patricia bremner 5

    Finlayson guilty of impinging on Dotcom’s privacy along with 52 Nat ministers, twenty two thousand cows/cattle to to be culled, Australian cricket mess…… But but
    Claire Curran met with Carole Hirchfield….. plots…. schemes… Look over here!!

  6. Carolyn_Nth 6

    SSC inquiry into spying widened to include MBIE

    As well as Southern Response, Mr Martin would now also look at the relationship between Thompson and Clark and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

    RNZ understands this would involve considering whether the ministry preserved the necessary neutrality when dealing with the firm.

    A call for the inquiry to be widened came from Greenpeace, which said the ministry hired the firm to spy on it.

  7. Anne 7

    Talking of spies we’ve made it into the British Guardian. NZ can’t find any spies. We’re so insignificant the Russians never sent any. 🙁

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/27/new-zealand-expel-russian-spies-cant-find-any

    • Monty 7.1

      Prehaps the GSBC and SIS too busy chasing dot com to Look for Russian Spies

    • veutoviper 7.2

      Pull my other leg, its made of rubber. What BS. The Russian Embassy doesn’t have “undeclared intelligence staff” amongst its diplomatic staff with other titles?

      That’s not aimed at you Anne. I am sure you are laughing as much as I am.

      I an with Paul Buchanan on this – his views are in this RNZ article. I can recall a number of Russian undeclared intell staff being identified at the embassy here and “asked to leave” back in the early 1970s. And I have no doubt that this practice – used by most bigger powers but also others – continues, including here in NZ.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/353512/nz-only-five-eyes-member-not-to-retaliate-against-russia

      Love monty’s response! So true.

    • mikesh 7.3

      The blind leading the blind. Britain doesn’t know who did it and the rest are blindly following her lead. Jacinda is to be congratulated for holding back until solid evidence has been produced.

    • soddenleaf 7.4

      Peters batted it out of the park by pointing out 40% of EU didnot eject any Russians.

      It’s a non story again. Like the Minister catchingup with a NR staffer, sure the staffer misrepresented herself to her bosses, but stackable offense?

      I think the opposition are angry they lost and instead of taking a principled stance on issues that allows us to gauge their position, they deep dive into a rubbish bin of farcical nonsense.

      Russia either has a break away group hacking, biologically killing and assassinating globally from its borders… …or Russia is in control. Whichever, a breakdown in Russian leadership justifies the world’s principled ejection of spy. And boohoo that nz does not have any because Russian spying budget doesn’t stretch here.

      • mikesh 7.4.1

        Jacinda probably has to say there are no spies here in order to justify not expelling anybody. She probably finds herself in a difficult position inasmuch as, while the case against Russia is unconvincing, she doesn’t wish to be seen as being offside with Britain.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.4.1.1

          She probably finds herself in a difficult position inasmuch as, while the case against Russia is unconvincing

          Meanwhile, on Earth, in her video on Facebook, the Prime Minister says, and I quote “there is no plausible alternative to who else it could be…”

          So no, she isn’t as gullible as you. Better luck next time.

          • mikesh 7.4.1.1.1

            I think you are missing the point. But then, you’ve usually been a little obtuse.

      • Anne 7.4.2

        And boohoo that nz does not have any because Russian spying budget doesn’t stretch here.

        With the huge advances in modern technology, spies don’t actually have to be physically present any more. Since we are a very small country of 5 million people, I expect off-shore surveillance is sufficient.

        And as Jacinda Ardern has pointed out. embassy attaches (which all countries have) can do what little bit of on shore-intelligence is required. That doesn’t mean to say these attaches are spies.

        • soddenleaf 7.4.2.1

          Would have thought all embassy staff were spies until disproved. But that’s not the point, obviously those found in the past doing dubious things aren’t asked to leave because it creates sensational headlines and you as a nation need to throw a hiss fit from time to time and have a list ready. So just coz the Russians haven’t been using their embassy staff here, or haven’t been caught us not the issue, it’s that it’s good governance to take the opportunity to throw the ones out you do know are spies. That’s why so many countries haven’t. And no doubt any other dubious activities like not paying parking, speeding, drinking fines etc. It’s all a distraction from the real governance event, that Russia used polonium to kill and won’t send the Perpetrator to face trial.

  8. R.P McMurphy 8

    nationals fantod mcclay ranting on this morning on the wireless about how new zealand should be taking a pro active stance over the poisonings in the UK.
    yeah right tod.
    what would you do?
    and why is the msm giving you any air whatsoever?

  9. Philg 9

    I heard McClay on RNZ with Guyon, and Guyon asked him some probing questions! It was entertaining and thumbs up to RNZ for doing some journalism and holding the previous government to account. Better late than never I suppose.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago