Daily Review 29/08/2017

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53 comments on “Daily Review 29/08/2017”

  1. Ed 1

    I hope Winton deals to the perpetrators of dirty politics.
    Who are the guilty ones?

    Trolley?
    Bennett?
    English?
    Joyce?
    Collins?

    Ede?
    Eagleson?

    This is a crime.
    The police must get involved and get prosecutions.

    • Pat 1.1

      H) all of the above?

      • WILD KATIPO 1.1.1

        And on top of all that the sequel to the Todd Barclay affair raises its head again in the NZ Herald today…

        Bill English fought to have his police statement over Todd Barclay …
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz › New Zealand

        PM’s office sought to have his Todd Barclay police statement withheld …
        https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/pms-office-sought-to-have-his-todd-barclay-police-statement-…

        • tracey 1.1.1.1

          So, the guy who forgot he even made a statement to the police did the following

          “But the documents released to NZME show repeated requests to scrub English’s involvement entirely.

          “No other person involved in the investigation is able to be identified – why only Mr English? Instead of categorising people, why don’t you refer to witnesses as interested parties?” a representative of his office wrote to Police.

          The representative said the text messages between English and electorate chairman Stuart Davie were communications between “two private individuals”.

          “The text communication involved Mr English as a member of the National Party, communicating with another member of the National Party.”

          • greywarshark 1.1.1.1.1

            Sounds familiar. Wasn’t there something like – I was speaking as a private individual at the relevant time, not as the PM. Bronagh must have got confused FTTT and asked Jonkey to wear either his top hat, or his peaked cap so she knew which persona.

          • Gabby 1.1.1.1.2

            This ‘representative’ couldn’t have been the offspring of a bird of prey I suppose.

        • Pat 1.1.1.2

          lol…great minds think alike….was going to post that before….beat me to it so heres another…..

          http://werewolf.co.nz/2017/08/bill-english-the-forgotten-history/

        • Carolyn_nth 1.1.1.3

          Felix Marwick tweeted this arvo:

          It’s interesting all these Ministers were told about Peters’ super, yet Police Ministers, past & present, weren’t told about the Barclay inq

    • tc 1.2

      That would be nationals police ? Relax and watch Winnie serve it back with interest.

      • Eco maori 1.2.1

        You got it tc national police force. Labour will clean national shit up once again

    • Hongi Ika 1.3

      They won’t find anything.

  2. tracey 2

    Prime News

    English announces parental leave. No challenge or analysis.

    Jacinda announces tertiary changes – Bill gets to rubbish it, students get asked with favour and non favour (one calling it a bribe)

    Not so much of a mention that Bill voted against it only a few months ago

  3. weka 3

    anyone got a short recap of the Peters thing from today?

  4. weka 4

    Lovely piece of urban street design for traffic flow that takes the safety of cyclists into account.

    Also, no helmets, which makes me realise we have mandatory helmet laws in NZ because we design transit routes to regularly put cyclists in very dangerous situations (potential head injury/death). But it doesn’t have to be that way,

    • joe90 4.1

      Biking while Dutch.

      • Eco maori 4.1.1

        I new a very good radar and boat Tec get killed back in the day what a waste . Any deaths are not on get the trucks off our roads

      • Blackcap 4.1.2

        I have lived in Holland for a while. Cycling is in the DNA. Kids often cycle more than 15 kms to go to school, rain hail or shine. The geography helps, the country is flatter than a pancake. Cyclists also have right of way at a lot of places where they share the road, but more importantly cyclists are immune to prosecution, so motorists do their darndest to avoid hitting a cyclist. Legally the motorist is always at fault.

        • Adrian 4.1.2.1

          Yes totally immune to the point that if they run into the back of you while you’re waiting in a car at an intersection you’re at fault.
          And don’t they fucking know it, the most arrogant arseholes around,the Dutch cyclists treatment of pedestrians is also absolutely appalling . To the point of bloody near running them over.
          Disclaimer, I’m a cyclist and married to a Dutch girl.
          The lesson ; don’t give too much power and consequence-free leeway to any group.

      • joe90 4.1.3

        The video maker’s blog.

        https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/

      • ianmac 4.1.4

        And no fancy lycra to mess the view. Just busy people biking on upright high handlebar basic gearless bikes. Christchurch you missed a real opportunity.

        • joe90 4.1.4.1

          Seems lycra and the head down bum up style is the problem.

          We had the opportunity to cycle in a number of North American cities in 2015, including Washington D.C., Montreal, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. And it was through the mixed experiences of sharing their streets with locals that we began to observe a seldom-discussed measure of a city’s bike-friendliness: the speed at which its cyclists travel.

          In short, the slower the people on bikes were moving, the more mature the bicycle culture, and the better the conditions for cycling. Inversely, in regions that had failed to prioritize two-wheeled travel as a mode of transportation, getting on a bike was still seen as a sport predominately done by males moving long distances at fast speeds. We don’t have anything against the latter, but mass uptake requires a distinct shift from subculture to a more mainstream and normalized approach.

          http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/01/praise-slow-cycling/

          http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/brent-toderian/upright-bike-vancouver_b_5831752.html

      • Molly 4.1.5

        Worth watching to see how the Dutch got their cycling paths. For the impatient, a grassroots movement as a response to a large number of fatalities – particularly of children.

        And an elegant example of transport engineering: The Hovenring.

  5. tracey 5

    Very cool Weka. Mind you they legalised cannabis too.

  6. Herodotus 6

    Why did the police seek these unlawful means to find out Who Rawshark is
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11911784
    Could they not ask Sir John, especially as the case is still open !!
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11350747
    Police told the Herald that the Rawshark inquiry remained an “open” file although no officers are currently assigned to the investigation

  7. And spare a thought for the good folks down at Eketahuna !

    ” Eketahuna hasn’t had a GP for 30 years and the closest hospital is nearly an hour away at Palmerston North – a trip complicated by the indefinite closure of the Manawatu Gorge Road because of landslips ” …

    ” A train line runs through the township but have been no passenger services for 30 years. Its only user is the Eketahuna Express, a steam train which makes occasional trips from Palmerston North ”….

    I would call your attention to the ‘ 30 years’ in both cases.

    3 decades.

    The same time-frame that Douglas introduced neo liberalism and all our State owned assets were flogged off at bargain basement prices to moneyed NZ oligarchs and foreign multinational’s…

    Article was in the NZ Herald :

    Heartbeat: Eketahuna makes a community-led recovery – NZ Herald
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz › New Zealand

    So lets all keep that in mind as a case in point about the ‘neo liberal reforms’ and just what we are fighting for this coming election.

  8. Muttonbird 8

    What a frightening prospect a Nat/NZF government would be after Peters attacking English on the texts and English attacking Peters with an MSD leak.

    I’m assuming the usual suspects will see nothing wrong with a government made up of these two corrupt and dysfunctional fiefdoms.

    • Ed 8.1

      Can’t see that alliance happening now.

      • Muttonbird 8.1.1

        I can. They are both so corrupt and hungry for power that this will just be another dirty deal done to them

        • Ed 8.1.1.1

          They have quite different visions for the he country.

        • WILD KATIPO 8.1.1.2

          I dunno so much. Peters gets a bee in his bonnet and doesn’t let go. He didn’t like Key one bit and he still hasn’t forgiven National for stitching him up and working to knock him out of parliament.

          And he doesn’t have a particular love for the Dippers brand of neo liberalism , either. In fact , quite the opposite.

  9. ScottGN 9

    Some interesting poll findings coming out for the Māori seats from Māori TV. The Māori Party is polling well in Te Tai Hauāuru which they may take back off Labour (thus ensuring they have a place in the next parliament whatever else happens). Labour look to be holding Ikaroa Rāwhiti which would see Marama Fox out of parliament. And Labour look to be in a strong position in Te Tai Tonga.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/08/it-s-all-on-polling-for-three-maori-electorates-released.html

    • DSpare 9.1

      That is a huge margin of error at 4.89%! Which in Te Tai Hauāuru puts Tamati between 47-57%, to Rurawhe’s 34-44%, plus 11.5% (9-14 at half margin guesstimate) undecided. The party vote in that electorate is definitely in Labour’s favour though, so this seems strategic.

      Have to wonder about the increase in NZF party votes between 2014 to 2017 in all three polled electorates. It is only greater than the margin or error in Te Tai Tonga (and with the different sample sizes, I’m a bit cautious about any conclusions from that; given I don’t know what other polling methods have changed between the two). With NZF’s plan of abolishing the Māori seats, this seems a bit like kererū voting for Matariki.

    • Bearded Git 9.2

      Green Party vote holding up well in all of those seats which is encouraging.

    • swordfish 9.3

      Cheers ScottGN

      Hadn’t seen that. Yep interesting findings

      But …. Need to be a little wary here

      As DSpare argues – margin of error

      Eg Te Tai Hauāuru with Tamati ahead

      The 2014 Reid Research poll for Te Tai Hauāuru had the Māori Party candidate leading Labour’s Adrian Rurawhe by 3 points – Rurawhe ended up winning by 8 points

      Similarly the 2014 RR suggested Labour’s Party Vote in Te Tai Hauāuru would be 12 points higher than the Māori Party’s – but on Election Day Labour triumphed by a huge 25 point margin

      • swordfish 9.3.1

        Having said that – RR’s 2014 polling was at least a little more accurate for some of the other Māori seats

  10. joe90 10

    A cautionary tale about the tech hub nonsense.

    .

    Richard Florida, one of the most influential thinkers about cities in postwar America, wants you to know that he got almost everything about cities wrong.

    If you live in an urban center in North America, the United Kingdom, or Australia, you are living in Richard Florida’s world. Fifteen years ago, he argued that an influx of what he called the “creative classes” — artists, hipsters, tech workers — were sparking economic growth in places like the Bay Area. Their tolerance, flexibility, and eccentricity dissolved the rigid structures of industrial production and replaced them with the kinds of workplaces and neighborhoods that attracted more young people and, importantly, more investment.

    His observations quickly formed the basis of a set of breezy technical solutions. If decaying cities wanted to survive, they had to open cool bars, shabby-chic coffee shops, and art venues that attract young, educated, and tolerant residents. Eventually, the mysterious alchemy of the creative economy would build a new and prosperous urban core.

    Today, even Florida recognizes that he was wrong. The rise of the creative class in places like New York, London, and San Francisco created economic growth only for the already rich, displacing the poor and working classes. The problems that once plagued inner cities have moved to the suburbs.

    […]

    After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The “creative class” were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.

    https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/new-urban-crisis-review-richard-florida

    • Jenny Kirk 10.1

      well – that happened here as well, joe 90. Ponsonby, Titirangi, Grey Lynn – all examples of that happening here.

  11. Molly 11

    … Glen Innes, Pt Chev, Mangere Bridge, Kingsland, Newton, Onehunga…. quite a lot of Auckland is changing in this way.

  12. adam 12

    Right wing terrorist getting a pass.

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  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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