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Daily Review 31/07/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:32 pm, July 31st, 2018 - 38 comments
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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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38 comments on “Daily Review 31/07/2018”

  1. Liberal Realist 1

    The leader of the opposition, Simon Bridges calls his deputy ‘Paula Benefit’ in a live interview!!!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/105892634/simon-bridges-accidentally-calls-paula-bennett-paula-benefit

  2. bwaghorn 2

    How would I go about buying an acre or two in Antarctica ?

    • Pat 2.1

      I have several thousand hectares of soon to be productive land an easy commute from McMurdo to sell you if youre interested…..and all for less than a majority shareholding in a Silicon Valley Tech Co.

      • veutoviper 2.1.1

        LOL!

      • bwaghorn 2.1.2

        Would you chuck a bridge to get there in as well .

        • Pat 2.1.2.1

          could probably manage a seat on a Hercules, one way for the the right buyer

          • Exkiwiforces 2.1.2.1.1

            Better hope it isn’t RNZAF one as they would ran out of hrs by then.

            • Pat 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Then shall be a RNZAF Herc by request…parachute optional

              • Exkiwiforces

                Had an Malaysia A400 fly over the house this morning which might do the tick as it can do the the return trip on a tank of gas, as for the para jump in I’m not too keen on (if I got too the UK in the late 90’s I was going to look into joining the Paras if my 3 other choices got knock back)

  3. adam 3

    ROFL, this is so funny.

  4. joe90 4

    Baking in the Netherlands.

    Unbelievable. In 117 years of records here in central NL, the hottest day had a 24h average of 27.1°C.On Thursday, the record leaped to 27.7°C.And yesterday, it rocketed to 29.8°C, over 2 full degrees warmer than any day before!Terrifying, even. pic.twitter.com/zaCjZxTs1F— Kees van der Leun (@Sustainable2050) July 28, 2018

    • Exkiwiforces 4.1

      Well it’s not surprising considering there are wild fires within the Arctic Circle aka Northern Sweden and Finland atm which are unheard in modern times. Hell even I’m starting to think our build up has started a couple of mths early here in Darwin as there been an awful lot of big black fluffy clouds rolling and the humidity hitting the high 60’s/ Low 70’s already which we expect to to see around October/ November.

  5. Exkiwiforces 5

    That’s interesting map and thank you whoever put it up. Btw is there a link to the whatever that site is? As it poses some interesting questions IRT to Antarctic Region IRT the Antarctic Land claims suspend under the Antarctic Treaty and the Arctic Sea claims around the Nth Pole.

  6. The Chairman 6

    Government seeks public input on well-being indicators

    “Our nation’s well-being is not a number on a GDP chart, and our government, this government, recognises that,” Mr Shaw said. “The economy is obviously important but GDP is not the be all, end all.”

    Mr Shaw said this was about understanding the real picture of success and well-being that went beyond just productivity and turnover and throughput.

    “Most people will tell you that the security of their job, the health of their kids and their ability to pay the power bill is more important to them.”

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/363044/government-seeks-public-input-on-well-being-indicators

    On that note, lets start with taking count of the number of power bills that are missed annually.

    The number of suicides.

    The number of hardship grants.

    The number of thefts/robberies, violent crime.

    The number of Homelessness/NZ Housing waiting list.

    The above are a number of measurable indicators to start things off.

    What measurable indicators would you add to the list?

  7. Fireblade 7

    There was an exchange during Question Time today which was interesting considering Peter Goodfellow’s recent comments.

    Hon Simon Bridges: (comment at the end of supplementary question) All he can do is come down to the House and make jokes about it?

    Rt Hon Winston Peters: (starts answer with) Look, I can’t win the jokes stakes; I’m looking at one, in terms of his ambition.

    Hon Gerry Brownlee: A point of order, Mr Speaker. If it’s parliamentary to refer to a member as being a joke, would it not equally be parliamentary to refer to a member as being drunk?

    Mr Speaker: My view is that one is a matter of fact and the other is a matter of opinion. If the member is seriously suggesting the latter in the House and he is inaccurate, he is making a gross breach of privilege.

    Hon Gerry Brownlee: Speaking to the point of order—

    Mr Speaker: No, there is no point of order. The member will resume his seat

    Hon Gerry Brownlee: Well, I’m entitled to an explanation, surely.

    Mr Speaker: The member will resume his seat.

  8. JC 8

    Auckland 2050: Council report paints dystopian future for the city

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/105888488/Auckland-2050-Council-report-paints-dystopian-future-for-the-city

    “Roller doors have fallen across shops in Three Kings, Mt Albert and Birkenhead forcing frightened residents to shop in locked-down malls, while those with jobs live behind the walls of heavily-guarded, gated communities.”

    But these are not scenes from The Hunger Games, they are featured in an Auckland Council document which sets out the city’s blueprint for the next 30 years …

    But Best of All! – “The equality of the 1970s is a distant memory that shows no sign of returning. There is an obvious divide between those with homes and work, and those without,” the report reads…..

    Hmm… hows its taken this long to work that out! And/or, Coming to a place near You .. Next!

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      The inevitable conclusion of capitalism.

      The NASA-funded HANDY model offers a highly credible wake-up call to governments, corporations and business – and consumers – to recognise that ‘business as usual’ cannot be sustained, and that policy and structural changes are required immediately.

      Although the study based on HANDY is largely theoretical – a ‘thought-experiment’ – a number of other more empirically-focused studies – by KPMG and the UK Government Office of Science for instance – have warned that the convergence of food, water and energy crises could create a ‘perfect storm’ within about fifteen years. But these ‘business as usual’ forecasts could be very conservative.

      This is why it has always failed.

      • Dennis Frank 8.1.1

        Yes, I bought his book when it came out. The collapse scenario is realistic (based on complexity theory) but the problem with indeterminacy is that folks always adhere to the status quo. The inertial effect of paradigms (belief systems) entrains believers and keeps them on track. So preparation for disaster is restricted to those in the power structure who are authorised to do contingency-planning and recommend strategies to the governing elites.

        Quantitative easing proved to be an effective such strategy. It saved capitalism from the crisis (gfc), demonstrating the resilience of the system. Escalating natural crises produced by global warming challenge the managerial competence of both governments and elites. Synchronicity of several such is indeed likely within a few years. Insurance is already becoming a non-viable industry: that trend become terminal. Can’t really insure against Gaia.

        Christian fundamentalists will claim it’s God’s will, instead, and the rapture is coming soon. I haven’t heard of Mohammed prophesying global warming bringing an end to civilisation, so could be Islamists will realise he was short-sighted?

    • Gabby 8.2

      So that’s what they’re aiming for.

    • Molly 8.3

      Interesting. Was in a meeting with the eventual Unitary Plan General Manager, right at the beginning of the consultation process and he actually laughed at my suggestion that included in the Unitary Plan should be mechanisms to help transition due to climate change.

      Not surprising that, foregoing any choice regarding actual transition planning – they decide instead to reluctantly ‘accept’ a scenario of a divided Auckland. You would think that even the suggestion would get them working on planning so that does not happen.

  9. JC 9

    Bob the Builder just doesn’t get it!

    “It’s simple, everything’s there, ….It ticks all the boxes as far as I can see.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/105877331/irrigators-group-revives-reservoir-scheme-as-alternative-to-waimea-dam

  10. marty mars 10

    A mansplaining chart that could really help some people.

    “Mansplaining may seem like a trivial issue in isolation, but how we communicate tells other people how much or little they are valued. And in my experience, humans feel better, work more effectively, and behave better when we feel valued ourselves.”

    http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20180727-mansplaining-explained-in-one-chart

    • Dennis Frank 10.1

      That’s a very well-designed chart! But I think you could sum up the behavioural tendency she targets by including empathy-deficity with paternalism.

      Speaking of which reminds me long ago I learned to handle guys like that. You kind of reflect it back to them in a way that makes them feel out of their depth. Being paternalistic to a paternalist establishes reciprocity, but including an insight into the situation that is obviously highly-relevant yet demolishes their stance has a remarkable effect on their body language (think of a dog slinking away, tail between its legs). Such insights seem to pop into my head in a fraction of a second in those situations. Hubris must be promptly eliminated, of course.

    • Gabby 10.2

      Men can’t read it if it’s stapled to their foreheads marty.

  11. Jimmy 11

    Tracey Martin got destroyed in question time yesterday…not a good look.

    • AB 11.1

      Anybody who believes that LinkedIn ‘networks’ and ‘endorsements’ mean anything, or that LinkedIn itself is any more that an idiotic, conformist pile of crap, is delusional.
      An appropriate act of revolt would be for everybody to wake up tomorrow and delete their LinkedIn profiles – after all, we only have them because everybody else does. But I guess nobody wants to jump first.

      • Jimmy 11.1.1

        I agree with you on Linkedin. Unfortunately her being caught out regarding the dates of the endorsments just gives someone like Mike Hoskings shit to stir up and try to make them look bad.

  12. Gabby 12

    She’s probably right though. It all looks a bit Cunliffe-lettery. Unless you know of some business or social interactions that haven’t come to light?

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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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    6 days ago
  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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