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Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, April 2nd, 2015 - 57 comments
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Osborne SabinThis is an experimental post to see how a second open mike type post would work.

Daily review is also your post.

This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).

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57 comments on “Daily Review”

  1. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 1

    How would it work? Well, it is the Thursday before Good Friday. Did the government do a pre-long weekend dump?

    Slump in dairy price. Winston points out poor economic management and planning.

    [audio src="http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20150402-1719-govt_says_world_awash_with_milk-048.mp3" /]

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Probably not the best day to try it. I thought week days only and we should avoid holidays.

      Today was an interesting day tho. Chris Hipkins tweeted that Paula Bennett attacked Carmel Sepuloni in the house and referred to her mum. If true …

      • Anne 1.1.1

        Paula Bennett is a spiteful and vengeful bitch. Carmel is her superior in every possible way. I’m going to see if I can find it.

        • mickysavage 1.1.1.1

          I had a look but the video is not clear. Chris Hipkins was pretty certain about it though …

          • Anne 1.1.1.1.1

            Question no 11 for Paula Bennett , Minister for Social Housing. Her microphone was inactive so you can’t hear her on the video but the reaction from the Oppo. starts at the beginning of question 11 by Poto Williams.

            http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/36555

            Why did someone not raise a point of order and force Bennett to “withdraw and apologise”?

            edit; the twitter responses are interesting.

      • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 1.1.2

        Always worth giving it a go. Let’s see what this evening brings 🙂

    • ScottGN 2.1

      That was on 3news tonight. It was awful.

    • Bill 2.2

      From the vid in the link provided….

      ..of a Perth woman allegedly abusing her African neighbours…

      What’s with the fucking ‘allegedly’!? Were the neighbours, perhaps, not African? Is that the reason for the equivocation in the reporting? I mean, the video clearly show abuse being hurled.

      edit – same ‘allegedly’ bullshit on TV3 newsclip. Is there a mental condition that prevents news-readers from stating the fucking obvious?

      • Draco T Bastard 2.2.1

        Needs to be found guilty by a court first else they can get a defamation suit thrown at them.

        • Bill 2.2.1.1

          So… abuse cannot exist until and unless a court of law judges it has occurred? Nah. Abuse is abuse and sure, some abuse may also have legal consequences. That doesn’t prevent a spade being called a spade.

          • Bill 2.2.1.1.1

            there was a reply to Weka that went something like….This fearful best be safe and couch everything as potential nothing (spit) ‘caution’ is fucking sickening.

            but weka’s comment has disappeared…

          • Ergo Robertina 2.2.1.1.2

            But that’s not the question – whether the abuse exists – it’s whether the woman charged committed the offence. If the sentence focused only on the abuse, the alleged wording could be omitted.
            Alleged can also be avoided by quoting police, although that can sound clumsy too.
            It might seem silly to you but it’s a convention that exists for good reason.

            • Bill 2.2.1.1.2.1

              But they didn’t mention it in connection to an offence. If they had – to the effect that that an alleged offence had occurred – then sure, I accept they’d have to use the word ‘alleged’. But they didn’t. The report mentioned alleged abuse, not an alleged offence.

              • Ergo Robertina

                What do you mean they didn’t mention it in connection to an offence? The woman has been charged in respect of the incident.
                Media cannot say people have engaged in this or that type of behaviour just as long as they leave out reference to the word offence.

                • Bill

                  Ergo. You watched the video, yes? And in the video a woman was hurling verbal abuse at others, yes? What the fuck you going you call it if you ain’t going to call it abuse?

                  Meanwhile, the same report (about 10 secs in) states as fact (no ‘allegedly’ or any of the rest of it) that it “ended in violence and a date in court”.

                  Now, how does this work that the racial abuse, that is clear for all and sundry to see and hear on the vid, is reported as ‘alleged’ while the violence is reported as cast in stone fact?

                  • Ergo Robertina

                    I have already said that if dealing with what happened (i.e abuse, violence), rather than who caused it, the word alleged can be omitted.
                    No it’s not perfect, but it’s a way of reporting events that will come before a court.
                    I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make.

                    • Bill

                      Ah – okay, got you now.

                      Channel 9 did an altogether better piece of reporting on it, which I’m picking to be worth linking to.

                      intro

                      A 51 year old woman is facing race hate charges after an angry neighbourhood battle. The woman blasted her neighbours in an ugly clash in front of a camera. She says she has no reason to say sorry.

            • Anne 2.2.1.1.2.2

              You are no doubt correct ER but sometimes it can be taken to absurd lengths – like in this clip. The worst of the foul language was beeped out, and she was brandishing a crow bar which she was clearly going to use if they hadn’t managed to wrest it off her. That’s blatant abuse with associated violent intention. So, I agree with Bill. Call it what it is and be done with it.

  2. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 3

    Looks like a sunny and warm weekend coming up. At this rate the weather stays warm, the shops selling winter gear will be looking at accummulating more stock!

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/you-re-in-surprise-weather-treat-weekend-6276318

    (I wasn’t counting on doing the evening shift on The Standard but hey …)

  3. weka 4

    I just got an email out from Kauri Sitter Michael Tavares. I’ll post the whole thing below (sorry, I don’t know if it’s online somewhere to link to), but basically he’s saying that he’s met with a number of MPs this week who have committed to listening to stories from people around the country about battles over saving trees and other community issues.

    26,000 NZers signed the #saveourkauri petition. Tavares is hoping this is going to spark work on protecting the RMA so that it’s easier to protect the environment.

    He’s also asking people to email in their stories and pictures of their trees, what they mean to people and the community they exist in. I’m not sure if it’s ok to post his email address here so will try and find somewhere online.

    • weka 4.1

      Kia ora koutou,

      Michael here.

      Since I climbed down from that beautiful old Kauri tree in Titirangi three weeks ago, I have been inundated with messages from across the country. Wonderful messages of support and thanks, but also messages telling stories of other trees, in other communities, that are also threatened. Stories from communities all around the Motu that are fighting a broken system, a system that has taken away our voice and our right to protect our environment.

      Today I had a chance to share some of these stories.

      This afternoon I met with MPs from across Parliament who are supportive of our cause. They have pledged to visit meet with these groups from all over New Zealand who are all fighting the same fight as us to #SaveOurKauri.

      These MPs have committed to hearing the stories of our trees and the voices of our communities.

      Hopefully they will now also commit to restoring the original intent of the Resource Management Act, which has been watered down by successive government reforms. The RMA was intended to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources. Changes already made to the Act already have made it easier for it to be used as a tool to exploit and destroy national treasures.

      When 26 thousand New Zealanders signed the petition to #SaveOurKauri we called attention to an often silenced issue.

      We made the Government stop and listen.

      Now that we have their ears, we will flood them with stories of our beautiful native trees. We know that we aren’t the only group who have had to fight tooth and nail to save what’s precious to us. There are so many stories out there.

      We want to hear your stories. We want to make them heard.

      Please email us with stories and pictures of your trees. Your story can be long or short, it can be about a single tree or your whole community, it can be a poem, it could be a picture. Share what your local trees mean to you, how they have shaped your community or how you’ve had to fight or are fighting to protect them!

      Please reply to this email address with your story. We hope to share these as far and wide as possible, to show that this is a major issue in Aotearoa New Zealand, to reclaim Community Voices and to ensure our trees protection can be guaranteed for future generations.

      Nga mihi,
      Michael Tavares

    • mickysavage 4.2

      Here it is:

      [Edit – Weka bet me to it!]

      I met Michael. He is a really nice guy and very intelligent. I hope the Greens think about putting him in Parliament because the world needs more passionate young people in power.

    • weka 4.3

      Press release about the MPs Tavares met with and the pledge they have taken

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ew-yYnOiumEsnIpgiII7IqOztPAqsFlKKb1RiLlI9zA/edit

      • mickysavage 4.3.1

        And if you want a completely selfish reason for trying to save trees they may be our best chance of getting through climate change alive …

        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150330122352.htm

        • weka 4.3.1.1

          Ae, can’t believe how many trees we are still chopping down in NZ. It’s like people don’t make any connection.

          • Bill 4.3.1.1.1

            A good 8 or 9 very mature macracarpas felled around the corner by the lines company. I’m sure they could have pruned them instead of felling them.

            And for the 20km or so into town, trees regularly felled and chipped – not even taken as firewood to be given away – for supposed safety reasons. The fact that the steep bank, that has houses on top and a road beneath, has much less holding it up and back is not, apparently, a safety issue.

            50m of very broad hedgerow that gave wind shelter to farm animals and provided a habitat for however many wild creatures – gone in an afternoon of zealous digger activity for no apparent reason at all.

            • alwyn 4.3.1.1.1.1

              I have always understood that “very mature macracarpas ” as you describe them have a relatively short life span after which they are quite likely to fall without warning.
              A golf club I belonged to had to remove quite a lot of very large trees because they were becoming increasingly dangerous. Some of them had started to fall on the course without any apparent warning signs and an arborist said that a large percentage of them had reached the very unsafe stage.
              These trees have recently been causing problems in the Wellington area, as the example referenced below illustrates.
              http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/66644544/Cancellations-after-Wellington-train-hits-tree

              • weka

                That’s mismanagement then. Everyone knows trees don’t live forever, so the solution is to manage the trees we have alongside planting new ones. It’s not rocketscience.

                People that came before us knew to plant trees, how come we don’t?

          • marty mars 4.3.1.1.2

            Even in paradise there are arseholes

            Takaka Valley dairy farmers are cutting down totara trees to make way for cows.

            Totara expert and Tasman Environment Trust (TET) chairman Dr Philip Simpson said trees up to 100 years old had been felled on three or four Takaka Valley dairy farms over recent years to make way for irrigators and bigger herds.

            The latest felling, last month, saw hundreds of trees, a half-hectare block of mainly totara, toppled and pushed into heaps for burning, he said.

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/67549460/Felling-of-totara-divides-community

            My only slight worry about the michael email above is that I hope we don’t just focus on megaflora – the big old trees (which absolutely must be saved every time) and not also stop the multiple felling of younger smaller trees. It is easy to save the whales (relatively) but harder to save snot-nosed spiders if you know what I mean.

            • b waghorn 4.3.1.1.2.1

              In the last two years I’ve seen 300+ trees on just two farms in the king country, sheep and beef farmer s doing good stuff

              • I would imagine farmers are on the wrong side of the tree ledger but there is still time for them to help save the world by planting trees. Be good if they all said, “we’ll take 10% of our farm today and dedicate it to non-cutdownable tree planting. I’d be happy for it to be a mixture of endemic, fruit, nut and other trees as long as they were sustainably useful.. This project could be government funded thus providing some jobs where they are needed, plus work for PD workers, income for educators, seedling growers, manure or compost makers, horse shitpickerupers, wormfarmers, sustainability experts and so on. The 10% could be all around the farm and thus provide shelter for animals, windbreaks, erosion control and so on. Local children could be invited on to plant and maybe even a tree-planting festival each year to bring the community together. THAT is what the farmers should do imo instead of letting the rivers and land deplete and go to ruin. Not much time for farmers to get on the goodperson side of the equation – if they don’t start doing it now they’ll be grouped with bankers and advertising execs when the revolution comes 🙂

                • Tautoko Mangō Mata

                  +1 Marty

                • mickysavage

                  We just need to establish an economic incentive for them to profit by doing the right thing. An ETS where the carbon price was realistic would do it. Then they could profit while the world’s environment survived …

                  • The government needs to lead this and fund it – I don’t agree that providing a profit motive for farmers is the way to go – that is how we have got this terrible worldwide problem, that is one of the major causes of it. No! The days of creating private profit from the ‘commons’ has to end and end yesterday. But sure I’d support a 3 year transition phase 🙂

                • b waghorn

                  I just wanted to balance the negative a bit if you ever get a chance drive through the king country in soom paddocks you can’t see the woolies for the trees. The council provides many popular s to farmers each year. ( not sure if they charge)
                  It’s a proven fact that stock grow better if they have shelter .
                  As for the fools clearing there trees there grubby little fools.

                • greywarshark

                  @ marty mars
                  Have you followeed the work that Dick Roberts did in Nelson region on how to plant ranges of trees of all types, after doing a survey of the controus of the land.? Even frosty places can manage sub=tropical trees if grown on the sheltered north side of a hill.

              • Tracey

                My Uncle farmed in the King Country and worked closely with local iwi on regenerating native bush on his land. his son began a nursery on the farm to propagate. When he died at the age of 88 he was buried in a cardboard coffin and asked everyone to go to where they live and plant a tree. he also fought in WWII.

                My most favourite Uncle and human being of all time. I still miss him.

  4. Anne 5

    Btw, I do like the photo that accompanies this new post. Trying to figure out which author it is supposed to be. Is it TRP perchance? 😛

  5. Bill 6

    And for the real night owls… 😉

    “Democracy v Psychology: why people keep electing idiots”

    Logically, you’d want an intelligent person who understands the best approach and methods for running a country in the best possible way. But no, people seem drawn to demonstrations of questionable intellectual abilities. There are a wide variety of ideological, cultural, social, historical, financial and other factors involved, because politics incorporates all of these things, but there are also some known psychological processes that may contribute to this phenomenon.

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2015/apr/02/democracy-psychology-idiots-election

    • KJT 6.1

      John Keys popularity explained.

      Of course, he was hand picked for his “oh shucks” qualities after Brash turned out to be unelectable.

  6. Hateatea 7

    I quite like this idea. Sometimes the other post is unmanageable by this time of night.

    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 7.1

      The morning after. Good Friday.
      That was pretty good last night as a first go.
      I was attracted to contributing on a fresh post when it was early evening.
      Enjoyed reading the comments, e.g. Bill’s, and the exchanges, e.g. Anne and mickysavage. Nice also to see others around!

  7. fisiani 8

    Rangers FC have today announced delisting from the stock market.
    This second version is destined for liquidation and that cannot come too soon.
    They are a sectarian hate filled club that has no place in modern civilised society.

    • The de-listing won’t change anything, fisiani, apart from the ability to publicly trade shares. Years of financial mismanagement and dodgy leadership at board level have knackered the club. It would be terrific if the Scottish FA simply assumed effective ownership of the name Rangers FC and sponsored the setting up of fan owned entity on the German model.

      Re: the sectarianism, one of the interesting aspects of the situation is that fan groups at Celtic are reasonably sympathetic to the plight of Rangers fans. It’s not them that have bought the club down and what has happened at Rangers could easily happen to any club in Scotland (or England for that matter). And even an auld bhoy like me can work out that the SPL is a better competition with Rangers in it.

    • David H 8.2

      Sounds just like the National Party.

      They are a sectarian hate filled party, that has no place in modern civilised society.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 5
    . . March 30: Day five of living in lock-down… Woke up still in darkness. Alarm hadn’t gone off. Turn to radio clock; it’s a few minutes after 6am… I lie there in the dark, waiting to drift off to sleep… but it ain’t happening. Clock ticks over to 6.55 ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Speaker: Les Gray: the man who told the truth
    The story of Les Gray, the public sector psychologist who told the truth about his use of cannabis and set off a storm, has a special place in the lore of cannabis reform in New Zealand.When Paul Shannon interviewed Gray for the 'Dope and Hope' issue of Planet magazine in ...
    4 days ago
  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    5 days ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    5 days ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #13
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... ‘Misinformation kills’: The link between coronavirus conspiracies and climate denial   Grist / Rob Kim / Stringer / CSA Images  Scientific ...
    5 days ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    6 days ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    6 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    7 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    7 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    1 week ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    1 week ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    1 week ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    1 week ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    1 week ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Strong Govt books support ‘go hard, go early’ response
    New Zealand’s ability to go hard and go early in the fight against COVID-19 has been underpinned by strong Government finances and the growing economy heading into this global pandemic, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released the Crown financial statements for the eight months to the end ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
    Frontline Police numbers have broken through the 10,000 mark for the first time in history as officers step forward to keep the community safe during the COVID19 lockdown. “Two Police graduations in Auckland and Wellington in the past week have been conducted in unprecedented circumstances,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Urgent tax measures for economic recovery
    Urgent legislation has been passed to support the package of economic and social measures needed to recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. “The COVID-19 Response (Taxation and Social Assistance Urgent Measures) Bill will cushion New Zealanders from the worst economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Revenue Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further support for farmers and growers as drought persists
    From tomorrow, Government support for farmers and growers affected by drought will be expanded and extended across the country, with access to Rural Assistance Payments (RAPS) available throughout the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chatham Islands, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced. “These challenging conditions have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Temporary changes to Education Act
    Parliament has passed amendments to legislation that give the Secretary of Education stronger powers to act in the fight to limit the spread of COVID-19, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “They are part of a suite of changes passed under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Bill,” Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar join NZ and Singapore in committing to keeping supply a...
    Canada, Australia, Chile, Brunei and Myanmar have joined forces with New Zealand and Singapore by committing to keep supply chains open and remove any existing trade restrictive measures on essential goods, especially medical supplies, in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.  Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today welcomed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19: Rent increase freeze and more protection for tenants
    Immediate freeze on rent increases Tenancies will not be terminated during the lock-down period, unless the parties agree, or in limited circumstances Tenants who had previously given notice can stay in their if they need to stay in the tenancy during the lock-down period Tenants will still be able to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Working together to protect businesses and workers
    As New Zealand unites to lock-down in the fight against COVID-19, the Finance Minister is urging all businesses and workers to stay connected over the next four weeks. “We understand the extreme pressure many businesses are under right now. I know most business owners think of their workers as family ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency declared to fight COVID-19
    A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19. “Today we put in place our country’s second ever State of National Emergency as we fight a global pandemic, save New Zealanders’ lives and prevent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister’s statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice
    Mr Speaker I wish to make a Ministerial Statement under Standing Order 347 in relation to the recent declaration of a State of National Emergency. Having considered the advice of the Director Civil Defence Emergency Management, the Minister of Civil Defence declared a State of National Emergency for the whole of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Deadline for domestic travel extended
    People needing to travel on domestic flights, trains and Cook Strait ferries to get home before the country moves into level 4 lock-down tomorrow night will be able to continue using the passenger services until midnight on Friday, Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today. Domestic passenger services, particularly ferries, have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Mortgage holiday and business finance support schemes to cushion COVID impacts
    The Government, retail banks and the Reserve Bank are today announcing a major financial support package for home owners and businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The package will include a six month principal and interest payment holiday for mortgage holders and SME customers whose incomes have been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago