Day of the Jackoff

Written By: - Date published: 4:04 pm, September 15th, 2010 - 87 comments
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So ACT’s nutcase extraordinaire, the man whose only talent is to make John Boscawen look stable, has done it yet again.

Forever getting attention for all the wrong reasons, David Garrett has now admitted he’s been found guilty of a particularly distasteful dishonesty offence – stealing the identity of a dead infant for the purpose of fraudulently procuring a passport under a false identity.

So how many strikes does that make for Garrett? Dishonesty offence, assault conviction, calls to sterilise the poor, racist outbursts, homophobic outbursts, sexist outbursts, sexual harassment, lying about the lives to be saved by the 3 Strikes Law… the list goes on.

Ideological preferences aside, is this really the sort of person we want in Parliament? Will Hide or Key act like leaders and dismiss Garrett? Or will it be, like Andy Haden, another case of missing the opportunity to do the right thing and only firing Garrett when he inevitably screws up again and again and again, until belatedly doing the right thing is the only option left?

87 comments on “Day of the Jackoff ”

  1. What a two faced lot of creeps these ACT people are . Hide with his double standards regarding perks .Garret with his rambling comments about crime and Douglas who was elected in the 1980s on false pretences .Lets hope this latest revelation will be the last nail in the coffin.

    • paula 1.1

      [deleted]

      [lprent: As much as I personally dislike the SST, that comment dropped well over the edge. It was straight unsubstantiated defamation. ]

  2. ABC 2

    Strikes are only for violent crimes as far as I know. But creating a false identity in the 1980s, that was discovered 2005, but was “just a prank of a young man”; how does that happen unless you were making a gain from that identity all that time? I can’t imagine a court being interested in a 20 year old identity issue if it was dormant. Someone must have known all along, or dug it up, tried to take him down in 2005 and is now back for more by passing it to Guyon Espiner. And some pretty amateur media handling by Garret during the footage. This issue is more damaging than the possibly false tongan assault conviction. Either way, ACT are taking a thrashing of late.

    • mcflock 2.1

      nope – they put new systems in place and picked up the backlog of old cases. I remember a couple in the court news at the time, just folk who had done it then got sprung later on.

  3. Treetop 3

    Garrett needs to use parliamentary privilege to have his police file on identity theft tabled in the house, incase he is not coming clean about the truth. Hide will probably object to this in record time. Hide what goes around comes around.

    • ABC 3.1

      Just heard Garret give an explanation. He used a theory from the book Day of the Jackal and used the name of a dead baby to get a false passport.

      Hey, ACT, among your higly intelligent members have you any PR consultants? A member of parliament talking about stealing the identity of a dead baby is the fast track to obscurity! Good grief. It might be the truth but Garret’s deadpan voice “…I stole the identity of a baby who is now dead…” is a PR nightmare. I bet he’ll be gone soon.

      • Treetop 3.1.1

        Did the PM know about Garrett stealing the identity of a deceased baby when Garrett was appointed to cabinet?

        Would Garret have been elected by the list Act Party voters had stealing identity been revealed?

        What does the police file say?

        Why was Garrett not charged?

        It does not wear with me to ignore such behaviour by an elected member of parliament even though they have not been charged. Garrett was an adult when he deliberately stole a dead baby’s identity.

        • Bright Red 3.1.1.1

          Garrett’s not a minister, that’s Boscawen.

          Garrett was charged and found guilty but disharged without conviction.

          • Treetop 3.1.1.1.1

            I thought that Garrett is a minister outside of cabinet. I realised my error. Correct me if I am wrong.

            • Bright Red 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Nah, it’s Boscawen. Garrett is unusual as a first-term backbencher in getting his 3-strikes law through but that was because the government picked it up.

  4. So he is a fraudster as well as a thug?

  5. Don’t even give this chump another strike. Bum rush his fool ass clean out of parliament i say…

    …the sooner, the better

    • Tigger 5.1

      He’s already had that third strike anyway, laying down with the rotting corpse of the Act party surely constitutes necrophilia.

  6. billy fish 6

    Quite simply with the Roy debacle Hide can’t afford another change of personnel and corresponding ructions.
    He stays and makes more foo foos

    John Key must be having a few face plants on this one

  7. Bright Red 7

    I wonder how the Police tracked him down. Yeah, the Israeli spy scandal started them looking at passports, but working out that Garrett had been the one who got the passport, even with the clue of his photo, shouldn’t have been easy if he was otherwise unknown to the police… more to this methinks.

    • mcflock 7.1

      that is, of course, ruling out that he put himself down as a witness on the passport application (ISTR 2 other people have to sign off on the application form). 🙂

      Alternatively they might have simply found the postal address it was sent to in their records and crossreferenced that with driver’s licenses, property ownership records, or other passports. He had to get it into his hands somehow.

      The interesting one was the Israelis – my recollection from the case was that the identities they stole were of living people, but institutionalised/invalids. My gentle guessing at the time is that the power that let them cf. passports with births/deaths also let them maybe look at invalids benefits.

      • Lindsey 7.1.1

        Easy to trace – the witness has to have valid NZ passport. And they check that. So- either he used his own passport and signed as his own witness (another false statement) or his witness was prosecuted along with him and gave him up.

  8. Oh the irony!!

    The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

    The man who wants zero tolerance for crime was shown a great deal of tolerance by our and the Tongan judiciary.

    That gurgling sound you can hear is Act’s chances at the next election going down the drain.

    But why was he selected as an MP when Hide knew about these problems before selection was complete?

    And I wonder what Cameron will say?

    • J Mex 8.1

      Don’t know what happened there…

      To repost

      Oh the irony!!

      The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

      Garret needs to resign. What a muppet.

      P.S. Anyone who has bothered to look into the Tongan thing, should realise that there was probably very little that Garret did wrong. This one is a complete absence of judgement.

    • Anne 8.2

      “But why was he selected as an MP when Hide knew about these problems before selection was complete?”

      Remember reading somewhere that SS Trust was receiving large amounts of money from an American source. Maybe some of it ended up in Act’s campaign coffer. Payback? Act MP Garrett.

      Garth MCVicar was funny on Checkpoint tonight. Talk about a slippery eel… ducking and diving for cover. Must have had some C/T training too.

  9. Tammy Gordon 9

    Damn my liberal heart! I swear to god I’m starting to feel sorry for Rodney.

    • resist the urge, they would never return the favour

      • J Mex 9.1.1

        The man who rails against weak judges and hits over the hand with a wet bus ticket received exactly this treatment himself.

        Bang on. What a drop kick.

        Rodney, do the right thing and get rid of this muppet.

  10. tc 10

    Art imitates life…..from Blackadder 3 “….to be an MP you’ll need at least fraud and sexual deviancy…’

    Act appears to have set the bar somewhat higher….lets not forget garretts sexual harrassment issues and remember he’s a lawyer who doesn’t appear to grasp the law !

    He’s almost overqualified for ACT….sideshow doesn’t give a toss, you have to care to be concerned.

  11. The court accepted that the consequences of a conviction for this offence would have consequences out of all proportion to the offending

    Uhh dude…YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    Thats what i find really offensive.

    If you were prepared to do the crime you should be prepared to do the time…whatever that is

    The consequences being proportionate to the crime is what makes 3 strikes suck if you’re convicted on a lesser charge for your 3rd strike.

    and what exactly makes your punishment disproportionate ? The fact you never used the passport ? but dude…

    YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    sweet…so i’ll rob a bank and never use the money. Maybe donate it to charity and when i get busted eventually i’ll try to use your justification too eh ?

    How far do you reckon that’ll wash with the judge. Me being poor and brown and all ?

    i just cant get over that…

    YOU KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY ASSUMED THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD CHILD !!!

    • toad 11.1

      It is not a “fact” that he never used the passport. That is his assertion. By the time the case came to Court, the passport had expired and had been destroyed. So there is no evidence that he used the passport, which is different from evidence that it had never been used.

      Some OIAs to Internal Affairs, Immigration, and Customs to attempt to identify the name the passport was in and see if it had been used might be worth an effort, although it is still doubtful there will be good records that far back.

      • mcflock 11.1.1

        that’s just what the family of the dead kid needs – if they give it to somebody responsible, they’ll also give it to the MSM. Just when ChCh is losing its amazing impact, too.

      • pollywog 11.1.2

        It is not a “fact” that he never used the passport.

        Oops..My bad

        …and doesn’t that make things worse if it’s found out he used it.

        most obvious use i can think of would be benefit fraud. I’d check bank accounts and social welfare for dole payments in the 80’s under the dead childs name.

        • toad 11.1.2.1

          Now, that is an interesting option. Work and Income copy passports if they are used as ID for for benefit applications. That’s worth a look via the OIA too, assuming we can get the name of the deceased person whose identity Garrett stole from DIA, because Work and Income should have a record of any benefit claimed under that name.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 11.1.3

        Garrett says HE never used the passport, leaves a wide open gap to be used by someone else. Especially with an old photo who knows

        • felix 11.1.3.1

          Actually we have no way of knowing if it was ever used by Garrett either – only his say-so.

          Presumably it would be simple enough to find out if it had ever been used for travel purposes, but even if not, there’s no way to be sure it wasn’t used as ID to falsely obtain credit or commit any other crimes.

        • Vicky32 11.1.3.2

          And, I’ve learned from 3 News tonight, a photo in a rather lame disguise – dyed hair and glasses!
          Deb

    • Bored 11.2

      SENTENCING JUDGE TO POLLY….Polly, it was your gang patch….being brown has got nothing to do with the huge sentence I am now going to give you.

      SENTENCING JUDGE TO GARRETT…You come from a nice supportive family and wear a beautiful suit, now if your not careful next time I will have to imprison you with societies dregs and a whole pile of Maori gang members…fined 50 cents and may God have mercy…..

  12. MikeE 12

    Twitter… need more #GarrettBookInspirations

  13. mcflock 13

    did I mention I spluttered my coffee when I read the post title? Damned fine title.

  14. lprent 14

    Congrats to the sprout for the really great title.

    Update: someone broke the numbering with a comment deletion. Good been looking for a place to look at this

  15. Bright Red 15

    A lawyer usually can’t be admitted to the bar have a conviction against their name. Might explain why he was discharged without conviction, presuming Garrett was either already a lawyer or at law school at the time.

    when was he meant to be an oil rig worker again? I’m guessing he was actually a lawyer for an oil company.

    • joe bloggs 15.1

      presuming Garrett was either already a lawyer or at law school at the time.

      Presumption incorrect.

      He got this passport in 1984 but didn\’t enroll in the University of Canterbury until 1986. As I said eariler not a student prank but a pre-student prank

      • felix 15.1.1

        And as I said the only source for it being any sort of prank is Garrett himself.

        And seeing as how he’s the kind of guy who steals the identity of a dead baby, I’d say you’re a fucking idiot if you believe anything he says.

        How old was he when he did this disgusting deed btw? You’re trying to paint it as an adolescent jape but he must’ve been an adult in the 1980s, surely.

      • Marty G 15.1.2

        Actually, joe bloggs, Bright Red has a point. You see, Garrett was a lawyer when he was tried. Oh DtB has made that point.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.2

      And he wasn’t in court over it until 2005. Being convicted of this would have disbarred him.

  16. SHG 16

    Will Hide or Key act like leaders and dismiss Garrett?

    Hint: only one of those people is the leader of ACT.

  17. Tammy Gordon 17

    Serves Act right for getting into bed with the devil aka The Sensible Sentencing Trust. Peter Dunne did better when he got into bed with god via the Future NZ party. Although all those bright and shiny MPs didn’t last very long bless ’em, and you never really got to know a single one of their names but at least they didn’t die a loud and humiliating death from from hypocrisitis.

  18. So that’s Strike 2 I assume?

  19. Did I hear Radio New Zealand right and did Garth McVicar of Sensible Sentencing Trust know about this previously?

  20. felix 20

    Hey Rodney,

    is this another example of how the ACT caucus is representative of normal kiwis who don’t necessarily have spotless pasts?

    Or is it just what it looks like – a violent criminal, habitual drunk, sexual pest and unashamed bigot stealing a dead baby’s identity?

    • rosy 20.1

      Oh I hope they don’t sack him! That would give NACT a teensy bit of credibility. The next person on the list has gotta be an improvement

      😉 Just joking

    • Billy Fish 20.2

      Just while we are kicking him while he’s down,,,,, and he SOOOO deserves it,,,,, the man Garrett has a reputation in the legal world of being a sleaze bag.

  21. aj 21

    Scum. I know a lot of people who did stupid things 30 years ago but none of them – NONE – stops so long as this scum did.

  22. Vicky32 22

    I am just hearing TV3’s take on this… Garrett is shown as saying (with a scary flat affect) that he “was curious to see if such a thing could be done”. He’s old enough to have known at the time, that the Mr Asia drug syndicate used to do the same thing, news I remember hearing a lot longer ago than 26 years!
    Then JonKey says in effect ‘nothing to do with me’… Ma daiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
    Deb

    • J Mex 22.1

      It’s the child porn defense – ‘I was just curious.’

      I don’t care.

      It’s seriously wrong.

  23. felix 23

    Bye Garrett. Crook.

    Bye Rodney. Dupe and hypocrite.

    Bye ACT. Bunch of lying, corrupt, selfish, immoral, racist, solipsistic fuckwits.

  24. ABC 24

    “Espiner clarified for Garrett, a former barrister, that ONE News understood Garrett has been discharged without conviction on a charge of creating a false identity.”

    In that case, did Guyon knowingly break name suppression for the 2005 case? Political curries: you just have to be in the same room to get the shits.

  25. Rex Widerstrom 25

    Now I see why Garrett refuses to believe in the possibility of redemption for any criminal. Redemption relies upon accepting not just the facts of your action but its wrongness, and the wrongness of your intent.

    It requires empathy (something lacking in psychopaths and sociopaths) to understand the hurt your actions have caused (in this case to the memory of a dead child and the feelings of all his relatives).

    It means you end up punishing yourself far harder than any justice system could do.

    But a prequisite to all of this is shame. And clearly, Garrett has none.

    • Macro 25.1

      Well said Rex.
      This is the nub of the issue. Garrett (and SST) cannot understand the concept of the redemptive process. Their whole focus is on punishment.
      Will garret punish himself one wonders?

    • toad 25.2

      “Sociopath” explains it completely, doesn’t it Rex.. I think you are onto something there. Wonder if Lhaws will pop up in Garrett’s defence?

  26. rosy 26

    BTW does anyone know how old was he when he did this 26 years ago? I can’t see anything about his age on his FB page or the ACT website – he looks way too old for it being an excusable young man’s prank

  27. Johnno 27

    That’s shocking behaviour by Garrett. This is definitely someone who should not be in Parliament. A lot of politicians are self serving arseholes but it’s the dishonest ones I can’t stand. Ethics are obviously optional down there.

  28. prism 28

    Garrett did say he did the dead baby identity passport thing as an exercise to see how easily it could be done. Years ago the anti homosexual and everything campaigner Patricia ? did a similar thing in ordering mens mags that were banned in NZ from Oz. and copped flak for it even though she had been a nun.

    antispam – decent

    • Macro 28.1

      Bartlett

    • Vicky32 28.2

      Although he must have known that it could be, and was done, as the Mr Asia syndicate fuss was oin the media in about 82… and that was one of the things that came out, that they did it… So unless he was asleep from 1978 to 1986, mind you that’s always possible (or was that when he was being an oil rig worker?)
      Deb

  29. Gotham 29

    I just can’t get over how far over the line he went doing this in the first place. To say that this was an error of judgement is so understating it, it is completely farcial. Because he read it in a BOOK???? I am in my late 20s, and the type of person Garrett would hate. I would never think it was acceptable to STEAL THE IDENTITY OF A DEAD BABY for a bit of fun.

    I remember a story coming into the news ages ago about the impact of someone stealing the identity of dead child on the family of the dead child. It sounded awful. I googled (not really thinking I would find it), but found this instead. Here are some interesting clips:

    “The Department of Internal Affairs says criminals attempting passport fraud are most likely to be caught and punished, no matter how long ago the crime occurred….Department of Internal Affairs Passports Manager, David Philp, says passport fraud is a crime with serious consequences, as well as being emotionally disturbing and offensive to innocent people. Often, as in this case, the criminal has used the name of a dead baby to obtain a false passport. This is very distressing for the bereaved family.”

    (and also) Statement from a victim of another false passport application:

    “The pain we have suffered was strange after all these years. I felt an intrusion into our private lives as well as old wounds reopened. It was extremely upsetting to learn that our baby brother’s identity was callously stolen.”

    (http://www.dia.govt.nz/press.nsf/d77da9b523f12931cc256ac5000d19b6/435c699f4eaf47edcc2571af001a34e0!OpenDocument)

    Oh – but it’s all good. Garrett got the idea from reading A BOOK!!!

  30. Didn’t Tim Selwyn get a jail sentence for doing the same in part?

  31. nzfp 31

    So does that mean that David Garret is working for Israel? I guess we can assume that passport wasn’t used in Dubai or maybe it was?!? It may be worth checking if that passport ever went to Dubai?

  32. Rharn 32

    The moral high ground is indeed a slippery slope. If ya gona go there ya better not have any baggage to drag ya down. Bit late for Hide and his slippery mate.

  33. Lez Howard 33

    Is the NACT cloning Laurel and Hardy,s

  34. Bright Red 34

    Armstrong basically stole your line, sprout:

    “Yesterday was not so much the Day of the Jackal – the Frederick Forsyth thriller from which Act MP David Garrett took the idea of stealing the identity of a long dead baby to procure a fraudulent passport for himself.

    Yesterday was the Day of the Jackass”

  35. This just got worse for Garrett. According to TVone he told the North Shore Court in 2005 that he had no convictions, either in New Zealand or Tonga.

    He had the assault conviction in 2002 and obviously knew about it.

    Liar liar …

  36. Observer 36

    I heard a radio commentator say that Rodney has to keep Garrett because the next two on the ACT list are on Heather Roys side of the party.If Garrett goes a leadership challenge will see Rodney lose.

    • Vicky32 36.1

      Latest news apparently is that Garrett has quit and taken 2 weeks off to ‘reflect’… sounds familiar! 😀
      Deb

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  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
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    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
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    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    3 days ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    5 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
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    5 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
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    5 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
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    6 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
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    6 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
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