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Debate highlights

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, November 1st, 2011 - 70 comments
Categories: election 2011, john key, phil goff - Tags:

Here are my top moments from the first Leaders’ Debate.

  • Goff’s passionate and upfront answer on Afghanistan. Key refusing to simply say yes or no on whether he would redeploy the SAS (it’s dinnamic, don’t you know).
  • Goff calling Key out on his GST lie and handling Key’s response very well. He didn’t back down. He said ‘I respect the office of Prime Minister, but you’ve got to tell the truth’
  • Key’s ‘mistake’ being that his office did a bad job explaining what a great deal the BMWs were, well Goff turned it back to message by saying that asset sales were a mistake.
  • Wallace Chapman’s question on what they would protest on (please, could Wallace moderate the next debate? He does it every week on Backbenches with success). Key said he would march ‘for equality of opportunity’. I wonder if he would march down McGehan Close. Goff listed a whole bunch of things he had marched for, just in this term.
  • Goff’s pointed use of numbers to prick Key’s bubble: 100,000 Kiwis gone to Australia, 60,000 more beneficiaries, lower median household income (I forget the number).
  • Goff stopping Key getting out his decade of deficits line by pointing out Labour left the books in surplus (the ‘decade of deficits was only ever in the December 2008 economic update, written at the height of the global crisis when years more economic contraction was expected, in fact, the recession officially ended in March 2009).
  • Key saying that breaking your promises and lying is OK because the world is ‘dinnamic’. Goff saying that lying is never OK.
  • Goff’s explanations of policy. It may be old news to you and me and the political commentators that Labour would use dole payments to subsidise apprenticeships but it will have been the first time that many of the 800,000 viewers heard of it, and Goff sold it well, as he did other policies. Goff looked Prime Ministerial. Key was weak on asset sales.
  • My final highlight is that, at the time of writing, it has been 12 hours since the debate and Farrar hasn’t mentioned it and Slater has only had a whine about www.keyholes.co.nz . Farrar’s only mention of the debate was a weak attempt to inflate expectations for Goff ahead of time. It’s kind of like their near silence on the opening addresses. The behaviour of these weather-vanes is telling. Especially Slater, who is much worse at controlling his emotions and getting the line across than Farrar.

What were your favourite moments? What else did you want to see?

Expect Key to come out a lot more aggressively in the Press debate tomorrow. Goff can now stand a bit taller and a bit more relaxed. He has the high ground. He just has to fend of Key’s aggression and keep on jabbing away at Key’s record and linking Key to asset sales, while explaining his own policies.

Update: Farrar has since posted and given the win to Goff.

70 comments on “Debate highlights”

  1. There must be some very worried people in National HQ this morning.
     
    The whole electorate strategy as developed over the past three years has been to undermine Goff and to promote Brand Key, the super duper uberwealthy normal bloke who would not engage in politics as usual.  Everything else has been ignored.  There is no policy and no plan B.
     
    Goff just trashed their strategy.  It does not matter that he won or just lost, just that he turned up, spoke from the heart and spoke about the issues that will resonate with ordinary people.
     
    There is still a long way to go but the momentum is all with Labour right now.  A couple of weeks of poll movements and it will be all on.
     
    Phil Goff for Prime Minister!

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      Why didn’t Key go for an all party leaders debate? His strategists made totally the wrong call giving Goff head to head time with him.

      WTF are the Nats thinking. The late election date was a wrong call for them, their TV launch was a wrong call (whoever was creative director needs to be booted), and their choice of leaders debate was also the wrong call for National.

      I am beginning to suspect that beneath the surface, the National Party machinery has fuck all talent and co-ordination.

      • Lanthanide 1.1.1

        The election date was kind of damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation.

        Obviously they had to go either early or late to avoid the RWC. If they’d gone early they could have been open to power-grab claims as per Labour in 2002 when Helen moved the date earlier (and as a result I was 17 instead of 18 and couldn’t vote…).

        There’s also the earthquake complications, it’s possible that an early election could have been cancelled. A large quake in the next few weeks could still cancel this election, too.

      • Tiger Mountain 1.1.2

        Interesting CV, I thought the same. Key could well have hidden in the sound bite interruptus morass of a long TV line up. Hubris ruled in the end for the nats.

    • I wonder how many people noticed that Key had pages of notes ,Goff spoke without any notes.This should be pointed out to the people . By the way how did they manage to manipulate the voting result.?

      • Colonial Viper 1.2.1

        Expensive txts, and you won’t txt if you got no credit left on the phone, OR if you thought BOTH of them were losers.

        The txt voting results were no good for Key, on that basis.

        Big call: I’m picking the NATs to get only 43% to 45% this year.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1

          I don’t vote in those txt polls for 3 reasons:

          1.) It’s makes the TV station and Telco a profit
          2.) They’re totally inaccurate and are thus a waste of time and money
          3.) I don’t watch TV.

          • Rodel 1.2.1.1.1

            Absolutely. They are not worth wasting any thought over. Unscientific pointless crap by a media who can’t get off their arses and do a proper survey…Real Paul Henry trivia… I could go on..but..

        • Carol 1.2.1.2

          And even the Stuff poll has Goff on 47% and Key 52% for the debate – Stuff’s polls tend to skew to the right.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Goff needs to relax a bit – tone down the direct jibes at Key, keep the facts at his fingertips (that was one thing that impressed – he doesn’t rely on notes – and that helps him come across well).
    It’s a bloody awful shame, but when Rena breaks up Brand Key will sink with her.

  3. mike 3

    Phil said ” You gave me a 300 dollar tax break and you gave yourself a 1000 dollar one!” Priceless

  4. Lanthanide 4

    “Goff stopping Key getting out his decade of deficits line by pointing out Labour left the books in surplus (the ‘decade of deficits was only ever in the December 2008 economic update, written at the height of the global crisis when years more economic contraction was expected, in fact, the recession officially ended in March 2009).”

    Yeah, this seems to be the mythology (or “cool aid”) that a lot of National supports have bought hook, like and sinker. That somehow during 1999-2008, despite everything in the economy going gangbusters, Labour ran up a huge deficit and bankrupted the country.

    I think it all stems from this “decade of deficits” that National pounced up and trumpeted hither and yon right before the election. I’ve made several comments in the last few days about this; as far as I can tell National didn’t really do anything particularly revolutionary in the 2009 budget and yet the decade of deficits seemed to have magically vanished.

    My highlight is I believe Goff forced a concession on Key. Key tried to evade Goff’s question about whether he would send the SAS back to Afghanistan or not. He eventually said it was “probably unlikely” that they would be sent back. I do believe Key has never made a commitment on this one way or the other – in the heat of the moment he ended up saying that. There’s still wiggle room in there for them to be sent back, but of course if they win the election and do, Labour will bring it up. So this may be as good as a “no” from Key on this issue. It somewhat reminds me about the back-peddling they had to do on ruling out Kiwibank for sale after English gave very strong hints it was up for the chop.

    • insider 4.1

      I thought Goff marginally ‘won’ the debate – he had to. he is seen (wrongly IMO) as a non entity or non contender as PM so he had to win or match Key. He did and so ‘won’. But on content they were pretty even. Goff had to be aggressive to make the mark he has failed to make on public consciousness, key was conservative so as not to risk losing ground. I don’t think there was a marked change in the ground as when Key debated CLark and everyone expected her to wipe the floor with him and he ended up besting her.

      I’d have Goff a bit less po faced next time, and stop him starting every answer with “last week I was talking with Joe Ordinary from Kiwiville”… Good at times but became overly formulaic. Calling Key a liar was pretty risky and a good comeback from Key – could it be a moment like Clark saying Key shouts down his wife at home or whatever it was she said?

      Yes Key fudged on SAS – he has to, he’s probably still talking about the policy with Defence and the US/Aussies/Afghans etc so can’t make international policy on the fly like an opposition leader can – and Goff got a good hit, but Key got him back with the point that Goff had no plans to pull other troops out so where was the point of principle that Goff was making? The fudge that the regional governor wasn’t corrupt so that makes it ok was pretty laughable.

      • A liar is a liar whatever the circumstances .Key has lied in parliament has made unfounded accusations against Goff and Labour and make policy on the hoof .How else can one describe his fabrications ? The fact is the guy lies even if he is the PM

        • insider 4.1.1.1

          Has Goff sold his rental property he promised to sell in 2009 (He said last night he still owned one)? Did he lie? I note last night he did not unequivocally say he was always truthful, he said he believed he told the truth (or similar such words). Was he lying through ommission? And until a few weeks ago Labour were not changing the age of super but now they want it to go up unless you are a manual worker and then they don;t, and today they released a ‘broadcasting policy’ that says they will decide it after a public discussion. Sounds fairly on the hoof policy making to me.

          • lprent 4.1.1.1.1

            I believe that information is accessible in the declarations of interest. Why don’t you do something strange and go and seek out the information rather than being a lazy prick asking a rhetorical question?

      • seeker 4.1.2

        @ Insider 1.04pm.

        “Calling Key a liar…..

        Goff did not call John Key a liar. He said Key told a lie about GST in the run up to the 2008 election. He was talking about Key’s wrong behaviour; in other words, what he did , not who he was, ie. a liar.
        John Key was the one who mentioned the word “liar”.
        Phil Goff was too professional to use that word to another person
        I thought Phil was rather restrained in his comments about Key’s untruthful behaviour which has cost this country so much.

    • Bob 4.2

      Yes the way Goff told key ,” I dont want to attend another service mans funeral with you John”
      very telling how junkey was trying to squirm out of not having to give the direct answer to the NZ public while still keeping the Yanks on side .

      • insider 4.2.1

        So why isn’t Goff saying he will pull all troops out of Afghanistan then? Half the funerals Phil has gone to are from the force he has no plans to remove. Can he guarantee they will suffer no deaths if he becomes PM?

        • lprent 4.2.1.1

          I think that you would have found out if Guyon Espiner had not cut Phil off when he was explaining the difference between combat troops, and troops doing reconstruction.

  5. as far as I can tell National didn’t really do anything particularly revolutionary in the 2009 budget and yet the decade of deficits seemed to have magically vanished.

    Exactly.

    The ‘decades of deficits’ is treated as an event that happened rather than as a forecast by Treasury made on the basis that nothing would change either internally (in terms of policy settings) or internationally. In effect, the Labour-led government was blamed for something that hadn’t happened and for a forecast that they had no chance to respond to in their policy options.

    Interestingly, National confirmed that it would change nothing about its pre-election policies (i.e., its only pre-election fiscal policy, tax cuts, were still ok) after hearing these forecasts and simply shouted that Labour has created a decade of deficits … 

  6. vto 6

    The highlight for me has been the exposure of Key as a shallow and weak man whose heart is not even in the job. He clearly doesn’t give a shit, win or lose, and it shows in all of his body and eye language. The sooner he pisses back off overseas the better.

    • I agree with you vto .I find Key sleazy and pretty dodgy . The mask drops now and then to diclose a cunning sharp mind. He come across as a first class conman. I just cannot understand why he is so popular , or is he?

      • Hami Shearlie 6.1.1

        Totally agree. Claire Robinson says women love John Key, but I can’t see it. I’ve always found him to be creepy with those zombie eyes . Nat voting women are surely not all like Hekia Parata, who gushed that “being with John is just like being with a rock star”! Yes, he may have money, but so do drug barons!

        • My wife is an excellent judge of character she has alway told people to cover the bottom part of Key’s photo and study those cold unfeeling eyes. She has also doubted his claim that his mother was a refugee .

          • Cin77 6.1.1.1.1

            Gosh, you would think with the way he was talking about his mother being a solo mum and how they did it hard when he was a kid, Key would be a bit more compassionate with the beneficiaries.Maybe he hates his Mum.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.2

            Kids from his year at school must know the truth. Where are they.

        • swordfish 6.1.1.2

          “Nat voting women are surely not all like Hekia Parata, who gushed that “being with John is just like being with a rock star” !.”

          During the 2008 campaign, I was filling-up my car at a petrol station in Whitby (Mana Electorate), when suddenly a whole group of plump, overly-coiferred, middle-aged Nat women descended. Hopping out of two cars, they pulled out life-size cardboard photo cut-outs of Key and, giggling away, started raining lipstick kisses all over them.

          By no means a pleasant sight.

  7. Pete 7

    it will have been the first time that many of the 800,000 viewers heard of it

    Where did you get that figure? Throng says the ratings for last night were:

    Most watched

    One News: 620,800 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
    Shortland Street: 536,990 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
    Election 2011 Leaders Debate: 402,340 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 8:30pm)
    The Mentalist: 398,260 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
    3 News: 339,990 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

    Edit: unless the ratings just reports households and not individual viewers

    • lprent 7.1

      Details from TVNZ from our e-mail. The 800k is probably from the estimates of who looked in on at least part of the debate. The 400k is the people who are estimated to have watched the whole thing.

      Leaders Debate (7-8:30pm)

      401,540
      984,700*

      SOURCE: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5 years and over – average daily audience nationwide).
      * SOURCE: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5+ nationwide – average daily reach).
      More commonly known as Cume or cumulative audience – this measurement shows the total number of people who tuned in to the Debate at some stage between 7-8:30pm. .

  8. Goff: 1

    Key: nil

    They were going to have a presentation where Sainsbury awards Goff with the Debating Trophy – but folks were afraid Key was going to gatecrash the handshaking…

  9. Bill 9

    I just ‘loved’ Key’s volunteered take on poverty, reckoning the unemployed have fucking cheque books…”can’t sign a cheque to pay the bills’ (paraphrasing).

    More significantly…okay, ‘significant’ might be the wrong word, but I can’t for the world of me understand why people ascribe attributes such as ‘statesmanlike’ and ‘relaxed’ to John Key.

    To me he has essentially three or four expressions/attitudes. And all of them seem to distil to marks of disdain/couldn’t give a fuck and a variation of mememememe!

    1. The multi furrowed brow avec le intense stare. (I’m guessing some read that as concern.) I read it as “you’re fucking me over, nobody fucks me over and I’d ‘have you’ for that if I could.” (His glower being mis-read as intense concentration)

    2. The middle distance stare with the supercilious grin. Again, (guessing) some see this as an intelligent, silent dismissal of what is being said. I see it as “Ooh. I know a smart arsed manufactured line to use in response to that one off by heart.”

    3. The smiling juttery puppet routine delivery like he’s some 13 year old school kid giving an answer in class and expecting ‘gold stars’ on his chart for being so smart.

    4. The not so smiling, little more juttery puppet routine delivery where he’s trying to deliver lines learned by rote, but has no idea what meanings or implications lie beneath the words he’s reciting.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      More significantly…okay, ‘significant’ might be the wrong word, but I can’t for the world of me understand why people ascribe attributes such as ‘statesmanlike’ and ‘relaxed’ to John Key.

      /agreed

      Jonkey is no more a statesman than my dog.

  10. Phil Goff capped it with the final blow when he said” I sold assets in 1984 but I learned from my mistake ,you did not!” Classic , It stopped any accusation that we also sold and it left Key looking more blank than usual. .

    • In Vino Veritas 10.1

      Interesting theory Pink. Key cannot have learned from “his” mistake, since he’s sold no assets. Goff, however, can magnanimously now claim to have “learned his mistake” of selling $9bn of assets because it gives him political capital today (when he so desperately needs it). If he was to be asked why it was a mistake and what he should have done differently, (and which former Labour ministers and friends he would hang out to dry) the answer would be interesting indeed.

  11. Lanthanide 11

    Probably a highlight for Key was his repeated “drunken sailor” comment that didn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    Now he’s followed it up:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5887533/Key-takes-campaign-break-for-Cup-bet

    Clever, or stupid? I suspect this will play to his base.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.1

      His base is stupid enough to admire him if the horse does come in second or third, but his base isn’t enough to get National over the line and to everyone else this makes him look like a bit of a prat – like the guy who keeps giggling at his own bad joke long after everyone else has moved on.

    • gobsmacked 11.2

      “Drunken sailor” is a case study in how Key’s PR machine works.

      Look for events that get non-political media coverage, making you accessible to the wider, apolitical audience. Recent examples just from the past week – rugby, Peter Jackson, Christchurch shopping mall, etc.

      So – Melbourne Cup, guaranteed PR there. Find a horse. Then prepare the ground by shoe-horning in references beforehand. So “Drunken Sailor” is already in the media, and you look “clever” or “witty” on race day, even though it was all a pre-planned strategy.

      “Drunken Sailor” is of course a nod to the Rena as well.

      The only problem is when the plan is a little too obvious – as this one appeared last night and today. It doesn’t tap into public sentiment about Goff. A horse called “Back To The Eighties” might have worked, but “Drunken Sailor” doesn’t.

      What grates is not that Key does this (he’s a pollie, and it’s a free hit), but that the media so rarely call him on it. Reporting one-liners prepared by his staff as “wit” really doesn’t cut it. Either the journalists are too stupid to see how it’s done, or they’re just fans with laptops.

      (incidentally, the fact that it’s so easy to do is why Labour’s performance has been so frustrating for three years. Goff needs better lines, but who’s been writing them?).

      • queenstfarmer 11.2.1

        Goff needs better lines

        Yes. Phil was good in the debate, and landed some good hits. My main critique of Phil in terms of style is that he comes across too agitated, or angry, at times. If he could finnese some of his hits into more memorable/amusing one liners (or perhaps tag that on to the end of a “negative” attack), he will indeed benefit.

        • Colonial Viper 11.2.1.1

          anger can be chanelled and used, my young paduan.

        • Puddleglum 11.2.1.2

          If he could finnese some of his hits into more memorable/amusing one liners (or perhaps tag that on to the end of a “negative” attack), he will indeed benefit.

          I think you’re right, qsf. The ideal is a one-liner that is truly spontaneous but captures the idea perfectly. Then, don’t repeat it – let others do that.

          Succinct metaphors, in particular, are good ways for people to both remember and then reconstruct your argument. In contrast to ‘buzz words’ and rehearsed lines (that all politicians use), a spontaneous one-liner can truly crystallise an idea or, if you’re lucky, an entire ‘zeitgeist’.

          But it has to come unbidden to work best. It then has the power of honesty and directness. 

  12. Jester 12

    I just love Phils honesty.

    Perhaps except for this… um…dynamic comment:

    [Leave family members out of it thanks. — r0b]

  13. Fortran 13

    I still enjoyed Shortland Street.

  14. Lanthanide 14

    Hard for me to skew this as a “debate highlight” but I’ll post it here as it’s likely to get more views.

    Blog by Vernon Small about the debate: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/blogs/campaign-2011/5888662/Instant-refereeing

    Claire Robertson has defended herself but I do think she was guilty of “refereeing only one side” in her comments on the night. Wallace Chapman (who asked the best lateral thinking question about what the leaders would protest on the street for), Fran O’Sullivan and Shane Taurima were on the money though. But the journalists get so little to do, with just one question each, they are more like wallpaper; pretty token.

    He links to this post by Claire: http://spinprofessor.tumblr.com/post/12178394225/twitter-at-its-worst-hearsay-and-rudeness

  15. erentz 15

    Heck yes to this: “please, could Wallace moderate the next debate? He does it every week on Backbenches with success”

    The one thing that I thought was a let down was failing to mention that CGT and the restoration of the R&D tax credits are important for getting our economy on track. R&D wasn’t mentioned once IIRC. I actually thought some of Paul Callaghan’s lines about the value of mining to the economy would’ve been useful during that part of the debate. Essentially that if we somehow extracted all of the viable extractable resources under conservation land in one big go, it’d only be enough to put our economy on equal footing with Australia for 1.5 years. Resource extraction is a minor distraction when it comes to getting our economy on track.

    • Lanthanide 15.1

      “Resource extraction is a minor distraction when it comes to getting our economy on track.”

      Actually that reminds me. Key said he was in favour of “sustainable mining”. Mining isn’t sustainable by definition – it’s an extractive industry.

      How to tell if something is sustainable or not: you can do it forever and ever and never stop doing it.

  16. One Anonymous Bloke 16

    Interviewer: “Do you think you did a better job of selling Labour’s policies than John Key did?”
    Phil Goff: “Well, Labour has policies.” Brilliant! Starts at 36s

  17. mike 17

    I thought Guyon Espiner was annoying. He kept cutting them off. I know he can’t just let them talk forever but I thought he didn’t let them, especially Goff, finish important points.

    One of the commentators, (Claire Robinson?), said that Key looked calm, relaxed, at ease. To me he looked like a naughty schoolboy who got caught out in a lie and is trying to look like he doesn’t give a shit anyway. He gave some nasty sneering looks to Goff a couple of times.

    Goff calls him a liar and Key responds with: “Hey, I didn’t call you a liar.” Clever stuff, turn it around and make your attacker look like the bad guy. (Accused rapist: “Now wait a minute, I’ve never accused anyone of being a rapist, and yet here I am accused.”) Sociopathic aggresive defence. Make the other guy look bad, claim the moral high ground, and dodge the issue completely.

    Espiner: “So is it ever ok to lie John?” Key: “Look, sometimes things get dinnamic…” Hilarious. Conclusion: John Key’s word is dogshit. “Oh I know I made that promise, and I was going to kept it I swear, but then things got all dinnamic.”

    A promise is a thing that you commit to doing no matter what. If you can’t commit to it then don’t promise. I’m not gonna pretend I can name a truth-telling saint of a politician, but John Key is just a con-man.

  18. Pete 18

    According to a Horizon poll (yes, I know – but it’s more scientific than a 75c texting poll) Goff won last night’s debate by 39.1% to 31.7% (29.2% say neither won).

    Tellingly, 14.4% of those who voted National in 2008 thought Goff won, while 9.8% who voted Labour thought Key won.

    These are only interim results, but they lend credence to the idea that Labour is making a contest of this election.

  19. randal 19

    john Keys betrays his origins when he uses words that he doesn’t really know the meaning of.
    and what sort of non sequitur is it when he says he respects the ofice of the leader of the opposition so therefore he is allowed to lie.
    that is no excuse for lying and the media should be pulling him up on it instead of letting it slide.
    oh I forgot.
    they cant really read or comprehend english either.

  20. Tanz 20

    Key was awful, smug, cold, complacent, even rolled his eyes and pulled faces. Yick. We are seeing his true colours coming through now. Even three years ago, when he was up against Helen, I cringed. Such a try-hard, wanna be, such a pretender. He’ll sell us all out for the sake of his own ego. Puffery maxed out.

    • In Vino Veritas 20.1

      Tanz, you must have been watching a different debate to the rest of NZ. Key was well in control of himself for damn near all of the debate. He didnt resort to waving arm, pointing and didnt lose control of his voice on any occasion. You may well have cringed when he was up against Clarke, since the reason he is PM now, is in part to the way he dismantled her in the pre election debates.

      • KJT 20.1.1

        He was in control of himself because he doesn’t really care.
        Though there was some times when the facade slipped.

  21. In Vino Veritas 21

    My highlight was Goff’s 100,000 have left for Australia. NZ is losing its best and brightest. I laughed out loud since, and I caveat this by admitting I don’t know the figures, I’d suggest that a good portion of the 100,000 are not the best and brightest, they are more likely the worst and dumbest.

    • pollywog 21.1

      I’d suggest that a good portion of the 100,000 are not the best and brightest, they are more likely the worst and dumbest.

      I’d suggest the worst and dumbest are still here and probably gonna vote the GREAT LIAR back into gov’t again.

      • In Vino Veritas 21.1.1

        Of course pollywog. You are saying the majority are always the stupidist. But then, Labour governed for nine years, no?

        • pollywog 21.1.1.1

          indeed…how fickle the sheeple are. Swayed by the merest smile and waving of a hand.

          • In Vino Veritas 21.1.1.1.1

            Here’s a Goff lie for you pollywog: “Labour will fight the election on policy, not personalities”. And all Labour have done is attack Key. Youch, one can’t trust that man Goff can one?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1.1.1.1.1

              Labour has attacked Brand Key’s behaviour, policies, and false statements, not his person.

              • pollywog

                And all Labour have done is attack Key.

                Are you sure that’s ALL they’ve done ?

                Seems you’ve caught the lying bug too, erego… i can’t trust anything you say either.

                moving right along…nothing to see here folks.

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  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    3 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    4 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    6 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    6 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    7 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    7 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago

  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    55 mins ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    4 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    5 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    3 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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