Definitely not the sewer

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The sewer

The sewer

This post by Scott Yorke over at Imperator Fish amused me. It is such an apt description of the differences between the two major political partisan blogs in New Zealand.

I like to visit The Standard now and then. There’s an occasional gem to be found there, although an angry hectoring tone largely dominates. The main theme is that the Nats are evil bastards who will eat our children if we let them. Contrast this with the most popular Right blog, Kiwiblog, where the evil bastards who will eat our children if we let them are the Left.

Being a dull moderate with no desire to save anyone from being eaten, I find the polemic style of argument tedious. But Kiwiblog also seems to be the domain of a number of seriously mentally ill people with real “issues”. It is my impression that those on the Left in this country don’t generally want to have their opponents killed. Whereas on Kiwiblog there are frequent calls for the death penalty, flogging, and other unpleasant punishments.

So, while I often shake my head at what I find, I don’t tend to leave The Standard’s website wanting to throw up.

The Standard’s site has been down a bit of late. it may be up again by the time you read this, and I hope it is. Where else am I going to steal my material from?

We are a partisan blog given to robust debate between people with differing viewpoints. That is what people come to read and comment on. This causes the growth in the site that gives us our growing pangs of outgrowing our hosts. But we definitely do not tolerate the ‘self-regulated’ (ie bullying) behavior of the Kiwiblog comments section. It is commonly known as the sewer for good reason.

Don’t worry Scott, I think that our recent outages are (crosses fingers) over. The new site requires more tuning to speed performance. It is set to being a bit conservative at present. However it will shortly resume full functionality for all of the readers. Umm that sounds a bit like the country during this NACT interregnum.

Feel free to garner intellectual property. But if you had to rely on us for your income, you’d be broke 😈 We don’t even have a copyright notice.

54 comments on “Definitely not the sewer ”

  1. Rex Widerstrom 1

    What sort of weak kneed lilly livered gutless commie baby eating bastard doesn’t want to hang someone with the temerity to disagree with from a lampost with piano wire, then dimember them and feast on their still-warm entrails by the light of a full moon? You got something against democracy, pal?

    It’s people like you who are the thin end of the wedge. Next thing you’ll be ordering Korean food from that nice place on Queen Street and thus giving comfort to Kim Jong Il. There’s just no depths to which the left won’t stoop, is there?

  2. George Darroch 2

    This is often a very hostile environment, and one that spends the great majority of its time in attacks against the National Party. It’s your blog to run as you want, but it shouldn’t surprise you when people see you in this way.

    • felix 2.1

      I believe lprent was pretty much in agreement with Scott’s analysis. Did I miss something?

    • lprent 2.2

      That is its purpose. As Felix says, I agree with Scott, but that is where we (well at least I do) want the site to be perceived in exactly that way.

      The Standard is a partisan blog site of the left. Of course it spends time having a good look at the NACT’s, criticising their performance and poking fun at them. Especially now that they are government. It does do some stuff on the left side of the spectrum, but that is generally just general criticism of strategies.

      What would you prefer that we did? Spend our time navel gazing? I get enough of that when I turn up at LEC’s, branch meetings, conferences, congresses,, and other party events. I’d hate to inflict that on people that didn’t want to see it.

  3. Tim Ellis 3

    Fair enough points LP, but I think that many of the posters here are far more extreme than DPF is from the other side. Zetetic, SP and Marty are hardly moderate in their postings. Eddie seems to be getting more extreme of late. Tane used to be quite reasonable, and din’t get personal. IrishBill can be quite cantankerous but he is honest with his opinions. Rocky is passionate about what she beleives in, but does seem to want actual debate rather than abuse. Dancer seems to me to be the most moderate posters here.

    But the tone of some fo the posters recently suggests that they are actively trying to incite flame wars in the comments thread, for reasons that I can’t quite understand.

    By comparison, the folk over at kiwipolitico manage to debate forcefully and constructively without getting abusive.

    • andy 3.1

      Tim you are attributing things to LP that he did not say, nowhere was the comment made that DPF was extreme and the standardistas were not. He admits partisanship!

      The post is about the content of the comments sections and the difference in comments style/tone between blogs. People get banned here for being rude, not for challenging the hosts as opposed to DPF. You or I would be banned quick smart here for threatening personal harm on a person or group as opposed to the regular bile from the sewer.

      Find any random thread at kiwiblog and the standard, compare and contrast the tone, give me examples!

      Be honest!

      See nice and polite, go see how sonic or mynameisjack is traeted at the bog!

      • Tim Ellis 3.1.1

        Andy, I don’t read the comments section at kb very often, but suffice to say I think mnij gets what he deserves. He’s a troll who seems to take perverse pleasure at winding people up.

        • andy 3.1.1.1

          Fair enough about MNIJ, but you have to admit genuine criticism is not treated so well there most times.

          I don’t read the comments section at kb very often

          Thats because you have a turbo RSS feeder set to the standard and the ability to post a reasonable argument within 5 mins of a new post being put up 🙂

    • lprent 3.2

      kiwipolitico is trying for a different type of commentator audience than we are here. Far more measured, more academic, and a whole lot quieter. The posts are often a whole lot longer than we’d do here and are often more researched and thoughtful.

      Here we have shorter punchier posts, expressing much stronger opinions of the poster, usually with links to other material if people want to carry on looking at the topic (and often followed up with links in the comments). It is a whole different style – a lot less academic, and therefore more readable to a larger audience. I’m pretty sure that Anita, Lew, Pablo, and Jafa would agree with that as the general distinction.

      In fact The Standard is in a similar style to kiwiblog from the other side of the left/right political divide – overall not too far from centre. We often get critics of our views from both sides, as does DPF. The main difference is that we do far less “indeed” posts, and the comments section is better managed.

      But hey there are a lot of us, and only one of DPF, what else can you expect. Anyway, the nett result is that the comments section here is raucous, noisy, informative, and entertaining as hell, even to the moderators who have to read it as duty rather than pleasure. The rules are largely set so we don’t have to read endless drivel I found when I started reading comments here in 2007.

      That is what the post was on, because I happened on Scotts post. It expressed almost exactly where I want the site to be.

      • Anita 3.2.1

        I totally agree with that distinction 🙂 They are two very different blogs with two very different styles and different audiences and atmospheres to match.

        I have (very short) moments of wishing one was more like the other, but mostly I just enjoy the different perspectives.

    • Eddie 3.3

      Tane used to say that blog debates should be like a bar fight – you go in hard, you fight with your allies and for what you believe, and you don’t give an inch on your principles.

      Hell, I remember him calling Talley’s corporate scum http://www.thestandard.org.nz/talleys-corporate-scum/ and putting up the youtube of Malcolm X talking about house negroes. http://www.thestandard.org.nz/x-rated/

      He will be gutted if he’s reading that you’re labeling him the nice moderate one. 🙂

      Guess we all tend to put on rose-tinted glasses remembering the past.

      Of the current batch, I see Marty as very sincere and Zet, well Zet’s got an agenda and that’s to challenge the fundamentals of the right’s worldview and Zet thinks the way to do it is to show your heroes’ flaws. They’re both improving as blog writers very nicely, as is The Sprout whose piece on the weekend was the best we’ve had in some time.

  4. Ag 4

    If you want to know why The Standard is as it is and Kiwiblog is as it is, the following ebook explains it pretty well, especially the flogging stuff.

    http://members.shaw.ca/jeanaltemeyer/drbob/TheAuthoritarians.pdf

    Weirdly enough, if this were the sixties, the left blog comment sections would be more like Kiwiblog’s. How times change.

    • lprent 4.1

      Good book. I scanned through it on the bus yesterday to about page 80. If the jam on the bridge doesn’t clear up soon, then I’ll finish it tonight. (nice iphone..)

      Reminds me of some personalities that I have known…..

  5. Yep, fair cop.

    The comments section at KB can undoubtedly be gruesome although not all the time.

    There is more of a willingness to discussion things here and more of an attempt to rationalise points of view. As TE notes, that isn’t universal and without wishing to sound pompous, some of the newer posters are more hat than cattle.

    I also think this site has gone through a natural progression from defending a government to attacking one. Perhaps that’s what TE was referring to.

    LP deserves enormous credit – I think he’s got a clear vision of what we wants to achieve, is passionate about his views, and puts in a huge amount of work to make it happen. (That also describes DPF :))

    Ah well, I spose I better get back to being negative and critical according to some of my critics.

    • lprent 5.1

      Use the Archives and look back at 2007 and early 2008. Be prepared to wince as you look at the early posts by some of our ”older’ posters. They got better the more that they wrote.

      However don’t look at my posts….

      • Anita 5.1.1

        You fuxed the archives  thanks!!!! 🙂

        • lprent 5.1.1.1

          Yep. Now if the bloody elections, by-elections, hosting hassles, moving house, etc etc would just stop for a few weeks……

      • Daveski 5.1.2

        Fair point. Now, does the same apply to my comments??

        • lprent 5.1.2.1

          …some of the newer posters are more hat than cattle.

          They always improve.. Mind you I think most of the ones you mention are pretty good in writing style. They surely get their points across. It is the opinions and attitude that you object to

  6. mike 6

    ‘Dull moderate’ my arse. Scott Yorke is as neutral as me

  7. infused 7

    This place is pretty good, if you skip Zetetics posts.

  8. Some of the most sick, hateful comments I have ever heard in my life were from people on the left after 9/11.

    The fact that people were rightly giving sympathy to the states, drove them nuts.

    It was vile.

    What kind of pathetic person would step on flowers left to the victims of 9/11 and replace it with anti American slogans.

    • Zetetic 8.1

      Agreed. All that ‘nuke the sand-n#iggers’ stuff was disgusting. Oh, wait.

  9. Ah The Standard is just lucky that Idiot/Savant doesn’t allow comments 😉

    Just kidding, yeah the comments section here is certainly a huge step up from the sewer. I think some kudos for that has to go to those on the right who hang around here and make intelligent points in opposition to what the majority say – like The Baron & Gingercrush.

    • lprent 9.1

      I’d agree. But it is a big ask for a single person to monitor a active comments section. I/S would tend to attract the most obnoxious comments.

      I suspect that he (unlike me and Irish and (sob) Tane), probably didn’t make a habit of jumping on trolls from a great height and then have a close inspection of the resulting goop to see how this attack compared to the last one. I/S is very rational and would probably moderate on that basis. I just like looking at the mess. Mind you I like MMOG FPS’s as well, but moderating has more gore.

      • jarbury 9.1.1

        I think he used to allow comments, must have got a bit much though. I think my point was that if he did allow comments he’d probably be quite the competition for The Standard 😉

        I wonder what Red Alert’s readership is like.

  10. Dean 10

    lprent, I think your blinkers are showing again. The post you’re quoting has a good point – Kiwiblog comments are crazy 8 bonkers, with that I can agree. But this site has it’s own fair share too, and as I recall you’re more than willing to make excuses for them.

    After all, who could forget such thestandard.org.nz gems as:

    Jasper on the January 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm saying:

    “Irish Bill

    I commented on a previous post that Key was waiting to see what Obama does.

    Key is taking “where america leads, we follow’ rhetoric a bit too far.

    Fucking useless gobshite. Someone needs to push him down some more stairs.”

    Or BLip on Monday 9th of Febuary, 2009 saying:

    “Greatest Living New Zealander? Douglas should be strung up at No 1 The Terrace and his rotting corpse hanged in the foyer as a reminder to those trolls who inhabit that evil place of what becomes of those who seek to make the rich richer and poor poorer. Then there will be justice.’

    These are just two examples I bothered to save. I’m sure there are many more.

    In summing up: Pot? This is Kettle. Black.

    • poptart 10.1

      “bothered to save” ?

      weird behaviour dude.

      • Dean 10.1.1

        poptart, I understand that it’s unfortunate that commenters on this site have been vile with their writing, but if all you can say about the matter is to ignore what they’ve said and instead concentrate on me having saved it then I’m afraid you’ve proved my point.

        Cheers, r0b. You are the very bastion of reasoned, intelligent debate too.

    • r0b 10.2

      Dean loves his pot kettle black line, and giving lessons in morality to those who need them less than him.

    • felix 10.3

      He’s a weird guy.

      • r0b 10.3.1

        Truly. Next time he tries “pot kettle black” I might try “mote eye beam”

      • Dean 10.3.2

        Not a single comment to make on what I quoted?

        What a suprise!

        Perhaps you’d be better off pretending the “left” are all really, really nice people who don’t wish harm upon anyone.

        • r0b 10.3.2.1

          What sort of comment would you like Dean? After about 100,000 comments here you’ve found a couple that are similar in tone to Kiwiblog? Well good for you big fellah. Have a biscuit.

          • Dean 10.3.2.1.1

            “What sort of comment would you like Dean? After about 100,000 comments here you’ve found a couple that are similar in tone to Kiwiblog? Well good for you big fellah. Have a biscuit.”

            Quite. Let’s just not mention Zetetic. But please, continue to pretend youre in solidarity in a class war with your fellow downtrodden warriors r0b. It’s highly amusing.

            kiwiblog is worse than here, am i right?

            “Attempt to wrap your limited inteellect around the concepts.”

            Oh, LP. Always so ready to be reasonable, except when you take offence. Perhaps Helen will invent a time machine and not gut all the up and coming talent out of the Labour party the next time around.

            Perhaps she won’t even force through the foreshore and seabed bill! Wouldn’t that be something?

        • felix 10.3.2.2

          “Hard, Kick, Pricks” may also be appropriate…

        • lprent 10.3.2.3

          I didn’t say that people have to be nice here. They just have to conform to what we consider is a reasonable standard of behaviour. Read the policy. Attempt to wrap your limited inteellect around the concepts.

          In neither case you quoted were any other participants in the comments affected. Nor were any of the posters. Nor did either comment attempt to threadjack, link whore, or do anything else that I would get annoyed by.

          So what are you waffling about? Two people letting off steam in a way that upset your sensitive wee soul? Sounds to me as if you are becoming too enamoured of your own delusions about how ‘lefties’ are meant to act. That it doesn’t comform to reality is your problem, not ours…

          I can’t be bothered being nice, and this really isn’t a good place to be if you cannot stand up for yourself.

          • Dean 10.3.2.3.1

            “So what are you waffling about? Two people letting off steam in a way that upset your sensitive wee soul? Sounds to me as if you are becoming too enamoured of your own delusions about how ‘lefties’ are meant to act. That it doesn’t comform to reality is your problem, not ours ”

            Actually LP, I believe you’ve become far too enamoured of your own delusions about how the so called right wing are meant to act.

            “It is commonly known as the sewer for good reason.” you said, talking about Kiwiblog, which is fair enough. Do you realise this site has been called an echo chamber for entirely the same reason?

            Tell me again how outraged you were about people letting off steam about matters to do with Clark and her sexuality? (r0b, please vent on this. I find it highly amusing given your defence of the next point.)

            Tell me again how outraged you were about Labour talking about Brash and his affair in parliament?

            Actually, tell me about Labour attacking Nick Smith for his mental problems? I’ve seen diehard Labour scumbags try and make excuses for that last one, but I’d hope that you’re not willing to do so as soon as it’s convenient.

            Feel free to take the moral high ground on this matter as much as you like, LP, but for you to accuse anyone of being sensitive is about as interesting as Labour voting to repeal the EFA. You do rememeber the EFA, don’t you? That piece of legislation you so valiantly defended? Let’s just not get into the absolute arse you made of yourself over the efforts of various people to protest against the glorious people’s copyright act.

            • lprent 10.3.2.3.1.1

              Both Helen and Peter are a personal friends of mine. I’ve known them for about 20 years. The rumours from the Christian right (where a lot of it comes from) and the political enemies simply aren’t true.

              I grew up in Mt Albert, and I was there during the 1981 election – even doing work for National for family reasons. As far as I can tell the rumour about Helen was started by National activists in that election for electoral reasons – it was thought to be a winnable seat by national on the retirement of Freer. I heard those rumours in 1981 as a kind of a nudge-nudge, wouldn’t it be great if it was true.

              Wishart and all of the other prurient arseholes like you are simply lying about Helens sexual preferences. Your motivations are pure envy as far as I can tell. You simply don’t like women to be successful. A case of clitoris envy?

              Brash – well I wasn’t on the blogs at that point – it was 2006? However I’d point out that I don’t like lynch mobs. I don’t care if it is Peters of Brash.

              Smith. Well have a look around the site. Those get suppressed here pretty promptly.

              Now look at the sewer about Helen and Peter. That is why I call it the sewer.

              BTW: Idiot, I still defend the EFA. The legislation that the NACT’s come back with is likely to have a lot of the same types of provisions in it. The changes to electoral law in 1993 were inadequate looking back after 15 years or so.

  11. burt 11

    After the election National have been cleaning up the sewer, shooting rats to feed to Labour. Another one down the hatch today….

  12. I do miss Robinsod though…

  13. The point I was trying to make on my site was that, while some of the opinion on this Standard is extreme, there generally isn’t the same level of nasty racist/misogynist/homophobic frothing as that you’ll often find in the comments section of Kiwiblog.

    I don’t necessarily believe Farrar agrees with much of what his regulars say, but his moderation policy (or lack of one) enables those people.

    I’m happy for the Standard to continue to expose the baby-eating Nats. I may not always agree with you guys, but at least I don’t leave this site feeling sick.

    • Maynard J 13.1

      Can you pass that onto Dean? He has saved two (2) comments and is convinced that the sites are just as bad as each other.

  14. craig 14

    The largest difference between Kiwiblog and The Standard in that DPF doesn’t really moderate comments.

    In terms of blog posts however I’d say The Standard is more extreme than Kiwiblog – it’s probably somewhere between Kiwiblog and Whaleoil (except obviously on the left).

  15. Craig, you said: “In terms of blog posts however I’d say The Standard is more extreme than Kiwiblog it’s probably somewhere between Kiwiblog and Whaleoil (except obviously on the left).”

    I partly agree. It’s not Farrar’s posts that get to me. It the rabid nasty comments that often follow.

    But comparing anyone to Whaleoil? No way – that’s guys out on his own.

  16. jarbury 16

    Farrar seems to be getting more right-wing lately though. Some posts have seen him promote a flat tax rate, be sympathetic to a military coup and promote the views of a very hardcore right-wing US lobbyist.

    Seems like he’s been hanging out with the neocons in Washington DC a bit much.

  17. StephenR 17

    I think he’s been ‘a flat tax kind of guy’ for ages, or really an ‘ACT guy in National’ for no reasons I can really understand.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Cancer
    Turn awayIf you could, get me a drinkOf water 'cause my lips are chapped and fadedCall my Aunt MarieHelp her gather all my thingsAnd bury me in all my favourite coloursMy sisters and my brothers, stillI will not kiss you'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving youI remember the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why we shouldn’t buy new planes for the PM
    Its not often that one has to agree with Judith Collins, but yes, it would indeed cost “hundreds of millions of dollars” (at least) to buy replacement aircraft to fly the Prime Minister on his overseas missions of diplomacy and trade. And yes, the public might well regard that spending ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Stadium Debate – What About the Transport Options?
    A few weeks ago, Auckland Council took another step in the long-running stadium saga, narrowing its shortlist down to two options for which they will now seek feasibility studies. The recommendation to move forward with a feasibility study was carried twenty to one by the council’s Governing Body for the ...
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s mid-winter pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 20
    Social Development Minister Louise Upston has defended the Government’s decision to save money by dumping a programme which tops up the pay of disabled workers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: It has emerged the National-ACT-NZ First Government decided to cut wages for disabled workers from the minimum wage to $2 an hour ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Where the power really resides in Wellington
    The new Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) yesterday gave a Select Committee a brutally frank outline of the department’s role as the agency right at the centre of power in Wellington. Ben King, formerly a deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Climate Adam: Why we're still losing the fight against Methane
    This video includes conclusions of the creator climate scientist Dr. Adam Levy. It is presented to our readers as an informed perspective. Please see video description for references (if any). Carbon dioxide is the main culprit behind climate change. But in second place is methane: a greenhouse gas stronger than CO2, ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: More ETS failure
    A few weeks ago, I blogged about the (then) upcoming ETS auction, raising the prospect of it failing, leaving the government with a messy budget hole. The auction was today, and indeed, it failed. In fact, it was such a failure that no-one even bothered to bid. Its easy to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Return of Jacinda.
    Oh, take me, take me, take meTo the dreamer's ballI'll be right on time and I'll dress so fineYou're gonna love me when you see meI won't have to worryTake me, take mePromise not to wake me'Til it's morningIt's all been trueEarly morning yesterday, well before dawn, doom-scrolling.Not intentionally, that’s ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How good is the interim NW busway?
    This is a guest post by Pshem Kowalczyk, a long-time follower of the blog. With great fanfare, just over six months ago (on 12 November 2023), AT launched its interim busway for the NorthWest region, with the new WX express service at the heart of the changes. I live ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Consumer confidence collapses after Budget, in contrast with rest of world
    The first widespread survey of consumers and voters since the Budget on May 30 shows a collapse in confidence. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The belt-tightening and tax-cutting Budget delivered on May 30 has not delivered the boost to confidence in the economy the National-ACT-NZ First Government might have ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The end for the Air Force 757s
    The Air Force 757 that broke down with the Prime Minister on board in Port Moresby on Sunday is considered so unreliable that it carries a substantial stock of spare parts when it travels overseas. And the plane also carries an Air Force maintenance team on board ready to make ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • At a glance – Was 1934 the hottest year on record?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    7 days ago
  • It's not New Zealand they've never heard of, it's him
    Sometimes you’ll just be so dog-tired, you can only keep yourself awake with a short stab of self-inflicted pain.A quick bite of the lip, for instance.Maybe a slight bite on the tongue or a dig of the nails.But what if you’re needing something a bit more painful?The solution is as ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” II
    Last month I blogged about the Ministry of Justice's Open Government Partnership commitment to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation", and how their existing efforts did not give much reason for confidence. As part of that, I mentioned that I had asked the Ministry for its ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why the Biden “peace plan” for Gaza is doomed
    After months and months of blocking every attempt by the UN and everyone else to achieve a Gaza ceasefire, US President Joe Biden is now marketing his own three-stage “peace plan” to end the conflict. Like every other contribution by the US since October 7, the Biden initiative is hobbled ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    7 days ago
  • Raised crossings: hearing the voice of vulnerable pedestrians
    This is a guest post by Vivian Naylor, who is the Barrier Free Advisor and Educator at CCS Disability Action, Northern Region, the largest disability support and advocacy organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. She also advises on AT’s Public Transport and Capital Projects Accessibility Groups. Vivian has been advocating and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    7 days ago
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane
    So kiss me and smile for meTell me that you'll wait for meHold me like you'll never let me go'Cause I'm leavin' on a jet planeDon't know when I'll be back againOh babe, I hate to go“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Tuesday, June 18
    The election promises of ‘better economic management’ are now ringing hollow, as NZ appears to be falling into a deeper recession, while other economies are turning the corner. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The economy and the housing market are slumping back into a deep recession this winter, contrasting ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Scrutiny week off to rocky start
    Parliament’s new “Scrutiny” process, which is supposed to allow Select Committees to interrogate Ministers and officials in much more depth, has got off to a rocky start. Yesterday was the first day of “Scrutiny Week” which is supposed to see the Government grilled on how it spends taxpayers’ money and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • The choice could not be more stark’: How Trump and Biden compare on climate change
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Barbara Grady Illustration by Samantha Harrington. Photo credits: Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, European Space Agency. In an empty wind-swept field in Richmond, California, next to the county landfill, a company called RavenSr has plotted out land and won ...
    1 week ago
  • Differentiating between democracy and republic
    Although NZ readers may not be that interested in the subject and in lieu of US Fathers Day missives (not celebrated in NZ), I thought I would lay out some brief thoughts on a political subject being debated in the … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's mid-winter pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 17
    TL;DR: Chris Bishop talks up the use of value capture, congestion charging, PPPs, water meters, tolling and rebating GST on building materials to councils to ramp up infrastructure investment in the absence of the Government simply borrowing more to provide the capital.Meanwhile, Christopher Luxon wants to double the number of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • You do have the power to change things
    When I was invited to come aboard and help with Greater Auckland a few months ago (thanks to Patrick!), it was suggested it might be a good idea to write some sort of autobiographical post by way of an introduction. This post isn’t quite that – although I’m sure I’lll ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Turning Away – Who Cares If We Don't?
    On the turning awayFrom the pale and downtroddenAnd the words they say which we won't understandDon't accept that, what's happeningIs just a case of other's sufferingOr you'll find that you're joining inThe turning awayToday’s guest kōrero is from Author Catherine Lea. So without further ado, over to Catherine…I’m so honoured ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Dissecting Tickled
    Hi,Tickled was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me (and I feel like a lot of crazy things have happened to me).So ahead of the Webworm popup and Tickled screening in New Zealand on July 13, I thought I’d write about how we made that film and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand Webworm Popup + Tickled!
    Hi,I’m doing a Webworm merch popup followed by a Tickled screening in Auckland, New Zealand on July 13th — and I’d love you to come. I got the urge to do this while writing this Webworm piece breaking down how we made Tickled, and talking to all the people who ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • What China wants from NZ business
    One simple statistic said it all: China Premier Li Qiang asked Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell what percentage of the company’s overall sales were made in China. “Thirty per cent,” said Hurrell. In other words, New Zealand’s largest company is more or less dependent on the Chinese market. But Hurrell is ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Review: The Worm Ouroboros, by E.R. Eddison (1922)
    One occasionally runs into the question of what J.R.R. Tolkien would have thought of George R.R. Martin. For years, I had a go-to online answer: we could use a stand-in. Tolkien’s thoughts on E.R. Eddison – that he appreciated the invented world, but thought the invented names were silly, and ...
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24
    A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 9, 2024 thru Sat, June 15, 2024. Story of the week A glance at this week's inventory of what experts tell us is extreme weather mayhem juiced by ...
    1 week ago
  • Sunday Morning Chat
    After a busy week it’s a good day to relax. Clear blues skies here in Tamaki Makaurau, very peaceful but for my dogs sleeping heavily. In the absence of a full newsletter I thought I’d send out a brief update and share a couple of posts that popped up in ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Book of Henry
    Now in the land of Angus beef and the mighty ABsWhere the steaks were juicy and the rivers did run foulIt would often be said,This meal is terrible,andNo, for real this is legit the worst thing I've ever eatenBut this was an thing said only to others at the table,not ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is ocean acidification from human activities enough to impact marine ecosystems?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by Sue Bin Park in collaboration with members from the Skeptical Science team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is ocean acidification from human ...
    1 week ago
  • Happiness is a Warm Gun
    She's not a girl who misses muchDo do do do do do, oh yeahShe's well-acquainted with the touch of the velvet handLike a lizard on a window paneI wouldn’t associate ACT with warmth, other than a certain fabled, notoriously hot, destination where surely they’re heading and many would like them ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    2 weeks ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 weeks ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 weeks ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that new day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 weeks ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    2 weeks ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Transformative investment in cancer treatments and more new medicines
    The coalition Government is delivering up to 26 cancer treatments as part of an overall package of up to 54 more new medicines, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti and Associate Health Minister David Seymour announced today. “Pharmac estimates that around 175,000 people will benefit from the additional treatments in just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • More support for drought-affected communities
    The coalition Government is providing more financial support to drought-stricken farmers and growers in many parts of the country to help with essential living costs. “Rural Assistance Payments have been made available in 38 districts affected by dry conditions to help eligible farmers and growers whose income has taken a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • Job seekers to report on progress after six months from today
    A new requirement for people on Jobseeker Support benefits to meet with MSD after six months to assess how their job search is going gets underway today. About 20,000 Jobseeker beneficiaries with full-time work obligations are expected to attend MSD’s new ‘Work check-in’ seminars over the next 12 months, Social ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • New cops means more Police on the beat
    The decision to deploy more Police on the beat in Auckland CBD has been welcomed by Police Minister Mark Mitchell and Associate Police Minister Casey Costello. Starting from 1 July, an additional 21 police officers will be redeployed in Auckland City, bringing the total number of beat police in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes action to address youth crime
    The Government is introducing a new declaration for young offenders to ensure they face tougher consequences and are better supported to turn their lives around, Children’s Minister Karen Chhour announced today. The establishment of a Young Serious Offender declaration delivers on a coalition Government commitment and supports the Government’s target ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Reserve Bank chair reappointed
    Professor Neil Quigley has been reappointed as Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Board for a further term of two years, until 30 June 2026.  “Professor Quigley has played a key role in establishing the new Board after the commencement of the new RBNZ Act on 1 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 ...
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    2 weeks 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 ...
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