Dirty politics past and present

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 63 comments
Categories: David Farrar, Dirty Politics, dpf, same old national, spin - Tags: , , , ,

Recent cataclysmic events, both political and geological, mean a few interesting stories have slipped under the radar. Here’s two of them.

National’s surviving dirty politics blogger chose the (NZ) day of the US election to slip out this little beauty – Trying to rehash Dirty Politics

The DIA e-mailed me this week to say that they are releasing the data below, sought by Nicky Hagar since February 2015, showing calls and texts from Jason Ede to me between January to August 2011 when Jason worked for Ministerial Services.

A table is included.

So eliminating the one minute ones which would be no answer/voicemails, this shows 13 phone calls over eight months, which is around one phone call every 19 days.

Oh yeah there were also six text messages over eight months. This will of course be breathlessly reported by Hager as proof of, well something, and repeated uncritically by some in the media.

DPF sounds a little upset – it’s just metadata – surely if he has nothing to hide he has nothing to fear? Or is it perhaps the case the metadata isn’t so harmless after all? And he tries to spin this as a non-event, but it does show regular contact with Dirty Politics HQ. Presumably most of the discussion was via email, which is not covered by this data.

For a second story, National is still up to its old tricks, trying to subvert the media –

I think we all owe it to ourselves to go and read the piece – which was not changed – that Paula Bennett didn’t want us to see – Depressed Wellington man’s impossible search for a suitable home

63 comments on “Dirty politics past and present ”

  1. ianmac 1

    There is a defensive tone to Farrar’s response. Of course a text message could include a chunk of dirt.

    • Muttonbird 1.1

      Also this was DIA’ed calls from Ede to Farrar and one must assume the same number of calls went the other way, if not a lot more since Farrar was subservient in the relationship.

  2. Barfly 2

    That’s phone calls ,,what about VOIP calls

  3. Sacha 3

    Poor little Davey never really grasped the legal concept of ‘public interest’.

  4. James Thrace 4

    A lot can be said in a one minute call.

    • Bearded Git 4.1

      @JT My thoughts exactly, in 55 seconds you can say a lot-certainly not all of these can be discounted.

  5. Wayne 5

    How is it Dirty Politics that David Farrar spoke to Jason Eade? David is a senior well connected National Party member. I would have expected him to talk to Jason Eade from time to time.

    Presumably senior Labour people or senior Green people talk to their Leader’s offices from time to time.

    • b waghorn 5.1

      when is jason eade going to come out of hiding and clear up his side of the story

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.2

      Well, we already know about the Dirty Politics machine in the Prime Minister’s office. This latest is just another piece in a rather large jigsaw.

      Exhibit some personal responsibility for a change. Has no-one ever advised you to “front-foot” a problem? These mealy-mouthed denial lines just make you look shabby, Wayne.

    • RJL 5.3

      @Wayne

      Depends on what was said and what was done as a consequence of those conversations, of course.

      DPF’s crappy blog and its apparent role as an outlet of National spin and disinformation speaks for itself.

    • Chris 5.4

      Yeah, just business as usual for your lot. Nothing to see here, eh?

    • dukeofurl 5.5

      Edes job was to ghost write draft articles and photoshop pictures for both Farrar and more so Slater for their blogs.
      All while on the taxpayers dollar.
      Essentially he was doing national party business rather the countries

    • Bearded Git 5.6

      Where is Jason Ede?

    • lprent 5.7

      Presumably senior Labour people or senior Green people talk to their Leader’s offices from time to time.

      FFS Wayne. That is a really dumbarse diversion. This wasn’t to the leaders office, it was to one particular person inside the leaders office.

      It was by a person who may have talked to other people in the leaders office frequently because of the nature of his business. Pimping for the National party as their pollster.

      However this was the person responsible for dealing with social media, and their dirty tricks via social media.

      So that kind of leaves just social media and dirty tricks for David Farrar in his role of a ‘independent’ blogger.

      It seems like pretty frequent contact to me.

      I sysop the largest labour movement blog. But I would talk to any one person using phone or text or even email in any party or leaders office a maximum of 4 times a year (and usually about 2). Most of that was usually to organise access to meetings and press standups. I don’t think that many authors here would even do that.

      I do tend to have more contact with individual MPs. That is usually when we’re organising guest posts for them.

      By my standards David Farrar would be damn near have been a close personal friend of Jason Ede. It doesn’t speak well of DPF’s ‘independence’. More like he is a dependent – which what I suspect is in fact the case.

      • stunned mullet 5.7.1

        “But I would talk to any one person using phone or text or even email in any party or leaders office a maximum of 4 times a year (and usually about 2). ”

        Isn’t that due to the fact that most people think you’re an odious (and perhaps lovely odiferous) oik and it’s their preference to avoid you like the plague ?

        • lprent 5.7.1.1

          Possibly. It helps with getting time to work on work AND doing a time consuming part time activity.

          But I notice that you avoided the point of my comment. Do you have YOUR head as far up John Keys arse as Farrar and Slater?

          Please tell us what it smells like…

          • stunned mullet 5.7.1.1.1

            I see you have moved on from your penis fixation to a bumhole curiosity.

            I have no interest in the stench or otherwise of Key’s poos !

          • UncookedSelachimorpha 5.7.1.1.2

            Like roses, apparently.

      • Sam C 5.7.2

        The fact that you sysop the largest labour movement blog and yet have such limited contact with party and leaders’ offices is a harbinger of why the left have been in opposition for the past 8 years and will continue to be so until at least 2020.

        You just aren’t organised. It really is men against boys. Or is that women against girls? Or transgenders against….?

      • Gosman 5.7.3

        David Farrar has stated he communicates with people from the Labour party on a similar basis. I have met him and his interactions while out and about are wide and varied. I think some e such as yourself based outside Wellington won’t understand that.

    • Butter wouldn’t melt here.
      Where?
      In Wayne’s gob.

  6. Chuck 6

    Its a bit early to start making excuse’s for Labour and the Greens losing the 2017 election!

  7. Nessalt 7

    Phil twyford losing it Andrea Vance because she didn’t run the story as he had shopped to her in their one-to-one meeting.

    • ropata 7.1

      Vance used the centrepiece of the Labour conference to attack Labour on an irrelevant (and ultimately incorrect) point of instead of honestly reporting what Labour policy actually is

      • Nessalt 7.1.1

        Phil Twyford shopped a story to a supposedly friendly journo, then got all stroppy with her when she didn’t run it a shopped and miraculously labour supportive commenters on blogs and social media attacked said supposedly friendly Journo. Attacked for being a journalist and asking the (ultimately correct) questions necessary to be a journalist and not a MSM corporate shill.

        Apart from the order of operations, that’s pretty much DP to a T

        Just making sure it was included in the list!!

        • ropata 7.1.1.1

          Dirty Politics is all about smearing your opponents, where did Labour do that? Oh it was actually Vance smearing Labour again.

          I think what annoyed Twyford was the fact that Vance went off on a tangent unrelated to the jobs policy Labour actually announced. She turned a news item into a hit piece on Labour with her nasty editorialising.

  8. North 8

    Freudian slip there Chuck. And pearl-clutchy indignation from Wayne……..story is that no one even commenced a suit much less successfully sued Hager. No one either wrote a heavily documented book about DP on the Left.

  9. billmurray 9

    NATWATCH,
    can’t get the slightest excited by your post, all politics are dirty.

    Are the Labour and Green parties politicians and advisers all angelic and pure?.

    You need to get real.

    • McFlock 9.1

      Not one to criticise what other people get excited about, I merely suggest that if TS no longer does it for you perhaps you might consider frequenting pornhub instead?

      • billmurray 9.1.1

        Mcflock,
        My post was a fact.
        You need to grow up and post intelligent comment to posts.
        I know that you are capable.

        pornhub? LOL you seem to know all about them.

        [“My post was a fact.” No, it wasn’t. It was an opinion. One that many people here disagree with but probably can’t be bothered rehashing for the zillionth time since Nicky Hager reported what DP is in NZ. Now, you’ve had some fun for a few days. I suggest a couple of things. One is read the About and the Policy, esp the bits about backing up statements, and not wasting moderator time. The other is have a think about whether you really want to wind people up here. We’ve just had a long period of aggravation and I doubt that letting someone come along and start flame wars is the most likely next evolution of The Standard – weka]

        [lprent: Personally I think he is simply too stupid to understand. But I guess we’ll try the gentle approach for a few more comments to see if the idiot can figure out that we don’t like astroturfing trolls. ]

        • billmurray 9.1.1.1

          weka,
          are you seriously saying that dirty politics is not practised by all political parties?.
          I am not trying to wind people up.
          I sincerely put my viewpoints.
          I also get upset when I am told to visit a pornhub or as previously has happened called nasty names. What for?.
          I know nothing of previous aggravation.
          I understand that this site is “left” in politics, when I was a active member in the Papakura LEC we had much healthy polemic but did not threaten or suggest leaving the LEC as a answer.
          Surely the answer is reasonable and intelligent debate without the name calling.

          • weka 9.1.1.1.1

            Myself, I always like to take the time to get to know how a new place works, what the people are like etc. I’m suggesting that you have a think about how this place works and how you can fit in. It’s not a free-for all, and as I said, some of us are enjoying the respite from aggro. And seriously, read the Policy and About.

            “are you seriously saying that dirty politics is not practised by all political parties”

            Yes, I am. DIrty politics has a specific meaning. It’s not just about politicians being liars and ratbags. It’s a range of tactics and behaviours that are specific (in NZ) to National. Hager literally wrote the book on this stuff. It’s worth getting a copy if you are going to debate the issue here.

            As b says below, how about you put up some examples. I wouldn’t even bother about Labour, just start with the Greens and give us 3 examples of where they have practiced dirty politics a la Hager’s book. Bet you can’t.

            • billmurray 9.1.1.1.1.1

              I have read Hager book and found it to be, in my opinion, mostly his opinion.
              Of course I can’t give three example’s as le Hager’s book, nor did I say that I or anybody could prove conclusively of dirty tricks.
              Dirty tricks were Hagers words, IMO secret tricks would have been a more apt choice of words.
              Hager,s book was put together by what was allegded stolen emails.
              It is not my bible on dirty or any politics, nor will it be.

              When John Key did a dirty political deal with John Banks in the Epsom seat, Labour screamed blue heaven dirty politics, Labour and the Greens are now doing the same thing in Mt Roskill.
              I am not being critical of that fact, though I restate that all politics is dirty politics.

              [lprent: FFS – Banned for 4 weeks for

              1. what appears to be a deliberate diversion on a post topic.
              2. Making assertions without offering any proof. Exactly where did Hagar allege that the Epsom National/Act electoral deal was ‘dirty politics’. Quite simply I think you just made that up. Dirty Politics was about the arseholes of the local blogosphere and their handlers in the National party.
              3. Not reading the about and the policy.
              4. arguing with a moderator

              I think that this one just needs a double up on each subsequent ban. Reads like a classic stupid troll. ]

              • In Vino

                Thank you Weka and lprent. I struggle to understand your treatment of CV, but you are doing all the work and have greater background knowledge.
                My concern was that the more destructive trolls were getting off scot-free by being matey and polite… You have restored some confidence.

              • Muttonbird

                Bye, billmurray. I called it yesterday, and you obliged today. Like a lemming off a cliff.

                You didn’t tell me who you were though…

    • b waghorn 9.2

      they all do it Ha! i’m all ears show me labours and the greens links to shitty attack bloggers or fuck off.

      • Chuck 9.2.1

        All political parties use the media to get into the public arena articles that may embarrass there opponents.

        They use a “friendly reporter” to provide a Chinese’s wall between the story and the source, if required. Or it’s breaking news…etc. Its been going on for a long time.

        Bloggers are increasing becoming the new MSM.

        At the end of the day the majority of the public don’t care about “dirty politics” they know all political parties partake. They just need to watch one news for 30 second news bites of MP’s (of all parties) argue like kids in parliament, accusing each other of all sorts of things.

        I know the activist left can’t understand why Hagers book did not result in a landslide election victory, and properly never will.

        [lprent: “Bloggers are increasing becoming the new MSM.”

        Apart from one incident back in 2008 on this site that was dealt with at the time, do you have proof that this happens on this blog or for that matter with any left blog in NZ?

        As far as I am concerned you just impugned me with an assertion of fact without offering proof and any evidence. Banned for 4 weeks. And if you can point to anything, then you could try email. However if you don’t present evidence to back your assertion, I’dd just keep doubling the ban.

        I suggest that you read the policy – try searching for self-martyrdom. ]

        • b waghorn 9.2.1.1

          as i said to to your mate bmurray show me the proof. the whole meme that they all do it is part of the nats filthy tactics.

        • UncookedSelachimorpha 9.2.1.2

          “I know the activist left can’t understand why Hagers book did not result in a landslide election victory, and properly never will.”

          No one is arguing that dirty politics isn’t effective. Doesn’t make it right.

        • weka 9.2.1.3

          “I know the activist left can’t understand why Hagers book did not result in a landslide election victory, and properly never will”

          Oh, fuck off. The activist left don’t think all the same and there are plenty of leftwing activists who understand perfectly well the dynamics of the last election, including how the DP book fits into that. And of course, no-one was suggesting a landslide election off the back of the book anyway, so well done on the troll lines and thank-you Lynn.

    • Bearded Git 9.3

      @ billmurray The idea that all political parties are dirty is the kind of crap that you and your Crosby-Textor mates like to peddle. But it is rubbish.

      The Greens, Labour and even Winston (at times) hold principled positions on issues and do not tell lies, unlike Key and his awful acolytes who now have an 8 year track record of this.

      Incidentally lies include lies by omission, a favourite tactic of the outgoing PM; tell part of the story, leaving out inconvenient facts. Sheepgate, the RMA amendments, Jason Ede’s role are examples.

      • billmurray 9.3.1

        Bearded Git,
        not sure who Crosby-Textor are, nor do I want to know.
        I do not share your opinions on the purity of the NZ First, Labour and Green parties.
        IMO all political parties engage , when it suits them in dirty politics.
        I also believe that most politicians lie about what they will do when elected and that the for-most goal of all politicians is to get into a safe seat of what ever political party they represent. The electorate and the country come second.

        I do agree that lie’s of omission and leaving out salient facts and other shady practices are heavily practiced in NZ politics.

        “outgoing PM” LOL, hope you are right.

        Cheers

    • Cinny 9.4

      Bill, dude it’s not a competition on whom is worse. Cause Nat’s win hand’s down and we all know it.

      And since you mentioned the Greens and Labour, they are way more honest than the outgoing government.

      And just because some political parties are super twisted, dirty and shady it dosent mean that all parties are. Nat party tactics have been a real eye opener over the years, but hey not all parties stoop that low. JS

      That’s what you wanted yes? To get real. Glad I could help xxx

  10. james 10

    “The Greens, Labour and even Winston (at times) hold principled positions on issues and do not tell lies, unlike Key and his awful acolytes who now have an 8 year track record of this.”

    Actually National hold principled positions on issues as well – just because you do not like them – it dosnt make them unprincipled.

    • billmurray 10.1

      james,
      you are right:

      (at times) LOL

    • b waghorn 10.2

      they hold positions yes ,principles they have none, where is eade ,? and how in the hell is collins not only still in government but a fucking min ister again?, sheep gate ?,
      not a murmur from a single female mp when key harassed a young lady?

      • james 10.2.1

        Yeah – and “we” could pull out a who lot about members of the left also – its not all 100% one sided you know.

        Its just ignorant, stupid and moronic to state as an absolute that National have no principles, just as it would be for someone of the right to say that about Labour or the Greens – again, regardless of if we like them or not.

        As for Jason Ede – Who cares.

        Although I do note that someone on this blog previously commented on how it would be great if you could keep harassing him until he killed himself – and this was unchecked by other commenters – so perhaps its just as well people dont know where he lives – there are people who do seem to be willing to take things too far. (And for the record that goes across all spectrums – not just the left (I think its well proven that there are bat shit crazys on the right as well**)

        ** Not expecting any argument on that specific point 😉

        to save you asking for a cite – heres the quote:
        “Wouldn’t it be great if we could keep harassing Jason Ede, a man who no longer works in politics, until he did something like that Brenda Leyland lady.

        That would teach him.”

        [next time put in a link or expect to be moderated for wasting moderator time. I don’t know if it was you, but there have been too many people lately (mostly RWers) making accusations and using past comments as supposed back up but not providing links. And then when I go look it up it’s not what happened. Case in point, the quote above is from King Kong, a well known RWer, and he wasn’t suggesting Ede kill himself, he was trying to suggest that the left were harassing Ede into suicide. – weka]

        • Bearded Git 10.2.1.1

          James-I will wear “ignorant, stupid and moronic” from you as a badge of honour.

        • Gabby 10.2.1.2

          Well I’d quite like to know what Jason Evil is up to. I suspect he’s being a busy little bee.

        • b waghorn 10.2.1.3

          i just want to know what eade was doing . and what dark hole he’s been moved to ,unless I’ve missed something it’s been an impressive vanishing act.

        • Cinny 10.2.1.4

          I’d say the outgoing government has always had questionable principles and practices.

        • lprent 10.2.1.5

          Don’t be a fool. You know better than to take a single instance and running your inflator over it.

          Moderators deal with things when we see them. Sometimes we simply don’t see them. There are a lot of comments on this site, and usually not enough moderator time.

          Commenters tend to ignore people doing something that moderators will probably deal with.

          Personally I have banned at least hundreds of people for making light of or threatening violence. Probably more for accusing us of hypocrisy.

          Do it again and I may feel like giving you a hypocrites departure from the site. But I have had too many wines tonight to make judgement now. So you get a pass.

          • In Vino 10.2.1.5.1

            I believe that was aimed at you, James, just in case the thread went on too long for you… lprent must deserve a wine or two. (Bon courage!)

    • mpledger 10.3

      The mess Key has made over getting the men out of the Pike River Mine is hardly principled – he was able to slide off the hook because he expresses himself so poorly in English, both in content and delivery. But sliding off hooks, his “go to” strategy when he gets himself into trouble, is hardly principled.

  11. Murray Simmonds 11

    “So eliminating the one minute ones which would be no answer/voicemails, this shows 13 phone calls over eight months, . . . ”

    Bullshit. Once upon a time, the standard advertising slot on NZBC/TVNZ was 30 seconds. So that wasn’t long enough to get a message across?

    What was the length of the Christchurch earthquake again, could someone remind me? I know that it was long enough for me to offer a few expletives, get up and close the China cabinet door, do a few other things in quick succession.

    One minute is actually quite a long time. I wish I could still remember the average number of words per minute for Radio NZ news broadcasts, but I seem to recall that its actually quite high.

    So come on twitty little boy. Give us the figure INCLUDING the calls of a minute or less. We are not as stupid as you might like to think on this side of the line.

  12. Murray Simmonds 12

    According to the National Center for Voice and Speech (http://www.ncvs.org/ncvs/tutoria…) the average rate for English speakers in the US is about 150 wpm. Interestingly, publishers recommend books on tape to be voiced at 150-160 wpm ( . . . ., auctioneers are generally 250-400 wpm (http://wn.com/World%27s_Fastest_…) while the average reading rate is about 200-300 wpm.

    https://www.quora.com/Speeches-For-the-average-person-speaking-at-a-normal-pace-what-is-the-typical-number-of-words-they-can-say-in-one-minute

    “Open office” Word count shows the above document is 56 word long (excluding this sentence!)

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    4 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    5 days ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The no-vision thing
    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
    5 days ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    6 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    6 days ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
    There was no less razzamatazz about the 2024 Budget than about earlier ones. Once again the underlying economic analysis got lost. It deserves more attention.Just to remind you, the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU), is the Treasury’s independent assessment and so can be analysed by other competent economists (although ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    6 days ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
    Dumbtown, is how my friend Gerard refers to people like ZB listeners - he’s not wrong.Normally on a Friday I start by looking at Mike Hosking’s moronic reckons of the week which he vomits down the throats of his audience like helpless baby birds in a nest, grateful for the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
    So long as we live in a democracy, economic policy can never be anything other than social-democratic.“HEH!”, snorted Laurie, as he waved his debit card over the EFTPOS machine. “Same price as last week. I guess budgets aren’t what they used to be.”“I wouldn’t know,” replied the young barman, wearily, ...
    6 days ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    Welcome to another Friday roundup! Here are some recent links and stories that caught our eye, perfectly timed for your watercooler discussions and weekend reading. As always feel free to share more in the comments. Our header image this week is by Patrick Reynolds, and shows Te Komititanga from above. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    Lowering aerosol emissions from shipping has altered clouds, with potentially drastic effects. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: Here’s the top six news items of note in climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, and a discussion above between Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer:New evidence is increasingly pointing at efforts ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    7 days ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    This is a guest post by reader Grant A, the second of a pair about how to fix Broadway. If you missed the beginning of the show, here’s the link to Act 1 from yesterday. Yesterday, I discussed changing traffic circulation around Broadway in Newmarket. This included implementing a car-free ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • National breaks another health promise
    National has broken another manifesto health promise, apparently to save only $550,000. It will now train an additional 25 med students next year rather than the 50 it promised. This comes on top of the delays caused by National’s coalition partners in pushing ahead with the Waikato Medical School and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Climate Adam: Coping as the world’s best known climate scientist
    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). Katharine Hayhoe is quite possibly the world's most famous climate scientist. She's produced wide ranging research, and communicated climate change with ...
    1 week ago
  • SIS “evidence” isn’t, again
    Back in 2016, then-Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne cancelled a New Zealand woman's passport, claiming she was a terrorist. The basis for his decision was a secret briefing by the SIS, which claimed that if she was allowed to travel, the woman would "engage with individuals who encourage acts of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • As Low As You Go
    Taking you as low as you goAs low as you goA sense of Déjà vu this morning. How many times have I begun a newsletter, “just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower…” Only for the groundhog to reappear, more pissed off than the day before.Another day with headlines ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Wednesday June 5
    TL;DR: The public health costs of human-caused air pollution in Aotearoa-NZ is estimated at $38.8 billion a year because it kills 3,300 people each year, which is almost ten times more than the death toll on roads from accidents. Yet the Ministry for the Environment has just one staff member ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 1
    This is the first of a two-part guest post by Grant A, a long time reader and commenter with a keen interest in all things urban, especially cycling and public transport. He’s been thinking about how to fix Broadway. Stay tuned for Act 2! Readers might remember the pre-Christmas traffic snarl-ups in ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Road trance
    Sometimes technology is your friend and sometimes it can’t be bothered with you. Once you’re away from home and your dependable wifi, well, there’s no telling what will happen. I’ve been going in and out of high-speed and low-speed no-speed Internet pockets all over England and France and look, I’m ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • You Can't Undo Fake News
    Hi,I’ve been thinking a lot about Corey Harris, the 44-year old man who went viral after Zooming into his court appearance while driving. The headlines generated were basically all the same: “Man With Suspended Driver's License Dials Into Court Hearing While Driving”. The headlines said it all, and most people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – CO2 is the main driver of climate change
    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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Acting Prime Minister David Seymour.
    When it came to David Seymour, Jacinda got one thing right, and another wrong. What is the sacrilege, I hear you ask? In what world in relation to David Seymour was our Jacinda ever wrong?Subscribe nowAs you no doubt remember, and personally I think there should be some sort of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • More democratic abuse from National
    "Abuse of democracy" seems to be the emerging theme of this government, with bills rammed through under urgency or given pathetically short select committee submission times seemingly designed to limit and undermine public engagement. And today we have another case, with the public given just nine days to submit on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the curse of being politically moderate about everything
    Nigel Farage’s initial reason for not standing in the British election – because he wanted to be a Trump adviser – never looked very convincing. His perfectly timed “change of mind” though, has won him extensive media coverage, and he’s now plunging into the election campaign as the rival candidate ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Tuesday, June 4
    Placards at a 2018 rally for better funding for new cancer drugs. National’s pre-election promise to do so may have won it votes, but the attempt to quietly drop the plan has now ignited a firestorm of protest. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The Government is now being engulfed in a firestorm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Budget 2024 Highlights
    Last week the government delivered their first budget and while there’s been plenty of other discussion about the main aspects of it, I was particularly interested to look at what it meant for transport. Before getting into too much detail, the chart below shows at a high level where transport ...
    1 week ago
  • Jeff Masters and Bob Henson give us the low-down on the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Samantha Harrington (Background photo credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project / CC BY 2.0 DEED) To kick off hurricane season, Yale Climate Connections editors Sara Peach and Sam Harrington sat down with meteorologists and Eye on the Storm writers Jeff Masters and Bob ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 3
    TL;DR: The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, which consumes over 15% of the motu’s renewable electricity, has struck a deal to stay open for another 20 years. This will delay Aotearoa-NZ’s transition to carbon zero and make it more expensive and unfair for the 100,000 households who currently can’t afford their ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • maBaguette
    Today we rolled through troglodyte caves and ate a fresh roast chook by the river, the mighty Loire River, the still quite angry-looking Loire River. The Loire is not itself because it has been raining here for the last seven months without a break, the locals have been telling us, ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Empty Promises.
    Fighting out of the blue corner, wearing a pale pink jacket, a half hearted smile, and a lot of flack from the left and the right, it’s your Finance Minister - Nicola Willis.Her challenger will probe the Minister for answers. Armed with boyish charm and tricky questions, the last remaining ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #22
    A listing of 33 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, May 26, 2024 thru Sat, June 1, 2024. Story of the week Sometimes one story is not enough. Our ongoing 2023-2024 experiences with lethal heatwaves, early wildfires and a threatening Atlantic hurricane season ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treaty Principles Bill: Smokescreen for sweeping change?
    Much has been said about how the coalition government’s Treaty Principles Bill distorts te Tiriti o Waitangi. However, it could also serve as a Trojan horse, installing an extreme libertarian agenda. We don’t know the intent driving the proposed Bill; however, many serious effects may ensue. Far from simply clarifying the ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 weeks ago

  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Paid Parental Leave increase to help families
    Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, Brooke van Velden says paid parental leave increase from 1 July will put more money in the pockets of Kiwi parents and give them extra support as they take precious time off to bond with their newborns. The increase takes effect from 1 July 2024 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Defence increases UN Command commitment
    The number of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed to the Republic of Korea is increasing, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.  NZDF will deploy up to 41 additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand to attend 'Summit on Peace in Ukraine' in Switzerland
    New Zealand will be represented at the Summit on Peace in Ukraine by Minister Mark Mitchell in Switzerland later this week.    “New Zealand strongly supports Ukraine’s efforts to build a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace,” Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “Minister Mitchell is a senior Cabinet Minister and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Big step forward for M.bovis programme
    Farmers’ hard work is paying off in the fight against Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) with the move to a national pest management plan marking strong progress in the eradication effort, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The plan, approved by the Coalition Government, was proposed by the programme partners DairyNZ, Beef ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Build To Rent opening welcomed by Housing Minister
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Housing Minister Chris Bishop formally opened a new Build to Rent development in Mt Wellington this morning. “The Prime Minister and I were honoured to cut the ribbon of Resido, New Zealand’s largest Build to Rent development to date.  “Build to Rent housing, like the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Agriculture to come out of the ETS
    The Government will deliver on its election commitment to take agriculture out of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) and will establish a new Pastoral Sector Group to constructively tackle biogenic methane, Coalition Government Agriculture and Climate Change Ministers say. Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand farmers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Luxon Tokyo-bound for political and business visit
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Japan from 16-20 June, his first visit as Prime Minister.   “Japan is incredibly important to New Zealand's prosperity. It is the world’s fourth largest economy, and our fourth largest export destination.  “As you know, growing the economy is my number one priority. A strong economy means ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bayly travels to Singapore for scam prevention meetings
    Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Andrew Bayly, travels to Singapore today to attend scam and fraud prevention meetings. “Scams are a growing international problem, and we are not immune in New Zealand. Organised criminal networks operate across borders, and we need to work with our Asia-Pacific partners to tackle ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More help for homeowners impacted by severe weather
    People who were displaced by severe weather events in 2022 and 2023 will be supported by the extension of Temporary Accommodation Assistance through to 30 June 2025. Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says the coalition Government is continuing to help to those who were forced out of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    Removing the ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki is part of a suite of proposed amendments to the Crown Minerals Act to deal with the energy security challenges posed by rapidly declining natural gas reserves, Resources Minister Shane Jones says. “Natural gas is critical to keeping our lights on ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and Malaysia to intensify connections
    New Zealand and Malaysia intend to intensify their long-standing, deep connections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “Malaysia is one of New Zealand’s oldest friends in South-East Asia – and both countries intend to get more out of the relationship," Mr Peters says.   "Our connections already run deep and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Ending contracted emergency housing motels in Rotorua
    The end of Contracted Emergency Housing (CEH) motels in Rotorua is nearing another milestone as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces it will not renew consents for six of the original 13 motels, Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka says. The government is committed to stop using CEH ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • First Home Grant closure exemptions
    The Government is providing a narrow exemption from the discontinuation of the First Home Grant for first home buyers who may face unfair situations as a result, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “The First Home Grant scheme was closed with immediate effect on 22 May 2024, with savings being reprioritised ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Faster consenting for flood protection projects in Hawke's Bay
    Work to increase flood resilience in Hawke’s Bay can start sooner, thanks to a new fast consenting process, Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery Mark Mitchell and Environment Minister Penny Simmonds say.  “Faster consenting means work to build stop banks, spillways and other infrastructure can get underway sooner, increasing flood ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Judge Craig Coxhead and Nathan Milner newest Māori Land Court appointments
    Tangata tū tangata ora, tangata noho tangata mate. Minister for Māori Development Tama Potaka today announced acting Deputy Chief Judge Craig Coxhead as the new Deputy Chief Judge, and Nathan Milner as Judge of the Māori Land Court. "I want to congratulate Judge Coxhead and Mr Milner on their appointments ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government signs Indo-Pacific Economic agreements to boost trade and cooperation
    Trade Minister Todd McClay and Climate Change Minister Simon Watts, today signed three Indo Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) agreements that will boost investment, grow New Zealand’s digital and green economies and increase trade between New Zealand and the 14 IPEF partners. IPEF’s partners represent 40 per cent of global GDP ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Visit to Viet Nam strengthens ties
    New Zealand and Viet Nam are focused on strengthening cooperation by making progress on mutually beneficial opportunities, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. “Viet Nam matters enormously to New Zealand," Mr Peters says. "Our countries enjoy broad cooperation, in such areas as defence, security, trade, education and tourism. We are ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government delivers funding boost to fix potholes
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to boost funding for pothole prevention, with indicative funding levels confirmed by NZTA showing a record increase in funding to help fix potholes on our State Highways and Local Roads, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The NZTA Board has today confirmed indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Government making fuel resilience a priority
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will halt work on procuring reserve diesel stock and explore other ways to bolster New Zealand’s diesel resilience, Associate Energy Minister Shane Jones says. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) will also begin work on changes to the minimum fuel stockholding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Govt strengthens COVID-19 preparedness
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says additional supplies of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs) will enable New Zealanders to continue testing this winter.  “In January, we announced an extension of public access to free RATs until the end of June,” Dr Reti says.  “I’m pleased to confirm that Health New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ and Fiji commit to strengthening partnership
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has met with his Fijian counterpart, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, and discussed how New Zealand and Fiji can further strengthen their partnership.  During their bilateral talks in Suva this morning, Mr Luxon and Mr Rabuka canvassed a range of issues including defence and regional security, trade, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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