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Don’t mourn, organise.

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, November 10th, 2008 - 70 comments
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In 1984 I watched the incoming Labour government move on a set of policies they had no mandate for and I also watched the Left flounder to resist them. Given it was only three years since we had mobilised so strongly against the Springbok tour that failure to act was unacceptable.

In 1990 when we got the neo-con National government and its subsequent incarnations I watched many good leftwing campaigners pack up their bags and leave or start fighting amongst themselves. This was also unacceptable.

One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established. A lot of it has been focused toward the election but now is the time we need it most.

I’ve been told there will be Left organising events around the country over the next few months and there have been murmurings of a thousand-day campaign. I’d like to see that come together. Not just to oust National and ACT in the next election but to help push New Zealand’s political discourse and its political parties leftward. To do that we need unity and we need to focus on winning. Not blaming each other for losing. It took the right nine years to cooperate and win. The Left will do it faster because we are collectivist by nature and are fighting for much more than just increasing the bottom line.

As the wobblies say – Don’t mourn. Organise.

70 comments on “Don’t mourn, organise.”

  1. NX 1

    The Left will do it faster because we are collectivist by nature

    So are the Borg…….

  2. higherstandard 2

    IB

    The public has spoken they don’t want NZ’s political parties to move left, nor do they want them to move to the right, apart from the mood for change this was an overwhelming endorsement of “centrist” politics as the Greens and ACT between them only just got over 10%.

    I’d also like to know what you’re going to be protesting about (I can understand from a union perspective going after the “90 day no fault bill”) and when will Andrew Little be taking up Mike Williams position ?

    IrishBill: I think you may have confused me for someone else. Take a week off to reconsider your sources.

  3. Tim 3

    Bill, I don’t wish to argue about ideologies, but it would seem to me that the election result is saying NZ wants to be in the middle, not too far left and not too far right. I reckon it was Key’s moderate approach that won over a lot of the swing vote. Political parties on the left of the spectrum might do well to give that some consideration. If Key can keep this National led government firmly in the centre he will be tough to beat next election, especially by parties that don’t make any adjustment toward the middle. Think of it like a game of squash – John Key has control of the T (for now).

  4. Bill 4

    I think I’ve said what I want to for now here http://www.thestandard.org.nz/what-will-happen-with-the-specials/ (8:19 and 9:47)

    While I agree with your sentiments Irish, I just can’t see where the comment “One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established.” is warranted.

    Maybe it’s just me, but with a few exceptions, most of what passed for ordinary expression was through top down organisational structures…I’m thinking here of the unions etc.

    Anyway. I’ve said all this over at the link above and signposted ways to organise which avoid infighting and all the other terrible shit that seems to come as part and parcel of left organising.

    I just want to get on with contributing to the laying of solid foundations that don’t crumble under the weight of unnecessary and patently avoidable factionalism.

    BTW Thanks for the post. Was starting to wonder if this debate was off the cards at the mo.

  5. IrishBill 5

    Tim – I don’t speak for the Labour party. I speak from the Left. Although I would point out that it was only by moving to the centre-left (and running a four year attack campaign) that National finally won.

  6. fiona 6

    I am interested at the lack of discussion here about who should be the new leader of Labour Party – the main political party of the left. On midday report it just said that the decision could be made very quickly. Goff seems to be the main contender, but given the decisive vote for change on Saturday, would he appeal to the electorate in 2011?

  7. Tane 7

    fiona, personally I’m not particularly worried about that. It’ll probably be Goff – make it clean and get on with it.

    My interest now is in helping to build a broadbased grassroots movement ready to defend the planks of social democracy that National wants to remove, and to build a viable platform to return the Left to power in 2011.

    It’s a dangerous thing to be too reliant on the Labour Party organisation, and in any case they can’t do it on their own.

  8. IrishBill said “One of the great things we’ve seen over the last few years is an organised grassroots Left becoming established. ”

    Worked a charm on Saturday eh IB 😉

  9. It’s all about perceptions though. We honestly don’t know what Key is about to go and do but judging from what we know of National in the past as well as the leaked tapes, policies and vague discussion documents we can make some predictions – and then it doesn’t look good. I honestly don’t trust John Key and believe him to be anything but centre-left. Heck even the label of centrist seems highly suspect to me. Couple this together with ACT and we could be heading into some very dark times in less than 100 days.

  10. coge 10

    Fiona, Goff would make a suitable leader but only in a caretaker role. Cunliffe is fresher, & may be a better longer term choice.

    Irish, some of us would say it was an eight year attack campaign. Took a while for it to warm up.

  11. IrishBill 11

    IV2, while I’m not happy about the result I think that another term of Labour would have guaranteed at least two terms of National next time around. What I have seen is the broad left coming together and organising. It’s still nascent but it’s a start.

  12. Evidence-Based Practice 12

    Not quite on message for this thread but did anyone else notice that the new MP for New Plymouth is the brother of Audrey Young of the NZ Herald? Both children of former Nat MP Venn Young.

    But if Jane Clifton can comment in several media on the Party her partner will likely be a cabinet minister in, it seems such familial links are not relevant?. I would be interested in what people think about this.

  13. fiona 13

    Tane, it’s not a case of being too reliant on the Labour Party, but the last 9 years show that they are a pretty important part of the equation. Who leads the Labour Party at the next election is important to the left’s electoral chances.

  14. Tane 14

    fiona, agreed. I just think there’s not a lot I can do about who’s elected leader, and not much anyone else can do really. I think the best thing we can do now is organise.

  15. Lampie 15

    I’m sure supporters and members have already stated that the campaign started on Sunday 9th November 2008. (perhaps I should renew my membership)

    I see other media around the world share my view on the stupid logic behind this “change for change sake”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz-election-2008/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501799&objectid=10542186

  16. MikeG 16

    One issue that you could start on is the Herceptin issue. (I know that lprent doesn’t like people saying what topics should be blogged on here, but I’m trying to be constructive!) Point 4 of Nationals 10 point plan is “Instruct by Christmas that breast cancer drug Herceptin be available for 12-month course”.

    What qualifications do the incoming government have to ‘instruct’ the funding of a drug? Isn’t this politicising a process that has been deliberately made independent? If Herception is funded, what will miss out on funding?

    [lprent: I don’t mind people suggesting topics. It is telling posters what to do that annoys me. There is a fine line, but it essentially comes down to if it can be perceived as an order.]

  17. IrishBill 17

    Fiona, Helen was a leader that dragged the party around. But she was one out of the box. What is more important is political direction of the frontbench and the party machine and that there is a strong Left outside of parliament to keep the pressure on.

  18. Kerry 18

    oh well…..it had to happen…NZ decided to vote dumb!

    The Nats will be a one term affair. Why? cause stupid people could only keep it together for a few months till it all falls apart.

    Sit back and watch 9 years of progress destroyed.

  19. Phil 19

    It’ll probably be Goff – make it clean and get on with it.

    Find a lamp, make a wish, and you just might have it your way, Tane.

    Helen’s rule of the party was very tight, and a lot of Labour politico’s have been forced to shelve their own ambitions for a long time now. I’d be willing to bet even money that we see a Labour party transition much more akin to the painful National struggles through 1999-2006 to find a leader.

  20. Chess Player 20

    Lampie,

    It should be recognised that change is a good thing, because without change there can be no growth.

    Talking to workmates this morning, I hear that it was ‘just time for a change’ and so that’s what they voted for. Fair enough.

    As I posted in another blog called National Spinners, Labour could have addressed this themselves and presented a fresh team for this election, thereby presenting a ‘change option’ of their own. That however would require vision, and the parking of egos…

    From my perspective watching the political ‘circus’ of the last 9 years, when you’ve had nothing but clowns on display for ages, you get impatient and start calling for the tigers. You don’t know what will happen, but you know it will be entertaining…

  21. Something I would like to see is an expansion of the Pharmac model. Choices over what drugs to fund are way way to important to be left too politicians, who can have their hands forced by hugely emotive campaigns. Something I would like to see is a move towards something similar in terms of law and order policy. There is just too much misinformation, emotion and misunderstanding for something this important to be left up to easily to manipulate MP’s. It only takes one media beat up to force their hand.

    I’m not sure how this would work, but I’m thinking something along the lines of an law and order committee who write policy based upon expert advice and research, which the minister is the obliged to sign off on except under exceptional circumstances.

    I dunno, just a thought!

  22. I would be very interested in seeing what political parties (if any) received donations from pharmaceutical companies or lobbies. Anyway that could be found out?

  23. The left will need a bit of time to come to terms with this loss especially with Helen standing down, im still having a hard time with the idea that when she’s interviewed she’ll be ‘former Prime Minister Helen Clark’. Filling her place will be an interesting challenge for the Labour Party.

    We’ll probably tear ourselves to pieces and play the blame game for the next couple of months, but thats to be expected and only natural given the result. Once thats over we can start again, rebuild, and do ourselves proud in 2011.

  24. Santi 24

    “oh well ..it had to happen NZ decided to vote dumb!”

    That statement from Kerry shows the incredible arrogance of the Left, of those who claim to know better, and who would like to run your life entirely.

    NZ has said an emphatic no to the Kerrys of this world, which of course he/she finds difficult, if not impossible, to accept.

  25. Quoth the Raven 25

    HS – You just had a very centrist government. A National.Act governemnt is not centre. Not by any stretch of the imagination. I wish you guys would make HS’s ban permanent.

  26. higherstandard 26

    Feck if you ban me for a week for that comment I give up – I ban myself from this site forever.

    Bye bye.

    edit QTR ……. DIDDIMS

    [Tane: HS, it’s part of a pattern of behaviour. You’ve been warned in the past. You are more than welcome back in a week.]

  27. Daveski 27

    IB I think you have overlooked some of the intriguing issues that have come out of this election.

    1. The potential for the Greens to cannibalise Labour’s vote – rather than unifying the Left, this could divide it.
    2. The fact that Helen “centred” and balanced Labour. I suspect Goff will cause some angst and may even amplify point 1. A complete change of leadership within Labour means Labour risks become inwards focussed rather than focused on fighting the new govt.
    3. The fact that Key appears to have centred National creating much greater competition for the centre than Labour has had over recent elections.
    4. The Maori Party playing a lot smarter which potentially drags votes away from the left.
    5. NZF votes – unknown

    BTW FWIIW, unless I’ve missed something, the banning of HS is well OTT particularly given he has shown himself to be prepared to engage in debate rather than troll/gloat/inflame. I’m not sure his “you” is singular (damn English – could be third person plural). Even if it was, the treatment does seem harsh.

  28. rave 28

    This idea that the ‘middle’ can be satisfying is just more ‘shit sandwich’ to use Bomber Bradbury’s term.

    This is a polarising election, just look at the electoral map. The economic crisis will polarise it further so sitting in the middle will become uncomfortable if not dangerous.

    The two options to deal with the crisis are:
    (a) the bankers who can only survive now by sucking off our wages and nature.
    (b) the workers who can only survive by keeping hold of their wages and nature.

    The bankers have won for now, but they will piss off the workers with attacks on their jobs, incomes, savings, ACC, work rights, environment etc.

    So in the next 3 years the working class will become much more aware of their collective class interests and get better organised.

    So yeah, don’t mourn (who’s dead) organise!

  29. Santi 29

    “So in the next 3 years the working class will become much more aware of their collective class interests and get better organised.”

    Lenin himself couldn’t have said it any better. Long live the party of the workers.

    [lprent: Santi – can’t you ever say anything that would be vaguely interesting to OTHER people apart from yourself. If you don’t then I’ll ban your arse again as a graffitti troll]

  30. Vote Geek 30

    Heh, I posted this in the wrong thread. Hope you don’t mind me moving it over here:

    As an American and a New Zealander (this was my first time voting in here) I spot a similarity in what has happened to the Labour / Left here to what happened to the Democratic Party in the States in 2000 to 2004. After being demolished by the Republicans the Democratic Party was in ruins and there was talk of there being a permanent Republican majority in the states.

    The Democrats were lucky to have Howard Dean. After he lost the presidential nomination he stepped up and worked grass roots side of the party’s process to get elected the chairman of the party. He aligned strongly with grass roots blogs and recognized the importance of online organizational tools. This had the two-fold result of creating a surge of small donors and giving people that had a small interest in politics ways to easily get involved. Although New Zealand electoral laws, attitudes and government are different there are a lot of ideas that can be taken from the Democratic Party’s rebuilding. Labour should start working on creating more buy-in from left leaning people that don’t identify with a party. Within the bounds of New Zealand electoral law we should look in to building our own dailykos.com sights. Finally the Labour Party should push to recruiting members and grooming young MPs so that there is a deep reserve of leadership to take up the mantle when the time comes.

  31. Seti 31

    [Tane: Deleted. Take your sexist bile to Kiwiblog.]

  32. Lampie 32

    “It should be recognised that change is a good thing, because without change there can be no growth”

    You change for a REASON (a valid one i.e. I think National has more positive policies or something), not just because you just do. Growth is a change, so is going backwards.

  33. Lampie 33

    Singer writes that New Zealand voted for change for change’s sake and that the voting public “just got bored”.

    Herald

  34. Bill 34

    Rave.

    Joe Hill. (1879 – 1915) His epithet or (some say) last words. http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/statehood_and_the_progressive_era/joehillandtheiww.html for a wee bit info if you want it.

  35. Jasper 35

    Santi – NZ didn’t vote emphatically as you say.

    Only 50.6% of voters in the country voted Nact. The other 49.4% voted otherways the left.

    If you look at the 6.06% of votes that were wasted on petty parties (RAM, B&B etc) you could easily draw a long bow and say if people were smarter, then labour could well have led again.

    MMP does work, lowering the threshold to 2.5% would be much better. I’d also like to see the requirement to have 500 party members replaced with a system where you stand as an electorate MP rather than a party.

    Keep MMP – where the party vote is concerened, but STV when it comes to the electorate vote.

    IF STV was in play for the electorate vote, Dunne could well be out of Ohariu, and Parliament, instead of Greens electorate voting Hughes rather than Chauvel/Greens.

  36. fiona 36

    Vote Gee, couldn’t agree more. This loss could be good for Labour if it helps it rebuild at the grassroots level. The Labour Party needs to genuinely reach out to recruit and engage people. The caucus really seems to run the show at the moment with the Party being there to door knock on election day and run raffles and attend fundraising dinners. Should the Party leadership decision, for example, be one solely for the caucus?

  37. Felix 37

    I don’t agree with much that hs says and I know he can be a bit of a “polite troll” at times, but seriously, why was he banned?

    I’m certainly not trying to tell you what to do on your blog but I just can’t see what he wrote to deserve it. Could someone explain what I’ve missed?

  38. IrishBill 38

    Felix, HS has developed a habit of snidely referring to standard posters by the names attributed to them by Cameron Slater. He’s been warned for exactly the same behaviour before and as he continued with it I decided he needed time to reflect.

  39. Billy 39

    I agree with Felix. There was nothing in that comment.

  40. Tane 40

    Felix, it was IB’s decision and I stand by it. HS has been going around trying to ‘out’ the posters in his comments (incorrectly, I might add) for the last week or two in contravention of policy. He’s been warned several times and had his comments deleted, yet he persists. If he wants to peddle Whale’s National Party research unit smears he can do it elsewhere.

  41. Billy 41

    IB,

    I thinnk you’ve read too much into the comment. I think he was talking about the Labour Party Presidency and nothing else.

  42. Nige 42

    Jasper: “If you look at the 6.06% of votes that were wasted on petty parties (RAM, B&B etc) you could easily draw a long bow and say if people were smarter, then labour could well have led again.”

    I think you mean if left leaning voters were smarter. You only have to look at what happened to Hide in Epsom to see how intelligent right leaning voters are.

    What many of you miss when you say that New Zealand only “just” voted for a right wing government is that scores of motivated people have already voted with their feet, moving overseas for a life where hard work is valued and rewarded. I don’t get to see a lot of my friends and family much as they have all moved overseas, most of my class from university are working abroad and many never plan to return. I had been considering joining them, but I think I’ll stick around for at least three more years.

    And before anyone says “the world is voting left”, America and Australia’s idea of a left wing government is one that supports public health funding and a basic welfare system (something I support too by the way).

    I hope Goff gets in too, he will bring much needed balance and a fresh wisdom to the Labor party.

  43. Billy, you just don’t get the reference.

  44. Billy 44

    I suppose that’s possible, SP. I am famously dim. But there does seem to be a fair amount of blame being laid at Williams’ door and people do seem to be speculating about his position in exactly the way it looked to me that HS was.

  45. IrishBill 45

    Billy, HS was trolling (albeit subtly) in a manner he’d been warned about and he was banned. End of story.

  46. Felix 46

    Thanks for explaining, I don’t really keep up with Slater’s delusions so I missed what he was referring to.

  47. rave 47

    Bill, yeah I know about Joe Hill, just wondered if someone here had died recently.

    If anything deserves to die it is the Labourite bureaucracy in the unions and the Party that prevents workers from organising into a force that could stop National in a lunchtime.

    So yeah, long live Joe Hill and lets organise.

  48. rave – how many sites have you ever organised?

  49. Lew 49

    Evidence-Based Practice: An interesting question. I don’t see a problem – if anything I think it’ll bring close enough scrutiny upon Audrey that she’ll be particularly scrupulous in her writing and research. Some of the more cynical wags on here might aver that having her brother in parliament might make her work more neutral.

    L

  50. rave 50

    Robinsod:

    Ive worked on sites where the officials have stopped effective organising by limiting discussion and sticking rigidly to the industrial law. Ive supported many other struggles similarly sold out. If you are implying that workers need organisers to organise I don’t disagree. But those organisers should be accountable to the rank and file.
    Like Joe Hill I am for rank and file democratic control of the unions.
    I would have thought you were for that too.

  51. rave – I’m totally for rank and file democracy. It’s just I’ve watched a few negotiations and they seem to be quite democratic so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  52. rave 52

    Robinsod:

    Well that’s good. My experience goes back quite a few years beyond the ECA years to the time when officials basically ran the unions with little input from members. Things were looking up with unions under the ERA but there is still a way to go to get rank and file control. The upcoming attacks on the ERA will likely provoke some big fights so I look forward to some strong rank and file participation and leadership emerging.

  53. r0b 53

    Feck if you ban me for a week for that comment I give up – I ban myself from this site forever.

    Prediction – we’ll see more than one rightie find an excuse to throw their toys out of the cot and disappear. Running dishonest attack lines for a year was easy and made them feel macho. Sticking around to defend this new government might be a bit too much like hard work…

  54. Felix 54

    r0b, yep.

    I saw monkey boy “make his excuses and leave” the other day too. (Mind you, he does that all the time.)

    But yeah, there’ll be a few more. Notice all the new ones showing up since the election? What do you make of that?

  55. r0b 55

    But yeah, there’ll be a few more. Notice all the new ones showing up since the election? What do you make of that?

    In truth Felix I hadn’t noticed, I’m not reading much, I’m a bit busy in the real world dealing with a backlog of stuff built up while I was working on our campaign. But if new ones have come on board I guess it’s just a spike in political interest generally caused by the election?

  56. Dean 56

    r0b:

    “Prediction – we’ll see more than one rightie find an excuse to throw their toys out of the cot and disappear. Running dishonest attack lines for a year was easy and made them feel macho. Sticking around to defend this new government might be a bit too much like hard work ”

    The irony here is quite delicious. You still have the blinkers on I see.

    Perhaps if you’d tried to motivate for a more positive campaign instead of defending Williams crossing the ditch at the taxpayers expense to dig up a fizzer of a neutron bomb you wouldn’t find the taste of those lemons quite so sour right now.

    There are none so blind as those who will not see, and you sir are one of them.But maybe the H Fee attack will work in 3 years from now – I certainly hope you think so.

  57. r0b 57

    Ahh Dean, I’m glad that Helen and her family don’t have to put up with your particularly noxious attentions any more.

    instead of defending Williams crossing the ditch

    Don’t recall defending that – seemed like a silly idea to me.

    There are none so blind as those who will not see

    And none so vile as those that smear family members for their own amusement. Eh Dean.

  58. Dean 58

    “And none so vile as those that smear family members for their own amusement. Eh Dean.”

    According to you it’s A-OK as long as it involves someone else you might consider political. Your hypocrisy – as per usual – knows no bounds, and that lofty moral compass you pretend to live by is in complete disarray.

    Dishonest attack lines – it’s all you had. Shame the party is over now though. Never mind, you might come up with something more substantial next time.

  59. Vinsin 59

    Dean, i can find no record of Rob saying it’s ok so long as it involves someone else political. I believe he was merely drawing your attention to the fact that National are not squeaky clean considering they went to dig up dirt on Helen’s hubby. Is this an excuse? No. Is it an answer? No, what it happens to be is a simple fact of politics.
    If anyone runs for public office, they’re going to come under personal scrutiny, and why not they’re being trusted with the country – not the keys to your car.

    ‘Dishonest attack lines.’ Yeah i don’t see any hypocrisy in your statement either. I wonder do you read what you write? I think if you did you might not look like such a blundering Reginald Williamson.

    Not telling you how to live your life, just giving you a few suggestions.

  60. r0b 60

    According to you it’s A-OK as long as it involves someone else you might consider political.

    Lord knows what you’re talking about Dean, I don’t.

    Dishonest attack lines – it’s all you had.

    9 Years of excellent, responsible and compassionate government is what we had Dean, and yes it is a shame that that is over.

  61. r0b 61

    Ahh Vinsin – another night owl. Re Dean…

    I believe he was merely drawing your attention to the fact that National are not squeaky clean considering they went to dig up dirt on Helen’s hubby.

    I was partly making that connection, but more specifically reminding Dean of one of his spectacularly shameful comments some time ago. As above, one of the few silver linings in Helen’s resignation is that she and her family won’t have to put up with the likes of Dean and the KiwiBlog bottom feeders any more.

  62. Felix 62

    r0b,
    “But if new ones have come on board I guess it’s just a spike in political interest generally caused by the election?”

    Maybe so. I get the feeling that a few of them are familiars using new names so they won’t have to defend their support of Key’s pre-election positions when he changes them.

    And Vinsin,
    Yes Dean is well known to be a bit of a Thomas Eddingsworth.

  63. r0b 63

    Maybe so. I get the feeling that a few of them are familiars using new names so they won’t have to defend their support of Key’s pre-election positions when he changes them.

    Ahhh – doh! I saw such a comment on one of the newspaper comment / blog pages yesterday. A Key fanboi saying that he wouldn’t mind if Key broke his “promises” as they were “practically made under duress”. Hmmmm.

  64. lprent 64

    A Key fanboi saying that he wouldn’t mind if Key broke his “promises’ as they were “practically made under duress’. Hmmmm.

    That is idiotic. A lesson in how to create a long-term pissed off electorate. The only reason that Labour was out of office for so long in the 90’s was because of the broken promises of the 1980’s. The same happened to National after their pitiful performance at keeping to what they campaigned on in the 1990’s. It was only the relative weakness of Labour that allowed the Nat’s to stay in power in 1993. In 1996 protest voting on all sides went to NZF and lead to the disastrous coalition.

    Key is likely to have enough of a problem because of the difference between what people perceived they were promising, and what they actually said (taxcuts for instance).

  65. Felix 65

    Ha ha, duress, that’s a good one! The unfairness of having to appear electable to get elected.

  66. “fiona
    Tane, it’s not a case of being too reliant on the Labour Party, but the last 9 years show that they are a pretty important part of the equation. Who leads the Labour Party at the next election is important to the left’s electoral chances.”

    Good to see it looks like its going to be Goff, while I don’t know much about him, he comes across as someone who wont take crap from anyone, not in an asshole way, in a fair way. Just what Labour needs, as so some extent it the last year and a bit (when National realized another election was about to escape them) has been death by 1000 cuts for Labour.

    And yes re: Herceptin, funding that would be political interference on an unprecedented scale.

  67. Dean 67

    r0b:

    “Lord knows what you’re talking about Dean, I don’t.”

    You defended the dirt being dug on Brash and his affair because the other party involved was a political target.

    Honestly r0b, do you actually have any standards that the Labour party don’t tell you to have?

  68. IrishBill 68

    Dean, it was a National party MP that announced Brash’s affair. The “dirt” that was dug on Brash concerned his dodgy spin campaign in 2005.

  69. Dean 69

    “Dean, it was a National party MP that announced Brash’s affair. The “dirt’ that was dug on Brash concerned his dodgy spin campaign in 2005.”

    And? r0b still defended it.

  70. r0b 70

    lprent: That is idiotic. A lesson in how to create a long-term pissed off electorate.

    Exactly. But have National learnt the lesson? Time will tell I guess. (PS – edit working in my version of Safari now I see – thanks!)

    Dean: And? r0b still defended it.

    I’d be interested if you could show me where Dean. I believe I said that Brash’s relationship with the deputy chair of the Business Round Table was “arguably politically relevant”, nothing more. Whereas your obsession with Helen Clark’s husband is simply vile.

    [lprent: Only did an update, and suggested a few buggy places to the author]

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    23 hours ago
  • Another NZDF coverup
    In 2003 New Zealand sent a Provincial Reconstruction Team to Afghanistan to support America's doomed war there. While there, they conducted regular weapons practice on local firing ranges, littering the landscape with unexploded ammunition. These ranges weren't secure - they're on land used by locals for animal herding - so ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • A loss for the Greens
    Green MP Gareth Hughes has announced he will retire at the election. Its understandable - he's been there ten years, and wants to actually see his children grow up rather than miss it while drowning in the toxic parliamentary sewer. But his departure is also a huge loss for the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • New era for Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum
    Words and images by Jacqui Gibson Gone are Auckland Museum’s days of doing science using a museum-centric academic approach, after Māori land rights holders Ngāti Kuri gave the museum an ultimatum.
    Tom Trnski holding a fossilised whale tooth from the Far North.Aussie-born Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Circling vultures: Why MediaWorks TV is really in trouble
    MediaWorks announced in October 2019 that it intended to sell off its struggling television business and cancel or cut back on several popular local programmes, including New Zealand Today, Married at First Sight New Zealand and 7 Days. Its radio and outdoor advertising arms are currently performing well, but MediaWorks’ ...
    Briefing PapersBy Peter Thompson
    1 day ago
  • Scary Opinium Poll
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    2 days ago
  • A coward’s ploy.
    Some readers may remember that I mentioned last year that I was applying for NZ citizenship. I filled out the paperwork and had my original citizenship interview in February. Everything went well until they discovered that, because I had spent five months in the US in 2017, I had not ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
    by Deirdre O’Neill It is becoming quite acceptable for certain sections of the left to declare that people like me – women who are ‘gender critical’ – should not be allowed in leftist or anarchist spaces. Leaving aside the arrogance and implicit authoritarianism of this claim, its lack of critical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Uncertainty” can be better solved with a better grasp of life’s inherent complexities…
    There is an article in The Conversation, written by Jeremy P. Shapiro (Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), about what he sees as the psychologically-based underpinnings of three main matters that seem to vex people all around the planet. The article is titled “The Thinking ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
    . .   Blogger Martyn Bradbury has won his case against unreasonable search and surveillance against the NZ Police; and subsequent Police attempts to produce evidence in secrecy, in a closed Court. His case highlights a disturbing growing trend in Aotearoa New Zealand for State power to be used against ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
    The Committee of Disobedient Women has intercepted an email from Dr Emma Eejut, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Massey University to the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas. Dear Jan, Thank you for your courageous move.  I think 10 pages of blether** should tie any of the students game enough to try holding ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Unacceptable
    That's the only response to the findings of the Ombudsman's investigation into LGOIMA practices at the Christchurch City Council:My investigation identified serious concerns about the Council’s leadership and culture, and its commitment to openness and transparency. In particular, Council staff raised concerns with me about various methods employed by some ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
    NZ First seems to be nakedly trying to enrich itself from public office:A powerful New Zealand First figure helped establish a forestry company that then pushed for money from two key funding streams controlled by a New Zealand First Minister. An RNZ investigation has found Brian Henry, lawyer for Winston ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
    Behrouz Boochani is an award winning author and journalist. He is also a refugee, who for the past six years has been detained in Australia's offshore gulag on Manus Island, and in Papua New Guinea. But last night, with the cooperation of the WORD Christchurch festival and Amnesty International, he ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
    Different Strokes: If a multicultural immigration policy imposes no obligation on immigrant communities to acknowledge and ultimately embrace their host nation’s most cherished traditions and values, then how is that nation to prevent itself from being reduced to a collection of inward-looking and self-replicating ethnic and cultural enclaves?THE COALITION GOVERNMENT’S ...
    4 days ago
  • Could There Be Method In Massey University’s Madness?
    Protective Zone: Reading the rules and guidelines released by Massey University, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that its governing body considers the whole concept of free speech a disruptive threat to the orderly imparting of orthodox academic knowledge.IN TRUE ORWELLIAN fashion, Massey University has announced its commitment to ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: We need more trees, not less
    Farmers held a hate-march on Parliament today, complete with MAGA hats, gun-nut signs, and gendered insults. While supposedly about a grab-bag of issues - including, weirdly, mental health - it was clear that the protest was about one thing, and one thing only: climate change. And specifically, forestry "destroying" rural ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security released their annual report today, and I've been busy reading through it. In amongst the usual review of what they've been doing all year, there's a few interesting bits. For example, a discussion on "agency retention and disposal of information", which points out that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A referendum on bigotry
    The End of Life Choice Bill passed its third reading last night, 69 - 51. Thanks to a compromise with NZ First - which looks to have been necessary on the final numbers - the commencement of the bill will be subject to a referendum. Given the ugliness of the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    1 week ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    1 week ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
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    1 week ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    1 week ago
  • War of the worms
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    1 week ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    1 week ago
  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
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    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    2 weeks ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
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    2 weeks ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
    The chairman of the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy (UNISCS) working group, Wayne Brown, has hit back at critics of his group’s recommendations to relocate the Ports of Auckland cargo operations to Whangarei’s deepwater port of Northport. The working group's recommendation to close Auckland waterfront to all but cruise ...
    20 hours ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
    We're setting our young people up for success, investing in education around the country.  ...
    1 day ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    5 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    6 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
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