Doofus of the Week – April 20, 2018

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This week we have a clear winner.

It is someone whose claim to fame was that they were a cricketer.  His nickname was Rigor, as in rigor mortis, such was the electrifying effect he had on the game.

He somehow made it into television and then onto talk shows where he gets to exercise his skills as a very slow batsman to talk about politics.

He reached the pinnacle of his career when he was torn to shreds by Jacinda Ardern before the last election after he asked her about her pregnancy plans.  He clearly thinks that employers should have complete access to all employees’ biological plans and impulses.

Jacinda crushed him.  Here is the video with her finger wagging skills on show.

Clearly he has not forgotten this and he has this deep seated resentment at how he was publicly humiliated.

Yesterday morning he had this outrageous meltdown on live TV. Newshub records what happened.

Mark Richardson has launched a blistering attack at the “sanctimony” over Jacinda Ardern, saying she’s “not a pioneer when it comes to women holding successful roles”.

It comes as Ms Ardern was chosen as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine during what has largely been seen as a successful European tour.

“Can we all just settle down a little bit?” The AM Show sport host asked on Friday morning.

“Yes, she’s a pioneer when it comes to maybe being the Prime Minister of a country and having a pregnancy. She’s going to have a baby. That’s great.

“But I don’t think she’s a pioneer when it comes to women holding successful roles, having babies and still doing a fine job of it. That’s been going on in this country for some time now.”

“I’m sick the sanctimony that’s coming out of our disgraceful written media at the moment. They’re the ones that are leading this charge and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Yep we have had lots of Prime Ministers having babies while they are in office.  And Richardson clearly yearns for days gone past when the previous Prime Minister made sports jocks proud to be men.

Then the real reasons for Richardson’s response came out.

“Perhaps I’m still annoyed by the way my words in the first place were so badly twisted out of shape. Words were put in my mouth that did not exist at the time and I’m still pissed.”

He was referring to his infamous clash with Ms Ardern prior to the election last year, when he said people deserved to know whether or not she was planning to have a baby.

Mark let it go.  Either you thought that we all should know what Jacinda’s breeding plans were or even worse you thought that employers should have the right to know what their employees’ breeding plans are.

And why do the media think that their feelings are more important than what is happening in the world?  Give me red radio any day.

But Mark Richardson for belittling the Prime Minister because your feelings were hurt by her you are this week’s doofus of the week.

73 comments on “Doofus of the Week – April 20, 2018 ”

  1. dukeofurl 1

    Hilarious take down of Richardson by Spinoff

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/20-04-2018/in-tv-outburst-mark-richardson-announces-he-is-sick-of-mark-richardson/

    “The Oxford Dictionary defines sanctimony as “The action or practice of acting as if one were morally superior to other people.”

    Richardson does sanctimony like none other in the media

    “Or his recent sanctimony in dismissing those who suggest being a mother is tantamount to a job. “It is hard work being a mum, but you can’t call it a job, it is a fact of life. We raise children on this planet. Don’t call it a job,” he said, sanctimoniously.”

    he should try it!

  2. Anne 2

    Actually I’m going to be a little contrary here. I accept Mark Richardson is a bore and some of his comments are racist and sexist (not a lot different to many male NZers including a few of my own relatives) but it is the media he has in his sights, and, imo, much of what he says is true.

    I think anyone who has been through the wringer because of something stupid they have said or done knows what it can be like. Their detractors won’t leave it alone and it can follow them around for months even years. He’s probably not being allowed to “let it go”.

    • Tracey 2.1

      I agree with his statement about the media but his lack of self awareness that he only has the roles he does because media has gone to hell in a handbasket overrides any point he has… because it was clearly accidental 😉

      As a cricket and sport commentator he has besmirched people regularly who have no right of reply. TV3 foubd themselves a Hosking.

      A stopped clock and all that

      Mark Richardson is representing the white male group that considers equality oppression.

      • Anne 2.1.1

        …his lack of self awareness that he only has the roles he does because media has gone to hell in a handbasket overrides any point he has… because it was clearly accidental.

        Never thought of it that way and you’re probably correct. Needless to say he got it right even if it is for the wrong reason. 🙁

  3. Ed 3

    Richardson could be doofus of the week every week.
    He and his co presenter Garner.

    Proof that you don’t have to be intelligent or informed to front news and media organisations.

    • Unicus 3.1

      Cricket bitch is a name which rests easily on Richardson’s shoulders.

      And oh yes the print media is indeed despicable – for refusing to even acknowledge the Prime Ministers presence in Europe – let alone her huge achievements there

      • Ed 3.1.1

        Yes – despicable.
        A good word to describe them.
        Tools.

      • Stunned mullet 3.1.2

        “And oh yes the print media is indeed despicable – for refusing to even acknowledge the Prime Ministers presence in Europe – let alone her huge achievements there”

        That’s a fine alternate reality your living in unicus – what print media are you reading these days ?

        • Ed 3.1.2.1

          Yesterday you barely find a word online from Stuff and New Zealand Herald about the PM’s visit to London.

        • Unicus 3.1.2.2

          I get most of my Adern news from overseas publication because of the refusal of. NZME and Fairfax to offer anything but critiques of. Adern and her government

          Example : two papers here in the north today the Saturday Herald and the Northern advocate . Both offered only grudging reference to Aderns stunning London debut
          A corny cartoon in the Herald and a page five rant about her scandals back home in the Advocate .

          Twinned with this in the Advocate was a pic of Obama and Key when they were both somebody’s – on the opposite page glowing story and pic of Simon and Sweaty .

          It’s real alright – these companies are subverting democracy in New Zealand .

  4. Chuck 4

    “Mark let it go. Either you thought that we all should know what Jacinda’s breeding plans were or even worse you thought that employers should have the right to know what their employees’ breeding plans are.”

    MS, Jacinda opened that line of questioning up all by herself…

    “And if they don’t, the next leader won’t be her. She doesn’t want to work the ridiculous hours, she doesn’t want the acute spotlight of media scrutiny and having recently moved in with her partner, Auckland media personality Clarke Gayford, she wants to have kids.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11701114

    Jacinta Ardern = I want to have kids

    Jacinda Ardern then a short while latter = how dare you ask me if I want to have kids.

    Australian Women’s Weekly NZ – 2018-02-01- “Jacinda has always been open about wanting a family”

    • You_Fool 4.1

      Jacinda (actual comment): it is ok to ask me because I opened up about it, but you can’t say it is an employer’s right to know…

      Good try at rewriting history though..

    • Tracey 4.2

      And he said employers have a right to know if a woman is going to get pregnant… not a right to know if a man has or intends to impregnate a woman.

      Nice editting as noted below by the aptly named

      You Fool

      • Chuck 4.2.1

        “And he said employers have a right to know if a woman is going to get pregnant”

        I agree in general terms that an employer has no place in asking that question.

        However, does a prospective employee have an obligation to inform a prospective employer that they are pregnant?

        • tracey 4.2.1.1

          Er… you agree an employer cannot ask but think an employer should have an obligation to tell the employer?

          Do you know why men arent asked this? They can take parental leave? I know Mark would probably NEVER consider giving up his well paying job to talk out of his arse but men do. Bridges wasnt asked if he is having another? He wasnt asked how he would handle being a Leader with a 4 month old and 2 others under 5. Be under no illusion chuck, this isnt really about employers having a right to know an employee might go on leave

          • chris73 4.2.1.1.1

            Interestingly one of the things that was always thrown in Sir John Keys face was his education, or lack of

            “Hes only got a commerce degree” as if to suggest hes not smart enough to be PM yet Cindy has an even less impressive education yet no ones suggesting shes not smart enough to be PM, double standards maybe?

            • Incognito 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Since when do we measure education solely by degree? Having a degree does not make one smart and lack of a degree does not make one stupid. At the same time, there are a lot of degree snobs around, e.g. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/84691054/Nigel-Latta-Time-to-end-education-snobbery

              • chris73

                As I said: “one of the things that was always thrown in Sir John Keys face was his education, or lack of”

                • Incognito

                  Yes, same with Brownlee and Joyce’s Zoology degree (and his marks for an economics paper), for example; it’s pathetic. Politicians should be judged on their political merit & achievements; everything else is a sideshow or distraction (that includes comments about looks & appearance).

              • Unfknblvble

                A pointless tangent. Ones education has no similarity to ones choice to raise a family.

            • solkta 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Is there a less impressive degree than a Commerce degree? I wouldn’t think so.

              • tracey

                A law degree when only 25% can find jobs in a law firm?

              • chris73

                A commerce degree from Canterbury is probably considered more impressive than a communications degree from Waikato

            • tracey 4.2.1.1.1.3

              I dont recall people saying that about Key. About Brownlee and about Joyce’s triple economics failure when made Finance Minister but I dont recall criticisms of Key around his Comnerce Degree

              I recall I said that he was a curreny trader which is not of itself useful for overseeing the multiple areas a PM must cover including the extensive environment and social “contracts”. The notion that being a currency trader meant he could run a country economy well is slightly off base. Financial literacy is useful of course but a country is NOT a business, despite how many times some say it is.

              A MP in my view must be adept at listening, at understanding information from all sides, at knowing when to seek expertise and communicating well with others. These skills can be gained from a variety of life experiences.

  5. Chuck 5

    “Mark let it go. Either you thought that we all should know what Jacinda’s breeding plans were or even worse you thought that employers should have the right to know what their employees’ breeding plans are.”

    MS, Jacinda opened that line of questioning up all by herself…

    “And if they don’t, the next leader won’t be her. She doesn’t want to work the ridiculous hours, she doesn’t want the acute spotlight of media scrutiny and having recently moved in with her partner, Auckland media personality Clarke Gayford, she wants to have kids.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11701114

    Jacinta Ardern = I want to have kids

    Jacinda Ardern then a short while latter = how dare you ask me if I want to have kids.

    Then back to this: Australian Women’s Weekly NZ – 2018-02-01- “Jacinda has always been open about wanting a family”

    Jacinda has had no problem talking about her baby plans since at least 2016, but it depends on who asks her it seems.

    EDIT: I seem to have posted twice…

    • Tracey 5.1

      And even when posting twice you still left out the most important part. Now, try for a 3rd post and give us the entire transcript

  6. Incognito 6

    Seems to me that Mr Mark Richardson is suffering from Fragile Ego & Androgyne Regression (AKA FEAR) because he knows the male sex chromosome (X) is shrinking and disappearing. This puts into question his identity as talk show cricket and reason for being. Or maybe he’s just a Doofus.

    • Koff 6.1

      FYI The male sex chromosome is Y! Males have 1 X and 1 Y while females have 2 X’s!

      • dukeofurl 6.1.1

        The other issue with (young) males is testosterone

        Males 19+ level is 240- 950

        females 19+ level is 20-75

        • Incognito 6.1.1.1

          The other issue with Doofi (M/F) 19+ is that their flatulence levels cause acute and lasting brain fog that impairs normal brain function (AKA thinking and speech control).

      • Incognito 6.1.2

        I never was any good at karyotyping nor at algebra and I always got those X’s and Y’s mixed up – I wonder whether I’m dyslexic and how I got as far as I did 😉

        My whole comment was a poor attempt at trying to be funny, as is this one. Maybe I need to do some exercise outside …

  7. gsays 7

    I would have thought someone like Richardson would have to display meteoric doofusery to win this award.
    These outbursts are par for the course for this mouthpiece.

    Unfortunately, like folau, these opinions have a constituency, they are shared by a significant number of people.
    After all the National party got approx 40+% of the vote last election.

  8. Bewildered 8

    As with every thing there is some truth in what Richardson says and many would agree with him, so to a degree perception is reality In defense of Ardern it’s not her fault, she can only be who she is, In this regard I don’t think Richardson was attacking her but more so the the media infatuation with Ardern celebrity than rather is she a good pm and critiquing her so called goals for nz and the policies, plans or lack of to achieve such beyond grand slogans In this regard you could argue the media not Richardson should be accused of belittling Arden and her office with their mush and carry on

  9. Chris T 10

    Seems to be a lot of dragging up his past questions about Jacindas baby plans, which she actually said he could ask her.

    And very little criticism of his latest comments.

    I’m guessing because there is little to argue against.

    She isn’t the first woman have a baby while keeping a career going. And there does seem to be a massive amount of media hype over it.

    • Descendant Of Sssmith 10.1

      Can’t wait for the shots of Jacinda planking with her new born, having a secret cup of tea in a cafe with loads of press outside, wearing a butchers apron by the royal barbie, run-walk modelling the next rugby world cup uniform, hanging out with the All Blacks in the dressing room, three way hand-shake photo-op …….

      Ah the opportunity to replicate and parody all those classic John Key photo moments – it should be done!

      • joe90 10.1.1

        Ponyboy couldn’t buy Ardern’s class.

        At Buckingham Palace, where I guess she would’ve had a choice of designer coats, she chooses a Korowai 😍 @jacindaardern can’t buy that in Milan or Rodeo Drive pic.twitter.com/6vjPbof1GY— Mat-Nat McMat (@EssDotBlack) April 20, 2018

      • Bewildered 10.1.2

        Agree and Key got a lot of flak for It so no one should really complain Ardern getting flak for simply aping key But again Richardson was not having a go at Ardern but media, much of flak against key however was highly personal and just plain hate,I have not seen such hatred scorned on Ardern beyond odd nut job on kiwi blog

        • tracey 10.1.2.1

          Then you need to look around a bit more. Facebook comments on tvnz newshub etc are full of posters calling her a horse, ugly etc etc. Some suggest Clarke is on a salary to be with her and so on.

      • Chris T 10.1.3

        None of which addresses my point

  10. Fred H 11

    Mark Richardson, subject matter expert in the field of: being good at hitting a ball with a stick across a field….and lately being shot down by the PM with a wave of her finger. He just needs to left under the bridge and ignored.

    • Bewildered 11.1

      To be fair Jacinda cv ain’t all that flash either, as Chris t indicated pretty unreasonable if every Richardson comment is judged on one comment of his a long time ago He wasn’t even commenting on Ardern this time but media trivalisation of her and her office It’s all a bit sad that people will only hear a arguement if they think the person making a point is worthy in thier eyes not the merit of the arguenent itself Unfortunatly that’s where we are at as a Society and we are poorer for it

      • tracey 11.1.1

        The man is a walking imitation of Hosking. That he berates the media for focusing on trivial things while failing to see he is paid hundreds of thousands to create trivial media is worse than ironic.

        He is filling a gap though. For all those white men who are finding the equality of others oppressive.

        To be fair, to compare Ardern’s CV and job to Richardson’s suggests being fair is not on your mind at all.

        • Bewildered 11.1.1.1

          Yep he provides light entertainment that you can choose to watch or not, this does not preclude him from having an opinion as such what ever you do does not preclude you, Irrespective of your opinion of the richardson the point he highlighted yesterday has some merit, this is not saying you have to like him. Also my point on Ardern cv is not contrasting hers with Richardson but simply Fred binging experience into debate is a red herring and has nothing to do with the merit or lack of merit re the point Richardson made You seem to be falling into the same trap, playing the person rather than discussing the merit of Richardson point To a degee you take it even further adding a straw man arguement of old white guys

          • patricia bremner 11.1.1.1.1

            Bewildered, Jacinda Ardern does not require our permission to have a family.

            Her appearances in the news and elsewhere is part of our appetite to know what she is doing.

            Richardson is still sour at being corrected about employers asking women their family plans. His outburst on TV3 showed that.

            AS to “Old white men” we “girls” get a bit tired of throw away statements as well.

            I have met her. She is genuine clever and really cares. She is doing well and making it look easy.

            Mark gets his opinions mixed with facts. He spends his time rationalising what he previously meant.

            • Bewildered 11.1.1.1.1.1

              I am not questioning Jacinda although I have my doubts, Richardson point was about the media trivialising Ardern and her office with celerity mush, not an attabk on Ardern contrary most posts here are sttack in him not the point he made. As I siad in my first post Jacinda is who she is that’s all she can be, I have no problem with that, not do I dislike her, wether I think she is a good on that’s another question I dislike trump but I can’t argue as potus he has done some good stuff , North Korea, Syria , isil etc Been good pm Or potus is not about been nice Jacinda has not done anything yet, the hush from the media is similar to Obama’s Nobel peace prize earned after 5 minutes, again this was not Obama’s fault but the Nobel fawning committee as are some of our press acting as they should be writing for women’s weekly or Hello

              • tracey

                How did you feel about Richardsons silence on the devaluation of Keys office with all the celebrity mush? Let me guess, you didnt like that attitude toward Key either… just hadnt noticed Richardson never questioned it?

            • Bewildered 11.1.1.1.1.2

              You don’t get it I am not questioning Jacinda although I have my doubts, Richardson point was about the media and trivialising Ardern and her office with celerity mush, As I siad in my first post Jacinda is who she is that’s all she can be, I have no problem with that, not do I dislike her, wether I think she is a good pm that’s another question I dislike trump but I can’t argue as potus he has done some good stuff , North Korea, Syria , isil etc Being good pm Or potus is not about being nice Jacinda has not done anything yet to warrant legacy status Thec rubbish from the media is similar to Obama’s Nobel peace prize earned after 5 minutes, again this was not Obama’s fault but the nobel committee fawning over obama as are some of our press acting as they should be writing for women’s weekly or Hello

            • tracey 11.1.1.1.1.3

              And “old white men” was actually “some old white men” and has barely been in existence… the fact that word was left out in media and other retelling speaks volumes.

          • tracey 11.1.1.1.2

            Not a straw man argument an opinion on what lies beneath some of his bizarre utterings. I did agree he had a point, which you ignored for reasons only you know.

            You can take Richardsons comments in isolation or you can observe a pattern. You choose the former, I the latter. He recently said being a “mother” is not a job. He has history.

            Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has them but those who get paid for them need to expect theirs to be analysed.

  11. AsleepWhileWalking 12

    A little disappointed to see this week’s Doofus is the beige shirt of presenters.

    The vaguely controversial commentary is probably what I will remember him most by. This of course assumes he doesn’t Tony Veitch all over my Suzuki Swift.

  12. chris73 13

    Really MS, this is what you add:

    “His nickname was Rigor, as in rigor mortis, such was the electrifying effect he had on the game”

    I’m going to assume that you know he was a test specialist (and with good reason, only four one day matchs) but since you’ve opened the door on his sporting ability lets see what his stats actually are:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/content/player/38251.html

    Test average of 44.77 sounds pretty decent to me, lets see how that compares to every other NZ cricketer:

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/engine/records/batting/highest_career_batting_average.html?class=1;id=5;type=team (Minimum of 20 innings)

    Gosh he has the fifth highest test average of all NZ cricketers and the highest test average of all NZ openers

    You couldn’t just stick to the comments he made, you just had to try and belittle his sporting career as well?

    • joe90 13.1

      Yeah, he’s a cricketer and he’s done little to disabuse me of the notion that all cricketers are wankers.

      • chris73 13.1.1

        Thats fine (and also a bit dumb really when you consider how many cricketers there are) but why try to make out something he was good at and noted for to be a bad thing

        “Ohhh Grant Fox he was only good at kicking” as an example when the reality is hes one of our finest first fives ever, easily top three of all time

        • joe90 13.1.1.1

          I’ve attended more than enough senior grade after-match piss ups with the top end of the town to know that, indeed, all cricketers are wankers.

          • chris73 13.1.1.1.1

            “all cricketers are wankers”

            Well I’ve met some NZ rep cricketers and some are pretty decent guys (Chris Cairns on the other hand…), some are aloof but if you’ve ever read any of Martin Crowes writings on cricket it might also have been them wearing masks due to insecurities and we could go back on forth on this but unless you’ve met every cricketer you can’t just say all cricketers are wankers

            Well I mean obviously you can say it but you’d be wrong

          • Bewildered 13.1.1.1.2

            Going by your statement I assume you are an outstanding cricketer 😉

            Does your statement cover women and child cricketers as well

            • joe90 13.1.1.1.2.1

              I was only ever there for the pavilion’s cheap after-match piss, my mother in-law was a rather odd woman who happened to be an Otago rep in her youth and age group rep cricket is probably why my one of brother’s boys turned out to be the petulant little shit that he is.

          • Hillary 13.1.1.1.3

            Thanks for calling me a wanker….

            What an insecure person you must be for labeling everyone that plays a particular sport as a wanker. I have played and coached cricket and there are plenty of outstanding players with great morals. Cricketers like any people are just a subset of our community with their good points and their bad points.

            • joe90 13.1.1.1.3.1

              Aww, you’ve taken my Saturday night piss take to heart and now your fee fees are all hurt.

              So soz, lotsa and lotsa of so soz’s.

              /

              • Gabby

                Passive Aggressive Boygenius Lends Credence to Cricketers’ Offspring Wankerism Theory.

    • KJT 13.2

      Pity his brain never developed beyond sport. Unlike some other sports people who have used their fame to do a lot of good.

  13. Cinny 14

    He’s not dealing with it very well, having tantrums on the telly, his ego has been displaying a public melt down since the nats lost.

    Makes him come across as an absolute arsehole on morning tv, funny thing is the lack of public sympathy, now that says it all really.

    PS never heard of him when he was a cricketer.

    • tracey 14.1

      He had a very interesting career. Was a bowler who batted 10 or 11 for St Kentigern College ( with Adam Parore whose real story beggars belief). Mark reinvented himself as an opening batsmen and in my viewed served a good purpose in that role for NZ.

      His I Reckons on the other hand are Hosking V2 and represent a world view that in my view is a blinkered self serving one that presupposes the world is for others as it is for a privately educated professional sportsman.

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    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    2 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    3 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    3 days ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    3 days ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    3 days ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    4 days ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    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 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    5 days ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    6 days ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Policy by panic
    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
    6 days ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Monday, June 10
    TL;DR: The six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty in the past day to 8:36 pm on Monday, June 10 were:20,000 protested against the Fast-track approval bill on Saturday in Auckland, but PM Christopher Luxon says ‘sorry, but not sorry’ about the need for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • In Defence of Kāinga Ora
    Given the headlines around the recent findings of the ‘independent’ review of Kāinga Ora by Bill English, you might assume this post will be about social housing, Kāinga Ora’s most prominent role. While that is indeed something that requires defending, I want to talk about the other core purpose of ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
    “How does it feel to beOne of the beautiful peopleNow that you know who you areWhat do you want to beAnd have you traveled very far?Far as the eye can see”Yesterday the ACT party faithful were regaled with craven boasts, sneers, and demands for even more at their annual rally.That ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Stopping a future Labour government from shutting down gas exploration
    A defiant Resources Minister Shane Jones has responded to Saturday’s environmental protests by ending Labour’s offshore oil exploration ban and calling for long-term contracts with any successful explorers. The purpose would be to prevent a future Labour Government from reversing any licence the explorers might hold. Jones sees a precedent ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23
    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 2, 2024 thru Sat, June 8, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is Yale Climate Connection's Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths, by ...
    7 days ago
  • Fission by the river
    This is where we ate our lunch last Wednesday. Never mind your châteaux and castles and whatnot, we like to enjoy a baguette in the shadow of a nuclear power plant; a station that puts out more than twice as much as Manapouri using nothing more than tiny atoms to bring ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Fact Brief – Is the ocean acidifying?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Is the ocean acidifying? Acidification of oceans ...
    1 week ago
  • 20,000+ on Queen St.
    The largest protest I ever went on was in the mid 90s. There were 10,000 people there that day, and I’ve never forgotten it. An enormous mass of people, chanting together. Stretching block after block, bringing traffic to a halt.But I can’t say that’s the biggest protest I’ve ever been ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Josh Drummond's Columns
    Hi there,I wanted to put all of Josh Drummond’s Webworm pieces all in one place. I love that he writes for Webworm — and all of these are a good read!David.Why Are So Many “Christians” Hellbent on Being Horrible?Why do so many objectively hideous people declare themselves “Christian”?Meeting the Master ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday soliloquy and weekend Pick ‘n’ Mix for June 8/9
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: On reflection, the six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty this week were:The Government-driven freeze in building new classrooms, local roads and water networks in order to save cash for tax cuts is frustrating communities facing massive population ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The no-vision thing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • When Journalists are Disingenuous
    Hi,One of the things I like the most about Webworm is to be able to break down the media and journalism a little, and go behind the scenes.This is one of those times.Yesterday an email arrived in my inbox from journalist Jonathan Milne, who is managing editor at Newsroom.I don’t ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • Me, elsewhere: Just say you’ll do the thing
    Wrote something over at 1/200 on a familiar theme of mine: The way we frame the economy as a separate, sacred force which must be sacrificed to, the way we talk about criminals as invaders who must be repelled, the constant othering of people on the benefit, people not in ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    1 week ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted
    A nice bit of news today: my 4600-word historical fantasy-horror piece, A Voyage Among the Vandals, has been accepted by Phobica Books (https://www.phobicabooks.co.uk/books) for their upcoming Pirate Horror anthology, Shivering Timbers. This one is set in the Mediterranean, during the mid-fifth century AD. Notable for having one of history’s designated ...
    1 week ago
  • Ministerial conflicts of interest
    Since the National government came to power, it has been surrounded by allegations of conflicts of interest. Firstly, there's the fast-track law, which concentrates power in the hands of three Ministers, some of whom have received donations from companies whose projects they will be deciding on. Secondly, there's the close ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The 2024 Budget Forecasts Are Gloomy Prognosis About The Next Three Years.
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A government that can't see twenty feet ahead
    There are two failings that consistently characterise a National government. One is a lack of imagination, the other is their willingness to look after their mates, no matter what harm it might do to everyone else.This is how we come to have thousands of enormous trucks carving up our roads. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • A post I hope is incorrect
    In May, we learned that National MP David MacLeod had "forgotten" to declare $178,000 in electoral donations. Filing a donation return which is false in any material particular is a crime, and the Electoral Commission has now referred MacLeod to police, since they're the only people who are allowed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Māori Cannot Re-Write New Zealand’s Constitution By Stealth.
    The Kotahitanga Parliament 1897: A Māori Parliament – at least in the guise of a large and representative body dedicated to describing the shape of New Zealand’s future from a Māori perspective – would be a very good idea.THE DEMAND for a “Māori Parliament” needs to be carefully unpicked. Some Pakeha, ...
    1 week ago
  • Cowpats and Colonials.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on cutting the sick leave of vulnerable workers
    Should sick leave be part and parcel of the working conditions from Day One on the job, just like every other health and safety provision? Or should access to sick leave be something that only gradually accumulates, depending on how long a worker has been on the payroll? If enacted ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Nobody Move: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.
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    1 week ago
  • In Search Of Unity.
    Kotahitanga: New Zealand’s future belongs to those who do not fear a nation carved out of unity and solidarity, and are willing to trust the carvers. Some New Zealanders will be required to step up, and others, perhaps for the first time in their lives, will be expected to step ...
    1 week ago
  • Weekly Roundup 7-June-2024
    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
    1 week ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 7
    As Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, ACT’s Brooke van Velden is fronting proposed changes to sick pay regulations and The Holiday Act. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Did we boil the oceans by cutting pollution?
    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
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #23 2024
    Open access notables Abrupt reduction in shipping emission as an inadvertent geoengineering termination shock produces substantial radiative warming, Yuan et al., Communications Earth & Environment: Human activities affect the Earth’s climate through modifying the composition of the atmosphere, which then creates radiative forcing that drives climate change. The warming effect ...
    1 week ago
  • Fragments
    The best observation I’ve read this week about the deep, profound harm Trump is doingTrump has hurled threats and smears at witnesses, jurors and the judge (including his family)... [he] has tried to intimidate witnesses and delegitimize the New York courts as corrupt. In continuing to incite his mob (that ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • March for Nature
    Do do do do do do do doDo do do do do doDi di di di di di di di di di diNature enter me…In 2018 the Labour lead government banned new oil and gas exploration in Aotearoa. A change welcomed by those who care deeply for our environment and ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus and pick ‘n’ mix for Thursday, June 6
    The Transport Minister is trying to push through urgent legislation that would allow him to change emissions standards for car imports without approval from Parliament, after only consulting car importers. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Just as two major reports showed fossil fuel burning was warming the planet to dangerous levels and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • A Better Broadway: Act 2
    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

  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
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