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du Fresne: Stop bullshitting us, prime minister

Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, December 5th, 2014 - 78 comments
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This is a brutally honest piece by Karl du Fresne, first published in the Nelson Mail and Manawatu Standard, then on his blog. Please go read the whole piece, well worth it, but some extracts below:

Stop bullshitting us, prime minister

… Over the past few weeks, we have observed a National government that seems determined to live up to every stereotype about third terms. It has been arrogant, smug and incompetent. Worse than that, it appears to have undergone an integrity by-pass.

With very little warning, the government proposed radical changes to security laws and allowed practically no time for people to make submissions. It displayed utter contempt for the normal democratic process.

Now let’s look at the charge of incompetence. Consider the following.
■ Murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith, a man known to be clever and manipulative as well as evil, escaped to South America because of staggering naivety on the part of the Corrections Department;
■ The State Services Commission presided over an embarrassing sexual harassment fiasco in which it was seen as supporting the senior public servant whose behaviour was the subject of the complaint;
■ As already mentioned, the former head of the SIS allowed himself to be used in an underhand smear campaign aimed at discrediting a senior Labour politician.

In each case, incompetence and bad judgment on a grand scale. But did we see any of the responsible cabinet ministers, or even department heads, volunteering to fall on their swords?

Finally, there’s the issue of Key and his relationship with Cameron Slater, which brings us to the subject of integrity.

I now seriously wonder whether the prime minister has any, given his pathetic dissembling over whether he’d been in touch with Slater. That came on top of his preposterous claim recently that when he spoke to Slater, it wasn’t in his capacity as prime minister.

For heaven’s sake, give us a break. This is altogether too cute and too cocky. … what’s inexcusable is that he plays us for mugs by bullshitting us.

At the very least, he should show us a bit more respect.

Once again, well worth reading the whole thing. If only more opinion pieces were as honest and direct.

78 comments on “du Fresne: Stop bullshitting us, prime minister”

  1. Peter 1

    Mr Smile & Wave has every reason to be smug and arrogant because he has pulled off the greatest electoral con in NZ politics with the help of his PR advisors and enough gullible voters.

    • batweka 1.1

      + a zillion.

    • tc 1.2

      and a compliant useless MSM who played a massive part

    • Clemgeopin 1.3

      This is a government of the crooks for the crooks voted in by the crooks and the gullible.

    • A Voter 1.4

      Yes he more like WAVE YOU SLAVES your so stupid I get you every time
      who are these NZers anyway Ive manage to fool them quite well got them glued like cage hens to the Greatest Show on Earth
      The John Key election just shove that carrot out Ehaw Ehaw
      Even when replying you can see HIS HEAD in working for WHALEOIL
      Going like a donkey

  2. vto 2

    du Fresne clearly states that Key has no integrity whatsoever, in diplomatic terms..

    and that Finlayson with his “no time for chit chat” arrogance/ignorance comment therein so eloquently confirms his self-appointment and continuing position as the country’s leading Q…. C…

    … however du Fresne gets it wrong in the last sentence in suggesting Key et all should show us more respect..

    Key gets no respect.
    Key is losing respect rapidly from the fawning masses

    We should want nothing more from Key but his resignation

    • A Voter 2.1

      Finlayson is the most accomplished lair of the govt almost gets you going along with it until a repeated question then you see the vacancy in the smile I really only practised the grammar no meaning whatsoever

  3. du Fresne has always been a few ants short of a picnic, so it’s no surprise that just now he realises what we have already known for years and assumes that somehow something has changed. Oh well, given that Armstrong’s struggling with the “but I never knew until now” argument to maintain some pretence of credibility, I suppose it’s a good indicator overall.

    • esoteric pineapples 3.1

      Yes, he’s quite the neo conservative really, with no time for the Left. He belongs to a generation of baby boomer journalists like Rosemary McLeod who were once sharp but have taken on a casual, wordly cynical “it’s all the same bollocks” air. McLeod, for instance, was demeaning Julliane Assange a few weeks ago as simply being on an ego trip.

      • rhinocrates 3.1.1

        I remember a column years ago by du Fresne berating astronomers for not providing him with a spectacular enough meteor shower.

        Anyway, the mediocre do tend to judge everyone on their own low terms. McLeod, that well-known expert on tea cosies, can’t think of anyone not being on an ego trip.

        The opinion columns of today’s papers seem to be sinecures or hospices for the creatively and intellectually dead and dying. Their purpose baffles me; what use are they? I expect analysis and special knowledge that I lack and instead they’re full of pompously self-aggrandising dribble about cafes in Ponsonby. Any idiot can have an opinion and unfortunately many get them published.

  4. Skinny 4

    Thumbs up to many of the provincial new papers for taking Crap Happy to task over his blatant lies. The Waikato Times Editor also gave Key a decent crack, the Dunedin rag did too. Crap Happy Key never fooled any of us on the Left with his slippery silver tongue excuses, the ones who voted for this mug are wakening up to being played for fools. Does he care? Obvious not if you watch parliament tv, the deceit keeps coming thick and fast. Even his own caucus sat in stunned silence as he lied through his teeth when answering Megan Woods questions earlier this week. Tricky is as tricky does!

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    At the very least, he should show us a bit more respect.

    Actually, I’m quite happy that he doesn’t – it’s the only honest thing he does.

  6. Galeandra 6

    Sort of agree with Rhino. Nothing to gain from the efforts of this self-styled ‘curmudgeon’ with his simplistic rightie-contrarian views to gloss a few of the more glaring misdeeds of National/Key. Maybe it’s an indicator of a tide turning, but the item itself wasn’t worth the trouble of linking to it.

  7. I can’t jump on the “praising Karl du Fresne” bandwagon. He’s written some pretty vile things and they don’t become less vile just because he’s criticising someone I dislike. Characterizing the Roger Sutton issue as an “embarrassing sexual harassment fiasco” completely downplays the seriousness of it, which reinforces all the problems of sexual harassment not being taken seriously and utter incompetence and old-boys’-club ass-covering on the part of Iain Rennie and other senior civil servants.

    • Tom Jackson 7.1

      The fact that you sometimes post things I think are clearly mistaken doesn’t stop me from thinking you’ve done a good job when you post something I think is clearly right. Maurice Williamson was right about gay marriage, and Du Fresne is right about this.

      • batweka 7.1.1

        Are there other things that De Fresne has written apart from this article that you think are right?

        • Tom Jackson 7.1.1.1

          Since I haven’t read everything he has written, I would not know. Do I think he’s a dick? Sure.

          You don’t have to like him as a person to believe that he is right in a particular case. It’s a pretty basic logical error to discount someone’s argument because of some other bad arguments they make or their character. The people who think this is OK usually subscribe to the George W Bush theory of political opposition.

          • batweka 7.1.1.1.1

            Nevertheless, Stephanie’s point was that Du Fresne predominantly writes right wing vileness. You tried to make a point by suggesting that sometimes Stephanie writes things you don’t like but that doesn’t mean you don’t like everything. It’s a false equivalence and distracts from what Stephanie was actually talking about. It’s not a matter of not being able to see the value in the content of this one post, it’s about putting that one post in context. I appreciate Stephanie and others doing that in this thread.

            • Tom Jackson 7.1.1.1.1.1

              The context doesn’t make the blindest bit of difference to the quality of this article or the issues raised by it. All she wanted to do was put the boot in because he opposes some of her favourite hobby horses. It’s a distraction and off topic.

            • Colonial Rawshark 7.1.1.1.1.2

              Nevertheless, Stephanie’s point was that Du Fresne predominantly writes right wing vileness.

              Stephanie’s point is that she sees Du Fresne as a vile person and therefore won’t give this piece he has written any credit, regardless of its points or its merits.

              • batweka

                Interesting, I didn’t read it like that.

                • Colonial Rawshark

                  An alternative reading is – all his other writings are so vile that it taints everything else he might ever produce or touch, and rules him out of receiving credit for any good he might do in the future.

                  • batweka

                    lol.

                    How about,

                    Putting an intro to his post like this is promotion that I disagree with. His politics are vile so we need to understand what he writes in light of that. Part of this particular post is dubious in how it portrays sexual harrassment.

                    When I read his post I thought a few things. One was why is he writing this now as if this is new?

                    Another was, he doesn’t really want things to be different in a way that most people here want things to be different.

                    Also noted the insertion of this piece of bullshit,

                    Key has given new Labour leader Andrew Little a dream start, and Little has the ability to take full advantage of it. More by good luck than good management, Labour has found itself with a leader who could prove a real handful for National.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      My critical interpretation is spot on, yours is a bit watered down, IMO.

                      For instance, she doesn’t ask us to evaluate the writing at all. It is dismissed. And Stephanie’s contention that the failure of SSC’s management of the Sutton incident was downplayed by Du Fresne’s wording is rubbish. How much more damning than “embarrassing fiasco” do you think the wording should have/could have been when describing the performance of the SSC and Rennie.

    • Karen 7.2

      +1 Stephanie
      Just because du Fresne is, for a change, criticizing this government is no reason to give him any credence or respect. His opinions are, generally speaking, shallow, authoritarian and very right wing.
      Have a look at this attack he made on the wonderful Giovanni Tiso. http://karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/planet-tiso-continued.html

      • miravox 7.2.1

        Tough stuff when someone like du Fresne realises, finally, who and what they voted for.

      • batweka 7.2.2

        thanks Karen. Would’ve been good if the post had been put up in this context.

      • Tom Jackson 7.2.3

        Who’s saying we should fall at his feet? He’s just right in this particular case, and we should acknowledge he’s done a good job (as the author of the post did by linking it).

        I’m supposed to think badly of Du Fresne because he had a go at the Italian bore? Oh well…

        • Karen 7.2.3.1

          Tom, the article I linked to was just one example of the kind of nasty, lazy, right-wing dribble that du Fresne specializes in. Yes, it is interesting that one of Key’s greatest fans is now expressing doubts, but this post does not frame it in these terms.

          And while you may dismiss Giovanni Tiso an ‘Italian bore’, I think he is one of the most insightful, witty, moral and brilliant writers in this country. I happen to know that I am not alone in this view.

          • Tom Jackson 7.2.3.1.1

            Perhaps you should read more widely. 😉

            And while I’m at it, if Tiso posted something I found good, I would praise it and not attempt to change the subject.

            But here’s an example from his blog:

            The charge has both socio-technical and socio-political implications. As to the former, it feeds into a conservative discourse about the internet in general and social media in particular as degraded forms of being in the world.

            It appears to be a piece of pseudo intellectualism appealing to Heideggerian concepts to make what is in fact a simple and uncontroversial point that would be more accurately made without them. it would not be out of place in Private Eye’s Pseud’s Corner.

            • Colonial Rawshark 7.2.3.1.1.1

              Tiso knows the audience he is writing for. This is the kind of thing that is well regarded by that audience.

            • Karen 7.2.3.1.1.2

              I did not “attempt to change the subject” and I read very widely.

              There seems little point in responding to your rather pathetic and misguided attempt at literary criticism.

          • Karl du Fresne 7.2.3.1.2

            There are several comically erroneous statements and assumptions about me in this thread, but I would like to deal with this one in particular. I am not, and never have been, a “fan” of John Key. How could I be, when I don’t have a clue what his values are?

            • Manuka AOR 7.2.3.1.2.1

              Mate, Thanks! for what you wrote.

              There’s been a culture of timidity from the NZ press for a long, long time, imo, when covering politicians in power. Your op-ed is appreciated.

            • Paul 7.2.3.1.2.2

              Why do you support neo-liberal capitalism when it is clearly hostile to the earth’s environment?

            • Clemgeopin 7.2.3.1.2.3

              @Karl du fresne

              I had not read your blogs before. This was the first and I liked it! I very much agree with your views stated in this article.

              I have just read a few of your blogs from the month of September, before and after the election. You make some good points, but of course, I don’t agree with everything you state.

              I also read the nice blog from Nov 29, about Andrew Little:
              http://karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz/2014/11/labour-picked-right-leader.html

              While I agree with most of the things you say there, I do not agree with your lazy bandwagon RW untrue view that ‘even if he was elected by the skin of his teeth under a flawed process that gives too much power to the unions’…How so when Labour by definition and historically is a party sympathetic to the common people and the workers? The unions (affiliates) that represent the workers have only 20% (1/5 of the vote) compared to the caucus and the members that have 80% (4/5) of the vote? So, how can you honestly state that the unions have ‘too much’ power?

              You write well. Keep up the good work. Does your blog have a subscription button? I did not see one. Cheers!

            • Morrissey 7.2.3.1.2.4

              You’re a fan of John Howard, however, and you made a particularly foolish attempt to defend him after he had performed poorly in an interview on National Radio.

              If I were you, I’d pretend I was a John Key fan; he’s one of the good guys compared to some of the moral imbeciles and criminals you’ve endorsed.

        • batweka 7.2.3.2

          “Who’s saying we should fall at his feet?”

          Only you apparently.

          “He’s just right in this particular case, and we should acknowledge he’s done a good job (as the author of the post did by linking it).”

          Why not put it in context as well?

      • Murray Rawshark 7.2.4

        Du Fresne is a neoliberal prick. This makes me wonder what his motives are in telling part of the truth about Key. His heart will not be pure. Maybe he thinks Gusher or ACT need to step up and take over.

        • RedLogix 7.2.4.1

          Disagree with the label Murray. My reading of him is that he’s more an old-fashioned conservative than a neo-lib.

          The difference is that with a conservative you can usually agree on the destination – but not on how to get there. Whereas neo-libs have a whole other idea on where they want to finish up.

    • Tracey 7.3

      I agree. I feel the same way about Garth George.

  8. Tracey 8

    Does anyone have a list of the incidents involving helen clark which were deemed to be appalling judgment and/or dishonesty. They “they do/did it too thing intrigues me.

    A list like BLiPs or a list as above.

    I am most interested in how many of hers were in relation to running a country… For example painter gate was dishonest but in my opinion did not relate to running the country, whereas corngate did.

    • Chch_chiquita 8.1

      What intrigues me is why Key thinks this is a valid excuse. So, if Helen Clark did it does it make it right? Isn’t change in government suppose to be voting for a change in how things are done?

      • emergency mike 8.1.1

        Yep, schoolkids don’t get away with the old ‘but so-and-so did it too!’ line, but Key’s got it down.

  9. Lanthanide 9

    “Murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith, a man known to be clever and manipulative as well as evil, escaped to South America because of staggering naivety on the part of the Corrections Department;”

    The limited release programme actually seems very sensible. It just seems in this particular case, Phillip Smith shouldn’t have been in the programme, and they didn’t appropriately vet the person he was released to. But lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    The passport kerfluffle and the various scams he was running from prison are a separate, and much more embarrassing, issue.

    • Tracey 9.1

      Agree. Lets get tracking or limit the types of offenders who get it. Someone the parole board thinks is still manipulative was a dumb choice

  10. TheContrarian 10

    Wow, brutal.

  11. Tom Jackson 11

    I had a thought about the corrections minister. He’s clearly been promoted well beyond his abilities.

    For years the right have complained that affirmative action would led to people from minorities being promoted way beyond their competence. If you look at the opposition benches, this doesn’t make sense as the opposition have many female and ethnic minority members who are just as competent as the men (King, Mahuta, Turei, etc.).

    On the other hand, if you look at the National caucus women and minorities, it’s a parade of incompetence and unsuitability (Collins, Upston, Tolley, Lotu-Liga, Parata, Hauiti, Bennett). You have to wonder if they have a secret agenda to keep white dudes in charge by making people think that everyone else is useless. Or perhaps they just think that diversity means finding a few stuffed shirts of the appropriate gender and ethnicity.

    • BassGuy 11.1

      Affirmative action will lead to people from minorities being promoted beyond their competence?

      I’m astounded that this is even a thing.

      I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Peter Princicple, which is basically the same premise but looks only at the individual’s abilities.

      Almost everybody knows someone who was put in a position of authority but is absolutely unsuited for the role.

    • Tracey 11.2

      He was promted to a portfolio that had a major fuck up he could have had no influence over… Now who used to be corrections minister and presided over such imbecilea?!?

  12. ankerawshark 12

    Tom J @11. So you think Bridges, Brownlee and English are competent? Holy hell

    • tc 12.1

      Blingish is very competent at what’s required of him.

      He pillaged the various reserves labour left in SOE’s and punching about a 1.5B hole p.a. in crown revenue tax take with the PAYE tax/GST swap and successfully douple dipped for years with his accomodation allowances.

      • Lanthanide 12.1.1

        Yip, just like Key is very good at the job he was installed to do.

      • Colonial Rawshark 12.1.2

        Labour always leave shit lying around for the Tories to pillage and plunder, instead of spending it on the people, itself. Asset rich SOEs, a govt credit card with a massive credit limit, etc.

    • Tom Jackson 12.2

      I didn’t say that. I just claimed that their attempts to promote minorities seem to result in the installation of nincompoops. I made no claim that National was somehow nincompoop free once you eliminate the women and people of colour, nor would I make such a claim, as Bridges is clearly a moron of the highest order.

      Smith, English, Groser, Finlayson and Joyce aren’t stupid either (diabolically clever?).

  13. Blue 13

    At the very least, he should show us a bit more respect.

    What respect is due to someone who has been duped by Key for seven long years now? Key has good reason to think the majority of NZers are complete idiots and treat them accordingly.

    No one with half a brain would believe the crap he’s come out with and yet all of the media and most of the voting population just eat it up.

  14. Morrissey 14

    Yes, Karl du Fresne has written something that makes sense, finally. Key is in real trouble now that the likes of Armstrong, Hooton and du Fresne are unreservedly stating that he is a liar.

    However, I wouldn’t expect too much more from the Wairarapa’s grumpiest old oenophile. We Standardisti have been following du Fresne for some time now. He can be quite a decent human being….

    Open mike 12/06/2013

    But he can also be, sadly, a disgusting right wing git, and an apologist for the very worst people in the world—like John Howard. His admiration for Howard led him to what is perhaps his most unfortunate performance, when he insanely ranted against the far superior Kim Hill….
    http://karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz/2010/11/howard-deserved-more-balanced-treatment.html

    Unbelievably, after that demonstration of North Korean level adulation of a politician, the irony-free Du Fresne had the audacity to write an opinion piece criticising journalism schools for failing to produce journalists who are “willing to challenge authority”…..

    Open mike 07/08/2011

  15. Chooky 15

    +100…”Key is in real trouble now that the likes of Armstrong, Hooton and du Fresne are unreservedly stating that he is a liar.”

  16. mac1 16

    If I wrote a piece like Du Fresne has just written, (which I did read), and then read the comments here about it, then I’d be tempted to really despair about people’s objectivity.

    Put in into context, someone wrote. Fair enough, but what context? That he’s a right winger of a journo with some sort of right wing motive for criticising John Key in a very strong way? That this opinion piece is a parody? or a piss-take? or a dare?

    I say, let the piece stand for itself. Let the piece be commended for its views. May the author be encouraged to write more in that vein. Congratulate him for twigging what we on the left have been saying for years about Key’s dishonest actions.

    It is never too late this side of the grave to repent, change, comprehend better.

    Good on yer, Karl Du Fresne for this piece published, furthermore, in a provincial paper, far from the beltway.

    • Manuka AOR 16.1

      “let the piece stand for itself. Let the piece be commended for its views.”

      Yes. He called it right. Nothing namby pamby wishy washy here.

      “Good on yer, Karl Du Fresne for this piece published, furthermore, in a provincial paper, far from the beltway.”

      • batweka 16.1.1

        “Yes. He called it right.”

        Except for the bit that he’s talking about now and seems to think something really bad has just happened, as if this hasn’t been the norm that’s built up for the past 6 years with the big difference now being that Key and his mates are getting caught out more often and the MSM is less willing to buy the bullshit thanks to some very good work by people that have been speaking out against this for quite some time and are finally being listened to.

        • Manuka AOR 16.1.1.1

          Hi Weka,

          The thing is, many, many, many other people all around NZ have also seen nothing wrong for these last years, and will still choose to do so if at all possible. Each person, each journo or op-ed that finally says, “Enough!” and starts calling the B.S for what it is, is a big plus for waking up and turning around the wider population.

          • batweka 16.1.1.1.1

            I agree, and have no problem with the article being seen in the light of adding a right wing discomfit with Key angle to the ongoing critiques. Have a look at my comment down thread as to why I don’t think Du Fresne is making a rallying cry to stop Key’s govt from doing all the bad shit.

    • Chooky 16.2

      +100…and who hasnt changed their mind over political issues at one time or another? ..every person the oars …every rower helps

      • Manuka AOR 16.2.1

        Absolutely Chookster.

        When someone is holding your family hostage with a gun pointed at them, and someone else gives you a long stick to try and knock the gun from that hand, are you going to get in a debate with the helper about whether they have been nice to you in the past?

        For pity’s sake! WAKE UP!!!!!

        • batweka 16.2.1.1

          Nice analogy, but I would challenge the idea that Du Fresne is trying to knock the gun from the hand. Sounds to me like he wants some respect, so it’s more a case of please stop being so aggressive with that gun. He doesn’t actually want Key to put the gun down. Think about Hooton, who is unhappy with Key but still pretty much agrees with Key’s agenda just doesn’t like how far he’s taken some of his tactics.

          Du Fresne’s concerns,

          that Key is being arrogant and incompetent

          that he has lost his integrity recently

          that this might cost the right the next election

          he thinks the new security laws were passed too quickly and this undermines democracy, but does he think there is anything wrong with the laws?

          he things the new employment laws were also problematic, not because of how they affect workers so much as how they are symbolic of something, and that this reflects badly on National because it makes them look like they’re looking out for the bosses (see, the problem is how it makes National look)

          he thinks there should be better ministerial responsibilty for dept fuck ups

          he objects to Key’s relationship with Slater as having gone too far now, and it seems to be an issue for Du Fresne that he’s been taken for a ride and now he wants some respect at least.

          If Hooton had written all that I doubt that people here would be going fuckin A. They’d be looking at what he said in the context of him being a far righter and a consummate spinner.

          • mac1 16.2.1.1.1

            “in the context of him being a far righter and a consummate spinner.”

            As I asked above, this question of context has to be explained.

            How much spin can there be in the strong condemnation of John Key in du Fresne’s article? What advantage is there for ‘far righters’ and ‘consummate spinners’, because I can’t see it. Maybe I’m a political virgin and never been consummated. 😉

            • Nic the NZer 16.2.1.1.1.1

              That one is easy,

              We see now the main stream media criticizing Key for the obvious fact he is completely non-credible in what he has said to the media and parliament. What we don’t see is criticism of what he (his office) actually did. The criticism is for being caught doing it, not what he was doing. Its an open invitation to do it again, but just make sure you don’t get caught doing it again or somebody else will be found who can do it without being caught.

              • weka

                Yep that’s the one. Or even, Key’s gone too far, or is just using the wrong tactics, but his basic plan is still good.

              • mac1

                I’ve just reread du Fresne’s opinion piece again with your critique in mind, Nic, and I don’t see what you’re saying there. You are reading in more than is stated or implied.

                For heaven’s sake, there is criticism of what Key and his government and ministers are doing. What else does ‘pathetic dissembling’ mean? What is a man doing if he’s too cocky?

                And right at the end (as there is all through the piece of his government which means us to read Key’s government) more criticism of his actions -“he plays us for mugs by bullshitting us.”

                Now, please reread the piece as I have done, this time looking for criticism of Key, his government and ministers.

                • Nic the NZer

                  Yeah, why didn’t Du Fresne write that piece before the election, when it was clear that the PM was running a smear campaign out of his office. They are just telling him to stop looking like a non-credible idiot, not to stop running election screwing (as in screw the scrum) smear campaigns to get elected.

                  Its good to see criticism from the right as well, but its far from substantial. Actually Slater and Key have not been acting any differently before or after the election, so what’s changed? It actually seems almost mean to write off Slater as toxic just because he’s now become unpopular. He has not done anything horrific since the election at least. They are just telling Key he’s screwing up and might not get a fourth term (if he doesn’t hide it better), they are not telling Key he’s been rorting the democratic process to get elected.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Yes, it is safely after the election. Mildly criticising Key and mildly criticising National over the next 12 months will be de riguer in the MSM. Especially since Key and co. have pissed off so many personalities in the media lately.

                    But 12 months out from the 2017 elections National worship will resume normal full broadcast strength.

                    • greywarshark

                      Colonial Viper R
                      I think that your concept of MSM behaviour sounds pretty right.

                      Karl du Fresne usually leans to the right, and it is good that he is applying some objective analysis to the post-election behaviours of Key and Finlayson. It is extraordinary to read criticism of Key and those who project the idea of thoughtful, balanced critiques have actually been forced to it by the unavoidable accumulation of disgraceful behaviours.

                      Karl du Fresne has not changed his usual scepticism of the left as shown in his words in the article:

                      Even before the appearance of the proposed new security laws, the government had shown signs of third-term arrogance.
                      Within weeks of winning the election, it had pushed through new employment laws that were widely criticised as eroding workers’ rights.

                      I’m not convinced that the new laws are quite as oppressive as the critics say, but it was the symbolism that struck me.

  17. mac1 17

    Nic, you’ve gone into “they” mode. I’m discussing du Fresne, where you should be in ‘he” mode.

    You are discussing something bigger than du Fresne’s offering, and I’m not saying you are wrong in your bigger picture that you draw.

    Du Fresne is cutting in his criticism. What can be worse than to doubt a government’s competence and especially its integrity?

    Man, I would hate to be receiving that criticism………………….

    • Nic the NZer 17.1

      “What can be worse than to doubt a government’s competence and especially its integrity?”

      Time to start questioning its right to govern. National has screwed the past 2 elections in some significant way. de Fresne will no doubt resume service to the National party in good time for the next one too. He certainly did before the election. I don’t care if the PM looks competent at his anti-democratic rorting or he looks like a bibbling idiot while doing it. It only matters if he is engaging in this kind of governance or not.

  18. Sacha 18

    Great to see the right calling out unethical behaviour. It’s not good enough no matter what political perspective we come from.

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    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
    9 hours 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
    12 hours 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
    14 hours 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
    17 hours 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    1 day 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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
    3 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    3 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    4 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    4 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    5 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    5 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    5 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days 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 ...
    6 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    6 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days 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 ...
    7 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    7 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks 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 ...
    16 hours 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    6 days 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 ...
    7 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 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 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
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  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
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  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
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  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
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  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
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  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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  • Future secured for Salisbury School
    Nelson’s Salisbury School is to be rebuilt, creating a modern and suitable learning environment for students at the residential special school, Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The school for girls aged 8-15, in Richmond, was earmarked for closure by National until the process ...
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  • Resource management reform options released
    The panel undertaking a comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act has identified the main issues to be addressed and options for reform and is calling for feedback to inform its final report.  In July the Government announced the comprehensive review of the resource management system, including the RMA - ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission established
    An important safety valve has been added to New Zealand’s criminal justice system with the third reading of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Bill today. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, ...
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  • Racing Industry destined to be on-track
    Racing Minister Winston Peters welcomes the tabling of the Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) 2019 Annual Report in Parliament today. He says the 2019 Annual Report marks the point when New Zealand’s racing industry’s decline was arrested and a turnaround started. RITA’s 2019 Annual Report recorded an industry net profit ...
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  • New Zealand firefighter support to Queensland
    The New Zealand Government is today sending 21 firefighters to help fight the ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires. “The fires in Australia are in some of the toughest, most challenging conditions ever,” says Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin.  “As of yesterday morning, there were 100 active bushfire-related incidents across Queensland and ...
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  • Supporting all schools to succeed
      More frontline support for schools through a new education agency, as part of a redesigned Ministry of Education More support for principals and school boards including through a new centre of leadership and local leadership advisor roles New independent disputes panels for parents and students Management of school property ...
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  • Reform to support better outcomes for Māori learners and whānau
    The Government’s reform of the Tomorrow’s Schools system is a watershed moment in education and an opportunity to create meaningful change for ākonga Māori and their whānau, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said today. “Last year through Kōrero Mātauranga | Education Conversation, Māori teachers, parents, ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi ...
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  • Infrastructure pipeline growing
    Infrastructure Minister is welcoming the first of many updated project pipelines from the newly established New Zealand Infrastructure Commission today. The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released an expanded pipeline of major capital projects – another crucial step towards delivering better infrastructure outcomes. “The first iteration of the ...
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  • Tighter firearms law to further improve safety
    Tougher gun laws designed to improve public safety through firearms prohibition orders are proposed in a new document released for public input. Police Minister Stuart Nash says firearms prohibition orders (FPOs) would give new powers to Police to ensure high-risk individuals come nowhere near firearms. “We have already prohibited the ...
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  • New TVNZ chair & directors confirmed
    Andy Coupe has been confirmed as TVNZ’s new Board Chair. “Mr Coupe has strong commercial and capital markets experience and TVNZ has benefited from his technical knowledge of business and finance, as well as his extensive governance experience,” the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi said.  Andy ...
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  • Hutt Road cycle path officially opened
    Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter today officially opened a separated pathway, following the completion of the Kaiwharawhara Stream bridge, which will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Hutt Road.  The $6.8m Hutt Road project provides a separated path for cycling and pedestrians, the replacement of informal parking ...
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  • Announcement of new Ambassador to Russia
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of career diplomat Si’alei van Toor as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “I’m pleased to appoint Ms van Toor to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously served as Senior Trade Adviser to the ...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update
    The Treasury’s 2019 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) will be released on Wednesday December 11, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. The Coalition Government will publish the 2020 Budget Policy Statement at the same time, outlining the priorities for Budget 2020. Further details on arrangements for the release will ...
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    7 days ago
  • Giving a Boost to Kiwi small businesses
    A new initiative to better support small businesses through hands-on mentoring and advice has been launched by the Minister for Small Business. The first event in the Kiwi Business Boost series of regional workshops and online tools has been launched in Wairoa by Stuart Nash. “The Business Boost initiative combines ...
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  • Nearly three quarters of Rolleston connected to UFB
    The latest Quarterly Connectivity Report shows that more and more New Zealanders are moving to Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB), with Rolleston having the highest uptake at 74 per cent, as at the end of September. “This means that nearly three quarters of Rolleston’s households and businesses have moved to ultra-fast services. ...
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  • Historic day for landmark climate change legislation in New Zealand
    The passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will help ensure a safe planet for our kids and grandkids, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said today. The landmark legislation which provides a framework to support New Zealanders to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects ...
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  • Release of Oranga Tamariki Practice Review
    The review of Oranga Tamariki practice around the planned uplift of a Hastings baby in May shows significant failings by the Ministry and that the planned and funded changes to shift from a child crisis service to a proper care and protection service need to be accelerated, Children’s Minister Tracey ...
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  • Minister wishes students success in exams
    Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished students the best of luck for this year’s NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams which start tomorrow. Around 140,000 students will have participated in 119 NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams by the end of the exam period on 3 December. “I want to ...
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  • New High Commissioner to the United Kingdom announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the appointment of Bede Corry as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of a senior diplomat to this important role underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the United Kingdom,” said Mr Peters. “The United ...
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  • New Police recruits making Auckland safer
    An innovative approach to boosting the number of frontline Police has seen 20 new officers graduate from one of the uncommon training wings in Auckland. Police Minister Stuart Nash says the graduation of 20 constables today means that 1,765 new Police officers have been deployed since the coalition government took ...
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  • Over 1.2 million hours of community work helps local communities
    Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the 1.2 million hours of community work completed by offenders in the last financial year has helped local communities right across the country. “Community work sentences are a great way for people to pay something positive back to society. There is a massive benefit to ...
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  • Te Huringa o Te Tai – Police Crime Prevention Strategy
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  • Kiwis getting higher pay
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