Election in the shadow of the Christchurch earthquake

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, September 14th, 2010 - 38 comments
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There’s no denying Jim Anderton’s mayoral campaign got a lot harder last week. He had been the favourite by a long, long way but the Christchurch earthquake changed things.

It reminds me of thinking on the morning of 9/11: ‘as long as Bush doesn’t totally lose it, he’s just won re-election’. Bush, too, had been very unpopular but handling a disaster competently gets rewarded. And you have to admit that Bob Parker has handled the earthquake recovery well (even if he has been a bit keen to get on camera for a cynic’s liking). It would be no shame for Anderton if he doesn’t win in these circumstances.

But none of this changes the reasons that Parker was so deeply unpopular. He has been a secretive and elitist mayor, in the pocket of his developer mates. Anderton promises to turn things around by running an open and accountable council that works in the interests of the people.

Anderton appears to be the underdog now (don’t confuse the ipredict stocks for polls, they’re just guesses from a mainly rightwing group of self-appointed pundits) but Anderton’s been fighting as the underdog his entire political career, and winning more often than not.

Announcing that he will resign from Parliament if he wins the mayoralty is a good move. Previously, Anderton could argue that he would only be doing both jobs for a few months (until the July election) and he was saving the taxpayer half a million dollars for a by-election. That argument doesn’t stack up now. Christchurch needs Anderton full-time.

Tonight, Anderton is holding a community meeting that’s a campaign re-launch/community forum on the earthquake:

Jim will be holding a city-wide community meeting at the Woolston Club, 43 Hargood Street, Woolston, on Tuesday September 14th commencing at 7.00pm for all those who wish to hear from an earthquake engineer, representatives of architects, engineers and heritage professions as well as community leaders, as to what has happened to Christchurch and how best we can go about rebuilding it.

The people’s views will also be heard, help given to those in need and an inclusive path mapped out as to how we can all now be part of the solution as we plan to make Christchurch even better, stronger and more prosperous for its next 100 years.

Good on ya, Jim. My money’s on you. Parker’s shone in the past week but people won’t forget why they wanted shot of him and you in his stead.

38 comments on “Election in the shadow of the Christchurch earthquake”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    Reward him ?
    Yeah like they rewarded President Guiliani! . He hasnt held public office since.
    Or like Churchill. Who was voted out of office when the war had barely finished.
    Some of these ideas are media beatups, which if you say it often enough they think its true.
    With all the extra costs the Council will face in next years rates bills, maybe the voters will think about the the millions spent on developers unwanted buildings that Parker and Co have foisted on the ratepayers for years to come.

    • Carol 1.1

      Will Bob Parker suffer in the poll due to over-exposure? Is there anyone else but me starting to have a negative reaction when I see Parker’s grinning face popping up on every news bulletin? I’d rather be hearing directly from people assessing and working on the reconstruction, and from diverse local people afected by the quake.

      Seems a more commendable approach by Anderton to hold a meeting with various relevant professionals and consulting with the community on the way forward, rather than posing for the TV cameras.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1

        yes, I can see the backlash from the residents who see a mayor who has time for every Auckland based news bulletin but doesnt seem to make the same effort for the locals

      • comedy 1.1.2

        Jim, you’ve clearly been around too long, mate. When are we going to see the back of you? Time to move on!

  2. smhead 2

    Anderton’s a doddery old fool. He’s never been able to hold a team together, it’s always been about Jim. Ask Laila Harre or the Greens.

    Anderton took nine days to make his mind up after the earthquake on whether he would resign. It was the most simple and inevitable decision to make and Jim dithered. Nine days is very damaging. If it takes him that long to make such a simple decision then he isn’t fit to make all the decisions to be made on the earthquake rebuild.

    Meanwhile Bob the rebuilder has shone by getting on with the job. He’s done brilliantly.

    • Tigger 2.1

      What has Parker done? Explain what he’s achieved beyond wandering around the city.

      And Bob the Rebuilder? Who on floor nine came up with that?

      • Rob 2.1.1

        “What has Parker done?”

        A hell of a lot more than Anderton.

        • Dr Livingstone 2.1.1.1

          Rob, Forgive me for being cynical here but Bob Parker Sideshow Bob has all but ended democracy in Christchurch. The sooner we get committees back with experienced Chairpersons with expertise the better Bob and his bureaucrats and secret meetings are responsible for some shoddy decisionmaking. including bailouts of Millionaires to tune $17 million and Ellerslie Flower Show and 24% increases on social housing of Christchurchs vulnerable citizens. We need a real man with realexperience at the coalface leading a new team to rebuild this city.

    • Bright Red 2.2

      just remind me how Bob Parker has made rebuilding happen that wouldn’t have happened if someone else had been mayor?

      Like TM says – elephant rider.

    • mcflock 2.3

      Well, I know some Alliance folk in ChCh, and they’d still vote Anderton over Parker, even though they still fundamentally dislike Anderton.

      Something about Parker bailing out property developers then raising rents for pensioners, among other things.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Parker has merely been the elephant rider in this situation. Civil Defence and the other agencies all have detailed plans that they work through and Bob just has to turn up as he sees fit. Would you really want to be Mayor of a city and region in such deep shit though anyway?

    Though for a term, Jim Anderton’s experience and contacts would greatly assist in reconstruction and keep an eye on the real thieves of Christchurch, who might profit business wise from the “extraordinary” legislation being passed.

  4. Bored 4

    Christchurch has always been prey to the old squatocracy of Christ College old boys, and the noveau riche etc who have for generations run the city for their benefit. A tour of the city and suburbs shows thorughly the class base of the city suburbs over time, the old wealth building Fendalton, the workers in the old ruins east of the Square and down Ferry Rd.

    The stark reality is that Parker represents the “trough snouters” who have been running things for their own benefit since inception, as evidenced by the shady deals with Henderson and the “developer” interests. The sad thing about Christchurch has been the electoral obesiance of the working class suburbs to their social “superiors”. I pray that for once they gt off their butts and vote these free loaders out.

  5. GRAEME STANLEY 5

    Jim Anderton leading a team of Councillors are going to restore Open Governance to Christchurch For Three Years Sideshow Bob has run a secret council with decisions being made without public participation. Decisions like bankrolling a millionaire to the tune of $17 million and the real cost of that. the 24% increase in rents to our most vulnerable citizens in CCCs social housing and and refusing to give actual and total costs of overpriced Ellerslie Flower Show. The importance of the opportunity to restore the Committee structure to The Council with Chairpeople of expertise as opposed to decision making by Sideshow Bob and The Manager one of the most important in the Rebuilding and Restoration of Christchurch.Also giving Community Boards more teeth instead of Sideshow Bob and his Council sidelining them.Finally Ageism is the notion that people cease to be people cease to be the same or become people of a distinct and inferior kind by virtue ofliving a certain number of years I consider ageim prejudice Jim Anderton has years of valuable experience at the top level to share Lets harness that.

    • ianmac 5.1

      And remember that Parker was the prime mover in assisting Government to can ECan, and then threw away the can-opener!

    • kevyn 5.2

      If you’re going to vote against the one that gave the most money toi his mates then you’d have to vote against Jim. Or are you forgetting that during Jim’stime as deputy PM $400m of Canterbury petrol taxes were diverted to Auckland even though Canterbury was NOT one of the regions that had benefitted from Auckland’s generosity and, in fact, was in essentially the same parlous state as Auckland being owed $1.5bn by the road fund and having it’s own serious transport problem – the need to quake-safe the region’s bridges before the Alpine Fault lets rip.

  6. Bill 6

    Can anyone here confirm that The Press backed Parker’s call to have a ‘head to head’ cancelled because it would be ‘inappropriate’ in the current circumstances that demand bi-partisanship or some such?

    • Blighty 6.1

      I saw that in the paper last week. Bob’s using the opportunity to close down the campaign.

    • Puddleglum 6.2

      Well Bill, if you’re question is whether The Press have embraced bi-partisanship in these trying times there was nothing ‘bi-partisan’ about The Press editorial on Monday.

  7. Nick C 7

    “Don’t confuse the ipredict stocks for polls, they’re just guesses from a mainly rightwing group of self-appointed pundits”

    Prediction markets have been shown to be more accurate than polls in previous elections. Whether or not those betting are predominantly right wing is irrelevent. Any pundit can think something but to put money on it is entirely different. If it really were true that Bob Parkers stock were being pushed up by biased right wingers, then why dont you go and buy the underpriced stock for Jim Anderton? There is a strong incentive for someone to do it.

    • Blighty 7.1

      got any evidence that ipredict is accurate?

    • Bright Red 7.2

      We don’t all have money for gambling, Nick C

      • J Mex 7.2.1

        We don’t all have money for gambling, Nick C

        You can start trading on iPredict for the price of a beer – and can treat it as a way to make money or simply a way to ‘test’ your political instincts.

        Eddie, you shouldn’t run with the line that iPredict is simply right wing guesses (or right wing wishes). iPredict responded very quickly to the Chch earthquake. I’ve also made a reasonable amount of money out of over zealous ‘right wingers’ and my most successful trades have been on things that I didn’t want to happen, but rationally believed they would (Winston Peters not resigning or being booted during the Owen Glen scandal being one)

        The reality of iPredict is that you literally have to ‘put your money where your mouth is’. Something that doesn’t often happen on blogs, which is why iPredict will usually give you a better indication of an outcome than say, a partisan blog site.

    • Bunji 7.3

      Prediction markets / betting have been fairly good predictors, and that’s become a bit of a given truth. Except the last UK and Australian election both went very wrong according to betting predictions. In the UK the polls were wrong too, but in Australia the polls did much better than the betting which had Labor safely home.

      It’s very much a cliché, but there’s only one poll that counts… and we’ll have to wait for that.

  8. burt 8

    Anderton promises to turn things around by running an open and accountable council that works in the interests of the people.

    I choked on my coffee, Jolly Jim… in the interests of the people…. Pull the other one Eddie.

    Jolly Jim must be one of the most arrogant self serving dinosaurs we still have in parliament. If he ever planned to do the job in the best interests of the people he would have already resigned from parliament and would be on the ground out performing Parker already. The fact that he thought up till yesterday that he could be an MP and a Mayor standing on his head shows that for Jim it’s all about himself.

    Good on you Eddie for running this sort of support for him, but you must think we the readers are incredibly stupid if you thought we would believe for one minute that Jolly Jim was there to serve the people rather than his own double (or triple) dipping back pocket and his own ego.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      So Jim has 30 years of public service as his qualifications , while Bob Parker has his experience as a quiz show host to …….. front up to every camera within 10 k of Christchurch.

      Before the quake Jim was streets ahead, based on Parkers mediocre record, which wont change if he elected. So Jim will step on peoples toes. That is more needed now than ever

      • Rob 8.1.1

        What an interesting spin, 30 years of public service. Unfortunately when he met a real leadership challenge in terms of a regional disaster, he was………..invisible. Wake up; the only toes he has stood on are in the queue for the buffet.

        • mcflock 8.1.1.1

          He’s doing his job as an electorate MP. Parker is doing his job as mayor.

          They are not the same job.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      “The fact that he thought up till yesterday that he could be an MP and a Mayor standing on his head shows that for Jim it’s all about himself.”
      Um, no, it means up until yesterday he had not PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED what he was planning to do. Thinking one thing privately and publicly announcing it is very different.

      Also, if he had come out very soon after the quake and said he’d be resigning if he won, you’d be jumping up and down saying “now isn’t the time to be talking about such things when CHCH needs help”, which is exactly why he DIDN’T say anything until now. IMO he should’ve talked a couple of days sooner in order to help dispel the sort of crap you’re saying, but Jim did what he did for a reason.

      • smhead 8.2.1

        You forgot that on Friday Jim Jong Il publicly said he wasn’t going to resign. So unless he was lying then he did only just come around to thinking he could stay on as an MP, and he said he could do both jobs standing on his head.

        So arrogant. Never been humble that man.

        • Lanthanide 8.2.1.1

          No, that was misreporting on the part of the media. What he actually said is that he hadn’t made a decision yet. The idiot media then took that to mean “that he hadn’t changed his mind”.

        • burt 8.2.1.2

          Let me guess, he was going to resign standing on his head as well…… You keep defending the trough master general, somebody needs to trust him and at the moment you are part of an ever thinning circle of lovers of self serving crusty old buggers with an over bloated sense of entitlement. Not many people would defend a double dipper while he talks about being able to tripple dip while standing on his head – you keep it up.

  9. smhead 9

    Jim Anderton can’t lead a team.

    He also can’t get on with the current government. Can you imagine him as mayor lecturing the PM on their walk around the rubble, and ramming his “I started kiwibank!” line at every opportunity.

    No, Christchurch needs a mayor who can lead a team on council and can work with central government to get the job done. As garner said, Anderton’s toast. A sorry end to a very long political career.

  10. ianmac 10

    It would be great if Mr Parker continued to be fronting up on TV. If he does so even more then the number of people who are sick of his platitudes and car salesman antics, will grow!
    Radio, especially National Radio had the experts on the Earthquake to explain, but TV seems to have mostly the MPs and Parker. Mmmm.

  11. Rharn 11

    Anderton has been out and about into the eastern areas most affected by the quake. His presence has not gone unnoticed. Parker on the other hand only fronts up with a TV crew.

    And the man has the gall to say that he has suspended his election campaign.

  12. Dr Livingstone 12

    I think Sideshow Bob should be answering the real questions on just how much damage has been done to the New $116 Million dollar Civic building that had to be extended already because it was too small This building sustained damages in the earthquake estimated at between $2 million —$5 million Is that why Civil Defence had to operate from our Glass Fronted Art Gallery? Bob should also answer why he has suspended his campaign . Is it so he can concentrate on his TV MEDIA Sideshow? Out in the suburbs there are still people without water and homes and tenants being evicted without discussion. by THE CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL. This is very shoddy treatment Bob of our most vulnerable citizens.

  13. Eddie, thanks for the mention. We recently did a poll of iPredict users with help from University of Canterbury, and found we have a disproportionate number of Green voters trading on the site. ACT was also over-represented and National and Labour both under-represented. I guess it’s the more politically radical that are also early adopters.

    There’s a chart on this page that shows the historic relationship between prices ex ante and outcomes ex post. There’s a strong relationship there, which you’d expect from any forecasting system worth its salt. iPredict did pretty well against the polls at the last election, being more accurate (i.e. closer to the final result) than 15 of the 19 polls published between our launch on September 9 that year and election day.

    Our traders did have Anderton a 90% favourite to win in Christchurch before the quake, there’s not too much room for rightwards bias in that figure!

    Anyway, thanks again for the mention, and keep up the good work.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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