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Ever wonder why people call John Key “slippery”?

Written By: - Date published: 7:37 pm, December 6th, 2007 - 77 comments
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Here he is being interviewed by Paul Henry on Breakfast earlier today. Key tries to slip out of answering a direct question not once, not twice, but SIX times. Notice that Key tries his pre-rehearsed “precious” line twice to start with. When it’s rejected, the slipperiness really begins in earnest.

PRESENTER: Um, alright and very quickly I just want to come back to my first question to you, do you regret now, bringing Michael Cullen’s wife in to the House?

KEY: Look I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.

PRESENTER: Do you regret it?

KEY: I think that, I think Michael Cullen shouldn’t be so precious.

PRESENTER: But you’re not answering my question, do you regret bringing…

KEY: Well, look, I mean, if I’d said something derogatory, I would be, of course I would be offended by that but I didn’t. It’s a statement of fact.

PRESENTER: So you don’t, so you don’t regret it?

KEY: Well it’s a statement of fact that his wife’s signed his form.

PRESENTER: But you’re actually not answering the question, are you, John? I mean either you regret it or you don’t.

KEY: Well, you know, I don’t think it’s a derogatory statement. If it was derogatory, I would regret it. I don’t think it’s derogatory.

PRESENTER: You don’t regret it?

KEY: Well I don’t think it’s derogatory. I think in, in the overall bounds of debate, it’s hardly something that’s offensive. If it was offensive, I’d apologise for it.

77 comments on “Ever wonder why people call John Key “slippery”?”

  1. Dean 1

    It’s no more rehearsed than “cencerous and corrosive”, or especially “I don’t think I need to apologize”.

    Supporters of people in glass houses really shouldn’t throw stones.

  2. Alex Freeman 2

    I need a shower after watching that. What a gutless ‘leader’.

  3. the sprout 3

    why can’t he just say sorry?
    Alex, ‘leader’ is over-doing it a bit. still, at least he’s consistent – can anyone remember the last time Key’s appeared in the media and not totally fucked it up?

  4. sicoff 4

    if he’d been such an arsehole in the pub i’d give him a bloody mallarding for sure….

    wimpy middle class twat!

  5. Alex Freeman 5

    I can’t wait for the televised debates next year. He is going to flounder.

  6. the sprout 6

    he’s going to be a flounder

    well… he obviously lies like a flat fish.

  7. Dean 7

    “if he’d been such an arsehole in the pub i’d give him a bloody mallarding for sure..”

    Im glad to see that violence is excused now as long as its all in the cause of the party.

    Tane has expressed his disgust with Mallard, and quite rightly.

    Meanwhile the rest of you are content to be everything you profess to dislike – the “left” wing equivalent of kiwiblog commenters.

    Do you get a special prize at Christmas or something?

  8. Billy 9

    You guys have just run out of stuff, haven’t you. Admit it.

    And Cullen is clearly rattled. Not since he blamed reporters for being mean to him because they wanted a tax cut has he let the mask slip so badly.

  9. Billy 10

    And no-one calls him slippery. “Ever wondered why people say Tane fucks goats?”

  10. the sprout 11

    billy goats

  11. Alex Freeman 12

    You’re great Sprout.

  12. Tane 13

    The right can try and distract all they like, and they can talk about me fucking goats or whatever it is that pleases them, but the fact remains that John Key’s a slippery character. He can’t answer a straight question and he can’t take personal responsibility for his actions. Hardly leadership material.

  13. Billy 14

    Tane, to clarify (and because I am a sensitive person myself) I did not mean to imply that you fuck goats (Billy or otherwise). I was just illustrating that you post took for granted that everyone says he’s slippery. And they don’t.

    By the way, did you hear Helen’s Muldoon-like cackling at question time yesterday. Creepy.

  14. Tane 15

    Oh and Billy, lots of people call John slippery. I hear it all the time. We must hang in different circles.

  15. Billy 16

    You should hear what people in my circles say about Helen.

  16. ragtag 17

    Dats rite all your base if sum1 repeatedly asks you the same question with the same premise then you have to capitulate and accept that premise. But hey I really do respect you arse of base; it takes a real brave person to utter such crap in public.

  17. Tane 18

    I did not mean to imply that you fuck goats (Billy or otherwise).

    Billy, I know you didn’t mean it.

    I was just illustrating that you post took for granted that everyone says he’s slippery. And they don’t.

    Well, I didn’t write this post, but it doesn’t assume everyone calls Key ‘slippery’. It says ‘people’. And people do – I’ve heard it plenty of times.

    You should hear what people in my circles say about Helen.

    I have heard it. They do it every day over at the bog and it’s frankly disgusting. There’s a good post that touches on the mysogynistic hatred of women in power over at the sprout and the bean:

    http://thesproutandthebean.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/i'm-not-sexist-some-of-my-girlfriends-are-women/

    And there’s another post that deals more specifically about National’s treatment of Clark over here:

    http://blog.greens.org.nz/index.php/2005/09/04/the-taunts-of-homophobes/

  18. CMR 19

    Key is NOT slippery, he is bland, boring, inept,clumsy etc and in 2008 will forfeit electoral success to the Clarxists. Like numerous Nat leaders before him he seeks to appeal to a broad spectrum (his words) of “middle of the road” voters. If he wants to be in the middle of the road, somebody, anybody run this loser over!

    Unconditional disdain for both major parties is easy to nurture and nourish when confronted by the abilities (yeah right) presently on the hustings.

  19. Billy 20

    CMR, you have an unusual prose style. I wonder, were you home schooled?

  20. Billy 21

    And Tane, even you must have noticed that that cackle of Helen’s sounded very like Muldoon.

  21. Dean 22

    “I have heard it. They do it every day over at the bog and it’s frankly disgusting. There’s a good post that touches on the mysogynistic hatred of women in power over at the sprout and the bean”

    It may be mysoginstic to a lot of people out there, but you have to admit Clark has come out with some real old fashioned divisive good old hatred filled statements of her own.

  22. Tane 23

    Billy, I didn’t see it. I’m not sure what I’be supposed to take from it if I did.

    I suspect CMR is an Objectivist. They tend to ape Ayn Rand’s style, while the ones in NZ tend to ape Lindsay Perigo, who in turn apes Ayn Rand. It’s all a little cultish for my taste.

    Dean, I’m sure in eight years of govt you’ll find some statements with which you disagree. I don’t think Clark’s been known for being a divisive leader, if anything she’s aimed for unity. You want divisive, try National’s iwi/kiwi billboards and the Orewa speeches.

  23. CMR 24

    Billy said “CMR you have an unusual prose style,” It is generally, at least in my circle, accepted as literacy. Rare for you is it…?

  24. Dean 25

    Tane, just because National were divisive doesn’t mean it’s tit for tat with Labour.

    Labour have gotten to the point where it’s ok to ruin individual people under parliamentary priviledge, and to my mind that’s reason enough to send them a clear message. As you’ve already agreed, Mallard ought to be hung out to dry, yet you’re the only one with enough courage in your convictions to say so on this site.

    Of course there’s Helen, willing to let police officers hang out to dry over the speeding motorcade incident, her apparent inability to recall several incidents which might have been embarassing, completely unwilling to do anything about Taito Phillip Field, and still continues to entertain Mallard.

    In my opinion it’s time to send a message to this government that they need to return to their cor principles. It’ll do them the world of good.

  25. cor principles huh? you believe them to be pirates? or cockney?

  26. Billy 27

    “I’m not sure what I’be supposed to take from it if I did.”

    This: it’s not just the cackle that they share.

  27. Tane 28

    Dean, you get this kind of thing in every party. John Key still tolerates John Carter, a man who famously rang talkback pretending to be a dole-bludging Maori called Hone. There are plenty more stories where that came from. Key himself has engaged in dodgy behaviour, and in the last election played a large role in the National/Brethren election rort.

    But it’s not on these issues that my vote is decided. The thing that matters to me is whether we live in a fair and equitable society where everyone has an equal opportunity in life, the economy is strong and the environment is protected. The scandal of the week doesn’t really factor into the equation.

    My interest, when you break it right down, is in whether working families can put food on the table and a roof over their heads. And when I weigh up the policies of a Labour-led govt vs. a National-led govt it’s really no contest.

  28. Billy 29

    “The thing that matters to me is whether we live in a fair and equitable society wher everyone has an equal opportunity in life, the economy is strong and the environment is protected. The scandal of the week doesn’t really factor into the equation.”

    Fair enough. But how come this blog is almost solely devoted to how mcuh the dvd cost, then whether it was Coldaply in the dvd, then, if it is not, whether it sounds like Coldplay?

    If what “matters” to you is whether we live in “a fair and equitable society” how come you always bang on about the petty politics?

  29. Dean 30

    “cor principles huh? you believe them to be pirates? or cockney?”

    Newsflash: people make typos. News at 11.

    “But it’s not on these issues that my vote is decided. The thing that matters to me is whether we live in a fair and equitable society where everyone has an equal opportunity in life, the economy is strong and the environment is protected. The scandal of the week doesn’t really factor into the equation.”

    It factors into the equation when it’s a scandal for National though, doesn’t it?

  30. Billy 31

    Dunno what happened with the double post. Can you fix it? Can you change “ang” to “bang” while you’re about it?

    [Tane: Done and done. Don’t say we’re not good to you Billy, even if you do have the hots for Robinsod]

  31. Dean 32

    Billy said:
    “Fair enough. But how come this blog is almost solely devoted to how mcuh the dvd cost, then whether it was Coldaply in the dvd, then, if it is not, whether it sounds like Coldplay?”

    I suspect it’s the same reason so many blogs are whining on about the EFB.

  32. Tane 33

    Because, Billy, that’s the way politics works. It’s not like a high school debate where each side lays out their arguments and everyone decides what’s best. It’s a murky world of spin, deception and intrigue, and National is playing that game very well at the moment. They’re pulling the wool over the public’s eyes and using poll-driven, focus group tested slogans in place of policy or rational argument.

    I don’t like it, I think it’s dishonest, and I’d like to show people what’s really happening behind the spin. That’s where posts like these come from:

    National’s hoax on unemployed workers

    National: it’s not worth the pay cut

    Overtaxed?

    Crime: out of control?

    Other times, we just attack the spin head-on. Other times we talk about random cool stuff we find or about stuff we’d like to see happen. It’s a random collective effort that we put together in our spare time, and what you see is the result of that. If you don’t like it there’s an easy answer, but in general it’s good to have you around. Intelligent righties are hard to find so we like to hold onto ours.

  33. Tane 34

    Billy, as for ‘whining on’ about the DVD, get some perspective dude. We (along with KBB) broke this story into the media and sank John Key’s absurd propaganda tour. Don’t you think that was a worthwhile series, at least from our point of view?

  34. r0b 35

    If what “matters” to you is whether we live in “a fair and equitable society” how come you always ang on about the petty politics?

    Who’s to say what is petty and what isn’t? Righties thought the Coldplay thing was petty, until all of a sudden it wasn’t.

    So The Standard does some seriously good stats and analysis, a good smattering of environmental, threads even get into philosophy, or whatever you like. “Petty politics” is part of the mix, but its also (and I don’t like it either) a big part of the battle these days. A lot of the focus on the petty stuff is as a result of the “success” of Kiwiblog. The NZ blogging space needed a smart, active, and successful balance on the left of the spectrum. Enter The Standard. Excellent.

  35. Dean 36

    “Billy, as for ‘whining on’ about the DVD, get some perspective dude. We (along with KBB) broke this story into the media and sunk John Key’s absurd propaganda tour.”

    I wonder if this site had been around at the time wether or not it would have broke the story about Clark’s absurd “I don’t remember” propaganda regarding the speeding debacle or “by definition I cannot leak”.

    Hell, you could even make a post regarding Erin Leigh, but you seem to be uninterested in that subject. I can imagine it it had been National at the helm that disinterest might have been a lot weaker.

  36. Dean 37

    “A lot of the focus on the petty stuff is as a result of the “success” of Kiwiblog.”

    And you guys were right to bring David Farrar’s “independant” status to the fore. I hope that sinks in and gets more press.

  37. r0b 38

    Dean, it’s a left wing blog, of course it focuses on left wing topics.

    Quick question for you – have you ever chided DPF for talking up right wing successes and ignoring right wing failures? If not – why not?

  38. r0b 39

    “And you guys were right to bring David Farrar’s “independant” status to the fore. I hope that sinks in and gets more press.”

    I’d like to see every political commentator come with a full disclaimer. DPF, Chris Trotter – whoever.

  39. gobsmacked 40

    Key’s problem is that his strength is rapidly becoming his weakness.

    He has a chatty, personable manner, and a lot of people warm to that. Nice guy to have a beer and a yarn with, is the initial impression. Unfortunately, when the media move from soft chat to interrogation, he continues in that same inoffensive but insubstantial vein, and he starts to sound vague and waffly. Pleasantly vague, but vague nonetheless.

    There’s no way he can keep that up for a year, even with our fluff’n’puff media. If, like most of the Western world, we had a regular in-depth interview programme on TV, and a razor-sharp inquisitor, he’d be toast.

    Imagine John Key facing Jeremy Paxman. Ouch.

  40. Dean 41

    Rob, that’s a fair question. And the answer is no I haven’t because I’d be drowned out in the sea of bullshit over there.

    Although I did just tell D4J to take his chill pills, albeit in a more PC format of course.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think this blog is great. Apart from a few people who type before they think of course, but what blog is without those these days? This one is better than most in that regard. And I enjoy the mostly healthy debate here, which is the reason I post here instead of at KiwiTroll.

  41. r0b 42

    Rob, that’s a fair question. And the answer is no I haven’t because I’d be drowned out in the sea of bullshit over there.

    And I appreciate the fair answer. You are right of course, you would be.

    And I enjoy the mostly healthy debate here, which is the reason I post here instead of at KiwiTroll.

    We’re agreed on that too!

    And if you’re looking for honest lefties, for the record I think Helen Clark, Michael Cullen and co have made the odd hasty stupid comment over the years. (I also think that they are, after all, human, and after being in the most stressful jobs in the country for 8 years they have damn few slip ups). I also thing that Trevor needs to seriously chill.

  42. Robinsod 43

    rOb – I don’t think you’re the only one. In some ways the private prosecution of Mallard is particularly vindictive as he has already had a lot to deal with this year. That said he has lived by the sword. I’d imagine there a few people in the Labour caucus who are hoping he holds it together until Christmas break.

  43. r0b 44

    “In some ways the private prosecution of Mallard is particularly vindictive”

    Damn straight. Calling him out politically is fair game, but this is nasty.

  44. Michael Cullen is being precious.

    When his wife, a former Labour MP, nominates Russell Fairbrother in 2002 for a seat that largely incorporates her former electorate, and Cullen nominates a challenger to Fairbrother’s seat in 2007, that IS news.

    By the way, Tane, while you’re getting on your high, very precious horse about this, you might want to consider that it was actually Russell Fairbrother who brought Anne Collins into the debate. Yes, read his maiden speech, in 2003:

    “To Anne Collins, a former member of this House, and her most humble husband, and to her family, my appreciation defies expression…”. Yes, that’s right. Fairbrother’s maiden speech doesn’t even MENTION Michael Cullen by name. Only his wife.

    You can read it all at http://text.labour.org.nz/RussellFairbrother/speeches_and_releases/speech12/index.html

  45. r0b 46

    I remember Bill English getting a bit precious earlier this year. I remember Don Brash getting a bit precious last year.

    Not.

    Cullen, English, Brash, all had a point. Leave families out of it. You should leave them out of it too IP.

  46. Russell Fairbrother wasn’t the only MP to mention Anne Collins in the House. Ruth Dyson brought her into the debate in 2004, tributing her with bringing about an end to corporal punishment in schools.

    Fascinating how Anne Collins is feted by Labour MPs as a fine contributor to Labour’s heritage in her own right, but is merely Michael Cullen’s wife when John Key mentions her.

    What next? Bill Clinton is merely Hillary’s husband?

  47. r0b:

    Bill English’s wife isn’t a former MP to nominate a National MP one election, only to have her husband nominate a challenger to that MP in the next election.

    Nor was Don Brash’s wife a former MP to nominate a National MP one election, only to have her husband nominate a challenger to that MP in the next election.

  48. illuminatedtiger 49

    Finally. Paul Henry grows some balls.

  49. Gruela 50

    True point, illuminatedtiger. This is the second interview I’ve seen where Henry really gives Key a hard time. Obviously he’s in the Bill English camp

  50. r0b 51

    It’s not even possible to discuss this with you, IP, without making the same mistake of dragging families into it. So this is my last comment on the issue of families in politics. Actually, it’s your comment. Goodnight.

    On Kiwiblog:

    Insolent Prick Says:
    September 13th, 2006 at 8:10 pm
    I would say that if Labour think they will get away with dragging Don Brash and his family through the mud, they are seriously mistaken.

    I find it utterly disgusting that Helen Clark, Michael Cullen, Pete Hodgson and Trevor Mallard have seen fit to target somebody’s personal life.

  51. What John Key SHOULD have said is:

    “I’m not going to apologise, Paul, because Michael Cullen is just being precious. I wasn’t bringing his wife into the debate. His wife is a former Labour MP, and Labour MPs bring her into the debate whenever they want to celebrate her contribution to the Labour Party. I merely pointed out that Anne Collins nominated Russell Fairbrother in 2002, and Michael Cullen nominated a challenger to Fairbrother this year. Michael Cullen is just trying to justify throwing a wobbly, because his party has got so nasty of late.”

    There, Tane. Satisfied?

  52. r0b:

    John Key didn’t drag former Labour MP Anne Collins through the mud. Mallard, Hodgson, Benson-Pope, and Cullen most unequivocally did drag Don Brash and his family through the mud.

    The difference is between private conduct and public conduct. If, for example, Prime Minister John Key appointed his wife to the board of an SOE, that would be grounds for public comment. If the leader of the opposition’s husband, Peter Davis, writes a letter to the editor of a newspaper advocating a political position, that is suitable grounds for public comment. If the spouse of the deputy prime minister nominates somebody for public office, that is grounds for public comment.

    Anne Collins’ nomination of Russell Fairbrother was not a private act.

    David Benson-Pope’s sexual behaviour is private activity. Frankly, I’ve never wanted to know what David Benson-Pope does behind closed doors, and I’ve never approved of the scandal-mongering that Ian Wishart has engaged in. I don’t care if a Minister is an in-the-closet lesbian. They can do what they like, and they’re entitled to privacy.

    But if you can’t see the difference between public and private behaviour, then you’re living on a very unusual planet.

  53. The Prophet 54

    He has a chatty, personable manner, and a lot of people warm to that. Nice guy to have a beer and a yarn with, is the initial impression. Unfortunately, when the media move from soft chat to interrogation, he continues in that same inoffensive but insubstantial vein, and he starts to sound vague and waffly. Pleasantly vague, but vague nonetheless.

    ummm, boys and girls I don’t think you amass a fortune to the sum of 50 mil or so without have a wee rod of steel running through ya.

    Seems to have fooled you guys but.

  54. Lampie 55

    Not slippery, sidestepping, bit like these stupid right wing morons who come to a blog that is aimed at left wingers

    These morons are so thick, that if they were black americians, they would turn up for KKK meetings.

  55. Lampie 56

    Think some Granny porn sites must be down for these plonkers to show up.

  56. Mike 57

    If that’s the best he can do against former National Party candidate Paul Henry, then I’m really looking forward to the one-on-one elecction debates with Ms Clark, the poor boy is going to get torn to shreds.

  57. Kent 58

    I don’t like it, I think it’s dishonest, and I’d like to show people what’s really happening behind the spin.

    Ah, but Tane, politics is all about spin, on both sides. There is no right or wrong, there is just who can get their argument across strongest. Of course there are those who stoop to personal innuendo/abuse. We usually have rules to help regulate this, but when the innuendo falls in a gray area those rules are harder to apply. Key was in a gray area here and, yes, he was probably stumped, but, hey, he has only been in the position for a year, facing questions front on. Clark was pretty inept when she first poked her head up for leadership and look how she turned out.

  58. r0b 59

    “There is no right or wrong,”

    That’s a pretty sill thing to say Kent.

  59. Lampie,

    You really are scraping the bottom of the barrel of offensive behaviour: These morons are so thick, that if they were black americians, they would turn up for KKK meetings.

    Given your glaring failure to engage with anybody in debate, let alone argue the points with any coherence, you really do take the cake.

    Mike, if John Key can get under Cullen’s skin so much that the deputy prime minister can only resort to calling him a “scumbag” and a “rich prick”, then I wouldn’t put it past the Prime Minister to get pretty flustered, too.

  60. another storm in an egg cup. The comment he made about cullens wife was factual.
    And how should we take Cullen screaming prick and scumbag across the house. This is after all the numpty who controls all our money.

  61. James Kearney 62

    Bill: the news reports about Bill English’s son were factual. That didn’t stop English throwing a tantrum over it.

    Impotent Prick: there’s a difference between a friendly MP bringing up another’s family in Parliament for praise and having the opposition use other MPs’ family members to score cheap political points. You have obviously done your research though and scraped the bottom of the barrel to find a way to excuse Key’s behaviour. You’re not a nat party researcher are you?

  62. Robinsod 63

    Hey Bill – I think a lot of people will see Cullen losing his rag as a sign he’s a human being. A lot of the National party’s framing of Labour has been based on it being a party of cold and cynical operators – plenty of voters would identify with Cullen’s response to Key’s comment because nobody likes personal politics. And before anyone points out that Labour have played this game too – I’ll point out that National has a much greater history of this kind of jibe. That doesn’t make it right of course and I’m thinking there needs to be some kind of shift in the discourse toward more constructive debate. As speaker Margaret Wilson needs to take some of the responsibility for this.

  63. Lampie 64

    Given your glaring failure to engage with anybody in debate, let alone argue the points with any coherence, you really do take the cake.

    Now that is the pot calling the kettle black

  64. Santi 65

    “Margaret Wilson needs to take some of the responsibility for this.”

    Wow. Are you, stubborn labourite, advocating personal responsibility? Since when socialists like yourself care for the individual over the faceless entities they claim to defend?

    Be careful or you could be expelled from the socialist gang.

  65. Lampie 66

    Mike, if John Key can get under Cullen’s skin so much that the deputy prime minister can only resort to calling him a “scumbag” and a “rich prick”, then I wouldn’t put it past the Prime Minister to get pretty flustered, too.

    That’s not even a valid argument

  66. Robinsod 67

    Santi – I hate to disappoint you but I am not a “laborite”. And you and your ilk also need to start taking personal responsibility. I’m getting sick of hearing the right blaming their woes on everyone else and playing the victim card.

  67. PhilBest 68

    I am appalled with John Key here because he doen’t just chew up Paul Henry and spit him out. What a non-question about a non-gaffe. So National MP’s are supposed to leave Labour ministers wives/lovers out of it regardless of what they do that has a direct bearing on the process of politics in NZ? You want your wife left out of it, pal, YOU KEEP HER OUT OF IT. Once she’s got her hands dirty through her own deliberate volition, don’t come crying to us if she gets a mention by the opposition. How desperate ARE you guys?

    And I am just a tad cynical about the wheeling out of the “misogyny” thing every time certain comments are passed about Our Dear Leader. It is perfectly consistent to admire, respect, and love women, yet be appalled at the repudiation of womanhood that is fashionable in the feminism movement today, of which Our Dear Leader is an exemplar. “Misogyny” is a very old term that has somewhat lost its relevance. Our Dear Leader herself could stand accused of very deep hatred for the kind of womanhood for which the “misogyny” term originally stood as a defence.

  68. Tane 69

    ‘repudiation of womanhood’? wtf?

    The Nats have a huge mysogyny problem Phil. Here’s just the latest example: http://nominister.blogspot.com/2007/12/this-ones-for-fairfacts.html

    And you don’t do yourself any credit referring to Clark as Dear Leader.

  69. Matthew Pilott 70

    The Prophet:
    :ummm, boys and girls I don’t think you amass a fortune to the sum of 50 mil or so without have a wee rod of steel running through ya.

    Seems to have fooled you guys but.

    Tell that to the autistic boy who could have been a multi-millionaire by writing the most amazing computer code the FBI has seen this side of the NSA! it takes all sorts

    Santi: “Since when socialists like yourself care for the individual over the faceless entities they claim to defend?” I make no apoligies for supporting society over and above corporations!

    PhilBest: “Misogyny” is a very old term that has somewhat lost its relevance” It’s relevant the fifty millionth time you hear “Feminazi Liarbore Labia Party”, if you take it at the standard definiton of hating women. To be honest, I am unsure about the interpretation you have, so I might be missing your point entirely (apologies if so), but as it stands people think it means ‘women-hating’ and that has relevance to the vitriol spewed by an unfortunate select few (by tacitly supported by the rest)

    Captcha: Woman a – this thing bloody reads our minds…

  70. Lampie 71

    Yeah Robinsod, insolent is arrogrance, arrogrance is egocentric thinking.

  71. Santi 72

    “The Nats have a huge mysogyny problem Phil”.

    Gender should have nothing to do with it. You’re either qualified or not to do the job. Selection on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, or race is a mere excuse to promote the underqualified.

    On the subject of attitudes toward women: explain tangata whenua’s and women in marae?

  72. Luke 73

    Cullen did mot nominate Nash, he just signed the form which does not indicate support. Cullen said he would have signed Fairbrothers
    if he asked as well.

  73. The Double Standard 74

    “The Nats have a huge mysogyny problem Phil.”

    Yeah, tell Jenny Shipley eh? Or have you forgotten where NZ’s first women PM came from?

    And unless I’m missing something, no minister is a not part of the Nat party.

    You do some spout some crap sometimes Tane.

  74. PhilBest 75

    Actually I am deeply sorry the Nats didn’t keep the Ship. She would probably have seen Our Dear Leader (Sorry! I mean, Saint Helen) off long ago.

  75. IrishBill 76

    Phil, Near the end of her tenure Jenny Shipley was regularly polling considerably lower in the prefered PM stakes than Helen. For an incumbent this is unusual. She was also the face of the electricity reforms, the meltdown with Winston over Auckland airport and the privatisation of ACC. On a personal level I have to say she was truely dreadful to deal with in person.

    And I’m not sure if you remember it or not but she had a chance against Clark in the 1999 election and got thrashed.

  76. burt 77

    He should have just called Paul Henry a creep and walked out. They you guys would think that he was the best thing since Muldoon.

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  • Why now? Historical specificity and the perfect storm that has created trans identity politics
    by Phil Duncan For Marxists, a key concern about social trends is their context – not just their causes, but why they happen when they do.  Events and phenomena have causes, but they also are time or period-specific. While much of the left have capitulated recently to postmodernism, most notably ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    9 hours ago
  • Time for a living wage for supermarket workers
    Since the lockdown began, we've all suddenly been reminded who the actually essential workers in our society are: not the people at the top who pay themselves the big bucks and rort the perks, but the people at the bottom they screw over and squeeze: cleaners, warehouse staff, truck drivers ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    10 hours ago
  • Hard News: MUSIC: Lockdown Grooves
    Kia ora! As I've watched nearly all my remaining work vanish over the past couple of days, it has occured to me that one good way to keep me away from arguing with fools on Twitter all the time (in the knowledge that all we're really doing is processing our ...
    11 hours ago
  • A place of greater safety?
    Aotearoa New Zealand has committed to trying to extirpate the virus that causes COVID-19 from its shores. To do that, as a society we’ve moved to “Level 4”. That means adapting to unprecedented restrictions on our personal freedoms, particularly to our rights to move freely and associate with friends and ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    12 hours ago
  • The police and public trust
    When the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency last week, she handed the police powers to enforce it. And almost immediately, we started hearing about heavy-handed, arbitrary "enforcement" by police who (at best) cared more about order than law, or (more likely) had no idea what the rules were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    13 hours ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 4
    . . Lock Down: Day 4 – A photo essay with observations . March 29: Usual wake up routine as RNZ snaps on my radio-clock. Jim Mora’s voice slowly enters my conciousness; there’s talk of a second wave of covid19 taking hold in South Korea; the week in Parliament – ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    14 hours ago
  • COVID-19 vs New Zealand
    Yesterday, New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 related death on the West Coast. Unfortunately this is unlikely to be the only fatality, with the virus now being found in every region of the country.However despite the significant danger, people are still unfortunately breaching lockdown rules.There’s really only one main very ...
    14 hours ago
  • Rāhui day 4
    The kids did surprisingly well today – meltdown count was about 3, and mostly fairly short ones. (And a fourth while I was writing.) Game-wise I had a go at Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark. It’s a fairly standard RPG with turn-based combat and what they call a “mature storyline” (it ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    1 day ago
  • Letter to a friend
    by Don Franks Hi David, Nice hearing from you, I’m glad to hear you’re getting by okay in these grim times. You asked how’s it going for us back here in New Zealand. You would have heard that the whole country is locked down and with breaks for exercise and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 day ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 3
    . . Lock Down: Day 3 – A photo essay with observations . March 28: First day of the first weekend in Lock Down. It feels like it’s been weeks since only Level 3 was declared last Tuesday, only four days ago. Woke up this morning to RNZ; coffee; toast, ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 22, 2020 through Sat, Mar 28, 2020 Articles Linked to on Facebook Sun, Mar 22, 2020 In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters by Chelsea Harvey, ...
    2 days ago
  • Rāhui day 3
    I’m here in lockdown with my flatmate and her two girls (6 and 2) and it. is. a time. They’re usually really active so to start with the only boardgame in the house is the copy of Guess Who that the 6 year old got for her birthday. Flatmate commented ...
    The little pakehaBy chrismiller
    2 days ago
  • A test of civil society.
    The CV-19 (COVID) pandemic has seen the imposition of a government ordered national quarantine and the promulgation of a series of measures designed to spread the burden of pain and soften the economic blow on the most strategically important and most vulnerable sectors of society. The national narrative is framed ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 days ago
  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
    . . Lock Down: Day 2 – A photo essay with observations . March 27 – Day 2 of our Strange New World. The Park and Ride near my suburb, usually filled with hundreds of vehicles, had just… four; . . Another drive into Wellington City on a highway nearly ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    3 days ago
  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
    Fortune's Children: Under extraordinary pressure, the leader of the Government and the leader of the Opposition will each show us what they are made of. Have they been blessed with intelligence, grace, wit, poise, toughness, empathy and humour – and in what measure? More importantly, to what extent have they ...
    3 days ago
  • Landlords are NOT an essential service
    If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having to rent a property on the open market in New Zealand, which is one of the most expensive in the entire world, you’ll likely be keenly aware of just how arrogant and entitled landlords and their real estate agents can be.Unfortunately for ...
    3 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
    Society-wise, aside from the specific morbidity shall we say of the medically-oriented aspects of this COVID-19 crisis, what is unfolding before the world is in more than one way an instructive study of humanity and reactions to a high intensity, high stress environment in real time. Friends, we are at ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
    Right now low waged and insecure workers are feeling the economic brunt of the looming #Covid19 Recession. In response legal advocate Toby Cooper* and hospitality and worker’s rights advocate Chloe Ann-King, are putting together a series of legal blogs about your employment rights: In this legal blog we outline some ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    3 days ago
  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
    by Equipo Jurídico Pueblos and Gearóid Ó Loingsigh (25/03/2020) An escape plan in question On the night of March 21st and the early morning of the 22nd, the forces of the Colombian state stormed into the Modelo prison in Bogotá, murdering 23 prisoners and injuring 83, in response to the ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • We are not America
    When the government banned semi-automatic weapons in response to a terrorist atrocity, gun-nuts were outraged. Mired in toxic American gun culture, they thought owning weapons whose sole purpose was killing people was some sort of "constitutional right", a necessity for "defending themselves" against the government. Now, the Court of Appeal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • When will we know the lockdown is working?
    Just before midnight on Wednesday March 25, Aotearoa New Zealand entered a countrywide alert level four lockdown. For at least the next four weeks, everyone who isn’t an essential worker is confined to their bubble. We are doing this to stop the explosive growth in people contracting and dying from ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Lock Down: Day 1
    . . Lock Down: Day 1 – A photo essay with observations . Day one of the Level 4 nationwide lock-down (or, DefCon 4 as I sometimes cheekily call it) started at 11.59PM on 25 March. For a moment, most of the nation held it’s collective breath. In that brief ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • A Compelling Recollection.
    Broad, Sunlit Uplands: How those words fired my young imagination! Or, perhaps, it is more accurate to say: how those words fused, in my young mind, with the image printed on every packet of Fielder’s Cornflour. Always fascinated by history, especially modern history, I cannot hear Churchill’s wonderfully evocative words, even ...
    4 days ago
  • The Warehouse – where everyone gets a virus
    . . 24 March 2020 9.46AM Number of covid19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand: 102 . As of 11.59 on Thursday, most of New Zealand will go into “lock down”. People will be expected not to travel to work; not to socialise; and to stay home. I will not be ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    4 days ago
  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections A respected research group, Project Drawdown, finds that deploying solutions consistent with meeting the Paris climate targets would cost tens of trillions of dollars globally. But crucially, those outlays would also yield long-term savings many times larger than the up-front costs. The new 2020 Drawdown ...
    4 days ago
  • After the Pandemic
    It will pass. What happens next? Not immediately, but longer term. There are many opinions, fewer certainties. Will it “change everything!” as many confidently, and contradictorily predict? In this post I look at how foresight can help bound some of the uncertainties so you can more objectively consider the future. ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    4 days ago
  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
    We’ve been meaning t write something on Cuba and the coronavirus but have just discovered a very good article on the subject in the US left publication Jacobin.  The article looks at how Cuba, a poor country but one where capitalism has been done away with, is leading the way ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
    In 2018, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey - two British citizens who had purportedly been stripped of their citizenship by the British government - were captured while fighting for Isis in Syria. The British government then conspired to hand them over to the US, and agreed to provide evidence ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
    Transformers: The disaster of the Great Depression was transformed into a new and fairer society by the democratic socialism of the First Labour Government. The disaster of the Covid-19 Pandemic offers a similar transformative possibility to the Labour-NZ First-Green Government. Seize the time, Jacinda! You will never have a better ...
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
    Tamper with The System? Well, we already are. But there's a difference between accidentally trickling sand into a precision gearbox versus formulating a plan to alter it on the fly with improvements in mind. One action is more or less innocently unscrupulous, the other amenable to earning an easy ...
    5 days ago
  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
    Associate Prof George Thomson, Louise Delany, Prof Nick Wilson While it is possible that New Zealand can use intense public health controls to eradicate COVID-19 from the country – we must also plan for other scenarios where thousands of New Zealanders are sick – including many urgently hospitalised.1 Better resilience ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or being ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    6 days ago
  • An equitable way to support business
    The Herald reports that the government is planning to lend billions of dollars to large businesses to keep them operating during the pandemic. As with mortgage relief, this is necessary: we need companies to stay in business, to reduce the economic damage and help things get restarted again when this ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
    We're about to do something unprecedented as a nation. We hope that by taking this extraordinary action before a single life in New Zealand has been lost to the deadly novel virus we will save tens of thousands of lives. Our  lives. We'll do it together, in households, in isolation ...
    6 days ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
    “There is a time for everything,    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”So writes the author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Old Testament that’s counted as a ‘wisdom’ book and written as if by an unnamed king of Jerusalem. But who would have thought there would be a time ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
    I was surprised when the prime minister described the Economic Response to Covid-19 package as the ‘largest peacetime government spend in New Zealand's history’. Reflecting – checking through history – I realised that the term ‘spend’ was crucial and the package had no income tax cuts. Even so, it has ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • What about renters?
    The government today announced the latest part of its pandemic relief package: a six-month mortgage holiday for people whose incomes have been affected by the pandemic. Which is great, because these people are going to need help, and that's what the government should be doing. At the same time, it ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Living within our means.
    Years ago the Argentine sociologist Carlos Weisman wrote a book titled “Living within our Means.” It was a critique of Argentine society that focused on the paradoxical question of why, in a land of plenty, there was so much economic instability, inequality, corruption and political turmoil. His conclusion was basically ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Transparency and the pandemic
    Parliament will be leading by example and adjourning tomorrow after a special sitting to consider an epidemic notice and state of emergency. Day-to-day oversight of the government will be delegated to a select committee. But that's not the only overight mechanism. The OIA will still be law, and (so far) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • ‘Overjoyed’: a leading health expert on New Zealand’s coronavirus shutdown, and the challengin...
    Michael Baker, University of Otago Overjoyed. That’s not a word epidemiologists normally use, but that’s how I felt after hearing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement about New Zealand’s COVID-19 shutdown of everything except essential services for at least four weeks from midnight on Wednesday. More than anything, I just ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    6 days ago
  • One way to solve the housing crisis
    How much homelessness is caused by house hoarding? We're about to find out. The pandemic has destroyed tourism, which means that house hoarders who put their hoarded properties up as short-term tourist rentals are now offering them on the ordinary rental market:Property investors are pulling properties from Airbnb to offer ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • The pros and cons of planting trees to address global warming
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bruce Lieberman It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right ...
    7 days ago
  • Not a grand coalition, but a government of national salvation
    According to Newshub, Simon Bridges is open to joining a “grand coalition” with Labour as we hunker down to go into a month long lockdown. The idea is sound. Before now, the role of the opposition was to scrutinise and oppose. In the context of what almost amounts to a ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Raise the Bar: hospitality workers & wage subsidy entitlements
    Kia ora my name is Chloe Ann-King* and I am the founder of Raise the Bar, a campaign and non-profit that gives free legal aid, advocacy and tautoko to hospitality workers in Aotearoa. Right now all over our country hospo workers are being fired at will, having shifts cut or ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    1 week ago
  • Lifting our game against COVID-19
    We need to be lifting our game against COVID-19. You and I need to help those working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while they’re trying to lift the testing and treatment efforts. We don’t want to be playing this game running backwards. Best to play it solidly forward, from ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    1 week ago
  • The maths and ethics of minimising COVID-19 deaths in NZ
    Prof Tony Blakely, Prof Michael Baker, and Prof Nick Wilson The NZ Government must do more to clearly articulate its COVID-19 strategy: eradication or ‘flattening the curve’ mitigation. But to do so means understanding the maths and ethics of both these strategies. In this blog, we adapt our work for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • All aboard the Covid Train
    A few days ago I was starting to write something about the pandemic, which now seems unconscionable. It took the form of a letter to an agony aunt:“Dear Deidre, I have an ugly confession. I am quite excited by Covid-19.”This is how the piece went:“I’m not a psychopath, honest. Although the ...
    PunditBy Phil Vine
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Climate Feedback Article Review... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... In Just 10 Years, Warming Has Increased the Odds of Disasters The likelihood of extreme events ...
    1 week ago
  • We are all socialists now
    Last week, the government announced a $12 billion initial package to support people during the pandemic. Today, the Reserve Bank is buying government bonds - effectively printing money - to keep up the money supply during the crisis. Normally such moves would have the right apoplectic. Instead, the National Party ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A plea to experts: safeguard your role in public life
    I am a pundit, somebody who opines and comments on the news. There are no real qualifications to punditry though having a rudimentary way with words and good general knowledge helps. That is one reason there is a constant oversupply of would-be pundits and why it is quite hard to ...
    PunditBy Liam Hehir
    1 week ago
  • Enlightenment when?
    I recently encountered the following prescription from a Faculty of Education at a leading New Zealand University. At first I wondered if it was another product of the postmodern generator (http://www.elsewhere.org/journal/pomo/), designed to create gibberish in the postmodern form, but I’m told it is real: The “schooled” society: Towards the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    1 week ago
  • What the Crisis Can teach Us
    The coronavirus pandemic has of course had a major impact on individual lives and on societies as a whole. But, long after the crisis has passed (assuming it does), we will begin to realise that its real and lasting significance lies in the lessons it has taught us, if only ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Hammering home measures to stop COVID-19
    COVID-19 has plunged Aotearoa New Zealand (indeed, the world) into territory that, while maybe not totally unprecedented, certainly hasn’t been seen during the lifetimes of most of us here today. Our borders are closed to non-citizens, we’re being told not to gather in groups of more than 500 outside/100 inside, ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    1 week ago
  • What does ‘level two’ mean – and why does it matter?
    For the last few weeks, I’ve been urging you to prepare yourself, your family, business, and community for Covid-19. Now it’s time for real action.  Yesterday the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield announced another 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand, bringing our total to date to 52. ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 15, 2020 through Sat, Mar 21, 2020 Editor's Pick Now Isn’t the Time to Forget About Our Climate Change Efforts   Tasha Tilberg, Lindsey Wixson, and Liu Wen photographed ...
    1 week ago
  • Is the Guardian becoming  a real newspaper again?
    by Jan Rivers The article has been corrected to show that it was Ewen MacAskill, former Guardian journalist and not Luke Harding who travelled to meet Edward Snowden with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras.  Some of the Guardian’s well-known journalists who did not sign the protest letter are ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Life asserts itself regardless
    by Cultural Worker Late March 2020 amidst the virus. With gigs crashing and burning all around it was without much hope that I called a long standing rest home booking: “ Hi, I’m supposed to be entertaining at your place this afternoon – is it still on?” “”If you don’t ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Politics, the possible, and the pandemic
    Whenever people demand real change from their politicians, we're told that "politics is the art of the possible". The implication is that change isn't possible, so we'd better just get used to the sucky status quo. But now that there's a pandemic, a lot of things we were previously told ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The Only Way Through This Crisis Is Together.
    Together: In leading New Zealand through the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Prime Minister could do a lot worse than allow herself to be guided by the spirit of collective sacrifice and co-operation that animated the New Zealanders of 80 years ago. Most Kiwis alive today have had no opportunity to prove their ...
    2 weeks ago
  • GFC vs Covid-19
    It is said that generals fight the last war. In the case of the early stages of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) they had learned from the Great Depression of the 1930s and they fought intelligently and successfully. Later their advice would be ignored in favour of the Austerians who ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 weeks ago
  • Nobody Left Behind.
    Solidarity Forever: All over the world, the arrival of the Covid-19 virus has exposed the fragility of the walls we erect around ourselves and our loved ones. It has shattered our illusions of autonomy and revealed to us how utterly dependent we all are on other human-beings. Finally, we see ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebuilding a truly “Democratic” counter, or a “moderate Republican” bolt-hol...
    Looking across the various arguments for/against the leading candidates to take the Democratic Nomination, you might honestly be very hard pressed to tell. There are a number of things that have now started happening since Amy Klobuchar and “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg both threw the towel in and immediately (and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion law reform a win for women
    by Daphna Whitmore Abortion is no longer in the Crimes Act in New Zealand. The law reform passed yesterday and now abortion is a medical matter between a woman and her doctor. Many women’s groups and progressive people have campaigned for reform for decades. The women’s liberation movement and some ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist
    Doug Specht, University of Westminster and Julio Gimenez, University of Westminster When fake news, misreporting and alternative facts are everywhere, reading the news can be a challenge. Not only is there plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you also ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Why New Zealand needs to continue decisive action to contain coronavirus
    Michael Baker, University of Otago and Nick Wilson, University of Otago With some of the toughest border restrictions and a newly-announced NZ$500 million boost to health services, New Zealand is among a small number of countries with a strategy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand is also fortunate in ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago
  • Parliament and the pandemic II
    As expected, the government has introduced a sessional order to allow Parliament to operate during the pandemic. You can read it on the Order Paper here, but the short version is that questions and motions can be filed electronicly, select committees can work remotely, and the the Business Committee can ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • When a virus goes viral: pros and cons to the coronavirus spread on social media
    Axel Bruns, Queensland University of Technology; Daniel Angus, Queensland University of Technology; Timothy Graham, Queensland University of Technology, and Tobias R. Keller, Queensland University of Technology News and views about coronavirus has spread via social media in a way that no health emergency has done before. Platforms like Twitter, Facebook, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • How to survive 14 days of self-isolation
    So you’ve recently returned from overseas, come into contact with someone who tested positive, got a bit of a dry cough yourself or perhaps just want to self isolate for 14 days to avoid other people who might have COVID-19. Here are a few tips and tricks to help get ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Abortion Legislation Bill passes third reading
    Some fave speeches:     ...
    Boots TheoryBy Stephanie Rodgers
    2 weeks ago
  • Why Leadership Matters – More Than Anything.
    Our Good Fortune: Precisely because she has never been an ideologue (she calls herself a “pragmatic idealist”) Jacinda Ardern has a political nimbleness and spontaneity which, when infused with her exceptional emotional intelligence, produces spectacular demonstrations of leadership. Jacinda's empathic political personality contrasts sharply with the less-than-sunny ways of her ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #11, 2020
    2 weeks ago
  • 68-51
    The Abortion Legislation Bill has just passed its third reading, 68-51. NZ First MPs bailed because their referendum amendment didn't pass, but there were plenty of MPs to provide a majority without them. The bill is a long way from perfect - most significantly, it subjects pregnant people who need ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The ‘herd immunity’ route to fighting coronavirus is unethical and potentially dangerous
    As most of the world tries to suppress the coronavirus spread, some countries are going it alone – trying to manage the pandemic through so-called “herd immunity”. Herd immunity means letting a large number of people catch a disease, and hence develop immunity to it, to stop the virus spreading. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Eight new COVID-19 cases today. It’s no surprise when you look at some numbers
    So, as I sit at home with a very, very slight headache (i.e. not at work when I would otherwise be so), the now familiar figure of Ashley Bloomfield reports eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19  including two in Waikato. A surprise, given that we had just twelve yesterday? No. ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    2 weeks ago
  • The WINZ Paradox versus the new COVID-19 Reality: Get real people, seriously…
    Many who advocated for, and voted for, the current Coalition – particularly those who voted Labour and the Green Party – expected to see a sea change in the reality of social services. A real, deep change of attitude, approach of process through which the system negotiates the difficult and ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago

  • Christchurch Hospital Hagley ICU to open to support COVID-19 response
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says 36 new intensive care beds at Christchurch Hospital’s new Hagley building are being fast tracked so they are available for treatment of COVID-19 patients.   The Ministry of Health is working with contractor CPB and Canterbury DHB to enable access to the hospital’s ICU, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government supports Air NZ freight flights
    The Government has fast-tracked up to $1 million to help Air New Zealand move urgent freight to and from New Zealand, with the first flight to Shanghai leaving tonight, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. Phil Twyford says it’s crucial that trade in vital goods such as medical supplies and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Tariff concessions on COVID-19 related products
    New Zealand will temporarily remove tariffs on all medical and hygiene imports needed for the COVID-19 response. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said today that the New Zealand Customs Service will apply tariff concessions to all diagnostic reagents and testing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Clarification of modification to wage subsidy scheme
    Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has clarified that the changes to the wage subsidy scheme announced yesterday mean that employers should be passing on the full subsidy to workers, except in the case where the person’s normal income is less than the level of the subsidy. “We still want employers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Face masks flowing to DHBs
    Medical face masks from the national reserve supply are now being distributed to District Health Boards, while at the same time local production is being ramped up. Yesterday more than 640,000 masks were sent to DHBS – that is an immediate two week supply, with more to follow in coming ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: Further steps to protect New Zealanders’ jobs
    The Government has made modifications to the wage subsidy scheme to ensure people don’t lose their jobs during the national lockdown. These changes will soften the impact of COVID-19 on workers, families and businesses, and position them to exit the lockdown and look to recovery, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Tax relief for Mycoplasma Bovis farmers
    Farmers whose herds were culled in response to the outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis will be able to minimise the tax treatment of their income in some circumstances. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says Cabinet has agreed to change the law. It means farmers may be eligible to spread their income over ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • $27 million for NGOs and community groups to continue providing essential services
    A $27 million dollar package, effective immediately, is being provided to social sector services and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide essential support to communities as we stay at home as a nation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced. “At ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Statement on guilty plea of March 15 terrorist
    “The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • COVID-19 updates
    The Prime Minister is holding daily press conferences to update New Zealanders on the Government's response to COVID-19. Links to videos and transcripts of these updates below. These transcripts also include All of Government press conferences led by Director Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 25 March: Live update from the Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police numbers break through 10,000 mark
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