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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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    Over in Switzerland, the racist "People's Party" tried to have a Brexit-style referendum on ending freedom of movement with the EU, so they could stop the "flood" of foreigners. But the Swiss people said No: Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected an attempt to tear up the country’s agreement with ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 hours ago
  • International Right To Know Day
    Today, 28 September, is International Right To Know Day (or, as the UN puts it, the "International Day for Universal Access to Information"). The Ombudsman is celebrating with a poll showing that while most people don't know about their freedom of information rights, those that use them mostly get what ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 hours ago
  • One way or another, we’re paying for this
    Back in July, when foreign polluters (and archaeological criminals) Rio Tinto announced they planned to close Tiwai Point, I was dancing on its grave. Why? Because the carbon subsidies alone were more than enough to fund alternative jobs - or even just to pay everyone dependent on it a reasonable ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    9 hours ago
  • End of life – it isn’t so easy
    In a few weeks, New Zealanders will make a choice whether we implement into law the End of Life Choice Act 2019.  My scientific expertise includes developing and validating methods to predict future events of ill people including death. There is one section of the Act that concerns me deeply. Section ...
    SciBlogsBy John Pickering
    9 hours ago
  • Democracy Under Threat
    My wife and I are at an age when we have begun to think (and worry) about the kind of world we will leave behind for our children and, particularly, our grandchildren. We have experienced during our own lives, like others of our generation, our fair share of hard times ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    14 hours ago
  • Liam Hehir: Why it’s important to be open to relationships with people who vote differently
      There are few things written more deeply on the human heart than religion. Differences between us on the purpose and ultimate destiny of human existence have sometimes inspired great intolerance and even wars. But what would we make today of a Catholic who refused to countenance a meaningful relationship ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    14 hours ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #39
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The Warming Climates of the Arctic and the Tropics Squeeze the Mid-latitudes, Where Most People Live Melting Arctic ice sends ...
    15 hours ago
  • Where in the world will the next epidemic start?
    Naomi Forrester-Soto, Keele University Viruses jumping from animals to humans have been the starting point of numerous outbreaks, from Ebola to Zika. Given the similarity of SARS-CoV-2 to coronaviruses found in bats, this probably marked the beginning of COVID-19 too. We know that viruses have passed from animals to humans ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Fiscal Maths with Paul “Goldie” Goldsmith
    Mr Thinks has asked me to come onto the blog today to outline a few concepts in fiscal mathematics. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    2 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #39
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 20, 2020 through Sat, Sep 26, 2020 Editor's Choice Climate Disruption Is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial A crack on the Amery Ice Shelf in ...
    2 days ago
  • National behind the times
    When Todd Muller resigned as leader of the National Party and allowed for Judith Collins to assume command, you could tell the blue “team” was desperate and in search of past glories. After all, Crusher is towards the end of her political career and from a bygone era where dirty ...
    2 days ago
  • Coronavirus: the road to vaccine roll-out is always bumpy, as 20th-century pandemics show
    Samantha Vanderslott, University of Oxford If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that the stakes are high. Very few vaccine trials in history have attracted so much attention, perhaps since polio in the mid-20th century. A now ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • PREFU: The State of Government Accounts
    The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update’ (PREFU) tells us something about the future of the Public Sector but it requires careful analysis to assess how it is going. The 2020 PREFU is the most important economic statement during any election campaign. Unfortunately the commentariat tends to treat it briefly ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • Predatory delay
    Farmers are whining again about being expected to clean up their act: Canterbury farmers want politicians to stop painting them as climate change villains, listen to their needs and allow them more time to boost environmental standards. [...] “The targets are necessary for the environment, but do we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Flight to nowhere sends the wrong message in climate crisis
    Qantas Airlines’ 7-hour “flight to nowhere”, that sold out in 10 minutes with prices from A$787 to A$3787, seemed like a sick joke to climate advocates. Apart from the waste of fuel and the pointless emissions, passengers would be able to see first-hand, from a plane just like those that ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: The cannabis referendum – a doctor’s perspective
    Cannabis is part of our culture: 80% of adults have tried it sometime. Intuition tells us that legalising cannabis will increase use – science suggests that is not likely. Our Dunedin and Christchurch studies show that cannabis use peaks in our 20s. Older people are less frequent users whether it ...
    3 days ago
  • First steps: Jerry DeSilva on the evolution of bipedalism
    Yesterday morning I got up (at the rather early and unaccustomed hour of 3.30am) to listen to a webinar by paleoanthropologist Dr Jeremy DeSilva¹. Titled “First Steps”, his presentation was about the origins of bipedalism in the human lineage. It was a fascinating session & I thought I’d turn my ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    3 days ago
  • True Believers In A False God.
    Down The Rabbit Hole: "Social psychologists have found that when fearful people contemplate potential misfortunes, they tend to feel helpless and pessimistic, but when angry people contemplate the same, they feel a sense of optimism and control. And one simple way to transmute fear into anger is to perceive an evil ...
    4 days ago
  • Majority Rule Requires Majorities That Are Real.
    Fifty Percent Plus One: New Zealand’s genuine-majority-delivering two-party system endured for five elections only (1938, 1943, 1946, 1949, 1951) a period of just 16 years. Very few New Zealanders alive today can boast of participating in an election which delivered a true majority to either Labour or National. Someone who ...
    4 days ago
  • Labour super exploitation
    This is the second in the lecture series by Andy Higginbottom on superexploitation. Here he looks at Marini’s theory of labour super-exploitation and Capital ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Small asteroid to make near-miss of Earth in NZ skies tonight
    Sorry for the late notice on this one, but I only just heard myself, in common with most of the human race. A small asteroid, somewhere between the size of a truck and the size of a house in dimensions, will hurtle past the Earth tonight, dipping closer to ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    4 days ago
  • This is not what accountability looks like
    When someone commits trespass, assault with a weapon, and kidnapping, you'd expect them to be prosecuted, right? But apparently the rules are different if you wear a blue uniform: A police investigation has found officers in Northland trespassed on a man's property, then unlawfully pepper sprayed him and arrested ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Cycling: head injuries ignored because of entrenched macho culture
    Howard Hurst, University of Central Lancashire and Jack Hardwicke, University of Winchester Competitive road cycling is a demanding and unique sport. One where crashing is inevitable – especially at the professional level. While the risk of head injury is relatively low in cycling – approximately 5-13% – compared to contact ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The coming US shitshow
    Today President Trump once again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the US election. Coincidentally, The Atlantic has a long article on exactly what that means, from voter suppression by armed thugs in the name of "ballot security", to refusing to allow the vote ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A moral void
    That's the only way to describe the SIS, who - like their British counterparts - decided to look the other way on child abuse: The SIS knew a young woman was being sexually abused by her father but failed to lodge a complaint with the police, effectively allowing the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • When will Goldsmith resign?
    The National Party’s campaign has gone from bad to worse with a further two large miscalculations being uncovered in their alternative fiscal plan. Firstly, National’s economic spokesperson and list MP, Paul Goldsmith, used May's Budget figures instead of last week's PREFU numbers, and came up with a whopping $4.3 billion ...
    4 days ago
  • The Adventures of Annalax: Part IX
    The initial session was a struggle. Annalax and Magni tried sorting out the details with the Isaac twins (the people pursuing the mountain trip). Annalax happened to mention his devotion to Lolth… whom the Isaacs, being ...
    4 days ago
  • This is bullshit
    On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Arctic sea ice is being increasingly melted from below by warming Atlantic water
    Tom Rippeth, Bangor University Arctic sea ice today (white) is covering a much smaller area than in 1980-2010 (orange line). National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CC BY-SA Each September, scientists like me look out for the point when the Arctic’s meagre summer fizzles out and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • The long-term health burden of COVID-19: further justification for NZ’s elimination strategy
    Prof John D. Potter* This blog briefly surveys the emerging scientific evidence on the longer-term burden of symptoms and disease in survivors of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these symptoms point to damage in the brain and heart. These long-term harms add to the wide range of other reasons for ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Going High, Going Low: An Assessment Of The First Leaders’ Debate.
    Uncrushed: Jacinda Ardern knew exactly what was expected of her in the first Leaders' Debate. Labour’s dominant position, three weeks out from the general election, is constructed out of the admiration and gratitude of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who, more often than not, vote National.  Nothing she said ...
    5 days ago
  • The smokefree policies of political parties: Do they care about people who smoke?
    George Thomson*, Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards In this time of Covid-19, helping people who smoke to quit their addiction has an even greater importance. Smokers are more vulnerable to many harmful health effects, including severe effects from the virus. Policies that support people who smoke to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • The Fog Of Economic Policy Is Starting To Clear…
    Bryan Bruce, https://www.facebook.com/www.redsky.tv, 19 September 2020 National’s economic policy of temporary tax cuts yesterday proved, if proof be needed, that they are unapologetic neoliberals. While their claim that with more money in their pockets people will spend more might sound attractive, the reality is that tax cuts always benefit the ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2020
    Highlighted article: Carbon pricing and planetary boundaries  Engström et al take what might be called a systems approach to evaluating carbon pricing, taking into a account various economic sectors affected by and affecting paying for emissions. The conclusions are overall a rare pleasant surprise— a feature predicated on cooperation.  Abstract: ...
    5 days ago
  • Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes
    Nathan Mietkiewicz, National Ecological Observatory Network and Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder CC BY-ND Summer and fall are wildfire season across the western U.S. In recent years, wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and exposed tens of millions to harmful ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: China steps up
    China has increased its climate change ambition, and set a target to be carbon-neutral by 2060: China will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly. “China will scale up its intended nationally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Indigenous perspectives on unrestricted access to genomic data
    By Genomics Aotearoa researcher Maui Hudson, University of Waikato It is vital that genomics research respects genomic data and genetic heritage from indigenous communities. Genomics research is a rapidly growing field of study, and there is a strong push to make the huge amount of data being produced open ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    5 days ago
  • Terrible luck: lockdowns on learning and youth job prospects
    What is bad luck? Bad luck is spilling spaghetti sauce down your shirt right before an important meeting. When the person in front of you gets the last seat on the bus, that’s bad luck. Bad luck is when it’s sunny outside, so you leave the house without a coat, ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Does private healthcare threaten public healthcare in New Zealand?
    Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), and looks at how the dual system works, and concludes that the answer ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • A rabbit-hole election debate: So do you want more avocado orchards?
    We live in strange and unusual times. It’s been a century since we’ve endured a global pandemic like this, more than half a century since we’ve had economic woes like this. So maybe we got an opening election debate for the times - because that was a strange and unusual ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • LIVE: Jacinda Ardern vs. Judith Collins, First Debate
    Tonight, The Civilian will be live-blogging the first of too many debates between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins, and also the last fifteen minutes of the news. Be sure to tune in from 6:45pm for regular updates, which can be accessed by refreshing this page ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Hundreds of Aucklanders arrested after illegal mass gathering on Harbour Bridge
    An enormous drive-in party, shown here, was held this morning on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge, where police were forced to intervene. Hundreds of Aucklanders were arrested this morning on public health grounds, after an apparent illegal mass gathering on the city’s Harbour Bridge. Police say hundreds of Aucklanders gathered in their ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The Looming Fight.
    Social Distancing Be Damned - It's Jacinda! Shortly after ascending to Labour’s leadership, Jacinda described herself as a “pragmatic idealist”. It was an inspired oxymoron – packing into just two words the essence of the social-democrat’s dilemma. It was good to know that she knew what lay ahead of her. ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
    Back in 2017, the UK announced that it would ban the sale of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2040. Its a basic climate change measure, aimed at reducing emissions by shifting the vehicle fleet to cleaner technologies. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, they're planning to bring it forward ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
    For the past decade, Australia has had a racist, anti-refugee policy. Those claiming refugee status are imprisoned without trial and left to rot in the hope they would "voluntarily" return to be tortured and murdered. When the courts have granted them visas, the government has immediately revoked them on racial ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
    Yesterday afternoon I had to call on my car’s anti-lock braking system (ABS). For reasons best known to its driver, a car pulled out of a side road right in front of me while I was driving home after work, and I needed to stop in a hurry. I rather ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
    There are a fair few misconceptions about conditions within New Zealand’s Quarantine Hotels. Madeline Grant’s misplaced accusations being one prominent example, though she is not alone. Today, I thought I’d share the inside word, so to speak. A friend of mine has recently returned to New Zealand from overseas, and ...
    6 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
    Last week, major newspapers carried a full-page ad as part of the campaign for a "No" vote to the referendum question about supporting the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. The ad was authorised by the SAM NZ Coalition, which takes its name from a controversial American anti-cannabis group and includes ...
    6 days ago
  • This is not kind
    New Zealand has a serious homelessness problem, due to skyrocketing rents and a lack of state houses. One of the ways we stick a band-aid on it is to put people up in motels. Previously, they were charged full commercial rates, saddled with odious debt due to the government's failure ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
    by Ani O’Brien In the absence of a better word with which to refer to the rabid activists who claim progressivism while demanding adherence to an increasingly prescriptive set of political beliefs, I call them “woke”. With its roots in Black American slang, the term originally denoted a person or ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    7 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
    Over the weekend, the Ministry of Health reported a case of Covid-19 in Auckland that is not related to the current Auckland cluster. Before we start to panic, here’s how I think the case happened and how we can strengthen our current border controls. The new Covid-19 case is someone ...
    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    1 week ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
    Becky Casale Elon Musk reckons his Neuralink brain implant is much more than a medical device–that one day it will drive a symbiosis between humans and artificial intelligence. “Good morning! I’m Dr Benedict Egg and I’ll be supervising your Neuralink insertion today. Do you have any questions?” “Yes, Doc. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
    Many New Zealanders take a strong interest in US politics, with the death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg being the latest example. Liam Hehir wonders if it very wise for New Zealanders to get so worked about it.   Many politically engaged New Zealanders are now furiously ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
    After stamping the Coronavirus out via strict lockdown between March and May, New Zealand went through a good three months without any community cases. Then a local outbreak in Auckland rather buggered things up last month. Auckland’s been in level 3 and level 2.5 for the past six weeks. ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
    Who's causing our skyrocketing emissions? As with most of our other problems, It's the rich: The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    The border closure and resulting lack of foreign slave-workers is driving the fishing industry out of business: One fishing company is effectively out of business while others are bracing for large financial hits as the deepwater New Zealand industry, unable to get skilled foreign workers into the country, have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
    Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The tipping points at the heart of the climate crisis Many parts of the Earth’s climate system have been destabilised by ...
    1 week ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
    In the absence of national public opinion polls, we have had to make do in recent weeks with other guides to voter intentions. Those guides, such as the Auckland Central poll, the incidence of google enquiries and the responses to Vote Compass questions, have suggested, not unexpectedly, that Labour is ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
    Crusher Collins - National Party leaderWe all know that the National Party is desperate to gain some traction during this election campaign and have been throwing pretty much everything at the Labour Party in order to try and undermine Jacinda Ardern and what the Coalition Government has achieved. But unfortunately ...
    1 week ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh goloing@gmail.com (19/09/2020) Che Guevara said that a true revolutionary is motivated by love i.e. love of the oppressed, the poor, the children dying from preventable illnesses. This phrase of his is true but has been used by reformists and their more hippy wing have taken advantage ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
    A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Sep 13, 2020 through Sat, Sep 19, 2020 Editor's Choice Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done A report by a ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
    With the National Party this week announcing a new policy of tax cuts to spice up the election campagin. MyThinks went along to the launch and afterwards we spoke to the party’s finance spokesperson Paul “Golden Touch” Goldsmith. MT: Thanks for speaking to us Mr Goldsmith. PG: No. Thank you. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    1 week ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
    Always to islanders danger Is what comes over the seas ‘Landfall in Unknown Seas’ (Allen Curnow)Six economic issues external to New Zealand, which will greatly impact upon us. 1.         The Diminishing Global Dominance of the US. Since 1941 America has dominated the world economically and politically. Probably it could ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
    By Geoffrey Miller New Zealand should continue to champion human rights in Belarus amidst an ongoing crackdown on protests by the country’s regime, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. Protests in the country often referred to as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’ erupted after the country’s disputed presidential elections on August 9 ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
    Jacqui Maguire, registered clinical psychologist This podcast episode highlights how difficult it is to have effective conversations about euthanasia due to how polarised people’s views are. I’m a clinical psychologist, with a passion for science communication. In early 2020 I founded the podcast Mind Brew, with an aim to make psychological ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    1 week ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago

  • Job numbers up in August
    New data from Stats NZ today shows a rise of more than 9,000 filled jobs from July – driven mostly by the education and training sector, Grant Robertson says. Filled jobs were up 9,147 to 2.2 million in August 2020 compared with July – with 7,409 of those in education ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Māori development receives funding
    Māori development projects across the country will receive a total of $18.8 million from the Provincial Growth Fund that will create infrastructure and permanent jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “These projects will support economic development in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Manawatū-Whanganui, Waikato and Southland to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Hand-up for owners of earthquake-prone units
    From today, owner-occupiers of unit and apartments living in earthquake-prone buildings can apply for financial support to fix their homes, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says. The Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme will help unit owners facing financial hardship over earthquake strengthening costs. “We understand how complicated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • PGF backing successful Māori enterprise
    Whanganui will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment in a local food-processing company which will help the company increase production and create jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. Kii Tahi Ltd, which is owned by South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi, will receive a Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Hokitika Landmark earmarked for $22m restoration
    Seddon House in Hokitika, once a hub for government on the West Coast, has been earmarked for government use once again. “Today we’re announcing a $22 million investment from the Government’s $3 billion infrastructure fund for shovel ready projects for the purchase and restoration of Seddon House in the heart of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Town halls and war memorials in PGF renovation programme
    Town halls, war memorials and other community landmarks across the country will be renovated thanks to grants totalling just under $12.4 million from the Provincial Growth Fund. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says more than 1000 jobs are expected to be created during the renovation programme. “Town halls, other ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes two diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced two new diplomatic appointments: •         Michael Appleton as New Zealand’s first resident High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. •        Tredene Dobson as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Viet Nam.  Sri Lanka “New Zealand is opening a post in Colombo in 2021 because we are ready ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ’s most prestigious conservation award – Loder Cup presented to Graeme Atkins
    The Minister of Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, today presented Aotearoa New Zealand’s most prestigious conservation award, the Loder Cup, to the 2020 winner Graeme Atkins while in Gisborne/Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa. “Graeme Atkins of Ngāti Porou is a Department of Conservation ranger whose contribution to conservation goes well above and beyond his employment,” ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Early help for whānau who need extra support
    The Government is investing in a new, whānau-centred early intervention prototype designed to strengthen families and improve the safety and wellbeing of children. The new programme, Ngā Tini Whetū, is a collaboration between Oranga Tamariki, Te Puni Kōkiri, ACC and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and was announced today ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Parliament to install solar and cut carbon
    Parliament is leading by example by taking action to cut its carbon footprint by installing solar and improving energy efficiency, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today. The Minister confirmed that Parliamentary Services will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to install solar PV and LED ...
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  • Tuvalu Language Week theme promotes community resilience in the face of COVID-19
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the 2020 Tuvalu Language Week theme of “Fakatili Te Kiloga Fou” which means “Navigating the changing environment” is a call on all Pacific peoples to be strong and resilient in the face of COVID-19. “This theme is a reminder to us ...
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  • International sport back up and running in New Zealand
    The Government is welcoming today’s announcement that the West Indies and Pakistan cricket teams will tour New Zealand this summer.  “A lot of hard work has been undertaken by sports officials including New Zealand Cricket, Netball New Zealand and government officials to ensure that international sport can return safely to ...
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  • 1BT funds for Northland forest taonga
    Northland’s indigenous tree canopy is set to grow for the benefit of mana whenua and the wider community thanks to nearly $2 million in One Billion Trees funding, Forestry Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Komanga Marae Trust has received more than $1.54 million to restore and enhance the native ...
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    3 days ago
  • Better health care for West Coasters as Te Nikau Hospital officially opened
    The Government has delivered a new hospital for Greymouth and is starting work on a much needed new health centre in Westport, ensuring local communities will benefit from better access to high quality integrated health services. Today, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare officially open Te ...
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  • Government backing local with PGF loan
    A West Coast distillery will benefit from a Provincial Growth Fund investment that will enable it to expand its operations and create jobs in the town of Reefton, Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. The Reefton Distilling Co will receive a $928,000 ...
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  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
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  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
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    4 days ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
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  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
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    4 days ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
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    5 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
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    6 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
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    6 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
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    6 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
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    6 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
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    1 week ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
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    1 week ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
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    1 week ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
    New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced. “$19.7 million of Jobs for Nature funding is being invested in kiwi conservation activities including increased predator ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
    Ensuring New Zealanders can get the best deal on their electricity takes a step in the right direction today with the South Island launch of the EnergyMate pilot run by the Electricity Retailers’ Association, says Minister of Energy and Resources, Dr Megan Woods. EnergyMate is an industry-led programme providing coaching ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
    Transport Minister Phil Twyford released today the final Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 which outlines the planned $48 billion investment in services and infrastructure over the next decade. “The final GPS supports our Government’s five-point plan for economic recovery by confirming our record investments in transport infrastructure ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
    Three ambitious and cutting-edge research programmes that will lift New Zealand’s advanced energy technology research capability over seven years, have been supported by Government today, says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The projects will each receive a share of $40.7 million investment from the Strategic Science Investment Fund. ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
    The Government is working on how New Zealand’s retirement income policies and settings can best support Kiwis in light of the COVID-19 economic recovery, with the help of the Retirement Commissioner’s latest review, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi said. “The Retirement Commissioner’s three-yearly review into New Zealand’s retirement ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
    A new digital hub and development centre in Murupara will be instrumental in growing the region’s productivity, said Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau at the official opening of two community initiatives today. “I’m pleased to be here celebrating a significant milestone for two projects set to make a ...
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    2 weeks ago