Foolishly banning satire

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, August 13th, 2014 - 86 comments
Categories: election 2014, electoral commission, john key - Tags:

What the hell? This isn’t an election advertisement. This is someone expressing their views in music and video. The election commission are usually ok in their assessments. But this one doesn’t appear to have any real basis behind it.

Adam Bennett at the NZ Herald says

But Mr Watson posted on Facebook this afternoon that he had just had a “super interesting chat with The Electoral Commission just now”.

“It appears we may be gagged.”

He later posted that “the story is the Electoral Commission have advised a Access Radio station not to play Planet Key as it may be a contravention of the act.”

The commission this afternoon confirmed it had banned television and radio broadcasts of the song and said it was also considering whether it was an election advertisement which would require a promoter statement to be carried in online video versions.

I rather think that if and when this gets challenged in court that it will be overturned. Apart from anything else, it clearly violates parts of the Bill of Rights Act, and appears to rely on the very very narrow interpretation of the Electoral Act.

Source: vimeo

Planet Key is written and performed by Darren Watson. The video was created by Jeremy Jones from Propeller Motion. This project is entirely self funded so by buying this song you are also contributing to the cost of this work. Think of it as helping with the trickle down.

This song can be purchased at itunes

86 comments on “Foolishly banning satire”

  1. Molly 1

    Given the recently photoshopped cover of the Rugby News was NOT considered a breach, this seems to be at odds with their previous thought processes.

    With luck, this discussion will promote the video more than any favourable action would have.

    • greywarbler 1.1

      @Molly 7.44
      Thought processes? We are getting into establishment non-thinking here. The entitlement of the wealthy class not to have fun poked at them or be made to look foolish Rules Okay!

      Especially no comment on the correctness of the Emperors Clothes, when his lack of decency is showing.

    • jaymam 1.2

      My re-photoshopped version of the Rugby News cover, with Aaron Gilmore, Don Brash, John Key, John Banks, Claudia Hauiti
      http://i57.tinypic.com/14twy1e.jpg

      Take that, Electoral Commission!

  2. Tracey 2

    If it werent during an election campaign it could have all the air time in the world.

    Unlike rugby news cover, this song is telling people to vote against key.

    I am not sure where I stand on this but am concerned that if the ruling is over turned the big money parties would have yet another way to bash us over the heads with their twisted propaganda.

    Take the so called fall in unemployment being trumpetted. Turns out it is only in christchurch its fallen.

    • Deb Kean 2.1

      “Take the so called fall in unemployment being trumpetted. Turns out it is only in christchurch its fallen.”

      Interesting! I did not know that.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    Very interesting Lprent.

    The EC has also given a view on the infamous ‘New Captain Key’ Rugby News cover opining that an exemption applies to “regularly published periodicals”; Standard poster Weepu’s Beard wrote to the Electoral Commission and the reply received is at:
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/12/electoral-commission-censors-planet-key-satire/#comment-238754

  4. wyndham 4

    Key himself seems easy about this.

    From today’s Herald – – – Mr Key said he’d seen the video. “It was quite professionally done. It was anti-us but as a parody it was okay. I take all that sort of stuff in the spirit it’s intended, it’s certainly a lot more professional than the Dotcom video of people screaming and chanting at me.”

    • crocodill 4.1

      He can afford to “seem easy” about it. He has lower-downs do his dirty work. Wouldn’t want to get spittle on his dinner jacket.

      Song sounds ok, didn’t like the video… too personal. I prefer art that doesn’t attack individuals, and art that doesn’t deal in politics is even better.

      • Tracey 4.1.1

        Some of the best art challenges the status quo.

      • phillip ure 4.1.2

        u r wrong crocodil..

        ..it is a witty/intelligence critique put to music..

        ..and the animation is also of a very high quality…

        ..as is the musicianship..

        ..i can’t see it is electioneering..

        ..it’s a bloody song..!

        ..i’m not playing it..but i do have it up @ whoar…

        • phillip ure 4.1.2.1

          would playing ‘big norm’ be electioneering on behalf of labour..?

          ..would playing anything by that rightwing-ratbag country-singer ted nugent be electioneering for the tories..?

          ..no woody guthrie..?..

          ..no ‘masters of war’ from dylan..?..(easily directed @ key..a warmongering satrap for the americans..a man who is killing innocent civilians..in our name..

          ..and who can forget how him and all the other armchair-warriors in national/act were so jonesing to join in the invasion of iraq..

          ..that was where simon power made his defining-political-statement:

          ..’all the way with george w. bush!’)..was his masters-of-war rallying-call/direct-crib..)

          ..whoar..!

          ..it’s a musical-electioneering swamp out there..!

          ..or is it all just..too silly for words..?

          ..(i’m going for the latter..)

          • weka 4.1.2.1.1

            it appears that it’s not political songs that are at issue, but those that advocate voting for or against specific people or parties. Fine line in some cases (can’t remember the lyrics to Big Norm).

      • CnrJoe 4.1.3

        Croc – u dont know what art is

    • Tracey 4.2

      fascinating that he bothered to watch it, you know, given he doesnt care about this stuff… Like it amazes me that he bothers to read oil slicks site.

    • miravox 4.3

      I wonder if Key used to watch A Week of It and McPhail and Gadsby as part of his political education. Would we even be allowed to see those programmes these days?

      • Rosie 4.3.1

        Televised satire is dead in our country, and sadly, it has been for some time.

        Convenient that, as satire is a challenge to the powers, and they can’t be challenged, or people might vote them out and stuff.

  5. felix 5

    What about John Keys scattering his hagiography all over the country?

    How is that not an election ad?

    • Tiger Mountain 5.1

      +1

      the timing of the godKey bio release could be an amazing coincidence but given the lead in times for publishing I’ll go with election advertising

      • Tracey 5.1.1

        they know how to work the rules. Sadly darren needed to release this a couple of months ago BUT he has now got so much publicity it is being viewed by thousands who wouldnt have before.

        • felix 5.1.1.1
          1. I don’t see what the release date has to do with the legality of broadcasting the song.
          2. Is it now illegal for John Keys’ book to be displayed/sold/read?
          • Tracey 5.1.1.1.1

            I understood the electoral act only applies to a specified period.

            • felix 5.1.1.1.1.1

              That’s what I mean. If the act is deemed applicable to the song, then it can’t be broadcast in the election period regardless of when it was published.

              • Tracey

                Sorry, we were at cross purposes. I meant he could have released it a week or three before the period kicked in. In any event it has had enormous coverage.

                Books are somehow exempt, hence the right use them at election time

    • Blue 5.2

      Maybe because it’s so boring? Seriously, I would like to see the sales figures for that thing. I bet it has sunk like a stone.

  6. Tracey 6

    For those who peddle the view that john keys brain fades are understandable and acceptable, watch this video, note his bosses cooments and consider this,

    John Key has a seriously degraded memory/ mind coinciding with becoming PM. Really?

    • vto 6.1

      Every New Zealander should watch that video around his 2003 share dealings in Tranzrail at the same time he was dealing with rail companies looking to buy in NZ while he was an MP.

      Completely and totally crooked.

      Making use of his personal knowledge and position in Parliament to deal in Tranzrail shares and double his money.

      Crooked through and through

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        And he appears to have had a very sharp mind in the corporate world which began failing him the minute he entered politics…

  7. Adrian 7

    I was personally approached to advertise in Rugby News and I said ” Not after putting that dickhead on the cover, pretending to be an All Black, that jersey has to be earned ” and the reply surprised me ” Aw mate, you wouldn’t believe the shit we’ve been getting over that, the silliest thing we’ve ever done and what pisses me off was it wasn’t even our idea ”
    Oh, really?

    • Weepus beard 7.1

      The editor explained on the Rugby News Facebook page that it was his idea. What you’ve said is inconsistent with that. If not their idea then wonder whose idea it was?

      • Tracey 7.1.1

        You assume what Adrian wrote is factual.

        • Weepus beard 7.1.1.1

          No. I said what I know, and what Adrian said, then asked “If…then…”

          I’ve not made any conclusion, just asked a question.

          • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            Sorry, was meant for weka

            • weka 7.1.1.1.1.1

              Do you mean that Adrian might be lying or that what he was told wasn’t the truth? If it’s the former, well I tend to offer a certain level of trust to people until proven otherwise and I have no reason to think that Adrian is lying, if it’s the latter, then that’s irrelevant, it was the rest of Adrian’s story that cheered me up, not the bit about whose idea the cover was.

              • Tracey

                I am a cynical person when it comes to statements on this site purporting to be fact. I dont know Adrian. I may have judged him harshly. Probably have and apologise if so.

                Sorry to have rained on your cheery moment weka.

                • weka

                  I still don’t know what you are considering ‘fact’ Tracey. Do you mean the fact issue that WB raised? Or do you mean the whole comment?

                  • Tracey

                    I mean the fact that adrian was told what he put in quote marks

                    • weka

                      Ok, so you are doubting that they really said that they’ve had lots of complaints or been given lots of shit for the cover? shrug I guess we are different then, the story came across as credible to me.

                      I took the quotation marks as paraphrasing rather than literal.

    • weka 7.2

      Thanks Adrian, that’s cheered me up.

  8. Hi there,

    The Electoral Commission hasn’t (yet) said that this is an “Election Advertisement” under the Electoral Act. Instead, they say it (probably) is an “Election Programme” under the Broadcasting Act. The definition of the two things isn’t the same – in particular, a song/video can be a “programme” without being an “advertisement”.

    Point being – we’ve got even tighter restrictions on what can be put on the radio/TV than we do regarding what can be generally said/sung via the internet or other media. Whether that makes any sense is highly questionable … remember that the Broadcasting Act dates back to 1989 and hasn’t been amended since then.

    • vto 9.1

      There is nothing in the song suggesting people should vote against Key

      There is nothing in the song suggesting people should vote for Key

      People on the left will see a selfish man and not like it

      People on the right will not see a selfish man and like it

      It is the best statement about the New Zealand situation today that is currently in existence. It weaves many threads and strands of our climate in with a great catchy tune and makes everything about Key as clear as a bell.

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        If you want compassion dont vote for me

      • There is nothing in the song suggesting people should vote against Key

        Not even the line “If you want compassion, don’t vote for me”?

        • Andrew Geddis 9.1.2.1

          Oops!

          Sorry Tracey … snap.

        • lprent 9.1.2.2

          Depends if you consider that compassion is an electable trait. There are some who comment around here who do not.

        • vto 9.1.2.3

          As mentioned Mr Geddis, some will see the lack of compassion as a positive. Some see compassion as a hindrance in getting ahead in the world. Some such as John Key himself, for example. Compassion, some say, has no place whatsoever in the business world.

          • Tracey 9.1.2.3.1

            When you apply the law to the lyrics it appears to fall within the EA definitions vto.

          • weka 9.1.2.3.2

            As mentioned Mr Geddis, some will see the lack of compassion as a positive. Some see compassion as a hindrance in getting ahead in the world. Some such as John Key himself, for example. Compassion, some say, has no place whatsoever in the business world.

            EC must be full of namby bamby lefties 😉

            • vto 9.1.2.3.2.1

              I think it is more that the business world is full of nutter extremist bad arse righties

    • weka 9.2

      Hi Andrew, can you please point to the specific bit in the Broadcasing Act that covers this? I’m trawling through but haven’t found it yet.

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1989/0025/latest/DLM155365.html

      Interpretation of an ‘election programme’

      election programme means, subject to subsection (2), a programme that—

      (a) encourages or persuades or appears to encourage or persuade voters to vote for a political party or the election of any person at an election; or

      (b) encourages or persuades or appears to encourage or persuade voters not to vote for a political party or the election of any person at an election; or

      (c) advocates support for a candidate or for a political party; or

      (d) opposes a candidate or a political party; or

      (e) notifies meetings held or to be held in connection with an election</i>

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1989/0025/latest/DLM158148.html

      • weka 9.2.1

        Bomber has more in his post. The issue appears to be that third parties aren’t allowed to broadcast programmes that encourage or discourage people from voting for certain parties or candidates. Still can’t find the bit in the legislation that covers this though.

        http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/12/electoral-commission-censors-planet-key-satire/

      • Weka,

        s. 69 defines “election programme” as you’ve outlined … here s.69(1)(b) is relevant (“encourages or persuades or appears to encourage or persuade voters not to vote for a political party or the election of any person at an election”)

        s.3 then defines a “programme” as:

        sounds or visual images, or a combination of sounds and visual images, intended—
        (i)to inform, enlighten, or entertain; or
        (ii)to promote the interests of any person; or
        (iii)to promote any product or service;

        s.70 then prohibits broadcasters from broadcasting “election programmes” except in certain limited circumstances (none of which cover just playing the song on the radio because it has a catchy hook).

        Now, maybe a court would do surgery on this legislative framework to try and wiggle the song out from under it … but on a plain reading, the Commission’s interpretation seems pretty orthodox (i.e. I’m not sure public agencies should try to read legislation with an eye to what an adventurous judge wanting to bend the law might do in the future).

        • weka 9.2.2.1

          Thanks Andrew, it was the prohibition I was having trouble finding. The word ‘paid’ in the title is confusing. I think many NZers will be surprised about this part of the Act, but I guess it does make sense. eg what’s to stop a right wing radio station from playing lots of songs that are anti-left. Pity we don’t have such neutralising legislation applied to our new media.

    • Tracey 9.3

      Andrew

      What, if anything, covers the publication of books?

      • Electoral Act 1993 … if Roughan’s hagiography of Key amounts to an “election ad”, then it is covered. But it probably doesn’t.

        • Tracey 9.3.1.1

          Is that because the timing is irrelevant in the Act as a consideration of advertising? Or that the book wasnt written by Key or the Nat Party?

  9. Adrian 10

    Weepu, ” Not their idea ” was a sort of throw away line in the conversation, but what interested me was that they, (the ad manager and another who I presumed was the editor or owner by the way he was talking, it wasn’t a formal meeting it was at a public show) admitted how much criticism they had gotten.

    • Tracey 10.1

      Did you get a sense of why? Was it that people thought it demeaned the jersey or was anti key?

    • Rosie 10.2

      Good to hear of your conversation with Rugby News Adrian. Thats kind of a breath of fresh air that the thugby mag has received some backlash about the Key cover.

  10. weka 11

    One of the criticisms of the EC’s stance that I have seen is that the lyrics of the song aren’t saying don’t vote for Key, it’s the video that makes that more obvious. And the issue is about radio broadcast, so the video should be irrelevant.

    • Weka,

      That’s what the song’s writer/singer has claimed. Not sure if the Commission has accepted that view. Also, I think he’s selling himself short – the lyrics are great!

    • Tracey 11.2

      You can say with your hand on your heart that you dont think the lyrics are sending a message that key must not be re elected?

      • weka 11.2.1

        I can’t remember Tracey. Unfortunately the video is on vimeo, so I can’t download it, and since I am on limited data BB I’ve only listened/watched the once. If I get time later I’ll see if I can write out the lyrics.

        It does raise the point though, that no songs can be broadcast that are anti-party or anti-candidate. What about anti-govt?

        • Tracey 11.2.1.1

          Tried to find the lyrics but cant. I wonder if they remastered it, and sang

          If you want compassion dont look to me

          If it would be ok

          • weka 11.2.1.1.1

            Good idea!

          • emergency mike 11.2.1.1.2

            Yes surely that line is the only problem since it actually mentions voting. It only occurs once near the end. If so why not simply change the lyric? About as easy as a cut and paste in today’s recording studios. Or even turn it into a bit of a statement with a ‘broadcast’ version where the music is replaced by a ‘censored’ beep sound and say “This lyric not suitable for broadcast” then return to the music. Or fade the song out just before that point. If that line is really the only problem it would seem there are a number of options.

  11. shorts 12

    There are a number of songs that aren’t flattering to Mr Key (in particular) and none of those are banned from broadcast – are they only banned if brought to the commissions attention?

    I wonder if Shihad’s new album will also be banned from broadcast? As they cover such topics as spying, five eyes etc… and they’ve had a huge media presence in the past week, for example:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/shihad/search/results.cfm?kw1=shihad

    • weka 12.1

      I suspect that the problem with Planet Key is that the lyrics contain the words “If you want compassion, don’t vote for me”. So presumably songs that are simply political aren’t a problem so long as they don’t advocate who you should or shouldn’t vote for. I haven’t listened to Shihad’s latest, but understand that they are saying there are lots of thing wrongs with the system and it’s a problem that so many people don’t vote, but didn’t come up with any actual solutions like voting for x, or not voting for y. Do you know about the lyrics specifically?

      • Tracey 12.1.1

        What about that other cool song showing john key at the dinner table…

        • Rosie 12.1.1.1

          Dear John by Jordan Reyne.

          Lyrics:

          http://www.jordanreyne.com/lyrics.html

          Music video:

          Potentially, the song could be about any “John” (apart from the bit about the fiscal year)

          Edit: Snap Tracey, posted at the same time

          • Tracey 12.1.1.1.1

            and the video does say “playing John Key”

            BUT those broadcasters who say they are annoyed about having to drop the parody song should pick this one up and play it, not the least because I think she has a fabulous voice.

            • Rosie 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Akshully, I emailed the station and requested they play “Dear John”.

              This is part of the email reply:

              “………our station manager has advised me to lay off playing anything that might make us look like we are flaunting the broadcasting law.”

              They are looking forward to being able to “play what they want when they want” soon, but in the mean time don’t want to risk losing their broadcasting licence.

              What is quite sad about the censorship of Planet Key is that Radio Active DJ’s are very proactive in encouraging people to enrol and to vote. Just an hour ago they were speaking about voting being only the beginning of participating in democracy, that the polling booth is the first step. For months, Radio Active has been doing the Electoral Commissions job of getting people enrolled, for free.

              While the morning DJ’s frequently air views that can only be described as left wing, they never tell anyone who to vote for, they are quite clear about that. They do encourage people to educate themselves about politics and policy and make their mind up from there.

              It’s sad that such a lively, positive and politically engaged radio station gets the slap down for playing a harmless satirical song.

          • weka 12.1.1.1.2

            Does Jordan Rayne’s song advocate who to vote or not vote for?

      • Rosie 12.1.2

        Re Shihad. As the DJ on Radio Active (see below) said this morning, Shihad are doing their album release tour soon and there’s nothing to stop them talking about their views to the audience between songs……….. (Haven’t heard any new tracks yet, btw)

        • weka 12.1.2.1

          The legislation covers broadcasting, not concerts or gigs. Would be interesting to see what happens in a radio interview though.

  12. Rosie 13

    From the 3news article:

    “Radio Active in Wellington has also reportedly decided to stop playing the song too.”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Commission-bans-Planet-Key-song/tabid/1607/articleID/356555/Default.aspx

    Yes, they have stopped playing it after receiving a notice from the Electoral Commission, but rather reluctantly – they don’t want to risk losing their broadcasting license over it. There is a lot of talk about it on the Breakfast show this morning, they are not happy and neither are the listeners.

    DJ Redbird however is wondering whether playing it backwards would be a breach of the Electoral Act. He suggested that Key might be revealed as the devil……

    Remember the 80’s and back masking?

  13. weka 14

    Neetflux’s latest… Be Afraid, you are now approaching Planet Key…

    http://neetflux.tumblr.com/post/94502831007

  14. Tracey 15

    This is the song posted by vTraceyeutovipier (I think) a few weeks ago… share it around

    A story where a politician is invited to a feast by an old woman, but the other guests are mysteriously absent. As he begins to eat lustily, the location and form of the guests is revealed. A song about New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Key, and his “eat the poor” style politics.
    lyrics
    Dear John, Im writing to extend an invitation.
    An opportunity to join us for a feast of food and celebration
    Far beyone imagination, of what
    you made of them or me, you made us what we are.

    Cos you’re all heart John.
    you’re all heart John.

    Please take off your shoes and I will welcome you into my home
    Oh it might seem kind of lonely till the other guests make themselves known
    and thankyou for your commendation of my choices, but there is only one
    that would keep you in the style to which you’ve become acccustomed.

    But you’re all heart John.
    you’re all heart John.

    Delicacy of flavour, oh it fill the senses, feel it come
    in rarity anf favours, all laid out since you were bred and born
    and we only get to do this once, cos it’s far beyond our means.
    Dont let me bore you with the details – I know you want to taste a part of each

    Cos, you’re all heart John.
    you’re all heart John.

    A moments silence, please.
    To thank our guests and bless this food that’s only yours to eat.
    Oh and their names are written underneath each plate
    each dish, each tasteless grave
    but yes, you like the flavour
    and you wont change.

    you’re all heart John.
    you’re all heart John.
    you’re all heart John.

    There but for the grace of god goes you or I
    you taste every story, but do you recognise?
    you’re so free with the glaze, and it disguises the taste
    of what you know this if for.
    What its for.

    We, we’re all here. We feel each bite, we feel each tear as you sew the seeds
    your pound of flesh, your fiscal year.
    Know what you are
    we know what you are we know what you are
    know what you are
    dear
    dear
    john.
    dear john.

    http://jordanreyne.bandcamp.com/track/dear-john

  15. adam 16

    I know from the last election – still favourite song that has a go at FJK.

    It has bad language, and from Avondale!!

  16. weka 17

    Full lyrics (transcribed)

    Never had much of nothing
    Never had much to show
    All I wanted when I was growing up
    Was to be the boss of you all

    Never believed in nothing
    Never took a stand
    I owe it all to my mother
    Now that I’m almost a man

    And I’m…

    Up here on Planet Key
    It’s all for one
    And it’s all for me
    I’m up here on Planet Key

    You think I’m faking
    You’re not mistaken

    Am a new politician
    The kind you long to believe
    You see yourself in my story
    You see my heart on my sleeve

    I don’t believe in nothing
    And I’ve never cared for the fools
    Who want to ruin this country
    With all their taxes and rules

    And I’m…

    Up here on Planet Key
    You got the money
    that’s enough for me
    I’m up here on Planet Key

    You think I’m joking
    This gun is smoking

    I never believed in nothing, no no
    But now I’m living this big
    I marvel how much you trust me
    I hide the truth like this wig,

    People, and I’m..

    Up here on Planet Key
    In the land where the rich are free
    I’m up here on Planet Key
    Immune to GSCB

    I’m up here on Planet Key
    You want compassion
    Don’t vote for me
    I’m up here on Planet Key

    The clock is ticking!

  17. aerobubble 18

    Key as victim.
    Distraction aka teapot.
    Instead of the story being about the economy and how selling off the best, the brightest, and cheaply cutting down and shit up the rivers, will only make us poor for those who stay here.

    Key however is moving to Hawaii when he loses. Go figure.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    4 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    4 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    4 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    4 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    5 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    5 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    5 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    6 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    6 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    6 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    6 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    6 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
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  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
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  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
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  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
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  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
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  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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