Fuck you Auckland!

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, July 11th, 2015 - 57 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, democratic participation, local government, national - Tags: , , ,

That’s the Nats’ message to Auckland – Public to have no say in SkyCity convention centre

A resource consent applications for SkyCity’s new convention centre will proceed without the public having a say.

The commissioners said they did not consider there were any “special circumstances” warranting notification of the convention centre application.

The independent commissioners’ decision not to give the public a say is at odds with a recommendation from the council’s lead senior resource consent planner Jennifer Valentine.

In a report to the commissioners, Ms Valentine gave 16 reasons why the adverse effects on the environment will or are likely to be more than minor, and why the public should have a say.

Wonder how Auckland will react to the Nats’ Canterbury style “democracy”.

57 comments on “Fuck you Auckland!”

  1. Ron 1

    Much more interesting is the Independent Commissioners Skidmore, Hill and Littlejohn. If there is one thing that we can blame the RMA for it’s the obscene growth of the industry that has arisen around the RMA and thus we have commissioners, lawyers and God knows what else offering services such as Independent Commissioners. Maybe we should have some ordinary people on these panels to bring some commonsense into decisions.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      So people with experience and expertise in resource consent services shouldn’t be allowed to ply their trade? Can you explain why it’s “obscene”?

      Or is this another variation on “I hate regulations” dogma?

      • Ron 1.1.1

        Because regardless of their so called expertise they seem determined on making decisions that do not reflect what the people would want. Recent Court decision over Ports of Auckland would seem to indicate that. That is why I would suggest having some people on the panels that are more in touch with the rest of the people. It will be interesting in view of the SkyCity decision if there is an appeal of that decision. I hope so.

        • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.1

          Because regardless of their so called expertise they seem determined on making decisions that do not reflect what the people would want.

          Ah, no.

          What you’re really saying is;

          “Because regardless of public opinion they seem determined on making decisions that do not reflect what speculators, developers, and free marketeers want.”

          You’ve simply couched in feel-good terms.

          • Ron 1.1.1.1.1

            Not sure what you are trying to say but I would agree with you if you left the ‘not’ out of your second line. You seen determined to say the complete opposite of what I was saying. I wonder why?

  2. Adele 2

    Kiaora

    With all due respect, the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand, from Wellsford upwards and from the Bombay Hills downwards, are also thinking – “Yeah, fuck you Auckland.”

    • Sabine 2.1

      charming.

    • dukeofurl 2.2

      Maybe the rest of the country should get some Greece style tough love from Auckland. Who do you think pays for their roads, hospitals, schools.

      Whanganui has a record flood- who do you think is paying for it ? Auckland GROWS by the population of Whanganui every year

    • Reddelusion 2.3

      Your statement says more about you than Auckland, a bit sad really, pathetic narrow mined provincial jealousy, Adele I think you are severely deluded if you think you speak for Nz, your hatred is yours don’t try to justify it by externalising it on others

      • Adele 2.3.1

        Kiaora, Delusional Redneck

        Go boil your head. How long would Auckland last without the food, the produce , the meat, the cargo and the power it derives from the rural base.

        You will probably be the first one to eat your neighbour. Fool.

        People in rural communities have larger concerns than a convention centre in “Jafa” land – Food, shelter, jobs.

        The mere fact that JAFA exists as an acronym suggests a long prevailing attitude towards Auckland from non Auckland.

        The only hating here is yours. A redneck bulging with indignation can burst toxicity unexpectedly. However, there is an antidote – two glasses of Fonterra Milk.

        • Red delusion 2.3.1.1

          Only one rural red neck in this conversation, nasty piece of works with it and a almighty chip to boot

        • Tracey 2.3.1.2

          “the mere fact that JAFA exists as an acronym suggests a long prevailing attitude towards Auckland from non Auckland.

          The only hating here is yours”

          Can you see the contradiction in your statement?

          I was born in Auckland. Apart from 8 months in CHCHCH have always lived here. I LOVE Aotearoa, all of it. Have travelled almost every square inch of it.

          We are far too regional in our thinking. We are effectively a population of 1 city… we are all whanau Adele, all of us. You attitude saddens me.

          • Adele 2.3.1.2.1

            Kiaora, Tracey

            It saddens me that the Treaty is not given full effect.

            This stuff is just frustrating. To have a post titled “Fuck Auckland” complete with an image of the proverbial finger is to invite “fuck” responses.

            This is not about the people or the whenua its about the sense of arrogance that the talking heads of Auckland have in respect to Auckland issues. The provinces are struggling with more personal and immediate issues like the collapse of dairy payouts, stagnant or even negative growth forecasts. Some areas are actually being threatened with depopulation as people move to find work.

            Auckland struggling with democracy issues in this context rates just above mud on a gumboot.

            • Tracey 2.3.1.2.1.1

              It saddens me that the Treaty is now regarded by too many as an inconvenient contract needing to be torn up .

              :The provinces are struggling with more personal and immediate issues like the collapse of dairy payouts, stagnant or even negative growth forecasts. Some areas are actually being threatened with depopulation as people move to find work.”

              you re talking about the other side of the same coin BUT Auckland also suffers from poverty, inequity, unemployment, unfair empployment. The housing stuff is only benefiting a small number, and some many times over. Take away the rampant inflation of auckland land prices and I suspect our growth aint that flash either. It’s smokes and mirrors whether you talk about the the treaty or the economy or Auckland, and the smoke and mirrors come presently from the National parry, with support from some strange quarters, and in some respects the Labour Party.

              Earlier you mentioned Naida Glavish. As Ngati Whatua AND Maori Party President I wonder how she has viewed the government’s land for housing policy…

    • Steve Withers 2.4

      Jealousy like that is just….ugly.

      • Adele 2.4.1

        Kiaora Steve

        I spent most of my life in Auckland and have lived in the North, South, East and West. What a ridiculous notion – that its possible to be jealous of a city.

        You obviously think the rest of NZ should care about the convention centre or that Auckland democracy sucks, or that Auckland ratepayers may have to pay more rates.

        Auckland does has some wonderful attributes. Its the largest polynesian city in the world and the most cosmopolitan city in New Zealand. How it treats that diversity has a lot to be desired however.

        But still – fuck Auckland. And fuck decrepit Auckland men such as yourself. Now that’s “ugly.”

        • Molly 2.4.1.1

          You are falling into the “divide” and conquer strategy, Adele.

          One that pits ordinary NZers against each other. As you say, Auckland is the largest polynesian city in the world, – how did you reach the point where you treat those inhabitants with such disdain?

          Auckland has not benefited from the focus National has placed on it. A clearing of any proposed public transport projects, a supercity structure that ignored royal commission guidelines, a refusal to ratify the resulting Unitary Plan unless greenfield development was allowed (in contradiction to Aucklanders consulted intentions).

          Be glad for the regions that the focus has been on breaking Auckland’s systems that would lead to better long-term outcomes. Because when that is complete, attention will be given to other regions.

          All that can be said for that is – brace yourselves.

          • marty mars 2.4.1.1.1

            yep – sad commentary from adele imo. Fuck auckland means fuck the people that live in auckland and that is not okay because many many of those people are struggling and are trying to make ends meet under extreme provocation and they are Māori and every other ethnicity you could name – and they are people!!!!!!!!!!!!

            • Adele 2.4.1.1.1.1

              Kiaora Marty

              Bullshit to you. This is about a beast called a city. How does Auckland treat our people, our brothers and sisters and other ethnicities. You are a hypocrite if you think Auckland treats our people well.

              When Sky City was first built Maori negotiated with the powers that be to have Maori employed there. The huge Maori carvings within Sky reflect that shared vision. Obviously things changed when problem gambling became an issue for Maori to contend with.

              The convention centre is no different. From a flaxroots perspective it means job, jobs and jobs. So fuck you too.

              Gosh, I am doing rather well for a Sunday, in a previous life I would be saying penance for the amount of fucking being done especially on a Sunday.

              • what the fuck are you going on about?

                you abuse me, for what reason?

                I can’t be bothered with fuckwits like you so don’t bother replying

                • Adele

                  Kiaora Marty

                  I decide when I comment or not.

                  For you to twist the logic to suggest that I am hating on people in Auckland especially Maori, Pasifika is pure passive aggressive angst on your part.

                  Unlike you I spent half my life working within and for those communities. I walk my talk which is more than I can say for the arm chair warriors of the left.

              • Tracey

                SkyCity is not Auckland, it’s not even Auckland City, it’s corporate and it’s government…

          • Adele 2.4.1.1.2

            Kiaora Molly

            I would argue the concept of ordinary NZer.

            Who or what is this person. There are many within my realm that refuse to acknowledge the name “New Zealand” preferring instead its original name. I certainly don’t call myself a New Zealander.

            We are already a divided people – along racial, socio-economic, cultural, and status of employment lines.

            And yes, other provinces are now grappling with unitary plans. In my neck of the woods there is the possibility that three councils may merge into one.

            In our context it may be a good thing because of the economies of scale that can be had and to create a unified sense of direction required to move an area that has a deprivation index of 10 ( most improvised) towards prosperity.

            For example, eco-cultural tourism has significant potential in this region. But to give this idea full credence as a region we must have a coherent approach to ecology and environmental matters. To be cultural is to have a region that acknowledges and understands its past and be prepared to tell those stories to those tourists looking for authenticity.

            I would also argue how many of our polynesian brothers and sisters are inputting into this big debate over the convention centre. I would think that many from a job perspective would see nothing wrong with it.

            So, again, fuck Auckland, we have our own stuff to worry about.

            • Molly 2.4.1.1.2.1

              “I would argue the concept of ordinary NZer”

              Adele,

              I’m guessing you would argue a lot of irrelevant points – but my intention – in my previous comment was that “ordinary NZer” is someone who has little or no political power in their own lives to offset the impact that political decisions make.

              “I would also argue how many of our polynesian brothers and sisters are inputting into this big debate over the convention centre. I would think that many from a job perspective would see nothing wrong with it. “
              Ouch. Once again, – how dismissive, and by your own admission – only argumentative speculation.

              “And yes, other provinces are now grappling with unitary plans. In my neck of the woods there is the possibility that three councils may merge into one.

              In our context it may be a good thing because of the economies of scale that can be had and to create a unified sense of direction required to move an area that has a deprivation index of 10 ( most improvised) towards prosperity.”

              Watch out for that snake oil Adele.

              That promise has resulted in a paradox in Auckland. A commitment to consultation that is unprecendented, but a lack of adherence to the results of that consultation in some respects. And a streamlined system that allows the big players direct access to decision makers.

              Tāmaki Makaurau (for your sensibilities), has inhabitants that are suffering and in poverty.

              Many, like me are living in their city of birth, their city of family, friends and work and love the city, not because of the inflated and obscene value of housing, but despite it.

              “We are already a divided people – along racial, socio-economic, cultural, and status of employment lines.

              Yes. And you have just created yet another division and use those other divisions to excuse it.

              From your comments, I can’t work out why you believe that this is a way forward.

              • Adele

                Kiaora Molly

                What you think is irrelevant is not to the many who continue to argue Treaty perspectives.

                As an aside, don’t ever enter into a heated discussion on a smartphone. My eyes are so crossed that I can see Auckland traffic heading back from sunny Tauranga.

                Anyway, rather than talk about ordinary NZers try listening to a few. How do you get people out of poverty – create jobs. What does the convention represent to ordinary NZers – jobs. Its very hard to eat high minded ideals.

                And we in the provinces aren’t so dumb as to not recognise the negative consequences of unitary plans.

                And as someone born and bred to that place called Auckland, why don’t you begin with understanding what Tamaki Makaurau actually means – hook up with Naida Glavish. She is a powerful women but accessible to all people.

                • Molly

                  (Your use of kia ora at the beginning of each comment, makes the contrast with content so much more stark.)

                  “Anyway, rather than talk about ordinary NZers try listening to a few.”
                  You mean – listen to you.

                  ” How do you get people out of poverty – create jobs. What does the convention represent to ordinary NZers – jobs. Its very hard to eat high minded ideals. “

                  Whoa, there. Firstly, you use the phrase “ordinary NZers” so glibly after castigating me for lack of clarity. Kudos for sheer arrogance.

                  And your whole premise “create jobs” is so out-of-context it is breathtaking.

                  Jobs that support an industry that destroys communities and lives – are adverse temporary holding patterns – not solutions.

                  “When Sky City was first built Maori negotiated with the powers that be to have Maori employed there. The huge Maori carvings within Sky reflect that shared vision. Obviously things changed when problem gambling became an issue for Maori to contend with.”

                  Māori did not negotiate with powers that be. Some Māori did. Not the same thing.

                  Others were always rightly concerned with the negative impact of gambling on all communities.

                  Yes, bit facetious with my Tāmaki Makaurau reference and you noted that, but trying to reasonably discuss with you is a lesson in patience and grace – and I’m not going to manage it much longer.

                  Your contributions today have been particularly disconnected and abusive, and like marty mars above, I’m going to save any further practice till another day.

                  • Adele

                    Kiaora, Molly

                    I am showing particular grace with you. Ngati Whatua negotiated with Sky City and they did it for the good of their people.

                    You say the processes around building a convention centre in the heart of a city will destroy communities and lives. Where was your strident input when a real community in Glen Innes was ripped asunder. Were you standing alongside Hone Harawira and the Mana Party on the protest lines.

                    I have huge issues with talkers like you so long on rhetoric and so short on solutions.

                    But enough I now have to drive to Auckland, to drop my son off. I might even pop into Manurewa and ask the cousins their thoughts on unitary plans, democracy issues and convention centres.

                    Years ago on my through to Auckland to visit friends, I did stop at Clendon Liquorland and asked for a dessert wine. The guy laughed and said “lady, you’re in Clendon, look around – you’d be lucky to get a meal here let alone dessert.”

                    Think about that as an analogy.

  3. greywarshark 3

    What pathetic attitudes from auckland apologists. Being grateful to Auckland for growing fast and gobbling up as much of the available government money as possible!? Which is withheld from regions that need investment and infrastructure and is not even available to Auckland’s strugglers who have poverty thrust upon them. we
    should be servile to our big city, we peasants, we serfs.

    The trouble with you apologists is you are dazzled by style and big talk, you don’t realise that little Rasputin from Act has created the mirage of something great but those who looked close realised actually he was a twin of Gollum, looking for his ‘precious’.

    There are wise, sad words that Auckland should take note of. They were uttered about the rise of totalitarianism in Germany. To paraphrase, first they came for Christchurch, but we didn’t care as it seemed far away from our concerns, then they came closer, and now they come for us.

    • dukeofurl 3.1

      Its not gobbling up as much ‘government money’ as possible.

      Its money generated in Auckland. For years the roading allocation was lopsided AGAINST Auckland ( they only got around 19%).
      The rest WAS gobbled up by the rest of the country who werent paying anything.

      Its moved up in Auckland to the high 20s now, but still LESS than their share , which would be over 35%.

      • half crown 3.1.1

        “The rest WAS gobbled up by the rest of the country who werent paying anything.”

        What are you on about, can you enlighten us by your statement of not paying anything? Where I live my bloody rates are a lot higher than Aucklands for a house of the same value.

        • Reddelusion 3.1.1.1

          Yes but small population, no economies of scale, hence higher rates

          Likewise I think we are taking how much tax Auckland pays, not local rates, and how much it gets back, ie a lot less than it pays and proportionate to its population

          • half crown 3.1.1.1.1

            I realise that Red, But Aucklanders have the same tax rates as the rest of the country so they pay the same as everybody else depending on income, and as for not getting their fare share, where I live we lack some of the services Aucklanders enjoy, but I would not move as we love it, we don’t winge that we are hard done by and the rest of the country owes us. As for the money generated in Auckland, you could say that about anywhere like Poverty Bay with the fruit growing or Rotorua with the forestry and tourist’s or the Waikato and Taranaki with the dairying, that is a silly argument.

            • Red delusion 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Simply arguing Auckland pay more general tax than the region gets back,

              I don’t jump on the petty regional bandwagon jealousy , I live in Auckland but was brought up in the provinces, all have positives, We are a one county, interdependent on each other, to small for parochialism, we are nothing but a small city anywhere else

        • dukeofurl 3.1.1.2

          Roads are mostly paid for by petrol taxes. Rates can hardly pay for the street you live in to be re sealed.
          You have more km or roads per car, so its subsidised by the bigger cities.

          Auckland is is paying 10% of possible petrol taxes for other peoples roads.
          Do you see us bitching about that !

          For a population of 4.5 mill, 3/4 live in North Island and half 4.5 mill are north of Taupo.

          THis sense of entitlement from you is stunning.

    • Reddelusion 3.2

      Wow that’s a stretch, Auckland and nz, fascist Germany and the Jews, some troubled thinking going on there

  4. rob 4

    i don’t hate Auckland as in fuck u but no doubt if you own properties in Auckland you must think jk is king in making you rich? and therefore become his voter base! so i would say if you think in that way then f u and hope you get what’s coming to you!

    • Paul 4.1

      Aren’t these comments off topic?
      The issue is democracy in Auckland, isn’t it?

      • weka 4.1.1

        It’s pertinent I think. The issue comes up with democracy where people think that because Auckland has the biggest population it should have the most say. I think this is wrong. But yeah, you are right, the thread is suppoed to be about how Aucklanders might feel now they’re the ones being undermined.

        • adam 4.1.1.1

          Acronym guessing game – Who is the worst S.C?

          Sky City, a free pass again. Well it would not be Auckland, without our great syringe in the sky shafting us. Sky City is the future don’t you know, they are the only people who can save our economy! Stop giving them a hard time, they don’t leave babies in cars, or stop families from eating – that’s the consumers choice. All Sky City does is supply a service that the market wants/need/desires.

          But seriously, Auckland has had democracy ripped from it a long time ago. The end of the boroughs, and towns meant democracy died in this fair city under a labour government, hell bent on being right. The Super City has just been the knife in the back, for anyone who missed the knife in the gut, the first time around.

      • Reddelusion 4.1.2

        Very much so Paul but it has bought out the Auckland haters

        • Tracey 4.1.2.1

          as though SkyCity is a synonym for auckland when it is more a synonym for National party and big business..

    • David H 4.2

      I think he means as in .’POP’

    • Reddelusion 4.3

      I don’t hate Auckland but………

  5. Auckland has already had a taste of Nationals “democracy” with the advent of the supercity and the series of clusterfucks that stem directly from its creation.

    In response, we (I’m from Auckland, not a National party voter) voted them in again … twice.

    • Tracey 5.1

      this ^^^^

      was listening to some stuff about bombing of rainbow warrior. When did the National party or those who vote for them ever take to the streets on behalf of other people..

      the tractor up parliament was by farmers for farmers…

      protesting about mururoa and homosexual law reform etc was by people from the left (mainly) giving a shit about those who couldn’t speak for themselves, when do Nat supporters do that?

  6. Pat 6

    this government have been saying fuck you to the entire country for 7 years and yet still here they are…..collective cognitive dissonance?

  7. Save NZ 7

    The indépendant commissioners are appointed by the council. Not independent at all! Lovely little wicket for those often semi retired folk who nobody has every heard of and just need to rubber stamp the council’s decisions.

    99.96% resource consents are granted apparently. It’s a Kangaroo court process which is just made to gain as much money as possible from applicants and in return the application is pretty much guaranteed by the council, independent commissioners, and environment court. The onus is now on people who are effected to spend tens of thousands to point out what is already often completely obvious but missed through the stupidity of council et al. Cheating, lying etc all totally allowed in environment court. Even if someone is found out, the court does nothing.

    Imagine if criminal court had such a success rate as the environment court in granting applications, it could hardly be considered a real court.

    • James Last 7.1

      You poor fool. The commissioners voted AGAINST the council planner’s decision. So not only did they not rubber stamp it, they overturned it. I think you’ll find that meets the very definition of independence.

      Or is that only when you don’t get the result you want?

  8. bearded git 8

    Judicial review anyone?

  9. Ad 9

    Somewhat unfortunate that this Non-Notified decision comes so quick after the decision not to notify the Ports of Auckland application for expansion. Which was crushed by the High Court.

    Mind you, if any government is going to beat Auckland’s housing problems, we’d better get use to a whole lot more Non-Notified decisions.

    • Save NZ 9.1

      Oh yes that’s what they want you to think.

      Solve the unaffordabiltiy problem by rubber stamping consents.

      Actually the opposite is happening. The consents are McMasions that cost millions to build that locals can no longer afford.

      They then ‘lower’ the standard for the locals to 30m2 apartments without balcony so people can ‘afford’ them. Then raise rates cos of all the litigation there is going on because the council grants every application for consent.

      500 year old Kauri tree, gone. 6 Pohutakawas gone. Waitemata Harbour gone. Yep the public at great expense saved them, but what about all the rest of the amenity being bull dozed so that developers cashing in on the market can make a killing.

      Have a look at consents and see how many 3 bedroom 1 bathroom houses being consented in Auckland. (None I would guess unless apartments). Then look to see how many ginormous houses that are replacing the 3 bedroom 1 bathroom houses.

      That means that the person who sells their 3 bedroom for 1 million (common in AK central) then has to pay 2 million on their next house. Local families can’t take that 1 million difference so have to move further out.

      The consents process is actually making houses less affordable and also destroying community amenity.

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        Northland and waikato house prices are starting to rise cos auckland investors are looking outside for their investments. Now Northlanders and Waikato folks selling might be thinking “yay”, like aucklanders 10 years ago BUT it also means the general problem is spreading… and the lower incomes in new parts of NZ are going to start to miss out.

        we gots a selfish problem which aint confined to Aucklanders

  10. Visubversaviper 10

    I have read the Commissioners’ decision and the Planner’s report and I can see how both reached the conclusions they did. The Commissioners took the Ports of Auckland decision into account. I have a suspicion that if it was about an apartment building or some other usage of the same bulk and location there would not be this drama. People do not like the shonky process that surrounded this Sky City deal. The independent Commissioners are not a bunch of retired fuddy-duddies, they are senior Planning and Urban Design professionals at the top of their game. I have worked with several of them and have a lot of respect for their professionalism – even though they have not agreed with me on occasions!

    Please try and separate the Casino stuff from the actual effects of the building.

    • dukeofurl 10.1

      Professionalism ?
      I wish that was something we could say more often.

      The wharf extensions was the complete opposite, they needed an everyday High court judge to tell them what was written in the law.

      There was an obvious collusion between the council staff and the PoA to exclude the public input.

      I think the idea of special circumstances means a major scale project with a high level of public interest has special circumstances written all over it.

      of course having a public notification doesnt mean a project is unwise

  11. Observer (Tokoroa) 11

    The residents may not even notice it, but the Sky City is the living emblem of Auckland and well known throughout New Zealand.

    However, I think it is unfortunate that Sky City is a just another grubby gambling den. A sad shabby place for thousands of Auckland losers.

    It is tough luck Auckland, that your Emblem is a steeple of stupidity with a Prime Minister as its biggest promoter. Gambling, Booze and Prostitutes. All addictive! Great stuff.

    I don’t think the Provincials are are all that jealous of your choices.

    Having said that, congratulations on getting one or two electric trains. It was April 27 2014 (last year) that you got them.

    Wellington got their first electric trains in 1938. Christchurch to Greymouth in 1923. Christchurch to Lyttelton 1929. Just shows you that other communities have their goals. And they achieve them.

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    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    4 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    5 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    5 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    5 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    6 days ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    7 days ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    7 days ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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