Garth George’s China syndrome

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I don’t read Garth George columns. Life’s too short eh? But I could hardly miss this one, with the money quote plastered on the front page of The Herald. George calls China an “ancient Asian monstrosity”.

Now I’m no fan of China’s human rights record, or aspects of its history. But an “ancient Asian monstrosity”? Seriously? And there’s more such drivel in the article itself.

I would have said that George must have been feeling jealous of all the attention that Paul Henry got with his juvenile racist posturing, and was seeking his own martyr’s exile. But no. This wasn’t live to air. This was written, read, edited, and posted. Someone even chose the money quote to feature on the front page. So presumably The Herald endorses George’s views.

There and I thought we bloggers were supposed to be the crazy ones…

66 comments on “Garth George’s China syndrome ”

  1. Lindsey 1

    Of course The Herald endorses GG’s views. He hasn’t done any real reporting for years. The had him doing the Letters to the Editor but had to pretend to pension him off after he printed a letter from some RWNJ calling for physical harm to be done to an MP and abused people who rang to complain. Obviously, his retirement package included being paid to produce a certain quota of reactionary dribble on a regular basis, so nothing has changed!

    • Bright Red 1.1

      yeah, I heard they sacked him over that but he just kept on writing them articles. They keep on thinking about ditching him but, hey, free or near as copy is gold in the newspaper business.

  2. tc 2

    Ah more quality journalism from granny.

  3. Peter 3

    A very recent must read by Brian Gould on China and implications for NZ.
     
    http://www.newnations.com/specialreports/thechinesechallenge.html

    • Draco T Bastard 3.1

      China has succeeded where the Soviet Union failed, by finding a way to combine a centrally directed economy and a monolithic political structure with the innovation and enterprise that only a market economy can provide.

      If only a market economy can provide innovation and enterprise then why is NZ, one of the most open, market dominated economies in the world presently going backwards?Perhaps because, like everything else coming from neo-liberal economist, that statement is a load of bollocks.

      • Swampy 3.1.1

        So tell me again why we are fawning and tripping over ourselves to pay homage to a one party totalitarian state?

        When there is so much bile in these columns being directed at temporary powers granted which have a precedence in wartime when the aim was to militarily defeat another one party totalitarian state.

      • Swampy 3.1.2

        Then it must be a good thing that the whole world including us has closed down our manufacturing and exported it to China?

    • Frank Macskasy 3.2

      Fascinating…
       
      *right click, save*

  4. prism 4

    Who is that ancient NZ monstrosity and why do his provocative opinions get into a newspaper column, or even a letter page, the haven of grumpy old men and women with an imperialist complex?
     
    captcha  western – Smart machines I distrust.

    • Peter 4.1

      So what do you believe he has wrong, or have you not read the article?

      • prism 4.1.1

        Peter – There is a lot of rabble rousing stuff around which I let go past me.  I don’t have time to take in everything so like to read thoughtful opinions moderated by a healthy brain operating at optimum temperature not over-heated muck scattered around like what comes out of a hippotamus’ a.se.   We have problems with all the rich countries of the world buying us up.   Cafca has been telling us that for years.  Have you read or listened to their views?

    • Tanz 4.2

      Garth George is one of the best commentaters out there. He says what he thinks, uses a minimum of PC ***, and is a straight shooter. We need more like him, so honest and intelligent. Common sense in spades. And proud of his Christian faith, good on him.

      • Eddie 4.2.1

        All of which tends to be undermined by the fact that he’s a fucken idiot.

        • Vicky32 4.2.1.1

          All of which tends to be undermined by the fact that he’s a f******  idiot.

          (Sorry, I can’t even quote effing and blinding without wincing.) I just want to say, that even Garth George is not always wrong! He’s written some excellent columns over the years. (A stirring defence of women on the DPB for one.)

           

      • How  anyone with the education GG has obviously had can believe in the myth of The Ark , the rainbow fairy story, and all he other Christian /Religion nonsense is beyond comprehension .He is  bigoted nut case and that’s being polite. Why a Newspaper as big as the Herald still employs such a writer makes me realise just why I cancelled my subscription months ago.

        [lprent: adjusted to remove the excessive bold. ]

      • prism 4.2.3

        Tanz – You must like coming to this site as it fills all the bases you consider worthwhile.  Don’t know about parading Christian faith though.  When people make a big deal out of that its more for providing PR for themselves with the easily impressed.  Real Christians try to show their integrity in their actions, being fair and hopefully astute, and in showing respect and love for others.

        • Tanz 4.2.3.1

          For the first time ever, Christians are now getting very bad press in NZ, the faith is being trampled over, especially by the MSM. Just because I may like to parade my faith, this does not mean I am not a ‘real’ Christian. In fact, a true Chrisitian shouid never be ashamed of their faith. And Garth George was being poked at merely for being supposedly old and grumpy. Unkind in itself, and a shoot the messenger type comment.

          Garth George, keep writing those coloums, the Herald needs you, as do the wider public.
           

          • ianmac 4.2.3.1.1

            Tanz. There is no God. It is a fantasy of past distant ages to either explain the unknown or to be used for gaining power over others. Most people do not really believe in a life hereafter in a heaven or a hell. So get over it mate! Do the good stuff for your fellow man and not for some fanciful mystic.

            • Vicky32 4.2.3.1.1.1

              You know that how, Ianmac? Even the atheist bus campaign didn’t go any further than ‘probably’. Oh they whinged that they were being discriminated against by the UK equivalent of the advertising standards authority, who’d had the temerity to point out that advertisers are not allowed to make claims they can’t prove, but that’s exactly the point – atheists can’t prove their assertions any more than we can prove what we say (something you keep demanding we do.)
              Please, don’t be a patronising berk…

          • prism 4.2.3.1.2

            Tanz  Cripes you make yourself a martyr.  And the post wasn’t about you it was about Garth George.   Being old and grumpy often go together in non-Christians as well as the faithful.   Seeing reality, being able to speak it is important.   Everybody could be defended from analysis with your soggy approach to reasoning.

            • Tanz 4.2.3.1.2.1

              Agreed re the post not being about me, it was the comment made that was pointed at me for daring to bring up the word Christian, basically. Whatever happened to tolerance? When it comes to Christianity, some on the left just lose their good manners, it seems to be. Old and grumpy. Do you know George personally? Name calling, and childish.
               
              You just don’t agree with my beliefs. Has nothing to do with my non-soggy reasoning, thanks. Tolerance!

  5. higherstandard 5

    If Winston Peters had said this in a speech a fairly large segment of the public and some well known commenters here would lap it up.

  6. Galeandra 6

    ROB, your post is a bit rich in that it mocks and negates but does not address a single element that supports George’s stance.
     I find a great deal to be concerned about in relation to the new China that we see today. For example, we have already seen the hollowing out of the US economy  because of the off-shoring of key industries & jobs in the nineties and noughties and that has contributed significantly to the pauperisation of the midddle & working classes. I  too think that our relationship with China deserves a great deal more respect & caution than our gung-ho new-age capitalist-politicians allow. Fonterra learned this  to its  dollar cost and NZ’s reputational damage. I, with most NZers, have definite views about civil rights and minumum rights for workers.
    I have no interest in reading posts that simply mock the idiocracy. The minimum I expect is an attempt at a critique. By all means take issue with the inapporpriate or prejudiced discourse within George’s writing but try to do so without exhibiting prejudices of your own.
    Captcha: failings

    • Wayne Lo 6.1

      The fact is almost all of what Garth George wrote was completely unsubstantiated rubbish, and racist fear mongering:

      ”I read nothing of the fact that China is a totalitarian state which clings resolutely to Mao Zedong’s version of Marxism-Leninism”

      Complete and utter rubbish. (as an aside Mao Zedong’s version of Marxism-Leninism was not all bad – after all the Chinese people enjoyed one of the most rapid increases in life expectancy of any developing country under Mao – of course George is referring to Mao to scare the shit out of his readership.

      ”huge and densely populated communist nation is all good.”

      Huge. Yes. Densely populated? Well significantly less densely populated than the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and even Tonga!

      ”the multimillion-man People’s Liberation Army, with its huge naval and air arms, owns and controls a significant proportion of China’s industry and commerce.”

      China’s military spending is about 1/7th the US, and not that much higher than that of Britain and France. I would guess that NZ has more troops on foreign soil than China. China’s military naval and air arms capabilities are nowhere near as strong as that of the US. China does not even have an aircraft carrier as of yet.

      ”I read nothing of the absence of human rights, as we understand them, in China and of the hierarchy’s brutal suppression of any dissent.”

      There are several hundred so-called dissidents out of a population of 1.3 billion. Which is nothing. The US has more prisoners, in absolute numbers, than China, and proportionally speaking about 6 or 7 times as much.

      And regardless of how the Chinese run China, they do not demand that other countries adopt their own social and cultural model.

      By most measures the US record on human rights is far worse than that of China’s.

      ”I read nothing of the fact that graft, corruption and bribery are endemic to Chinese politics”

      China is actually less corrupt than most Asian, Africa, South American, and East European countries. China is slightly more corrupt than developed countries like Italy, and has the same corruption score as Greece. And is nowhere near as corrupt as Russia.
      Http:/tinyurl.com/2ag2kpq

      The fact is the current economic mess the world faces is largely the fault of massive American corporate corruption. Not Chinese.

      ”that the acquisition of money, property and prestige is the overweening concern of its citizens.”

      In other words the Chinese are no different from everyone else. Garth obviously resents the fact that the Chinese (by and large still very poor compared to whites), aspire to have what whites already have….how ‘uppity’ of them.

      ”I read nothing of the fact that the Chinese currency is rigidly controlled, to the benefit only of China, and that it is still undervalued in spite of being somewhat freed up in the middle of last year.”

      So Western countries going round with policies to benefit others? China is still a poor country in terms of per capita GDP. As much as the value of its currency reflects the underlying wealth of a place, then her currency is likely not undervalued at all. Furthermore Americans went on a spending binge with money loaned to them by poor Chinese over the past decade or so. Obviously China has every right to fight against the devalueing of these loans.

      ”Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga have all accepted multimillion-dollar “soft” loans for “infrastructure” purposes and experts believe that they will never be able to pay the money back. There’s something sinister about that, even in the suggestion that China might “forgive” many of those loans.”

      So what? These countries do not belong to New Zealand. China and the respective Pacific nations have the right to strike up whatever deal they want among themselves –and it is no business of New Zealand’s.

      China has never practised slavery in the Pacific (importation of indians to Fiji), ‘blackbirding’, or had selfish, racist, and murderous policies which resulted in the deaths of 22% of the population of Samoa (one of the greatest demographic disasters of the 20th Century).

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbirding

      The only thing ‘sinister’ really, is the fact that the Chinese are involved.

      ”How sad that the loss of indigenous industries, some of them iconic, which have been forced out of the market or have moved their production to China or elsewhere in Asia, with the loss of <bhundreds of thousands</b> of Kiwi jobs, can be dismissed so cavalierly.”

      There are 150,000 unemployed people in New Zealand. How many of these people are unemployed as a direct result of loss of jobs in manufacturing to China? Hundreds of thousands? I very much doubt it.

      In fact the very reason why New Zealand’s unemployment rate is 6.8% and not 21% (Spain), or 15% (Greece and Portugal) is because of this country’s economic ties with China.

      ”took a really long-term look at our relationship with this ancient Asian monstrosity.”

      It was this same ancient ‘Asian monstrosity’ that was invaded & plundered for over a century by rapacious Western powers (1840-1949).
       

      • ChrisH 6.1.1

        You need to reformat this a little bit and submit it to the Herald Wayne. Instant rebuttal, it’s the only way to deal with people like GG and the Herald will be under an obligation to print it. A scandal if they don’t.

        • HC 6.1.1.1

          ‘Wayne Lo’ does not need any extra encouragement to comment in the Herald. He does it all the time – same as he does in some other media.
          Sadly Wayne is often quite one-eyed in his interpretations and views himself, virtually glorifying everything that Mainland China does. Is that what you want to encourage to “balance” the kind of nonsense the other poorly informed extremists against China write?
          Well, we get them all, and sometimes it can be quite amusing.

          • Wayne Lo 6.1.1.1.1

            “Sadly Wayne is often quite one-eyed in his interpretations and views himself, virtually glorifying everything that Mainland China does.”
             
            Mr HC,

            Rather than just indulge in chucking ad-hominems my way, please engage with my facts, and the truths drawn from those same facts.

            What exactly is it in my comment posted above, that you take issue with and wish to contradict?
             
             

            • HC 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Well, Wayne, you asked for it:
              “Complete and utter rubbish. (as an aside Mao Zedong’s version of Marxism-Leninism was not all bad – after all the Chinese people enjoyed one of the most rapid increases in life expectancy of any developing country under Mao – of course George is referring to Mao to scare the shit out of his readership.”

              My comment to this:
              Yeah, of course Garth George lives in the past when it comes to Mao. but your comment re the “most rapid increases in life expectancy of any developing country under Mao” did not really help much for the tens of millions that died of poverty and starvation during his failed “big leap forward” experiments!
              “China’s military spending is about 1/7th the US, and not that much higher than that of Britain and France. I would guess that NZ has more troops on foreign soil than China. China’s military naval and air arms capabilities are nowhere near as strong as that of the US. China does not even have an aircraft carrier as of yet.”
              My comment to this:
              Well Mainland China’s military spending is not as high on a percentage basis AS YET, when compared with the US, nevertheless the Chinese government has over recent years pumped immense amounts of money into its military (up to 16 % increase), clearly planning to become a large strategic military force to be reckoned with in future!
              And re “troops on foreign soil” – do you include military advisors, instructors and similar in that, when comparing this to NZ? What about Sudan, Angola and so forth?

              “There are several hundred so-called dissidents out of a population of 1.3 billion. Which is nothing. The US has more prisoners, in absolute numbers, than China, and proportionally speaking about 6 or 7 times as much.”
              My comment to this is:
              Does anybody wonder after decades of one party rule, censored media, and constant pressure to “conform” to the mainstream thinking? Still now the internet is heavily controlled and censored, there is no “free media” like there are at least still remnants of truly independent and free media outlets in so called “western countries”. Executions, life term or at least longer term imprisonment, harassment and even torture of the few hundred you refer to does naturally ensure that nobody has much encouragement to speak out what they may truly feel and think!
              I do also not know of many persons in the US being imprisoned simply for their “political views” or convictions. There may be some, but they would be rare and likely be jailed for acts they did in breach of the law (not the 1st amendment).
              “So what? These countries do not belong to New Zealand. China and the respective Pacific nations have the right to strike up whatever deal they want among themselves –and it is no business of New Zealand’s.”
              My comment to this:
              You will of course come with your argument of the “One China policy”, but since 1949 Taiwan has been an independent state, which is now a democracy. China claims historic rights to Taiwan, and any country recognising that country, establishing too close ties with it or even daring selling arms for its self defence to it, does immediately get told by Mainland China’s government to “bugger off”!
              Tibet, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia are also claimed as parts of China, but culturally and ethnically distinct separate regions, which of course China does not accept. Instead China encouraces and enforces internal migration to outnumber the local traditional populations, in order to better “control” them.
              China regularly criticises the US for certain military involvement with South Korea, holding exercises near the South China Sea, for having a close alliance with Japan, but NZ and Australia are supposed to shut up if China gets more involved in their “back yard”?
              Well some are blind on one eye, are they not. I do not want to start you off on the opium trade, the wars with the UK colonial power, the trade wars with “western nations” in the 19th century. I am afraid you will not stop firing and take over the whole thread here.
              Good luck anyway, dear Wayne, it is always fun to read your comments.

              • Wayne

                “tens of millions that died of poverty and starvation during his failed “big leap forward” experiments!”

                The GLF was a tragedy of revolutionary China. But the fact is even based on the worst, most outlandish estimates of anti-communist writers, the annual average mortality during the GLF was far less than at any point in time before 1949, less than that of British India just before independence, and practically the same as that of India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1960.

                The GLF was a tragedy because it was a regression from the progress the communists had made prior to it – so it stands in stark contrast to their overall achievement in reducing mortality. That is what is meant by ‘excess’ deaths. And the major factor causing most of the deaths was the worst climatic conditions in over a century.

                It is quite indisputable, when even using the statistics provided by the worst anti-communist writers, Mao’s China saved upwards of 100 million lives relative to the performance of the next four big Asian countries in reducing mortality.

                “as over recent years pumped immense amounts of money into its military (up to 16 % increase), clearly planning to become a large strategic military force to be reckoned with in future!”

                China’s main goal, is to ensure national unity, and that Taiwan will never become independent. And even if China’s military spending was about 10 times more than it is now, what right have the US to complain. Is it right that the US can throw its weight around in the Asia Pacific region, and the rest of the world with impunity?

                China has more right to be a major power in the Asia region than the US. Even piss-ant countries like Britain and France spend almost as much as China.

                “Executions, life term or at least longer term imprisonment, harassment and even torture of the few hundred you refer to does naturally ensure that nobody has much encouragement to speak out what they may truly feel and think!”

                According to Pew Research polls 87% of Chinese are satisfied with their country’s direction. No one really gives a shit about dissidents in China. Most of them are degenerates -like the most recent Western darling, the ‘artist’ Ai Wei Wei – a repulsive sexual deviant.

                “US being imprisoned simply for their “political views” or convictions.”

                Guantanamo Bay? Extraodinary rendition? The fact that minorities are imprisoned at such a massive rate, that discrimination and a fucked up racist society can be the only real explanation. Whereas minorities in China, including Tibetans, are imprisoned at far lower rates than the Han majority.

                “Instead China encouraces and enforces internal migration to outnumber the local traditional populations, in order to better “control” them.”

                This is an absolutel crock of shit, and I would be interested in your sources in respect of this. Chinese are free to move around China, just as Pakeha are free to move to Whangerei or the Urewera’s where large numbers of Maori people live. So provide your source please. I can assure you that there is absolutely no policy whatsoever on the part of the Chinese government to enforce internal migration.

                “China claims historic rights to Taiwan, and any country recognising that country, establishing too close ties with it or even daring selling arms for its self defence to it, does immediately get told by Mainland China’s government to “bugger off”!”

                Well, even the Taiwanese call themselves ‘Republic of China’, so therefore they probably are part of China, I’d say. All Western countries recognise the One China policy. Therefore if they establish separate relations with Taiwan, that is the equivalent of China establishing separate relations with say California, or going behind the NZ government and say recognising the independence of the Ureweras. How would the NZ govt respond then?

                Tibet, Sichuan and Inner Mongolia are also claimed as parts of China, but culturally and ethnically distinct separate regions

                I suppose you mean Xinjiang, not Sichuan.

                So what? The reason they remain culturally and ethnically distinct is because the Chinese government has taken important measures to ensure they remain that way. Local traditions are encouraged and supported, bilingualism compulsory, and state supported TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers all ensure the survival of local languages and culture to a far greater extent  than any place under Anglo Saxon colonisation.

                Compare the situation in Tibet, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia in respect to the indigenous languages, with New Zealand. Tibetan, Uighur, Mongolian, are alive and well and used in everyday discourse and conversation.

                Compare the situation regarding the use of Maori in NZ:

                “David Rankin, a Maori academic and a leader of the Ngapuhi tribe, himself a fluent speaker, said it was a lost cause and Maori would not survive as a living language beyond a few more generations.”

                http://tinyurl.com/3sugvrb

                • HC

                  Wayne – your comments about Mao Dse Dong having saved upwards of 100 mio lives due to increasing the mortality is purely hypothetical. I suppose you mean increasing the life expectancy of people rather than “increasing the mortality”.
                  Statistical data from Mainland China is highly unreliable still today, so how reliable can statistics from the years of Mao’s rule be???
                   
                  “China’s main goal, is to ensure national unity, and that Taiwan will never become independent.”

                  So China needs to have double digit annual increases in military spending just to ensure “national unity”???
                   
                  I would have thought the best way to achieve national unity is by ensuring healthy economic growth (exists), creating fairer wealth distribution (does hardly exist), controlling inflation (creeping up steadily and deteriorating income gains), ensuring food supply security (desertification, erosion and other natural deterioration is increasing due to climate change, pollution and intensive over-use of soils) and by creating a fair, free and socially balanced society (huge income gaps between urban centres and the hinterland exist, no freedom of speech and social tensions due to various reasons remain).


                  So does the government mistrust it’s own people so much that it must build up a huge and well armed military?
                   
                  And why this issue about little Taiwan? Does China as member of the UN not respect the right to self-determination??
                   
                  Your answers do not convince re this!
                   
                  According to Pew Research polls 87% of Chinese are satisfied with their country’s direction. No one really gives a shit about dissidents in China. Most of them are degenerates -like the most recent Western darling, the ‘artist’ Ai Wei Wei – a repulsive sexual deviant.

                  OOOhh?! So dissidents are “deviants”? Possibly even “sexual deviants”? That is an easy and really convincing answer.


                  And re the supposed polls – obviously conducted by a Chinese government monitored polling service – I can not be convinced at all. Yes, I am sure that under the Nazis about the same number of Germans would have said the same of their government then, because they would not dare to say otherwise. And even the ones being honest about their view would have been so, because they were brainwashed to death!
                   
                  This though is different in China, I presume, because there you have “freedom of expression”, free press and democratic rights?


                  Local traditions are encouraged and supported, bilingualism compulsory, and state supported TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers all ensure the survival of local languages and culture to a far greater extent  than any place under Anglo Saxon colonisation.

                  I am sure that the Chinese government encourages Tibetans to cultivate their culture and religion, does it not?
                   
                  So why do demonstrations like a couple of years ago get crushed down with violence and many injured and dead as a result then? Are these demonstrators (also the Uigur) all “terrorists”? I suppose that will be your argument.
                   
                  Bilingualism is enforced, because the Chinese government forces minorities to learn Mandarin. This is very different to NZ, where Maori is taught to Maori in order to keep the language alive. In Mainland China the minorities have not lost their language and ofthen do only speak their native tongue. So it is not so much by choice that the minorities can learn Mandarin, they are taught this at school and have to learn it.
                   
                  In NZ almost all Maori have lost their language, so the motivation is a totally different one to that in Mainland China!
                   
                  And migration of Han Chinese and other ethnicities from other parts of China is encouraged into Xinjiang and Tibet, because the migrants get attracted with well paid jobs on infrastructure and other jobs, with special assistance to establish businesses and so forth there. The goal is clear! Of course this is not publicly admitted by the Mainland Chinese government.
                   
                  Your comparison of Taiwan with California is absurd. Taiwan does by the wishes of the majority of it’s populations prefer and choose to be self dependent and not part of Mainland China, while California does freely choose to be part of the USA.
                   
                  So there is not even an issue of any country wanting to establish diplomatic ties with California.
                   
                  The difference between Mainland China and most ‘western’ countries is: In the ‘western’ countries people have a degree of democratic choice between different parties, politicians, can influence or nominate the government through this, have the choice between public and private media to inform themselves, can speak their mind without being labelled a “deviant”, can disagree with the direction of government and/or mainstream society and not fear the consequence of being picked up from home and locked away without a proper trial, can travel to other countries without needing special permission by their governments, and many things more.
                   
                  So I fear that your arguments do not convince many of us that grew up in a society with maybe not “ideal” conditions, but with a preferred social, political and economic system, that can be changed if we really would want so (in sufficient numbers).

                • HC

                  Wayne – When reading a new article in the ‘Economist’ today, I had to think of your first comment above again. You wrote amongst other things: “China is actually less corrupt than most Asian, Africa, South American, and East European countries.”
                   
                  I also remember you once making comments in the NZ Herald that China is doing such great things while investing in Africa.
                   
                  Perhaps have a read of the article under the following link:
                  http://www.economist.com/node/18586448

                  Well it seems that it is not all that great after all,  and disillusionment about China’s activities in Africa is growing fast now.

                  • Wayne

                    Yeah. An article by the economist. There’s literally millions of articles on the web like that anyway.

                    I read your link so check out this book by Deborah Brautigam:
                    The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

                    You can always find negative examples in everything if you look hard enough. The question is this – is the story representative of the overall situation?

                    Well ordinary African people have been asked this in numerous polls.

                    A BBC poll was just carried out:

                    “Asked how they view the possibility of an economically far stronger China, around four in five Nigerians and Kenyans said they looked forward to such an outcome, according to the survey of more than 28,000 people in 27 countries commissioned by the BBC World Service. “All African countries view China’s increasing economic power positively,” the survey report said”

                    http://en.m4.cn/archives/6679.html

                    Pew research polls align with the BBC results:

                    http://pewglobal.org/2010/06/17/obama-more-popular-abroad-than-at-home/6/
                     

                    If the situation in the article you posted really was representative of the overall situation you would not be getting poll numbers like those.

                    Obviously the Chinese are a vast improvement over European interlopers. The Chinese at least pay for their stuff, and get permission from African governments to do their stuff.

                    The Europeans use to just walk in and take the land and resources (including humans) for nuthin.

                  • Wayne

                    from the same report bbc report….

                    The consensus prevails among African countries as well with regard to how they consider China’s fairness in the way it trades with its partners…….On average, in the continent, China is considered the fairest partner, with an average fairness score of 7.02 on a 0–10 scale, ahead of the US (6.61) and the EU (6.52).

                    The original full report is here:

                    http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/mar11/BBCChina_Mar11_rpt.pdf
                     

                    • HC

                      Yes Wayne, I have read articles by “Deborah Brautigam” and find her reports and views a fair bit blue-eyed, naive and one sided.
                       
                      I note with interest that you have inserted a link to ‘The 4th Media’, which claims to be “an independent media organisation based in Beijing”.
                       
                      May I ask what influences they are “independent” from. Certainly they will be “independent” from any significant US influences. But how “independent” are they otherwise by being based in a country with one of the most censored and controlled countries on the globe?
                       
                      The ‘Message to NATO from a Free Lybian Girl’ is clearly showing what kind of “independent” media we are talking about. A girl who supposedly proclaims that “we love our leader”, and implying she speaks for the Lybian people, that does really raise some people’s eybrows now.
                       
                      Taking sides for a dictator that was admittedly being courted by “western” business people and “leaders” before, but who now lets his own people get slaughtered by mercenaries from countries like Mali, Chad and the likes, that really convinces me of it’s “independence” now!?
                       
                      Re the BBC polls that you refer to I may say that the overall result is worse than previous polls, and that more countries, particularly directly in neighbourhood to Mainland China, do increasingly find Chinese economic and strategic policies becoming more of a concern.
                       
                      The fact that China does still have a fair bit of credit in some African countries can be attributed to such countries having been avoided by “western” companies to invest in, because of problems with corruption, crime, low social and legal standards.
                       
                      Mainland China follows a different approach when compared with European, US and Japanese investors. It offers investment indiscriminately – i.e. not being bothered about whether a government is democratically elected, whether it is corrupt, breaches human rights and so forth.
                       
                      Hence many African governments are happy to get any kind of such investment, because it does not demand much of them to deliver certain standards.
                       
                      The fact that infrastructure projects have been completed in poor quality, that Chinese companies often bring in their own work force rather than employ locals, that Chinese migrants undercut local manufacturers and other matters of concern, does increasingly lead to China losing the credit many Africans are still prepared to give it.
                       
                      Increasingly the awareness is that Chinese companies do ultimately look after their interest and do not deliver much of real longer term benefit to the local economies.
                       
                      Re the situation in China itself another article by one of the leading economists in the world may be of interest too:
                      http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/04/2011415133455105416.html#
                      I do not simply rely on “western” or “pro western” media at all when informing myself. So this one from Al Jazeera is certainly not to be considered as too biased – from my point of view.’

                      Anyway, I do get a cleared picture by the times I read your comments, where you get your information and views from. It does hardly ever convince me.

                    • HC

                      Apologies for the spelling mistakes in my last post above:
                      “But how “independent” are they otherwise by being based in a country with one of the most censored and controlled media on the globe?”

                      That is how it should read!

                      Also re my last sentences:
                      Anyway, I do get a clearer picture every time I read more of your comments, to see, where you get your information and views from. It does hardly ever convince me.

                      That is what I was meant to say, and how it should read.

                      Good luck Wayne!

                    • Wayne

                      HC:
                      I have also linked to the original report. Again, you can read it in its entirety here:
                      http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/mar11/BBCChina_Mar11_rpt.pdf
                       
                      The news report I originally linked to did not misrepresent the contents of the report.
                       
                      So the FACTS are these. Africans prefer Chinese investment over European or American investment.
                       
                      Because unlike the whites, Chinese actually PAY for the stuff they get. Unlike whites who just went in, and took stuff for free.
                      After all those white farmers in Zimbabwe – what do you think of the cause of all the shit that has been going on there recently?
                      Because just after WWII, the land that later became their farms was just taken off Africans, and the Africans driven off the land.
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       

                    • Wayne

                      China’s popularity in Africa over the past five years is attested to by the Pew research centre which is the most well-known, well-recognised organisation gauging international opinion on a whole lot of things. China is obviously overwhelmingly popular in Africa:

                      http://pewglobal.org/database/?indicator=24&survey=12&response=Favorable&mode=chart

                      Unlike the West Chinese pay for their stuff. Westerners go into other peoples countries and steal things. That is why they are not liked. And if they are prevented from stealing they go and bomb the shit out of a country and change its government so they can continue stealing.

                      Perhaps the West should learn off China in this respect.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Come on Wayne, China has done an excellent job of securing hard assets from the African continent – and UN votes too.
                       
                      We all know this.
                       
                      We also all know that it is happening in the South Pacific.
                       
                      But you have to be naive to think that money buys you real friends.  Of course, Chinese culture knows this very well too.

                    • HC

                      “And yes. Ai weiwei is a degenerate. Even if in a Western cultural context he is not a degenerate, that is completely irrelevant. He operates in China, has transgressed China’s rules and should be duly punished under China’s rules.”

                      What makes this man a “degenerate”? What did he do to be a sexual deviant? You seem to make outrageous claims, Wayne, but state clearly what you mean by such derogatory remarks!


                      “The simple fact is you rarely get say Iranians, Nigerians, Indians, Russians, Cubans, Moldovans, or Botswanans, making strident demands of the Chinese, trying to humiliate the Chinese.”

                      Really? I remember well how years ago many black African students in China were complaining of racism. There are similar problems underneath the propagandistic surface that the government of Mainland China portrays that are just the same as in some other countries (“western” or not).
                       
                      Tell me, Wayne, how many “mixed marriages” are there in Mainland China between say Indians and Chinese, black Africans and Chinese, even Europeans and Chinese. Since you are so good with supposed stats, perhaps you have a figure representing how “open” and liberal Chinese society really is.

                      The Indians do largely mistrust China, because of past political and boarder disputes. The Russians are very ambivalent about dealing with China. They are pragmatic when it comes to trade, but they are aware that China can pose a military challenge (see also other parts of the BBC survey you referred to).


                      “To me say, if Iran wants to stone a woman, for good reasons, bad reasons, or no reason at all then that is their business.”

                      Yeah – come further out of your shell, Wayne! I like this bit of honesty. You and maybe most Mainland Chinese (certainly the Mainland Chinese government) would not give a turf about women being stoned to death according to pre medieval traditions. That is also why the mullahs and various dictators around Africa and some other countries love making deals with your government and it’s companies.
                       
                      Tell me also, please, how much do you get paid to do all this propaganda spreading for the CCP?

                    • HC

                      Wayne – I think of that dinosaur minded old ex journo Garth George was an old Mainland Chinese with a similar bias as yours, then you would get on just fine, would you not?
                       
                      How entertaining to read all the stuff you let loose. So the readers here do now know what you and your views are all about!
                       
                      Thank you so much!
                       
                      It has been delightful to debate with you!

                  • HC

                    Further quotes from teh ‘Economist’:


                    “The mainland economy is riddled with corruption, even by African standards. International rankings of bribe-payers list Chinese managers near the top.”


                    “In Zimbabwe in 2008 Robert Mugabe’s sabotage of elections set off civil upheaval. Chinese investors fled, yet the ascendant opposition still linked them to the dictator.”

                    “Zimbabwe’s environment minister said Chinese multinationals were “operating like makorokoza miners”, a scornful term for illegal gold-panners.
                     
                    These quotes and facts speak for themselves.
                     
                    In your recent post you refer to:
                    “Because unlike the whites, Chinese actually PAY for the stuff they get. Unlike whites who just went in, and took stuff for free.

                    After all those white farmers in Zimbabwe – what do you think of the cause of all the shit that has been going on there recently?”

                    “Unlike the West Chinese pay for their stuff. Westerners go into other peoples countries and steal things. That is why they are not liked. And if they are prevented from stealing they go and bomb the shit out of a country and change its government so they can continue stealing.”

                    Well, do we live decades ago or in 2011?


                    Your rantings are wearing off, Wayne. Obviously you hate “the west” and “westerners”, that is why you also refer to Chinese dissidents as being degenerates. Maybe you also hate “white” people?
                     
                    Might is right, that seems to be what you dream off. The US got “high” on that for some time, but see where it is now. The same will happen to China one day, but given the propaganda and increasing nationalistic tendencies the Mainland Chinese governments promotes, we will have a future China blame every other country for its wrong policies.
                     
                    I am sure that we should all be very mindful and weary of sentiments like yours.

                     

                    • Wayne

                      I don’t hate any group of people.

                      But I’m sure New Zealanders would not like it if China incessantly demanded from the NZ government an update on the welfare of say, Tame Iti.

                      Similarly white people (and they are almost exclusively white people) should stop playing holy over a degenerate like Ai weiwei.
                       
                      And yes. Ai weiwei is a degenerate. Even if in a Western cultural context he is not a degenerate, that is completely irrelevant. He operates in China, has transgressed China’s rules and should be duly punished under China’s rules.

                      The fact is white people have to get use to the idea that they no longer rule the world. Other peoples have the right to determine their own standards and what is acceptable and unacceptable in their own countries.

                      The simple fact is you rarely get say Iranians, Nigerians, Indians, Russians, Cubans, Moldovans, or Botswanans, making strident demands of the Chinese, trying to humiliate the Chinese.

                      What is it about Westerners who think that they have the right to demand the rest of the world conform to their ways?

                      To me say, if Iran wants to stone a woman, for good reasons, bad reasons, or no reason at all then that is their business. I do not consider myself so all-knowing, so superior that I think that I have the right to decide for an entirely different people what is good for them.

                      Unlike the arrogant hypocritical West (whose actual human rights record now and before, by any universal measure is the most disgraceful in world history).

                      The West seems to think that they still have the right to ignore the rules of other countries —just like in the days of extraterritoriality, when Westerners were completely immune from Chinese laws (up to 1946), and could kill and did kill Chinese people with utter impunity (as one of my aunty’s in guangzhou clearly remembers british troops there shooting Chinese in the back like dogs).

                      Those days are well and truly over, and you people just have to get use to the fact. Whites just have to suck on the fact that they cannot shoot non-white people in the back like before and not expect a reaction. Tough.

                    • HC

                      @ Wayne – Wow!!!:
                      Whites just have to suck on the fact that they cannot shoot non-white people in the back like before and not expect a reaction.”

                      Are you sure you don’t HATE white people???


                      I thought we had moved on from the kind of “black“, “white” and “yellow” kind of thinking.
                       
                      Some do though prefer to live in the past – aye?


                      How do you feel about living in a country like NZ then? So much diversity here, does it not create feelings of uncertainty. Is that why you cling so much to your background and glorify Mainland China more than your adopted country?
                       
                      Where is your true loyalty?

        • Wayne Lo 6.1.1.2

          Thanks for your suggestion Chris – I already have (about 3 posts I think) 🙂

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.2

        There are 150,000 unemployed people in New Zealand. How many of these people are unemployed as a direct result of loss of jobs in manufacturing to China? Hundreds of thousands? I very much doubt it.
         

        Hey mate China is getting tens of millions of dollars worth of NZ train orders and that has put hundreds of NZ workers’ jobs on the line.
         
        That’s just one example for you mate, there are many others.

        • Wayne 6.1.2.1

          Show me the link which proves factually that hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost in New Zealand due to China. If you cannot then my statement stands as a matter of fact.
          New Zealand’s unemployment is rate is about 6.3%. Irelands, Greeces is about 15%, Spain’s 20%.
          Do you think if New Zealand severed its China links what would happen. Would unemployment go up or down?

          • HC 6.1.2.1.1

            Sorry Wayne, but CV did not claim “hundreds of thousands”! You suggested that in a hypothetical question in your earlier comment. CV just referred to one example, where hundreds of jobs in NZ have been put on the line!
             
            There have been many companies that used to manyfacture in NZ, whether it was garments, electronics or else. Many, yes most have shifted their production off-shore, and very many set up operations in Mainland China.
             
            This is due to the comparatively lower labour costs, lower environmental and other standards, which also offers a “cost incentive” to business operators to invest in Mainland China. Add to that the currency exchange advantage (due to China’s government keeping their currency controlled and artificially low), and the advantages are numerous to shift production and jobs there.
             
            Hence Mainland China is engaging in the same kind of “cut throat” and ruthless business practices as the multinationals that go around the globe shopping for the cheapest deals.
             
            By having gone down that road you are following the path of the traditional capitalists. The only difference is that up to now you have your government maintain certain “controls” that favour the Mainland Chinese economy.
             
            The day will come that the macroeconomics will catch up with the Mainland Chinese economic policies, and then China will be in for either a big “crash” or a very long, painful “soft landing”, from which it will take very, very long to recover.

        • Wayne 6.1.2.2

          Colonial Viper: Are you utterly innumerate or what?
           
          When did hundreds of thousands = hundreds?

  7. ianmac 7

    nineties and noughtiesAn expression I heard for the first time this morning by that economist this morning on Kim Hill. (Easier to say the “Golden Years of the Noughties” than the “Dark Anti Democracy Years of the 2009-11”)
    I think that Rob’s post is spot on. After all you are welcome to discuss the detail of the post as others are welcome to question the credibility of any writer including GG. The only thing in his favour is that he represents a group of people who are like-minded and it helps to know where they stand, just as it helps to know where Act stands, or NZF, or Green, or Labour, or you Galeandra. etc.

    • Galeandra 7.1

      @ ianmac,I didn’t listen to Kim Hill today, in point of fact, so nice for you, but so what?

      Knowing ‘where people stand’ has nothing to do with the sort of reflex prejudice that so often greets George on The Standard , or for that matter, Trotter on the DimPost site. (There, BTW, The Standard is usually the butt of scorn because of the predictable nastiness or shallowness of some of the posts here.) It may not matter much to posters, but if non-Labour readers are simply antagonised by the level & style of criticism then there is little point apart from allowing regulars here to enjoy telling each other what they already think. The silly beat-up yesterday about the extravagence of $90 meals for World Bank dignitarieswas a case in point, and the really important subtext about poverty simply went begging.
      As for knowing where I stand, well, do you really? You do know that I think we are better served when language and thinking are pitched somewhere above the level of the merely visceral.

      • ianmac 7.1.1

        Galeandra. Must be something wrong with the way I write. “noughtie…..so nice for you, but so what?” Er nothing. Just liked “noughties for 2000- 2008.” No offence.
        Knowing ‘where people stand’ has nothing to do with the sort of reflex prejudice….” Well knowing where people stand is very important so that you can make judgements on how much notice/suspicion to take. If John Key makes a statement I would be sceptical because on previous experience he has shown where he stands. You call it reflex prejudice but I would call it reflex scepticism. The same goes for my “reflex scepticism” on reading Garth George’s commentary because of his history of making constant “reflex prejudice and bigoted statements.”
        There are many on most blogs who react with sometimes violent pro and anti comments according to their leanings. So? Why not? Underneath most statements on the Standard there are many honest heartfelt beliefs and sometimes great anger over such things as abuse of democracy.
        Perhaps you could have a go at purifying Kiwiblog comments? Good luck.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    I read nothing of the country’s one-child edict, by which millions of girl children are aborted each year because everyone wants a son and which has already led to a vast and widening male-female disparity.

    Um, GG, the one-child policy has nothing to do with girl children being aborted. That’s solely a stupid cultural phenomenon that values men higher than women. It’s called sexism and misogyny. You’re probably familiar with them as you do seem to practice both yourself.

    I read nothing of the fact that graft, corruption and bribery are endemic to Chinese politics, its military, business and commerce and that the acquisition of money, property and prestige is the overweening concern of its citizens.

    Sounds remarkably like the motives of capitalists. I mean, why else would anybody want multi-million dollar a year incomes? They can’t possibly spend it.

    It’s all very well to say that this is just a businessman talking but the real problem is that New Zealand is now being run almost entirely as a business, with the emphasis always on “wealth creation” although we all know that wealth will end up in the hands of a few and the gap between rich and poor will continue to increase.

    You did get that bit right though and yet I seem to recall you saying just how great National was before and after the election…

    The headline on one of Saturday’s articles was “The kiwi and the dragon”. It might pay to remember that a kiwi would make a very small, but very tasty, meal for a hungry dragon.

    Considering our population and the food we produce I think that China is looking towards us purely as a food supplier and the more businesses and land that they own the more control they’ll have over our country. It is something we need to look at and reverse but not just China – we also need to look at all other countries that are buying us up.

    • Swampy 8.1

      Can you see the melamine scandal happening in NZ?

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.1

        Can you see the manufacturer of Ribena lying about its Vitamin C content to kids and parents for years?
         
        well Ok not really a lethal transgression, but pretty bad lying about the quality of food.

    • Vicky32 8.2

       

      Um, GG, the one-child policy has nothing to do with girl children being aborted. That’s solely a stupid cultural phenomenon that values men higher than women. It’s called sexism and misogyny. You’re probably familiar with them as you do seem to practice both yourself.
      Except that if you actually knew him and read his columns regularly, you’d know he doesn’t practice sexism and misogyny as much as you seem to want to believe. Not even a 10th as much as some men here do!

       

       

      It’s all very well to say that this is just a businessman talking but the real problem is that New Zealand is now being run almost entirely as a business, with the emphasis always on “wealth creation” although we all know that wealth will end up in the hands of a few and the gap between rich and poor will continue to increase.

      You did get that bit right though
      Ah DtB, this shows how little you know! GG has always supported the poor against neo-liberal policies.

       

       
       

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        Except that if you actually knew him and read his columns regularly, you’d know he doesn’t practice sexism and misogyny as much as you seem to want to believe.

        The “amount” doesn’t matter – the fact is that he practices them and that they’re a result of a stupid cultural phenomenon that values men higher than women.

        Ah DtB, this shows how little you know! GG has always supported the poor against neo-liberal policies.

        I’ve seen him do that in the same column that he was praising National and their policies. Garth George is the typical RWNJ who can believe 6 impossible things before breakfast – and all of them contradictory.

  9. Bill 9

    What’s wrong with a ‘huge or outrageous thing’ – the definition given in the Oxford English Dictionary for ‘monstrosity’? And if it’s ‘ancient and Asian’ then, hey.

    E.g. Isn’t a dragon a very cool ‘ancient Asian monstrosity’?
     

  10. If I didn’t know Garth George was for real I’d swear he was a satirical characiture along the lines of The Onion’s Herman T Zweibel. I read one of his columns a while ago entitled “We Should All Salute Our Glorious Prime Minister”, in which he claimed to have met every National PM since Holland. He must be 200 years old. Anyways, it was such sycophantic drivel I spat my coffee out. From laughing.
    Does anyone else reckon he looks like Josef Fritzl?

  11. gnomic 11

    ‘the acquisition of money, property and prestige is the overweening concern of its citizens.’

    Gosh. Well totally unlike the average middle class Pakeha citizen of New Zealand then. How could I possibly have thought that your everidge Kiwi was obsessed with making a million or two for retirement from inflating property prices while using the shack as an ATM for those essential holidays abroad en route? Where on earth could the expression ‘boat, bach, and BMW’ have come from? Shame on me for not realising that NZers have taken the words of Jesus to heart, eg ‘If thou wilt be perfect, go sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.’

    Nice use of overweening though.

    It is an unsightly spectacle, ‘our’ country on sale to the highest bidder. I for one do not particularly welcome our new overlords. Lenin may have viewed it as a case of the comprador bourgeoisie yet again prostrating themselves before filthy lucre. NZ as a capitalist society and tiny nation state deriving its income from primary produce has always been subject to the whims of financiers and corporations overseas despite popular delusions of independence; perhaps it makes little difference whether the strings are pulled from London or Beijing.

  12. uroskin 12

    Fisking Garth “Vader” George used to be fun but not so much lately.
    http://uroskin.blogspot.com/search/label/Fisking%20Garth%20George

  13. Colonial Viper 13

    Hmmmm, bad mistake looking at China as if it is a single monolithic entity (or “monstrosity”).
     
    We will win a lot of respect back from China if we, as a country, started to show a little backbone and initiative again, like we did half a century ago.
     
    Less so if we continue to follow the US etc down the route of free market neo-liberalism and pandering to the few against the interests of the many. A route the Chinese can very clearly see has been a total failure for the West, even as it has helped create wins for itself from it.

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  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response
    I can’t say I’m shocked. As the US news networks offer rolling coverage dissecting the detail of today’s shooting at a Donald Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and we hear eye-witnesses trying to make sense of their trauma, the most common word being used is shock. And shocking it is. ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    2 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment
    Snapshot summary of the shooting in the States belowAnd a time to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said of the United States of America:We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth, as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. We ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President
    I will do all that I can to see that President Biden is re-elected. Why? Despite my disagreements with him on particular issues, he has been the most effective president in the modern history of our country and is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump — a demagogue and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Questions from God
    Have you invited God into your online life? Do you have answers for his questions? Did I just assume God’s pronouns?Before this goes any further, or gets too blasphemous, a word of explanation. When I say “God”, I don’t meant your god(s), if you have one/them. The God I speak ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence
    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity
    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?
    Skeptical Science is partnering with Gigafact to produce fact briefs — bite-sized fact checks of trending claims. This fact brief was written by John Mason in collaboration with members from the Gigafact team. You can submit claims you think need checking via the tipline. Were scientists caught falsifying data in the ...
    3 days ago
  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?
    Today’s podcast episode is for paying Webworm members — and is a conversation seven years in the making. Let me explain.Hi,As I hit “send” on this newsletter, I’m about to play my 2016 documentary Tickled to a theatre full of about 400 Webworm readers in Auckland, New Zealand.And with Tickled ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 days ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    4 days ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    5 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    6 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    7 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    7 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago

  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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