Ghahraman goes

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, January 16th, 2024 - 77 comments
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Green MP Golriz Ghahraman has resigned from Parliament.

From the Herald:

“It is a great honour to serve as a Member of Parliament. I am proud of my advocacy work on human rights and foreign affairs, and particularly proud of campaigns that resulted in practical improvements to the electoral laws governing donations and overseas voting,” Ghahraman said.

The Green MP said that her mental health had been “badly affected” by the stress of her work as an MP.

“This has led me to act in ways that are completely out of character. I am not trying to excuse my actions, but I do want to explain them,” she said.

”People should, rightly, expect the highest standards of behaviour from their elected representatives. I fell short. I’m sorry. It’s not a behaviour I can explain because it’s not rational in any way, and after medical evaluation, I understand I’m not well,” Ghahraman said.

”The mental health professional I see says my recent behaviour is consistent with recent events giving rise to extreme stress response, and relating to previously unrecognised trauma,” she said.

Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw said it was clear Ghahraman was in a “state of extreme distress” and supported her decision to resign.

“Green MPs are expected to maintain high standards of public behaviour,” they said in a joint statement.

“It is clear to us that Ms Ghahraman is in a state of extreme distress. She has taken responsibility and apologised.

“We support the decision she has made to resign.”

Former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is the next person on the Green Party list.

She came to New Zealand as an asylum seeker.  Dealing with childhood trauma can have devastating effects on later life.

Go well Golriz.  Take time out to mend yourself.

77 comments on “Ghahraman goes ”

  1. Ad 2

    No other call to make.

    Wish her full recovery.

  2. observer 3

    It has been a sad story, poorly handled by attention-seeking commentators and their media enablers.

    On the other hand, respect for Shaw and Davidson goes up. They knew their first priority was a human being, not the headlines. PR "experts" (so-called) urged them to spin it better. A classic case of being lost in the game.

  3. Kay 4

    She came to New Zealand as an asylum seeker. Dealing with childhood trauma can have devastating effects on later life.

    Thank you for acknowledging that, Mickeysavage

  4. Sanctuary 5

    Does all this mean the venerable ex-mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown is now a Green MP?

  5. mary_a 6

    Thanks MS.

    I thank Golriz for her contribution to politics and service to the people of NZ. She will be missed.

    Go well Golriz. Take good care of your health.

    • mickysavage 6.1

      This is one of the reasons I cannot understand Israel’s behaviour. Having tens of thousands of traumatised kids will ensure a never ending supply of adults wanting to be martyrs.

  6. observer 7

    But of course a resignation is not enough. Vultures need a corpse.

    Note the phrasing here: "Footage emerges …". But footage does not emerge. It is not a chick from an egg. It is provided. By somebody.

    The job of journalism is to ask who and why, not just say "more, please".

    Scotties security camera footage emerges of ex-Green Golriz Gharaham | Stuff.co.nz

    • Ghostwhowalks 7.1

      I would say the boutique provided the footage to the Police when requested .

      I guess we know the rest , how national party ministers get inside information under the no surprises rule ( ROFL)

      Not that Mark Mitchell would do anything like that

      • weka 7.1.1

        Are you suggesting that the police supplied the National government with video from an ongoing investigation?

        • Anne 7.1.1.1

          weka, its not unheard of for rogue police officers to spill the beans. Not suggesting it happened in this case because I don't know. Gww though makes a valid point.

          It was a former National PM who revealed the Colin Moyle police investigation under parliamentary privilege in 1976. The information came from someone in the force. The ins and outs of it were hushed up, but it much later transpired Moyle had been the victim of a nasty hoax. He also had to resign from parliament but later returned to become one of the best Agriculture Ministers the country has had.

          • weka 7.1.1.1.1

            yes, but GWW was implying not leaking but an actual pipeline from police to the National government in 2024. Which is a different thing.

            • Anne 7.1.1.1.1.1

              The historic case I referred to was about a police pipeline to the PM of the day, Robert Muldoon. Colin Moyle was being touted as the next leader of the LP and Muldoon used privileged information about Moyle he was not entitled to have. The allegation inherent within the information proved to be false yet Moyle's career (at that stage) ended in tatters.

              Over the years, there have been a few other instances of official info. getting into the hands of Nat. politicians or their lackeys who then used them for political gain.

              • weka

                Over the years, there have been a few other instances of official info. getting into the hands of Nat. politicians or their lackeys who then used them for political gain.

                instances such as?

                • Anne

                  Having been involved in politics on and off for nearly 60 years I recall them. The details have become misty with time but that doesn't mean they didn't happen. None of them reached the same level of hysteria as the Moyle Affair.

                  John Key had a top drawer full of them but he was smart enough not to talk about them – at least not to us peasantry. One or two of the more recent public examples involved former minister, Labour leader and Auckland mayor, Phil Goff… and some fellow by the name of Cameron Slater. Goff eventually received a public apology from the appropriate government entity.

                  • Robin The Goodfellow

                    Its not a left or right thing, its a power thing.

                    Politicians will do a lot of morally questionable actions for "the greater good"

                    Ask Peter Doone

            • Ghostwhowalks 7.1.1.1.1.2

              There is an actual 'pipeline '.

              It says so in the BIM when Hipkins became Police Minister in 2022

              "The Media and Communications team maintains direct links with your Press Secretary about upcoming press releases and responds to requests for support around media enquiries and emerging issues. This includes keeping your office informed whenever there is a high profile or significant national event involving a Police response, such as the recent New Lynn Mall attack."

              • weka

                There is no equivalence between an MP getting caught on CCTV in a shop and a terrorist attack.

                The latter is a matter of national security. The former is a routine crime. Governments don't get involved in day to day policing at that level. The reason for this is to prevent political interference in policing eg a government Minister instructing police to not investigate an MP in the said government accused of shoplifting.

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Police

                While the New Zealand Police is a government department with a minister responsible for it, the Commissioner and sworn members swear allegiance directly to the Sovereign and, by convention, have constabulary independence from the government of the day.

                The New Zealand Police is perceived to have a minimal level of institutional corruption.[5][6]

                That convention is why Stuart Nash is no longer in parliament,

                In mid–March 2023, Nash resigned as Minister of Police following revelations he asked the Police Commissioner Andrew Coster to appeal a decision Nash felt was too light, a breach of the expectation that the Government remains neutral in regards to operational Police matters.[21] On 16 March, Nash faced further calls from the opposition National and ACT parties to resign from his remaining portfolios after revelations that the Attorney-General David Parker had reprimanded Nash for making remarks during a 2020 Newstalk ZB interview calling for murder suspect Eli Epiha to be imprisoned for his actions during the murder of Matthew Hunt. At the time, Epiha was facing trial and had not yet been convicted for murdering Hunt.[22] Nash subsequently admitted to a third incident of misconduct where he contacted the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to advocate for a migrant health professional in Napier in September 2022. In response, Hipkins demoted Nash to the bottom of the Cabinet rankings as a "final warning" but declined to strip him of his remaining cabinet portfolios.[23]

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Nash#2023_ministerial_indiscretions_and_resignation

                This is also why Shaw and Davidson are at pains to make it really clear that they can't talk about the shoplifting charge. They're not in government, but technically one of the GP caucus could be Police Minister in the future.

                I haven't followed Anne's comments, but it's why I have asked both of you to be clear. Because it's a serious allegation to say that the government is being supplied information by the police about the details of a specific crime like shoplifting.

                • weka

                  from your link,

                  1. The Commissioner is not responsible to, and is required to act independently of, any Minister of the Crown (including any person acting on the instruction of a Minister of the Crown) regarding:

                    • – the maintenance of order or enforcement of the law in relation to any individual or group of individuals
                    • – the investigation and prosecution of offences
                    • – decisions about individual Police employees.
                • Incognito

                  @ 7.1 GWW clearly insinuated that the video footage found its way to the media through the Police and/or Minister of Police. He provided no evidence at all for this and he dodged answering your question.

    • newsense 7.2

      Ms Gharaham has caused the obsessed right no end of gnashing of teeth since forever.

      Someone observed somewhere else that involvement of dirty politics era figures.

      The way footage has come out deserves to be answered by the website and the shop. It is basic harassment that deserves people fronting up and being accountable for.

      What was the journalistic reason for obtaining and showing that? Was the footage offered and by whom? Or did you approach the shop?

      There policies are to kill 5000 people who smoke to allow a tax cut. Why should anything else they do show a higher level of humanity than that?

  7. tsmithfield 8

    Very sad. Not the way I would like to see anyone leave parliament.

    I also hope that the police now apply the same standard they do to other instances of shoplifitng which is to completely ignore it.

    • Tiger Mountain 8.1

      Well done TS, you got a rueful smile if not full Lol from me with that observation.

    • Johnr 8.2

      Bin driving most afternoon. Only reliable radio was 'red neck radio' (zb) .

      All afternoon Golriz was debated, I cannot believe the nasty venal crucifixion. Think Jesus had an easier trip to the cross.

      Sure she seems to have messed up . But do we have to become an awful vindictive nation.

      • Robert Guyton 8.2.1

        Kiwiblog is seething, writhing, pulsating, heaving with pustular blue & yellow bile; it's a dam bursting, a boil lanced, a can of intestinal worms, unscrewed and poured into the gaping maws of the malnourished sycophants who cower there …

        it's not very nice.

        • joe90 8.2.1.1

          Will no one think of KB's marginalized status-seekers…

        • Tricledrown 8.2.1.2

          Why haven't the Police prosecuted any of the thousand s of mongrels who have continuously made death threats rape and violent threat s against this MP .

          Far more serious crimes than shoplifting which she no doubt plead guilty with mitigating circumstances.None if the real lowlife would even have the balls to come forward and admit their crimes.

  8. ianmac 9

    Saddened for Golriz. People like her are needed to help reform our world. Best wishes for her recovery.

  9. Tiger Mountain 10

    Lest anyone be tempted to look too kindly on Scotties…wage theft by an employer is also theft, and Scotties sought various subsidies from us taxpayers to boot…

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/126663561/highend-boutique-ordered-to-pay-nearly-28000-after-unjust-dismissal-of-worker

    Very sad Golriz had to leave in these circumstances. A friend of mine, experienced senior School Principal, having cancer treatment including Steroids was in a very small % that suffered psychosis as a side effect, really went AWOL and was sectioned for self protection until the medical people got on top of the issue.

  10. Gosman 11

    It is rather sad as even though I disagreed (and often times disliked) her political viewpoint she did add to the vibrancy and diversity of the NZ Parliament and made a good show of promoting the political views and people she represented. I hope she gets the support and help she needs now.

    I would like to add that I don't think it is helpful to speculate on any trauma that may have contributed to this. This is best left to Ms Ghahraman and the people she chooses to help her through this time.

  11. Corey 12

    The Justice portfolio is the NZ politics equivalent of teaching defense against the dark arts at Hogwarts.

    I wish her well and think there needs to be more mental health awareness in parliament, I think maybe all mp's should have regular counselling session or something to deal with the pressure of parliament and the public.

    I do wish mp's would have the courage to ask to have their portfolios stripped from them temporarily when they are struggling and can't handle the pressure.

    Hopefully this and the way Kiri's ended will encourage parties and mp's to take their mental health seriously

    However, as a class lefty I hope she is held accountable for her actions and treated like any working class kiwi and if she's found guilty I hope she gets the same level of punishment a working class kiwi would get if they stole thousands of dollars worth of gear on multiple occasions.

    • weka 12.1

      on that last note, my hope is that working class kiwis get treat more fairly in the courts. In this case (whether Ghahraman or a working class person), don't send people to prison for retail theft, that's madness.

      • JerJer 12.1.1

        Three strikes is coming back. Lucky for her it is not in place currently. There are three known offences here already.

        [I can’t in good conscience let this degree of stupid into the Standard commentariat. 1 month ban. If you come back, read the site Policy and bring some actual political argument to the table. – weka]

      • tsmithfield 12.1.2

        I think the Police pretty much ignore retail theft now given reports of people just wheeling out trolleys full of groceries from Supermarkets without paying for them etc.

        In the current case, I think Golriz, due to her profile, has probably suffered a lot more than the average shoplifter that probably carries on with little consequence. Hence, why I think the police should just drop the matter and treat her the same as the others.

        • weka 12.1.2.1

          I don't think the police let people off who steal trolleys full of groceries, it's more than they don't catch them.

          If someone shoplifts and the shop has CCTV footage and make a complaint to the police, I'm not sure the police can or should ignore that if it's clear and repeated.

          I'm sure the value of the goods is a factor too.

        • Foreign waka 12.1.2.2

          This is not true at all. It would imply that police is nonchalantly ignoring retail theft. Fact is that in many cases the perpetrators have planned their get away very well and only if they are caught on camera can some actions be taken. Could be that gangs are involved, especially sending under aged into the "field".

          No one should see theft as a cavaliers delict as the costs of retail theft, a staggering 2.6 billion dollars per year will be recovered by increasing pricing to you and me. Not to forget to mention, there are those incredible ghastly instances where a shop employee is killed, another persons fingers hacked off with a machete.

          There are always victims and it seems no one is spending one syllable about what they endure.

          • Incognito 12.1.2.2.1

            You are conflating theft and robbery.

            Can you provide examples (with links) of instances [plural] in which “a shop employee is killed, another persons [sic; singular or plural?] fingers [plural] hacked off with a machete”?

            There’s a lot of RW ‘mission-creep’ when discussing hot topics such as crime, alleged or proven, here on TS.

  12. Phillip ure 13

    A shame she has gone..

    She was a very effective mp/spokesperson..

    • ianmac 13.1

      A terrible consequence from this may be that the miserable bastards who attacked her might feel emboldened so turn will turn to – who next?

      I think also that some MPs don't give a toss about what people think of them because they are un-empathetic people. These are not at risk.

      If you care about people you might be more vulnerable. Jacinda? Golriz?

  13. As a refugee from Iran, the misogyny of the reactionary right in NZ must have wearyingly familiar to GG. Go well Golriz.

    James Shaw said Ghahraman had been subject to continuous threats of sexual violence, physical violence and death threats “since the day she was elected to Parliament”.

    https://www.thepost.co.nz/nz-news/350146185/live-greens-co-leaders-speak-after-golriz-ghahraram-quits

  14. Darien Fenton 15

    I feel incredibly sad about Golriz today. She has done the only thing a politician can do by resigning. I feel for her, James and Marama and the Greens who are left doing their best to support her. Life is not equal for all politicians. Sometimes we make the mistake of believing you can stand up for injustice, you can protest, you can shout when no-one listens. Many MPs come into parliament genuinely believing they are there to make a difference. It takes courage to stand up to the vitriol. Death threats, the name calling, the personal attacks, (which last years), the never ending critique. And if and when someone falls, we are in like robber's dogs. I want to see difference in our Parliament. I want people to be human, and different, and vulnerable. I want people with different pasts, from different backgrounds and experiences. Being an MP is no picnic, believe me. I wish everything good for Golriz, and the Greens. and send my solidarity.

  15. weka 16

    Press conference with Shaw and Davidson. Lots of good explanation of complex issues (and as always, listen to the Greens if you want to understand them).

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/506833/watch-greens-leaders-respond-as-mp-golriz-ghahraman-resigns

  16. observer 17

    And now we have the media staking out her home.

    Golriz Ghahraman: Police visit home of former Green MP amid shoplifting investigation – NZ Herald

    FFS. She has resigned. She has given a full apology, accepted responsibility and the consequences. Her party leaders have fronted and answered more questions than Luxon ever does.

    This is now an entirely unjustified hounding and bullying, nothing more.

    • Pat 17.1

      Agreed….the media should take a good hard look at themselves…..if they do they may discover why they rate so lowly with the general public.

    • observer 17.2

      The pack hunts as one …

      Watch: Police visit ex-Green MP Golriz Ghahraman's home | Newshub

      "Watch"? There is nothing to watch. When can she go to her home, unmolested?

      • Robert Guyton 17.2.1

        "Two officers doorknocked the property around 4.30pm, it was reported, but there was no answer."

        Riveting viewing!

      • newsense 17.2.2

        There was the anger against Ardern and Golriz, but now the right wing media landscape is growing in place where it was missing before to do the damage.

        NZ is not immune or special to the murderous misinformation and attacks of the pandemic and against democracy.

        Chris’s mob? The Lux pack on the attack. A warning to others the Brexit boys and Trumpettes of NZ are on top. Proper two track in a way Hipkin’s will never be able to do after his career to date. Luxon will be serene.

  17. Robin 18

    MPs need to not only behave according to the law, but be seen to be do so.

    Ghahraman did neither. She wrecked her own career. Sad but correct.

    To the extent that anyone believes she made any positive contribution, and that is a matter of opinion, she surely undermined most if not all through her actions.

    Many people have stressful jobs. Some very much more stressful than being an MP.

    It was not one event, but at least two and maybe three or more incidents. That is a pattern of behaviour. If she was under particular and undue pressure, anyone involved in NZ politics knows there are many avenues to obtain support and assistance. But she didn't.

    My guess is that if she hadn't have gone, even Shaw and Davidson are by now aware that Ghahraman's position was untenable. They couldn't have "spun it". It's unclear whether they knew all the way along and hoped they could keep it hidden and under control, which is what would have happened under the previous governments, or whether Ghahraman lied or omitted to inform them of additional offending.

    Bottom line: don't break the law, and if you don't know where the line is then stay well away from it. Do the right thing.

    [permanent ban for a subsequent comment that contained a potentially defamatory claim about an MP with zero evidence presented – weka]

    • observer 18.1

      It's unclear whether they knew all the way along and hoped they could keep it hidden and under control,

      Wrong. It's very clear if you bothered to follow the story. The co-leaders were communicating with and sensitive to the wishes of the Scotties owners. They could have ignored those wishes, and perhaps politically they should have, but they are decent human beings, if you can grasp such a concept.

      It is fascinating that the victims of the crime mean nothing to people like you who only want to stir the pot. So much for the Right’s faux concern for victims.

    • roblogic 18.2

      So, zero curiosity as to why people do self-destructive things? Just write people off when they make a mistake?

      That is judgemental and small minded. Of a piece with RW trolls who love to punch down on the unfortunate

    • Robert Guyton 18.3

      *wags finger, sucks air through teeth.

      • Barfly 18.3.1

        Hey genius –

        One effect of MS can be mania

        Google MS drugs mental side effects and the first thing you read is that they can cause psychotic episodes

        Arriving in NZ as a child refugee – would you like a side of of ptsd with that?

        A history of receiving death threats and threats of sexual violence from the wonderfully racist and mysognostic RW loons of NZ

        Being a 'punisher' is a known dysfunctional personality type I suggest you research it and have a good look in a mirror.

        • Foreign waka 18.3.1.1

          To point the finger at RW is a bit vague, NZ has its own breed of people with a racist tint to their character. And belief me, they come in all shapes and colors. Motto is to just don't be the "other" and try to match the wall paper as a requirement to "assimilate". Either way, theft is a failure of judgement in the face of temptation. It also has a faceless victim, the shop owner who is paying for it not just money but also psychological. We seem to forget that there is a victim that through the politicising will not see justice. This is the true tragedy of it all.
          On a separate note, if a person is to represent the people, exceptional character is required. How else can you argue in disputes to speak the truth.

    • weka 18.4

      mod note.

  18. Mike the Lefty 19

    Terds like Hosking gleefully celebrating the fall of a Green MP.

    You can hide your money in Cayman Islands bank accounts to evade millions of dollars of tax but don't steal a $300 item from a shop.

    No No no!

    • roblogic 19.1

      You can steal the future of Aotearoa, throwing away a trillion dollars of assets, and enrich all your mates, and wallpaper over a sordid history of land thefts, that's all good, because the "right" people did it

  19. Rolling-on-Gravel 20

    My thought:

    I think Golriz has done all she could have done as far as she could. She will have to have a think about her actions. Her part is done, more or less.

    What I want to critique is the constant media attempts to controversialise left-wing/left-leaning female politicians from Metiria Turei to Jacinda Ardern through to Golriz Ghahraman whenever they have stumbled or committed crimes. We have enacted harsher consequences in terms of controversy and condemnation upon them than we have done to right-wing/right leaning male politicians like David Garrett, Ben Uffinell and John Key whenever they have done such things despite their allegations/crimes generally being measurably worse in terms of morality and severity than whatever most of these LW/left-leaning female politicians may have done.

    We put these women through more fire than we do these men. Whenever these men's scandals are done, we rarely look back to them to condemn the current direction of a given political party like we do with the Green or Labour etc parties and these women.

    It's like the media is licking at the bits to bring down these women more than anything else in a way.

    Ultimately, it's not just left-wing female politicians they want to bring down, it's left-wing politicians of all genders. However, there's always an extra bit of an ulterior dimension to their condemnation when it comes to people in groups that has been historically targets of bigotry and fear.

    And that's what I see in all of this. And it's not an aspect of our 4th Estate that we should encourage or praise. The media needs to change and we need to give whatever of the political moment we are in an un-excitable and truthful yet human sort of media reporting. That is what we need to aim for imo.

  20. No-Skates 21

    The glimmers of hope I see for our futures in otherwise miserable circumstances around Golriz and Kiri Alan is the humanity that's been shown towards them, by their leadership and by the less callous and attention desperate members of the media.

    They've highlighted their past successes, assured others that they're fundamentally good people that have unfortunately fallen into a dark place, and now they need to focus on self-care and for those around them to respect that.

    Ten years ago, I had a mental meltdown. I lost my job, lost friends, got in trouble with the police. I felt discarded, irredeemable, finished. I was treated like a leper that had to be avoided like the plague, or a minefield you had to tread carefully around. It led to drinking myself into a hole I thought I could never escape, and people who knew me from the era believed it too. I wasted a lot of years believing I could never be rehabilitated.

    And of course the underfunded public mental health services, in spite of the genuinely good people on the front lines trying, could only give me a friendly but firm pat on the back in the direction of the door. A jobless alcoholic wasn’t going to be able to afford private either.

    Somehow I got out of it, though still scarred by the experience and well behind my peers in regards to career, home ownership and starting a family. But I feel that was more luck with the good people I did have around me pulling me through rather than my own effort and willpower. I'd have been on the street if it weren't for my parents.

    But I’m seeing real change to how mental health is treated, from workplaces to popular culture. Glacially slow, and I’m somewhat bitter it wasn’t there for me then, but I’m glad progress is being made.

    Also shows our politicians are still real people, mostly… They’re trying their best to make sense of the world too.

    • ianmac 21.1

      No-Skates. You describe the realities of being human so well. Thankyou.

      • No-Skates 21.1.1

        Cheers. I've practiced being human most of my life 😛

        It's just "do unto others." I ain't a god-fearing man, but I'd like more people following that lesson. We're all capable of falling on hard times, that's what a social safety net is meant to save us from.

    • Ad 21.2

      Powerful and real mental health crisis story there No Skates. Thankyou.

      Great to hear you came through all of that.

  21. Reality 22

    The Post's cruel headline today "from political scrapper…to scrapheap". The blood sport glee indulged in by media has been appalling. Bad enough we have the Neanderthals who can't cope with women in public roles, especially young(ish), coloured, attractive, forthright. I despair.

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  • You keep Luxin' when you oughta be thruthin'
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
  • BRIAN EASTON: Puffing policy
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 day ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Tough Choices & Tough Love.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    1 day ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #07
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    2 days ago
  • Immigration Issues.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
    The best trick the National Party ever pulled was to fabricate their reputation as the responsible ones.This would be the National Party that denied us the New Zealand Superannuation Scheme that—Brian Gaynor wrote back in 2007would be worth more than $240 billion today and would have transformed the New Zealand ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    2 days ago
  • The Left’s Timidity
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    3 days ago
  • OLIVER HARTWICH: Absurd – NZ courts can now decide on climate change
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
    Public policy towards tobacco consumption remains politically sensitive. In 1983, a young researcher was told by a medium-level Treasury official that Treasury policy was to abandon excise duties on tobacco. The senior Treasury economist that I consulted, famed for his commonsense, snorted ‘we need the money’. He explained that no-excise-duty ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
    Buzz from the Beehive Two days after hundreds of people rallied outside the New Zealand parliament and the US embassy in Wellington to protest against what they maintain is genocide in Gaza,  Prime Minister Chris Luxon joined with the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to express their  concerns that ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
    Net emigration of New Zealanders overseas hit a record-high 47,000 in the 2023 year, which only partly offset net immigration of 173,000, which was dominated by arrivals from India, the Philippines and China with temporary work visas. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
    There's nothing to sayAnd there's nothing to doStop whispering, start shoutingStop whispering, start shoutingYesterday our government surprised a few of us by standing up for something. It wasn’t for the benefit of people who own holiday homes and multiple investment properties. Neither were there any tobacco companies or fishing cartels ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • “I'm Not Keen on Whataboutism, But What About…”
    Hi,Not sure how your week is going, but I’ve had a pretty frustrating one. I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I think it’s perhaps distilled in this message I got on Twitter:What got me a bit riled up is that it was a response to the ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    4 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
    It’s Friday so once again here”s our roundup of some of the articles that caught our attention this week. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt looked at the Government’s war on Auckland. On Tuesday Matt covered the ongoing issues with the rail network. On Thursday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
    The six things to note in my view at 6.30 am on Friday, February 16 in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
    “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich NietzscheTELEVISION NEW ZEALAND is to be congratulated for inviting Chloe Swarbrick onto its Q+A current affairs show. The Green MP for Auckland Central is the odds-on ...
    4 days ago
  • Dig this
    Resources Minister Shane Jones yesterday told a breakfast hosted by Energy Resources Aotearoa precisely what they wanted to hear. “We campaigned to rehabilitate relegitimise and stand up for working families who derive their income,  derive their hope and derive purpose in regional New Zealand through a flourishing, growing, forward-leaning energy ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
    Open access notables Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course, van Westen et al., Science Advances: Here, we show results of the first tipping event in the Community Earth System Model, including the large climate impacts of the collapse. Using these results, we develop a physics-based and ...
    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
    Buzz from the Beehive None of our ministers – a quick check with the Beehive website suggests – found cause to mention, let along celebrate, Valentine’s Day. But two ministers – Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson – ensured that National Lamb Day did not pass ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
    Nothing To Lose But Our Chains: The emancipatory movement which the Left, understood correctly, has always been, cannot accommodate those who are only able to celebrate one group’s freedom by taking it from another. The expectation, always, among leftists, is that liberty enlarges us. That striking-off a person’s shackles not ...
    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
    An interesting question in the Parliamentary written questions feed today, from Jan Tinetti to the Minister of Education: Has she or her Office directed the Ministry of Education to not release Official Information Act material prior to the full twenty working days, if so, why? Given that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
    This is a re-post from RealClimate by Stefan Rahmstorf A new paper was published in Science Advances today. Its title says what it is about: “Physics-based early warning signal shows that AMOC is on tipping course.” The study follows one by Danish colleagues which made headlines last July, likewise looking for early warning signals ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
    Some of us make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. We’ll buy the flowers, eye watering though the price spike might be. Say the things we should be saying anyway, although diminished by being scheduled for delivery. Some of us will even write long free-form newsletters with declarations of ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
    The two stories we covered at the start of the week continue to be in the headlines so it’s worth looking at the latest for each of them. Regional Fuel Tax Mayor Wayne Brown promised some ‘argy-bargy’ over the government’s decision to cancel the Regional Fuel Tax and he’s ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/73411 7 examples And who actually makes the decisions? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know. America is a complex country, conservative on the one hand, rapidly changing on the other. It’s not easy for us to sort it all out.   Tucker Carlson: Do you think Zelensky has the freedom to negotiate the settlement to this conflict? Vladimir Putin: I don’t know the details, of course it’s difficult for me to judge, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Fresh thinkers
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • It is not about age, it is about team.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
    Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. This wasn’t the only absurdity ...
    6 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • He stood up to Muldoon and Lange and the Fji army
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    7 days ago
  • Halo dunia!
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    7 days ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
    As a treat today I have lined up a favourite in the music slot. I love Turnaround, I cannot hear it too often, and I feel in need of a treat when I make myself listen to the Prime Minister the way I did this morning.He too, has favourites that ...
    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
    Ele Ludemann writes- A government-knows-best and predilection for central control was another unfortunate feature of the 2017-2023 Labour governments. One of the worst polices as a result of that was what started as Three Waters and became several more. The National-led government is much more trusting of locals ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
    Young renters just have to watch on as pipes keep failing and the Government and councils point fingers at each other, because all the incentives are for ratepayers to block rates increases, water meters, water charges and the creation of new entities. File Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: The National-ACT-NZ First coalition ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • After years of stability, Antarctica is losing ice
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by SueEllen Campbell Until recently, Antarctica’s ice has seemed surprisingly stable. In contrast to the far north, the southern continent’s massive ice sheets, glaciers, ice shelves (ice that floats on the ocean), and seasonal ice appeared to be reliably frozen: Enough snow fell ...
    1 week ago
  • Auckland’s Persistent Rail Issues
    Over the last few weeks in our weekly roundup we’ve commented on the frequent delays and cancellations that have occurred on the rail network this year since the rail network went back into full operation on the 22-Jan – with Kiwirail proclaiming they had ‘successfully delivered summer holiday infrastructure upgrades ...
    1 week ago
  • National calls in its preferred consultants (again)
    The Government has called in the same economics consultancy that worked on its aborted foreign buyers’ tax to now help design a replacement for Three Waters. Castalia Advisors’ Managing Director, Andreas Heuser, is to head a Technical Advisory Group that Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says is to “contribute specialist ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Daughters of Derbyshire: Accepted
    A very nice bit of news on the writing front. My 4300-word historical fiction piece, Daughters of Derbyshire, has earned itself an acceptance. The acceptance? The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast: https://alpennia.com/lhmp/essays/lesbian-historic-motif-podcast-index-episodes To clarify (and it’s probably worth clarifying, given my recent output, like Blackberry Picking), this is not a sex ...
    1 week ago
  • That was Then, This is Now #30 – Lobbyists, transparency, and National's confusing messages
    ..Thanks for reading Frankly Speaking ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.That was then…"We'd also like to see a transparent, publicly accountable register of who's doing the lobbying and who they're lobbying for." - Nicola Willis, National deputy leader (in Opposition), 4 April 2023This is ...
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    1 week ago

  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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