Going backwards

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, May 12th, 2009 - 46 comments
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I don’t know about you guys but when Family First says something is great I get worried.

So when those reactionaries say NACT has strengthened the Families Commission with its new appointments it’s worth having a second look at what’s going on.

The Families Commission is Peter Dunne’s baby he wanted it to protect the ‘family’ by which he meant some kind of mythical 1950s style family (no gays or divorcees please). Didn’t turn out like that in practice because it employed good, qualified people, not bigots. Surprisingly, the Families Commission has become a voice for sensible, well thought out, liberal policies alongside the Children’s Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, and the Race Relations Conciliator.

That was never going to last. NACT has appointed Bruce Pilbrow from the evangelical Parents Inc and Christine Rankin, the woman Jenny Shipley chose to bring in her infamous Code of Social Responsibility. Even Peter Dunne thinks these two are too reactionary.

It’s clear that the plan is to shut down the Families Commission as a progressive, science-based voice and, in the process pay off National’s religious extremist backers. Actually, probably the latter is the aim, the second a nice side-effect; National doesn’t care much about the Families Commission but the evangelicals do.

OK, so losing the Families Commission isn’t the end of the world but it’s a start. Next target: Joris De Bres.

46 comments on “Going backwards ”

  1. gingercrush 1

    Surprisingly, the Families Commission has become a voice for sensible, well thought out, liberal policies alongside the Children’s Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, and the Race Relations Conciliator.

    Provide evidence of what these people have produced that are well thought out liberal policies.

  2. Zetetic 2

    “Provide evidence of what these people have produced that are well thought out liberal policies..”

    Not with that attitude.

    Stop being such a lazy, bossy little prick and get informed.

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      “Even Peter Dunne thinks these two are too reactionary.”

      Sorry, but this is factually incorrect.

      I listened to an interview on Morning Report this morning, May 13th, between Peter Dunne and Pilbrow, and Peter Dunne said that he thought Pilbrow would make an excellent commissioner and will do the job very well, unlike Rankin whom he thinks is too divisive and will turn the commission into a side-show (with the media running off to get her opinion any time some conflict or story emerges from the commission).

      I guess it would be too much to expect the original post to be updated though – that is one thing I find really bad about The Standard, that bald factual errors can be posted, and reported in the comments, but never fixed. It doesn’t really portray you guys in the best light.

      • bilbo 2.1.1

        Thanks Lathanide I must admit I found it hard to believe that Dunne would say anything negative about Pilbrow……. for some reason the posters here and some of the commenters have decided to vilify him for some bizarre reason.

      • lprent 2.1.2

        The posts are opinion. Corrections are what the comments are for. It is completely up to the poster if they want to change their opinion.

        Why would I change something that I have little knowledge about. Unlike Christine Rankin whom I do and I think the poster was too kind.

        • bilbo 2.1.2.1

          “The posts are opinion.”

          “…. Even Peter Dunne thinks these two are too reactionary.”

          How is that comment by the poster an opinion ?

        • Lanthanide 2.1.2.2

          As per Bilbo, what I am talking about here is a ‘fact’, not an ‘opinion’.

          You’re allowed to have opinions about facts, and they don’t necessarily need to be changed, but the facts themselves should be accurately reported and when an error is notified, they should be corrected. That is what any respected newspaper or television journalist would do (or at least aspire to do). Given this is a digital blog, correcting factual errors is in fact very easy and you really don’t have any excuse not to do so.

          Further, not everyone has time to read all of the comments posted to a particular story – I know I often do not read all comments. So here’s a typical use case: person comes along, reads a story that has a factual error in it, and reads the first few comments, but does not know that an error has been reported in comment #43, which is never updated into the main article, so the person goes away with factually incorrect information in their head and is none-the-wiser. Frankly you a doing your site, and your readers, a great disservice – do you want the readers of your blog to end up with people parroting incorrect and uninformed information as if it were fact, like readers of kiwiblog and other right-wing blogs do?

      • Zetetic 2.1.3

        Yeah, you found a minor error. What do you want? A gold star?

        Pilbrow is still a homophobic reactionary who shouldn’t be on the Families Commission and Rankin is opposed by Dunne.

        How about engaging with the topic of the post rather than trying to distract form it.

  3. gingercrush 3

    So you can’t actually produce any evidence of anything that is well thought out and liberal. Well done. What a brilliant author for the Standard you shall be.

  4. SPC 4

    It looks like National are determined to destroy what little credibility Peter Dunne had left. With the ACT party likely to lose support with their big Auckland government mistake iit looks like Key will complete Brash’s work and thus National will become the one surviving party on the right.

  5. Zetetic 5

    Next I’ll do a post on Labour and gingercrush will challenge me to prove any such party exists.

    If you’re too lazy to be informed just think about why liberal groups are opposed to Pilbrow and Rankin while Family First is happy.

  6. gingercrush 6

    I think you’re missing the point. I am saying there isn’t any well-thought out liberal policies by these agencies and are asking you to provide evidence of such things. You likely can’t produce anything because you actually haven’t read a damn thing that those commissions produce.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      ginger, seeing you have obviously read everything produced by the Families Commission, (in order to arrive at your stated opinion that there is no well-thought out liberal policies produced), you’ll be giving us a well thought out critique of the one linked to by KITNO below then. Seeing you have already read that report, and determined it’s flaws, it shouldn’t take long.

      I think Zeletic shows great promise as a poster and I look forward to many more posts. I don’t think there is any shame about not taking any crap from the cheap seats either (which is all your comment was really, and you know it). It’s a robust forum.

      (BTW gc, You need to learn the difference between ‘won’t’ and ‘can’t’.)

      • gingercrush 6.1.1

        I don’t think its hard for Zetitic/Zeletic to show evidence of policy produced by any four of those institutions that are well-thought out and liberal. When someone makes a rather big claim, one expects evidence of such. That person has not been able to produce that. It was an easy request and instead what I got back was me being, “lazy, bossy little prick”. No one expects a whole slew of works. But just one policy would have sufficed.

        He/her says to be informed, just think about why liberals are opposed while Family First is in favour of this. Well that doesn’t actually explain much nor would it make anyone more informed. Since all responses are basically to the effect: Rankin is right-wing and not liberal and believes NZ has gone PC-mad and she opposed section 59. That isn’t informative in anyway nor does it point to any well thought-out liberal policies.

        Lastly, I don’t have to provide you with a well thought out critique. I can just point you to conservative/right wing groups that are in agreement that the Families Commission hasn’t made any well thought out liberal policies. Two can play at the game. After all that is what we’re qualifying as evidence now days.

        • gingercrush 6.1.1.1

          Oh and I know the difference between “can’t” and “won’t”. This author can’t produce evidence of well thought out liberal policies. I “won’t” produce a well thought out critique of what KINTO linked to. Besides that, my english skills are crap and thus they wouldn’t be “well thought out” anyway.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.1.1.2

          But the poster didn’t make a big claim at all ginger. You however have claimed that “there isn’t any well-thought out liberal policies by these agencies”. That’s a huge claim.

          Stop backtracking, and offer some evidence of your claim. What is wrong with the link Kitno provides? Quoting conservatives won’t help you either. You need to show that it is not well though out, or that it is illiberal.

  7. Here’s one Ginger, that I’ve personally had a bit of a look at:

    http://www.nzfamilies.org.nz/research/zero-tolerance.php

    There is quite a bit of stuff there, most of which I haven’t had reason to read over though.

    I think what you really mean is you want smacking legalized and are going to advocate for any changes to the public service that may help you to defeat the will of the public.

  8. My word Annette King ripped her apart in question time:

    Hon Annette King: Is Christine Rankin a suitable appointee in light of the culture of extravagance and sideshows she created when last employed in public service, including the $1 million spent on a new logo for, and the rebranding of, her department; the $80,000 spent on roadshows; the $25,000 spent on self-promotion videos in which she appeared alongside Martin Luther King and Ghandi; the $250,000 spent on advertising to overcome her bad publicity; not to forget the $165,0000 spent on charter planes to take her staff to a luxury resort for a meeting?

    • Swampy 8.1

      And National side stepped it totally. As they should. It is all rhetoric and I would like to see all of it substantiated, which I doubt will happen.

      [lprent: Damn-it Swampy. That is way too many comments (I lost count at 30) and with no dialogue. You obviously didn’t heed my warnings last time you came on. Banning you for a week for bulk trolling. This is a site for dialogue, not seeing how many comments you can make in an hour. ]

  9. serpico 9

    Family breakdown costs this country billions a year. Give her a chance to repair the damage done by Labour puppets. Fatherlessness is backwards stinking thinking from radical feminists in government. Peter Dunne is a wasted space and the full moon has cranked silly Ms King into a period of insanity again.What’s new,yawn,yawn.

  10. Lew 10

    I think D4J is back amongst us, folks.

    L

    • Quoth the Raven 10.1

      But we don’t get the surrealist poetry anymore the kind that makes Ducasse seem perfectly sane.

  11. jarbury 11

    I thought D4J disappeared on Thursday and lived in Na…..

    OK I’ll stop.

  12. Pascal's bookie 12

    Zeletic, I pretty much agree about this being red meat for the ‘anti PC gone mad’ types in all their various colours.

    Could also be a nice big distraction with Rankin being a controversy magnet, sucking all the media oxygen away from more substantive issues. Whenever anything related to the commission or it’s work comes up, Rankin will be providing a soundbite.

    Given National doesn’t really give a toss about said commission and it’s work, why should they care if it’s controversial and/or stupid? ergo install a loud mouthed lightening rod. If one can be found that keeps the social cons happy, then that shuts them up and hopefully they won’t be wanting any, you know, policy changes.

    Not giving SocCon’s policy changes has been the key to keeping them motivated as a voting block for decades. With the s59 and abortion court cases on the agenda (neither of which the govt will give to the conservatives), and civil unions off it, they need something to keep them from going up river.

  13. bobo 13

    Rankin is just a leggy media diversion as NACT rush through the supercity under urgency. Id be interested to know more about the head of watercare Mr Ford meetings with Hide, and have there been any companies formed recently that will bid for future outsourcing of council services. Time our media did some digging.

    • Tigger 13.1

      Good point bobo, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and not on the sideshow…

  14. greenfly 14

    Not with that attitude.

    Stop being such a lazy, bossy little prick and get informed.

    Zeletic – perfectly phrased and a direct hit. I’ve waited a long time to read such a response as that to the kind of question and questioner you quashed there.

  15. keith 15

    I can’t believe that reptile rankin is back! arrrrGGGGHHH!!!!

  16. bilbo 16

    “It’s clear that the plan is to shut down the Families Commission as a progressive, science-based voice and, in the process pay off National’s religious extremist backers.”

    Are you accusing Christine Rankin and Bruce Pilbrow of being religious extremists now ?

    • Kevin Welsh 16.1

      Bilbo, please tell me you are not that stupid. How on earth do you make a jump from Christine Rankin being appointed to head an organisation, to portraying her as a religious extremist?

      Hell, she may be for all I know, but the point here is she is just a face for an organisation. If they appointed a religious extremist, then the whole method behind their madness would be pretty fucking obvious, don’t you think?

      • bilbo 16.1.1

        So which of the organisations that she fronts are you accusing of being religious extremists ?

        • Maynard J 16.1.1.1

          This is asstupid as your comments yesterday. No one has said she fronts extremist organisations. Please learn some basic comprehension, you are making errors that a 12 year old would be able to spot..

          • bilbo 16.1.1.1.1

            Maynard ……

            “It’s clear that the plan is to shut down the Families Commission as a progressive, science-based voice and, in the process pay off National’s religious extremist backers. ”

            “NACT has appointed Bruce Pilbrow from the evangelical Parents Inc”

            FFS I don’t know how many times I have to say it Parents Inc is not evangelical and is very welcoming -Bruce is already on the NZ Parents Council who work closely with the Families commission what is the problem you’ve got with him them ?

            Disclaimer – I have nothing to do with Bruce or Parents Inc but am fascinated why some people feel the need to subject them to thinly veiled smears.

          • Maynard J 16.1.1.1.2

            You did not prove your earlier assertion bilbo, that Christine Rankin was accused of being a religous extremist, or that she was from an religious extremist organsation.

            Changing the topic to Bruce will not hide that fact.

            If you are too stupid to read between the lines I am not going to bother to help you. Was it you yesterday who didn’t believe they were a christian organisation at all? de ja vu – different thread, same dim assertions.

  17. serpico 17

    Talking about religion I believe the loss of manhood and fatherhood to liberal and secularistic legislations to invent “the new pc man’ has been destructive to the traditional kiwi family unit. Who is d4j? Is he another undercover cop?

  18. Hilary 18

    The Families Commission has commissioned research which provides information on aspects of New Zealand families and social policy for which we did not previously have local research evidence eg grandparents, or family experience of disability. Their (blue skies funding grants has led to a large range of reports which can be found on their website. I refer to them frequently.

  19. samiam 19

    Gosh the National Party lines on the Rankin appointment must have been delayed getting to Farrar today. He hasnt managed to update his blog about anything at all, despite normally having something to say at 6am everyday.
    Poor DPF, being in govt and having to defend shit like this just isnt the same as the good ol days.

    I wonder if he got a bollocking from Key for leaking the John Allen MFAT appointment:
    “Prime Minister John Key said yesterday he was unhappy Mr Allen’s name was in the public domain before he was officially appointed, “and I have made my unhappiness known”.
    He did not believe it was a leak from the Cabinet or from the ministry. “I do have a sense of where it came from and I am grumpy about it.”

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2009/05/you_heard_it_here_first-2.html
    Ahem – Brag Fail

  20. exbrethren 20

    Also nothing from DPF rebutting the “Melissa Lee is ethically challenged” story on Campbell Live. Are the Nats unable to deal with more than one fire at a time?

  21. Bill 21

    Given that Rankin and Pilbrow view the family unit in, shall we kindly say, a traditional way, ie heterosexual couple plus kids, can we expect some noise designed to ‘protect’ that particular family set-up?

    Under fear of giving some loopy-loops some ideas,I’m thinking of something along the lines of the retrograde and stupid move in England and Wales that basically abolished sole custody.

    Apart from leading to a flooding of the Scottish courts by English divorcees seeking custody of their children, it acted as a wonderful incentive for women to preserve the rotted family situation they found themselves in. (If they left with the children, fathers could still call the shots on where they lived; what schools the children attended and so on.)

    Okay. At the moment we are talking two people from seven. But appointments are for three years. Anyone know when the tenure of the other five appointees is up?

  22. appleboy 22

    Rankin was on Close Up earlier in the week – saying that she was not well paid for the job, that she got only $500 a day..and that with an expected 100 days a year work, she’d ‘only’ be getting around $50K. Just what sort of person thinks $500 a day is not much? or that $50K a year for 3 months work is not much? is this unbelievabvly out of touch person who we want looking after kiwis familiies’ interests? The avearge worker gets less than that ..for a years work…and also, does she really think we are that ignorant that we don’t know that she has other roles and incomes apart from that paltry $50K…

    • Swampy 22.1

      What a strange idea you have, you think that the great unwashed masses are all going to be rabbiting against Rankin because of that? It’s only Jim Anderton that can make political mileage like that these days and he really is a spent force.

  23. Swampy 23

    The Families Commission is really just another bureacracy whitewash agency Labour hijacked from their time in office. Dunne comes with this policy, which basically came from the conservative Christian element at the time. Labour implements it and seizes the opportunity to stack it with supporters of their own policies so it is really just a political platform, neutralising Dunne in a typical way of the larger coalition partner.

    Why Dunne still defends it I don’t know, someone should tell him the political tide ran out at the 2005 election, he is never going to get his party back to where it was with the number of seats they won in 2002 by treating the Families Commission like he owns it. The Commission really is irrelevant, at least under a Labour government.

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Still doing a good 20
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past somewhat interrupted week. Still on the move!Share Read more ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • Coalition of the Unwilling?
    What does Budget 2024 tell us about the current government? Muddle on?Coalition governments are not new. About 50 percent of the time since the first MMP election, there has been a minority government, usually with allied parties holding ministerial portfolios outside cabinets. For 10 percent of the time there was ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • Of red flags and warning signs in comments on social media
    Somewhat surprisingly for what is regarded as a network of professionals, climate science misinformation is getting shared on LinkedIn, joining other channels where this is happening. Several of our recent posts published on LinkedIn have attracted the ire of various commenters who apparently are in denial about human-caused climate change. Based ...
    6 days ago
  • All good, still
    1. On what subject is Paul Henry even remotely worth giving the time of day?a. The state of our nationb. The state of the ACT partyc. How to freak out potential buyers of your gin palace by baking the remains of your deceased parent into its fittings2. Now that New ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • The looting is the point
    Last time National was in power, they looted the state, privatising public assets and signing hugely wasteful public-private partnership (PPP) contracts which saw foreign consortiums provide substandard infrastructure while gouging us for profits. You only have to look at the ongoing fiasco of Transmission Gully to see how it was ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The Illusion of Power: How Local Government Bureaucrats Overawe Democratically-Elected Councillors..
    The Democratic Façade Of Local Government: Our district and city councillors are democratically elected to govern their communities on one very strict condition – that they never, ever, under any circumstances, attempt to do so.A DISINTEGRATION OF LOYALTIES on the Wellington City Council has left Mayor Tory Whanau without a ...
    6 days ago
  • Lowlights & Bright Spots
    I can feel the lowlights coming over meI can feel the lowlights, from the state I’m inI can see the light now even thought it’s dimA little glow on the horizonAnother week of lowlights from our government, with the odd bright spot and a glow on the horizon. The light ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 14-June-2024
    Another week, another roundup of things that caught our eye on our favourite topics of transport, housing and how to make cities a little bit greater. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Connor wrote about Kāinga Ora’s role as an urban development agency Tuesday’s guest post by ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to June 14
    Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s moves this week to take farming out of the ETS and encourage more mining and oil and ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Climate policy axed in broad daylight, while taxpayer liabilities grow in the dark
    In 2019, Shane Jones addressed the “50 Shades of Green” protest at Parliament: Now he is part of a government giving those farmers a pass on becoming part of the ETS, as well as threatening to lock in offshore oil exploration and mining for decades. Photo: Lynn GrievesonTL;DR: Here’s the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Rage Bait!
    Hi,Today’s newsletter is all about how easy it is to get sucked into “rage bait” online, and how easy it is to get played.But first I wanted to share something that elicited the exact opposite of rage in me — something that made me feel incredibly proud, whilst also making ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Friday, June 14
    Seymour said lower speed limits “drained the joy from life as people were forced to follow rules they knew made no sense.” File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Friday, June 14 were:The National/ACT/NZ First ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Friendly but frank talks with China Premier
    It sounded like the best word to describe yesterday’s talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and his heavyweight delegation of Ministers and officials and Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and New Zealand Ministers and officials was “frank.” But it was the kind of frankness that friends can indulge in. It ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #24 2024
    Open access notables Wildfire smoke impacts lake ecosystems, Farruggia et al., Global Change Biology: We introduce the concept of the lake smoke-day, or the number of days any given lake is exposed to smoke in any given fire season, and quantify the total lake smoke-day exposure in North America from 2019 ...
    7 days ago
  • Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashIt’s that 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 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for our chat about the week’s news with special guests:5.00 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: China’s message to New Zealand – don’t put it all at risk
    Don’t put it all at risk. That’s likely to be the take-home message for New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon in his meetings with Li Qiang, the Chinese Premier. Li’s visit to Wellington this week is the highest-ranking visit by a Chinese official since 2017. The trip down under – ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    1 week ago
  • The Real Thing
    I know the feelingIt is the real thingThe essence of the soulThe perfect momentThat golden momentI know you feel it tooI know the feelingIt is the real thingYou can't refuse the embraceNo?Sometimes we face the things we most dislike. A phobia or fear that must be confronted so it doesn’t ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on how moderates empower the political right
    Struth, what a week. Having made sure the rural sector won’t have to pay any time soon for its pollution, PM Christopher Luxon yesterday chose Fieldays 2024 to launch a parliamentary inquiry into rural banking services, to see how the banks have been treating farmers faced with high interest rates. ...
    1 week ago
  • Bernard's Dawn Chorus and pick 'n' mix for Thursday, June 13
    In April, 17,656 people left Aotearoa-NZ to live overseas, averaging 588 a day, with just over half of those likely to have gone to Australia. Photo: Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Thursday, June 13 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Our guide to having your say on the draft RLTP 2024
    Auckland’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 2024 is open for feedback – and you only have until Monday 17 June to submit. Do it! Join the thousands of Aucklanders who are speaking up for wise strategic investment that will dig us out of traffic and give us easy and ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    1 week ago
  • The China puzzle
    Chinese Premier Li Qiang arrives in Wellington today for a three-day visit to the country. The visit will take place amid uncertainty about the future of the New Zealand-China relationship. Li hosted a formal welcome and then lunch for then-Prime Minister Chris Hipkins in Beijing a year ago. The pair ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • Fossil fuels are shredding our democracy
    This is a re-post of an article from the Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler published on June 3, 2024. I have an oped in the New York Times (gift link) about this. For a long time, a common refrain about the energy transition was that renewable energy needed to become ...
    1 week ago
  • Life at 20 kilometres an hour
    We are still in France, getting from A to B.Possibly for only another week, though; Switzerland and Germany are looming now. On we pedal, towards Budapest, at about 20 km per hour.What are are mostly doing is inhaling a country, loving its ways and its food. Rolling, talking, quietly thinking. ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Hipkins is still useless
    The big problem with the last Labour government was that they were chickenshits who did nothing with the absolute majority we had given them. They governed as if they were scared of their own shadows, afraid of making decisions lest it upset someone - usually someone who would never have ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Exercising with the IDF.
    This morning I did something I seldom do, I looked at the Twitter newsfeed. Normally I take the approach of something that I’m not sure is an American urban legend, or genuinely something kids do over there. The infamous bag of dog poo on the front porch, set it on ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Helm Hammerhand Anime: First Pictures and an Old English ‘Hera’
    We have some news on the upcoming War of the Rohirrim anime. It will apparently be two and a half hours in length, with Peter Jackson as Executive Producer, and Helm’s daughter Hera will be the main character. Also, pictures: The bloke in the middle picture is Freca’s ...
    1 week ago
  • Farmers get free pass on climate AND get subsidies
    The cows will keep burping and farting and climate change will keep accelerating - but farmers can stop worrying about being included in the ETS. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My six things to note in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy around housing, climate and poverty on Wednesday, June 12 were:The ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Six ideas to secure Te Huia’s Future
    This is a guest post by our friend Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which features “musings about public transport and other cool stuff in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and around the globe.” With Te Huia now having funding secure through to 2026, now is ...
    Greater AucklandBy Darren Davis
    1 week ago
  • The methane waka sinks
    In some ways, there may be less than meets the eye to the Government announcement yesterday that the He Waka Eke Noa proposal for farmers to pay for greenhouse gas emissions has been scrapped. The spectre of farmers still having to pay at some point in the future remains. That, ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago
  • At a glance – Does positive feedback necessarily mean runaway warming?
    On February 14, 2023 we announced our Rebuttal Update Project. This included an ask for feedback about the added "At a glance" section in the updated basic rebuttal versions. This weekly blog post series highlights this new section of one of the updated basic rebuttal versions and serves as a ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Farmers get what they wanted – for now
    Since entering office, National has unravelled practically every climate policy, leaving us with no effective way of reducing emissions or meeting our emissions budgets beyond magical thinking around the ETS. And today they've announced another step: removing agriculture entirely. At present, following the complete failure of he waka eka noa, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Presumed Innocent?
    The blue billionaireDistraction no interactionOr movement outside these glazed over eyesThe new great divideFew fight the tide to be glorifiedBut will he be satisfied?Can we accept this without zoom?The elephant in the roomNot much happens in politics on a Monday. Bugger all in fact. Although yesterday Christopher Luxon found he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on our doomed love affair with oil and gas
    What if New Zealand threw a fossil fuel party, and nobody came? On the weekend, Resources Minister Shane Jones sent out the invitations and strung up the balloons, but will anyone really want to invest big time in resuming oil and gas exploration in our corner of the planet? Yes, ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • Building better housing insights
    This is a guest post by Meredith Dale, senior urban designer and strategist at The Urban Advisory. There’s a saying that goes something like: ‘what you measure is what you value’. An RNZ article last week claimed that Auckland was ‘hurting’ because of a more affordable supply of homes, particularly townhouses ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    1 week ago
  • Putin would be proud of them
    A Prime Minister directs his public service to inquire into the actions of the opposition political party which is his harshest critic. Something from Orban's Hungary, or Putin's Russia? No, its happening right here in Aotearoa: Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the Public Service Commission will launch an ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Resources for debunking common solar and wind myths
    This is a repost from a Yale Climate Connections article by SueEllen Campbell published on June 3, 2024. The articles listed can help you tell fact from fiction when it comes to solar and wind energy. Some statements you hear about solar and wind energy are just plain false. ...
    1 week ago
  • Juggernaut
    Politics were going on all around us yesterday, and we barely noticed, rolling along canal paths, eating baguettes. It wasn’t until my mate got to the headlines last night that we learned there had been a dismayingly strong far right result in the EU elections and Macron had called a ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Numbers Game.
    Respect Existence, Or Expect Resistance? There may well have been 50,000 pairs of feet “Marching For Nature” down Auckland’s Queen Street on Saturday afternoon, but the figure that impresses the Coalition Government is the 1,450,000 pairs of Auckland feet that were somewhere else.IN THE ERA OF DRONES and Artificial Intelligence, ...
    1 week ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on post-colonial blowback.
    Selwyn Manning and I discuss varieties of post colonial blowback and the implications its has for the rise of the Global South. Counties discussed include Palestine/Israel, France/New Caledonia, England/India, apartheid/post-apartheid South Africa and post-colonial New Zealand. It is a bit … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Policy by panic
    Back in March, Ombudsman Peter Boshier resigned when he hit the statutory retirement age of 72, leaving the country in the awkward (and legally questionable) position of having him continue as a temporay appointee. It apparently took the entire political system by surprise - as evinced by Labour's dick move ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • PSA: NZ's Richest Company, Zuru, Sucks
    Hi,Today the New Zealand press is breathlessly reporting that the owners of toy company Zuru are officially New Zealand’s wealthiest people: Mat and Nick Mowbray worth an estimated $20 billion between them.While the New Zealand press loses its shit celebrating this Kiwi success story, this is a Webworm reminder that ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago

  • School attendance increases
    School attendance data released today shows an increase in the number of students regularly attending school to 61.7 per cent in term one. This compares to 59.5 per cent in term one last year and 53.6 per cent in term four. “It is encouraging to see more children getting to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Record investment in public transport services
    The Government has announced a record 41 per cent increase in indicative funding for public transport services and operations, and confirmed the rollout of the National Ticketing Solution (NTS) that will enable contactless debit and credit card payments starting this year in Auckland, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“This Government is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • GDP data shows need to strengthen and grow the economy
    GDP figures for the March quarter reinforce the importance of restoring fiscal discipline to public spending and driving more economic growth, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  Data released today by Stats NZ shows GDP has risen 0.2 per cent for the quarter to March.   “While today’s data is technically in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Women continue to make up over 50 per cent on public sector boards
    Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees has reached 50 per cent or above for the fourth consecutive year, with women holding 53.9 per cent of public sector board roles, Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston says. “This is a fantastic achievement, but the work is not done. To ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Government supporting Māori business success
    The Coalition Government is supporting Māori to boost development and the Māori economy through investment in projects that benefit the regions, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka say. “As the Regional Development Minister, I am focused on supporting Māori to succeed. The Provincial Growth Fund ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Better solutions for earthquake-prone buildings
    Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk has announced that the review into better managing the risks of earthquake-prone buildings has commenced. “The terms of reference published today demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring we get the balance right between public safety and costs to building owners,” Mr Penk says.  “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up visit to Japan
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has just finished a successful three-day visit to Japan, where he strengthened political relationships and boosted business links. Mr Luxon’s visit culminated in a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio followed by a state dinner. “It was important for me to meet Prime Minister Kishida in person ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Major business deals signed on PM’s Japan trip
    Significant business deals have been closed during the visit of Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to Japan this week, including in the areas of space, renewable energy and investment.  “Commercial deals like this demonstrate that we don’t just export high-quality agricultural products to Japan, but also our world-class technology, expertise, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Strategic Security speech, Tokyo
    Minasan, konnichiwa, kia ora and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today and thank you to our friends at the Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies and NEC for making this event possible today.  It gives me great pleasure to be here today, speaking with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • National Infrastructure Pipeline worth over $120 billion
    The National Infrastructure Pipeline, which provides a national view of current or planned infrastructure projects, from roads, to water infrastructure, to schools, and more, has climbed above $120 billion, Infrastructure Minister Chris Bishop says. “Our Government is investing a record amount in modern infrastructure that Kiwis can rely on as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Making it easier to build infrastructure
    The Government is modernising the Public Works Act to make it easier to build infrastructure, Minister for Land Information Chris Penk announced today. An independent panel will undertake an eight-week review of the Act and advise on common sense changes to enable large scale public works to be built faster and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ enhances North Korea sanctions monitoring
    New Zealand will enhance its defence contributions to monitoring violations of sanctions against North Korea, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today.  The enhancement will see the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) increase its contributions to North Korea sanctions monitoring, operating out of Japan. “This increase reflects the importance New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference
    Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be with you all today before we wrap up Day One of the annual Safeguard National Health and Safety Conference. Thank you to the organisers and sponsors of this conference, for the chance to talk to you about the upcoming health and safety consultation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Ōtaki to north of Levin alliance agreements signed
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed an important milestone for the Ōtaki to north of Levin Road of National Significance (RoNS), following the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) signing interim alliance agreements with two design and construction teams who will develop and ultimately build the new expressway.“The Government’s priority for transport ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Improvements to stopping Digital Child Exploitation
    The Department of Internal Affairs [Department] is making a significant upgrade to their Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, which blocks access to websites known to host child sexual abuse material, says Minister of Internal Affairs Brooke van Velden.  “The Department will incorporate the up-to-date lists of websites hosting child sexual ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New vaccine research aims to combat prevalent bovine disease
    A vaccine to prevent an infectious disease that costs New Zealand cattle farmers more than $190 million each year could radically improve the health of our cows and boost on-farm productivity, Associate Agriculture Minister Andrew Hoggard says. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project that aims to develop ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Making it easier to build granny flats
    The Government has today announced that it is making it easier for people to build granny flats, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop say. “Making it easier to build granny flats will make it more affordable for families to live the way that suits them ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • High Court Judge appointed
    Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Auckland King’s Counsel Gregory Peter Blanchard as a High Court Judge. Justice Blanchard attended the University of Auckland from 1991 to 1995, graduating with an LLB (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (English). He was a solicitor with the firm that is now Dentons ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Health workforce numbers rise
    Health Minister Dr Shane Reti says new data released today shows encouraging growth in the health workforce, with a continued increase in the numbers of doctors, nurses and midwives joining Health New Zealand. “Frontline healthcare workers are the beating heart of the healthcare system. Increasing and retaining our health workforce ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government to overhaul firearms laws
    Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee has today announced a comprehensive programme to reform New Zealand's outdated and complicated firearms laws. “The Arms Act has been in place for over 40 years. It has been amended several times – in a piecemeal, and sometimes rushed way. This has resulted in outdated ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government delivers landmark specialist schools investment
    The coalition Government is delivering record levels of targeted investment in specialist schools so children with additional needs can thrive. As part of Budget 24, $89 million has been ringfenced to redevelop specialist facilities and increase satellite classrooms for students with high needs. This includes: $63 million in depreciation funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major health and safety consultation begins
    A substantial consultation on work health and safety will begin today with a roadshow across the regions over the coming months, says Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Brooke van Velden.  This the first step to deliver on the commitment to reforming health and safety law and regulations, set out in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Growing the potential of New Zealand’s forestry sector in partnership
    Forestry Minister Todd McClay, today announced the start of the Government’s plan to restore certainty and confidence in the forestry and wood processing sector. “This government will drive investment to unlock the industry’s economic potential for growth,” Mr McClay says. “Forestry’s success is critical to rebuilding New Zealand’s economy, boosting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government cancels forestry ETS annual service charges for 2023-24
    Annual service charges in the forestry Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for 2023/24, Forestry Minister Todd McClay says. “The sector has told me the costs imposed on forestry owners by the previous government were excessive and unreasonable and I agree,” Mr McClay says. “They have said that there ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech to the LGNZ Infrastructure Symposium
    Introduction Thank you for having me here today and welcome to Wellington, the home of the Hurricanes, the next Super Rugby champions. Infrastructure – the challenge This government has inherited a series of big challenges in infrastructure. I don’t need to tell an audience as smart as this one that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government boosts Agriculture and food trade with China
    Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard welcomed outcomes to boost agricultural and food trade between New Zealand and China. A number of documents were signed today at Government House that will improve the business environment between New Zealand and China, and help reduce barriers, including on infant formula ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • NZ and China launch Services Trade Negotiations
    Trade Minister Todd McClay, and China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, today announced the official launch of Negotiations on Services Trade between the two countries.  “The Government is focused on opening doors for services exporters to grow the New Zealand’s economy,” Mr McClay says.  As part of the 2022 New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Upgrade ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Prime Minister Luxon meets with Premier Li
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon met with Chinese Premier Li Qiang at Government House in Wellington today.  “I was pleased to welcome Premier Li to Wellington for his first official visit, which marks 10 years since New Zealand and China established a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” Mr Luxon says. “The Premier and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Government and business tackling gender pay gap
    The coalition Government is taking action to reduce the gender pay gap in New Zealand through the development of a voluntary calculation tool. “Gender pay gaps have impacted women for decades, which is why we need to continue to drive change in New Zealand,” Acting Minister for Women Louise Upston ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Funding Boost for Rural Support Trusts
    The coalition Government is boosting funding for Rural Support Trusts to provide more help to farmers and growers under pressure, Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson announced today. “A strong and thriving agricultural sector is crucial to the New Zealand economy and one of the ways to support it is to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Latest data shows size of public service decreasing
    Spending on contractors and consultants continues to fall and the size of the Public Service workforce has started to decrease after years of growth, according to the latest data released today by the Public Service Commission. Workforce data for the quarter from 31 December 23 to 31 March 24 shows ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to the Law Association
    Thank you to the Law Association for inviting me to speak this morning. As a former president under its previous name — the Auckland District Law Society — I take particular satisfaction in seeing this organisation, and its members, in such good heart. As Attorney-General, I am grateful for these ...
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    1 week ago
  • 25 years on, NZ reaffirms enduring friendship with Timor Leste
    New Zealand is committed to working closely with Timor-Leste to support its prosperity and resilience, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “This year is the 25th anniversary of New Zealand sending peacekeepers to Timor-Leste, who contributed to the country’s stabilisation and ultimately its independence,” Mr Peters says.    “A quarter ...
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    1 week ago
  • Inquiry requested into rural banking
    Promoting robust competition in the banking sector is vital to rebuilding the economy, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “New Zealanders deserve a banking sector that is as competitive as possible. Banking services play an important role in our communities and in the economy. Kiwis rely on access to lending when ...
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    1 week ago
  • Ministry for Regulation targets red tape to keep farmers and growers competitive
    Regulation Minister David Seymour, Environment Minister Penny Simmonds, and Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard have today announced a regulatory sector review on the approval process for new agricultural and horticultural products.    “Red tape stops farmers and growers from getting access to products that have been approved by other OECD countries. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government to reverse blanket speed limit reductions
    The Coalition Government will reverse Labour’s blanket speed limit reductions by 1 July 2025 through a new Land Transport Rule released for public consultation today, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  The draft speed limit rule will deliver on the National-ACT coalition commitment to reverse the previous government’s blanket speed limit ...
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    1 week ago
  • Chair appointments for NZSO, CNZ and NZ On Air
    Minister Paul Goldsmith is making major leadership changes within both his Arts and Media portfolios. “I am delighted to announce Carmel Walsh will be officially stepping into the role of Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having been acting Chair since April,” Arts Minister Paul Goldsmith says.  “Carmel is ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government focus on long-term food, fibre growth
    Food and fibre export revenue is tipped to reach $54.6 billion this year and hit a record $66.6b in 2028 as the Government focuses on getting better access to markets and cutting red tape, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay and Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones say. “This achievement is testament ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt consulting on cutting red tape for exporters
    A new export exemption proposal for food businesses demonstrates the coalition Government’s commitment to reducing regulatory barriers for industry and increasing the value of New Zealand exports, which gets safe New Zealand food to more markets, says Food Safety Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The coalition Government has listened to the concerns ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand and Philippines elevating relationship
    New Zealand and Philippines are continuing to elevate our relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “The leaders of New Zealand and Philippines agreed in April 2024 to lift our relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership by 2026,” Mr Peters says. “Our visit to Manila this week has been an excellent ...
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    1 week ago

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