Government MPs’ travel woes

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, November 6th, 2009 - 64 comments
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roddersrealsmallNot content with living in a fantasy world, Rodney Hide had to spend taxpayer money to visit Disney World as well. OK, actually it was Universal Studios but it looks increasingly like Hide’s $50,000 trip kindly paid for by you and me was actually nothing more than a world tour with his girlfriend.

Sure, they stopped off at a few supercities on the way for the purposes of appearances but Hide clearly didn’t pick up any lessons from them because his scheme for Auckland remained unaltered. In fact the point of going to London was really to attend Crome’s borther’s wedding, not to learn about its local government structure. Then there was a quick stop in Toronto to see the prime example of a supercity gone wrong and ignore the lessons first hand. Before the two lovebirds went on to the main attraction – Universial Studios (which seems a strange choice of entertainment for a 51 year old and a 31 year old but I won’t judge).

Like I’ve always said, I don’t have a problem with the spousal travel allowance per se, my problem was that Key had siad ministers shouldn’t use it then turned a blind eye when they did. Now, it looks very much like all of this was just a taxpayer-funded romantic jaunt with a fig-leaf of official buisness. Key will have to announce himself comfortable with it, naturally, he doesn’t have the ability to pull his ministers into line.

A week ago, we mentioned Hone Harawira was AWOL. Our source had the country wrong but, still, partial credit.

honerealsmallHone’s press release yesterday was a hilarious send up of the medium, including a section starting “here are your questions” spoofing the slightly sinister habit of governments including Q+As in their press releases on new policies, where they decide not only the answers but the questions too. Still, he doesn’t explain why he skived off to Paris, and neither does the email exchange between Hone and a (now former) supporter read out on Morning Report.

Tariana Turia’s attack on him this morning is slightly surprising. I mean, we all know what Key’s response for one of his own would have been – “I’m comfortable” – whereas Turia really lays into her MP. That’s good but it also raises questions about the relationship between the two (Turia hadn’t talked to Hone before lambasting him in public). Fundamentally, their conflict is about politics not perks – Turia wants power, Hone wants them to remain true to the Maori Party’s principles.

The stain of corruption and misuse of taxpayer dollars just keeps spreading over this government, and the Prime Minister has neither the will nor the power to stop it. Sure, he’ll talk big in the media, but we all know nothing will happen.

64 comments on “Government MPs’ travel woes”

  1. randal 1

    well everyone knows wodney is a flake.
    so when do we get the first installment of what i done on my holidays by wodney?

    • Chris 1.1

      Shhh… don’t tell everyone! Wodders is really Krumpy the Clown and visiting Disneyland was part of his reality tv show to be released next year by Guyon Espiner.

  2. So you think its okay that Home said “White Mother Fuckers???”

    If you want to support racists , thats up to you Eddie.

    • felix 2.1

      Is that racism because he described someone as white?

    • The Voice of Reason 2.2

      And where does Eddie say that it’s okay that Hone said “White MF’s”, Brett? That’s right, Eddie doesn’t say that at all. Sharpen up, FFS, and don’t accuse posters of racism where none exists, lest you go the way of Tim ‘nice, but dim’ Ellis.

      • Pat 2.2.1

        When is Tim’s ban due to expire, BTW?

        [lprent: Looked it up the other day. It was mid-month. ]

        • bill brown 2.2.1.1

          Who cares?

          • The Voice of Reason 2.2.1.1.1

            I do. Tim has served a useful function for the training of newbie posters since forever. Rather like a wounded gazelle that the mother lion leaves for the cubs to finish off, Tim is the easy kill of the blog world.

  3. Scribe 3

    The stain of corruption and misuse of taxpayer dollars just keeps spreading over this government, and the Prime Minister has neither the will nor the power to stop it.

    Eddie,

    Can you please list the instances of corruption? I think you can argue there has been some misus of taxpayer dollars, as happens in any Government, but to allege corruption is a major accusation.

    We know a minister from the previous Government was corrupt; a court ruled so. We have yet to see/hear credible allegations of corruption against the current lot.

    • felix 3.1

      So you feel that any and all allegations of corruption during the entire 9 years of the last govt were spurious and not credible, as no court had ruled anyone from that govt to be guilty of corruption at that time?

      • burt 3.1.1

        Court cases are no match for corruption felix – Darnton VS Clark proved that.

      • Scribe 3.1.2

        I’m just remembering what was effectively a ban on calling Labour corrupt last year on this site. What good for the goose an’ all that….

        [lprent: It wasn’t a ban on that…. That was just the bullshit that trolls getting booted permanently from the site preferred to believe, rather than they were acting like morons from the netherworld. It was a ban on dropping the same comments on the site over and over again. That particular meme kept recurring in what was pretty obviously an organized graffiti operation. So it got stopped – read the policy. ]

        • burt 3.1.2.1

          Like shock horror – Labour supporters have double standards … who would have guessed.

  4. Bright Red 4

    awesome photoshops!

    That email exchange between harawira and the lawyer(?) is really interesting. Both of them refer to ‘whites’ as a pejorative term

  5. [And that’s you banned for six months for repeating that smear on our site. See you in April 2010.]

    • burt 5.1

      Rodney called out and was a fighter against waste of tax payers money – How time dims the memory, eh Inventory2.

      Rodney must stand and face the consequences of his words vs his actions – Labour and their previous behavious are not in the frame with this situation.

  6. Eddie for some reason didnt mention Hone’s comments, but he call his press release a hilarious send up.

    Felix:

    If Hyde said “Black Mother Fuckers”

    Then will be a public outcry and you and the rest of the posters on the standard would call for his sacking and rightfully so.

    • Bright Red 6.1

      If was the other guy who used the term “white motherf*ckers” not Hone. Did you bother listening to the article?

      • Bright Red 6.1.1

        actually sorry, Buddy Mikaere uses the term first and then Hone uses it in response http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20091106-0844-Hone_Harawira_correspondence-048.mp3

        it’s a pretty robust conversation and the language about ‘whites’ and ‘motherf*kers’ was introduced by Buddy. I’m not defending either of them. I just wish you would cut the drama queen crap.

        • Roddersisatrougher 6.1.1.1

          BR

          According to the press

          “Mr Harawira wrote back starting his email; “Gee Buddy, do you believe that white man bullsh** too do you?

          “White motherf****** have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries and all of a sudden you want me to play along with their puritanical bullsh**.”

          Now I don’t get to excited about potty mouths but an MP should know better, what do you think would have happened if someone in a similar position had said “dumb nig*** selling their land for a few blankets and beads”

          Combine this with his troughing and I suspect he’s using up his “brownie’ points.

          • Bright Red 6.1.1.1.1

            yeah, I’m not defending Harawira, his comments are racist. I just get sick of Brett’s hysteria

    • felix 6.2

      You just said it, Brett. Does that make you a racist?

    • Daveo 6.3

      The press release doesn’t mention white mfers, you tool. That’s the email exchange.

  7. burt 7

    I stood up for Rodney and ACT only because they were champions of the tax payers (me). (Association of consumers and tax payers)

    Rodney made a name for himself doing shit like not using business class air fares he use to have audio clips on his website talking about how disgusting it is that parliament waste our money because of their sense of entitlement in spending tax payers money. He went on about how $50 is a lot of money to some people yet parliament spends it like they just don’t care that every $ they spend had to come from a workers take home pay .

    Now look at him . The bastard has betrayed everything he stood for. Sack him !

    • felix 7.1

      Good on you, burt.

    • Pascal's bookie 7.2

      That’s great burt, but wrong thread, and it’d be more useful at KB or somewhere else.

    • Bright Red 7.3

      Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me for a decade, shame on me once I eventually cotton on when the evidence is shoved in my face.

      • Pat 7.3.1

        It’s spooky how Rodney seems to be mirroring his arch nemesis, Winston. Think about it:

        – both rallied against wasting of taxpayers money etc when in opposition.
        – both stuggle to be a team player when in Government.
        – both see no problem in abusing Ministerial travel, (remember Winston and Vegas)
        – both were personally responsible for the fatal blows to their party (well not quite yet in Rodney’s case, but ACT is wholly reliant on the good people of Epsom, just like NZF was wholly reliant on Tauranga).

        .

        • burt 7.3.1.1

          Indeed. He fooled me but I saw the light – pity about the 4.5% that still support Winston eh.

      • burt 7.3.2

        Bright Red

        Laugh at me as much as you like, it just highlights my position is one of principle and yours is one of being tribal. I proud to be above being tribal even though it forces me to admit major mistakes of judgement from time to time.

        • Marty G 7.3.2.1

          Ha, I thought it highlighted your position of being a sucker.

          I don’t mean to be harsh, it’s hard to change your mind when you’ve got it wrong and you’re to be applauded for having the strength to do that rather than stubbornly stick to a bad choice, but when the choice was so obviously wrong in the first place I hardly think it’s a slight on others that they weren’t also fooled

    • Rich 7.4

      I’m not sure who *can* sack him. The shadowy figures of the ACT council, maybe.

      Certainly not John Key. He isn’t going to dump a coalition partner (though he could probably hang on with the Maori Party and Peter Dunne)

      A conspiracy theorist would suggest that Hide is behaving as badly as possible in order to discredit MMP and encourage a vote for FPP to get rid of perceived shitheads like himself. Permanent NatLab governments might be just the thing for Hide’s business backers.

  8. Noko 8

    I don’t want to be pedantic or anything, but you mispelt ‘Tornoto’, ‘Universial’ and you repeated a line “he doesn’t have the ability to -pull his ministers- -pull his ministers- into line.”

  9. tc 9

    It’s yet another measure of the arrogance of this gov’t that there’s no apology or spin to appear to be addressing these issues….even if you intend to do jack all you should at least make an attempt to……not NACT inc matey.
    Taxpayers = serfs that serve us and fund us.
    Bow down before your political leaders and consider yourself lucky to be led by them is the pervailing atitude with NACT, I mean you did vote us in is their intelligent fallback position.
    Yet more 80’s corporate behaviour from a gov’t that is in the business of serving business and not the taxpayers.
    Go wodders, you’ll get yours in 2011. As for Hone, I reckon he’s looking to breakaway to preserve his mana and get re-elected as a non MP candidate….who can blame him at least he’s showing some steel.

  10. George D 10

    No toilet breaks for the workers, but MPs can take breaks from their work and skip off to Paris…

    • Macro 10.1

      Exactly! George
      And don’t forget Universal Studio’s
      And girlfriend’s bro’s wedding!
      There is a word for all of this – it’s “hypocrisy”

  11. Bright Red:

    It was Hone that used the term, “White Mother Fuckers” wasnt it?

    • felix 11.1

      Yeah I think so. But you’ve used it a few times now too. Are you a racist?

      • Geek 11.1.1

        Stop being stupid. Quoting someone or pointing out when someone uses a term does not infer the opinion on the person doing the quoting. The fact that Hone clearly thinks of White people as White MF’s shows he is a racist. If Anett King were to refer to Maori as Brown MF’s she would correctly be referred to as a racist. Hell I imagine any non Maori politician that used a similar term in such an acid way would find them selves out the door by the end of the day.

        • felix 11.1.1.1

          Thanks oh learned one. The point I’m making to Brett (which goes further than this thread) is similar to the one you raise in that they’re both issues of context.

          What Hone said was “white motherfuckers have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries”.

          If you accept the part about the lands and the ripping off (which is uncontroversial to anyone with even the briefest reading of accepted NZ history) then to find the first part racist you have to believe that Hone thinks all white people are guilty of this.

          As he doesn’t say this it’s a bit rich for you to state it as a “fact” that he’s racist in the middle of a lecture to me on context, wouldn’t you say?

          It’s all very reminiscent of Cullen calling Key a “rich prick”. Idiots immediately decided (with no evidence whatsoever) that Cullen thinks all rich people are pricks.

          And all because they don’t know how to read.

          • RascallyRabbit 11.1.1.1.2

            Sorry felix but your logic doesn’t follow –

            As an example I will paraphrase and Fisk your logic:

            What Smith said was “Brown motherfuckers have been stealing our property and assaulting innocent people for centuries

            If you accept that part about stealing and assaulting (which is uncontroversial to anyone with even the brieftest reading of accepted NZ crime statistics) then to find the first part racist you have to believe that Smith thinks all brown people are guilty of this.

            There is no denying the fact that it is a racist comment, the use of the word motherfuckers can only be deemed pejorative and breaking it down to the issue of the colour of the skin can also be deemed pejorative. If he had simply said Europeans have been doing such and such then yes there would be more of an argument that he was simply restating accepted history and fact.

            As I am personally a techniclour rainbow of colours and races (A Cliff Curtis if you will) I know what it is like to be the centre of such comments from both sides of the argument.

            Whilst I don’t condone what Hone said as I believe the context in which it was written to a supporter is not too different to the countless politically incorrect bar-side conversations that many people have around the country everyday. I similarly cannot condone standing up for him because the logic of having a different set of rules for people (especially MP’s) based on any percieved white-guilt is one of the greatest fallacies of modern political liberalism.

            Using such terms by a standing politician is either completely wrong or it isn’t. I would like to believe it is wrong and I will naively believe that most people here would agree.

            • felix 11.1.1.1.2.1

              RR,

              Sorry I missed this the other day, and yeah you’re probably right about my logic.

              What I really disagree with is the idea that some commenters were pushing that just using the words “white mf” is in itself racist but I think I agree that in the context he used them it probably is a bit racist. I think.

          • QoT 11.1.1.1.3

            I think another aspect is that this is classic tone argument. If Hone said “white people have been …” then they’d only be able to whinge about how they never personally stole land from Maori and they haven’t personally benefited from that theft etc etc insert generic privileged-class whining.

            But because Hone said “white motherf*ckers”, they get to pull out the good old “why are you so angry, POC?”, “you just need to express yourself better“, “I guess we can’t have a rational conversation with you” string of arguments.

    • Rich 11.2

      Occurs to me that, when used about ACT, that’s descriptive. They’re all white (since Donna Awatere Huata got busted), and they’re motherfuckers, after all.

  12. torydog 12

    Hone needs to grow up and respect the people who pay his salary………he is completely arrogant and doesnt seem to grasp the fact he doesnt have the right to say”he doesnt give a shit what people thing”, really Hone, then I want a refund on your MP salary……

    I hope for once the Maori Party leadership actually do something rather the make statements followed up swiftly by doing nothing!….just like John.

  13. torydog 13

    No wonder they were last cab off the rank for Helen….who needs that mess of a party dragging ya down!

  14. Herodotus 14

    One of our Race relations made a comment many years ago (Sorry cannot recall who or when) that a minority race cannot make racist comments.
    I am no physiologist, just an observer of everyday life. Hone appears to me to be trying to make himself into a martyr or wants to get out of the place so partakes in self-destructive actions then become a martya.
    If I or someone reporting to me followed his actions i.e. Coy paid trip then went AWOL that would result in at least a severe written warning to sacking, plus some of their expenses not being reimbursed. Fortunate Hone is not in the corporate world.
    The Maori party has so much to offer all of us, pity an individuals actions just destroy its wider support/acceptance of their cause. Unless Hone has a cunning plan to jeopardise Sea & Foreshore act for some greater gain to Maoridom?

  15. Felix:

    Dont blame the messenger.

    Hone has to go.

    • lukas 15.1

      I agree with you Brett, trouble is, Hone is an electorate MP so can not be sacked. The Maori Party could grow some balls and kick him out of their party, but that would still leave him in parliament taking trips to Paris and the like

  16. dave 16

    Just one point, I am aware you are all discussing Hone and his email

    but have many of you read it in full?

  17. Dave:

    He lost me at White Mother F***kers

    The fact that he took the time to write it and had plenty of chances to think about not sending it, but he did anyway, shows that he has a real problem and that the Maori Party didnt do any research on who should be its candidates.

    • felix 17.1

      He lost me at White Mother F***kers

      And that’s the trouble right there, Brett. If it’s just the words that offend you then you’re no better – you’ve repeated them too.

      But if it’s what he’s saying that offends you then you need to explain what he’s saying, and to do that you need to read further than “white motherfuckers” before you switch off.

      If you’re just offended by the swearing, then fair enough. But you haven’t made a case for racism yet.

      • the sprout 17.1.1

        hear hear.

        i can’t get over the precious hoha hoohah for god’s sake.
        Hone doesn’t say all whites are MFs. as rich says above, the usage is descriptive and meant in the colloquial sense. the people in question are white and are, figuratively at least, MFs. it’s not an uncommon word these days even if it might offend more delicate ears. he’d probably call some others brown MFs going by some of his party’s reaction and i’d agree with his sentiments.

        hardly surprising he’s a bit pissed when he does do an awful lot, then suddenly his self-funded day off with his wife is compared with Rodney’s $50,000 theft of tax payer money to pay for a tryst with his girlfriend, and the kupapa in his party then start talking about him resigning over one intemperate outburst.
        preposterous!

        equating the two, let alone suggesting Hone’s actions are somehow worse, is racist whether those who do so recognize it or not.

        Kia Kaha Hone
        here’s one for you

        • RedLogix 17.1.1.1

          Exactly sprout.

          Hide will get away with it scot-free, Harawira will get dumped. The system reserves an extra kicking for the brown/working class dudes when they are down.

          I copped a lot of flak for saying this over Philip Field’s sentence; but it looks to me like the same dynamic is at work here.

          • the sprout 17.1.1.1.1

            yeah i think you’re right.

            ok for a whitey minsiter of the Crown to nick tens of thousands to show off to his girlfriend what a big noter he is…
            but heaven forbid a Maori should step one inch out of line, or speak his mind – hang him! hang him!

            and yes, the PF scenario was precisely the same dynamic

  18. prism 18

    rich you are using really objectionable language

  19. prism 19

    Interesting how sensitive so many bloggers here are about racism. The term m;;;uckers apparently doesn’t rate in comparison. Saying, doing, whatever is felt in the moment without attempt at control is probably the basic cause of violence in this country. A good place to live in has people who attempt respect for each other and control of their actions and words. The ‘mother’ term is particularly nasty and sickening to hear by mothers.

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    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
    On Wednesday, the government was loudly telling us that it needed to legislate to allow it to impose "control orders" - effectively a parole regime, but imposed without charge, prosecution, conviction or real evidence - on suspected terrorists because they couldn't be prosecuted for their supposed crimes. Today, it turns ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
    On Monday, the Hit and Run inquiry heard from NZDF's former director of special operations, who claimed that the defence Minister knew everything about the Operation Burnham raid. Today, the inquiry heard from that (former) Minister - and it turns out that he didn't know nearly as much as NZDF ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
    Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Two weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged new-age cult at the Kāpiti coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud.They were among the two hundred people of all ages ...
    6 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
    The last decade has seen a trend of increasing weapons availability to police. Assault rifles. Tasers on every hip. Guns in cars. And following the march 15 massacre, pistols on every hip, all over the country. At the same time, its also seen an increase in the abuse of force: ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been busy preparing for our summer paper on Science Communication. Looking for something amusing about ‘risk’ in science, I came across this neat xkcd.com cartoon about why so many people come knocking on my door (or phoning me, or emailing me) desperately wanting ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
    Jo Swinson is doing even worse at this Being Sensible lark that I'd thought.  I've just become aware of the following utterance
    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
    Hassan Vally, La Trobe University Who doesn’t want to know if drinking that second or third cup of coffee a day will improve your memory, or if sleeping too much increases your risk of a heart attack? We’re invested in staying healthy and many of us are interested in reading ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson departs tomorrow for events and meetings in Japan and Vietnam.  While in Japan, he will discuss economic and fiscal issues including meeting with the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, and Minister of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Yasutoshi Nishimura. He will meet with the Minister of Education, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
    Mr Speaker, I wish to make a ministerial statement relating to the Auckland fire. The Government is closely monitoring the situation with the fire at the NZ International Convention Centre and is thankful that everyone is now safe. Firefighters are doing an incredible job managing the fire and bringing it ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
    A new education-to-employment brokerage service to strengthen connections between local employers and schools. Funding for more trades focused ‘speed-dating’ events to connect schools with employers. Promotional campaign to raise profile of vocational education. The Government is taking action to increase the number of young people taking up vocational education and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
    A Bill to improve prison security and ensure the fair, safe, and humane treatment of people in prison while upholding public safety has passed its third reading. Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says the Corrections Amendment Bill makes a number of changes to ensure the Corrections Act 2004 is fit for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
    Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, has selected Arihia Bennett MNZM, Chief Executive Officer of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, as the Te Puni Kōkiri appointed representative on the New Zealand-China Council. The New Zealand-China Council (the Council) was established in 2012 as a New Zealand led and funded organisation ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
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    6 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    6 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
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    7 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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    7 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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    7 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    7 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    7 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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    1 week ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    1 week ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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    1 week ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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    1 week ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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