Green MP Marama Davidson on keeping the faith

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, August 10th, 2017 - 90 comments
Categories: benefits, class war, election 2017, greens, Maori Issues, welfare - Tags: , ,

We will not forget the thousands of you who came to us with your stories of hardship.

edit – (If the video in this post isn’t visible to you here is a direct link to FB of Marama Davidson’s kōrero from last night).

 

90 comments on “Green MP Marama Davidson on keeping the faith ”

  1. spikeyboy 1

    Well thank goodness for that. Go Marama Davidson. Go the greens. The fight goes on. Nothing has changed.

    • Dspare 1.1

      Davidson will get my vote for the next female coleader of the GP. Though she does run up against many of the; “Mr Rightwing” rules to survive politics:

      If you’re brown, don’t dream of conquering mountains.
      If you’re a woman, don’t you start having an opinion.
      If you’re intelligent, play that shit down.
      If you have stretch marks, you don’t stand a chance.
      If you have aroha, don’t share it with others.
      If you extend your arms, it had better not be for a handout.
      If you have a voice, keep it zipped.
      If you have a skeleton, best you bury the whole house, not just the closet.
      Also, learn to lie.

      https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/10/guest-blog-vanessa-kururangi-a-guide-to-politics-rules-on-how-to-survive/

      • esoteric pineapples 1.1.1

        I predict she will be the next female co-leader of the Greens despite some other very good candidates. She’s thrives in politics and has the sort of feisty attitude that is needed.

        • Dspare 1.1.1.1

          Genter would likely be Davidson’s main competition for the role, but her accent is a bit of a liability (not her fault, but people can be shallow – the immigrant line was constantly hurled at Norman). Sage is probably too experienced to put herself up as such a target for vitriol. Logie would be good, but is a bit far back on the list (now up one to 6, with Davidson’s 2 & Genter’s 3).

      • Roy 1.1.2

        Me too. Manama for PM!

  2. Macro 2

    I have had no doubt that the Greens would continue the fight to end poverty in this country; just as they are fully committed to cleaning up our rivers and renewing our environment and biodiversity; and undertaking the enormous task of addressing all the matters of climate change, and bringing this country to Carbon Neutrality by 2050.
    Kia Kaha Metiria, Marama, James, et al.

  3. Bryce Edwards”

    Been thinking about Ken Loach film, “I, Daniel Blake” in terms of the Metiria Turei scandal, & wrote this for a column (but edited it out):

    He then has a pic of what he edited out. Gives rise to serious thought and how people, confronted with the reality of our welfare system, scampered back into their safe hole.

    • Carolyn_nth 3.1

      I thought I saw another tweet saying middle classes loved I Daniel Blake cos he died in the end.

      haven’t yet seen it myself.

    • weka 3.2

      Bryce Edwards is an interesting one. He’s almost in the camp of good journos but he also shit stirs. That tweet looks like shit stirring to me (haven’t seen the original article). Plenty of Labour people supporting MT so it’s an easy slur for him to make which is the same old shit – journo with inside knowledge knows what is really going on 🙄

      Trying to remember where he fell in the Dirty Politics scheme of things.

  4. popexplosion 4

    Connecting poverty and environment should not be so hard to do. damp homes. burning plastic by homeless. it’s the economy stupid! Efficient use of resources is why poverty reduction couples with environmentalist to increase wealth.

    Take portable water, it’s inefficient to use pure pristine drinkable water from a accredited spring on horticulture when plants like a bit of nutrient in with the water. Hand in hand taxing high quality water incentivises the market to not waste portable water and so raises the price for farmers to think clearly about planting trees on ridge lines and so raise the water table create a water resource beneath their farms, unless of course they have not crafted… …better economy means better outcomes for all which alienates poverty. as near anyone can plant trees, that attract visitors and grows local jobs.. ..etc. But polluting and not incentivizing usage like we do with rich high quality seams of gold, cold, etc where we tax…

  5. Wayne 5

    spikeyboy,

    Marama proudly comes from the SJW side of the Greens. I have been in debates with her to know that is what moves her most.

    But I would thought the poll results would show that doubling down on that is quite a risk for the Greens, especially if that message is so dominant that it crowds out the environmental message. After all the party is the Green party. That should show where it should focus most.

    Yes, the Greens can continue to listen to their echo chamber to the exclusion of everything else, but I personally would expect professional politicians to be a bit more objective, to look at actual evidence. And I would have thought that evidence is now in.

    Of course you will just say the I am of the right, therefore any views that I have are necessarily biased. However, I did say three weeks ago that Metiria should have accepted that what she did was wrong and made a unilateral payment to WINZ. If she had she would still be there. Not that many people are critical of the events of 23 years ago. It is the way it has been handled over the last three weeks; changing stories, no contriteness, “#IstandwithMetiria” that actually did the damage.

    Anyway it is your party. You can do whatever you want. But do you want the Greens in parliament? Continuing to focus on this issue runs the risk that the Greens may not be. Even Chris Trotter, among others now sees this as a risk.

    [off topic. You are now banned from commenting on this post. I’m leaving your comment in place rather than moving it to Open Mike because people have replied. But take this as a warning Wayne, this isn’t a free for all for you to comment your RW reckons about what people should do about whatever you think is important. Pay attention to what the posts are about. Don’t troll. If you are unsure where the boundaries are, ask and/or err on the side of caution or comment in OM. – weka]

    • Macro 5.1

      Yes I know you, and your lot, are more than happy to throw the homeless and dispossessed under a bus Wayne, just as was Labour, and all the “righteous” media and blowhards who have never had to walk the walk of the poor. After all being in power is far more important than standing up for what is right.
      I would remind you of the words of Hosea: 4 3-4

      3 “That is why your land is not producing; it is filled with sadness, and all living things grow sick and die; the animals, the birds, and even the fish begin to disappear.

      4 “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame to him (or her)! Look, priest, I am pointing my finger at you

      • Wayne 5.1.1

        Macro and KJT,

        I think you have forgotten that the Deputy Prime Minister has complete knowledge of the difficulties of being on the DPB. That kind of personal knowledge is not the exclusive preserve of the left.

        I also have no doubt that the experience informed the policy choices the DPM made when she was the Minister of Social Development. Certainly I was not going to contest her policy choices. I fully accepted that she could effectively draw on her personal experience to know what works, and what does not.

        • KJT 5.1.1.1

          How about following the evidence. “but that is not how we do policy in New Zealand” Eh. Wayne?

          I see nothing to dispute the idea that Bennett has totally forgotten what she did on the benefit, and is happy to please her political mates, by shitting on beneficiaries, so they can cut taxes.

        • Brigid 5.1.1.2

          ” Deputy Prime Minister has complete knowledge of the difficulties of being on the DPB.”
          What years was she on the DPB Wayne? Was it before your government reduced to rate to below the poverty level?

          • UncookedSelachimorpha 5.1.1.2.1

            “What years was she on the DPB Wayne? Was it before your government reduced to rate to below the poverty level?”

            Wayne tends not to answer any questions that involve facts.

            The “Mother of All Budgets” that slashed welfare rates was implemented by National in 1991. Apparently National had advice at the time that these rates were less than what was needed to survive.

            Paula Bennett became a solo mother in 1986 , and so enjoyed state support at a level far in excess of the level to which her party later reduced it.

        • francesca 5.1.1.3

          And yet she seems to be suffering selective amnesia
          Fran OSullivan could perhaps have another look at her interview notes and remind her
          In 2012 she wrote in the Herald about Bennett ..paraphrase…
          There is no doubt that Bennett knew how to play the system to her advantage. And good on her .Lets face it , at that time rorting the welfare system was more or less a national sport

      • marty mars 5.1.2

        + 1 yep listen to Wayne if you want more gnats –
        more poverty and desperation, more homelessness and deprivation, more inequality and dirty liars running the show.

    • KJT 5.2

      Of course it would be very convenient for the right wing if, Greens forgot that you cannot have a sustainable environment, without a sustainable society.

      The blackmail and witch hunts, of anyone who puts their head above the parapet, about the right wings evil and punitive treatment of the poor, is obviously becoming a feature of the right wing narrative.

      The only thing the Greens are guilty of, is underrating the amount of bad faith, mysgony, racism, unjustified vilification of the poor, creepy interest in condemning youg mothers and lack of compassion, in the right wing media and New Zealand establishment.

      So. Wayne. To another self righteous twat. Again. [RL: Deleted. Not needed]. You were in a position to make life better for New Zealanders, and you made it infinitely worse.

      Metiria tried to make things better.

    • Reality 5.3

      Wayne, your belief that Meteria should have been more contrite is interesting in comparison with Todd Barclay’s highly arrogant denials over his taping saga. And all the changing stories from him and the PM. Haven’t heard any regrets from those quarters. Any comment in that regard?

      • KJT 5.3.1

        Waiting for Waynes contritness over the billions of dollars his Government has lost tax payers.

      • popexplosion 5.3.2

        I thought Meteria jumped cos she gave the election authorities a false address.

        • Carolyn_nth 5.3.2.1

          nah. That’s a storm in a tea cup. She was never a serious candidate back in the 1990s – standing for the McCillicudy Serious Party was a protest against our electoral system. And the statute of limitation on that is long gone. Would not be prosecuted now.

    • DoublePlusGood 5.4

      SJW, really? Did you just get back here from shitposting on Reddit or 4chan?

      Marama represents core green values, which includes addressing both environmental and poverty concerns.
      So your concern trolling is inherently nonsense. The Greens will listen to their members on what they should focus on, not someone like you who wants them to fail.

    • Dspare 5.5

      Wayne
      My assumption is that anyone who uses the term SJW unironically is declaring themselves to be an; Antisocial Injustice Collaborator. This seems to be the description that naturally opposes; Social Justice Warrior. Also AIC sounds midway between; ache and ick, which seems appropriate.

      Do you feel that term this accurately describes you?

    • RedLogix 5.6

      Thank you Wayne. For the most part I’ve not much quibble with your comment as far as it expresses your perspective accurately.

      Still it would be better received if you had not so lightly dismissed the motives at work here. It is a fundamental Green movement premise that the health of the environment and human society are tightly, mutually bound up with each other.

      Well the right now has Turei’s political scalp; but I advise caution. There will be many who’ve quietly watched this drama unfold having long second thoughts about the manner in which she was destroyed.

    • weka 5.7

      Wayne, please read the moderation note above. You are now banned from commenting in this post.

    • After all the party is the Green party. That should show where it should focus most.

      RWNJ shows fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be Green.

      Yes, the Greens can continue to listen to their echo chamber to the exclusion of everything else, but I personally would expect professional politicians to be a bit more objective, to look at actual evidence.

      Why would you expect that? National never does. If they did then we’d have got rid of cars decades ago and had decent trains and public transport. They wouldn’t have been selling off our power companies.

      Of course, the Green MPs and members do take into account reality and that’s the real problem you have with them.

  6. Carolyn_nth 6

    Where is the Davidson quote in the post from?

    I couldn’t find it, but found this tweet from Davidson from last night:

    I love @metiria as fiercely as I love the thousands of people who for the first time ever felt they had a voice. Still here for you all.

    For me, the GP election result in 2014 had this major success – it delivered Davidson to the House, to get some valuable experience. She hit the ground running in the House, and out of it since then.

    She is the kind of leader I could support.

    GP list sans Turei will have Davidson at #2

    Jack McDonald will be an asset – now at #11

    Metiria Turei (Standing for electorate only- Te Tai Tonga)
    James Shaw (Wellington Central)
    ​Marama Davidson (Tamaki Makaurau)
    Julie Anne Genter (Mt Albert)
    ​Eugenie Sage (Port Hills)
    Gareth Hughes (East Coast)
    Jan Logie (Mana)
    Kennedy Graham (North Shore)
    Chlöe Swarbrick (Maungakiekie)
    Golriz Ghahraman (Te Atatu)
    Mojo Mathers (Rangitata)
    Barry Coates (Epsom)
    Jack McDonald (Te Tai Hauauru)
    John Hart (Wairarapa)
    Denise Roche (Auckland Central)

    • weka 6.1

      Quote is near the start of the video (slight mistake in the actual quote).

      • Carolyn_nth 6.1.1

        Thanks, weka. The vid isn’t showing on my FF browser since I installed some privacy blockers – can now see it on safari.

        That vid really looks like Davidson stepping up to #2 position and showing some leadership in a moment of grief, and confirming the resolve to continue Turei’s & the GP’s campaign.

        In the vid Davidson says:

        Let’s do this together. … We will continue to fight poverty.

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          I’ve had some issues too (WordPress updates affected things). I’ll amend the post with a link.

    • Dspare 6.2

      Carolyn_nth
      Thanks for reminding me to factor that in (in a comment up at 1.1etc I used the old rankings by habit until I saw yours and hastily edited). So Roche is up to 13 now, and even if seat allocation is less favoured with redistribution than in 2014 (TOP being unlikely to match the CP + IMP), she should still squeak in, if the vote holds steady with new voters replacing those who go over to Labour.

    • Venezia 6.3

      According to RNZ National midday news, Kennedy Graham is now in talks to get back on the list. If this happens, I will not be voting Green.

      • weka 6.3.1

        I posted this in OM earlier,

        I just listened and here is what I heard James Shaw say (my paraphrasing):

        – Clendon doesn’t want back in.
        – Graham might
        – it’s up to the Party to sort that out, and the appropriate staff (national executive) are looking at it.
        – Shaw himself can’t see how it would work because of the raw feelings in the caucus from what Graham and Clendon did only a few days ago.
        – Graham is hugely experienced on climate change and Shaw has a lot of respect for him
        – the party is bigger than any one person
        – the party has a number of people very experienced on climate change

        The thing to understand about the GP is that the leader doesn’t get to dictate stuff. There are processes to work through and it’s not Shaw’s place to pre-determine what that will be.

        http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/336863/greens-tough-week-entirely-recoverable-shaw Relevant bit starts at 30 secs.

        My own feeling is that Graham should do what Norman and Hague did and go get himself a kick arse NGO job that allows him to be political on CC. I hope the party say not to having him back because of the betrayal and because of the message it would send to Māori and poor people.

        I really wish people would start trusting the Greens more and listen to what they say. I know this is hard, but mostly everything that the MSM say is based on them not really understand the kaupapa.

        • Macro 6.3.1.1

          Yes Weka totally agree wholeheartedly with what you say – it’s a very accurate description of the situation as it stands right now.

          • Dspare 6.3.1.1.1

            I’ve been over at the Green party website candidate list (mainly to have a look at some of the candidates who have been boosted three places in the last week), and it won’t link to either; Graham’s or Clendon’s profiles, instead I get; “Access denied
            You are not authorized to access this page. ”

            https://www.greens.org.nz/green-party-aotearoa-new-zealand-list-2017

            Even more telling, when you click on the; Our People, tab where there is a short blurb that links on to profiles – neither of these two traitors are anywhere to be seen. There might be formal processes to go through before they are expelled from the party, but it seems clear that neither are any longer regarded as Greens.

            Poignantly, you can still see Turei’s profile for the moment, and this bit seemed to sum her political career as well as anything:

            Metiria has worked hard all her life to speak up for those who have struggled to be heard.

            Whether as a young mother, an advocate for the unemployed, or an MP, she has stood up, fought for what she believes in and brought about real change…

            She remains very aware of why she is in Parliament, and for whom.

            • weka 6.3.1.1.1.1

              DC and KG’s profiles were removed almost immediately on the day they took themselves off the list. Afaik they’re not being expelled from the party, but there is a process being worked through.

              I would expect MT’s profile to stay there until she leaves parliament (amended given she’s not leader any more).

          • greywarshark 6.3.1.1.2

            Graham should take his climate change wisdom over to National where he would feel mor at home on social issues, and they sure as hell need some decent advice on the environmental problems we have. Go and do some good work for NZ with the Nats. The Greens can replace you but the Nats should embrace you.

            • Dspare 6.3.1.1.2.1

              greywarshark
              I’d suggest that NZF might be a better home for Graham. Hopefully he doesn’t get involved with any finance companies with his brother.

              • greywarshark

                Are they all high achievers in the Peters family? Graham might jut give Winston the gravtas that he needs with others to rise. And then what though? Everyone seems to think that his conservative side will win out.

        • Dennis Frank 6.3.1.2

          Betrayal isn’t an accurate label for what happened. In the RNZ interview Ken said he’d been objecting ever since her speech at the AGM which launched her crusade. James later confirmed that they’d had ongoing discussions to try to resolve the lack of consensus.

          My take is that the leftists in the caucus assumed they could proceed on the basis of a lack of consensus, because they had a clear majority. Ever so twentieth century of them, eh? The party rules don’t allow such misbehaviour (unless the leftists have changed them to permit it). The crux of the issue is whether the Green caucus records its decisions, whether the record shows that consensus was reached, and whether it shows that the caucus subsequently found Ken & Dave to have acted in breach of the rules.

          Naturally I don’t expect anyone in our media to be sufficiently competent to get to this crux. It could even be that caucus decision-making is defined as private by the rules of parliament (to prevent the public from discovering the truth). If so, even members of the Green Party will be unable to discover the truth about what actually happened…

          • weka 6.3.1.2.1

            I took the betrayal to be not the disagreement but what happened on the day especially going to the media before the Party or caucus had time to understand what has happening. At lease one MP heard about it from the media. From what Shaw has said, there is supposed to be 48 hrs notice and they simply didn’t give that. It’s possible that they thought threatening to resign would force MT to resign and so they didn’t need to give notice, but that’s just as bad.

            • Dennis Frank 6.3.1.2.1.1

              Fair enough. I don’t disagree with your take. If they breached a real 48 hour rule (and like you I saw James say they did) then they were wrong to do that (if it is actually a caucus rule, not merely a parliamentary convention). My concern is more whether our caucus does operate according to decision-making rules, who oversees that process, and who failed to ensure that consensus was actually established (before the shit hit the fan).

        • Venezia 6.3.1.3

          Thanks for clarifying that Weka. RNZ National have misrepresented what James Shaw said. And I agree about trust.

      • Jpo73 6.3.2

        Don’t you want a climate change expert in the Greens?

        • weka 6.3.2.1

          The Greens have other climate change experts. No-one is indispensable, that’s one of the strengths of the Greens.

        • marty mars 6.3.2.2

          What exactly is a climate change expert please. I ask because I’d like a climate change resilience expert or a climate change mitigation expert – is that what he is or does he just know all the ppm carbon stuff?

        • KJT 6.3.2.3

          Got plenty.

  7. On fbook they are saying Metiria is standing for Te Tai Tonga – I thought she was leaving parliament – have I got that wrong?

    • DoublePlusGood 8.1

      Well, she is leaving parliament…unless she wins Te Tai Tonga.

    • weka 8.2

      afaik she’s campaigning on the party vote in Te Tai Tonga, because she wants the help the party vote and because she wants to support the people who have been supporting her. I’m guessing she’s had a lot of contact with TTT people in the past few weeks.

      • marty mars 8.2.1

        I’m wondering because I was giving her two ticks and I spose it’s one now

        • Carolyn_nth 8.2.1.1

          Turei is now just like many candidates e.g. Labour Maori MPs, who are standing only in Maori electorates as LP members, but are not on the LP list. Thus, you can still do 2 ticks – 1 for the GP candidate Turei, and one for the GP party. If Turei wins the electorate vote, she will continue to be a GP MP, just not the GP co-leader.

          • marty mars 8.2.1.1.1

            Why is she doing that? What is the point? Yes party votes – I don’t get the other.

            • Carolyn_nth 8.2.1.1.1.1

              I suspect turei always thought she would not win TTT, but was alsways going to campaign for the party vote.

              She now is not a high profile target for those attacking the GP, but she can continue to mobilise support for those who want to see a change to our social security system and other GP policies.

            • weka 8.2.1.1.1.2

              Running electorate candidates who won’t win has long been a GP strategy because it increases the party vote more than if they just go for the party vote without standing a candidate. It’s just more exposure I guess.

              You don’t do tactical voting right? (because I’m guessing there is some tactical voting to be done in Te Tai Tonga given the way the vote splits).

              • Thank you both – I’m not voting labour or MP electorally so limited – i’d be interested in other thoughts.

                • weka

                  Am curious, do you feel the Te Tai Tonga MP is an important representative locally? I don’t follow seats very closely.

                  • No, not in my experience. Mind you Tasman is the general seat and that is damien – we do see him a liittle bit and he’s not local.

  8. Sorry again – hard habit to break it appears

    • weka 10.1

      lol, the edit function is probably set too long. You can always just edit the post instead of deleting it.

  9. rhinocrates 11

    Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere.

    Hat tip to Giovanni Tiso.

    http://werewolf.co.nz/2017/08/gordon-campbell-on-the-turei-finale/

    So the political career of Metiria Turei is, in effect, now over. It goes to show the double standard in politics is alive and well. Which one, you may ask – the one where a different standard of behaviour is applied to politicians on the centre-left as opposed to those on the centre-right? Check. The one where far less is expected of white male politicians than brown female ones? Check. The one where benefit fraud gets treated far, far more harshly than tax fraud? Check. All of the above.

    (It also puts Wayne Blimp’s sanctimonious drivel above in context, illuminating its covert racism)

    • ianmac 11.1

      Gordon well sums it up. Including the parody in the last section.
      I used to not mind David Seymour’s little talks but now regard him as a spiteful little man/child in the mould of Hosking and Collins and Bennett.

      • Grey Area 11.1.1

        Totally agree ianmac. I heard Seymour this morning on RNZ and thought what a nasty piece of work he is. I think it’s time to ditch the Rimmer images as they paint a slightly softer, more humorous persona than he deserves.

  10. Good on you , Marama . I reckon the Greens will storm on home this election and nothing these far right wing media prats do will be able to stop it. The Greens have opened up the narrative regarding poverty in this country and there’s no putting the Jack back in the box now.

    There will be a bonny comeuppance in September and National will be out.

  11. mosa 13

    What a shame they won’t appoint a new co leader now as there is a vacancy and Marama would eat them alive.

    That would get the poll numbers back up.

  12. BM 14

    Genter will be the new co-leader.

  13. Xanthe 15

    I suggest that in running a polarising campaign on poverty Greens have done a disservice to poor in NZ. I dont believe MT ‘s strategy was a good one for anyone.. not for party, not for those in poverty! We need leaders that bring people to work together on the problems that face NZ. MT was not such a leader. IMHO!
    If the Greens are going to “keep the faith” in this matter they need to begin with a long hard look at how to go about ethical campaiging #nothelping

    • I think Metiria performed a magnificent civil service in challenging the neo liberal narrative about how they regard the poor, unemployed and chronically ill as shit on the end of their shoes.

      But the genie is out of the bottle and Nationals shit sucker attitude towards welfare policy’s can never be put back in.

      Genie In The Bottle – YouTube
      you tube▶ 0:08

    • Dspare 15.2

      Xanthe
      Turei has for 15 long years been trying to work together with other party’s MPs in parliament trying to aid those in poverty. This has not been effective. Not just under the current National regime, but also Clark’s government. There is little reason to think that Ardern’s Labour will be driven of its own volition to succour the nonvoting poor (except possibly in improving the governmental monitoring of unemployment and underemployment, and acting on these facts, rather than; manipulating them to create false positive publicity).

      So Turei gambled and lost out personally; knowing the risk when she started, and having discussed it with her colleagues who backed the move. But there is now space created in the election discourse for the plight of the poor in our increasingly selfish society. So in that way the gamble may have paid off – we won’t know till next month.

      • Xanthe 15.2.1

        Ardern has from her first press conference as leader stressed that inequality was high on her agenda. I propose we support and encourage her on that

        • Dspare 15.2.1.1

          I propose that we support and encourage Davidson and the rest of the Green party in continuing to Champion the downtrodden and despised of Aotearoa. Ardern’s role in the next government will (hopefully) be at the centre of the executive. But there she will be forced to compromise to gain the support of coalition partners &/or confidence and supply.

          A vote for the Green party will help ensure that policies to assist the poorest are supported, rather than traded away to get Peters’ band of bigots onboard.

        • rhinocrates 15.2.1.2

          She can promise me a pony if she likes. I won’t expect it to be delivered.

          Talk is cheap, and Labour has shown for years that they consider it very cheap indeed. They have a much more compelling record of suddenly throwing the vulnerable under the bus if they think that it will gain a vote in Epsom.

          I propose voting for a party that has a real commitment.

    • seeker 16.1

      With you on “brilliant” Beatie. As I saw it it just lit my’awareness button’ and I thought this should be seen by all, so they too can experience this bit of ‘magic’.
      Love Toby Morris’ Pencilsword.. it certainly cuts to the chase….. especially in this case!

      Hope this gif can be used as post, somehow. Perhaps what the Greens stand for and their noble and purposeful ways of pursuing their principles no matter what.

  14. Candy1 17

    Well, I hope Marama steps into Metiria’s shoes. This is Aotearoa and we need a wahine.

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  • A speed limit is not a target, and yet…

    This is a guest post from longtime supporter Mr Plod, whose previous contributions include a proposal that Hamilton become New Zealand’s capital city, and that we should switch which side of the road we drive on. A recent Newsroom article, “Back to school for the Govt’s new speed limit policy“, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am on Monday, July 22 are:Today’s Must Read: Father and son live in a tent, and have done for four years, in a million ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    18 hours ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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