Greenpeace isn’t a charity, it’s a necessity

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Greenpeace Press release – March 21, 2018:

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Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, says the Charities Board decision not to grant the environmental organisation charity status is unsurprising given that the Board has resolutely opposed Greenpeace’s application all along, in spite of previously losing the battle in the Supreme Court.

“In a world facing catastrophic climate change and out of control water pollution, Greenpeace is a necessity, regardless of whether or not these three people on the Charities Board, appointed by the previous Government, agree with our advocacy,” he says.

“We are a proud independent environmental campaigning organisation that doesn’t take money from corporations or governments.

“We’re an organisation with the sole purpose of serving public interest by advocating for the environment that we’re all part of and depend upon. It speaks volumes about the values of the Charities Board that it believes that advocacy to save the planet from climate destruction doesn’t serve a charitable purpose.

“The Charities Board case has been a seven-year saga, which has bounced from the High Court, to the Court of Appeal, to the Supreme Court, and then back to the Charities Board.

“The Supreme Court found that the Charities Board had got it wrong by declining Greenpeace’s application, and it directed the Board to reconsider Greenpeace’s application. But then the Charities Board just came up with a new shopping list of reasons for declining the application.

“The Supreme Court held that advocacy could be charitable. This decision today has essentially found that advocating for climate change action and clean rivers is not charitable, so it is hard to see what is acceptable advocacy. This will have a chilling effect right across the charitable sector and a negative impact on the quality of our democracy. Advocacy promoting different points of view is an essential part of of a healthy democracy.

“The new Government will need to look at this decision and this law, and decide whether they need to reform it to encourage democracy and advocacy, rather than discourage it.

“Like any NGO, we have to make the most of our limited resources and pick our battles. We are reviewing the decision and will decide the next steps in due course.

“It’s also important to remember that this decision has no impact on our donee status, so any donations will continue to be tax deductible for our supporters.

“Greenpeace may not be viewed a charity, but it is a necessity. In practice, the Board’s decision doesn’t change anything. We’re going to get on with doing the work that is a vital part of any democratic society: Advocating for our environment, and all of the people and creatures that call this planet home.”

51 comments on “Greenpeace isn’t a charity, it’s a necessity”

  1. cleangreen 1

    This is a challenge to Shane jones as our “champion of all our provinces” and GreenPeace;

    I agree Greenpeace is a necessity so I contribute and encourage anyone who wants to hold authorities accountable for environmental issues should contribute also.

    Thank you for your hard work and diligence to keep authorities accountable.

    Our SOE Kiwirail is now in need of serious investigation as it has also a bad CEO in need of being replaced by a real rail engineer and not just a patsy for the previous National Government who hated using rail to lower the climate change emissions.

    National encouraged closing regional rail freight in favour of using road freight which is seriously degrading our air and water quality and causing public health injuries, and this current Labour Government under labour are not yet radically increasing any regional rail freight use to meet their future climate change emissions target that government have signed up to by 2035-50 as a carbon neutral policy.

    Save the Gisborne rail service as it is not being considered for inclusion by Labour yet.

    Kiwirail CEO Peter reidy must go as he is not supporting labour coalition plans to use rail freight policy in line with the Labour party’s 2005-15 “National rail strategy” to connect all ports to rail services to lower climate change emissions.

    http://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Import/Documents/nationalrailstrategy.pdf

    QUOTE from ISBN 0-478-10005-1 Forward from Pete Hodgson 2005 as Minister of Transport.

    “Now we have brought New Zealand’s rail infrastructure back into public ownership, and the vision and objectives of the New Zealand Transport Strategy will be applied to New Zealand’s railway network.

    Through the National Rail Strategy, the Government is demonstrating its commitment to retaining the existing network; to investigating the development of a number of new railway lines; and to maximising the use of rail transport. The aim is to move people out of cars for urban journeys, and freight off roads, wherever possible. For freight this means a focus on bulk or containerised loads, including traffic such as milk or logs. For passengers it means a focus on busy urban corridors in the larger centres, and using smart thinking to manage congestion.

    This is an exciting time in New Zealand transport, with a dynamic vision beginning to achieve real results, working towards an affordable, integrated, safe, responsive, and sustainable transport system. The Labour Progressive government acknowledges the contribution of the Green Party to the development of this Strategy, and both the Green Party and the United Party’s support of the government’s transport policy.

    Hon Pete Hodgson”
    Minister of Transport 2005

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector is the Hon. Peeni Henare.

      • adam 1.1.1

        Sheesh One Anonymous Bloke you just given an MP more airtime than he has had in a while.

        • veutoviper 1.1.1.1

          Sheesh adam, although not directly in his capacity as Minister for the Community and Volunteer Sector, Henare had plenty of airtime over the Waitangi Day period which was only six weeks ago.

          OTOH the Waitangi celebrations were partly about community and the Labour and Green MPs who served up breakfast for hundreds could be considered a form of volunteering… Doubt that is in their formal job descriptions.

          • adam 1.1.1.1.1

            Sheesh at $288,900 a year plus perks and your talking about MP charity.

            Must be nice to be at the trough.

            Seeing as it this guy.

            https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/peeni-henare-says-maori-party-greens-living-wage-promise-unrealistic

            • Sabine 1.1.1.1.1.1

              what do the National MP’s say about living wage? Cause i think they said fuck that over the 9 years they were serving until they got voted out in Septemer 2018, right? I also believe they would have earned the same amount of money right?

              Or is earning money without working a thing that is only valid for National MP’s? 🙂

              • adam

                Oh dear, the national party did it too argument. I’d hoped we wouldn’t see that form the labour party hacks. Oh well too much to hope for from a purist like me.

            • veutoviper 1.1.1.1.1.2

              adam, Henare said in that video that he considered the Green and Maori Party promises of implementing a living wage were unrealistic at present; he did not say that he was ideologically opposed to a living wage.

              I find it interesting that you used that particular article from Maori Television as I found a number of articles by them on the Tamaki Makaurau electorate and the candidates debate – including another one on Henare’s comments on the proposal put up by Taurima and Davidson on the need for a living wage.

              This other one was much more explicit as to what Henare said and states that ”Asked if his party supported this view, Labour’s Peeni Henare emphasised that a planned approach was required involving a lift in the economy. “It’s going to cost money and we’ve got to have a plan to do that. Of course, we want to lift wages, we’re the Labour Party.”
              http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/special-auckland-wage-needed-live-nzs-largest-cityIn

              Maori Television played up the role that the undecided were expected to play in the final result for the Electorate in these two article/videos – the first on 19 Sept 2017 and the second on 21 Sept 2017:
              https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/election-aotearoa-tamaki-makaurau-candidates-respond-poll-results
              https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/undecided-could-decide-auckland-maori-seat

              On Election Day itself, obviously the majority of voters in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate supported Henare overall; and presumably most of them knew his views on this issue.

              Henare’s 2017 Electorate vote of 9396 exceeded that of Taurima (MP) of 5,587 by 3,809 votes; and Davidson’s vote of 4268 by 5128 votes. Pretty decisive. This compares with Henare’s 2014 Electorate vote result of 7533 when he exceeded McLean’s (MP) vote of 6071 by 1462 votes; Davidson’s (GP) vote of 3136 by 4397 votes, and Pene’s (Mana) vote of 2624 by 4909 votes.

              In terms of the Party vote, in 2017 Labour also won decisively with 12,220 votes compared to 2258 for the MP, 1963 for NZF, 1490 for the Green Party, and 1348 for National. The Party vote was much closer in 2014 – Labour 8432; Maori 2651; NZF 2914; Green 2438; Mana 2234; and National last with 1574.

              The Maori, Green and National Parties all lost Party votes in 2017 (while Labour was up by 3788 votes) with each down by the following compared to their 2014 Party vote: Maori – 393: Greens – 948; National – 227. [Note: doesn’t include Mana which did not run in 2017 or other candidates/small parties.]

              So, if you have a beef re Henare winning the Tamaki Makaurau seat again in 2017 and not your preferred candidate of Taurima or Davidson, then I suggest you take it up with the voters of the Electorate, and stop trying to dirty Henare’s name and mana.

              • adam

                I’m not dirting anyone, just saying in the media I mainly follow, he is rather absent. When a list MP gets a whole lot more air time. Both live in Auckland, and both sit at the cabinet table.

                Just an observation.

                And yet you write an essay again…

    • Ad 1.2

      The new Transport Government Policy Statement (GPS) is due out next week.

      You will get their rail direction from there.

  2. dukeofurl 2

    “The members of the Charities Registration Board are Roger Holmes Miller (chair), Caren Rangi, and Simon Karipa.”
    Holmes is a leading Wellington lawyer.

    Staggered that the Supreme Court told the Charities Board to ‘reconsider’, in legal terms they said they got it wrong, and they still get refused, of course this how some would say the ‘Deep State’ always works

    • Sparky 2.1

      +1.

    • savenz 2.2

      Another fucking Lawyer. No wonder NZ productivity so low, arrogant asses who create litigation to help their mates grow even richer off the public purse.

      Has anyone done an OIA on how much and who got all the money for the litigation to pretend Greenpeace is not a charity?

      Supreme Court disagree, but another Fucking Lawyer wants to keep rolling mates litigation into the trough.

  3. Sparky 3

    Deplorable. Yet another reason why I do not trust govt or its various mechanisms.

  4. dukeofurl 4

    Interesting details from The Charities Board decision

    The Board considers Greenpeace does not qualify for registration for two main grounds:

    Greenpeace promotes its points of view on the environment and other issues in ways that cannot be found to be for the benefit of the public.
    Greenpeace and its members’ involvement in illegal activities amounts to an illegal purpose which disqualifies it from registration.

    https://www.charities.govt.nz/charities-in-new-zealand/legal-decisions/view-the-decisions/view/greenpeace-of-new-zealand-incorporated-2

    Involvement in illegal activities ? Even the Police do that, let alone a closer look at many government departments, councils etc

    And its beef with the ‘advocacy issue’, its gets to the heart of the matter here

    “The Board considers that Greenpeace’s focus is on advocating its point of view on environmental issues such fossil fuel exploration and the expansion of intensive dairy farming. …”

    cant step on those toes …no siree

    • alwyn 4.1

      “Involvement in illegal activities ? Even the Police do that, let alone a closer look at many government departments, councils etc”
      Since the point of this material is that Greenpeace should, or should not be registered as a Charity this comment would only be relevant if you cab show that one or more of these is allowed to register as a Charity.
      Can you tell us whether the Police are so registered?
      What Government Departments are registered as a Charity.
      What Councils are registered as Charities?
      For any that are so registered, what criminal activities are they involved in?

      • dukeofurl 4.1.1

        You raise an interesting point, a charity has to act legally at all times but no so provision is in the Policing Act 2008

        instead we have this
        Principles
        This Act is based on the following principles:
        (a)
        principled, effective, and efficient policing services are a cornerstone of a free and democratic society under the rule of law:
        (b)
        effective policing relies on a wide measure of public support and confidence:
        (c)
        policing services are provided under a national framework but also have a local community focus:
        (d)
        policing services are provided in a manner that respects human rights:
        (e)
        policing services are provided independently and impartially:
        (f)
        in providing policing services every Police employee is required to act professionally, ethically, and with integrity.

        Nowhere is that important word ‘lawfully’
        http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2008/0072/79.0/DLM1102186.html

        • savenz 4.1.1.1

          The reality is that the people who fought for any change were always considered illegal and bad people.

          Women getting the vote.

          Ending slavery.

          The people who fought for a 40 hours working week, were labeled terrorists.

          Simplistic argument from a simple mind of the fat cat charities board.

          • alwyn 4.1.1.1.1

            Don’t you dare connect these two phrases.
            “people who fought for any change were always considered illegal and bad people” and “Women getting the vote”.
            My great-grandmother was a fine woman. Or so my mother told me.

            • dukeofurl 4.1.1.1.1.1

              Suffragettes, they or their supporters did have a campaign of violence and bombings.
              Greenpeace seems to merely ‘protest by trespass’ at that

        • alwyn 4.1.1.2

          I find that quite funny, although I suppose it would be claimed that the words “principled”, ethically” and “with integrity” are meant to imply that they must obey the law.

          I wonder if there is anything in the Cabinet Manual that says they have to behave in a “lawful” manner?

          • dukeofurl 4.1.1.2.1

            No it doesnt.
            Principled, ethically, integrity can mean what ever you want it. they are soft words
            Lawfully is a hard meaning which its obvious they have deliberately skirted around.

    • tracey 4.2

      The police are not seeking charitable status

    • Gabby 4.3

      They’ll be going after that National Party charity Sir Ponyboy donates to, just you wait. And wait.

  5. Eralc 5

    “The new Government will need to look at this decision and this law, and decide whether they need to reform it to encourage democracy and advocacy, rather than discourage it”. -Dr Russel Norman

    This is another issue where Ardern could say her Government is “actively considering” the issue. Greenpeace is not likely to buy that given her back pedaling on what she meant by “actively considering” in relation to ending oil and gas exploration.

    • dukeofurl 5.1

      Which part of labour + Greens is NOT a majority in parliament dont you understand ?
      if the Greens were closer to 10% rather than 5% I wouldnt have to remind you.

      • alwyn 5.1.1

        You probably would have to remind him anyway.
        From the way the party votes seemed to shift at the last election I would think that if the Green Party had got 4% more, ie the 10% you mention, then Labour would have been 4% less. I think Green votes may have shifted to Labour but not to any of the other parties.

        • dukeofurl 5.1.1.1

          nationals ( larger) vote went down too, your simple ‘moving the blocks around’ doesnt really work

          • alwyn 5.1.1.1.1

            I don’t dispute that at all. I am quite happy to agree that some National votes went to Labour. However I never claimed that Labour’s only new source of votes was the Greens.
            I very much doubt that the Green Party lost votes at the last election to anyone but Labour. I don’t really think that very many of their drop in votes received went to National, NZF or ACT.

            • dukeofurl 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Luckily the votes for an electorate like Epsom can test your hypothesis

              Green party vote
              2017 3200 8.4% well above national average
              2014 4700 12.5% close to national average
              Labour party vote
              2017 9500
              2104 5000
              national party vote
              2017 22800
              2014 23900
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsom_(New_Zealand_electorate)

              • alwyn

                I don’t think it says anything for or against what I was suggesting.

                What I was saying is this.
                Suppose that the Green Party vote hadn’t changed. They would have got 4700 in 2017 as well.
                Then the Labour Party wouldn’t have got 9500 in the 2017 election. They would have only got 8000.

                I don’t actually see how you could test my theory from any of the published results. The only way to do it would be something like.
                Poll people and find those who voted Green in 2014 but not 2017.
                Ask them who they did vote for in 2017. I think, although obviously I can’t know, that they would overwhelmingly say they had switched to Labour.
                If that is the case I would say it showed that if the Greens had done better it would imply that Labour would not have done as well as they did.

  6. savenz 6

    It’s simple if Labour, Greens and NZ First want to get more votes, they need to advocate for the NZ people who vote for them.

    It’s become normal for ‘labour’ governments to take a authoritarian approach -‘ we know what is best little people’.

    Funny enough, that approach is not popular.

    But due to firms like Cambridge Analytics there is so much psychological warfare going on that many of the powerful from all political groups all believe the same fake facts even if there is clear evidence that they are not true!

    Entrenched views such as,

    The free market is best.

    Globalism is the best way of the future and letting corporations dictate the shape and feel of globalism is the only way (by using free market logic above that the market is better than people).

    Trickle down will work.

    etc etc.

  7. Ad 7

    Forest and Bird have figured out how to do it.

    And Ministers and Departments pay them respect.

    Greenpeace need to reflect on the decision and on the successful NGO’s operating here.

    • weka 7.1

      I think we need both. F and B aren’t doing direct action, Greenpeace are. Without direct action, we would be left with the powers talking to each other and not listening to the important stuff.

      • dukeofurl 7.1.1

        Its usually a sort of trespass, which I dont think a conviction is even obtained.

      • Ad 7.1.2

        We do need both – not the point.

        There’s not too much more direct than taking on the Crown in the High and Supreme courts about the Hawkes Bay Dam and Buller dam etc and winning multiple times.

        The point is Greenpeace need to accept they have lost, and alter their membership, funding, legal, and governance structures from this decision.

        • weka 7.1.2.1

          F and B are very good at what they do but that’s not the kind of direct action I meant. You can’t do what F and B do and blockade ships harpooning whales. F and B are not a direct action group. This is what I mean about needing both. If Greenpeace were to be what F and B is, they would stop being a direct action group and we would not have those actions. If you think that those direct actions aren’t needed you can make that argument, but it’s a different argument than saying we have both kinds of organisations.

          • Ad 7.1.2.1.1

            You’re a bit clearer.

            It’s not the law that needs changing.
            Structurally, it’s Greenpeace that needs to change.

            I’d hope Norman will get over it and do that. If he can’t then for the good of the organisation he should leave.

            He’s held this administrative fight for far too long and his media release shows that.

            The comparison of the two orgs is useful to the activist base because the two leaders were Green MPs going into ngo executive roles.

            • savenz 7.1.2.1.1.1

              I think it shows more the hypocrisy and persecution of any organisation that interfere in the exploitation of natural resources… which even our government seems to think is an excellent idea and happy to sell NZ out with the added advantage of a TPPA guarantee. .

              “Take for example the Government’s recent decision to extend New Zealand Oil & Gas’ existing deep water exploration permit off the coast of Oamaru. A spokesperson for the Minister for Energy and Resources Dr. Megan Woods noted that “under current policy settings … a different decision could have resulted in a judicial review”, however the Crown Minerals Act is subject to an upcoming review.

              NZ Oil & Gas is no mom-and-pop local business; it’s owned by a Singaporean subsidiary of the Ofer Global Group, an international network of companies owned by a Monaco-based Israeli billionaire. If the review to our legal framework around drilling permits affects their potential profitability, then they may well be within their rights lodging proceedings in a shady private tribunal whose awards (sometimes stretching into the billions) supersede our own national courts.”

        • RJL 7.1.2.2

          I don’t know. Continuing to fight this keeps both Greenpeace and therefore the issues that they campaign for in the news.

          Which is effectively the whole point of Greenpeace.

          Whenever the media reads and publicises a Greenpeace press release and / or a corporate / government response, then Greenpeace is winning.

    • savenz 7.2

      Maybe that is why our forests and birds are declining at an alarming rate…. direct action is needed.

      Look at Rainbow Warrior and no nukes, even Labour use them if it is a convenient sound byte to further their cause.

  8. …yet SaveMart gets to be a charity, and internationally you have IKEA..what a world

  9. Anon 9

    Greenpeace are anti GMO and anti glyphosate, so hardly science based rational environmental advocacy in the public good. They should get whatever status cults get.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 9.1

      Trying to maintain unnatural ecosystems is a losing battle – just another opportunity for natural evolution. The main difference between antibiotic resistance and herbicide resistance is the generation time of target species.

      “By 2016 there was a 100-fold increase from the late 1970s in the frequency of application and volume of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied, with further increases expected in the future, partly in response to the global emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds.

      We conclude that:
      (1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise;
      (2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions;
      (3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized;
      (4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply;
      (5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising;
      (6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen;
      (7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science.

      As it has been for many other species in recent times, so is it now the end of the golden weather for humanity; the 21st century is our bottleneck. Greenpeace is raising awareness, proposing solutions, and holding transnational corporates to account. All thankless tasks – how can Greenpeace even be bothered if Anon isn’t?

      http://peakoilbarrel.com/confessions-of-a-doomer/ (includes interesting replies)


      Interview with William R. Catton, Jr. (Aug. 2008)

  10. savenz 10

    The Clinton Foundation is a charity. So I think is, Scientology. Funny how selective people are on what charity they think is doing public good…

    • Anon 10.1

      I don’t know what the Clinton Foundation is, but churches get automatic charity status – and I agree that they shouldn’t.

  11. SPC 11

    A quite Russian decision, where foreign funding has been banned.

    It would appear that charity is being re-defined as work by the haves to trickle down wealth to the have nots (as an alternative to taxpayer funded welfare), and where activism for the public good is seen as political action (getting in the way of the haves increasing their wealth) and not a charitable activity.

  12. savenz 12

    A move to decline Greenpeace’s bid to be a charity has been labelled the wrong move.

    The independent Charities Registration Board says the organisation does not exclusively advance charitable purposes, bur rather promotes its own particular views about the environment and other issues.

    However, it’s a decision made after a 2014 Supreme Court ruling in Greenpeace’s favour, after it was refused charitable status by the now defunct Charities Commission.

    Charity law specialist Sue Barker says the decision is a total misapplication of the law.

    “In my view, the community should be outraged that charities like this are being subjected to this.”

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/sue-parker-people-should-be-outraged-by-greenpeace-being-denied-charity-status/

  13. Jenny 13

    “Vital Part of Any Democratic Society”

    “Greenpeace may not be viewed a charity, but it is a necessity. In practice, the Board’s decision doesn’t change anything. We’re going to get on with doing the work that is a vital part of any democratic society: Advocating for our environment, and all of the people and creatures that call this planet home.”

    Democracy is more than just having the right to vote for a government, every 3 or 4 years, that may or may not listen to your interests in the interim, or even keep its election pledges.

    If democracy means anything at all, it means more than having the right to vote, it means having the right right to speak out, it means having the right to protest.

    Currently in NZ, (and around the world) the right to protest is under threat.

    The Greenpeace organisation is not just being attacked in the courts over its charity status, Greenpeace is being attacked by the oil companies and the reactionary conservative establishment, for exercising the right right to protest, in violation of the the Andarko Amendment.

    Next month the director of Greenpeace Russel Norman, and his co-accused Sarah Howel will face charges brought under the Andarko Amendment.

    Next Sunday is the anniversary of the Andarko Amendment. As is traditional with such things, this reactionary and anti-democratic piece of legislation was enacted over a holiday weekend.

    “DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PEACEFUL PROTEST AT SEA”

    The New Zealand Government is pandering to the interests of foreign oil companies by pushing through a new law to criminalise certain crucial rights to peaceful protest at sea. Rights that helped us to become a nuclear free nation and end nuclear testing in the Pacific.

    Designed to benefit foreign oil companies and penalise ordinary New Zealanders, the ‘Anadarko Amendment’ was announced on Easter Sunday by Energy Minister Simon Bridges. It will not be open to consultation or vetting for breaches of the Bill of Rights.

    It is an affront to New Zealand’s democracy, and to our long held right and proud tradition of peaceful protest at sea.

    Greenpeace

    https://act.greenpeace.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1939&ea.campaign.id=44487

    Next month the director of Greenpeace, Russel Norman, and his co-accused Sarah Howel face criminal charges for committing offences against the Andarko Amendment.

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    In times of hysteria about the “World coming to an end” and “rising sea levels” so-called ‘Journalists’ who can barely spell words longer than four letters are having a ball! Though the majority of the Public have worked out that manmade climate change is nothing short of pseudo-science, and the ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    2 days ago
  • Chris Trotter on the BFD
    I don't want to give pblicity to certain parts of the internet that are better left to fester in their own irrelevance (I know, a bit like this place) but the listing of Chris Trotter as a 'author' on Cameron Slater's spinoff website, the BFD requires some explanation.Now, I don't ...
    2 days ago
  • Sex is not a spectrum
    The text below is a Twitter thread by Heather Heying that explains the essence of sexual reproduction and it long evolutionary history. She is an evolutionary biologist and a “professor-in-exile” after she and her husband, Bret Weinstein, stood up to supporters of an enforced “Day of Absence” for white staff and teachers ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: Trees, aviation, and offsets
    With crunch time for new Zealand climate policy approaching, most of the New Zealand media have got on board with a global reporting effort to cover the issue. There's one strand of stories today about polling and what it shows about changing public attitudes to the crisis, but the strand ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    2 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
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    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    3 days ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    5 days ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    6 days ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The obvious question
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    6 days ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    6 days ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    7 days ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    7 days ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • A ditch for him to die in
    Last week, English Prime Minister Boris Johnson boldly declared that he would rather die be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit. Unfortunately for him, the UK parliament accepted the challenge, and promptly dug one for him. The "rebellion bill" requires him to ask for and secure yet another temporary ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
    1 week ago
  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
    1 week ago
  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    1 week ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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