Hang onto our land – it’s all we’ve got left

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 pm, August 2nd, 2014 - 77 comments
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Steven Joyce says Labour’s opposition to the sale of 13,800ha Lochinver station to Shanghai Pengxin is based on “xenophobia.” The benefit from our land should stay here. Joyce’s open door  has seen rail wagons bought cheap and fixed dear, at the expense of good local jobs and crucial Kiwi skills. Labour is simply standing up for New Zealand. Good on them.

Kiwirail cut 70 jobs at Hillside  in Dunedin and Lower Hutt in Wellington in 2011. The Rail and Maritime Transport Union blames the cuts on KiwiRail’s decision not to tender for Auckland rail work and to send wagon contracts overseas.

“Four thousand to be built. That would have kept our railway wagons going for quite some time, given jobs to New Zealanders, helped actually dig this country out of the hole it’s in,” said Wayne Butson, the union’s general secretary. “The Transport Minister needs to front up and take responsibility for these proposed job losses. Inaction from Steven Joyce and KiwiRail has led to this situation,” he said.

Dunedin lobbied hard for the work and Mayor Dave Cull is angry.

“This is frankly a form of economic vandalism. What are we mounting here? An economic development strategy for China,” Cull said.

So what happened to all the wagons in  2012. Apparently their wheels are skidding, and  Chinese workers had to be imported recently to fix them in Picton.

Skidding wheels – sums up Steven Joyce’s economic development strategy.

I think a much better strategy is to use our land to value add to its produce, and use our skills to build fit for purpose on a whole-of-life strategy, and keep good jobs here. I don’t think that’s xenophobia.

 

77 comments on “Hang onto our land – it’s all we’ve got left ”

  1. srylands 1

    S what changes to the Overseas Investment Act will Labour make to stop farm sales? Is Labour planning to seek a mandate for such changes at the election?

    As for the rail thing – get over it – the local option was never competitive. There was no alternative to the Chinese tender. Do you think this is Muldoon circa 1982? It is 2014.

    • Weepus beard 1.1

      I’m not expert in economics, but you really appear to be an economic imbecile. What are your credentials?

      • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1

        Apparently he’s a working economist and policy wonk.

        In other words, he’s an ideological idiot who can’t see the forest for the trees.

      • greywarbler 1.1.2

        It seems that the main thing to know about economists is their tendency to posit theories and then make the world bend to fit inside the theories. The theory is paramount and not people.

        When people are mentioned in economic theory they will be presented as ruled by the grasping aspects or irrational of our nature yet the thories are based on us being perfectly rational, which is not supportable by actual evidence and observation. Again we are bent in economist’s minds to fit. And unfortunately, being people themselves who are in love with their own theories, they will bend themselves to fit their theories.

    • k j ross 1.2

      I think that if you take into account the tax that would of been collected on the work done on the wagons and the tax collected on the downstream jobs that would of been generated and supported by the work being done in Hillside, plus the GST on everything before mentioned and the government would of got a much cheaper price having a superior product manufactured here.To base the price on just the one factor rather than the total return of money to the govt and the price plus the overall effect on the economy is really unexplainable. Any private business would take into account all the factors when pricing a contract and every way that the sale or purchase could benefit the company. If the govt claims to be a business type operation what are they? the Monty Pythons of the business world?
      Real thinking person.

      • mickysavage 1.2.1

        Yep. Well put KJR. If only our supposed intellectual masters understood this as well.

        • Draco T Bastard 1.2.1.1

          They do understand it – they don’t care. For National everything revolves around making things better for the rich and if that means cheap and nasty wagons forcing more subsidised truck use then cheap and nasty wagons it’ll be.

          • Liberal Realist 1.2.1.1.1

            “For National everything revolves around making things better for the rich”

            I’d go a bit further as to say that National’s plan since they got elected in 2008 is to reap as much damage to NZ’s economy, legislative framework and social cohesion as possible, for as long as possible – while reaping some sort of benefit themselves. Point being, to manufacture crises (long and slow) where possible, is instrumental in facilitating disaster & vulture capitalism. Where it’s not manufactured, it’s out there in your face.

            To name a few:

            2008 tax cuts
            Asset sales theft
            GCSB bill
            TICS bill
            retrospective legalization of illegal spying
            Christchurch
            ECAN
            Canterbury Irrigation
            Sky City

            IMO everything nAct do while in power is to weaken NZ in preparation of imperial corporate takeover. Key & Co’s paymasters demand nothing less.

    • Colonial Viper 1.3

      As for the rail thing – get over it – the local option was never competitive. There was no alternative to the Chinese tender. Do you think this is Muldoon circa 1982? It is 2014.

      All lies Shitlands.That crappy badly made Chinese rolling stock will have to be replaced within 25 years, and will cost a bomb to keep running in the mean time. You really are a dumb thoughtless schmuck.

      • Once was Tim 1.3.1

        +1
        One of the problems propping up the so-called ‘uneconomic’ argument against rail – as offered by the Natzis – revolves precisely around the type of rolling stock used.
        There are places in NZ (where lines have been closed or mothballed) that could sustain passenger traffic based around smaller/modular bus-on-rails type units both for tourism and commuter traffic. It might even contribute to the revival of regional NZ in places
        As for the Chinese made rolling stock – Srylands obviously prefers to defer to his ideology than look at the record since their introduction. Greywarbler (1.1.2) sums it up well: making the world bend to fit inside their theories – it’s become their raison d’etre – skidding the wheels; packing the bearings with thick grease, lacquering the asbestos. Firm foundations – solid bullshit and all that.

        • greywarbler 1.3.1.1

          @Once was Tim 8.40
          It would be a great resource if the crap that gets promulgated by the economists and pollies could be captured, consolidated and turned into solid bullshit! Then some useful, sustainable resource could be had, as it is never going to run out!

          And – brilliant idea. Got any links with pictures of it being used in more intelligent parts of the globe?
          There are places in NZ (where lines have been closed or mothballed) that could sustain passenger traffic based around smaller/modular bus-on-rails type units both for tourism and commuter traffic

          • Once was Tim 1.3.1.1.1

            Strange as it may seem – I’ve considered it in some detail over the past couple of years.

            • The Wairarapa to begin with uses ex Brit rolling stock only viable during peak hours – yet many traverse the Rimutakas – often at their peril. There’s also a lot of inter-town travel as well (i.e. Featherston – Geytown – Carterton – Masterton
            • The main centres don’t have rail to their airports despite rail lines running close by (with the exception of CHC). I mean – even Dunedin ffs!
            • The tourist destinations – Rotorua line mothballed (and bits being stolen for scrap), and
            • Tauranga
              (while tranzit and NakedBus regularly run near full buses over fucked up highways).
            • The traffic between Tauranga and Te Puke (and beyond)
            • New Plymouth – Stratford
            • Picton – CHC
            • CHC – West Coast
            • CHC – Lyttleton even (calling at stops such as Woolston)
            • AKL – Whangarei
            • actually the list is quite endless.
      • RedLogix 1.3.2

        There was no alternative to the Chinese tender.

        This does rather suggest a lack of imagination – or the hallmark thinking of a zealot incapable of critical thinking.

      • Chooky 1.3.3

        +100

    • Ergo Robertina 1.4

      You’re wrong; the local option was competitive, and shown to be so back in 2010 in the Berl report that found building the Kiwirail rolling stock in New Zealand made commercial sense.
      As events have shown the analysts were spot on that rolling stock from offshore would be lower quality and have operating issues; producing them here would have built skills, jobs, and industry.

      http://www.rmtunion.org.nz/documents/downloads/kiwirail-build-in-nz/BERL_Report-Economic_benefits_of_building_rolling_stock_in_New_Zealand_Final.pdf

    • Draco T Bastard 1.5

      Is Labour planning to seek a mandate for such changes at the election?

      Well, apparently, being in government does imply such a mandate.

      As for the rail thing – get over it – the local option was never competitive.

      They cost a little bit more but would have been built better saving in downtime costs.

      There was no alternative to the Chinese tender.

      There was the choice of doing it right by making them here.

  2. Saarbo 2

    I understand that the average age of the NZ dairy farm owner is in their late 50’s, there are going to be a lot of farm sales in the next 10 years or so. Farmers will take the highest price and unfortunately foreigners who invariably have much lower interest rates combined with easier access to capital will end up owning many of these farms. We will end up being tenants in our own land if we don’t do something about this.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Don’t fuss, land can always be compulsorily re-acquired or even expropriated.

      • Clemgeopin 2.1.1

        Not THAT easy or desirable in the modern world of commerce and global relations.
        The rules should be set intelligently in the beginning, not after the fact later.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Just sayin’ that’s all. Sometimes when you follow the rules set by the major powers, your own people starve and are dispossessed.

          • Kiwiri 2.1.1.1.1

            Neo-liberalism introduces neo-colonisation?
            This time round, it involves not just the indigenous peoples.
            And we’re left with neither blankets nor muskets. And no treaty.

        • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2

          Not THAT easy or desirable in the modern world of commerce and global relations.

          Actually, it is that easy.

          The rules should be set intelligently in the beginning, not after the fact later.

          Of course they should be which is why I keep calling for a complete ban on foreign ownership in NZ. It really is the only intelligent option.

      • Steve Wrathall 2.1.2

        Worked for Mugabe

    • infused 2.2

      Farms are generally a family affair.

      • RedLogix 2.2.1

        While that may still be generally true infused – the trend over the last decade has been towards corporatised operations that bear little resemblance to the traditional family operation.

    • Ergo Robertina 2.3

      One trend is for retiring farmers to lease land to corporate dairy for huge money rather than sell – and that suits the grown-up children who get an income.

  3. Weepus beard 3

    Steven Joyce, the minister for economic development, sat on his hands for two years while competing countries raised incentives for major film production.

    Steven Joyce, the minister for economic development sat on his hands while the film production export industry withered under the heat of the high dollar.

    Steven Joyce, the minister for economic development then blamed local government and private individuals for not building infrastructure for film production in Auckland.

    This criticism came straight after signally loudly that this government was not the slightest bit interested, through their inaction, in investigating ways to support the industry.

    Then, a photo op with James Cameron. Two years too late but suddenly the incentive rules are changed overnight.

    That’s one out of three, Steven Joyce, minister for economic development. What about the other two?

  4. k j ross 4

    Every time we sell a piece of our productive farmland to an overseas owner we as a country become that much poorer. For John Key who lives in Hawaii it does not matter but to New Zealanders who live here and raise our kids here, we don’t have the option of buying farms in Iceland or Peru or Hawaii. The world market is fine for American bankers but kiwis want to live and farm in our own country. Very hard to compete with interest free loans from foreign govts when buying our own land.This is not fair in anybody’s world, we are a small country in size and one day we will wake up and find out that we are not welcome on our beaches,rivers or lakes.
    concerned citizen

    • mickysavage 4.1

      It is interesting that in Samoa and in Rarotonga the locals do not allow land to be owned by overseas interests. And they preserve their culture and their economic security. If only New Zealand would do the same …

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        You can’t buy land in Israel either. It is all leased from the government.

      • Steve Wrathall 4.1.2

        So NZ should model our economic performance on our Pacific Brethren

        • felix 4.1.2.1

          Yeah, that’s the obvious implication Steve. We want the country to be owned by the people who live here, therefore we want to model our ENTIRE ECONOMY on Samoa and Rarotonga.

          🙄

        • tricledrown 4.1.2.2

          Steve Wrathall Maybe your Exclusive Bretheren

    • Tamati 4.2

      You act like we are just giving it away. We lose the value of the land but gain the the cash that was paid for it. It’s not a loss or gain, just shuffling assets on a balance sheet.

      • Murray Olsen 4.2.1

        What about the value of stuff produced on the land during the subsequent years after the sale? That will be lost to the country. You might so it already is because it goes into private hands and one capitalist is as bad as another. I reject that view because we have more freedom to make laws governing land use and sale when rich foreigners with influence in their governments aren’t involved.

        • Saarbo 4.2.1.1

          Agree Murray Olson, given potential food shortage its even a bigger issue. Also Overseas ownership affects the community, owner operated farms are a typical kiwi thing…farmers tend to mix within their own areas discussing farming techniques at field days…and this co-operation/collaboration is probably the secret to our success…I doubt that this will carry on with overseas ownership plus of course the social side of owner operated farms/family farms.

          • Tamati 4.2.1.1.1

            Your opposition to foreign ownership is that it may undermine Field Days? Seriously, if you think Field Days is the secret to out agricultural success, then you’ve clearly not spent much time on a farm.

      • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2

        Money isn’t an asset.

        • Tamati 4.2.2.1

          It is according to any accountant.

          • Draco T Bastard 4.2.2.1.1

            That just means that the accountant is as delusional as most economists.

            • Tamati 4.2.2.1.1.1

              If cash isn’t an asset, would you mind giving me all of yours? Or do you only use gold bars to buy your groceries?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Money is a tool that is used to distribute resources but is not a resource itself. The land is a resource and, most importantly, a renewable resource but not extendable.

                • Tamati

                  So we could use this ‘tool’ to invest in other renewable resources and diversify our economy, rather than forcing everyone to invest in agriculture.

              • tricledrown

                Tamati pathetic comparison they are printing money every day but land arable land is becoming less Evey year coastal erosion ,drought, desert expansion, war torn unproductive land polluted land not suitable for agriculture is disappearing IDIOT!

                • Tamati

                  As I said before, the land ain’t going nowhere. All that changes is the name on the title.

      • dave 4.2.3

        china is printing $245 billion a month that is just paper worthless paper ,gold ,land,knowledge,resources is worth more than worthless paper

  5. local Kiwi. 5

    Sorry but the Chinese have already flooded many other counties with so called business opportunities and sadly when I travelled through Africa even back in 1970 I saw Chinese small traders flooding into Nairobi Kenya.

    An African Taxi driver said watch out there is a lot of local tension around Nairobi with these Chinese he called yellow maggots, they have taken over all our stalls and craft shops here and trouble is about to erupt.

    I left that country after a couple of weeks and made my way south and never saw any more Chinese until I went to Canada, and then in Vancouver there was a news article on Nairobi of social unrest in Nairobi and many shops were attacked and burnt, and in three months the Government evicted many of the Chinese from Kenya in a purge.

    Just a lesson in History when you think forward of where we are right now folks.

    A thought provoking reflection when the balance of ethnic diversity becomes a strain on the social economic fabric of the host country as business’s are transferred from ownership of one family of people to another .

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      You seem to think the ethnicity of the overseas investor has something to do with it.

      It doesn’t.

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Not the ethnicity. The nationality. If something is occurring under the direction of the Chinese Government, or as part of a wider economic strategy put in place by the Chinese Government, that should be explicitly considered. It does no good to close our eyes and pretend that such trends are not happening.

        • RedBaronCV 5.1.1.1

          Similar to strategies used on the western border of China perhaps?

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.1.1

            It’s a real physical resources grab. The Chinese are smart enough to know that electronically printed money has no real value. Its ability to access real physical resources is what has real value. And that may not always be the case in the future – so acquire the real physical resources right now while people are still foolish enough to hand them over for printed bank notes.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1.1.1

              +1111

              That’s it exactly and it’s amazing that people just don’t get it. Too long of having governments telling us that we need money to do anything when what we really need are the resources and, generally speaking, we have them.

            • Chooky 5.1.1.1.1.2

              +1111 +1

  6. Clemgeopin 6

    I think that most countries will not allow foreign entities or non resident foreign citizens who have not lived in a country for a considerable time to buy land, business or property. If at all, it would be on a lease basis or on a 49%-51% partnership basis in favour of the local citizens.

    I am not sure why our governments over the years have been plain naive in this very important fundamental issue.

    The problem is, by allowing foreigners to be owners here, not only are the locals and the country is undermined but are put in a very disadvantageous position in the long run in many ways. Once the foreign person or entity gets a foot hold, they could, over time, easily acquire more and more land, property or business by leveraging through their original primary assets.

    It is not too late to wake up and change the rules. Labour and the progressive parties should address this public interest matter very promptly and urgently now. They will ignore this issue at their own political peril.

  7. infused 7

    Post about land sales

    Talks about train sets

    ok.

  8. Dialey 8

    “Modern capitalism is masterful at producing services people don’t need and in large part probably don’t want. It is brilliant at convincing people that they do need and want them. But it has difficulty turning itself to the production of those services which people really do need. Not only that, it often spends an enormous amount of time and effort convincing people that those services are either unrealistic, marginal or counterproductive.” John Ralston Saul
    Pretty much sums up National’s economic policy

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      Capitalism likes to pay as little as possible for things that it can charge as much as possible for. The only things that meet that criteria are services which is why manufacturing is disappearing in developed countries. This is also why our governments over the last century or so have pushed agriculture as well – it’s cheap and easy and doesn’t require a lot of development.

      Making stuff costs too much as far as the capitalists are concerned.

  9. Chooky 9

    Great Post …and good for Labour !

    Nact have sold and are selling New Zealand and New Zealander’s rights and New Zealander’s dreams !

    …they are mercenary, venal, multinational traitors and traders without New Zealand Soul …they would sell our Soul

    ….this should be a major Election issue!

  10. ghostwhowalksnz 10

    Heres the words of the PM himself against selling dairying land to overseas ( Chinese) interests

    “More Chinese investment in New Zealand is being welcomed by the Prime Minister “as long as it’s the right type of investment”.

    John Key met with the new leader of China, Xi Jinping yesterday.

    He told the president we want Chinese money – but not to buy up precious land.

    http://www.farmingshow.com/industry/1082296713-john-key-says-china-won-t-buy-up-precious-kiwi-land

  11. Jrobin 11

    Lochinver is a sheep and beef property. This may be a swing towards other agricultural products by the market as dairy slumps, particularly the Fonterra brand of dairy. On Morning Report lasr week at 6 am approx there was an item on dairy that disappeared rapidly from sight. The International testing done on milk from landfarms in Taranaki did not come up with a clean result. The results will not be released and they would not state the levels of chemicals found just stated it was not a food safety issue. Ie it would not give you instant food poisoning to drink the milk but there were low levels of contamination. The effect of fracking on the production of safe food should be an Election issue along with other environmental concerns. Globalisation is threatening our livelihoods on so many fronts and this Government esp. its leader, may have been installed with the purpose of selling us to highest bidder. Get rid of them voters!

  12. Graham 12

    I know of 4 dairy farms nearby who have been sold to foreigners the combined value exceded this one
    The reason there wasn’t an outcry by labour was that the buyers were white
    Why do people hate Asians ?

    • thatguynz 12.1

      Or perhaps it just didn’t make the news?

      Personally I think it is economically derelict to sell them to ANY foreigners – irrespective of ethnicity, but perhaps my view differs from the MSM narrative..

    • raegun 12.2

      We only make a noise when we actually KNOW about something

  13. Poission 13

    Two response today on the foreign ownership debate.one from labour,and the second from federated farmers.

    The FF would like a register (alining us withe Australia ) of foreign farm ownership IE Facts.

    “The reality is that here, no one knows how much of our farmland or housing is foreign owned. To base critical economic policy decisions around a hunch is unacceptable.

    Maybe if Joyce had guessed a little less,he may have not been selectively culled from vetschool.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1408/S00032/joyces-bluster-distraction-from-land-sale-double-speak.htm

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1408/S00064/farmers-concerned-over-lochinver-sale.htm

  14. Dan1 14

    How is that Steven Joyce gets to comment on everything? I have given up watching TV1 news for its bias and TV3 is not much better. Somehow Joyce gets to comment on everything, especially new announcements by Labour. The guy is a cretin who has been trained in the art of putdown rather than economic analysis. Is he seriously the best option after Key? Team Joyce?? Yeh right!

  15. local Kiwi. 15

    Steven Joyce is very familiar to media, and perhaps that is why he was alleviated up the National ladder so early.

    Joyce was first a radio broadcaster and now he is a high profile National Government broadcaster that is there to push National Party Propaganda.

    We heard also that he has interests in other media Interests.

    He founded the former Radioworks radio network, and built it up by merging takeovers of regional radio stations.

    All this until he had the entire NZ wide network.

    This occurred from the 1970s, then he merged with another major broadcast media network to form Mediaworks a few years ago.

    Nobody knows whether he actually has hidden interests in Mediaworks now as he is very shadowy.

    But as Communications Minister he cleverly brokered a $40 million dollar deal low interest loan for Mediaworks to expand their licences for another long term period so he is another John Key clone.

    A wheeler dealer and a powerful influence on National Party hierarchy due to his media prowess, and knowledge who to get onside with him.

    He is clearly becoming to aggressive, domineering and bombastic, as many inform us that they are incensed by his overpowering manner seen all to clear on The Nation just today, he should let up and allow others to contribute also.

    Another contributor likened Joyce to Margret Thatcher and another to Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda Minister and if people continue to see this in Joyce he will actually become a liability to National and this perception may be his own undoing. I gave him the benefit of doubt after meeting him but now I am becoming somewhat saddened by his lack of control.

  16. Tanz 16

    Yeah, this is a real worry. New Zealanders being sold out.

  17. vto 17

    It is a truism of human history that a tenant community is a weak community. Even more so when the overlandlord lives in far off lands.

    A community is strongest when those that live, work and play on it own it for themselves.

    Just like in China, for one example.

    That wanker Joyce claimed land sales to foreigners are small, but they are not, they add up to around 7% each year and that is a significant number.

    That wanker Joyce also chimed “what are you gonna do? Make James Cameron sell his land?” The answer to that is bloody simple, and one which the deceiver Joyce would know himself …..

    … It is a bit difficult to force people to sell but the law can be made such that any future sale must be to NZ residents. Easy. Job Done. Buyer side reduces to match the supplier side i.e. NZ residents only. Buyer side drops from 6 billion people to 4 million people.

    The farmers will be shitting as they constantly claim only foreigners can afford their grand empires…………which is a claim frightening in its ignorance…… maybe other New Zealanders could afford to buy the farms then too…..it aint as if the income off the farms would drop, just the cost to buy them, which means less interest payable to bank loans too, which means more money in our back pockets.

    There is no benefit to foreigners owning our land and property. None.

  18. Shrubbery 18

    I’m no economist, and looking to play devil’s advocate here rather than actually be practical:

    What if we just declare that all that has been taken from us is owned by the NZ Government again? As in, all at once, repossess all the sold assets and all the foreign owned land?
    How huge would the backlash be?

  19. aerobubble 19

    They talk about competitive advantage, but really what hope do we have against the competitive advantage larger countries have to print money.

    • aerobubble 19.1

      We should own as much overseas, as overseas own of us. The growing imbalances harms us all.

  20. Dale 20

    Just wish bloody Fontera would stop buying all those overseas farms. Especially in China.

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    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
    2 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
    2 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 ...
    2 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 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, ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • '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
    2 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 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
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    3 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
    3 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
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    3 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
    3 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
    3 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 ...
    3 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • 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 ...
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    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • 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
    4 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
    4 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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, ...
    5 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 ...
    5 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
    5 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
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days 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
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    6 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    6 days ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The politics of money and influence

    Did you know: Four days ago, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery (WBD), David Zaslav, opined that he didn’t really care who won the US Presidential election, so long as they were M&A and business friendly. Please share my Substack so I can continue my work. Thank you and happy ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

    Excuse me, but I just don’t feel like being polite today. What is going on with Simeon Brown? I mean, really? After spending valuable Ministerial time, focus, and government resources to overturn tailored speed limits in school and high fatality zones that *checks notes* reduces the risk of deaths and ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Women in Space.

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    15 hours ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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    1 day ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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    2 days ago
  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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    3 days ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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    3 days ago
  • School attendance continues to increase

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    3 days ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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    3 days ago
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