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Happy anniversary Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 6:49 am, September 5th, 2011 - 56 comments
Categories: accountability, disaster, Gerry Brownlee, law - Tags: ,

Now that it is safely over, I feel safe in wishing Christchurch a “happy” anniversary. One year since the first big quake, and a year that changed the city and many thousands of lives forever. (As luck would have it I was in the same Chch bed that I was in a year ago when the first quake hit, and I was very glad to wake to a peaceful morning.) Christchurch is still in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, there’s so much going on that is difficult and stressful for so many people. And it’s going to drag on for a few years yet.

Two recent bits of Christchurch news. First, Gerry Brownlee breaking his promise to residential red zone residents. About the only good thing you can say about Brownlee here is that at least he steps up and personally owns it. But it’s a nasty move that will be shattering for some people. For what it would have cost the government, they should have honoured that promise.

Second, a little noticed legal decision with potentially huge impact.  The High Court has found that EQC liability “resets”, and applies to each separate earthquake.  That shifts a huge financial liability from the insurance companies (who will be laughing) to the government (not so much).  My question for our legal experts – can the government appeal this?  If so, in what time frame?  You can bet that they will leave it until after the election if they can…

Anyway, stand strong Christchurch.  All the very best for the challenges, and for the opportunities ahead.

56 comments on “Happy anniversary Christchurch”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    Yes Brownlee had to own up, couldn’t let that creep around and damage Key’s brand.

    At least John Key “slept in Christchurch” as an act of “solidarity”. What a loser. How about creating 5,000 new jobs in Christchurch as a proper act of solidarity?

  2. tsmithfield 2

    And how about the fact that things are far better than they could have been without the governments help.

    The region has escaped a huge leap in unemployment because of the speed at which businesses handled the crisis and the more than $200 million the Government pumped into supporting them with a 14-week wage subsidy.

    Many firms have credited that money with saving their business from failure and staff from the dole queue.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      hey ts, a 14 week wage subsidy when it was clear that many businesses would not be able to get back up and running in under 12 months.

      Did you notice that at the end of 14 weeks, businesses started to go under at an even faster rate and people started leaving Christchurch long term when it was clear the Govt was going to do fuck all more to keep the Christchurch economy going?

      How generous.

      • kriswgtn 2.1.1

        yeah while down the road good ol boy Hubbard gets alot of $ which cudda been used to pay those wages for a bit longer………………….

        i have an late unvelining in CHCH to go to in 2 weeks and I for one am not looking forward to visit the place- the pictures my sister has sent me over the past year-you wont see them on the news…………….

        I found on youtube in weekend 4 videos recewntly uploaded by a worker inside the red zone in cbd- I watched 1

        its all gone

        ll find the link later today if any one interested-theres 24 mins of driving around worth in 4 vids and post em in open mike

      • tsmithfield 2.1.2

        CV: “hey ts, a 14 week wage subsidy when it was clear that many businesses would not be able to get back up and running in under 12 months.

        Did you notice that at the end of 14 weeks, businesses started to go under at an even faster rate and people started leaving Christchurch long term when it was clear the Govt was going to do fuck all more to keep the Christchurch economy going?

        How generous.”

        From the article I linked to:

        But unemployment in Canterbury has risen, of course. About 20,200 were unemployed as at June 20 this year, up from 16,800 in June 2010.

        That is a 5.7 per cent unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted), still below the 6.6 per cent national unadjusted rate.

        The 5.7 per cent rate does not sound high, but it is the highest in a decade for Canterbury.

        Note that, although not surprisingly, the unemployment rate is the highest in Canterbury for a decade, it is still substantially lower than the national rate. Hardly a collapsing economy.

        Also, it is unreasonable for the government (i.e. the people of NZ) to take responsibility for every aspect of business decision making, for instance the amount and duration of business interruption insurance that businesses did or didn’t invest in.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1

          Note that, although not surprisingly, the unemployment rate is the highest in Canterbury for a decade, it is still substantially lower than the national rate. Hardly a collapsing economy.

          You didn’t add in the 10,000- 15,000 unemployed workers abandoned by the Government and who have already left Christchurch (for elsewhere in NZ or some for Australia). If you counted them (instead of ignoring them) that would push Christchurch unemployment close to 10%.

          Also, it is unreasonable for the government (i.e. the people of NZ) to take responsibility for every aspect of business decision making, for instance the amount and duration of business interruption insurance that businesses did or didn’t invest in.

          Fuck off, the Government needs to take responsibility for the fact that Christchurch is a massive national disaster zone and 14 weeks wage support is a shitty low level of responsibility for National to take.

          Businesses didn’t get enough business interruption cover? Why should employees suffer for bad business owners and bad business management decisions?

          • Enough is Enough 2.1.2.1.1

            CV

            We are sick of bailing out private business after they make silly decisions. Every private business should have at least 12 months Business Interuption insurance. There is no excuse for not having that.

            As a nation we should look after our fellow citizens that are left high and dry because of the earthquake.

            That shouldn’t extend to capitalists who take short cuts and don’t insure their business properly.

            I am sick of profits going to business owners but the state having to pay for their losses.

            Government for people…not profits.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Every private business should have at least 12 months Business Interuption insurance. There is no excuse for not having that.

              Time to make it law then. But better recognise that Business Interruption Insurance is not a substitute for rebuilding the Christchurch real economy. And that is a Government responsibility.

              And I agree, workers and citizens who have been left high and dry need much more support than National has been giving them.

            • prism 2.1.2.1.1.2

              @ Enough is Enough
              Most small businesses are just people like you who have had a go at making something and selling it themselves. They do their best but may not have enough profit to take out expensive insurance based on unlikely events. Such events as one, two, three…earthquakes were never envisaged by anyone.

              In NZ the majority of businesses are mini ones employing just a few people. That forms the fabric of NZs trading life, not bloated sorts that you might imagine. The bloated ones are more likely the large fish that have eaten the small ones or land speculators that play chess with property schemes for big money, or financiers lending for this or providing credit for those with a gap between need and want, constant poverty making such people vulnerable to temptation of bad borrowing.

  3. Lanthanide 3

    “My question for our legal experts – can the government appeal this? If so, in what time frame? ”

    I’m not a legal expert whatsoever, but a few weeks ago when this was first going to the court, the story on Checkpoint on Radio NZ was that both the insurers and the EQC were taking the issue jointly to the court for the court to decide, simply because the law wasn’t clear in this particular case.

    This isn’t an instance of EQC “losing” a case.

    • r0b 3.1

      Thanks for the clarification.  I would assume, however, that there is still an appeals process for this decision?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        Probably, but if they deliberately went to the court to ascertain where the cost was to lie, then there’s probably not much for them to appeal on or any desire to do so.

        I don’t recall if they had a spokesperson from the insurance companies talking about it, but IIRC they did interview someone from EQC. They definitely didn’t say it directly, but from their tone and the words used, I got the distinct impression that they were expecting to have to foot the costs, but just needed the court to set a legal judgement one way or the other.

        Note that one aspect of the decision is that EQC have to pay multiple claims, but for each additional claim they are entitled to a new levy (which is like $75 or something, so meaningless in the face of a $100k claim, but still has to be accounted for).

  4. tsmithfield 4

    CV “You didn’t add in the 10,000- 15,000 unemployed workers abandoned by the Government and who have already left Christchurch (for elsewhere in NZ or some for Australia). If you counted them (instead of ignoring them) that would push Christchurch unemployment close to 10%.”

    You are assuming that all of these actually lost jobs, when in fact a lot of people left because they were freaked out. Also, many may have already been unemployed, retired etc. So your assumption is not valid.

    CV “Fuck off, the Government needs to take responsibility for the fact that Christchurch is a massive national disaster zone and 14 weeks wage support is a shitty low level of responsibility for National to take.”

    Even if the government had extended its wage subsidy for twelve months, businesses such as hotels in the red zone that are being demolished still wouldn’t be up and running within that time frame. However, my experience with dealing with businesses in Christchurch is that even those in the hard hit east have been able to get up and running again. In fact we have benefited a lot by helping them to do so.

    CV “Businesses didn’t get enough business interruption cover? Why should employees suffer for bad business owners and bad business management decisions?”

    And why should taxpayers suffer for those decisions?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      There is also something to be said for limiting the support to 14 weeks only. It forces businesses to get up and running; they can’t simply take it slow relying on the government handout.

      My sister and her boyfriend are both clinical psychologists and have a bit to do with ACC and people who have injuries like chronic pain. They’ve said one of the biggest barriers to recovery is actually ACC payments. She gave a good example: if you were working as a professional earning $80-90k and then got injured in a car crash, ACC will pay you your salary at 75% (or 80%, anyway the rate is unimportant). These people effectively get paid a lot of money to sit at home and do nothing. If they actually returned to the workforce, because of their injury, they’d be earning much less. So the ACC payments act as an incentive against meaningful recovery.

      Similarly propping businesses up on life support for 12 months wouldn’t actually have been in the best interests of the businesses, and certainly not for the tax payers in the rest of the country.

      I think they should have extended the payments a bit longer than 14 weeks, or at least had additional funding available on a strict case-by-case criteria, but I’m not entirely sure that anything offered by a Labour government would have been much more generous than what National did.

      • tsmithfield 4.1.1

        An unusual break-out of agreement between Lanth and myself. 🙂

        The whole point of the subsidy was to keep otherwise viable businesses viable.

        Businesses that required ongoing support for twelve months would likely to be unviable after that period of time for a whole host of reasons. So it would likely have been pouring money down the toilet.

      • Carol 4.1.2

        I disagree that ACC is a disincentive to return to work. I am on ACC due to a recent non-work accident. The line I get from ACC is that they will be looking for me to be returning to work as soon as. Their official line is that it’s better for people to be working. I was interviewed in a fair amount of detail as to what my work involves. They will be talking to my employers about getting me back to work, possibly on reduced hours and/ lighter duties in the first instance. My ACC case manager will be talking to me again this week.

        Actually, I felt mildly harassed, as it seemed it wasn’t about what’s best for me, but about the moneyz. But, whatever… I trust the doctors and will go by what they say about my work readiness.

        And overall, I am impressed with the whole ACC system, as I really didn’t know much about it before.

        • Lanthanide 4.1.2.1

          They were talking in the context of people who have had serious disablement from an accident that has left them out of work for quite a long time, while also receiving very large payments from ACC.

          Also, being psychologists and dealing with things like chronic pain, they were talking about cases where someone’s ability to rehabilitate is strongly linked to their desire to do so, as in it’s not simply a matter of waiting 6 weeks for your leg to get better, but you have to actively push yourself and in some cases simply learn to manage your pain.

    • bbfloyd 4.2

      t.s; ” why should taxpayers suffer for these decisions”…. what are you using for a brain now that your dog has got his balls back? tens of thousands of people leave their home because the so called “leaders” have done NOTHING to actually get the rebuild going at a reasonable rate… NOTHING towards contributing to the serious decisions needed regarding the long term future of the christchurch region..

      they couldn’t even get temporary housing underway in less than a year…. they are only NOW actually building the temporary homes required a year ago… and by the way… the main impediment to that happening was problems getting the govt to actually pay the builders for them..

      and don’t waste my time attempting to tell more of your silly little lies in order to simply continue arguing black is white… i know personally the people involved in one of the contracts supplying these units…. at present, the company is owed approximately $400k by the govt, which goes a long way to explaining why it has taken so long to get anything done…

      the reports i am getting from workers down there is that they have never seen, and experienced so much anger and frustration… the people of christchurch are seriously pissed off with brownlee and key…

      they are sick of watching their sons and daughters leaving to places where they have some sort of future…sick of being used as no more than props for johnny sparkle to playact the caring, concerned leader when it is well known that the nats are happy to see labour voting electorates empty out…

      you really are a unwholesome piece of goatshit if you think that defending incompetence and corruption is preferable to accepting that this whole situation has been cynically mishandled from the start….

      reality for the people of christchurch bears no resemblance to the utter drivel that passes for news coming from those shaved poodles who we laughingly refer to as the “news” media…

      • tsmithfield 4.2.1

        bbf “they couldn’t even get temporary housing underway in less than a year…. they are only NOW actually building the temporary homes required a year ago… and by the way… the main impediment to that happening was problems getting the govt to actually pay the builders for them..”

        Actually, I have a son who works for a building company building temporary housing that has been building houses for probably four months now. To date they have probably built 100 or so. The uptake of housing built to date has been very slow. So it is probably a good thing the government didn’t follow the advice of articles I have seen on this site that suggested the government should be building thousands of them.

        bbf “and don’t waste my time attempting to tell more of your silly little lies in order to simply continue arguing black is white…”

        Really? I’ll call you on that one. Where have I lied?

        bbf “the reports i am getting from workers down there is that they have never seen, and experienced so much anger and frustration… the people of christchurch are seriously pissed off with brownlee and key…”

        Yes. I guess things can always be done better. But face it. Its not Haiti, is it?

        bbf “you really are a unwholesome piece of goatshit if you think that defending incompetence and corruption is preferable to accepting that this whole situation has been cynically mishandled from the start….”

        Probably no more than you who seems to think the way to argue ideas is to attack the person rather than debate the point of discussion.

    • Colonial Viper 4.3

      And why should taxpayers suffer for those decisions?

      Uh…because we don’t want to leave fellow NZ’ers high and dry? Well, you might.

      Families in Christchurch are struggling to stay on their feet and protect their children from post traumatic stress and you are worried about protecting above average earners and the wealthy from a $1000/year levy.

      Good one, try and look after the country and its citizens for once, not the ‘tax payer’.

      • tsmithfield 4.3.1

        “Good one, try and look after the country and its citizens for once, not the ‘tax payer’.”

        So, you are saying that the only people who are considered citizens of this country are those that are not tax payers? What a strange world you live in.

        By your argument, those who lost their jobs due to bad decisions made by South Canterbury Finance Ltd should be getting their wages almost dollar for dollar ad infinitum, if the government should step in where bad business decisions have been made as you suggest.

        • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.1

          Glad you brought up SCF.

          English found $1.7B to support the big shot investors there.

          But him and Brownlee couldn’t find 1/10 of that to support Christchurch workers who had lost their jobs.

          Priorities of the National Government are very clear.

          f the government should step in where bad business decisions have been made as you suggest.

          Christchurch is a massive disaster zone; not a ‘bad business decision’ and the Government has given workers there shitty negligible levels of support which ended after 14 weeks.

          • tsmithfield 4.3.1.1.1

            You can argue the specific merits of the SCF case. However, as I recall it, it was Labour who opened the door by introducing the scheme that allowed fat cats to be bailed out, wasn’t it?

            • burt 4.3.1.1.1.1

              Yes it was, but it was OK because there was an election coming and they didn’t want to loose the votes of people who made ‘all eggs in one basket’ investment decisions.

              Socialism – making sure you never need to be responsible for your own choices.

              Spending others peoples money is fine till there is none left !

            • Colonial Viper 4.3.1.1.1.2

              However, as I recall it, it was Labour who opened the door by introducing the scheme that allowed fat cats to be bailed out, wasn’t it?

              Yep. And Bill English approved and re-approved SCF’s involvement even though SCF did not meet the criteria for inclusion.

              • tsmithfield

                As I said, you can argue the specific merits of the SCF case, which you seem inclined to do. However, the point is that Labour didn’t seem to have a problem with bailing out fat cats in general principle. Did you support them on this?

                Your complaint at which seems to be the source of your complaint in your post at 4.3.1.1 seemed more to do with the fact that National would bail out fat cats such as SCF at all without reference to the specific arguments around whether the SCF bailout was justified or not.

                • Lanthanide

                  “However, the point is that Labour didn’t seem to have a problem with bailing out fat cats in general principle. Did you support them on this?”

                  That’s not strictly true. There were limits put on the guarantee scheme that you had to meet in order to:
                  1. Become covered by the scheme.
                  2. Remain a member of the scheme.

                  SCF fell well outside those limits, if not during Labour’s government then definitely during National’s (Bill English said that they were warned SCF was in trouble the day after the election).

                  So, Labour did have a problem with bailing out reckless fat cats and they accounted for that in the rules of the scheme.

                  National failed to uphold those rules. Not Labour’s problem.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I see ts you aren’t comfortable with the miserly 14 week support that the Govt gave to workers of Christchurch compared to the generous support they gave to SCF bond holders. Many of whom were foreigners.

  5. vto 5

    Oh yes, happy happy joy joy …

    Nice sentiment though r0b for the developing doughnut city, the city made up of a thousand suburbs and nothing else, the city with no hills, rivers or sea of any use, the city flooded with uncertainty and with leaks galore through which people continue to slip. The non-existent city.

    Can someone please just turn back the clock about 370 days? That would be great, thanks.

    • felix 5.1

      “Can someone please just turn back the clock about 370 days?”

      Eh? You want to do it all again?

      • vto 5.1.1

        Well no, what I had in mind was turning the clock back and then somehow stepping the world to a parallel universe and so avoid the shakes.

        Having no central city certainly creates a previously missing appreciation of what we had. And the rest of NZ should similarly appreciate what they have in their towns and cities. The long building of a city with its myriad of components. It is no small thing.

  6. Afewknowthetruth 6

    The sad reality is, Chrischruch was built in the wrong place (on a swamp). And we know it has no long term future because of the masive sea level rise which is coming in a few decades.

    Acknowledging that, one would think that the sensible thing to do would be to abandon Christchurch in an oraganised manner and gradually shift the people to a location with some long term prospects.

    Being gutless imbeciles (or insane sociopaths), the government will continue to offer false hope for a ‘better brighter future’ to the people of the district while it continuously deceives them.

    The real problem is, the people of Christchurch are so uninformed and so easily misled they believe government and local authority propaganda.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      A sea level rise of 6M won’t even take up 50% of Chch’s boundaries. Even less so now that the eastern half is going to be effectively abandoned.

      • vto 6.1.1

        With a port like Lyttelton in the middle of our largest land mass I don’t think Chch will be moved, except perhaps up onto the hills and slightly westish to more solid ground.

        And the vast vast majority of land in Chch is not swamp. It is absolutely fine for building on.

      • Afewknowthetruth 6.1.2

        When you wrote 6M did you mean 6m?

        Nobody knows how much sea level rise there will be, or how fast, but the latest thinking is that Greenland plus the West Antarctic will provide enough water for about 15 metres of sea level rise in a few decades. And of cvourse, ther is the thermal expansion effect. In geological time the sea level has varied by around 60 metres and humans are inducing the fastest meltdown ever recorded.

        The speed and extent very much depend on the rate at which positive feedback mechanisms interact and reinforce one another over the coming few years (there are no known negative feedbacks).

        Needless to say, every government on the planet is working hard to bring about abrupt climate change (and the massive sea level rise that goes with it), via their obsession with ‘economic growth’ based on the burning of fossil fuels, which is not only absurd but is also unachievable now that we are in a post peak oil world -the other factor which will ‘demolish’ the idiotic plans for building Christchirch as an industrial city.

        • tsmithfield 6.1.2.1

          Interestingly, sea levels have actually been falling for the last six years.

          • lprent 6.1.2.1.1

            What was that for?

            Oh to demonstrate that Wishart does a sampling on one side of the el nino / la nina cycle? You know the cyclic effect that changes the currents and therefore the sealevels around the pacific…

            So if your sensors are mostly on one side of the pacific…. and you take only one part of a longer cycle, then you can get exactly the slope that supports your predefined (and probably paid for) conclusions.

            Ian Wishart – the ONLY thing he is good at is being selective in how he gets data. You know – the technique of lying with numbers..

            tsmithfield – gullible ‘skeptic’ who doesn’t ask the simple skeptical question – why did he pick 6 years?

            It is too short for meaningful results in this field. But it is good for picking up just one side of a cycle. I didn’t bother to look at anything beyond that scale because it was quite obvious what he’d done as soon as I saw it.

            • NickS 6.1.2.1.1.1

              And even then it’s lacking any info on the statistical significance of the trend, so there’s no way to see if Wisfarts claim is correct, not to mention the failure to look at global trends along with the short sample time slice he’s using.

              Pretty typical though of teh moron to lie by omission.

            • Lanthanide 6.1.2.1.1.2

              Yeah, I didn’t know the El Nino aspect behind it, but I was immediately suspicious when I saw the data started in 2004.

              Surely this sort of data should be relatively easily accessible going back to 96-97. So I concluded that he must have chosen to leave it out.

              • lprent

                There are several aspects of ENSO that change sea levels. Off the top of my head…

                1. Simple changes in where currents go. You ram a lot of water into land (or not) from a current and you’ll get a sealevel change

                2. Colder water has less volume and warmer water has more. So if you change where the cold and warm currents are then you can expect to get effects in the sea level.

                3. Air pressure above the ocean areas will change sea levels. So if you change the average air pressures by the weather systems shifting then you’ll get sea level changes.

                4. Consistent winds between air pressure systems will cause movement of water and rises in sea levels around continental shelves

                All of these are way less in effect than the lunar cycles. But you can see them statistically all around the world. Average sea level is different in different places because of it.

                I can’t remember where I saw it (probably something I read at RealClimate if my programming fatigued brain is to be believed), but they have measured the ENSO effect on sea level at several places over several cycles and it was significant. There was a lot of discussion about which off the processes was most effective.

                • joe90

                  From the useless but interesting bookmark folder.

                  If the Earth Stood Still

                  Sea level is—and has always been—in equilibrium with the planet’s gravity, which pulls the water toward the earth’s center of mass, and the outward centrifugal force, which results from the earth’s rotation. After a few billion years of spinning, the earth has taken on the shape of an ellipsoid (which can be thought of as a flattened sphere). Consequently, the distance to the earth’s center of mass is the longest around the equator and shortest beyond the polar circles. The current difference between the average sea level as observed along the equator and the distance to the earth’s center of mass from the sea level at the poles is about 21.4 kilometers (km)

                  • tsmithfield

                    You all leapt in without giving any thought whatsoever.

                    Firstly, even though Wishart has reported this data, it was in fact first reported by NASA, who give an explanation. I deliberately linked to Wishart because I knew it would provoke lots of mindless hatred that would not have occurred if the same data were reported directly from NASA. .

                    Secondly, you all assume I was making some sort of denialist argument, when I simply noted an interesting feature without making any particular comment on it.

                    I actually think the trend will probably reverse. However, if that chart in the article I link to on this post was a financial chart, it would be considered that resistance had been broken to the downside indicating a trend reversal.

                    Interestingly, for NASA to be correct in their explanation, it requires a huge amount of water to be dumped and retained on a very small amount of land as per their map in order to achieve the magnitude of sea-level drop.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      However, if that chart in the article I link to on this post was a financial chart, it would be considered that resistance had been broken to the downside indicating a trend reversal.

                      Sure, because financial market technical analysis, which picks up on traits of human fear and greed as reflected in market movements, applies equally to Mother Nature.

                      Not.

                    • lprent

                      I gave an explanation of why I thought it was wrong to draw any conclusions from it.

                      I also said exactly what type of fool I thought you and Wishart were for even bothering to raise it. It has essentially no significance because the time period of the data was far too short. You need a decade or so of data to isolate out the cyclic effects.

                      I’m sure the reaction makes your palms get sticky from excitement – but to me it just indicated that a causal effect of you being a fool jerking off

          • mik e 6.1.2.1.2

            Otago university $30 million study proves that creationist bull….is wrong, those creationist kooks all want to go to heaven as soon as possible thats why they are backing the Deniers. they have lost all credibility amongst there flock so they are joining another weird cult mob of idiots.

    • prism 6.2

      @ aftktt – I think that the first group that is being deceived is the politicians, and they are doing it to themselves as they don’t want to think beyond tomorrow. Yet they have the means to get the information and forecasts about Christchurch and we have skilled people right in this country who could fill in the gaps.

  7. Drakula 7

    I will say it again; The governments big mistake is not putting on a price freeze, and as a consequence opportunists and speculators are rorting the public!

    These people should be named and shamed.

    But the government has just left it to the market forces!!

  8. Armchair Critic 8

    Christchurch is a strange place at the moment. From the west it looks fine, only hints of damage out round Ilam, even the big aftershocks can be written off as trucks driving past.
    If you drive around the edges, rather than going through the middle, and head east, the extent of the damage and the resulting misery becomes much more apparent, the aftershocks are wicked and, as vto mentioned some months back, the ground never really seems to stop moving. I’d never have believed it if I’d not experienced it myself.
    There are very much two parts to Christchurch, the part that the government wants to ignore, and the part it wishes would go away. Meanwhile….
    Honestly, I can do without Mr Key’s attempts at solidarity, and Mr Brownlee’s lies and inaction.

  9. prism 9

    @Armchair Critic – My sympathies are with you. Kia kaha if that helps. I heard someone criticising the weasel word of how “resilient’ you are. That praising resilience is just an excuse to leave you to your own resources. Keep sending the begging letters, you deserve lots of help while you repair the broken bits and your lives. And planning for a different Christchurch that serves you well. And it’s true about the different areas, my family is in the west and life goes on with a wobble and a bump now and then. As long as breakable and messy things are cordoned off, it’s not too bad for them.

  10. ropata 10

    Never the same again:
    Fat Eddies bar, a special place and incidentally the last place I saw my friend Emma alive
    New Regent St, with its trendy cafes and curios shops
    Honeypot Cafe, with its grumpy staff but really cool art everywhere
    Warners Hotel, lived there for a couple of months when I had nowhere else to go
    St Lukes Church, where I experienced profound grace

    • prism 10.1

      @ropata
      Every time you mention a name, your bring the memory of that person into the new day.
      So sorry about Emma.
      I have yet to visit the earthquake areas as I have little family time when I take flying visits on grabaseat. But I feel I should go, like a pilgrimage. I think I’ll go to New Brighton, round the CBD, Ferrymead if I can. Was Warners in Latimer Square? If so I think I stayed there once.

      • ropata 10.1.1

        Hi prism,
        Warners is in Cathedral Square, actually I think it’s recoverable except some of its heritage features (ie, the original facade) probably have to be demolished.
        Cheers mate.

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    14 hours ago
  • “People’s Faces” by Kate Tempest
    Heard this on Radio NZ this afternoon. Perfectly captures how I'm feeling just now.It's always good to find new music, though it would be nice to be hearing something celebratory. Even "Things Can Only Get Better" would be welcome, if it was accompanied by a thumping Labour victory. ...
    17 hours ago
  • A reflection on the British general election
    by Don Franks Like New Zealand, Britain is officially a country of equal opportunity under the rule of law, with increasing hardship for those at the bottom. When there’s an election, and the party most obviously callous towards poor people wins, decent folks are dismayed and bewildered. “What the hell ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    22 hours ago
  • Well, crap
    UKanians went to the polls yesterday in early elections aimed at resolving the Brexit impasse. And they certainly have, delivering a huge majority to the Tories, and (barring internal rebellions of the sort which delayed Brexit) giving them the power to do whatever they want. And thanks to the UK's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Austerity meets fresh resistance in Iran
      by Karim Pourhamzavi Mass protests are occurring across Iran, taking place in over 100 cities.  The protests have been sparked by the government’s cutting of fuel subsidies, a measure which caused fuel prices to double overnight. Mass protests are hardly new in Iran, but there is an important difference ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 days ago
  • Oh No! It’s a …..
    What other song could we play as the UK's political rule book gets torn up and thrown away?Video courtesy of YouTubeThis post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Election 2019 – The Legendary Liveblog
    Legendary in my own mind, I mean.  All times are NZ, which is an hour10.00am (NZ) There's about an hour to go until the exit poll is released.  At that point, half of the British voting public will devastated, and the other half celebrating wildly.  Unless everyone is simply confused.Turnout seems ...
    2 days ago
  • Some Thoughts On Socialism As Jeremy Corbyn Loses The UK General Election.
    Forlorn Hope: When the call came down to make Corbyn unelectable, the Establishment's journalists and columnists rose to the challenge. Antisemitism was only the most imaginative of the charges levelled against the old democratic-socialist. There were many more and, sadly, they appear to have worked. Boris Johnson may not be much ...
    2 days ago
  • Cartoonist David Low’s Radical Sympathy.
    "Rendezvous" by David Low, September 1939.DUNEDIN IS THE BIRTHPLACE of, for my money, the world’s greatest cartoonist, David Low. At the height of his powers, in 1930s London, Low’s cartoons represented the visual conscience of the civilised world. His most famous cartoon, “Rendezvous”, penned a few weeks into the Second ...
    2 days ago
  • The UK has a choice as to whether it chooses to be manipulated… or not.
    If you want to study propagandist techniques, you are typically told to study Dictatorships. Not unfair, but what’s always been more interesting to me is so-called “democratic” countries and their broader information systems. Why? Because people opt for it, even as they decry “totalitarian regimes!”.. It’s quite an eye ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    3 days ago
  • Today’s secrecy legislation
    Introducing legislation which shits on the public's right to know seems to have become a daily occurrence for this government. Today's example is the Infrastructure Funding and Financing Bill. The bill establishes a framework for the establishment of "special purpose vehicles" (SPVs) to hide debt from local government balance sheets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Time to vote!
    Below is the longlist of words and phrases generated in the korero phase of Public Address Word of the Year 2019, with some editorial moderation. Now it's time to vote. As you'll doubtless be able to see, you get three ranked choices. Use your power wisely. Or frivolously, whatever.As usual, ...
    3 days ago
  • Encryption, passwords, and self-incrimination
    The University of Waikato and New Zealand Law Foundation have released a report today on the law around encryption in New Zealand. There's stuff in there about principles and values, and how proposed government policies to provide for "lawful access" by creating backdoors would destroy the trust which makes encryption ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Drawn
    A ballot for two Member's Bills was held today, and the following bills were drawn: Insurance (Prompt Settlement of Claims for Uninhabitable Residential Property) Bill (Stuart Smith) Social Security (Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments) Amendment Bill (Willow-Jean Prime) Neither bill seems likely to be particularly controversial. This is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bougainville votes for independence
    Earlier in the month, Bougainvilleans went to the polls in a landmark referendum to decide on whether they would remain part of Papua New Guinea or become independent. Yesterday, the results came in, with over 97% support for independence. The referendum wasn't binding - instead it means negotiations with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Bus strikes, suspensions and solidarity
    by Daphna Whitmore This week 800 unionised bus drivers in Auckland were suspended from work after they refused to collect fares as part of a campaign of industrial action. Drivers working for Auckland’s largest bus company NZ Bus are asking for more pay and better working conditions after being offered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to support after the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption
    As details emerge about what unfolded on Whakaari / White Island two days ago, my thoughts go out to all the families affected by this terrible event. My thoughts are also with the first responders who worked in perilous circumstances to assist and protect those affected. Both local and ...
    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    4 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    4 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    5 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • Record export highs picked for primary sector
    Sustained high growth in primary industry exports looks set to continue over the next two years with strong prices predicted for farmers, fishers, growers and rural communities. Minister of Agriculture and Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor today released the latest Situation and Outlook report for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    21 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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