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Harawira’s recount bid did not “backfire”

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, October 9th, 2014 - 155 comments
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The usual tory cheerleaders have been quick to heap further bile on Hone Harawira:

Harawira’s recount bid backfires

Mana leader Hone Harawira has failed in his bid to overturn the result in Te Tai Tokerau after an official recount delivered his opponents more votes.

The recount bid did not “backfire”, because Hone never expected to win the seat on recount (and the slightly amended totals are irrelevant). He had different goals:

Mr Harawira applied for the recount on Tuesday because his party was concerned about the large number of discarded votes in the Maori electorate and wanted independent scrutiny of the results. Mr Harawira also believed Maori voters had been mistreated at polling booths.

He was very clear about this on a recent Morning Report.

The glee with which certain elements of the commentariat are enjoying Hone’s loss is pretty revolting. Whether you agree with the man or not he earned the right, with what he was trying to accomplish, to a bit of respect.

155 comments on “Harawira’s recount bid did not “backfire” ”

  1. Bruce 1

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    [lprent: You didn’t read the post. Banned for 4 weeks for diversion trolling. ]

  2. Realblue 2

    A bit harsh there, he’s entitled to ask for a recount. [deleted]

    [lprent: You didn’t read the post. I will be a bit harsh here – banned for 4 weeks for diversion trolling. Also just be grateful that I don’t have time today to look to see if you are talking to yourself. I’d give you a really good ban for sockpuppetting. ]

  3. Picard101 3

    I’m sorry but I simply do not agree that this was a purely altruistic maneuver by Hone. He was hoping to win.

    He was going on about 100s, if not 1000s of votes early this week/late last week. As well as boasting about not having conceded meaning he could jet around the place on the taxpayers dime to visit mates. He really did not believe that the voters had gone with someone else.

    Yes he has some fantastic ideas and desires, especially when it comes to kids and the poor of our country, but almost all his good will in the country will be gone after this mess. Refusing to concede and showing off that he can run around on the taxpayers dime (which wasnt true),claiming acts of racism at polling booths, which he never produced any evidence of, claiming 100s/1000s of votes were illegally invalidated, demanding a recount and IMO being less than honest for his reasoning, is it any wonder his political foes are having a field day?

    It is time for Hone to just go. Accept the voters wishes and just go.

  4. Gonzo 4

    What should they have said on Stuff then. Maybe Harawira kicks own goal?

    It is after all a headline and I have seen a few quite inventive ones even on this site, for instance “John Key’s police poodles”. Clearly they are not poodles regardless of your opinion.

    [lprent: It appear you didn’t read the post either. 4 weeks ban for diversion trolling. Don’t these morans ever use their brains or read the policy. They are like lemmings ]

    • wekarawshark 4.1

      It’s a metaphor. You understand what someone means when they say someone is a poodle? If you disagree that the police have that kind of relationship with Key then say so, but saying they aren’t poodles is just stupid.

      Likewise, Harawira didn’t kick an own goal, because the reason for the recount wasn’t to increase his vote. I doubt he gives too much of a shit about the numbers. He wanted the votes looked at because of voter suppression issues. Did you even read the post? What was so difficult to understand?

    • McFlock 4.2

      The problem is not the use of an analogy in a headline.
      The problem is that the analogy apparently illustrated a lie.

      Harawira did not “bid to overturn the result”, he “wanted independent scrutiny of the results”. Tacked in at the end of the stuff article, it appears the objective was achieved (my italics):

      Judge Broadmore said he would issue a further judgement relating to matters that came to his attention during the recount, and which of concern to the parties, but which had not affected the result.

      It’s a very short post you commented on. I’m surprised you missed the point.

  5. NeutObserver 5

    Backfire is not the word. “Roundly defeated” is the more appropriate term

    • wekarawshark 5.1

      I haven’t looked. Is Harawira’s vote more or less than 2011?

      • swordfish 5.1.1

        Party Vote Te Tai Tokerau 2011-14

        2011……………………………………………………….2014………..
        Lab……. 6855 ……….34.7%…………….8033……….35.5%
        Mana…. 4844……….24.5%…………….4247……….18.8%
        Maori…. 2208……….11.2%…………….2301……….10.2%
        NZF…… 1950 ……….9.9%………………3296……….14.6%
        Nat…… 1814…………9.2%……………..1938………..8.6%
        Green… 1704…………8.6%……………..2275……….10.0%

        Candidate Vote Te Tai Tokerau 2011-14

        2011………………………………………………………2014………..
        Lab…….6956……….37.1%…………….9710……….44.8%
        Mana….8121……….43.3%…………….8971……….41.3%
        Maori….3114……….16.6%…………….2565……….11.8%
        ALCP…….559………..3.0%…….Ind…….451……….2.1%

        2014 = does not include recount

  6. adam 6

    And the racist come out of the woodwork.

    I’m pretty sure all the jingoists want our army to go to war – an army which is made up of predominantly maori.

    So why is it when a Maori leader ask what is happening to Maori votes – they coming spewing their vial rubbish?

    Is it that you hate Maori so much you think their votes are worse less?

    And I can attest to the second part of his statement, I have watched some pretty ignorant dealings by staff at polling booths over the years – especially of my Kāi Tahu friends.

    • Rob 6.1

      “So why is it when a Maori leader ask what is happening to Maori votes – they coming spewing their vial rubbish? ”

      We actually do know what happened to the Maori votes in this electorate, the majority voted for Labour. You just don’t like the result do you?

      • adam 6.1.1

        Can you read rob? I’m serious, in the context of the original post?

        Do you understand why he asked for what he asked for?

        Is this you trying to be a Politically Correct racist, and hiding it around the electoral result?

      • GregJ 6.1.2

        I think you mean a plurality voted for Labour and the Labour candidate not a majority.

  7. The Real Matthew 7

    A recount was a strange way to try and address the issues Hone was raising.

    Andrew Geddis has written an excellent piece on the situation over at Pundit (apologies if we aren’t allowed to link to other blogs) http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/hones-last-stand

    [lprent: Link all you like. The trick is not to just dump a link in or to drop in links that are not relevant to the post of comments (that is known as link-whoring), but to provide a reason why people should click on it.

    You did well. Thank you. Have a look at the policy. It describes the types of behaviours that the moderators will get pissed about, and those that are allowed. ]

    • wekarawshark 7.1

      Linking is good.

    • wekarawshark 7.2

      “A recount was a strange way to try and address the issues Hone was raising.”

      It’s taken me a while to get it. I thought at first there was something about the recount that would make any irregularities on voting day apparent. But now I think it’s more that Harawira used the recount in two ways. One is to get a whole bunch of people talking (achieved), and the other is to get the recount judge to say something (judgement not out yet).

      If Harawira had not asked for a recount and had simply raised the voter suppression issues, then I think it would have gotten a days coverage in the media and then sunk like a stone. These issues were being raised well before the recount, but no-one was paying much attention. Now they are.

      • Picard101 7.2.1

        The problem for Hone is the story is going to be about him having less votes than he got on the night, and he will be seen as a petulant child by the general public for demanding this recount. Most people will see this as a failed attempt by Hone to overturn the vote on the night, and it failed. He will be made to look like a joke.

        He has not helped his cause by running around saying he gets to keep his free travel by not conceding, which was just untrue. Nor claiming racism or intimidation at the polling booths with zero hard evidence presented.

        If is intent was to bring to light potential illegal activities, (which as I stated above, I personally do not buy) then he has failed. So unless the judge finds that Maori voters were turned away in the 1000’s by white people screaming racist abuse at them, then this will be a dead story.

        • wekarawshark 7.2.1.1

          fuck the MSM and fuck the white people who want to write this off. Harawira’s knows what he is about. You think he doesn’t know what the MSM will do? You think Māori don’t understand full well how the MSM misreprents them and their issues? Seriously?

          Just consider that Harawira may be quite aware of the things you raise, and factored them into his strategy.

          From my Pākehā perspective I think that the white people in NZ who support anti-racism work will be paying attention and will be working through the issues in themselves and getting to a place of understanding and tautoko. But I think that Harawira will be operating out of a world view that most Pākehā are largely unaware of.

          • Picard101 7.2.1.1.1

            Facts to take away from the news on both channels tonight:

            1: Hone went down in the recount and Kelvin went up
            2: He requested it (no mention of his campaign to fight irregularities)
            3: It cost taxpayers $30’000
            4: The word ‘backfired’ was used
            5: The story got about 20 seconds of airtime on both channels

            You can rant and rave about the MSM conspiracy, and praise Hone for his strategy, such as it is given how well his strategy to align with the Internet party worked out – but judging from tonight’s coverage, this is a dead story already and Hone just looks silly.

            • wekarawshark 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Well that’s all very interesting, but it has absolutely nothing to do with anything I have said. I think you are missing the point, and I’m guessing you are ideologically blind to Harawira’s strategy, which might be why you keep insisting on viewing it through what you think he should have done instead of understanding why he did the he did.

              oh, and you failed almost competely to respond to my comment, and instead just rephrased what you said before. Just because you say it twice doesn’t make it more true or more meaningful.

              • Picard101

                It really matters not one jot why he did it (but for the record I do not believe he is doing this for anything other than sour grapes. Hell he bragged about sucking on the taxpayers teat all last week, not someone with great standards in my opinion).

                What matters is how it will play out. And you can make all the grand claims you like about strategies and what not, but the fact is, this little trist will only serve to undermine him further, ruin what credibility he has, allow Kelvin to fully overshadow him in the north and bring about nothing he is claiming to be fighting for. And come 2017, he will be almost unelectable.

                • wekarawshark

                  “What matters is how it will play out.”

                  Ok, concern trole, as mentioned already saying something multiple times doesn’t make it more true or meaningful. You obviously dislike the guy so of course you are going to go with the most negative interpretation of events you can come up with.

                  And of course now here we are arguing about Harawira’s personality flaws instead of looking at voter suppression in NZ. Well done mate.

                  • Picard101

                    Where is the hard evidence of voter suppression? Hone has made the claim, now he needs to back it up.

                    Lets see the proof. Or is Hone taking lessons from Winston. Making grand claims, then never backing them up.

                    As for the man himself, not fussed on him one way or the other. I like many of his policies around children and poverty, but he sold out to DC for money. So for all his talk, he is just another trougher now.

                    • wekarawshark

                      Dude, the point of the post was to show that Harawira had a different agenda when he asked for a recount (other than increasing his vote). That different agenda was to get some focus on what’s been happening with voting in Te Tai Tokerau. The judge who did the recount has indicated there are some issues but hasn’t made his judgement yet. It’s all in process. How about you come back in a months time and see if there is any evidence?

                      In the meantime there is this, try doing some reading on the topic, you can start here,

                      Harawira’s recount bid did not “backfire”

                      We might want to ask why you think Harawira is a liar. Although I’m sick of this conversation now, because it looks like just another Bash Hone attempt and I can’t be bothered.

                    • Picard101

                      The reason I do not buy into this whole “racist conspiracy” weka is because of Hone himself.

                      He has committed acts of racism in the past, he boasted about not conceding and jetting around to see his mates on the taxpayers back, went on about 100s or 1000s of votes not being allowed (clearly a hint they were for him). He sold out to DC for money. I simply do not find him a honest or moral person anymore. And the only agenda he had IMO was to overturn the vote.

                      And the fact that he has been running around the place screaming racism and presented no proof, only enlarges my mistrust of his word. And the reason you can no longer be bothered is because I have asked for proof and you have none.

                      As I said before, he has some very good policies on poverty and children. Sadly he has thrown all that to the wind in recent weeks and now looks like just another politician trying to hang on to the perks of the office.

                    • Pascals bookie

                      what did he sell out?

                      name one policy or goal he gave up for money, that’s what ‘selling out’ means doesn’t it? what did kdc get for his money? what did Hone give up or abandon?

                      so now you’ve made the allegation that he sold out, let’s see your hard evidence.

                    • Pascals bookie

                      and you should stop lying. go and find his farewell to parliament and check all the tributes from various people from across the spectrum to him, and check what he says about feeding the kids.

                      nah, you’re just a bell end mate, you’re not fooling anyone.

                    • Picard101

                      He joined up with Dotcom for the money, not because of policy, not because of a shared vision of the future. For money. He sold out for cash, as opposed to staying true to his convictions. I truly believe that if he had stayed away from Dotcom he would be an MP right now. Instead he took the cash.

                      Hell, even his position on dope started to soften as the campaign went on. Which was a massive shame. It went from no means no, to well we are still looking at this that and the next thing.

                      Bradford saw him as a sell out for this, a lot of his long time supporters were very upset and angry with him, and on election night his actions cost him his electorate.

                      You may not think this makes him a sell out, but for me, Bradford, the voters of TTT, it does.

                    • Picard101

                      And I see in typical form, when someone cannot argue the point they go all childish and name call.

                      Oh well.

                    • wekarawshark

                      What racist conspiracy? Now you’re just making shit up and pretending it’s what other people have said.

                    • blue leopard

                      Picard 101

                      Hone accepting help from Dotcom simply showed he would take any opportunity to get more representation for the people and causes he works hard for. i.e. to me it showed passion that he joined with Dotcom – not compromise or ‘troughing’.

                      I agree with the good points that Wekarawshark has made.

                      Additionally, I think it is important to point out that getting a recount was the best thing to do in order to address concerns being expressed about the accuracy of the count and whether votes had been missed.

                      The results of the recount has paradoxically both allowed more confidence to be felt for that process, because not huge amounts of votes were missed yet because there were some votes missed – which is a pretty serious matter – has also shown that there are some issues that need to be addressed.

                      Democracy needs to be questioned and checked from time to time, to avoid slackness, corruption and/or lackadaisical attitudes from creeping in and to ensure that the all-important sense of trust is retained by the public for the process.

                      Harawira requesting a recount was actually an extremely sound action to pursue for the above reasons.

                      It is a pity that the news missed raising these types of points in their coverage of the matter. TV One obviously felt it was more important to mention the money it took to get the recount, rather than mention the important matters that getting the recount addressed – that of ensuring our electoral processes are sound and can be trusted.

                      Good on Hone for pursuing the matter.

                    • wekarawshark

                      “You may not think this makes him a sell out, but for me, Bradford, the voters of TTT, it does.”

                      Did you know he got more votes this time than in 2011?

                    • Picard101

                      I suggest to check what Hone has been saying as well as others on here Weka.

                      Racism rife in this country, corrupt system etc…

                      Oh and I thought you were done. Or did you find some proof of the claims being made to show me? I would be happy to look at if if you have it.

                    • The Real Matthew

                      “what did he sell out?

                      name one policy or goal he gave up for money, that’s what ‘selling out’ means doesn’t it? what did kdc get for his money? what did Hone give up or abandon?”

                      Drug Reform

                    • Picard101

                      Blue leopard, it showed a great number of people that Hone was after the cash and was willing to lose someone as loyal as Bradford for it.

                      Sorry, I just do not see it in the same way you do.

                    • blue leopard

                      @Picard 101

                      What do you think he intended to do with that cash? Buy a new swimming pool or a multi-million dollar mansion?

                      It is very obvious that the cash was accepted in order to have more resources for raising awareness, and thus support, for the causes that he represents.

                      What about the other points I raised?

                      I think it is very important that the recount is not misunderstood because there are some very important principles in a democracy at stake that are missed when the recount is viewed incorrectly.

                      I really do think Hone’s actions are commendable in the pursuit of ensuring that trust is retained in the system, rather than having questions left unanswered.

                    • wekarawshark

                      Māori pointing out racism doesn’t have anything to do with a racist conspiracy. Get a dictionary and look it up.

                      I’ve already answered your question about evidence and you’re ignoring that.

                    • Picard101

                      Blue, given how he has carried on in the last couple of weeks, I do not believe he got the recount for the reasons he is now stating.

                      The reason being touted for the recount is a good reason to carry out a recount, but I do not believe this was Hone’s reason.

                      As for the cash, yes he got it to bolster his warchest, but where it came from – hell he may as well of had John Key funding him.

                      I do not expect us to agree.

                    • Picard101

                      Maori pointing out racism.. no hard proof of that at all. And as for what you have presented – yea, opinion of board posters does not equal hard proof.

                      Keep trying Weka.

                    • wekarawshark

                      it was a description of events.

                    • Picard101

                      A description is not hard proof.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Picard101 you’re a small minded kind of prick.

                      What I wonder, is why you’re so concerned about former MP Hone Harawira. The guy has lost his seat in a humiliating loss, yet you’re still on his case. What about Hone keeps worrying you mate?

                    • blue leopard

                      @Picard 101

                      You now appear concerned what his intent was, however earlier in the conversation you stated: “It really matters not one jot why he did it”

                      I suggest you make up your mind.

                      You are probably correct in that we are unlikely to agree, however I think you are being somewhat suckered in by the line that has been fed to the general public and, worse, are propagating it and I think it is important that the facts of the matter gets an airing.

                      As I said, I think wekarawshark has made some extremely pertinent points, and I hope you reread those points and absorb them.

                      Fact of the matter is having a recount clears up questions that have been floating around this election. This is a good result.

                    • Picard101

                      Goodness more name calling.

                      How is it small minded to hold an opinion that is not the same as yours?

                      And as for why the discussion – this thread is about Hone and his recount and his reason for it. I have just as much right to express my opinion as everyone else. Also, I am not the only person in this thread that has expressed their disbelief of his current reasoning for asking for the recount. I just happen to be the one that the likes of Weka have focused on. So, I answer because I want to. No other reason.

                      You do not have to agree with it, but calling me names like a kid in the playground does nothing for your point of view.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Picard the Prick with the Pretence of Polite Poltick

                    • Picard101

                      Blue – the only questions about the TTT result were from Hone.

                      Perhaps if the Maori Party came out with similar second hand information, we might have to scratch our heads and say, hold on this isn’t right. But not a word from them. Unless the next suggestion is going to be only Mana voters were excluded – which would be interesting to say the least.

                      And as for the whole suckered in by the MSM bit -yeaaa na.

                      And as for Weka’s points, nothing to support them.

                      I suspect the judge will come back with a few minor things to look at, but nothing like what has been suggested. There will be no evidence of widespread exclusion, no evidence of Maori being made to wait while others were served first, etc… But if there is, then I would be happy to say I was wrong. But I doubt very much I ever will have to.

                    • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark

                      Hey Picard, people are calling you out for what you are and what you fully invite to yourself as well as deserve. It is a wake-up call and you are given opportunities to reflect and re-examine your attitude.

                    • Picard101

                      Yes, how dare I be polite and refuse to call people names and focus on the topic at hand.

                      Bad, bad me. How evil am I.

                    • blue leopard

                      @ Picard 101

                      There have been quite a few questions floating around the internet regarding dubious/unfair treatment around voting. As I understand it, it has not simply been ‘coming from Hone’. [I will take a look around for links, haven’t got them right at hand]

                      Although, even if it were solely Hone Harawira speaking up about it, that doesn’t mean it ‘solely comes from Hone’. The man has been an MP and people will approach him and express concerns if untoward things are going on; so it isn’t a simply case of ‘Hone saying something ‘when he raises an issue – he may be speaking for many people.

                      You are repeating exactly the type of ideas that have been rocking around the mainstream news repetitively for years about Hone, so saying ‘yeah nah’ to the view that you have absorbed these ideas is neither here nor there. In fact, it might indicate you have absorbed Tui adverts too. 🙂

                    • Picard101

                      Blue – all Hone has to do is come out with evidence of it. That’s it. Don’t Winston the situation, just slap that proof down.

                      Blow the whole thing out of the water and get the system fixed. Hell if it is as bad as claimed I would have at a guess there could be grounds for a new election.

                      So, all I ask is for Hone to front up.

                      But I bet the lead story in all the papers and media tomorrow will not be about Hone fronting up. Nor even in a weeks time or a months time.

                    • McFlock

                      He raised the issue with the relevant authorities.
                      The judge will release his findings in due course.

                      Or do you belive in democratic-reforms-by-media?

                    • Picard101

                      And as I have said, I do not believe that the judge will find any evidence of what Hone is claiming.

                      So I guess my next pondering is how will Hone react when the judge does not support him? One of two ways I suspect, but given the rather hostile environment in here towards opposing views I think I will keep those thoughts to myself.

                    • blue leopard

                      @ Picard 101

                      Here is a link where Harawira is stating the problem prior to the election.

                      https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/25042241/polling-booths-asked-to-treat-maori-voters-with-respect/

                      The article is dated 18 September before the result was announced. He can’t have been making such statements “because he ‘lost’ his electorate” at that point.

                      Clearly he is concerned by the feedback he is hearing and acting on that concern – as any decent member of parliament would.

                      [This is not responding to your latest comment, it was supposed to be attached to the end of my last comment]

                      Edit: Agree with McFlock
                      Not sure what the process is with the recount, but fortunately we are not living in such a banana republic that they haven’t taken his complaint seriously. I presume any ‘evidence’ (whatever that could be?) will be provided in the process.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Picard’s fascination with an ex-MP…what’s Picard so afraid of? Courageously holding a former Parliamentarian with no power or influence in Wellington like Hone to account – that’s Picard bravery for you.

                    • wekarawshark

                      yeah and he believes that Harawira and everyone else should jump to his demands and timeframes.

                    • Picard101

                      And his proof of this was……….

                      And given his behaviour over the last 2 weeks, I still do not buy this was his reason for asking for the recount. And again, if this was such a big issue, where was the Maori Party on this? Labour – given their determination to reclaim the Maori seats, the Greens? Surly their Maori voters would be expressing similar concerns to the party they support.

                      I want to see the hard evidence of it. Not second hand comments from an ex MP with questionable motives.

                    • wekarawshark

                      “One of two ways I suspect, but given the rather hostile environment in here towards opposing views I think I will keep those thoughts to myself.”

                      Oh good. That will save us getting out the world’s smallest violin.

                      The reason you are getting abuse is because,

                      1. you started posting your opinions here

                      2. people challenged you on those opinions by raising issues that ran counter to them

                      3. you ignored those issues and just kept saying the same thing in different ways

                      4. people again tried to discuss the issues with you

                      5. you ignored them

                      6. you twisted what other people said

                      7. you expressed opinion as fact

                      8. you tried to make out you’re a victim

                      9. you tried to tell the regulars here how to behave

                      10. you pulled the poor me card

                      did I miss any?

                    • wekarawshark

                      “I want to see the hard evidence of it.”

                      No you don’t, you want something that will affirm your prejudices.

                      You just haven’t realised yet that what you demand is irrelevant to this conversation.

                    • Picard101

                      Interesting theory.

                      Factually incorrect, but then that is your right.

                      Not sure exactly what I have ignored, etc… but hey feel free to repost anything you like, and I will repeat myself for you.

                    • Picard101

                      No weka, I want the evidence. Electoral fraud is a big deal. So, let Hone back up his claims.

                    • blue leopard

                      @Picard 101

                      And his proof of this was……….

                      Did you read the link I provided? It is clear that he has been approached by many people commenting about the way they have been treated.

                      I think that your implication that he is making stuff up because he lost his seat has been fairly blown out of the water at this point…

                      You can keep expressing ‘your opinion’ yet at least anyone else reading can see that you are not really basing your opinion on any evidence that indicates your opinions are simply lacking foundation. At least people can see that your opinions are just based a ‘hunch’ (aka grudge?), or, as I suggested earlier, the common garden spin you have been fed.

                      I’d watch that susceptibility to spin, if I were you.

                    • McFlock

                      No weka, I want the evidence. Electoral fraud is a big deal. So, let Hone back up his claims.

                      I think that the problem is that you want you to have the evidence. Now. Forget going through the appropriate process for such issues, forget the fact that the judge is currently considering the issues and will release the decision in due course, you want the evidence in your hands right now.

                      Even though it would have absolutely no effect on the electoral process (and probably your opinion and desire to express that opinion without any evidence) if that actually occurred.

                    • wekarawshark

                      I don’t think 101 is that interested in evidence unless it supports his own views.

                      I read the link though, thanks 🙂

                    • Picard101

                      Blue, it is all hearsay.

                      Proof please. Hard, solid proof, electoral commission findings perhaps when Hone raised this concern? Did he make an official complaint? Was there an investigation? If so what were the findings?

                      I think that that sort of thing might have made the news. Yes?

                      So, while you and others may claim that there is more to see, that just does not seem to stack up at this point.

                    • blue leopard

                      Picard 101,

                      I suggest that you read McFlock’s contributions to this conversation for the answers to some of those questions you posed after he wrote the comment that answers them. [Erhem]

                      I also suggest that some of the answers to your questions are in the link I provided about 1/2 an hour ago @ 11.07pm

                      @weka I’m so glad someone read the link, it would appear pretty clear someone else hasn’t 🙂

                    • wekarawshark

                      Broken record, won’t listen to anyone else, just keeps saying the same thing over and over again.

                      Still haven’t realised your demands are irrelevant?

                    • Picard101

                      Yes Blue, he contacted electoral supervisors, but never laid a complaint with the commission. A situation as serious as electoral fraud and he never laid a complaint. Rather odd really. Poor judgement perhaps?

                      And no, my questions have not been answered with solid proof. Just a lot of second hand information.

                      Sorry, nothing in this thread comes even close to conclusive proof. Guess we just have to now wait and see what the judge says. Somehow I do not think I will be surprised by the findings.

                      [lprent: “..never laid a complaint with the commission..”.

                      The people affected have to lay the complaints. At this point we don’t know how many if any have.

                      Hone’s allegations are directed at the Electoral Commission and their employees.

                      Perhaps you should read the electoral act. A petition may be made before the court, It is effectively a civil case, which means that he has to fund it. Something that an unemployed MP who isn’t a lawyer would not usually do. The only ex-MP I can recall doing these was Peters, who is of course a lawyer.

                      I don’t like the pwned / owned stupidity that you are using demanding a particular result, ignoring others explaining why it is impossible, and then claiming victory.

                      It is a mindless flamewar starter. Read the policy for the next two weeks. Banned. ]

                    • Picard101

                      Not irrlevent Weka. Pointless because there is no proof is there.

                      But despite requests that I must keep changing my views on a given topic (on the hour if one poster is catered to) oddly enough I tend to hold fast to my views unless valid evidence that a change is required is presented. An odd quirk for some to accept I know, but there you go. I just have this bad habit of standing by my convictions.

                    • blue leopard

                      @Picard 101

                      Could have sworn that I read hours ago Weka saying one would have to wait for the outcome, but am not looking around for that comment to link to it. For sure, that is what McFlock was relaying.

                      Glad you have absorbed something.

                      Thank goodness for small mercies.

                      There has been evidence provided that Hone was airing concerns prior to the election. This indicates that your view that Hone was making the complaint due to his loss is quite incorrect. You appear to still be holding such beliefs , despite the fact that it has been shown he was voicing concerns prior to the loss, and therefore you have proven that you do not shift your views in the face of valid evidence.

                      [Weka, very prophetic]

                    • McFlock

                      Guess we just have to now wait and see what the judge says.

                      Finally he gets the point.

                    • Colonial Rawshark

                      Some fucker Picard is looking for “conclusive proof” on the interwebs and declaring it a win if it doesn’t materialise. LOL

                    • Picard101

                      Yes “WE” will have t wait for what the judge says.

                      I, on the other hand, don’t. I already have a very strong suspicion of the outcome. And it will not be to your liking.

                      Oh and as for Weka’s comment, the fact that no complaint was made to the commision over this, despite his concerns, just makes his chest thumping now look 2 faced. And again, I say I do not believe he asked for the recount for purely altruistic reasons. If anything his actions before the election (or inaction) strengthens this view.

                    • McFlock

                      lol

                      So when picard says “we”, they means “you”.
                      The other option is that a brief moment of clarity has now been scabbed over by picard’s belief in their ability to gain knowledge based on absolutely no evidence. Because “they” (meaning “picard”) don’t need to wait for the judge’s decision, apparently.

                    • blue leopard

                      @ McFlock & CV

                      chortle 😆

  8. Ad 8

    Harawera is a Faust who sold his soul to the Devil and paid for it.

    • wekarawshark 8.1

      Not everyone lives in a world of Christian sin and punishment.

      • greywarshark 8.1.1

        I loved the bit about the world’s small est violin to accompany the wails of the bewildered and misunderstood.

        And a quote that says it all from the mouth above.
        9 October 2014 at 11:58 pm
        Yes “WE” will have t wait for what the judge says.
        I, on the other hand, don’t. I already have a very strong suspicion of the outcome.

    • Chooky 8.2

      ?….explain yourself

    • adam 8.3

      I really hate the shallow theology of some, the gospels are a message of hope – not an excuse for you to be a vile hateful little soul. May I recommend Ad, you go back and read the New Testament again – it shows from your comment you have not, or you have been listening to preachers who have not. As you missed the essential messages of goodwill to all and loving one another.

      • Ad 8.3.1

        Stop your pleading and go back and read Goethe.
        Harawera knows it. Bradford knew it and decided the sale of political principle wasn’t worth it.
        Even that idiot on Thedailyblog knows it.
        They sold themselves out, and traded down.

        • adam 8.3.1.1

          This is a different issue – but stick with your vitriol – it looks so good on you.

        • Murray Rawshark 8.3.1.2

          He didn’t sell his soul. If there was any sin, he was perhaps a little opportunistic. He, and others, were offered an opportunity that could have gained more representation and a bit more of a voice for the dispossessed of our country. It didn’t work, but Mana will keep going. They are much more than an electoral party, and will learn from this.

    • greywarshark 8.4

      By now anyone who’s anyone knows the name is spelt Harawira.

  9. Tiger Mountain 9

    This is a good time to shine light on the disproportionate amount of disallowed ‘specials’ in Māori electorates. The rules are there to be used so good on Hone and Mana Movement for taking the opportunity.

    My partner served at two polling booths in the Far North in recent elections. On one occasion the chief clerk did not even unpack the Māori roll by opening time. Several Māori seat voters were confused–the name of “their” candidate was not on the papers–general seat–given to them. The clerk reluctantly did her duty on prompting and gave my partner the evils all day. The trend around Doubtless Bay was booths staffed by farmers wives and retired torys some seeming to have no time for the existence of Te Tai Tokerau.

    The reaction from the usual suspects to the Mana challenge highlight again the racist remnants that continue to haunt this country.

    • Jenk 9.1

      Yes – I’ve heard similar stories, Tiger Mountain. Racism is well and truly embedded in this country and it comes out like these instances you mention at election time.
      That’s why Hone put forward the request for a recount – to try and highlight these instances where it happens, and to try and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

    • wekarawshark 9.2

      hope you don’t mind TM, but I quoted your comment at Pundit,

      http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/hones-last-stand#comment-39782

      • Tiger Mountain 9.2.1

        No worries, I can back up what I claim if needs be, it seems that Mana got some declarations off people prior to the recount and review.

    • Pawsharkial 9.3

      I seem to recall that the disallowed specials rate in the 2013 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election was an astonishing 52%. It’s not the easiest data to locate on the EC site, so let’s go with the 2011 election results (party votes):

      http://www.electionresults.govt.nz/electionresults_2011/e9/html/e9_part10_1.html

      In General seats, the rate of disallowed specials was an average of 7.3%, in Māori seats this soared to 17.1%. In specific electorates, the disparity was even more salient; Dunedin North had 3%, Ikaroa-Rāwhiti 22.3%; Epsom 4.5%, Waiariki 20.7%. Also, the average rate of informal specials was disproportionately greater in Māori electorates at 2.1% versus 0.7% in General electorates. Then of course there’s the turnout rate difference between General and Māori electorates

      The thing that really surprised me about this recount was that it was only for the Te Tai Tokerau candidate vote. It’s not like the the IMPs have anything to lose at this point, why didn’t they go full-on and demand a party vote recount, plus candidate in all Māori electorates?

    • Murray Rawshark 9.4

      +1 TM
      I think we’ve seen one of those racist remnants posting at great length above.

  10. Andrew Welsh 10

    Hang on, in the post you used the words “mistreated” and Hone was reported to have used the words “racism”. It’s difficult to believe that the recount was nothing other than “sour grapes”, even though by law he was entitled to a recount (backed up by his refusal to front up following the election)

  11. Rodel 11

    Hone should now join the Labour party and stand as a list candidate. After all they have similar objectives and the people of Te Tai Tokerau want Labour representation.
    Dunno about his mum though… Oh why not? We need a bit of fire.

  12. In Vino 12

    “None so blind as those who will not see.”

    ‘Will’ in this case meaning ‘want to’, and ‘those’ being the right-wingers who are determined to cry sour grapes.

    Despite Hone’s lapses into foul language, etc., I respect him as having ideals and a bigger vision than the ‘Self Self Self’ ideology of right-wingers. He was NOT trying to win the seat with the recount. (I am repeating what you have already been told.)

    To use a biblical expression, critics of Hone need to think about the plank in their own eye.

    A very thick plank.

    And I am Pakeha, even if the term may have been derived from ‘Bugger you’.

  13. Ray 13

    Well I have a lot of time for Hone, I can almost forgive him for his WMF comment and he represents a genuine underclass. Interesting his vote went up compared with 2011
    The look on his face as the results came in told you all you needed to know at his sorrow and loss of mana
    He will come back
    Stand tall

  14. The Lone Haranguer 14

    Well Im still disappointed that Hone didnt get back to Parliament.

    Sure I was disappointed that he sold out to the German (my opinion only) but still reckon we need him saying the stuff he was saying. He will have to do that from outside Parliament now.

    Its now up to the rest of the Left to ether support his “Feed the poor” deal or if thats off the table, then one of the opposition parties needs to draft a duplicate of it and call it their own with some help from Hone. 🙂

    And then you parties of the Left can practise working together for the next three years and at the 2017 polls, people will understand that you are collegial and not competitors, and that you want the best for everyone.

    I might be a bit to the right for some of you, but that doesnt mean that I cant support what Hone was doing.

    • GregJ 14.1

      Out of interest why do you refer to (I assume) Kim Dotcom as “the German” rather than by his legal name (or even his birth name Kim Schmitz)? There are 12,945 New Zelanders born in Germany according to the last census and over 200 000 New Zealanders who can claim German ancestry. Do you refer to them as “The German” when you talk about them? And one in four people living in New Zealand was born outside the country – do you make a habit of referring to them by the country they were born in as well?

      Is there some significance of his German nationality I’m unaware of? And why does that take precedence over his Finnish nationality?

      As a New Zealander who has German ancestry on both sides (albeit a few generations back) I’m curious as to why this is somehow relevant? Is there something wrong with being German that I don’t know about?

  15. Dont worry. Be happy 15

    So why is it exactly that polling place staff can enroll people right up to election day but come the day itself, they pull a swifty i.e. when the person comes intending to vote, which is their right in a democracy, the staff hand them a special vote, if their name does not appear on the roll…the voter duly votes, perhaps feeling a little “special” but the vote will be disallowed.

    That is a dirty trick. And it works against the poor who move around from pillar to post.

    If there were more than 29,000 disallowed votes in TTT, one electorate…most of them disallowed due to not being enrolled…how many in the whole country? 100,000? 200,000? Forget abiut the missing million voters for a minute and think about the bamboozled hundreds of thousands!

    This is dodgy as….and has been for many elections. It must be changed. People are being tricked. If voters continue to be fobbed off with “special vote ballot papers” then the only conclusions that can be drawn are that elections in NZ are rigged and those who should damn well kick up a fuss….the media, lawyers, academics, judges…havent so far….So who benefits?

    • Picard101 15.1

      If their name is not on the roll on election day, they cannot vote as I understand it.

      And frankly, too bad. If they cannot be bothered to get things sorted before election day, given the massive effort that is put in to get people to enroll, then those people should miss out on voting. Rights come with responsibilities. It is each voters responsibility to ensure they are enrolled so they can exercise their right to vote.

      If anything all this highlights the need for civics to be taught in schools. Educate people on how the electoral system works, their rights, their responsibilities, because I strongly suspect that if we were to dig into this as deeply as we should, we would find most of these disallowed votes are because of voter error. Not some sort of racist conspiracy theory to keep Hone out of office.

      • Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 15.1.1

        some sort of racist conspiracy theory

        You have the cheek to carry on with “racist conspiracy” by kicking that off at 6:16pm, here at 9:22pm, and then banging on at it again at 9:30pm!

        • Picard101 15.1.1.1

          My goodness how evil of me again.

          I will remember in future to change my opinion on a subject every hour on the hour. Must not be consistent, must flip flop. Got it.

          Does that meet with your approval? Or are there other pointless made up rules you need to impart to me?

      • Picard has decided to eliminate people who are slack with mail, and haven’t passed their civics class in school. Who else do you wanna exclude?

        people without land ?
        peepul what dont read good ?
        people without a penis ?

        • Picard101 15.1.2.1

          There is being slack and then there is being lazy. I make no apology. If you cannot be bothered to accept the responsibility, then don’t cry about not being able to exercise the right.

          • McFlock 15.1.2.1.1

            “Rights” aren’t negotiable or contingent upon meeting some bureaucratic hurdle. Otherwise they’d be “privileges”.

            Why don’t we design the system around the people, rather than arbitrarily requiring people to conform to the system?

            • Picard101 15.1.2.1.1.1

              People were given a huge amount of time to get themselves on the roll. There was a massive drive by the commission, and political parties across a wide range of mediums to get people signed up and out to vote. How much more time do you want to give them to get off their backsides and post a letter, or use the net to register? Do we need to send people door to door and have someone collect the letter and post it for them?

              It is a person’s responsibility to make sure they are enrolled to vote. And it is not a hurdle, it is not a massive undertaking. It is a very very simple thing to do.

              It is pure laziness if you are not on the roll, or by design – I know a few who are not on the roll for one reason or another by choice.

              I do not understand why people pander to those who are too lazy to undertake such a simple act.

              • McFlock

                Let me put it this way:

                If a business said that customers could only by a product if they filled in a form and registered for the company transaction card, and they couldn’t get one at the time of purchase, then that’s the business’ choice. But if the business then found they were losing customers that way, the business would demand a better system.

                Anyone can buy anything with legal tender, but businesses have eftpos for those customers who don’t want to use cash.

                Now, some small business owners might say that customers who want one or the other are morons, and don’t deserve to shop at that store. But they’d be the idiots, because their objective is to maximise the number of customers.

                Our objective is to maximise the number of voters, no? So shouldn’t the system be tailored to the citizens, not the other way around?

                • Picard101

                  And in what way is the current system not?

                  There has to be a check on who has voted to avoid fraud. So, you have to have a roll.

                  You have to give people time to get on the roll, and plenty of opportunities/methods to do so. Which there is.

                  Those who cannot vote on the day, must be given a chance to have their vote count, and there is a system in place to ensure this.

                  There has to be a multitude of places to cast your vote on election day to ensure maximum opportunity to access a polling station – which is what happens now. To the point of political parties sending out vans to collect voters and take them to a polling booth.

                  So, in what way are people not able to get onto the roll and in what way are they being prevented from voting? (And no, Hone’s claims do not count as he himself could not muster the desire to lay an official complaint over them before he lost his seat).

                  • McFlock

                    And in what way is the current system not?

                    Because apparently some people wished to vote on the day, and could not.

                    It’s a fairly self-explanatory problem.

              • Some people’s lives are dysfunctional and chaotic. They often can’t physically get to a polling booth, hence offers of transport in areas like Mangere.

                Clearly these are undesirable people and their democratic rights should be ignored, right Picard?

      • trendy lefty 15.1.3

        Do you live in the north? I have (white, farming, tory) family up there and believe me, I find it quite believable that tory types working in polling booths would do everything they could to get Maori votes disallowed. You can keep your wee head buried in the sand and pretend that there is not any systemic racism in New Zealand, but, how would you know? Have you ever suffered the effects of racism? Maori have and do, Hone Harawira knows it and it is his mission to do something about it.

        Mr Harawira isn’t prosecuting a criminal, so he doesn’t need “hard evidence”, he was acting as a still-encumbent MP in a Maori electorate listening to the concerns of his constituents and taking a sensible step to to address those concerns – as he clearly stated. If you have any interest in how a recount is a good way to investigate those issues, have a look online for the judgement issued after the recount in Waitakere in 2011. It is probably the best, cheapest and most thorough avenue available to investigate whether disallowed votes were disallowed properly or improperly.

        You can blather on about teaching civics all you like, but for a lot of people, school and politics have no meaning because they are aprt of a system stacked against them from the start. You can deny it all you like if it makes you feel more comfortable, but, really, who gives a fuck what you think?

        You know you are reading a loser when they start whining “I have the right to voice my opinion”. Sure, you do, but your opinion is dumb.

      • Murray Rawshark 15.1.4

        You’ve learned all the RWNJ memes pretty well. You have constructed quite a view straw men here and shown an incredible inability to comprehend anything. Are you either (1) a National MP, or (2) a chook with it’s head cut off?

        Shit, could also be (3) both.
        You come across as a nasty racist prick, Prickard101. And bloody boring as well.

  16. Parliament has lost a lot of mana with the departure of Hone Harawira; the only politician who spoke purely for the underclass in Aotearoa New Zealand. My (pakeha) relatives living up North have warmed up to him as a man of integrity.

    Politics is the art of compromise, and Hone attempted to further the cause of his beloved Te Tai Tokerau by leveraging the wealth and publicity of DotCom.

    A few wavering (probably Auckland-based) voters had a natural aversion to the Bond-villainesque KDC, and we had the grotesque display of National politicians endorsing Kelvin Davis. What a farce. Hone will return, he is revered in places like Kaikohe which have missed out on Key’s “brighter future”.

    • wekarawshark 16.1

      “Parliament has lost a lot of mana with the departure of Hone Harawira”

      +1.

      It’s sad that so many people are afraid of him.

      • This is why I think Hone is a good fulla.. http://www.openbible.info/topics/poor_people

        Matthew 6:24 ESV
        “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

        Matthew 5:3
        “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

        Proverbs 29:7
        A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

        Luke 6:20-21
        And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

        Matthew 25:35-40
        For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
        […]
        ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

        Psalm 140:12
        I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy.

        James 5:1-6
        Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

        Micah 6:8
        He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

        Isaiah 58:6-12
        “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

  17. North 17

    Oh Picard……..all is not lost. You do at least have two things left – your tut tut tutting about diction and your pomposity.

    • Picard101 17.1

      That and my annoying habit of standing by what I say. I know how frustrating it is for some on here that I refuse to flip flop without actual evidence of the claims being made.

      How naughty of me.

      • Not naughty, just a bit ignorant. Could be dangerous if you hang around here too long, you might actually learn stuff.

        • Picard101 17.1.1.1

          How is it ignorant to refuse to accept the view of the loudest voices on here based on nothing but the wind?

          • wekarawshark 17.1.1.1.1

            says the commenter whose just overloaded the thread with demands for the past half day 🙄

            • Picard101 17.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh, I am sorry. I had no idea there was a limit on how many replies to posts one was allowed. Another one of my bad habits. Answering when spoken to.

              So sorry not to have ignored you after your second or third post. Although that said, it seems you share this habit.

  18. Dont worry. Be happy 18

    I am not making my point clearly enough. Sorry. Try again…..

    I have worked in polling places many times. I know how lacking in confidence some people are….for those who can read easily, who are used to dealing with forms and “officials”….no problem. For the others, the opposite….it is an ordeal. You want to know why people dont vote? Many fear looking foolish. Something that has happened many times in their lives in similar contexts. Like all human beings they shy away from events with predicatably negative connotations. And you do not need me to tell you which class has lower levels of reading skills and lower levels of confidence when faced with officialdom.

    When they summon up the courage to go to vote (this is no exaggeration remember, courage) and they dont appear on the roll of the electorate they think they live in, they should be enrolled on the spot in that electorate and the vote they then cast should be counted.

    Instead they are given a “special” vote…and their vote is later disallowed…thousands of them.

    Call that ballot paper what it is when it is given to that voter….a Claytons vote, the one you get when youre not getting a vote. At least then people would not be under the false impression that they have voted. I dare you!

    Or put the extra people in polling places on election day and keep enrolling people so that their votes are counted and their voices are heard.

    So what if it costs more money to keep enrolling throughout the election process?

    So what if we have to wait longer for the election results?

    Because the present situation…. if it is not rascism it looks a lot like it.

    • GregJ 18.1

      Thanks for this.

      It is very easy to underestimate the institutional barriers (let alone casual and institutional racism) that make what should be a very basic and ostensibly simple act of exercising a democratic right something that for some is a painful and often frightening experience.

      And then multiply that again when it is something more complex when dealing with governmental institutions.

  19. Kiwiri - Raided of the Last Shark 19

    This morning’s update

    A good statement from Hone:
    http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/positive-result-recount-harawira/5/204418

    Note:
    “On another note … there are still a number of issues affecting Maori voting which still need to be addressed, including polling booths without Maori roll voting papers; Maori people being turned away because their name wasn’t on the roll; Maori people being turned away because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card; Maori people being told they can’t cast a special vote; Maori people being told they can’t vote at certain polling booths; Maori people being told to wait while Pakeha voters were served first; Maori people being told they have to travel more than 40kms to vote; Maori people not being offered assistance to vote; and Maori people having their identity questioned because of their many names. I hope to follow these issues up through other avenues in the weeks ahead.”

  20. RRM 20

    Of course it didn’t “backfire”… he got another couple of weeks’ salary and free airfares all over the country to visit the whanau, he said so himself on air. You’re welcome Hone.

    • blue leopard 20.1

      So you are not concerned at all over the issues Hone raised on behalf of the people who expressed concerns over disturbing treatment at the polling stations to him?

  21. RRM 21

    Blue leopard – not at all concerned.

    The allegations of someone who talks about “white motherfuckers” are not worth reading.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      Anyone who’s been elected to Parliament has a voice much louder and more credible than yours.

      Sincerely, choke on it,.

    • blue leopard 21.2

      @RRM

      So basically, you don’t know what the serious issues are that Hone raised, and have dismissed him prior to posting – so you simply came onto the thread to spew venom.

      If you didn’t like Mr Harawira sounding off, why do you do the same?

      Mr Harawira had good reasoning and intent behind what he said.

      Where is yours?

    • wekarawshark 21.3

      RRM, are you the RRM from Kiwiblog?

    • greywarshark 21.4

      RRM
      I don’t like the words you refer to which I know that Hone said. However they have actually been in films on tv and have got into the language of some people, and can slip out even when a person has decided not to use them. Hone apologised for that use which was, I understand in an email to a co-worker when he was expressing his feelings in private or so he thought.

      Now the sort of poisonous thoughts that you come out with are also inclined to be absorbed into the mind and lodge there. You should relearn your approach to other people in society and stop denigrating people who are working to improve and have a better society.

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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 day ago
  • No, Elizabeth Stuart Would Not Have Stopped the English Civil War (Probably)
    As you might have noticed, A Phuulish Fellow is a fairly eclectic blog. Even an organic one. I have my interests, and write about them as the fit takes me. And sometimes I stumble across an article I feel the need to comment on. Today, I ran across a ...
    2 days ago
  • Rumour Has It: A Númenórean Character List?
    Today we have another Amazon rumour on our hands. And for a change, it is not coming out of Fellowship of Fans. No, instead we have the following tweet doing the rounds, ostensibly listing (mostly) Númenórean characters and their code names. It’s an interesting leak, if true. And that’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Covid as Warriors
    The book I am currently working on – tentative title ‘In Open Seas’ – looks at the current and future New Zealand. One chapter describes the policy towards Covid using the trope of warfare. It covers an important period in our history but show how policy evolves and why, as ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • COVID-19: the B.1.1.529 variant – what do we know?
    There’s a lot of news about a new variant originally reported in southern Africa. Early signs have prompted calls for immediate precautionary blocks on travel from the region to restrict its spread. The WHO has called an emergency conference on this variant. Here’s a round-up of what we know so ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    3 days ago
  • National Party board denies it unanimously agreed to Collins’ Faustian bargain with Satan
    Sources close to party president Peter Goodfellow say he was totally blindsided by Collins’ claims he was party to this particular satanic ritual. National Party president Peter Goodfellow is today issuing a strong denial on behalf of the party’s board, saying they did not, at any point, agree to the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    3 days ago
  • The cost of optimism
    Yesterday the National Party imploded in a messy knife-fight that cost it its leader and probably one of the contenders. So naturally, the government has taken the opportunity to do a dump of its pandemic advice, including the Cabinet papers on its controversial decisions to repeatedly lower the Auckland alert ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National’s less than stellar choices
    Amid all the jostling in the National caucus ranks, spare a thought for Andrew Bayly. Who? Well might you ask. Plucked from obscurity by Judith Collin, elevated from number 18 to number 3 in the caucus rankings and given the Finance portfolio – a role in which he has been ...
    3 days ago
  • Are New Zealand’s universities doing enough to define the limits of academic freedom?
    Matheson Russell, University of Auckland   The news last week that University of Auckland public health researcher Simon Thornley was retracting a co-authored paper about supposed vaccination risks during pregnancy raised deeper questions about the limits of academic freedom. Thornley’s own head of department had called for the paper to ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 26 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Jean Drage, Political scientist specialist in local government: “With 78 local authorities and central government currently intent on reform, local government is a challenging area of research to keep on top of. Thank goodness for Bryce’s NZ’s Politics Daily. It is a gem, especially as it also ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Josh Van Veen: Bridges is not the one
    Simon Bridges failed to bluff Judith Collins out of the leadership. A campaign to rehabilitate his image began shortly after the election and culminated in the publication of a memoir in August. There were persistent rumours of a deal with rival Christopher Luxon and MPs from the ‘liberal’ wing of ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    3 days ago
  • Smokefree cars – an important step towards protecting children from the hazards of smoking
    Richard Edwards, Jude Ball, Janet Hoek, George Thomson, Nick Wilson*  On November 28 new legislation to protect children from smoking and vaping in cars will come into force. This blog sets out the background and rationale for the new law, and discusses implementation, evaluation and the next steps to protect ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Judith's Last Stand.
    Going Out With All Guns Blazing: Why didn’t Judith Collins stick with the strategy that had kept her, National’s most improbable of leaders, in power for more than a year? One might just as well ask why Rob Muldoon (that other unforgiving right-wing populist National Party leader) got drunk and ...
    3 days ago
  • Act’s Precarious Ascendancy.
    On The Lookout: It is easy to imagine how closely Seymour has been watching the National Opposition for the slightest sign of a Clark figure emerging. A respected politician, who enjoys broad support across the party and, much more importantly, who impresses the ordinary centre-right voter as having what it ...
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #47, 2021
    104 articles by 574 contributing authors Physical science of climate change, effects Delayed impacts of Arctic sea-ice loss on Eurasian severe cold winters Jang et al. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 10.1029/2021jd035286 Observations of climate change, effects Divergent responses of terrestrial carbon use efficiency to climate variation from 2000 ...
    3 days ago
  • Labour’s Eyes Wide Shut To “Unruly Tenants”.
    Not Seeing The Problem: They say there are none so blind as those who will not see. And, right now, Kāinga Ora is studiously not looking. It is clear to everyone that the Minister responsible, Poto Williams, has (like so many of her colleagues) been entirely captured by her officials. ...
    3 days ago
  • Is the mob coming for Charles Darwin?
    Richard Dawkins recently noted the giants of the past are being sanctimoniously judged by nonentities of the present whose only qualification is still being alive to do so. How will the future judge our own time when we are not around? Peter Franklin from Unherd examines whether the woke can ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Blowing a Hole in Your Own Wall: Idiotic Tampering with MIQ
    Managed Isolation/Quarantine has been a fact of life for New Zealand for eighteen months. It’s not popular – there are only so many spaces available at any given time, and the process is famously opaque – but it is the key to saving New Zealand from rampant Coronavirus. That, ...
    4 days ago
  • Now Labour wants secret trials
    Today, the government introduced the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to the House. The Bill would allow the government to use classified information in civil or criminal proceedings and keep it secret from the other party. So people suing the government for human rights abuses could lose, and defendants ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The end of a toxic leader
    If there's one thing that Judith Collins is usually good at, it's using scandalous information about other people to her advantage. Not above undermining her own political party, Collins has been known to even leak against her own fellow MPs, particularly those who posed a threat to her as the ...
    4 days ago
  • A transformative government in Germany
    Back in September Germans went to the polls, and handed the politicians a tough job, with no easy majorities for anyone. The Social Democrats, Free Democrats, and Greens agreed to work together in a "traffic light" coalition, but given their political differences (its basicly ACT/Greens/Labour), expectations for real change were ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Political Harakiri
    The National party must always have known that they were taking a risk when they elected Judith Collins as leader. There were, after all, good reasons why they repeatedly declined to accept her candidature when she offered herself – as she frequently did. She was always an inappropriate person to ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Thanksgiving advice, 2021: How to deal with climate change-denying Uncle Pete
    This is a re-post from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists by Richard Somerville “Birds of a feather flock together,” so I am sure that nearly all of those reading this article accept the main findings of climate science. Yet many people don’t. Instead, they believe a variety of climate ...
    4 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the demotion of Simon Bridges
    So Simon Bridges has been bounced from the front bench and stripped of his shadow portfolio responsibilities for the crudely “inappropriate” comments that he allegedly made to a female colleague, Jacqui Dean – and personally apologised for – about five years ago. After years of mocking Labour for its supposed ...
    4 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 25 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Dr Rosemary Wette, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland: “I’ve been browsing regularly through NZ Politics Daily for several months now. It gives me access to a range of views on current issues (helpfully organised by topic) that I wouldn’t otherwise have time to look up, or ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • The bizarre case of the Royal Society investigating academics defending science
    The Royal Society has begun a disciplinary investigation against a group of academics. The academics were defending science and in the past would have expected support from the Royal Society. The Free Speech Union has launched a campaign to defend the academics and academic freedom. Māori professor under investigation for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • Ian Powell: Unionism and nursing in New Zealand
    In the around 35 years I worked for unions (over 30 with the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and earlier with the New Zealand Educational Institute) I often cogitated over the distinction between unions and unionism. They are intertwined but not inseparable. I associate unionism with collective consciousness able to ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Bryce Edwards: Today’s constitutional disgrace in Parliament
    This Government has a problem with urgency. Critics from both left and right have long complained about their lack of urgency on issues such as climate change, housing, and inequality. Likewise, in terms of the Covid response, there’s been a chorus of criticism that Labour has been complacent and sluggish ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Vaping needs much tighter regulation as we approach Smokefree Aotearoa 2025: Two new studies
    Nick Wilson, Janet Hoek, Jennifer Summers, Driss Ait Ouakrim, Andrew Waa, Richard Edwards, Tony Blakely* Two recent studies provide new insights into the impact vaping may have on public health. The first estimates that use of modern vaping devices could be around a third as harmful to health as smoking. ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Strange Defeat: A Guest Post By Dr. Chris Harris.
    They Did Things Differently Then: And we might still be doing things differently, if the world these "Country Lads" were fighting for, and which endured for nearly 30 years after World War II, had not been supplanted by the world we inhabit now. In spite of its reality, New Zealand's ...
    5 days ago
  • More than 147km – the transformative potential of the Wellington bike network plan
    Feature image by Luke Pilkinton-Ching, University of Otago Wellington   Caroline Shaw, Anja Mizdrak, Ryan Gage* Wellington City Council is currently consulting on a cycle network for Wellington. This is a big deal. WCC are proposing a 147km cycle network around the city, the vast majority of which is new. ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 24 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Liz Brown, Senior communications advisor, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists: “The NZ Politics Daily is a fabulous resource providing a comprehensive one stop shop on what’s making news and how stories are being covered. I look forward to seeing it pop into my inbox every morning.” Anyone can sign ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Taking us for a ride
    Agricultural emissions has been an oozing sore in our climate change policy for over a decade. Exempted from the ETS in 2008, farmers were meant to be brought in and start paying for their emissions in 2012. Of course, National put a stop to that, and exempted them forever. When ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: An industry in denial
    Over the past few years it has become clear that coal has no future in Aotearoa. Rising carbon prices, a ban on new boilers and a legislated phase-out for existing infrastructure are going to drive it out of the market. To reinforce this, the government signed up for an anti-coal ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The “most open and transparent government ever” again
    The government is about to pass new vaccination mandate legislation under urgency. So obviously, they'd want to ensure it gets the best possible scrutiny in the limited time available by releasing the supporting policy documents, right? Of course not: On the eve of legislation to enable vaccination passes being ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on farmers playing the victim, plus Chile’s right turn
    Among the farming lobby groups, the good cop/bad cop routine has been working a treat. It suits Federated Farmers to keep daylight between itself and the Groundswell movement. Month in, year out the Federation continues to engage with the government over the very same water degradation/climate change regulations that Groundswell ...
    6 days ago
  • Important People
    The Herald has returned to form with a vengeance. In today’s issue, Barry Soper snipes at Jacinda’s handling of her regular press conferences. It seems that she did not give him an early chance to ask his very important question and took no account of his need to depart immediately ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • Parliament, the Courts and the end of three strikes (for now)
    Last week, Parliament embarked on the process of repealing the so-called “three strikes” provisions in the Sentencing Act 2002. Given that Labour, the Greens and Te Paati Māori all supported this repeal Bill at first reading (and that NZ First no longer is in government to block the move), three strikes’ eventual legislative demise seems ...
    PunditBy Andrew Geddis
    6 days ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 23 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Martyn Bradbury, Editor, The Daily Blog “’NZ Politics Daily’ is one of the most important news and political resources run in New Zealand. The expert collation of opinion and news makes it an invaluable day to day resource as well as an incredible treasure for researchers in the future. ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Emission Reduction Plan
    By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan Fifty years ago, on 26 November 1971, the film “Notes on a New Zealand City: Wellington”, directed by Paul Maunder, premiered on Wellington TV. The narrator asks if Wellington’s future will involve suburban sprawl, traffic, motorways, suburban shopping malls, and the decentralization of employment; ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    6 days ago
  • Dissing The Farmers.
    Neale vs The Revolting Farmers: One has to admire the way Capital Government Relations CEO, Neale Jones, covers-off all the bases of the current political zeitgeist. In a masterfully composed tweet, he lambasts the Groundswell protesters as sexists, racists and reactionaries, clinging for dear life to “a purely extractive economic ...
    6 days ago
  • How will carbon pricing impact inflation?
    This is a re-post from the Citizens' Climate Lobby blog Inflation — the decline of purchasing power as prices rise — is currently at its highest level in 30 years. This has led to concern among the public and policymakers about the rising costs of many important products like food, shelter, gasoline, ...
    7 days ago
  • (Lack of) Public Service Announcement: The National Library of New Zealand, Internet Archive, and Al...
    The National Library of New Zealand has not covered itself in glory in recent times. The decision to axe most of the Overseas Collection (some 600,000 books) in order to make way for more New Zealand items (which it collects already, and which amounts to some 3,000 items ...
    7 days ago
  • Game over for the HRPP
    Since its election loss earlier this year, Samoa's Human Rights Protection Party has been pinning its hopes on the upcoming by-elections to regain power. That was a pretty forlorn hope - with 18 seats, they would have had to win all seven by-elections and have two additional women appointed to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Chinese influence and American hate diffusion.
    Over the last decade concerns have been raised about Chinese “influence operations” in NZ and elsewhere. Run by CCP-controlled “United Front” organisations, influence operations are designed to promote PRC interests and pro-PRC views within the economic and political elites of the targeted country as well as Chinese diaspora communities. The ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • The Real Interests Of The Country.
    Off Message: Into the extremely fraught relationship between Town and Country, the Groundswell organisers have blundered like an Aberdeen-Angus steer in an organic vege-shop. Unreasonably proud of their rural economic virtues, and dangerously forthright in their enumeration of the cities’ political vices, these Kiwi equivalents of America’s “good ole boys” ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 22 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Minna Reid, Law student, Victoria University of Wellington “As a Uni student, staying up to date with current affairs is always important. The Daily Politics & Democracy Project by Bryce Edwards is of great service for this. It offers varying news sources I would not have found myself ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Free speech is a people’s frank confession to itself
    by Daphna Whitmore The government is devising new “Hate Speech” laws to save New Zealand from something that has not been defined. When asked what is hate speech the Prime Minister replied “You know it when you see it”. The Human Rights Commission is supporting the law change and sees ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • 2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #47
    Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 14, 2021 through Sat, November 20, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheeple? A.I. Maps 20 Years of Climate Conspiracies, COP Negotiators Demand Nations ...
    1 week ago
  • The F Words, by Barbara Gregorich
    Book review Barbara Gregorich is a writer and long time anti-capitalist in the US. She and her husband were interviewed for Redline about the social movements of the 1960s. Her latest book The F Words, has been reviewed by Guy Miller for Redline. The F Words by Barbara Gregorich bears ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The Scourge of the Aimless Kick
    The below-par All Black performance against France was – sadly – afflicted, again, by what has become a feature of New Zealand rugby – the scourge of the aimless kick. It is surely a truism that, to win a rugby match, you must have the ball. But time and time ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Delta Rocks Gibraltar: Lessons to be learned from Covid-19’s global resurgence.
    Hard To Beat: Perhaps the most important lesson to be drawn from what is happening in Gibraltar is that vaccination is not a magic bullet. Yes, it makes it harder to contract the virus, and significantly ameliorates its worst effects, but it does not confer absolute immunity to Covid-19 – ...
    1 week ago
  • I’ll take the masks and vaccines, thank you
    From Stuff:I don't want to be pedantic, but I'm pretty sure neither masks nor vaccines figure much in the Gospel of Saint John; nor has Jesus shown much efficacy in protecting people from anything. ...
    1 week ago
  • Hell To Pay: The alarming similarities between the Anti-Vaccination Movement and the creators of the...
    Never Let Go: If the violent prejudices of the Jim Crow South, echoing through contemporary struggles, teach us anything, it is that the defence of rationality, science and progressivism must never be allowed to falter. Those pre-modern night-riders, filled with unrelenting hate, are still out there. If the troops of ...
    1 week ago
  • A Peak Out of Auckland? + Other Covid Musings
    At last, we have some cause for optimism out of Auckland’s interminable Covid outbreak. Knowing our luck, it might be a false dawn… but there are some signs that we have seen the peak:
    1 week ago
  • Sing Song about Hard Times
    Celebrating Poet Anne KennedyThe 2021 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for Poetry went to Anne Kennedy. I have enjoyed her work since her first collection Sing Song. The poems’ setting is in the domestic life of a family of four, told from the mother’s perspective: moving house, the gruelling ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    1 week ago
  • A good problem to have
    Norway is the global success story on electric car uptake, with early policy and a well-signalled 2025 cutoff point for fossil vehicles resulting in 77% of new cars being EV's. But now they have a problem: not enough dirty cars to tax: Norway’s electric dream has been credited to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the politics of anger, plus a music playlist
    Angry? Are you talkin’ to ME? Of late, the Code Red levels of resentment inspired by the government’s Covid policy almost make one hanker for the days when people could write best-selling books about New Zealanders being The Passionless People. Not anymore. A hissy fit arms race seems to be ...
    1 week ago
  • No, vaccinated people are not ‘just as infectious’ as unvaccinated people if they get COVID
    Jack Feehan, Victoria University and Vasso Apostolopoulos, Victoria University   Some recent studies have shown similar peak viral loads in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people who contract COVID. This has raised concerns for the efficacy of vaccines for preventing transmission. How concerned should we be? Are vaccinated people just ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Electric cars alone won’t save the planet. We’ll need to design cities so people can walk and cy...
    Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   At the COP26 climate summit, world politicians patted themselves on their backs for coming to a last-minute agreement. Humanity now waits with bated breath to see if countries implement the commitments they made, and if those commitments help the planet. If the rest of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Worn down by bad news? You’re not alone…
    Feature image: The weight of the world’s news can be too much. (Shutterstock) Neill Fitzpatrick, MacEwan University In 1983, Canada’s Anne Murray released another hit song. This one, though, was different than what her fans were accustomed to. A Little Good News is a sombre ballad summarizing the mood of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Alexander Gillespie, University of Waikato   Last week’s COVID protest outside parliament served as a warning that New Zealand is not immune to the kinds of anger seen overseas. As Labour Party whip Kieran McAnulty put it, “I think everyone needs to be aware that things are starting to escalate.” ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • NZ Politics Daily: 19 November 2021
    Today’s NZPD testimonial from Brendon Burns, Marlborough-based communications consultant, former Christchurch MP “Politics Daily is simply the best go-to summary of everything in and around central and local government and much more besides. Compulsory daily reading.” Anyone can sign up to NZPD for free at: https://democracyproject.nz/nz-politics-daily/ Today’s content Govt management of Delta outbreak Michael ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    1 week ago
  • Buying Back The Whenua.
    Dangerous Visionaries: Rex Connor wanted to “buy back the farm” (i.e. nationalise Australia’s mineral wealth) and ended up bringing down the government of Gough Whitlam. Nanaia Mahuta’s Three Waters Project is seen by many as a first step to “buying back the whenua” (repatriating Māori lands and waters). A policy which threatens the longevity of ...
    1 week ago
  • nuremberg, and history
      There’s a lot been said recently about the Nuremberg code. So what is it, and why is it popping up now? As described in this excellent NEJM article, the Code was developed over 80 years ago in August 1947, by judges involved in the “Doctors Trial” at Nuremberg. There were ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #46, 2021
    Housekeeping: New content New Research is primarily focused on reports published in "the academic literature." Thanks to a diversity of publishers, journals, editors, reviewers, researchers and institutional affiliations, such publications are statistically highly successful at approximating and reflecting our best dispassionate understanding of research topics. Any given personal agenda not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another OIA horror-story
    NewsHub reports on another OIA horror story, a simple request for information on the supply and distribution of PPE which required the intervention of the Ombudsman to get a response. And reading the article, it seems to be the usual story of an overly-secretive agency abusing the process to hide ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bribing for convictions
    Imagine that you've been arrested and are facing criminal charges. Now imagine that the government tries to bribe your lawyer to encourage you to plead guilty. It's obviously corrupt and a complete mockery of justice. But that's exactly what the New Zealand Government wants to do: The Criminal Process ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
    The Government has today introduced legislation that will reverse provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act as part of a path to rebuild trust and confidence in the organisation. “The Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill makes a number of changes but by far the most important is the partial repeal of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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