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The photo-op PM, a ‘nice to have?’

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 21st, 2011 - 76 comments
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Key’s helicopter rides. Huge waste of money for what? A V8 photo-op then a golf club dinner.

Why are we paying this guy $7750 a week to do nothing but photo ops?

Where’s the recovery package for the West Coast? Where’s the Chch plan? Where’s the brighter future?

Sorry, PM’s been too busy playing race cars and eating fancy dinners.

76 comments on “The photo-op PM, a ‘nice to have?’”

  1. What is it with Tories and helicopters? Michelle Boag, Sarah Fergusson, and now John Key.

    • toad 1.1

      You are forgetting Anne Tolley.

      • higherstandard 1.1.1

        And Winston peters

        • Monty 1.1.1.1

          You are forgetting Helen Clark who was a much more regular user of the Helicopters than John Key ever has been, and Clark used the Helicopters for electioneeering. 

          Don’t make me call you leftists a bunch of Hyprocrites now???

          • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1

            Yeah thats a pack of drivel

            And lets not forget that to the NAT’s, every day is an electioneering day

            • Monty 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Viper – it is about winning – and that is something Natioanal are so good at doing – as opposed to your lot which seem to spend their life in-fighting the factions and generally doing everything they can to ensure they lose the election.

              • mcflock

                Nats are “so good” at winning?

                Come on – over the last 20 or 30 years the Nats have managed to win about half of the elections when their major oponents “seem to spend their life in-fighting the factions and generally doing everything they can to ensure they lose the election.”

                Opponents that bad and all they can do is scrape through on a c-minus? That’s not exactly a glowing assessment of National’s competence (accurate though it might be).

              • Jum

                Monty – you’re right there – Nats are ‘anal’.

          • Deborah Kean 1.1.1.1.2

            You are forgetting Helen Clark who was a much more regular user of the Helicopters than John Key ever has been, and Clark used the Helicopters for electioneeering.

            Er, I don’t remember that – really!
            Vicky

            • PeteG 1.1.1.1.2.1

              I don’t remember it either but apparently so:

              However, the use of RNZAF aircraft by him and his ministers has fallen well within the air force’s budget in the past two years.
              Use of RNZAF aircraft was higher when Helen Clark was Prime Minister. She was criticised for using a King Air plane to get to a Grey Power meeting in Southland in 2008 when commercial air traffic was disrupted.

              Use of air force aircraft hit 326.2 flying hours in 2003 when ministers and VIPs were flown to war commemorations in Korea and Italy, on an official visit to the Solomon Islands, visits to Defence Force personnel in the Middle East and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Nigeria, among other trips.

              The Defence Force’s 2010 report shows the department used 82 flying hours across all three aircraft types. Just 32.2 hours were used in 2009.

              Maybe it was just a normal part of the PM going about her business and wasn’t  something anyone tried to make an issue out of.

              • Draco T Bastard

                It’s not that the PM uses the air force to get about when necessary – it’s about John Key using the air force to get about when completely unnecessary, ie, a fucken waste of taxpayers resources.

              • burt

                And don’t forget that when inconvenienced by grounded planes because of a baggage handlers strike in Melbourne she called the Air Force to get her home.  Crazy that a Labour leader decided to completely mock the striking workers – but hardly surprising for such a self serving ….

  2. Sookie 2

    What a tosser. I feel like I’m living in America these days, where Average Joe’s have been brainwashed into applauding and commending our smug, rich prick overlords while viciously turning on the disadvantaged i.e themselves and their neighbours, in the pathetic hope that they one day will be as rich and awesome as ‘good bastard’ Key. But I expect that’s exactly the kind of toxic environment Fairfax/Nats/Business Roundtable/Mediaworks/Crosby Textor etc wanted to create. I don’t see Average Joe agreeing with me that Key is a tosser, they’ll think he’s The Man.

  3. PeteG 3

    What is it with lefties and helicoptors?

    In 2008, former prime minister Helen Clark came under fire from ACT for using an air force flight on the campaign trail after commercial flights to Southland were cancelled.

    National declined to criticise Clark at the time.

    Wasn’t this yesterday’s beat up?

    • Bright Red 3.1

      Clark came under fire, Key comes under fire. What’s your problem?

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        I’d also suggest that having your commercial flights cancelled, which is out of your control, is a little different than booking yourself in for two engagements with a strict time limitation on attending both and then needing to arrange alternative transport to suit your schedule.

  4. Tigger 4

    Part of this is the reaction to the lisping catwalk shocker where Key looked as camp as a row of tents.  But no number of helicopters and V8 cars can make Key look butch.
     
     

    • todd 4.1

      Agreed! However the main issue is that we’re paying for Key to undertake non-essential flights for his photo opportunities. Clearly Shonkeys mediocre appearance is not nice to have plastered over the TV every night and I’m starting to suffer from over saturation. The fact that his climate change credibility is further damaged probably never crossed his mind. There is no benefit to the public from such escapades and I fail to see why the general public is accepting Shonkeys continued abuse of power. I hate to think about how much this jaunt actually cost the tax payer, while National hack and cut every possible area of social spend they can think of. For all intents and purposes, it’s an indictment of how disassociated National is from reality.

  5. According to Wayne Mapp it’s definitely not a ‘nice to have’, it’s ‘perfectly acceptable’ even given public service cut-backs and such straightened times:

    However, Defence minister Wayne Mapp told Radio New Zealand this morning that the Prime Minister’s use of the Iroquois was “perfectly acceptable”.
    “When the Prime Minister accepts an invite it’s important he shows up on time,” Mapp said

    Apparently, the time issue was also so important because protocol demanded that the PM arrive before the GG at the dinner. That protocol is apparently not a ‘nice to have’ either – absolutely essential. Then there’s the V8 race appearance – not a nice to have either, despite potentially delaying the PM from meeting the demands of the ever-so-important protocol for the black-tie dinner.

    • Sean 5.1

      I’m pretty sure, that with a bit of planning, a trip between two functions, one in Auckland, the other just down Highway One in Hamilton, would not require a helicopter.

      Given that the Hamilton V8s was an extended event during the weekend, the Prime Minister could structure his attendence there at any stage, or cancel it all together. John Key isn’t a member of the Hamilton City Council, what stake did he really have in it beyond a chance at being photographed?

    • Lanthanide 5.2

      It’s a pretty weird protocol. Why does it matter who turns up first?

      • Bright Red 5.2.1

        yeah. If you’re calling out the airforce for several hours of flights at $900 per hour just so a stupid protocol won’t be breached at some stupid dinner (golf club now has royal in its name, whoopdee do), you’re really out of touch.
         
        captcha – taxs

        • mcflock 5.2.1.1

          It’s because the G-G is the head of state’s representative. Comes down to who is expected to be hanging around waiting for whom, and basic courtesy.

          But then if I had a “highly important” pissup to get to, I’d make sure I wasn’t spending the day at the races too far away.

          Kind’ve stuffs the blokey image he wanted by going to the V8s, though – helicoptering away to go to a black tie function.

          Although I quite liked Goff doing the interview while in his own car.

      • William Joyce 5.2.2

        Probably royal protocol given the GG’s substitutionary role.

        • Jim Nald 5.2.2.1

          We should get real and not slavishly and rigidly be tied down to protocol handed down to us from the colonial days.
          Our GG is our own representative – Anand Satyanand is a nice, friendly, non-pretentious chappy, and we’re not given to airs. No great disaster and uppity nonsense as to whichever one arrives after the other.
          As someone said, with a bit of preparation and better scheduling, there would have been no need to resort to the helicopter. The resources of the State are not just suddenly reduced overnight to be subject to the fancy and the disposal of John Key just because he became PM and his poor planning.

  6. KINTO 6

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/04/the_politics_of_envy-2.html#comments

    Farrar defends key invoking Labours acient “closing the gaps” policy.

    Does this man have no shame? or just no credibility?

    • Na, he’s just trying to step into the territory of the other uber-male leaders, Berlusconi and Putin – you know, who when they go out at night in the bush, piss around their own sites to ward off any potential predators, although with Berlusconi – he is the predator, whereas Putin seems to want to attract the predators to wrestle with.

  7. randal 7

    I guess greasing up to the lead heads and the golf club are now matters of state importance and require the most dignified carriage we can supply from our budget…choke, barf, yetcchhhh etc.

  8. sodapaper 8

    Sure Key is a dork|rich-prick|hypocrite  blah blah blah yet his use of a chopper won’t make the slittiest bit of difference to his popularity. Whats far more important is for Labour to pull finger and offer up something to believe in.

    • William Joyce 8.1

      Well, said. Because of the weigh this issue has been framed it seems to the masses sitting in front of their weapons of mass distraction as a petty attack.
      This issue has been framed wrong. It’s like the bitching is about the use of a helicopter per se. It should be about the use of the helicopter to go to something trivial and unnecessary.

  9. Afewknowthetruth 9

    Helicopter: one of the most inefficient forms of transport ever invented; more fuel used and more CO2 emitted than for practically anything else per passenger kilometre.

    V8 racing: cars going round a track to see which one can use fuel and generate pollution the fastest.

    It’s obvious what Key’s agenda is: increase profits for oil companies and melt the planet.

    • M 9.1

      AFKTT

      Yep my thoughts exactly – mindless waste of fuel and generation of carbon emisions flying to see mindless waste of fuel and the resultant carbon emissions.

      Motor sport in all forms should be outlawed immediately.

  10. chris 10

    Ex. Herald this AM
    “However, the use of RNZAF aircraft by Key and his ministers has fallen well within the air force’s budget in the past two years. The Use of RNZAF aircraft was higher when Helen Clark was Prime Minister.”

    Sticking to new policies, ideas etc .would be more conducive to gaining votes don’t you think.

  11. JonL 11

    Who cares – the RNZAF helicopters are part of the defence budget and have an allowance for flying “dignataries” around, anyway!
    Just another red herring to divert peoples attention away from the important things and give the media something else to howl about..
    Sookie – I agree with you totally!

    • Bright Red 11.1

      “the RNZAF helicopters are part of the defence budget and have an allowance for flying “dignataries” around, anyway!”

      The point is that maybe that budget ought to be cut – because it’s a nice to have.

      And don’t give me that ‘but they own the helicopters anyway’ crap. They own the limo that Key didn’t take too.

      • Bazar 11.1.1

        The limo wasn’t an option in itself so don’t bring it up as an alternitive.
        And cutting the budget, what would that achieve? Other then make transport for ministers harder to come by.
        In fact it’d result in these outcomes
        1. Less travel by the airforce, resulting in cost savings, but lower productivity.
        2. More travel by commerical travel, resulting in more costs to the tax payer
        3. Budgeting overruns by the air-force.
         
        None of those outcomes are very appealing.

        • Draco T Bastard 11.1.1.1

          Actually, the limo was an option or even just a taxi but the best option was not to go to the V8s. It certainly wasn’t worth the extra needed to get an air force helicopter in to ferry him.
          1.) Productivity is likely to be about the same.
          2.) Actually, the air force is only used to transport ministers when commercial flights aren’t available as commercial flights are cheaper.
          Actually, you’re 1. and 2. contradict each other anyway. “cost savings” in 1. going through to “more costs” in 2.
          3.) WTF? A part of the budget that isn’t used results in budgetary overruns?
           
          Bazar, you’re talking out your arse. Of course, you are a RWNJ so this is expected.

        • William Joyce 11.1.1.2

          The BMWs were an  option. Duncan Garner said that, talking to people travelling that day, there was no traffic problem. Obviously just a perceived one.
          The issue is not how he got there as much as the justification – If in your project to manage the PM you run into a scheduling issue then you identify that your project has a crucial point in the timeline that cannot be missed ie. must be at the golf club no later than xyz hours. You then work backwards and i.d. what is or is not essential and can be dropped or rescheduled.
           
          The races were not essential to anyone else but Key. THAT is the point of attack. The debate should have been framed – “John Key thought that xyz number of minutes at an event that a prime minister was not required to attend (and could have dropped or rescheduled) was worth wasting tax payers money.
           
          If the counter argument is that they would have been training to carrying a dignitary anyway then all that tells us is that here is a place where the defence department can save some money. How difficult is it to carry a dignitary? As opposed to anyone else? What new skill set do they need?
           
          When they practise they carry a dummy anyway – what’s the difference?

        • Deadly_NZ 11.1.1.3

          Oh BULLSHIT all reports were that the traffic was light, So as usual he was just doing an expensive smile and wave.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.2

      the RNZAF helicopters are part of the defence budget and have an allowance for flying “dignataries” around, anyway!

      Doesn’t mean that that budget should be used. Hell, it’s thinking like yours that gets bureaucrats accused of wanting to build empires.

  12. Irascible 12

    The trappings of arrogance are the meat & vegetables of the infotainment media cockroaches. This behaviour is what passes as news and criticism in their view of the world.
    Wait,now, for a breathless statement from Key, that he sympathises withKey is behaving more and more like the petty dictators who are nw getting their comeuppance in the  Middle East where the public have growndisillusioned with the wasting of their resources supporting the  “leaders” bank accounts and lifestyles.
    Along with the heated seats of Key’s BMW and the self awaded tax breaks Key is simply living the life of the petty dictator and, as such, must return to his asylum resort in Hawaii.

  13. Janice 13

    I wonder if why this use of the helicopter has got so much airplay is because John Boy has taken his senior spin doctors and media lackeys overseas with him for photo ops with other dignitaries and there is nobody left to shut it down apart from a few second rate trolls. It will be interesting to see what the compliant (paid for) TV3 does with it in their news tonight.

    • Carol 13.1

      The TV news will probably focus on the pre-match build-up to the wedding.  Happily I won’t be watching the TV One or TV3 news for the foreseeable future.

      • Deborah Kean 13.1.1

        So far, we’re nearly at the end of 3 News and they have ignored the whole issue…

  14. Sam 14

    I’m curious as to why Left leaning activists seem to think that The Minister for Tourism shouldn’t be actively engaged in his portfolio?
    We know that John Key has two roles: The Minister of Tourism and The Prime Minister.
    We also know that on the given day, Each role required attendance in a different city in an official capacity.
    I would also would be raising questions if the Minister of Tourism didnt attend a significant event such as the Hamilton 400.
    Keeping such in mind, I think the use of an Air force Iroquois was a pragmatic decision that allowed John Key to carry out official duties on the day.
     
     

    • Draco T Bastard 14.1

      Because that particular wasteful event should be canned with extreme prejudice.

    • Colonial Viper 14.2

      Wow John Key wasting state resources is now “Pragmatic” according to the Right
       
      Or it could be a sign of an out of touch leader who loves the Perks too much.

      • Jim Nald 14.2.1

        “Pragmatic” is such a weasel word, aye.
        Just keep an ear out for Shonkey repeating that more in the coming months.
        “Pragmatic” is like like like erm unprincipled! Ha ha!

    • rosy 14.3

      Are you sure he went in his official capacity? I was under the impression he took his kid to the races, like half the petrolheads in the country want to, but he could manage to tuck in a couple of election photo-ops so he could get the taxpayer to pay for the transport.

  15. wild.colonial.boy 15

    Key is riding so high in the polls that I doubt that he or his minders care about the flak.

    It might be worth pointing out that in Sydney, where regular peak-hour gridlock is a way of life, it is common for the elite to get around by chopper. Kerry Packer had his own pilot, Dick Smith flies himself, the NSW premier has a state chopper. It is just one of their options ..
     
    But a V8 photo-op and a golf club dinner at a time when seniors are shivering in damaged Christchurch houses as winter looms ? It says a lot about the priorities of this government.

    • mcflock 15.1

      Key is riding so high in the polls that I doubt that he or his minders care about the flak.

      Pride goes before the fall – National need to watch their step, simply because as a party they were at this level at this stage of the last election and still lost 10%.

      Yes, they still won in 08, but the more they relax now the more they’ll sweat come election time. And anyone who says they don’t sweat at election time is a fool or a lier 🙂 

      But I hope you’re right and they’re beginning to get careless…

      • Galeandra 15.1.1

        …and their shills are beginning to have sweaty palms. Notes the rising levels of shrillness in the troll flock? Real NZ is beginning to stir, a cool little breeze is beginning to eddy.

  16. Frederick 16

    Imagine you’re a tourist in this country and you see a major news item is a problem with the leader of the country taking a 20 minute ride in a helicopter to an event he’s attending. You would either laugh hysterically or seek diplomatic assistance to leave urgently.     

    • Carol 16.1

      Yes, said tourist might be afraid they have inadvertently entered a country run by a corrupt, but floundering dictator, with violent street protests not far off.

      • mcflock 16.1.1

        Oh noes, everybody! We’re being economic saboteurs by criticising the prime minister! Quick, call the SIS for a dawn raid!

    • Draco T Bastard 16.2

      You forgot to mention that he only needed to waste all that expense because he went to an event he didn’t need to making him late to another.
      Said tourist would probably be wondering if they’d walked into a banana republic and if they were safe.

    • Pascal's bookie 16.3

      I dunno Fred. Everyone thinks their own country’s politics looks pretty daft, and most often they’re right.

    • Ms M 16.4

      Fredrick I’m glad you have raised the pettiness of of New Zealand politics from an international perspective as some years back a BBC report started
      …When other countries in election time are facing assassination attempts, countries on the brink of civil war, acid attacks and the like, how quaint it s that all those in NZ had to worry about was whether or not their sitting PM was speeding in a car she wasn’t driving.

       
       

  17. Aaron Newbie 17

    I guess the last PMs thousand+ arts, culture and nature, photo-ops are the only ones deemed worthy. Her NZ Rugby League patronage offered no such opportunities either and any mileage was obviously just the mere fact of her turning up.

  18. gobsmacked 18

    You ungrateful peasants just don’t appreciate the sacrifices made by King John on our behalf. He choppered off to the V8’s in Hamilton not for himself, but for us.

    Need proof? 

    Here he is hard at work in Hamilton, making sure the nation’s precious assets are in good hands, and keeping abreast of things …

    http://static2.stuff.co.nz/1302924710/024/4897024.jpg

    • Irascible 18.1

      Suitable for a caption contest.
      Could begin with John asks where Tony Veitch is as he gropes toward another brief encounter.
      or
      “See Liz I can leer and drool just like Shane so why not join me.”
      This is definitely an indcation that Key is modelling himself on the life style of an Italian PM.

      • Jim Nald 18.1.1

        Is that why he was running late?
        I can hear his helicopter cumming.

      • Colonial Viper 18.1.2

        This is definitely an indcation that Key is modelling himself on the life style of an Italian PM.

        I hear the parties were young and nubile.

    • Ms M 18.2

      lol
      “how yoooou doin'”

  19. Jenny 19

    No amount of money is spared for these luxuries while honest Kiwis do it hard

  20. Chris 20

    ‘gobsmacked’ maybe if Goff came across as a normal kiwi bloke his poll rating might lift from the margin of error.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      Ha, last I looked, Goff hit double digits for the first time.
       
      It’s Key who has no margin for error 🙂

      Still, there is room for improvement, significant room.

      • PeteG 20.1.1

        No, you are “forgetting” the last time you looked and are hoping an unusually high (for Goff) previous poll wasn’t just an anomaly.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          Hey PeteG, you haven’t figured it out yet?
           
          At this stage, I’m only interested in “anomalies”.
           
          Because one of those on Nov 26 is what’s going to take Key and the rest of the NATs out of office 🙂

      • Jim Nald 20.1.2

        As gamblers would know – John Key’s high polling will fall.
        The donkey bubble will burst.
         

        • MrSmith 20.1.2.1

          And lets face it Jim Wonkey’s a jinks Pike river,Earth quakes,Oil prices like all Gamblers his luck has run out

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    4 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    4 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    4 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    5 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    5 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    5 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    6 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    6 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    6 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    7 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    1 week ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    1 week ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    2 weeks ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First backs the public to decide on the End of Life Choice Bill via a referendum at the 2020 General Election. The Bill, with New Zealand First’s referendum provision incorporated, passed its final reading in Parliament this evening. New Zealand First Spokesperson for ...
    2 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
    Darroch Ball, Spokesperson for Justice New Zealand First is proud that a key Coalition Agreement commitment which will provide for a more transparent and effective criminal justice system has been realised. Legislation to establish the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an independent body focused on identifying and responding to possible miscarriages of ...
    3 days ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
    "Today we have made a choice that will leave a legacy... I hope that means that future generations will see that we, in New Zealand, were on the right side of history." - Jacinda Ardern, Third Reading of the Zero Carbon Bill ...
    1 week ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
    Darroch Ball, New Zealand First List MP A Member’s bill has been proposed that would provide income tax exemptions for all New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel while on operational deployment overseas. The Income Tax (Exemption for Salary or Wages of NZDF Members on Active Deployment) Amendment Bill proposed by New Zealand First ...
    1 week ago
  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First Leader New Zealand First is proud to have brought common sense to the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which passed its final reading in Parliament today. Party Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says months of hard work went into negotiating a balanced ...
    1 week ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
    Jenny Marcroft MP, Spokesperson for Health New Zealand First has listened to calls to recognise paramedics as registered health professionals under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act (the Act). Today, the Coalition Government announced plans for paramedics to be registered as health practitioners under the Act, and the establishment of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
    We began the week by commemorating the New Zealand Wars and celebrating a major increase in the number of teachers. Then, we were busy supporting offenders into work and getting our rail back on track after years of underinvestment. And that's just the start! ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
    In October I was sworn in as the Mayor of Lower Hutt. It’s the privilege of my life to serve Hutt people as their Mayor. There is something really special to be able to serve the community where I was raised, and where I live.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Closer cooperation with Korean horse racing industry
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Racing Racing Minister Winston Peters met with Korea Racing Authority Chairperson Nak Soon Kim in Seoul today to discuss closer cooperation between the New Zealand and Korean horse racing industries. As part of the visit to the Seoul Racecourse, Mr Peters witnessed ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Otago to lead digital creativity
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10 million to establish Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “The initiative will bring us closer to the vision of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Young Otago students encouraged to take on forestry careers
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)’s skills and employment programme will help young Otago people into long-term forestry careers, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. Te Ara Mahi will invest $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF backing Dunedin’s waterfront ambitions
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will support local plans to revitalise and stimulate economic development opportunities in Otago, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced. The four Regional Economic Development Ministers have approved an in-principle investment of $19.9 million towards the region’s ...
    2 weeks ago
  • M. Bovis eradication progress welcomed
    Mark Patterson, Spokesperson for Primary Industries New Zealand First is pleased to have received the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) report on the Coalition Government’s Mycoplasma bovis eradication efforts, which shows significant progress in the fight against the disease. New Zealand First Spokesperson for Primary Industries, Mark Patterson, says the report’s findings ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF boosts Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sector
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing to support economic growth opportunities for Otago’s engineering and manufacturing sectors, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Export Minister David Parker announced today. Almost $20 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Peters discusses Pacific challenges and denuclearisation in Seoul
    Rt Hon Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, discussed in Seoul today opportunities to work more closely in the Pacific and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Mr Peters and Minister Kang confirmed New Zealand and the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
    Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development  Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Māori Development The three marae in the historic Parihaka Pa complex in Taranaki have been upgraded to high speed broadband with the support of the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “Connecting the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 launched
    Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence Minister of Defence Ron Mark will today launch the Advancing Pacific Partnerships 2019 Defence Assessment  during a speech at Te Papa.  The Assessment outlines how Defence will partner with our Pacific Island neighbours and invest in Pacific regional security architecture. The Plan aligns with the Coalition ...
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding could transform Gisborne company into “beacon of employment” in two years
    A new Provincial Growth Fund investment could create about 80 new jobs in Gisborne over the next two years, turning a local small business into a “beacon of employment” in the process. Regional Economic Development Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau said the PGF’s Te Ara Mahi funding stream would provide $1.6m ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    22 hours ago
  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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