‘Heroes’

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, March 17th, 2019 - 91 comments
Categories: australian politics, class war, terrorism - Tags: , , , ,

In the aftermath of the fascist attack in Christchurch, I’ve been dwelling on what it takes to be a hero.

There were definitely heroes to be found on Friday. 

The media have interviewed Abdul Aziz, who chased the terrorist out of the Linwood mosque.

In the live stream of the earlier attack on the Al Noor mosque, a man can be seen trying to tackle the terrorist. He doesn’t survive.

I’ve previously met Tarik Chenafa, who smashed a window to allow himself and many others to escape. He’s a quiet, unassuming man who did what he could in the most awful of circumstances.

There are so many individual moments of bravery; so many people who helped others at the risk of their own lives. I believe that as the stories come out, there will be many accounts of people who died sacrificing themselves to save others.

All the victims are heroes, no matter what the circumstances of their lives or their deaths. They died celebrating their faith and honouring peace, the central tenant of Islam.

Mucad Ibrahim, whose photo accompanies this post on the front page, is the littlest hero.

 

Freeze, fight and flee.

These are the common reactions to fearful incidents.

I really don’t know what I would have done had I been in a position to intervene.

I’d like to think I’d have been brave, been a hero.

I just don’t know if that’s really the case.

So I’d like to acknowledge all those who were heroic on the day; those who offered shelter to the survivors or drove victims to the hospital, public servants such as the police, fire, ambulance and medical staff who made such a difference.

I’d like to thank the teachers who kept children safe during the lockdown. They are going to have to watch their charges carefully over the next little while because if we’ve learned anything from the quake, it’s that kids know when something is bad, but they process it differently from us adults.

Thanks to to the churches of Christchurch, who have offered space for prayers to their Islamic brothers and sisters.

Thanks to everyone who has laid flowers at the cordons or who has just shared the silence with others at the many informal grieving points around the city.

Thanks to the young people who had their day of action on climate change ruined. We haven’t forgotten you and your voices will be heard.

Thanks to our politicians, too. Not just Jacinda Ardern, who has been a leader like no other, but to all of our MP’s who have put NZ’s grief ahead of their own agendas.

Thanks, too, to the people of Christchurch. The quake spirit lives on.

I’m not sure that my last mention is really a hero, but I’d like to thank Will Connolly. Though I’m a bit conflicted about doing so.

Will Connolly assaulted racist Australian Senator Fraser Anning with an egg and was then punched by the coward and choked by some of the neo-fascist’s knuckle dragging supporters.

I’m not going to be hypocritical about it; Connolly was wrong to egg the egg.

However, it was at the piss taking end of the assault continuum, more dildo throwing than punch throwing, and clearly intended to ridicule Anning.

I’m not sure that the hero label really fits Connolly, but for now, I’m happy with anyone who stands up to fascism in any way they feel appropriate.

And you know, over the next little while, we are going to be subject to a lot of fightback from the right.

There are already cries of ‘false flag’ from the usual idiots (Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, Tat Loo).

I’ve seen Kiwis debating whether it’s possible to drive from Riccarton to Linwood in 7 minutes (yes, it is, particularly if you’ve just killed dozens of people and the road rules are not currently top of mind).

Gun nuts will be whingeing about losing their toys. Rednecks will be triggered by images of our Prime Minister wearing a veil.

Sad sacks like the enablers at Whaleoil are already busy denying it has anything to do with them.

And to be fair, hate speech promoter and supposed lefty Chris Trotter has been sensibly silent in the last few days. It’d be lovely if his next utterance was an apology.

For those of us with a conscience, with ethics, with heart, well, we should just continue to offer kindness, solidarity, and, occasionally, an egg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

91 comments on “‘Heroes’”

  1. Stuart Munro. 1

    I’m rather fond of this short essay on heroism – used to use it with stronger students.
    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2002/mar/09/books.guardianreview5

  2. McFlock 2

    Jesus, every time I look TL’s gone further downhill.

    But yeah, in general nobody knows how they will act. Thank goodness for everyone who did.

    Everyone there that day was a much better person than the p.o.s. who did the shooting.

  3. Macro 3

    Are the Queensland Police going to charge the people who assaulted Will Connolly? For their use of excessive force? The resulting reaction by those bigots and rednecks was disgusting – I would be ashamed of my countrymen if I was an Australian.
    As for that “Senator” he deserves to be egged endlessly.

  4. Macro 4

    Great post TRP. Concur with your sentiments 100%

    • I feel love 4.1

      Great post.

    • halfcrown 4.2

      +100%

    • Anne 4.3

      Me too. Thanks TRP.

    • RedLogix 4.4

      And me. It strikes the correct balance thank you TRP. Good points when you talk about none of us knowing what we do in such circumstances.

      I had to laugh a bit at TL’s latest speculation; there always was going to be someone who was going to say this out loud. To be fair he does say it is speculation, and as long as people are honest in saying this is what they’re doing, I don’t mind a bit of ‘out there’ guessing. After all he called Trump’s election correctly, even if it did terminally piss off a lot of people here.

      I’d put it in the 95% unlikely category, given none of us are in the position to refute it with direct evidence just yet.

  5. marty mars 6

    Thank you TRP for focusing on the victims and the heroes. And on all the people who have supported the people targeted in this atrocity.

  6. ————————————————

    ” And to be fair, hate speech promoter and supposed lefty Chris Trotter has been sensibly silent in the last few days. It’d be lovely if his next utterance was an apology ”

    ———————————————–

    Is that why you no longer write for The Daily Blog? I wondered why your tenure there was brief. I recall at the time you got kicked off or had a beef with The Standard so posted for TDB for a bit… what gives , mate?

    Don’t get me wrong, I quite like much of what you post,… but don’t even try to bullshit the roses, mate. Left or Right, I don’t give a shit.

    ———————————————

    ” Gun nuts will be whingeing about losing their toys. Rednecks will be triggered by images of our Prime Minister wearing a veil.”

    ——————————————–

    The hell with gun nuts. They take their cue from the law , not their little shoot em ups down on the gun range. Olympic shooters never seem to have a problem with the govt ,- what does that say about the gun lobby ?

    As for rednecks being ‘triggered’ by Adern wearing a head scarf… I’m a little wary of bullshit when I attended a memorial service for a fellow security officer in Te Atatu, … Helen Kelly was there and , as I was stand offish as most in the security industry were… she had a wide smile and beckoned me over. I took my place with Joe Carolan … but observed Phil Goff putting his hands together in prayer when the prayers were conducted in Hindi.

    Phil Goff is an atheist.

    I’ll make allowances for Jacinda.

    I can see her warmth and compassion and empathy is evident. It rankled me slightly because she is not a Muslim but also endeared me more. She was empathizing .She is a leader and a good one. And I hope and know she will get rid of semi automatics from civilian use. Shes one of the best leaders we’ve ever had.

    • greywarshark 7.1

      Calm yourself and breathe through your nose WK.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.1.1

        Quite calm , quite relaxed. But I’m not going to just let emotive statements and comments in these forums go on about far right white supremacists without reminding people that murder is , unfortunately a universal a human condition. Common to all races . And I don’t care how much shit people want to throw , ALL human beings are capable of murder for whatever reason, or political persuasion.

        This is a tragic time and largely it seems committed by one central character. Enabled by our loose firearms laws and criminal intent by the perp. So in peoples zeal to find an answer to what is , an age old problem of race based murder, it would be nice to focus on and remember, that this character was at the end of the day just another in an endless line of murderous individuals stretching right back through history.

        Sympathy and empathy to the victims and their family’s.

        So called far right and far left , religious or non religious alike have committed just these sorts of acts throughout history. At the end if the day they are just murderers, nothing more. We would do well to keep that front and foremost.

    • As far as I know, I’m still welcome at Martyn’s place and I remain grateful that he gave me an outlet at that time. TDB is an important contributor to NZ politics and I routinely re-tweet posts from the blog because they are almost always good value.

      However, I’m not a fan of the catch and release comment system, which takes away the immediacy of the conversations. In short, I missed the argy bargy we’re used to here.

    • Gabby 7.3

      If goffoffloffle’s an atheist he was just putting his hands together.

    • Saintarnuad 7.4

      Interesting that the very thing you preach about, is the very thing you actually embody…HATE
      Your brief rant was simply hate filled, calling names and vilifying others in the community.
      People like you, and indeed many who also post here are ill. Often resorting to vulgar language, the most abhorrent forms of hate speech, and generally the most ugly side of humanity.
      How are you any different from the alleged Christchurch terrorist….in truth you’re no different, the same dark hearted mantra expressed in words, different yet exactly the same.
      And while you see our PM as some beautiful warm hearted person, I see her as a cynical photo opportunist. Would she still have been donning Muslim head scarf and hugging victims families if there were no tv cameras and journalists about.
      We are all free to express our views, just some of us have the rational capacity to express them with hatred.

      • WILD KATIPO 7.4.1

        Sigh.

        Just another emotive high pitched squeaking screamer who just wont/cant listen to reason.

        David Fisher wrote an article that explains more or less the sentiment I was getting at.

        Spies warned of gaps in our security and came up with a plan to keep …
        https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12213585

        Read that and get off your sanctimonious preachy high horse just long enough to have some reality drummed into you. You might just get past your emotional tirade to see the origins of this country’s deadliest mass murder.

        But I doubt it.

        • Saintarnuad 7.4.1.1

          Won’t listen to reason…
          I’m guessing that’s your version of “reason” only, which clearly must be correct.

          • WILD KATIPO 7.4.1.1.1

            Put it this way.

            When the day comes when you can do better than the above in isolating and identifying a lone wolf, who uses a small mobile group to stay under the radar and say all the right things to Police he knows they want to hear in granting a category A firearms license , …leading a grey mans existence that arouses no suspicion , and then quietly plots out a course to commit genocidal massacres is the day that :

            A / I’ll concede your better than them. – And ,…

            B / I might , – JUST MIGHT , – join all the other faux over emotive types coming on these forums using this for political capitol and singling out just one form of security threat in the form of far right wing white supremacists.

            Until then I will not join your stampeding myopic herd and continue to realize and maintain that security threats come in ALL political , religious and non religious guises. And at the end of the day , that ALL of these groups have individuals with the potential to commit wholesale murder.

            Because that is what those individuals are .

            Just murderers.

            Nothing more and no exceptions.

      • patricia bremner 7.4.2

        Saintarnauad, What hypocrisy. Our PM is doing her job with grace and empathy.

        She is representing us, (even you) letting these people know we all want to hug them. To say she is there for the cameras is in your head, nothing to do with the reality and horror. 50 people died nearly as many injured, and countless numbers traumatized. All you can say is she is using this. You need an egg.

        Where is your moment of reflection, of compassion? Missing that is where.
        None of us is perfect, all of us have hurt others, but the cruel calm planned slaughter of people at prayer is something most find they want to react to.

        Some let off steam, some look to blame, sadly we know there are people like this man out there. Most times hate is hidden, but we know it is there bubbling away.
        You also have a lash at WK. You infer he is sick.

        Do some reflection. As Te Reo Putake says, we don’t know if we would behave well. When faced with a life threatening situation I froze. Luckily it was the lifesaving action. I learned I am no hero.

  7. greywarshark 8

    Tat Loo isn’t always wrong. He doesn’t seem in Russ Lindbaugh territory.

    Thank you for this post Te Reo Putake. And also thanks to those who have helped and I think we must make an effort to be if not perfectly kind then to at least hold back from really nasty sharp comments and rejoinders. I think we are all shocked, anxious and stressed, some despairing that despite our best efforts we have ‘vipers in our bosoms’ whether male or female.

    I don’t find an egg if not hardboiled, that’s a step too far, at Anning was out of place at the time. But now think about helping the victims. That is the right thing to do for them. They came in peace and a sicko couldn’t allow that, We will support them and watch out that there is not a mini epidemic of such people waiting to show they can be hard.

    • mauī 8.1

      Thank you grey. Now is a time to welcome diversity and welcome back voices that have been purged such as Tat’s.

      • Muttonbird 8.1.1

        Tat Loo is a sad, sad man. Too busy looking for horror in the wrong places.

        • marty mars 8.1.1.1

          + 1 yep

        • greywarshark 8.1.1.2

          So are a lot of people Muttonbird. And perhaps we are also – looking in the wrong places. Certainly I feel that is the case here quite often, as I look down the long post of doubtfully sane comments. Tat Loo was like Ed though, often right but so uncompromising about everything and obsessed, and he couldn’t shut up and leave FTTT. And he would put tl:dr against my comments so he had to go.

  8. alwyn 9

    We might have had a truly dreadful person come here from Australia.
    However we have also had an enormously brave one.
    The courage of Abdul Aziz,, knowing that the gunman had already killed people at the second mosque, but taking him on with an eftpos machine is truly incredible.
    I can’t even conceive of displaying that kind of courage.
    If there is a public vote for a New Zealander of the year he has my vote.

  9. reason 10

    https://twitter.com/MuslimIQ … a hero I only discovered today ….. seems to be the best coverage of our tragedy that I’ve seen anywhere on the net … Qasim Rashid, esq

    Speaking as he does in the usa he really is a hero …. the NRA now headed by Oliver death squad North … has millions of gun hoarding paranoid freaks thinking some MUSLIM is after their white christian guarding recreational military assault weapons.

    Our ‘gutsy’ little politicians …. who play the dirty games behind unnecessary illegal wars of aggression …. should be humbled and ashamed.

    • Saintarnuad 10.1

      Seek professional medical assistance, your hatred and paranoia is simply unhealthy, Posting here to gain mob rule positive reinforcement of your hate filled derogatory words on others, simply reflects the depth of your illness.
      So all persons having firearms or holding Christian beliefs are to blame for last Friday’s tragic events by your perverse logic. No a single individual with a dark heart was responsible.

      • reason 10.1.1

        It’s far easier for me not to take your idiots advice … than try to visit a doctor with a referral from an illiterate fool… Saint semen stains.

        As a civilized antidote to gun gimps like Saintretard ….Once more I recommend Qasim Rashid, esq … https://twitter.com/MuslimIQ ….. he has some of the best coverage, links, Attitude and advice … regarding our mass murder terrorist crime …

        From Qasim Rashid, Esq. …. “I’m getting emotional watching this b/c it seems like eternity since we saw a public servant respond to tragedy with such sincere compassion & love

        The world’s politicians could learn much from watching PM @jacindaardern & her consuming love for humanity ” .

        “1987 England Mass Shooting prompts new gun laws •0 Mass Shootings since
        1995 Australia MS prompts new gun laws •0 MS since
        1996 Scotland MS prompts new gun laws •0 MS since
        2009 Germany MS prompts new gun laws •1 MS since
        1999 America MS prompts zilch •5000+ MS since ”

        • te reo putake 10.1.1.1

          Thanks, Reason. St Arnuad has been asked to substantiate some of his wilder claims and he won’t be returning until he either does that or apologises for wasting people’s time. He won’t be able to do the former, because he was bullshitting, so the latter remains his only option if he wants to post again.

  10. Pat 11

    “And to be fair, hate speech promoter and supposed lefty Chris Trotter has been sensibly silent in the last few days. It’d be lovely if his next utterance was an apology.”

    Unnecessary and ruined an otherwise good post

    • Yeah? Not a peep from Chris since this happened, Pat.

      Not. One. Word.

        • te reo putake 11.1.1.1

          Oh, cool. Two days and a few hours later, and doesn’t touch on his own enabling behaviour. Underwhelmed.

          • RedLogix 11.1.1.1.1

            Both your post and Trotters are excellent in their own way, both considered after allowing some time to let the craziness of the day die down, and both make many well crafted points.

            And yet there will be things both you and Trotter have not said, which I don’t think speaks to any dishonesty … just that you are both different people with different temperaments and different experiences. It would entirely astounding if indeed you had both written the same essay.

            You know what does hurt me? When I see people whom I both respect, unable to see the good in each other.

            • Muttonbird 11.1.1.1.1.1

              What hurts me is when someone I respect sees the good in someone when it is clearly absent.

            • te reo putake 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Thanks, Red. There may well be similarities between us, but I know which side I’m on. Trotter, on the other hand, chose to promote fascists.

              • Sam

                The anti-free speech team which judging by the blogs that you, TRP produced on the subject, was brutally defeated during the great Southern & Molyneux wars. Using the events of the Mosque massacres can not repair your tattered credibility.

                • Muttonbird

                  Southern and Molyneux are complicit in the murders of Friday afternoon. And all that condone and support their speech are complicit too.

                  That is fact.

                  • Sam

                    Prove it. You a use me of such things, now prove it or concede.

                    • Muttonbird

                      Are you conceding you are a supporter of Southern and Molyneux, and their hate speech?

                    • Sam

                      Quote me

                    • Muttonbird

                      No thanks, arsehole.

                    • Sam

                      Whining is lose.

                    • Muttonbird

                      Let us know when you can construct a sentence properly.

                      In your own time…

                    • Sam

                      You stated that “Southern and Molyneux are complicity in the murders of Friday afternoon.” As far as I know Southern and Molynuex left New Zealand with out contacting or encouraging Bennet to terrorise Muslim worshippers. So you are carry a huge burden around with you to prove the connection and that I am in some way involved as well. You are the one who wanted to throw serous accusations around now prove it.

                • Incognito

                  What are you on about, “tattered credibility”, credibility as or for what exactly?

                  Judge the OP, and comments for that matter, on its own merit without playing the man.

                  • Sam

                    Repairing TRPs tattered reputations by supporting his statement and I quote : “Trotter, on the other hand, choose to promote fascists.”

                    In fact any blog title that mentions Southern or Molyneux that Trotter has aurthorded that you’d care to mention is in fact defending free speech. I am such a person that will die in a ditch for free speech. You how ever are scum.

                    • Incognito

                      I see, you took umbrage with the Trotter sentence in the OP and because Trotter is defending free speech and TRP is not, apparently, Trotter is your buddy, TRP is not and I am scum.

                      Did I get that right? It would be such a waste of free speech here on TS if we were to misunderstand each other, wouldn’t it?

                      I think TRP will be over the moon that you are trying to repair his “tattered reputations” [sic] – I thought it was his credibility that was in tatters!? – by supporting his statement. Can I have your number for when I need reputational repairs?

                    • Sam

                      TRP produced at least one blog targeted at Trotter that Iv seen that was totally out of line and now this character assassination. It’s not surprising given printers incoherent ramblings towards myself that this place is mostly a collection of trash.

                    • Gabby

                      Prove it sambam.

                    • Sam

                      https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2018/07/12/cough-cough-umm-te-reo-putake-about-your-attack-on-chris-trotter/

                      Why? I always catch you fuckers supporting this sick shit. Using a dead meme to repair TRP’s anti free speech agenda is sickening.

                      Above^^^ yeah up there is a good old link to Martyn Bradbury’s rebuttal of TRP’s putrid attack on Chris’s Trotter and of course, here’s a quote:

                      >”…I mean apart from the fact I think you (TRP) are being extremely unfair and a bit spiteful towards Chris, whose history of political commentary and left wing history makes him a taonga to our cause, it’s odd  that you have attacked him over freedom of speech because you blogged over here on The Daily Blog after you were banned from The Standard for breaching their rules on freedom of speech…”

                      Well that was basic. So now I won’t really be talking because having a conversation with you assumes that you support the Anti Free Speech Community so this is going to be more of a rant. So this is talking about the Standard community lead by printer, TRP, and some others I’v criticised who I’m sure desire to profess how little they are in pain and how great they feel, people who make conversational content really don’t do the fool. But there’s people with in the standard community that make sensationalist content of no value who’s clear objective is to swop people who are beta orbiting around there famine charms. Or they’re click bait or sensationalist content as I said. There are people that make reviews that just copy a Facebook video link into a blog and post it as an article on here with a single or one paragraph sentence pretty much saying discuss now. And that constitutes the bulk of what the authors around here do. Then there are people who react to entire blogs and make producers of film and actual content hate the left for stealing there fucking work and all they’re doing is going OH DAMMMMMmMmMMMmMmMMMM to everything that sub standard Authors produce.

                      Or they’re just sounding clever because some authors live on “recruit difficulty.” Or The Standard community talk about click bait things that clearly didn’t happen and then try and meme those that point out the facts like saying that a male with a penis is a male and not a woman. And then these same people in The Standard community claim that people who study applicable philosophy, science, debate, and writing consistency and narrative are the problem. So people who require an intelligent critique are a problem to the Standard Community. And pro probably a bit more research than just putting on a bit of editing and a thumbnail about stupid shit. So robust debate is a problem for The Standard Community and that’s a problem for many fucking reasons and most of them do it out a contrarian because I’ll admit it, if kind of made negative stigma for The Standard Authors because I’m not Disney enough, okay and you can check retired author Bills rat breath in this link: /open-mike-11112017/#comment-1413002

                      So a lot of people get that negative stigma and they’re like fuck facts and down with white peoples and still like facts don’t care about your feelings at all, I don’t give a fuck about what you think about you feelings, I just care about the facts behind the matter and I want to slap every one of these sceptic-pseudo intellectual contrarians on this matter, I’m going to obliterate them, I’m going to be calling them out and many, many weird scandalous things they like to do because people are reaching out to me over at The Daily Blog saying shit this is ridiculous, how did robust debate get such a bad rap, why are people misinterpreting what it really means so I’m going to be calling that out so just sit back, and watch the carnage. These little bitches won’t be able to handle it. There like already trying to ban me and shit, Incognito the first thing he says to me after my permanent ban, yeah I said permanent ban, WEKA perm a banned me, and some one over turned it behind her back like a little bitch. So The Standard moderators don’t mean anything because they’re unreliable.

              • marty mars

                Yep + 1 trp

              • In Vino

                Sorry TRP, but I think you are writing utter bollocks. Trotter and you are a world apart because he has a huge grasp of history, and shows it in his writings. You, on the other hand, adopt certain attitudes which you revile Trotter for contradicting.
                You are but a child compared to Trotter.

            • greywarshark 11.1.1.1.1.3

              RL
              You make a good point. Uncompromising dislike. Full of hubris oneself.
              You know what does hurt me? When I see people whom I both respect, unable to see the good in each other.

              That hurts everyone. For how can we make changes from the unsatisfactory present unless we can discuss how things are, where they can be improved, whether they are due for a complete overhaul, by whom and why are they suitable or not, and under what rules? And how will things look and go forward after the changes?

              Will they just be up-ended and then a period of chaos and anarchy to settle down as unsatisfactory again but with less remedies?

              It really is necessary to listen and learn from people who are sincere in wanting change for the better, and see if they have a point and are suitably knowledgable and balanced to be a large player in the process.

          • SHG 11.1.1.1.2

            Trotter’s main criticism of Ardern is that she talks a good talk (and I’d add “makes sure she’s wearing the right things”) but doesn’t have a track record of actually, you know, doing anything.

            This is her big opportunity. She has spoken eloquently and touchingly, and represented the nation well to the world through words and images. In moments like this leaders have carte blanche to push through legislation – what will she do?

            Ardern leads the country at the pleasure of New Zealand First. In case we’ve all forgotten, that’s the Racist White People Party. Is she prepared to go against them?

            • Saintarnuad 11.1.1.1.2.1

              Racist White Peoples Party ???
              You sure hold some perverse hate filled views on others.
              Considering what you’ve written, it’s actually you that’s the racist, but I seriously doubt you have sufficient intellectual capacity to realise as much.

          • WILD KATIPO 11.1.1.1.3

            That’s pretty unfair.

            If you will have noticed over the years, Trotter has never been one to rush to the public at the drop of a hat to express his views. He tends to be far more measured than that.

            ——————————————

            … ” What happened at the Linwood and Al Noor mosques was horrific, but it wasn’t our doing. As we begin the long journey towards recovery, it is vitally important that we keep that fact squarely before us. New Zealand is a good place. New Zealanders are good people. We are not responsible for Brenton Tarrant’s dreadful crime. This is not us” …

            Chris Trotter.

            ——————————————

            I don’t think he is displaying any untoward’s bias at all.

            • WeTheBleeple 11.1.1.1.3.1

              ” Trotter has never been one to rush to the public at the drop of a hat to express his views. He tends to be far more measured than that.”

              Sounds like an example I might learn from. So sick of being knee jerk reactionary it comes with the mental health territory but still – I have huge admiration for men who breathe before they speak.

              Everyone get’s stuff wrong constantly. A lot of times thing’s are simply out of context. It’s the learning and moving on that is important.

              Eggboy’s nemesis has > 1 000 000 signatures for his removal. Though the Australian Govt can’t actually sack Fraser his political career is all but over. He’s an international joke – thanks Eggboy.

              Searching Arabic newspapers globally Eggboy is already a folk hero. And rightly so. While some think egging is a violent act and wish to point this out, I think it was the least that could have been done, and hope to see eggs in the public debate more often.

              An egg for Trump, Soper, Hosking, and the clown who thinks the wording of the Quran is the problem.

              “Does anyone still dispute the link between my dumb fucken head and a free range egg” – Fraser Anning.

              • WeTheBleeple

                Credit where it’s due (I think this was the Author)

                “Does anyone still dispute the link between my dumb fucken head and a free range egg” – Fraser Anning. (Tom Tanuki).

  11. mauī 12

    Abdul Aziz is a true hero, he almost single handedly stopped this without any training or weapons.

    • alwyn 12.1

      On that I totally agree.
      If the story really is as incredible as the reports describe I think that the DPMC should be looking at awarding the very rare New Zealand Cross.
      And if they do they shouldn’t be as petty as the last female PM was when Willie Apiata received his VC.
      This time invite the Leader of the Opposition to the ceremony.

      • Muttonbird 12.1.1

        But the leader of the opposition attacked the government for signing the UN migration compact and whipped up hysteria among their followers.

        The mass murderer reference the UN migration compact by scrawling it upon the murder weapons.

        I’d say the leader of the opposition should publicly renounce the National Party’s opposition to inclusive society before he’s invited to any award ceremonies for actual heroes.

        • alwyn 12.1.1.1

          Oh well. Why am I not surprised that the fuel oil soaked seagull is as small minded as the PM we had in 2007?
          You really are a bitter little turd aren’t you?

          • Muttonbird 12.1.1.1.1

            But Bridges’ thinking on the global migration pact and Tarrant’s thinking on the global migration pact are the same.

            The point is that ordinary right wing thought and extreme white supremacist thought are not that different. This is why we must ensure the National Party never holds power again.

            • RedLogix 12.1.1.1.1.1

              The point is that ordinary right wing thought and extreme white supremacist thought are not that different.

              Ordinary moderate left wingers and extreme marxist left wingers share a common interest in many things, gross inequality being an obvious one. Yet I bet you can pretty easily see this does not make us the same at all.

              This is why we must ensure the National Party never holds power again.

              And here would be one really obvious difference; as a moderate I fully embrace our democratic system and understand that if it is to work at all, then both the left and right will form governments according to the will of the people.

              You on the other hand have unambiguously declared that you want to ‘ensure’ that left wing governments remain in power indefinitely. And bugger any elections or accountability to the people it would seem.

              It’s much the same on the right, moderates and extremists share some sentiments, but there is a boundary.

              Having said that, it’s my observation that while extreme racist righties are prone to believing in their racial superiority, radical leftie types are very much absorbed by imaginings of their intellectual superiority and moral virtue. Very different on the surface, but both entangled in the same totalitarian mire under the surface.

        • Saintarnuad 12.1.1.2

          So “inclusive society” in your opinion, is only people who subscribe to your point of view.
          How very inclusive (not)

          • greywarshark 12.1.1.2.1

            Saint not
            You haven’t been coming here for long I think. But all you seem to write is sneer stuff, fault finding, putting others down. Top of the mind stuff about other commenters. You aren’t adding much to the discussion. Are you going to get better or be just one of the blowflies buzzing around making a lot of noise. And who welcomes blowflies.

      • Gabby 12.1.2

        Had to sneak in a little dig there wally?

        • alwyn 12.1.2.1

          “sneak in”?
          No Grubby. When someone comes out with the sort of crap that Muttonbird just did I will tell him (her) (it) to their face.

  12. reason 13

    An unsung hero of mine i sJared Israel ….who showed up our disgusting Karle du frense … http://www.tenc.net/letters/dufresne.htm

    Despite admitting to racism …..du frense got a free pass from our race and hate speech gate keepers.

    Apparently this was not hate speech in NZ

    du frense ” I have to plead guilty to that second form of racism: ”antagonism towards other races”.

    To be more precise, I have to plead guilty to it in respect of one specific racial group. I refer to the people of Serbia.”

    [Jared Israel comments:

    Aside from the fact that modern genetics rejects the old claim that humans are divided into races, even if races did exist, Serbs would not constitute one as distinct from other southern Slavs. (‘Yugoslavia’ means ‘land of the southern Slavs.’) The Serbs are a national group, that is they do have a distinct culture and history, but they are physically identical to Slavic Muslims (for example, Bosnian Muslims) and Croats for the very good reason that Serbs, Croats and Slavic Muslims represent religious divisions within not-very-distant common ancestors. (They all even speak the same language, contrary to the Western media; it’s called Serbo-Croatian.) Du Fresne’s reference to a Serbian ‘race’ proclaims his ignorance, which is not a crime unless of course an ignorant person were to write newspaper columns inciting hatred of some national group.

    Jared’s comments end here]

    du frense “The events of the past few years in the Balkans have produced in me a deep detestation of all things Serbian. I don’t take any pride in this, but neither do I apologise for it. Humanity demands that we are repelled by the vile acts carried out in recent years in the name of Serbian nationalism.”

    [Jared Israel comments:

    In the article that “so offended” du Fresne, I contrasted two speeches. One was Milosevic’s speech at Kosovo Field in 1989. There are three important things about this speech:

    * First, what it boasts about, namely Serbian cultural tolerance as evinced in the fact that Serbia was (and still is) 40% non-Serb;

    * Second, what it does not do, namely it does not attack any other national or ethnic group; indeed, Milosevic says it is a very positive thing that many non-Serbian ethnic groups reside in Serbia;

    *And third, what it warns of, namely that Yugoslavs are tragically allowing the great powers to divide them using nationalism, as if they had learned nothing from the past. You can read it at http://www.tenc.net/milo/milosaid.html

    du frense ” I am forced reluctantly to the conclusion that they are fundamentally a deeply unattractive people, brutal and malignant. And though it’s probably a technical breach of the Race Relations Act to admit publicly to such feelings, since it could be construed as inciting hatred and contempt for a particular racial group, I’m sure of one thing: most New Zealanders feel exactly the same, whether or not they care to come clean about it.”

    Fisk…. heroic in his honesty ……….. https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/will-those-killed-by-nato-19-years-ago-in-serbia-ever-get-justice/

  13. reason 14

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/14/izzeldin-abuelaishs-three-daughters-were-killed-in-gaza-but-he-still-clings-to-hope-for-the-middle-east/

    “izzeldin Abuelaish is an associate professor of global health, born in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, but the 63-year-old gynaecologist still mops his eyes when he comes to this point in our conversation almost 10 years later. I do not bring up the terrible ironies. I do not refer to his wife, who died of cancer only four months before the Israelis killed the three young women and Izzeldin’s niece. ”

    Now if Jeremy Corbin were to talk to this heroic man ….. some villain would portray it as somehow anti Semitic … eh james? ‘

    For despite the fact that he vainly took the Israelis to court for his family’s slaughter – first they claimed that there were snipers in the Abuelaish house, then that militants were hiding there, then that the shells which killed the daughters and niece came from Hamas (all disproved) – he founded the “Daughters for Life” Foundation to provide scholarships for young women to study at universities in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria. He wrote a book called I Shall Not Hate. Now a Canadian citizen, Abuelaish is much honoured, with human rights awards and a degree from Simon Fraser University.”

    Never heard of this hero here in NZ ???

    Well Just think ….if izzeldin Abuelaish was present in the afghan village when New Zealand SAS did that horribly botched revenge raid ….

    Sir John Key would have ordered his murder …. and then wayne mapp would tell us he was a Taliban fighter for year and years afterwards … go figure on that .

    While I can acknowledge the knighthood bestowed upon Key for his guts and courage, ///his staunchly sticking with mates when the chips are down and all that …

    … but perhaps wayne mapp could explain the type of bravery key is tapping into when he orders the killings of others at no possible risk to himself ??

    that sort of courage seems to be written in racist yellow from my view.

  14. corodale 15

    The shoe, it’s still day one. Day two, the hero arrives.

  15. So that’s the line Tat’s handlers are currently pushing.
    Should be easy to spot the fake news coming up these next few weeks, then.

  16. reason 17

    these next few weeks should give an Alian time
    to swot up on a concept they dont understand …

    Some friggin humanity ….

    BM soiled the bar with his demented ‘socialism’ posts the other day … wearing his hostility and dont touch my semi auto anger on his sleeve

    But Casual indifference to new zealands worst crime ever is just another shade of NZs character … that needs fixing

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/50lives?src=hash

    For ‘normal ‘ NZers ,,,,take small bites as the true scale of this crime can overwhelm one with despair at what was stolen from New Zealand …

  17. Jenny - How to get there? 18

    A hero acts when others won’t.

    Words are cheap.

    People, particularly leaders, have to decide which side they are on, when someone acts
    .
    Egg Boy

    USA Today reports that “Australian premier sides with teen who cracked egg on senator who blamed Muslims for New Zealand attack”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/03/17/sen-fraser-anning-australian-premier-sides-egg-boy/3193563002/

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday took Connolly’s side, telling reporters: “The full force of the law should be applied to Sen. Anning.”…..

    Obviously, Scott Morrison would have never made this comment if Will Connolly had not taken the action that he had.

    Generally I am against any sort of violent attack. I did not approve of the Dildo attack on Steven Joyce or the mud thrown at Don Brash. But in my opinion Morrison and the Australian government were slow to take action to censure Anning for his pro-fascist statements. That they didn’t gave Connolly his cue to act.

    As someone said on Twitter

    If only some brave person splatted an egg on Mussolini’s head when he was young, or on Hitler’s while he was ranting in some Beerhall

    https://splinternews.com/eggboy-seen-as-a-hero-after-smashing-an-egg-on-racist-1833348620

  18. Tibor 19

    We will walk among them always
    They will curl upon us with our innocence
    Taken but not left behind
    We will hold on to those that held them last

    We have always cried over horrors far away
    Now they have come in close, into home
    They are no different for being there, or here
    Alike they are the savagery of men

    Today we will get up, and we will welcome again
    Everyone who seeks shelter and our humanity
    We won’t think of vicious boys with hatred and guns
    Instead we will learn the names of those who died
    Gather them with us and see the smiles in the eyes
    Of those that were taken by fear and shame
    And we will always remember them

    Tomorrow we wear the memory of all this
    When we are old, we will cry and go quiet
    Never will we have forgotten
    those who today have passed

    • greywarshark 19.1

      Thank you Tibor. I think that those are the exact right words that we should be reading and thinking about today. I will do so now.

      This is a post captioned Heroes. I note that we sink into abuse and dislike and our own petty feelings. Instead I honour all those who tried to do their best for the attacked people, at the time and after. That is important to keep in my mind.

  19. Rosemary McDonald 20

    This young woman most definitely a ‘hero’.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/111358227/you-failed-to-incite-hatred-the-heartfelt-message-after-christchurch-shooting

    ” Appreciate that you made countless New Zealanders come out of their homes to visit the mosques nearest to them with flowers and beautiful messages of peace and love.

    You have broken many many hearts and you have made the world weep. You have left a huge void.

    But what you also have done have brought us closer together. And it has strengthened our faith and resolve.

    In the coming weeks, more people will turn up in the Mosques, a place you hate so much, fortified by the strength in their faith, and inspired by their fallen brothers and sisters.

    In the coming weeks, more non Muslims will turn up at the gates of mosques with fresh flowers and beautifully handwritten notes. They may not have known where the mosques in their area was. But now, they do. All because of you.

    You may have achieved your aim of intended destruction, but I guess you failed to incite hatred, fear and despair in all of us.

    And while I understand that it may have been your objective, I hate to say that after all of that elaborate planning, and the perverse and wretched efforts on your part, you still failed to drive a divide among the the Muslims and non-Muslims in the world.”

  20. mosa 21

    Wonderful insightful post TRP.
    Thank you to The Standard for providing this and other important posts.

  21. Jenny - How to get there? 22

    ‘Egg boy’ says he will give most of the bulk of the $40 thousand raised for his legal defence to the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

    https://www.9news.com.au/2019/03/17/18/40/egg-boy-fraser-anning-video-fundraiser

    An online fundraiser for the Melbourne teen who egged Senator Fraser Anning is closing in on $40,000…..

    ….The funding page was initially created to pay for “legal fees and more eggs,” but an update from the page’s founder has confirmed that after speaking to Mr Connolly, “he is committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.”

    Close to 2000 people have taken to the place to donate, with the goal of $2000 quickly surpassed.

  22. Jenny - How to get there? 23

    The biggest online petition in Australian history calls for Frazer Anning’s suspension from parliament.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/03/more-than-one-million-sign-petition-to-remove-fraser-anning-from-australian-parliament.html

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  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
    Kiwis are benefiting from higher wage growth and low inflation under the Coalition Government. Stats NZ data out today shows the rise in the cost of living remains low, as annual Consumers Price Index (CPI) inflation fell to 1.5% in September from 1.7% in June. “The low inflation comes as ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
    The Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage has launched a new comprehensive trapping guide for community trappers to help them protect our native birds, plants and other wildlife, at Zealandia in Wellington today. ‘A practical guide to trapping’, has been developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), and was launched during ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter welcomes PHARMAC’s move to improve access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). PHARMAC has today announced it will fund the full cost of Mirena and Jaydess for anyone seeking long term contraception, lifting previous restrictions on access to Mirena. “I welcome women having greater choices ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
    The Government has approved the next stage of a major redevelopment of Taranaki Base Hospital, which will deliver new and improved facilities for patients. Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced details of a $300 million dollar project to build a new East Wing at the New Plymouth hospital. It ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
    Thank you for the opportunity to be here to present certificates to the 16 graduates who have completed a beekeeping course delivered by the Howard League.  Let us start by acknowledging Auckland Prison’s Deputy Prison Director Tom Sherlock, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner of Corrections Northern Region Scott Walker - ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson leaves this weekend to attend the APEC Finance Ministers meeting in Santiago, Chile. Discussions between APEC Finance Ministers at the meeting will include the effects of the current global economic uncertainty, risks for APEC economies and sustainable development of the region. While at APEC Grant Robertson ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific languages are a source of strength, they ground us and build confidence
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says for Pacific people, language can be a source of strength. It can help ground us and give us confidence. When we speak them, our languages provide us with an immediate and intimate access to our identity and our story - and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Major boost to support disabled people in sport and recreation
    The Coalition Government has announced an action plan to improve the wellbeing of disabled New Zealanders by addressing inequalities in play, active recreation and sport. The initiative includes training to develop a workforce that understands the needs of children and young people with a range of impairments, advocacy for fit ...
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    1 week ago
  • More prefab homes to be built as red tape cut
    The construction sector is being freed up to allow more homes to be built more quickly as the Government cuts through some of the red tape of the Building Act.  “Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home and old inefficiencies in the Building Act make building slow and ...
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    1 week ago