Hold the front page!

Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, September 3rd, 2011 - 48 comments
Categories: employment, jobs, labour, newspapers - Tags: ,

Youth unemployment is widely acknowledged to be one of the biggest social problems facing this country, and a significant electoral issue. At noon on Thursday Labour unveiled a major new policy, $251 Million over four years, to address the problem. So how did our papers “of record” cover this important development?

Here’s the report in Friday’s print edition of The Herald:

 

Not to be outdone, Friday’s print edition of The Dominion Post had this to say:

 

Not that you can blame them I guess, there was so much other important news that day.

48 comments on “Hold the front page!”

  1. Akldnut 1

    Nothing new – I’ve asked everyone that I come into contact since it’s release and only 2 people out of the 60 people I’ve dealt with say they know anything about it.

  2. Hilary 2

    This ‘product placement’ as illustrated by page 2 of the DP yesterday reflects so badly on the profession of journalism, and also highlights the real agenda of the media. Trivia and as many pictures of the PM clutching captive children as possible, while marginalising the opposition. (But the really scary thing is the dog whistle message of ‘trust the PM’). The Hollow Men documentary showed very clearly how sneakily such things are set for an unsuspecting public.

  3. marsman 3

    The Dom-Post had the big photo of Mr. Sincerity John Key along with the bullshit re the ‘poll’. Just below the photo was a piece by the editor about their new ‘charter of independence and commitment to the highest professional standards.(!!!) Meanwhile the editorial was a patronising smear job on Labour and dog-whistle doubt-casting on The Greens. Wonder if Crosby Textor write these editorials, no wait isn’t Mr Impartial himself, that Hollow Man Richard Long back from Vietnam?

  4. Granny 4

    Trouble is, it’s not a NEW policy at all. It’s just recycled policy from1981,2002, 2005 etc etc.

    At least the Greens have something new to offer, rather than re-channelling Bill Rowling.

    • Good CT line that.

      It is recycled policy, not good policy not bad policy but RECYCLED POLICY.

      I have to admit that it is recycled.

      I am pretty sure the first Labour Government had a policy on trade training and apprenticeships.  It is one of those things that Labour always does.

      To brand it as recycled is really silly.  It is a good idea and addresses something that the current government is not doing and that is training our young.

      Labour also recycles its increase the minimum wage policy, the keen NZ nuclear free policy, the keep an independent line on foreign policy policy, the improve education and health policy …

      Honest is that the best that CT has given you guys? 

  5. Afewknowthetruth 5

    It has to be this way. All major media are owned and operated by global corporations for the benefit of global corporations. The last thing they want is an informed populace. Global corporations will always back governments that facilitate the agendas of global corporations.

    The other problem is, Laboir is ‘owned’ by global corporations but is operated by uninformed fools who think it is not.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Absolutely correct. They would get outraged calls from their big advertisers if labour was given any prominence or Key given a hard time.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.2

      +1

      And, yeah, Labour is as connected to the failed capitalist system as National and Act.

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    Yup if anyone has any doubt about media bias the lack of exposure that has been given to the release of such a major policy puts it into perspective.

    But I think it needs to focus the minds of the opposition Labour/Greens to work together not against each other. Labour and the Greens need all their foot soldiers working together.

    The fact is both parties need each other to form a cohesive left wing Government, its not just the Tories and Actoids its the media as well.No wonder Goff has struggled to gain ground.

  7. fabregas4 7

    Yesterday Willie Jackson and JT focused on the latest earth shattering poll which showed that John Key was highly trusted to look after ones children! They attempted to extrapolate this into meaning that this meant he could be trusted to look after the country. This of course means that the local kindy teacher, or pediatric nurse should quickly be installed as PM.

    Callers were accused of envy of course when questioning this.

  8. randal 8

    well if he is going to become the page two poster boy he should show us his manboobs.

  9. Mac1 9

    This sort of trivia also has the effect of dumbing down politics to the level of entertainment and ‘personalities’. I should think that this is not unintended.

    What does the wish that I want to have dinner with the PM actually mean? That I like him or I want to be seen big-noting with the powerful and famous? Not that I do…….

    What does the babysitting question actually mean? Who do I trust with my most precious children, or who could I meet and talk about after the event? “Jeez, did you see who I had as my baby-sitter?’

    I suspect that some journos and politicians suffer from the same big-noting syndrome. Especially when the trappings of power and influence become attractive- cars, flunkies, helicopters, privileges, reception, food, wine etc.

    It’s along the lines of “How important am I to mix with such high society?” It reminds me of the joke about the Pope being chauffeured by an ordinary limo driver. The Pope wanted to drive- he never had. So, the swap being made, a passerby on seeing the vehicle pass by said to his companion, “Jeez, did you see that? Who’s big enough to have the Pope as his chauffeur?”

    Who’s big enough to have John Key as their baby-sitter? as their flunky PM? As their figurehead?

  10. Tom Gould 10

    Maybe it’s time for the good old ‘disinfectant of sunlight’ to be shone on those running the MSM and deciding the coverage? And maybe even, although I hesitiate to even write it, expose the media training and speaking tour money-go-round? Nah, the public would be horrified. Some MP taking a drink too many from the mini-bar is way more damaging to our democracy, right?

    • marsman 10.1

      How do we go about shining said disinfectant on those running the MSM? Would be a very great service to the people and the land of NZ now being plundered and being threatened with more plunder to come. And the hope would be that impartial journalism would finally be the norm again.

  11. ak 11

    I do hope this story gets picked up overseas. Our media and Prime Babysitter are providing wonderful and generous comedic relief to an embattled world, and the day when the mere utterance of “New Silland” draws immediate guffaws of good-hearted derision draws ever closer. 100% Pure fun, come on kiwis, abstain for the game in the used condom, pray for a party that kicks beneficiaries in the teeth in Jesus’s cardboard cathedral, and enter the spirit.

    Thank you John, and shame on all you killjoys and your tall-clown syndrome. As the learned judge said of that other hilarious babysitting comedian: “he’s a talented New Zealander. He makes people laugh. Laughter is an incredible medicine and we all need lots of it.” Fair enough too. I hope Paul Henry gets him on the air soon. As the whole world surely understands by now thanks to Letterman, what kiwi couldn’t mistake a four-year-old for a grown woman?

    • Jim Nald 11.1

      Did you mean to type ‘New Sillyland’?
      Quite appropriate.

    • Vicky32 11.2

      As the whole world surely understands by now thanks to Letterman, what kiwi couldn’t mistake a four-year-old for a grown woman?

      I would love to know who that guy is! The judge’s sympathy for his career was just sick-making… I’d like to be able to boycott him.

  12. Blue 12

    At least Stuff had an article on their website. As far as I can tell, the Herald had not a word on the policy until this morning.

    On the other hand, if it was a bad poll result or some more imaginary ‘leadership struggles’ it would be all over the front page as quickly as possible.

    NZ really does have some of the worst standards for journalism in the developed world.

    • UncleGeoff 12.1

      If Blue thinks that NZ has some of the worst standards for journalism in the developed world, maybe he should check out Fox “News” in the USA.

      That said, I fully concur that the local newspapers and TV stations still have a lot to answer for when it comes to professionalism and integrity. I refuse to buy any copies of the NZ Herald, on the grounds that doing so would make me an accessory to the poison that they produce and disseminate. But while I don’t believe that the Compost is as vile as the Herald, I am now seriously considering whether I ever want to buy any more copies of it either.

      • Blue 12.1.1

        Yes, the USA has Fox News, but that is only one organisation among many.

        The reason I call NZ the worst is simply because while other countries have their terrible news organisations, they also have their good, and sometimes brilliant ones.

        NZ has nothing more than mediocrity across all, and it’s getting steadily worse.

        I can’t think of any other Western democratic country in the world where something like this would happen. Within three months to an election, the main Opposition party announces a major policy and the media just ignore it.

        Tell me another country that that could have happened in, and I will agree with you then that there are worse journalists out there than in NZ.

        Fox News would have distorted, spun and misled, but at least they would have reported it.

  13. Joe Bloggs 13

    Perhaps the issue over non-coverage by the MSM is because there was nothing newsworthy in Labour’s Youth Employment Policy.

    It’s been around since 1980 and Bill Rowling’s announcement that Labour would abolish the dole, and guarantee employment or training for the first five years of a New Zealander’s working life.

    Moreover the other headline option Labour recycles used policy… again is also not particularly newsworthy either.

    • Yep

      You got us there Joe.

      BTW the policy about creating jobs has been recycled since Labour first stood in 1916.

      Put to one side how vital full employment is to our society  the policy is a bit recycled. So we should do away with it?

      Do you realize how dumb your CT spin line is?

      How about you comment on the guts of the policy instead of trying to write it off by applying a slogan? 

      • Joe Bloggs 13.1.1

        BTW the policy about creating jobs has been recycled since Labour first stood in 1916.

        so the spin in the original post about this being a “major new policy” is debunked by the Right AND the Left.

        Pleased to see you agree with me.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1

          Recycled and updated. The policy put out by Labour has the same goal but isn’t the same as it uses different methodologies.

          Of course, why we keep concentrating on jobs is a concern. The new paradigm caused by Peak Oil, resource depletion and Climate Change means that there will be less work and to meet that means that we’ll have to change society to meet those new needs.

          • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.1.1

            Well actually there will be a turning point where there is suddenly more work, much more work, and a lot of it not very glamorous, as energy and industrial systems run down.

  14. prism 14

    I see that dominating the NZ Herald front page was a picture of a large body of water, I suppose that’s cheaper than printing hard news. Also there was a mention of a dog being found. Is that the one that everybody is out looking for with a dogwhistle?

    Is that meant to be the PM with a child. I’ve got lots of baby pictures that I think are better than his. The nation should see my grandchild – a very perfect picture of a modern major sweetie.

    But clicking on to top link takes me through to earning and learning from 1/9.

  15. HC 15

    I am desperately waiting for another winter storm to bring a bit of snow flakes up into
    Auckland. This will certainly be headline news and have the reporters out in force all over the place, to capture a few snow flakes and see kiddies try to build snowmen, where altitude may allow snow to stay about a while.

    What is Paul McCartney up to, or Heather Mills, is Prince Willie’s bride now pregnat or not?

    Oh, the country is gearing up for the Rugby World Cup. John Key will hold the opening speech at Eden Park, I presume. That must be placed at the very top, for sure.

    A sheep with pinkish dyed wool was wandering down the streets of Taihape last night. Does anybody know who is the owner?

    We have lots of News in Aoteaoroa, so do not get so critical and depressed. Have fun and do not worry, all is in good hands!

    Yes, it was a bit strange after all to notice that both One News and 3 News did not bother to give that much priority to the report about Labour’s new youth apprenticeship plans. One channel had it only under the “otherwise also happened” category, and both did not present much about it.

    For those that claim it may be “recycled” policy, it is at least striking that the owner of a gasfitting and plumbing business in the Hutt Valley had to admit, that this time Labour got it right and will get their full support!

    But such news are just “trivial” stuff, are they not?

    • Vicky32 15.1

      Yes, it was a bit strange after all to notice that both One News and 3 News did not bother to give that much priority to the report about Labour’s new youth apprenticeship plans. One channel had it only under the “otherwise also happened” category, and both did not present much about it.

      As an aside, I heard on the BBC today, about a serious aeroplane crash in Chile on Friday night that killed 200+ people – and would never have known about it if not for the BBC… I want to know, did the NZ media cover it at all when I was incommunicado through out Saturday?

      • HC 15.1.1

        I heard it being mentioned on the 8 pm news on National Radio tonight. Maybe they had a listen to the BBC beforehand, or they read your comment above!??

        This happens quite often. I know that there are two major international news gathering networks that source stories from various separate agencies active in various countries and parts of the world, as well as from some independent reporters.

        These newsline providers make their stories available to networks that contract with them.

        New Zealand media work with certain other media outlets overseas and get stories off the wire as well. So the BBC – being one of the top media organisations on this planet – will be very swift on reporting such stories. TV stations and radio stations here often are a bit slower.

        You may note that not much new is reported after 06 or 08 pm on any day. Few staff are working after those hours. That delays a lot.

        • Vicky32 15.1.1.1

          I heard it being mentioned on the 8 pm news on National Radio tonight. Maybe they had a listen to the BBC beforehand, or they read your comment above!??

          I remember back in 1993 or 4, phoned TV3 and asking why they had no news of the plane crash that had killed the leader of Rwanda – “mark my words, something will come of it!” I said presciently – and something did, the Rwandan genocide! The TV3 man asked where I had heard of it, and I said “The BBC” and he replied “Oh, well, they’re obsessed with what happens off-shore, but in NZ, no one cares, besides there’s no footage”. Because any footage they got, was presumably too late after the fact, they never mentioned it at all… (We lived in a valley, and couldn’t get TV1, so I don’t know whether TV1 covered it at all). I take issue now and did then, that “no one in NZ cares what happens off-shore” – which is a mad word anyway. The whole world is simply “off-shore” from NZ????

          • HC 15.1.1.1.1

            Vicky32:

            You raise a valid point, and I have often felt the same.

            But perhaps look at the brighter side:
            In Europe, North America and generally most places on the world you almost never hear anything at all about what happens in New Zealand, except when there is a large quake like in CH CH a year ago and again in February. Apart from that most there think NZers are all part time farmers who own a yacht, private airplane and spend half the day showing tourists around the national parks.

            Ignorance is widespread, but re the ignorance by media and even quite a few people here, it is a very special type of indifference or ignorance.

            The good thing about so few “off-shore” knowing about NZ – and where we are may be is: When the world goes really mad, the next major wars for remaining resources will start, and when the large powers and peoples will destroy each other, they may not even think about the few island “pimples” reaching above the Pacific waters in this faraway corner of the globe. It may ensure us a bit of a chance of survival after all?!

  16. kriswgtn 16

    well mark my words
    the MSM will one day have to be held accountable for their blatant asslicking of jokey hen

    It will happen
    wonder what their excuses be::

    Oh I was glamoured
    hahha
    dickheads the lot of them

    NO decent journalistic qualities between any of them

  17. HC 17

    So NZers do in their vast majority apparently trust a former “currency trader” to lead their economy, look after their babies and head the government. This they supposedly do although over 60 % are against asset sales (partial or whole), they simply do not seem to understand the consequences of voting in a government that will do exactly that.

    It seems the media know their spin role. Let Nicky Hager make the media, their ownership, their management, their selection of journalists they employ, their conduct and operation his next project. Perhaps he should change his appearance and go under-cover to apply for a journo job himself, in order to find out what exactly makes our propaganda outlets publish the very kind of front page stuff they are presenting us with.

    • Jim Nald 18.1

      Bouffant and Boofhead Politicians

      1. Folks should be very very nervous when they are thinking about whether to trust a talking bouffant. Woe was me for having forgotten about the Perigo interview when I voted at the recent election.

      2. As for the other one, well … he is paid to play boofhead and to say anything it takes to win votes.

  18. uke 19

    The same thing happened about a month ago when Labour released its government procurement policy, which would favour NZ manufacturers and suppliers. Buried in both the Dom & Herald.

  19. Private Parts ex army 20

    I have just seen an interview with Owen Glenn on “another party political broadcast on behalf of the National Party” called The Nation on TV3. Apart from another load of bullshit about being sooooooo poor living in a State House in Otara, he said, if National and Act win the election he will give 100 Mil (unpaid taxes by him) towards youth. Does that mean he won’t if they lose? Is this his revenge on the Labour party after the last fiasco he was involved in?
    One wonders, what he is after now. Watch this space I bet he gets a Knighthood and how much again unpaid tax has he given to the National Party.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Pissing-Off The Israelis Is A High-Risk Strategy.
    Dangerous Foes: For those readers of Bowalley Road who feel disposed to dismiss any prospect of an Israeli destabilisation of New Zealand politics, the example of the United Kingdom repays close attention. Ever since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party, the Israelis have sanctioned, funded and ...
    6 days ago
  • Something to go to in Wellington
    Make It 16, the youth-led campaign to lower New Zealand's voting age, is holding an official campaign launch at Parliament this Friday from 16:30. If you'd like to attend, you can register using EventBrite here. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • A founding member responds to Peace Action Wellington
    by Don Franks It was a lovely sunny Wellington afternoon with blue skies above  the beaches.  In Courtenay Place, political activists packed out a stuffy upstairs room for an important meeting. The assembled pacifists, anarchists, communists and independent young radicals of Peace Action Wellington felt the need for a mission ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    7 days ago
  • “Mistakes and errors”
    Current and former NZDF top brass are being publicly grilled this week by the hit and run inquiry over their public responses to allegations of civilian casualties. Previously, they've claimed there were no casualties, a position which led them to lie to Ministers and to the public. Now, they're saying ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • “Homosexuality is same-sex attraction and relationships, not heterosexuals with delusions of gende...
    by Rafael D. Quiles (gender-critical gay man from Puerto Rico) The writing on the wall is right in people’s faces and people just don’t see it or don’t want to. What could actually possess a heterosexual male to want to feminize himself and claim that he is a lesbian? Because ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Trump: “Where’s my favourite dictator?”
    From the Wall Street Journal:Inside a room of the ornately decorated Hotel du Palais during last month’s Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, President Trump awaited a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Mr. Trump looked over a gathering of American and Egyptian officials and called out in ...
    1 week ago
  • Magdalen Burns, 1983-2019, fighter for women’s liberation
    by the Redline blog collective At Redline we are very saddened to hear of the death of Magdalen Burns who passed away on the morning of Friday, September 13 (British time). Magdalen was a great fighter for the rights of women in general and lesbian women in particular, a defender ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Parliament and the Executive
    The Brexit issue has certainly brought with it a series of apparently difficult constitutional issues, many of them concerning the respective roles of the executive and parliament. Most of them arise because of the unwillingness of MPs, despite their professions to the contrary, to be bound by a constitutional rarity ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • The Abigail Article; Martyn Bradbury’s Article, and My Response
    . . This blogpost is different to my usual format of reporting on issues… Since July 1011, I have blogged on a variety of political issues; near always political and/or environmental; mostly highly critical of the previous National Government. Other issues included Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and repression of ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    1 week ago
  • Police will have to wear silly Buckingham Palace hats from now on, says Police Minister
    Those close to the Police Minister believe the initiative may be the result of Nash “seeing a great deal” on AliExpress. In a move that comes seemingly out of nowhere, Police Minister Stuart Nash announced this afternoon that he expects all frontline staff to don bearskin hats, famously worn by ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • A sensible crackdown
    The government has released its Arms Legislation Bill, containing the second tranche of changes to gun laws following the March 15 massacre. And it all looks quite sensible: a national gun register, higher penalties for illegal possession and dealing, tighter restrictions on arms dealers and shooting clubs, and a shorter ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • California bans private prisons
    Private prisons are a stain on humanity. Prison operators explicitly profit from human misery, then lobby for longer prisons terms so they can keep on profiting. And in the US, prison companies run not only local and state prisons, but also Donald Trump's immigration concentration camps. Faced with this moral ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why PPPs are a bad idea
    When National was in power, they were very keen on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) - basicly, using private companies to finance public infrastructure as a way of hiding debt from the public. They were keen on using them for everything - roads, schools, hospitals. But as the UK shows, that "service" ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A Movement That No Longer Moves.
    Moving And Shaking: There was a time when people spoke matter-of-factly about the “labour movement” – a political phenomenon understood to embrace much more than the Labour Party. Included within the term’s definition was the whole trade union movement – many of whose members looked upon the Labour Party as ...
    1 week ago
  • NZ ‘left’ politically embracing extreme postmodernism
    by Philip Ferguson Much of the left, even people who formally identify as marxists, have collapsed politically in the face of postmodern gender theory of the sort pioneered by American philosopher Judith Butler. For Butler even biological sex is socially constructed. “If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The obvious question
    The media is reporting that the (alleged) Labour party sexual assaulter has resigned from their job at Parliament, which means hopefully he won't be turning up there making people feel unsafe in future. Good. But as with everything about this scandal, it just raises other questions. Most significantly: why the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The moment I found out that you found out, I acted swiftly
    By Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern I am every bit as angry as you are. I am every bit as disappointed as you must be. The people with power, oversight and the ability to do something about these processes within the Labour Party should be ashamed. Whoever those people are, I ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • This is why people hate property developers
    Property developers think there is an "oversupply" of houses in Auckland:High turnover rates and falling prices may be a sign that there are too many new houses going in to some parts of Auckland, commentators say. [...] Property developer David Whitburn said there was a "bit of an oversupply" in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Australia to Pacific: “Fuck you, you can all drown”
    World leaders are meeting in New York in two weeks for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, where they are expected to announce new and more ambitious targets to stop the world from burning. But the Australian Prime Minister won't be there, despite being in the USA at the time:Scott Morrison ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Implausible ignorance
    Labour Party president Nigel Haworth resigned yesterday over the party's sexual assault scandal. But while that's good news, its unlikely to take away the stench of a coverup. Because according to Paula Bennett in Parliament yesterday, pretty much everyone in the Prime Minister's office was involved as well:I have been ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour’s Fatal Flaw.
     Two-Faced? Labour insiders' commitment to the neoliberal status quo puts them at odds with their party’s membership; its trade union affiliates; and a majority of Labour voters, but this only serves to strengthen the perception they have of themselves as a special elite. Among the lesser breeds, they’ll talk up a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ten reasons the Tories do NOT want an election
    There has been a lot of talk about Boris Johnson wanting an election, and he has blustered with great gusto about 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn refusing one, but I think there are many reasons why he is secretly glad he has been refused the opportunity:The Tories are an utter rabble,tearing themselves ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Prorogation Illegal, rule Scottish judges
    Scottish appeal court judges have declared that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful. The three judges, chaired by Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, overturned an earlier ruling that the courts did not have the powers to interfere in the prime ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Let me explain what I meant by Everyday New Zealanders
    By Simon Bridges. The following is a press release from the office of Simon Bridges, leader of The National Party. Key ora, New Zealand. Happy Maori Language Week. Look, I’m writing to you today because I want to clear something up. There’s been a lot of kerfuffle around some things ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Yes, the SIS is subject to the Public Records Act
    I understand there's some stuff going round about how the SIS "was removed from the list of public offices covered by the Public Records Act in 2017". The context of course being their records derived from US torture, which will be disposed of or sealed. The good news is that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • An evidence-based discussion of the Canadian fluoride/IQ study
    Dr. Christopher Labos and Jonathan Jarry discuss the recent Canadian fluoride/IQ research. They provide an expert analysis of the paper and its problems. Click on image to go to podcast. The critical debate about the recent ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Australia in denial
    Australia is burning down again, and meanwhile its natural disaster minister is denying climate change:Australia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate change is manmade”. Clarifying earlier comments that the question is “irrelevant” when considering the Coalition government’s response to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Philippines activist speaking on the Duterte tyranny
    Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Disgust
    I have no special insights to offer on the Labour sexual assault coverup. All I have is disgust. Disgust that an organisation could fail its people so badly. Disgust that they punished the victims rather than the perpetrator. Disgust that its party hacks are apparently blaming the victims for demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women calls out Greens’ censorship
    This open letter to the Green Party was penned after an opinion piece by Jill Abigail, a feminist and founding member of the party, was censored by the Greens’ leadership. (Redline has reprinted her article here).The intolerance of the Green Party leaders and their acceptance of the misogyny of gender ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Member’s Day: End of Life Choice, part 3
    Today is a Member's day, and David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill continues its slow crawl through its committee stage. They're spending the whole day on it today, though the first hour is likely to be spent on voting left over from last time. After that they'll move on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Flight to Los Angeles turned back after passengers decide they don’t want to go anymore
    An ambitious plan to fly to Los Angeles petered out into a brief sight-seeing trip and a desire to return home and get some sleep before work tomorrow. Air New Zealand has confirmed a flight to Los Angeles last night was turned back about a quarter of the way into ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Indigenous Futures: defuturing and futuring – an analytical framework for policy development?
    There appears to be consensus – by omission – that the concept of indigenous futures should be accepted at face value. So I scavenged the internet to see if I could locate an academic descriptor or a framework around how we think about it as a concept, and whether it ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Cadbury rumoured to be releasing the Pineapple Trump
    Here’s another novelty chocolate to shove in your gob, New Zealand Cadbury could be seeking to make itself great again with a rumoured new release: Pineapple Trumps, a spin on its classic chocolate-encased pineapple treat and do-it-yourself tooth remover. The global confectionery manufacturer and bumbling “before” character in an infomercial, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The coming resource war.
    During my time in the Pentagon I had the privilege of sitting down with military leaders and defence and security officials from a variety of Latin American nations. Sometimes I was present as a subordinate assistant to a senior US defence department official, sometimes as part of a delegation that ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori Language Week with The Civilian
    Kia ora, Aotearoa. It’s that magical time of year. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. In English, the week that frightens talk radio. As you probably know by now, all your favourite media outlets are participating, some more successfully than others. Stuff has changed its name to Puna for the ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Will Horizons act on climate change?
    Local body elections are coming up next month. And it looks like all Palmerston North candidates for Horizons (the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council) want to take action on climate change:Climate change is set to be a key issue in Palmerston North for the next three years if those wanting to get ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • BORA reform is stalled
    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Corbyn and Brexit
    As the Brexit saga staggers on, the focus is naturally enough on the Prime Minister and his attempts to achieve Brexit “do or die”. But the role played by the Leader of the Opposition is of almost equal interest and complexity. The first problem for Jeremy Corbyn is that he ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago

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