Hosking’s party political broadcasts

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, October 28th, 2016 - 75 comments
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As reported by John Drinnan:

Giving Hosking the all-clear

The broadcasting standards watchdog has given Mike Hosking’s prime-time editorials the OK, but TVNZ says it will have to look at how they fit into covering issues next year, an election year.

News and current affairs boss John Gillespie said he would need to “work through” how that content was dealt with. It was the same with any other presenter who had a viewpoint, he said.

The decisions effectively clear state TV’s use of conservative comment from Hosking – also a broadcaster for Herald publisher NZME – to punctuate news stories and issues aired on Seven Sharp.

Dr Hayward – an assistant professor of political science – said she was not surprised by the BSA decision, but was disappointed.

State ownership meant TVNZ had to be especially careful in reporting on politics, said Hayward.

Use of Hosking was akin to state TV in China, she said, arguing that the decisions showed the BSA codes were not suitable to deal with Fox News-style comment on New Zealand television. …

Read the full piece for plenty more.

https://twitter.com/BMHayward/status/791748368934408192

75 comments on “Hosking’s party political broadcasts ”

  1. Richard Rawshark 1

    White male syndrome and white female too, come on Judy and Pa paul.., her

    Yeah blazingly obvious right wing white power.

  2. dukeofurl 2

    With Hosking the glass is always 95% full- even when its hot air.

  3. tc 3

    ‘Work through’ = see how nationals spin team want it pitched. Gillespie knows where his bread is buttered.

    Personal opinions are not journalism and a decent broadcaster would not allow such blatantly one sided rants.

    Also we’ve all heard of how mikey treats producers who stand up to him and with every incident the bullies ego inflates more.

    tv has becone red neck rantland radio with pictures, as designed.

    • Garibaldi 3.1

      There must be something we can do about this meathead hosking (He doesn’t deserve a capital ). Surely there is an obligation for a state owned broadcasting station to be politically non aligned, or are we indeed morphing into a fascist state ? How can the TVNZ management be allowed to condone his rantings?
      Perhaps it is Labour’s fault for what they did to Broadcasting post 1984 ? Whatever the reason we sure as hell aren’t going to see National do anything.
      Don’t underestimate the damage this prick hosking is doing to this country – he basically has a captive audience following the TV1 news.

      • Chuck 3.1.1

        “There must be something we can do about this meathead hosking”

        Simple Garibaldi, change the channel on your TV remote. Now if you and every other person whom dislikes Hosking does that…well it will be a few hundred less viewers 🙂

        But seriously…change the channel if you dislike him.

        • In Vino 3.1.1.1

          Disingenuous drivel, Chuck. You are suggesting that Goebbels would never have succeeded in Nazi Germany if most Germans had somehow, magically decided not to listen to him. A minority did turn away, and probably ended up in concentration camps.

          You are spouting free market rubbish: State TV can spout propaganda, and you tell Garibaldi to have confidence in market forces, which should force them to improve their act.

          Goebbels proved that wrong many years ago, Chuck.

          By the way – you should avoid the word ‘whom’, because once again you have used it wrongly. Keep it simple and just write ‘who’.

          • Chuck 3.1.1.1.1

            Wow comparing Mike Hosking to Goebbels…

            Do I really need to give you a history lesson In Vino on how and why the Nazis came to power in Germany?

            Can you at least come up with a half decent response…

            • In Vino 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Better than half-decent. We no longer have any impartial form of TV broadcasting in this country. TVNZ has officially admitted that it is now a commercial broadcaster. That means we have nothing but commercial TV broadcasting, run on the commercial model. Shareholders (majority right -wing) elect Board of Directors (definitely right-wing at this level) who appoint CEO, etc. I believe a man from marketing (!) is now head of TVNZ.

              Monopoly control of broadcasting, (commercial only), definitely right-wing – getting very close to where Goebbels came in.

              I am glad you think you know more about how the Nazis came to power than I do – you should now start to learn from your knowledge.

              Neuseeländer – Wehrt Euch!

              • NZJester

                Maybe the same way the Taxpayers Union uses the Union in their name to make their right-wing organization sound more left wing the National party will add socialist to the end of their parties name to sound more left wing!

              • Incognito

                You nailed it In Vino,

                Commercial does not mean partisan unless your clientele is partisan and wants you to broadcast a partisan message or ‘tone’, in which case it becomes a medium for political propaganda.

                It’s amazing what you can mask or hide behind/beneath the predicate “commercial”; commercial sensitivity has become as powerful as the 5th Amendment.

              • Thinkerr

                “Sieben Scharf” mit mike hoskins und Toni Strasse

                And in each episode they could play a viewer’s request for a clip from their favourite Wagner opera (or the Horst Wessell song)

          • Mike the Lefty 3.1.1.1.2

            Changing the channel does not make the problem go away, it only removes you from the immediate source.
            The point is are we going to let meatheads like Hosking continue to pour their right-wing claptrap to New Zealanders disguised as news with TVNZ just letting them do it without any consideration to what used to be journalistic standards – neutrality, thoroughness and professionalism?
            If TVNZ continue with this line they run the risk of being seen simply as a government spin agency. Arguably they already are.
            TV3 is a private company – they can take whatever political views they like and although we can fret about it, we can’t change it except by mass consumer boycotts.
            But TVNZ is government owned, which means it has a responsibilty to uphold standards, although perhaps they have forgotten that in the mad ratings mania that pervades all media sources these days.
            A fair neutral state owned news service is a vital component of true democracy. An unbalanced one is characteristic of faux democratic states like Russia.

        • Gabby 3.1.1.2

          Well I certainly don’t watch Horeskin. I also steer clear of Dipshit Henry but his job seems to be independent of ratings. Maybe Horeskin is similarly favoured.

        • Philj 3.1.1.3

          Thanks Chuck, I figured that out and turned off the idiot box. Now I am better informed and happier.

  4. esoteric pineapples 4

    “We are a commercial broadcaster – and we act commercially,” he said.” – in a nutshell

    • In Vino 4.1

      Yeah – true, and we can thank bloody Helen Clarke’s Govt for destroying the charter and pushing what should be State TV that last step over the brink into the Commercial Cacklemush zone.

      • Marcus Morris 4.1.1

        Get it right In Vino,

        A charter for TVNZ was established by the Labour Government in 2003. Amongst many others, it contained the following clause:

        “provide independent, comprehensive, impartial, and in-depth coverage and analysis of news and current affairs in New Zealand and throughout the world and of the activities of public and private institutions;”

        The charter was abolished by the Nats in 2011 and it has been all down hill ever since. The arrogant and narcistic Hoskins gets no time on my screen but that doesn’t solve the problem.

        • In Vino 4.1.1.1

          Fair enough – I remember being miffed and annoyed at Helen Clarke, but maybe that was for some other nibbling away at the role of State TV, making it more commercially oriented. As I remember, the Charter itself was contaminated..

  5. mary_a 5

    Hosking is a no talent, paid up National party windbag! Of no practical use to credible media at all.

    • Chuck 5.1

      “Hosking is a no talent, paid up National party windbag!”

      Then why does he have good ratings? lots of people tune in each morning and night…

      For someone with “no talent” he does pretty well.

      • stigie 5.1.1

        What is different about Hosking being upbeat about the economy and your favorite broadcaster Campbell banging on about child poverty in election year ?
        I know, Hosking doesn’t fit your narrative.

        • Sacha 5.1.1.1

          Child poverty should not be a party political issue. What sort of country do we want to live in?

          • stigie 5.1.1.1.1

            Agree Sacha, but we can also be upbeat about the economy !

            • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Hoskings is a megaphone- the New Zealand version of Comical Ali.

              Why are you such a lickspittle?

        • Incognito 5.1.1.2

          If you cannot or will not tell the differences [plural] between MH and JC then you have zero credibility. Just saying.

      • Richard Rawshark 5.1.2

        Really, what’s his viewership then? What’s 7 sharps nightly viewing numbers Chuck.

        He’s a proper fuckwit, no one really watches him at all, unless your just like him, and there’s not many like him thankfully, Paul Henry gets viewers, Hosking your fkn kidding right.?>

        I don’t know many people watch 7 sharp anymore comments I hear around here is funnily about 7 sharp how bad it was and how no one watches it anymore.

        Different circles, you posh fuckwits must love his hate eh,

        • Chuck 5.1.2.1

          “He’s a proper fuckwit, no one really watches him at all”

          Then if that’s the case you have nothing to worry about. Hosking will be shown the door and told to leave.

          “Different circles, you posh fuckwits must love his hate eh,”

          I have been called many things…posh is not one of them RR 🙂

          • Richard Rawshark 5.1.2.1.1

            well still i’m under the impression 7 Sharps, pretty sad on the popularity ladder,.. and the only people who’d watch the arrogant yuppie probably have issues with self gratification..

            • Red 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Well unfortunately for you Richard your impression is wrong as it is on many issues but that’s ok you are allowed to think what you want just don’t let it control your emotions, it’s not healthy

              • Richard Rawshark

                Still never got a viewership number, should I google it or are they that low he hasn’t got one?

                • Richard Rawshark

                  21-27 oct 2016, no sign of 7 sharp and we are down to 49.4k viewers

                  at QNA just shows how dead NZ TV is, the highest rated program for last week was country calendar.. then 7 days at 260k of 4.5 million people, they are glued to our national broadcasting because it’s just so well run aye people. Full of interesting doco’s and political discussions with really bi partisan, intelectuals advising us of the best way forward..NOT.

                  1. Hyundai Country Calendar
                  393,600
                  TVNZ 1* · 7:00pm Saturday
                  2. 7 Days
                  261,200
                  TV3* · 9:30pm Friday
                  3. Dirty Laundry
                  179,200
                  TVNZ 1* · 8:45pm Wednesday
                  4. Jean
                  169,700
                  TVNZ 1* · 8:30pm Sunday
                  5. Funny Girls
                  129,700
                  TV3* · 10:05pm Friday
                  6. Jono and Ben
                  115,300
                  TV3* · 7:30pm Friday
                  7. Grand Designs New Zealand
                  95,200
                  TV3* · 8:30pm Sunday
                  8. Rural Delivery
                  67,700
                  TVNZ 1* · 7:00am Saturday
                  9. The Nation
                  52,100
                  TV3* · 9:30am Saturday
                  10. Q + A
                  49,400
                  TVNZ 1* · 9:00am Sunday

          • stigie 5.1.2.1.2

            Pleased you didn’t call RR a fuckwit Chuck, you would’ve got banned !

            • Richard Rawshark 5.1.2.1.2.1

              What I dish out I expect in return and have no problems with good heavy banter, what I don’t expect is childish racism comments on nationalities, call me anything within reason but don’t slag of my heritage or nationality.

          • Richard Rawshark 5.1.2.1.3

            ten four on the posh then Chuck you bum.

            i’m not worried about Hosking anymore, I turned him off and never listen to him ever. He is not worthy of my resentment and hatred I save that for Key, Bennet and the smirking pig.

      • In Vino 5.1.3

        Why does ‘Real Housewives of Auckland’ get any ratings at all? You approve of the rush to the bottom? People get used to what they are fed, and we are being fed an awful lot of rubbish – including Hoskings.

        The best thing about Hoskings are the excellent piss-takes that Jeremy Wells does (More Like Mike).

        • Katipo 5.1.3.1

          In light of …
          (A) TVNZ saying it “will have to look at how they” (the Hosking editorials) ” fit into covering issues next year, an election year.” and
          (B) the Court of Appeals recent decision to overturn the Electoral Commission decision to ban Darren Watson’s “Planet Key” song.
          Perhaps TVNZ can ensure they stay onside with the law by getting Jeremy Wells to broadcast his satirical “Like Mike” in lieu of the Hoskings Rants.
          http://www.watchme.co.nz/entertainment/like-mike/

        • Wensleydale 5.1.3.2

          Why? Because people tend to be their own worst enemies. You could put a rotting beef carcass on television, call it ‘Real Maggot Farms Of Aotearoa’, and someone would tune in. It’s like Women’s Day and Cosmopolitan strategically placed next to the supermarket check-out. You know they’re about as intellectually stimulating as a bowl of instant pudding, but you’re going to flick through them anyway, because there’s a fat bloke on the front who lost tons of weight by eating nothing but kidney beans and tapioca… and that’s amazing.

          Humanity, eh? We’re fucking legends.

      • left_forward 5.1.4

        Henry has good ratings too, but judge for yourself about who he, his values and talents, by reading the Herald’s interview today.
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11737753

    • Richard Rawshark 5.2

      Without the mouth, what practical use is there for a Hosking at all?

      If he was rendered mute tomorrow, boy, that would be so terrible for mike.

    • fisiani 5.3

      Hosking is NOT a paid up member of National. He is just telling the truth as he sees it. The Truth is unpalatable to the Left. No wonder no one has ever tweeted ‘Labour win’ and never will.

      • ropata 5.3.1

        hosking is a dunce leading the blind off a cliff.

        fisiani aspires to be like that, but he failed dunce school

      • peterh 5.3.2

        Bullshit
        Done by dirty deals like through SKY CITY

      • joe90 5.3.3

        You seem so sure about who is and who isn’t a paid up member ….

      • Richard Rawshark 5.3.4

        Fisiani talking the crap since crap was invented, dude you post some dickhead stuff here, do you actually think any one of us see’s a micometre of truth in your statement.

        It’s like saying racism is illusionary. Don’t come here telling us Hosking’s good, he isn’t, about 300 of us will tell you that,, I think in a democracy, our opinions based on events well overrides your bullshit.

      • Richard Rawshark 5.3.5

        He see’s the truth as John Key tells him, and he’s such a suck up to the halls of power and hob knobbing with the elite, he’s blowing his tune.

  6. Why any body would watch that little Dipstick is beyond me.

    Compared to TV 3, Story, which is surprisingly good, lots of very good stories and heaps of laughs at times.
    The presenters and reporters leaves Dipstick for dead.

    • Richard Rawshark 7.1

      TV’s off at 6.20 here, until mum wants to watch cooking, the first 20 mins of the news is usually enough unless Key features a lot and it goes off quicker or a I search for a not National are awesome lies piece.

      seriously, if your getting your world view from our TV whatever the flavour, your not getting the real truth.

      NZ TV is absolute shite, it really is.

  7. Maria Sherwood 8

    I started a petition to take Hosking off the debates last election, got thousands to sign, ignored, but picked up by Whaleoil, who named me ‘face of the day’. Not the thing to see as you are in recovery after an op, and my son had heaps of texts.

    • Richard Rawshark 8.1

      I signed..we failed the dicks still there. Did you see them say Pam Corkery was on late at night when labour were in power so it’s all fine.. balance and all that, some nobody counters Hoskings view anyways

      OMFG

      These (I don’t know what to call them) are pro’s at lying right to your face.

  8. North 9

    Hosking is not even about supporting the National Party per se……it’s personal……seems to understand that he’s a major actor in John Key’s piss-arse attempts at a “New Camelot”. Jackie Kennedy would recoil at the brazen, scarlet pretentiousness. Reciprocal stroking of vanities (although Key unlike Hosking has not yet publicly offered troth), vanities pompous in the one case and gauch in the other. In the round……who cares I guess. The upside is that poor Richie gets a break.

    It is though the nakedly entitled utilisation of a publicly owned vehicle to indulge both, and their respective flaky demeanours, which affronts me. It should not happen. It is corrupt. It is silly little boys’ fellating. It uplifts none.

  9. Incognito 10

    Good post!

    I have one pedantic correction: Bronwyn Hayward is an Associate Professor; in NZ we don’t have Assistant Professors.

  10. adam 11

    Simple really, watch the shows hes on – look at the ads and then attack the advertisers. For example a boycott, or a bombardment of emails, I’m sure people can think of other ideas – non-violent ideas. Remember, you only need to cut into about 5% of sales and they through there hurting, Hosking is gone.

    So here is one, ASB is the principle sponsor. Go into ASB and close your account, if they ask why, and they will. Say it’s becasue the sponsor seven sharp, and the rapid anti-democrat Hosking.

    • Chuck 11.1

      Adam you are kind of on the right track. Don’t agree with you wanting to attack the advertisers…but I know its the activist left wing way.

      Turn the channel…if enough people do the same, ratings tank…and then your wish becomes reality, no more Hosking.

      • BM 11.1.1

        Yep, he’ll go the same way as that pimper of the poor, John Campbell.

        • Wensleydale 11.1.1.1

          Yes, dirty old Communist whinge-bag, John Campbell, pimping the poor again, eh? Because the notion that someone with any sort of national platform might actually give a shit about the state of the nation is anathema, right BM? Hosking only gives a shit about “his sort of people”. Campbell, for the most part, was concerned about everyone, irrespective of their wealth, politics or personal foibles, and his annoying habit of highlighting the failures of the system and the blatant injustices that have become so routine in this country is why he was jettisoned into space. Three cheers for the ‘Brighter Future’.

      • Richard Rawshark 11.1.2

        No Chuck, he’s spot on, that’s the most effective way. I’m so glad he said that as it makes absolute perfect sense.

        • In Vino 11.1.2.1

          Chuck is still pretending that Market Forces will cure all problems. Market Forces are blind, Chuck, and create or exacerbate problems – possibly more often than they cure problems. Market Forces have led our TV medium into a race to the bottom.

  11. Nick 12

    Hosking leads with ignorance, follows up with immaturity adds in dollop of arrogance and finishes off with stupidity……

    • Richard Rawshark 12.1

      That seems like the perfect recipe for brain damaged kiwi’s who played rugby at 7 YO and who’s heads are now damaged and full of nothings.. absolute perfection for the NZ thug.

  12. mosa 13

    Lets face it TVNZ has had a right wing view point at 7 pm weeknights since Paul Holmes started in April 1989.

    Like Hosking he was host on ZB Drive Mon -Fri and then back at 7pm on TV1.
    He never hid his right wing leanings and would regularly bash his left wing victims including the late Helen Kelly who he could be immensely rude to.

    Unlike Hosking Holmes at the same time would show compassion for the underdog much the same as John Campbell.

    Mike Hosking is fronting the all important 7pm slot because he happens to have a right wing view point of view and he reflects the view point of most major media outlets in NZ , its nothing new in radio , print or television and now the news on the net in the form of Stuff controlled by Faifax media.

    Its an embedded bias that has become even more prevalent with the rule of the National led government and without a sympathetic fourth estate this government would not have survived unscathed and be looking at a possible fourth term this time next year.

    This approach has helped to turn NZ into a one party state in all but name.

  13. fisiani 14

    None of the NZ media can credibly be called Right wing. We do not have a right wing in NZ.

    • North 14.1

      We do have weirds like tu Fuzy Annus. Note I say “tu” to show how closely I feel your bewilderment.

    • ropata 14.2

      *choke*

      yeah Act are a bunch of pinko poofs and the PM is a great humanitarian

      oh wait, he is a Wall St banker intent on privatising and asset stripping NZ

      what more do you want Fizzbang?

    • Stuart Munro 14.3

      There’s some truth in that – NZ politics doesn’t divide left/right, it divides left/criminal.

  14. JustMe 15

    How much money ‘changed hands’ and went into someones’ back pocket for the ‘Broadcasting Standards Authority’ to give its ‘Okay’ for Mike Hosking rants?
    Was there some political influence from say the PMs office that meant the outcome was, as per usual, nothing to see move along please with Key probably saying “I am comfortable with that(the decision)”?
    As time, and in particular the past 8 years, has gone by I am noticing in the NZ media a bias towards the Key government and the National Party.
    Even such previously highly respected NZ papers like the NZ Herald has become more biasted and pro-John Key. And to this day there are hardly any articles in the Opinion column that allows for NZers to post their comments.
    We all know John Key hates being criticised and is slowly clamping down on media organisations that are critical of his ‘state of government(lets call it mis-government)’.
    But all Hoskings’ ranting and ravings should reflect back upon John Key. Lets observe the Key-Hosking love affair of each other and each time Hosking or Key has a rant then it is reflecting badly upon the National Party. And so I do hope those in the more senior parts of the National Party are beginning to wonder what the Hell has happened to the Party.
    I am not a National Party supporter. By golly I wouldn’t want to be ever again. In 2008 I voted for Key. It’s a mistake I regret to this day. But as each day comes and goes and we get closer to the next election then all I see of John Key is a weakling when it comes to standing up to his more beloved United States.
    Indeed Key will leave a legacy. It will be one of someone who would make even Adolf Hitler proud as he steadily clamps down on freedom of speech and protesting.
    He then tries to give us the impression he is a nice guy by saying he wanted to go the Helen Kelly’s service. Yeah Right Key. I just saw a Tui-billboard advert with that hollow comment of yours.

  15. Doogs 16

    Here’s the thing . . .

    Hosking is a no count. He has been given a platform, two actually, above his station. He uses this opportunity to put out propaganda with a strong right emphasis. TVNZ is allowing him to do that for reasons already expressed in this thread.

    The fault is not Hosking’s. Culpability lies squarely with our (not so) public broadcaster. In this social media, corporate greed, everyone for themselves world that has pervaded the social consciousness, we have regressed to survival of the fittest. There is no care for the weak, underprivileged, incapable, disabled, etc. and they are left to fend off the ebullient and self-promotional BS as promoted by the Natzis and their ilk.

    Meanwhile, the sheeple listen to Hosking, who has perfected the art of spouting turds with such a gloss on them that they look respectable. Those shallow thinkers who can’t or won’t change the channel at 7pm lap up the spittle and think it means something.

    I never watch. I have not listened to ZB since Paul Holmes left. TRN is something else to spit tacks about – another time.

    TVNZ ought to be taken to the ombudsman, the commerce commission, the human rights tribunal, the . . . god knows where . . . wherever the fuck they can be dealt to for their complete abrogation and dereliction of their duty to the NZ public.

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The PM spoke of the need for tough choices – and then opted to beat a retreat when gays and Gaza a...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 day ago
  • Keynesian Wisdom.
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    1 day ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    2 days ago
  • Is 2.8% per year population growth too much?
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Will the 2024 RLTP be yet another debacle?
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    2 days ago
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    2 days ago
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Trust us, we know what we’re doing
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    3 days ago
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    4 days ago
  • Still waiting on that turnaround
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Mihi Forbes and the great Atlas conspiracy
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    Point of OrderBy gadams1000
    4 days ago
  • Puffing Policy
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Luxon is one of three prime ministers pressing for a ceasefire in Gaza – but the two-state solutio...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    4 days ago
  • All jellied up with possum grease
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Equality comes to Greece
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • CHRIS TROTTER:  Iron in her soul.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Feb 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Stop Whispering.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on National passing bad policies under urgency
    If National really had faith in its welfare policies, it wouldn’t be ramming them through Parliament under urgency – a step that means the policies can’t be exposed to select committee debate, public submissions, expert commentary, media scrutiny and all the normal democratic processes that this coalition appears to hold ...
    5 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 16-February-2024
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    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • The Dawn Chorus for Friday, February 16
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Iron In Her Soul.
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    5 days ago
  • Dig this
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7 2024
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    5 days ago
  • A rejection of the rule of law
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Shrugging-Off The Atlas Network.
    Upholding The Status-Quo: The Left’s election defeat is not the work of the Atlas Network. It is not even the work of David Seymour and Act. It is the work of ordinary citizens who liked the Right’s stories better than they liked the Left’s. If the Right’s stories were made ...
    5 days ago
  • BARRIE SAUNDERS: Treaty Principles – all rather problematic
    Barrie Saunders writes – When ACT’s leader said they wanted legislation to state what the Treaty principles mean, my first thought was this will be controversial and divisive.  Clearly it is. The first reference to the principles of the Treaty were contained in the 1975 Act establishing the Treaty of ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    5 days ago
  • Luxon Rejects The “Rejection Election” At His Peril.
    Fitting Right In: National retailed a reactionary manifesto of right-wing, racially-charged policies to the electorate throughout 2023. No talk back then of ignoring the overwhelming political preferences of the voting public and making a strong stand on principle. If Luxon’s pollsters and focus-groups were telling him that the public was ...
    5 days ago
  • Valentine’s Day went unnoticed on the Beehive website – but it is not “baa, humbug” to celeb...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • Are You A Leftist?
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    5 days ago
  • An unlawful directive
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • I’ve been doing this all wrong
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • New study suggests the Atlantic overturning circulation AMOC “is on tipping course”
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    5 days ago
  • Valentines from ACT.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Tax cuts paid for by 13k more kids in poverty
    MSD advised the government that the indexation change it passed under urgency last night is likely to put around 7,000 extra children (and potentially up to 13,000) into poverty. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The Government has reverted indexation for main beneficiaries to price inflation from wage inflation under ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Fuel Tax Fight and Rail Fail update
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    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Arsonists
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • I don’t know!
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • ROBERT MacCULLOCH: Fletcher Building – it is time to break up NZ’s most useless company.
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    6 days ago
  • Mortgage rates seen high for even longer
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Member’s Day
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Three Waters go down the legislative gurgler – but what should we make of Local Water Done Well?
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on five of Luxon’s Gaza absurdities
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    7 days ago
  • Love and the Fairer Sex.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • At a glance – Has Arctic sea ice returned to normal?
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    1 week ago
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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • The PM wants a turnaround
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    More than a fieldingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • ELE LUDEMANN: Trusting locals
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    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    1 week ago
  • Legislation to flush away Three Waters has become a certainty – but we must wait for details on th...
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    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    1 week ago
  • Rise of the Lobbyists.
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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The holes in National’s water reform pipes
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago

  • Greater support for social workers
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 hours ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • State of the Nation
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
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    6 days ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
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    7 days ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
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    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
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  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
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    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
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    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
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    1 week ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
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    1 week ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
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