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How long have they been sitting on that?

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 pm, September 10th, 2012 - 75 comments
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Shearer gets some traction with a policy that neatly targets parents’ concerns about education, hits a link in the poverty cycle, and is third way enough that National can’t really object. And what happens? National runs a little beat up on how Shearer’s masters thesis says you can’t ignore Maori beliefs in taniwha as signifiers of ownership when allocating water rights. Wonder how long they were sitting on that.

75 comments on “How long have they been sitting on that? ”

  1. Kotahi Tāne Huna 1

    Pretty clear that this is what they intend to fight the 2014 election on. Iwi/Kiwi.

    Wankers.

  2. blue leopard 2

    Probably google-searched it the night before

  3. God help us.  Shearer as a young idealist puts forward the idea that Iwi should have a greater say.  It is not quite the same as his current position.  Therefore it is apparently wrong.

    Of course Key had no such idealistic ideas.  He did not even know where he stood on the springbok tour.

    As if.

    I would prefer to have a leader someone who had youthful ideals compared to someone who apparently did not even know what was happening when they were at their physical peak. 

    • gobsmacked 3.1

      MickySavage, they didn’t trot it out simply to recall the past, they did it in order to get a response from Shearer today. They got one. Again … it’s Politics 101 (see Ali G in Da House – and the “horse incident”). Provoke, and score.

      Shearer is an innocent thrown to the wolves. It’s painful to watch. The Labour caucus should hang their heads in shame.

      • mickysavage 3.1.1

        I know GS but if everyone who as a youth expresses a controversial idea gets hammered on it 25 years later then we are fecked.  Key’s “I cannot what I thought about the springbok tour” will become the norm.  Shearer possibly did not remember his position on water.  I can understand this.  I have trouble with what happened last week …

        • gobsmacked 3.1.1.1

          Of course he shouldn’t get hammered for it. It’s irrelevant. So, he should just have basic political nous …

          Options include … 1) laugh 2) refer to Key and 1981 3) death stare 4) “I’m glad you asked me about education , our policy is ….” etc

          Many options possible EXCEPT taking the questions as “good faith”. It’s not reasonable people acting reasonably. It’s bloody politics. If Shearer can’t understand this, he’s lost.

          • Macro 3.1.1.1.1

            Exactly!

            • Craig Glen Eden 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Exactly, Exactly. The Labour caucus stuck this novice in charge and ignored its membership because they all new best. Well now its becoming clear for all to see Shearer is a total novice.
              Shearer was stupid to think he was ready to be Labours leader but the caucus who voted for Shearer are the ones I blame.
              What they have done is not only damaging for this guys political future they were all prepared to damage the party because they are jealous of Cunliffe and the responsibility/portfolios he held under Clark.

              David Shearer simply is not ready for the job of leader thats not his fault, its the fault of the people who put him their and they should be bloody ashamed. They wont be though, as long as they have their jobs we will continue to see Shearer the lamb to the slaughter being slowly slaughtered.

          • Polish Pride 3.1.1.1.2

            Well no not necessarily. If framed in the right way it could be a winner. The public are sick and tired of ‘politics’ they want honesty from their politicians. Seems Shearer is one of the few able to give that. This simple fact needs to be highlighted so that Jo public see and understand it. Then they can look beyond the political attacks and media smears

            • Craig Glen Eden 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Politics does not work like that or John Key would never have been elected over Phil Goff.

        • burt 3.1.1.2

          The fact you have trouble with what happened last week explains a lot about your unconditional support for Labour mickysavage. Socialism fails micky, it takes longer than a week so no wonder you blindly support it year in year out ignoring the inevitable bust that happens from the artificial boom it’s policy settings create. Look at the cycle micky, Labour boom then bust followed by National dishing out the medicine to rectify Labour policy impacts on productivity, growth and individual responsibility. Then we do it all again….

          • blue leopard 3.1.1.2.1

            oh dear me, burt, they only tell you that type of thing at election-time to get a job…its not actually true!!

          • mike e 3.1.1.2.2

            facts burt seem to elude you the housing bubble and farm price bubble started in 1976 borrowing private borrowing has been on an exponential trail since then!
            the same rate of increase no different under labour or national!
            The only difference is that bill english is doing all the borrowing now!
            Now we have a another housing bubble.
            Labours policy is only slightly different .
            National has many socialist policies as well so you are back handing them as well!
            ie broadband subsidies carbon subsidies finance subsidies high price Consultants many former National troughers
            Go back to your Yurt burt and get some facts and stop the fairy stories.
            Whats the medicine swapping reasonable waged govt employees for overpriced Consultants ACC Consultancies have gone up by ten times the savings of the cost of sacking govt employees.$20 million in savings verses the $200 million increase in con sultants !

      • rosy 3.1.2

        I thought Shearer handled it quite nicely (tv3 news). If it was a set up it didn’t work.

    • Huginn 3.2

      Hmmmm ……. Don Brash’s masters thesis (1961) argued that foreign investment damaged a country’s economic development.
      So it’s a bit of a two way street 😉

      • fatty 3.2.1

        …if only Brash still had an academic advisor to keep him logical

      • lprent 3.2.2

        I don’t rate Brashes abilities to judge anything very highly.

        He lost national an electorate twice (and to social credit), a National election in 2005, and plummeted ACT’s vote. His tenure at the reserve bank was marked by a rigid orthodoxy in pursuit of inflation and wasn’t even that successful in that. His response to the Asian crisis in 1997 successfully managed to increase the contraction in the economy while producing no improvement in his targets – which is a perverse achievement that I am sure is still being examined as a case study today.

        Basically he is usually wrong.

        I find that foreign investment is worth the cost when they bring something to the table other than just money. Skills, capital scale, expertise in target markets, etc. If they are simply investors then they aren’t of any utility except to the person selling, and usually just drain profits

  4. gobsmacked 4

    Probably google-searched it the night before.

    Unlikely. Slater/Farrar/Nat Research aren’t the Mallard Mastodons. They play the game like Karl Rove and the US Republicans, whereas Labour play it like Dad’s Army.

    They were sitting on it until they needed it. That they didn’t bother using it for nine months tells you how much they rate their opponent.

    • blue leopard 4.1

      Those who have respect for others’ beliefs or hold a belief in Taniwhas will be more admiring of Mr Shearer for it. Thanks National 😉
      (Nats were too profane to work that one out)

  5. Draco T Bastard 5

    Didn’t they release it a couple of months ago? Or was that another one of Shearers papers?

  6. Blue 6

    Guess it’s lucky for National that John Key did a BCom in accounting and doesn’t have a master’s degree.

  7. Fisiani 7

    Shearer believes in Taniwhas. Wow. The gift that keeps on giving.

    [no, he doesn’t. He wrote “the belief in taniwha or spiritual pollution…while they may appear irrational to many…cannot simply be dismissed as irrelevant”. Debate the facts or go back to Kiwiblog. Zet]

    • Tracey 7.1

      don’t fill Fisiani’s head with facts, he’s not used to it, his head might explode… and then he’ll need welfare

    • TightyRighty 7.2

      weasel words zet. fisi is debating the facts. Shearer believes in monsters in streams and his educations policy is at odds with everything else labour have said about education. Keep denying it though. Suits us.

      • framu 7.2.1

        weasel words – or the actual quote from the actual piece.

        you can paraphrase it all you want till it means whatever you choose – the fact is the article quotes shearer saying something different to fisi’s statement – ergo fisi isnt debating facts

        • TightyRighty 7.2.1.1

          If they aren’t dismissed as irrelevant, then the belief has relevance in david shearers opinion. Ergo he has some belief in taniwha’s as a relevant entity.

          so because david shearer did not expressly say “i believe in taniwha’s” his comments do not support the view that taniwha’s exist and fisi isn’t debating the facts? even though if you look at what he said, it’s blatantly obvious what he meant. Stick your head in the sand some more framu. Build a little tunnel through to mickeysavage and cv while you are at it. you can converse some more about how the msm is all to blame for not portraying labour’s message in a favorable light

          spinning like a top as labour does on these issues, just shows how useless they are at politics. Most commented thread today? this one. Hi-fucking-larious.

          • Pascal's bookie 7.2.1.1.1

            Read what he said.

            He said the belief in taniwha is relevant.

            The only thing he is saying exists, is a belief in taniwha. The relevant noun is ‘belief in taniwha’.

            If I say that ‘belief in the Hindu gods is relevant to the tax status of some organisations’, I am not saying I believe the Hindu gods exist.

          • framu 7.2.1.1.2

            “so because david shearer did not expressly say “i believe in taniwha’s” his comments do not support the view that taniwha’s exist and fisi isn’t debating the facts”

            yes

            or to put it another way – im an atheist, but if we were talking about rebuilding Chch cathedral and i stated that the church’s views on spirituality were relevant does that mean i believe in god? Of course not!

          • tracey 7.2.1.1.3

            And what “facts” do you know about the belief in or use of “Taniwha”??

      • Tim 7.2.2

        I think your undies might be causing the shrill ideologically driven outburst “tighty-whitey-Righty”.

        • Tim 7.2.2.1

          oh btw, that comment is not based on emprical evidence, just ‘faith’ and my ideological prejudice….. so shoot me – Having said that though – what a gorgeous specimen you are! (NOT).
          God you’re gorgeous!

    • SHG 7.3

      Shearer believes in Taniwhas. Wow. The gift that keeps on giving.

      Shearer has said neither that he believes in taniwhas, nor has he suggested that anyone should. He has simply observed that, being New Zealand, we have to acknowledge that some people believe in taniwhas.

      When talking about issues of applied ethics in a Western society we cannot ignore the fact that some people believe in an invisible superhero who lives in the sky. I think they’re fucking retarded. But given the nature of our society we have to acknowledge that those people DO believe that.

      For me to claim that we have to acknowledge the fact that some people believe in an invisible superhero who lives in the sky is neither me asserting that such an invisible superhero exists, nor is it me asserting that you should believe in it yourself.

      This seems like a massive beat-up.

  8. blue leopard 8

    …and actually all this shows, yet again, is that all National have to offer is something akin to a magic conjurer’s children’s party trick pulling rabbits out of hats

    Whilst they spend time finding low grade political games, blaming GFC and ChCh earthquake on every ill that NZers are experiencing they omit to address anything.

    Dear Nact,

    Show us the jobs
    Show us the lessening disparity in income
    Show us the protections preventing the damages caused by speculation
    Show us improved stats
    Show us you are not simply a bunch of clowns

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      My recommendation is to send the same letter to Labour.

      • blue leopard 8.1.1

        When Labour were in power they progressed 4 out of the 5 issues I mentioned
        jobs
        disparity in income
        improved stats

        by doing so they showed they were not a bunch of clowns

        All Nact does is spout hot air and sneer.
        Its about time NZers saw through their party tricks and stopped voting for the rope that is hanging us all.

        Speculation issues are becoming a whole lot more mainstream and we have a far better chance of such being addressed with a left wing government because people don’t really like pushing through policies that their friends will drop them for… 🙂

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1

          b.l.

          Yes they progressed them…in a way which took National about 2 years to undo.

          • blue leopard 8.1.1.1.1

            Which illustrates rather nicely an area in which National are efficient

            • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1.1

              And they are. However I actually meant that Labour 5 implemented changes which were highly superficial and reversable in nature.

              • blue leopard

                …well you could interpret it that way…
                …or you could consider:

                How the government we have had for the last four years, having shown that they are so blatantly trigger happy with rushing through the reversing of laws at a moments notice, applying dodgy retrospective style legislation and doing things like firing large groups of experts to get their way, then I consider the changes implemented by Labour were probably pretty robust to last for 2 years under such a reckless government whose only claim to efficiency would be in the area of destructiveness.

  9. georgecom 9

    I guess the battle lines are starting to be drawn.

    A government berefit of ideas. One who has exhausted whatever ideas it might have had, who now has to bring out old discourses regardings Taniwhas to try and shift attention away from opposition policies or retread ongoing small focus sideline issues like drug testing beneficiaries in the wake of mounting bad news in the political economy.

    The other opposition parties bringing out some commonsensical policies which, admittedly don’t address nearly the full range of problems besetting the country, but which are heading the the correct direction.

  10. Tracey 10

    Perhaps some need to understand part of the purpose of Taniwha before they get all uppity about Shearer.

    My understanding is that Taniwha “presence” act as pointers/reminders/warnings about certain waters.

    For example, don’t settle here because it floods in a big rain and so on. Remember Maori did not write things down, so they could not write a book about dangerous waters etc to hand down, they did it by stories, starring Taniwha.

    Perhaps it is time that Shearer hit back with a sharp “at least I recall what I thought about the 1981 springbok tour”.

    • Bored 10.1

      Thanks Tracy: my best mans wifes aunty, a venerable old Tainui lady was fond of using the expression “there is a taniwha” as a caution, and to say there might be a problem. Makes perfect sense to me as you say from somebody with an oral tradition.

      • Tracey 10.1.1

        My understanding is that the “Taniwha” have proven remarkably accurate indicators regarding water idiosyncrasies when western interest has investigated or evolved…

        • Sunny 10.1.1.1

          Yep, ‘taniwha’ as shorthand for “look out when around this body of water”. Eminently sensible. Derision of such a concept, eminently predictable.

          • Grumpy 10.1.1.1.1

            …..and it’s the ticket to free shares in an SOE

            • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Since when is compensation for appropriated property ‘free’?

              • Foreign Waka

                and since when is water anyone’s property? Power stations where build with taxpayer money’s – so they belong to all. Hence the protest against the sale.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Arse about tit there.

                  The crown needs to show where and how it took ownership, otherwise iwi and hapu ownership remains. the fact that the crown is negotiating is kind of a clue as to how strong they think their case is.

    • Tiger Mountain 10.2

      Yes, even All Black rugby player Stu Wilson said* of the ’81 tour on RNZ this week that there were “only two sides-for or against” and that it “split families”. And he knew that personally as it turned out. Wilson’s wife was a front row protestor and their relationship did not survive the tour fallout.
      *on “Witness” a regular BBC featurette on famous events viewed through an individual’s perspective.

      Key’s memory ‘fade’ remains unacceptable in a Prime Minister, he is clearly lying as anyone that was there at the time would realise. Shearer does need to serve it back more forcefully though.

      • Tracey 10.2.1

        Or he really can’t recall because he was so disinterested in the major political event of his lifetime… despite his claim he “always dreamed of being Prime Minister”

    • chris73 10.3

      Helen Clark tried that already (remember the debates?) didn’t work then, won’t work now. It will reinforce the notion that Labour are old and out of touch with the majority of NZ though.

      • felix 10.3.1

        I think you’ll find that the vast majority of NZers don’t believe Key for a moment when he says he wasn’t interested in the springbok tour (or can’t remember, or wasn’t really aware of it, depending which day you ask him). Half of the country didn’t vote for him, after all, and half of his own supporters know he’s full of shit but they approve (like you).

        People are losing their jobs and having their hours cut all over the country, chris, and the millionaire PM from Parnell calls it “cost adjustment”.

        That’s out of touch.

        • chris73 10.3.1.1

          And how many voted for Labour and the Greens? Even less so unless you want to change democracy (and being a lefty you probably do) you’re just going to have to suck it up and take it (and enjoy it) until the next election

          • Colonial Viper 10.3.1.1.1

            Just remember that very few NZers voted for Key, chris73.

          • felix 10.3.1.1.2

            Jeez chris, I know you have trouble with some pretty simple concepts, but basic maths? Fuck, I thought even you would be able to follow that.

  11. chris73 11

    I dunno, ask T. Mallard about the “facts” he states in the house.

  12. Carol 12

    This looks to me to be a bit of a fizzer from the (desperate-sounding) Nat spin machine and their TV3 sycophants. I have yet to see any reference to it on Stuff, or the NZ Herald sites. A search on google news indicates the story has gone beyond TV3.

    To me the damning thing in the TV3 story, is that it says Shearer agrees with key about things like negotiating with Iwi and Hapu one at a time.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Shearer-departs-from-water-rights-thesis/tabid/1607/articleID/268780/Default.aspx

    For the record, Mr Shearer’s position on water is now the same as Prime Minister John Key’s.

    “Nobody owns water. It’s everybody’s resource.”

    And like Mr Key, he says rights can be negotiated iwi by iwi, hapu by hapu, river by river.

    “It doesn’t work,” says Mr Shearer. “It doesn’t work if you rush it and what John Key’s going to do is rush this through.”

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Shearer-departs-from-water-rights-thesis/tabid/1607/articleID/268780/Default.aspx#ixzz266GSA7mV

  13. captain hook 13

    that is the nats style.
    they cant actually do anything except poormouth everyone else.
    who votes for people like that?

  14. Foreign Waka 14

    All the discussions are only semantics, the damage is done. The foreign investment gets pulled as for any manufacturing, mining etc you need – water. It is naive to believe that the left or the right or anyone in the middle will make it happen. The uncertainty about any future development from an economic point of view has been eroded by the simple fact that claims for air (!), water and god knows what has entered the fray. This is also not within the framework of the law but who gives a toss. With all that is happening, it does not really matter as many or most productive individuals and even firms will leave in the next 2 years. PS China is making a takeover bid for F&P – well, again – if that succeeds, 2 years from now all jobs will be gone.

  15. Whilst not disagreeing with his views, David has demonstrated that he has muddled the concepts of mana and taniwha. Mana is not pride, or egotism, but the opposite – the conquest of these. If the taniwha represented some worthy entity, why – in Maori mythology – would chiefs gain mana by SLAYING taniwha? i.e., killing the ego.
    The word taniwha derives from the Paki ‘tanha’, indicating that Hawaikii was Sri Lanka and the Mauryan Empire. As Horatio Robley pointed out a century ago, the Hei Tiki is a debased image of green jade depictions of Buddha. In legend, Ao-kehu is swallowed by a taniwha, but cuts himself free – killing it – using a maripi or shark-tooth knife. Paralleling the myth of Jonah in the Bible.
    Tanha means the root of evil, as longing for experience, that binds man to life. In Buddhism, it is annihilated by the T(r)ipitaka, or three baskets of the Buddhist canon. In Maoridom, this translates to the taniwha-slayer Te Pitaka, heroically killing the taniwha named Hotu-puku, which means ‘craving experience’. Water, in the Bible and all legends, represents mind, the dwelling-place of taniwha.But many taniwha were said to be cave or land dwellers.
    When the taniwha is finally caught, after killing many ‘people’, it is cut open and reveals all the warriors etc inside; i.e. all the personalities that the reincarnating ego has adopted. A notion quaintly related in Christianity as “the resurrection of the dead”. At which point the individual is entitled to recover memory of his past lives.
    In short, everyone has his taniwha, and the whole purpose of life is to conquer it:
    “Ka mate te taniwha ra!”. Vote for the TEA Party – Taniwha Eradication Association!

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  • The Looming Fight.
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    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Moving faster
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The Australian courts have had enough of refugee detention
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Friction and the Anti-lock Braking System
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • The Inside Word: New Zealand Quarantine
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    3 days ago
  • Hard News: ASA: Let’s not talk about this
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    3 days ago
  • This is not kind
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Wokies are the establishment
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    3 days ago
  • How to strengthen the post-isolation Covid rules
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    SciBlogsBy Siouxsie Wiles
    3 days ago
  • Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days ago
  • Liam Hehir: Our obsession with American politics
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    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    4 days ago
  • COVID: Back to Level 1
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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Climate injustice
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38
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    4 days ago
  • Anyone for Collins?
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    4 days ago
  • Crusher’s fiscal malfunction
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    4 days ago
  • Much of the commentariat’s reporting of the most recent GDP figure was misleading and unhelpful. The prize for the stupidest remark about the GDP figure for second quarter 2020 (2020Q2) released on Thursday (17 Sept) goes to Judith Collins, whose response to Grant Robertson’s comments indicated she did not ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    4 days ago
  • Love and Hate as Complementary Revolutionary Acts
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
  • 2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38
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    5 days ago
  • Tax cuts for all!!! (except you, you, and you)
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    My ThinksBy boonman
    6 days ago
  • Great Waves Washing Over New Zealand
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    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • New Zealand has role to play in resolving crisis on ‘geopolitical fault line’, Helen Clark says
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    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    6 days ago
  • Euthanasia referendum: How to cut through the emotions
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Why we need cameras on boats
    In case anyone needed further convincing, there's another example today of why we need cameras on fishing boats: reported seabird bycatch doubled during a camera trial: Commercial fishers operating off Auckland's coast around vulnerable seabirds are twice as likely to report accidentally capturing them when cameras are on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Graham Adams: The religious right’s campaign to spike the euthanasia referendum
    In the leadup to the euthanasia referendum, an array of conservative Christian political organisations is running an expensive campaign to sow doubt about the safety of assisted dying. Graham Adams argues that these religious forces know that Christian arguments aren’t convincing the public, but that it is in the public ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • Opportunistic looting
    The National Party has spent the last six months acting horrified at the cost of supporting people through the pandemic and banging on about how the debt must be repaid. So what was their economic policy released today? Massive tax-cuts for the rich, of course! National has walked back ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Uncomfortable Choices.
    Dangerous Times: This will be the choice confronting those coming of age in the 2020s. Embrace Neoliberalism’s belief in racial and sexual equality; adopt its secular and scientific world view; and cultivate the technocratic, multicultural, global outlook required of those who keep the machinery of hyper-capitalism humming. Or, throw your ...
    7 days ago
  • Tony Burton: Covid and benefit payments
    It would be a great time to reform the benefit system, according to former Deputy Chief Economic Advisor at the Treasury, Tony Burton. He argues the complexity of benefit system means that it’s failing to achieve its difficult three core objectives, which form an “iron triangle”.   New Zealand’s benefit ...
    Democracy ProjectBy bryce.edwards
    7 days ago
  • Talking tax: How to win support for taxing wealth
    Tax Justice UK, September 2020 Serious tax reform is on the political agenda for the first time in decades due to the coronavirus crisis. As this debate hots up it is important to understand what people think about public spending, wealth and tax. Tax Justice UK, along with Survation and ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    7 days ago
  • Getting Tough.
    Not Mucking Around: With upwards of 800 dead from the virus’s resurgence in the Australian state of Victoria, leniency is not on Premier Daniel Andrews’ agenda. The Victorian Police are cracking down hard on the protesters the Australian press has labelled "Covidiots".IMAGES OF POLICE, some in riot gear, others on ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: Nuclear strategy, then and now.
    Although I had the fortune of being a graduate student of some of the foremost US nuclear strategists of the day (1970s) and later rubbed shoulders with Air Force and Naval officers who were entrusted with parts of the US nuclear arsenal, I seldom get to write or speak about ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Chinese List.
    News that Zhenhua Data, an arm of China Zhenhua Electronics Group, a subsidiary of the military-connected China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), maintains a list of 800 New Zealanders on a “Overseas Key Information Database” that contains personal information on more than 2.4 million foreign individuals, has caused some consternation ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Things that grow fast, and things that surprise us
    Marie Becdelievre January 2020. The number of news article mentioning coronavirus exploded and anxious voices whispered about a global pandemic. Whisper? To me, it was only a whisper. I tend to learn about the world through non-fiction books, conferences, and academic research rather than news and social media, so ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #37, 2020
    2,082,476,000,000,000 Viability of greenhouse gas removal via the artificial addition of volcanic ash to the ocean  (not open access, unfortunately) walks us through the numbers on a particular means of CO2 removal, addition of volcanic tephra to the ocean. The mechanism is straight chemistry and the cost is fully an order of ...
    1 week ago
  • Barbados to become a republic
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Party Like It’s 1989: Bait and Switch is a Bad Look, Mr Hipkins
    At the 2017 election, the New Zealand Labour Party promised a Fees Free Policy for tertiary students. Basically, it would make the first year of university education free in 2018, with a second year in 2021, and a third in 2024. It also promised to restore Post-Graduate access to the ...
    1 week ago
  • Will the tropics eventually become uninhabitable?
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A first-hand look: What it’s like to live in a 2020 California wildfire evacuation zone
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons It felt like 100 degrees in my in-laws’ Grass Valley, California, kitchen, but at least the lights were on and for the moment we were safely “distanced” from the Jones Fire. We’d just finished dessert, after pizza and a movie ...
    1 week ago
  • COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is...
    Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A flaw in our electoral transparency regime
    A key part of our electoral funding regime is a requirement for some transparency around donations, on the basis that if we can find out who has bought our politicians (typically after we have voted for them) then everything is alright. There are a lot of problems with that regime ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Don’t Steal This Book
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Carbon prices must rise
    When Parliament introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme, it was worried that carbon prices might get too high. So it introduced a "fixed price option", allowing polluters to pay the government $25 in the place of surrendering credits. The result was predictable: after we were thrown out of international carbon markets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Disclosure
    The government will finally be requiring large New Zealand companies to disclose their climate change risks: New Zealand finance companies will be made to report on climate change risk, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced. The policy will force around 200 large financial organisations in New Zealand to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Tackling the hard issues – trust and relationships
    By Claire Grant, Genomics Aotearoa Communications Manager Community consultation is becoming an increasingly important aspect of research programmes in New Zealand, and with that comes the art of relationship building. Engagement between scientists and user-groups is certainly nothing new. But as stakeholder involvement becomes more of a requirement for science, ...
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  • Equality Network – September Newsletter
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
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  • The Left’s Lost Allies.
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  • Legal Beagle: Low-Hanging Fruit
    In a couple of months, the 53rd Parliament will meet in Wellington, and approximately 120 MPs will be sworn in, many of them for the first time.They will all have political goals, some aligning with their party platforms, some not, some complex, and some simple, but they will gain one ...
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  • Closing the Gap thinks that Labour’s proposal to raise the top tax rate is great but………
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: No nonsense
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • My Climate Story: Coming full Circle
    This blog post is a follow up to my recap of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Training I recently participated in. One of the exercises we were asked to complete was to write about our respective "Climate Story". This is a slightly updated version to the one I had submitted during ...
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  • Primary sector exports and jobs up again
    Primary sector exports and jobs are up again, demonstrating the sector’s underlying strength amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, and supporting New Zealand’s economic recovery. Stats NZ today reported New Zealand’s merchandise exports in August were up 8.6% on a year ago, driven by an increase in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    12 hours ago
  • Clean energy future for more schools
    Schools across Aotearoa New Zealand will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. The Minister has allocated $50 million from the Clean Powered Public Service Fund to replace, or convert, coal boilers in schools with clean ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Building business strength with digital tools
    New training and tools for digital commerce will give small businesses, especially in the tourism sector, the support they need to adapt and innovate in a COVID world. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced details of how $20 million digital capability funding set aside ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New pest lures to protect nature
    The Department of Conservation (DOC) is investing $1.4 million to develop new predator lures that would be game-changers for trapping and surveillance towards a predator-free Aotearoa, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage, announced in Christchurch today. The proposal is to develop long-life lures attractive to a range of predators—rats, mustelids ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Support for innovative Pacific education responses to COVID-19 needs
    Supporting new and creative Pacific education practices as part of our COVID-19 response and recovery is the focus of a new $28.5 million Pacific Education Innovation Fund announced today by Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa.  “There is already an incredible amount of innovative and creative work going on in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 leave support
    The expanded scheme will cover: People who have COVID-19 like symptoms and meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria, and need to self-isolate while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. People who are directed to self-isolate by a Medical Officer of Health or their delegate or on advice of their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Seasonal work visa available to more people
    The Government is putting in place a range of immigration policy changes to help fill labour shortages in key industries while ensuring New Zealanders, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, have the chance to find new employment. “Two key sectors we are moving to help are horticulture and wine ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • More border exceptions for critical roles
    The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s border strategy to protect New Zealand against COVID-19 and ensure New Zealand citizens and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crown will not appeal Dodds v Southern Response decision
    The Crown will not appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Dodds v Southern Response case, Grant Robertson announced today. “Southern Response will be paying the damages awarded by the Court to Mr and Mrs Dodds shortly. The Crown was already meeting their legal costs for this appeal. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Crucial PGF investments for Northland
    The Provincial Growth Fund is investing nearly $30 million in a diverse range of projects that will create immediate and long-term jobs and lift economic and social outcomes for Northland and its people. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones made the announcement today in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • $27million investment in global vaccine facility
    The Coalition Government has committed to invest $27 million in COVID-19 vaccine development through the global COVAX Facility, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The COVAX Facility is a key part of our COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy to obtain safe and effective vaccines. It allows us to invest in a high-quality, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government backing Māori landowners
    The Government will provide up to $1.69 million through the One Billion Trees programme to Māori landowners to make their whenua more productive through the planting of forests, both native and exotic, and improve economic and environmental outcomes, Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced. “Around 1.5 million ha of land ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • New tools to make nature more accessible
    People planning to head outdoors now have a resource that lets them know how accessible an area is for people with varying levels of mobility, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced today. The Halberg Foundation, Sensibel, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have launched Accessibel, a new tool which helps ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • PGF makes Māori history more accessible
    One of the most significant battle sites of the 1860s Land Wars will receive $2.96 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to improve the site and help tell the New Zealand story to visitors, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones have announced. Nanaia Mahuta ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Making it official: The journey of te reo Māori | Kia whakapūmautia: Ngā piki me ngā heke o te r...
    The journey towards recognising Māori as an official language and taonga has been captured as a web series and launched today during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, announced Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Carmel Sepuloni. “Te reo Māori is a living language, and understanding its significance, and pathways to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Better-than-forecast GDP reflects decision to protect New Zealand
    Today’s better-than-forecast GDP figures show the expected impact of the decision to act quickly to protect New Zealanders from the global COVID-19 pandemic. GDP fell 12.2% in the June quarter from March, reflecting decisions to close New Zealand’s borders and enter Alert Level 4. “This result was better than the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Boost for COVID-19 related Pacific education needs
    The Government is investing $39.7 Million over four years to support the educational needs of Pacific learners and families in the regions hardest hit by COVID-19, with Auckland getting an immediate boost, Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa says.   “Like all New Zealanders Pacific families want learners to do well ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • More resources for kiwi conservation
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    1 week ago
  • Improving access to affordable electricity
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    1 week ago
  • Government achieves 50 percent women on state boards
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter announced today that the Government has reached its target of 50 percent on women on state sector board and committees – setting a new record level of women on state sector boards. “This Government is committed to having more women in leadership roles - ...
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    1 week ago
  • Record transport investment to help economic recovery and save lives
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Advancing clean energy technology
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    1 week ago
  • Major milestone reached in Pike River Re-entry
    The critical area for forensic examination known as Pit Bottom in Stone has been reached in what is a major milestone for the Pike River re-entry project, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced. “The infrastructure located in Pit Bottom in Stone is of very significant interest in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Economic recovery guides Govt response to retirement income policy review
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  • Iwi community hub opens in Murupara
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  • PREFU shows economy doing better than forecast
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Spruce-up for Ōtaki community facilities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • PGF funding for Jobs for Nature programme
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Procurement to promote jobs, Māori and Pasifika businesses and sustainability
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    1 week ago
  • Timaru’s Theatre Royal to be upgraded and new heritage facility built
    The Government is supporting a major upgrade of Timaru’s iconic Theatre Royal and the construction of a new connected Heritage Facility museum and exhibition space with $11.6 million from the Government’s Infrastructure Fund, Jacinda Ardern announced today. “We heard the call from the community and the council. The Theatre Royal ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • District Court judge appointed
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  • Approval given to Commercial Film and Video Production Proposal
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