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I’m not sorry

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, June 22nd, 2010 - 48 comments
Categories: activism, community democracy, democratic participation, greens, human rights, International, leadership, Media - Tags: ,

I’m not sorry about Russel Norman standing up to Chinese imperialism, I’m proud that he did. While I don’t personally have a lot of time for Norman, I very much respect his willingness to behave like an actual representative of the New Zealand people and voice his opposition to the immoral Chinese occupation and subjugation of Tibet and its peoples.

I am however deeply sorry that in John Key we have a Prime Minister who’s so venal that he’d happily sell-out any New Zealander, be they an MP like Russel Norman or a national hero like Pete Bethune, the moment their principled actions might be seen as impediments to corporate interests.

I’m also deeply sorry that our corporate owned msm act the same way. Imagine a so-called ‘democratic watchdog of the peoples’ interests’ that criticizes an MP for protesting against an injustice! I hope more New Zealanders wake up to the fact that the msm are only lapdogs of their corporate masters – lapdogs that occasionally feign interest in democracy to maintain their ratings and consequent profits. But alas we live in a country that’s still woefully naive about who owns our media and what that means for the interests they really represent.

But if you should be someone like me who isn’t sorry for Chinese goons assaulting one of our representative on our own parliamentary grounds, then feel free to say so. Of course this will never get reported in Chinese media but who knows, perhaps this might even get through the Great Firewall of China so at least some Chinese get to know we aren’t at all sorry – quite the opposite.

UPDATE: Norman on TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning:

“It’s craven and gutless that the Prime Minister of New Zealand would apologise to the Chinese government, a totalitarian regime, because we have free speech in New Zealand.”

Well put Russel. Nice to know we still have at least one party leader with a spine.

48 comments on “I’m not sorry”

  1. Name 1

    I’ve no problem with members of the NZ public expressing their views on the Chinese occupation of Tibet in a peaceful manner on public spaces. In that regard Norman can waste his time as best he thinks fit.

    The Chinese security delegation were heavy-handed and by their actions made something of nothing, which was a serious miscalculation on their part which I hope they’ve learned from. The rather pathetic gaggle of protesters Norman was a part of should have been as dismissable from the mind as a couple of Jehova’s Witnesses on your doorstep.

    What’s getting up my nose is Norman’s – and others – bleating about his being an MP. In what way is that relevant? Was he there expressing New Zealand Government policy? Was he there representing or pursuant to some resolution of the House of Representatives? Had he sought some mandate from the People of New Zealand to make a fool of himself? Did the Green Party of New Zealand go to the electorate in the last election with a policy on Tibet?

    Outside the Chamber of Parliament the title ‘Member of Parliament’ means nothing, or should mean nothing. It give you no immunities, no privileges, no more rights than any other citizen. It certainly doesn’t mean that your views should be accorded any more respect than anyone else’s. Norman’s actions were those any private citizen in New Zealand has a right to do, but his bleating that it is somehow made worse because he is an MP suggests that his job has gone to his head.

    • The significance of Russel’s MP status in this instance is that he is an elected representative of the New Zealand people, doing his job in our Parliamentary grounds, and was consequently assaulted by a Chinese state staffer. We have an MMP parliament because we think it’s important that a diversity of views should be represented, and they have a right to be voiced. He was doing his democratic duty to represent his electorate.

      It’s not that he should be accorded more respect, it’s just a very symbolic disrespecting of our democratic institutions by Chinese authorities, for which they should be apologising.

      That Key apologised to them, and the msm are trying to frame Norman as ‘unpatriotic’ defies belief – until you remember Key and the msm are only interested in profits before people.

      • Inventory2 1.1.1

        The other significance of Russel’s status as a MP is that it gives him access to places that other protestors cannot access. There were barriers in place on Parliament’s forecourt on Friday, and the steps of the building were off-limits to members of the public. Whilst I in no way condome what the Chinese security personnel did (and blogged that sentiment accordingly, even before either Stuff or the Herald websites broke the story), I believe that Norman took advantage of his status to bring attention on himself.

        I am puzzled too by One News’ comments on the Friday night bulletin that they had two cameras covering the arrival of the Chinese VP; one filming the arrival itself, and one following Russel Norman. Why would TVNZ film Norman, unless he had given them advance notice that something might go down?

        • the sprout 1.1.1.1

          Norman was doing the job he was elected to do – good on him.
          do you think Key would have used his ‘appropriate chanels’ to raise the issue?
          not on your life

    • Lanthanide 1.2

      Agree with everything you wrote.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.3

      What Sprout said.

      Our opposition parties are also elected representatives, and are not bound by cabinet collective rules around supporting government policy. Of course he wasn’t representing govt policy, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t doing his job. Quite the opposite.

      The Green Party’s position on Tibet is no secret, though I don’t know if they have an official policy on it. It wouldn’t make any difference if they didn’t have an official policy, they are elected for their judgement as much as for a bill of particular policy points.

      • Margaret 1.3.1

        I think this has what annoyed me most about the comments on Norman- that as an MP he ‘abused his position. Ummmm WTF??? We have a multi party system and an MMP electoral system for a reason. We are not a homogeneous society that needs one smiley, no-values, banker to represent us. We are represented by a variety of people and those people may act differently from each other in how they raise issues depending on the party they are from, their political background, whether they are in Govt etc. It is perfectly appropriate for an MP who represents the types of voters that Norman does (ie idealists who are in opposition) to protest. There are no rules around MPs being little lap dogs when last I check our legislation

        • john 1.3.1.1

          Well said Margaret!

        • seth 1.3.1.2

          Take your rose-tinted shades off and put down your cool-ade. He is an elected member of parliament and tried to assault an invited guest of our country on parliamentary grounds. That is not acceptable on any level.

          The free trade agreement with China is of supreme benefit to all kiwi’s. Without them buying our exports in the couple of years we would have been up shit’s creek. It managed to paper over the terrible job Labour did in managing our economy.

  2. rainman 2

    And there I was thinking from the title that this was a guest post by Chris Carter! 🙂
    (Sorry, too easy).

    I’m long past being disgusted by Key and his boyz for their complete lack of principle and vision. And don’t get me started on what passes for a press in NZ.

    I’m proud, not sorry, about Russell’s protest. What China has done in Tibet is just plain wrong. What they’re doing in Africa ain’t too flash either.

  3. jcuknz 3

    What Norman did was a disgusting exhibition of cluelessness which is an embarrassment to New Zealand. There is a place for everything and that was the wrong place. If he wasn’t such a clueless extremist he would have appreciated that fact. It eclipsed his earlier foolishly dogmatic statements about the development of a new variety of the clover plant.

  4. Peter Martin 4

    ‘What Norman did was a disgusting exhibition of cluelessness which is an embarrassment to New Zealand. ‘

    Indeed. Exercising one’s right to demonstrate and protest because one lives in a democracy is just that.
    Apologising to a dicatorial regime about that ‘disgusting exhibition’ is just the sort of dogmatic response needed to show up Norman as the clueless extremist that he is.
    I wonder though, if our Governments stance towards Fiji needs amending…surely any sort of protest might possibly offend the dictatorial regime there. And they do buy our corned beef. And we should pull back some from having a go at countries like Iran. We do buy their oil and stuff. Imagine if they took offence at some silly democratic action .Perhaps too, the media might wish to apologise to Israel for carrying some negative coverage of their foreign policy and subsequent treatment of …protesters.
    After all there is a time and place for everything and that could well be now lest we all be thought clueless.

    • Pascal's bookie 4.1

      Funniest one was that US lawyer who apologised for getting shot in the face by dead eye dick Cheney.

    • If you recall Duncan Garner did indeed critise the Clark administration for its condemnation of the Fijian regime.

  5. ianmac 5

    In Norman Kirk’s time, NZ MPs had the effrontory to participate in a NZ frigate’s voyage into the French island waters to protest at the atomic testing in the Pacific.
    I imagine that Key would have apologised to the French for intruding on their space.
    These pesky Normans are not Norm-al at all!

    But wait. Wasn’t there admiration for little old Kiwis for their gesture?
    How times have changed.

  6. Peter Martin 6

    Perhaps the one aspect that does raise an eyebrow is how the Chinese ‘bodyguards’ assumed control of the Parliamentary grounds. Without a shot being fired. Is sovereignty that easily surrendered?
    And I wonder if any of this got past the Great Firewall of China…such that anyone there knows anything about this ‘incident’. Perhaps we should get the SAS back home now…just in case.

  7. Mac1 7

    Ianmac, more than admiration- pride, righteousness, hope.

    We have had at times a proud history for a little nation standing up for principle, from League of Nations times in condemning the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy to Kirk’s withdrawal of troops from Vietnam to telling the racist government of South Africa we did not want to play with racially selected teams.

    Speak truth to power. It’s the key.

  8. Tigger 8

    Nice post sprout. Not a Norman fan here. Never voted Green. But I applaud his stance and words.

  9. The Voice of Reason 9

    I posted this on Open Mike late yesterday. I’ve slightly modified it to avoid moderation. Hope nobody minds the repetition, but it does seem to fit this post.

    TVoR.

    Press Release
    NZ Government
    21.06.10

    Apology to Chinese Government

    The NZ Government has today apologised to the Chinese Government for the traitorous actions of notorious left deviationist Russel Norman, self confessed leader of the Gang of Nine. Norman, whose infantilism and opportunism has made him a despised and isolated figure amongst right thinking comrades in the Peoples Assembly, has taken the road of sectarian oppositionism in the face of overwhelming support for the glorious leadership of Comrade John Key Il, the Great Helmsman of the New Dawn.

    The NZ Government is pleased to advise comrades that the Dear Leader did no damage to his knees while delivering the apology, though his hair was mussed when Comrade Xi Jinping fraternally patted his head.

    The NZ Government hopes that there will be no further incidents of revisionism in the future and warns the running dog Norman that they know where he lives.

    Dear Leader John Key Il , currently in South Africa leading the people’s football team, will, on his triumphant return, apologise to the French Government for the appalling destruction of French navy armaments by the so called Greenpeace and their aggressive Rainbow Warrior.

    Plans to apologise to Germany and Japan for New Zealand’s naive opposition to the wise and peaceful policies of the Axis nations are well advanced, with comrade David Garrett promising to lend the Great Helmsman his best brown shirt and the gifting of a mini bar sized bottle of saki (slightly used) from the personal collection of comrade Tim Groser.

    Ends.

    • ianmac 9.1

      “John Key Il , currently in South Africa leading the people’s football team, will, on his triumphant return”
      Our Fairfax newspaper had photos of the All Whites celebration.
      But then there was a Half page photo of John Key celebrating his part in the win, or so it seemed. Riki Herbert was also allowed in the photo for his small part.

      • The Voice of Reason 9.1.1

        Good point, Ianmac. I was chatting with another footy fan yesterday about how dispiriting it is to have people like Key jumping on the bandwagon. I’ve been heartily sick of rugby heads giving me the benefit of their newly found knowledge about soccer, when for most of my life I’ve been accused by similar people of being gay for playing the game.

        But, last night, one of them explained it to me. It turns out that Rugby is Fucked. Simple as that. Boring, over whistled, too complicated, too many artificial regional teams, no grassroots funding so provincial clubs are folding and most importantly, no players. Rugby is no longer the number one sport in NZ and if NZ Football consolidate their recent gains, we may never again see taxpayer bucks wasted on tournament like next year’s rugby ‘world’ cup. Instead, the money may go to sports people actually play, which will be very good news for footy, netball, cricket, etc.

        • RedLogix 9.1.1.1

          It turns out that Rugby is Fucked.

          Even a semi-professional coach of my acquaintance tells me that even he doesn’t understand why the whistle got blown about 1/3rd the time.

          It was a great game, with a proud history in this country…but something died the day we lost that quarter-final to the French.

      • seth 9.1.2

        Wow, why are you so bitter? Or is it envy? I mix them up sometimes…..

        • felix 9.1.2.1

          Just stick to the script and don’t worry too much about what the words mean. You’ll be fine.

    • nice one TVoR 😉

  10. f_t 10

    Good on Norman for making a public stand on the issue.

    Unfortunately the way that the event was played out by the media may not be good for the green vote expansion. ‘Activist’ is a term that a lot of people don’t want to be associated with.

  11. Pete 11

    I’m not sorry.

    And for Norman to represent the views I have (about a free Tibet) – regardless of the pros and cons of the delivery mechansim – then he should be applauded. That is democracy and freedom – not supplicating oneself for the so-called economic ‘greater good’ (which, for some reason, reminds me of the village in ‘Hot Fuzz’).

    P.S. thanks for the chuckle Voice of Reason – at least we can have a laugh about it too – unlike the people of Tibet etc…

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      Cheers, Pete. It was fun to write and I might try some more in a similar ‘press release’ style as issues fit for satire come up. As long as it’s OK with our new Chinese overlords, that is.

  12. Jim Nald 12

    I didn’t think I would ever see a NZ Govt apologising for the exercise of legitimate right to peaceful protest and democratic freedom of speech on our very own soil in my lifetime.

    I am sorry for the health of democracy in NZ today.

  13. prism 13

    For a healthy democracy you need to have integrity. Good stuff integrity, and we are willing to sell what we have scraped managed to scrape together if someone offers us enough baubles of power etc.

  14. Bill 14

    “I’m not sorry about Russel Norman standing up to Chinese imperialism, I’m proud that he did.”

    Whatever.

    And that Chinese imperialism you mention? Is it still imperialism if the majority of Tibetans welcome and welcomed Chinese over the regime imposed by the Lamas and the monks?

    Can you please tell me the name of any pro-democracy movement that exists or has ever existed within Tibet that was not controlled or financed by the exiled elites or their pay masters, the CIA? What about an uprising that wasn’t driven by the exiled elites and involved more than the army and privileged sectors of the old society?

    If most Tibetans consider themselves better off now than they were before, then where is the freedom and what is the moral justification of the western Free Tibet campaign in seeking the re-establishment of the rule of the Lamas and the Monasteries? And if that is not what they seek, then what is it precisely that the Free Tibet campaign does seek? And where can I access that vision or statement of desire? And what is their strategy that will prevent a great leap backwards to a truly awful state of affairs?

    Or do they think that Tibet will step forth into a vacuum and karma will see to the rest of it?

    Anyway. Here’s a wee thumbs up to your long finger of thoughtless pride Sprout. Way to go.

    • Puddleglum 14.1

      “Is it still imperialism if the majority of Tibetans welcome and welcomed Chinese over the regime imposed by the Lamas and the monks?”

      Well, yes it can be. The Athenian, Roman, British and, possibly, the American empires have all had instances of ‘voluntary membership’ that allowed the empires to expand. It’s not unknown by any means. (I guess Maori who signed the Treaty were, in a sense, voluntarily ‘joining’ the empire and, apparently, did so because they were aware of the alternatives – but I’m no expert.).

      From the point of view of the imperial power it is an expansion of empire whenever some form of dominion over territory is gained. I think what you are probably arguing is that China, in occupying Tibet, was not carrying out “aggressive expansion”? I don’t know enough about the Tibet situation to know. I’ll try to inform myself.

      What I could guess, however, is that there was and is every chance that, as you’ve said elsewhere, the China-Tibet issue is not black and white. Typically, in other situations that might be similar, smaller ‘nations’, or whatever, get used, abused and ‘played’ by greater powers who are, by proxy, manoeuvering against each other (plus also in their own interests). Given Tibet’s location and the timing of the arrival of Chinese troops (1959) I’d be surprised if it wasn’t used by the west for all it’s propaganda worth. Also, the CIA, which spends more as a press agency than either Reuters or AP, would, I presume, skew the coverage of the issue as much as possible.

      My position on Norman’s protest (which I gave in detail on another thread) deliberately avoids the question of the validity of the protest. That might play into the hands of ignorance, but what really interests me is how the contradictory rhetoric surrounding China – that it is portrayed both as imperialist, expansionist ‘bogey man’ and, almost simultaneously, an ‘almost friend that we should [claim to be trying] to understand’ – gets managed, especially by those on the right.

      This ‘have your rhetorical cake and eat it too’ dilemma is the part that most interests me in the immediate reaction. Hearing that Key has apologised, that Rodney Hide now wants Norman to apologise for assaulting Chinese security officers (I’m sorry, I’ve looked at the ’18 second’ moment in the tvnz video and if that’s ‘elbowing the security officer out of the way’ then Norman must be the ‘man of steel’) and seeing the response of some bloggers who clearly want to diss Norman but also diss China, is better than farce.

      An aside is this ludicrous notion that protesting is somehow ‘undignified’ and visiting officials need to be shielded from such indignity. So, I guess into the undignified bin we’ll have to put Bertrand Russell, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, just about every trade unionist and early Labour Party politician (here and in the UK), the suffragettes, the abolitionists, the Quakers and Jesus Christ. All of them – and more – were called ‘undignified’ (or words to that effect – common, vulgar, rabble, etc., etc.). It’s so much bourgeois bollocks – as if not making a nuisance of yourself is the ultimate virtue and that, therefore, protesting demonstrates a lack of dignity. Not protesting can just as easily show a lack of human dignity.

      And don’t get me on to the equally specious notion that ‘guests’ shouldn’t be embarrassed… (as if visiting heads of state were like visiting next door neighbours – who just happen to bring up over dinner that they’d like you to send your son to one of their wars!)

      • Bill 14.1.1

        “So, I guess into the undignified bin we’ll have to put Bertrand Russell, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, just about every trade unionist and early Labour Party politician (here and in the UK), the suffragettes, the abolitionists, the Quakers and Jesus Christ. All of them and more were called ‘undignified’ (or words to that effect common, vulgar, rabble, etc., etc.).”

        Aye, but all those people and movements were speaking against a domestic abuse of power…something that impacted on them personally and so left them vulnerable to the velvet/iron or whatever fist/glove reaction of the domestic power base.

        The ‘Free Tibet’ campaign is something altogether different.

        It dovetails with the official ‘enemy’ rhetoric; is informed by official/orthodox/governmental propaganda and threatens no reaction being visited upon any advocates of said position by any relevant power base.

        In other words….is a have.

  15. Bill 15

    And as a response to the endless nationalistic nonsense being spouted…is everyone forgetting that NZ was an outlier of British imperialism? And that NZ culture was a pastiche of ‘British’ culture that had no truck for Maori culture? Are people forgetting that the pastiche (with a race horse, pavlova and L&P added on top) readily adopted the shift to a more American culture when the time was right, so that the British pastiche became complimented and somewhat supplanted by the culture of the new global power?

    All this Anglo-Saxon bravado and self righteousness in the middle of the Pacific is kind of quaint in a way I guess…when the hypocrisy isn’t bringing on a gag reflex.

    Last thing. Anybody bearing in mind that the Pacific Peoples…the ones who preceded the white colonists…had and continue to have, roots that extend back to what is present day China?

    Shit. Did I say that was the last thing?

    I lied. This is. What is the logic or purpose of all you who get so puffed up in the defence of Anglo Saxon imperialism in the face of some imaginary Chinese imperialism? These things exist for elites. Not me or you. Do you really think that one master is preferable to another? You going to get all jingoistic and cheer on a generation of cannon fodder in the event that the various trade antagonisms between China and the US + allies degenerates and gets a wee bit out of hand in the future?

    Just asking.

  16. RedLogix 16

    Do you really think that one master is preferable to another?

    It may be a close run thing, but on balance, better the white devil I know than….

    And still baffled why our resident anarchist Bill is so keenly defending the new imperialist kid on the block though. Am I the only one thinking that someone is revealing some crypto-colours here?

    Just asking.

    • gingercrush 16.1

      That surely is the same for you in regards to you and rental property when quite often you have posts deploring speculation etc and foreign ownership.

      • RedLogix 16.1.1

        Fair question gc.

        1. My rental properties are not speculative. I intend them to be a retirement income, I do not intend to sell them in the foreseeable future. Their capital appreciation is only of relevance should I be crazy enough to increase my debt exposure at this point in time.

        Moreover they are just modestly cash flow positive, in other words the income covers the mortgage and costs. That is not a speculative investment which hinges entirely on capital gain for it’s profitability.

        2. I’ve no real problem with foreign ownership if it comes to this country and creates something new. The best example I can think of is Juken Nissho, a Japanese company that has built two new timber processing mills and employed many New Zealanders. By contrast most FDI simply buys up existing local assets and then exports the profit overseas, rather than recycling cash in the NZ economy.

        I’ve actually built (hands on) five of the six units I own, and as a New Zealander, banking with an NZ bank, all my cash flow is cycled within the local economy…as far as I have any influence.

        That’s not an excercise in self-justification. It’s a fairly well-thought our position. If I had the option to sanely invest elsewhere I would actively consider it…but only a fool puts money into the den of thieves that is our stock market or finance industry.

    • ak 16.2

      Red: …but on balance, better the white devil I know than .

      Can’t believe you just wrote that.

      Nor Bill…defending the new imperialist kid on the block…

      Is he? Is it? Flick us off the top of your head a quick list of all the countries China has invaded ever, Red, and compare that to, oh say, your “better white devil” the US (currently presence in 70-odd, soldiers in 20-odd from memory)

      Puddlegum seems to sum up a lot of commenters with China, in occupying Tibet, was not carrying out “aggressive expansion’? I don’t know enough about the Tibet situation to know.

      Quite.

      And leaving aside the validity of the cause, Puddle, sorry, but dignity, mana, gravitas – call it what you will – does matter – a lot. Christ, Ghandi…..Norman? Puh-lease. (what’s the opposite of Godwinning….?)

      what really interests me is .. the contradictory rhetoric surrounding China…..especially by those on the right

      Me too. From Yellow Socialist Peril to bland and chummy economic saviours in a few short years. As dramatic as their shift of support from Orewa One to F&S Mk 2. An anomolous serendipity screaming for exploitation.

      A pity the left is still dazed, confused and looking for its flag. When its standard is right there: anchored in the rock of inevitable historic progression, its every fold dyed deep by centuries of genuine, dignified sacrifice. Just waiting for a breeze….

      • RedLogix 16.2.1

        ak,

        I’ll take that on the chin the wording was infelicitous. It was in reply to something Bill said about one master being preferable to another. I read that to mean Bill was positing a choice between the post WW2 US imperium, and the emerging Chinese one for our new masters.

        One might hope we would need neither. But in reality China is gradually reeling the Pacific into it’s sphere of influence and probably we don’t get to have much say about it how they perceive our place in their order of things.

        And yes I know perfectly well that the US has had troops invading somewhere on earth almost every year since they so brutally entered the Phillipines over a hundred years ago, and their cycnical manipulations almost everywhere else. Yet military adventures are only one method of empire building.

        It’s my sense that for the time being, and certainly in a nuclear armed world, the Chinese fully understand the pointlessness of military confrontation. Far better to defeat the Western hegemony by the simple capitalist expedient of …buying it up. Using our own weapons against us; that I imagine is a strategey that would have much appeal. And if you don’t think that if the CCP (often a 50% sleeping shareholder in all large Chinese enterprises) purchasing substantial portions of NZ’s dairy and food producing capacity is a form of imperialism…then we need different working definitions.

        For all the commercial and technical modernity of China, it is still politically a non-democratic, totalitarian state. Nor is it even a faintly liberal one, as with much of Asia, having quite different notions around racism, gender equality, human rights and social equity than they are generally understood in the West.

        As a liberal social democrat I have every reason to be anxious about the consequences of leaping from the American hegemony, into wholly uncharted territory with the Chinese. That was solely the sense in which I meant my statement which you quoted.

        • ak 16.2.1.1

          That was solely the sense in which I meant my statement which you quoted.
          Yep, fair enough, I knew that 🙂 But I think you might be surprised at how deep the threads of social equity, gender and yes even “liberalism” run in the general populace: a brutal “macro” picture perhaps – allayed somewhat by allowances for scale, history and western propaganda when comparisons are made – but genuine compassion and a most attractive, guileless humanity evident at the personal level – at least in my experience. Bothers me not a whit if they buy up every Crafar in the world.

      • Puddleglum 16.2.2

        Hi ak,

        Fair point re:

        “And leaving aside the validity of the cause, Puddle, sorry, but dignity, mana, gravitas call it what you will does matter a lot. Christ, Ghandi ..Norman? Puh-lease. (what’s the opposite of Godwinning .?)”

        But, in my defense, a lot of the abolitionists, and Quakers did not have the greatest ‘gravitas’ or ‘dignity’. Try Henry Smeathman, the naturalist abolitionist and founding member of the ‘Committee for the Relief of the Black Poor’ who believed, from his time in a slave base in Sierra Leone, that it was just the place to set up a self-sufficient community of free slaves and Granville Sharp (a co-founder of the Committee) who saw the ‘colony’ as an ideal vehicle for operating ‘frankpledge’ or “the Ancient Mode of Government by Tithings (or Decenaries)”. As summarised by Hoschschild in ‘Bury the Chains’ (p. 145) – “No philanthropic venture ever included more oddballs.” And that’s before we get on to that very odd figure, William Wilberforce (all five foot four of his arch-conservative frame).

        Mana, gravitas, or whatever more often than not tends to be conferred either after some pretty ‘wet behind the ears’ early activity or a long time after one’s death when your actions can conveniently be moved into the realms of myth. Protest is not the preserve of ‘great’ and ‘noble’ characters – nor should it be.

    • Bill 16.3

      I’ll be more than happy to debate your concerns Red….and your misconceptions…(whenever did I claim to be an anarchist?) …plus, maybe you should read my comment down below on the matter of imperialism…

      later

      edit above. up there somewhere. not below.

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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    24 hours ago
  • The disappearing Women …
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In her excellent oral submission to the Abortion reform select committee on 31st October on behalf of Otago University’s Department of Public Health, historian and public health researcher Hera Cook stated: “We would ask that the committee not use the term ‘pregnant persons’ and ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • “A Passage to India”: enduring art in changing times
    by Don Franks In 1957, E M Forster wrote, of his greatest work: “The India described in ‘A Passage to India’ no longer exists either politically or socially. Change had begun even at the time the book was published ( 1924) and during the following quarter of a century it ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Contemptuous
    The Referendums Framework Bill was due back from select committee today. But there's no report on it. Instead, the bill has been bounced back to the House under Standing order 29593) because the Committee didn't bother to produce one. They probably tried. But given the membership of the committee (which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
    Two years into New Zealand’s Labour-led government, the long-delayed Zero Carbon Bill became law on 7 November. Passed essentially unanimously, the lengthy public debates and political manoeuvring faded away until the final passage was even anticlimactic: Flipping through the @nzstuff @DomPost I was starting to wonder if I’d dreamt ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    2 days ago
  • Climate Change: What happens next?
    Now the Zero Carbon Bill is law, what's next? Obviously, the ETS changes currently before select committee are going to be the next battleground. But we're also going to get a good idea of where we're going, and if the progress the Zero Carbon Act promises is good enough, during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
    Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Participation rates
    A passing comment in a post the other day about the labour force participation rates of older people prompted me to pull down the fuller data and see what we could see about various participation rates over the decades since the HLFS began in 1986.   As it happens, the ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
    2 days ago
  • Not So Much “OK Boomer” As “OK Ruling Class”.
    Distract And Divert: The rise of what we have come to call “Identity Politics” represents the ideological manifestation of the ruling class’s objective need to destroy class politics, and of the middle-class’s subjective need to justify their participation in the process.THE RELIEF of the ruling class can only be imagined. ...
    2 days ago
  • Asking for it …
    "I saw a newspaper picture,From the political campaignA woman was kissing a child,Who was obviously in pain.She spills with compassion,As that young child'sFace in her hands she gripsCan you imagine all that greed and avariceComing down on that child's lips?" ...
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand’s Poor Pandemic Preparedness According to the Global Health Security Index
    Dr Matt Boyd, Prof Michael Baker, Prof Nick Wilson The Global Health Security Index which considers pandemic threats has just been published. Unfortunately, NZ scores approximately half marks (54/100), coming in 35th in the world rankings – far behind Australia. This poor result suggests that the NZ Government needs to ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
    The Zero Carbon Act is inadequate, with a weak methane target designed to give farmers a free ride. But it turns out it could have been worse: Climate Change Minister James Shaw was so desperate to get National on board, he wanted to gut that target, and leave it in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
    The Herald reprints an Australian story on a couple of tragic deaths in Bali from drinking cocktails that had methanol in them.  The story argues that methanol is likely the result of home distillation. But what the young tourists were experiencing was far from a hangover. They’d consumed a toxic cocktail ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    3 days ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
    Last month, the police announced a trial of specialist roaming armed units, which would drive round (poor, brown) areas in armoured SUVs, armed to the teeth. When they announced the trial, they told us it was about having armed police "ready to attend major incidents at any time if needed". ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
    Spain went to the polls today in the second elections this year, after the Socialists (who had come to power in a confidence vote, then gone to the polls in April) rejected the offer of a coalition with the left-wing PoDemos, and instead decided to gamble n a better outcome ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • The astroturf party
    National has finally rolled out its "BlueGreen" astroturf party, fronted by an array of former nats and people who were dumped by the Greens for not being Green enough. Its initial pitch is described by Stuff as "very business-friendly", and its priorities are what you'd expect: conservation, predator-free funding, a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How to cheat at university
    A couple of days ago I attended (and spoke at) the University of Waikato’s “LearnFest” event. There were lots of talks and sessions on very diverse aspects of teaching, mostly at tertiary level. One was by Myra Williamson from Te Piringa Faculty of Law here at Waikato, on Contract Cheating ...
    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    3 days ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
    There will be a transit of Mercury – the planet Mercury will pass across the face of the Sun – taking place at sunrise in New Zealand on Tuesday, 12th November. It was by observing such an event 250 years ago that James Cook and his scientist colleagues were able ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • Georgina Beyer: We need to be able to talk without being offended
    Since becoming the world’s first openly transexual mayor and member of parliament, Georgina Beyer has been recognised as a trailblazer for trans rights. Daphna Whitmore talks with her about where she sees the current trans movement We start out talking about legislation the government put on hold that would have ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • The anti-fluoride brigade won’t be erecting billboards about this study
    If FFNZ really put their faith in “Top Medical Journals” they would now be amending their billboards to recognise new research results. Image from FFNZ but updated to agree with the latest research. ...
    4 days ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
    National Messiah? Chris Luxon identifies himself as an evangelical Christian. If he is genuine in this self-characterisation, then he will take every opportunity his public office provides to proselytise on behalf of his faith. He will also feel obliged to bear witness against beliefs and practices he believes to be ...
    4 days ago
  • War of the worms
    I'm going to make a Reckless Prediction™ that the Tories have 'topped out' in the 'poll of polls' / Britain Elects multipoll tracker at about 38%, and in the next week we will start to see Labour creep up on them.In fact, we might just be seeing the start of ...
    4 days ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
    by The Council of Disobedient Women Lizzie Marvelly: “I may have missed this… has @afterellen gone all terf-y? Or am I reading something incorrectly? “ https://twitter.com/LizzieMarvelly/status/1191840059105742849 After Ellen is a lesbian website that is unashamedly pro-lesbian, as you’d expect. So why is Ms Marvelly so bothered about lesbians having their ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    4 days ago
  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
    Did you know there once was a time when it was illegal to be a gypsy (aka Romani) in Britain?That was between 1530, when the Egyptians Act was passed, and 1856, when it was repealed.Amongst other things, the act forbade the entry of 'Egyptians' into England, ordered those already there ...
    5 days ago
  • 1000 of these now
    Some days I sit and think, “what will I write…?” What do you say when you get to 1000 posts? Maybe you just start where you are, diverge to where this all began, then offer a collection of reader’s favourite posts, and a few of your own? (And throw in ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    5 days ago
  • Has Shane Jones Just Saved NZ First?
    Counter-Puncher: The “activists” and “radicals” (his own words) from the Indian community who took such strong exception to Shane Jones’ remarks about Immigration NZ’s treatment of arranged marriages, may end up bitterly regretting their intervention. Jones is not the sort of person who turns the other cheek to his critics.SHANE ...
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
    Yesterday, when National voted for the Zero Carbon Bill, I predicted they'd gut it the moment they regained power, just as they had done to the ETS. And indeed, they have explicitly promised to do exactly that within their first hundred days in office. What would their amendments do? Abandon ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Let this never be forgot
    In the spirit of Remember, remember the fifth of November, let's keep this in mind FOREVER.
    Oh dear. Extraordinary interview on PM with Andrew Bridgen and @EvanHD just now. Bridgen was defending Jacob Rees Mogg’s Grenfell comments. Evan asked him if JRM had meant to say he would have left ...
    6 days ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
    Collision Course? In conditions of ideological white-out, the international bankers’ “Woop-Woop! Pull Up!” warning may have come too late to save global capitalism.WHAT DOES IT MEAN when international bankers are more willing to embrace radical solutions than our politicians and their electors? At both the International Monetary Fund and the ...
    6 days ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
    Pertussis (whooping cough) is a conundrum. It is a disease that was described hundreds of years ago and the bacteria that causes it (Bordetella pertussis) isolated in 1906. We have had vaccines for about 80 years but this disease is defiant in the face of human immunity. I wanted to ...
    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
    7 days ago
  • Climate Change: Passed
    The Zero Carbon Bill has just passed its third reading, uanimously. In the end, National supported it - but we all know they'll turn around and gut it the moment they regain power. Meanwhile, I guess ACT's David Seymour didn't even bother to show up. I am on record as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
    Dr Lindsay Robertson, Dr Jerram Bateman, Professor Janet Hoek Members of the public health community hold divergent views on how access to vaping products or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products should be arranged. Some believe ENDS should be as widely available as smoked tobacco and argue for liberal ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Justice for Bomber
    When the Police were trying to cover up for the National Party over Dirty Politics, they went all-in with their abuses of power. They illegally search Nicky Hager's house, violating his journalistic privilege and invading his privacy. They unlawfully acquired Hager's bank records. They did the same to left-wing blogger ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
    Last month, in response to a wave of protests by Extinction Rebellion, the British government purported to ban their protests from the whole of London. It was a significant interference with the freedoms of expression and assembly, and another sign of the country's decline into tyranny. But now, a court ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • More crime from the spies
    Last year, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security reported on significant problems with the intelligence warrant system. While they were unwilling to declare any warrant "irregular" (meaning unlawful) due to the recent law change, they were also not willing to give the system a clean bill of health. Now, they've ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Vaccination, compulsion, and paternalism for the lower orders
    The National Party has come out in support of encouraging greater vaccination uptake. But it sure isn’t the way I’d do it. National’s suggested docking the benefits of those on benefit whose kids aren’t keeping up with their vaccinations. Some in National have suggested extending that to payments under Working ...
    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • Global Protests Rage On: But Slogans Are Not Plans.
    Feeding The Flames: It is simply not enough to demand an end to “corruption”, or “inequality”, or the overbearing influence of the authorities in Beijing. These are just “lowest common denominator” demands: the sort of slogans that pull people onto the streets. They are not a plan.WHERE’S THE PLAN? Across ...
    1 week ago
  • 11,000 employed under Labour
    The labour market statistics have been released, and unemployment has risen to 4.2%. There are 115,000 unemployed - 11,000 fewer than when Labour took office. In that time the minimum wage has gone up by $2 an hour, which shows that the right's fears about increases causing unemployment are simply ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Boycott this democratic fraud
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has called for submissions on Andrew Little's tyrannical Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill. Normally I encourage participation in the democratic process. I am not doing so in this case. Instead, I encourage all of you to boycott this submissions process, and to post ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Why Mars is cold despite an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz If tiny concentrations of carbon dioxide can hold enough heat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Ban private jets
    Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and within it, one of the fastest sources is elite travel: billionaires flitting around the world in their private jets, spewing excessive pollution into the atmosphere just so they can avoid mixing with us dirty peasants. But in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Untold Suffering
    That's what we face if we don't stop climate change, according to a warning from 11,000 scientists:The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists. “We declare clearly and unequivocally ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The left and violent misogyny
    by Phil Duncan Here’s just a few of the kind of threats issued day in and day out against gender-critical women – feminists, marxists, etc – overwhelmingly by MEN (albeit men identifying as women). “Kill all Terfs”. “Shoot a Terf today”. “All terfs deserve to be shot in the head”. ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Imperialism and the iPhone
    This is the third of the synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016). The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Unlike the humble cup of coffee and t-shirt that we looked at in ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • The freshwater mussel housing crisis: eviction by invasive weeds?
    Tom Moore Traditionally a food source and cutting tool, freshwater mussels/kākahi are now widely valued as water filters that help clean our waterbodies and maintain ecosystem health throughout Aotearoa. The improvement they provide in water quality can make it easier for other animals to live in streams and rivers, as ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Back it up Luxon: endorsing the destructive past is not actually the way forward
    And to think he gave all the potential goodwill away with that moronic, cult-like statement (repeated ad nauseam by many National hardliners) that Key is quite simply “the greatest PM we ever had”… Installation complete: this was nothing ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Good riddance
    National MP and former Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will not seek re-election next year. Good riddance. Because in case anyone has forgotten, barry is a bullying thug who terrorised both public servants and fellow MPs. She is one of the people who makes Parliament a toxic workplace, and our country ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: D-Day
    The Zero Carbon Bill is back in the House today for its second reading. While this isn't the final stage, its still effectively D-Day for the bill. Because today, at around 5pm, is when we're going to find out if it has a majority, whether National will support it or ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Winston is right
    Winston Peters is in court today, suing a bunch of former Minister and civil servants over their pre-election leak of his superannuation repayment. He's characterised the leak as malicious, and said that it is repugnant that his information was passed on to Ministers to use for political advantage. And he's ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Media impartiality
    Sky's economics editor, Ed Conway has posted a Twitter thread responding to a claim that - as far as I can see - Labour never made:
    Are NHS operation cancellations at an all-time high? That's the impression you might have been left with if you read this story from the ...
    1 week ago
  • Finish what’s on your plate
    Murray Cox Do I have to finish my favourite genome? That’s an often-asked question. Geneticists generally strive to produce high-quality genomes that sequence every last gene, making full use of the state-of-the-art technologies coming on stream. Sequencing DNA means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called ...
    SciBlogsBy Genomics Aotearoa
    1 week ago
  • Gainful Employment: A Cautionary Tale.
    Transformative Politics: The idea is to turn each recipient into an unwitting accomplice in their own transformation. From interested observer to hyped-up activist, sharing our messages promiscuously with ‘friends’. You’ll be part of an ever-expanding circulatory system, Jennifer, for the ideas that will win us the election.”JENNIFER SKITTERED her chair ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand should not fund bigotry
    Two years ago, the Cook Islands government announced that it was planning to join the civilised world and decriminalise consensual homosexual sex between men. Now, they've reversed their position, and decided to criminalise lesbians into the bargain:Two years ago, in a step welcomed by many people including the gay and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More tyranny in Australia
    The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Submission for rationality and science against the assaults of pre-modernism and post-modernism
    Jan Rivers spoke at the Abortion Legislation Select Committee in favour of the bill, but in opposition to calls from other submitters to exchange the word ‘woman’ for ‘person’ throughout the bill. Jan is a supporter of the feminist group Speak Up For Women and has recently written an excellent ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • My loyal readership of … Cam girls and Pornbots?
    I checked my traffic stats:I was intrigued by 'monica29' - who was this very dedicated individual?  I clicked on the link, to be greeted with ...Ho, hum.Spreadin' the word, spreadin' the word.  Doesn't matter who hears it, as long as it gets out there. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Worth repeating forever
    There have been three polls since the election was announced, and I will shamelessly steal YouGov / UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells' summary of them:Survation – CON 34%, LAB 26%, LDEM 19%, BREX 12%, GRN 1% Ipsos MORI – CON 41%, LAB 24%, LDEM 20%, BREX 7%, GRN 3% YouGov ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Lutte Ouvriere on the explosion in Chile
    The following article is translated from Lutte Ouvrière, the weekly newspaper of the organisation usually known by the same name in France. When, for the second time this year, Chilean President Piñera announced an increase in the price of Metro tickets from 800 to 830 pesos, students in the high ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Wage theft – I’m fucking over it.
    Today, a worker contacted me asking if she could go to the police over her employer stealing thousands of dollars from her in unpaid wages. The employer also did not pay this worker’s taxes or student loan which amounts to tax fraud. As a workers rights activist, who founded the ...
    PosseBy chloeanneking
    2 weeks ago
  • On The Rebound.
    Signed, Sealed, Delivered, They're Yours: Is there any person more vulnerable than a jilted lover on the rebound? Or, anything more certain than that the charmer, the predator, the glib spinner of lies and promises will seek such broken people out? Yes, of course, he will love every one of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Rabbi urges congregation to vote against Corbyn
    Though Jonathan Romain is a fairly high profile Rabbi, writing in several papers and popping up on TV and the radio, this story doesn't seem to have made it to the Guardian yet, so I'll take the unusual step of linking the Stephen Pollard edited Jewish Chronicle:Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain ...
    2 weeks ago
  • My absurdly optimistic prediction
    There's an election afoot, and that is when noted opinion formers such as myself get to make wild fools of ourselves by pretending we have the faintest idea what will happen.So, here is my absurdly optimistic prediction:Labour - 285Conservative - 262SNP - 53Lib Dems - 20PC - 5Ireland - 18 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • October ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image Credit: Increase Social Media Traffic & Website Traffic I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • A mountain of a challenge in banning glyphosate
    Belinda Cridge I was reading my son a story last night. A great tale of derring-do of five mountaineers scaling the Matterhorn for the first time. One in the party had tried six times previously and failed, this was the last attempt before winter closed another season. They tried a ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • This government has a problem with secrecy
    As introduced, the Zero Carbon Bill included an expansive secrecy clause, which would have covered virtually all decisions by the Climate Change Commission over our most important policy area. The Ministry for the Environment admitted this was a mistake (or as they put it, an "oversight"), and the select committee ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolutio...
    Rachael Shaw, Victoria University of Wellington When we think about animals storing food, the image that usually comes to mind is a squirrel busily hiding nuts for the winter. We don’t usually think of a small songbird taking down an enormous invertebrate, tearing it into pieces and hiding these titbits ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Referenda on Euthanasia – NZ First’s Victory – or a Major Miscalculation?
    . . NZ First’s success in putting the euthenasia bill to a public referenda may not be the victory they believe it to be. They may even have sounded the death-knell for a second Labour-NZ First-Green coalition. On 23 July this year, NZ First MP, Jenny Marcroft, submitted a Supplementary ...
    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    2 weeks ago

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