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I’m sorry, I’m out

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, April 16th, 2011 - 68 comments
Categories: disaster, labour - Tags: ,

Every country that has ever sleepwalked from democracy to dictatorship has done it in the belief that it was taking extraordinary, temporary measures in response to an emergency. They all arrogantly believed that these circumstances were exceptional and normalcy would be restored, notwithstanding the lessons of the past. Our Parliament has shown exactly the same arrogance and dismaying ignorance.

Of course special legislation needed to be passed to create a rebuilding commission like the one that was created for Napier and Hastings in 1931. But CERA allows Brownlee to override nearly any law, take away any land, and demand any information. This is not the normal response to disaster in a democracy. It is a blueprint for dictatorship. There is no justification for this. There is nothing that makes this risk worth taking.

Labour should have said: ‘we want special legislation and a commission for Christchurch but this law is a naked power grab beyond any justification. We have been lied to repeatedly through out this process, so we do not feel we can trust Brownlee with these powers. If the following amendments are made (give amendments limiting the power to override legislation to only specified Acts, putting power in Commissioners’ hands not Brownlee’s, and establishing proper rights of appeal) we will vote for this law. Otherwise, in good conscience, and as representatives of the people of New Zealand entrusted by them to defend their democracy, we cannot.’

I don’t know why that didn’t happen.

And finally, lets look at the politics of the thing. A read of the media told you that the jourmos would have gotten behind Labour opposing CERA. All those articles about National’s abuse of Urgency were an open invitation for Labour to stand up against this attack on democracy.

Can you imagine National meekly signing over Parliament’s sovereignty to a minister, all the while complaining that the minister had lied to them and that the powers were unjustified? Of course not.

The millions of Kiwis who are suffering under National need a Labour worth voting for. Every time Labour lets itself be tripped up by petty squabbles, by indecision, by fear of standing up and defending its principles, it is we New Zealanders who lose. CERA is just one example.

I desperately, desperately want a Labour-led leftwing government at the end of this year. It fills me with dread to think what Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand will look like if National is allowed to plunder it for another three years. But I can’t go into battle for the Left’s ideals every day when our parliamentary representatives go and do this to us. I’m going to take a break from national-level politics and this blog, and get more involved in activism in my community, especially Transition Towns. I’m more and more convinced that communities can do a lot to ready themselves to weather the age of peak oil, and that strong communities are the guarantors of a sustainable and democratic society.

Ever since I was invited on board, I have been incredibly proud to be part of The Standard. It is, I really believe, the premier political news source in the country. It was before I joined and it will continue to be without me. Its strength is the community it represents. You make The Standard what it is. Through your readership, your comments, your guest posts, your tips and advice, and the high standards you demand of us.

It is up to you, dear reader, to take up The Standard now. Especially, those of you who know economics and stats. Send in your guest posts. Become an author. I need a break.

68 comments on “I’m sorry, I’m out”

  1. Eddie 1

    fair enough mate.
    after about a thousand posts in the past two years, i reckon you’ve earned it.
     
    captcha – thus
     

  2. ianmac 2

    The battle is not yet lost Marty. “Your country needs you,” he growled pointing a fore-finger hopefully.
    The Labour leaders are not stupid and I can only imagine that they are picking their shots and lining up to run a campaign between now and November. After all the electorate has a short memory.
    I hope that when the election campaign does hot up, you find a bit of time to return after a bit of a rest. Thanks anyway.

  3. higherstandard 3

    “I’m going to take a break from national-level politics and this blog, and get more involved in activism in my community, especially Transition Towns.”

    Good for you bud, better for the mind, better for the soul ……

  4. Olwyn 4

    Have a good break Marty, I miss your meticulous work already. Labour’s compliance with CERA fills me with dread: I do not know whether they actually agree or whether TINA II is driving both main parties, with Labour consoling itself with the thought that it might be able to blunt some of the hard edges if elected.

  5. outofbed 5

    Anyone else feel the same ?

    • Deadly_NZ 5.1

      Yep but the Greens aint got the numbers, and probably never will.  And the fact they said they could work with the NATS, well yeah we all have seen what happened to the Maori party when it cosied up to them. Internal wrangling and implosion probably orchestrated by the NACTS.  and as bad as the labour party is they will have more numbers than the greens.  so I suppose that we are all hoping that the NACTS keep stepping on their Cranks and hand the election to the opposition.  Well here’s hoping

  6. prism 6

    Marty G always comes up with incisive comment and some good stats and ‘decorations’ of informative graphs etc.   Very good to see and will be missed.
    Labour is limited by its groupthink that puts loyalty to the leaders before Labour ideals and vision if any, and before standing up for better policy to support the people of NZ    If only they weren’t like a scratch sports team out for a run. There are stakes to be fought for, the cup to win of a thriving NZ working for us all that we can be proud of.  There is nobility in going for principles in politics and not being mealy mouthed and just getting by.  Seems that Goff and King are second-raters looking for their time in the sun like UK Brown after Blair.

  7. tc 7

    Spot on prism…..goff and king were next in line rather than deserving of the role as a clean break from Clark/Cullen was required that would’ve made a win in 2011 easily achievable.

    Saving grace for NZ is sideshow, blinglish, ayatolley etc are making a complete mess with no direction or talent…..goff needs a slap but has value whereas kings always been a liability IMO

    • prism 7.1

      ayatolley  oh that’s so 😀
       
      antispam  wonderful

    • prism 7.2

      tc – I like Goff occasionally but giving him a run in the team a

      • prism 7.2.1

        Something happened to my comment so here is what I intended in the first.tc – I like Goff occasionally but giving the ‘juniors’ a chance to shine in the team and relegating some of the older players is justified in these difficult times. Thinking in sporting terms in this country might be the best way of explaining the solution.

        As for Shonkey he spends too much time running round the field waving to the crowd. And he dives too often, he’s performing but not the job, too much theatre and too little sweat-a.

  8. Herodotus 8

    A beautiful song with a sting as a warning, even if it does relate to Spain and so dramatically dipicted in Guernica.
    But the abuse is not isolated to one spectrum of the political divide – as the Spanish civil war so unfortunately illustrated: Communists or Fascists 


    • Armchair Critic 8.1

      “…monuments put from pen to paper turns me into a gutless wonder…”
      Yeah, good on Marty G, it’s time for real action too.

  9. ianmac 9

    ayatolley” Yes. Wonder if the Principals Assoc. of NZ used it when they called on BOT to reject National Standards today?

  10. Marty – vote Green.
    You’ve done as Nandor has done and ‘gone to ground’.
    Flax-roots is the solar plexus of community <i>but</i> once you have trained as a political commenter/observer/activist you can’t just ‘take up the hoe’ and watch as the screws are tightened. I suggest you relax, rethink and regroup, then return revived.
    And vote Green. Hone recommends it to his nearest and dearest.

  11. todd 11

    Your contribution will be missed Marty G. I must say though that the main 8 or so right wing bogs are rather inept at dealing with the left blogs of around twice that number 🙂 Feel free to tag back in at anytime.

  12. Jenny 12
    Marty, speaking for myself, (and many others I am sure), I will miss your reading and analysis of current events and political and economic trends. With your attention to detail and careful fact checking, sometimes backed up with revealing tables, you have often laid bare seemingly complex matters, exposing the deliberate obfuscation and even the downright lies of the right.

    Marty, glad to hear that you are staying involved in political activism. 
    On your proven track record any future project that you give your energies to, will be the greater for it.

    I especially would like to hear your take on the Transition Towns movement.

    As the saying goes, “Thinking globally, acting locally”

    Going by this maxim, I am sure that you are not abandoning the macro level issues completely. 

    Be lucky e hoa.

     

  13. Pete 13

    I’ve been reading The Standard for 6 months or so and I’ve always considered Marty’s work to be very informative. Thankyou for your efforts.

  14. Have a good rest from it all, MartyG….whether the rest is a day, a week or a decade. 

    Been there.

  15. Dean Reynolds 15

    Marty – I can understand your reaction, but you are one of the most insightful commentators I’ve ever encountered. I’ve printed & kept  your tables & graphs because they’re so precise & well reasoned. You’ll be sorely missed from The Standard – any chance of a return before the election, once you’ve re-charged your batteries? If not, the Left will be the poorer for your absence.

  16. Lanthanide 16

    Will be very sad to see you go, Marty. The amount of effort you’ve put into collecting data and creating graphs, with analysis, is simply staggering. We’ll all be worse off without them.

  17. Tanz 17

    It’s them against us. All a bit EFA isn’t it, all a bit 2008 Big Brothers/sisters equals both the incumbent and the Opposition. Demoralising.

  18. Key selling off NZ 18

    Vote for the greens if you are sick of real politik and spinelessness Marty. The Labour Party under Goff has no backbone, just neoliberal pragmatism. Until he goes and the party gets nerves of steel, you will see a lot more rhetoric without substance.

  19. As many an exMP has said, the real parliament – the place where real leadership happens is on the parliament of the streets. See you there Marty.

  20. RedLogix 20

    Marty.  I can well understand your reaction. It’s pretty much how I feel almost all of the time… indeed these day’s I can barely conceal my cynicism and contempt of what is passing for the political and media scene in this country. I’ve been willing to wait for Goff to turn the metaphorical corner for a long time now; but this completely wrong vote confirms for me that he’s not ever going to.
     
    But there is no doubt you have inspired me with your posts that have not been not afraid to let the numbers tell the story. Almost all the media these days make the patronising assumption that their entire audience is functionally innumerate and run a mile screaming if they are presented with even the most elementary graph.  By contrast Marty you have lifted the game in a way few other public intellectuals in this country have been able to.

    Which is all on top of a prodigous output that has left me amazed, week in, week out.
     
    My sincere thanks. And very best wishes.
     
    PS.. it’s a total coincidence that I’ve just managed to put up the first post of my own in ages, although I suspect if The Standard were to rely wholly on my contributions, it would fast save on Lynn’s bandwidth indeed.
     
    There are plenty of regulars here whose comments tell me that they are more than capable of putting up quality posts. It does not need to be an onerous duty; if a dozen or so of us were making three to four new articles month in addition to the existing core of loyal authors… there would be no shortage of diverse and intersting material.

  21. Benjamin B. 21

    You always got tough pieces of information across in a very concise and easy to understand way. Thanks for all your posts. Hope you’re back one day.

  22. toad 22

    Thanks for all you have done here MartyG.  I’ll miss your contributions, and especially the wonderful charts you have produced to help explain economic issues simply.

    But, as others have pointed out here, we still do have an effective left Opposition.  It is called the Green Party – albeit with a hiccup over the first Canterbury Enabling Act.

    The Green MPs got a real bollocking from the party membership, including me, over that.  And with the Green list ranking democratically determined by the membership on a one member – one vote basis, sitting Green MPs were effectively on notice that any repeat of that unfortunate performance may well see them demoted to unelectable positions behind other candidates.

    It is a pity that Labour doesn’t have a democratic list ranking process like the Greens do.  If they did, their MPs too may be more accountable to their membership.

  23. MrSmith 23

    Sorry to here your packing it in. The Standads loss will be some-ones gain, and good luck for the future Marty you have made a difference.

  24. illuminatedtiger 24

    Yeah fuck you Labour. Your support for CERA and the Copyright Ammendment Bill has shaken me too. You shall not be receiving my vote this year.

    PS: Your willingness to censor criticism from your supporters on Red Alert is noted.

    • Deadly_NZ 24.1

      Yeah I got banned for telling trevor mallard he was useless in the house as he had only stepped up 3 times in about a fortnite result banned for god knows how long. and when they unban me I will then Accuse the whole top of the labour list as being incompetent,  should get me banned for life.  Just for telling the truth they are F&^%ing Useless!   And they are the reason that this country will be raped and pillaged for the next 4 years, lets hope that makes them happy.

      • illuminatedtiger 24.1.1

        That sort of loutish behaviour would warrant a ban. All I did was tell them that if they didn’t make repealing the changes made to the Copyright Amendment Act an election issue I would be voting for someone who would.

      • Lanthanide 24.1.2

        Consider it from their perspective. The blog is their creation, their work, and you’re invited to it. You show up and start swearing at them.

        It’s no different from someone inviting you into their home, and then you swear at them there. Do you think they’ll let you stay there, or show you the door?

        Constructive criticism != insulting.

        • Deadly_NZ 24.1.2.1

          I did not swear at them I just told them a few home truth’s like they were useless and lazy in the house and that Mallard had not even said anything to a topic of the day. and I told them that they would lose the election because of the fact that the whole of NZ thinks they are a joke..  And they are. I am sorry to say.

  25. Carol 25

    I will miss your posts, marty.  Hope the local activism goes well for you.  i too am EXTREMELY p**sed at the Labour Party voting for CERA & the copyright law.  I will again be voting Green, but Labour’s position doesn’t help with the much needed opposition to this disgraceful, brutal, undemocratic and elitist government. The Greens have been a bit weak lately, but I’m hoping they will pick up after voting against those 2 bills this week.  I would never vote for Winstone, but is there no one else who will stand up and make a clear and blunt message of the evils of NAct?

  26. Drakula 26

    Marty I will miss your posts and I know how you feel, betrayal is a hard kick in the guts.

     I am dealing with it on the local level when the Selwyn District Council has just decided to build a 14million ++++ swimming pool and charge rate payers extra for earthquake damage. GO FIGURE?????????

    I will back Toad 100% because I was really fucked off when they (Green MP’s) voted the 1st CERRA, but now I have just down voted a couple of MP’s and I think that they are getting the message.

    So it is really important for any party to have an internal democracy with a constitution.

    I hate to say it i think the Labour Party left it’s principles out the door long ago and it is about time the Greens take the lead in the next government.

    If the Greens do an about turn then there is no other alternative but a revolution!!!!!!!

  27. Tell me, how out of so much
    waking and sleeping
    came the music of your mind,
    the words I’ve grown accustomed to,

    your thoughts, long shadows
    blue lines and red, crossing
    crossing and recrossing on the page.

    – Joan McBreen

    Strewth, another bloke’s moved me to quote poetry. I’d better… ahh… have a beer and go shear some sheep 😉

    Damnit Marty, one of the reasons I read blogs is to learn something, yet rarely do I come close. And not because I’m a genius, alas. Your posts almost always contained something worth finding a spare synapse to store away.

    But I quite understand. You either refocus, or you grow old railing against the slow encroachment of the tsunami of stupid. And take it from me, the latter’s no fun.

  28. QoT 29

    You’ll be really missed, Marty.  There are obviously plenty of things you and I don’t agree on but your breakdowns and explanations of scary economic stuff have been fucking invaluable.
     
    But there’s a feminist/social justice maxim:  “Self-care is a radical act”.  You don’t owe us, much less Labour, any more pieces of your mental spoons than you’re willing to give.

  29. IrishBill 30

    It’s sad to see you go bro.

  30. ChrisH 31

    Marty – Sorely to be missed indeed, but you are right to recharge. It’s easy to get burned out in NZ battling the “Tsunami of Stupid” (Rex on 27) and you don’t want to be the next person that happens to. This kind of race has to be a relay.

  31. belladonna 32

    Surely Labour should be concerned when their supporters are bailing out in droves.  It makes me so sad.

    • Tanz 32.1

      No, it doesn’t seem so. Seen the latest post re this on Red Alert? As if Labour ever listens to the members, the voters, or the general public. We know best, even if National lies to us.

      Leaving in droves, alright.

  32. lprent 33

    ditto to r0b’s comment at 28 but I can understand the feelings of not only having at the NAct’s innate daftness, but also pushing at the parliamentary Labour parties outright sluggishness…

    That is going to be a hell of hole to fill. /author/Marty-G/ (now I know how to fix that pesky author link in the theme). But as you say, the site isn’t dependent on any single person (not even me – I have backups on the tech as well). The joys of having a coop.. And remember that like previous authors you keep your login access – so you can write here again if you ever feel the urge.

    922 (&) posts since your first on May 13th 2009 /author/Marty-G/page/30/ (30 pages of mostly* excellent posts). Many of which concentrated on the numerical analysis that the left desperately needs to undermine some of the outright billshit that the politicians of the right like to feed the credulous journo’s and their other lazy supporters. I’m sure we’re going to keep referring to these for some time to come.

    Still, this does leave room for more posts from others in election year. So keep those guest posts incoming. 

    Coincidentally, I just bumped ChrisH from guest posting to contributor (#) yesterday – I was tired my having to put his steady stream of posts up on site. Now he can do it himself.

    * no-one writing blog posts is perfect. 

    # If anyone is interested in the differences. Contributors can edit their posts but not publish or schedule them. This means that their editor mentors can check that they don’t have any obvious flaws (like missing links, paragraphs in heading3, etc) in the posts before publishing them. When we’re sure that they can do that, then we make them an author who can schedule and moderate their posts. The few editors can modify others posts and have more moderation facilities. 

    & Which makes you the person with the highest number of published posts on the site.

  33. felix 34

    Like everyone else I’m sorry to see you go,
    like everyone else I understand why you have to,
    and like everyone else I wish you well and hope you come back sometime.
     
    Thanks for all your work, I’ve learned a lot.

  34. rosy 35

    I looked forward to your reading your posts and appreciated your timely take-downs of NAct rubbish. If any people will be cheering to see you go it will be them and that would mean job well done. From me, thank you.

  35. Kia ora MartyG.

    I have always enjoyed your posts. You and I/S are the two most analytical, perceptive and principled bloggers I know.

    I wish that my party (Labour) did not vote for CERRA. If people want to know why they did the process went something like this:

    1. The Christchurch MPs who live in the thick of it think that emergency legislation is an absolute must.
    2. They live in areas where people are just coping and surviving day to day and do not want to argue about the niceties of constitutional principle.  They just want their politicians to get on with the job of rebuilding. The MPs wished to respect the view of their citizens.
    3. The rest of the caucus deferred to their world view.

    This is not an apology, just a description of how it came to be. The Nats sensed this and I suspect loaded the legislation as much as they could with stuff that Labour hated. It was the ultimate dead frog. Hearing Brownlee gloat at the beginning of the third reading of the bill was for me one of the most obnoxious things I have heard in Parliament.  

    I think however that more than ever a Labour Green government is required.  You can bet that if they were in charge urgency would not have been abused and the more draconian elements would have been trimmed.

    All the best and I hope you recharge your batteries and return to blogging.

    Kia ora.
     

  36. nadis 37

    Yes of course Mickey, it’s Nationals fault, not the spinelessness and expediency of politicians in general, and Labour who have it particularly bad right now.
    This was the ultimate free option for Labour, and for them not to realize that fact, really makes you wonder at the nous of the leadership and their advisors.
    The reality is CERRA was gonna pass.  Labour could have thundered on about how wrong it was and what should be improved, but rolled over like day old puppies.
    I typically vote right and will again this year – but I’d love to see some effective opposition and accountability on issues like CERRA, the tuhoe no jury trials, internet policy and financial regulation.
    Effective opposition makes Government better (left or right).
     
     

  37. nadis 38

    And on the issue of media bias.  I really dont see it.
    I think what we are seeing is a response by the media and people in the street to labour’s grey-ness.  People don’t care.
    Nobody is owed media coverage, you have to earn it.  I am asked for comment occasionally in various media, mostly print.  I was taught very quickly to say something relevant, interesting and sound-bitey.  No point being grey – the media won’t come back.  It is not an equal opportunity game.

    • todd 38.1

      People earn media coverage… as in an exchange of funds like that seen with the Mediaworks con. It’s relevant that a one sided argument is particularly disgraceful when it has been achieved through a bribe.
       
      Each side of an argument deserves as much time as the other. I believe the public is rather sick and tired of the propaganda machine and media bias. Those with enough brains to see it for what it is, have resorted to other means of information dissemination, such as blogging.
       
      Being that there are around twice as many left blogs as there are right blogs should tell you something.

      • Draco T Bastard 38.1.1

        Each side of an argument deserves as much time as the other.

        Incorrect. When one side of the “argument” is pure delusion and can be proven incorrect with empirical evidence then it deserves, and should get, no time at all. This applies to 90% of what NACT say.

        • todd 38.1.1.1

          However in a democracy each side of the argument should be allowed as much time as the other, no matter how deluded the debaters might be.
           
          We currently have a disproportionate amount of delusional/incorrect information and a lop sided debate in mainstream media in favour of Nact and their business interests.

          • Draco T Bastard 38.1.1.1.1

            The only reason why the “debate” about climate change is still going on is because the delusional climate change deniers were reported with the same  amount, if not more, time and respect as the scientists. The same is true of what NACT say.

            • todd 38.1.1.1.1.1

              Yep! The dynamic as it exists is definitely in favour of financial interests. However everybody gets a vote and as such a denialist argument is relevant. It only becomes an issue when there is no argument to refute a delusional debate, which is what we all should be concerned with in New Zealand.
               
              It appears that the denialists are all but dead, if the google allerts on climate change are anything to go by. I hate to think of how much damage their funded argument has done though.

  38. LynW 39

    Will miss your posts MartyG. Always so very therapeutic for me to read at a time when I am so disheartened by what is happening to NZ. After the last election I felt such disappointment and anger that fellow NZrs could vote in a party piggybacking on most of Labour’s policies but ‘lead’ by a hollow money man who was marketed so skillfully. Finding the Standard with you and the other contributors was a lifesaver! Please know how very much your articles have been appreciated and have helped me personally to be even more sure of where I stand on so many important issues. Thank you MartyG and also thanks to the other contributors who will carry on.

  39. Anne 40

    I couldn’t agree more about the therapeutic nature of The Standard LynW. There have been times when it has helped me to maintain my sanity. The anger at what this govt. is doing to our country is hard to bear at times.

    May I add my disppointment at your decision to ‘have a break” MartyG. It’s understandable, but I will so miss your informed and insightful commentary. Let’s hope you see your way clear to coming back in the not too distant future.

  40. ak 41

    Relax and enjoy your break Marty, you most thoroughly deserve it.  You’ve contributed magnificently and your sterling work has been inspirational and informative to many thousands, some of whom will now valiantly attempt to rise to the incredible er.. standard that you have set.   A pity I don’t know your real name, it would forever be up there in lights in this and I suspect many other households.  All the very best to you and your loved ones son, in whatever you do.  

  41. Jim Nald 42

    Thank you very much, MartyG.
    Your posts have educated and informed me.
    Your analysis have taken my thinking and understanding up a few notches.
    Of course, people have to take time out from time to time. And others will benefit from your new commitments.
    But I hope that you are, in effect, taking an open-ended period of sabbatical from The Standard and general blogging.
    Hope to see you around at some stage in the future, and a guest post .. or two, now and then.
    Thanks again and take care.

  42. Gary 43

    Please come back closer to the election, we’ll be needing all the help we can get on this one!
     

  43. fermionic_interference 44

    Many thanks for your tireless efforts and quality analysis of our political environment Marty.

    You are appreciated and will missed 

    Ake Ake Kia Kaha

    Forever and ever be strong

  44. a sorry loss for the left and the Standard – you’ve been an amazingly prolific contributor of well researched material, but i certainly understand.
    best wishes Marty, hope you return soon

    • joe90 46.1

      And that clown has an arms license!.

    • Pascal's bookie 46.2

      Good lord. Mg and SPs writing styles were chalk and cheese.

      Seriously, go back and read some SP posts.

  45. Colonial Viper 47

    yep do your magic in your local community Marty G, it’s great that they will now have the benefit of your energy, intelligence and presence as we have had the benefit of it ourselves for so long now. We will miss you.

    And to Labour: time to stand up so there isn’t an inch of daylight between you and your principles, and generate a serious ruckus.

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  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
    Recently more than 150 post-graduate students and young scientists presented an open letter to the Green Party via The Spinoff, encouraging them to reconsider their position on genetic modification. Their target is tackling climate change issues.[1] Can any party continue to be dismissive about genetic modification (GM) contributing to ...
    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    2 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
    by Deirdre O’Neill Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    3 days ago
  • Irony
    Since 2013, the Australian government has detained refugees without trial in Pacific gulags, where they are abused, tortured, and driven to suicide. The policy is not just an abuse of human rights and possible crime against humanity; it has also had a corrosive effect on the states Australia uses as ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • An age of protest.
    It seems fair to say that we currently live in a problematic political moment in world history. Democracies are in decline and dictatorships are on the rise. Primordial, sectarian and post-modern divisions have re-emerged, are on the rise or have been accentuated by political evolutions of the moment such as ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Another captured agency
    Last month, Greenpeace head Russel Norman surrendered his speaking slot at an EPA conference to student climate activist Sorcha Carr, who told the EPA exactly what she thought of them. It was a bold move, which confronted both regulators and polluters (or, as the EPA calls them, "stakeholders") with the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • NZ First’s dodgy loans
    The core principle supposedly underlying New Zealand's electoral finance regime is transparency: parties can accept large donations from rich people wanting to buy policy, but only if they tell the public they've been bought. Most parties abide by this, so we know that TOP was wholly-owned by Gareth Morgan, and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Member’s Day: The choice on End of Life Choice
    Today is a Member's Day, probably the second-to-last one of the year, and its a big one, with the Third Reading of David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill. last Member's Day it was reported back from committee, after MPs voted narrowly to make it subject to a (rules TBA) ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • How growth in population and consumption drives planetary change
    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 The growth of the human population over the last 70 ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    3 days 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
    3 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
    3 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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
    4 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. ...
    4 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?" ...
    4 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    6 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. ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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 ...
    6 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
    6 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 ...
    7 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
    7 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
    1 week 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
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • Good riddance
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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 ...
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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

  • 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 ...
    2 days 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 ...
    3 days 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    1 week 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 ...
    2 weeks 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 ...
    3 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 ...
    3 weeks ago

  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    17 hours ago
  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
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