Integrity or hocus pocus

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, November 20th, 2011 - 59 comments
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I have no sympathy for politicians complaining about their ‘private’ political conversations being made public. What politicians say on politics is inherently of public interest. Don’t say different things in private than in public, and you won’t get caught out. It’s a matter of integrity. We can now reveal what John Key really thinks about climate change.

Key has made a strong show of playing down National’s more extremist ideas. For instance, in 2005, Key said:

But by the time he was leader, Key was trying to convince us he was more centrist, not some whack-job climate change denier:

“The scientific consensus is clear: human-induced climate change is real and it’s threatening the planet. There are some armchair sceptics out there, but I’m not one of them.’ (Northern Regional Conference, 13 May 2007)

“I firmly believe in climate change and always have. Like most New Zealanders, I take the risks posed by climate change seriously. The scientific evidence indicates that the world is getting warmer and, if this does not change, the results could be catastrophic – for our society as well as for our environment.” (28 Nov 2006, Nine to Noon, National Radio offline)

I believe that human-induced climate change is occurring (16 Dec 2008, Parliament)

But had Key really changed, or is he telling us one thing in public while saying another in private?

You probably don’t remember Glenn Jameson, the objectivist who did National’s billboards last election and was National’s Creative Director but reader put us on to a discussion he had with Jameson on the Amazon.com (of all places) community discussion boards where he says John Key told him that climate change (Anthropogenic Global Warming – AGW) is “hocus pocus”:

“I didn’t ‘assist’ in the ad campaign, James, I was its Creative Director—-and it wasn’t a campaign for a NZ politician, rather the National Party itself. If you’re going to troll into my personal life at least have the decency to get your facts straight. And for the record, Prime Minister John Key told me himself that he thinks AGW is a load of hocus pocus… he’s being a pragmatist, shoring up the green vote that has long evaded the conservatives.”

“A lot of people believed AGW back in ’06, who don’t now. It was clear to me during the election that JK had (at least privately) changed his tune. But I can hardly be held responsible for his post-election pragmatism, can I, James?”

[note: Jameson has since come back and edited this post on the forum to remove the hocus pocus line and writing: “it’s possible that I was in breach of a confidentiality agreement, so to be safe I have removed a comment made to me in private by John Key” – further proof of that his account is accurate]

We were intrigued by Jameson’s claim, so an account was set up on Solo Passion, the objectivist hangout run by Lindsay Perigo, to shake out more information. Here’s the exchange:

Participants: Glenn Jameson and Yvonne Thomson

Yvonne Thomson
2010-08-24 18:16

Hi Glenn,

A friend sent me a link to your posts on that Amazon forum. Did John Key really tell you that he knows AGW is ‘hocus pocus’?

What exactly did Key say?
Yvonne

Jameson
2010-08-24 22:18 New
People are actually reading that embarrassment of a ‘debate’… bloody hell. : )

It’s true, Yvonne, Key did say that he thought AGW was rubbish — or hocus pocus — can’t remember his exact words

G

And there you have it. The campaign designer for National in the last election confirming that Key told him he doesn’t believe in climate change and is just faking it to convince you, dear voter, to support him.

It kind of explains why National’s climate change policies always seem to be a weakening of the existing framework, eh?

Unfortunately, this is part of a pattern of behaviour from National. The Hollow Men documents, the 2008 secret agenda tapes, the tea tapes, and now ‘hocus pocus’-gate. We keep on finding out that National is trying to keep its true beliefs and plans secret from the public.

It all comes down to honesty and integrity. Do we deserve better than a PM who will lie to us to trick us into voting for him?

59 comments on “Integrity or hocus pocus”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    And Russel Norman, Blue-Green at heart, buys the line. So funny.

    • Shane Gallagher 1.1

      – ‘Yeah, right”

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Norman wants the MoC position in Cabinet, no matter which party is leading the Government.

        • Ari 1.1.1.1

          If you really think the Greens would go into coalition with the National Party as it is now, you are sorely mistaken. Remember, it’s not up to Russel Norman whether they accept a deal, it has to be voted on at a meeting that represents ALL Green Party members.

          • BLiP 1.1.1.1.1

            National Ltd™’s assault on the environment is relentless – look what’s been going on just recently

            http://www.boprc.govt.nz/news-centre/media-releases/november-2011/dairy-compliance-falling-on-deaf-ears/

            Bay of Plenty Regional Council is concerned the importance of environmental compliance is falling on deaf ears for a portion of the farming community. This follows three cases heard in the Tauranga District Court yesterday relating to pollution reaching waterways.

            http://blog.greens.org.nz/2011/11/10/dams-will-damn-our-rivers/

            Fed Farmers have welcomed National’s $400 million water storage and irrigation investment announced yesterday.
            Of course Fed Farmers would. Damming rivers to store water for irrigation means farmers can convert more land to dairying, which is highly profitable at the moment.
            But Fed Farmers pretend that damming rivers to store water for irrigation won’t hurt the environment.

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/4580805/Dam-blamed-for-river-ruin

            Fisherman Ray Brokenshire fears it will be too late in five years to save the Opihi River from the effects of degradation.

            The Temuka man is involved in plans to create an Opihi River group and wants concerned people to contact him to discuss river issues, including problems caused by the toxic algae phormidium.

            “A lot of us at our age remember what it was like. What we are trying to say is it’s in an awful state.”

            An Environment Canterbury (ECan) warning remains in place cautioning people to avoid the river at State Highway 1 because of the risk of exposure to toxins from phormidium, and some anglers will no longer fish in the river because they say the fish are smelly and inedible.

            As of yesterday an ECan warning was also in place at Waipopo. A warning at the Saleyards Bridge has been removed.

            Some South Canterbury anglers have blamed the growth in phormidium on a design feature of the Opuha Dam.

            Barry Stone told the Timaru Herald last week the algae increase was a result of how the dam company took its water, which was by a single-take and not a multiple-take system.

            http://www.greens.org.nz/sites/default/files/rma_consent_process_perspective_from_waikato_regional_council_0.pdf

            Government statements re: RMA delays are flat out bullshit

            http://blog.greens.org.nz/2011/10/30/uranium-yellowcake-in-nuclear-free-new-zealand-ports/

            National Plays down risks of yellow cake shipments passing through New Zealand waters

            . . . and on and on and on. Oh, yeah – and Rena.

            The only reason I can see why a Green Party member would vote for snuggling up to the John Key Muppet Show is to act as a brake on further degradation.

          • felix 1.1.1.1.2

            Trouble is, Ari, that the meeting vote you’re relying on is the same people who wouldn’t vote to rule out working with National. That’s a matter of record.

    • Jim Nald 1.2

      Russel Norman: National’s greenwash?

  2. lefty 2

    A lot of the new, smart, modern blue/greens are in the climate change business for the money. They are riding on the back of policy put together by a previous generation who had a strong set of guiding principles.

    Who knows what they really believe in apart from getting rich.

    Norman is to the Greens what Tony Blair or Roger Douglas was to Labour.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Norman is to the Greens what Tony Blair or Roger Douglas was to Labour.

      +1

      He also sold out an entire network of green activists and logistics, over the sticker issue, at the drop of a hat – simply because he wants that Minister of Conservation position. His genuflecting to Key around that was sickening.

      A month ago with rising polls, Green activists were continually skiting about how the Greens were now the true power on the Left and how Labour had lost its way.

      Now its quite clear that the Greens are moving to become a more centrist party which holds environmental priorities. Greenwash indeed.

      • weka 2.1.1

        Obviously they’re a more centrist party, otherwise they wouldn’t be doing so well in the polls. But I’m not sure they’ve sold out at a policy level in the way you suggest. Can you give some examples?

    • Rodel 2.2

      YES. Yes! CV Your likening him to Tony Blair ) I’m an Anglican while I’m PM but really I’m Catholic)
      sums up Russel Norman for me.

  3. higherstandard 3

    I have it on good authority that John key as actually responsible for all global warming, it is all part of the silurian grand plan to take back the planet………. mwha ha ha ha.

    • Eddie 3.1

      Simple question: are you happy that John Key is saying he thinks climate change is a serious problem to the public while saying it’s hocus pocus behind closed doors?

      Are you glad to vote for a liar?

    • Galeandra 3.2

      higherstandard is an oxy-moron, and is generally much larger than the usual variety. If you ignore him you will find his fleabites won’t itch as much. He’s more troll than droll.

  4. ianmac 4

    Or maybe should some interviewer (if you could get Key to front up!) playback his words, and read the hocus pocus quote and ask him is it true? How does he think now? Guarantee that the word “dinnamick” would be used.

  5. Sunny 5

    …And Nick Smith says he had no idea his Ministry was costing the benefts to NZ from dropping the ban on Genetic Engineering ( esp of food)…Another Tui moment.

    As was said when they were taped at the drinkies last election…why do Politicans get so upset when they get caught telling the truth. They seem perfectly happy to get reported telling lies

  6. coolas 6

    Integrity is at the core of the ‘storm in a tea cup’ saga. Key obviously said stuff to Banks that contradicts his public brand image; he revealed his duplicity and deceit, and that’s why he’s over-reacted. Eddie’s post is yet another example of how Key operates. He says what people want to hear while pushing his real agenda behind the smile and wave. Key represents the worst aspects of human nature. The guys an utter fraud and hopefully next Saturday see’s the end of him and his band of treacherous, two-faced wreckers.

  7. Bill 7

    I’ve no doubt that Key has two faces when it comes to the issue of AGW. But running a post on the basis of hear-say?

  8. Bill 8

    I’ve no doubt that Key has two faces when it comes to the issue of AGW. But what’s with running a post on the basis of hear-say?

  9. anne 9

    lol,key now warning that voting for winston will see us back at the polls within weeks,he is running scared,he may be feeling victory for ‘unbridled power’ slipping away,key will do
    anything,the hope i have is that on tuesday the judge rules in favour of public interest and key
    was trifling with the law for his own personal reasons,if it is delayed,then that is justice delayed.

    • freedom 9.1

      Most Politicians hate these crystal clear moments that occassionally arise. The fleeting godfingers of light where the public realise MMP might actually be seen functioning in our Parliament. They sit sobbing how unfair it will be if their defacto FPP governments are shown up for the wannabe dictatorships they are.

    • Carol 9.2

      I do agree Key seems a little panicked.

      But I don’t think the judge will deliver any kind of definitive judgement on Tuesday. From the legal opinions I’ve read, there’s not enough certainty around some key concepts and their application to this case. I think the judge may lay down some ground rules about what the police investigation needs to establish, then say the investigation needs to take its course.

      The next week needs to focus on policies, Key’s shakiness and the lack of detail in National’s policies, raising issues of trust (or lack of it).

  10. mike 10

    Is anyone here surprised? The Bush administration did the same thing. Changing their tune and acting concerned about climate change. While at the same time doing nothing about it and eagerly openning doors for any environmental rapist ready to line their pockets.

    John Key lies, lies, lies. And it works.

  11. BLiP 11

    National Ltd™ – 100% PURE BULLSHIT.

    Talking about AWOL Ministers, where’s the Minister of Tourism? Oh, here he is:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Key-grilled-over-NZs-clean-green-image/tabid/1216/articleID/210532/Default.aspx

    . . . trying some hocus pocus.

  12. Jan 12

    What is this rubbish about Russell Norman genuflecting? He had no option but to criticise the action taken to satirise National Party posters. To do otherwise than the ritualised apology (in the tediously stylised format that the media reads as sincere) would have seen the Greens torn apart.

    If National don’t get 50% – and I truly, deeply hope they don’t – and the Greens hold then balance of power then a governance arrangement between them and the Greens which shuts out the option for asset sales, implements the green jobs agenda and takes some real action on climate change would be a real coup. In such a situation were to arise they would be insane to put their Deputy Leader in Conservation. Are you kidding? If that happy situation eventuates they should settle for nothing less than the Ministry of Economic Development – oh and probably Agriculture and Fisheries and Ministry of Research Science and Technology as well as the Min of SOE’s.

    The Nats strategy now is to minimise the votes loss to the Right – ACT – and maximise it to the left of them – NZ First. It there’s a 4% loss of votes to NZ First as there was last time then they’ll still have a majority with 56.1% of the party vote.

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      What is this rubbish about Russell Norman genuflecting? He had no option but to criticise the action taken to satirise National Party posters. To do otherwise than the ritualised apology (in the tediously stylised format that the media reads as sincere) would have seen the Greens torn apart

      Norman was gutless. All he needed to say was:

      We do not condone the vandalism of any party’s billboards. If Green Party members are found to have been involved, our Party disciplinary mechanisms will come into play accordingly. But please note, we also do not control the actions of individual party members. They must take individual responsibility for their own decisions and actions.

      As for the rest of your response: yep. Norman has his eye on Cabinet, no matter whether it is a blue or green one.

      And if it is with National, I trust it will rip the activist heart of the Greens.

    • Colonial Viper 12.2

      If that happy situation eventuates they should settle for nothing less than the Ministry of Economic Development – oh and probably Agriculture and Fisheries and Ministry of Research Science and Technology as well as the Min of SOE’s.

      Pretty much figured that the Green Party leadership has become power hungry and will go into coalition with National as required.

    • Rodel 12.3

      Rubbish Jan.. He’s come back to NZ to save us . Genuflecting is exactly what he’s doing. If I were a Green I’d be cringing.The Greens appear to want to do a Sharples and suck up to the Nats for baubles but I don’t think the real Greens want that…I could be wrong.Maybe they do want to go into coalition with National.
      Then they’re not really Green, just a shade of blueish green.

      • Colonial Viper 12.3.1

        The Green leadership is preparing for their turncoat moment. Expect the usual platitudes, being able to wield influence by having a seat at the table etc.

        • Ianupnorth 12.3.1.1

          Like those wonderful people at that bastion of credibility called the Maori party

          • Jan 12.3.1.1.1

            Power hungry politicians – well I never ;-0. There are many potential poisoned chalices in government. If power was a possibility and a “principled” Green Party” turned it down I guess that would raise their poll ratings and future electability? No I thought not. As for the, purely hypothetical, assessment above asserting that the Green Party would concede to and vote for policies that work against their constituency. That’s an unrealistic view as well. Politics is the art of the possible and there would be stalemates and trade-offs, wins and losses.

            Green businesses making money. How perfectly horrid Lefty! In my view far too few green businesses are making all that much money in NZ while the policy settings are stuck in the muck of the carbon economy. I’d far rather that green businesses are making money whatever the political stripe of the owners than lignite mines and oil wells.

            • Colonial Viper 12.3.1.1.1.1

              Ah I love it, the NZ Green Party now the Party of Greenwash Capitalist Wealth.

              If power was a possibility and a “principled” Green Party” turned it down I guess that would raise their poll ratings and future electability? No I thought not.

              So you’re telling me that the Green Party could increase their future electability by giving away their principled stances, and moving instead to a kind of centrist capitalism? One which will draw in new upper middle class voters even as it burns off your worthless working class and underclass activist base?

              Yes, I believe that could be quite true. I don’t doubt you. Good to see you Greenies have learnt from John Key’s ‘pragmatic’ approach to politics.

              • Jan

                So the Greens shouls step away from power if it is in their grasp in fear of becoming tainted – is that what you are suggesting?

                The Greens are proposing that its possible to create 100,000 Green Jobs. If creating green jobs in businesses is that is a move away from their principled stances it’s an interesting one.

                Ideological purity is great – but doesn’t achieve much. If the Greens were to hold the balance of power then a robust extra parliamentary voice from the greens and the broader left would help somewhat to keep them accountable. Declaring a sectarian red/green warwouldn’t be particularly helpful. Would it? I’m interested to have this discussion.
                Labour’s vote is being cut by the Greens – but there is no debate about bringing together the disparate strengths of the red and the green under whatever circumstances might pertain post election. Properly handled it is a potential strength not a weakness. Alternatively the Left and the Greens could spend a generation in the wilderness – thinking of say for example Italy’s Left and Berlusconi.

                • felix

                  If the Greens think National is going to follow through on any promise they might make to create 100k green jobs, they’re dreaming.

                  The furthest they’ll go is some kind of glorified work-for-the-dole scheme doing riperian planting on privately owned dairy farms. Probably find a way to pay the farm owners for the privilege too.

                  But as long as Russel gets his ministerial post and his flag back, that’s fine, right?

                  • Jan

                    Just a few observations.
                    One of the big mistakes that the Liberal Democrats made following the recent UK elections was to underplay their hand in the coaltion talks and take the “feel-good” Ministries with no power.

                    One of the mysteries of the National Government’s policies – commented on by many observers – is why the Nats have been so dumb about the environment – favouring instead big oil, big coal, mining and sunset industries. It’s bought them the only big fights of the last three years. I’ve assumed that it’s their lack of enthusiasm for even the kinds of intervention that could benefit New Zealand enterprises.

                    • felix

                      I don’t think it’s all that mysterious. They simply have no vision beyond enriching themselves and their class in the same ways they’ve always done.

  13. newsense 13

    More from the Key we know and love on ‘trade and the economy’:

    “Mr Key was mobbed by schoolchildren as he opened the triathlon and signed hundreds of t-shirts.

    One pupil remarked: “I’m never going to clean my t-shirt ever again.”

    Other children squealed at John Key but when asked what he did, did not know.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10767443

    • Uturn 13.1

      It’s what you get when you bring your kids up on a diet of pop culture. It’s like they think the English language is a set of phrases from Hollywood movies. Designed to be used on life events that superficially appear to match film scenes, each phrase, response and behaviour is false. Culture at it’s worst, breeding narcissism, emotional retardation and destroying genuine thought.

  14. Z 14

    I’m glad this thread is about “integrity”.
    Let me show you the kind of “integrity” that Labour has at the moment –

    Labour have been distributing a pamphlet with a picture of a young child, and with the words “Under National, you won’t be around to celebrate her 1st birthday.”
    The first thing that occurred to be (on reading that) was that I wouldn’t be around because I’d be dead, and I’m sure many others would have thought the same way.
    Well done, Labour. You have just set new standards in dragging a campaign through the darkest, dirtiest depths of the gutter. Not only do you deserve to be thrashed at this election – you don’t deserve to get anywhere near power EVER AGAIN.

  15. Mark 15

    Colonel Viper
    “They must take individual responsibility for their own decisions and actions.”
    I agree, but does this just apply to Green Party Members, or society as a whole? 

  16. Ianupnorth 16

    Did anyone see this story? http://msn.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10767255
     

  17. Jimmie 17

    Slightly off topic (but not really) when I look at the standard’s home page and scroll down through all the various postings what do I see – overwhelmingly – I see John Key’s face. I see headings about him, his policies, more pictures of him.

    It’s like you guys over the last few days (thinking of most of the authors in general) have become fixated on slagging John Key and talking about him. The same with most of the leftie posters Why? Where are the posts (few and far between) praising Phil Goff, buzzing about Labour’s great policies, and even talking up the left parties in general?

    This is having the effect (same as the publicity over the teacup saga) that at this election there is only one candidate getting massive publicity – the dreaded John Key.

    It aint working -change the tune please!

  18. Afewknowthetruth 18

    I am no fan of Key or National but we should note that Labour’s record is no better than National’s, and note that the majority of Labour’s policies are founded on denial of climate change, denial of peak oil, and further wrecking of the future via so-called ‘development’, plus relentless support for the banksters’ Fractional-Reserve-and-Compound-Interest Ponzi scheme, of course.

    After all, Labour polciy is all about ‘economic growth’, ‘jobs creation’, ‘regional development’, blah, blah, blah, none of which are possible without increased consumption of fossil fuels*, increased emissions and increased creation of money out of thin air via the international bond market.

    This time round I haven’t heard of any party or candidate campaigning on a manifesto of powerdown and permaculture. (The Greens pretend to be dealing with the major issues of the times via various non-solutions which attempt to sustain the unsustainable and come under the general descriptor of greenwash.)

    So the next generation is ‘screwed’ whichever combination of ‘clowns’ forms the next government.

    People living in NZ will probably be slightly less ‘screwed’ in the short term than people living elsewhere in the world.

    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

    But longer term we are on track to exceed the A2 scenario

    “The globally averaged surface temperature is projected to increase by 1.4 to 5.8°C over the period 1990 to 2100.”

    http://www.niwa.co.nz/node/82219

    However, the International Energy Agency recently flagged the probability of a 3.5oC increase by 2035. That corresponds with no ice in most of the regions of the world where there is currently ice.

    No worries, Keep driving. Keep flying. Keep using gas barbeques and gas outdoor heaters. Throw out last year’s crap from China and buy some new crap from China …. after all, it’s the economy. Gotta have economic growth whatever the cost..

    *almost certainly impossible now that we are post peak oil, but perhaps possible in NZ in the very short term if we do enough drilling and fracking and create enough ‘funny money’ out of thin air to pay the oil importation bill.

    • Campbell Larsen 18.1

      The election is 6 days away AFKTT. Pick a party or stand yourself. Or stop complaining.

      • Afewknowthetruth 18.1.1

        CL

        Not ‘complaining’. Just pointing out the truth.

        After standing three times I worked out it was impossible to change ‘the system’: most people are far too ignorant and stupid.

        • McFlock 18.1.1.1

          So are you restricting yourself to “I told you so”?
            
          Some people fight the losing battle simply because the right thing to do is to try. Others play the fiddle as the city burns. The latter group of people are known as “jerks”.
           

        • Campbell Larsen 18.1.1.2

          Apologies AFKTT, I too am concerned that economic growth, globalization/ free trade and consumerism are still being promoted as the way forward when there is ample evidence to suggest that they are unsustainable.
          The elections are an opportunity to support the party that is most likely to address these concerns, there may not be one that suits you perfectly however they are not all the same. You can make a difference by supporting the party that most closely represents your views – it’s not a perfect system by any means, but circumstances demand that we use every tool available.

          • Rob 18.1.1.2.1

            If economic growth is not a way forward for you Campbell, then who or what is going to pay for all the state instigated programmes that you feel they should be doing.  Do you not see the irony in what you have been asking. 

  19. Nick K 19

    You guys have not come anywhere in three years, have you. Then it was “all about trust”. You ran all this bullshit then, and Clark got hammered. You’re still doing it and Goff is at 8% personally and Labour about 25%.

    Far be it for me to give you campaign advice, but I thought I’d politely offer in the last week.

  20. Campbell Larsen 20

    Rob. Expensive state programmes? – if you have some specific examples from my comments that you would like to discuss then feel free to list them – but I will put this forward: the wealth being drained from NZ as a result of the last round of neo liberal reform could pay for everthing on my wish list several times over. Then there is the ongoing rort of the banking system and global financial system.
    Your weak claim that ‘only growth can make our dreams come true’ does not withstand scrutiny. It has not made our dreams come true, it makes poor people poorer and rewards the already wealthy and fucks the environment at the same time.
    Irony is you implying that the money from economic growth actually goes towards promoting social good – even as wage rates, working conditions and workers rights are all cut or eroded away. Irony is you suggesting that economic growth is the only way forward when science tells us that we live in a world of finite resources.

  21. Jameson 21

    In a thread about integrity you post a private message between myself and an undercover stooge. Appears the standard on the Standard is bald-faced hypocrisy.

    • lprent 21.1

      I haven’t looked at this before in any detail, but what I see is :-

      1. A topic that is clearly of public interest coming up in a public forum.
      2. You requesting that people check their facts on one forum.
      3. Them doing so with a direct question on another forum.
      4. Us publishing it more than a year later

      I can’t see any laws being broken, any facts in dispute,  nor anything else that as sysop I have to concern myself with. If you want to complain about it, then I’d suggest you do it with something more specific..

      And the thread is about politicians not saying things in private that they wouldn’t say in public. It is in the first paragraph.

      I have no sympathy for politicians complaining about their ‘private’ political conversations being made public. What politicians say on politics is inherently of public interest. Don’t say different things in private than in public, and you won’t get caught out. It’s a matter of integrity. We can now reveal what John Key really thinks about climate change.

      As far as I can see Eddie has operated with complete integrity, documented where and when the conversations took place, and left an opportunity for you to answer in comments (at least for a few more days – comments automatically close 30 days after the post is published). I’m sure that he’d also be happy to write a post with your responses if you care make them*.

      However it doesn’t sound to me like John Key has operated with as much integrity.

      * Provided those responses are on topic and intelligible. Based on your previous comments here in 2008 they should also not look like you’ve been dosing yourself on something.

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    .@KayBurley presses Lib Dem leader @joswinson on whether she would agree to a #Brexit deal 'no matter how bad a deal it is' as long as it had ...
    23 hours ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
    by John Edmundson The International Socialist Organisation (ISO) have recently reposted a February article, by Romany Tasker-Poland, explaining ISO’s position in the “trans rights” debate.  It is available on their website and on their Facebook Page.  The article sets out to explain why “socialists support trans rights”.  It reads more ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • We need to take guns off police
    Today's IPCA report of police criminality: a police officer unalwfully tasered a fleeing suspect who posed no threat to anyone:The police watchdog has found an officer unlawfully tasered an Auckland man who broke his ankle jumping off a balcony to escape arrest. [...] To avoid arrest, the man jumped over ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
    "Auckland City Mission: 10% of Kiwis experiencing food insecurity", RNZ, 16 October 2019:About half a million people are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research from the Auckland City Mission. Food insecurity, or food poverty, is defined as not having enough appropriate food. The City Mission said over the last ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
    Media Statement for Immediate Release 16th October 2019 “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers Despite comments from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance bonuses for top managers—Herald Newspaper Tuesday Oct 15th–there is very little evidence ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 day ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
    Would You Buy A Used Propaganda Video From This Man? Bridges and the National Party’s strategists have discovered that the ideas and attitudes considered acceptable by today’s editors and journalists are no longer enforceable. The rise and rise of the Internet and the social media platforms it spawned means that ...
    1 day ago
  • Asking for food
    There is plenty of evidence of the way the business mentality has permeated every level of society since the recrudescence of market liberalism 35 years ago. You only need to think of how citizens in need of help from their government, their state, their country, are now routinely described as ...
    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    1 day ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
    John MacCormick Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 day ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
    Nick Wilson, Leah Grout, Mereana Wilson, Anja Mizdrak, Phil Shoemack, Michael Baker Protecting waterways has the benefits of: (1) protecting water from hazardous microbes; (2) minimising cancer risk and other problems from nitrates in water; (3) avoiding algal blooms that are hazardous to health; (4) protecting mahinga kai uses (cultural ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
    by The Council of Disobedient Women In a press release today Massey University announced it has decided to rebrand and reorientate after struggling to be a University for grown-ups. For some time the University has wanted to be a safe play space for wee-woke-misogynists who have been really badly triggered ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
    After a brief dalliance with 'hard Revoke' it looks like the Lib Dems are changing ground on on Brexit, with leader Jo Swinson reverting to calling for a second referendum on Johnson's deal.The party has tabled an amendment to the Queen’s speech requesting that any deal brought back from Brussels ...
    2 days ago
  • An odious bill
    The government has decided that someone has done Something Bad. But despite their belief, there seems to be no evidence that they have actually broken the law. So the government's solution is to pass a retrospective law allowing them to be punished anyway, on a lower standard of proof. If ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
    So, Judith Collins has done a Facebook rant about climate change, peddling the same shit National has been shovelling for the past twenty years: the impacts are overstated, there's no need to do anything about it, and its too hard anyway (oh, and its so unfair that people who peddle ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
    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 There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
    I came across this song quite by accident. If it isn't one of Greta Thunberg's favourites - it should be.Video courtesy of YouTube.This post is exclusive to Bowalley Road. ...
    2 days ago
  • Passing the buck
    Last month, NZDF's shoddy coverup of what it knew about civilian casualties in Operation Burnham began to fall apart, with the revelation that a report on the matter, which NZDF claimed not to have, had been sitting in an NZDF safe for the past nine years. Yesterday, the man responsible ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
    While many imagine that countries like the USA and Europe dominate space activities, in fact India is now a major player on this stage. It launches satellites for its own purposes and also commercially, and has constellations orbiting our planet and returning data of vital importance to that nation in ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    3 days ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
    Thanks to a report from the Acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security following a complaint by Nicky Hager, we have come to find out that the SIS illegally spied on Mr. Hager on behalf of the NZDF after publication of Hager’s 2011 book, Other People’s Wars. The NZDF justified ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    3 days ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
    COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING MYTH 1: Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate. FACT: The HadCRUT3 surface temperature index, produced by the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, shows warming to 1878, cooling to 1911, ...
    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    3 days ago
  • A climate of tyranny
    For the past week, Extinction Rebellion has been peacefully protesting in London to demand action on climate change. The British government's response? Ban their protests:Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London, as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    3 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    3 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    3 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    3 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    6 days ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    6 days ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    7 days ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    7 days ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    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 Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    1 week ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    1 week ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    1 week ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • ‘The Workshop’ – Report: Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform: A Guide to Strategies that ...
    The Workshop is a charitable trust for public good. The Workshop undertake research to find ways of communicating that will build support for the solutions that work to solve complex social and environmental problems. See their Report on Talking about Poverty and Welfare Reform below. ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago
  • Exclusive language
    What is language? We generally assume that it a facility unique to humans, allowing us to share what’s in and on our minds. We can tell of our plans, our past exploits, our knowledge. It also allows us to lie. And yet there are vast numbers of people we can’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Michael Corballis
    2 weeks ago
  • April 2018 – Submission to the NZ Govt Tax Working Group
    You can read our submission HERE ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 hours ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    9 hours ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    11 hours ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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